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What I am reading Wednesday

Because I’ve been tracking how many books I’ve read and acquired this year I can see that I’ve read 19 so far. Which seems like a small number. I’ve just taken it as read that reading a book a week on average is easy. But I got out of the habit of reading (and everything else) while I was spending all my free time coding. Since then the only thing I’ve got back into is writing. I need to do better at the reading. (Although not listed is all the fanfic I’ve read and that I spend an hour a week reading The Week.)

What I Just Finished Reading
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell. I pre-ordered this, so it was a nice surprise when it turned up. At the beginning of the book I was struggling to remember what happened in the last book and was wondering if I should re-read it. But after a couple of days of reading I couldn’t remember what happened earlier in the book, so concluded there was no point in reading the previous one. Generally I enjoyed it, but the problem with the trilogy is that I think it should have stopped after the first book.

What I’m Currently Reading
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars. I bought this when we went on a book-buying trip to Hay-on-Wye. I don’t remember how many years ago but it was definitely counted in years. I looked at more recently and wondered why I’d bought a book of SF wars, no matter how cheap it was, given that I’m not really into wars. But I have been enjoying it. The good thing about short stories is that if you don’t like them then there’ll be another one along soon. But most of them I have enjoyed, and there have been some interesting themes and not all necessarily just about battles. I only have two stories to go!

What I’m Reading Next
Something from my to read pile that’s much less thick (the SF wars book is nearly 500 pages).

AO3 stats meme

It turns out I haven’t done this since May 2015. It’s more tricky to do now because I’ve ticked the box to hide everyone’s stats. Partly because they took away the ability to hide my stats from everyone so this one I can pretend like everyone sees the same as me. And also partly because one Yuletide I wrote the fic with the lowest hits/kudos/comments by an order of magnitude. I’m much happier not knowing that. Continue reading

Writing

I’ve been doing lots of writing this month.

I procrastinated on my [info]unconventionalcourtship fic by writing six Doctor Who drabbles for Merry Month of Drabbles. Which I really enjoyed writing.

I finished off a fic I started in 2018 that’s a sequel to one [info]selenay wrote for me in an exchange. At one point it was 4905 words and I was determined to get up to 5000 even though I kept taking words out when editing. And also realised I had forgotten that since I’ve set it during SJA’s run that it’s before smartphones…
The Ballet Date (5018 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Kate Lethbridge-Stewart/Sarah Jane Smith
Characters: Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith
Additional Tags: Second Date, Ballet, Motherhood, Friends to Lovers
Summary: Kate and Sarah Jane’s second date doesn’t go quite as planned.

I was then inspired by the most recent episode of Strange New Worlds to write a post-ep. Which lots of other people were too, but mine was gen and therefore the only one I was interested in reading. I thought before the series started that it would be one I’d get into, but then once it started I didn’t have any interest in writing anything and thought it would stay that way. Turns out I am all about the Pike angst…
Time and Memory (515 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Christopher Pike, Number One (Star Trek), Geoffrey M’Benga
Additional Tags: Post-Episode: s01e04
Summary: Pike and Number One discuss the aftermath of the events in Memento Mori

I recently listened to the latest UNIT audio and realised there is potential for Sarah & Harry fic, which they can’t do in the audios. But since I reject the idea that Sarah dies at any point, I can totally write.
Vanishing Act (866 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who (1963), UNIT: the New Series (Big Finish Audio)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan (Doctor Who)
Summary: An old friend turns up at Sarah Jane’s.

After writing 5000+ word fics, writing under 1000 words is so much quicker and easier.

After about four revisions of plot and POV I think I finally have a first draft of my [info]unconventionalcourtship fic that I don’t hate. And no excuse not to finish it now…

Things

I didn’t mean to go three weeks without posting anything, but I was busy and then I was ill (labyrinthitis – at least it wasn’t covid, but it’s also a thing I would describe as wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy).

Some thing that have happened:

1. I had a birthday – at the beginning of the month. I had the day off and went out to spend an hour with rabbits. Definitely the best thing I could do on my birthday. And I discovered a former vegan cafe nearby had a choice(!) of gluten free vegan cakes. I had a very nice, big, chocolatey slice.

2. Back in autumn 2019 I bought some new clogs because the old ones were squishing my toes and slipping on the heel. I tried these out in my garden in summer 2020, then wore them for the first time last month. And they promptly took more skin that you’re imagining off my heel. So that hurt. I now have more heel padding so my new clogs now also squish my toes…

3. I’d just about recovered from that and could dance again when I got labyrinthitis. Which I’m still not 100% recovered from. But I am definitely getting better – yesterday I wanted to do something active, so I sat in the garden and pulled up weeds. I did do quite a bit of writing towards the end of the week to test how much I could use a computer and think in order to work out when to go back to work.

4. It’s tennis on telly season! aka the French Open started today. Although I don’t watch it on TV because I don’t like the camera work, adverts or Jim Courier. Interestingly, though, on an episode of The Bill from 1984 a character mentioned getting home to watch the French Open. I had no idea it was on TV at all until recently. I have the second week of Wimbledon off, which I am looking forward to (as long as Djokovic doesn’t win – or Novax as he’s known in our house).

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers. I struggled with this to begin with because it was so slow. I eventually looked at the blurb on the back and realised it was introducing me to all the characters before the plot actually started. Which turned out to only be a chapter away by that point. And once the plot did start I really enjoyed it and finished it quickly. I enjoyed it overall, but I could have done without struggling through the slow start.

What I’m Currently Reading
Dead Famous by Greg Jenner. I think I bought this for £1 in Kobo’s Black Friday sale in 2021. It’s about celebrities of the past. It is interesting and he has some amusing asides. But what amused me was that he quoted someone in the 1930s complaining about a celebrity who was famous just because her father was rice and famous. The quote was longer than that, but it could be about any number of celebrities these days. He gave the quote and said “were you thinking of Kim Kardashian” and I wasn’t because I didn’t know her father was famous. I thought she was famous for having an artificially big bum. I don’t think I’m really into the whole celebrity culture. But it’s still really interesting to read about (long) dead famous people and what they were famous for.

What I’m Reading Next
No idea. Still working through books I’ve had a while and really ought to read and it’ll be whatever I fancy next.

Space Swap

Now [info]space-swap has been revealed, I can talk all about it.

First, I got an excellent Galaxy Quest world-building gift:
The Quest Continues (1668 words) by tablelamp
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Summary: Messages from an online Galaxy Quest community, circa 1999-2000

It’s delightfully nostalgic. And for the first time in an exchange I shook my gift! That was because when I went to upload mine I realised the number of gifts I have had gone up and there were something like eight fics uploaded at that point. So by shook I mean I looked at the fandoms list and only one of them was something I’d asked for. And since I knew I’d asked for world building, I wasn’t sure what other shaking I could do. So I didn’t. I was excited to be getting it, so further shaking didn’t seem necessary.

And now for the things I wrote: Continue reading

15 characters meme: answers

First, the characters. I purposely picked 15 different fandoms. Some of them will be really obscure to some people, so I will explain who they are in my answers.

1. Josie Trent (Black Hole High)
2. Missy (Doctor Who)
3. Harry Pearce (Spooks)
4. Spock (Star Trek)
5. Villanelle (Killing Eve)
6. Lynda Day (Press Gang)
7. Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap)
8. Danny Wilde (The Persuaders)
9. Emma Peel (The Avengers)
10. Servalan (Blake’s 7)
11. Elizabeth Weir (Stargate Atlantis)
12. Josh Lyman (The West Wing)
13. John Boulton (The Bill)
14. Marty Hopkirk (Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased))
15. Flynn Carsen (The Librarians)

To the answers: Continue reading

Fifteen characters meme

It feels like everyone is doing it, and it looks like fun, so why not do it too. I’ll answer these next weekend.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: “One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?”, “Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?”, “Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?”

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.