...When will I ever learn not to bookmark fics on my laptop? I have a bad relationship with laptops. Mine is currently in the shop, and with it my fic bookmarks. (The ones that weren't eaten when the last laptop died.)

However! I can still find the top two stories I always knew I'd have to re-read when Who-ish people died. (I never even imagined, dangit, that I'd be reading them for the man they were written about.)

The first one, and the most awesome of all possible Who deathfics IMO, is this one: The Cheviot Hills by Jennifer on FFnet. It is the one in which all the Classic Doctors who worked with the Brig attend his funeral (including Eight, thanks to the BFAs). It made me cry even when Nick wasn't dead, and I don't cry at fic.

Under the cut because it is a spoiler and also religious content (in the sense of assuming the existence of a deity), but there is no way I could be making this post - dash it all to heck, how can I be making this post?!? - without quoting the lines from the Gallifreyan funeral service that are in that fic:

this is a cut )

*sniffles*

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The other fic I have to rec, of course, is [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch's excellent Nothing Ordinary, which I'm guessing you've all read already but I'm reccing it anyway. It's just a beautiful little tribute fic.

(On re-reading these two stories, I note with interest that we all assumed - I certainly did - that it'd be heart trouble that would get him. Not cancer. DANG IT HOW CAN THE BRIG DIE OF CANCER. I have a feeling a lot of us, if we met the Doctor right now, would be shouting with Amy Pond "THEN WHAT'S THE USE OF YOU???")

*will now go home and cry a lot*

*and then watch Terror of the Zygons or something*

ETA: I forgot to say two things I really should have said. One is: What About Everything, the ultimate Who vid for every occasion. (Seriously, I once introduced a family of NuWhovians to the entirety of Classic Who in an evening using frame-by-frame "What About Everything" and a lot of babbling.) Allow me to direct your attention to the sequence beginning at 1:34.

The other thing is: I saw somebody say "R.I.P.... rest in Peru, Brigadier." This amuses me slightly.
I'm bored. I am extremely bored. I want something new to read - and by "new" I mean "not just another riff on the same old characters and situations I've read before".

So, pretty pretty please, can you rec me things, flist? Your writing or somebody else's, I don't care... but rec me a fic from a fandom I don't read! Or a new-to-me book or book series - my local library probably has it if it isn't online. Or, heck - introduce me to a whole new fandom! I don't really feel like watching movies at the moment, but if you convince me something is awesome enough I might.

Long long list of things I like and things I'm bored of is under the cut. )

Or alternatively, suggest cures for writer's block. I know there are stories you guys want me to finish - the Who/X-Men piece for [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch, the MFU/MacGyver piece for [livejournal.com profile] lolmac Beth, the Cartoon Adventures of [livejournal.com profile] togsos and Curuchamion... [livejournal.com profile] primsong wants Three!fic and [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose wants Legend!fic - and I can't seem to write ANYTHING! I have ideas, I have outlines and scene descriptions, I just can't get words!
Okay, so the trouble with stopping by Wal-Mart to pick up a quick snack along with a new packet of blunt yarn needles, in between taking a tiring math placement exam and teaching an unexpected knitting lesson, is that their selection of quick-energy foods is somewhat limited.

And the trouble with buying Reese's Pieces (they were cheaper than the peanut M&Ms) is that I am then cracking up for the rest of the day.

Why do Reese's Pieces make me crack up? Because they remind me forcibly of The Reese's Affair by Loretta Ross. Which is ridiculously adorable and also makes me think of certain people on my flist. So I thought I'd share it with y'all.

Happy reading! ;-)
I've been poking round YouTube, and have stumbled across a lovely Sapphire & Steel fanvid I wanted to share with y'all. (And keep track of for myself, since I've never bothered to get a YouTube account.) It's sort of slightly 'shippy, in the way the show is, and very very beautiful.

Okay, I have two things here I'm combining into a single post. First is a meme, ganked from [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch:

If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

I've been meaning to do this one for a long time - since I got my LJ, in fact - but I just never got around to it before. And now I'm sort of glad I didn't, because I've met so many more awesome people here since joining LJ! *hugs you all*

The second thing is a hyper-fangirl announcement: I FOUND A WORKING LINK TO THE SUNNY DAY AFFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Which, if you have not heard of it, is the best UNCLE fluff piece ever written. Seriously. It's by Loretta Ross aka Lorlie on FFnet (whose whole File 40 page is well worth checking out), gen, a lovely UNCLE/Sesame Street crossover. (It's also the source of my favorite, and most-quoted, fanfic quote ever: "When he smiled, he smiled with his whole soul, and the light of it was like sunshine. A person could get addicted to a smile like that.")

Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] togsos for pointing me to the linky!!!! *happy dance* *handstands* *random happy singing* *goes to read for the second time in fifteen minutes*
Okay, I finally got around to watching some NCIS, first season. I'm not terribly impressed by most of the characters, or by the writing, but Ducky is awesome!

So, being the inveterate spoiler-reader I am, I've also been poking round the NCIS fic archives on FFnet. (Did you know there are 32 pages of Ducky-centric fic? That's almost four times as many as the whole MacGyver archive.) I haven't nearly got through them all yet, but I did find one I've absolutely got to rec.

Payment for Knowledge by OutCold is a poem, with rhymes and meter, and therefore comes under the heading of "fan poetry"... but it's about as much like the great majority of "fan poetry" as LOTR is like the great majority of "fantasy fiction". Seriously. It's the best fan poem I have ever read, and as soon as I have time, I'm going to memorize it.

Go, read, hug Ducky. (Not that it's particularly sad, but it is hug-inducing... and since when have we needed an excuse to hug DMc anyway?)
Um. I was going to post a rec for O'Neill Vs. the Coffee Zombies by bookworm1442, to continue the zombie theme of the week, but... well, it's shorter than I remembered, and not quite as funny (though still worth a look if you're in a coffee-zombie mood).

So: I'm reccing Revolutionist Dreams by Rhya Storm instead - a lovely piece of utter crackfic that has me rolling on the floor every time I re-read it. Summary: In which Jack has a very strange dream, and Daniel's laundry harbors dreams of life, liberty and the pursuit of brandname fabric softener.
So... we were talking on [livejournal.com profile] mfu_canteen about what toys Napoleon and Illya might have played with as kids, and in the course of the discussion, I happened to remark: "I have this mental image of a very small Illya, during the early part of the war when Germany and Russia were allies, imitating the German soldiers strutting around, and picking up their accent and language. I like to pretend he drew on those memories for his portrayal of Colonel Nexor in The Gurnius Affair - since, remember, Nexor was dead by the time Illya saw his face, yet he apparently had all the guy's mannerisms down pat."

So [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58 took that for a plot bunny and wrote me a fic based on it!!!! SQUEEEEEE!!! I've never inspired a fic before! (Well, a crack!drabble or two on Doctor Who knitting chatter threads - you should have heard the one about Four's longjohns - but not a real fic!)

So here's the linky: To Play, To Dream by spikesgirl58 aka Uncle Charlie on FFnet.

*squees some more*
Okay, so yesterday MacBedh (aka [livejournal.com profile] lolmac ) was lamenting the way all Doctors before Ten seem to have been forgotten. So I promised her a Classic Who ficrec post. The recs are under the cut, culled from my favorites lists on both FFnet and A Teaspoon and an Open Mind, the main Whofic repository.

First off, though - it's Bedh's birthday! Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Beth, happy birthday to you! And also, I whipped up the silly little piece of caption-work below. (Moral: always save likely-looking screencaps to your hard drive. You never know when they'll come in handy.)




And now, of course, for the fic recs!

Click here for lots of Whovian goodness... )
Just a quick ficrec here, as I spent most of my spare time today working on a comment for the [livejournal.com profile] mfu_canteen post "Illya as Cutter?", which I sort of inspired with a comment on [livejournal.com profile] tgabrielle 's Summit Five Affair review.

Anyway. The rec: Weapon K by C Wehst on File 40. Slight X-Men crossover; I'd have written this fic myself if it didn't already exist. Summary: Ever wonder what happens to all of Illya's scars?

I just noticed that my first, and so far only, UNCLE story - the drabble pair Poker Face - was recced yesterday on [livejournal.com profile] mfu_shortstorie! ::boggles:: I don't think I've ever had a story mentioned on any fic-rec anything before! (Not that I know of, for sure!)

Of course, this could mean either that it's good, or that the reccers are running low on material... ;-) Still and all, it's quite encouraging! ~goes away to polish next fic just a little more~
I thought I'd start my LiveJournal posting career by reccing a couple of fics, as that's one thing I'm sure I'll never run out of material for. There are always more good fics to discover!

My first selection, unfortunately, is a limited-time offer - in other words, it's on Geocities. (If anyone knows another place to find this fic online, please let me know so I can change the linky!) The Sunny Day Affair by Loretta Ross (Lorlie on FFnet) is one of the more adorkably cute wacky crossovers I've ever read. Here's the official blurb: "In the spring of 2002 Channel W, the UNCLE writers' list, conducted a small, informal challenge. The idea was for everyone to take the same premise -- that Napoleon and Illya went to work only to discover UNCLE had disappeared -- and make of it what they would. This was my contribution." Jump over there and read it quick before it disappears!

The other fic I'm reccing today is Snowbound by Primsong, a sort-of challenge response: "This was written after seeing stunt_muppet's list of wishes, which included Three, Jo and the Master and a domestic setting. The only way I could think of this particular threesome being caught in any kind of domestic situation was by involuntary entrapment. Or a blizzard." It's gen, as are all the fics I read or write - a lovely humor piece sliding into cuddlefluff. (I'm ridiculously fond of cuddlefluff for someone who barely even reads het, let alone slash.)

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