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New fic - BtVS/DW crossover - "Dawn of the Doctor"

Edited to add: I appear to have double posted, so I've taken other entry private. Sorry for the confusion.

I have fic. I can't quite believe it. I've mostly been working on original fictions, but recently [personal profile] revdorothyl asked me why some of my Doctor Who stories weren't on Twisting the Hellmouth. (Answer: laziness) When I went looking for the html files, I found this and realized it needed only minimal work to be ready for publication.

Title: Dawn of the Doctor
Author: Miss Murchison
Word count: About 2400
Pairing: None, completely gen fic and probably rated G. Weird, huh?
Thanks: to [personal profile] keswindhover [personal profile] revdorothyl and for beta

Summary: This is a sequel to my previous BtVS/Doctor Who crossovers:
Who's the Doctor? with the tenth You-Know-Who,
Where's the Doctor? which in the BtVS world is second, but involves the fourth Doctor, and
Buffy and the Dalek Slayers, in which the seventh Doctor and Ace appear.

This story falls in between "Who's the Doctor?" and "Where's the Doctor?" in the BtVS timeline, but involves a meeting between the ninth Doctor and…well, you've read the title, right?



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jailbird

How do you have a "missed connection" at home?

I haven't been single in decades, so someone needs to explain this to me. Specifically, the top Indiana result. I understand how you can see someone in a store, on a train or at the gym and miss your chance to hook up. Hawaii wins for having many of those fleeting encounters that leave the romantic or just plain horny wanting more on the beach.

But how do you have a missed connection at home? I'm imagining lots of Indianans scoping out their brothers and sisters-in-law over Thanksgiving but never quite doing the deed because that annoying sibling kept walking by. Or maybe they regret not propositioning the plumber?

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Gay people are too responsible to be allowed to marry

That's the stand of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the legal brief they provided to the Supreme Court.

Marriage should be limited to unions of a man and a woman because they alone can "produce unplanned and unintended offspring," opponents of gay marriage have told the Supreme Court...

Conservative attorneys did not argue that gays or lesbians engaged in "immoral" behavior or lifestyles. Instead they emphasized what they called the "very real threat" to society posed by opposite-sex couples when they are not bound by the strictures of marriage.

So opposite-sex couples are such a danger to society they need to be bribed or coerced into marriage, whereas same-sex couples don't? This is the most bizarre twist on the "But think of the children!" theme yet. (As opposed to the "Biological families are the only real families!" argument, which is merely disgusting.)

I get that they're looking at this from the point of view of public policy and encouraging the kind of behavior that benefits society. But setting aside that they're ignoring all the benefits of marriage that don't have anything to do with raising children, I'm having a hard time understanding why a same-sex couple who adopts one of those unplanned kids isn't entitled to the same rights as the feckless opposite-sex couple who made the baby in the first place.

If they mean that unplanned children need more of society's protection, shouldn't they be arguing that only people who forget a trip to the drugstore be allowed to marry? Or mandating shotgun weddings?
 
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Valerie Z Lewis Memorial Award

valerie_z's sister has posted information about a memorial fund:

As a tribute, we have set up The Valerie Lewis Memorial Award for
Excellence in Creative Writing. In this way, her life's work and her
influence on her students can continue. Checks can be made out to Mercy
College, memo: Valerie Lewis Memorial Award and mailed to Mercy College,
English Program, English Program, c/o Frances Biscoglio, 555 Broadway,
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.


She also posted a link to the obituary.

A page has been created at Fanlore.
innocence

Sad news about valerie_z

keswindhover told me some terrible news this afternoon. valerie_z's sister talula728 has posted that Valerie was hospitalized due to a drug interaction. In the comments she states Valerie was declared dead today.

Valerie was a delightful spirit and a wonderful writer. She also provided a playground for the BtVS fandom with her Band of Buggered forum. She had only two rules: 1. Don't do anything illegal and 2. No Creed. I met many people on that board who are my friends to this day. My heart goes out to her family.
jailbird

So I wrote a book

This is my first post in ages, although I've been reading and commenting a bit. I was also gifted with a Kindle a while back and found myself reading actual books rather than fanfic, leaving me less to chatter about in my journal. I discovered some M/M romance authors whose work I really enjoyed, and, as is my habit, I started writing in the genre I was reading. The result pulled itself together into a book, and one day I emailed it off to a publisher. I expected it to come back with some comments about why it wasn't acceptable, and then I'd either rework it or move on to the next thing.

They published it.

The Boys and the Bees is available on Amazon or direct from the publisher, in paperback and ebook formats. It's a simple story (the reviews at Goodreads agree about that) about two guys from Iowa who meet by chance years after they were in high school together.

I'm still a bit in shock over the whole thing, to tell you the truth.
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Help Us Support Planned Parenthood

Originally posted by appomattoxco at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
Originally posted by coffeeem at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood
Note from me: I was initially suspicious about this, since the notice below doesn't say how much of one's V-gift donation actually goes to Planned Parenthood. But I found the answer in the original post's comments: 100%. All the money you spend to shower your friends with Planned Parenthood v-gifts will go to Planned Parenthood.

For those of you who don't approve of Planned Parenthood, your response is easy: Don't buy one of these. None of your LJ subscription money goes to PP. If you'd rather donate an equivalent amount to an adoption charity, or another organization providing inexpensive or free medical assistance, please do; all charity organizations are hurting for funds in this economy.

Originally posted by theljstaff at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood


Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.

                    

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jailbird

What should I do with my uterus?

I knitted a uterus while watching TV tonight. I was going to send it to one of my Senators, but I know he won't pay attention and he's not the worst of the lot when it comes to legislating against reproductive rights and women's health. Besides, he already knows I hate him. (I have his office on speed dial. And I'm always polite. Just politely negative.) My other senator and my rep are pretty decent guys. Anyone have a really awful rep or senator they'd like me to gift with his very own uterus so he can stop paying so much attention to ours?

jailbird

Prop 8 is unconstitutional

Good news

It's seemed clear it was unconstitutional, with even conservative Constitutional scholars arguing against it, but now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has spoken.

Cue "activist judges" rhetoric in 5, 4, 3...

I love this wording:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort."