lost_spook: (dw - eleven has a plan)
I hadn't forgotten about the challenge. I just immediately, on finishing S6 of DW, knew I had to make my next post this one... and then just felt terribly bad because my impression from my flist last year was that an awful lot of people didn't enjoy it. (Although I suspect having the DVDs and no anxious waiting between eps helps!!) In fact, it was so long ago, I've been using the icon I made for the post for weeks. Anyway...

9. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)

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I'd say Matt Smith, but I've only seen him as Eleven - and he's so very Doctorish, I'm not sure I even want to see him in anything else, or not yet. I'll be restrained, anyway, and just say, I like him a lot (and it's such a relief to love a New Who Doctor quite so easily), and he won me over in S5 for the little nods to Hartnell and to Troughton - and in S6 I distinctly noticed a look of Five's he's perfected and a thing Seven does with his hands. Maybe these are flimsy reasons to love an actor or a Doctor, but it works for me. ♥ (I mean, there are other things, but his natural Doctorishness, and endearing nods to his former incarnations are lovely.)

Anyway, I don't want to start serious DW discussion here, sorry, (although not that I want to thwart it elsewhere) so, you know, if you agree, squee with restraint, and if you don't, pity me nicely.

And what I really want to know, now I've caught up is: did I miss anything? So, bearing in mind I am still shaky on the concentration (the only thing I can do with a long fic, really, is bookmark it), but if I missed any fics/vids/whatever during S6 for fear of spoilers, please rec me now!

I watched [livejournal.com profile] calapine's vid Poison straight off, but that was about it. Oh, but I did wonder whether anyone had written Lorna Bucket's first meeting with the Doctor, but couldn't see anything from mild searching. (It's just me, I go, ooh! Eleven + child! *want*. I blame wee!Amelia a lot.)

Picture under cut )
lost_spook: (pg - spike & Lynda)
I was going to think of something less obvious next, but, after all, this is one of the topics I got from [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler...

7. Press Gang

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Okay - it's like this. There's a tribe living by a river, and in the river there are crocodiles. The tribe has one particular piece of wisdom passed down through the generations. It goes like this: if you happen to meet a crocodile, don't stick your head in its mouth. Every now and then - and who knows the reason - people ignore this advice. Which is sad. Because they die. But very stupid because they were warned. They had a choice. The moral of this story is - you can't afford to be stupid. There are crocodiles.


I made these icons and the rough post on 18th May. I've been waiting ever since to be work out something sensible to say about Press Gang. I don't think it's going to happen. So. I love Press Gang. It's clever, funny, surreal, tragic, hard-hitting and heart-warming and bleak. Sometimes all in the same minute. Lynda Day is great (and Julia Sawalha is amazing). It's one of the most quotable things ever. And then there's the strange and wonderful world of Colin Mathews... Oh, and it's just some old 1990s UK teen drama.

Tell Sarah the lead article is completely lousy, and if she doesn't have it up to scratch by seven tonight, I'll burn her house down. )

***

Kenny: Thanks.
Lynda: For what?
Kenny: I don't know. Everything.
Lynda: I'm not responsible for everything. I just make it look that way.
lost_spook: (inkheart - fear kills everything)
6. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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Books were her home when she was somewhere strange - familiar voices, friends that never quarrelled with her, clever, powerful friends, daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had travelled far and wide.


Of all the books I probably wouldn't have read if I hadn't been a children's librarian, Inkheart has to be pretty high up on the list of my favourites. It's not only a gloriously old-fashioned, complex and engaging children's fantasy (in the best possible way, and beautifully written - or, very well translated, since I'm unable to read German), it's an exercise in pure bibliophilia. Inkheart is about book-loving Meggie, her book-binder (or book doctor) father, Mo, her great Aunt Elinor (a book collector who verges on bibliomania), an author and a number of escaped book characters. It's a genuine fantasy novel, but the only magic in it is the power of books and words, of printed paper pages, and reading, and writing - and reading aloud. And about the power, danger and addictiveness of stories and the imagination, of the contrast between fantasy and reality. It's also about the way that stories and characters have a life of their own that can't truly be owned by anybody, even their creators.

The hardback copy I first read (published by Chicken House) was lovely - covers, paper quality, typesetting, everything. A lot of thought went into having not just the cover art (which is nice, but not the thing here) but the whole feel of the book match the theme of it, of getting completely lost in a story. (Actually, I'm thinking now, given how much of it is also about loving the sheer physicality of books - the covers, the paper, their presence in the house, under the pillow, everywhere - it's a little ironic to think how many people are going to read an e-book version of this. That's not a criticism... just a passing thought.)

My only regret is that I couldn't have read it when I was 10 or 12 or so. On the other hand, whether I'd have ever been able to emerge again is a good question, so perhaps it's as well. It is, however, very much one of those books that is a worthwhile read at any age. (Stories have their own shape, and sometimes that shape is a children's novel. That doesn't automatically make it not worth reading by adults.)

Books are like flypapers )

Credits: textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger
lost_spook: (dw - Master bars)
5. The Master / Roger Delgado (Doctor Who)

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"In reminiscent mood, are you, Doctor? Poor Miss Grant, you have my deepest sympathies."


This is a very simple one. I love Roger Delgado as the Master. I have no rhyme or reason for it (although I know I'm far from alone!*) other than that he is quite, quite beautiful in his own way and the first Three-era story I saw was The Sea Devils, which sees him dressing in white, and claiming to be reformed, and watching The Clangers.** ("It seems to be a rather interesting extraterrestrial life-form.") Three himself never had a chance, no matter how many sandwiches he pilfered later on. My heart was irrevocably given to the villain (with a little room left over for the Brigadier). In fact, that bit in The Claws of Axos where the Brigadier and the Master wind up working together? If the Doctor had run away at that point and never come back, I wouldn't have minded. Well, not much. (And, his genuine dismay at what the Doctor has been doing to his TARDIS and the state it's in: "Overweight, underpowered museum-piece... might as well try to fly a second-hand gas stove." And on what the Brigadier might do if there's a nuclear explosion: "You could try the usual precautions... sticky tape on the windows, that sort of thing." ♥)

Some more, and a pretty picture )
lost_spook: (S&S - OT3)
Onwards, and an obvious one, but it was on the list of topics that [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 gave me (and I promised I'd include all those. Except maybe the lemons):

4.Sapphire and Steel

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Sapphire: (to Silver, playing with a fruit machine): Sometimes you're supposed to lose. Well, most times you're supposed to lose.
Silver (stops): Oh! I wondered why I wasn't enjoying it.


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I know I've said far too much about this show since I watched it (obsession is terrible when you've not even got a proper rl to balance it out with) but maybe I can find something new?

One of the things that caused me to watch it, and appealed to me about it once I had, was the fanfic. I'd always vaguely lumped the show in with The Avengers, and assumed Sapphire and Steel were code names. A DWM interview with David Collings ages ago made me wonder if it might be something else, but I didn't have a chance to find out.

And then there was the fanfic. Looking for good Doctor Who crossovers, I came across first Blue and then The Glade. They weren't just good fics, they were both perfectly accessible to a newbie, and mysterious and beautiful. And [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle told me that, yes, pretty much all the S&S fanfic was that great.

And it was, and I love the potential for writing in this fandom. The possibility for weird time-related genfics, the sheer otherness and mystery surrounding the central characters, and (for someone who has an inability to write much in the way of ships or anything approaching pr0n), the strange freedom that the idea of telepathic shippage brings is fascinating. And it allows you to look at the world from a very different point of view, and I love that. The whole concept is beautiful, and there's hardly any canon to bother over. It's also the only fandom I know of where you have to worry during a fic in case you explain too much, or make the plot overly logical.

Since I'm waxing lyrical about both the fic that exists, and the potential for what a person could write, this post was immediately preceded by the epic S&S recs post I've built up since last summer - I finished it a few weeks ago, so it's one I made earlier. Please forgive the morning's spammage.

***

All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is Life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver, and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.


NB. I got the quote wrong in the icon, but I decided I liked it anyway. At least, the meaning is still the same.
lost_spook: (dw - individual daleks)
The 100 Things Challenge continues!

3. Random Generators
The below icons are from the Random Icon Pairing Meme the other week - apparently I lied about the 100 Icons part of this challenge. There will be more than 1 per post sometimes, if it seems appropriate. Yes, look, I made Random Pairing Icons!!


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More icons )
I love random generators. I love them for two main reasons, and the first is that I just do and they amuse me. Simple things please simple minds, perhaps? The second is that, for whatever reason, as a writer, and especially a fanfic writer, I respond well to prompts and games and other stimuli. It's fun, it leads me to unexpected places, gives me challenges (because it's all got to be in character and in keeping with the fictional universe in question). Whether it's the randomness of certain memes (like the 15 characters meme, I Surrendered, or the icon pairing meme) or actual online generators, it works for me. More plus links! )
lost_spook: (aiken - dozen words (lucas))
Firstly, any icons I make for this challenge will be snaggable in the usual way (unless otherwise stated). And if I'm talking about books/TV/films etc, I will try not to be spoilerish.

So, here goes... (You will soon see why I wanted to pair these two).

1. Book: Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)

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"Time no longer..." murmured Tom, and thought of all the clocks in the world stopping ticking, and their striking stopped too, drowned and stopped forever by the sound of a great Trumpet. "Time no longer..." repeated Tom; and the three words began to seem full of enormous possibilities.


Tom's Midnight Garden )


2. Book: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley (1939)

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I smell the hot scents of the herb garden drenched in sunshine, and the perfume of the honeysuckle after rain, but stronger than these is the rich fragrance of the old house, made up of wood-smoke, haystacks, and old old age, mingled together indissolubly. All these scents and sounds are part of the story I have to tell, with light and darkness, shadows and tragedy interwoven.


A Traveller in Time )

Credits: Icon textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 and [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler each gave me seven subjects for a meme recently. I have decided now to make sure I included those subjects somewhere in this challenge. Indeed, most of them I already had without even thinking when I went to check! (I'm not sure about the lemons, though, but we'll see... If I can fit lemons in somewhere, I will.)

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