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Calufrax is moving to Dreamwidth

Our poll results were conclusive: you voted 3:1 to move us to Dreamwidth. So, on February 27, we'll relaunch at calufrax.dreamwidth.org, which is already restyled and fully imported with the LJ archives.

What happens next
  • Well, I need reccers, obviously, including one starting February 27. Please sign up over at Dreamwidth! Tell your friends!

  • To encourage more reccers, I am making a rule change: up to 50% of your recs may now be previously recced stories, provided they were recced at least two years ago. The Dreamwidth import preserved all original posting dates, so you'll still be able to tell how long it's been since your fave was recced.

  • Don't have a Dreamwidth account? No problem. They're free, and even if you don't feel like creating one, you can still join the comm via an OpenID-friendly service like LJ, Facebook, Twitter, etc.; you just won't be able to post anything other than comments on your own. You're still welcome to rec by emailing me your recs to post, so sign up today!

  • Don't want to use Dreamwidth, but still want to keep up with the comm? We'll continue to crosspost to Tumblr (once I reset my IFTTT recipe), and I've also set up an RSS feed you can subscribe to here on LJ: calufrax-dw. Just follow that feed to continue seeing posts from the comm.

Any questions? Let me know here or on Dreamwidth.
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Calufrax housekeeping

It's been a while since we were active, which is entirely my fault. (I plead "2016," which isn't an excuse, but is an explanation I suspect most of you will understand.) We are of course out of reccers and need people to sign up -- but before I get to that, let's talk about what happened to LJ at the very end of the year.
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With that out of the way: WE NEED RECCERS. Because this poll affects our location, and people need time to prep recs regardless, let's say that the first reccing slot will begin on January 30. If you want to rec, now's the time to volunteer -- and even if you don't feel like reccing, please do spread the word!

Thanks as always for your patience with me while I sort out these comm details. The comm is quite literally nothing without all of you.
Doctor Who Barbara

Rec: I Can't Stand by merripestin

It's been fun reccing again and I hope everyone has enjoyed these stories as much as I have. (And if you did, don't forget to thank the authors with a nice review!) One more little drabble to rec before my stint is over:

Story: I Can't Stand
Author: merripestin
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 117
Characters: Third Doctor, Jo Grant
Author's summary: Without Jo to make the tea. (hate challenge drabble for lj:dw100)
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a poignant vignette of a moment from an ordinary day for the Third Doctor after Jo has left. In a just a few simple sentences, it beautifully paints a picture of how much he misses her. A top notch, heartbreaking little piece.
Aztec Barbara

Rec: The Silent Land by AJK

Story: The Silent Land
Author: AJK
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 33,156
Characters/pairings: First Doctor, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton
Author's summary: A lost tomb, an archaeological dig, a near death experience and reality starts to slip.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an exciting and suspenseful adventure story that kept me completely absorbed through all five chapters. Set in the interval between Susan's departure and Vicki's arrival, it features the First Doctor, Ian, and Barbara joining an archaeological dig on Earth in the year 1999, and encountering some seemingly supernatural phenomena from Ancient Egypt. Featuring a fascinating dose of Egyptian mythology, using Classic Who's penchant for characters who are physical doubles of our regulars to good effect, and including a good deal of playful and charming banter from our TARDIS team (and a good amount of Barbara/Ian shippiness), this is an entertaining and satisfying story that I'm glad to have stumbled across.
Doctor Who: The Romans

Rec: Fondness by LizBee

Story: Fondness
Author: LizBee
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 738
Characters/pairings: Fourth Doctor/Romana I
Author's summary: "I am rather fond of you," the Doctor said, in an unexpected fit of post-coital affection.
Warnings: none

Recced because: I don't even ship Four/Romana, but this fic was so funny I was willing to go with it. The Doctor and Romana's pillow talk in this is hilariously droll and full of witty jabs at both Time Lord society and their own relationship, and perfectly in character. I could hear both their voices clearly in this dialogue, which is no small feat considering how the banter between Four and Romana I was some of the best of any Doctor & companion team, IMO. It was lovely to hear the flavor of that recreated here. A delightful (if mildly NSFW) read.
Doctor Who Barbara

Rec: Afterward, Clear the Table by Styrofoam monster

Story: Afterward, Clear the Table
Author: Styrofoam monster
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1795
Characters: Jo Grant, The Master (Simm)
Author's summary: AU. Jo Grant has a visitor.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a sad but interesting AU in which an older Jo converses with an oddly familiar visitor who shows up on her doorstep bearing grave news. The ensuing conversation alternates between measured wariness and stark candidness as old wounds and new are brought up, with the passage of time and the burden of grief poignantly leveling the playing field between them for one brief moment. A fascinating character study.
Doctor Who: Ian & Barbara

Rec: Tactile by TigerKat

Story: Tactile
Author: TigerKat
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 106
Characters/pairings: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton
Author's summary: Barbara Wright is a sensible woman. Drabble.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This little drabble highlights Barbara's perspective on the evolution of her relationship with Ian in a subtle yet beguiling way. Cue the shipper feels!
Doctor Who: Victoria

Rec: See Ye Not That Bonny Road by Lyricwritesprose

Hello all! I'm newmoonstar, (aka Meadowlark on Teaspoon), and I'm glad to be back reccing for the next two weeks! I'm going to start with a fic I recently found which has immediately become one of my faves:

Story: See Ye Not That Bonny Road
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 12,195
Characters: Jamie McCrimmon, Eighth Doctor
Author's summary: Jamie McCrimmon is wounded, exhausted, and feels like a stranger in his own head.
Warnings: explicit violence (also spoilers for 'The War Games')

Recced because: Do you ever come across a fic that you read for the first time and immediately say to yourself 'omg, this is perfect'? This is one of those fics. I can't believe it hasn't been recced before, but I'm all too happy to do the honors!

Fresh off my first read of it, I'm still in flail mode, but I'll try to highlight it's strengths with a modicum of clarity:

First of all: Post-War Games Jamie. What happens to companions after they leave is a great subject for fic, and Jamie is a particularly interesting case, seeing as his memory is supposedly erased- but how can all the memories be truly gone after all the ways he's learned and changed? How can he forget the best friend he's ever had? In this story, he hasn't quite forgotten, and the memories come to him in snatches of ideas- and he makes sense of them in the context of his own time and culture. The references to Scottish faerie lore are perfectly fitting, and the attention the author has paid to all the little details made me, as someone who once considered getting a degree in folklore, absolutely delighted.

Second: The Eighth Doctor. The scenes between Eight and Jamie are spot on. Sensitively written, thoughtful, and a little bit heartbreaking, but in a good way. This fic does a beautiful job of highlighting the strength of the Doctor & companion bond regardless of which face he wears.

Third: Kirstie McLaren gets a featured role, in a way that makes her more than just an ancillary love interest to Jamie's story. (And hints at interesting possibilities for the future.)

Basically, this is a beautifully written, touching story, with a great mix of action/adventure and insightful character-based scenes. I could hear all the characters voices perfectly while reading it, and I'm accepting the whole thing as my new headcanon now. If you love Jamie and wish his fate had been different, reading this might be a tonic for some of those War Games blues. (Though I would advise having some tissues handy while reading it- the feels will sneak up on you!) Go forth and read: this fic is the kind of fic that ficcing is all about.
Eleven - A Study in Blue

The Number by Shivver

Story: The Number
Author: Shivver
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2128
Author's Summary: When Clara needs help with her computer to connect to the Internet, she calls a help line. But where did she get that phone number from?
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Other Character(s)
Warnings: Missing Scene

Recced because: I love this author's work. She is another writer who has a tendency to see things we all miss and just run with it - and she runs well! This was inspired by Clara's address and by the phone number that was given to her by someone that led to her adventures with a certain time traveler we all know and love. There aren't many fics out there that tackled this idea. And of the ones that do, there are very few who do so with such style, imagination and fun! To sweeten the deal, there is a surprise character that I know a lot of you love and will make this fiction even more enjoyable than ever. This fiction is set at two different times - before the call and after...and it just rounds it off and makes the piece complete in a bittersweet, lovely way. This is a definite must-read for all! The answer, alas, has already been given on the show, but this was such a fun speculation, we'll dub it timey-wimey and call it 'alternate head-canon' (because it is just too perfect to NOT be head-canon!) I won't give too much away, but they say the first taste brings one back for more...

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See? So enticing! Now go..read...enjoy - and leave some love. And if you have the time, feel free to investigate her other works. They are well worth that time!

PhoenixDragon (aka Mandy)
Eleven - The Doctor and Team!TARDIS

Elemental by Clocketpatch

Story: Elemental
Author: Clocketpatch
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2146
Author's Summary: His friends are stars, burning brightly. They are the earth he clings to. They are ripples across the water. They are his reason.
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, The Doctor (12th), Amy Pond, River Song, Rory Williams
Warnings: None

Recced because: Well, it is no secret (I'm sure!) how much I love this author's work! I love the descriptions, imagery and the way I can see the Doctor (and the Companions!) through her eyes. She always brings her best to the table with every word and sentence - and this is seriously no exception! This fiction describes the Companions (through them, of them) with the image of the elements - and it is extraordinary how she just nails them perfectly...and gives us an ending that is unexpected - and yet makes total sense in the aftermath of the rest of the fiction. I'm not giving this one away - this is definitely (like most of her works!) a Must-Read! Though a little taste to get one started never hurts, yes?

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Go, read, enjoy - and please let her know how much her fiction rocks! I'm sure she will appreciate the Love!

PhoenixDragon (aka Mandy)