Just donated £50 (plus Gift Aid) to the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Earthquake Appeal – there's a lot of people in need of a lot of help out there right now. For those of a fannish bent who might not have seen it yet, the [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti comm is running auctions to help raise money for the various charitable organisations that are involved in the relief effort – you bid on pieces of fic or art or other contributions but any monies are sent directly to the aid organisations. In the interests of getting it there ASAP (and because *cough* I've still not delivered on the larger fic that I put up in the last auction I got involved in!), I'm offering drabbles at a fixed $5 a go or ficlets at $20... though, obviously, higher donations would be lovely. My thread is here if anyone is interested. Be sure to check out the rest of the items on offer as well – there's some good stuff there that could be yours for a small donation to a good cause. :)

In other news.... )

Snow!!!

Jan. 6th, 2010 12:14 am
Which is no doubt nothing to be happy about for many on my flist, but we see it so very rarely here in central London that it's something to get excited about! We're meant to be getting quite a bit more overnight, but here's Hoxton-in-the-snow as of about 2330 this evening....

Cut for the sake of those who will scream if they so much as see another snowflake.... )

Going to be interesting seeing how the Tube copes with it, but hopefully they'll be running tomorrow as work should be rather scenic if it carries on like this! :D
Title: All That Glitters...
Author: Aeshna
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG, gen
Word count: 735
Characters: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato
Summary: "Toshiko, if you'd care to lead? No time like the present, after all...."
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: Not mine, no matter how many DVDs and toys I buy! Everything here belongs to RTD and to Auntie Beeb, who already has my licence fee.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] pimpmytardis for the 2008 round of [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, but it seemed a bit strange to post it in January when everything went live, so it's going out now!

Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] mimarie for sterling beta work – any remaining weirdnesses are all mine. Feedback of any variety is much appreciated but not compulsory – I'll post anyway! I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn....

All That Glitters... )
Title: Pathfinder
Author: Aeshna
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: G
Word count: 875
Characters: Gwen Cooper
Summary: But it was hardly the first time that she had taken a step out into the unknown.
Spoilers: TW Children of Earth; DW 4.12 The Stolen Earth and 4.13 Journey's End
Disclaimer: Not mine, no matter how many DVDs and toys I buy! Everything here belongs to RTD and to Auntie Beeb, who already has my licence fee.
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] consci_fan_mo comm. Because I love Gwen as a character and I'm really looking forward to seeing where things go next. Gwenwood? Bring it on! :)

Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] mimarie for sterling beta work – any remaining weirdnesses are all mine. Feedback of any variety is much appreciated but not compulsory – I'll post anyway! I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn....

Pathfinder )
Title: Breakwater
Author: Aeshna
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: PG
Word count: 622
Characters: Adelaide Brooke, Tenth Doctor
Summary: She would take fire over water any day.
Spoilers: Major for The Waters of Mars
Warnings: Character death
Disclaimer: Not mine, no matter how many DVDs and toys I buy! Everything here belongs to RTD and to Auntie Beeb, who already has my licence fee.
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] consci_fan_mo comm. Watching WoM for the first time, I really wasn't sure which way things would go at the end – this is a look at how things might have gone....

Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] mimarie for looking this over for me – any remaining weirdnesses are all mine. Feedback of any variety is much appreciated but not compulsory – I'll post anyway! I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn....

Breakwater )


Please come and support a good cause and get some fic out of it! :D

To see all of the DW/TW auction participants, see here.

And to see my auction thread, see here or click on the banner above!
Getting ready to go out the door this morning at about 10:15, I happened to glance out of the living room window. To see the chap who lives in the top corner flat opposite (the building is at a right angle to ours, with the balcony past the front doors at about the same level as us) standing outside his door with a round, white plastic cage-style laundry basket upside-down on his head like a large helmet. As I watched, he put his arms up like a bad sci-fi robot and walked stiff-legged along the balcony to the other end, where he stopped at his neighbour's front door, turned, acted out trying to shake the security gate off its hinges (or possibly being electrocuted by same - it was hard to tell) for about 10 seconds, turned again, moved on - still in robot mode - to the next door, did the same, then clomped back to his own open door and disappeared inside. All with the laundry basket over his head.

I have no idea what that was in aid of - nobody seemed to be in either of the other flats and I suspect I was his only audience (and he didn't see me), but it absolutely made my morning! Wish I'd had the camera handy - it would have been a smash on YouTube.... :D
Perhaps foolishly, I've signed up to participate in an Author Auction next weekend:



So, if anybody wants to get me to write something for them, subject to certain restrictions, this is your chance! My offer is:
    Offer: One 2,500 word min. fic in Torchwood
    Restrictions: Any rating. Gen by preference, but can write slash, femmeslash and het; kink is fine. Nothing that relies too heavily on Ianto as a character as I have no 'voice' for him, so no Ianto pairings or Ianto as central/viewpoint character. No Tosh/Owen. Can write Martha and Mickey, but no other DW-crossover characters, please. No AUs, RPF (though historical is okay), fandom crossovers, mpreg, character-bashing, songfic, self-harm, abusive pasts, excessive moping, etc.
    Additional Details: Can write drama, action-adventure, humour, friendship, smut, introspection, historical, combinations of the above; not much good with romance or relationship fics! Can go gentle or dark but not pure angst. Happy to write OCs and minor characters. Prefer to stick with canon as much as possible when writing within the period(s) defined by the series. I usually write Jack-centric fic, but can write for any of the characters with the exception of Ianto. Posting rights to remain with the author, please!
    Special Offer: 1) One drabble (100 words – I'm a purist!) for every bid increase of $10 or more above $50.
    2) Will write a ficlet (approx. 1000 words) for the second-placed bidder if they donate their final bid amount to the auction.
Go on, don't make me look like a Johnny-No-Mates.... ;)

The auction is to help contribute to the medical expenses of Stacie Holeman, an American fan writer with breast and ovarian cancer. Those of you who know my family history will appreciate why I'm getting involved here. It's tales like this that make me incredibly grateful for the existence of the NHS - this is thankfully the sort of horror story I wouldn't have to worry about, financially, at least (medically is a whole other matter, of course).

If there are any other authors out there who might like to get involved in this, the sign-ups are still open until the 8th September. As it stands, DW/TW authors are outnumbered by the Twilight crowd, so if anybody wants to join and help defend the fandom's honour against a bunch of sparkly vampires, that would be great! If nothing else, we can at least hope to raise more money than the glittery bloodsuckers! ;) There is an LJ comm, [livejournal.com profile] dwsupportstacie, for DW/TW writers who want to get involved.

For more information on the auction, see here.

For more information on Stacie, see here or here.

To see all of the DW/TW auction participants, see here.

And to see my auction thread, see here or click on the banner above. :D The auction starts next Friday, 11th September, at 11:59pm CDT (about 6am on Saturday 12th in the UK), and runs until 8pm CDT on Monday 14th (about 2am on Tuesday 15th).

Bid early, bid often! ;)
There has, of late, been a fair amount of fannish wailing and rending of garments over certain developments in Torchwood: Children of Earth, protests that certain things Should Not Be Done on TV shows where people might have some sort of emotional investment in the characters. Things that, frankly, I have absolutely no problem with whatsoever! But then I thought that, actually, that might have something to do with my early exposure to genre shows, back in the days when spoilers meant reading the Radio Times (which we didn't get). I can remember being upset when Adric died (hey, I was 11!), and then there was the great and glorious (see previous age disclaimer) Blake's 7....

So, here's a fun game! Imagine, if you will, that the same level of fannish entitlement computer and internet access existed back in the days when B7 was first airing. What online reactions and campaigns could we expect to see to each character death? Each replacement character? The destruction of familiar sets? Separations? Solo stories? Random blondes? Never mind the way it all ended! I'll admit to having only hazy memories of much of it, but I know there are folks out there who are much more familiar with it than I am.

Thoughts, rants, wails, rended garments (any of which may, or may not, bear a passing resemblance to certain more recent fannish storms), etc in comments, please. Go on, you know you want to. ;)

(Please feel free to pass on.... :))
Wow. What a week that was....

Spoilery blatherings about 'Torchwood: Children of Earth' )

And now I'm going to bed, there to fight off the bunnies that are now gathering in their uncountable hordes....
Yay! The 2009 TARDIS Big Bang site is now live, with many hefty Who-verse fics and lots of artwork!

For anyone who has been wondering what the heck happened to my usual semi-regular fic posting schedule over the past few months... er, this did. What do you know – apparently I can write long! Novel-length long, as it turns out. There will now follow a lot of catching up with various bits and pieces that have been neglected over the past three months or so....

Title: And Seven for a Secret
Author: Aeshna
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: R for violence and language, gen
Word count: 58,327
Characters: Jack Harkness, OCs
Summary: If you are reading this then I am dead, and with my death dies a promise I made a long, long time ago... When Ben Haldane is left a cryptic note in his grandfather's will, it leads him to a story far stranger than he could ever have imagined.
Disclaimer: Not mine, no matter how many DVDs and toys I buy! Everything here belongs to RTD and to Auntie Beeb, who already has my licence fee.
Archive: Sure, whoever wants it – just let me know where it ends up!
Notes: This was written for the 2009 [livejournal.com profile] tardis_bigbang challenge – the link below goes to their website – and is easily the single longest thing that I've ever produced. The basic idea was one that had been floating around in my brain for a while, but it really took form as I researched the era I was playing with – I had been planning to invent a mad Nazi version of Torchwood, but then found that Himmler had rather beaten me to it! Well, if it was good enough for Indiana Jones.... ;)

Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] mimarie for sterling beta work, and also to [livejournal.com profile] kris4n6 and [livejournal.com profile] sffuzzywriter for read-throughs and much-needed encouragement along the way – any remaining weirdnesses (and there are probably a few in my mangling of the German language!) are all mine. Thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] neth_dugan and [livejournal.com profile] wihluta for the illustrations! Feedback of any variety is much appreciated but not compulsory – I'll post anyway! I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn....

~ And Seven for a Secret ~

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Title: Noctiluca
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Alice Guppy, Jack Harkness
Rating: G
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] writercon100 drabble fundraiser. A Victorian interlude with Jack and Alice.

Read more... )
Prompt table for the [livejournal.com profile] occhallenge comm - I write enough OCs that I might as well post them somewhere where they might be appreciated! ;)

Prompt Table here... )
Title: Familiar Strangers
Author: Aeshna
Fandom: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Rating: PG, gen
Word count: 784
Characters: Jack Harkness (sort of), Tenth Doctor
Summary: Was this what they saw when they looked at him, the Doctor wondered – a creature far beyond any simple understanding, ancient and dangerous and all too perceptive?
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: Not mine, no matter how many DVDs and toys I buy! Everything here belongs to RTD and to Auntie Beeb, who already has my licence fee.
Archive: Sure, whoever wants it – just let me know where it ends up!
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] fox1013's Gen Battle – in other words, yet more 7-800 word comment fic! I had hoped to do more for the Gen Battle, but somehow February proved to be a bit of a washout on the writing front.... Prompt was "Crossover, TW/DW, Jack and Ten, 3 million years in the future, NO FOB". This is thematically similar to a much longer piece that I poke at occasionally, but as that shows no sign of being finished any time soon, I'm letting a few ideas out to play here.... :)

Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] mimarie for sterling beta work – any remaining weirdnesses are all mine. Feedback of any variety is much appreciated but not compulsory – I'll post anyway! I've suffered for my art, now it's your turn....

Familiar Strangers )

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