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April 8th, 2020


12:52 pm - My Fiction, A List
I feel some measure of organisation is in order and thus I give to you a list, to be updated whenever I write something new. Well, that's the plan anyway.

It strikes me also that you could just use my tags, which I'm pretty good with. Some useful ones may include:

Granada series
The 2009 film
Sherlock Holmes (book related fic)
BBC Sherlock

You can find the rest of my tags here: All tags

And now on to the list:

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Stand alonesCollapse )

Two-or-more partersCollapse )

WingficCollapse )

ArtCollapse )

Just a note in case it's not clear: this is mostly Sherlock Holmes fanfic and features, for the most part, Holmes/Watson in one way or another. Other pairings do appear from time to time. Consider yourselves warned/enticed (delete as appropriate).

Let me know if you spot a link that doesn't work, or if you can't find something; I'm always happy to help more people read my fic ;)
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July 23rd, 2014


08:55 pm - Graduation day!

In which I did not attend the graduation ceremony (£40 to rent robes for two hours, do you think I am made of money?) but went to the Physics Graduation Reception and Prizegiving, and had a really nice day. We started the day with brother #3 taking photos of Mum and I all dressed up before we left, which was fine, and the door blowing shut behind us, which was not so fine because our keys were inside. We had to wake brother #1 up to let us back in. Oops.

Most of my friends, along with a decent number of lecturers, were at the reception/prizegiving event. Everyone had their robes on or were in suits - apart from the lecturers who had obviously just left their offices and wandered over. But overall, people were dressed up and having fun.

Several people made nice comments about my outfit! The head of fourth year turned up in his robes, and I told him he looked very smart; he told me that I dressed up nicely as well, ‘very different from your usual outfit’. (Jeans and a t-shirt.) Apparently, according to someone else, my waistcoat is ‘spiffy’.

The two friends I really wanted to hang out with were there, which was great. We got photos together; I’m happy. Lots of other people said hi, too! It was a nice opportunity to say goodbye to the people I know, and to find out what everyone is doing after graduation.

The prizegiving part was done really nicely, even thought the poor head of department was practically melting on the stand. It wasn’t that formal, there were no bright lights and not a proper stage, but it was obviously warm up there.

There was lots of clapping for everyone, and also whistles and cheers when I went up to collect my prize. It was a hell of a good feeling. The physics group are a great bunch of people, and I regret not getting to know all of them until this year. They’re nothing but supportive, even though I don’t hang out with them that often, and I’ll miss being around them. Everyone is heading different places though, so that’s it!

Mum and I wandered into town afterwards, watched some amazing street drummers who drew a huge crowd, and then headed back.

So, I’ve properly said goodbye to Sheffield and my friends now. Things feel like they are done there. Sorted. Time to move on. University finished!

(Until Canada.)

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April 29th, 2014


10:28 pm - Xena fic: At Your Side, Xena/Gabrielle [Teen]
Title: At Your Side
Pairing: Xena/Gabrielle
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2600
Summary: Post ‘A Friend in Need’ (with spoilers for that episode). Egypt has need of a girl with a chakram, but after she’s been there a while, Gabrielle thinks they got sent the wrong one.
Author’s notes: I suspect it’s pretty common to need to write fic after watching the series finale. It’s probably been done before, but this is my contribution.

Fic at AO3

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April 16th, 2014


04:38 pm - Xena fic: A Hand in the Dark, Gabrielle/Xena [Adult]
Title: A Hand in the Dark
Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 8300
Summary: Post "Is There a Doctor in the House?", Gabrielle is battered and bruised, and Xena's having nightmares.
Author's notes: Thank you [tumblr.com profile] linguini17 for the beta!

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Gabrielle drifted off to the sound of a chuckle, and a hand stroking softly over her hair, and woke in the moonlight to Xena shaking her by the arms, leaning over her and telling her desperately to wake up.

“Thank the gods,” Xena breathed, and clutched her so close that she had trouble breathing for a moment.

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04:38 pm - Xena fic: A Hand in the Dark, Gabrielle/Xena [Adult]
Title: A Hand in the Dark
Pairing: Gabrielle/Xena
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 8300
Summary: Post "Is There a Doctor in the House?", Gabrielle is battered and bruised, and Xena's having nightmares.
Author's notes: Thank you [tumblr.com profile] linguini17 for the beta!

Gabrielle drifted off to the sound of a chuckle, and a hand stroking softly over her hair, and woke in the moonlight to Xena shaking her by the arms, leaning over her and telling her desperately to wake up. “Thank the gods,” Xena breathed, and clutched her so close that she had trouble breathing for a moment.Collapse )

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April 13th, 2014


12:04 pm - Sunshine and dogs
Yay, made it through the week! Scholarship application is nearly done, lab work went well, I feel quite a lot less stressed. No idea how long that'll last, but I'm making the most of it :D

Dog walking remains the highlight of my week. I got to walk my three favourite dogs yesterday: Gretel (the white Staffy mix), Otto (the Boxer cross), and DUNCAN :D

Duncan is the skinny, stressed one who I walked the very first time I went, before Christmas. I haven’t been allowed to walk him for a few weeks because the head volunteer has been working with him. He’s doing better now!

They’ve been working on getting him to walk without pulling at the lead, presumably so that walks are an enjoyable time rather than a stressful one. He’s got a fancy red harness and a slightly elastic lead, and he walks so nicely now.


Medium sized black dog with red harness, viewed from behind.

Medium sized black dog with red harness, head in the grass, viewed from the side.

He’s starting to put weight back on, too. His tail is still lacking fur at the end, and he’s got that bald patch on the top of his head (I have no idea whether the fur will grow back), but I think he’s happier!

I also found out how he got his name. As a puppy, he was found in a river, and rescued by firefighters. Seeing as he was ‘dunked in’ a river, they named him Duncan XD

Gretel is happy and affectionate as ever, and still refusing to go into the woods, where it’s muddy and she’d get her paws dirty. We had a grand old time walking around the housing estates though.

And Otto is warming up to me! He now knocks his muzzle against my legs while we’re walking, which does no good at all, but doesn’t stop him trying. He comes over to me when he gets grass stuck in it as well. (I can cope with pulling grass out, but I keep an eye on what else he’s trying to get his nose into. There are some things I do not want to have to clean off for him.)

When we got back and he was in his kennel again, he pushed his head against the door and let me scratch him through it :D Such a cutie.

The lady in charge chatted with me a bit, too, which was nice. She seems lovely, but I do not feel like a competent adult who can carry on a conversation when I talk to her, or most of the other volunteers there. I can’t work out if it’s because they all think I’m a lot younger than I am, or if I am just really rubbish at talking to them. Oh well, I get on wonderfully with the dogs :D

Three long walks = tired Sproid though. I slept brilliantly.

Today I am finally starting my Xena/Gabrielle fic. It's all planned out in my head, but is not as easy to write as I thought. Partly because it's a new fandom, I think, so my handle on the characters is still in its infancy. But also, I haven't written much this year, and getting back into it is going a bit slowly. I'll get there though - it's just nice to feel inspired!

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April 11th, 2014


10:17 am - Scholarship applications and lab work
That's pretty much been my week so far! I'm far less stressed about both than I was last week though.

My three-day weekend at home did wonders for me. I stayed with my grandparents, to avoid the chaos at Mum's house, which was full of my brothers and brother #2's girlfriend. It was really great to see them all though. Much better than at Christmas! Mum and I got some time together, and I went for lots of walks with my grandparents. All in all, a relaxing weekend with decent amounts of sleep.

The lab has been a bit stressful this week, seeing as our sample has been damaged somewhere along the line. Some parts are OK and do what we want them to though, so all is not lost. The PhD student was not having a good day on Wednesday, but he was alright yesterday. I've discovered that when you're taking measurements that will go into a paper, it's a VERY time consuming process. Quicker with two of us, but the PhD student still felt the need to try an Australian accent to entertain himself.

He's been really great teaching me about everything to do with this project, so I need to a) tell him so, and b) give feedback to our supervisor. If the PhD student hadn't taken the time to explain things to me, and include me in all the parts of the project that he's able to, I would be much more confused about things. (I'm still somewhat confused, but then I hear the PhD student talking to the post-doc sometimes, and I realise that he's just as confused as I am about some things.)

This scholarship application is a pain, but it's on its way to being done. The only part I had to write was the 'applicable skills' section. I gave it a shot, got feedback from prof at Alberta, gave it another shot, and got a version back with 'suggested edits' that pretty much amount to him rewriting it for me. And WOW does he know how to make things sound good. It's so much tighter and more focussed than my attempts. Clearly, I have a lot to learn about writing things for applications.

Still not convinced I have a shot at it. I haven't won any kind of award from my own university, so I would say my chances at getting an external scholarship to fund my entire PhD are slim. Can't hurt to try for it though!

Last day in the lab today! Then tomorrow, DOG WALKING. Mum has started asking about the dogs by name now, clearly I talk about them more than I had realised. DOGS.

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April 1st, 2014


10:45 am - Everything all at once
This week can be summed up by "Everything is stressful now and I don't like it". But also, good things have happened, too! Let's start with those:

Dogs are the best things ever. Dog walking is my favourite part of every week. This week, I got to walk a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who just REFUSED to walk at first. Then the other volunteers told me, "No, really, PULL. Don't look back at him, carry on, he'll follow." We had a great time after that :D He tried stopping a few more times, but I carried on, and half way through he was behaving well enough that I didn't need to keep him so close and could let him go to the end of his lead.

We stopped at the top of the hill for some water, which I needed, and shared with him even though he was probably OK. He didn't seem to mind that I didn't have a water bowl, so had to cup my hand and use that XD Then we had a bit of a rest, and he stayed close for ear scratches. SO CUTE.

I have started watching Xena: Warrior Princess. SO GOOD. SO SO GOOD. BEST DECISION EVER. I have fallen for everything about it. Gabrielle and Xena are the cutest with their hugging, and Xena's fond/amused/loving looks, and Gabrielle's chatter and pluck and standing up to Xena and apologising when she gets it wrong. I don't know if I've been influenced by gifsets I saw on tumblr before watching it, but they are so together and it's beautiful. Ack. I have all sorts of feelings about their relationship. (None of them coherent enough to type out. I have fic ideas though...)

Bad things can be summed up by "Project work is progressing, and that's great, but also means I have to do more things which are new and challenging." The fact that the PhD student said "Hopefully these results will go in a paper" is not helping. I am a BABY UNDERGRAD, I'm only in the lab by myself at the moment because the PhD student has reports to write. I am not convinced that I should be trusted to take measurements alone! Oh well, it'll work out.

I also have a scholarship application to get done for Alberta, which is really stressful. Less so now that I know I don't have to write the research project section, but still, it's making me worry. Applicable skills? Um. I have some, probably. What are they again? (Basically, it'll be all my lab and simulation work, but typing that all out in scientific language so it sounds good is hard.)

Other things include all the deadlines which are approaching (well, they're a month or two away, but there are quite a lot of them for big reports), and then exams. Argh. Fourth year is hard, guys.

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March 17th, 2014


12:36 pm - Weekends get stuff done
Uni work is going slowly at the minute, but other things are picking up a bit.

The lady at the rescue centre I volunteer at agreed to give me a reference, which is good! It’s also slightly odd, because she told me “Find out what the rescue agencies need to hear, type it up for me, and I’ll sign it - I’m sure I’ll agree with whatever you’ve put.” She doesn’t really know me, so I’m not entirely sure how she can justify signing something which will allow me to get a dog in the future. However, as [tumblr.com profile] linguini17 pointed out, she does know that the dogs are always happy and not stressed when I bring them back, which is important.

I’ve e-mailed several rescue agencies in Edmonton to ask about whether I'll need to supply references, and how to do so (telephoning England for a reference would be a bit impractical). Someone from one of the agencies e-mailed back almost straight away, and said, “It’s nice to add another animal lover to our mix. I know it’s a bit premature, but welcome to Canada!”

How lovely is that?!

Also, someone from the year below me has got in touch to ask for information about applying for graduate studies in America and Canada! Yes, person, I am happy to help! Hopefully I’ll be able to give him some useful information. This is what I wanted to be able to do when I came back from America, so I’m glad someone got in touch.

At dog walking on Saturday, I got to walk a 5 year old Staffordshire Terrier that was FULL of energy. He was so bouncy and affectionate! The second I started stroking him, he sat himself down at my feet and just stayed there. I’d take him home if I could :D

Whilst reading up on how to exercise dogs in winter when it's cold, I came across the suggestion that if you can't stay outside for very long, you should supplement the dog's exercise inside the house. Activities include tug of war, wrestling, and running up and down the stairs with your dog. I cannot WAIT to behave like I'm four years old again, but with no parent to tell me to stop :D

I've fallen mildly in love with Australian Cattle Dogs. Not the right dog for me, I couldn't give one the exercise and range of activities that they need, but oh my gosh they are amazing:

Blue heeler puppy
Bigger puppy

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March 12th, 2014


07:26 pm - Things to get excited about
All the staff at Alberta are my favourite people. They’re so quick to reply when I e-mail them, and so helpful!

The professor who will be my supervisor has offered to put me in touch with his students later, for help with finding a place to live. I mentioned that somewhere dog-friendly would be preferable, so that I can get a dog when I'm over there. Surprise! He's also been thinking about getting a dog, and knows all about the rescue centres and humane society there :D I will probably be able to ask him for help when I arrive!

(The two things that are worrying me slighty at the moment are finding a place to live that is up to the standards required by the rescue societies, and the fact that I won't have a car, so I'm not sure how I'd get the dog to the vet for the initial check up. After I've been there a while, if the dog needed to go to the vet, I could get a friend to drive me. And at some point I will learn to drive myself. To start with though, I'll be on my own.)

Project work is going slowly, to the point of mild concern. I'm supposed to be doing 21 hours a week on it. So far this semester, I've been in the lab for about 5 hours. Um. But today I got to go to the cleanroom and observe the PhD student with some of the sample fabrication steps, which was really cool.

Maths homework #2 came back with full marks, but with the comment that my method was not the most elegant one. *grin* I have made a note of the elegant method for the exam (it is definitely a lot quicker than what I'd done). Now we're moving on to functions of a complex variable, and analytic functions. I get the feeling that there is a lot more to the topic than we're being told, which is frustrating, because it feels somewhat abstract to me at the moment. Hopefully we'll get more of a feel for things as the course continues.

In other news, I learned how to skip properly at boxing on Monday. My calves are still sore. I had to get up for a drink in the middle of the night last night, and I hobbled the two feet to the bathroom. Ow. (They've eased up today, but I'm not going back to training until at least tomorrow.)

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