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Hello everyone!

I'm working on a story and have found myself quite stuck. But, I thought, maybe I can get some help. I'm looking to start a discussion or maybe get some fic recommendations if you know of any. Also, I'd love to hear if there are any coms or even Tumblr pages where I could start the conversation.

What sorts of things could or would Amy, Rory, and River talk about or do when they have family time?

I'm writing several of these family scenes, and I don't really know what to have them do. I do know that I do not want them to resort to talking about the Doctor all the time. In other words, I would really like for River and Amy to pass the Bechdel test.

They could talk about old times, when they were kids. If that's the case, what sorts of things do you think they all got up to? And how would they relate as adults?

I know that Betawho does a ton of these kind of stories, so she wants to chime in here, I'm all ears.

Any thoughts are welcome! Please discuss.
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On AO3 or Teaspoon

By Rangersyl (aka [profile] avarill) and [personal profile] taiamu
Rating: All Ages
Pairing(s)/Character(s): River Song / Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: "This rescue," the Doctor admitted as he dangled over the chasm, "is a work in progress."
Word Count: ~5500
Authors' Note: Thanks to our lovely betas -- [profile] eve11, Bittersweet Rose, and Samoth -- who kept pushing us to make it even better!
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Hi Everyone!

[personal profile] taiamu and I have written an Eleven / River fluffy adventure piece - which is also pretty short (very roughly 4500 words.) Would anyone be interested in helping us with a betaread over the next couple days?

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The car is paid off!

(but I still need to fix that softball dent)
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I bought a new car in 2011 -- it was one heck of splurge and I'm just about done paying for it (2 years early, yay me!) and I've managed to keep it 100% free of door dings, scratches, and other damage.

Until today.

I'm driving along in a residential area, minding my own business. To my right there is a school playground, predictably, with kids. Playing. I don't think much of it, but suddenly, out of nowhere comes a humongous


And an object bounces across my field of vision. I'm startled, of course, and I realize it was just a softball.


And now... there's a dimple in my hood. In the grand scheme of dents, it's not that big of a deal. But still it's the principle of the thing. Getting it fixed will cost less than my deductable, and there's no point in even dealing with insurance.

And really, the body shop will probably laugh me off, except for the part where I tell them to shut up and take my money, just get this dimple off my hood!

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What ho, friends?

It's been an eventful couple of months for me -- Vacation from Hell followed by Sinus Infection From Hell, etc. But on the other hand, my feet are feeling a bit better (although they're currently on ice, drat.)

I did however go to Gallifrey One con last month, and saw these:

I give you plushie cybermats!

They were made by a con goer who is also a costumer, and made some of these to supplement her cosplay. I was so enthralled I bought her out :)

So how is everyone doing?
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I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Visited my Aunt & Uncle, who were under the weather -- but my cousins did a great job hosting. There was lots of champagne, as I recall LOL.

We had another cousin concert - this was on Sunday. We played for about 120 people (!) and it turned out well. I had three instruments going -- alto and tenor sax plus my clarinet. It was a lot of fun. Though I'm glad the last 3 months of sheer terror are over.

Heading out to vacation next week.

Am also very close to beginning actual writing on my Eleven, River, Amy & Rory story: The Raven Who Sets Things Right. I've had the idea for a very long time, and have been steadily working on research and outlining over the last few months. Hoping to make some real progress during my vacation.

How is everyone?
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So I'm packing. I decided to take an Alaska cruise at the sort-of last minute. Yeah, I'm by myself but you know what? I'm totally looking forward to shutting out distractions and just relaxing.

As a fringe benefit, I'll do some atmosphere-soaking for the Raven story. By the time next week is out, I will either have made significant amazing progress, or totally given up LOL.

I signed up for 3 shore excursions: horseback riding, native canoe paddling, and a visit to a Tlingit longhouse.

Had some trouble working on my carry-ons, which I just now sorted out. How ridiculous! But I'm only carrying-on things that I don't trust to the thieves and vandals of the TSA and assorted airlines. Turns out there's a lot I don't want to get pilfered, and since I'll be flying a couple of legs on those itty bitty commuter jets, I have to be really careful with bag size. But I just squeezed two camera bodies, 3 lenses, flash system, small tripod and adequate padding into my appropriately-sized 'personal item,' so yay me!

In other news, work today was a mixed bag. We planned a baby shower for one of the team members, but it was such a surprise that he scheduled field work today and missed the lunch in his honor! So on the one hand, we were REALLY good at keeping a secret... but yeah, maybe too good. It all worked out though, as we had cake when he got back.

My team is doing very well, but I'm having trouble with some new... well, a new person. Or an old person in a new job. As one of my peers stated today: "This person needs to learn to stay in their lane!" Or perhaps not antagonize the very people they will desperately need to turn to when things go downhill. I'm lucky I'm 20 miles away from the Death Star, but still in fallout range, apparently.

Vacation... almost on... vacation...
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Hullo everyone! I've been a bit scarce, but I've enjoyed reading everyone's updates!

So let's see... Work has been nuts, which is normal. My computer died (or rather, the boot sector of the hdd died). Several days later, I now have it repaired but am over 800 emails in the hole, as it were. The worst part is that I was a goddess of organization and efficiency up to that point, and now it's shot to hell. I did manage to at least put out the worst of the fires today, but it felt very much like riding a rollercoaster w/o those safety brackets.

Went to a business writing seminar yesterday, which was interesting. I've always been proficient with English (composition and grammar) and in fact tested out of English requirements in college. The instructor asked us when was the last time we took any grammar and... dang. 7th grade? But she did hit us with a grammar test and I missed a couple -- which certainly took me down a couple of notches. Because of this, I tried to find a grammar reference suitable for native speakers... AND THEY ARE HARDER TO FIND THAN THEY SHOULD BE.

So where does my flist find their grammar questions answered? Any suggestions?

Getting ready for our annual 4th of July BBQ extravaganza! I'll be cleaning and prepping the smokers and grills this weekend.

I have finally gotten physical therapy for my foot (and only 6 months late!). The delay was due to the plague from hell that ate my January and February; followed by a couple of trips and then 2 bouts of jury duty.

The good news is that in spite of the lack of PT, I have healed nicely. I have a slight limp, however.

The bad news is that while working on correcting the limp, I've managed to set off a five-alarm fire in my calf and ankle muscles. Oy does it hurt. The PT says that it's overuse, and taped my calf. Which is the same calf I tore in 2000, and proceeded to sprain the supporting ankle about 4 times the following 2 years. Gee, maybe there's a weakness in there?

I have been banned from walking any more than necessary the next 3 days. :(
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I had my reservations about today -- having to go to an office I don't care for to sit in a training class that wasn't going to be given by my favorite instructors.

But you know, things worked out!

Turns out my favorite instructors were contracted to do this particular class (even though they lost the national contract).

I tell you, emergency response taught by crusty retired firemen is the way it should be done!

But it doesn't stop there! I got two big boxes from my friend in Colombia -- things I had ordered during my last visit there and was waiting to receive. Including an awesome black leather bomber jacket and some shirts made for me by a seamstress. Not to mention Colombian chocolate bars. Yum!

And then! I got a letter from a friend that had to move away to join the army. He's in basic training now and I got an actual, real-life handwritten letter from him. I'll write him back tonight.

So now I'm figuring out how to make room in my closet while chillin' and listening to some vinyl awesome.
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This is very late, but I thought it may be of interest to some folks.

I was at the Gallifrey One Con in February -- it's something of a tradition with myself and some of my friends. This was my ... 7th in a row? Can't remember.

Anyway, there was typical con stuff, panels, cosplay, lots of opportunities for disposable spending in the dealers room.

The best panel I attended this year was called "Travels with the Doctor" and had in it 2 former cast members from each decade that the show has been on. The 60s were represented by Frazier Hines and Deborah Watling (Jaime and Victoria); the 70's by Katy Manning and Richard Franklin (Jo Grant and Captain Mike Yates). For the 80's there was Nicola Bryant and Mathew Waterhouse (Peri and Adric), and finally rounding out the panel were Billie Piper and Arthur Darvill. Who should need no introduction.

And yes, Gally is an amazing con!

After the panel, I took some notes (with the intent to post a con report). )
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Hi All! Who else uses Calibre to organize their fic reading lists?

I just discovered the fanfiction plugin and OH.MY.GOODNESS ALL OF MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.

:: spreads confetti everywhere ::

Does anyone else use it? Am I the last person on Earth who figured this out? Would anyone like a 'how to' post?
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Not so much a lucky shot as a lucky find!

The Snark Missle

Saw this while strolling through the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC a few years ago. The metaphor was too much to resist, so I took out my phone and snapped a picture. Awesome!
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Hi All ! Back from a trip to DC that I really didn't want to take. The bad news was that it was a training course involving all kinds of group work, roleplaying difficult conversations, and all the things employees can do to get fired. It was also full of a huge percentage of agency brass -- so me and the handful of other first-line supervisors felt really... freshman-like.

On the other hand, the group I was working with were very cool, and thankfully had enough extroverts who grabbed the microphone to expound upon their thoughts so that I didn't have to. Also, for the record, roleplaying is only fun if there are orcs, swords and wizards involved.

The better news is that I seriously scored with my flight upgrades, so I flew in style. The other good thing that was as I was chillin' in the front of the plane, I worked diligently on a mindmap of the tricky parts of my Raven story. I may have busted through the writer's block.

But now I start a two-week stint of jury duty. I have to call in daily, so I can't exactly plan things. I need physio for my foot, and I chipped a tooth, but I can't make those appointments until I get the jury duty sorted out.

So - that's me. How is everyone doing out there?
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Hi All! It's been a while. I'm going to try to post more often now, as I'm trying to get myself all organized and set and finally OVER all of the crazy that's been hitting me for the last few months.

Well, okay, yeah, some of the crazy is self-inflicted since I did some traveling that, while fun, set me back a bit.

ANYWAY. In the interest of making a useful contribution, I know that many folks on my Flist are writers, and I dug up an old (but still viable and fun) link you might find interesting. Yes, it's about grammar, but in a fun way.

LifeHacker: Brush up on Grammar Rules with these Light-hearted Resources

... and I know there's a run-on sentence up there somewhere ;)

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If you've ever tried to shoot photos at an aquarium, or even through glass, you'll know how hard it is to get anything decent. The odds are stacked against you: glare! depth of field! death by autofocus! This shot was the best of several dozen taken at the Aquarium of the Pacific in the Jelly exhibit. Jellies are mesmerizing and photogenic, and it's hard to not at least try to get a shot of them. These guys were about 4-6 inches long. Unfortunately, I don't recall the species.

Lucky shot of the week: Jelly )
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This was one of my favorites when I first read it years ago, and the book still impresses me. The focus of the story is the dying Venusian civilization (of Venusian Aikido fame). I'd actually consider this essential reading for the NAs and PDAs.

Venusian Lullaby by Paul Leonard )
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So I was thinking that the Capaldi costume photo reminded me of something. It came to me this morning, as I was lying in bed halfway between asleep and awake.

Spoilers for publicity shots old and new )

Coincidence? Sleep deprivation? What do you think?
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So. Last September -- in fact the day before the gov't shut down because of lack of funds -- I was instructed to go on a spending spree because we needed to use up all the money that was alloted the previous fiscal year. No, it doesn't make sense, but there it is.

Anyway, given about 15 minutes to make big-ticket decisions, I ordered a shelving system for our supply room. We have been using old filing cabinets, and honestly, that was horribly inefficient. The shelving system? Seemed awesome but then I found out that shipping cost as much as the units themselves. Oh well, I'm supposed to spend a couple thousand in fifteen minutes, I didn't have time to really comparison shop. Then the gov't shut down, we all worked for no pay for three weeks, but things settled back to normal. I assumed that none of our orders made it through.

Fast forward to last week, when, without any previous warning, the entire shelving system arrives. "Some Assembly Required" does not even begin to cut it. So now I have to ask my investigators to assemble shelving. This is the 'other duties as assigned' part of the position description, no doubt. No, we don't have any support staff on hand.

We also, by the way, don't have any tools to assemble said shelving. I ordered some with the shelving, but who knows when or if they'll show up. So -- how much do I love my team? -- we conferred and everyone brought tools from home. I supplied a cordless drill, and then went to Home Depot with my own money and purchased screwdriver bits. The guys have the thing about 1/2 assembled. It took them 1/2 the day, and I assume half of tomorrow as well.

It'll be really cool to be organized, so I'm looking forward to it. But the road we had to take to get there is instructive.

In other news, yes, I'm back at work! I missed 4 weeks due to the plague. It is great to be gainfully employed once again! I'm slowy digging through 1000 emails that arrived while I was gone and trying to figure out what is urgent vs. what is important.

But now, I'm about ready to sip a glass of wine and turn off my brain.
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