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Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:45 am
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Master Fic List

Doctor Who

Single Chapter Stories

Third Doctor
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Fourth Doctor
Cooking with Gallifreyans  (LJ)

Ninth Doctor
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Tenth Doctor
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Eleventh Doctor
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Twelfth Doctor

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Sarah Jane Adventures
A Light in the Dark  (LJ)
Carbon, Earth and Stardust  (LJ)

Triptych  (LJ)
Going Out With the Tide  (LJ)

Multi-Chapter Stories 
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region

Sapphire and Steel

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Marvel Cinematic Universe

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How to Gather Rosebuds (LJ)
Timing, As Always, Is Everything (LJ)

External Links: Ao3; Teaspoon

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External Links: A03

[sticky entry] Sticky: Dept. of Organization

Saturday, 29 August 2015 04:57 pm
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Multi- Chapter Stories

Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts. 

Doctor Who
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region
Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
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Over Easy 
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Sea Bound Hearts
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Redeeming the Tree
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Dept. of Birthdays

Saturday, 22 October 2016 01:15 pm
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
Two Remarkable Women

Because I will be late for my own funeral, I have missed the birthdays of two remarkable women, and I want to correct that right now.

On Friday, 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon  celebrated her Benny Birthday, and I hope she was surrounded by love throughout the day. My dear, you are a force of nature, you have more energy in your little finger than I have in my entire body, you are fierce, and funny, and kind, and bone-deep hungry for life, for learning, for understanding this world and its inhabitants better. All that you have gained in this world, you have gotten because of your own huge heart and gloriously, mulishly stubborn resistance to standing still, or becoming stagnant. You are creative during times when I'd curl up in a ball and twitch, you are loving and generous in situations where I'd shoot someone, you are humble but determined not to stop trying to make your life better. You're like a weeble, you know; you wobble, but you don't fall down. Let's hope we can get together; I'll make curry for us all, and you can make your legendary pasta sauce. In the meantime, keep being your extraordinary self, and know that I adore you, and want you to have your best year yet.  Happy Birthday!

And far across the Atlantic, 
[personal profile] elisi  has been celebrating her birthday with Mr. Darcy and their daughters. I hope your birthday has been magnificent, in just the right shade of magnificence you desire, whether that be quiet or raucous. You are one of the first people who introduced me to the idea that one could look at one's fandom love in a way that takes squee beyond squee, into depth of thought. You are both insightful and incisive; you provoke thoughts in those with whom you speak (I know this from first hand experience.) Your influence is such that, when I watch something that I know we both love, my first thought is "I must see what elisi thinks."  When I write, one of my first thoughts is "Does this rise to elisi's standards?" Not to mention, you have a puckish sense of humor that you let out on just the right occasions; you care deeply about the world - you are, in short, someone that I am so very glad to have met on the Internet. Here's to many, many more discussions (at least that don't involve four-letter alphabet soup personality modalities; I leave that to you, Owls, and Proton.) Happy Birthday! 
kaffyr: (Tired of typesetting)
Third Debate

More astute political analysis )

We have 20 more days to go. Jesus wept.


Yeah. Jesus is still weeping.  
kaffyr: (Badly Written)
I Am Running Around in All Directions

I am not quite acting like a chicken with its head cut off (and yes, children, that was a thing in the days when one might dispatch a chicken for dinner), but whatever I'm doing is very close to that. I shall search for a simile when I have time. 

So it seems as if I definitely must complete three days' work before the end of Thursday, because the medical procedure I'm undergoing on Friday has been moved up from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. And I just realized that I'm supposed to attend a meeting Thursday night, in the midst of preparing for my procedure. The combination of meeting and procedure prep is, for a variety of reasons undoubtedly known to those of you over 50, unrealistic. I am praying that the meeting will actually be viewable online; then I can cover it from home, which will a much more suitable locale, given the prep necessities.

(What? No, I'm not going to spell it out for you, although the hint I gave you ought to be enough. I will say that, in addition to that for which I'm prepping, I'll be undergoing an endoscopy at roughly the same time. God, I love growing old.)

Yesterday I realized that, by covering one story last Thursday, in The Place That I Have Come to Loathe, I missed another meeting in my regular and much-preferred beat. Luckily, I was able to cover that meeting by archived video. Hurrah for 21st century tech. 

And therefore I'm off! Perhaps I'll have enough energy to check back in later today. I'd like that.  

Dept. of Sunday

Sunday, 16 October 2016 05:29 pm
kaffyr: Young Melody Pond regenerates (I can fix that)
How To Make The Coming Week Better

Actually, I don't have a recipe for making the coming week better, so that's a rather misleading headline. But I want to make the week better. So, lack of recipe notwithstanding, how do I do it?

Saving bandwidth since 2006.... )
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
Hi there, [personal profile] brithistorian !

I hope you're around somewhere, and that your birthday yesterday was a good one! I always enjoy reading posts from you, because you're a thoughtful, observant, and kind person. I wish there were more people like you in the world, and I hope that the coming year is a good one for you.  

Dept. of Good Things

Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:50 pm
kaffyr: The OT3 together, before PotW (Jack and Nine and Rose)

This is a great article, especially when you consider the writer apparently either doesn't know much about JB, or is writing the piece for people he knows doesn't know much about JB. And JB comes across, once again, as a real sweetheart. 

Dept. of Good Things

Thursday, 13 October 2016 05:44 pm
kaffyr: (See the Sky)
Stuff I'm Happy About

Since I think I've spent too many recent posts bitching and moaning about stuff, here are some random — very random — things about which I'm happy. 

I remembered, thanks to this neat piece at Tor.com, how much I adore Cordwainer Smith. He is, as the writer states, one of the Great Peculiars of SF&F. Anyone out there a reader of his work? 

In what is a first for me, or certainly for the first time in a long time, I started and completed a news feature story in the same day, without the nerves and trepidation which that task has lately engendered in me; what's more, I feel as if I've done a good job. 

After two days of undoubtedly necessary rain, we had a glorious fall day. 

I managed to confirm that my iPad and laptop bag, which I'd mistakenly left in a union meeting when I grabbed the wrong bag, was safe, and that I could swap the bags tomorrow. Relief!

I am not achy today, and that's good. 


And tomorrow is Friday. Hurrah!

Dept. of Birthdays

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 03:07 pm
kaffyr: Umbrella's, figure rise in a field; from Magritte? (umbrellas rise)
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] carbonel !

I was going to wish you a happy birthday in advance, had the Cubs won their Monday game. They lost, and I despaired just a little bit, because it seemed as if they were being ... well ... Cub-ish. 

And then they won last night. I can't think of a nicer thing to watch as your birthday came to an end yesterday. So many happy returns of the day to a Cubs fan, a fanfic fan, a yarn fan, an SF&F fan, and a very lovely person. May this year be the year (although I'm going to throw a kinehora out there just to be sure.)
kaffyr: Doc Yewl from Defiance (yewlyay)

Today is over. I'm so glad. 

Tomorrow, however, is yet to arrive, and it will be a bear. 

I'd like to stay awake to watch Game 3 of Chicago vs. San Francisco, but I don't think I'll be able to. 

I hope everyone had a good Monday!
kaffyr: The First Doctor isn't amused (Bullshit!)
Debate, Part Two

You know abso-damn-lutely nothing - NOTHING - about Canada's health care, says the woman whose Canadian mum was beautifully cared for in her last days, who got care both quickly and thoroughly. 

Fuck. You. 

No, unfuck you. I don't want you enjoying sex. 

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Regarding the Debate Thus Far

Sorry about this.... )
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Today is Sunday

Tonight there will be a presidential debate, one during which hundreds of thousands of viewers will sit, waiting for the moment when Donald Trump finally, completely, mesmerisingly, permanently, unforgettably loses his shit for real, and sends the GOP into a death spiral* so complete that one could get sick on the juicy, deliciously rich schadenfreude. 

But that's tonight. And perhaps I won't even watch, because I've already shouted myself almost hoarse this weekend, in the service of something far more joyous, which you'll see under the cut. 

So today, this very sunny afternoon, I'm going to share with you two things: 

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* Actually, I hope it's not a death spiral. The two-party system may not be ideal, but it sure as hell beats the one-party system. I'd just like something a little less batshit crazy than the current version of the Grand Old Party.

Dept. of Birthdays

Friday, 7 October 2016 08:50 pm
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
Happy, Happy, to Many, Many

It's been quite the week; quite the non-communicative week. But it's Friday, BB and I are about two hours away from heading out to the Beat Kitchen to hear FB and his first band get back together for a 15-year reunion show - yes, it's a midnight show, and yes, we know we're too damned old for this sort of thing, but we're doing it anyway ... and it's time to catch up with the lovely people I know who have had a number of birthdays over the last little while. 

Happy birthday, to 
[personal profile] rmjwell , ex-Chicagoan, who I expect is watching the first came of the Cubs v Giants tonight; he's a very wise man, a connoisseur of burlesque, a dad, and a fan - quite the package! He celebrated a birthday on Oct. 4, and I hope the birthday was wonderful. (I also hope he gets a great World Series birthday, but I'm not going to jinx anything by saying any more.)

Happy birthday to 
[personal profile] supergee , another very wise man. There are some very, very, very rare occasions where I don't agree with you. Very, very, very rare (and almost always in terms of musical tastes). I am lucky to know someone who is funny, smart, perceptive, and kind. I hope your birthday, which took place Oct. 6, was a good one, and I hope the coming year is a good one for you. 

Speaking of kind and smart, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] heatherbelles also celebrated on Oct. 6. She is a scholar of history, a specialist in museum displays, a Dr. Who fan, a gardener, and a totally worthwhile human being. You're not often around here, but I hope you know that I'm wishing you a delayed birthday; I am very glad I met you over on TWoP, and maybe, once I win that Great Big Lottery, I can cross the pond and meet you in person!

kaffyr: Twelve busses River! (Happy River and Twelve!)
To [personal profile] promethia_tenk 

Your birthday was yesterday, and I hope it was an extraordinarily good one. 

You are one of the reasons that I love fandom. You love the telling of tales, all kinds of tales, in so many ways. You're curious, wryly and acutely observant, interpreting and reinterpreting what you see and hear, exploring what it means and why you love it - and you encourage that in others, just by dint of the joy you take in the process. That's the best of fannish behavior, right there. You're a pleasure to talk to, to laugh with, to meditate upon things with. You've made my own ruminations on the fandoms we share more rewarding. 

You are, in short, an admirable and lovely person, and I am very glad we are acquainted. Someday it would be a joy to meet you. Until then, just continue being awesome, and have a great year!

Dept. of Birthdays

Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:04 am
kaffyr: (newsies sell papes)
Happy Birthday [personal profile] strannik01 !

It's a delayed birthday wish, but I definitely want to send it, to a fellow Chicago area journalist and astute observer of the area's political and social milieu, and someone whose gently acerbic ruminations on both are always a pleasure to read. Knowing someone who is part of two of my worlds - fandom and reporting - is a wonderful privilege. Glad I "know" you!

kaffyr: The TARDIS at Giverny (TARDIS at Giverny)
Title: Separate Journeys, Similar Destinations
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Jo Grant Jones, Martha Jones
Words: 3,339
Summary: For Jo Grant, The Year That Never Was started with a sorrowful flight up Brazil's Rio Negro, and continued with a year-long struggle to keep people alive.  When she met Martha Jones and heard of her travels across the globe, she was driven to help.
Author's Note: This was written, with a great deal of affection, for 
[personal profile] scripsi , in the 2015 [community profile] fandom_stocking  fun. She admitted to a love of Jo Grant and the Master. While I didn't think I could do justice to Delgado!Master, I share her love of Jo, who is an underestimated Companion with a ready smile, a quick wit, and a spine of steel hidden underneath her gentle seeming. I thought about what Jo might have done during The Year That Never Was — a thought that dovetailed nicely with my musings on how Martha Jones might have made her way around the world. This story is the result.  
Disclaimer: Much as I wish it were otherwise, nothing in the Whoniverse, save the occasional original character, is mine. All others belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I simply love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox. 


The late June morning ... )
kaffyr: Animated Canadian flag (Canada!)
In (Very) Brief

Went down and visited the striking Chronicle Herald workers on their picket line, talked to several of the folks holding down their union strike office, took pictures, made a donation, told them I was hoping for the best. Come this morning, I hear that the Chronicle Herald has had to shut down its weekly edition in Cape Breton (the northern island part of Nova Scotia) because of - and they admitted this in their announcement - "a headwind of union sympathy." Good. Capers are good union folks, and this will hit them in their pocket, maybe go a ways to force them back to the table. 

Going to dinner tonight with an old friend. Going on the Bluenose tomorrow. Pics from both of those things Saturday, most probably. Boy, are the folks at Mac's local Tim Horton's ever getting to know me. (And Bob.) 

Dept. of Oh, Hell

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 11:08 am
kaffyr: (Clara didn't ask for this)
 I Think My Laptop is Dying

And my company is deliberately not responding to my questions about my phone.

I do NOT need this. 

Must think of fluffy bunnies. 

Actually, thinking of the gorgeous day, and the fact that I'm gonna drop down to see striking Chronicle Herald workers this afternoon before heading up to the Valley to visit with my step-dad again. (We visited for awhile yesterday, and told him we'd take him out to have ice cream this afternoon.)

So, that's good. And laptops can be replaced, or fixed (preferably the latter.)

Huh - I actually feel pretty good now! Vacation magic ....

kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
In My Brother's Back Yard

This is what we saw when we looked out the bedroom window this morning. 
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And from the sublime to the slightly ridiculous; this is at Wolfville's water front park yesterday, showing why the town was first called Mud Creek. But in the background you can see Cape Blomidon, so only slightly ridiculous!
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kaffyr: Animated Canadian flag (Canada!)
As It Says on the Tin

I'm here in Canada with Bob, staying at my brother's and enjoying everything so far except the extreme lack of internet (I told Bob that I am indeed addicted. I've been twitchy and irritable without my phone (no international cellular yet, long, horrible story which I'll talk about when I have more access than the local Tim Horton's) and wifi, but being here, just for joyful things and not for dying loved ones, almost makes up for it. Almost. 

No, really, I love it here, and I'm able to laugh at myself, mostly. I wrote some things (longhand! Lo-fi wonderment!) in my notebook, and I may transcribe some of it tomorrow, although looking at what I wrote only reminded me about how irritable I could get. Still. OK, I'm going to pick up another book for my Kindle, and get the heck out of here, but goodness, it's good to be able to talk to people again (although I won't be able to respond until tomorrow.) And I'll upload a couple of pics I took yesterday, to prove I'm actually here. 

kaffyr: Weeping angel peers through "clock" (Time's no Angel)
Phyllis Schlafly is Dead

As it says on the tin.
I wish I could think of something nice to say about the woman. She certainly was a bundle of energy. How about these? She had a way with words.  

She was also a mean-spirited, hypocritical ultra-conservative force for regression and oppression. And of all those attributes, it may be her hypocrisy that has always rubbed me the most raw. She was able to live her very independent life, dedicated to fighting against independence for women, because she married a rich man. 

Faugh. Enough. There were people who loved her, and I am sorry that they feel the loss. 

But the world was made worse through her efforts, and if there is a seat of god, she ought to hang her head in shame before it.
kaffyr: (Joe Hill)
I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night

It doesn't matter that Labor Day is almost over. That's because every day is Labor Day. On this Labor Day
, I remember Joe Hill
YouTube heavy post under here )
kaffyr: Keep Calm and Carry on At Length poster (Carry On)
I Am Not - Repeat, Not - Going To Give Up On Posting. Or Responding To Posts

Because all of you out there are very important to me. 

I realize that the last few months have seen epic absence from me. Somehow, each day at work has been so much more stressful than it's been in the past, that getting off work in the evening doesn't leave me with enough energy to communicate. I haven't worked out why that seems to be the case - certainly, I've posted like mad during previous periods of extremely high stress - and perhaps it's counter-productive to wonder at the reasons. Poking a stick at a dead horse doesn't do anything for you or the horse. 

Exercise in writing something longer than a tweet )
What I've seen on YouTube )
Union work, huzzah! )
Jazz! )

Nova Scotia, television, gin and hernias )
Dear lord, I'm babbling like a brook. It's time for me to cease. But I can tell you that it's wonderful actually having the time and energy to post. I'm very happy about that. 

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 22 August 2016 05:40 pm
kaffyr: Hayao's realistic Pompoko raccoons yawn in our faces (Pompoko yawns)
A Coyote on Lawrence Avenue

On Saturday night,  BB and I were returning home to Chicago's North Side from some friends' barbecue on the far South Side. As we drove east on Lawrence Avenue, we saw a huge and beautiful coyote walk out into the street, then retreat back into the line of parked cars on the south side of Lawrence, opposite the cemetery at Clark and Lawrence.

More, under here )


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