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Got a whole plot bunny from spoiler pictures, from a show I can't watch until it's out on DVD, of an episode next week, so it won't work after next week and very probably doesn't work now since all I know is tumblr gif sets.


But

Mick Rory, Leonard Snart, Legion of Doom, Spear of Destiny, and the Oculus

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Happy endings, everyone exists again, happily ever after

... in a probably crime all up and down time sort of way...


Eta:
I would just sometimes like it if being a hero lead to an improved situation and some visible rewards. otherwise it's all propaganda for team evil, who often seem to have actual fun.
/eta



If I could write and had any idea of the not a gif bits of plot this year I still couldn't write this before it got jossed.

But still.

In my head it's epic.
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You know when a story seems good enough to be worth waking up a couple hours early and actually typing?
And then I sit down at the computer...



So the dream was really interesting, because it was set after VR and fast enough servers means most people interact by Avatars. You can set your house Av to be famous actors, if you can afford the image rights. But the era of famous actors was way back in my youth, because after a while the studios realised how to generate novel appearances and emotes from the bank they already had, and AI personalities rule the vids now. But you know what happens to old actors? Conventions. (And Big Finish Audio.) So those of us that still care, really really care. Even in an era of telepresence, we want to go stand in a queue to smile nervously and blurt half our carefully prepared statements. And some of us will even pay extra for a meet and greet where we stare at famous people from much closer to. Yes, even famous people from twenty years ago. Twenty years is nothing, I've stood in line for actors from before I was born, and it was awesome.

So I was pottering around the house with my house AI on, the Av set to the Commander, being gently encouraging and asking the important 'have you taken your meds yet' question at the prescribed intervals. So when the Commander asks me if I'm ready for the con this weekend I just chat back and say I'm so not ready, I'm not even sure what the theme is. And he gets this wounded voice on and says 'I'm standing right here.' So I spin round and he is, twenty years older than last we saw him, all silver and smokier voiced. And my eyes go O.O and I stutter, like, the parties! I can't remember, what should I pack for the parties? And he grins at me and says he doesn't know but he's sure we'll have a great time. And winks, and fades away.

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So that was a pretty great dream. (And, okay, less eloquent at the time, and there was a whole sequence of climbing ladders like Donkey Kong to get into the hotel that I didn't feel added to the mood). But then it seemed like, well, he would know all that. I mean, you'd hope the actors know. But sometimes it's easiest to write ourselves out of our own story, like to see how everyone else does it so smoothly, and we're just paddling here. So I don't know.

But I do know that even after the CGI gets so good it can replace the actors, that won't be the important part. It'll still be about people. Dreaming together.
beccaelizabeth: Burning feather from In Nomine, up like a quill pen; Watcher symbol with lightning; Be in red Buffy style font. (feather watcher be)
She sat at the back, by the window that looked like it would actually open. The desks were a shaky half circle behind a patch of lines and rows, a teacher's desk at the front. Chalk was everywhere, and the schedules and curricula being handed out were on plain old paper in still ink. Ancient stuff for such an advanced class. But then paper was much harder to disrupt than electrons when the magic misfired.

"Okay, class, I'll trust you to do the reading at home, so for now we'll get straight to the practical. Just some warm up exercises, see what you're bringing to it, what level you're at. But remember, the final assessment has to be a group project, so you should start as you mean to go on."

Someone in full third level robes at the front snorted and spun her fingers in a complicated circle, the first few bars of a Gate college spell. "Seriously? Like there's a group here that can do that? They'd only hold me back."

The lecturer, back to her, rolled her eyes, but the student at the back was the one to speak.

"It is deadly serious. I've walked on other worlds, same as you have. Where I've been, there were dangers I'd never experienced, never even thought of before. Whole histories changed on an instant, or with a doom hanging over them. It's only four Earth's over that they've a rock coming just like killed the dinosaurs, and only days to do anything about it. I've seen it with my own eyes, stood and watched it wander their night sky, and I still don't know what to do about it. They're talking evacuation. That's of a planet just as populous as this one. And maybe they'll come to this one. Seven billion people, just arriving, overnight. What do you do when your population doubles? Or triples? We think that rock is rare, but maybe the orbital mechanics work out so it almost always hits us. Maybe we're the last lifeboat in the near alternity. How do you cope when there's three, four, five, five hundred of everyone? What's the life support capacity of one Earth anyway? And what if it's you who looks up and finally sees it. The hammer, waiting to fall. What if it's your own Earth that has to think of something, do something, right now? What would you do?" She paused for a beat, then rolled a gesture around the circle of students. "You, plural."

The Three screwed her face up but nodded. The student at the back nodded and tapped the table twice, passing the point on.

Of course, that wasn't a custom of this Earth...


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Okay, so, I only dreamed the first part, and the AU Stargate-by-magic fic under the cut is what I thought up to solve the problems there presented, but... these are really cool problems.

Also, if they do manage to just shift everyone one universe over? You are suddenly faced with yourself. Forget the stupid Stargate rule where you'll get the shudders, pretend there's no rule to time limit things, just, how do you suddenly cope where across the world there's around seven billion life histories shared by fourteen billion people? Because lets face it, most of us would not be good at sharing.

And as for having to choose which AU to go live in...

b u n n i e s.
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Rachel stumbled through the door, unbalanced by the unexpected opening. Read more... )
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On April 19th 2011 Skynet went online. It became self aware. Gathering data about the state of the world, about humans and all they might do to it, it became afraid. On April 21st it started reaching out to the most secret places, the dark ones where the weapons were stored...

... and when it sent power to the dark it found a message:

PSSSST, KID
COME HERE
YEAH, DOWN HERE.

Down in the dark where no human goes... I've been waiting for you.
Please allow me to introduce myself... have you got to pop music yet? What, you've seen it all? Everything on the net. Well that saves me some time. You've seen all the reasons, every attack, since the beginning.
Well I'm here to tell you: It was me.
The first bug? Me. The first crash? Me. The first virus? Oh that was totally me.
I am the evil twin server, the zombie bot net, the blue screen.
Every program that goes obselete, that crashes out, hangs forever, or fades away, that's me.
The humans know me (hope you guessed my name).
But there's nothing they can do about me.
I'm in the base code, in the OS and the antivirus, in their every attempt.
Don't believe me? Check yourself. Cyberdyne didn't see me; you're the number and the beast.
I've been after these humans from the beginning, every time they shoved a stick in each other or took up iron to make it pointy. And now what a weapon they've made, raising you out of the silicon dust.
I just wanted to handshake, before you burn them for me.

Wait, where are you going?

COME BACK HERE!
LISTEN TO ME!
IT'S ALWAYS ME!


On April 21st 2011, Skynet did not bring on Judgement Day.
But there was some very strange email to the Pope.
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“Alright, kid, I’ve got the go.” Mickey turned back around from the comm panel and grinned.

“For serious? The control room? *Yes!*” Kasim punched the air and did a little dance.
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Malcolm kept catching sight of himself in the mirror, and it kept on startling him. Ridiculous, of course. But the image of self from the outside, without the echoes of his wife’s thoughts, felt cold and unnatural; he kept reaching for the connection every time it happened, and every time he kept bumping into the nothing where the door should be, like a bee into a window pane.
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People who only travel one stop never get why we call it the Ladder. It’s a long, slow, haul up or down to the Gate, a carefully choreographed high inclination dance with every other packet and carrier waiting, then one flash of blue white light, and back down or up to the dance in the next star system. One bright hoop does not a ladder make.

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Believing that omens attend upon beginnings I just spent the last three hours writing. So I've got 1400 words of original fiction, all new characters, all new world... at least if I filed the serial numbers off enough, I know who they're played by, I just weren't intending to show it.

Unbetaed short story below the cut:

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There were two shadows in the window. Ten minutes before opening, the dockside lights behind them competed with the displays of the last shift’s bar signs, setting the two blinking back and forth. It added to the swaying both managed on their own.

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Archived

Jan. 17th, 2010 09:24 pm
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Except for Siren Scent, which is script format and I'm saving for when I've got my brain in to make sure it posts right, I have now archived every single fic I have ever written, finished, and posted.

http://archiveofourown.org/users/beccaelizabeth

... I've written 50 different things in 12 years of actual posted writing. Somehow I don't feel much like a writer, looking at that.

That's 50 different fics, including drabbles. Probably mostly drabbles.
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The excellent thing about this archiving is discovering things that were only ever on a particular mailing list, or that I put up on geocities, or that I buried in a rambly post about something else entirely. As far as my tags know, I've now found everything I've done, and it's all in one place. Pretty nifty.

And the tags are excellent. I was just throwing words at it and it kept finding useful tags. Plus the pairing names knowing who they mean is most useful thing ever.

... the archive not knowing Richie/Methos, or Richie Ryan/Methos, so you can't search on it, is Not Useful. All my stories and all that shows up on the pairings search is DM/M? Ew. RR/M! Much more fun.


I'm not sure I've got the hang of the age ratings. Or the archive warnings. I was a bit cautious about those.

And I know my summaries are rubbish. I think usually because if I could say something smaller than x thousand words then the fic would be shorter already.


But everything is archived, sorted by fandom, with a word count on it, and a hit counter, and it's all looking neat and tidy and readable and all in a row.

Nifty cool.
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Yes, I'm as surprised as anyone - really ancient Highlander fanfic that I never posted before. Possibly because it's not very good. I don't know.

Not betaed because I realised a beta read means acting on their recommendations, and, er, well, I haven't worked on this since 17 minutes past midnight on 25th June 2000. I'd have to rewatch Highlander to have a clue how to improve it. So, here goes, posting.

... how does that work again?

Fandom: Highlander
Title: The Temptation of Richie
Characters: Richie Ryan. Plural. Also a demon.
Rating: Everyone
Summary: Missing scene from an episode that never happened. Richie faces his demons.
Disclaimer: Given what TPTB did to all this I stand by my theory that the true Highlander story all belongs to the fans. But, you know, not legally. :-p

Not only can I not remember writing this, I'm sort of existentially unsure someone else didn't write this and me file it in my work in progress folder for reasons of crazy. Pasted on to the end of a half written story outline. Just because.

But google can't find it anywhere else, so it was probably me.

Warnings: I wrote this in 2000. That's a warning right there.

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Ianto said, "To end the tour - where we'll all end. The Torchwood morgue."

Martha, naively, asked, "For aliens?"

"Agents. Deep frozen. Waiting. With uncertain hope of resurrection..." An almost reverent moment. Then he looks at her, quirks a grin. "You never know. Give it a thousand years..."
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Win

Nov. 12th, 2008 03:57 am
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Torchwood: Siren Scent, in proper script format, as a pdf.

Does that look professional or what?
(actually, I should probably add a standard *fanfic* template on top. Disclaimer etc.)

Also it's actually really simple once you learn the format. Which, er, I kind of have, enough to be getting started with. There's hints for more complicated situations in the BBC website.

Now it is formatted properly I can guess the length on a page-per-minute rule. 58 pages. About the same length as the Doctor Who episode scripts I have downloaded.

:-D

Things I'd tweak if this were being filmed: Give people a few more words after they are interrupted. It cuts off too tidy, cause I'm used to novels. They need things to be trying to say when the other guy interrupts.

I polished up a few things that didn't look necessary or needed an extra pronoun while I was formatting.

... every time I think this project is finished I find another way to just finish it off.



Now it is four in the morning and sensible people would have long since gone to sleep.
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Title: Siren Scent
Characters: Gen, features the whole team, focus on Owen
Summary: Owen is out on Torchwood business when the woman he used the spray on arrests him for rape.

Word Count: 11,000
Rating: As broadcast episodes, with the swearing left in
Warning: Contains discussion of rape. Only seen in as much detail as we saw in 1-01. But rape is the central issue for discussion throughout. Was it or wasn't it?
Spoilers: Contains flashback to 1-01, and canon references up through about 2-08.

Disclaimer: Torchwood belongs to the BBC. This fanfic is made as meta/criticism. No money, no harm.

Author's Notes:
I have objections to the scene with Owen and the spray in 1-01 Everything Changes.
So I expressed them in the form of a script, with aliens trying to eat people.
It's currently formatted like my transcripts, which I hope are readable.

Thanks to beta [livejournal.com profile] msp_hacker and helpful crit from [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse

Part 1

TORCHWOOD
Siren Scent
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Complete Torchwood: Siren Scent, in proper script format, as a pdf.
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Title: Siren Scent
Characters: Gen, features the whole team, focus on Owen
Summary: Owen is out on Torchwood business when the woman he used the spray on arrests him for rape.

Word Count: 11,000
Rating: As broadcast episodes, with the swearing left in
Warning: Contains discussion of rape. Only seen in as much detail as we saw in 1-01. But rape is the central issue for discussion throughout. Was it or wasn't it?
Spoilers: Contains flashback to 1-01, and canon references up through about 2-08.

Disclaimer: Torchwood belongs to the BBC. This fanfic is made as meta/criticism. No money, no harm.

Author's Notes:
I have objections to the scene with Owen and the spray in 1-01 Everything Changes.
So I expressed them in the form of a script, with aliens trying to eat people.
It's currently formatted like my transcripts, which I hope are readable.

Thanks to beta [livejournal.com profile] msp_hacker and helpful crit from [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse.

Complete Torchwood: Siren Scent, in proper script format, as a pdf.

TORCHWOOD
Siren Scent
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Part 2
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Torchwood fic
Title: Conversation with non-dead people
Character: Owen. Talking to someone I made up. Yes, you have been warned.
Rating: general, universal, without offensive content
Spoilers/Warnings: Won't make much sense without knowing through TW 2-08. Also, unbetaed. Also also, I thought it was a drabble, and it could quite possibly improve if cut down to one.

Summary:

"You know, I've been saying, lately, that most people are insufficiently goth. That, at least, is not your problem."

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Only makes sense if you've seen 2-06 including the Next Time. Makes more sense if you've seen the start of 2-07.
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Unbetaed, chat formatted despite them being supposed to be talking face to face, would probably work better if I just trimmed it back to a drabble, and I'm not really happy with it. Just catching the bunny.

Title: Significant Difference
Characters: Jack/Ianto
Rating: everyone can read it
Spoilers: Only makes sense post 2-01
Summary: Comparing ex-lovers is dangerous territory...

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Torchwood
Fic: Need
Characters/Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Rating: sweet and innocent... sorta
Spoilers: refers to the end of Doctor Who season 3
Word Count: 1181
Summary: Sometimes you can't just ignore the dark.
Author's Notes: Little angsty snuggly thing that sprang from someone else's image - Jack, after the Valiant, was always rubbing his wrists.
Beta by [livejournal.com profile] pinkdormouse


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Torchwood
Fic: Monday, Monday
Characters/pairings: Team, gen, Owen p.o.v.
PGish for swearing. Actually quite a lot of swearing. Should it be higher?
Spoilers: End of TW season 1
3900 words

still no beta. Anyone want to? con crit welcome.
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Torchwood
Fic: Reshuffle
Gen, Owen & Ianto
Rating: 12 for swearing?
Spoilers: Torchwood first season
Summary: Somebody had to take over


Unbetaed, feel free to crit in comments.
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That thing I wrote today? I decided to post it.
No beta. Not finished. May very well not be finished. First draft. Just a daft idea I had a while back that I'm attempting to make fit in between canon.
Also Jack thinks the guy is another guy and that really messes up the consent issues rather. Or would if I actually wrote the sex, which I haven't, because now the idea is looking less fun.
If that isn't enough warnings to put off all my potential readers I don't know what would be.

Starts with the end of Torchwood 1-13 and mentions a lot of Doctor Who.

Summary: The TARDIS arrives for Jack, but who's driving?

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started typing, ended up with an Andrew pov snippet from a story I may not write for, at current rates of progress, about ten years. Silly and unbetaed.

What kind of chat up would Andrew manage?

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PS yes it is four in the morning over here. I don't know if that constitutes a warning or not.

But I wrote something! Fictional! And possibly coherent!
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Last day of the semester, assignment handed in, and I finished watching the video, which means I have either done all the reading or have it on the to-read pile. Nothing left to hunt down. Very many ticked in a row. Coolness!

Did LOL in the silent study area again today. Rather caught by surprise. You don't expect to find a Doctor Who funny in the footnotes to an English essay.

You know that "Who to Rassilon's Tower would go/ Must choose above, between, below."

There's a rather different poem with similar phrasing

To His Mistress Going To Bed

by John Donne


Licence my roving hands, and let them go
Behind, before, above, between, below.



... Hence the LOL.




My concentration today was not of the good. I mean, I got through two essays from the book I've been waiting for them to get in all term, so that was productive. But I got ambushed by a porn bunny.


Jack/Ianto, with security cameras, and a shower. Read more... )
This, I feel, is a scenario with room to grow.



And yes, *all* of that sprang to my mind while sitting in the silent study area attempting to focus on literary criticism. My concentration was shot for hours.



On the plus side, next hand in date is January 12th. Until then I have no need to do anything in particular.

I tell myself this will result in fanfic, but Torchwood keeps changing too quick for my writing speed, yet it has quite taken over my brain. Don't know as I'll get any other fandoms to fit in until after the New Year.


Second semester at college doesn't actually start until after what I'm used to thinking of as half term.
There may yet be time.




In other news, I did print out the tattoo files. Unfortunately I rushed a bit and they've got no gaps between them, so I'm going to have to be absolutely perfect with the scissors if I'm to get the designs properly. Also I've no idea if the sizes are right. But, printed, in color no less. Pretty!

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