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This Master Fic List is Under Construction.  I will be adding links in on a daily basis, so bear with me while I get this up to speed.  It is 99% completed at this point.  It is mostly Doctor Who and broken down by Doctor, but my meager Fringe and Castle drabbles are at the end.

Nine, Ten, Ten2 and Eleven )


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This Master Fic List is Under Construction.  I will be adding links in on a daily basis, so bear with me while I get this up to speed.  It is 99% completed at this point.  It is mostly Doctor Who and broken down by Doctor, but my meager Fringe and Castle drabbles are at the end.

Nine, Ten, Ten2 and Eleven )


amberfocus: (Rose Ten2 Kissing)
Sorry it is a day late, Dev. Somewhat inspired by the poetrython on BWR.

Title: Give In (A Ten/Rose Poem)
Author:[livejournal.com profile] amberfocus
Pairing: Ten/Rose
Genre:  Romance, Poetry
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None

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Name Help

Mar. 5th, 2017 01:36 am
amberfocus: (Eureka--Jo Lupo--Beautiful)
I am trying to come up with a good last name for the police detective in my novel. His first name is Dante. He's black, around thirty-five, works missing persons. The more fringe disappearances end up on his desk. He's a little less by the book than his colleagues because he's aware of the existence of things most people aren't. He's a minor character, or at least I thought he was, but I find hard to name characters often end up getting bigger roles than intended, so I need something that goes well with Dante. Every time I think Dante I think Inferno, so that's kind of blocking good name generation. Anyone want to throw some last names at me that might fit?
amberfocus: (Thing in Progress--Respect the Thing)
Sometimes I wonder why I write when 80% of the time it just makes my crazy. I mean, I love it, I do, but I have times where I just want to throw the computer against a wall or the characters or both. I often think it takes a special kind of madness to be a writer, or rather, a writer of fiction.

It is actually easier for me to pound out non-fiction most days. And it's clearly well received as my finance blog has close to 7.5 million views. But that is not my love. Why is it so hard sometimes to write what I love as opposed to writing what I know?

I'm kind of stuck on the epic fantasy story. My problem is that it's a trilogy and I just want to write book #3. I don't know, maybe I'll just have to write it backwards. Meanwhile, I've shelved it while two characters are warring it out. Instead I'm thinking through another story that's just a traditional romance story that may or may not be very trope-y, and wants to be a series. I can't seem to pin down my focus, though, which is so frustrating.

So then I go and look at my unfinished fanfiction and wonder if I can take a stab at a new chapter on one of those, but I just don't feel it anymore. I lost my joy in Doctor Who with the 12th Doctor and quit watching after his first season. I still want to finish those stories, but motivation is just not there. Ugh.

I'm just so scattered. It's like knitting. I have all these things I want to make, but I keep missing a stitch and then have to unravel rows to fix it. That's how I feel it would be if I leap ahead and write the third book first, like I'll end up having to unravel a big mess if I do it that way.

I can't stop watching the news, either. Maybe things will settle down after this weekend. Just hoping the world doesn't go boom. Then maybe I can focus again and stop feeling so stuck.
amberfocus: (Eureka--Jo Lupo--Beautiful)
It is now legal to catch catfish with a pitchfork in Illinois. 2017, you better be better than this.
amberfocus: (Eureka--Jo Lupo--Beautiful)
I've had a story in my head for, more or less, the last four years. It's not come to much of anything over that time period, other than an idea I knew I wanted to develop at one point. Well, for reasons that have much to do with my recent foray down the rabbit hole of Labyrinth fanvids and fanfiction and such, and more that whole epic fantasy of a girl going from one world, normal Earth, to another, I pulled together every scrap of it that I'd written over the years, decided I couldn't use much of it, but the basic tenant and a few lines of clever dialogue, and spent about a week trying to figure out exactly where I thought this thing should go.

Then I built a playlist, songs that seemed to take me there, on youtube. Then I wrote a three book synopsis. I built the families. I built the world. I image cast my main characters to fully realize them in my head. And finally over the last two days I have sat down to write. Nearly 5000 words in and yes, I think this might actually be something. I have that writer's mania right now, that need to get the words out of my head at a rapid clip. Last time I had that I wrote Wolf Moon in 2 months.

I want to get these stories out of me as the characters are talking non-stop in my head most of the time right now. Sometimes it is like a walking dream and I have to pull myself back to reality. I'm giving myself two hours a day of uninterrupted time to write. Or at least as uninterrupted as I can make it be. It's not whofic, but it feels powerful, like a story begging to be told. And I want to tell it. I've wanted to tell it for years. It's just taken this long for it to find its true voice. I hope it stays. This is one rabbit hole I want to keep going down.
amberfocus: (Eureka--Jo Lupo--Beautiful)
I went down the rabbit hole. The Labyrinth Jareth/Sarah fanvid rabbit hole. Lost about 6 hours to it over two days. I forgot there is a reason why I don't watch Labyrinth fanvids. They are such a time suck. But this one was so good, I had to put it here so I can find it again.



And this one:

amberfocus: (Stranger Things--Monster Hunters)
Anyone else watch Stranger Things on Netflix? This show was amazing. It really put me in mind of The Goonies, only darker. And with more time period inappropriate swearing from kids aged eleven and twelve. I mean, I was twelve and thirteen in 1983, so that's my time period and my age. Even the bad kids didn't talk like that very much. Kids today, yes. Kids then, no way. If a child swore they were immediately chastised by any adult around (which happened once in the show). In fact if a kid said crap they were chastised. And while kids did swear, it was on occasion and only in times of great stress or to try to impress other kids. It wasn't used the way they used it here or casually like it is today. It only bothers me so much because every other detail of the 1983 setting felt so right, the clothes, the music, the hair styles, the tape decks, the grocery store worker uniforms, the school, and the cars.

They cast well, too. Really well. Not only was the acting amazing, the families looked like families. They cast Mike and Nancy so well I actually thought they could be brother and sister. Same with Jonathan and Will as brothers and their mother Joyce all had physical similarities. Each boy resembled the mother in different ways, resembled each other less except at the eyes, but enough to see what looked like a blood tie. Siblings in shows and movies often look so different that it is hard to see why any casting director would try to pass them off as family. (The cast of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, while a wonderful cast, is a prime example of casting people who resemble each other in no way whatsoever, making it much harder to believe they are a family).

It was a grand adventure in the sci-fi/fantasty realm. Alternate reality, a monster, nerdy (but a little too attractive to be true nerds) kids who overcome, mind powers, a big bad government entity doing shadowy unethical things, a good cop with a bad attitude and a mother on the edge of mental illness who isn't wrong about the crazy going on around her. It was so well written.

I ship Nancy and Jonathan (even if there was a bit of questionable stalkerishness there in the beginning). Steve can go off himself. Last minute redemption so does not count. Also Eleven and Mike, but on a chaste level, because of their ages.

I think I am going to rewatch the season and maybe do an in-depth review of each ep. It is only 8 episodes and definitely worth a second whirl.

Also, can I just say, Winona Ryder, welcome to your comeback. Also something from the 1980's I am happy to see again.

No Spoons

Jun. 24th, 2016 01:01 am
amberfocus: (9 and Background Rose)
No spoons today (see spoon theory). No knives and forks, either. Heck, even the silverware drawer has gone missing.

I am in serious need of getting my stamina back please. I haven't felt this dragged out in years.
amberfocus: (A Sky Without Zeppelins 3)
Yesterday we got behind a car in traffic. It was a mini-cooper, license plate SH3LD0N. TBBT for the win.

And yes, I am still working on the next chapter of Leap of Faith. I've just had a lot to do in the garden this month, plus had to repair fence lines. But it is coming along.
amberfocus: (Vampire Diaries--Damon/Elena)
I went to the dentist today and they have a new hygienist to replace my old one, who got engaged and moved to Vegas. Her name is Elena. I asked her how to spell it because I do that, and she said, "With an E. Like Elena Gilbert. I kind of squeed and then we talked The Vampire Diaries (well, I mostly listened because pointy things in my mouth and all) for the rest of the cleaning. The only thing that would have been better was a Doctor/Rose shipper who is happy with both Nine and Ten with Rose.
amberfocus: (Leap of Faith Icon--Do Not Take)
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Title: Leap of Faith
Author: [livejournal.com profile] amberfocus
Characters/Pairings: John Smith (alt!Nine)/Rose Tyler, Toshiko Sato, Jake Simmonds, Mickey Smith, Ianto Jones, Jackie Tyler/Pete Tyler, Tony Tyler, various original characters.
Genre: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Fluff
Rating: Adult
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] amyo67
Summary: Hiding from the Family of Blood, the alt!Ninth Doctor turns himself into John Smith via the chameleon arch and with his companion Toshiko Sato, takes a job at Torchwood. He clashes with everyone he meets and Rose Tyler, the beautiful young director of Torchwood Field Operative Training and the daughter of his boss, is no exception. AU after season 2.

Previous Chapters: http://amberfocus.livejournal.com/327895.html



Chapter Thirty-Six: Requests for Help


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amberfocus: (Leap of Faith Icon--Do Not Take)
Chapter 36 of Leap of Faith has been sent to beta.  It took a bit longer to write than expected due to farm stuff, but it's done.  And over 5000 words, too.
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Title: Leap of Faith
Author: [livejournal.com profile] amberfocus
Characters/Pairings: John Smith (alt!Nine)/Rose Tyler, Toshiko Sato, Jake Simmonds, Mickey Smith, Ianto Jones, Jackie Tyler/Pete Tyler, Tony Tyler, various original characters.
Genre: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Fluff
Rating: Adult
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] thetesh
Summary: Hiding from the Family of Blood, the alt!Ninth Doctor turns himself into John Smith via the chameleon arch and with his companion Toshiko Sato, takes a job at Torchwood. He clashes with everyone he meets and Rose Tyler, the beautiful young director of Torchwood Field Operative Training and the daughter of his boss, is no exception. AU after season 2.

Previous Chapters: http://amberfocus.livejournal.com/327895.html


Chapter Thirty-Five: Blue Invader



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Woo hoo!

Mar. 22nd, 2016 08:43 pm
amberfocus: (Leap of Faith Icon--Do Not Take)
5207 words. Chapter is done. Now I just need to proofread, edit, and beta. Yay. I'm back, baby. I am so excited to be able to write easily again. The flow is there after being gone for so long. Yippee!
amberfocus: (9 and Background Rose)
3759 words. Not as much as I was hoping for today, but today did not go as expected. Still, it's getting there. About 1200 words to go. Why did I make the chapters in this story so long? What was I thinking? But I want them to match, so hopefully I can get the rest of the chapter done and sent off to be beta'd. Only I'm not sure to who as I won't bother Amy in her grieving period right now.
amberfocus: (Leap of Faith Icon--Do Not Take)
3021 words. It's still working. Oh, I'm so happy. I've missed this!

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