lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
For [personal profile] eve11 in the Fic Commentary Meme, this segment of Prospero's Daughter, a fic for Big Finish's Unbound series of AU Doctors (published to celebrate DW's 40th anniversary in 2003). This one was for Full Fathom Five, with the AU in that audio being essentially, what if the Doctor went dark? (With the Doctor in question being played by David Collings, so clearly it was a strange and explicable thing that I found myself listening to it, obv.).

I also have a bit of an odd relationship with the fic, because it was the first thing I wrote properly after relapsing with the ME in Jan 2011, and it left me with no mental concentration for a month afterwards, which was pretty terrifying. I thought I'd never write again, and even if it was probably only a month or two later I was writing a tiny tiny Sapphire & Steel ficlet, it felt like a lot longer, and it still took me another year before I could manage that many words again, and I panicked about whether or not it was any good afterwards. It became a Fic of Doom.*

The bit with the jelly babies; it's always the bit with the jelly babies )
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
My other [community profile] hetswap fic was my first ever pinch hit, for [personal profile] glinda, who had included Eight/Charley in their requests, and so I had to try. And incidentally, now my sign-ups to assignments ratio is only one out! (I suppose that means that to keep it correct, now I have to pick up one more pinch hit and that'll fix it.)

So, that was fun, although I feel slightly bad because maybe a better, shippier person would have picked it up if I hadn't foiled them by snaffling it, but oh well.


Unconsidered Trifles (1835 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eighth Doctor/Charley Pollard
Characters: Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard
Additional Tags: Timey-Wimey, Fluff, Season/Series 01, with a bonus guest appearance
Summary: There's something odd going on inside the TARDIS. Even odder than usual, that is.

Now also on Teaspoon.

Hetswap

8 Mar 2017 06:41 pm
lost_spook: (dw - brig/liz)
In other reading, [community profile] hetswap went live today and I had both my gift fic and an unexpected unofficial gift fic (from ParanoidAngel):

My gift fic, a sweet and funny little Emma Swan/Captain Hook fic:

A Little Blue Bottle (2219 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Captain Hook | Killian Jones/Emma Swan
Characters: Emma Swan, Captain Hook | Killian Jones, Henry Mills (Once Upon a Time), Evil Queen | Regina Mills, Rumplestiltskin | Mr. Gold, Violet (Once Upon a Time), Prince Charming | David Nolan, Snow White | Mary Margaret Blanchard
Summary: Emma and Killian go on a date, but something gets in the way of enjoying it fully.


And my unofficial, non-anonymous gift, which was much fun and introduced Evelyn and Six to the cake!fic genre, something that was way overdue, all considered:

Chocolate Cake, a Cardigan and a Coat (1173 words) by paranoidangel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sixth Doctor, Evelyn Smythe
Additional Tags: Cake, Cake Fic Meme, chocolate cake, Lemon Drizzle Cake
Summary: The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn find themselves chained together and covered in chocolate cake.

So, that was very nice, all round & I enjoyed a few of the other stories in the collection, too.
lost_spook: (Default)
I actually managed to write some things for [community profile] fandom_stocking myself! I didn't get to as many people as I wanted, but that's always the way. I also managed a handful of icons and one or two other small bits, but here's the fic:

6 fics in Doctor Who, Adam Adamant Lives!, Blake's 7, & Georgette Heyer )

I also started a joint S&S fic for [personal profile] kaffyr and [personal profile] annariel, but it got too long to be attempted for Fandom Stocking, so I'm going to work on it - it's at 2000 words now and has a better plot outline than it did when I posted it, so I'm hopeful, but it may take me a while yet.
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
So, I wrote things for Yuletide. Somewhat more than I expected...

Firstly, and most importantly, my assignment, which was for [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42. I had, when signing up initially, looked at my list of fandoms I was willing to write and said to myself I might as well have just said I'd write for Paranoidangel. And then laughed, shook my head at myself, reminded myself that Yuletide is a big exchange and added in a bunch of other fandoms... and then got assigned to Paranoidangel! (So, erm, sorry about that - you just got yet more of me instead of somebody new! I had fun writing for you, though! ♥)

Backstitch in Gold (3948 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The House of Eliott
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beatrice Eliott & Evangeline Eliott, Beatrice Eliott/Jack Maddox
Characters: Beatrice Eliott, Evangeline Eliott, Jack Maddox
Additional Tags: Yuletide, 1920s, Fashion & Couture, Sister-Sister Relationship, Misses Clause Challenge, Women Being Awesome
Summary:

What has been well-stitched together doesn’t easily fray at the seams.



I'd been rewatching HoE recently and was determined to write fic for it, because there's so little of it, and knew what I wanted to do - a sort of big Bea and Evie across-the-years, culminating in a fixit for the ending. But then it seemed to fall flat in various places, and the ending wasn't quite how I remembered it, thus scuppering my planned final section and I floundered for a while. (I had in my head that Bea and Evie had a big row and, actually, they don't. Evie is angry at everyone, but Bea is muted, almost defeated.) However, eventually, I beat it into shape & hopefully it wasn't too bad! (I've learned by now, though, that I pretty much always feel my assignments are terrible - until the next year, when suddenly I realise that last year's was quite good... but this year's is terrible.)

Anyway, it was fun to write Bea & Evie, and I am still very fond of the series. (Which follows the fortunes of a pair of sisters who set up a London fashion house in the 1920s and is good fun & all up on YT if anyone is interested). I did want to work in more characters, though, and more social history... and, yes, well, possibly being unrealistic? I think in my head I wanted to write a big HofE novel, that's all. At least I finally came up with a title I liked. I had the summary before the fic, but it was in danger of being posted as "Untitled House of Eliott fic" as the deadline approached. (Backstitch is the strongest stitch commonly used for sewing & in gold, obviously, but also because that's how Jack refers to Bea early on. Hmm, I'm not sure now why I changed it from "Backstitch in Gold Thread" because that makes more sense! I shall go change it back.)

And more under the cut! )


Also I now know that it was Clocketpatch who risked complete obscurity by writing me that last minute Public Eye/Sapphire & Steel treat. (Thanks so much, Clocket! You're amazing!) My other wonderful gift was by DesertScribe, who's new to me, but whom I hope hasn't written their last S&S fic, because that one was excellent. ♥
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
As promised!

These are a tiny handful from a first and rather erratic sweep of the archive. There will be more - when I finally make it through the whole alphabet! (As ever, I had to stick to mostly short things, although there is - amazingly - a 30,000 S&S fic featuring original Elements which I will have to go and print off, because... amazing.) There are more fics for many of these fandoms! There are whole novels and things in there... *waves hands in incoherent admiration of the 2014 Yuletide Collection*

17 recs in Archer's Goon, The Avengers, Blackadder, Blake's 7, Bleak Expectations, Chalet School, Chronicles of Prydain, Doctor Who (BFAs), Curse of Fatal Death, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Drop the Dead Donkey, Fire & Hemlock, Hamlet, Henry IV, and Sapphire & Steel )
lost_spook: (dw - six)
Apparently Maggie Stables who played Evelyn Smythe, Six's lovely and awesome audio companion, has just died.


And just to be really cheerful on the subject of Six-era ladies, also in the news this weekend, was Lynda Bellingham, who is dying of cancer. (She's stopping her chemotherapy in November, and the timing should give her one last Christmas.) In addition to being known here as "the OXO lady", she was the Inquisitor at Six's Trial (and I believe has since also been in the Gallifrey audio series, so make this a particularly bad weekend for Big Finish fans.


*is very sad*


Probably, in honour of the one companion who could really keep Six in order, a sort of final salute of chocolate cake is required...


Following on from Kate O'Mara earlier in the year, it seems an exceptionally bad year for awesome ladies who knew the Sixth Doctor. :-/
lost_spook: (spooks - ruth bonkers but brilliant)
Title: Undead United
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 417
Characters/Pairings: Zafar Younis, Charley Pollard (slight Zaf/Charley)
Notes/Warnings: AU. (Possible vague spoilers for Big Finish and Spooks S6)
Summary: Zaf and Charley, still alive (just) and saving the world. Spooks/Doctor Who crossover for [personal profile] belantana who prompted: Charley and Zaf meet again, because I totally shipped them in the first of your fics I ever read. in the Prompt me Post ages ago.

I wrote this at the time, but couldn’t get it to make enough sense, but when I looked at it again, I thought maybe it didn’t need to make any more sense, not for an AU snippet. (I'm going back through my last notebook. There will probably be other strange fragments and suchlike.)

AU in which Charley saves Zaf and they travel the universe together, or something like that )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
[community profile] fandom_stocking went live yesterday, and I had so many nice things in my stocking! Thanks so much to everyone who left anything there for me. ♥ Anyone liking the sound of any of the following should go check it out. (Yes, I am displaying the contents of my stocking for you all...)

* I got TWO sets of David Collings gifs. Yes, really! \o/ I did ask, but I didn't think anyone would actually make me any. (I'll see about putting one or maybe two on the LJ version of this post, but I'm feeling a bit too lazy for Photobucket just now). They were made v kindly for me by [personal profile] brooms and [personal profile] liadtbunny. ♥ ♥ ♥

* A tiny-but-cute Lorne & Fred ficlet (Ats) from [personal profile] yhlee

* A Mary Dove/Inspector Neele drabble from [personal profile] john_amend_all (Miss Marple, A Pocketful of Rye, and, um, yes, it's my fault. It's all to do with me wanting professional thief/detective and ITV casting Matthew Macfadyen and then sticking meticulously to the book, when the BBC 1980s version got the shippy vibe. Damn TV makers are so contrary.)

* [personal profile] kaffyr wrote me a wonderful Sapphire and Steel fic Green, Red and Gold, and Blue Follows

* [profile] ladymercury10 left me a very tempting-looking set of Doctor who recs

* [personal profile] cosmic_llin wrote me a lovely Sarah & Harry ficlet. (Sometimes Harry is much more practical than the Doctor, after all.)

* A beautiful little set of Blake's 7 icons from [personal profile] shinyjenni

* An IOU for West Wing fic from [personal profile] feathermoon_scarletsky

* [personal profile] dbskyler gave me some vid links, and you should check them out but especially the adorable penguin one.

* Summer Afternoon Blues by [personal profile] glinda, another AtS ficlet, this one about Lorne and the first time he heard music and it's just gorgeous and if anyone round here also knows Angel, do take a look.

* Seven-and-Ace fic by [personal profile] clocketpatch, which is every bit as wonderful as you would suppose and I'm delighted.

* And last (but absolutely not least, since it contained infinity) - Unccountable Infinities from [personal profile] eve11 and Eight and Charley ficlet, which answered my first first Straybunnies prompt for the two of them investigating something really surreal. And Eight and Charley! *joy*

*plus various good wishes and season greetings from kind folks. Oh! And intriguingly, a promise for some David Collings graphics at some point this week from [personal profile] weaselett.

So that was pretty amazing and thanks again to everyone. I did manage to write and make some bits and bobs for other people, too. I (rather belatedly yesterday evening, sorry about that) put them in the AO3 collection as well, so I'll put up another post with the fics in sometime soon. (There were also a few graphics/icons and recs, but they were all pretty specific for the recipients.)
lost_spook: (Default)
Title: Trapped
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 100
Characters/Pairings: Gold, Silver.
Warnings None.
Summary: Gold’s not happy. (Prompt 67: silver & gold - Drabble & Stranded/survival scenario) Gold is, of course, not mine, but from the Big Finish audios, where he’s played by Mark Gatiss.

Trapped" )
lost_spook: (DW - Eight)
This feels like it ought to be one of the prompt ficlets, but actually it was just a thing I wrote. (I do that still?) I listened to The Silver Turk a while back, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42 & at the end Eight wanted a waltz. Well, if Eight wants a waltz, he should have one, that's my thinking... (And I'd forgotten how much I liked Eight and Mary from The Company of Friends.)

Title: Viennese Waltz
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 643
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, Mary Shelley
Notes/Warnings: Slight (non-spoilery) tag for the end of the BFA The Silver Turk. (Mary Shelley is Eight’s companion in a three-story run of audios. It’s not just random historical fic.)

Summary: Before they leave Vienna, Mary decides to let the Doctor have his waltz, after all.

Viennese Waltz )
lost_spook: (b7 - Avon)
Just heard this via [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1, but Big Finish are finally doing a full-cast B7 audio!

([livejournal.com profile] scifi_mel, one of us presumably wished really hard... :-D)

Here: full details at Big Finish

(The tweet with pic that Pers linked me to. I died. Happy, though.)

Photobucket

:-)

(I was having a bit of a miserable day till just then...)
lost_spook: (rain)
Icons I've made but somehow never posted over this past year. Maybe some were even longer ago? Anyway, FINALLY...

Teaser:


Credsit: Textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger and [livejournal.com profile] twinstrikeish & probably some others. The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit. No hotlinking, comments are ♥
lost_spook: (be - laura/brittas (eek))
Meme found in the wild: Make a list of all the characters in your icons. (Although you may have more than one icon of a single character, they only go on the list once.) Alphabetize it. Take the first two people on the list; that's your first pairing. Second two people; second pairing, etc. Treat us to some commentary once you're done.

I thought it'd be fun... I hadn't quite realised what a weird jumble of characters I have - some of them are there more for the action in the icon than the character. So, in most cases, let's say that instead of a commentary, a horrified silence might be more appropriate?

(Actually, it turned out better than I expected. For the first half of the alphabet, anyway.)

38 random pairings and an odd man out )
lost_spook: (dw- chimes may not have known it was imp)
53 Big Finish icons, text and images. As I did many of these for [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo, some may be a little random, but bear with me - I'll definitely do some more when I can.

Teaser:

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Icons Here! )
lost_spook: (carry on Shorthouse writing)
Okay, I posted The Fic In Question over at Teaspoon:

Prospero's Daughter.
All ages/PG, ~3000 words. Written around the BFA Full Fathom Five (featuring David Collings as an AU Doctor, but no spoilers and should stand alone, as it's set in the audio's 27 year gap). Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch for kindly taking a quick look to check I wasn't delirious (or not noticeably) and that I managed to be a bit dark.

[Yes, sorry. I had vowed to myself when I was able to write fic, I would be less obscure. That was a waste of time. I did try quite deliberately to write it as an introduction so should be readable. Well, I'm not quite able to write fic yet, really, I suppose. Also there is another reason that will be explained at some time. As well as the usual: somebody had to do it!]

(Not as yet okayed by the mods.)
lost_spook: (b7 - tarrant/dayna)
Some nice things:

1. I have been catching up with some Big Finish, and have been listening to some more Eight and Lucie (I wish they weren't so much shorter - it makes them terribly more-ish!). I got to The Zygon Who Fell to Earth and was interested to see it had Steven Pacey in (who is, of course, Tarrant in Blake's 7). I wondered what he'd sound like now (and, yes, I KNOW he's in a Spooks episode, but I haven't seen that one since I've seen B7) and he was puuting on a West Country accent, drat him. And then being a Zygon. And then singing.

So, um, now the story is The One With Tarrant the Singing West Country Zygon. And to check it was him singing, I looked him up, and I hadn't realised he'd also been a bit of a West End star (apparently he got an Olivier award for playing Bertie Wooster in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's By Jeeves. Now I am all intrigued. Are there any clips of this?). I'm not usually one for bothering about rl actor details for characters, but there really ought to be some sort of cracky B7 fic in that, probably with Vila trying to make money out of it. (And then I also thought that B7 would work really well as an AU in which 'B7' was a pop group, with rivalry and people going solo, and rival bands funded by an evil corporation. It would explain the outfits. And I may have been delirious, yes. Sorry.)

... And I will be back another time with further delirium, as I see it is time for lunch now. :-)

(You can hear bits of it in this Behind the Scenes from R7 Here. There's a clip of the song at 3.14)
lost_spook: (Charley)
There are spoilers for these Big Finish audios below the cut, but it occurred to me I never got round to posting my reaction.

Charley! )
lost_spook: (Romana)
[livejournal.com profile] belantana asking me about Classic Who reminded me that I'd given up reporting on my rewatching in order (that I started about four years ago now - so long that I'm just pining for One, Ian and Barbara by now.)

This was because I kept watching bits of serials and only finishing them months later in a very unorganised way, so here goes, nevertheless:

(Naturally, there will be 1978 spoilers).

Thoughts on the first half of the Key To Time )

The below are as spoiler-free as I can manage, though:
The Company of Friends )

The Shadow of the Scourge )

(Did I say my reviews are boring as I mostly like things? It's true.
lost_spook: (Five)
Title: Fallen
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word count: c. 3500
Characters: Charlotte Pollard, The (Delgado) Master

Summary: Charley’s waiting for the Doctor to return, but it isn’t the wrong Doctor she gets, it’s the wrong Time Lord altogether. This can’t end well. (Some spoilers in passing for BFAs Storm Warning and The Girl Who Never Was).

(I should add I've not done anything more than tweak a word or two of a fic all day; I just had stuff written up, hanging about). I got this from a randomiser prompt: Charlotte Pollard/Delgado Master/Fallen through the cracks. I played about with it the other week, trying to get a prompt for a story for [livejournal.com profile] ghost2 and this came up & wouldn't go out of my head.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch for the helpful feedback (in response to my "I've just written this. Am I insane or does it make sense?" plea for help. Heh). And, sorry, I don't think I've changed anything barring an extra paragraph at the end!

Edit: Sorry, please be patient till it's up on the 'Spoon, as ever!
lost_spook: (Eight)
The last of my Big Finish audios I ordered the other day came this afternoon, which is good, because of course, the ones I wanted to listen to first came last. (There seems to be a universal law about this sort of thing.)

So now I have:
The Harvest (Seven, Ace, Hex)
The Settling (")
The Fires of Vulcan (Seven, Mel)
The Shadow of the Scourge (Seven, Benny, Ace)
Bloodtide (Six, Evelyn)
Brotherhood of the Daleks (Six, Charley)
The Raincloud Man (")

I should also add that me trying to get the cheapest deals (second hand or new) on Amazon led to my bank deciding that this was suspicious activity and putting a security marker on my card which led to a very awkward moment at the petrol station when I discovered my card wasn't accepted. And given that evening's spending also including a donation to Comic Relief... Yes, thieves always steal debit cards and donate to charity! Actually, that sounds like an odd sort of modern Robin Hood story idea there...)

So I'm a bit wary of buying any more now... I dunno. (Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1, just the back of The Harvest is giving me ideas!)

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