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12th-Jan-2018 09:36 pm - Fests, fics, and fandoms
garnet red dress lady
Hello, hello! I've had new friends arrive recently from the Yuletide friending meme, hi, new friends! And hi, old ones, because I've been a bit random about posting. I try to become more frequent again. Today's post is just about recent fanfic fests and fics I've received and written. Which reminds me, I finally managed to finish my Chocolate Box letter the other day, so if anyone wants to take a look, here it is!

Fandoms are Doctor Who, Torchwood, Wayfarers, Parasol Protectorate, and Finishing School. Lots of prompts for various relationships! There probably are more fandoms I could have requested, but considering how long the letter turned out, it's no doubt good I didn't. And I was trying to be brief. Ish.

Anyway, [community profile] fandom_stocking went live this week, and I got many lovely gifts in mine. I got several lovely fics, of the Doctor Who and Torchwood kind; by [personal profile] trobadora, [personal profile] navaan, as well as [personal profile] marginalia, [personal profile] missanotherboat, [personal profile] firefly124 and [personal profile] angelus2hot. Do check them out! Also, I got three ballet icons by [personal profile] kate, suitable for a beginner dancer like myself as I had hoped, so now I have some appropriate icons for rambling about my ballet classes; also, book recs from [personal profile] cornerofmadness (a considerable bunch of LGBT themed sf/f recs!) and [personal profile] dunderklumpen; as well as fan art and greetings.

I managed three fics myself; naturally not all that I wanted to write, but still, three. And I'm learning how to make stories comparatively short, ie. around 1,000 words. Here are the stories I wrote.

for [personal profile] nenya_kanadka:
A Spray of Water Falling on a Wave (909 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Heather (Doctor Who: The Pilot)/Bill Potts
Characters: Bill Potts, Heather (Doctor Who: The Pilot)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Canon Lesbian Relationship, Canon Lesbian Character, Post-Episode: s10e12 The Doctor Falls, Fandom Stocking 2017
Summary: A moment in the life and space travels of Bill Potts and Heather, after.</p>

(I was so happy to get around to writing my first Bill fic! I hope there are more to come!)

Then this, for [personal profile] trobadora:
A Lady Is Always Ready (907 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thirteenth Doctor/Missy
Characters: Thirteenth Doctor, Missy (Doctor Who)
Additional Tags: Post-Episode: 2017 Xmas Twice Upon A Time
Summary: It was embarrassing to lose her TARDIS for such a long time. It was even more embarrassing that when she found the TARDIS again, Missy was standing outside.</p>

(Waah, I can't resist writing Thirteen/Missy, and we've only had two words from Thirteen in canon!)

And finally, for [personal profile] chamilet:

Through the Dark (1167 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones
Additional Tags: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Post-Year That Never Was, Nightmares, Fandom Stocking 2017, Touching
Summary: Though that year never was, it comes back to haunt Jack. It's a good thing he isn't alone this night.</p>

I also posted another Jack/Ianto fic recently, but it's not up on AO3 yet. It was for [community profile] torchwood_fest; the prompts were winter and Christmas themed, and while I don't usually work with Christmas or other holiday themed prompts (winter, for sure, I am a Finn after all) this story came to me and I was rather happy with myself for managing something not terribly fluffy out of the prompt "holiday treats". When the fest closes, I'll put it up on AO3 as well, but for now, here have the link to the journal posts:

Taste of Spice by AuroraCloud: Dreamwidth post / Livejournal post
Summary: On a dark December evening, Ianto Jones is hardly in a festive mood, and his relationship with Jack is just confusing. Still, there can be unexpected benefits to spicy cakes.
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Word Count: 2790
Rating: Teen
Genre: Angst, Romance
Notes: Takes place late-ish in S1; after They Keep Killing Suzie but before Out Of Time

I was quite happy the way this turned out, personally. The fest was originally supposed to end last weekend, but it was extended, so we'll see if I have time to edit the other Torchwood fic lying on my computer. I hope so, the world needs more Tosh femslash...

On a final fannish note, I started watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries tonight, and I think I'm in love. With the series and especially with Miss Fisher.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/51117.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
garnet red dress lady
Happy happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2018 turns out to be good for us all! I had a nice time spending New Year with friends, and intend to be very lazy and enjoy myself today.

Yuletide reveals have happened. This is what I wrote:

Words That Burn (3301 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Le Comte de Monte-Cristo | Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eugénie Danglars/Louise d'Armilly
Characters: Eugénie Danglars (Le Comte de Monte-Cristo), Louise d'Armilly
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2017, Yuletide, Female Characters, 19th century lesbians, canon lesbian characters (more or less), Music, Women Writing, Historical, First Kiss, POV Female Character, Female-Centric, Misses Clause Challenge

Eugénie Danglars and Louise d'Armilly find their way to each other through music and poetry.

I'd wanted to write something for these two characters for so long - a pretty damn much canon f/f pairing in one of my favourite 19th century books (seriously, the only thing that remains is for Dumas to say straight out they're a couple, it's implied quite heavily enough). The prompt had many lovely directions I could have gone, but this story suggested itself to me almost at once, and I really enjoyed writing it. Many thanks to [personal profile] shopfront for beta-reading it despite not knowing the fandom in advance. I do think this story can be read even without knowing the book; there's so much we're not shown about the characters in the book, and I'm trying to fill the gaps here.

I didn't get around to writing any Treats, but there's always the NYR collection if I get around to any of the other prompts that sounded inspiring!

ETA: Here's a post-reveals Yuletide friending meme! I've joined it, a lengthy comment because that's what I do. I also added a few recs in the comment, but I might do a proper recs post in my journal once I've read all those fics I still really really want to read but didn't yet.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/50434.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
31st-Dec-2017 11:12 am - Writing goals and challenges
writing and lady
I just signed up for [community profile] inkingitout, a writing community where you aim to write a certain number of words (75,000 or more) and then check in for how it's going, and stuff. The sign-ups are still open for another day, so I thought I'd do a little promo in the case anyone else is interested!

white background with black ink splodge with the words Join us at Inkingitout, write 75000 words or more in 2018

Challenge yourself to write 75000 words or more in 2018!

[community profile] inkingitout [community profile] inkingitout [community profile] inkingitout

Sign ups now open!

I'm quite excited by this. Write Every Day (which has been hosted by [personal profile] esteliel this month and will be hosted by [personal profile] trobadora in January) has been so good for my writing, and it's been lovely to have a small community of writers to connect with, and I look forward to more of that sort of goodness. And I really want to get more written next year, and feel an extra challenge should help.

I surprised myself last night when I counted my words from the whole year and found out I'd written over 120.000 words this year. I had felt fairly unproductive most of the year, due to various health/energy/life issues, but that doesn't sound too bad. Of course, most of it went towards things that aren't finished, but it's all writing and I learn from it.

I decided to shoot for 150.000 in 2018. It's a little more than I did last year, but not too much of a challenge to cause an indecent amount of stress. One of the things I want to do in 2018 is finally write a full novel draft, not just start an awful lot of original projects and then abandon them and move to something else, which is what I did all of 2017. I usually write my original stuff in Finnish, which uses way fewer words per same amount of text than English does. (Various reasons for this: we don't have articles, we use a lot of suffixes instead of prepositions, and we use a lot of combined words, so expressions like "summer holidays" or "Queen Mother" or "a carton of milk" are just one word in Finnish. Also, our verbs do funny things, so where an English-speaker might say "I wonder if I should write," in Finnish the same phrase might be "kirjoittaisinkohan". I love my language.) So if I end up succeeding in my goal of writing more original fiction this year, I don't want to be discouraged because it makes the word count goal harder to reach.

In addition to the original fiction goal, I'm hoping to finish more fanfics this year; I've got an awful lot of unfinished ones lying around on my hard drive. It would also be nice to finish something that doesn't come with a deadline for a challenge/exchange/fest. I'd especially like to publish more femslash and other female-character-oriented fics the coming year. Also, I'd like to publish more Torchwood fic. Most of my Torchwood fic is Jack/Ianto, and while that's a common pairing, I feel there's still room for stories featuring my visions of the characters. In addition, I'd love to write Toshiko, and the world could use more of her. Torchwood is really so perfect for writing fic in: the canon offers so many tantalizing openings, but doesn't follow up on things enough, so you're just itching to write something to fill out the gaps and get things to make more sense.

So, anyway, that's enough on my writing goals and such for now. Yuletide reveals will come soon! And less than a week to write something for [community profile] fandom_stocking, and I haven't even started! I've got plans, though.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/50217.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
27th-Dec-2017 01:07 pm - Yuletide
Yuletide / moonscape
Yuletide fics have been revealed a couple of days ago, and I got this delightful story in one of my teeny tiny fandoms, Gail Carriger's Finishing School series. Which series, by the way, I much recommend for anyone who might enjoy reading about young ladies in the 19th century at a boarding school where, under the guise of becoming fine society ladies, they actually become fine highly-trained intelligencers and spies for Her Majesty. And in between, drink lots of tea, and mess around with entertaining steampunk gadgets. But anyway, I got an incredibly fun story about Sophronia and her friends having to help out Sophronia's nemesis, Monique. The characters are their delightful selves, and the story most definitely doesn't lack in entertaining steampunk gadgets or references to tea.

The Christmas Pudding Caper (2926 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Finishing School - Gail Carriger
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sophronia Temminnick, Monique de Pelouse, Genevieve Lefoux, Agatha Woosmoss, Mademoiselle Geraldine, Lady Linette, Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott
Additional Tags: Boarding School, Holidays, christmas pudding, experiments gone wrong, Enemies to Friends

Monique has her last chance to Finish at the Headmistress' Christmas tea. If she doesn't, the school itself might be Finished. But she needs a little help from an unexpected source.

There are many other fine stories in the Yuletide 2017 collection, though I haven't yet got around to reading nearly all that I wish to read.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/50163.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
25th-Dec-2017 11:01 am - Holiday wishes
cabin in wintry woods
I hope you all are enjoying a lovely Christmas or any other midwinter festival you might celebrate! I've had a pleasant Christmas with family and good food, and though we don't have much of a white Christmas (alas) we have beautiful clear skies. I've got two new wonderful books, a blissful number of days off, nothing much to do, and it's almost Yuletide. Not that I edited until the last minute, myself. Never would do that, me. Well, maybe just a teensy bit.

The books are The Glass Town Game by Catherine M. Valente, which I've wanted ever since she told the audience at Finncon 2016 that she was writing a book about the Brontë siblings in which their shared fantasy world becomes a real place where they travel; and Messages from Islands by Ilkka Hanski, a nature book which I've heard much about.

I also saw a lovely Nutcracker performance just before Christmas. Our National Ballet's version is so beautiful, and they've set it into early 19th century Finland which warms my history-geeky heart. The wonderful Hanako Matsune was Clara, and oh, she's my princess. I don't have a video from it, but here, have a gratuituous Royal Ballet Nutcracker video instead.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/49844.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
18th-Dec-2017 08:22 pm - Just a few quick fandom things
garnet red dress lady
Time of various exchanges and fests is upon us! I've successfully finished my Yuletide fic in time, though it still needs some editing (when have I not edited up to the reveals?), and I've taken a bit of a look at requests to consider treats. Though there are also so many other options for fic-writing in the near future! Such as [community profile] fandom_stocking, where the sign-ups ended last week. Here is my stocking if you want to take a look at it and maybe even drop something in there!

[community profile] public_call fics are in the process of being revealed. I wrote a Jack/Ten story, which has been posted: find the post with the link here.

And I got this lovely Bill/Heather fic from the exchange!

Bubblegum, Fire, Salt Water (1141 words) by florencedrunk

Also, more on the femslash front, due to my general posting fail I haven't posted links to all of my previous exchange fics either, so here's my [community profile] femslashex fic, a Thirteen/Missy fic I wrote for the dear [personal profile] trobadora and had ever so much fun writing.

Hope and Chocolate (2442 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Thirteenth Doctor/Missy
Characters: Thirteenth Doctor, Missy (Doctor Who)
Additional Tags: Fix-It of Sorts, Femslash, Femslash Exchange 2017, Crossing Timelines

The Doctor goes back to find Missy during her time in the Vault. She has a plan. Also, there is a date.

I'm mostly caught up on Doctor Who now - I'm struggling in early S9 because I just don't like Clara enough and I don't like her and Twelve together (I love Twelve, but he works so much better with Bill!) and the writing has been getting steadily worse, and I don't think I'm finishing it before the Christmas special airs. But anyway, it means I've pretty much seen all the Missy episodes there are to see, and whatever I think of other things, Missy is freaking fantastic. I'm not even often fond of villains or quasi-villains or whatever she is, and I wasn't as into Simm!Master as much of the fandom seems to be, but Missy is my lady.

I really hope we will somehow get her and Thirteen together on the screen at some point.

What else? I basically binged through S1 of Broadchurch this weekend. Damn, it's so good. And the cast is fantastic, Olivia Colman and David Tennant are fantastic in the leads, I freaking love Jodie Whittaker's acting, and Arthur Darvill is at least as lovely in this as he was as Rory. And many others gave wonderful performances, too, and I just loved the writing, the way it focused so much on the characters and the community and the effect of the events on all that, not just solving the mystery.

I'll try to post more things some time soon. Like more thoughts about Doctor Who, and other things I've watched and read. I know I've been really quiet on the journalling side of things, but I'll be trying to fix that in the near future! I miss this.

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/49191.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
18th-Oct-2017 08:32 pm - Dear Public Call Writer
garnet red dress lady
Dear Public Call writer,

Here I’ve got a letter with the relationship and character specific prompts and details, because I didn’t want to make the details box in the sign-up super-long, and also because I wasn’t quite finished with this part by the sign-up deadline. Note on Sunday 22nd October: I've added at least something to the unfinished parts now, so consider this finished. I don't want to keep you having to check back in here!

How much I go on about each relationship doesn’t determine how much I want it; I’ll be really happy with any of these. And the prompts and such are just meant to help you get started or get ideas, you can ignore me and write something else!

Characters, relationshipsCollapse )

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/48891.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
14th-Oct-2017 12:36 pm - Squeee!
garnet red dress lady
Guess who was gifted a wonderful Bill/The TARDIS story at [community profile] femslashex? I was gifted a wonderful Bill/The TARDIS story at [community profile] femslashex! Look!

all the moments of eternity (1684 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bill Potts/The Doctor's TARDIS
Characters: The Doctor's TARDIS, Bill Potts
Additional Tags: Artificial Intelligence, AI in Love, Timey-Wimey, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence

A Time Lord wasn't the only thing the TARDIS stole.

Aaaand now there are several more Doctor Who femslash stories to read in the archive, too!

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/48567.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
9th-Oct-2017 07:34 am - Dear Yuletide Writer
Yuletide / moonscape
Sorry for the delay in posting the letter, but here it is. I may still do little tweaks and edits during the weekend if I realize something could be worded better etc. but you're safe going on based on what I've got here.

Fic likes: I love gen, femslash, slash, het; I love hurt/comfort, adventures, daily life moments and domesticity, angst (but hopefully with a happy/comforting ending), fluff, porn (though preferably so that the sex tells something about the characters), first times, established relationships, kisses, space, history, worldbuilding, character-centric fic, intelligent/geeky women, relationships between women, loyalty, friendship, found family, teamfic where applicable, characters coming to accept some previously neglected/repressed part of themselves, canon divergence AUs (various ”what if”s changing some event or element of the canon but still keeping the world basically the same), epistolary fics, crossovers with fandoms you know I like, etc. etc. Really a lot of things, so feel free to let your imagination roam as long as you respect my Do Not Wants / dislikes.

If you write a romantic/sexual relationship, there can be no sex or a little sex or lots of sex, however you like. Anything from handholding or sweet words to hot steamy sex is find by me, though I prefer no complete PWP.

Do Not Wants/Dislikes: graphic violence, gore and torture, rape/non-con, sexual abuse, incest, underage sex (by this I mean under 16, which is the age of consent in my country), character bashing, mpreg, wildly different AUs of the coffee shop / high school / werewolf etc. variety. It depends a bit on the canon how much violence/torture/abuse I can deal with, but generally, please not higher level than the canon. Please stay away from sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other such things. Please no 2nd person POV, it hardly ever works for me. In fic 1st person rarely works for me unless it’s in diary/epistolary format; the exception here would be Skuggserien, where the original canon is written in first person, so if you want to write the fic that way as well, it’s fine.

Le Comte de Monte Cristo | Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre DumasCollapse )

Wayfarers Series - Becky ChambersCollapse )

Skuggserien (Shadow Series) — Maria GripeCollapse )

Finishing School - Gail CarrigerCollapse )

This entry was originally posted at https://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/48313.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
3rd-Sep-2017 09:50 pm - Fics! By me.
Jack Harkness smiling
[community profile] rarepairfest reveals have happened, so I can share my fic! But I've forgotten to share the previous fics I've been able to post before this one, for [community profile] wintercompanion and [community profile] torchwood_fest, so I will take this opportunity to post links to all of them. All links lead to stories on AO3.

First, here is the Rare Pair Fest fic. The prompt basically allowed me to write the "Martha and Jack seeking comfort from each other after the Year That Never Was" fic that I've been wanting to write for a long time. Still, it wouldn't have been nearly as good without enkanowen's beta work, which helped a lot both with the language/writing and with the pacing and character development.

Care for Apocalypse Survivors (5797 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1<
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audience
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Harkness/Martha Jones
Characters: Jack Harkness, Martha Jones
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Post-Year That Never Was, Pre-Season/Series 02, Episode: s03e13 Last of the Time Lords, brief appearance by Tenth Doctor, background Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones - Freeform, Mentions of Torchwood Three
Summary: After the Year That Never Was, the TARDIS whisks the Doctor, Martha, and Jack to a safe place to rest and recover. With a year of horrors behind them, Martha and Jack have each other for comfort.

For Torchwood Fest, I wrote my first posted Jack/Ianto fic (I've got a lot of unfinished drafts on my hard drive, most of them darker and angstier than this one). Though the prompt I wrote for was about sex, I tried to make sure the fic had more than just that. Again, much thanks to Enk for helping make the story better.

Fresh Air (2386 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones
Additional Tags: Fluff, Semi-Public Sex, Morning Sex, Cuddling & Snuggling, Ianto thinking about his feelings
Summary: In a morning after a vigorous night in his flat, Ianto opens the window for some fresh air. He is not taking Jack Harkness properly into account, though.

And for Winter Companions, I wrote a Jack/Ten story. It has a lot of elements that have been brewing in my head for a long time. I didn't feel I quite got it where I wanted, but it has some things I like, nevertheless. It seems Ten isn't that easy for me to write, regardless of how much I've been watching and reading him, but I do want to practice more on him - especially with Jack.

Between (4928 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Torchwood
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tenth Doctor/Jack Harkness
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Jack Harkness
Additional Tags: background Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones - Freeform, Post-Episode: s03e13 Last of the Time Lords, Sex in a TARDIS
Summary: It was a moment when Jack didn't want to hear the TARDIS materializing behind him.
The Doctor comes across Jack in the middle of an alien-hunt, and they work out some issues. In various manners.

This entry was originally posted at http://auroracloud.dreamwidth.org/47780.html. Feel free to comment on either site.
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