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There – didn’t that month go quickly? Writing wise, I have picked up two possible freelance jobs, and heard a whole lot of nothing from everyone else. I have completed three short stroeis and two articles.
Real life just wanted to get in the way this month. I have been having preventative medical proceedures like colonoscopies and eye exams and visits to my Diabetes doctor … which are all time consuming. There has been a death in my family (one of my aunts, a lovely woman) and the little dog had massive medical problems of his own. In fact, the little dog’s having quite the time of it, but now he is getting better.
I will now be back to posting three or four times a week.
Hey, how about the current season of Doctor Who? Isn’t it amazing? I love Bill and Nardole.
I have 88 rejections, with my goal of 100 rejections, but I don’t hear back as often as I would hope. Still, I have been sending stuff off and getting acceptances. I am going to make my goal for 100 rejections for next financial year as well.
My writing has taken an about turn. For the next month or so, I am going to work hard at freelancing, to see if I can generate an income stream that way. The WiP novels will be going on the backburner for a while. However, short stories and articles will be pouring out of Lynne’s fingertips.
I was inspired to this by John Birmingham‘s ‘How to Be a Writer: Who smashes deadlines, crushes editors and lives in a solid gold hovercraft’ and by some articles I’ve been reading in back copies of the Queensland Writers Magazine. After all, I’ve been looking for work for years now. Time to take more control of my writing career.
The novels will be finished. I promise. But for a month, I won’t be touching them. After that, they will be delegated time depending on what else is happening.
So tonight, I am working on a nonfiction article for The School Magazine.
I like Bill. She is her own woman, and she will NEVER fall in love with the Doctor. She likes him for himself, even when she finds out he is an alien. Pearl Mackie seems to have hit the right note and is off and running as the new Companion. Did you little nod to Ace, in the sense that the Doctor is her Professor? She reminds me of Ace in that she is a fighter, and not a screamer or a whiner.
There are a few reasons Bill reminds of Ace. When we first meet Ace, she is a waitress. The Seventh Doctor took a special interest in Ace’s education, and Twelve has shown a similar interest in Bill’s education. There was an ongoing rumour that Ace was a lesbian (her relationship with Karra), which an overt part of Bill’s characterization. Ace favoured jackets with patches, and so does Bill. Like Ace, Bill isn’t overawed by the Doctor, with my favourite quote from this episode being, “You run like a penguin with its arse on fire.”
Bill aside, I was very taken with the Doctor’s study, and the photos on his desk in particular.
Dear, darling River and his granddaughter, Susan, featured prominently on the desk. For me, seeing those photos was a high-point of the episode, as it showed who was still important to this Doctor’s hearts (two photos for two hearts, geddit?). Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have an day or three exploring the contents of that study. What are the books on those shelves? What are the knickknacks – and their significance? Why the stuffed owl? It is an owl or an alien?
I’m sorry if the plot of the episode seems incidental to meeting Bill and seeing the study. It was a basic ‘monster of the week’ story, with several huge plot-holes. What kind of civilised beings use a conscious fuel for their spaceships? And – for a man who knows the universe – how did the Doctor know so little about the fuel (or those aliens)?
Seriously … Daleks? I couldn’t really see any proper reason for the inclusion of the Daleks.
I did sorry for poor Heather. Incidentally, I have found out that William (Bill) Hartnell’s wife was Heather McIntyre. We all know there is never any coincidences in Doctor Who, so I am sure those names were deliberate choices.
A new Doctor Who episode …AT LAST! I hope Nardole gets the chance to do a little more snarking in the next episode. And I want a macaroon dispenser.