nonelvis: (SANDMAN making little frogs)
I would title this post "burying the lede," but honestly, there's no point in it; might as well just say it, which is that yesterday I submitted an original story to Uncanny Magazine for publication. Honestly, I don't expect them to buy it, because the odds are always against slushpile entries. But you never know -- it's spelled and punctuated correctly, which is probably better than some entries they get; it's a story that "make[s] you feel," which is the type of stuff they're after; and who knows, maybe now that they've hit their Kickstarter stretch goal of an extra story per issue, they'll be open to giving unpublished authors a shot. (I did mention my published nonfiction in my cover letter, but I have no published fiction, which is probably what they most care about.)

So anyway, that happened, and the final story prep and submission was utterly terrifying, but I did it. I should hear back in about a month, although they say authors should contact them if they haven't heard back in 45 days. And I suppose if it doesn't sell to Uncanny, I can always try another market.

Other things: I have a new lead at work that is basically already sold without my having to do a damned thing, as well as a possible small continuation of an existing project. I still need to send out marketing email Real Soon Now, but because last year was such a financial disaster, we are actually owed a huge refund on our taxes (GOD BLESS CPAs) that we will apply to next year's taxes, which makes it much easier to coast by over the next few months.

Also, we had an utterly lovely day today. some photos and video after the cut )

AO3 meme

Aug. 14th, 2015 11:51 am
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Why the hell not, I've got some time today, and this has started going around the flist:

I currently have 56 works archived at the AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 56 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: The Girl Who's Got Your Number
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswald, Twelfth Doctor/Missy, Twelfth Doctor/Clara/Missy
Rating: Adult
Word count: 10,867
Spoilers: through "Last Christmas"
Warnings: none
Contains: breathplay, glove kink, attempted murder
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Who's pushing you too far now, Clara Oswald?
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Story contains some dialogue from "Listen" and "The Caretaker." Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] platypus for her help pinpointing some issues with the story. Any remaining ones are entirely my fault.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW River Song (FotD))
Title: Sex Storm
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/River Song
Rating: Adult
Word count: 3,400
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Somehow, it took the Doctor three weeks to deliver Clara's coffee. Well, he did say he got distracted ...
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: I blame RTD for the title. The terrible wordplay that follows, however, is all mine.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction, [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] spoiler_song, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: Last Hurrah
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswald
Rating: Adult
Word count: 2,665
Spoilers: through "Mummy on the Orient Express"
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Clara fidgeted in the corridor outside the Doctor's cabin on the Orient Express, shifting from one foot to another. "So," she said, "last hurrah."
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Many thanks to my beta, [livejournal.com profile] platypus, for her invaluable help fixing issues with this story.

::xposted to [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, [community profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] clara_who, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (MARTINI it's what's for dinner)
I think I mentioned a little while back that I was going to try making gin, but I never reported back. The results: FANTASTIC. Making gin is trivially easy, and we're now on our second bottle of the stuff.

Here it is steeping:

Gin in progress

That's a fifth, so next time, I think I'll get a couple of bottles and just fill the jar.

We tried it first with regular-proof vodka, but as the house gin is Bombay Sapphire (94 proof), 80-proof gin felt a little weak in a martini. This second batch was made with Smirnoff's 100-proof vodka, and is somewhat smoother.

I started off with Serious Eats' recipe, but made a few minor modifications to suit our taste: no lavender, and I added some black peppercorns. For 1 bottle of 100-proof vodka, I used:

3T juniper berries
1.5 chamomile teabags
1 big strip (about 6") grapefruit peel, and the same of lime peel
26 peppercorns
1.5 bay leaves
3/4 t coriander seed
5 crushed cardamom pods
6 allspice berries

Steep the juniper in the vodka alone for 12 hours, then put everything else in and steep for another 36 hours. Strain and enjoy (and trust me, you will enjoy).

Fic meme

Mar. 18th, 2015 07:24 pm
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Since it's been a little while since I last posted, why not have a meme I'm also participating in on Tumblr? I've got time tonight, what the hell. (Tomorrow, of course, it's back to the teaching/wireframing mines.)

Ask me questions about writing.

1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing.
nonelvis: (DT oh shit)
Title: *hic*
Author: [personal profile] nonelvis
Characters/Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Jackie Tyler
Rating: Teen
Word count: 3,198
Warnings: slight dubcon (shag-or-die scenario)
Prompt: "Ten/Jackie Tyler I DON'T CARE I JUST NEED THIS OKAY," from [personal profile] nostalgia
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] platypus and [livejournal.com profile] violetisblue
Summary: The Doctor woke in a TARDIS guest room, featureless other than the silver-sheeted double bed on which he was reclining with Jackie Tyler.
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Written for the [community profile] onlyonebed Bed-Sharing Fic Fest, although the story includes shag-or-die as much as bed-sharing. Huge thanks to my betas [livejournal.com profile] platypus and [livejournal.com profile] violetisblue, without whom this story would be creepy and unfinished.

::xposted to [community profile] onlyonebed, [livejournal.com profile] onlyonebed, [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and [community profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
… I'm on today's Verity! podcast about fanworks. I've been enjoying Verity! since its very first recording, so I was delighted to be invited on to talk about Teaspoon and fanworks in general. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Companion Piece cover

(xposted from Tumblr)

Things I am hugely excited about: this book, and not just because two dear friends of mine edited it. No, I am also hugely excited because I AM IN IT, writing about how Zoe and Liz are amazing women of science. There are also authors you've probably heard of, like Seanan McGuire and Mary Robinette Kowal, among others, but let's face it: you're buying this for me, right? Of course you are.

Complete TOC: after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
After Gally last year, I decided I wanted to catch up on all the Classic Who I hadn't seen. Like a lot of Americans of a certain age, I started watching on PBS with the Fourth or Fifth Doctor, and while I'd seen a whole heck of a lot of the original series, PBS' broadcast schedule was … let's say "quirky," shall we? Anyway, I looked at lists of old serials and calculated that I had at most 58 (I couldn't remember if I'd seen "Silver Nemesis") stories to go, which averaged to a little more than one per week if I wanted to see everything before Gally 2015.

As of today, I'm done.

If you follow me on Tumblr, you've already seen this list of highlights/lowlights, but I'm reproducing it here regardless:

The Edge of Destruction – like a little two-act absurdist play. SO GREAT.
The Keys of Marinus
The Chase
The Gunfighters – SHUT UP, this was delightful, and the song cracks me up.
The Tenth Planet
The Power of the Daleks
The Abominable Snowmen
Any Pertwee-era episode with Delgado. Seriously, if it has Delgado in it, I will watch it.
The Curse of Peladon – full of hugely clichéd tropes, and yet utterly delightful just the same.
Invasion of the Dinosaurs – I have no excuse for loving this one as much as I did. Wait, no, I do: Sarah Jane is awesome in it. Also, the dinosaur puppets are lolarious.
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

(You’ll note this list is missing some obvious favorites, like “The Aztecs,” “The Romans,” “The Enemy of the World,” “The Invasion,” all of S7, etc. This is because I’d seen those episodes before, so they weren’t part of this project.)

A few lowlights:

The Web Planet – Thank god I never have to watch this again. EVER.
The Celestial Toymaker – how you can take the game-playing trope and make it boring to me, I don’t know exactly, but this does it. I was really looking forward to this one, too.
The Space Pirates – tedium not helped by the generally poor quality of the reconstruction I watched.
Death to the Daleks – I was literally convinced for a while that this was some kind of experiment in just how boring you could make an episode of Doctor Who. Like “The Celestial Toymaker,” not even the game-playing trope, for which I am utterly weak and will watch in almost anything, could save this one.
The Monster of Peladon – I enjoyed the first three parts … and then the giant clusterfuck of parts 4-6 rolled around.
Planet of the Spiders – Laughably bad from start to finish. Boring, racist, stupid characters, and did I mention boring?

So, that's about 270 episodes I've seen over the course of the past nearly 30 years. And now, I can rewatch the ones I loved most without the slightest guilt about not watching the ones I didn't care for.
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Fic written in 2014
The Transitive Property (Twelve/ghost!River/Clara, adult)
Ancient History (Ian/Barbara/Martha, adult)
Hide and Seek (Ten/River, Donna; teen; co-authored with [personal profile] nostalgia)
On the Banks of the Sararahelkos (Eleven/River, all ages)
Fairy Tales (Twelve/Clara, adult)
Old-Fashioned Love (Twelve/Missy, adult)
Riddles in the Dark (Two/Jamie, the Great Intelligence; all ages)

... plus two f'locked stories that will never see the light of day for various reasons.

rest of the meme, after the cut )
nonelvis: (Default)
This year, I finally got organized enough to start tracking what I read on Goodreads, so if you follow me there, you've already seen my impressions of these books. But for those of you who haven't, here's this year's list.

after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)



A couple of months ago, [personal profile] prof_pangaea texted me with an idea for starting a fic fest for one of our favorite tropes: sharing a bed. And so, a comm and a fest were born:

[community profile] onlyonebed
[livejournal.com profile] onlyonebed
[tumblr.com profile] onlyonebed

Use whatever site you like; we'll make sure that the posts are mirrored in the right place. (Note to self: set up another IFTTT recipe to pipe LJ -> Tumblr.) The fest is open to all pairings and ratings; prompting runs now through December 14, with prompts open for claiming on the 15th, and fics to be posted during February 2015.

Complete welcome, rules, and prompting posts are already live on all three comms. Go forth, prompt, write, read, and most important: enjoy :D
nonelvis: (DW blue TARDIS)
Title: Riddles in the Dark
Characters/Pairing(s): Second Doctor/Jamie, the Great Intelligence
Rating: All ages
Word count: 1,662
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: The Great Intelligence easily sneaks onto the TARDIS. Defeating the Doctor, however, will be much harder.
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Written for [community profile] who_at_50's 51st Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon. Story not actually inspired by the J.R.R. Tolkien chapter of the same name, but once I realized the similarity, I had to go for the title.

::xposted to [community profile] who_at_50, [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50, [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: Old-fashioned Love
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Missy, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
Rating: Adult
Word count: 577
Spoilers: through "Dark Water"
Warnings: none
Summary: They kiss like breathing, like this is all their bodies were made to do. They should be gasping for air, but draw all the oxygen they need from one another.
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Unbeta'ed and likely to be Moffed later today.

::xposted to [community profile] dwfiction and [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW Twelve)
Title: Fairy Tales
Characters/Pairing(s): Twelfth Doctor/Clara, references to Clara/Danny
Rating: Adult
Word count: 2,990
Spoilers: through "Mummy on the Orient Express"
Warnings: none
Contains: swearing and infidelity
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: Fairy tales, like Maisie said: the stories where the right people fall for the wrong ones.
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously.

Author's Notes: Some recognizable dialogue pulled from other S8 episodes, plus one tiny dialogue reference from "City of Death."

::xposted to [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, [community profile] dwfiction, and [livejournal.com profile] clara_who, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

after the cut )
nonelvis: (DW Eleven)
Title: On the Banks of the Sararahelkos
Characters/Pairing(s): Eleventh Doctor/River Song, various otters
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 695
Spoilers: none
Warnings: none
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] platypus
Summary: “I lived among otters once for a month. Well, I sulked. River and I, we had this big fight ..."
Disclaimer: Not mine, obviously, except for the otters.

Author's Notes: Because [livejournal.com profile] eve11 wanted more otter!fic. Many thanks as always to my beta [livejournal.com profile] platypus, who turned this around really quickly.

::xposted to [livejournal.com profile] dwfiction, [community profile] dwfiction, and archived at Teaspoon and AO3

fic, after the cut )
nonelvis: (Default)
Hooray, each of these entries is readable online! And a good thing, too, as there isn't a bad choice in the bunch.

after the cut )

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