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Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:45 am
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
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)

Torchwood
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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Vorkosiverse

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

External Links: Ao3; Teaspoon

Meta
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External Links: A03




[sticky entry] Sticky: Dept. of Organization

Saturday, 29 August 2015 04:57 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
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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kaffyr: (Clara and 11 journey)
I Saw "Arrival"

And it was pretty much magnificent. Dennis Villeneuve has created an amazing film based on Ted Chiang's novella "Story of Your Life." I have not read the story, but based on what I saw today, I'll be buying it soon. 

It is elegant, intellectually clean, unsettling, and challenging. It is emotionally sonorous. It is beautiful. Amy Adams deserves so much praise for every minute change on her face and in her eyes. Every character, human or otherwise is treated with respect and, as a result, acts in ways that are understandable. The music is amazing, the message about humanity, language, love, and fear, and time, and more, are what you make of them. 

If this doesn't win a ton of awards, I will be very disappointed. 
kaffyr: Amy in profile in Byzantium garden (Amy remains in light)
Happy Delayed Birthday to Two Wonderful People

Years ago now, I met two lovely young women on TWoP; fellow Doctor Who fans, fellow science fiction fans, and fellow genre television fans. 

More than that, however, they were lovers of language, and people of faith. They combined those two things and have found a mission, and a path. I don't share their faith, but I'm proud to know people who live theirs. 

I hope your Nov. 24 birthdays were very good ones; I wish the coming year treats you well - all the best, [livejournal.com profile] mack_the_knife and [livejournal.com profile] namarie24!

Dept. of Thanks

Thursday, 24 November 2016 01:50 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS at Giverny (TARDIS at Giverny)
Thank You All

This world is a horrible world. But it's also, as Louie sang, a wonderful world. 

There are children dying in the Mediterranean. There are families starving in Aleppo. There are indigenous Americans and their allies being injured and frozen in North Dakota. There are black men and women, fellow citizens, who are being shot and prisoned here in a country that pretends it wasn't built on the backs of black men and women. There are people who wish to know nothing, and wish us to share their ignorance, at gunpoint, if necessary. There are slightly different versions of this horror across the globe. There is death, and starvation, and dying, and hate, and hate, and hate, and bitter tears, and the silence of apathy.

But there are sunrises. There are unexpected sperm whales greeting delighted underwater oceanographic nerds. There are lives saved. There are lives lived fully and fiercely with full and fierce love. There are rockets and tiny, tiny starships carrying bits of us into the icy dark, not caring one whit that there might not be anyone out there to meet. There are wonders, and children who may still save us. There are beautiful books, there are lovers, there are people who we love and who love us back.  There are angels unawares, dressed just like us. They are, in fact, us. 

And you are there, my friends, in that latter. 

Thank you. 

Any support I can give you, I will. Any love I can send you, I will. 

I love you all. 



Dept. of Thursday

Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:56 pm
kaffyr: (Happy Kyouso Giga daughter)
Cauliflower, Capons, Early Deadlines

I have just roasted cauliflower florets after tossing them with coarsely chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and olive oil. It is really, really good. I don't know why I didn't think about roasting cauliflower before the age of 61. (Me, not the cauliflower.) I have a new side-dish for Thanksgiving!

I was playing around with the idea of having a capon rather than a turkey for thanksgiving dinner. After some thought and reading, I've decided not to do so. I'll just go with a smaller turkey and slow/moist roast it. 

Can you tell I'm going into Thanksgiving dinner mode? Doing so makes me happy. We're having FB and Em, our friend JT, Drs. Gonzo and Bob (not my BB, a different Bob), and maybe a couple of others. BB has asked that we don't talk about politics. Knowing our friends, that may be impossible, but we'll try to minimize the talk. As he says, he'll even be willing to watch football if it stops the political talk. "I want to be thankful," he says, and I understand. 

Early deadlines, early deadlines, early deadlines. Lord, what a pain. And I signed myself up for a Saturday evening assignment, which is also a bit of a pain, although it'll be an automatic 6 hours of pay. 

And now, to sit with my beloved and watch anime!
kaffyr: Keep Calm & dive behind the sofa (Dive behind the sofa)
Thoughts, In No Particular Order

I have been thinking of Leonard Cohen's music today, having been reminded of it via an add on our local jazz radio station for a one-hour remembrance of him. I only got to hear the last 20 minutes or so of it, but it's made me want to listen to his albums, both the early and the later ones. I really want to hear his last one; "You Want It Darker." I heard the title song, and it's Cohen at his elliptical, emotionally unsparing and beautiful best. I don't know what I love about his music more, the words, the imagery, the love he bears for everything he views ... perhaps, too, the past week's events beyond his death have kept him in my head. 

Facebook and Livejournal share the creepy practice of telling you about upcoming birthdays of people who have died. I got one such notification today and was reminded that we all live on, on the internet.

I completed (I think) a conversation over on LJ, in my last post; because I didn't put the post under a lock, this person wandered in and launched into a strong attack on my progressive stance. I decided to try to engage; although the effort wasn't ultimately successful, I'm glad I didn't simply ignore the person. At the very least, he challenged me to think about the best way to respond to his claims. I do worry, from time to time, about living in my own liberal/progressive echo chamber, and requiring myself to step outside that chamber, even if it's just in the tiny way I did with this conversation, is probably a good thing.

BB and I are finally getting into the latest run of anime titles. I'm extremely impressed with one that has the rather unprepossessing English title of "Flip Flappers." I'm not even going to try to describe it, except to say that if you liked FLCL, chances are you'll like this one, too. 

Last night I got the chance to hear Father Michael Pfleger speak in person for the first time. He impressed the hell out of me. 


kaffyr: (We used to dream)
Post Deluge Ruminations

Some of these are gathered from comments I've made in earlier post-election conversations here and on LJ. Others I've thought about more recently. 

All the bitterness, with none of the hope )

Dept. of Birthdays

Saturday, 12 November 2016 07:55 pm
kaffyr: A picture of the Eighth Doctor (Eight in time)
Many, Many Happy Returns, [personal profile] kerravonsen !

Your birthday was on Nov. 11, and I hope your Remembrance Day (at least that's what we called it in Canada) was a happy one, whether than meant quiet cheer, raucous friends, close and loving family, or a mix of all three. You are a talented writer, a craftswoman with the self discipline to put beautiful things together with your hands, an adventurer in ice cream, a science fiction and fantasy fan, and so much more. 

You are a person of faith, who tries to live by the tenets of her faith, and who thinks about that faith as she does so. That's a rare thing in my experience. Even though there are places where we hold very different views, I think you are a force for good in the universe - you have certainly brightened my little part in it, and have offered comfort on those days when I've felt lowest. If I ever get down to your corner of the world, I hope we can sit and talk; I'd consider it a particular joy. 

May the coming year be a good one for you!
kaffyr: Two elegant dancers (Dance)
Nov. 8: Too Depressing Even For Him

Leonard Cohen has died. 









(All jokes aside, I adored Cohen's poetry, his music, his brilliance, his humor, his resilience - and, of course, his flawless abilities as a ladies' man. I'll miss the fedora and the quirked smile, the darkly glittering entirety of him.)



Dept. of Birthdays

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 06:20 pm
kaffyr: Japanese building w/flowers on blue ground (Blue Nippon)
Before the Election Madness Takes Me Over ...

I want to wish a late, but very sincere, birthday wish to [livejournal.com profile] cathica, a gifted writer, and one of the only writers of fine, distilled horror whose work draws me, a confirmed horror-avoider, in. She writes with humanity, and with an eye to both the pure and the twisted ways we love and live. I first saw her skill in her Doctor Who fanfic, and it was a rare pleasure to get to know her a tiny bit more via the occasional letter and postcard. She sent me a journal to write in, and I still find the time to write in it! To you, excellent writer, kind person and opponent of bears, I raise a glass, and wish for you in the coming year. 
kaffyr: from "Spirited Away" (Duck gods)
Because You Need This

I have never heard porcupine vocalization before. It is adorable. 

Dept. of Birthdays

Saturday, 5 November 2016 01:27 pm
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
To a Progressive, Fannish, Beer Aficionado With Flair

Hi there, [livejournal.com profile] erikvolson! I hope today is an excellent natal anniversary for you, to be followed by an excellent year. And perhaps this year, we'll have some time to get together, eh?

Dept. of CUBS!!!!!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 05:32 pm
kaffyr: (Cubs!)
Game 7, World Series, Cubs ... Armageddon?

Believe it or not, I'm actually working tonight - going to a hastily-organized Cubs-watching party in one of my towns. It means I'll be forced to look at the game, which could be fatal, but it could also provide me with a cover for next week. And, hey, it may be fun. Yes, yes, of course, it could be absolutely heart-breaking, but let's just ignore that for now. 

I'm just going to leave these two videos here, both songs by the late devoted Cubs fan Steve Goodman, one a gently snarky tribute to the team's ability to make us weep, and the other a paean to Cubs' fans boundless optimism. 

Go, Cubs!





Dept. of Sunday

Sunday, 30 October 2016 06:02 pm
kaffyr: (Cubs!)
 Tick As Many Boxes as You Want...
Poll #17720 Cubs Fever
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


What Sympathetic Magic Should I Perform to Help the Cubs?

View Answers

Don't watch the game, for god's sake!
1 (12.5%)

Watch the game, for god's sake!
1 (12.5%)

Fingers in ears, sing la-la-la!
1 (12.5%)

Sacrifice to the gods of baseball
3 (37.5%)

No, better, sacrifice to the dark gods, that'll go well!
0 (0.0%)

Weep
3 (37.5%)

Cats!
6 (75.0%)

All of the above
1 (12.5%)

None of the above
0 (0.0%)

Again I say - cats!
7 (87.5%)

Dept. of Game 3

Friday, 28 October 2016 07:50 pm
kaffyr: (Cubs!)
I Am Watching

I hope this isn't a bad thing. 
kaffyr: (Hurrah!)
 CUBS!! WIN!!

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.

Oh, and HE WON'T SAY WHETHER HE'LL ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION.

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)
Barrowmaaaaan!!!

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. 

Kitties!

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)
I. Am. TALKING TIRED!

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!

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