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However Hard You Try, You Can’t Run Forever, a guest post by author Myra McEntire

I counted my Doctor Who shirts.

I won’t give you the exact total, because anything over twenty would be ridiculous and . . . I’m ridiculous. 

Is it my fault TeeFury makes awesome shirts full of pop culture goodness for ten-ish bucks? Should I be the one to shoulder the blame for their masterfully evil plan to offer a totally new shirt every twenty-four hours? Am I responsible for the artists who excel at making Doctor Who art? For the rabid fans that keep demand high? For my trigger finger on the mouse, or the ease of shopping while wearing jammies,or my compulsion to own ALL THE T-SHIRTS?

Don’t answer that. 

I have retro travel posters for Gallifrey and Skaro in an online shopping cart RIGHT NOW.  purchased a tiny Tardis to hang on my Christmas tree. I‘m searching for the perfect shirt to wear at NCTE/ALAN so I’ll match my Fourth Doctor arm warmers.

I know the first step is admitting the problem.

The next series of Doctor Who starts on November 23rd, and I don’t know how I’m going to watch. Not due to the fact that the writing team has no regard for their own canon, or proper world building, or because emotion was largely absent from the last series. For me, Doctor Who is so closely tied to my books that the thought of revisiting the show, even with a new Doctor, makes me flat out wibbly wobbly. 

My time traveling days might be over.  The Hourglass series is complete at three books, and the characters (well, the ones who are still alive) are happy. 

There are Doctor Who references in all three of my books. Not one was planned. They just jumped from my subconscious to the page. Even so, it took me a year to make a connection between my time travel adventures and the good Doctor’s. That was before all the paradox and theoretical physics research. (I’m pretty sure brain juice has stopped leaking out of my ears, but just in case, do you have any extra cotton balls?)

I’ve always been a fan of the ubiquitous cable marathon, especially when there’s housework to do. Thanks to SyFy–Sci Fi back then—and a new baby, I discovered a lovable alien with two hearts and a sweet ride. Funny, charming, and BRITISH. I caught reruns when I could, and was genuinely confused for a while. (“Bad Wolf” came before “Rose” for me. Can you even?)

Number Eleven is the first Doctor I experienced chronologically from beginning to impending end. Hourglass came out the week after I learned who River Song really is in “A Good Man Goes to War.” I turned in the last draft of Infinityglassshortly after I discovered who was hiding at Trenzalore.  

I’m certain that I’ll be watching on November 23rdalong with every other Whovian (especially since I’ll be in Boston with Beth Revis, who would cause me physical harm if I tried to do anything else), but I’m also certain it will be bittersweet. It’s fitting for me to say goodbye to the Hourglass world as I say goodbye to the eleventh Doctor. Ends make way for beginnings, which are shiny and scary and wholly unknown, but deserve the chance to stand on two new (regenerated) legs, or to live between two covers.  

We can always revisit the past through reruns and rereads, but the future is where the next story lies. Remember . . . 


Author Myra McEntire is the author of the ridiculously awesome Hourglass series.  This is a series full of time travel and romance and one of the very few books that actually made me swoon.  Seriously, read Timepiece.  And Infinityglass has one of my favorite representations of slowly building intimacy and consent.  I recently abandoned my children and paid hard earned money to drive on toll roads into unknown places in the dark of night to meet her – and it was worth it.  You can find all of the Hourglass books – Hourglass, Timepiece, and Infinityglass – at EgmontUSA.com. I am obviously a HUGE fan and the fact that she wrote this post for us has made my life complete.

Look it’s Karen stalking meeting Myra McEntire
 Visit www.MyraMcEntire.com or follow Myra on Twitter @MyraMcEntire

This post is part of TWO marvelous blogging events!

Sci-Fi Month is brought to you by Rinn Reads. Check out the full schedule of Sci-Fi Month posts! There are reviews, discussions, giveaways, and more!

Doctor Who Week is a joint venture between  Maria’s Melange and Teen Librarian Toolbox. We have a full week of fun posts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

In the Kitchen at The Library as Incubator Project with Myra McEntire

And check out my review of both Hourglass and Timepiece by Myra McEntire
The Hourglass series is published by EgmontUSA

Tuesday Top 10: Time Travel

Since we are talking about Mr. Was and time travel, I thought we should put today’s Top 10 list together: Time Travel books! So I’ll share my list of Top 10 Time Travel books for teens, then you share yours in the comments. And if you are really brave, share a day you would go back in time to change or fix or just relive because it was pure awesome.

Read what Pete Hautman has to say about writing Mr. Was.

“No matter what your reality looks like, you’re the girl I’m in love with today, and the same girl I’ll be in love with tomorrow and all the days after that. Not just because of who you are, but because of who you were. It’s all part of your story, Em. And I want to be a part of your story, too.”

And don’t forget the sequel, Timepiece
“Life’s all about the revolution, isn’t it? The one inside, I mean. You can’t change history. You can’t change the world. All you can ever change is yourself.” Jennifer Donnelly
“People think they own time. They have watches and clocks and digital pulses. But they are wrong. Time owns them. Caroline B. Cooney
“We all have such stories. It is a brutal arithmetic. But I I am alive. You are alive. As long as we breathe, we can see and hear. As long as we can remember, all those gone before are alive inside us.” Jane Yolen
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract“. Madeleine L’Engle

First in the Time Quartet by Madeleine L’Engle

“I still think about the letter you asked me to write. It nags at me, even though you’re gone and there’s no one to give it to anymore. Sometimes I work on it in my head, trying to map out the story you asked me to tell, about everything that happened this past fall and winter. It’s all still there, like a movie I can watch when I want to. Which is never.” Rebecca Stead
“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” Audrey Niffenegger

“You are one of the missing.” Margaret Peterson Haddix

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix is the first book in The Missing series

“You are so . . . 11:59” Scott Westerfeld

The Midnighters series is not really about time travel, but it is about bending time and I love it so I am including it.

As for travelling back in time . . . I would love to go back in time and just hold my babies again as little babies. Or the day I cracked open the first Harry Potter book, that was a fun ride.