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Song Title / Lyrics Fic Titling Meme

So there's a meme going around where you list all your fics that have been titled after a song title or lyrics from a song, and I do this so much it's ridiculous. I kind of wanted to throw a list together just to have one! Reverse order because I'm too lazy to start from the last page and go forwards!

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All of you should do this one if you've got fics of your own titled after songs or lyrics--I'd love to see your lists! :D
Title: Hell to Pay
Fandom(s): White Collar
Pairing/Characters: Neal, Peter, and Elizabeth [family]
Word Count: 1,930
Rating: PG-13 (thematic material)
Warnings: Mentions of injury from a gunshot wound; some violence.
Disclaimer: I don't own them! I just borrow them.
Summary: He doesn’t like guns, though he feels using one would be only fair. One almost took Peter’s life away; another would surely be sufficient to put the man who’d shot Peter in the morgue. An eye for an eye. A bullet for another.
Notes: Written in the dead of last night for a comment_fic Lonely Prompt: White Collar, Neal Caffrey, The suspect put Peter in the hospital and Neal won't stop until he finds him and puts him in the morgue. Thanks, as ever, to my friend Caitlin for looking this one over to assauge my doubts, and for telling me she hated me but for forgiving me anyway.

No spoilers as long as you've seen through "Payback" (Episode 2x14).

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Title: For Blue Skies
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Pairing: 10/Rose
Word Count: 500
Rating: K
Warnings: None!
Disclaimer: I don't own them! I just borrow them.
Summary: “What about you, Doctor? What the hell are you changin' into?” [...] The past and future words that echo in his head and spur him back, back, back…
Notes: Written for who_contest's Drabble Challenge #9 (theme: forbidden). The inevitable post-"The Waters of Mars" fic that I'm sure is a rite of passage for every Doctor/Rose writer.

Title and epigraph are from Strays Don't Sleep's truly gorgeous "For Blue Skies"; if you'd like to give it a listen, have at it! All credit goes to the proper owners; I make no claim to anything.

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A win, and a thank you

I've been having a mildly crazy and stressful week here at college, and I'm not quite settled down into this weekend yet (still one more class and work to go!), but I wanted to make a small PSA and a thank you.

That PSA of sorts would be that The Time Is Out of Joint, my Amy/Rory/River fic, has taken second place in the First Trip challenge at who_contest. I'm honestly in a mild state of shock. There were so many things I felt could have worked against me: the fact that it leaned heavily on Julian, my OC, who has two strikes against him: one, being an OC, and two, being a child OC. I know there are people out there who are really vehement about that sort of thing, which is why I hesitate sometimes to work more with Sarah, the child I gave TenII and Rose in The Domestic Approach, my biggest 'verse. Second, this was my first official time working with River in a canonical setting (my other time was Mad Girl's Love Song, which was fairly AU and featured River only briefly). Third, it took a fairly critical angle on the complications of Moffat's chosen plotline, which I know some people wouldn't have been enthralled by.

I find it almost funny that the fics of mine that have won awards or gotten a lot of praise are the ones I've stressed most over writing--although that's probably a sign. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is one of my most popular fics overall and you guys have no idea how nervous I was to tackle Eleven (funny, now, because he's probably my favorite character to write). Of All the Gin Joints was truly a labor of love and I still can't believe how many people loved that one. a house on fire went through about five different plot ideas before I settled on that angsty introspective sort of tone. And Good God, The Right Place for Love. Liz begged me to write that story so many times. When I got asked about Rory for a character meme on Tumblr, I gave that scenario as my answer for my headcanon, and even more people asked me to write it. I stressed hard over whether or not Eleven saying what he did to Rory, being that open, was in character, and kept turning back to the raw honesty they shared in "Day of the Moon" and "The Girl Who Waited" to tell myself that it was. And then there was how emotionally attached I was to the subject matter, to the point that I cried as I edited it. I wondered if other people were going to feel the same way about the scenario that I did, and was pleased that it resonated with others the way it did for me.

And now that I've gone on a ramble, I want to issue that thank you. Thank you for all of you who read my fics and who love them enough to vote for them--hopefully on their own merits, not just because you like me (hopefully? :D)! All of you are so kind and so welcoming and wonderful. then_theres_us -- you guys are my favorite girls. The Doctor Who fandom can get crazy, but you guys are crazy in your own special ways and so many of you were so sweet to me the day I came on and posted Hemlock with such trepidation. The now defunct doctor_rose_las was wonderfully welcoming as well, and even if we were voting for or against each other each round, it never felt contentious. And who_contest -- I have no words for you guys, truly. The place has such a broad range and it would be so easy to overlook people or to get caught up in who's winning what or things of that nature, but I always forget that place is competitive just because it's so much fun. I unfortunately don't get to read for that comm as often as I'd like, but the entries I have read have all been brilliant in their own ways. You guys rock.

So thank you all for lightening my week a little bit, and for being continuously wonderful. Love you all!

- Trai
Title: Best Forgotten
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Pairing: 10/Donna (friendship)
Word Count: 450
Rating: K
Warnings: None!
Disclaimer: I don't own them! I just borrow them.
Summary: "Meanwhile, this is the seventh time I've brought you home for something--and what is it you forgot, anyway?" The Doctor would really like to know what it is that Donna forgot, though he'll wish he didn't once he does.
Notes: Silly little fill for comment_fic, which I've missed dearly! I'm so excited to have finally written Ten and Donna; I've wanted to for ages. The prompt was mahmfic's 10+Donna - You forgot something else? But you packed so much!

Bonus points if anyone knows where Blargon 7 is from!

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Title: Your Ex-Lover Is Dead, Part I
Fandom(s): Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Word Count: 150
Rating: K
Warnings: Spoilers through "The Reichenbach Fall", although you probably know what Reichenbach means for Holmes anyway...
Disclaimer: I don't own them! I just borrow them.
Summary: He wakes up in a cold bed with his hand curled around nothing...
Notes: This is the first in a planned sequence of indeterminate length that follows John and his life after the fall at Reichenbach, set loosely to an as-yet-unposted fanmix of mine. The title comes from the Stars song "Your Ex-Lover Is Dead". This first piece was written for the Amnesty in January Challenge at 5_prompts, using a Cadenza challenge prompt (Chorus, 27. would you love me 'til I'm dead?).

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Reading whilst eating: a contact sport.

And now for an entirely pointless series of random updates.

Well, it was bound to happen sometime. I tend to read while I eat, which some would say is not wise, and I guess I proved them right today. My school sells wonderful little Jamaican beef patties, and while I gave mine at least ten minutes to cool down as I untangled and tested a new pair of headphones, some of my left hand got burned by a splotch of beef as I read Richard III. That kind of killed the mood, although I'm sure it entertained passerby! There is now a pink and shiny stretch of skin between my index and middle fingers on that hand; I am not amused.

On the topic of Richard III, over on Tumblr, I'm going to be keeping a log of Shakespeare adaptations that I watch as I embark on a yearlong quest to supplement my long-delayed reading of more Shakespeare with film adaptations that strike my fancy. I started off the year with the Branagh Much Ado and will be watching the Ian McKellen version of Richard III within the next few days. If anyone's interested, I'll be sure to report back here, too!

This is also, I suppose, a pre-emptive announcement that my semester has started and thus I don't know how much writing I'll get done (not that I was ever on a regular schedule before). I'm still going to write for TTU and who_contest, provided the prompts do something for me, as much as I can. If I had all the time in the world, I'd write for every challenge that inspired me, and fill every kink meme prompt that grabbed me (as it is, I've got two Sherlock fics waiting for the muse to hit again). Alas, it is not to be.

And on the last front, my neighbor and I have been leading one of her friends through Doctor Who for the first time (we're up to "The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit") and one of my closest online friends, Caitlin, is watching the series all the way through on my urging. We watched "Dalek" together via the Internet the other night and it was a particularly entertaining experience, as I'm pretty sure seeing Chris Eccleston angry gave my laptop Gloria a case of the vapors; she blacked out on me halfway through and had to be revived. Besides that, there was a particularly amusing moment where both Cait and I observed simultaneously that the Doctor and Rose are so not just friends. I always love that feeling that I'm watching for the first time again, and this is definitely doing the trick!


Title: The Time Is Out of Joint
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Pairing: Amy/Rory/River (+ OC) family; shades of Amy/Rory and 11/River
Word Count: 3,281
Rating: K
Warnings: Spoilers through "The Wedding of River Song".
Disclaimer: I don't own them! I just borrow them.
Summary: “But things are the way they are. And the way they are now is that you have this little one.” River shifted Julian in her hold, kissed his forehead lightly. “Aunt Mel. That’s what you’ll call me.”
Notes: Written for [info]who_contest Oneshot Challenge #8 (theme: first trip). I ended up taking the prompt a little more loosely than I intended, but I hope it's still fairly obvious. If anyone so desires commentary, it can be found here! I also offer a pre-emptive apology for my brain turning out nonstop Amy/Rory angst lately (this time with added River!), and for all the Hamlet.

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I don't know what it is about who_contest, but thus far most of my fics for there have been angst for Amy and Rory. I may have been iffy on Series 6, but some really fascinating moral problems came out of it for them, and there's still the situation with River to consider. When the prompt for this challenge, first trip, got released, for some reason it gave me a spark of a thought about Amy and Rory. What would their second pregnancy be like? It's essentially like their first, when you think about it, in a really heartbreaking way, because Amy won't remember her real first and Rory wasn't there for it. How hard does that have to be?

I'd never really considered that angle until I sat down and started writing the piece, because all I could think about was how would they tell any future children about River? Their older sister won't be around to know them. And their older sister is really their much older sister, older than their parents at times, even. How do you tell your child that your sister doesn't even live on this planet, or this century? Do you tell your child? What do you tell the community at large--what do you tell your own parents? That this is their first grandchild, even when it isn't?

These questions keep coming to me as I work, and I wonder if Moffat even really thought it through. The man and I aren't always on good terms, and I know how many people were enraged with the Amy plot last season on feminist grounds. I definitely see those concerns, but I also align myself with those who were sad from a characterization standpoint. Your child being your childhood friend doesn't exactly make up for the years you could have raised said child. The Doctor took away so many things from them, but their child was arguably the worst. I was truly sad in the Christmas special that Amy and Rory didn't have another child; I wanted to see that they'd gotten on with their lives, and it appeared they hadn't. The Doctor told Amy it was time to stop waiting, and yet they've kept setting a place for him for two years running. It strikes me as horribly sad. The entire situation does.

Writing this piece is turning into an emotional exercise. Recently, a friend of mine and I were talking about if we'd ever cried whilst writing a piece. I couldn't remember crying while writing, though I did cry while I was editing The Right Place For Love. I'm not crying as I write this piece, but I'm feeling a depth of sadness that I didn't think could happen when thinking on an impossible scenario that I'm never going to experience. It's strange and awful all at the same time. Once the piece goes up, I wonder if others will feel the same. Until then, I bid you all adieu and return to my Word document.
Halfway Out of the Dark, Eleven/Rose, PG-13

“I’m always yours, Rose.”

“Are you?”
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A/N: I didn't use all the words, but those I did certainly came in handy! Someday I will stop with the Eleven/Rose angsting. Today is not, apparently, that day.

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