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The dialogue on Once upon a Time may not always be perfect, but there is this delightful line, spoken by Rumplestilstkin, that magic always comes with a price. It’s wonderfully catchy and universal, quite applicable to a lot of things, actually. Being the information junkie that I am, I would never have thought, though, that trying to keep up with the Brexit and its consequences would be one of those pricey things.

Some of you already know that I work in adult education, teaching everything from basic travel English to conversational English, and also British (sometimes Scottish) life and culture to a bunch of open-minded, interested and simply fantastic people, most of them in the 55+ age group, although the folks in the evening classes usually tend to be a bit on the younger side.

So spending the better part of last week discussing the various aspects of the Brexit, professionally but also with family and friends, was exactly what I had expected. What I hadn’t reckoned with, however, was how bloody exhausting these discussions would be, because I am emotionally involved.

In essence, the British Isles aren’t a foreign country to me but rather my holiday home in Europe. I’ve been travelling the UK ever since I was sixteen. Over the years, I’ve consumed more than my share of British culture, literature, history and media; I’ve formed friendships and regularly exchange Christmas cards.

Among my favourite TV people ever are David Attenborough, Simon Schama and Jim Al-Khalili. And if fellow Doctor Who fans inquire about my favourite Doctor, I’ll proudly say it’s the Fifth. (I only caught up with classic DW after the new series had started, and while I’ve seen every classic Doctor in action by now, Fivey is the one I really clicked with on every level, which is kind of sweet, because due to his early 1980s run, Peter Davison’s Doctor would have been the one I had imprinted on as a child if I had grown up in the UK.)

Despite the fact that I certainly think, feel, act and sound unmistakably German in everyday life, it is therefore no wonder that a large part of my personal identity is determined through what I love about the UK.

I would hate to see these ties substantially weakened, due to the bureaucratic complications that are likely to ensue now. Following media reports and political commentaries feels like a trip to some clownish, nonsensical and ugly bizzarro world.

The reports on the rising number of racist attacks on immigrants from other EU countries are leaving me shocked.
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The adult education semester is finally coming to its close. With only three classes left to teach, I can virtually feel my brain sliding into holiday mode. There are cards to write, presents to wrap, letters to write and also a somewhat intimidating twelve pound goose to roast next Sunday. Thankfully, I'm enough of a self-assured and experienced cook to at least assume that all will go well with that bird as long as I stick to the recipe.

As for looking back on my fannish interests, well, apparently 2015 has turned out a year of wonder and second chances. Re-watching The X-Files, getting enthusiastic again about Doctor Who. Not that I didn't enjoy the previous two seasons after almost quitting the show during s6 (River issues, don't ask ;-)), but the current season really struck a cord with me due to its themes, its open embracing of the surreal, and last but certainly not least the brilliant performances by Peter Capaldi, Coleman, Williams and Gomez.

It seems that during the past twelve months I've talked quite a bit about fannish disenchantment with various people. What I had not expected, however, was that one of these conversations, the one I had with [personal profile] selenak, to be precise, would eventually lead to the biggest surprise of 2015, a phenomenon I'd like to describe as the big "Once upon a Time paradox". Getting warned about season 4 and thus refraining from viewing it probably was exactly what enabled me to enjoy the first half of season 5 as much as I did, once that [ profile] astrogirl2 's lovely episode reviews had made me curious enough to give the show another try.

And good grief, am I glad that I watched, and not only because the two episode half season finale gave me the Hook backstory of my dreams. There also were quite a few sense-making character developments and a surprisingly original and fun-to-watch take on Arthurian legends. Knowing this show and having been exposed to season 5B promos, however, I must admit that I'm not really sure if 5B will live up to the quality of 5A.

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Two episodes which I profoundly enjoyed. ("Dinosaurs on a Spaceship",  "A Town Called Mercy")

One episode that almost made me quit watching, and not just this particular ep but the show as such. ("Asylum of the Daleks")

I figure that's not all that bad by DW standards ;-)
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If this weren't so scary, I'd actually find it rather amusing... People who commented on the German language article published in "Die Zeit" actually responded with quotes from Kubrick's 2001.

Here's a link to an English article over at CNN:

Ustream apologizes for killing Hugo Awards webcast

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Fandom: Star Trek: TNG, Doctor Who
Title: Flight of the Polymers
Characters: Data, Rory Williams, Amy Pond
Summary: On Data and Rory, and being plastic. Some conversations are doomed from the start. Originally written in response to a Multiverse prompt by Ladymercury_10.
Rating: G
Author's Note: I would very much like to thank my beta, the wonderful [ profile] kathyh, whose comments really hit the nail on the head! :)
Story on AO3: Here

Flight of the Polymers )
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You know, some months ago, when the Multiverse ficathon was announced, I chose that really nice sounding prompt involving both Rory Williams (Doctor Who) and TNG's very own Lt. Commander Data debating the experience of being plastic.

Yup, I can write that, I thought. Turned out both characters strictly refused to get into talking. Or maybe the problem is just that my brain is currently still high on Farscape. Cavendish and I have reached season 4 by now, btw.

So, one week after the official submission deadline, it appears I'm stuck with a poor excuse of a 500 word mini vignette in desperate need of some proof-reading. Even if it's too late by now I would like to deliver at least something...

Any volunteers willing to give it a quick check?
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[ profile] cavendish and I got the following bit of insanity forwarded by our friend J...

Doctor Who - Curse of the Fatal Death

I wonder whether the icon I chose actually counts as a casting spoiler *g*
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This entry was originally begun and intended as a reply to a wonderful, read- and squee-worthy Doctor Who post by [ profile] astrogirl2, but at one point I realized that my thoughts had run off into a more universal and somewhat off topic direction. Probably , because the following remark by Astrogirl really hit a sensitive spot:

"I'm developing this psychological block against admitting to the fact that I love the show, and I love this season, and I love it all with a deep and joyful love. Because that makes me feel like I must be stupid and politically suspect or something, in the eyes of fans I genuinely respect."

In situations like this I usually opt for a decidedly anti-social approach by trusting my own interpretation of the source material more than I trust the findings of others.

Of course I keep reading the ongoing discussions, apply my own brain to the presented arguments and am certainly not above re-evaluating if I find that somebody else's points are actually more valid than mine.

But that doesn't stop me from being a bloody cultural relativist at core.

Due to my own daily surroundings, age, education, ethnicity, philosophical, literary and aesthetic convictions, I will always read things differently, access and understand things differently than someone who was raised in another cocoon of socio-cultural surroundings and whose individual background and daily experiences do not match my own.

If interpretations of source material and canon do vary, this doesn't necessarily mean that one of us is wrong, ignorant and possibly evil, I think. Quite often it is merely a sign that we are reading stuff through different cultural lenses and with our own respective cognitive bias.

Is it important to not t hide one's head in the sand? To actively inform oneself about other people's findings, to acknowledge, respect and - where necessary – also to adopt or vehemently question, depending on case? Yes. (In fact, one could easily make a point that this is not only important, but rather a self-evident necessity and obligation as a decent, intelligent human being.)

However, I think that the very same degree of curiosity, respect and acceptance we hold for the opinions of others should also apply to our own subjective opinions and findings.

As much as I wish to understand the dynamics at work behind my own judgements (and this wish to understand also includes the detection of any potential blind spots) I refuse to feel guilty about not seeing what I cannot possibly see from my own subjective perspective.

Because the lenses are natural.

If we are being alert and smart enough, we can keep struggling to frequently sharpen and re-focus them. Attempt to paint them in different colours, so they might allow an alternate experience of the whole spectrum.

But one fact always remains. No matter how hard we try, in the end the frelling things are impossible to completely change or remove. This doesn't make anyone of us a better or lesser, more competent or incompetent fan person and reader.

There is no such thing as a privileged, universally true point of view. My own reading is counting as much as that of the person next door.
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Virus caught from [ profile] uktechgirl and [ profile] selenak *g*

When you see this post, quote from Doctor Who (classic or new series) on your LJ.

That's the trouble with regeneration. You never quite know what you're going to get.

(Fifth Doctor in "Castrovalva")

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Having finished "Human Nature/Family of Blood" I think it's safe to add another item to the list of recurring structural patterns, motifs and themes that [ profile] selenak and I came up with a couple of weeks ago.

  • Early mid-season two parter: The one you can show your imaginary eight-year old with a clear conscience. Alien invasion, for the most part rather action-oriented. Superficial and silly, at least in my opinion.

  • Late mid-season two parter: Dark, nightmarish stuff. Two hours of breathtaking television, but heavily charged and drawing from a whole pool of subconscious fears that may be either individual or collective.

I can see why half my f-list is in love with HN/FoB. Intriguing premise, touching and complex characterisations. Haunting, strangely beautiful imagery. And last but not least that awe-inducing taste of eternity brought across by the voice over. But still I think I liked "Impossible Planet/Satan Pit" that tiny bit better. Blame it on the beauty of cello music and dying stars, or on all the pacifist indoctrination I received at school. Up to this very day I question the idea of trenches and battlefields as the ultimate test of a person's bravery and true nobleness of character.

The body counts of both this year's and last year's serious mid-season two parter make the 9th Doctor's intial "Everybody lives, Rose! Just this once, everybody lives!" appear in a completely new light to me.

Oh, and one random question before I press the send button in the vague hope LJ will let me post this: Did anyone else think the balloon girl looked an awful lot like Jemmy, Princess of Chaos from Neil Gaiman's Sandman: Season of Mists?
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And the tender, delicate saga of blossoming friendship between Governor and young naval officer continues... (Again wrapped in ultra-short prose, and this time also including the Governor's daughter *g*)

PotC Drabble: Parents )

A handful of random Doctor Who observations:

Doctor Who. Mildly spoilerish, but only for those who haven't already seen the latest episodes and next week's trailer )
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The following story was written for the Rose Tyler (post Doomsday) Gen ficathon over at [ profile] rose_lives, and mostly composed during the oddest in-between moments, during train rides to Düsseldorf, or in our kitchen while waiting for the Spaghetti water to boil.

Probably a small miracle the poor little thing ever got finished. When I signed up for the ficathon in mid August, I hadn't fully realized the ficathon's deadline excatly collided with my holiday trip to Stratford (btw: [ profile] cavendish and I had an absolutely fantastic time, but this really deserves an entire LJ entry on its own ;-)). Nor had I any idea how much my creative writing muses were actually under the spell of Pirates of the Caribbean.

The two important lessons drawn from this: a) sometimes even the "unloved" stories come into being, though all odds are terribly against them and b)when your talent lies in quiet introspective character vignettes, being an old Highlander fangirl doesn't help you the slightest with straight action-oriented plots about ruthless swordplay in Paris. I ducked out. I wrote against the requested elements instead of writing with them.

I only hope my recipient wasn't too disappointed by this. Especially since the story I've received myself, [ profile] aeshna_uk's Illuminated was so very lovely.

Title: Brave New Girl
Author: Bimo
Characters: Rose, several mentionings of Mickey, OCs
Summary: When betrayals are all about freedom...
Rating: G
Notes: Lots of thanks to [ profile] livii. Without her I would never have gotten this one beta-read in time ;-)

This story was written for [ profile] fightinghand, who asked for
(1) swordplay
(2) Paris
(3) ruthless

and did not want any flashbacks.

Brave New Girl )
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If you've browsed through the comments on my latest entry, you're probably already in the know, anyway ;-)

To cut a long story short: After finishing "Fabric" I still was filled with a considerable surplus of creative energy. Then the first annual Doctor Who Kinkathon over at [ profile] little_bit_foxy came along and made me feel all tempted and experimental. And so I wrote...

*insert quite pompous drum roll*

Title: Electricity
Author: Bimo
Pairing: Voyeuristic!TARDIS/Five, companions
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Not the happy-go-lucky orgy you'd think it would be.

To tell the truth, publishing a piece of sexually themed fiction is kind of scary for me. Originally I even planned to participate under a pseudonym, but thankfully [ profile] cavendish talked me out of that. Folks have assured me that "Electricity", despite its content, pretty much reads like a typical Bimo story...
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Title: The Fabric That God Weaves
Author: Bimo
Characters: Ten, Reinette
Summary: Human beings are time-blind

Lots of thanks to [ profile] uktechgirl for beta-reading and kind words :-)

The Fabric That God Weaves )
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Not a real story, more like a loose collection of fragments which came to my mind while walking the spaniel.

Ten, Rose, an odd little planet in the middle of nowhere... )

I'm not sure whether the text makes any sense. Comments are welcome :-)

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Watched New Earth, but didn't really enjoy the episode. Too rushed, too cliched, about five different plotlines hackneyed into one. David Tennant, however, appears to make a fine, interesting Doctor. I'm wondering whether the authors are going to use the Tenth Doctor's overly confident, self-assured behaviour for future story developments.

Tenth doctor, coloured aquarelle pencils, charcoal, scanner ;-) )
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I promised myself, I'd post this little spy mystery sometime before Christmas, and so I'll do. Fifth Doctor Era. Two members of the Trion secret service pay a visit to Vislor Turlough... Lots of thanks to my betas Sam and Whochick!

( [ profile] selenak, just in case you are reading this: Turlough's the guy I told you about when we were discussing unsusual character preferences... )

Servants of the People )
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Even from a few days' distance I'm  not really sure what amazed me most about the short trip to London. The fact that I indeed managed to see a certain well-known ex-Jedi live on stage, or the sheer multitude of great experiences [ profile] cavendish and I tried to squeeze into what was probably a  too short period of time.

As a show Guys and Dolls is a definite winner. Charming plot, delightful tunes, breathtaking choreography, and above all an abolutely marvellous ensemble. Ham  House, the 17th century mansion we visited on our "day out" was equally impressive, though on a completely different level *g*

Oh, and let's not forget meeting up with [ profile] vashtan . I only wish  the last day and our visit at the National Portrait Gallery had been less chaotic. Well, we can always try again, can't we? If you are reading this, just drop me line when you know more details about your stay in Essen. 

But now off to the brief Doctor Who story which has been mentioned in this posting's headline

The 5th Doctor and Tegan, stranded... )
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Fifth doctor, oil pastels and ink )

I did this one about two weeks ago as a pastel only version, but wasn't really satisfied with the outcome. This morning, it dawned upon me to add a layer of ink and set a few highlights. Much better now, indeed *g*


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