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"The Subsitute Bride" (master post)

Title: The Substitute Bride, Chapter 1
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Nerys
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: Adventure
Word Count: 30050

Summary: The Doctor investigates one of the most serious time anomalies he's ever encountered, right here on Earth.


Marked as safe... least for now. Western Oregon is dealing with a lot of wildfires right now, and there's a sizeable one heading toward Eugene/Springfield (though not the largest one in the state by far). You can take a look at it here. The bigger one is to the north, approaching the Salem area. Both started in the Cascade Mountains to the east and have been heading west quite quickly due to high winds.

I personally am not in danger at this point: I live on the west end of town, and to get here, the fire would have to jump a river and a freeway, not to mention go through the rest of town. Could happen, but not likely. I do have friends in harm's way, though. One of my coworkers who lived out in one of the tiny towns up in the mountains evacuated this morning and as far as we know, there's nothing left. A couple of others live closer to town and have packed but at this point are sitting tight.

Of course, where there's fire, there's smoke, and since we live in a valley, the entire area has been blanketed in smoke for over a day now. It looked like it was twilight all day today, with an orange haze over everything, and there was a coating of ash on every exposed surface. One of my coworkers (one of the ones that are packed but still not evacuated) said he couldn't see two houses down for the smoke. So, breathing wasn't all that fun either. At least we didn't need to go out of the house for anything.

Anyway, point is, don't worry for me. We're doing fine.

Practice, practice, practice

Well, now that I got some quotes, I have practice material!

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I usually practice on pre-guidelined paper, but I did this on better paper with my own lines drawn in. One thing that I've discovered is that your work looks better after the guidelines have been erased, so that you can't see how poorly you followed them. I did this yesterday while I was feeling a bit sick and it shows. "Elegance" is embarassing. And I've discovered that "excellent" is one of the most difficult words to write in Copperplate - the e, x, c, and e are all next to each other and should have the same shape, and this particular attempt was pretty bad. Also, I still don't vary from basic forms very well, as is shown by the attempt to double-cross the "tt" in "little".

On the other hand, I nailed "power", and "screwdriver" came out rather well, considering I hate "v"s. Yes, I know, you can't really see why those two words are better than the rest. It's all about shape, consistency, and spacing. Copperplate's kind of a bitch about those. Those two words are pretty good (though I can point out what's wrong with them). The rest, well, I've done better.

Anyway, so you see, I am REALLY enjoying the quotes that I got. I'm actually compiling them into a notebook of "things to write". Please send more!

Quote help plz

One of the things about practicing calligraphy is that you have to have stuff to write. When I practice, I mostly write lists of episode names and companion names because that's the best way to write lots of capital letters. However, I'm getting a little bored. Also, I'm working on a filling up a little booklet with quotes, but it's really hard to find ones that fit.

So, I'm asking anyone who feels like participating, can you provide me with DW quotes that aren't too long and aren't so famous that they're the first thing you think of when someone asks you for a quote from the show.

This is kind of what I'm looking for:

  • I'd prefer ones that are not too long, maybe a dozen words at most. But if they're longer than that, that's okay - I also appreciate the inspiration.
  • They don't need to be deep. Humorous, quirky, clever, or even just a favorite phrase. It doesn't even need to make sense out of context. One of my favorites is "Who sent you?" "Who sent me what?"
  • I would love quotes from the Big Finish audios, but I have to ask that you also identify the character speaking it and which audio it's from (or at least guess if you're not sure). I can google for attribution for TV quotes but audio quotes will be beyond me.
  • I guess a good rule of thumb is, if a DW fan has seen/heard the episode/audio and they would recognize the phrase and remember the story/scene for a moment, that's a good one.


  • The Pandorica speech is way too long for my purposes (well, maybe if I decide to write out a page), but "Hello, Stonehenge!" is perfect.
  • "Biting's excellent! It's like kissing, only there is a winner!"
  • "Do not throw crossbows at security bots." - Security bot, "The Light at the End"
  • "What is, what was, what could be, what must not."

Thanks so much for any you can suggest!
DT absolute radio

Hamburger Helper

Tonight, we had Hamburger Helper stroganoff for dinner, for the first time in a very long time. We might have had it once in the last year, but before that time, it had been a good five years or more.

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