lost_spook: (dw - amy)
It's been a while (two a half three years), and I'm feeling fed up with never quite getting back to what passes for normal with me these days, so let's do this thing - let's play [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered again:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

If you haven't done this one before, it can be brain-eating and leave you pining for never-made (but strangely frequently cancelled) TV series. But it's fun and excellent for story ideas!


16/08/2015 09:00 am
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
First, an absolutely lovely multi-era DW vid, following companions after they've left the Doctor. It brightened my day yesterday, so here's passing it on to you all if you haven't already caught it:

Cut for Embed )

The vid post for it is here. It's a joyous thing, but the best bit is the Brigadier, obviously.


And two more [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales:

The Past Is Neither Dead Nor Distant (PG, 5182 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves.) Julia doesn’t like strangers in the house (or mushroom soup), and Edward doesn’t want to talk about his mother. It all comes down to much the same thing, in the end.

And this, which I had far too much fun making (it's technically an art piece, but actually fic in the shape of letters):

Wolves at the Door (and Other Unlikely Tales) (All ages, art. Edward Iveson.) That time the summer term was one unlikely calamity after another (at least, according to Edward).


If I'm a little erratic about commenting for a while, bear with me. At this point in August I seem to suffer from stress (summer is a month too long, apparently, and the strain turns into stress just about... now; so it's been for the past three years & at least this year I went "aha!" and stopped before things got worse), so until I feel a little better (which will be very soon! maybe even today!), I shall focus on the creative things.

Take care. ♥
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I made myself get on and post this (always best to do something at least a little bit constructive)!

For those new to these parts, there exists a meme, a monster of a meme called "I Surrendered", where you get given prompts & make up TV shows and then the whole thing eats your brain. Naturally, being me, last time I used one of my prompts to make up a fake 1970s show (it was properly gloomy and everything) - and then it ate my brain even more than usual. (I might be writing fic for it for runaway_tales now).

Then Liadtbunny said something more recently about doing a prequel, at which I laughed at the idea - and then went off and plotted the whole thing out.

Thanks to everyone who helped out when I failed on suitable 1970s actors for one of the leads - your suggestions were all awesome, and it was a tough casting decision. (I'm still not sure the best man won, but don't tell him that.) (As part of the meme, I may pretend the show is real. It isn't. Obviously.)


When I posted about the 1973/4 drama series Heroes of the Revolution, some people seemed to be under the impression that there was, or was meant to be, a second series. This was never true - it was always conceived of as a one-off serial. However, what isn't as well known is that 1975 saw a prequel in the shape of mini-series Divide & Rule, the equally cheery tale of the downfall of the last government and the dictator Thomas Hallam's rise to power in the late 1950s, and that may have been what people were thinking of.

"Don't you know that Mr Hallam is going to save the country? Just don't stand in his way..."

1958: The ongoing crisis in Britain worsens by the day and the government don't seem to be doing anything to improve matters. Politician Thomas Hallam has a plan, a vision of what could be done to save the country from ruin, but some of the more established cabinet members don't want to listen. Some of them even seem to imagine the crisis will pass if they wait long enough. Well, Hallam's done enough waiting and he's not going to stand by and let the country fall apart.

Standing between Hallam and his goals: several cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister himself. One by one, they'll fall...

I did these vile things out of cowardice. I offer no excuse... )
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
I have one of my other shows ready to go (or almost) but also had this now ready too, which it seemed sensible to post first...

Title: Matters of No Moment
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~3890
Notes/Warnings: Anna, Charles Terrell, Colonel Michael Seaton
Summary: They’re all used to keeping secrets, but maybe it’s the things that go unsaid that matter the most in the end.

Heroes of the Revolution fanfic. Sorry. I tried not to… but maybe not all that hard. I can't quite live without a bit of original fic of some kind here and there. I think this wound up as more fanfic than plain missing scenes (though it’s inevitably that, too). It was originally meant to be writing up the dialogue I had of Anna interviewing Charles Terrell, but then it grew into something else. (The characters involved are those ‘played’ by Gemma Jones, Alfred Burke and Julian Glover.)

Matters of No Moment )
lost_spook: (Default)
I posted this to LJ just now. You can find it here. (Sorry, image-issues again!)
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
(For the pictures, see the LJ version. I should have only posted one side, but forgot. Image troubles again, sorry.)

I'm still working on the supporting cast and the episode guide, but I think the main cast and basic set-up has solidified pretty well, so here's part 1 of the first fruits of the isurrendered meme...

The prompt, from [personal profile] jjpor: It's the morning after the revolution before. The Evil Empire has fallen; the Plucky Rebels won against impossible odds, as Plucky Rebels tend to do. Now they've just got to deal with the messy aftermath and, you know, actually govern the place. Preferably without becoming like the regime they've just defeated.


"The state has failed us, over and over, so we decide ourselves who to protect and who to betray, who to save and who to kill. This was no more, no less than that. Another act of conscience, if you like. Let's call it the final act of revolution - and remember we're all complicit in the crime."

A critically-acclaimed but long-forgotten (and doubtless studio-bound and dreary, shh, such things are awesome) 13 episode drama series from 1973/4 starring Gemma Jones, Alfred Burke, Julian Glover and Diane Keen.

Set in the near-future in an alternate (but not too different) reality, where a tyrannical regime has been in power in Britain for nearly three decades, a group of freedom fighters led by a man known as "Arran", finally defeat the dictator Hallam - and then a new battle begins, one where the lines are even less clear than before. It explores the ethics of power as a drama plays out between the victorious rebel leaders, the remnant of the old guard, and those who want to find more peaceful solutions for the future.

Isn't this better than anarchy? )
lost_spook: (spooks - ruth!)
I've been thinking about this since I talked about favourite memes the other day. And, you know, maybe it's been long enough that we could risk it again? Let's see:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

(If you've never played before: warning for potential brain-eating.)
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
Sorry, this has taken me so long to do! It seems set to be the whenever-Talking Meme, so if somebody still wanted to leave a topic, go ahead! :-)

And the last shall be first... I haven't done the one with dates, so I'm going to leap in with the last topic given me (from [livejournal.com profile] daybreak777, but also briefly with one of the very first topic from [livejournal.com profile] oonaseckar), so:

1. Brazil nuts

I think these may be the one kind of nut that I like that isn't a peanut or an almond, but I can never remember, so am reluctant to try and find out. (Inconveniently, I don't like other nuts at all.) Which is all I have to say on the subject of Brazil nuts, unless I do research. :-)

So, from [livejournal.com profile] daybreak777: You seem to like memes. In your LJ existence, what has been your most fun meme to participate in and why?

I do like memes! Not so much the ones with all the intrusive personal questions, but I do have a soft spot for a good fannish/creative writing meme. Or a suitably ridiculous one. The former have led me to write all sorts I would never have done so otherwise (including those for the "ficlets I would never write meme"). I was going to say that there is one meme that towers above all these as far as I'm concerned - one meme to rule them all, and in the... no - but, actually there are some other contenders.

So, first - memes I enjoy either simply make me laugh, make me think about shows, characters and fandoms in new ways (and especially in reading other people's results), get me to write new and unexpected things and brighten up LJ when it's being tired. I love them. Prompts, jokes, unexpected pairings, random meta, discussion with my ever-surprising, brilliant and evil flist and all that. I wouldn't want to own up to how amused I am by some of the silliest/simplest. *looks shifty* (My sense of humour is not all that sophisticated, and small things please small minds.)

For me, I'm less interested in memes involving personal questions, love memes (go away, I'm British!), and anything relating more to rl (unless I am; I reserve the right to be hypocritical when I choose), and any "you are x" if the process takes half an hour. But I'm often happy to read other people's entries for those things. Each to their own, especially in journalling...

So, without doing an exhaustive check of my tags, here are the three that spring to mind:

3. The Crossover meme: 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.

I've done this twice. Each time the resulting prompts have been unexpected and a lot of fun to do, and I think this was the point where I went down the path of multifannishness, from which there is no returning. (I regret nothing, except lack of readers in the quieter avenues and cul-de-sacs).

2. [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered: The meme that ate Manhattan, as they called it... 1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

I really have mixed feelings at placing this one second, because it is the most dangerous, creative and virulent meme I've ever been involved in. And I'm not the only one. If you haven't encountered it before, the fictional TV shows that turned up varied, but there were some amazing ideas. Do explore the comm; it's pretty incredible. (I recommend Mammoth Season, Murder in the Library and many others that I've forgotten since that year.)

I think about doing this again some time, but it's not as if I've entirely got my brain back since the last time: I can never forget about Enigma House, or Cloak and Dagger. (There was a third, but I knew the story for that so well in my head I didn't write it down. Which is probably as well for the state of my brain, because, of course, I've forgotten most of it now.)

I'd also always thought prior to this that "casting" characters was a bit of an odd thing to do; I learned during the process that it can sometimes be really useful in original writing. Anyway, I Surrendered is wonderful, but if you try it - be warned... Still, at least there's a comm to share the insanity. (It's still mildly active, if not what it was in the first flurry of fake shows.)

1. Fifteen 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.

It probably says far too much about me that this daft meme is my favourite and never fails to make me weep with laughter at some point in the proceedings. I haven't done it for a while, either. I should probably go off and make a list of 15 characters right now, shouldn't I?

Memes: anything creative/funny/fannish and I usually enjoy it one way or another, even if it's only reading everyone else's entries when I don't have the brain for it myself, but, yes, I do love those sorts of memes. And this one, of course. Even if I have little to say about Brazil nuts.
lost_spook: (Mary)
I did say, spamming, didn't I?

Probably too random to be of any interest, but doing the 30 Days Meme over on [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered ended up with me rifling through my scribbled sheets of paper for the two shows for likely 'quotes' and scenes, plus taking some from the snippets I did before. (And somewhere in the process, I've LOST some of them. This is why, of course, you should never have things lying around on loose bits of paper.)

Random rambings yet again )
lost_spook: (North and South (C&D 2))
Another Cloak and Dagger fragment. I've been trying to write other things, too much to put a proper fic for this together, so again, another conversational fragment, this time S2 Kate and John (who understand each other a great deal better by this stage), on some dashed villain inconveniently forcing John into a duel. Except, like I said, I didn't have much time, so no actual duel. (I promise I'll write up one of the bits where something happens sometime soon, but I have a [livejournal.com profile] who_like_giants ficathon entry to do, and other things.)

525 words. Someone seems to be trying to dispose of John.

On Duelling )
lost_spook: (Regency)
Okay, for this I need to apologise all round: incredible typecasting, mean-ness to certain ex-Spooks, cuteness, flimsy ITV-ness (but, hey, why should the BBC be the only British channel to get a fake show? :lol:) and the mangling of the prompt. (I didn't write it down, and here I am, all ready to post the show and checked it and went: "oh.") For all this, I am completely to blame*, and not [livejournal.com profile] john_elliott who gave me the following prompt:

The time: The Regency. The place: England. The morning after her coming-out ball, the protagonist discovers that she can become invisible at will. (Okay, so I lost the 'morning after' and 'at will' bit, but... er... well, it's done now, I've worked it all out... Drat.)

*See end for notes (and excuses).

The Vanishing Heiress: Show synopsis )

Dramatis Personae )

Notes & Excuses )

Edit I just added in a couple bits. I'll try not to do that too much.
lost_spook: (Northanger hiding)
This time 1,097 words - a random fragment with Bartram (Philip Glenister), Sophy (Felicity Jones), Hugh (Lee Williams) and Jenny (Claire Foy):

Frippery fragment )
lost_spook: (Default)
For [livejournal.com profile] belantana, who asked me for 'Cloak and Dagger' fic.

A conversational fragment of 1,133 words.

I have several scribbled bits of fic for both shows, but mostly from working out season finales, or vital plot points (and more for Enigma House than C & D), so not much use, but there was also this: a conversation from early S1 where John Rothley takes Kate to visit his formidable grandmama – and feels he ought to explain why she didn’t meet her at the wedding before the Dowager Countess gives his bride a more alarming version. (Except I didn’t even get to the interesting bit of actually meeting the Dowager, either, as I was working out the family back-story...)

So, really not very exciting – but at least no one will do an annoying flashback, as they inevitably do on TV!

Very dull fic fragment )
lost_spook: (Default)
Firstly, I am wearing contact lenses. This is really peculiar, but very exciting. (Although I did think for a bit that the very kind and patient woman at Boots wasn't going to let me have them... because of my initial inability to take them out. I must say I wondered what it would be like putting them in, but hadn't thought about how weird it would be sort of pinching at seemingly non-existent things in your eyes. However, I managed it.)

Secondly, and what I was meaning to say - I've been doing some actual writing!: I finally finished my DW/Angel crossover last night (now up on Teaspoon HERE). I must thank [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler who has probably forgotten that she answered my what-should-Peri-sing-at-karaoke question last spring or something - and gave me not only a sensible answer to that but also a fun last line. So: thanks!

Plus, have a random drabble! I've been going back through some of the old [livejournal.com profile] dw100 challenges recently and was trying to do one per Doctor for the 004/020 challenge 'crossover'. I did this one and then realised that not only was it obscure (as ever), but it didn't have a Doctor in it, so it didn't count (for my own personal satisfaction, I should add - [livejournal.com profile] dw100 are wonderfully non-prescriptive!). So: Tegan Jovanka has a new employee at the famliy cattle feed business who isn't the least bit scared of her bossiness... (I don't know why I keep using The Gathering continuity when sometimes I don't want the audio to exist, but then Tegan's arguments about why she ended up in the business are fun)(DW/Press Gang):

Just Like Home )

I've got my third fake TV Show nearly done, but I'll hold fire on it for a bit, because it's also Regency-set, so I don't want to follow Cloak and Dagger with it too swiftly.
lost_spook: (North and South (Cloak and Dagger))
For the 'I surrender' meme, [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 gave me this prompt: Regency-era Spooks - so a spy show, but set in the Regency era.

The cast list is hopelessly huge and unrealistic (although then again, if you look at something like Little Dorrit, maybe not?) but I'm not sure what else I could do. I've now corrected things, given people back their titles, put all the main characters first (but the basic premise does remain the same!). I tried wherever possible for people in appropriate period dress already, but sometimes it's not the right period, and leads to some unimaginative casting (but you try casting something with this many characters!).

Cloak and Dagger - the Premise )

Main Characters )

Recurring characters, guest stars and episode guide to follow.
lost_spook: (Zaf)
All right, I confess. I wrote a ficlet before I posted anything! (For my fake show no. 1, that is). As you can see, because I then stole the title back off myself. As you do...

Story: Deadman Walking
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 264
Characters/Pairings: Mary, Deadman
Warnings: None. (Well, except for nothing happening, no fun ghosts and so on.)

Summary: Mary sees someone surprisingly familiar outside of the hotel.

ficlet )
lost_spook: (Northanger hiding)
For the 'I surrender' meme, [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 gave me this prompt: Regency-era Spooks - so a spy show, but set in the Regency era.

It couldn't really be more different to the other one... This is only part done, but I have the main set-up and the first part of the cast (naturally, it's one of those big ensemble dramas with scene-stealing guest stars), but I post this here now (before I go away for the weekend on Sat.)

I’ve cast whoever I liked in this because it’s a BBC period drama – no one is out of bounds, unless they’re dead (although generally anyone I can find wearing a bonnet or cravat just to help the scene setting). I apologise only because I know Richard Armitage is a too obvious here, but once you’ve thought ‘The main character needs to be like Richard Armitage… and Eileen Atkins is playing his grandmother’ it’s a bit late to do anything but cast him.) There is some casting overlap with my other show (guest stars only) but British TV is like that.

Cloak and Dagger - the Premise )

Cast part one )
lost_spook: (Tom Quinn)
The insanity continues. I was going to put these in the other post with the episodes, but it all got scarily long. (That's me done, unless I start writing fic.)

Who's dead this time? )

Episode Guide (in case that helps!).
lost_spook: (Eight Lucie)
I have now plotted out an episode guide and cast several recurring characters and guest stars. This probably is the definition of insanity, but it helped me sleep better knowing some of the answers behind the questions of the set up...

The original post with premise and main cast is HERE.

Supporting Cast )

Episode Guide )
lost_spook: (Ten Agatha Christie)
I'm taking part in this meme:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

(If you haven't already surrendered, feel free to do so.)

In response to [livejournal.com profile] jjpor's prompt: Our protagonist wakes up in a swanky hotel room with no recollection of who s/he is or how s/he got there. Oh, and there's a dead body they don't recognise in the en suite bathroom as well...

Well, this was either going to a one-off cliched thriller... or a too-weird-for-its-own-good ongoing series. Guess which I chose? I can totally see why people are now writing their own fan fic on [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered... This entry proves my insanity beyond question.

Enigma House )
lost_spook: (Agatha Christie)
I got this off [livejournal.com profile] jjpor and I love the whole idea, so here goes:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

I am devising the show from the prompt [livejournal.com profile] jjpor gave me, but that might take a while - I thought I'd set the ball rolling here sometime before next year. (I'm adding the disclaimer that I may be leaving the casting to my hypothetical casting director.)

(If you're interested, there's now a comm for it [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered for TV synposis and even fan fic for the hypothetic shows. Heh.)


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