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Title: "The Longest Winter"
Disclaimer: I'm not RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG
Notes/Summary: In which there is a paradox. Written for the January 3 prompt at [livejournal.com profile] redismycolour.

Except it’s January... )
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Title: "Cardiff As It Ought To Be"
Disclaimer: I'm not RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Pairings: Jack/Ianto, albeit from quite a distance
Rating: PG
Notes/Summary: In which Jack experiences regret. Written for the January 2 prompt at [livejournal.com profile] redismycolour.

The century will turn twice... )
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Last year I missed out on [livejournal.com profile] redismycolour. I only heard about it late in the month, and at that point I had a fair few things on my plate and couldn't imagine writing 30 short pieces in a handful of days. This made me sad, because I'd really enjoyed working through the [livejournal.com profile] horizonssing prompts a few months before.

And then 2009 kind of went sideways anyway, and I didn't read and post as much as I wanted to, and by the end of the year I decided that one of my resolutions for 2010 is to get back on the horse. It's not the only thing in my life by a long shot, but it's a thing that makes me pretty happy.

So. Here's my Jan 1 piece for [livejournal.com profile] redismycolour. I'm only a year late. Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey. Whatever.

Title: New Year's Day
Disclaimer: I'm not RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Rating: PG
Notes/Summary: In which Jack greets the new year. Written for the January 1 prompt at [livejournal.com profile] redismycolour.

The ice rink was still up on New Year’s Day. )
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Title: "Allison"
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Rating: Adult for sex work and explicit sex.
Pairing: Tosh/Ianto
Notes/Summary: An undercover investigation at a gentleman's club goes tragically wrong during Jack's absence. Set between S1 and S2. Beta-fu by [livejournal.com profile] kel_reiley This fic is one of the sponsored fics from this spring's charity drive. [livejournal.com profile] kayleigh_jane, I hope you like it.

The first thing Ianto notices is that the doormen are wearing suits. )
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So I've officially got Audacity, and my headset and netbook love it very much. Unfortunately, I am completely rubbish at reading my own stuff. I get tongue tied and hilarious. I haven't shouted "OH, COCK IT!" quite so many times in one day in forever. I have tremendous respect for the TW cast now for getting through WHOLE BOOKS.

Abridged books, and probably not in one take, but still.

Sort of liberating, actually.

Anyway, I spent about an hour fighting with "One Calamity" (because it got two straight-up votes and one "anything porn" vote) and realized that maybe I needed to start a little smaller. So.

Here's me reading "Naughtiness High On The Catalogue of Grave Sins" from last year's [livejournal.com profile] horizonssing challenge instead. It's short, sweet, and not bad practice.

Download from Megaupload: click here.

(And no, [livejournal.com profile] pocketmouse. No outtakes for you.)

Things!

Dec. 22nd, 2009 07:41 pm
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Tomorrow's my day off. I'm planning to use it for all kind of lift-related things, like trying to finish off the last of the charityfic, replying to comments, etc.

If I have time, though, I'd like to use my shiny new headset to commit podfic.

So, uh, if you've got a story of mine you'd like to hear me read -- other than the enormous multi-part stuff -- make a note in the comments. The story with the most votes (if I get any votes) wins.
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Title: "The Power Of..."
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Rating: Mostly Harmless
Notes/Summary: Set more or less in early S2. I'd blame Weaselett for this, but she's on to me.

Stress does strange things to a man. )
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- So RL has been kind of dramatic off and on for me since about May. Some of that is resolving itself. Some of it is still in play. Some of it feels better after I gave myself permission to fall off the face of the Earth for a bit. In any case, I am not dead and I miss you guys!

- My RL self has a story in the November issue of Crossed Genres. These guys are awesome. Go check them out. The stories are available free online through the 30th.

- I'm working on a virtual/alternate Series Three project with some folks. I don't know how public everything is, but as details go live, I'll try to remember to share. I've never written collaboratively before, and while I sometimes write to spec this project is different from anything I've ever tried.

- I've dedicated November to catching up on things that got stalled due to RL. Expect to see something new here soon, including stuff from this summer which is woefully late in the sharing, and (unless something goes horribly wrong) a solid chunk of charityfic.

- I am officially the World's Worst Beta. Srsly.

- Have I mentioned I miss you guys? Because I do.
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Title: "The Direct Approach"
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Rating: Adult
Notes/Summary: Jack and Ianto solve a problem on the Plass, but not without getting a little bit sidetracked. Written for [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer round 3 challenge 5: side effects and your mother's advice.

You don’t actually want to do this. )
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Hey, just a quick reminder that [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer stories for challenge 3.05 (side effects, advice your mother might give you) are still up, and that voting is open until 3 PM US Central time. That's about 9.5 more hours. Please read and vote!

Stories are here.

Voting post is here.

I was hoping to post my replies to the top five thing, but I've got to be at work in 30 minutes, so that's not going to happen. Soon? Yes.
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I'd been holding off on talking about this until I had a sense of the publication date, and because it's got nothing at all to do with Torchwood, but to my (exceedingly pleasant!) surprise, the book came out months before I expected it. So!

Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes, the summer's hottest and most significant anthology of zombie poetry, is out. And I'm in it. Well, my real life alter ego is, at any rate.

The sensible thing to do, obviously, is to hurry out and buy a copy. Erm. If you like poetry about zombies. If you don't, you might want to do something else, like have some biscuits or run a few laps at a track or watch telly. You know. Whatever you're into.
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Title: "What The Early Bird Gets"
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Rating: Open
Notes/Summary: Some of Toshiko's best ideas come to her after hours, but going in early means learning something unexpected. Written for [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer Round 3 Challenge 4: lessons learned, school supplies.

Toshiko parked her car in the above-ground lot and hurried toward the board walk. )
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The latest [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer stories - lesson learned, school supplies - went up yesterday. I'm pretty curious to see how this one goes. We're down to 13 writers from 23, which means this is the halfway point. Stories are here and here, and you should post your votes here according to the instructions in the voting post.

And now, a thing I almost never do:

Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, you can ask them and I will attempt to answer in another post.

Those of you who've met me know that it really doesn't matter what. I have no shame.
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I'm home from Writercon and have a whole truckload of things to write about it, but that's going to have to wait until I'm a bit better rested.

The short version: fascinating experience, difficult and wonderful by turns, and it was great to see and meet people in a context I've never worked/played in before, at least to this degree. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

Writercon folk and fen: drop me a line if you could when you friend me, yeah? I met some of you under names that aren't your LJ names, and there seem to be quite a few of you, etc.
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Title: "The Usual Routine"
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Rating: Open
Notes/Summary: Andy Davison is a sensible man. Written for WiaD 3.03 (signs & signals).



Cardiff had its ups and downs (and smoldering periods of high weirdness), but at the end of the day Andy Davidson figured it was more or less like any city of its size... )
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So I'm holed up at the con suite at Writercon in Minneapolis, ostensibly working on some fic (though in actuality I am fighting off a mild hangover with Penguin mints and orange juice).

Fascinating trip so far in spite of Greyhound/Jefferson Lines Hell, and Minneapolis is definitely on my list of cities for which I have instant and unreasonable love. Granted I am seeing it in July/August. I am told it freezes solid for several months a year. BUT! Gorgeous and full of amazing things, though I wonder how people who can't use escalators do anything. Presumably there are elevators somewhere, but still.

ANYWAY. WiaD round 3.03 went live yesterday afternoon, and the stories are up! Please go read and vote if you've got the time/interest. I'm still working my way through, but the prompt (signs and signals) was made of crack. Results may vary. Void where prohibited. Yeah.

Story posts are here and here. Voting post is here.
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Title: "Anagnorisis"
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Rating: Open
Notes/Summary: Takes place post S3 and is thus spoilery for same, written for WiaD 3.02 (favors, foreign places). In which someone comes to collect on a previous agreement. References to TW 2x07 - "Dead Man Walking"

He’s been in New Shadwell for all of fifteen minutes when he sits down and orders a drink. )
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Stories for [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer Round 3 Challenge 2 - favours in foreign cities, 400 word limit - went up yesterday. This week there are 19 stories. One will win, three will net their authors a one-way ticket to the vaults.

Like last round, I am utterly geeked about the sheer diversity of stories. I've spotted some uncommon pairings, stories set everywhere from pre-series to post S3, and we've even got a pretty broad range from mostly friendly to everyone gen stuff to the harsher, more explicit stuff.

Seriously, people. I'm giddly. This is awesome. I encourage anyone who likes Torchwood fic to read and vote. Lots of votes make us very excited. Yes indeed.

Story post 1/2 is here, story post 2/2 is here. Cast your votes in the voting post, and be sure to follow the rules. Votes that don't conform to guidelines will not be counted.

"Modesty"

Jul. 20th, 2009 06:32 am
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Title: "Modesty"
Disclaimer: Being a bloke who likes to slash pretty men doesn't make me RTD, I don't work for the BBC, and as much as I might like to, I don't own Jack or Ianto or any part of Torchwood. I do, however, order pizza under that name on principle.
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Rating: Open
Notes/Summary: Just a slice of life inside the Hub, written for WiaD 3.01 (drabble/zoo animal challenge). If you're curious, Billy the Seal is real. Also, I'm totally counting this one for #71 on my drabble table.

Gwen looked up as the entry alarm sounded. )
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If you're unfamiliar with [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer, it's a Torchwood-centric, round-based last writer standing contest. I've been involved since Round One, I'm playing in Round Three, and I sincerely think it's one of the coolest things that happens in the fandom. We love for people who aren't playing to read and vote, so please go check it out.

The way it works is that competitors write each week to a prompt, and then the entries are posted anonymously and subjected to a public vote. The story with the highest score at the end of voting wins the week, while the story (or stories, as sometimes we eliminate multiples) with the lowest gets the contestant "drawered" down in the depths of the Hub.

Our first batch of stories for challenge 3.01 - 100 word drabble, include a zoo animal - went up yesterday afternoon. There's an impressive range of stories here, from stuff that could be pre-series if you squint to some set post-CoE. You can find them here and here. Voting is open until 6 PM US Central time on Sunday, July 19th. Check the voting post for details. I also recommend checking the voting faq post, since there are some guidelines in there that help us keep things fair.

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