Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Inventing America

I've been reading the history of inventions first in the book Strange and Fascinating Facts about Famous Brands by Charles Reichblum. Then the latest issue of Time magazine commemorates Thomas Edison, who invented among other things the lightbulb, phonograph and motion pictures. It's interesting to note how these inventions were named and how they came about. Many of them were later used for other purposes, such as the phonograph being adapted for used as an answering machine. Inventing is a creative act, as are art and writing, though they evolve over time.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Action Figures

These action figures were just announced: all eleven Doctors in one set! They are also sold separately and in sets with other figures, such as the First Doctor with "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" Dalek and the Second Doctor with a Cyberman from "Tomb of the Cybermen."

5 Doctors

I already have five of the Doctors from Character Options, and the three Dapol Doctors. I've just ordered the First Doctor set as well. Before I started roleplaying, I had already begun collecting action figures of Doctor Who and staging scenes with them for photographing, as many people do on Flickr. The selection of action figures from Character Options is very impressive, with many different variants. As is the series of Torchwood figures made by SciFiCollector, though that series has just eight figures so far (also with variations on the Jack action figure).


Seen here are Tosh, Ianto, Jack, Gwen, and John. Other figures in the range are the Cyberwoman, Blowfish and Weevil. This Jack is from the Doctor Who "Utopia" series. There is also a Torchwood version and "The Empty Child" version. I also have these in my collection. The Doctor Who and Torchwood figures are in the same scale, so they can be placed together. They are a great way to display the world of Doctor Who and collect items related to the show.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Thoughts on RP

Writing about roleplaying on Twitter:

RP History
(spoilers up to Torchwood series 2)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday, December 28, 2009

The other side

A Torchwood story by Monika Lewis
Takes place after the episode 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (spoilers!)
& this scene is about Gwen and Rhys.
Torchwood belongs to the BBC- I don't own it!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

A Merry Christmas to All!

A Merry Christmas to All!
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Listening to: Tim Hockenberry, Christmas by the Bay

Location: San Francisco

Originally posted to LiveJournal here.

The Return

The Return: a Torchwood story
by Monika Lewis

Featuring Captain Jack Harkness
Based on and set between the end of Doctor Who 'Last of the Time Lords' and the beginning of Torchwood 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (spoilers for Doctor Who series 3, Torchwood series 2)

Rating: PG-13

Originally posted on LiveJournal here.

About Me

I'm Monika Lewis, I'm a fan of science fiction and fantasy especially Torchwood, Doctor Who and Star Trek. I'm often writing, listening to music, or reading. I live in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from college I went back to school to take classes in library information technology. Other sites where I post include Twitter, Flickr, and Blogger.

Originally posted on LiveJournal here.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Doctor Who: David Tennant Cross Stitch Picture

Doctor Who: David Tennant Cross Stitch Picture
Originally uploaded by

A picture I cross-stitched of David Tennant from the pattern made by the Cross Stitcher magazine. #DoctorWho

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Local Radio

Along with reading and writing on the internet I often listen to music on the radio and find inspiration. I grew up in the 1990s, but listening to my parents' records of the 1960s and 1970s like the Beatles and Rolling Stones catalog. Now I like to discover new music and artists through the radio, both locally on the FM frequency and searching for songs on free internet sites like and I just got an (RL) account to play some of my favorite songs. These local stations can also be heard free of charge online at their websites, and many also have a presence on Twitter. San Francisco has some great stations with a diversity of music and these are some of the stations I enjoy the most:

Movin' 99.7 plays rap, hip-hop, and pop, probably the closest to a Top 40 station. Music heard includes Lady Gaga (Poker Face, Just Dance), Kanye West (Heartless, Gold Digger), Soulja Boy (Kiss me through the Phone), Britney (If you seek Amy) and Black Eyed Peas (I Gotta Feeling, Boom Boom Pow).

Star 101.3 includes more pop and rock hits like Katy Perry (Waking up in Vegas), David Cook (Come Back to Me), and Kings of Leon (Use Somebody), and has a tie-in with American Idol including the broadcast of Ryan Seacrest's show in the afternoons at 4:00. During the spring season they often have interviews with American Idol judges and singers.

At 103.7 there's the new station the Band, which plays a similar selection to the old 99.7 KFRC of rock band hits from the 1960s through the 1980s. Some songs I hadn't heard on the radio for a while include Led Zeppelin (Stairway to Heaven), the Eagles (Hotel California), Journey (Don't Stop Believin') and Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die).

KFOG 104.5 plays classic and modern rock hits ranging from the Rolling Stones to the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen. They also bring out more rare tunes for the 10 @ 10 show which features ten songs from one year or decade. I was interested to see that they incorporated the Doctor Who theme and TARDIS sound effects to the new show introduction, as part of the time travel theme. Other times they play songs alphabetically or by theme. I'm currently listening to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin on this station which seems like a very Doctor Who type song with mentions of Time and Space.

Over at Live 105, I've heard new alternative rock such as Green Day (21 Guns), the Fray (Kanye West cover Heartless), Death Cab for Cutie (Grapevine Fires), Weezer (Pork and Beans) and MGMT (Kids). On Sundays they have the Soundcheck program of new music with band interviews such as Green Day.

On the AM dial, for local news, 740 KCBS is a very comprehensive station with frequent updates from correspondents like sports commentator John Madden, film reviewer Jan Wahl and food expert Narsai David. Music expert and Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres, who has a column in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle about local radio called Radio Waves, was interviewed about Michael Jackson on the station. On the day the news broke about Michael Jackson, I heard about him first on Twitter, then on KCBS, then listened to 102.9 KBLX which was playing a maraton of his music. KNBR 680 is the station for the San Francisco Giants baseball team, with commentary team Jon Miller, Dave Fleming, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. The commentators also appear at the AT&T Park games and on NBC 11 TV.

Twitter and Fanfiction

I've been on Twitter a lot recently, in both the fictional and real life worlds represented there. Though I joined Twitter at first to follow writers and celebrities that are found on the site, I was soon interested in the role-playing communities. I was especially interested in the ones based on Doctor Who, Torchwood, Harry Potter, and Star Trek, and indeed writing for the world of Doctor Who and its spin-offs. The Dresden Files and Twilight RPers sometimes cross over into the other universes, as well as the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street and Tigger. This is an opportunity to act and write stories with other fans and is a great experience overall. I started out as a Doctor Who fan in 1997 watching on PBS- first watched the Patrick Troughton serial "The Mind Robber." I watched most of the classic Who episodes and this month's Doctor Who Magazine cover subject Tom Baker was my favorite Doctor. But I'm even more of a fan of new Who and David Tennant, as well as the whole Torchwood team, who I've gotten to know very well ;) . I did enjoy the five part Torchwood "Children of Earth" 5-part miniseries. My favorite group on Twitter is the #torchwoodRP.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rose and the Doctor

Rose and the Doctor
Originally uploaded by monikalel42

Rose Tyler and the Ninth Doctor action figures outside the Doctor Who TARDIS interior set. I got the tea-towel of the London Underground subway map on a visit to England in 2000.

I've been doing a lot of Twittering and Blipping lately, as well as watching, reading and writing about Doctor Who and Torchwood.  :)  I just started a new account to listen to music and am also listening to the local radio stations in San Francisco.  I'm now on summer vacation from City College, and will resume library classes there this fall.

Friday, June 5, 2009

From Twitter 06-04-2009

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