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The incredible [info]harmonyfb has announced programming for Writercon 2009! Take a look; it’s going to be an awesome convention.

We’ve also opened up the scholarship application process and launched our March Madness fundraiser for the scholarship program.

If you’re into fanfic, please think about attending Writercon. No matter what fandom you’re in, it’s a great place for writers to work on their craft and for everyone who loves fanfiction to share their squee. Learn more at Writercon.com or [info]writercon.

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In other news, they’re doing a DVD of David Tennant’s Hamlet. All I can say is YES!!!!! Once was not enough; I look forward to watching this DVD many, many times. :)

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Mmmm. Fancy mixed drinks? Totally the best way to deal with that kind of news. Thank you, Galaxy Global Eatery.

The possibility of Hamlet coming to NYC is totally my silver lining. PLEASE LET IT HAPPEN. (*crosses fingers, knocks on wood, and prays*)

Note to self: in the midst of hangover misery, don’t forget to put Writercon tickets on sale at noon tomorrow!

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Eep.

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Tennant (maybe?) leaving Doctor Who.

Hmmm... )
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Just got back from the vet. He said Lucifer seems fine based on the exam, but I should watch him closely to see if anything changes. I’m going to work from home the rest of today and probably tomorrow so I can keep an eye on him.

I miss sleeping. Every single noise wakes me up now because I’m afraid it’s Lucifer having a seizure or Lucifer throwing up. :(

Anyway. Distracting myself with Doctor Who stuff before I go do more work:

* Excerpts from Russell T. Davies’ new book about writing Doctor Who. Have I mentioned how much I love this guy? I adore his enthusiasm and positive attitude and, yes, his crazy cracked out ideas. I can’t wait to read the whole book.

Discussion of rumors that could possibly be spoilers )
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I just booked our Stratford B&B.

*squees in a thoroughly undignified manner*

Now we just need to choose a hotel in London for the week before. Where would you stay if you were going to be in London doing touristy things?

(Ideally we want something centrally located, near a tube stop, and with two beds and an en-suite bathroom. And, um, not horrifically expensive. *frantically saves money*)

I have no idea where to even start looking. I’m just finally starting to realize that this is real and we’re actually doing it!

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rusty_halo: (dw: john simm: teh sex)
Oh, god, John Simm is just so cute that I can't even stand it. Look at this interview. And he's so adorably shy in this one (contains spoilers for the end of Life on Mars). And he's such a Paul McCartney fanboy! (It's not my fault; [livejournal.com profile] writteninstars mentioned watching YouTube clips of John Simm all day, and I couldn't get the idea out of my head.)

I watched him in this thing called "Chiller" last night and it turns out that David Fury was right about me after all. Because John Simm plays a serial killer and I totally just wanted to hug the poor darling. He's all sad and lonely! His mother abandoned him! It's not his fault he keeps killing people; his evil imaginary boyfriend will leave him if he doesn't!

He's such a cute little woobie, all angsty and sweet and sad, and then he turns into evil scary psycho!killer. This is clearly the best sort of role for John Simm. He's so young in this; he must've been around 25 but he looks about 17. And I haven't seen him in anything with this much homoerotic subtext since Doctor Who.

[livejournal.com profile] lozenger8 has a great summary/picspam here which anyone interested in adorable pretty boys being psycho and having lots of ho!yay really ought to click. (It took me four tries to write "click" instead of "lick." Freudian slip, much?)

Also, I may have just spent $100 on John Simm DVDs from amazon.co.uk. What? I need to test out my new region free DVD player.

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In, um, non-Simm related news, I listened to three Doctor Who audio books read by David Tennant. It's super fun to hear him read them in his adorable Scottish accent, and then do all the characters with different voices. The Resurrection Casket and The Feast of the Drowned were pretty forgettable childrens' stories, but The Stone Rose was nifty. It's super Doctor/Rose shippy. )

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]

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Okay, so more people recommended 24 Hour Party People, but more people said John Simm is hot in The Lakes. So I went with The Lakes. (Don’t worry, I’ll watch them all eventually.)

The Lakes is a soapy drama from 1997 that lasted two seasons. I didn’t like it much, but the first four episodes do open with John Simm naked, so it was certainly worth watching.

Season one actually isn’t terrible. ( The Lakes season one: in which John Simm is brilliant )

So, season one was ultimately worthwhile. Season two, on the other hand, made me want to gouge out my own eyes. What I want to know is WHAT KIND OF BAD CRACK WERE THEY SMOKING WHEN THEY WROTE THIS THING? Apparently they sat around in the writers room thinking “Hmmm, we have a successful show thanks to our charismatic lead actor and his wonderfully complex character. Let’s reduce him to five minutes per episode and focus on the incredibly dull supporting cast instead!”

I’m not kidding, here are things that actually happened in season two of The Lakes. I’m going to exorcise them now and never speak of them again.

( The Lakes season two: the bad kind of crack )

So that was The Lakes. If you like John Simm, watch season one, and whatever you do, if you value your sanity, stay as far away from season two as possible.

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[info]jaydk came over Friday night for another Doctor Who-and-related marathon. We didn’t manage to squeeze in any Who; instead we watched David Tennant’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are (which is so cute; he gets all angsty when he finds out that his Irish Protestant ancestors weren’t adorkable enlightened modern Liberals like he is) and then the entirety of State of Play. [info]jaydk got really into it and had to know what happened. >:) And then she called me at 1am on Saturday night asking for Life on Mars fic recs, because she was in a John Simm mood. Hee!

I love State of Play. It’s a six-episode political thriller from 2003 in which John Simm plays a reporter investigating the death of his friend’s mistress. My thoughts:

( State of Play Spoilers )

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A couple of John Simm pretties: young, goofy hair, supercute, semi-pr0n and singing with New Order in front of a zillion people.

I am completely jealous of people who live in the UK. Why do they get this awesome Doctor Who season three DVD cover? I’d almost buy it anyway (yay region-free DVD player!) but it’s £48.99. That’s almost $100! Maybe I’ll just print out the picture and paste it over the US DVD set that I have….

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Okay, so more people recommended 24 Hour Party People, but more people said John Simm is hot in The Lakes. So I went with The Lakes. (Don't worry, I'll watch them all eventually.)

The Lakes is a soapy drama from 1997 that lasted two seasons. I didn't like it much, but the first four episodes do open with John Simm naked, so it was certainly worth watching.

Season one actually isn't terrible. The Lakes season one: in which John Simm is brilliant )

So, season one was ultimately worthwhile. Season two, on the other hand, made me want to gouge out my own eyes. What I want to know is WHAT KIND OF BAD CRACK WERE THEY SMOKING WHEN THEY WROTE THIS THING? Apparently they sat around in the writers room thinking "Hmmm, we have a successful show thanks to our charismatic lead actor and his wonderfully complex character. Let's reduce him to five minutes per episode and focus on the incredibly dull supporting cast instead!"

I'm not kidding, here are things that actually happened in season two of The Lakes. I'm going to exorcise them now and never speak of them again.

The Lakes season two: the bad kind of crack )

So that was The Lakes. If you like John Simm, watch season one, and whatever you do, if you value your sanity, stay as far away from season two as possible.

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[livejournal.com profile] jaydk came over Friday night for another Doctor Who-and-related marathon. We didn't manage to squeeze in any Who; instead we watched David Tennant's episode of Who Do You Think You Are (which is so cute; he gets all angsty when he finds out that his Irish Protestant ancestors weren't adorkable enlightened modern Liberals like he is) and then the entirety of State of Play. [livejournal.com profile] jaydk got really into it and had to know what happened. >:) And then she called me at 1am on Saturday night asking for Life on Mars fic recs, because she was in a John Simm mood. Hee!

I love State of Play. It's a six-episode political thriller from 2003 in which John Simm plays a reporter investigating the death of his friend's mistress. My thoughts:

State of Play - Spoilery! )

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A couple of John Simm pretties: young, goofy hair, supercute, semi-pr0n and singing with New Order in front of a zillion people.

I am completely jealous of people who live in the UK. Why do they get this awesome Doctor Who season three DVD cover? I'd almost buy it anyway (yay region-free DVD player!) but it's £48.99. That's almost $100! Maybe I'll just print out the picture and paste it over the US DVD set that I have....

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rusty_halo: (dw: tennant/simm)
Once upon a time, I "didn't get" RPS.

Now I have an OTP. Just... just... look at them! They do these adorable things on purpose just to make their fangirls' heads explode.

Also, I think this photo counts as pornographic just from the expression on John Simm's face.

I watched the first four episodes of State of Play last night and, yes, I am even more in love with John Simm than before.

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[livejournal.com profile] jaydk is the greatest friend in the history of the universe. I know this because she came over to my house last night with a huge DVD folder full of just about every publicly available thing in the history of David Tennant's career.

So we ordered take-out, drank raspberry beer, watched three episodes of Doctor Who (we're doing a rewatch), and then stayed up until 5am giggling over the cuteness of David Tennant. Interviews, various states of insane gravity-defying hair, award shows, cooking shows (!!!! if you're a DT fan and you haven't seen him and his dad on "Ready Steady Cook" you are totally missing out), some incredibly awful sitcom about cops on boats in which the only redeeming feature is a super young David Tennant... oh and then we watched the full Doctor Who Confidentials from the end of season three. The official DVDs leave so much out! You get multiple angles and takes of David sobbing over John Simm! And a whole retrospective about the Master! And did I mention all the footage of John Simm? Good lord, the two of them.

And then [livejournal.com profile] jaydk left and I checked my FL before going to bed, and there was a new chapter of [livejournal.com profile] versaphile's latest and OMG HOTNESS OVERLOAD.

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The Veganomicon potluck on Saturday night was awesome, too. My friend Eva hosted it at her place in Brooklyn, and it was the perfect amount of people for a party, where you can all gather around and basically have one conversation, split into separate digressions, and then come together again as one throughout the night. And I knew everyone, all good people who I like seeing, and can somehow manage to carry on conversation with even though it's not about Doctor Who. Plus Eva's got great musical taste; lots and lots of the 1980s, with Depeche Mode recurring throughout the night.

We all cooked, so we had tons of good food--this artichoke garlic pesto pasta; baked pumpkin ziti; greens with cranberries and pine nuts; roasted eggplant, tomato, and red pepper stew with chickpeas; and awesome desserts: chocolate chip banana bread pudding (mine, it got devoured!), chocolate chocolate chip cookies, pecan rum cookies, banana wheat germ muffins.... And lots and lots of wine. Red wine, white wine, sparkling wine, dessert wine.... we all sprawled around in a circle around this little table, stuffing ourselves with food and drinking and talking until 2am.

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And now: what better way to kill time on a holiday afternoon than sprawled out in front of your computer, cat snuggled in your lap, watching one of the worst shows in the history of television?

Torchwood 1x05 - the best episode so far? )

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I wrote up this thingy for [livejournal.com profile] jolielaide in an attempt to get her into Doctor Who, and thought I'd repost it here for anyone else who may be interested. It explains the basics of my two favorite Doctor Who slash ships (with YouTube links) and then links to some good fic.

(This is "why you should be into Doctor Who because the slash is hot," not "why you should be into Doctor Who in general." Also it's completely spoilery.)

Why the Tenth Doctor is hot )

Why Doctor/Master is hot )

Why Doctor/Jack is hot )

And if you're new to Who/just saw that Torchwood clip and want the quick backstory on Jack:

who the hell is Captain Jack Harkness, and why is he so hot? )

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Some kind of ridiculous combination of cold medicine and coffee caused me to stay up until 2pm on Saturday night. Like I was awake all Saturday night and Sunday morning before finally crashing at 2pm Sunday afternoon. All the while thinking "this is not a very wise thing to be doing when I am sick." And reading Life on Mars fanfic.

[livejournal.com profile] jaydk was over until 5am. We watched Voyage of the Damned and reveled in the mutual squee. I'm so glad that we both loved it. That one scene, where the Doctor snaps his fingers and the angels carry him up, god, I just love it so much. I haven't felt that kind of pure fannish adoration in a long time.

We also watched some of the old series, which is the first I've ever seen of it. I'm not sure what the episodes were called, but it had some kind of mix of vampires/zombies/whatever that thing is in Creature From the Black Lagoon. Also Russians and Nazis and Vikings. And, um, it looked a lot like something a second-year high school Media Arts class would've come up with. Although I did really like Ace. After just one episode she was already more interesting than Martha in her entire series run.

Oh! And then we watched David Tennant in Casanova. It was probably some combination of DayQuil and lack of sleep, but Casanova just totally ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. David Tennant is so emotive, with that expressive face and those huge eyes, and every time he looks sad or hurt I just ACHE FOR HIM. Ack. I hate crying during movies.

I think I've completely lost my ability to judge fanfic objectively, but here are a few Life on Mars stories that stood out:

We Could Steal Time by [livejournal.com profile] dorcas_gustine has really hot kitchen!sex. And good characterization. Although the author has some weird issues with commas. Sam/Gene, NC-17.

All These Editions of You by [livejournal.com profile] dorcas_gustine is in three parts, the first of which is told from an excellent Gene POV. The author keeps him in-character while showing how much he cares about Sam underneath, as much as he'd never admit it even to himself. Sam/Gene, NC-17.

Say Hello to the Id by [livejournal.com profile] maestro1123 has a slashy ultra-sexually-charged fight scene that is just beyond hot. Plus fucked-up masochistic Sam. Some Sam/Annie but mostly Sam/Gene. This is more violence porn than sex porn, so technically not NC-17.

It’s Jus’ Magic by [livejournal.com profile] mikes_grrl is just fantastically cracked-out nonsense of the best sort. Sam/Chris, NC-17.

There are a bunch of stories that try to explain a gay Gene within canon. I thought Undercover by [livejournal.com profile] mikes_grrl was one of the better ones. Sam/Gene, NC-17.

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I loved Voyage of the Damned )

I made my parents watch Doctor Who and observed their reactions )

oh yeah, and I finally saw the end of season one )

I'm happy because I have a whole bunch of shows to watch. I'm still only on episode five of Life on Mars, so I get to finish the first season and watch the whole second season. Then there's season one of Torchwood, and I'll be able to watch season two in real time if I decide to. Oh, and I've been saving up the new Robin Hood as it airs, although I haven't watched it yet, so I'll be able to watch its whole second season in one go (I'm all about Guy of Gisborne). And then Doctor Who starts up again in the spring. (I think I should just move to England.)

Oh, and the Daily Show and Colbert Report start up again in January. I'm still feeling a little iffy about that, since I support the strike, but I know there's no way I'll be able to resist Colbert. ;)

Real life continues to suck, but thank god 2007 is over. I so hope that 2008 will be better. I'll finally have vacation days again! I'm going to London and I'm going to see David Tennant in Hamlet! (I'm putting all my Christmas money into a "London fund"; maybe by the time October arrives I'll actually be able to afford to go there. Damn exchange rate.) What else? I haven't seen Sweeney Todd yet. There's a new Christian Bale Batman and isn't Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man coming out this year? And a new Harry Potter movie! Who needs real life when you've got fandom? Good stuff to look forward to. 2008. Yay.

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I posted an entry the other day but LJ was being weird and wouldn't post so I had to backdate it in order to get it to go through. So then it didn't show up on anyone's FL apparently? (I don't really get the whole backdating thing). But it's here.

Whatever, it wasn't important, just squeeing more about Doctor Who. But the one important thing is: If you have Doctor/Master fic recs, please share. Because I am having a fanfic emergency. In the sense that I want to devour everything ever written in that pairing. Um, as long as it's written well, because I'm a snob.

I'll start with a rec of my own: over the past two days I absolutely devoured New Dawn Fades by [livejournal.com profile] omphalos. It was so good that I rushed home and read it until 2am last night. Frantically clicking "next" every time a chapter ended. And very nearly crying at several points throughout the story. And constantly finding myself surprised at how genuinely well-written and in character it was. I loved it. It's the kind of fic that goes to really dark places, but doesn't leave you feeling miserable. And the kind of fic that manages to make you happy without drowning you in icky unrealistic fluff. It was so good that I watched the end of "Last of the Time Lords" three times, because it felt like seeing the characters from the fic come to life.

(Also because I got a new monitor. It's 22 inches widescreen. It's so gorgeous I might just stop watching television and view everything on my computer now. And I got it super cheap on Black Friday!)

I also read all of [livejournal.com profile] versaphile's Ten/Master stories (well, except the one that went into mpreg territory--it's too big of a personal squick, sorry) and loved them. Oh, and I sent this series as a rec to [livejournal.com profile] jaydk, because I thought it was written well.

What else? Oh yeah, I need Doctor/Master icons. I'm looking but just in case anyone can point me to some nice shareable icons somewhere, that'd be great.

The Doctor/Master thing... well, I already posted raving about it. But continuing that train of thought, the other thing that really works for me about it is that I don't have to distort the characters OOC in order to buy into it. Spike and Xander (sorry!) always required a little suspension of disbelief. Even Spike and Angel, to be honest, although that one's a lot more canonical.

But Doctor/Master... I mean, my god. The Master commits mass genocide and the Doctor's response is to hug him, forgive him, and give up his life of adventure in order to take care of him? Not to mention all the "I love the way you say my name" and "are you asking me out on a date" and oh yeah, the Doctor referring to the Master's wife as his beard.

And then the Master dying in the Doctor's arms, and the Doctor holding him and sobbing! (Sobbing way more than he cried for Rose, btw.) And I know, last of his kind and all that, but still. It's a wonderful ship because there's so many potential interpretations. The Doctor's forgiveness can be interpreted as a kind of heroic transcendent Jesus-thing, or it could just be a really fucked-up co-dependent neediness thing. Or both. Same with the Master--sure, he does a good job of loathing and tormenting the Doctor, but he's also totally obsessed with the Doctor and the Doctor's reactions to what he does.

I don't know. It's the kind of thing that sets up a million different possibilities for a fic writer to explore. Also part of the fun for me is that I'm largely clueless about the canon of the show, and so I don't really have particularly set ideas of the characters in my head anyway. There's not much of a boundary between fandom and canon to me at this point, since it's all new to me right now.

(Speaking of fandom, [livejournal.com profile] jaydk and I were having fun reading one of the DW forums and laughing at the wank that's going on over various spoilers. However, it's definitely cemented my feeling that participating in fannish discussions tends to ruin my fun when it comes to whatever the fandom is actually about. I either get teeth-knashingly angry at the writers or at other fans. So I'm going to avoid actual Doctor Who fandom as much as possible, and just focus on the creative works that come out of it. And have fun.)


Oh, and then on... Monday?... I posted this angsty filtered whiny post (sorry) and [livejournal.com profile] jaydk saw it (oops) and decided to cheer me up by inviting me over to watch David Tennant DVDs from England on her new multi-region DVD player. CLEARLY I NEED TO POST ANGSTY THINGS MORE OFTEN. Because this was so much fun. We watched Learners, which I actually thought was awful, but David Tennant plays this adorable dorky driving instructor and was just super fun to watch.

And then we watched the first episode of Blackpool and OH MY GOD! First of all the show was amazing. Super well written and beautifully filmed and just gorgeous, with its own wonderful style, dark and funny and clever, and the acting and directing and everything was just excellent. And then. David Tennant. GORGEOUS. Like Doctor Who melded with Fox Mulder, minus the aliens. He plays a detective and he's all scruffy and smart and constantly eating (EEEE! ORAL FIXATION) and it's just adorable. OH and the most important part: at the end of the episode he sings! a duet! of "These Boots are Made for Walking"!!

Naturally, we have urgent plans to watch the rest of this series this weekend, since it was a Monday night and we only got through one episode. Don't spoil me. It was so good.

What else? I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I'm still re-reading "Queen's Play" and I started "Beat to Quarters" by C.S. Forester (good so far). I'm listening to PIG again and rediscovering how awesome it is and how well Raymond Watts' lyrics go with a nice dark Doctor/Master slash fic.

Oh, and I've been helping revamp the Chemlab site. Except it's not finished yet. But it's looking good, right? At least now the tour dates are up. I made the content management system and its structural stuff; others made the banner and color scheme; and various people have been doing the actual data input. The Hydrogen Bar.

Which reminds me of another thing I forgot to mention: CHEMLAB IS ON TOUR. They are wonderful and you should go see them. Definitely. Chemlab tour dates.

I have too much stuff in my head right now. Oh, and I've been trying to keep up with LJ, but not doing well with it. I love you guys and I'm trying to comment more often....


Tonight I'm going to see My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. I bought the tickets a while ago. I wish I knew exactly when they're going on so that I don't have to wait in some dank club half the night. I'm so tired today; I really just want to go home and sleep. Or, um, read Ten/Master fic on my gigantic new LCD monitor. *sigh*

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