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25 September 2016 @ 10:10 am
It’s Oktoberfest time in Germany! My figures enjoy their beer and pretzels. I even have a brass orchestra!

The houses in the background are cardboard packages for wine bottles. I’ve kept them for many years.
Because of her costume Astrid Peth always ends up as a serving lady in my pictures. Sorry Astrid! And the guy next to her looks as if he already had enough ;)

Jack brought both his old and new boyfriend - will that work out? Reason for more beer on John’s part, I guess.

More detailed close-up pictures can be seen in my LJ here: detailed Oktoberfest pictures

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I'd like to start a discussion about an aspect of the Doctor that confuses me.

Why is it necessary for the Doctor to be a tortured soul? Why all the tragedy?

For me, starting back in the Classic Series in the 80's (as an American seeing it on PBS) one of the things I loved about the Doctor is that he seemed to be a mature man who had his shit together.

Sure, he couldn't drive his time machine, and he was always bumbling around and getting things wrong. But within himself, in his soul, he seemed to be such a refreshing character, a man who enjoyed his life, who liked himself, and who, (while having tragedies in his past,) did not dwell on them.

I admired that. I aspired to be like that. To be able to live fully in the now. To be someone who had accepted himself, warts and all, and didn't worry about it. He seemed at peace with himself, whole-hearted in a way not often seen on TV.

Modern life seems to be consumed with worrying about everything. Every character has to have some big "tragedy" or they aren't considered interesting. I find it boring. And predictable. And done to death.

So, that's my question. Why does the Doctor have to be a tortured soul? Wouldn't he be more original in today's TV landscape as a non-tortured soul?

Wouldn't it be nice to have a hero to look up to who was not perfect, but who had the maturity to accept himself as he was, accept his life as it was, and still enjoy life to the fullest? Not in a shallow jesterish way, not as a way of "covering up" his "pain" but simply as a man who is whole hearted? (Instead of "broken" like so many others.)

What are your thoughts? I know, from a writing perspective, it's considered good to have a character who is not perfect and who has conflicts and dramatic things to deal with, but does that mean he has to be tragic?

07 September 2016 @ 10:54 am
Title: A Pleasant Accident
Author: Ragna (scandalbaby)
Fandoms: Sherlock/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor (“John Smith”)/Molly Hooper
Rating: G
Summary: John & Molly go on their first date and Molly has an unfortunate accident which leads to a pleasant surprise.
Authors Notes: Part of my “The Private Lives Of Teachers” series and written for day 3 of Molly Hooper Appreciation Week.
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04 September 2016 @ 02:41 pm

Here is the latest piece. I can be seen at 6.15 just under the "The" of the title card.
30 August 2016 @ 12:59 am
Title: Body Heat
Rating: G
Word Count: 1,931
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing(s): (pre-) Jenny Flint/Vastra
Setting: sequel to The Lizard Womand and On the Case
Summary: Silurians cannot regulate their own body temperature – but humans can.

Link(s): on LJ & on AO3
29 August 2016 @ 09:01 am
Title: Surprise Admittances
Author: Ragna (scandalbaby)
Fandoms: Sherlock/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor (“John Smith”)/Molly Hooper
Rating: G
Summary: After arriving at Coal Hill in what looks like a shambles, Molly agrees to help John look better before he sees his students and ends up getting more than she bargained for.
Authors Notes: Part of my “The Private Lives Of Teachers” series and written for day 1 of Molly Hooper Appreciation Week.
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29 August 2016 @ 06:32 pm

I'm hosting a bi-weekly Amy Pond costume tournament over at my LJ - stop by to cast your vote!
24 August 2016 @ 05:52 pm
I'm the one pretending to be the Doctor miming through the window at Donna.
05 August 2016 @ 08:14 pm
Updated: 5/15/2014
Author’s Notes: Sorry this took a little long. I was moving out from college a few days ago and I’m still unpacking most of my things. Also I’m still looking for a Beta for this story, if you would like to PM me. Tell me what you think. Please review!! The info I use a lot for this story I found at http://vampireacademy.wikia.com/wiki/Vampire_Academy_ Series_Wiki, in case you wanted to know.
Summary: What if the lust charm had a lasting effect on Rose Hathaway, and revealed a secret she never wanted to be told? Somewhat AU fic. Pregnant Fic. Based on the movie and the book.
Charmed by 3sth3r
Disclaimer: I don’t own the Vampire Academy.
Chapter Three: Training with a Russian God
    His mind races as he walked down the halls towards the training gym. There were many things Dimitri want to ask Rose. As he was replaying the night in his mind, he can up with question he wanted answered.
The first one was about the marks he found the next day where his shoulder meet his neck. When he woke up the next morning his left side of his neck and shoulder was throbbing in pain. He looked in the mirror and saw two angry red puncher holes, the size of normal vampire marks. Suddenly, he had questions but over the last two months or so Rose seemed to avoid him and vice versa.
    Dimitri made it to the gym in time to change into his training clothes. He took a deep breath and waited for Rose to come through the gyms double doors.
She shows up five minutes late per usual, however, Dimitri barely notice as he reading his new western. She dressed in her training gear placed her things on the bleachers and began stretching. Since she said talked to Lissa about the whole being possible pregnant thing her mood lightens but then she realized she had training with Dimitri in ten.
Just as she finished she supposed, “Laps?” She turned to Dimitri who had finally put his new book away.
Dimitri nodded, “I will come with you.” He said in a clam voice.
Rose raised her eyebrows in surprise for the last few weeks it seemed the Dimitri avoid her anytime he could especial with laps. She made the mistake of asking if he wanted to come along one week after Lissa was kidnapped. It resulted in an entire training session just running laps around St. Vladimir’s, alone.  
As Dimitri looked up to Rose, she wiped the surprise off her face and nodded. She let him take the lead and trailed after him.
Dimitri ran side by side Rose the entire time during the twenty laps. They never sped up or slowed down, and during that time Dimitri couldn’t bring himself to talk to Rose.
It wasn’t until he look next to him did he realized that Rose was on the ground coughing over the brushes. He ran back over to Rose, just as she began vomiting. “I’m taking you to the medical clinic. But after that we need to talk.” He said calmly like always.
Once was finish she wiped her mouth and took a large gulp of water to clean up. “No.” She stated. Rose try to continue but again she throw up over the brushes.
“You have to go to the clinic.” Dimitri said, his voice stern.
Rose continued to shake her head. “This isn’t something the clinic can help me with.”
Rose for the last few weeks had been splurging on food and on blood. Her thirst for the stuff had increased. Two or three bags of blood lasted her about two weeks normally but lately it been more like three or four days. And this what happens when the blood runs out. Her body starts to reject even human food until there at least some blood in her system, Lissa and Rose found this out the hard way when they were away for the Academy.
    Dimitri took one look at Rose and knew she wasn’t going to make it to the clinic in time and that is if she didn’t fight him. “Fine.” He said in defeat, “If I don’t take you to the clinic, then I want to talk to you.”
    “Now?” She questioned, “You want to talk now. You have avoid me for the last two months or so and now you want to talk.”
    “Yes.” He said. “Do we have a deal?”
Rose looked down at his open hand and considered what he wanted. If she took the deal he might want to talk about that night but then again this might the only time she might get a break from this everlasting demands. “Deal.” Rose shook Dimitri’s hand.
He led her by the hand across the field quickly and into the wood surrounding the school. After a few minutes he stopped and motion for her to take a seat on an old tree stump while he did the same.
“So, what it is you want to talk to me about?”
“Do you remember that night that Victor took Lissa?”
Rose nodded slowly. “Yes what about it?”
“I know, Rose.” He paused looking down at his hands, “I heard you and Lissa in the corridor early about what you said.” Rose froze, now it looks like on top of everything she and Lissa would have to find a better talking spot.
“What did you hear?” The conversation she had with Lissa pretty mush cover almost everything she and Lissa were covering up for in the last two years. plus a band new problem.
“You said that you thought that you were pregnant and that I could be the father.” There was silence for a few moments. Rose wanted to say somethng. “But I want to ask you if it was true or not?” Dimitri looks over at Rose, and meets her eyes. “Rose, are you pregnant?”
“I don’t know.” She said, truthfully. “Over the last few weeks I have been starving out of mind, I’m constantly thirst and my mood seems to be on a roller coaster. I don’t know for sure. That why I wanted to tell Lissa and see if I could prove it.” Rose sighed. “I wanted to keep it secret just in case I was proven wrong. But if I am, the baby is yours.”
Dimitri let out the breath he was holding. There was a large chance that he could be a father. But there was something wrong with this picture. “But I’m a Dhampir and so are you, it’s not possible for us to children together.”
Rose smiled, “That’s exactly what Lissa said.” Rose began stretching her sore muscles in her arms. “But we have a theory about why I might be able to have children with another Dhampir.” She took in a deep breath and said, “We think that I am shadow-kissed.”
To be continued…
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