Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doctor Who--N is for Nanogenes


Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! My theme is Doctor Who because its the topic my kids voted we do together. We're sticking with people, places, creatures, and episodes from the newer series starting with Christopher Eccleston's (#9) simply because we haven't watched all the Classics...yet.

You can find the list of other participants HERE. I'm #149.

Nanogene--Let's go back to the episode where we first met Captain Jack--The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. We are in 1941 London during the Blitz but there's something else going on that only the Doctor can fix. A little boy is looking for him "mummy" and he leaves a string of empty people in his wake.

As the story progresses we learn its because some futuristic medicine was set free. Nanogenes are a type of sub-atomic robots capable of healing wounds. Unfortunately, they didn't have the correct genetic code to heal the first child they came into contact will.

Here's the end of the two-parter for you enjoyment. I love "Everyone lives!"


Seriously, how can you NOT get caught up in his joy that everyone lives. Just this once. It's a peek inside the Doctor's soul. All the pain he's seen, all that's to come. This hero of ours knows that far too often winning means losing so very much.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Writing Process Bloghop and Doctor Who--M is for Midnight

Scroll down for my A to Z post. 

A few weeks ago Jadie Jones tagged me in a "My Writing Process Bloghop". It worked out nicely that my day to post fell on M day. My official Doctor Who M post is right below the answers to the questions she gave me to answer. 

1. What am I working on?
I'm currently working on first round revisions of The Search For Knowledge, the sequel to THE MAGIC WAKES (WiDo Publishing, 2013). Every time I settle into it something else pops up and I get distracted, but I really want to get lost in Talia's world again. I need to finish revisions so I can start writing the next book in my list of ideas. :) So many ideas, so little time!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The hardest part about Talia's story is it doesn't really fit into science fiction or fantasy. Why? Because it contains elements of both without sitting solidly in either. Even calling it science fantasy doesn't quite fit thanks to the heavy dose of romance. Other than that, I'd like to think the main difference is because I wrote them. 

3. Why do I write what I do?
Because I go crazy if I don't write. Sometimes I can disappear into other people's worlds and be quite happy, but eventually that crazy drive to create something of my own possesses me again. Why do I write what I do specifically? Because I love science fiction. And most of my ideas come from freaky scifi/end of the world type dreams. 

4. How does my writing process work?
Sporadically! No, seriously I just came off a crazy writing binge that lasted 3 months. I finished two drafts during that time and completely revised one of them. During the times I'm not writing I'm mulling ideas over in my head. As the ideas start to solidify I start making notes. 

I'm not really an out-liner, but as the idea becomes more real my notes get more detailed. Sometimes I sketch out scenes. In the last few years I've learned to have an ending in mind before I start writing. A couple of times I've even started with the end and worked my way backwards. Once I have a general idea of the "main" events I start writing. I love discovering the story and characters as I go. 
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I'm supposed to tag three people, but I'd love for anyone who wants to answer these questions to take them and post the answers on their blog. If you do, let me know so I can come learn about your writing process. 


Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! My theme is Doctor Who because its the topic my kids voted we do together. We're sticking with people, places, creatures, and episodes from the newer series starting with Christopher Eccleston's (#9) simply because we haven't watched all the Classics...yet.

You can find the list of other participants HERE. I'm #149.

Midnight (TV show/planet)--Synopsis from TARDIS Wiki "The Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble go to the leisure planet of Midnight for a simple, relaxing vacation. However, life with the Doctor can never be that simple, and things go horribly wrong for the Doctor when he decides to go off on a bus trip to see the Sapphire Waterfall, starting with the bus shutting down. When a mysterious entity infiltrates the shuttle bus, no one is to be trusted. Not even the Doctor himself."

Check out the "kid" in the background of this clip. Yep, it's Colin Morgan from Merlin.



 Mickey Smith--Mickey was originally Rose Tyler's boyfriend who reluctantly ends up traveling with the Doctor for a while. When he realizes that Rose is head over heels for the Doctor, he opts to stay behind in an alternate universe where he can take care of his grandma. When she dies he returns to "his" version of earth. Somewhere along the way, I totally missed that he ends up married to Martha Jones.

I have to say, I really liked Mickey. Liked him more than Martha in fact.


Martha Jones--I think Freema Agyeman is beautiful, but her character Martha  was my least favorite companion. She traveled with Doctor number Ten (Tennant--see how easy that is to remember?) and also developed feelings for him. Maybe this is why I didn't care for her? Following so closely after Rose I just wasn't ready for someone else falling over over him.

In the end, Martha realized the Doctor would never see her the way he saw Rose and opts to leave. She joins UNIT and evidently falls in love with Mickey some time later.

Does anyone know how those two fell in love and when they got married? What episode gave it away?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Doctor Who--L is for The Library


Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! My theme is Doctor Who because its the topic my kids voted we do together. We're sticking with people, places, creatures, and episodes from the newer series starting with Christopher Eccleston's (#9) simply because we haven't watched all the Classics...yet.

You can find the list of other participants HERE. I'm #149.

The Library--I want to go here. Well, at least to the time before it was taken over by the Vashta Nerada (coming up on V day!) This is where we first meet River Song (R day), and what's not to love about a planet sized library! It holds all the books ever written. You could live a lifetime and barely put a dent in the number of books available. If you need a place to jump into the Whoverse, start here with Silence in the LibraryForrest of the Dead.

Lake Silencio-- Situated in Utah, USA on the Plain of Sighs. You've already visited this famous lake where the Doctor dies when we introduced the Impossible Astronaut.

I think it's really cool how so many of River's episodes allude to the Silence (S day!). Even this lake's name is giving you a clue as to what's coming.


"Let's Kill Hitler"--Not the first time we meet River, but this is the episode where she understands who the Doctor really is--in her timeline (we've known and loved her for a long time by this point)--and who she is. This is also where Amy's friend Mels reveals herself to be her daughter Melody. See how complex the Whoverse is!? Here are two short clips from the episode.




Can you tell River is one of my favorite Doctor Who Characters? Maybe my very favorite. If only I could decide!

Who is your all time favorite character?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Doctor Who--K is for Kissing


Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! My theme is Doctor Who because its the topic my kids voted we do together. We're sticking with people, places, creatures, and episodes from the newer series starting with Christopher Eccleston's (#9) simply because we haven't watched all the Classics...yet.

You can find the list of other participants HERE. I'm #149.

Kissing--There's lots of great kissing scenes in Doctor Who. Enjoy!


Madame Kovarian--She's one of those bad guys you love to hate. Deliciously devious. Even though we never fully understand why she decides it's her job, she works with the Silence to kill the Doctor so he never "destroys the universe". She wore an "eye-drive" that allowed her to remember her interactions with the Silence.

She's responsible for kidnapping Amy Pond in order to steal her baby.

Kahler-Tek--This cyborg presented one of the saddest stories in the Whoverse. He volunteered as a subject for experiments to create a weapon to help end the war on his home planet. They put an end to the war in a week, but then Kahler-Tek was damaged and refused to shut himself down when ordered to. He began hunting down the scientists who experimented on him and ended up on Earth in the old West. The Doctor helped him find a purpose once again.




What's your favorite Doctor Who kiss and why?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Doctor Who--J is for Jack and Jagrafess


Welcome to the A to Z blogging challenge! My theme is Doctor Who because its the topic my kids voted we do together. We're sticking with people, places, creatures, and episodes from the newer series starting with Christopher Eccleston's (#9) simply because we haven't watched all the Classics...yet.

You can find the list of other participants HERE. I'm #149.

Captain Jack Harkness--Oh, what to say, what to say? You've already met Jack when we talked about the Face of Boe. He's another of my favorite characters that crossed through Nine and Tens lives. Jack even got his own spin off show Torchwood (another excellent show). Anyway, we all love Jack for the same reason. He smiles, says hello, and well, what else can you do but fall in love.





The Mighty Jagrafess--The Jagrafess was a gigantic, gelatinous creature similar to a slug in shape. It was sentient and able to communicate in a series of growls and screeches. It had a life span of about three thousand years, with sharp, vicious teeth and several vestigial eyes. (from TARDIS wiki) It lived on Satellite Five controlling the progress of humanity starting in the year 199,909 until the Doctor discovered it and put an end to it in 200,000. It would be a bit longer before the Doctor learned that the Jagrafess had in fact been a pawn in the Dalek's long game.

Would you flirt with Captain Jack?
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