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(I was going to do [community profile] fandom_stocking things at last, but I was feeling too rotten, so I pulled this out of my hidden posts in progress instead. I don't think anyone's getting stocking stuffers from me at this rate...)


Last year's results are here

Cut for considerable length )

Mainly fic

29/11/2016 08:34 pm
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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: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
So, after I started feeling a little better a couple of weeks ago, I gradually picked up some things I'd already finished/nearly finished and started poking at them & as a result have posted most of them in the appropriate places, but not linked here.

1. A Ruth Evershed Character Manifesto (Spooks) for [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers (containing 13 recs, much blathering about the greatness of Ruth and ships and possible ships, plus some pics and gifs). (I've been chipping away at this for at least a year now.)


2. I looked at my [livejournal.com profile] dw_guestfest WIP and found it was much more complete and okay than I'd thought and tidied it up. It's here:

Self-Made Man (956 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Kandyman & Gilbert M
Characters: Gilbert M (Doctor Who), The Kandyman (Doctor Who)
Additional Tags: Serial: s149 The Happiness Patrol, Backstory, Canonical Character Death, Community: dw_guestfest, Community: trope_bingo
Summary: "Close to the Kandyman, were you?" / "I made him." Gilbert M and the Kandyman.


3. Someone reminded me that I once wrote a crossover fic for [livejournal.com profile] intoabar, which at the time I defaulted on due to being too ill to cope with the editing from my beta. I poked around my memory stick full of fic and found it and the beta-notes (which weren't actually difficult; I was just that ill back then) and posted that too:

Bar-Room Brawl (2512 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Downton Abbey, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tegan Jovanka, Tom Branson, Fifth Doctor, Vislor Turlough
Additional Tags: Crossover, Community: intoabar, Walk Into A Bar, Aliens, Fights, 1920s
Summary: Tegan Jovanka walks into a bar… and meets Tom Branson!


4. And then I did manage to finish typing up a thing for [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales, which is also filling a square for [community profile] trope_bingo (au: historical), and I think most things are now at least back to my usual sort of hit and miss abilities. \o/

Midnight Escapade (All ages, 1905 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Christy Graves, Amyas Harding.) It's a gratuitous Regency AU that I wrote at Christmas when I was reading too many terrible Regency romances.

WIP Meme

13/01/2016 02:14 pm
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I saw a WIP Meme go by. It was slightly different as ever, but the rules keep changing: I just stick to posting random lines from all the current WIPs I'm willing to admit to/might some day get finished...

Both slightly more and less than I thought )
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.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
1. Yuletide noms closed this morning - next up comes the fun! The full tag set, letters appearing, making requests! \o/

(And guess what? I nommed the 1968 TV Dracula as my third fandom. Just as I was about to repent my folly, some nonnie commented on the fandom promotion thread to say that they liked the look of it and that was all the encouragement I needed. So I will have three impossible fandoms on my request list. /sheepish)

But here we go again, folks! *bounces*


2. [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers is having an anniversary Trope Bingo, so I requested a card, because that should make me, you know, actually rec something during the month. Cut for image & mildly NSFW trope names )


3. I made a post to one of my comms - [livejournal.com profile] dw_allsorts (the Doctor Who mini-table prompt comm*) asking for suggestions for prompt tables. I wondered if anyone here would have any suggestions. There's more details over at the post, and there isn't a desperate need - it's just that I know everyone is so different and I'm very aware that all of these tables were made by me, so I thought it might be quite nice to have some by other people? If anyone has any ideas, or would have joined in if there was a table like x, now's your chance! (Also, if anyone would like to suggest a theme for a table/tables, that would also be cool. I didn't think of that when making the post).


4. I wrote a thing for [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales the other day! And so what, you cry? Well, it was not for Heroes of the Revolution, it was for The Pirate Queen (another of the three fake shows I did at the time, only one that had current actors and was In Space! With Pirates! (Well, Pirates-ish.) I had some thoughts about it, so I might occasionally write some bits for it? I don't know, but there's this, which I did hastily for the Flavour of the Day:

Beneath My Dignity (All ages, 444 words. Lio Hadwin, Arkryte II.) Lio gets lumbered with his nemesis on an away trip.


* It is an awesome comm! You should join! I'm not biased; I didn't make it... Oh, wait, I am, and I did. ;-D
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
Well, it's being a bit of a rubbish day (& I keep layout-hopping, sorry; I don't think I've finished yet, either), so what better than a completely self-indulgent question from the Summer Talking Meme? It reminds me that sometimes I make things that I like...

So, from [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan: My favourite fiction I've written so far and why.

Oh, Gosh. I mean, it depends on the day, the weather, my mood and whether I'm feeling smug about stuff or wondering in despair and shame why I ever imagined putting pen to paper was a plan.

Anyway, the meme asks for my favourite, not my most popular (although other people liking the fic or not actually does affect the way I think of it) or what I consider to be the best, so here are some favourites (for today, anyway, although they are ones I tend to come back to):

I think this question calls for a certain amount of self-indulgence )

Links

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. ♥
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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

A meme

07/02/2015 04:41 pm
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
Found in various places:

Ask me a question about one of my fics. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will answer it the best I can -- even on current progress/plans.

If you'd prefer, you can also ask about my writing for a particular fandom, my writing as a whole, etc.



(I can't imagine what anybody would want to ask me, but I suppose if I post it, I might find out? Or not, understandably.)

***


And also, two more [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales fics (which is where all my writing energies have been going lately, sorry):

Nothing Is Secret These Days (PG, 2467 words. 1959, Thomas Hallam, Edward Iveson, Amyas Harding, Julia Iveson.) “What sort of skeleton do you have in your closet, Edward, that you’d do this?”

Locked Down (PG, 1755 words. 1985, Michael Seaton, Louise Seaton.) Arran and Liesa, hiding out together.
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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)
1. I decided to do [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo again this year. We'll see how it goes, but it's very laid back (indeed, it's practically horizontal in the nicest possible way) and I can always stop, or go down to every other day if I find it a bit much still. Naarmamo, is National Art Making Month, but it's just fun - you make and share one thing that counts as art each day and you can join in whenever. (It started yesterday, but I know people wouldn't mind if someone turned up on the last day if that was when they found it, or all they can manage.) At the moment, I'm planning to do icons each day. (I will share them here, too, at some point.)


2. I finally posted my Eighth Doctor Recs List to [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50, just in case there is anyone who would be interested but doesn't follow the comm. It was meant to be part of last year's big fanworkathon, but, er, it was delayed. I was at the time thinking of doing posts for the other two generally under-represented Doctors (along with Two and One), those being Six and Seven, but it's way past the deadline now and maybe it seems a little big-headed, I don't know. I probably will. I like recs lists and masterlists and things. I can't help it.


3. I've been starting to do some odd little bits of Heroes of the Revolution (my gloomy 1970s fake TV show) for [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales, though I don't know if I'll eventually pluck up courage to do any posting. (Hopefully!) Anyway, I was trying to write a timeline for my alternate post-war history. (It's mostly vague). But it was interesting. I had previously settled on 1991 as the date of the series, but I think I should probably pull it back a bit to the mid 1980s. But I was thinking about various things off the back of this, and also the fact that the moment I start speculating about what happened to rl important people, it doesn't work, even though it's a perfectly sensible question. (If there's anyone you'd like me to kill off in this alternate reality, I could do it quite easily, though... ;-p In the meantime, I shall be contemplating foreign agents in Britain and what they might be up to.)

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