purlturtle asked:

for the ship ask, since I didn’t go with them: B’elanna and Seven?

I have to be honest I hadn’t really thought about them too much until I saw some B7 posts. They interact so rarely 🙁

But the more I thought about them, and the more posts I read – I’m sorry I know I should link them but I’m not sure I reblogged them (I know, I’m mad at myself too) so they are long lost and tumblr search is garbage. Anyway, it just seemed to make sense.

They are outsiders – half Klingon, half Borg. Both struggle with that dual nature and that they don’t fit. For B’elanna she’s too human to be Klingon, but too Klingon to be human. I wonder sometimes how much of her famous “klingon temper” is performative, and more out of frustration than anything. One of the amazing metas I read talked about klingon courting, and how B’elanna was a poet (which is the role males take in klingon society).

As someone who has internalised a lot of societal bullshit, I feel like B’elanna doesn’t accept herself. It’s hard to say given when Voyager aired whether it was so heteronormative due to the time period, or if those attitudes do still have hold of parts of the Federation. Given how different B’elanna feels because of her heritage, I wonder if she didn’t do any sort of self-analysis, and pushed away anything that didn’t fit the very traditional mould, as she wants to be ‘normal’ (in her eyes) in one area. Hence clinging to her relationship with Tom even though it doesn’t seem to make her happy. Like she doesn’t think relationships should be happy.

Contrast this with Seven who as Borg I’d argue had no real concept of gender or sexuality – they were Borg and that’s all that mattered. But her guide to all things ‘human’ was the Doctor who was very cis hetero in what he pushed on her. I’d say she tried to adapt, thinking what the Doctor said was the way, only to learn later she had some stuff to unlearn. That the world wasn’t that rigid and she could make her own choices. That they weren’t wrong – that there is no wrong, only preference.

I would love to explore a concept of how B’elanna and Seven could have worked while still on Voyager. They definitely had their moments. I love how B’elanna respected Seven enough to be honest. There was that exchange where B’elanna told Seven she was rude but it was without judgement. Or when they talked about going back to Earth and B’elanna pointed out as a Marquis she wouldn’t be welcome either, aligning herself with Seven.

However, I feel that anything more than friendship with them is most likely to evolve post-return. We don’t know I think for sure (possibly novels covered it, but I don’t know how ‘canon’ they are?) what happened to B’elanna. I personally headcanon that she didn’t rejoin StarFleet but that Tom did. Instead B’elanna moved into some kind of R&D engineering because she is brilliant. At the same time we know that Seven started drifting and ended up with the Fenris Rangers. I feel like B’elanna and Tom’s marriage wouldn’t survive the long-distance, the pressure from Tom’s family, their different career goals etc. I think it’s possible they had a second “let’s stay together” child, and then realised they worked better as co-parents/friends.

Also I feel like B’elanna, away from Voyager, and faced with bringing up another part-klingon (or two), and as all good parents do wanting better for her kids, finally had the space and the inclination to do a little soul-searching. I think the Voyager crew maintained some sporadic contact. We know Harry gave Seven a model of Voyager. So B’elanna hearing Seven is in the sector and going “hey want to get drinks” is perfectly plausible. Not as a date, just as friends catching up, but then they talk (and drink) and they do have a lot in common. Going back to what I said at the start about not fitting in this world, not being any one thing, and so a foot in both camps and at home in none.

I can’t see them as a “happy ever after” type romance. I feel it would be more like “sometimes girlfriends” as everytime they are on the same ship/planet they’d hook up. Not serious, and not exclusive, but over time it becomes perhaps one of the more stable and long-term relationships that either of them ever have. They don’t live together, but if anything happens they know they can call, and the other will be there no questions asked.

So yeah I ship them.

You know what I am still stuck on how the time travel in the Timeless movie just does not make sense.

My understanding of it pre-movie was that if either Time Machine went back it created some kind of temporal tunnel. However much time they spent in the past, passed in the present. This ‘being out of time’ is what enabled them to keep their memories. I had thought though that memories was all it was. Because if they kept their original body then what happened to the body of the new timeline? Wouldn’t there be two of them?

Everytime they go back it’s to the past of the present timeline – not the past of their original timeline. So, I don’t know, pick a change – that female Sherlock Holmes. Because they changed things she became a leader of women’s suffrage. If they went back and saw her again a year or two later, it would be on this new path, not her original one.

So going back to give Flynn the journal and have it kickstart the whole thing makes zero sense. The journal that they gave him would contradict anything he knew about history – to him in their past it would already have been changed. Also it looked like the journal future Lucy handed over which makes it a lie. It talks of a future that they never lived (the relationship). Which makes it kind of a paradox in itself because how can they have this relic from a future that never was?

I always figured that the reason they returned to the bunker was that nothing they changed in the past, fundamentally altered the course of their lives. So they still got recruited for the mission. Surely though with such big changes like Jessica having been alive again, then that might not have been the case? Could they have ever returned from a trip and had Agent Christopher be “who the hell are you?” to one of them because they never got recruited? How would that even work as Agent Christopher would have remembered whomever they had recruited going on the trip, what would have happened to the ‘new guy’?

I’ve always been a little iffy on how the world changes / Agent Christopher remembers the new history, but somehow still knows where they have gone in time. I do struggle with how they still go when it wasn’t really them, it was the them in the world that they created as well.

They might have explained this in the opening episode? Some kind of temporal entanglement maybe? I’m just picturing the new version of them from the changed timeline, almost being piloted like zombies. They are jumping but don’t know why. They strap in and then when the machine jumps, all machines sort of combine/overlay/become one. Of course this doesn’t explain how a person can be scrubbed from existence. Like they wiped Amy out yeah? Well what if it had been Lucy? On returning to the present would she just fade like dust? Or would she – like the journal – somehow still exist as a relic out of time? Protected because she exists in the past, so she has to exist in the present.

That still does not explain how they never went to Chinatown. I do not understand how Rufus never went and is still alive, and yet somehow Carol and Nicholas are still dead. Or how if it never happened Jia bears marks of it on her body. As I said if they aren’t in the bodies of the new changed world, then why aren’t there two of them?

I told you I’m going to fry my brain. I woke up at 5am and started writing this post. It’s been bugging me all night. I could continue. There is so much that just does not make sense. It’s aggravating /sigh. But I will leave it there for now.

Ok Episode Two time of the Timeless movie.

Just realised I probably should have said I’m not a Wyatt fan, and I like Flynn and Lucy upfront. Oh well.

I don’t think I’m ever not going to be stuck on all the paradoxes. Episode One is just… no sense, logic is not found. I get that time travel is like that but I think it made sense in season one.

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Ok buckle up. I just realised that I never actually watched the Timeless movie. So I’m going to watch and live ramble.

I wrote a fic theorising on how they managed to time travel within their own lifetime when it wasn’t supposed to be possible. Like a post-season 2 fic.

Ok anyway starting rambles! Episode One.

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So all this stuff with WoW Remix got me thinking about the hear treadmill. Now I don’t care about it – at all. I never have. I participate in it because it’s part of the game and it’s impossible not to, but it’s not something I care about in of itself. It’s not why I play.

I explained this badly when it came up in my guild discord but I just had a thought which I think expresses my view better.

I imagined the question being posed to me of “so you think somebody running solo in story mode, should be able to get the same rewards as someone completing a mythic raid then?” and you know what – I actually do.

A great example of this is PlayStation games. PlayStation games. Take say the Marvel Spider-Man game. Somebody can play that on Easy and get all the collectibles, trophies, see all the fights, the story, the cinematics etc. just the same as somebody that plays on Ultra Crushing Hard. The difference isn’t in what they get – it’s in how they like to play.

Some people have epic skills. They are blessed with fast reactions, and they enjoy the challenge. They like throwing themselves against the brick wall until they eke out a victory. Absolute power to them. I wish them nothing but happiness. Personally I am neither that good, nor do I find that enjoyable. I like a bit of a challenge, I don’t mind a few attempts while I work it out but I like it to feel possible. If victory doesn’t feel within reach then I’ll switch to an easier difficulty mode for that boss.

Purely my personal POV but I like the way the PlayStation game does it. Separating the reward from how people like to play. Everybody gets the same cake, no matter how they enjoyed the journey to get there.

In Warcraft I am definitely the minority in this. The entire game is set up so people can feel superior I guess? I remember all the talk of “dirty casuals” when I first started playing back in 2010. It’s sad really. Personally I don’t think other people having stuff takes anything away from me. Let people play the way they enjoy.

Don’t mind me, currently amused with myself.

Scrolling my dash and I saw the “WIP file game” a couple of times (guess it’s the ‘in’ writing ask game of the moment).

And that’s great and all but I don’t have any file names 🤣 I quit using gDocs end of last year. I moved everything over to Plottr and NovelPad, with a personal WordPress for those “I just have to make some ramble notes” moments. Although I haven’t touched that since I finished plotting. All my notes for revision are across hundreds of sheets of paper (if I count the printed draft as well as the few dozen sheets of lined).

I don’t know it amused me. Sort of like in a nostalgic sort of way? When I first started writing digitally I think it was in Microsoft Works (Win 3.1 with floppy disks). Then I went to Wordpad as that was included and I didn’t have Word. I was an adult when I finally got Word? Had a decade of carrying a USB stick everywhere with the word files on it. Then when I got an iPad (RIP USB ports /sigh) I jumped to gDocs.

But yeah no file names as such 😛

galactic-pirates asked:

Fic author never have I ever – have you done “there was only one bed” yet?

Oh! We should go through the romance trope brackets lol. “Mistaken identity” my beloved. How about that one?

purlturtle:

I don’t think I’ve done either!

“Only one bed” for Bering and Wells – I can see Myka being all gentle-womanly (for want of a better term) about it, offering it to Helena because that is what one does. And I can see Helena simply taking Myka up on the offer, all “thank you, so kind”, while Myka full-on goggles, because she was *not* prepared for that. I can see Helena doing so both because I think she can be a bit selfish at times (and maybe she’s really really tired and really wants to sleep in the bed), and also as a way to show Myka that this kind of communication isn’t universal, that when you offer something to someone, there *is* always that chance that the other person will take you up on your offer, so you better had made your offer sincerely, you know what I mean?

And then Helena gets ready for bed and shuffles to one side and is all like “bed’s big enough, come on in, I slept in the same bed with peol all the time when I was young” and Myka chokes on air again; yet another difference between them, and again Helena is probably doing that with some kind of agenda (and not just the “getting Myka into bed with her” agenda). Kind of “please don’t make a big deal of it but also please don’t forget that I’m not from here”, you know? Like, no matter how much Helena usually fits in, and maybe wants to fit in, she is also very different, has experiences that nobody else has, and sometimes you want to forget them and sometimes you want to cling to them, kind of style.

I don’t know if I could do “Mistaken Identity” justice. I am a very straightforward, what-you-see-is-what-you-get person, and I don’t write well things that are so far outside of my way of being, if that makes sense? Miscommunication, mistaken identity – I always want to clear that up ASAP, and drawing it out for the sake of the story… I’m not sure I could do that well. How would you go about it?

(Thank you for asking, and sorry for answering this late; it’s been a busy few days)

Oh I love this! Especially Helena’s “don’t offer if not sincere” thing. As an autistic who takes everything literally this is a big pet peeve of mine that there are these unspoken rules about what people ‘really mean’. Like just say it and then everyone knows.

Anyway, ahem.

For Mistaken Identity… oh man there are so many options but sticking very close to canon, off the top of my head say they went a bit longer than they did in Episode 1 before Myka knew Helena was HG?

Like they are hunting for HG Wells (who Myka thought was Charles until Artie called) and they find Helena getting into the secret compartment where the Impercepter Vest was. She said that she was sent to secure the artifact and they’d just been introduced to the whole concept of regents and they think she’s an agent. Which of course Helena rolls with and she can talk the talk (I mean she was an agent!)

So Helena is helping them with their search for HG Wells 🤣 and obviously talking to Myka, and showing off her brilliance a bit. And Myka likes her, thinks they work well together, wonders why she isn’t an agent agent at the Warehouse. Helena doesn’t lie but is specifically careful about the truth. Like “I used to work there but then my daughter died. I hope to work there again one day” (more in character phrasing than that but you get the idea).

I’m not too sure how this scenario could last more than a day or so at best, before Artie says HG Wells is a woman and Myka realises. But by then it’s too late. She has seen “Helena, fellow agent” and can’t just see her as “HG Wells, bronzed (presumed) bad guy”. Myka wonders what the truth is. How much of what Helena told her was a lie? How much was the truth? And Helena’s answer would probably be “rather more than I expected. You have a way of making me want to be honest” or something like that. Like Helena was more herself pretending to be a regent agent, than she was with her villain ‘mask’.

Now a scenario that’s a little more AU would be easier to play out over a longer time, and delve more deeply into the masks and yearning for acceptance and to be seen/loved for who they really are, which is what draws me so strongly to the trope. But going a little more AU means the sky is the limit and there’s too many options for me to conjure something without another kind of prompt to get my brain chewing.

You know when you are trying to be patient because it’s only been a few days and that includes a weekend? Yet have zero faith it will get better?

Yeeeeeah…. I’m talking about WoW Remix. I am so disappointed in it.

Think I might do a proper blog post later to rant 🙁

But TLDR highlights – what was advertised, was not what went live. They got my attention with “currency for items” and “accelerated levelling”. I watched lots of videos and I hadn’t felt that positive about the game in a long time.

What I was expecting was the first character levelled would be slow/normal speed, but getting slightly faster/more powerful as they levelled up and the cloak got power. Then as the cloak was account-wide, the next character would be even faster/more powerful, and the next one even more than that. Aka the more you played, the faster the levelling and the more OP you got. I was giddy. I had planned my levelling order. I was thinking I would perhaps do 8 to knock out various heritage armor quests.

But the cloak is not account wide anymore (it was on the PTR and why would they program something so complex only to hardcode what people got instead???). Now once one character gets the top “infinite power” (ha! what a joke) achievement, any alt will simply start with the same baseline ‘upgraded’ cloak – the same. So the second or the tenth is identical. And this baseline ‘boost’ is no more than what the winds of wisdom is that they give us sometimes yet I had to earn it??

Now with the currency accumulation to buy stuff that was like double bubble. This one is probably on me because with currencies going account wide in the next expansion, I assumed bronze would be – but it’s not. Also it accumulates so slow that someone did the math. You’d have to clear mythic Siege everyday for the full 95 days to stand a chance at getting all the things, and that’s if you don’t need to use the same currency to upgrade your gear to be able to run the raid in the first place.

I just feel super demotivated when I was ready to heap praise on the mode. Because I thought it was set up super well because everything in the mode was a way to get more powerful and make progress. I had been planning on spending most of my free time in Remix. Now with how disappointed I feel I don’t really want to play at all.

Aaaaand that was basically a rant not a TLDR – oops! I didn’t even mention how broken the scaling is. Like want to get weaker and weaker the more time you put in? Yeeeah that’s how it goes. Worse I don’t think they will go “ok our bad” and revert the batshit nerf and make the cloak account wide again, because some people realised the frogs were farmable and have powered their cloak mad high. That was always a way to farm lesser charms back in the day (I did it myself sometimes when I was short) and so it’s not like blizz didn’t know that was a thing. But yeah I foresee this being the excuse now for why cloaks can’t be account wide and have to be capped 🙁

Their promo is about being “overpowered” so I don’t get it. Well actually I do because the community is toxic. It launched Thursday and already the “if you don’t have X or Y don’t even bother applying to the group” has started. So I sort of get why balance is a concern but at the same time it’s a limited time mode, that has no bearing on the actual live servers as it’s all locked away. Boost everyone up. Although this clearly anathema to them. I’m on a Fury Warrior and my primary stat is in the red because they have thrown a class wide nerf buff thing, that lowers my stats just by logging in. Like why? They said in an interview about powering up enough to solo raids and sure, make that possible without exploiting creative game mechanics (aka frogs). Let everyone have mad fun and not just those who have spent all day everyday racing ahead.

Sorry ranting again. I’m just disappointed. I shouldn’t have got so enthusiastic about this mode. I shouldn’t have believed the PTR or all the videos of players excitedly talking about it. I should have expected it was too good to be true. But I was counting down until launch. I hyped up my guild. I rearranged my regular Thursday night plans as I wanted to experience the chaos of the launch, and jump right in. And now yeah I am just so demotivated 🙁

Tags: #in which I rant#maybe they will fix it there’s certainly enough angry posts about it#but the hotfixes this weekend give me zero faith in that talk about bandaid on a bullet hole#sighing forever

sarcasticsciencefictionwriter asked:

Never have I ever written an apocalypse story and/or AU!

Hey thanks for the ask! ❤️

Kinda? I mean there’s the little oneshot at the end of the world Life Without Purpose from Sanctuary Pavor Nocturnus.

The Timeless post season 2 fic Friends in Time had Lucy and Wyatt time travel back from an apocalyptic future. It’s talked about in flashback but isn’t the primary focus of the story.

I have never written a full story in an apocalypse and I’m not sure I would want to? I’m a “happy ending” type person and any ending in an apocalypse could only be bittersweet or perhaps hopeful but still there’s such an underscore of tragedy. I mean I get the point of finding light in the darkness, that even in the darkest of times people find a way to live. There’s a lot of good stories to be told.

I mean I do tell stories of times of hardship. My current novel is alien invasion – entire cities have been wiped out. However they are still fighting. An apocalypse implies that they lose. Maybe they rebuild but there’s a total loss / end of fighting / giving up / lack of hope first. That just isn’t my thing. I want to keep hope, snatch victory from the jaws of defeat if necessary.

I enjoy playing Horizon Zero Dawn / Forbidden West. I think that’s as close as I get 😛

magicmumu2 asked:

Never have I ever written a coffee shop AU

Oh thank you!

I was going to say yes I have but then I thought about it, and I don’t think so…

Cassandra and Lamia (Librarians) did meet for the first time in a coffee shop in my little missing moments fic and the Outsiders. But they could just as easily have had that conversation in a park, or bus stop etc.

I can’t remember now for my sci-fi thriller series. I had two ideas for how the main characters met and one of them was kinda a coffee shop AU. The mercenary went to the coffee shop everyday while she scoped out her target (office building nearby) and obviously flirted with the waitress. Then when it came time to do the actual job the waitress saw them and followed (perhaps to say hey, now I’m not at work do you want my number). Anyway they blew the job and then some kind of exciting chase or something. I forget. I didn’t write it and this was only one option for their ‘meet cute’.

Anyway, something like that maybe!