lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
1. I decided that there's really no point in trying to catch up with [community profile] snowflake_challenge now. After all, the questions come around each time!


2. Although I didn't write anything for [community profile] fandom_stocking, I did post Chapter One of the Sapphire & Steel fic I've been writing for [personal profile] annariel and [personal profile] kaffyr since last fandom_stocking just to show it is a thing that exists (and hopefully will soon continue). Anyway, Sapphire, Steel and Copper in the 1920s, in a spooky house:

When the Lights Go Out (2797 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/?
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sapphire (S&S), Steel, Copper (S&S), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Brother-Sister Relationships, 1920s, Ghosts, Supernatural Elements, Character Death, seances, Mentions of World War I, References to Suicide, Evil Wallpaper
Summary: It seemed like such a lark, to hold a séance in a haunted house, but what human can bargain with time or death - or even Elements?


3. I was trying to write a letter yesterday for [community profile] hetswap so I can sign up (because that's the only way I get my requests together for these things) and realised I might just as well start it "Dear Paranoidangel..." instead of Dear Author. Unless of course, she doesn't sign up, in which case I may be unmatchable. Heh. We'll see! First I need to get back enough brain to write requests... (I'm sure tomorrow will be betterer!)


4. Thank you for all the [livejournal.com profile] dw_allsorts prompts! I've updated the choice of tables now and you provided some lovely ones! It was very helpful. :-)
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I wasn't sure whether to do it again or not, because they do keep re-running the same questions, but I saw that the last time I did was 2014, so here goes:

[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 1:

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Looking back brought me to my two previous answers to this question and I had been thinking that maybe I should self-rec something different than obscure fics I write that nobody else will read, but I realised that I still go yes inside at my choices for the last two, and that's kind of an odd but nice record to have. My answers for this questions are the fics that mean a lot. (I don't know in what way, but they do.)

So, since 2014, what works have I written that also bring out that feeling? It turns out there are conveniently three main candidates (although I'd like to also talk about the origfic, of course, but I won't. ;-p) And since they're an AU, a fic centring on a minor character, and post-canon for a thing that is at least based on a very well-known story, I think they're all reasonably accessible, too. Or, well, hope springs eternal.

Light on a Hill (3166 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spooks | MI-5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ruth Evershed/Tom Quinn
Characters: Tom Quinn (Spooks), Ruth Evershed, Malcolm Wynn-Jones
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Identity, Apocalypse, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Season/Series 02, Implied/Referenced Character Death, References to Shakespeare
Summary: ”I think the king is but a man, his fears be of the same relish as ours.” It’s the end of days, and Ruth and Tom are having delusions of grandeur, but then, what’s new?

I'd been threatening to write a Spooks apocalypse fic where Tom runs the country and Ruth runs him for around forever. Of course, I waited till the entire fandom had vanished like officers going back into hibernation, but still, I did it. Finally! And I still like it; I still think it's good. Even if it probably shouldn't have involved an alien invasion. (I can't help it sometimes. I'm a Doctor Who fan.) It has no spoilers, although of course, I'm sure it helps to know the characters (Ruth, Tom, Malcolm), though - but then again someone could test read it to tell me? You might not...


Salt of the Earth (4153 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (2005), Torchwood
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Martha Tyler, Jack Harkness, Original Characters, Twelfth Doctor
Additional Tags: Community: dw_allsorts, Minor Canonical Character(s), 20th Century, Witchcraft, Serial: s094 Image of the Fendahl, Women Being Awesome, Folklore, Community: dw_guestfest
Summary: Martha Tyler lives on a time rift, sees things no one else does, and fights evil with rock salt. It’s been that way all her life.


... and I had also been threatening for years to write that fic where Mrs Tyler from Image of the Fendahl lives on a rift all her life and is way more awesome than Torchwood, because she does, and she is. And I did, for the first Minor Characters Ficathon I ran. The character in question is so obscure and this is mostly backstory, so again, I don't think you need to know too much really; much less so than for Light on a Hill. A basic knowledge of what Doctor Who is and its kind of universe helps naturally, but it's probably pretty easy to get the idea of. I hope so, anyway. (It's kind of not unlike some of my Miss Marple fic, I suppose, but with more aliens and the supernatural getting defeated instead of murderers. Although I feel sure Mrs Tyler wouldn't be having with them, either.)


The Poison Tree (27259 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, John Seward, Mrs Weston, Mrs Perkins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Original Characters
Additional Tags: References to Mina Harker/Lucy Weston, Vampires, Hypnotism, Post-Canon, World War I, Victorian, Edwardian Period, Blood, Yuletide, Dark, Religious Imagery & Symbolism
Summary: Dracula may have been defeated, but the future has never been less certain for Jonathan and Mina. Everything has changed, most especially the Harkers themselves…


My Yuletide 2016 assignment. It became a lot more than I intended, not only in the word count and I think it's genuinely good. I hope it is - it's a more recent effort than the other two. But I think so; I hope so. I know the feeling when a fic gets into this category and when it doesn't. And it's been read by at least two people who only knew the book, so I don't think canon is essential (and I have a few small, (hopefully) helpful author's notes at the start).
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And so my treats. I wrote the first for [personal profile] calliopes_pen, chiefly in a hopeless attempt to remain anonymous, so that she might at least wonder which one was me. (I had vague plans for a rather different one, but I got seized by this idea while reading through her likes in the letter):

Influence (1368 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968), Dracula & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abraham Van Helsing & John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston, Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Mina Harker/Lucy Weston
Characters: Abraham Van Helsing, John Seward, Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Implied/Referenced Mind Control, Dark
Summary: Some personalities are magnetic, they exert an irresistible pull on others.


Then there were two prompts in particular that jumped out at me this year, the first being Wasuremono's great prompt about Miss Marple being a goddess, the genius loci of St Mary Mead, which I obviously had to write:

The Spirit of St Mary Mead (4005 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jane Marple, Griselda Clement, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Historical, Multi-Era, Roman Britain, English Civil War, 18th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, Misses Clause Challenge, Miss Marple is a Goddess
Summary: St Mary Mead has had an unusual guardian down through all these centuries.


The second was for moemachina, about Feste & Olivia from Twelfth Night. As I've loved Feste since I did the play for A-Levels mumble years ago, I couldn't resist. I had an idea, but then remembered that writing Shakespeare fic is TERRIFYING. So I watched BBC TN twice in a row, found some 16th C jokes and riddles on the internet, built my fic around those and then went for it. And then typed it up while mentally going LALALA not writing Shakespeare etc. Happily, it seems to have got some really lovely comments, so I clearly didn't mess it up too badly.

movements of the mind (1892 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Twelfth Night - Shakespeare
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Feste & Olivia (Twelfth Night)
Characters: Feste (Twelfth Night), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Friendship, Backstory, Jesters, Implied/Referenced Character Death
Summary: ”Look you now, he’s out of his guard already; unless you laugh and minister occasion to him, he is gagged.”


That done, I decided to write a couple of treats for Madness if I could, but the Adam Adamant Lives! fic for Liadt grew large enough for the main collection, even if it was probably too frivolous for Yuletide (and I don't think Liadt was fooled by my anonymity for a minute, either):

Battered and Bruised (1812 words) by lost_spook
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
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Cake Fic Meme, Cake, Humor, Hijinks & Shenanigans, I was going to label this crack, and then thought soberly about canon, and didn't
Summary: Mr Adamant suffers a truly traumatic incident at a village gala. Unfortunately for him, Georgie is on hand to help...


And lastly, this tiny bit of post-canon for Gerry and Sandra from New Tricks, for Dynapink:

Vintage (532 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: New Tricks
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sandra Pullman & Gerry Standing
Characters: Sandra Pullman, Gerry Standing
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ficlet, Yuletide Treat
Summary: "You look as if you've seen a ghost..."

With many thanks to Pers who patiently beta-ed all three full treats and a second beta of my long assignment! (Those who have been around these parts a while: I think you can probably already guess which one got the influential rec. Oh, yes. It is my fate, my doom, my only claim to fame. :lol:)
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I wrote several things this year but my actual assignment was for [personal profile] calliopes_pen in Dracula (TV 1968):

The Poison Tree (27258 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, John Seward, Mrs Weston, Mrs Perkins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Original Characters
Additional Tags: References to Mina Harker/Lucy Weston, Vampires, Hypnotism, Post-Canon, World War I, Victorian, Edwardian Period, Blood, Yuletide, Dark, Religious Imagery & Symbolism
Summary: Dracula may have been defeated, but the future has never been less certain for Jonathan and Mina. Everything has changed, most especially the Harkers themselves…

I both enjoyed writing this a lot (despite surface dissimilarities, we clearly overlap on a lot of tropes and things, which made it particularly fun to do) and worried about it far too much! Par for the course for Yuletide, really, I suppose. The adaptation has a rather open, ambiguous ending (Mina is still showing vampiric influence, while we don't even know what sort of state Jonathan is left in), so it was really interesting to try and write one possibility of what might happen next. I planned it to be somewhere around 8,000-12,000 words - and then it more than doubled in size, taking me way outside my current comfort zone in what I can do without making myself ill. I regret nothing, though. Except that it doesn't have even more stuff calliopes_pen likes in it.

Some ramblings about writing it )


And some rambling thoughts on reading Dracula for it )


And I'll have to go and rest now, so I'll post the treats in another post later.



* The upshot of this is that now I want fic about the housekeepers. The housekeepers are great, even if it took me ages to get their actual names straight! Mrs Hopkins is not fazed by anything! (She works in an asylum; fair enough) and Mrs Perkins bosses Mrs Weston about all the time. And they're both tiny and fierce! (O, Network, when will you run to subtitles on your releases?)

** I have to say, The Woman in White must surely have been an influence - asylums, wicked counts, Laura and Marian and Lucy and Mina, mesmerism etc. even in addition to the Collins-esque epistolary/evidence-gathering format.
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
I didn't have as much chance to read the Collection while away this year, but it is just as full of lovely things as ever, and you can find it all here. Dive in!

However, I did manage to read some short things, so here they are, just nipping in before reveals - my two wonderful gifts, plus a rather random selection of my first pick at the chocolate box, as it were, chosen in exactly that sort of manner! I hope to have a more leisurely go-through in the coming week or two, though.

16 recs in Archer's Goon, Blandings, Discworld, Dracula (TV 1968), Dungeons & Dragons (Cartoon), Fire & Hemlock, Flood (2007), Georgette Heyer, Malory Towers, New Tricks, Red Dwarf, While You Were Sleeping & Yes Minister )
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1. I've just done a friending meme and even actually managed to friend new people (I asked some of them myself!) (hi, new flisters!) and now of course, I am off to my parents' for Christmas, where internet access will be variable and most likely reading rather than commenting. Sorry about that.

Also because the next few posts following this will very likely be the one where I'm not here but I have to mention my Yuletide gift, the one where I'm back but exhausted, and then a wave of Yule-recs. So, um, yes, welcome? I will try and do something properly introductory in the New Year, though.

But I hope everyone who is celebrating Christmas has a lovely one, and anyone not celebrating manages to have a nice week despite any unwanted festivities! ♥


2. I nearly managed to finish the last writing meme before I went (because if I don't now, I won't) but I embarrassingly ran out of spoons with one left to go. (Sorry last person; once I cross that line, I cross that line. It was accidental!) I will have another writing meme soon enough, I'm sure. I might even get through all the prompts next time.

And here are the last three:Under the cut so as not to take up too much space )
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My now-regular Thursday feature! (We'll see how long this lasts. ;-p)

1. For some reason I'd been feeling a bit down the last couple of days, but you know what is always at least a little bit cheering at such moments? Multi-era Doctor Who fanvids. I was cheering myself with Marching On by xxdrosexx and then wondering why I didn't have any yet that went up to Twelve, so I went looking, and found this, which is also great:

Cut for embed )

Because Doctor Who is, after all, that great big improbable and ridiculous thing of joy and monsters. :-)


And I'm continuing to enjoy watching (or reading) from the sidelines as the Public Call fics get revealed, so here's two more good ones:

2. A Taste of Home by dbskyler (G, 1784 words. Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan.) Sarah, the Doctor, and home. Lovely glimpse of some 'missing scenes' from Terror of the Zygons.


3. Side Quest by annariel (G, 6388 words. Harry Sullivan, Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith.) Harry is collecting equipment for the Doctor when he runs into an adventure of his own. Can he foil the evil Dr. Richards, while at the same time helping the Doctor and Sarah fend off an alien invasion they somehow never quite have the time to explain properly to him? Excellent missing adventure, with Harry getting to prove his worth.


4. The Terrible Doom That Came To Honeysuckle Cottage by Psychomachia (Teen, 2592 words.) There's a saying old says that love is blind
Still we're often told, seek and ye shall find
So I'm going to seek a certain lad I've had in mind.
One of the best and funniest fics to come out of last year's Yuletide: the Cthulhu Mythos meets P.G. Wodehouse's Honeysuckle cottage. (Definitely a don't-need-to-know-canon fic.)


5. By Wise Council You Shall Make Your War by beer_good_foamy (Teen, 722 words. Edmund Blackadder, George Colthurst St. Barleigh, Baldrick, Bob. Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) In each generation, a Slayer is born. She alone will stand against the etc etc. In 1917, that was a young woman named... um... Bob? Good thing the Watcher's Council have an auxiliary member already in place in the trenches. What it says, oh yes, oh yes. :-D
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
Vanquished (252 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!, Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant/Louise
Characters: Louise (Adam Adamant Lives), Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant
Additional Tags: Crossover, Meme, Prompt Fic, Ficlet, Humor, Vampires
Summary: There are moments when the women in Adam's life are quite baffling...


Tall Tales (Bring You Short Replies) (640 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Georgina Jones, Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant, William E. Simms
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: Georgie's been busy while Adam's been away...


In Memoriam (791 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Twelfth Doctor & Martha Jones
Characters: Twelfth Doctor, Martha Jones
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme
Summary: The Doctor pays a surprise visit to Martha Jones.
lost_spook: (cat)
My currently regular Thursday feature...

OUaT: Browned Butter by awanderingbard (G, 1956 words. Emma Swan/Killian Jones, Snow White, Regina Mills, Henry Mills.) It's Storybrooke's first Thanksgiving, and Emma is finding trying to be a domestic goddess more difficult than she anticipated. Sweet and funny, with Emma battling to do something impressive on the domestic front.


Miss Marple: Advice From Aunt Jane by DesertVixen (Teen, 1212 words. Miss Marple, Dolly Bantry, Jane Helier.) Jane Helier needs some advice from Miss Marple and Dolly Bantry Pitch perfect conversation between the three, picking up on threads from The Thirteen Problems.


Doctor Who: At Last a Dragon by paranoidangel (All ages, 985 words. John Chesterton, Tenth Doctor.) John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor. John Chesterton finally realises that all the stories his parents told him were real. Lovely.


Heroes: Drive My Car by Andraste (Hiro & Ando, Hiro/Ando.) "Our life of legend begins!" Great, fun vid for S1 Hiro & Ando.


Diana Wynne Jones: World Enough, and Time by jamjar (PG, 5408 words. Erskine, Hathaway, Torquil, Awful, Howard, Catriona.) The journey of a thousand miles (starts with sending your siblings to Alpha Centauri). Perfect capturing of the novel's tone, with the remaining siblings starting to both mend their ways and move about more freely.
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Even more random than last week. I was going to pick the five previous bookmarks to last week, but they were all to do with my Fourth Doctor recs post, so I thought I'd better mix it up a bit more than that:

The Good, the Bad, and the Hovercrafts by eponymous_rose (All ages, 1814 words. Fourth Doctor, Romana I, K9.) In which various alien entities get held off at the pass, the Doctor and Romana take up jogging, and K-9, to everyone's horror, tells a joke. Lovely, light, humorous piece.


Hourglass by giandujakiss (Multi-fandom timeloops.) And, indeed, need I say more than 'multifandom timeloops vid'?


The Way Back by Meadowlark (All ages, 3942 words. First Doctor, Steven Taylor.) After witnessing the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve, Steven is disillusioned with life with in the TARDIS and vows to give it up. But when he's compelled to stay, the Doctor offers him an unexpected olive branch. Pitch-perfect fic to round out why Steven chooses to stay after all.


The Doctor Meets a Fantastic Beast by Kass (G, 892 words. Eleventh Doctor, Newt Scamander, Amy Pond, Rory Williams.) The Doctor and his companions meet Newt Scamander. Cute crossover with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


Soft Jaws, Strong Bite by nonelvis (All ages, 2141 words. Twelfth Doctor/Romana II.) A brief and heartwarming story about the Doctor, Romana, space pirates, and the universe's greatest children's show about prehistoric reptile cyborgs. What it says, and also with bonus pirates.
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I was feeling a bit down and so thought of doing this as maybe an occasional thing: here are five nice things I've bookmarked recently:

Third Time Pays For All by JohnAmendAll (G, 922 words, Lucy Weston/Mina Harker/John Seward.) Lucy had been vaguely expecting a confession of a clandestine love affair between her fiancé and her best friend. The truth was far stranger.

Written for me in a recent meme, this is a lovely Dracula TV 1968 fic from the prompt Lucy/Mina/John & timeloops.


Appropriately enough, two very excellent DW fics from the [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50 53rd Anniversary Fanworkathon:

The Scientific Method by nonelvis (Teen, 1723 words. Implied Liz/Brig; Liz/Kate Stewart) Five moments in the life of Elizabeth Shaw. Liz, being awesome as ever.

An Offer You Can't Refuse by Shivver (All ages, 4959 words.) Trying to recover an ailing population's stolen medical supplies, the Doctor and Ace come up empty when the smuggler's trail goes cold. Great missing adventure for Seven & Ace (never an offer I can refuse, that's for certain).


Dance Apocalyptic by thingswithwings and eruthros I really really wanna thank you for dancing to the end. Amazing multi-fandom vid about when the world is ending.


I get so used to finding no fic I like when I poke into modern fandoms (just endless fluff and AUs and ships), that I was actually shocked when I looked into Ripper Street on AO3 and found actual multiple good fics. (I suppose it is a fandom where one of the main attractions is its use of language...)

Inspector Reid's Catalogue of Criminals by shyday (G, 6616 words. Edmund Reid, Homer Jackson, Fred Abberline.) An archive fic. Great capturing of the voices - Reid, his obsessions and dreams and his archive project. (set shortly before 3.01).
lost_spook: (dw - one)
Sometimes when I am thinking I'd like to write a quick ficlet, I actually remember that I have a giant list of prompts for that purpose. Amazing. Have a 500 prompts fic:

Title: Lightning Flashes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 638 words
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield.
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: The Doctor decides to pay an afternoon call on the gods.

For [livejournal.com profile] romanajo123 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 024 Flash of Lighning – Seventh Doctor & Bernice Summerfield.

Lightning Flashes )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
My Yuletide letter is finally in a better state and only needing some very minor tweaks. Hurrah! And just in time - sign-ups are now open!

This week I managed two more crossover ficlets for the Crossover Meme (I am aiming to get them all done by the time Yuletide assignments go out; if not, I shall have to write them off):

Helping With Enquiries (581 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (TV 1965), Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Watson, The Master (Delgado)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Crossover Meme, Ficlet
Summary: Dr Watson receives a highly unexpected visitor...

Interrogation (764 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7, The Shadow of the Tower
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jenna Stannis, Henry VII of England
Additional Tags: Crossover, Time Travel, Ficlet, Crossover Meme, Meme
Summary: Jenna's a prisoner again, only this time, she's not even in the right century...
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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)
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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: (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 )

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8 Jun 2016 02:14 pm
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1. I defaulted on Not For Prime Time. I know by now I shouldn't sign up for exchanges, excepting only Yuletide (because once a year come hell or high water to see how it goes is a good thing) and possbly Remix (because it works differently). But of course I love exchanges and it's hard to remember that they don't mix well with being ill even in the best circumstances. So I'm kicking myself for giving in and signing up, and also for defaulting on a really lovely assignment that I had a perfectly workable idea for, but I'm immediately a good deal less stressed. Bingos are fine, Runaway Tales, prompts, commentfests, but not exchanges and only some ficathons. I know this by now. *kicks self again*

(When I'm well enough, one day, sometime, never, I shall sign up for ALL THE EXCHANGES. And run some. And ficathons. All of them. Well, maybe, lol.)


2. While not doing NPT, I did quite a lot of family history (tidying, small bits of transcribing and typing up mostly, but more and more consistently than I've managed for six years), which is amazing. If I have been quiet lately, that was one of the reasons.


3. Also I wrote some more ficlets (while not writing my NPT fic, I know, I know. I should be able to do it; it's just never quite that simple). Two more for the meme, one for the Commentfest (it hasn't entirely ended yet):

Gateaux and Glitz (571 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kerr Avon, Dayna Mellanby, Melanie Bush
Additional Tags: Crossover, Humor, Cake Fic Meme, Prompt Fic, Meme
Summary: "Are you ticklish?" (Melanie Bush + Kerr Avon.)


Safe Break (496 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Vila Restal & Soolin
Characters: Soolin (Blake's 7), Vila Restal
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Humor, Prompt Fic, Bank Robbery
Summary: “We shouldn’t be doing this.” (Vila + Soolin)


Ruined (392 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sandbaggers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sir Geoffrey Wellingham, Neil Burnside, Matthew Peele
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Obscure and British Commentfest, Humor
Summary: Matthew's interests come in handy for once.
lost_spook: (dw - brig/liz)
Three more fills from the prompt meme:

Alone Out Here (238 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters, Sapphire (S&S), Steel
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “We’re in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you’re totally right, nothing bad could ever happen here.”

Think of the Planet (502 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/Liz Shaw
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw (Doctor Who), Third Doctor
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “Don’t panic, but I think we might have accidentally got married…” (Brig/Liz)

Under the Stars (627 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Missy/Clara Oswin Oswald
Characters: Missy (Doctor Who), Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: Dubious Consent, Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “Our first date is a picnic on a beach under the stars? Have you swallowed a romance novel? Do I need to call a doctor?” (Clara/Missy)
lost_spook: (Default)
First handful of results from the prompts meme:

Space Married (940 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswin Oswald
Characters: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic, Accidental Marriage
Summary: “Don’t panic, but I think we might have accidentally got married…”

Unwelcome Bedfellows (120 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Sheridan, Alfred Bester
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic, Humor
Summary: Bester + Sheridan, “It’s only one night, we’ll just share the bed.”

Bedside Manner (546 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peri Brown & Sixth Doctor
Characters: Peri Brown, Sixth Doctor
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic, Hurt/Comfort
Summary: “I’m dying.” (Six + Peri)

Experimental Flavours (587 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Press Gang
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Humor
Summary: “Who crawls through someone’s window at 4am to go for ice cream?!”
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
Some Enemy at the Door fic, written for Hyarrowen, who wanted something to do with the Atlantic Wall and who shares my appreciation of Martel and Richter (and Committee Man!). I don't know if this was what was wanted, as it's mainly Martel & Richter discussing some consequences of the Wall for the Islands, but it's what I came up with:

Waiting For the Sky to Fall (1218 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Martel & Dieter Richter
Characters: Philip Martel, Dieter Richter
Additional Tags: Vignette, World War II, Starvation, Post-Canon, Stealth Friendship
Summary: Autumn 1944, and the situation on Guernsey grows ever more bleak, but there's always some slight consolation to be had, if you look for it hard enough.
lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
1. The Obscure & British Commentfest continues! \o/ It is my birthday weekend now, so I shall be pimping again, at least a little, to see if I can poke it into some further weekend action (and then I promise I shall at least stop pimping). It's going nicely and we have a whole bunch of fills (including Spike from Buffy paying a visit to Nouvion and Steel getting sold suits from Mr Humphreys, just for starters).

Thanks to everyone who has helped promote it! It really does make a difference. I also have some rebloggable Tumblr posts, if anyone wants to give it a shout over there. (Most of the time when I complain about Tumblr, that's just me, because I was clearly a person made for LJ and therefore not Tumblr material, but you do realise when trying to promote something multi-fandom like this where the tag-tracking just isn't going to help much, that you have nowhere to go and are totally reliant on reblogs. If I'm missing some major fandom newsletter-type submission blog, let me know.) Anyway, please don't feel obliged, despite my over-thinking stuff, but if you are willing and able, the posts are here, here, here and here. Thank you!


1a. A side-effect of the Commentfest and LJ's relative quietness is that I get temporarily shunted to top of the day's LJs. (And, yes, such power! It puts me up above the gods...! etc. etc. And then I crash straight back into my usual obscurity.)

Anyway, the point of this is that LJ has a button you can press to automatically friend the top 15 journals, so I get random friending during the fest. If you have friended me over the last week and you did it on purpose and aren't a bot, please do comment to this post and wave at me, and I'll friend you back. (I just don't want to friend people who wanted someone popular and interesting! It would be embarrasing all round.)


2. Not entirely about the fest, but definitely Obscure & British - I have been writing some things! Here is an NYR fic, two fills for the fest, and a belated Trope Bingo effort, which can all be found over at AO3 (and the fills via the Masterpost, too, of course):


For the commentfest, for Liadt:

Congratulations & Celebrations (298 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant/Georgina Jones
Characters: Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant, Georgina Jones
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Humor, Obscure and British Commentfest
Summary: Adam and Georgie celebrate their anniversary in a way that's sure to become an annual tradition for them...

For the commentfest, for Van:

Rumours of Blake (947 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Vila Restal, Orac (Blake's 7), Kerr Avon, Dayna Mellanby, Cally (Blake's 7), Del Tarrant
Additional Tags: Mentions of Blake, mentions of various relationships, Ficlet, Humor, Work Contains Fan(s) or Fandom(s), Season/Series 03, Obscure and British Commentfest
Summary: The Liberator Crew discovers that some people have been writing fiction about their favourites rebels, and that rumours of Blake seem to have been greatly exaggerated. (S3)


A Sandbaggers/Mr Palfrey crossover for Trope Bingo square "Trust and Vows":

One Good Turn (1212 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sandbaggers, Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Willie Caine, Neil Burnside, Mr. Palfrey (Mr. Palfrey of Westminster)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Spies & Secret Agents, Trope Bingo Amnesty, Trust Issues, 1980s, Season/Series 03 Spoilers
Summary: One bad apple and you’ve got to check the whole barrel hasn’t gone rotten, that’s the problem…


And for NYR, for paperclipbitch:

Four Plied (1359 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Poldark - All Media Types, Poldark (TV 1975)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Demelza Carne/Dwight Enys/Caroline Penvenen/Ross Poldark, Dwight Enys/Caroline Penvenen, Demelza Carne/Caroline Penvenen, Demelza Carne/Ross Poldark, Caroline Penvenen/Ross Poldark
Characters: Caroline Penvenen, Demelza Carne, Dwight Enys, Ross Poldark
Additional Tags: Yuletide, OT4, Book 07: The Angry Tide, Post-The Angry Tide
Summary: It's chiefly Caroline's doing, of course.
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
Amazing truth, we already have fills and I need to make this post. (The main commentfest post is here.)

'Allo 'Allo
The Fantome of the Cafe Rene (PG, Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer) by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni

Ace of Wands
Ozzie the Owl POV by [livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny
Human Error by [livejournal.com profile] skybirdday (PG-13, Crossover with Sapphire and Steel.)

Adam Adamant Lives!
Georgie/Adam, Congratulations & Celebrations, 298 words by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook

Agent Carter
Bletchley Circle/Agent Carter-Peggy Carter/Bletchley Cast-Peggy meets the girls by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

Are You Being Served?
Sapphire and Steel/Are You Being Served, Steel + Mr. Humphries, A Very Hard Sale. by [livejournal.com profile] count_nickula

The Avengers
Steed & Peel - "Steed, we're needed" by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

The Ballad of Barry and Freda - Victoria Wood
next-door neighbour POV, 384 words by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook

Blake's 7
The Liberator crew discovers fanfic (G, 943 words.) by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Flying, Dayna & Tarrant by [personal profile] swordznsorcery

Bletchley Circle
Bletchley Circle/Agent Carter-Peggy Carter/Bletchley Cast-Peggy meets the girls by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel
Peace At Last, Bletchley Circle, Susan/Millie, celebrating the end of the war by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan
A Rose By Any Other Name, G, The Bletchley Circle, Millie/Jean: flowers by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Fantome of the Cafe Rene (PG, Crossover with 'Allo 'Allo) by [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni

The Champions
Craig/Sharron/Richard - Finding their way together by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

Countermeasures
Tick, Tick, Tick... Boom, Rachel/Allison, Nitro-9 by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan

Department S
Jason King/Stewart Sullivan/Annabelle Hurst-Huddling for warmth cramps one's style by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

dinnerladies
The Funniest Thing..., dinnerladies, Bren (& ensemble if you can) by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan

Doctor Who (1963)
Jamie & Victoria - Fake relationship by [personal profile] john_amend_all
"I'm Not Ready", Doctor Who- Ace/her Girl of the Week by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan
Wandering Savage, G, Leela/Toos, Leela goes back to Toos by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan
By Your Side, G, Ace/Ray, travelling together by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan
fake marriage (Jamie/Victoria) by [livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny
Ace / Ray - travelling together by [personal profile] john_amend_all

Enemy at the Door
Doctor of Philosophy by [livejournal.com profile] hyarrowen

Heartbeat
An Easy Silence, Heartbeat, Jenny/Tricia, G by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan

Home Fires
When Anger Takes Control, G, Steph Farrow by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan
Wrong Feels So Right, Home Fires, Steph/Mim, G by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan

Humans
Niska - Dreams by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

The IT Club
Roy + Moss + Jen, playing a tabletop game together as a bonding exercise by [livejournal.com profile] ssclassof56

James Bond
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lazenby!Bond)-Bond/Tracy-Better by far you should forget and smile by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lazenby!Bond) - Bond/Tracy - 'We have all the time in the world' AU by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare
Four Points of the Compass by [livejournal.com profile] lexigent

Neverwhere
Ingress by anon.

The New Avengers
Purdey/Lord John Marbury-Purdey goes undercover as Lord John's aide (Crossover with The West Wing) by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

The Persuaders
Daniel Wilde/Brett Sinclair-"Danny is obscure and I am British!" by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel
Brett and Danny - Danny rescues Brett from drowning [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

Press Gang
This might not be the dinosaur you were thinking of... by [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42

The Prisoner
Welcome to the Village by [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58

The Professionals
Bodie/Doyle Many an Obscure Past by [livejournal.com profile] byslantedlight

Robin of Sherwood
Robin/Marion, star-gazing, all ages by [livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny

The Sandbaggers
Matthew Peele, a 'ruin-bibber, randy for antique', G, 395 words by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook

Sapphire & Steel
Sapphire and Steel/Are You Being Served, Steel + Mr. Humphries, A Very Hard Sale. by [livejournal.com profile] count_nickula
No Way Out by [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58
Fire and Ice by [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58
Sapphire - In Anima by Kitty Eden
Human Error by [livejournal.com profile] skybirdday (PG-13, Crossover with Ace of Wands.)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Give their lives a glimmer of hope by [livejournal.com profile] killing_kurare

Shetland
To Make a Sick Heart Heal by spilled_notes

Spooks | MI5
Lucas North/Adam Carter, PG by [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit

Tenko
After Everything, M, Marion/OFC, Marion finds comfort in a new friend by [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan

The West Wing
Purdey/Lord John Marbury-Purdey goes undercover as Lord John's aide (Crossover with The New Avengers) by [livejournal.com profile] timelessapeel

Whitechapel
A Strange Understanding by [livejournal.com profile] di_daydreamer

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