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First, there's a site called fictionhunt(dot)com (written that way so that the site doesn't get a callback from me) that seems to be scraping ffnet for Harry Potter fanfics and posting them on their site. The fics are primarily presented as links to the ffnet version with links to the authors' profiles, but include an "archive" link which is a copy of the text on their servers. It seems to only target Harry Potter, and does not include crossovers, as they had my one HP fic ("Liquid Luck") but not my DW/HP crossover ("Mistaken Identity").

So, if you don't like your HP stories being copied to places you didn't put them, you might want to check this site out. Fortunately, there is a link at the bottom of the page that tells you how to request that they remove your fic from their archive, and they respond quickly and politely - they removed "Liquid Luck" within an hour. Once it's removed, the link to your fic on ffnet will still appear on the site, but the archive is gone.

I spent much of the weekend in a haze of pain. It turns out that my new lenses weren't working for me. I have a new prescription being made now, and as soon as I got the old lenses back in the frames, everything was wonderful. Today, no pain at all, though a lingering tension in my eyes, which is to be expected.

My friends, workmates, and I discussed "The Girl Who Died" yesterday, and to my absolute surprise, I was the only one who liked it; usually, I'm the most critical and obsessive of everyone. Reactions ranged from "meh" to "that was horrible". People thought the adventure was fun, though far-fetched and barely on the believable side of stupid (electric eels live in the Amazon, by the way), and the supposed "greatest warrior race" was neither competent nor fearsome. They're getting tired of angsty Doctor monologuing all the time, and Clara's line about "you're my hobby" was deemed creepy. Most surprisingly (to me, anyway, since I don't expect people to analyze things), my friends were upset with the callback to "The Fires of Pompeii", that the Twelve learned the wrong message from that scene. I didn't even ask them about it - they brought it up. And they were appalled that the Doctor basically went "Eh, oh well" *shrug* when he realized he'd made Ashildr immortal, and then gave her the device to do it to someone else.

It's weird not being the pessimistic one for once.



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Oct. 20th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
Och. May have to warn everyone about this mess!!

So glad you got those new glasses, honey!!

Ohhh. That is a weird feeling, yes? *Grins*

Oct. 21st, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me being the happy one? That's not the way it's supposed to work. I need a new circle of friends. ;)
Oct. 20th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
I did like it, but I also believe Twelve got the wrong message. It wasn't save everyone at all costs, it was "save someone, work within the laws of Time to find a way." That's how I saw it. Then again, if he did get the right message, then perhaps we will be exploring what happened with Frobisher (if he was a descendant of Caecelius, and should never have lived). The consequences of ignoring the timelines... That's a way of bringing both into it, when he sees the consequences of what he did this time.

Clara does need to get a new hobby, though... it seems she will, one way or another. An overarching theme this season seems to be hybrids (even the throwback to Donna... DoctorDonna), I wonder if that will be the culmination of Clara's experiences. The Doctor most certainly is leaving behind a trail of hybrids, isn't he? (Dalek/Time Lord, Human/Mire... what next?)

And seeing Donna again... indescribable!

I hope your new prescription works out for you; having the wrong one just makes everything totally awful!
Oct. 21st, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
To me, the lesson that Donna taught him was, "Yes, you can't save the situation at all this time, but you have to pull yourself out of your anger and regret and realize that you can still help a few; learn to recognize the bright pinpoints in the darkness." This situation had nothing to do with that - he was only upset that he didn't score a perfect win.

What's interesting is that it would have been perfect to apply this to the earlier situation. When the Doctor is walking out saying that the village cannot win the fight, that was the time to have him remember Donna's lesson and realize that he can help them win at least a little. Then, as he works on it, he gets more and more ideas and finally puts together the entire defense plan. That would have been a much better story (instead of getting the whole plan from listening to the baby), and applied Donna's lesson correctly.

Way to cheapen what was a fantastic scene, as well as demonstrate how shallow and arrogant this Doctor is.

Edited at 2015-10-21 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly... to snap out of a horrible situation and start thinking about what you CAN do within it instead of what can't be done. Even if it's a little bit.

Besides, the word "volcano" needed to be invented, right?
Oct. 21st, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
Hahaha yes! :D
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