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Hi! I'm Megan Lavey-Heaton, a writer who is the co-creator of Namesake, co-editor of Valor anthology, and a contributor to other titles such as The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, 1001 Knights and Womanthology. I have also written fanfic under the pen names savvyliterate and DQBunny since 1995. Anyone is welcome to subscribe, but please comment if you would like access to my blog.

What's the difference?

Subscribers only: This is for people who just want to read fanfic or see some general Namesake items. Series I have fic released for include: Doctor Who, Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Inuyasha, J.D. Robb's In Death series, Ranma 1/2, Rurouni Kenshin, Sailor Moon, Slayers, Spice & Wolf. I am primarily a Slayers author. You can find a master list of fic written here and all of the tags on this blog only reflect the fic that I've written and have imported from LiveJournal.

Subscribers with access: This is for people who not only want to read the fanfic, but want to read about my daily life and musings as well.

Again, welcome and enjoy your stay here in this little journal!
savvyliterate: (Luke/Lorelai: Just stand still)
Fandom: Gilmore Girls

Rating: T

Pairing: Luke/Lorelai

Summary: Everything’s changing. But not all change is bad. (season 4 AU)

Chapter summary: Was this a wallowing moment? It didn’t feel quite like a wallowing moment. She’d known this moment was coming for 18 years.

read on fanfiction.net

read on archive of our own
savvyliterate: (Luke/Lorelai: Just stand still)
This story is an AU take on the latter part of “Lorelai’s Graduation Day,” which I haven’t seen too many “what if” takes on that story.

Fandom: Gilmore Girls

Rating: K

Pairing/Characters: Luke/Lorelai

Summary: Early May suddenly turned into August, and couldn’t it be that easy? Just skip ahead through time, and maybe Luke would stop hurting so much

story on ff.net
story on ao3
savvyliterate: (Lina: Headdesk)
So I had to write a Valor update today because we got complaints that the anthology is LBGTQ-friendly. There's been a lot going through my head about this and the feedback we've gotten to it - some very respectful and others being really hurt that we had to address it. I'll let my tweets speak for me ... or I was until Twitter decided that it didn't want me embedding my tweets. *kicks it*

*goes in search of hot cocoa*

Meanwhile, I wrote my first Miss Fisher fic. It's a crossover with Doctor Who, but the setup is perfect:

Title: a thousand miles away from home just waiting for a train | AO3
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005) and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Characters: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson, River Song
Wordcount: 2280
Rating: General audiences
Warnings: no standard warnings apply but it does take place after the final episode of series 3 for "Miss Fisher," so spoilers abound. For River, these events take place after “The Angels Take Manhattan.”
Summary: “I’m here, Detective Inspector, to pay back a debt to you and Miss Fisher. Though I suppose really you were paying off a debt to me, but those are semantics for you. My husband would be ever so cross if he knew that I was doing this, but this is what’s meant to be.”
savvyliterate: (G'Kar: Listen to G'Kar)
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OK! So the announcement that Alex Kingston will be headlining two new series of Big Finish audios is super huge news for fans of New Who, but seeing River Song (with the 8th Doctor!) stories is the icing of a supremely amazing cake that Big Finish has unveiled over the past few months. This includes other announcements such as:


This is an excellent place to start with Big Finish! Here’s everything you need to know about Big Finish:


What is Big Finish?
It’s a company that’s been releasing Doctor Who audio dramas since 1999. At first, the stories featured just the 5th Doctor, 6th Doctor, 7th Doctor and 8th Doctor. In 2011, the 4th Doctor hopped on board and now there’s several series featuring him.


In addition to the classic Doctors, all but one of the surviving companions from the classic era (and a few now deceased) have participated in a Big Finish story. David Tennant, Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) and Bernard Cribbins (Wilf) have appeared in various supporting roles (but not as their on-screen characters). As part of the 50th anniversary, Big Finish released audio stories narrated by Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald).


Big Finish also has a number of spinoffs featuring the original companions created for its dramas, such as Bernice Summerfield (another kickass time-traveling archaeologist), stories centered just around the companions, an entire 7-series Gallifrey collection featuring Romana, Leela and later-on Ace and more. 


Are the stories canon?
Your mileage may vary, since Doctor Who’s canon is so debatable but Steven Moffat made at least the Eighth Doctor’s Big Finish adventures canon when he had Eight remember his companions from the audio series during his regeneration. Plus, one Big Finish episode used as the basis of a New Who episode (see recs below) and a lot of the writers for the audio dramas also write for the TV series.


As Moffat was the one to suggest River’s role in the new collections, it’s safe to assume that the River Song audios are part of her story canon. 


What are the productions like?
They’re fully produced stories, with multiple actors and sound effects. It’s like listening to an audiobook, but better. There are original companions, and they are all amazing. You can get them either via digital download or CD.


Can I try it out before I pre-order?
Yes! Here’s the first episode of the first Eighth Doctor series for you to try out.

Click here if you can't see the link on the post itself.

Big Finish also has a collection of free episodes available on SoundCloud.


How much does it cost?
Pre-orders are $20 for digital and $31 for audio CD (the Torchwood ones are less). However, Big Finish has frequent sales and is constantly offering various adventures for $5 US for the digital copy and a little bit more for the CD. But if you want to show your support for these series, please pay full price when you can.



There’s so many! Where can I start? This was my problem and kept me from trying Big Finish for years. Personally, I recommend you start with the 8th Doctor. His stories are a lot like New Who stories, and his companions (Lucie Miller, Charley Pollard, etc.) are my favorite. Here’s five stories to start you off:

  • The Blood of the Daleks: Part 1: This is the first story with the 8th Doctor and Lucie Miller and is very similar in spirit to series 1 of New Who. Fans of Rose Tyler should enjoy Lucie Miller, who reminds me of a cross between Rose and Donna in all the good ways.
  • Storm Warning: The first story with the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard. 
  • Shada: The Eighth Doctor and Romana. How can you not love this? This is the episode that never finished filming because of a TV strike during the 4th Doctor’s era.
  • Jubilee: This drama was adapted as “Dalek” in series 1 of New Who. It’s one of the best episodes in the Big Finish run and features the 6th Doctor.
  • The One Doctor: Another stellar outing with the 6th Doctor, and pretty much Colin Baker gets to be the version of the Doctor he was never allowed to be on TV. It’s also received rave reviews and is only $3 to purchase.


Here’s some recs from other people:


There’s a ton of material out there on Big Finish, so please check it out!


savvyliterate: (Books: Shiny)
 Since the next three and a half months will officially be the longest ever, here’s my rec list of Twelve/River fanfics to read. A good deal of these are M-rated, as we figured the Doctor and River would have a lot of making up to do after 1,000 years on Trenzalore.
 
Pretty much everything that mygalfriday has penned on the couple, but these three are my diehard favorites:
And from other folks:
And these are the Twelve/River fics I’ve written:
savvyliterate: (Chi: Keyboard takeover)
While hunting to double-check a reference for a future page, I ran across a Calliope aside from April 2011, when we were still in book 1 and Calliope wasn’t been seen a lot:
 
Alice: “I haven’t done anything for FOUR MONTHS.” ARE WE EVEN MAIN CHARACTERS ANYMORE?????
Jack: Awww, Al, it’s not that bad.
Alice: Say you. It’s only been two months since we’ve seen you!
Jack: You know what they say, baby. I drive up the page views. *wink*
Wendy: ALICE. Remember, Jason said no decapitating Jack with the vorpal sword … again.
Alice: Last time didn’t count! It was a clone!
Lemuel: Well, not so much a clone, but a Jack animatronic that I cobbled together. Sure looked realistic, huh?
Jack: I was impressed that you made it anatomically correct … and I’m never going to share a gym locker with you again.
Alice: *fume*
 
I also found one of the earlier drafts of chapter 1. Isa ordered me to burn it. How can you burn Gmail? Oh well! FIRE. *skips off*
 
Note: My husband glanced over as I typed that last sentence and went, “Well, that’s not worrying at all.”
savvyliterate: (Chi: Keyboard takeover)

Hi, folks! Isa and I wanted to chat with you a little bit today about Comic Rocket.

We have several readers who use this service wonder why Namesake is no longer listed. We don't have anything against Comic Rocket. Isa's been chatting with the folks for several weeks, and they're really nice. However, we've chosen not to be with Comic Rocket because Hiveworks is developing its own reader tools where all the profits go directly to the creators -- in other words, me and Isa and the other artists and writers who work with Hiveworks. Some of those tools include its own mobile app, where the ads on it generate money that go directly to Hiveworks' artists and authors.

Why? Are we being greedy?
Things like this always sound like we're being greedy. But, let me clue you guys in on something brewing behind the scenes -- Isa and I are trying to figure out a way for both us to work on comics more. Isa recently took a new job, helping to run Hiveworks, that will give her more time to do art. We also want me to have more time to write Namesake. But to do that, we have to replace part of my income, as I currently work a second job outside of my day job and Namesake to ensure the cats don't murder me and my husband in the middle of the night. Because they will.

We have a ton of comic ideas. I spent several days in Montreal with Isa last week working on Namesake and laying out the groundwork for a couple comics: one is the Chiseri/Adora short story that's the Kickstarter extra and another is a comic scheduled to debut at TCAF next year if we're accepted. We also have a few other planned projects that are being guarded fiercely by both Alices with their swords. We want to do more cons. We love comics, we love telling stories, and we especially love telling those stories together. But, we also need the time to tell those stories, and that's a precious commodity right now because both of us are so busy supporting our families. Thanks to Hiveworks giving us the best ads they can and to them promoting us, they're helping to make a future possible where we can dedicate more of our time to creating comics.

But, we supported a Kickstarter that made a lot money. Doesn't that help you?
 It sure did. All that money went into the printing and shipping of the books. The Namesake printing costs alone was nearly $22,000, which was 3/4s of the Kickstarter money. All the extra money beyond that is going to creating rewards and shipping the books -- which got a bit more expensive thanks to the post office raising their rates this year. That money wasn't, and was never intended to be, something we actually live off of. Once all the Kickstarters are sent, the money from the remaining books will go to me and Isa.

We love you guys immensely, you all know this. I hope that those who had utilized Comic Rocket to read our comic will continue to do so despite the inconvenience, and none of this was taken with any malicious intent. I love the idea of both them and inkOUTBREAK, where Namesake is still listed. It's nothing personal, both Isa and I just want to be able to afford to keep telling the best stories that we can.

savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)
Word Count: 8,348
Rating: T
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory, Vastra/Jenny, Strax

Notes: Since “The Name of the Doctor” aired, I’d been wondering if originally Amy, Rory, and a younger River were meant to go there, that Steven Moffat had to change his plans once Amy and Rory were written out of the series. I wondered how it would work, and the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] kehwie suggested I write an alterate realty exploring what would have happened, in the vein of similar episode rewrites I’d done for series 7a. I originally didn’t plan on it, but the opening scene came to me and it didn’t stop. Thanks for the inspiration, Kehwie! Note that if you haven’t seen “The Name of the Doctor,” you will be spoiled silly.

Summary: “The doors require a key. The key is a word. The word is the Doctor’s. But not just his. The key is a word lost in time. A secret hidden in the deepest shadow and known to him alone, but there is another who shares that secret. And she’s standing before me.”

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach
savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)
Word Count: 2,296
Rating: M
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Clara

Notes: This fic takes place after “The Name of the Doctor,” so heavy spoilers if you haven’t watched the episode. But if you have seen it, then this fic is a dose of medicine for you.

Summary: When it was all said and done, he went to the other place he vowed to never go.

Sometimes goodbye is a second chance

And as for the finale itself, I have a lot of feelings on it, but I want to muse about River below the cut.

River, the Doctor, and what happens next )
savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)

Word Count: 10,529
Rating: T
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/Melody Pond, Amy/Rory, Donna Noble, Martha Jones
Notes: This story explores the concept of what happened if Oswin accidentally erased a little too much in her efforts to wipe the Doctor from the record books in "Asylum of the Daleks." This is the first in a series.

Summary: At the age of 4, Melody Pond's parents disappeared. She spent the next 20 years looking for answers until she was saved from a statue in Central Park by a strange man. There was something between them, a history, a life, an eternity. He had fallen out of the sky and into her heart, and something bound them far more than knowing Amelia Pond and Rory Williams.

Melody Pond and the Man Who Fell From the Sky


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Ugh, I have been lax about posting anything lately. OK, I promise something substantial soon, but until then here's fic.

savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)

Word Count: 4.843
Rating: K+
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory
Notes: This was a fic I never really intended to write, until kerjenfanfic  tagged me in a post and pointed out had the Angel in the study been stronger, River would had been caught in the same Angel food trap along with Rory. How would the Doctor have handled this? It's an interesting thought, and I decided to tackle this.

All familiar dialogue is not my own, but comes from the transcript of "The Angels Take Manhattan" by Steven Moffat. All hail the Moff. I also wove in several of the scenes that were cut during the editing process that wound up being printed in the latest "Eleventh Doctor Companion." One in particular had the Doctor elaborating a bit more on why the Winter Quay was there.

The story title is from Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." Second time I've used this song for a fic title, but it fits

Many thanks to Charina and Pam for the beta!

Summary: She waited for him. She would always wait for him. It was the Pond thing to do – to wait, to hope, to believe, to fight. She would always look for a way out, and she would never give up, no matter how much the bitterness in her heart grew. Because she was a Pond.

"I fall behind, but the second hand unwinds"

savvyliterate: (Chi: Keyboard takeover)
By request, this is the first draft of the prologue of Namesake. It existed as prose to begin with. I didn't move to a hybrid prose/script draft until chapter 1.
Date written: April 7, 2010
Read under the cut )
savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)

Word Count: 16,395
Rating: M
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory, Brian Williams, Kate Stewart, the Ponds, Clara
Notes: This started as an alternate retelling of "The Power of Three," but then turned into something more. The title comes from the musical phrase "ossia," which is a musical term for an alternate passage to be played instead of the original passage and "encore," which is a musical term for playing something again. Every positive number has two square roots.

Any recognizable dialogue in the story comes from the transcript of "The Power of Three," written by Chris Chibnall. This contains spoilers for a monster appearing in the finale of series 7b.

Summary: River thought of the look the Doctor had given her four days earlier, how sad he had been when he’d seen her with her parents. As much as she wanted to travel, as much as she wanted to throw him onto the closest horizontal surface and sate the itchy, crawly desire that had been getting worse, her gut knew the truth. Something had happened to either her or her parents, and her time with them was running out. She needed to stay.

Ossia and Encore to the Square Root of Three
savvyliterate: (Lina/Gourry: Jellyfish moment)
I feel the sudden urge to nest. Like, go hibernate in a library with a bunch of books and all my writing notes and just think for a day or two. Aka, I must be in procrastination mode. Still, it's kind of nice. I'm trying to sit and do an overhaul on my Namesake notes. I have a master Namesake file in Scrivener, but I also have assorted bits and bobs of plot, world building, characters, and the like in emails, chat logs and various notebooks. Every so often, I go, "Oh, I need to compile more of this stuff together," do it for a bit, then go back to the notebook.

Namesake's world has gotten so big and complex that I am not quite sure how Isa keeps it straight in her head. Or in my head, actually. So, I'm trying to do a proper series bible by tying all our notes together. It's good because during the Oz arc, we pretty much knew the story cold. Now we're going into the uncharted territory and expanding our world, and it's nice to see the layers be added to the framework of the original story. The series bible is being done in Scrivener, with a supplemental timeline in Aeon Timeline. And then, I'll go back to scribbling stuff in notebooks. And naming our arcs after Mario worlds. Actually, I turned Namesake into a Zelda game last night.

Me: THE LEGEND OF EMMA.
Isa: hahaha
Me: Instead of pieces of the Triforce, she goes around collecting pieces of stories.
Me: Anlise: Master using it, and you can have this! *hands over Hercilia*
Me: Emma: God damn it.
Me: Hercilia: Oz damn it!
Isa: It's dangerous to go alone, take this *hands warrick*
Me: Bwhahaha
Me: Ozma: It's a secret to everybody

I have tomorrow off work. I think in addition to tying up the last loose ends on Namesake vol. 2, I'm going to also play the Legend of Zelda. Because I now have the theme from Zelda II: The Adventures of Link running through my head.
savvyliterate: (Hetalia: I did this!)
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So, I love tea. I also travel quite a bit. You never know when you'll be standing somewhere wanting a nice, hot mug of tea. Or, you'll eat something that messed with your stomach and find yourself rooting through your bag for that packet of chamomile you stashed. Right, you need an emergency tea stash.
There are a few travel tea kits out there. Teavana has one for $25, but that's a bit too expensive and bulky. Then, I came across this blog post. This wonderful lady had created her own travel tea kit by sewing a little boxy pouch from this tutorial. It's little and perfect for tucking into a purse or bookbag.
What you'll need for your travel tea kit:
  • 1 small, boxy pouch (tutorial here)

  • Tea! These pouches will easily fit two of the 2 oz. Adagio sampler tins or a mix of other items. I have nine pouches of tea (chamomile, hot cinnamon spice, and maple) and an old Adagio sampler tin cleaned and filled with DAVIDsTEA chocolate chili chai.

  • Travel filters if you have loose-leaf tea. You can find them at your local tea shop or through a place like DAVIDsTEA.

  • A tiny scoop (optional). If you happen to have a tiny scoop laying about, that'll be perfect. Or, you can use the extra room in your pouch for a small timer, though I use my iPhone for that. Or, just cram in a few more tea pouches if you're going to be away from home for awhile.
Click to see photos of my kit coming together. )
savvyliterate: (Lina/Gourry: T3h SQUISH!)
Word Count: 4,125
Rating: M
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Clara, Jack
Notes: This is the sequel to “The lone and level sands stretch far away”. The ending is inspired by a lovely piece of fanart from okashishii. Many thanks to Charina and Pam for the beta!

Story title is from Maya Angelou’s “I know why the caged bird sings.”

Summary: A real marriage wasn’t all fairy-tale picnics and ice-skating on the River Thames. It had fights and periods of stony silence. It also had times when you watched your husband be smitten with his younger companion and wonder if, despite his pleas to let him make things up to her, that he would be really happy with someone else.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown

savvyliterate: (Lina/Gourry: T3h SQUISH!)

Word Count: 5,503
Rating: T
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Kahler Jex, Isaac, the Gunslinger, Amy and Rory
Notes: This is a "what if?" rewrite. What if River had been the companion for "A Town Called Mercy" instead of Amy and Rory? What would have changed? This was brought on by a discussion with Charina over chat, and this entire story poured out in a couple of hours.

All recognizable dialogue comes from the episode itself, using the following transcript and should be credited to Toby Whithouse. I just played around with it.

The story title comes from season one of Babylon 5, but originally comes from "The Merchant of Venice."

Summary: It was one of those trips the Doctor liked to take with River when her parents were either at home or sleeping on the TARDIS. In this case, it was sleeping. He had picked up her up from Stormcage with the promise of attending the Day of the Dead festival in 1895, before taking the Ponds out for breakfast. But, he had gotten toast crumbs on the console, and here was where they landed.

The Quality of Mercy
savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)
Word Count: 4,609
Rating: T
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Jack Harkness, Clara Oswald
Notes: This is set at an undetermined point in series 7b. No spoilers as long as you know that Clara is the companion.

Summary: River had enough Ph.Ds to know that it was their grief over so many things bubbling to the surface: her parents’ death, their mishmash of a marriage, and enough emotional baggage to fill Space Titanic. The Doctor showed his grief outwardly, and she buried everything deep inside her until the pressure was too much. So, she’d gone out for milk … and hadn’t been back.

The lone and level sands stretch far away
savvyliterate: (Doctor/River: Hello)
Title: We'll keep on dreaming as long as we can
Word Count: 4,619
Characters: Eleven/River, Amy/Rory, Brian, Vastra/Jenny, Strax
Rating: G
Spoilers: This fic takes place between "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" and "A Town Called Mercy" for the Doctor, River, Amy, Rory, and Brian. For Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, it's a year before "The Snowmen," and they have already seen a post-TATM Doctor. I'm also hand-waving "The Power of Three"/"P.S." and have Brian knowing about River in this fic.

Summary: “How would you like to help me plan the wedding of a Silurian who was awaken by the expansion of the London Underground and a match girl who became her maid?”

We'll keep on dreaming as long as we can


Title: And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt
Word Count: 1,731
Characters: Eleven/River
Rating: G
Spoilers: This happened to coincide with the BBC's advent calendar releasing a cute story of the Doctor and Harry Houdini. In the second part of the story, the Doctor ripped open his shirt to reveal ... what you'll see below!

Summary: It took a couple hundred years before either of them could begin to discuss Lake Silencio with anything other than extreme guilt, dour looks, and River excusing herself to vent her emotions on a gun range. It was in both of their natures to handle the hardships of their lives with levity, but even this seemed to be crossing a line.

And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

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