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where did the time go?  Wish I had more to report really but I've just been pootling along.  Job's going great, hopefully get to keep it a while longer as the Trust is in the cludgie financially speaking - but then so is the rest of the NHS.  I think I'm pretty safe for at least the next year but may well up the level of job seeking from mildly curious to vaguely interested.  I really really don't want to move jobs again.  I like my job, I like my boss.  I like most of the people I work with (and the twat in the corner I can tolerate).

Otherwise, house is still falling down, marriage is still wonderful.  THe creative muse has well and truly buggered off - haven't written anything fictionwise in over two years.  Don't even read that much fanfiction anymore.
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Holy Cr*p, it's been a while

So... 48... so far so good.  Heading out for birthday lunch with Liz shortly and then possibly to the cinema if the headache quits (don't fancy two hours of 3D cinema experience with a headache no matter how much I want to see Prometheus).  Impressive amount of loot recieved for birthday: several DVD box sets notably the complete Sopranos so I think my Olympics survival kit is more or less complete.

So what's been happening with me the last six months or so.  Not much.  Fanfics started: about 30.  Fanfics finished: 0.  Keep having these wonderful ideas but the actual execution of them escapes me.  Have got back into actual reading in a big way.  Latest discovery is Ben Aaronovitch's wonderful 'Rivers of London' series.  And of course 'Snuff' (Terry Pratchett) which was just about perfect.  About to embark on a rereading of Mary Gentle's Ash/1610/Ilario which should take me through the summer.

The job is going pretty well.  Still enjoying it very much and seem to have come thru this financial year's round of cuts more or less intact.  Healthwise, okay.  Persistent anaemia which is being investigated and stil can't lose weight but I'm hopefully being put on a new diabetes drug that will help (or at least takes me off the drug that makes me put on a steady pound or so a month even if I never ate again).

Liz and I will celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary next month.  Wow, that went fast.
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Bit of a personal celebration.  Have finished two stories for AJ's solstice advent calendar.  Around 5,000 words.  That brings my total finished stories this year to 3.  And I have hopes of finishing a 4th if I can get River Song and Helen Magnus to stop being excessively timeywimey, behave, get out of bed and actually accomplish the plot as designed.

Or they could just stay in bed and b*gger the plot

And just to say, the new Kate Bush album (50 words for snow) is amazing.  Has been on replay since I got it on Saturday.
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RIP Anne McCaffrey

Met her at Armadacon about 20 years ago and was lucky enough to spend about 20 minutes in her company discussing the merits of Sapphire and Steel. She was fierce and funny and I liked her a lot.

Loved the Dragonrider Books, particularly those dealing with Menolly and a couple of her other series as well. 
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Story Recommendation

Thoroughly recommended for all those Dr Who fans who want a little more Vastra and Jenny...

The Adventure of the Hopping Vampire (29276 words) by faviconDavid Hines
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jenny/Vastra (Doctor Who s06e07)
Characters: Vastra (Doctor Who), Jenny (Doctor Who s06e07)

SOME OF OUR MORE IMAGINATIVE READERS INFORM US that the events of the past few days -- the grisly deaths, the tragic fire, the flying carriage that caused the egregious delays on the Metropolitan and District Railway -- are attributable to the fevered pursuit of a Chinese vampire, known in its native land as a jiang shi, by the adventuress detective Madame Vastra. These readers, whose persistent letters are beginning to become tiresome, claim that this is but one of many times Madame Vastra's unravelling of a mystery has saved all of an unknowing London.

We advise these peculiar devotees that we have yet again sought an audience with Madame Vastra, who, as ever, politely declines comment on any of the wilder rumors in circulation, but wishes it known that any unusual cases requiring investigation may be brought to her attention care of this newspaper.


Fiction: Time Was (Dr Who - River Song/Liz X)



By Celievamp (


Genre: Dr Who Pairing: River Song/LizX


Spoilers: All televised episodes, particularly any River episodes.


Disclaimer: Dr Who belongs to the BBC, River Song belongs to Stephen Moffatt and the wonderful Alex Kingston.  I’m just… imagining stuff and writing it down.


Rating: Mature.


Wordcount: 3260


Originally written for the Dog Days of Summer 2011.


Summary: The Queen had never expected to see her again.

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Well, another birthday, another year older


Sounds almost grown up.  Bugger that.

So, how's things?  Still not writing much.  Do have plans to finish a story for AJ's solstice ficathon this weekend, it's 99% done (but then it was 99% done for her last solstice ficathon as well).  But. Will. Finish. It. Today.  See - determined.

Mourning the lack of Dr Who.  Have watched the half-time finale approx 6 times now.  Much to love about it.    Want to write xover fic with Sanctuary for the Madame Vasari(?)/Jenny(?) Victorian crimefighting duo.

And talking of Sanctuary: Thought Pax Romana a little rushed.  Hangover... iffy.   Can't wait to see Normandy in a couple of weeks.

Last couple of episodes of Fringe Season 3 were pretty awesome.  Glad to see there's a season 4 on the horizon.  Not ready to lose the awesomeness that is Olivia Dunham quite yet.

In other things.  Mum is not doing too well at the moment.  We have definitely arrived at the demented stage of dementia and the meds they are trying her on don't seem to be easing the paranoia and confusion at the moment.  She is... disturbing to be around at the very least.  It's difficult to know what to do for the best.

My own health isn't too bad at the moment apart from the continued weight gain.  I'm being switched to a different treatment - a drug called Byetta which involves injections rather than tablets, a synthetic based apparently on gila monster spit!  I think that's pretty cool.  Or maybe I've just watched too many episodes of X Files/Millennium/Fringe.  As well as helping with the diabetes it's also an appetite suppressant.  We live in hope.

Job wise.  Pretty okay.  Still love the job and the team.  THe general fear and loathing about the state / future of the NHS is affecting everyone as you can imagine.  The Trust I work for has to make savings of £22m next year as well as getting paid about £6m less for what we do.  And we can't cut services, lose beds etc. etc.  We're all encouraged to come forward with money saving ideas, and there have been some really good ones so far.  Redundancies are still a possibility but only as last resort.

Liz is looking for a job and for outlets for her art.  She's stopped volunteering at the Artrium for various reasons and has been trying to get her creative mojo going again.

There's probably more I could say but I'm in need of coffee.  Onward...
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MEME: Which Dr Who Companion are You

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Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.


You're Romana!

Silly Doctor. It's adorable, really, how hard he tries. And he is pretty brilliant, you'll give him that. But he always seems to overlook the obvious--including the fact that he's not the only Gallifreyan onboard, thank you very much. You are always calm and collected, and more often than not wonderfully witty, in the face of adversity. The Doctor knows he can count on you, even when you infuriate him!
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