lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
(My friends came, had a nice time, liked each other, and went. I am now vv tired and also have not yet watched DW, because vv tired so catching up must wait, but in the meantime, one of two posts I made earlier; in this case my final Yuletide recs post. <3)



Somewhat belated, but better late than never, as they say.

19 recs in Discworld, Georgette Heyer, Howl's Moving Castle, Hundred & One Dalmatians, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, King Lear, The Librarians, North & South, Northanger Abbey, Owl Service, Poldark, Timeless & Victoria )

Things

15 Feb 2017 08:49 pm
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
1. I had an idea for my Doctor Who Minor Characters Ficathon fic! (I was hoping a prompt would give me inspiration, but there have been less, and then I had inspiration of my own. I am now, some hours later, thinking it maybe wasn't a good idea, but I seem to be committed.) I do also need to edit and beta my [community profile] hetswap fic. I keep telling myself it is all done, which is not actually true.


2. I get so used to all the people in old things I watch being dead (or immediately dropping dead on the spot) that sometimes I forget to look them up, assuming that they are dead, and then they surprise me by dying anyway because apparently they were in fact still alive (until they weren't).

Which is to say that the very excellent Alec McCowen died a week or so ago.

Alec McCowen )


3. There should probably be a third thing, but there isn't. This post was mainly 2.
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
And so my treats. I wrote the first for [personal profile] calliopes_pen, chiefly in a hopeless attempt to remain anonymous, so that she might at least wonder which one was me. (I had vague plans for a rather different one, but I got seized by this idea while reading through her likes in the letter):

Influence (1368 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968), Dracula & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abraham Van Helsing & John Seward, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston, Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Mina Harker/Lucy Weston
Characters: Abraham Van Helsing, John Seward, Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Implied/Referenced Mind Control, Dark
Summary: Some personalities are magnetic, they exert an irresistible pull on others.


Then there were two prompts in particular that jumped out at me this year, the first being Wasuremono's great prompt about Miss Marple being a goddess, the genius loci of St Mary Mead, which I obviously had to write:

The Spirit of St Mary Mead (4005 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jane Marple, Griselda Clement, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Historical, Multi-Era, Roman Britain, English Civil War, 18th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century, Misses Clause Challenge, Miss Marple is a Goddess
Summary: St Mary Mead has had an unusual guardian down through all these centuries.


The second was for moemachina, about Feste & Olivia from Twelfth Night. As I've loved Feste since I did the play for A-Levels mumble years ago, I couldn't resist. I had an idea, but then remembered that writing Shakespeare fic is TERRIFYING. So I watched BBC TN twice in a row, found some 16th C jokes and riddles on the internet, built my fic around those and then went for it. And then typed it up while mentally going LALALA not writing Shakespeare etc. Happily, it seems to have got some really lovely comments, so I clearly didn't mess it up too badly.

movements of the mind (1892 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Twelfth Night - Shakespeare
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Feste & Olivia (Twelfth Night)
Characters: Feste (Twelfth Night), Olivia (Twelfth Night), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Friendship, Backstory, Jesters, Implied/Referenced Character Death
Summary: ”Look you now, he’s out of his guard already; unless you laugh and minister occasion to him, he is gagged.”


That done, I decided to write a couple of treats for Madness if I could, but the Adam Adamant Lives! fic for Liadt grew large enough for the main collection, even if it was probably too frivolous for Yuletide (and I don't think Liadt was fooled by my anonymity for a minute, either):

Battered and Bruised (1812 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant & Georgina Jones
Characters: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones, William E. Simms
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Cake Fic Meme, Cake, Humor, Hijinks & Shenanigans, I was going to label this crack, and then thought soberly about canon, and didn't
Summary: Mr Adamant suffers a truly traumatic incident at a village gala. Unfortunately for him, Georgie is on hand to help...


And lastly, this tiny bit of post-canon for Gerry and Sandra from New Tricks, for Dynapink:

Vintage (532 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: New Tricks
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sandra Pullman & Gerry Standing
Characters: Sandra Pullman, Gerry Standing
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Ficlet, Yuletide Treat
Summary: "You look as if you've seen a ghost..."

With many thanks to Pers who patiently beta-ed all three full treats and a second beta of my long assignment! (Those who have been around these parts a while: I think you can probably already guess which one got the influential rec. Oh, yes. It is my fate, my doom, my only claim to fame. :lol:)
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
These are pretty much all of what I've watched, generally just trying the fandoms I know. (The vids are all still anonymous at this stage). You'll find any warnings/ratings on the vid posts.

Recs )

The full Masterlist is here if you want to check out what teeny tiny fandoms now have extremely shiny vids made for them. :-)
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: (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 )
lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
I've had a few answers for this meme done or semi-done for a while, so it's about time I posted one, and here goes - From [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan: Favourite TV shows almost nobody knows about and should watch? (Seriously... I need more stuff)

Shows that nobody else knows about seems to sum up my entire fannish life of late (and always, really), but since [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan specified "and should watch", that's a whole other thing. I have plenty of strange things I love - I don't necessarily think anyone else should have to watch them!

I avoided anything with its own (reasonably active) fandom, like Blake's 7, Sapphire & Steel and The Avengers (obviously, people have heard of them, if they're being fannish about them), and anything I thought was too inaccessible to count as something people should watch. What counts as something 'nobody's heard of' is so relative anyway. (Some of these things really don't count if you're British but do count if you live anywhere else. What can I do?). Of course, much of it assumes some willingness to watch studio-bound, video-taped old British TV of some kind, which I know not everyone is up for. If you are, or you're willing to try, these aren't bad places to start.

Anyway, here's a list! Not in any particular order, really. (I numbered them so I would know to stop if I went over ten, because that would be silly.)


Under here for the list!! )
lost_spook: (ww - josh/donna hug)
30 icons made for the [community profile] hc_bingo square "hugs". I went back through all my screen caps looking for any iconable & expressive hugs and this was the result. Given the odd things I screen cap, it's a little motley, but on the other hand it covers a whole range of hugs from 1959-2013, which is quite nice in itself, after all. (Even if I may have used a pic to icon before, these are all new for the challenge.)


Teaser:

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Multifandom hugs under here )
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 - amy)
Some more for the [community profile] snowflake_challenge:

Day 13: In your own space, talk about setting yourself a fannish goal. Big or small, it doesn't matter. Some great examples include: complete a bingo, sign-up for a Big Bang, write that fic you've been thinking about for years, podfic that story that you love, make a fanmix for your fandom, post that bit of meta or reclist you keep postponing. Maybe resolve to be better at leaving feedback, or answering comments.

Well, I am half a story short of a bingo for [community profile] hc_bingo, and though it's too late for the challenge, amnesty is open till June - so I'd like to get the other half of the fic done. (It's for the "tentacles" square, and I also happened to have a prompt for S&S that "Silver & Sapphire & Steel: woke up in bed together & tentacles".) I know how it goes, I just can't quite get round to finishing it, which is silly. So, that. There's a goal.

Also, I really am going to finish the [community profile] isurrendered things. (The episode guide of evil is nearly finished and will look entirely unimpressive and much like any other innocent episode guide for a fake TV show, but it is evil and fought back, I tell you.)


Day 9: In your own space, rec at least 3 fanworks you thought you wouldn't like (because they weren't your fandom or they pushed against your boundaries or you thought you just wouldn't be interested) but you ended up loving.

I wasn't sure I could do this for a while, and then thought about it. I don't tend to go round looking for things I think I won't like, but there are times when I get bored/desperate in a small fandom, or risk something higher rated than my usual (wimpish) standards, or follow a rec that promises that a scary sounding fic might not be so scary after all. (Some of these attempts end in reaching for the brain bleach, only to find that JJPOR has swigged the last few drops (because he always has, the rotter ;-D) and the rest in cries of "But Sapphire's eyes aren't blue, author!" /o\ In which case, I at least don't need the brain bleach, just the restraint not to write obsessive reviews about people's correct eye colours.) Anyway, here are some of these occasions that went remarkably well, because authors are talented and things aren't necessarily as scary as they seem.

Entitled by Nope.
(Teen, 7200 words. Sapphire, Steel, Silver.) Sapphire and Steel are assigned to a Time breakout in a library.

(As far as I could see, this was too long to read (I still only have small small amounts of concentration, shh), it was explicit Sapphire/Steel (it wasn't, I don't know why I thought that, but I'm very wary of human-style Sapphire/Steel and possible related Silver-hate), and it was in second person. It is in fact both Sapphire/Steel and Sapphire/Silver/Steel and one of the cleverest Sapphire & Steel fics I've come across and I adored it, once I finally dared to print it off and try reading it.)


The rest had Scary Higher Ratings, but proved to be awesome and non-brain-bleach requiring. For me, at any rate. I can't promise for everyone. :-)

Unfinished Business (1838 words) by tree_and_leaf
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/Liz Shaw
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw
Additional Tags: Unresolved Sexual Tension, Resolved Sexual Tension
Summary: Liz has unfinished business with the Brigadier. She thought she’d accepted it would have to stay that way…


Acted Over (3142 words) by pauraque
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Julius Caesar - Shakespeare, Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Marcus Brutus/Caius Cassius
Characters: Caius Cassius, Marcus Brutus, Portia, Junia, Pindarus
Additional Tags: Canonical Character Death, Suicide, Temporary Character Death, Time Loop, Anachronisms, Dreams, Surrealism, Bondage, Knifeplay, Yuletide Treat, Wordcount: 1.000-5.000
Summary: For Brutus, there is always time — time to consider, time to speak, time to make his point in twenty ponderously balanced lines. For Cassius, there is barely time to breathe.

(Look at the scary tags! And yet, as it turned out, so very, very clever about the nature of plays and time and...)

This Penguin For Hire by Levendis.
(Teen, 3985 words. Frobisher, The Sixth Doctor, Ainley Master.) When it comes to political espionage, Frobisher is really not your man. (It was disguised as Doctor/Master Mpreg. It was in fact, as Calufrax explained, mainly an awesome Frobisher fic and needed to be read.)

Anyway, yes, I'm wimpish and easily scared when reading ship fic. It's a thing. (Sometimes I am brave, though. Just sometimes.)
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
I'm belatedly deciding to do the [community profile] snowflake_challenge after all. Just as it's about to finish. (Why not?)

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

This is my second year doing this question, so I had a think how to go about it slightly differently, and came up with a sort of theme. I don't think it helps to explain, but I suppose these are all fics that I'm very curious as to what people make of them. Some of them have been understandably disregarded by the universe, one of them was for Yuletide, so it got read, but here they are. They are fics, of course, that I do still like (most of the time), or I wouldn't be putting them here:


A Tear the Sun Lets Fall (4540 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bronze & Copper (Sapphire & Steel)
Characters: Bronze (Sapphire and Steel), Copper (Sapphire and Steel), Iron (Sapphire & Steel)
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Pre-Series, Community: hc_bingo, Elemental Weirdness
Summary: For once, Bronze is afraid, and something more than time has been broken.

I don't know how much sense this one makes, but it's Sapphire and Steel, so I was determined just to go ahead and do what I was doing without explanation. Which, when you're writing pre-series fic (by a couple of thousand years) involving non-canonical Elements (original characters, therefore, although I tend to forget that with Elements and think they're sort of just semi-canonical instead), is probably a little unwise. (At least it got me a bingo square for [community profile] hc_bingo.)


Vigil (1246 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Measure for Measure - Shakespeare
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Isabella/Duke Vincentio
Characters: Isabella (Measure for Measure), Duke Vincentio
Summary: Isabella is a woman who may never be a nun; the Duke a man who is not in truth a monk. Stranger alliances have been made.

I wrote this as a Yuletide treat in 2012, because apparently I had much stronger thoughts and feelings about Measure for Measure than I realised, and also why - while definitely not in the romantic sense - the Duke and Isabella are not at all the strangest match made at the end. (Spoiler! This Shakespeare play contains multiple random marriages, most of which will make the audience wonder what the hell just happened. Whoops, sorry.)

there was a darkness, call it solitude (4470 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Midnight Is a Place - Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Sequence - Joan Aiken
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julian Oakapple/Denzil Murgatroyd
Characters: Julian Oakapple, Randolph Grimsby, Lucas Bell, Denzil Murgatroyd
Additional Tags: Angst, Snow
Summary: Julian Oakapple returns to Midnight Court for the first time in twenty years.

And if I write obscure and depressing fic for children's books, what do I expect? But I like this one still, even though it's older than the other two.

And also Intersection - one of my 100 Element Prompts fics, the nearest I'm probably likely to get to a sex scene (though given that it involves Silver, I wouldn't swear that's what happens by any means!). But pretty scary for me to write, even so. (Actually, Intersection and Vigil sort of coincided and one enabled me to write the other, which is a little weird.)

(Probably, in this vague category in my head I'm drawing these fics from, the purest examples would be Trick of the Light (The Lining Is Silver Remix) and Grief, Observed, my Susan (Narnia) fic, but I feel the universe answered my curiosity about those two quite satisfactorily already.)

(Hmm, in a rec-your-own-fanwork post, is it wise just to emphasise your weirdness and obscurity again? Oh, well... ;-p)
lost_spook: (smiley)
So [community profile] festivids went live yesterday and if you like fanvids at all, you might want to take a look at the Masterlist, because there are over 190 vids in tiny fandoms there and marvellous they all are, too. If you don't already know, it's like the Yuletide for vids.

This year, I went, looked, thought I didn't know almost any of the sources, and then of course, kept finding all these things I did and it's wonderful, and, as ever, I'm in awe of all the vidders. So here are a handful of recs from my scratched bit of the surface:

Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking (The Hollow Crown) Just amazing, really. If you only watch one (but why? why would you only watch one???), make it this one.

Beauty in the Breakdown (Amelie) So pretty and right.

Step Into Your Place (Blackadder Goes Forth) Really well done anyway, but it's the clever use of contemporary posters etc. that make it something special.

Just A Girl (Hogfather) I've still never seen this, this vid makes me think I really should. (Michelle Dockery, anyway.)

Glad You Came (Downton Abbey) Joyful DA and sort of all the reasons I keep happily watching, no matter what's happened.

Devils (BBC Gormenghast) Beautifully creepy and fitting.

And in the category of me flailing because I can't believe somebody vidded X, I give you Do What You Feel for Desperately Seeking Susan. (When we were teenagers, my sister and I had this recorded off the TV and watched it at least twenty times. Don't judge me, it was a thing. :lol:)

And lots, lots more.
lost_spook: (spooks - Harry/Ruth/Bench = &hearts;)
Because I decided in 2011 that I was going to try and acquaint myself with as much Shakespeare as possible (using the BBC Shakespeare, generally). I'm putting this here as I don't expect to post about them individually, but if anyone is interested you can comment here if - and I did make a pact with [livejournal.com profile] lizzie_marie_23, so this will be proof of progress!

Plays with which I was already acquainted )

Plays added as watched )
lost_spook: (yuletide)
As I said, I managed to write four fics, and here they are, plus some thoughts on them that probably nobody wants to hear, but never mind:

For Yuletide this year I wrote a technical hitch, some existential confusion, an oblique sex scene and a spot of dragon-slaying )

Also: LJ has been down - obviously - but I can't seem to get it back for long enough to post or comment, so hopefully it will sort itself out now. (I assume this, following an unusual amount of spam is probably not a coincidence?) In the meantime, I'm not trying to ignore anyone. It is terrible, how even though I have a Tumblr and a Dreamwidth and there was Yuletide on AO3, the internet still goes immediately sad and pointless with no LJ.
lost_spook: (Default)
I've barely scratched the surface and have been mostly working through alphabetically. Until my parents' internet cut out, and after I'd finally read my own gifts to my own satisfaction, I did have a bit where I could even read quite long things (ish), which was fun. And while some of these have been recced a lot, others really haven't that I've seen, so here goes:

19 recs in 15th C RPF, Blake's 7, Brittas Empire, Enchanted Glass, Fire & Hemlock, Ghost Soup Infidel Blue, Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Julius Caesar, Madeleine L'Engle/Doctor Who, Matilda, Measure for Measure, Monkey Island, New Tricks & Sarah Jane Adventures )
lost_spook: (as you - jaques)
Mostly made during [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo, so I wound up doing a handful from each play most days. This means they are rather a random collection. (So don't judge me on what is and isn't here! I'll do more presently, I hope.) They're from the BBC adaptations from 30 years ago, not the most recent ones. I'm forever behind the times.

Preview:

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Icons from: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, Measure For Measure, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Henry IV Pts 1 & 2, Cymbeline and As You Like It. Plus some text icons (quotes from the same plays).

Showing: John Hudson (Valentine), Tessa Peake-Jones (Julia), Ron Cook (Richard III), Zoe Wanamaker (Lady Anne), Jacqueline Pearce (Mariana), Kevin Stoney, Kate Nelligan (Isabella), Kenneth Colley (Duke Vincentio), Tim Piggott-Smith (Angelo, Hotspur), Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton (Regan), Gillian Barge (Goneril), Michael Hordern (Lear), Brenda Blethyn (Cordelia), Michael Kitchen (Edmund), Anton Lesser (Edgar), David Collings (Cassius), Richard Pasco (Brutus, Jacques), Jocelyne Boisseau (Katherine), David Gwillim (Hal/Henry V), Alec MacGowan (Chorus), Jon Finch (Henry IV), Michele Dotrice (Lady Percy), Robert Morris (Mortimer), Sharon Morgan (Lady Mortimer), Anthony Quayle (Falstaff), Richard Johnson (Cymbeline), Claire Bloom (the Queen), Helen Mirren (Imogen, Rosalind), Robert Lindsay (Iachimo), Graham Crowden, Paul Jesson (Cloten), Angharad Rees (Celia) and James Bolam (Touchstone).

Icons Here! )

I made a previous set of 35 icons for the BBC Julius Caesar here.
lost_spook: (shadow - elizabeth/henry)
I have made a fanvid and I don't hate it! I made it for some of the random TV I've been watching lately, so it is obscure (but I don't care). Also, there is more dancing. Apparently this is a thing now and all my vids will have dancing in. Even if it's completely inappropriate...

Smile on my Face )
lost_spook: (celia in bluebells (as you like it))
So, as I mentioned in my last 100 Things post, giraffes is a really good word to stick in the Shakespeare Quote Generator.

This post is probably mainly for my own amusement, really:

William Shakespeare

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless giraffe!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:




More evil Shakespeare giraffes under the cut )

And now I need to go away for a bit, but that was your Thursday am wake-up Nonsense Post with giraffes. Thank you.
lost_spook: (AA - Herr Flick not in the handbook)
So there's not much going on, and I couldn't resist retrying the meme using last names. Some couples stayed together despite the odds: Evie Eliott & Eowyn, Frobisher & Gandalf, Maddy & Maid Marian, and Servalan & Seven. The results were mostly much scarier than last time, but it did throw up some things that were amusing - and one or two I want badly now:

More mayhem and scary pairings )
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 - individual daleks)
...this time about things the BBC have in their archive and I wish would share with me. Well, everyone, obviously, but especially me. (Partly made because last time I did this, I discovered that against all the odds what I wanted was on YouTube.... This is not the same, however, as Things the BBC Once Had in Their Archive and have Since Wiped/Burninated/Carelessly Lost, because you know about that already. Power of the Daleks! The Naked Sun!)

* On the commentary for Revenge of the Cybermen, everyone was discussing Ian Marter at one point, and David Collings (yes, 2 out of 3 of these things will contain Mr Collings, I'm sorry, but there it is) said that he had worked with him again when they played the Brothers Grimm together for the BBC. (Me: !!!!?) After some Googling, I found this was a 1979 Omnibus episode, a documentary on the lives of the brothers Grimm, but they had dramatised sections, in which the two were played by Ian Marter and David Collings.

Can't see the BBC releasing old Omnibus episodes, somehow. Except maybe in the future if they put up EVERYTHING for download on the internet, or something. Still, it's a nice thought of the two together to have in my head.

* I am watching my way through the BBC Shakespeare as best I can (go away; I want to; I don't care who thinks they are dull or whatever) and I ended up looking at the (v interesting, actually) entry about the series on Wikipedia and noticed a throwaway fact that the first one they made was a version of Much Ado About Nothing in 1977 but for whatever reason (it seems to be suspected, because of use of regional accents by some characters) they decided the US financial backers wouldn't go for it & so didn't include that version in the series & filmed it again in 1984 with a different cast. And who, you may ask, was in this production that isn't part of the collection (and therefore not available on DVD)? Apparently, it was Michael York and Penelope Keith. I thought this might be an internet hoax, but it seems to be true. I can't even imagine them in the same room, but I WANT TO SEE IT. Penelope Keith and Michael York?

Even if it was awful and that was the real reason they kept it in the UK and out of the collection. When that entry says "available to hire on videocassette from the BBC" I suspect they don't mean for random passing individuals, especially those with a dodgy video player. I'm so curious, though. Penelope Keith and Michael York!!

* 1980 detective series Breakaway. (I started looking at this on David Collings's IMBD, because I always had a thing about there being a children's TV show I used to watch by that name, but this definitely isn't it, especially since there probably wasn't and I just amalgamated the chocolate bar and Playaway.) Anyway, it stars Martin Jarvis, who I also like a lot and this is the description of it on IMBD:

Detective inspector Sam Harvey, better known to the general public as the author of the latest best-seller for ages 3 and up, 'Breakfast at the Zoo,' would like nothing better than to retire so he can devote himself full-time to penning the riveting sequels 'Lunch at the Zoo' and 'Dinner at the Zoo.' However, he has to solve a couple of complicated murder cases first. Plot twists and red herrings abound in this intricate thriller series, and corpses turn up with distressing regularity before the culprits are finally collared.

And, apparently, it doesn't seem to have actually been a comedy, or a children's show. (I did some careful Googling). My mind, it is boggled. Plus, David Collings is playing Dr Tucker. You have no idea how much mileage I can get out of people who are or should be the Doctor being called "Doctor" for any reason. (The ITV Poirot ep Sad Cypress I enjoyed very much because Paul McGann was playing the doctor. Poirot/DW crossover with no effort! Mind, I think most DW fans do this. Er. We do, don't we??)

It was written by Francis Durbridge, who apparently did Paul Temple, so maybe that will lead the BBC to release it one day. After all, they've got to get to the end of the really obvious archive things someday. And with that concept, plus Martin Jarvis, detective, and David Collings (in S2), it wouldn't have to be all that marvellous for me to like it, anyway. (Srsly, those two = my two favourite voices ever. I might not be able to cope.)

ETA: Looking at this, I think the thing that strikes me most about that write-up is that it sounds worryingly like something I would write... If I wrote TV scripts back in the 1980s. Only mine would be a comedy.

Er. Was that post random enough? But, seriously, BBC: Penelope Keith and Michael York as Beatrice and Benedick. Soon. Please.

(I know, I know, but I just can't get quite well enough to watch normal TV when it's actually on, or cope with the iplayer. I suppose I should see about one of those Freeview recorder things and stop ogling the BBC archive, really, but... it is fun speculating about bygone stuff. And current TV has a shocking lack of David Collings, anyway.)
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I made a set of 35 icons for the BBC version of Julius Caesar (1979). I wasn't intending to, but I screencapped it for other reasons & then thought it would icon rather nicely (and be much easier than certain other things, like, urgh, Sapphire & Steel. I love S&S, obviously, but not my screencaps of it.)

I don't know whether anyone even wants icons of this Julius Caesar, but anyway... I made some. (Although, YOU SHOULD. ;-p)

Cast: Richard Pasco (Brutus), David Collings (Cassius), Keith Michell (Antony), Charles Gray (Caesar), Elizabeth Spriggs (Calpurnia), Virginia McKenna (Portia), Sam Dastor (Casca) & others.

Teaser:

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Icons Here! )

The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit. Comments are ♥, but no matter how much you love me, no stabbing kthx.

Some textures by [livejournal.com profile] silk_roads.

Also, it was kind of like doing a multi-caption competition where I had no wit to think of the captions, so if anyone wants to use them to add text, go ahead. Or give me a number icon and a witty/literate caption and I will do my best. (Long quotes do not fit easily on icons, though.)


Also of a similar nature and of probably little interest to the majority of my flist, I made a resources post for [livejournal.com profile] david_collings of fanfic & vids for his characters. (When I said I was bored, I meant it. Plus, I'm a librarian who can't do librarian-y things.) If you go to look, please tell me if I missed stuff!

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