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Title: Writ In Water
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "Time isn't an archive, with neat little files and labels. It's just this...heap of things that happened. You pull something off the bottom, you knock some things over. That's why we live with our messes."
Notes: Written for the final round of [ profile] writerinadrawer. Thanks to [ profile] 51stcenturyfox for beta sparkles.
Theme: Getting clean; added element, a board game.
Word Count: Less than 4500
Score: 1 (+12, -11). Won the round and, thus, the game.
Warnings: Technically involves a suicide.

Originally posted 10.06.09

Also available at AO3.

Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
-- Gravestone epitaph of John Keats

Writ In Water )
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Title: The Harp Of My Country Survives
Rating: PG
Summary: Gwen catches Jack and Ianto in a private moment, long after both of them have left. Post-CoE.
Notes: Written for round 10 of [ profile] writerinadrawer. Thanks to [ profile] 51stcenturyfox for beta sparkles. Frankly I didn't think I had it in me to write this kind of story, this exploration of the grief Gwen must have experienced and the way she might recover Torchwood as a part of that process. But, well, here it is.
Theme: Photograph (find or take a photo your character has in their possession); added element, a song title.
Word Count: Less than 1500
Score: 10 (+11, -1). Won the round.
Warning: Extensive discussion of canonical character death and grieving.

Also available at AO3.

The Harp Of My Country Survives )
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Title: We Have No Protocol For This
Rating: PG-13
Summary: What, you thought bodyswap machines would be fun sex toys?
Notes: Written for round 9 of [ profile] writerinadrawer. Thanks to [ profile] 51stcenturyfox for beta sparkles. I'd been writing really sort of dark fic, and I thought I'd do something light and bantery for a change. This resulted in my second ever negative score. Oops? :D
Warnings: Well, obviously there's some issues around bodyswap, but I think I treated them with sensitivity.
Theme: Bodyswap; added element, a piece of candy.
Word Count: Less than 1200
Score: -1 (+1, -2)

Also available at AO3.

We Have No Protocol For This )
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Title: Tuesday the 17th
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Ianto and Jack begin to reach an understanding in the aftermath of Cyberwoman.
Notes: Written for round 8 of [ profile] writerinadrawer. Thanks to [ profile] 51stcenturyfox for beta sparkles.
Warnings: Canonical character death (Lisa).
Theme: Use a title from Psych, the TV show; added element, one fruit and one vegetable
Word Count: Less than 1000
Score: 2 (+3, -1)

Also available at AO3.

Tuesday the 17th )
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Title: Four Uniforms Jack Harkness Wore (And One He Never Did)
Rating: PG
Summary: Jack has worn any number of uniforms, but some he won't wear.
Notes: Written for round 7 of [ profile] writerinadrawer. Thanks to [ profile] 51stcenturyfox for beta sparkles. This story was especially popular among some of my friends, and I am still teased by Claire that nothing I write will ever compare to Uniforms. :D
Warning: None.
Theme: 4 + 1; added element, colours of the rainbow. This was also an optional round.
Word Count: Less than 1000

Also available at AO3.

Four Uniforms )
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This is the archival post for rounds 1-6 of the [ profile] writerinadrawer challenge. With special thanks to:

[ profile] thefannishwaldo for running this and being a fantastic hardworking mod
[ profile] 51stcenturyfox for blowing BETA SPARKLES all over every entry
And all who read and voted, both for your praise and for your criticism.

Originally posted 9.30.09

Also available at AO3.

Title: I Went To The Animal Fair
Rating: G
Summary: Torchwood contemplates the capture of an escaped zoo animal.
Warning: None.
Theme: Drabble; added element, zoo animal.
Word Count: 100 Exactly
Score: 12 (-1, +13). Won the round.

I Went To The Animal Fair )

Title: Show Me Your Schematics
Rating: PG
Summary: Jack bribes a young mechanic into helping him with a problem with his Spitfire.
Notes: I regret, with this one, the low wordcount. I wanted to tell a much more complete story instead of what seems like just a scene; the idea was to show Jack introducing someone to the wonders of the universe, as an exploration of how long he has spent at this kind of thing.
Warning: None.
Theme: Favor. One of our characters needs a favor from someone; added element, a city foreign to your character.
Word count: Limited To 400
Score: 3 (-1, +4).

Show Me Your Schematics )

Title: Keep Calm And Carry On
Rating: PG
Summary: The Torchwood archives are covered in signs, but at first Ianto doesn't understand why.
Theme: Signage; added element, a hand gesture, sign or signal.
Warning: Involuntary (well, accidental) drug use.
Words: Limited to 500
Score: 5 (+5). Won the round.

Keep Calm and Carry On )

Title: I Know The Voices Dying
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Jack decides a paradox might be a way to solve his little immortality problem, and at the moment he doesn't care who he takes with him.
Warning: None.
Notes: This is a little more disjointed than I would have liked; I wanted him to have more time to discuss paradoxes with Elisia, and I wanted his thought process to paint a more complete picture for the audience of a totally broken man, someone who has turned so far inwards that there's no discernable difference between him and a sociopath. I Know The Voices Dying is a line from TS Eliot's Prufrock.
Theme: School and lessons; added element, a common school supply
Words: Less than 500
Score: -2 (-4, +2)

I Know The Voices Dying )

Title: The Water's Fine
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Ianto takes a leap of faith.
Warning: None.
Notes: I have to admit that I kind of stole the 'something on my face' line from a fic I'd been beta-reading, without meaning to. SORRY FOXY.
Theme: Unexpected Side Effect; added element, advice from your mother
Word Count: Less than 700.
Score: 4 (-1, +5). Won the round.

The Water's Fine )

Title: In Loco Parentis
Rating: PG
Summary: Jack is retconned back to childhood, and Ianto does what he has to in order to fix it.
Notes: This was the subject of some hot comment action. The biggest problem people had with it was the idea that Retcon Doesn't Work That Way, but my more pressing concern was how flat it was. The wordcount bit me on the ass again in this; I wanted to go into much more detail about Jack's feelings and reactions, and about the team reacting to Ianto's initiative-taking. C'est la vie.
Theme: Amnesia; added element, a television show.
Word Count: Less than 700
Score: 3 (-7, +10)

In Loco Parentis )


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On Storytelling:

Fanfiction is a way of the culture repairing the damage done in a system where contemporary myths are owned by corporations instead of owned by folk.
-- Henry Jenkins

Life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language.
-- Tom Stoppard

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
-- G. Bernard Shaw

A good story should provoke discussion, debate, argument...and the occasional bar fight.
-- J. Michael Strazynski

Here's how to become a great artist. First, get miserable. Misery drives you to become a great artist, but the art does nothing for your misery, which drives you to drugs, which makes you a lousy artist.
-- House M.D.

Humans? They're long gone. Vanished. Extinct. They only exist in stories.
-- Ferngully

Anton Chekov, who was a doctor, said, "Medicine is my wife; writing is my mistress."

Se non e vero, e ben trovato. (Even if it’s not true, it’s a good story.)
-- Italian Proverb

The recipe for becoming a good novelist is easy to give, but to carry it out presupposes qualities one is accustomed to overlook. One has only to make a hundred or so sketches for novels, none longer than two pages but of such distinctness that every word in them is necessary. One should write down anecdotes every day until one has learnt how to give them the most pregnant and effective form; one should be tireless in collecting and describing human types and characters; one should above all relate things to others and listen to others relate, keeping one's eyes and ears open for the effect produced on those present, one should travel like a landscape painter or costume designer. One should, finally, reflect on the motives of human actions, disdain no signpost for instruction about them and be a collector of these things by day and night. One should continue in this many-sided exercise for some ten years; what is then created in the workshop will be fit to go out into the world.
-- Nietzsche

The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
-- Samuel Butler

What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.
-- Samuel Johnson

Same story, different versions, and all are true.
-- POTC: Dead Man's Chest

I am a humble artist
moulding my earthly clod,
adding my labour to nature's,
simply assisting God.
-- Piet Hein

Every archaeologist knows in his heart why he digs. He digs, in pity and humility, that the dead may live again, that what is past may not be forever lost, that something may be salvaged from the wrack of the ages.
-- From "The Testimony of the Spade"

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
-- Francis Bacon

It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
-- Seneca epistles 88 45

When asked how she acquired her knowledge of science, Octavia Butler replied, "I read."

Imagination is more important than information.
-- Albert Einstein

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