With this ring...

I've always loved October because my artist friends post their Inktober drawings and it's always great to see their wonderful work. I knew the purpose of Inktober was to develop good habits by creating a simple, monochrome work and posting it to social media every day or otherwise regularly throughout the month, but I've always regarded it as a spectator. After all, I don't draw.

Yesterday, as I was doing my daily calligraphy practice (read: sitting in a boring meeting and writing the names of all the actors that have played the Doctor in monoline Foundational, as that's the hand I'm learning in the class I started this week), I realized, "Hey, I'm actually doing monochrome work right now!"

So here I am, actually participating in Inktober. I'm going to be using this for practice, so the items are not going to be extensive, ornate, or good, but they are going to be complete at the very least (I hope). I don't know how many I'll actually do, as I'm super busy this month - band on Wednesdays, calligraphy class on Mondays, watercolor class on Thursdays, and next weekend I have three days of workshops, not to mention that yes, I am still writing - but I hope to do at least one thing every three days or so.

My first one, done for the "Ring" prompt from October 1 (yes, I'm late).

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And for my own reference, the prompts for Inktober 2019.

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Called it!

Back when Christopher Eccleston first appeared at a convention in late 2018, I told my husband, "I bet you he will be at Gallifrey One, if not next year, the year after."

I was right.

Excuse me as I go fangirl in the corner. I am also interested in seeing how my husband reacts (he hasn't got out of his meeting yet, so it's a few more minutes to go). Nine is his Doctor (well, after Seven) and he's been wanting to meet CE for years now, and now it's going to happen.

It's awesome to see...

My university posted on their Facebook page a call for collegiate varsity e-sports. They're looking for players, of course, but also coaches, analysts, marketers, and video editors, and mentioned competing with other schools in League of Legends, Overwatch, and DotA.

Video games are finally getting some recognition! Even after years (decades?) of professional gamers and tournaments, video games are still considered child's play, skill-less diversions for couch potatoes. It'll be decades (far longer than my life, anyway) before people accept video games on any level, and they'll probably never consider them on the level of any sport (even golf, which barely qualifies as a sport as far as I'm concerned), but the concept is growing.

It's also nice to see more progress being on the front of promoting more cerebral sports at colleges. When I was in grad school, I was a member of the school's trivia team - you know, College Bowl and all that - and boy, we had the hardest time getting taken seriously. We used to go to tournaments at other schools (and win, by the way; we were very good), but every time, it was a battle to get funding. We paid for a lot of it out of our own pockets because, well, it's not football now, is it? It's nice to know that the schools are supporting more than just physical sports.
Five with key

"A Friend in Need"

Title: "A Friend in Need"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: Sci-fi
Word Count: 2435

Summary: Jack is the only bloke who gets anything done around here.

Notes: Written for the [community profile] who_contest "Amnesty" challenge. Chosen prompt is "Blame".

This is kind of a cheat, as I did actually write a story for the "Blame" challenge. Three of them, actually. The first, "Eight Months", turned out too long for the 500-word limit, so I started this one. This one got out of hand quickly and I didn't finish it, opting instead to try a third idea. That one was "Caged Bird", and it was my eventual entry for the challenge.

For this story, the original idea was to simply establish that River's squareness gun in "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" is Jack's gun from "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances", and explain how River got it and why the gun's handle changed color. As I worked on it this time, I couldn't figure out how to end it, which brought Meta into the room, and then from that conversation, the last part needed to be created.

This. This is why I never get anything done.

Bonus note: After all these years, this is my first story with Meta? Seriously? (Edit: Turns out it's the second. The first was Pete's World Jack meeting Meta, from two years ago.)

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