lost_spook: (divide & rule)
So, this one I'm supposed to use for my origfic! I'm a little ambivalent about it compared to some other people have been given, but that's the luck of the draw. I like several of the squares, and bingo-options are nearly limitless for this one, so it should be fun.

backstory/missing scene festival/fair amnesia wings kiss
trapped crying bullying love at first sight substance abuse
insanity singing WILD CARD enclosed spaces missing persons
learning what love is first time holiday drugs/intoxication coming of age
secrets/lies reunion reading aloud character study post-traumatic stress disorder
lost_spook: (cat)
1. I'm beginning to feel like my entries here are heartlessly ignoring everything in rl, but they're not. It's just I have nothing useful to contribute to that conversation right now (and, anyway, I'd get upset and angry again, and that only leads to being less well instead of more well), so I shall just continue as I am, and at least be cheerful. But it's not meant as heartless I'm All Right, Jack stuff, or relentless Pollyanna-ness, I swear.


2. I wrote another Edward/Julia AU ages ago (I have a list of 15 prompts that are all destined to be such; I realise now this was a bad idea, but I won't stop till they're all done nonetheless), and finally edited it this weekend, now that my Yuletiding has calmed down a little. (If mostly because of sad lack of brain this last week, but still.) (I am writing meme ficlets too. Just slowed by sad lack of brain, as ever.) Anyway, here is a very frivolous 1960s AU that was mostly written so that Edward could be pained by modern music (and Julia pained by his inappropriate clothes; it's a trial):

Even the Bad Times Are Good (Teen, 10,491 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Christy Graves. 1960s AU.) In which dating is complicated, Edward can’t stand modern music, and Julia can’t stand Edward’s clothes.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I stopped linking to my [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales fic when I posted it somewhere back at the beginning of the year, but I've still been writing them (if not as much, thanks to being interrupted by surgery and inconveniently long AUs and things). I thought, that since anyone interested knows where to look by now linking was just being a nuisance, but then I thought maybe I'd link to anything slightly different/more relevant to people's interests, so going back over the last few months, I found:

Two tiny ficlets for Enigma House! (My very first [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered show, the one about the haunted hotel with the amnesiac heroine and the possibly dead chap in the bathroom and suspiciously Spooks-heavy casting, if anyone has a memory that long):

Uncomfortable Company (G, 350 words. Mia Robinson, Claud Dickinson.) Another day, another unsatisfied customer…

Seize the Moment (PG, 438 words. Mary, DCI Michael Harrison.) It’s time to get out of here.


In a similar vein, I had a prompt for Edward/Julia – supernatural au & lost weekend and it occurred to me that if my canon is supposed to be like a UK 1970s drama series, then the supernatural AU for it must be the UK 1960s/70s action/adventure/sf land where every single village harbours either dodgy cults, mad scientists, or aliens, or something. (The idea of what it's like to be a member of the government in that set up is v amusing; I shall have to return to this one some time. I mean, it's no wonder all the men from Whitehall are unreasonable: every time someone gets a funding grant for a new project it all turns out to wind up nearly destroying half the country, eating up the budget, and even if you don't get killed, you get shouted at by arrogant eccentric geniuses in silly clothes and placated with tea.*)

Weekend Break (Teen, 8373 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Diana Foyle.) “The Government isn’t doing enough to counteract the rise of demon worship in more remote areas of the country. It’d be a different story if it were happening in the Home Counties.”


* I don't watch too much old telly, honest. *cough*
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
I wrote a [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales AU (so effectively just unconnected origfic) for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship this year (written back in January) but for various reasons, I wound up never posting it for the fest. However, I discovered it fitted a [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square ("fall from grace"), so I pulled it out again and have now further edited it, tweaked it, had it beta-ed, and finally got the ending more to my liking. I don't imagine it'll be of much interest to anyone, but here it is, nonetheless, and about time, really. (Sorry [personal profile] aralias for all my wibbling back in spring/summer! Hopefully next year will be better. But at least now I get a bingo square too...)

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

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

138) In the Flesh- Portia Da Costa

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


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

Link: on AO3 | at Runaway Tales (LJ)
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Before I disappear for Christmas (and, hey, have a nice one everyone if you're celebrating; good luck with the avoidance if you're not ♥), a few last [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales:

Fish Out of Water (PG, 5022 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Roderick Howe, Margaret Howe, Jane Howe, Sylvia Howe.) This wasn’t what Edward and Julia had in mind for their first wedding anniversary…

Little by Little (PG, 14x 100 words. 1908, 1923, 1937, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1963, 1972, 1980, 1986, 1991, 1992; John Iveson/Elizabeth Long, Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Hanne Graves, Christy Graves, Ron Whittaker, Charles Terrell/Marian Dalton, Anna Miller/Louise Murray, Elizabeth Miller, Michael Seaton, Liz Cardew.) Tea and conversation, and hope.

In Memoriam (PG, 1326 words. Edward Iveson, John Iveson, Elizabeth Long.) How does someone say goodbye? (Written for Flavour of the Day: valediction.)

Truce (G, 693 words. Edward Iveson, Elizabeth Long.) It’s been much too long since Edward has seen his mother… (Written for Flavour of the Day: irenic.)


I may pop up again in between, but I may not. And when I am back (in a week), I'll inevitably be very unwell/tired as a result, so I'll just see you all at some point on the other side.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
1. One of the joys of Yuletide is stumbling over things you never knew about before. One this year that amused me muchly was the music video of Shakespeare's Sister's Stay. Now, this is a song that I recorded off the radio when I was a teenager (onto a tape, I'm a historical thingumy) and I was always fascinated by it - I reasoned that it was all one voice and maybe some fairy queen who seemed nice but wasn't (a la some Tam Lin/Thomas the Rhymer thing, because I had been reading Fire and Hemlock by that point), but NO. That is not what it is about!

As it turns out, voice one is a woman trying to get her dying boyfriend to stay with her and voice 2 is Death. Who in this wears a sparkly catsuit and does an outrageous dance because... er... um... it's an 80s music video? My favourite bit is Death's eye-roll at the end because, frankly someone's who's been doing a sparkly OTT catsuit dance like that has no grounds on which to eye-roll at people. Oh, and for some reason, it all seems to be happening in space because why not?

Cut for embed )

Anyway, I'm grateful to the requester because otherwise I would never have watched that and my life would have been the poorer for it.


2. Talking of amusing vids, it's been at least a year or two since I mentioned that Julius Caesar Poker Face vid, and every so often a person just needs to remind themselves that it exists and laugh themselves silly at the combination of Richard Pasco and David Collings and their ridiculously opposite faces set to appropriate-inappropriate pop music. Do not worry if you do not like Julius Caesar, 1970s BBC theatricality, Lady Gaga, or Brutus/Cassius. None of those things should come between you and it:

Cut for embed and Richard Pasco )


3. And now for something completely different, because otherwise I'll forget again, I wrote some more [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales:

Two in the same AU timeline:
Double Cross (PG, 4367 words. Edward Iveson, Julia Graves, Rudy Graves.) Julia’s having nothing but trouble with men – her brother seems to be in danger and Mr Iveson’s trying to buy her off with sandwiches…

Not Just a Passing Phase (PG, 5262 words. Edward Iveson, Julia Graves, Rudy Graves, Elizabeth Long.) The last thing Julia wants is for Mr Iveson to be lying dead in her kitchen with her brother to blame for it…

Faulty Connections (All ages, 1176 words. Anna, Liesa.) Liesa and Anna have the opposite problem when it comes to family.

Links

16 Aug 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: (Default)
Aiming to do Level 1 - 10 different toppings/extras in 10 separate fics.

1. Brownie
2. Cherry
3. Malt
4. Gummy Bunny
5. Chopped Nuts
6. Pocky Chain
7. Ice Cream Sandwich
8. Cookie Crumbs
9. Banana
10. Rainbow Sprinkles

And since I was having fun, I tried to see how many more I could get in:

11. Hot Fudge
12. Pocky

Continuing post-summer

Fresh Fruit: Peaches
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
1. Two more [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales installments:

Errors, Corrections (All ages, 661 words. Charles Terrell, undercover for the revolution – compiling lists.)

The More Things Change... (PG, 1198 words. Charles Terrell, Anna Miller, Edward Woodfield. For some people, it seems the rebellion isn’t over.


2. I was poking around at some very old fic the other day, including some efforts from This Time Round (the pub outside reality where Doctor Who characters go in between stories, courtesy of alt.drwho.creative on usenet), and while most of my TTR fics don't really transfer so well out of the Round, I found this Harry and Sarah do a classic Agatha Christie fic and though, despite being rather meta-ish at the edges, it's comprehensible as an AU and hopefully fairly entertaining & so I've been tweaking it and uploading it to AO3.

(Some of the characters are aware of the narrative they're in though, and there's some playing around with that. I seem to recall the original idea was that there were things called 'genre bubbles' that could occur around Nameless, and the characters in the vicinity would all start acting in accordance to narrative rules of that genre. Hence Harry and Sarah in a Miss Marple story.) I seem to have written it some time during or soon after S4 of New Who.

Murder at Mill Cottage (23135 words) by vvj5
Chapters: 11/12
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Sarah Jane Smith/Harry Sullivan, Ben Jackson/Polly Wright
Characters: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, First Doctor, Charley Pollard, Eighth Doctor, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Jamie McCrimmon, Jane Marple, Various Characters, Amelia Rumford, Louisa Pollard, The Master (Delgado), Inspector Mackenzie (Doctor Who), Mehendri Solon
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Detectives, Metafiction, Humor, POV First Person, This Time Round, Murder Mystery
Summary: Dr Sullivan's finally got a nice little practice in the country, just like he always wanted - except it turns out there's a murderer at large. It's lucky for him he's got help from a visiting journalist, and, of course, his favourite little old lady, Miss Marple...
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: (Northanger reading)
From [livejournal.com profile] john_elliott: "a supernatural espionage series set in the 1930s? Among the attractions at a travelling funfair is a sword in a stone: pay your ha'penny, and see if you can pull it out! Those who succeed find themselves enlisted in a secret organisation trying to police a fragile truce with the Fair Folk — as our heroine, a shopgirl enjoying her day at the fair, is about to discover..."

My first show, which came together fairly quickly, but stalled over my inability to cast current actors, especially for the lead character. Also it had fairies and Arthuriana, two things I try to avoid. However, it was fun and is definitely not a dreary studio-bound 1970s show, I promise.


CROSS KEYS FAIR
"Where we touch your world, time and reality weaken. The air ripples, the ground shakes, just for a moment. And it cuts both ways. We need to undo the old ties, separate our two worlds before it's too late."

Emily Thornfield's decision to spend a day at Cross Keys Fair is one that's going to change her life. Trying to pull out (the obviously fake) sword from an (even more obviously fake) stone leads her to join a secret society who are working hard to save the world, or so they say. Because, as it turns out, Fairies and an awful lot of other strange creatures are real - and a centuries old truce between the Human and Fairy realms seems to be finally breaking down. The consequences for both could be disastrous...


Someone who looks twice at things and isn't fooled - that's rare )
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
Characters/Pairings:
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: (spooks - Harry/Ruth/Bench = ♥)
(Finally finished it!! \o/)

Part Two: Recurring Characters & Episode Guide.

From [livejournal.com 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.


HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION

"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 13 episode drama series from 1973/4 that starred 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.

Sentimentalists are going to destroy the country )
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.


HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION

"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: (dw - Romana II)
Because I said I would post here if I did anything that wasn't an icon:

Day eight )

Also I said I would post any icons made together at the end of the month, but I realised that there may be quite a few. Here is the week one collection:
Week One )
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: (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: (Default)
Just the one for tonight:

For [livejournal.com profile] belantana who (foolishly!) wanted (my OC) Tilly, getting to grips with some new-fangled invention. (It had to be AU Tilly, really.)

First Battle )

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