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Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Summary: Early May suddenly turned into August, and couldn’t it be that easy? Just skip ahead through time, and maybe Luke would stop hurting so much
story on ff.net
story on ao3
*goes in search of hot cocoa*
Meanwhile, I wrote my first Miss Fisher fic. It's a crossover with Doctor Who, but the setup is perfect:
OK! So the announcement that Alex Kingston will be headlining two new series of Big Finish audios is super huge news for fans of New Who, but seeing River Song (with the 8th Doctor!) stories is the icing of a supremely amazing cake that Big Finish has unveiled over the past few months. This includes other announcements such as:
- A new UNIT series featuring Kate Stewart and Osgood
- A series featuring Winston Churchill’s encounters with the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctors
- Monsters from New Who battling the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Doctors
- New Torchwood dramas with Jack Harkness
This is an excellent place to start with Big Finish! Here’s everything you need to know about Big Finish:
What is Big Finish? It’s a company that’s been releasing Doctor Who audio dramas since 1999. At first, the stories featured just the 5th Doctor, 6th Doctor, 7th Doctor and 8th Doctor. In 2011, the 4th Doctor hopped on board and now there’s several series featuring him.
In addition to the classic Doctors, all but one of the surviving companions from the classic era (and a few now deceased) have participated in a Big Finish story. David Tennant, Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and Bernard Cribbins (Wilf) have appeared in various supporting roles (but not as their on-screen characters). As part of the 50th anniversary, Big Finish released audio stories narrated by Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald).
Big Finish also has a number of spinoffs featuring the original companions created for its dramas, such as Bernice Summerfield (another kickass time-traveling archaeologist), stories centered just around the companions, an entire 7-series Gallifrey collection featuring Romana, Leela and later-on Ace and more.
Are the stories canon? Your mileage may vary, since Doctor Who’s canon is so debatable but Steven Moffat made at least the Eighth Doctor’s Big Finish adventures canon when he had Eight remember his companions from the audio series during his regeneration. Plus, one Big Finish episode used as the basis of a New Who episode (see recs below) and a lot of the writers for the audio dramas also write for the TV series.
As Moffat was the one to suggest River’s role in the new collections, it’s safe to assume that the River Song audios are part of her story canon.
What are the productions like? They’re fully produced stories, with multiple actors and sound effects. It’s like listening to an audiobook, but better. There are original companions, and they are all amazing. You can get them either via digital download or CD.
Can I try it out before I pre-order? Yes! Here’s the first episode of the first Eighth Doctor series for you to try out.
How much does it cost? Pre-orders are $20 for digital and $31 for audio CD (the Torchwood ones are less). However, Big Finish has frequent sales and is constantly offering various adventures for $5 US for the digital copy and a little bit more for the CD. But if you want to show your support for these series, please pay full price when you can.
There’s so many! Where can I start? This was my problem and kept me from trying Big Finish for years. Personally, I recommend you start with the 8th Doctor. His stories are a lot like New Who stories, and his companions (Lucie Miller, Charley Pollard, etc.) are my favorite. Here’s five stories to start you off:
- The Blood of the Daleks: Part 1: This is the first story with the 8th Doctor and Lucie Miller and is very similar in spirit to series 1 of New Who. Fans of Rose Tyler should enjoy Lucie Miller, who reminds me of a cross between Rose and Donna in all the good ways.
- Storm Warning: The first story with the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard.
- Shada: The Eighth Doctor and Romana. How can you not love this? This is the episode that never finished filming because of a TV strike during the 4th Doctor’s era.
- Jubilee: This drama was adapted as “Dalek” in series 1 of New Who. It’s one of the best episodes in the Big Finish run and features the 6th Doctor.
- The One Doctor: Another stellar outing with the 6th Doctor, and pretty much Colin Baker gets to be the version of the Doctor he was never allowed to be on TV. It’s also received rave reviews and is only $3 to purchase.
Here’s some recs from other people:
There’s a ton of material out there on Big Finish, so please check it out!
- a photograph you carry like a future in your back pocket: River runs into Twelve and Clara not long after he regenerates. He doesn’t remember who she is.
- honey, you’re familiar like my mirror years ago: The Doctor is summoned to a desert planet, where he comes across an amnesiac, post-Library River. He has to help her re-discover who she is.
- la petite muse and its sequel, la petite string: Victorian-era AU where Twelve is a bitter, lonely playwright and River is a seamstress that becomes his muse. In this story, Amy and Rory are River’s daughter and son-in-law, and it fits so perfectly. Every note of these two stories are lovely.
- devant, derrière et avant ça by JaneScarlett: This one involves Eleven and Twelve and is just beautifully written. Another reunion fic for the Doctor, and marvelously shows the loopy nature of their timelines.
- it’s lost in our embraces like stars against the sun: This fic from amillionmillionvoices is amazing. It’s a somewhat dark fic about River getting captured, and it’s up to Twelve and Clara to unravel a puzzle and save her. This is the third in a series of Twelve/River fics that she wrote, and all three are lovely.
- The Engineer and the Magician: This fic by AGirloftheSouth is anoutner post-Library reunion fic for Twelve and River. This one has a really neat twist, utilizing a plot twist I’m normally not a fan of, but it works out really well here.
- Empty Tombs by DaraOakwise: River escapes the Library and follows the echoes of Trenzalore across the universe.
- Who Knows You By Heart by Kass: Feeling lost after Clara leaves him after “Kill the Moon,” the Doctor finds himself in River Song’s garden.
- I’ll begin but I’ll start at the end by goddessdel: Series of one-shot sexy stories featuring Twelve and Mels. They’re awesome.
- Behold the Liquid Thames frozen o’re: Written during series 8, it provides an alternate take on Danny behind inside the TARDIS during the middle of the episode.
- The same hearts beneath my fingers: A one-shot written right after Peter Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor. A young River encounters her newly regenerated husband.
- Betwixt the stars and the unaccomplished fate: The Doctor hadn’t been trying to look for a way to rescue River Song from the Library, but when the opportunity arises, he can’t pass it up. But it comes with a sacrifice. (In-progress)
Hi, folks! Isa and I wanted to chat with you a little bit today about Comic Rocket.
We have several readers who use this service wonder why Namesake is no longer listed. We don't have anything against Comic Rocket. Isa's been chatting with the folks for several weeks, and they're really nice. However, we've chosen not to be with Comic Rocket because Hiveworks is developing its own reader tools where all the profits go directly to the creators -- in other words, me and Isa and the other artists and writers who work with Hiveworks. Some of those tools include its own mobile app, where the ads on it generate money that go directly to Hiveworks' artists and authors.
Why? Are we being greedy? Things like this always sound like we're being greedy. But, let me clue you guys in on something brewing behind the scenes -- Isa and I are trying to figure out a way for both us to work on comics more. Isa recently took a new job, helping to run Hiveworks, that will give her more time to do art. We also want me to have more time to write Namesake. But to do that, we have to replace part of my income, as I currently work a second job outside of my day job and Namesake to ensure the cats don't murder me and my husband in the middle of the night. Because they will.
We have a ton of comic ideas. I spent several days in Montreal with Isa last week working on Namesake and laying out the groundwork for a couple comics: one is the Chiseri/Adora short story that's the Kickstarter extra and another is a comic scheduled to debut at TCAF next year if we're accepted. We also have a few other planned projects that are being guarded fiercely by both Alices with their swords. We want to do more cons. We love comics, we love telling stories, and we especially love telling those stories together. But, we also need the time to tell those stories, and that's a precious commodity right now because both of us are so busy supporting our families. Thanks to Hiveworks giving us the best ads they can and to them promoting us, they're helping to make a future possible where we can dedicate more of our time to creating comics.
But, we supported a Kickstarter that made a lot money. Doesn't that help you? It sure did. All that money went into the printing and shipping of the books. The Namesake printing costs alone was nearly $22,000, which was 3/4s of the Kickstarter money. All the extra money beyond that is going to creating rewards and shipping the books -- which got a bit more expensive thanks to the post office raising their rates this year. That money wasn't, and was never intended to be, something we actually live off of. Once all the Kickstarters are sent, the money from the remaining books will go to me and Isa.
We love you guys immensely, you all know this. I hope that those who had utilized Comic Rocket to read our comic will continue to do so despite the inconvenience, and none of this was taken with any malicious intent. I love the idea of both them and inkOUTBREAK, where Namesake is still listed. It's nothing personal, both Isa and I just want to be able to afford to keep telling the best stories that we can.
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory, Vastra/Jenny, Strax
Notes: Since “The Name of the Doctor” aired, I’d been wondering if originally Amy, Rory, and a younger River were meant to go there, that Steven Moffat had to change his plans once Amy and Rory were written out of the series. I wondered how it would work, and the wonderful kehwie suggested I write an alterate realty exploring what would have happened, in the vein of similar episode rewrites I’d done for series 7a. I originally didn’t plan on it, but the opening scene came to me and it didn’t stop. Thanks for the inspiration, Kehwie! Note that if you haven’t seen “The Name of the Doctor,” you will be spoiled silly.
Summary: “The doors require a key. The key is a word. The word is the Doctor’s. But not just his. The key is a word lost in time. A secret hidden in the deepest shadow and known to him alone, but there is another who shares that secret. And she’s standing before me.”
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Clara
Notes: This fic takes place after “The Name of the Doctor,” so heavy spoilers if you haven’t watched the episode. But if you have seen it, then this fic is a dose of medicine for you.
Summary: When it was all said and done, he went to the other place he vowed to never go.
Sometimes goodbye is a second chance
And as for the finale itself, I have a lot of feelings on it, but I want to muse about River below the cut.
( River, the Doctor, and what happens next )
Word Count: 10,529
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/Melody Pond, Amy/Rory, Donna Noble, Martha Jones
Notes: This story explores the concept of what happened if Oswin accidentally erased a little too much in her efforts to wipe the Doctor from the record books in "Asylum of the Daleks." This is the first in a series.
Summary: At the age of 4, Melody Pond's parents disappeared. She spent the next 20 years looking for answers until she was saved from a statue in Central Park by a strange man. There was something between them, a history, a life, an eternity. He had fallen out of the sky and into her heart, and something bound them far more than knowing Amelia Pond and Rory Williams.
Melody Pond and the Man Who Fell From the Sky
Ugh, I have been lax about posting anything lately. OK, I promise something substantial soon, but until then here's fic.
Word Count: 4.843
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory
Notes: This was a fic I never really intended to write, until kerjenfanfic tagged me in a post and pointed out had the Angel in the study been stronger, River would had been caught in the same Angel food trap along with Rory. How would the Doctor have handled this? It's an interesting thought, and I decided to tackle this.
All familiar dialogue is not my own, but comes from the transcript of "The Angels Take Manhattan" by Steven Moffat. All hail the Moff. I also wove in several of the scenes that were cut during the editing process that wound up being printed in the latest "Eleventh Doctor Companion." One in particular had the Doctor elaborating a bit more on why the Winter Quay was there.
The story title is from Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." Second time I've used this song for a fic title, but it fits
Many thanks to Charina and Pam for the beta!
Summary: She waited for him. She would always wait for him. It was the Pond thing to do – to wait, to hope, to believe, to fight. She would always look for a way out, and she would never give up, no matter how much the bitterness in her heart grew. Because she was a Pond.
"I fall behind, but the second hand unwinds"
Word Count: 16,395
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory, Brian Williams, Kate Stewart, the Ponds, Clara
Notes: This started as an alternate retelling of "The Power of Three," but then turned into something more. The title comes from the musical phrase "ossia," which is a musical term for an alternate passage to be played instead of the original passage and "encore," which is a musical term for playing something again. Every positive number has two square roots.
Any recognizable dialogue in the story comes from the transcript of "The Power of Three," written by Chris Chibnall. This contains spoilers for a monster appearing in the finale of series 7b.
Summary: River thought of the look the Doctor had given her four days earlier, how sad he had been when he’d seen her with her parents. As much as she wanted to travel, as much as she wanted to throw him onto the closest horizontal surface and sate the itchy, crawly desire that had been getting worse, her gut knew the truth. Something had happened to either her or her parents, and her time with them was running out. She needed to stay.Ossia and Encore to the Square Root of Three
Namesake's world has gotten so big and complex that I am not quite sure how Isa keeps it straight in her head. Or in my head, actually. So, I'm trying to do a proper series bible by tying all our notes together. It's good because during the Oz arc, we pretty much knew the story cold. Now we're going into the uncharted territory and expanding our world, and it's nice to see the layers be added to the framework of the original story. The series bible is being done in Scrivener, with a supplemental timeline in Aeon Timeline. And then, I'll go back to scribbling stuff in notebooks. And naming our arcs after Mario worlds. Actually, I turned Namesake into a Zelda game last night.
Me: THE LEGEND OF EMMA.
Me: Instead of pieces of the Triforce, she goes around collecting pieces of stories.
Me: Anlise: Master using it, and you can have this! *hands over Hercilia*
Me: Emma: God damn it.
Me: Hercilia: Oz damn it!
Isa: It's dangerous to go alone, take this *hands warrick*
Me: Ozma: It's a secret to everybody
I have tomorrow off work. I think in addition to tying up the last loose ends on Namesake vol. 2, I'm going to also play the Legend of Zelda. Because I now have the theme from Zelda II: The Adventures of Link running through my head.
So, I love tea. I also travel quite a bit. You never know when you'll be standing somewhere wanting a nice, hot mug of tea. Or, you'll eat something that messed with your stomach and find yourself rooting through your bag for that packet of chamomile you stashed. Right, you need an emergency tea stash.
There are a few travel tea kits out there. Teavana has one for $25, but that's a bit too expensive and bulky. Then, I came across this blog post. This wonderful lady had created her own travel tea kit by sewing a little boxy pouch from this tutorial. It's little and perfect for tucking into a purse or bookbag.
What you'll need for your travel tea kit:
- 1 small, boxy pouch (tutorial here)
- Tea! These pouches will easily fit two of the 2 oz. Adagio sampler tins or a mix of other items. I have nine pouches of tea (chamomile, hot cinnamon spice, and maple) and an old Adagio sampler tin cleaned and filled with DAVIDsTEA chocolate chili chai.
- Travel filters if you have loose-leaf tea. You can find them at your local tea shop or through a place like DAVIDsTEA.
- A tiny scoop (optional). If you happen to have a tiny scoop laying about, that'll be perfect. Or, you can use the extra room in your pouch for a small timer, though I use my iPhone for that. Or, just cram in a few more tea pouches if you're going to be away from home for awhile.
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Clara, Jack
Notes: This is the sequel to “The lone and level sands stretch far away”. The ending is inspired by a lovely piece of fanart from okashishii. Many thanks to Charina and Pam for the beta!
Story title is from Maya Angelou’s “I know why the caged bird sings.”
Summary: A real marriage wasn’t all fairy-tale picnics and ice-skating on the River Thames. It had fights and periods of stony silence. It also had times when you watched your husband be smitten with his younger companion and wonder if, despite his pleas to let him make things up to her, that he would be really happy with someone else.
The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown
Word Count: 5,503
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Kahler Jex, Isaac, the Gunslinger, Amy and Rory
Notes: This is a "what if?" rewrite. What if River had been the companion for "A Town Called Mercy" instead of Amy and Rory? What would have changed? This was brought on by a discussion with Charina over chat, and this entire story poured out in a couple of hours.
All recognizable dialogue comes from the episode itself, using the following transcript and should be credited to Toby Whithouse. I just played around with it.
The story title comes from season one of Babylon 5, but originally comes from "The Merchant of Venice."
Summary: It was one of those trips the Doctor liked to take with River when her parents were either at home or sleeping on the TARDIS. In this case, it was sleeping. He had picked up her up from Stormcage with the promise of attending the Day of the Dead festival in 1895, before taking the Ponds out for breakfast. But, he had gotten toast crumbs on the console, and here was where they landed.The Quality of Mercy
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Jack Harkness, Clara Oswald
Notes: This is set at an undetermined point in series 7b. No spoilers as long as you know that Clara is the companion.
Summary: River had enough Ph.Ds to know that it was their grief over so many things bubbling to the surface: her parents’ death, their mishmash of a marriage, and enough emotional baggage to fill Space Titanic. The Doctor showed his grief outwardly, and she buried everything deep inside her until the pressure was too much. So, she’d gone out for milk … and hadn’t been back.
The lone and level sands stretch far away
Word Count: 4,619
Characters: Eleven/River, Amy/Rory, Brian, Vastra/Jenny, Strax
Spoilers: This fic takes place between "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" and "A Town Called Mercy" for the Doctor, River, Amy, Rory, and Brian. For Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, it's a year before "The Snowmen," and they have already seen a post-TATM Doctor. I'm also hand-waving "The Power of Three"/"P.S." and have Brian knowing about River in this fic.
Summary: “How would you like to help me plan the wedding of a Silurian who was awaken by the expansion of the London Underground and a match girl who became her maid?”
We'll keep on dreaming as long as we can
Title: And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
Word Count: 1,731
Spoilers: This happened to coincide with the BBC's advent calendar releasing a cute story of the Doctor and Harry Houdini. In the second part of the story, the Doctor ripped open his shirt to reveal ... what you'll see below!
Summary: It took a couple hundred years before either of them could begin to discuss Lake Silencio with anything other than extreme guilt, dour looks, and River excusing herself to vent her emotions on a gun range. It was in both of their natures to handle the hardships of their lives with levity, but even this seemed to be crossing a line.
And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt