silver_sun
17 June 2015 @ 07:56 am
Still around on livejournal  
I've not disappeared and I am still writing, well when I get time, which hasn't been much lately.

The last month has been ridiculously busy as moving buildings at work was suddenly moved up and we found we'd got about two weeks to get ready for it. Ended up working more than another days worth of hours last week just to cover getting things packed up.

Currently (well it was currently when I was writing this but had no net to post) I'm staffing the front desk in the new building where I have no computer, phone or anything as its not arrived yet. My sole job for the next hour is to direct people to the lift to get them down to the floor the company I work for is occupying and hand them a badge. My actual desk which does have a computer is one floor down and partially underground where all I can see of the world is shoppers ankles as they walk past to get to the shopping centre.

Other than that the new offices are new. All glass and that pale wood desks and cabinets that are actually just laminated chipboard, its all on one level and there are enough computer points and sockets for everybody. I still do miss the old building, it was 150 years old and full of odd corners, short pieces of stairs that you went up but were still on the same floor. It seems odd not having to go down to the basement, with its dodgy lighting and those smooth white and green tiles like you'd find in underground stations, to get microfilm records.

Eleven years at the old building, good times and bad. Feels like the end of an era. Still onwards and upwards as they say, this move hopefully comes with the opportunity for further training and maybe in a couple of years a pay rise.
 
 
silver_sun
19 May 2015 @ 04:23 pm
Fic: Last of the Rift Born (6/12)  
Title: Last of the Rift Born (6/12)
Rating: Adult over all – this part PG.
Word count: This part 2000. Total will be around 20k.
Pairing. Jack/Ianto, other original alien characters as and when needed for plot.
Contains: Mention of canon character death (Ianto – but this is a fix-it fic, so not permanent) and temporary Jack death in later part.

Summary: Alone in the House of the Dead Ianto has a choice to make. The result of which will change his life forever. (Set directly after Jack leaves in House of the Dead radio play.)

Starts here: http://the-silver-sun.livejournal.com/247907.html#cutid1


Of all the locations that he could have ended up with as his place in the Rift the House of the Dead hadn't featured in his top ten or to be honest at all )
 
 
silver_sun
08 May 2015 @ 04:24 pm
The election.  
General election is done bar one seat, which will make no difference now, except perhaps to the LibDems as to whether they've lost everything in the west of the country.

So five years of untemepered Tory rule. Not the expected outcome of this election, nor one that I personally would have hoped for.

Of all the parties I feel most sorry for the LibDems, but they have nobody but themselve to blame for what lay behind their downfall - tuition fees. They should have fought for it, rather than surenddered it for other promises (like the farce of the Alternative Vote referendum - LibDems had wanted Proportions Representation, but settled for a vote on something that was the worst of both worlds) made the Tories work for it. Ultimately they would have lost, but it wouldn't have come with the same stigma as apparently abandoning their principles for a shot at power.

They did some good while they were there. Raising the the amount people can urge before tax, helping push through legislation for same sex marriages and preventing the implimentation of the the so called 'Snoopers charter' that the Conservatives had wanted. Which even before the last votes of the election had been counted was already back on the books.

What we will see now I think is the Conservatives veering ever more right that they have been. They see UKIP, leaderless now, and see those voted for them as their voters of the future.

Without Scotland proving much needed seats a Labour win in future is unlikely. Although I find myself far more in agreement with the Scottish Nationalists than with Labour. The closest we have here is in are the Greens, who seem doomed to be a fringe party. I don't agree with all the Green's say, but I agree on a lot more with them than with most of the others.

For the future?
A continuation with First Past the Post voting, despite the unfairness of it. More cuts to councils, benefits and NHS, they Tories admitted to as much even while campaigning for re-election. £12 billion pounds to be cut from welfare in the next 2 to 3 years alone.
TTIP - the biggest corporate sell out in history (and still with no real assuances that the NHS will be exempt from it and it 'sue if you don't make a profit' ethos.
Taking the UK out of the Human Rights Act - yes, really. To be replaced with a so called peoples bill of rights, that most other parties, the EU, UN and Amnesty say isn't fit for purpose.
An in/out referendum on Europe that most do not what - a renegotiation of terms, but not all out.

It seems the advice for the new few years is; don't be or become young, old, poor, ill, in education, unemployed or under-employed, a carer or a work for any of the emergency services.

I am not enthusiastic about the future under a Tory majority government. I remember Thatcher and Major. All the same we endured and at least in 5 years we shall have a chance again. I hope that not too many lives will be lost or ruined by Iain Duncan Smith's attempted to destory the welfare state and that there is one still there in future to salvage.

There were some good points. Esther McVey losing her seat. (We need more women in politics, but not her, not somebody who lies about ATOS's treatment of people and and thinks foodbanks are a lifestyle choice of the feckless and not an indication of real hardship.) Farage stepping down from UKIP - may the party fade back in to unpleasant, ecscentric obsurity without him as a gargoyle figure head.
The Greens keeping their seat in Brighton and getting a bigger % of vote than they've done before.
The SNPs landslide in Scotland - even if you don't agree with the idea of Scotland as a seperate country then at least having a party that will actually stand up for its residents, including its poor and needy is something to celebrate.

Sadly they will not have much power in Westminster if Cameron has his way. He says Scotland is part of the UK, but then turns round and says their MPs shouldn't have the same voting rights. Scottish MPs would get to vote on purely Scottish things only, but when it came to English matters like defense, the common agricultural policy and the NHS they would become English MP votes only. I'd love to know that the Welsh and Northern Irish MPs think of that one - do they count as English on this one or are they shut out too?

There are going to be a lot of hard feelings north of the boarder if the English MP only votes happen. Even if it does I wouldn't be at all surprised if any economic failings in future weren't laid at the doors of the Scots. The Newspapers were already dangling it (SNP) over peoples heads as some kind of haggis eating, kilt wearing bogeyman, how they'd hold the whole country to ransom.
What better way to get the disillusioned English poor on your side that giving them somebody to blame that's not those in power?

The SNP are never going to carry much weight in Westminster, even without the limitations that look like being placed on them. The are 55 out of 650. An idea that cannot get a majority using the other 595 MPs in parliament on its vote probably wasn't worth making law in the first place.

No, I think that perhaps that should be the message taken away from this election. Divide and Conquer.
 
 
silver_sun
03 May 2015 @ 11:18 pm
Fic: Last of the Rift Born (5/12)  
Title: Last of the Rift Born (5/12)
Rating: Adult over all – this part PG.
Word count: This part 2000. Total will be around 20k.
Pairing. Jack/Ianto, other original alien characters as and when needed for plot.
Contains: Mention of canon character death (Ianto – but this is a fix-it fic, so not permanent) and temporary Jack death in later part.

Summary: Alone in the House of the Dead Ianto has a choice to make. The result of which will change his life forever. (Set directly after Jack leaves in House of the Dead radio play.)

Starts here: http://the-silver-sun.livejournal.com/247907.html#cutid1


It comes to us in different ways. Some step through with ease while others return only rarely. Some feel the tides of time so strongly they can travel wherever and whenever they please as easily as you or I might cross a room. Other struggle to feel it, although all with practice can master it in the end. )
 
 
silver_sun
03 May 2015 @ 09:22 pm
Torchwood audios from Big Finish.  
Big Finish who make a load of doctor who audios have started making a Torchwood audio series

http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/coming_soon_reverse/torchwood

There isn't a great deal of information as yet as the first of the audios isn't out until September.

It's called Conspiracy

Synopsis

Captain Jack [REDACTED] has always had his suspicions about [REDACTED]. And now [REDACTED] is also [REDACTED] about [REDACTED]. Apparently the world really is under the control of [REDACTED]. That's what [REDACTED] says. [REDACTED] have died, disasters have been [REDACTED], the [REDACTED] have disappeared.
It's outrageous. Only [REDACTED] knows that [REDACTED] is right. [REDACTED] has arrived.
Written By: David Llewellyn
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), John Sessions (Wilson), Sarah Ovens (Kate), Dan Bottomley (Sam)


All very mysterious, but the information at Big Finish does say it will be set in Cardiff and deal with the Rift.

So are we getting the pre-series adventures of Jack with Torchwood, before Suzie, Tosh, Owen, Ianto and Gwen joined the team? I guess only time will tell.


I heard about it because Tom Price (PC Andy) tweeted about it.
 
 
silver_sun
01 May 2015 @ 06:39 am
Fic: Lives are for Living (39/42)  
Title: Lives are for Living (39/42)
Fandoms: Being Human/Torchwood
Characters/Pairings: Tom McNair/Andy Davidson.
Word Count: 126,600 posted out of about 136,000.

It had been a long night, )
 
 
silver_sun
30 April 2015 @ 11:40 am
Fic: Last of the Rift Born (4/12)  
Title: Last of the Rift Born (4/12)
Rating: Adult over all – this part PG.
Word count: This part 2000. Total will be around 20k.
Pairing. Jack/Ianto, other original alien characters as and when needed for plot.
Contains: Mention of canon character death (Ianto – but this is a fix-it fic, so not permanent) and temporary Jack death in later part.

Summary: Alone in the House of the Dead Ianto has a choice to make. The result of which will change his life forever. (Set directly after Jack leaves in House of the Dead radio play.)

Starts here: http://the-silver-sun.livejournal.com/247907.html#cutid1



“I'm no teacher and if you're expecting some wise woman mystic routine from me you're going to be sorely disappointed.” )
 
 
silver_sun
27 April 2015 @ 03:39 pm
Fic: Last of the Rift Born (3/12)  
Title: Last of the Rift Born (3/12)
Rating: Adult over all – this part PG.
Word count: This part 2000. Total will be around 20k.
Pairing. Jack/Ianto, other original alien characters as and when needed for plot.
Contains: Mention of canon character death (Ianto – but this is a fix-it fic, so not permanent) and temporary Jack death in later part.

Summary: Alone in the House of the Dead Ianto has a choice to make. The result of which will change his life forever. (Set directly after Jack leaves in House of the Dead radio play.)

Starts here: http://the-silver-sun.livejournal.com/247907.html#cutid1

Walking as fast as the loose, drifting sand would allow, Ianto made his way across the moonlit desert. )
 
 
silver_sun
24 April 2015 @ 02:11 pm
Fic: Last of the Rift Born (2/?)  
Title: Last of the Rift Born (2/? Probably about 10)
Rating: Adult over all – this part PG.
Word count: This part 1875. Total will be at least 20k.
Pairing. Jack/Ianto
Contains: Mention of canon character death (Ianto – but this is a fix-it fic, so not permanent) and temporary Jack death in later part.

Summary: Alone in the House of the Dead Ianto has a choice to make. The result of which will change his life forever. (Set directly after Jack leaves in House of the Dead radio play.)

Starts here: http://the-silver-sun.livejournal.com/247907.html#cutid1


Blinking in the bright sunlight, he looked up at a dazzling emerald green sky and the world's two suns shining down hotly on him. Definitely not Earth then, he decided. )
 
 
silver_sun
21 April 2015 @ 12:25 pm
Fic: Last of the Rift Born. (1/?)  
Yes, I know the Torchwood/Being Human crossover isn't quite finished, but I will get there shortly. So for anybody still reading my Torchwood fics, here finally is a Jack/Ianto one. Okay, mostly Ianto to start, but Jack does turn up eventually.

Title: Last of the Rift Born (1/? Probably about 10)
Rating: Adult over all – this part PG.
Word count: This part 1650. Total will be at least 20k.
Pairing. Jack/Ianto
Contains: Mention of canon character death (Ianto – but this is a fix-it fic, so not permanent) and temporary Jack death in later part.

Summary: Alone in the House of the Dead Ianto has a choice to make. The result of which will change his life forever. (Set directly after Jack leaves in House of the Dead radio play.)

Telling Jack that he wasn't going to follow him out of the House of the Dead was one of the hardest things that Ianto had ever done. )
 
 
silver_sun
12 March 2015 @ 07:05 pm
Sir Terry Pratchett  
The world lost a great writer today. I heard the news on the bus home from work tonight, and for a moment couldn't believe that it was true. Still rather stunned.


BBC news announcement http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-31858156
 
 
Current Mood: sad
 
 
silver_sun
23 February 2015 @ 04:36 pm
Writing  
Actually managed a bit of time for writing today, so hopefully I'll get part 39 of Lives are for living posted by the end of the month - then only one more part to go, and then I can start (well finish writing the Torchwood episode fics. I've got just over half the first episode written and about a quarter of the second.

All rather later than I'd planned but it's happening, if slowly. Hoping for more time for writing next month.
 
 
silver_sun
09 February 2015 @ 03:59 pm
Writing....when am I supposed to have to time for that.  
So writing... Yeah almost nothing happening in the last couple of weeks. Work, life and just about everything being really busy. Not bad, just not giving me any free time.

The next two weeks doesn't look like being any less busy. Husband's birthday, valentines day, friend's 60th birthday party, school half term, sorting out what little one needs for swimming lessons (and not what he keep adding to the list which includes a diving helmet, a snorkel and a some kind of magic thing that will let him breath water like a fish) and being as he's still five I've got to get in the water with him at the pool. So swimming costume and prescription googles for me (no glasses in the pool and contact lenses and chlorinated water do not mix, but if I want to see the other side of the pool I'm going to need to wear something). Hopefully they won't want me to do much more than stand in the water as I can't swim. (I had lessons about 15 years ago at university, and baffled the swimming instructor by having absolutely no natural buoyancy whatsoever. Maybe a decade and a half plus a stone or two of extra weight will mean I float better than a brick this time.

So writing, I need to find time, somewhere...somewhen. The biggest problem is having lost most of the evenings, as the Alexander stays awake and wanting to talk until about 9 at night - he's in bed for 7 and sleep used to happen at 8, but the better he gets at reading the longer he stays awake and the more questions he has. Why does the world spin? Is a whale bigger than a dinosaur? Why does jelly wobbly? What's the biggest building ever? Where does food go when I eat it? A selection if questions from just one night and all needed answering right there and then.

Curiosity is good, but when I've been awake for 15 hours and still need to do the washing up, washing, tidying and making sure things are ready for the next day, a few less questions per bed time would be good. He could even ask them during the day when he's telling me he's bored.

So writing will happen. Somewhen.
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silver_sun
11 January 2015 @ 05:09 pm
Torchwood: Virtual series.  
Following on from my post the other day about what my next big writing project would be, I've been sorting out the 'episode' list for my Torchwood virtual series.


It follows almost directly on from Secret and Hope. (So team is Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Andy and a OC called Ruth who's doing the medical side of things)

Episodes and titles.

1. Alien delegates at a hotel and a visit from John Hart. (Past Sins)

2. Hybrid 'dogs' on a remote farm. (In the Dark)

3. A gang is trying to buy weapons that have fallen through the Rift. (Untitled as yet.)

4. Girl with Pyrokinesis. (Born of Fire)

5. A company accidentally turns employees into robot zombies while developing alternative fuel source. (Compound 571)

6. History is repeating itself - but who is behind it? (Fault Lines part 1)

7. Past and Present continue to blur and the team must stop it (Fault Lines part 2)

8. The lonely AI of a long crashed spaceship is loose on the airwaves. (In the Wind)

9. The mutilated, eyeless body is their first clue something is wrong (Dead Pretty)

10. Fly-tipping - Rift style (Fever)

11. An urban explorer gets more than they bargained for (Zero Sum)

12. Martha needs their help and the team lay a trap for one of their own. (Up in the Air)

13. Follows on directly from 'Up in the Air.' Bilis plays his hand. (End Game)


So this is the list. Each one will be about 10-12k each. A fair bit of some of the parts is already written, so I am at the moment aiming for beginning posting from about Mid February with one episode a week being posted.

Really looking forward to writing this, as although the fandom is smaller now than it was, there are still so many stories left to tell. And who knows, maybe this might only be the first of a few virtual series (not promising anything regular though - Thinking up and writing 13 episodes every year might be a bit much for one person.)
 
 
silver_sun
08 January 2015 @ 04:52 pm
Case fic type ideas wanted for a Torchwood virtual series type thing.  
Yes, with the giant Torchwood/Being Human crossover nearing its end (only two chapters left and will be finished this month) I have turned my attention to writing Torchwood fic again.

So I am finally going to finish the virtual series type thing that I began ages ago (although haven't posted anywhere yet). It follows on from by fic Secrets and Hope (which was a Children of Earth fix it.)

So my plan such as it is a full 'series' of fic episodes. I want to do a full 13 episode series.

I've got plans for most of the 'episodes' and some are partial written, but I need two more case fic type ideas.

I've got so far.
Alien delegates holding conference in Cardiff as they consider it neutral ground - it doesn't go to plan (when does it ever for Torchwood?) and it is in part at least John Harts fault.

A group of people have got hold on an alien dog like creature and have created hybrid for the purpose of illegal dog fighting.

A problem with the Rift where certain place are having pieces of history repeat themselves.

There is an ancient crashed alien ship and the AI on board in loose on the airwaves/wifi signals and is accidentally causing chaos.

Somebody has been fly tipping waste from a future/alien/other dimensional hospital ship. A relative of PC Andy is unlucky enough to dig it up in the back garden of the house he's bought.

Company trying to make a new source of sustainable fuel accidentally turn part of work force into kind of semi-robtic zombies.

An urban explorer finds more than he bargains for when she breaks into an old mill building, sets in progress a chain reaction that might explode or irradiate Cardiff (Because it's Torchwood and that has to happen at least once a year)


The time repeating itself one will be a mid-series double episode. And I can't give away what the end will be.

However, if anybody has any ideas for case fic type things, these are the characters appearing it/able to appear in it.

Jack, Ianto, Gwen, Rhys, PC Andy, DCI Kathy Swanson, John Hart, Martha, Ianto's sister and her family. A reoccurring OC Dr Ruth Armitage (who is in Secrets and Hope).

Also Tosh (Yes, this continues with the fix it theme in Secrets and Hope with the intention of the old team being back together by the end)

Owen and Bilis Manger are also around - but due to over arching plot it's not possible to have interacting with in any major way with the rest until the final double episode part.



EDIT:
Got another idea for a storyline. Illegal cosmetic surgery type procedures using tech that has come through the Rift. Team find out when a body is discovered. (It will also allow me to use a couple of scenes I've had written for years, but didn't have any other storyline to pull them together. )
 
 
 
silver_sun
05 January 2015 @ 04:20 pm
Looking back on the old and forward to the new.  
Time for the new years post again - meant to do it on the 1st, but have just been too busy.

So what were my goals from last year.

Reading and Writing.
Read one book a week, even if it's a novella or a longer fanfic. Kind of happened - but only if I include all the books for Alexander that I read - although re-reading the faraway tree and Narnia books has been good.
Keep writing - aim for 2k a week. - 154k of posted fic, plus some original stuff and bits I've not posted yet which is probably easily another 20k, so a result there I guess.
Finish my Being Human/Torchwood crossover fic. Not quite, just only three parts left to post and one of those is done bar the editing.
Write some more original fic - the werewolf/psychic one set in and around Bradford. Wrote a bit more of it, but not as much as I would have liked.
Take part in another Nanowrimo -(July or November as camp nano in April isn't likely to happen as work is going to be ridiculously busy with a new computer system and new pension scheme to tell people about)  Started the Novemeber one, but didn't finish as family things, mostly the death of my Gran meant too many things on my mind rather than writing.

Outdoors and other active things.
Learn to ride a bike and help Alexander to learn to ride - aiming to do this before I turn 35 at the end of May. Kind of, I can sort of ride a bit, I really need to find time to practce more.
Grow herbs in the garden. Didn't happen, and there's really no good reason why not.
Go to reenactment events again and take Alexander with me. Managed to get to Tatton Park and to Bamburgh Castle and he enjoyed it, so I need to get sewing again
Have a few days out, even if they are just a picnic in the park. Managed the park part of it, hoping to get out doing more walking with Alexander this summer as he's old and able to walk further now.
Go to the seaside at least once. - kind of, but only because the reenactment event at Bamburgh was on the coast.


So on to this year.
So far the start isn't too bad. At work we've finally got a pay rise - the first in about 5 years - okay 2% isn't a huge amount only about another £4 a week, but it's a move in the right direction.  Work is also going to be moving buildings in a few months (still in the same city, only about 2 minutes walk from the old one), out of the old Victorian building were in to one built about 15 years ago - which hopefully has a reliable heating and computer system.

Reading and writing.
Write 2k a week (the same as last year)
Finish the first draft of my original werewolf story.
Read one book/long fan fic a week.
Finish writing and start posting my virtual series type sequel to Secrets and Hope (which would meet my writing goal all by itself for word count)

Other stuff to aim for in the year.
Finish my medival gown and get a belt for it.
Go to at least 2 reeneactment events.
Walk somewhere I've not been before ( even if it's only local like the The Judy Woods or Queensbury)
Take Alexander to see a pantomine or kids show at the theatre.
Have a ruthless clearout of old clothes that I don't wear any more.
Get some DIY done - the hall needs painting and the kitchen needs a bit of a spruce up.
Go down to my mum's house and help her do a big tidy up (she needs a skip - I'm not even joking, I said I'd arrange one for her.)
 
 
 
silver_sun
12 December 2014 @ 12:16 pm
Fic meme  
Answer the following 10 questions based only on the stories you've posted to AO3:

1) Which fandoms have you written in?
Torchwood, Doctor Who, Primeval, Being Human, Discworld and Spooks: Code 9, Whitechapel, Rivers of London.

2) Your best story title and why? Things Lost and Found Along the Way. It seems to sum up the story and it was one of the few where the title was already there at the start.

3) Your worst story title and why? Not as Planned. For ages it was untitled and it was only named what it was because I couldn't think of anything else. It still sounds like it should be about having a baby rather than crash landing on an ice planet.

4) The most popular pairing you've written for (by the standard of how many stories exist for that pairing written by everyone on AO3)? Jack/Ianto with 30 fics, the next closest is Ianto/Owen with 5 and Gwen/Rhys with 4.

5) The rarest pairing you've written for (by the standard of how many stories exist for that pairing written by everyone on AO3) ? Andy Davidson/Tom Mcnair. There is one fic for it on AO3 and that's by me.

6) The most popular OT3/moresome you've written for (by the standard of how many stories exist for that pairing written by everyone on AO3)? I've only written one OT3 which was Closer Together and Further Away, Jack/Ianto/Owen.

7) The rarest OT3/moresome you've written for (by the standard of how many stories exist for that pairing written by everyone on AO3)? Also Jack/Ianto/Owen, as it's the only OT3 I've written.

8) First story and latest story you posted to AO3?
The oldest story I have on AO3 is Control, a Torchwood gen fic. Latest is Lives are for Living a Torchwood/Being Human crossover fic currently a WIP.

9) Your top ten pairings on AO3
Jack/Ianto, Owen/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys, Becker/Ryan, Owen/PC Andy, Ianto/PC Andy, Tom McNair/PC Andy, Jack/Owen, Owen/Tosh, Martha Jones/Mickey Smith

10) How many stories have you written with no pairings/OT3/moresomes listed? What's the breakdown on your stories' ratings?
33 gen out of 86, and 1 out of 86 OT3
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silver_sun
01 December 2014 @ 04:51 pm
Lives are for living (36/40)  
lives are for living part 36 )