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Just a quick link to my story for this week's WIAD.

"The Line is Better Off Dead"
Rating: Mostly Harmless
Challenge: A member of Torchwood find a phone that can call anyone, anywhere, anywhen. Must include an acronym.
Summary: Jack is reminded of the emotional hazards of using alien tech. Takes place post S3.
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So I've secretly (or not-so-secretly) playing in the side yard with round four of [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer. We're using AO3 this time around, which is sort of brilliant. Because the first few weeks are always short on word count, I've been holding off on posting until I had enough to really write home about. Enjoy! Comments can go here or over at AO3.

4x01 - "And The Card Attached Would Say..."
Rating: Mostly Harmless
Challenge: Should use "I've been waiting for this..." in dialogue and feature a television show from the 20th Century.
Summary: Owen Harper discovers some of the hazards of receiving personal mail at work.

4x02 - "Bigger Than a China Shop"
Rating: Mostly Harmless
Challenge: A character is awakened by an unexpected sound. Must feature at least two words in a foreign language.
Summary: In which a surveillance assignment doesn't go according to plan.

4x03 - "The Art of Tragedy Was Born in Masks"
Rating: Mostly Harmless
Challenge: Must use a Sports Night episode title as a prompt. I chose "Thespis." Must also include or make reference to an invertebrate.
Summary: Below Torchwood's Cardiff base, who Ianto Jones is may be subjective.

4x04 - "Back Lot Rivalry"
Rating: Mostly Harmless
Challenge: A story in which Torchwood has to set up shop away from the Hub for an extended period. Must feature at least 3 colors of the rainbow.
Summary: Ianto might trust Harwood's to transport goods, but the staff is another matter.
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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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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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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.
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If you weren't aware, Writer in a Drawer has made a triumphant return! I'm playing again this round, our winner from Round 2 is playing, and the other twenty on board reads like a Who's Who of two-fisted awesome. The writing period for round 3.01 ends later this week, and stories go up as fast as Waldo can code them, so please! Join us! Read and vote! Support the madness! I'll probably plug shamelessly throughout the competition, but figured that for best results I should start early. [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer, people. For serious.

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So I watched Series Three as it aired. I was about 80% unspoiled -- I'd limited myself to filming pics, the magazine, and a moment of weakness with a BFI screening review -- and so I didn't know what to expect. No, I haven't re-watched it yet. Yes, I've seen the Declassified.

This is where the spoilers start. Here there be spoilers. I will be talking for a very long time about Series Three under this cut. )

I do want to say one thing that's been on my mind since Friday, and that I've been saying here and there, about some of the vitriol I'm seeing.

As a creative, I really don't think it's okay to make personal attacks on someone for writing things you don't like. Critique the work? Absolutely. Tear it to bits if you think it's bad. That's the audience's prerogative, and I know I've done it more than once. Harassing someone, threatening them, or doing them violence over a story, though, isn't okay. No sensible writer sits back and thinks, "Oh yes, how can I alienate fans of my work today and make them miserable and hate me?" Writers want to make stories, and for people to read (or watch, or listen) to those stories.

Before you say, "So writers should write the stories they know people will want!" stop yourself and ask what sort of a dead world that would be. No surprise, no drama, no horror. I don't want to write pablum (even though I probably do now and again). I want to write the best story I can.

So what I'm saying, and what I'm asking of you, gentle reader, is to keep the personal attacks to a minimum here. There are plenty of places where you can vent about how RTD's move to America is suspicious, or to say that the creators are lying liars who lied to you.

Me, I want to make and talk about stories.

Thank you, and goodnight.
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Did you know that voting for Writer in a Drawer's second round final is happening RIGHT NOW?

It is. It continues until 4:00 p.m. CDT Sunday, July 6, 2008.

I have to say that I count myself lucky to be co-modding this time around. I wouldn't want to compete with these last three stories. They're that good, people.

Go. Read. And then, when you're done reading, vote.
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Just a quick reminder, if anyone's interested, that [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer voting is going on right now. It'll run until 4 PM Central time tomorrow.

Stories are here and here.
Votes go here.

This week's theme? Busted. Yeah, someone's been naughty. Maybe if we're lucky, there'll be a spanking.
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Just a quick reminder that the final team round for Writer in a Drawer ends today, so this'll be your last opportunity to vote in this weird, mid-week frenzy we've had going.

You can find the stories here and here, and the voting post here. Voting will run until 4 PM CENTRAL (-6 GMT) today.

I've got a feeling we might see some ties this afternoon, so go out and vote if you haven't already!
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I've been a bad co-mod and keep forgetting to post these here!

Round 2.03B voting for Team Weevil at [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer is currently in progress, and will run until 4 PM Central (that's 10 PM GMT) Wednesday, April 23. We love it when people read and vote, so check it out!
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Just a quick note to point out that you've got a little over two and a half hours left to vote for your favorite (and least favorite) Girls' Night In stories at [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer. Voting closes at 2 PM 4 PM Central (that's -6 GMT).
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So I'm sitting here, merrily coding away for Team Weevil, and just realized I haven't made a post to plug this week's Writer in a Drawer.

Bad co-mod. Bad.

You've still got just over five hours left to run and vote your picks for Team Pterodactyl at [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer. Voting ends at 4:00 PM Central time. (That's 10 PM Cardiff for those of you who vote from the Hub.)

Team Pterodactyl's Theme: Boys' Night Out.

Stories for Team Weevil will go up this afternoon. Voting for them runs through Wednesday.

Read and vote! Support your writers! Send me cookies!
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Title: "To Hold Life in the Palm of Your Hand"
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: None
Rating: PG
Notes/Summary: Ianto and Jack encounter a past employee in need, but the clock is ticking. Can they find what she needs before it's too late? SPOILER WARNING FOR 2x03 - "To The Last Man"
Shameless Plug: This was my final stage (1.11) entry for [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer round one. Want to get in on this madness? Sign up for Round Two!

Ianto Jones leaned against the heavy fire door, shouldering it open. )
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I feel...overwhelmed? Awesome? Giddy? All of that. Holy crap. Seriously. Holy crap.
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Title: "If I Am Missing or Dead"
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: None
Rating: PG
Notes/Summary: A letter Jack Harkness took but never sent. (Yep, it's my WiaD entry for the "Letters From the Rift" prompt.)
Shameless Plug: We're down to the final three at [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer. It's the end of Round One! Stories are up, and voting runs until 2 PM Central Time (-6 GMT) on FRIDAY. Please read and vote! This week's prompt? Someone's crawled out of a drawer...

I'm writing you this because if I am missing or dead it means that everything worked out for the best. )
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Title: "Malthusian Growth"
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: None
Rating: PG
Notes/Summary: When a cuddly creature comes through the Rift, Jack locks down the base as a precautionary measure. Problem is, he can't remember what it is about it that makes him nervous. (Yep, this is my WiaD story for round 1.09 - Lockdown.)
Shameless Plug: We're down to the final five at [livejournal.com profile] writerinadrawer. Stories are up, and voting runs until 4 PM Central Time (-6 GMT) on Sunday. Please read and vote! This week's prompt is "Letters From the Rift."

Toshiko found the first one early in the morning, nestled up between stacks of files on her workstation table. )

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