bagheera_san: (Default)
So maybe you're wondering if I have any thoughts on the Doctor Who Christmas special, but I don't really, because I tried to watch it yesterday and only got through about half of it because my levels of I DON'T CARE became unbearable and I decided that sleep would be more novel and exciting than this. Not even Richard E. Grant could make me care, alas.

In other news... still reading/studying, Christmas was pretty much the same as every year (family not much into it, party with friends lovely), my mum and her partner have a new puppy in addition to our two old dogs (awesome!), I haven't read much of yuletide yet because there haven't been many recs on my flist...

Hope you all are having a good time <3 I miss participating in fandom.
bagheera_san: (OMG)
I've got only one comment regarding this week's Doctor Who episode:



You know what would have been AWESOME to infinity? Including this song as an Easter egg in "A Town Called Mercy".
bagheera_san: (OMG)
I've got only one comment regarding this week's Doctor Who episode:



You know what would have been AWESOME to infinity? Including this song as an Easter egg in "A Town Called Mercy".
bagheera_san: (11 and Amelia)
Before posting my newest invitation to give me prompts, I checked whether there were any old prompts waiting to be written, and unearthed a half-finished draft for a prompt given to me by [livejournal.com profile] dragonofmemory

Title: All Been Done Before
Pairing: Eight/Jacobi!Master, Ten/Simm!Master, Eleven/original Master
Length: 3278 words
Rating: I was too lazy to write porn
Spoilers: general Eleven era spoilers
Prompt: D/M and a song by the Barenaked Ladies - this is proper songfic, guys, with lyrics and all

Alone and bored on a thirtieth-century night Will I see you on The Price Is Right? Will I cry? Will I smile? As you run down the aisle? )
bagheera_san: (11 and Amelia)
Before posting my newest invitation to give me prompts, I checked whether there were any old prompts waiting to be written, and unearthed a half-finished draft for a prompt given to me by [livejournal.com profile] dragonofmemory

Title: All Been Done Before
Pairing: Eight/Jacobi!Master, Ten/Simm!Master, Eleven/original Master
Length: 3278 words
Rating: I was too lazy to write porn
Spoilers: general Eleven era spoilers
Prompt: D/M and a song by the Barenaked Ladies - this is proper songfic, guys, with lyrics and all

Alone and bored on a thirtieth-century night Will I see you on The Price Is Right? Will I cry? Will I smile? As you run down the aisle? )

prompt me

Sep. 10th, 2012 12:01 pm
bagheera_san: (sun)
Hello from France. The weather has turned less beach-y, and there's only so many medieval cities like Carcasonne you can go sight-seeing in, plus I feel like I could write something. So here's a little prompt game I cooked up.

List A is a list of Pairings, Fandoms or Characters I'm feeling in the mood to write. List B is a list of prompts. Pick one item from A and one from B and I'm gonna write you something :)

List A:

1) Pairing: Doctor/Master (any version)
2) Fandom: Bernice Summerfield
3) Pairing: Xavier / Magneto (X-Men Movieverse)
4) Fandom: Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire
5) Pairing: Picard / Q (ST: Next Generation)
6) Character: Data (ST: Next Generation)
7) Fandom: Journey into Mystery*
8) Pairing: Clark Kent/Lex Luthor (any version)
9) Fandom: Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes
10) Character: Loki (any version)
11) Fandom: Star Trek – Voyager
12) Fandom: Star Trek – Deep Space Nine

*I’m only up to Manchester Gods, so no spoilers for Everything Burns in comments, please!

List B

1) souvenirs / mementos
2) learning sth / teaching sb.
3) blind faith / doubt
4) stealing / giving gifts
5) old age / long distance
6) harm sb. / help sb.
7) revenge / redemption
8) giving orders / serving
9) playing games / deadly serious
10) freedom / captivity
11) alternatives / experiments
12) art / artificial
13) shadows / mirrors
14) strangers / meetings
15) magic / childhood
16) power / force
17) wild / tame
18) saint / dragon
19) betrayal / proof
20) disguise / revelation

prompt me

Sep. 10th, 2012 12:01 pm
bagheera_san: (sun)
Hello from France. The weather has turned less beach-y, and there's only so many medieval cities like Carcasonne you can go sight-seeing in, plus I feel like I could write something. So here's a little prompt game I cooked up.

List A is a list of Pairings, Fandoms or Characters I'm feeling in the mood to write. List B is a list of prompts. Pick one item from A and one from B and I'm gonna write you something :)

List A:

1) Pairing: Doctor/Master (any version)
2) Fandom: Bernice Summerfield
3) Pairing: Xavier / Magneto (X-Men Movieverse)
4) Fandom: Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire
5) Pairing: Picard / Q (ST: Next Generation)
6) Character: Data (ST: Next Generation)
7) Fandom: Journey into Mystery*
8) Pairing: Clark Kent/Lex Luthor (any version)
9) Fandom: Avengers - Earth's Mightiest Heroes
10) Character: Loki (any version)
11) Fandom: Star Trek – Voyager
12) Fandom: Star Trek – Deep Space Nine

*I’m only up to Manchester Gods, so no spoilers for Everything Burns in comments, please!

List B

1) souvenirs / mementos
2) learning sth / teaching sb.
3) blind faith / doubt
4) stealing / giving gifts
5) old age / long distance
6) harm sb. / help sb.
7) revenge / redemption
8) giving orders / serving
9) playing games / deadly serious
10) freedom / captivity
11) alternatives / experiments
12) art / artificial
13) shadows / mirrors
14) strangers / meetings
15) magic / childhood
16) power / force
17) wild / tame
18) saint / dragon
19) betrayal / proof
20) disguise / revelation

Dinosaurs

Sep. 9th, 2012 06:20 pm
bagheera_san: (Ten - traveller)
You know how there are kids' shows that are every bit as profound and complex and interesting as adult shows, and then there are kids' shows that rely on rainbow colours, cardboard cut-out characters, emotional manipulation and cheap jokes? The former will sometimes stick with you for the rest of your life, beloved and revisited, whereas the latter is a dime a dozen. The former is made by people who want to make good entertainment that also happens to be appropriate for children, whereas the latter, I guess, is made by people who think, "Oh, it's a kids show, we've got a formula for that."

Doctor Who isn't always a children's show at all - in much of Classic I think the creators didn't distinguish between sci-fi, adventure and fiction appropriate for children and young adults. It's true that monsters, spaceships and weird stuff appeal to many children, but they do so without being specifically tailored for them. Here's a case in point, another story about Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: there's a third season episode from ST: Voyager, "Distant Origin", in which the Voyager encounters a race of space dinosaurs who just happen to be the descendants of intelligent dinosaurs who left Earth after the comet struck. As a kid, watching it for the first time, I found this endlessly fascinating, even though the episode is a thinly veiled parable about religious dogma vs. science - only with dinosaurs instead of Galileo Galilei and the Catholic Church. Which is how much of good children's entertainment (and fantasy as well) works: adult topics in fancy costumes. It's still a good episode, we only just watched it in our Voyager rewatch, and I remembered it clearly from the first time I watched it.

"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" is the other kind of children's TV. Don't get me wrong - it was quite funny (Arthur Darvill esp. did a great job), a good comedy show, and it actually had one or two good serious moments for the Doctor, but the dinosaurs? The dinosaurs were a gimmick used as a gimmick,* just like Nefertiti - Kids like candy, don't they, here, have a lollie, and hey, the grown up fans like strong yet sexy women, don't they, here, have a queen. It doesn't really work that way.

The fantastic needs space to breathe in order to become fascinating, otherwise it's no more than a cheap theme park.



*This isn't really a Classic-is-Better rant: Three's dinosaur episode wasn't much better in that respect, and the plot made rather less sense, although at least there you had the juxtaposition dinosaurs roaming the streets of modern day Britain, which is a lot more fascinating than dinosaurs in a nondescript, zoo cage-like spaceship.

Dinosaurs

Sep. 9th, 2012 06:20 pm
bagheera_san: (Ten - traveller)
You know how there are kids' shows that are every bit as profound and complex and interesting as adult shows, and then there are kids' shows that rely on rainbow colours, cardboard cut-out characters, emotional manipulation and cheap jokes? The former will sometimes stick with you for the rest of your life, beloved and revisited, whereas the latter is a dime a dozen. The former is made by people who want to make good entertainment that also happens to be appropriate for children, whereas the latter, I guess, is made by people who think, "Oh, it's a kids show, we've got a formula for that."

Doctor Who isn't always a children's show at all - in much of Classic I think the creators didn't distinguish between sci-fi, adventure and fiction appropriate for children and young adults. It's true that monsters, spaceships and weird stuff appeal to many children, but they do so without being specifically tailored for them. Here's a case in point, another story about Dinosaurs on a Spaceship: there's a third season episode from ST: Voyager, "Distant Origin", in which the Voyager encounters a race of space dinosaurs who just happen to be the descendants of intelligent dinosaurs who left Earth after the comet struck. As a kid, watching it for the first time, I found this endlessly fascinating, even though the episode is a thinly veiled parable about religious dogma vs. science - only with dinosaurs instead of Galileo Galilei and the Catholic Church. Which is how much of good children's entertainment (and fantasy as well) works: adult topics in fancy costumes. It's still a good episode, we only just watched it in our Voyager rewatch, and I remembered it clearly from the first time I watched it.

"Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" is the other kind of children's TV. Don't get me wrong - it was quite funny (Arthur Darvill esp. did a great job), a good comedy show, and it actually had one or two good serious moments for the Doctor, but the dinosaurs? The dinosaurs were a gimmick used as a gimmick,* just like Nefertiti - Kids like candy, don't they, here, have a lollie, and hey, the grown up fans like strong yet sexy women, don't they, here, have a queen. It doesn't really work that way.

The fantastic needs space to breathe in order to become fascinating, otherwise it's no more than a cheap theme park.



*This isn't really a Classic-is-Better rant: Three's dinosaur episode wasn't much better in that respect, and the plot made rather less sense, although at least there you had the juxtaposition dinosaurs roaming the streets of modern day Britain, which is a lot more fascinating than dinosaurs in a nondescript, zoo cage-like spaceship.
bagheera_san: (Three)
Surprisingly:

- there was a new episode of Doctor Who DAYS AGO and my flist failed to alert me of this
- it was a Moffat episode with Daleks and the Doctor being Moffaty, and yet I kinda enjoyed it*
- I think I'm really going to like the new companion. As in, I can't wait for another episode with her.


*It was an extremely Moffat-ish episode, but at some point I caught myself thinking, "Okay, there were other eras in DW I don't enjoy that much, and Moffat is just another era like that, not a capital offence". Either I don't care as much as I used to, or this era has stopped being new, or in this episode it seemed more like a matter of style than a matter of being essentially different from the Who I like. Also, there were quite a few Old Who continuity references, and it reminded me of some Big Finish serials (notably "Jubilee" and some of the Charley and Six serials, plus Seven era as a whole) so it just... wasn't bad. With a few small changes, it would have been a rather excellent episode.
bagheera_san: (Three)
Surprisingly:

- there was a new episode of Doctor Who DAYS AGO and my flist failed to alert me of this
- it was a Moffat episode with Daleks and the Doctor being Moffaty, and yet I kinda enjoyed it*
- I think I'm really going to like the new companion. As in, I can't wait for another episode with her.


*It was an extremely Moffat-ish episode, but at some point I caught myself thinking, "Okay, there were other eras in DW I don't enjoy that much, and Moffat is just another era like that, not a capital offence". Either I don't care as much as I used to, or this era has stopped being new, or in this episode it seemed more like a matter of style than a matter of being essentially different from the Who I like. Also, there were quite a few Old Who continuity references, and it reminded me of some Big Finish serials (notably "Jubilee" and some of the Charley and Six serials, plus Seven era as a whole) so it just... wasn't bad. With a few small changes, it would have been a rather excellent episode.
bagheera_san: (bodyguard)
Tumblr is addictive. I think the main reason is that it's so active - compared to tumblr, LJ is a ghost town, or a film in slow motion. I wish you could somehow combine tumblr's liveliness with LJ's far superior comment function - what annoys me most is that you can't really reply to comments on tumblr, so any kind of interactivity is severely limited.

Anyway, my newly found tumblr addiction has caused two Gallifrey ficlets to happen (there is, like, an honest to god living Gallifrey fandom on tumblr!)

Title: Intervention Agency
Rating: all ages
Characters: Narvin, Romana, Gallifrey cast
Spoilers: Set in S1 or S2 of Gallifrey, no spoilers

In which Narvin repurposes the Gallifreyan surveillance state for therapeutic uses )

Title: Childless
Rating:all ages
Characters: Leela/Andred
Spoilers: set shortly after "Invasion of Time", no spoilers

In which Leela and Andred discuss parenthood. )
bagheera_san: (bodyguard)
Tumblr is addictive. I think the main reason is that it's so active - compared to tumblr, LJ is a ghost town, or a film in slow motion. I wish you could somehow combine tumblr's liveliness with LJ's far superior comment function - what annoys me most is that you can't really reply to comments on tumblr, so any kind of interactivity is severely limited.

Anyway, my newly found tumblr addiction has caused two Gallifrey ficlets to happen (there is, like, an honest to god living Gallifrey fandom on tumblr!)

Title: Intervention Agency
Rating: all ages
Characters: Narvin, Romana, Gallifrey cast
Spoilers: Set in S1 or S2 of Gallifrey, no spoilers

In which Narvin repurposes the Gallifreyan surveillance state for therapeutic uses )

Title: Childless
Rating:all ages
Characters: Leela/Andred
Spoilers: set shortly after "Invasion of Time", no spoilers

In which Leela and Andred discuss parenthood. )
bagheera_san: (OMG)
I have a German linguistics essay/termpaper to write (about something related to writing, written language etc - the technical term is graphemics or graphematics) and stupidly I thought that writing about online fandom from a linguistic perspective would be a cool idea. There are three problems with this:

1) it has to be in German, about German fandom
2) no one has ever written anything about this - the closest I've got are linguistic studies of chat communication, email, blogging etc. - mostly in English
3) linguistics isn't exactly my strong suit and I have no idea what I'm doing

But the biggest problem is definitely German fandom. I haven't so much as dipped a foot into the German part of fandom since I was about 17 because I abandoned it as soon as I started to write exclusively in English. I'm almost tempted to write a story in German just to see if I still can. All German fanfiction sounds terrible to me. Is this because you're more sensitive to bad style in your own language, or because I'm not finding the good stories (since so far I've only discovered the German equivalent of fanfiction.net) or because there's something wrong with non-English fandom in general? Fanfiction is largely anglophone, and English is where its stylistic conventions have developed. I assume (but I don't know if this is true) that German online fandom started as a translation/imitation of anglophone online fandom (and to some extent maybe Japanese fandom), with people trying to do the same thing but in their native language and that might be the reason why some of it sounds awkward.

For example, German fanfic authors LOVE gerunds and participles (the -ing forms of verbs). However, gerunds are typical of English, and sound awkward if you translate them directly into German - usually, where English can use a simple gerund, German needs slightly longer and more complicated phrases.

An example from the summary of a D/M fic:
"Mit dem Master an seiner Seite reist der Doktor immer noch durch das Universum, Welten entdeckend, beschützend, rettend."

The part in italics could be translated as "discovering, protecting and saving worlds". In English those three gerunds/participles sound perfectly okay and they fulfil the function of verbs (you could also say "they discover, protect and save worlds"). In German, a participle can't really function as a verb, it's commonly used as an adjective or an adverb, so the author should have used a different verb form instead of a participle. Now, I don't think this author took an English fic and translated it badly in German - I think s/he either reads a lot of English fic or is imitating the style of other fanfic writers who read too much English. The result is incredibly awkward writing (I wonder if I sound like that when I write English - or if I'd sound like that if I wrote German prose.)

ETA: I finally understand why having the Doctor (or the Master) use cuss words is WRONG. All it takes is one instance of German cursing to make me see the light.

ETA2: Also, where English has "you" as a form of adress, German has "Sie" (polite, respectful, distanced) and "du" (close, intimate, informal). Neither "Sie" nor "du" sounds right for people adressing the Doctor.

ETA3: Have found German LJ com called [livejournal.com profile] das_fandom. I find this more amusing than I should.
bagheera_san: (OMG)
I have a German linguistics essay/termpaper to write (about something related to writing, written language etc - the technical term is graphemics or graphematics) and stupidly I thought that writing about online fandom from a linguistic perspective would be a cool idea. There are three problems with this:

1) it has to be in German, about German fandom
2) no one has ever written anything about this - the closest I've got are linguistic studies of chat communication, email, blogging etc. - mostly in English
3) linguistics isn't exactly my strong suit and I have no idea what I'm doing

But the biggest problem is definitely German fandom. I haven't so much as dipped a foot into the German part of fandom since I was about 17 because I abandoned it as soon as I started to write exclusively in English. I'm almost tempted to write a story in German just to see if I still can. All German fanfiction sounds terrible to me. Is this because you're more sensitive to bad style in your own language, or because I'm not finding the good stories (since so far I've only discovered the German equivalent of fanfiction.net) or because there's something wrong with non-English fandom in general? Fanfiction is largely anglophone, and English is where its stylistic conventions have developed. I assume (but I don't know if this is true) that German online fandom started as a translation/imitation of anglophone online fandom (and to some extent maybe Japanese fandom), with people trying to do the same thing but in their native language and that might be the reason why some of it sounds awkward.

For example, German fanfic authors LOVE gerunds and participles (the -ing forms of verbs). However, gerunds are typical of English, and sound awkward if you translate them directly into German - usually, where English can use a simple gerund, German needs slightly longer and more complicated phrases.

An example from the summary of a D/M fic:
"Mit dem Master an seiner Seite reist der Doktor immer noch durch das Universum, Welten entdeckend, beschützend, rettend."

The part in italics could be translated as "discovering, protecting and saving worlds". In English those three gerunds/participles sound perfectly okay and they fulfil the function of verbs (you could also say "they discover, protect and save worlds"). In German, a participle can't really function as a verb, it's commonly used as an adjective or an adverb, so the author should have used a different verb form instead of a participle. Now, I don't think this author took an English fic and translated it badly in German - I think s/he either reads a lot of English fic or is imitating the style of other fanfic writers who read too much English. The result is incredibly awkward writing (I wonder if I sound like that when I write English - or if I'd sound like that if I wrote German prose.)

ETA: I finally understand why having the Doctor (or the Master) use cuss words is WRONG. All it takes is one instance of German cursing to make me see the light.

ETA2: Also, where English has "you" as a form of adress, German has "Sie" (polite, respectful, distanced) and "du" (close, intimate, informal). Neither "Sie" nor "du" sounds right for people adressing the Doctor.

ETA3: Have found German LJ com called [livejournal.com profile] das_fandom. I find this more amusing than I should.
bagheera_san: (watchtower)
Late fic for the Gallifreyathon at [livejournal.com profile] morepolitics.

Title: A New Refutation of Time
Rating: PG
Length: 2883 words
Characters: Brax
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] atraphoenix's prompt was As Lord Burner, Braxiatel was ordered to burn "an old man and his granddaughter" from history. I'd love any story that elaborates on this. How did he warn the Doctor and Susan? What happened to Braxiatel in the aftermath? Did he come close to carrying out the order or did he know immediately that it wasn't an option?

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] x_los for beta-ing this (and for having helpful/hilarious ideas, like the bit where Brax is Aunt Flavia's intern) and to [livejournal.com profile] aralias for also beta-ing this and organizing the gallifreyathon and then listening to me whine about it a lot (by proxy...). The cut text is brought to you by Jose Luis Borges, and so is the title.

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. )
bagheera_san: (watchtower)
Late fic for the Gallifreyathon at [livejournal.com profile] morepolitics.

Title: A New Refutation of Time
Rating: PG
Length: 2883 words
Characters: Brax
Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] atraphoenix's prompt was As Lord Burner, Braxiatel was ordered to burn "an old man and his granddaughter" from history. I'd love any story that elaborates on this. How did he warn the Doctor and Susan? What happened to Braxiatel in the aftermath? Did he come close to carrying out the order or did he know immediately that it wasn't an option?

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] x_los for beta-ing this (and for having helpful/hilarious ideas, like the bit where Brax is Aunt Flavia's intern) and to [livejournal.com profile] aralias for also beta-ing this and organizing the gallifreyathon and then listening to me whine about it a lot (by proxy...). The cut text is brought to you by Jose Luis Borges, and so is the title.

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. )
bagheera_san: (11 and Amelia)
spoilers - not that anything particularly interesting or unexpected happens in this episode that one could spoil for )

Just generally I wish New Who would stop trying to pander to its audience (creepy monsters! strong women! little kids! we KNOW you like this stuff) so much and just tell genuinely good stories. I know the temptation - sometimes I sit down and think, "I'm going to write a really popular story that everyone in fandom will love, because fandom loves Ten/Simm and BDSM and OOC fluff and double rainbows and the Doctor saying "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow" a lot" but it never works because this isn't how you tell a good story. Or let me put it this way: even if you REALLY love chocolate, you can't bake a chocolate cake without flour and eggs and salt and baking powder to keep it all together and make it rise.
bagheera_san: (11 and Amelia)
spoilers - not that anything particularly interesting or unexpected happens in this episode that one could spoil for )

Just generally I wish New Who would stop trying to pander to its audience (creepy monsters! strong women! little kids! we KNOW you like this stuff) so much and just tell genuinely good stories. I know the temptation - sometimes I sit down and think, "I'm going to write a really popular story that everyone in fandom will love, because fandom loves Ten/Simm and BDSM and OOC fluff and double rainbows and the Doctor saying "reverse the polarity of the neutron flow" a lot" but it never works because this isn't how you tell a good story. Or let me put it this way: even if you REALLY love chocolate, you can't bake a chocolate cake without flour and eggs and salt and baking powder to keep it all together and make it rise.
bagheera_san: (Gallifrey)
Oh, wow. It's always amazing when people take the time and effort to turn your fic into podfic, but when someone turns a 20000 word story into a podfic, that's REALLY amazing.

What's also wonderful is that not only was listening to this podfic a thing of pure joy, it also made me realize that A Family Affair is probably one of the best things I've ever written. I didn't think so until now, because I wrote it very quickly and Gallifrey is such a small fandom that it didn't get nearly as many comments as my D/M fic or other stuff, but listening to Katy's recording I realized that this is GOOD STUFF. Katy does everyone's voices so brilliantly that it's like listening to a Companion Chronicle for Gallifrey.

Story: A Family Affair
Fandom: Gallifrey (audio series)
Genre: gen, whodunnit/buddycop adventure
Summary: Set between 3.4 Mindbomb and 3.5 Panacea. After an attempt on Narvin's life, he and Leela must uncover a plot to overthrow President Matthias that involves Narvin's family, lost Objects of Rassilon and old friends and enemies.

Podfic by [livejournal.com profile] aralias: Part 1, Part 2 Part 3

Go download it, or listen to it on Tindeck!

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