05 September 2009 @ 04:10 pm
Where has the time gone?  
Baby is due next Saturday, and could turn up at any time now, and I've still not got everything done that needs doing.

Assembled the cot today - because I finally managed to get rid of the sofa bed and have room for it. Washing baby clothes and trying to work out if there is anything that I really need that I haven't got yet.

I also got a load of writing to finish. Still working on part 12 of Song as Old as Time, part 5 of Secrets and Hope, as well as the two big bangs.

TW-bigbang is taking priority at the moment as it needs to be pretty much finished by the 28th September, which basically means I need to get as much of it done before baby gets here as possible. I've got 2k written in the last 2 days, so currently at 6k with a 15k target, so hopefully it will be possible to get it done on time. Sci-fi bigbang is sort of on the back burner for a bit, it's all planned out, but since it doesn't have to be in draft stage until the end of Oct. it's not top priority writingwise.

This site has been helpful in getting me writing a bit quicker than I normally do, as you set yourself a deadline of words and time, ie 250 words in the next 10mins, and it keeps a counter for you. If you stop typing (depending on the setting you have it on) the screen will flash red or it will beeb at you until you start again. It's tag line is putting the Prod in Productivity.

Baby and mother in law visiting related stuff - probably not that interesting.  )
01 July 2009 @ 09:53 pm
Updates on various things, fandom and rl  
I've decided which of the three possible plot ideas that I had to write my [ profile] scifibigbang on. So another long TW fic to write, this one will be Jack/Ianto, set post series 2 + lost souls, but pre series 3.

Writer sign ups for [ profile] scifibigbang have now finished but were still looking for artists, cheerleader/alpha readers and beta readers. Sign up for all these will be open until the end of October.

I'm working on my practice round entry for [ profile] writerinadrawer which has the prompts, The Torchwood team from the view point of a non-human character, any 5 of the 7 colours of the rainbow adn 800 words or less.

I've finalised my maternity leave dates at work now. My last working day is the 18th of August, and I'll return to work after Easter next year, which is early mid/april.

Spent the afternoon shopping in Ikea, and have now bought a cot and bedding. As now there's only 10 weeks to go until baby is suppose to arrive, I'm thinking that I should probably get round to actually buying baby things.
29 June 2009 @ 03:36 pm
Sci-fi Big Bang  
There's only one more day left to sign up as a writer for <lj user="scifibigbang"> A multi-fandom sci-fi and fantasy bigbang, with a minimum 25k word count, with fic posting from the 1st Dec.

Artists sign ups are open until the 31th of October.

Also looking for alpha readers/cheerleaders.

There will be a post for people offering to beta read going up after writer sign-ups close. So probably on either the 1st or 2nd of July.

23 June 2009 @ 03:35 pm
Tardis bigbang, sci-fi big bang and lj being weird.  
[ profile] tardis_bigbang goes live tomorrow evening, looking forward to seeing what artwork got done to go with my fic. I will be cross posting my fic here on this journal as well, after the main site goes live.

I'm now co-mod with [ profile] yappichick and [ profile] highonstargate for [ profile] scifibigbang Sign ups for writers are until next Tuesday (30th June) and were still looking for artists/vidders, beta readers and cheerleaders/alpha readers for a whole range of fics in a lot of different sci-fi/fantasy fandoms.

I've now decided which of the three possible fics that I posted about a few days ago that I will write for [ profile] scifibigbang I will probably write the other two as well, but when I'll actually get around to them I'm not sure.

Also is anybody else having problems with lj today? Posting is only working in html, and homepage isn't loading properly, and I suspect that there are other things aren't working quite right that I've not spotted yet.
16 June 2009 @ 11:13 am
And I've signed up for another bigbang  
So I finished my [ profile] tardis_bigbang  entry and sent it in back on Sunday. I've now put my name down for another bigbang.  [ profile] scifibigbang 

[ profile] scifibigbang  is open to any sci-fi or fantasy fandom (no matter how small or obscure), including crossovers with non sci-fi/fantasty ones. Sign ups are open until 30th June.

Their schedule information is this.

Now-June 30: Writer/artist sign up 
July 1-October 31: Writer sign ups end/Write fic
October 31: Artist sign ups end 
November 1: Stories go to Beta/Artists start working on their art
November 15: Beta'd stories go back to author
December 1-15: posting schedule

Minimum word count is 25k.

My next decision is what I'm going to write, being as I've got 4.5 months until the first draft needs to be done. I know it will be Torchwood, and I've narrowed it down to three ideas that i've had (and which have been hanging around my laptop for at least two years) I'm not sure which one to go with. Brief outlines below, what do people think?

The Kindness of Strangers.
Ianto/OMC, past Jack/Ianto relationship, continuing Jack + Ianto friendship, Gwen/Rhys. (R) Follows canon for first series of Torchwood only. This was started for the first TARDIS-bigbang, but not finished due to computer issues. After an amicable break up with Jack, Ianto becomes friends with David, who had come through the Rift some time earlier, and eventually starts going out with him. David had been a trainee car mechanic who'd wanted to go to university to study engineering but couldn't afford it, he'd been walking home after a night out (in his own time of 1982) when he'd ended up falling through the Rift.

Untitled Mpreg fic: AU post Year that Never Was. (R) The Master experimented on Jack as part of his attempts to create new race of Time Lords (he had tried exposing pregnant women to the time vortex, but it hadn't worked out). It's only after returning to Torchwood that Jack realises that one of the experiments got him pregnant. This is not a happy fic and Jack loses the baby. Some Jack/Ianto, but mostly a team fic.

Untitled investigate based fic: Post Exit Wounds. Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys. Ianto + Gwen friendship (maybe pg13/ probably R) Jack, Ianto and Gwen investigate missing people in a remote area of mid Wales. None of them are coping that well with what happened in Exit Wounds. Jack is distant and more than a bit screwed up after everything that has happened to him. Ianto is falling apart while still trying to hold the rest of them together and Gwen isn't sure she wants to remain with Torchwood.