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Hail, fellow travellers, and well met. My LJ is mostly for fic, recs, icons, vids and fannish nonsense - fic/vids/icons etc. remain open, but the rest has got largely flocked these days (people were scraping entries via tags, unfortunately). I'm terribly obscure and multi-fannish, but generally happy to make new friends. I crosspost from Dreamwidth, too, but tend to read my flist via LJ.

My fic:
lost_spook on AO3
vvj5 at A Teaspoon and An Open Mind (the Doctor Who archive)

My vids:
lostspook1 at YouTube

Prompt tables etc: Fourth Doctor Era - 6 Prompts (for dw_allsorts) | Trope Bingo card | Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card | 100 Element Prompts | 50 Ficlets | Shakespeare Plays Watched.

Also the 500 Prompts Meme. runaway_tales: Masterpost here.

Dear Yuletide Letter 2015 here

Notes on permission: Any remixes etc. based on fanworks of mine are fine - go ahead, and do let me know; I'd be thrilled. And, obviously, credit is nice. No posts made here to be reproduced elsewhere, thanks. If you wish to link to any open posts, of course, please do so!
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
I wrote a [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales AU (so effectively just unconnected origfic) for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship this year (written back in January) but for various reasons, I wound up never posting it for the fest. However, I discovered it fitted a [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square ("fall from grace"), so I pulled it out again and have now further edited it, tweaked it, had it beta-ed, and finally got the ending more to my liking. I don't imagine it'll be of much interest to anyone, but here it is, nonetheless, and about time, really. (Sorry [personal profile] aralias for all my wibbling back in spring/summer! Hopefully next year will be better. But at least now I get a bingo square too...)

Title: Scandal of the Town
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Fandom: Original Work
Pairing/Characters: Julia Graves/Edward Iveson (OFC/OMC)
Rating: Teen
Length: 26,067 words (3 chapters)
Summary: Thanks to one indiscretion, Edward Iveson's life and reputation is in ruins, until Julia Graves comes to his rescue with a proposal of marriage. Edward can hardly turn her down, but what is it that Julia wants from him?

From this summary, although it went seriously off-piste (but [personal profile] aralias kindly said it could still count for the fest. I got carried away with the first line and forgot that the rest of the summary would demand pr0n neither I nor my characters are up to):

138) In the Flesh- Portia Da Costa

Victorian society already believes he’s a scarlet man. Why not become one? Edward’s reputation is in tatters. With scandalous photographs of him being scrutinized by the ton and his brother running them into debt, Edward’s only hope – a respectable marriage – is dashed. Then powerful, wealthy Julia offers an indecent proposal: for one month of hedonistic servitude she’ll pay off his brother’s debts. But nothing can prepare Edward for the worst, for discovering that he enjoys his degradation and delights in the dark fantasies that Julia has awakened. In fact, he’s fast becoming addicted to a life, and a woman, who can never wholly be his…

Notes: Also written for [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales (prompts "role reversal" and "settle") and [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square "fall from grace). Some references to suicide and murder. With many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 for the beta! (♥ Pers!)

Link: on AO3 | at Runaway Tales (LJ)
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
1. The same someone who left nice comments on my S&S fic a couple of weeks ago, has now also done some lovely fanart of Snow White, Blood Red over on their Deviant Art. Nobody's ever tried to illustrate my fics before, so I am all aflail at this & so pleased that she liked it that much. (I liked that one, too.)

2. It seems to be Yuletide already, oh noes... Trying to narrow down nominations is always the difficult bit. Do I want this hopelessly obscure British TV show or that one? How do I secretly manage to persuade someone to write James Maxwell fic for me? (I know, I can't, but people have twice now. It has unduly encouraged me.) Will anyone else nom the things I hope they will? Or in short, here we go again in the lead up to what is always my very favourite fandom event of the year. \o/

3. I still have an unfinished Fandom Stocking/NYR WIP. Whoops. Maybe if I can stop doing family history now and get my spoons back? MAYBE.

4. Other important things I have forgotten. Sorry. Also not yet much commenting, sorry. Soon. (It takes a while to get back to properly functioning levels if I do stuff like the Newspaper Archive searching. But I need to post).
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I have finally started watching The Caesars (ITV 1967/8), after a delay because I wanted a break from non-restored scratchy old 1960s b&w telly (great as it may be). I've now seen episode 1 ("Augustus"). Details under here, especially re. I Claudius for those who are interested )

Anyway, I looked it up on Wiki, wondering if they had any further info - I mean, it can't have been influenced by the IC TV series of course, but what about the book? Was it deliberately being written against that or not even regarding it? Wiki didn't tell me, but it did link me to this entrancingly long list of film & TV set in Ancient Rome. (And, ironically, it's missed off The Caesars, although it is on their list of Historical dramas). Has anyone set out to watch their way through the lot? It's the internet, surely someone must have done?

Which then led to me looking at their linked list historical drama films (& TV). How long would it take to watch through history by fictional series/films?

Is it just me or is the idea of taking a period and watching everything you can strangely enticing? Oh, noes, who let me out near a list? At the very least I want to copy it and tick off everything I have watched and things I know that they missed off (and am not looking at their list of all historical fiction in books, film and TV...)
lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
I stopped posting and commenting again, for most of the same reasons, and some more. Sorry - summer! (Even when it's not even hot). However, I get really funny and crawl somewhere inside myself when I don't post and comment, which is really not good, BUT now I have been reminded of a thing I can post!

It has, after all, been about 6 months since I last did the 15 Characters Meme...

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

(Also I may try to do a What I'm Reading post. Possibly even on Wednesday (today, gosh). I did mean to do it more than once a year, but I've already failed on that point.) I hope everyone else is well. I am sorry, I didn't mean to go away and ignore you all again. It wasn't that I didn't care. Just spoons (lack of), summer, dentists (only the usual kind) and more family history.
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I am a bit tired for proper posts (partly for good reasons, too!) so have some gifs of a young Margaret Lockwood in The Beloved Vagabond (1936) with Maurice Chevalier. She was probably still 19 when they filmed it.

Gifs under here )
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[livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 and I are running a ficathon! It is a terrible time to run a ficathon, because the internet in the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere tends to be deathly quiet, but that bit is my fault, not [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2's, because I decided it was now or never, and then the now moved forward a bit because Remix might actually still happen before Yuletide. (I used my DW Minor Characters ficathon as a model while [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 has promised to write something so I don't have to if I get stressed.)

Anyway, it is a Once Upon A Time ficathon based around Storybrooke itself, and we would appreciate all the help you can give us in reaching the people who might be interested, as it's a newer fandom and mostly tunnelled down into its respective ships on Tumblr and less active on LJ and Dreamwidth. So if you know of a good place to pimp, or know of flisters who might be interested, if you were willing to pass on the news that would be awesome. (There are details at the comm ([livejournal.com profile] storybrookelife) and on the Tumblr post for how to join in if people don't have and don't want an LJ account. I am also happy for people to prompt/sign-up post by pm-ing me on Dreamwidth.)

You can find the LJ banner with coding all done for you here and I have a rebloggable Tumblr post here.

It is open for leaving prompts now and sign-ups will open from Saturday. You don't have to be taking part to leave prompts, so do feel free to drop some off to inspire someone else. Posting will run from 10th Aug to 7th September. The main requirement for fic is that they be 500+ words and are set in Storybrooke.

(This ficathon brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 and me spending far too much time wondering about the people who make heritage trails in the middle of the Second Curse (for a town that's only existed since 1983 and spent its first 28 years experiencing effectively the same day over and over, frozen in time) or who runs the carpet cleaning services and do they have Opinions about getting scorches, blood etc. etc. out of our Heroes' (and Villains') carpets? Are they also Magic Carpet experts? But it is very much also for those who want to write about anything happening in Storybrooke of any kind, including OTPs being shippy and characters doing their stuff. Anyway, it is a thing! We hope to have more than one person signing up! \o/)
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I may have unfortunately defaulted (and that feels weird - even the one other time I defaulted on any exchange, I got a treat into the collection in the end) but I still got a lovely gift fic! And here it is. I asked for Janeway fic, and I got this great little piece, with her getting in an argument with her replicator. <3

Small Victories (1785 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kathryn Janeway
Additional Tags: mentions of everyone else - Freeform, Coffee
Summary: There was only one thing standing in between Captain Kathryn Janeway and her coffee: her malfunctioning replicator
lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
The first two results of the conversational crossover meme. (And years may have passed since the last time I did it, but I still fail on the 'no explanations' part, but I refuse to be sorry for that!)

For [personal profile] swordznsorcery: Evy Carnahan meeting Dayna Mellanby. (Blake's 7/The Mummy):

Entombed )

And for [livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny: Georgina Jones meeting Vila. (Adam Adamant Lives!/Blake's 7).

Wrong Number )
lost_spook: (cat)
I did forget something from the last post and there's also something else that needed to be posted separately, but as they're both opportunities to spend money in good ways, let's put them together.

1. The very lovely [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon is in need of some help tiding her family through a difficult time here.

2. And in a very different category, and because I do love to be an enabler of old-telly watching, Network are having another of their exciting sales here. (Having a little b'day money left, I have now ordered myself another volume of 1930s Ealing films, containing some bonus Margaret Lockwood, too. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure, I will carry on recommending Press Gang and Sapphire and Steel until I or Network cease to exist. ;-p)
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
1. Calufrax is back in action and in need of more reccers! It seems to be harder and harder to poke a response out of readers these days, but it's still always fun & worthwhile.

2. Belated, but [personal profile] shinyjenni made a wonderful multifandom vid about the women of SF for Vidukon - her vidpost is here where you can tell her how awesome it is and see the list of fandoms etc.. embed )

3. Following up on the return of King Arthur in the wake of the EU Referendum result, here's one where Lord Vetinari takes over. (Yeah, we continue in limbo; none of the options ahead look good, but hey ho. Have a joke article.)

4. Also very belated - a fab Adam Adamant Lives! fic by [personal profile] swordznsorcery which was for [community profile] fandom_stocking for me and Liadt, and now up on AO3. (Swordznsorcery has now uploaded some of their other fic too and is worth checking out, especially if you like various old telly fandoms like Blake's 7 and Doctor Who etc.):

A Most Unrestful Break For Two (10149 words) by swordznsorcery
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant & Georgina Jones
Characters: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones, William E. Simms
Summary: Fandom Stocking fic. Adam Adamant and Georgie Jones tussle with dastardly fiends at the Savoy hotel in London.

5. I haven't forgotten the crossover meme. I just... haven't written any yet. But I keep admiring my prompts, so, hopefully soon...

I feel sure there were some other fannish things that built up between my op and all the national upheaval, so apologies if I've missed something, but in the meantime, these are all shiny things!

Poetry Meme

Jul. 5th, 2016 06:12 pm
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
I decided my writing gears needed a bit of a kick start and hunted out the tried and tested poetry meme. The quotes were especially random this time, but it still worked:

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

2: Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.

Results under here )
lost_spook: (dw - six)
The Doctor Who Minor Characters Ficathon is having a mini-round for 3 weeks in late July/early August:

This is because this year's ficathon seemed to coincide with life hitting a lot of us during the round. So, this is a bonus mini-fest with lower minimums and open to ALL fanworks, not just fic. Please do join in and leave prompts (for all mediums) or claim a day and make some fic, icons, art, rec sets, podfic, manifestos, picspams, gifs or whatever you can think of for any minor characters in the Whoniverse who need some more love. (Which, frankly, is pretty much all of them.)

I will try and remember to actually promote it places over the coming week, but there are three generic banners that you can snaffle from the comm if you would like to promote it yourself in any appropriate comms or your own LJ. Thank you!
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
It's been six years since I last did this, so let's give it a whirl & get something cheerful out of this week!

As ever for something like this, I'll take prompts from anything I know (my interests and tags will probably give you a clue, but anything else you think I might know - I'll let you know if I don't or really can't for any reason):

Give me two characters from different fandoms you know I'm familiar with, and I'll give you a dialogue happening between the two of them. Without justifying how the crossover would work, how their worlds clashed or how they could even meet each other. Just a silly crossover conversation with no backstory, for fun.

Some links

Jun. 30th, 2016 09:22 am
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
Well, it continues to be a week here: still nobody in charge, Labour still busy stabbing Jeremy Corbyn, who's still refusing to go; Nigel Farage hasn't vanished, race hate continues, and the most likely option right now seems that we'll Leave but stay in the Common Market, meaning that we keep pretty much everything that every Leave voter wanted not to have while not having the bonuses of MEPs, a veto, or the same level of funding, rights, and protections, making this the worst waste of time and money we've seen for as long as I can think, even before we get to the human cost in fear, hurt, and uncertainty.

Anyway, we all knew that already, so here are some hopefully vaguely cheering links. (Maybe?)

For some reason, despite some very specific anti-German hate in the Leave campaign, at least some Germans had a Twitter campaign to cheer up the UK and tell us that we're still loved.

Speculation on what exactly Arthur could do if he returned now. (Personally, I think he could be more useful than that: just think, he could chase Boris out of Downing Street and Nigel Farage out of the country*, the knights could roam around saving people from race hate, and Merlin might turn out to be a financial wizard, but amusing nevertheless.)

Petty as it is of me, I couldn't help finding it cathartic reading the MEPs shouting at Nigel Farage, including someone who asked him why the hell he was even an MEP when he hated Europe, which is a thing I've been thinking myself for a long time.

And when Nigel Farage was arguing with other MEPs the other day, one MEP behind him was visibly caught sitting with his head in his hands in despair: this is who the man in seat 123 is and what he had to say

In the not-cheerful box, but the awful thing that's so awful most people are still avoiding the subject as hard as they can: nobody in England seems to have been even thinking about Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, in actual normal parliament sort of news (apparently that is still a thing), the Dept. of Transport were sneakily trying to kill a few of us on the quiet anyway by removing the hard shoulder on motorways.

Um, that wasn't all that cheerful, was it? It does all feel like we clicked on the wrong thingy on the computer and it started giving us melodramatic FATAL ERROR messages and that we really ought to be able to just reboot or do a system restore except we really really can't. (Also, gov'ts who think that an option is not viable in the current economic climate should under no circumstances hold a referendum where that option is one of only two available on the blithe assumption that not many people would tick that box, lol. And if they do, they should have an emergency plan just in case.)

Back to amusing things, I had completely forgotten that football was something anyone might be thinking about right now and when I hunted some of these links down, paused to wonder why the BBC were suggesting that people wanted David Beckham as PM. (They wanted him for England manager. But they said "take charge of England" and there's more than one vacancy in that department at the moment...)

ETA: I forgot to include this: practical advice on how to deal with hate crime incidents if you find yourself a bystander in one.

* Sometimes I'm not as democratic as I ought to be.
lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
An AO3 Meme I found going around, and I can rarely resist an AO3 meme. Mind, this one is going by the top tags in the sidebar, which tend to be more than a bit skewed, but hey...

Memery under cut )
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I never can resist, and happily Bingos are laid back enough for me to enjoy them:

Card under cut )
lost_spook: (cat)
Sorry about all the political posts yesterday, when I usually avoid such things in fannish spaces, but yesterday was exceptional. It's not every day you wake up to find out that not only have we voted to leave the EU, but that the PM has resigned, the Opposition are calling for a vote of no confidence in their leader, Scotland and Ireland are making plans to leave the UK and the economy has crashed. It's a shock. I feel like a small alien walking around in my north east town full of flags hanging out of houses, and I'm British. (I think. It's a bit hard to tell suddenly.) (I was trying to remind myself it might be for Euro 2016, but they weren't there last time, and then extra Union Jacks appeared. Oh, the irony.)

The point of this post being really, I'm sorry! Fannishness and cheer will now resume (I hope) while my country takes a few weeks/months/years to figure out what comes next (politics is mostly v slow) and hopefully we'll all work to make things get better. And I have a hurt/comfort bingo table to work on while the country falls apart, which seems vaguely appropriate...

But for the moment: I just don't know or recognise my country any more. I don't know what it is or will be. I didn't know I could feel like that. It's unhelpful, but it's true. What may come may be good, but for today I am very sad - for me and for everybody else who didn't want this, especially those who didn't even get a say and who have now been made to feel afraid and unwanted here. <<♥>>


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