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Apologies for the long silence to anyone still reading this journal. Long story short: husband dying + nervous breakdown = not much inclination for fannish blogging.

But I'm doing a lot better now, so am willing to fire this old gal up again. I will post more substantial material, later but here's a summary for now:

Chicago TARDIS - Oh. My. God. Best time at a convention ever - and I'm not just saying that 'cos of Paul McGann. (I was a complete and UTTER goober in his presence. Fortunately, he's used to dealing with fangirls melting into a puddle of goo in his vicinity). The masquerade went beautifully - I think it represented a wonderful cross section of everything that's fab within costumed fandom. I participated in some great panels, one of which - alt.timelord.sex - caused me to a) admit being a kink person to a room of approximately 100 strangers (oops!) and b) laugh up a lung. I'm still going to create the Doctor/Master Angry Sex Facebook fan page, you know...

Gallifrey One - kicked much ass, even if the actors I wanted to see had to cancel (but have now been rescheduled for 2011, hooray!). The Masquerade came off with nary a hitch, mostly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] iamradar's cool head and generally a lot of patience on [livejournal.com profile] friendlypinet's and [livejournal.com profile] strollerman's parts. Apparently the programming director got some good feedback from participants and the audience and I've agreed to do it again, next year. Even if I move to Blighty this summer, I'd make a point of attending Gallifrey One. Also met Louise Page who is an ABSOLUTE SAINT and I'm not saying that just 'cos she gave me swatches from the Mercy Hartigan dress (cue: squealing costumegasm...). She was generally lovely and made the weekend for a lot of us costume-wonks. More about that in a longer entry...

(Oh, yeah, am thinking about moving back to the UK. But it's all very amorphous right now. Suffice it to say that midsummer would be an ideal time, for a variety of reasons, so I need to get cracking on the whole career-changing thing, but that's fodder for the regular journal)

Chicks Dig Time Lords has been released, and I giggled like a schoolgirl every time I signed a copy at Gallifrey. I don't know what the sales have been like, but some very nice reviews have been popping up on the blogosphere and this makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, inside. And wondering if I can get in on any follow-up volume... ;)

I attended Time Quest 2, a Tenth Planet event north of London, primarily because it was probably my only chance to see Tom Baker speak. It was awesome. It would have been more awesome if my goddamn IRS refund had posted 48 hours earlier so I could have afforded a photo/autograph (it was one of those events) but, oh well. There was some other awkwardness that occurred - like, my being included in the programming, but not actually scheduled to do anything - but it was nothing insurmountable. I met some really great people, cooed over Nick Briggs' baby (the resemblance is uncanny) and was not threatened with a restraining order by any of the folks I ran into at Gallifrey/Chicago TARDIS. Gotta admit, I'd be a little worried if the same fan popped up at three different conventions, in three very different time-zones, in the course of four months...

It's a bit disconcerting, really. November - March has been absolutely mad for Doctor Who conventioneering, and now I'm staring at a long dry spell until it picks up again, hopefully at the end of the year. (With the possibility of moving to the UK, the fall-season US cons could be out of reach). I feel like I'm suffering a sort of fandom equivalent of jet-lag.

CANNOT WAIT FOR EASTER. Mind you, I've already pre-ordered the first three eps of S5 (or S31, if you like) from the UK. The previews have me squealing in glee and, given my initial doubts about Matt Smith, that's no mean feat...

(And the fans who still can't accept the fact that Change Happens in Doctor Who? Need to get over it. Particularly if this isn't the first regeneration they've sat through. You're allowed to be awkward the first time you deal with it - I wasn't the only wee fan who was deeply dubious about Peter Davison, way back when - but after that, methinks folks should try a little harder to embrace the dynamic nature of the character, rather than whine and complain about wanting "their" Doctor back... But maybe I'm just being intolerant.)

A friend of mine is prodding my brain re: fandom writing, whether I like it or not. Actually, I quite like it. I just hope I can keep up with him as he's a very, very smart dude and I'm slightly in awe. Indeed, I think that when I finally start bashing the keyboard again - in a fanficcy way, I mean - I'll feel like I've made a major step in recovering from Alex's death. Life-changing stress tends to kill the creative impulse, and I'm reaching the point where I'm starting to miss it - the creative impulse, I mean, not the life-changing stress. But enough of that. I save the morbid stuff for my personal journal.
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Time Agency fanfic of doom has reached the highly annoying stage of 'ticking along nicely, while tearing itself apart'.

I really like the premise, and the characters and some of the plots I've jotted, but there's some gaping bloody great things wrong with it and I don't know if I'm smart enough to fix them.

Still, as mentioned before, I've got a great setup for a tabletop RPG, if nothing else - but I'd rather not settle for that.

Brain is fizzing on other ideas, but they're even more frivolous and wasteful of time. To hell with them.

***

I finished listening to Orbis - minor spoilers, ahoy! )

***

Speaking of twitchy, yes, I know that Torchwood's "third series" looms and, yes, I'm annoyed about BBCA playing silly buggers with the airing dates. But, honestly? I haven't finished watching S2, yet...

It started out as "I'll save those eps for an afternoon when I want a treat" and then became "I don't know if I really want to end this series yet, it's been such good fun" and finally "Oh, yeah. I'll get around to that one of these days..."

It's odd. I really liked Torchwood's second season and think it's an order of magnitude better than the previous one but... I can't seem to find the motivation to finish the bloody thing. Given how all my Torchwood fan friends have told me "OMG! You'll love the story!" (because of the historical costuming, I s'pose) my reluctance rather baffles me.

Bookfun.

Oct. 8th, 2008 09:02 am
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My reading of the Timewyrm series has been put off by my copy of Corpse Marker arriving in the mail.

I cracked it open in the car on the way home from the train station. I started giggling maniacally almost immediately. Alex was amused. Of course, it won't do the fanfic plotbunnies any good.

I should tear through Corpse Marker in a day or so, and I'll no-doubt have an opinion to share, afterwards. Chris Boucher usually drives me beserk, so I can't guarantee that it'll be a good opinion.

I've also got the most recent DW BFA, Kingdom of Silver, sitting on my iPod, patiently awaiting a listen. I tried starting it the other day but I wasn't in the right mood to pay attention to it.

Wow.

Sep. 26th, 2008 10:28 pm
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That's it. It's official.

I want to be Benny Summerfield when I grow up.

To be honest, had I gotten my head out of my arse and encountered this character ten (*ahem* or more) years ago, I'd probably be wearing a tinfoil helmet, today. More so than usual, I mean...

I finally understand why so many Whovians of even slight acquaintance would ask me if I'd read the Summerfield stories/listened to the audios.

Mea culpa, Mr. Cornell et al! I was a fool!

And, for what it's worth, I think Lisa Bowerman is doing a wonderful job.
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Quite by accident (ie, I put in a lowball bid and figured it'd be blown out the water) I now have a copy of Corpse Marker on its way to me. There's something to be said for being willing to accept that used books are going to look, gosh, used. Collectors who want that out-of-print-for-fifteen-years paperback to be in mint condition? They must have a lot more in the way of disposable income than I do. ;)

Watch. The book will frustrate me even more. But it's a fourth Doctor and Leela story, so I'll probably enjoy it to one degree or another.

In the meantime, the Kaldor City fanfic continues to fall apart on me at key points, no matter how I approach it. burble, burble )
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Alright, internets, I admit it. I've been a fool.

Bernice Summerfield has grown on me. I think perhaps the fact that the last (and first) time I tried to tackle the NAs, I was in a very bad headspace about Who - very much the grumpy fan who didn't want to see "her" Who changed in any way - which is a stupid point of view, really. I plead youth and, er, stupidity.

I've since dabbled my toes into the NAs again and I've enjoyed them quite a lot - although I realize that I need to read them in something approximating publication order and starting with Happy Endings is going about things in entirely the wrong way. But it has such a jolly cover, I had to read it. Ah well, it's not the first time I've tackled a series ass-backwards. At the moment, I'm reading Dry Pilgrimage for no reason other than I happened to pick up a copy of it over the weekend and so it was close to hand.

Unfortunately, this means there's going to be another BFA monkey on my bank. I've listened to some excerpts of the Bernice Summerfield stories and between that and seeing Lisa Bowerman at Gallifrey (she's off the guest list for Chicago, boo!) I think they'll be worth a go. Unfortunately, there's no way in hell I can afford them right now. With luck, by the time money loosens up enough for such frippery, BF will offer 'em for download, rather than my having to shell for a CD I'll crack open precisely once, to rip to iTunes and then never touch again...

So, yeah, another aspect of Who has sunk its claws into me. ;)
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Right. I've finished up with The Boy That Time Forgot by Paul Magrs. My opinion is behind the cut.

Big, fat, spoilers )
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"Blink" costume at Dragon*Con - yes, it's one of the weeping angels.

In that post, there's also a link to the creator's notes re: construction.

Amusingly enough, I'm wearing my "The angels have the phone box" tee-shirt at work, today...
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I must proffer a public apology to the blogosphere in general, and Alan W. Lear and Gary Russell, in particular.

Why? I gave Minuet In Hell another chance.

It's still definitely a bit on the silly side, but the story is better than I remember it being and, honestly, the accents not nearly so annoying as I first thought. I'm sorry I roundly condemned it as utter tripe. I was wrong.

Don't toss it aside in the first five minutes, as I once did, but stick with it. Thanks to the new-ish Big Finish download service, you can try the first eps for only a dollar and judge for yourself, dear reader!

(Alas, no kickbacks are forthcoming. A shame, as I could use the money...)

***

In related news, I gave The Death Collectors (the Seventh Doctor) another go and, nope, it still didn't quite fly for me. I'm disappointed, as I thought the acting and production values were great, but the actual story itself, with all the blather about Decay didn't impress me. The notion of the Death Collectors, themselves was interesting, but the Big Bad of the story? Not so much. Oh well, they can't all be winners.
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This should go on the gamers and gaming filter on my regular journal (and I'll no-doubt crosspost) but given the nature of the idea, I want to discuss it here.

Bit O'Context
Years and years ago - at this point, something like ten of 'em, in fact - my hubby and I looked at each other and said "Let's run a Doctor Who LARP1". To be fair to the husband, it was largely my idea, but he humors me in all sorts of ways. The idea was largely inspired by the live-action RP/scavenger hunts that a friend of mine hosted once a year so, the final premise that Alex and I bashed out was that the participants are all final-year students at "The Time Academy" on Gallifrey (keeping it simple) and they had been sent forth in a slightly wheezy Type 60 TARDIS to do their final exam in the field. Things, of course, would go wrong, with the upshot that the half-a-dozen players would spend a pleasant afternoon dashing around central San Francisco collecting clues from various NPCs, solving little riddles and, y'know, saving the world. Simple enough, so to speak, and much like the highly-enjoyable events a pal of mine used to run, albeit set in another gaming world entirely.

Naturally, Alex and I called our little idea I Left My Hearts In San Francisco.

The idea was abandoned when I realized that the logistics were way out of hand - I was looking at needing at least half a dozen assistants, scattered across downtown SF and possibly even in to Berkeley (cellphone connectivity mandatory!) in order to support half a dozen participants and, even then, there was going to be lot of unseemly scrambling as the helpers doing a turn as NPCs2 Zed and Vee would have to rush off and get ready to be NPCs Gee and Aitch at another location because when you realize you've written something like twelve NPCs, none of which encounter the players more than once, you're going to ask your volunteers to double-up on NPC duty. Potentially fun for the players, yes, but also a potential nervous breakdown for the GMs - namely me and Alex.

Later on, I devised a second idea for a much smaller "locked room" event, focused more on The Doctor, himself - and assorted nemesii, of course. This idea is in a constant state of 'in development' but hasn't been abandoned. In fact, I'd write the whole damn thing up in a moment - certain outstanding plot issues notwithstanding - if I knew I could get the players together. The one huge-and-unfixable disadvantage of the plot is that it must have exactly X number of players and if one of them flakes out on the event, the entire thing croaks. "Tightly knit" barely describes how the PCs and plots are woven together, although I will admit that X keeps wobbling between eight and eleven people, depending on how I'm feeling about a particular plot line on any given day, so that's still to be fixed. I'm not going to share any more details about that one, because, as I say, it might yet happen - and it'll remain untitled until I can think of one that wouldn't give the game away in half a dozen words.

So, it's established that I've got a history of wanting to do something gamer-ish and Whovian - a history of being bonkers, yes.

***

This morning, I woke up with the shreds of some dream fading from my head and, without any bloody prompting from me, the following permutations for a complete revamp of I Left My Hearts In San Francisco fell into my head. Of course, they're still ludicrously ambitious.

Details Behind The Cut )
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Journey's End

(aka)

Timelords As Chickenshit Cowards Who Can't Say Goodbye.

Grr...

Okay, I should admit that I loved the episode, in a way, but it simultaneously pissed me off. More when I've untangled it from some bad shit that occurred in my dreams last night, coincidentally enough.

PS - yeah, way to dump the clingy girlfriend: clone yourself...
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On: Turn Left.

Holy cow. An RTD eps that didn't drive me up the fuckin' wall.

More later. Just taking a quick break in the marathon...

(oops, forgot to post)

The Stolen Earth, a response in one word: motherfucker!

The DVR seems to have choked on our recording of Journey's End so, um, forgive me, but I'm resorting to a file DL... Yep, that's it, I'm off the wagon. Fer crissakes, I'm only human - and the eps aired here in the US over a month ago. I throw myself on the ground and humbly beg the forgiveness of the Broadcasting Godlings...
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I've got a fair bit of fannishness going on at the moment, albeit of the at-home/online variety. Brace yerselves, luvs.

***

I've an invitation to collaborate on a monthly Prisoner podcast. As it happens, it's at the "Hey, let's do a Prisoner podcast!" stage of production, so there's, er, room to develop ideas.

There are so many excellent guides out there - online and on paper - that doing something new could be a bit of a challenge. I don't see much point in doing any episode-review type content, as I think it's fair to assume that anyone who downloads the 'cast is going to have a certain familiarity with the show - and opinons, ditto.

Myself and the two other fellas are going to brainstorm for a bit, but I'm not above asking the denizens of the 'net what they'd like to see.

I'm sure that, at the very least, there will be reviews/discussion of the more-recently-released novels and guides - such as Andrew Cartmel's Miss Freedom and Fall Out: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide To The Prisoner by Fiona Moore & Alan Stevens, and whatever news happens to be floating around - although I'm sure we've all heard about the Ian McKellan casting.

Poking around the 'net, I've identified a couple of websites that might be worth befriending/arranging a bit of mutual support with. Hm. Hm...

Anyway, as I said, I'm not above asking y'all for what you'd like to see - and what you think is tired old hat, for that matter.

***

Readers of my regular journal might have seen my recent posts asking for suggestions re: RPG systems for a one-shot game featuring a handful o'motifs. I might as well admit that I'm kicking around an idea for a Sapphire and Steel tabletop game. It would definitely a one-shot-at-a-convention sort of thing, though, as such a thing wouild be completely unsustainable as a long-term campaign and players at conventions are generally willing to take more risks and/or try something new.

It, too, as at the "Wouldn't it be neat, if..." stage of development. As I do more reading and jot down ideas, I'll no-doubt discuss it on the gaming filter of my regular journal. If it comes together, I'll no-doubt be running it at ConQuest/PacifiCon in September 2009.

***

I've been listening to a fair whack of BF's Doctor Who audios, of late, and belatedly stumbled across the BF podcasts.

(I really must work on this being-the-last-to-find-out habit of mine. Bad fan! No biscuit!)

They're clever little lads at Big Finish, and no mistake. The "Top 5" lists are marketing research and promotional gimmick in one tidy package - I admit, it's worked to its intended purpose in my case, as I've just added a couple of the older DW stories on my to-purchase list... Meanwhile, the same clever chaps are allowing 'casters to use BF's trailers in their podcasts. Free advertising for them, and a slickly produced nubbin for the 'casters. Win-win - which is a bit of a rarity in many promotion schemes, I've noticed. Kudos to all involved and no, I'm not being sarcastic. Most marketing campaigns drive me mad - it's why I'll give up my DVR when they pry it out of my cold, dead hands - and so to see it done with a bit of tact and with a bit of give-and-take with the target audience, I'm pleasantly surprised.

***

I've just realized that if I'm going to manage Chicago (I hope so!) I need to start thinking about any costuming projects, now. Aside from Ms. Evangelista's mourning garb in The Forest of the Dead - which would be a bitch to take on a plane, as it would take up most of one suitcase by itself - I'm rather short on inspiration at the moment. Given that I'm flat, stony broke, though, it's probably for the best. *grumble* I'm sure I'll think of something, three weeks out from the convention, as I usually do...
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The BFA Cuddlesome came with Doctor Who Magazine #393, a couple of months ago. I'd ripped it to iTunes and promptly forgot to listen to it. Yay for pleasant surprises on the hard drive!

Eleven minutes into it and the author - Nigel Fairs - cheerfully throws in a local joke which betrays his origins.

The Doctor: "It's not something you'd expect (catches himself) in Brighton"
Angela: (tartly) "Hove."

Naturally, I had to go looking up the author's biography at that point. Sure enough, the lad's from my old hometown, Brighton.

Non-fannish tangent )

PS - FWIW, I'm with Turvey, as messed up as he was, on this one...

1 - The city of Brighton and Hove, I might add. I wonder how many backs that put up. [livejournal.com profile] albion_fan? Can you shed any light on that?
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Lo, I have found some relief for nigh-overwhelming stress:

The audio commentary for Caves of Androzani.

I've scared the cats clear out of the den by laughing too hard twice, already - and I'm only ten minutes in.

Meanwhile, I can't help feeling the twinges on oncoming middle-age as I'm looking at Peter Davison and and Nicola Bryant and shrieking "Oh my god, they're children!"

Edited to add: I'm such a costume-wonk. I'm staring at Sharez Jek's mask and thinking "painted leather, or what?"
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I went through my collection o' Doctor Who books, updated my spreadsheet, looked up prices for the ones I'm missing and then exported it to an alpha-sorted text list and put it on my iPod. With luck, I won't be buying any more duplicates when at the used-book store as I rarely leave the house without Avon (so-called, 'cos it's black and silver and bears close watching...)

Yep. I'm still unemployed...

But, just in case I need a list elsewhere, for reference. I'm dumping a copy of the list, here. 'Ware, frightful HTML code follows. )

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Found via [livejournal.com profile] rm

NYT article on Russell T. Davies - and his impact on British telly and culture via Who and the spinoffs.

It's a good commentary piece, and an interesting read.

Favorite quotes: Behind the cut )
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...and three minutes into The Sontaran Strategem, I'm kicking my little legs into the air.

Donna Noble, since you didn't ask - and I'll have a salute.

I guess I'm part of the Donna fanclub, now.

(in fact, god help me, when I lose a few of these extra pounds, I might consider cosplaying her. She's got curves and I know I look good with reddish hair, given the reaction when I wore the Rebecca Fogg wig. Most of my pals thought the color suited me so well, they thought I'd dyed my hair that color. Granted, the RF wig was a little darker than Donna's quite red hair, but if I stay out of the sun (as is my wont) and use a good foundation... heh)
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No, I haven't finished Torchwood, yet, but I just watched Partners in Crime. More behind the cut. Very minor spoilers. )

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