lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
And so for the very exciting combined catch-up post of some the days I have less to say about:

Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I think I can only point you to what I said last time.


Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I actually set some goals in my End of Year Writing Review, so I can only reiterate that, really.


Day 04

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"


I've already replied to some comments from strangers this morning. I leave reviews as often as I can, and mean to go through Yuletide properly still, so that'll do for now and there will be more.


Day 8

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


1. I kind of just generally like being me in spite of everything. I'd rather be me than anyone else.

2. My bookshelves and the contents thereof.

3. I like that I can do a little more now than I could and hopefully more soon.

(I know that's kind of cheating but my mind's gone blank really, so it'll have to do.)
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I wasn't sure whether to do it again or not, because they do keep re-running the same questions, but I saw that the last time I did was 2014, so here goes:

[community profile] snowflake_challenge Day 1:

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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Looking back brought me to my two previous answers to this question and I had been thinking that maybe I should self-rec something different than obscure fics I write that nobody else will read, but I realised that I still go yes inside at my choices for the last two, and that's kind of an odd but nice record to have. My answers for this questions are the fics that mean a lot. (I don't know in what way, but they do.)

So, since 2014, what works have I written that also bring out that feeling? It turns out there are conveniently three main candidates (although I'd like to also talk about the origfic, of course, but I won't. ;-p) And since they're an AU, a fic centring on a minor character, and post-canon for a thing that is at least based on a very well-known story, I think they're all reasonably accessible, too. Or, well, hope springs eternal.

Light on a Hill (3166 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spooks | MI-5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ruth Evershed/Tom Quinn
Characters: Tom Quinn (Spooks), Ruth Evershed, Malcolm Wynn-Jones
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Identity, Apocalypse, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Season/Series 02, Implied/Referenced Character Death, References to Shakespeare
Summary: ”I think the king is but a man, his fears be of the same relish as ours.” It’s the end of days, and Ruth and Tom are having delusions of grandeur, but then, what’s new?

I'd been threatening to write a Spooks apocalypse fic where Tom runs the country and Ruth runs him for around forever. Of course, I waited till the entire fandom had vanished like officers going back into hibernation, but still, I did it. Finally! And I still like it; I still think it's good. Even if it probably shouldn't have involved an alien invasion. (I can't help it sometimes. I'm a Doctor Who fan.) It has no spoilers, although of course, I'm sure it helps to know the characters (Ruth, Tom, Malcolm), though - but then again someone could test read it to tell me? You might not...


Salt of the Earth (4153 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (2005), Torchwood
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Martha Tyler, Jack Harkness, Original Characters, Twelfth Doctor
Additional Tags: Community: dw_allsorts, Minor Canonical Character(s), 20th Century, Witchcraft, Serial: s094 Image of the Fendahl, Women Being Awesome, Folklore, Community: dw_guestfest
Summary: Martha Tyler lives on a time rift, sees things no one else does, and fights evil with rock salt. It’s been that way all her life.


... and I had also been threatening for years to write that fic where Mrs Tyler from Image of the Fendahl lives on a rift all her life and is way more awesome than Torchwood, because she does, and she is. And I did, for the first Minor Characters Ficathon I ran. The character in question is so obscure and this is mostly backstory, so again, I don't think you need to know too much really; much less so than for Light on a Hill. A basic knowledge of what Doctor Who is and its kind of universe helps naturally, but it's probably pretty easy to get the idea of. I hope so, anyway. (It's kind of not unlike some of my Miss Marple fic, I suppose, but with more aliens and the supernatural getting defeated instead of murderers. Although I feel sure Mrs Tyler wouldn't be having with them, either.)


The Poison Tree (27259 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Jonathan Harker/Mina Harker, Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker & John Seward, Jonathan Harker/Original Male Character(s)
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Mina Harker, John Seward, Mrs Weston, Mrs Perkins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Original Characters
Additional Tags: References to Mina Harker/Lucy Weston, Vampires, Hypnotism, Post-Canon, World War I, Victorian, Edwardian Period, Blood, Yuletide, Dark, Religious Imagery & Symbolism
Summary: Dracula may have been defeated, but the future has never been less certain for Jonathan and Mina. Everything has changed, most especially the Harkers themselves…


My Yuletide 2016 assignment. It became a lot more than I intended, not only in the word count and I think it's genuinely good. I hope it is - it's a more recent effort than the other two. But I think so; I hope so. I know the feeling when a fic gets into this category and when it doesn't. And it's been read by at least two people who only knew the book, so I don't think canon is essential (and I have a few small, (hopefully) helpful author's notes at the start).
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Day 15: In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it.

As it happens, I am setting up a challenge (maybe even two). Anyway, this one is something I thought of around 2010, I think, and made a comm for it while really ill and bored in early 2012. And, while prompt tables and LJ itself, I suppose, are now out of date, I think it's time to let it out into the wild, so, nice timing, [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

It's this, a mini prompt table challenge, for Doctor Who: [livejournal.com profile] dw_allsorts

Anyway, the reasoning was that there was no comm with set tables left for Doctor Who (there used to be whoverse30 and I think one or two others) - only [community profile] dw100 (weekly prompts for drabbles) and I think [livejournal.com profile] doctorwho_100, which was a 100-prompt table. So there should be something in between for a large fandom like Doctor Who. But even 20-50 prompts is a lot, so I came up with this. (All the prompt tables are between 3 and 20.)

It is pretty much ready, so I will put it on [livejournal.com profile] who_daily very soon. In the meantime, if any of you feel so kind as to take a look and see if there are any errors or obviously confusing things, I'd be grateful. Or if you have an idea for a prompt table to add! (I'd give you credit, of course.)

And, of course, it is ready to go, so anyone wanting to actually sign up and create stuff, do!! I'd love you to be a guinea pig bwahahahaha do that. Feel free.

Thank you! (♥)
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
(Nearly done with the [community profile] snowflake_challenge!)

Day 10:
In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.


Even though I've waited for well over a month, this time of the year is the worst for doing this. I just took part in Yuletide! And [community profile] fandom_stocking!! I had so many marvellous gifts, even in some of my completely obscure things and it was wonderful (♥) But, well, the meme dictates, and happy-making fannish things are nice, and I'm tired again, so here we are...

But really, my fandom stocking entry is pretty much my wishlist. Especially all the impossibly obscure bits at the end. Which I know nobody knows and all that, but still. And that's more than three things. Whoops.

My heart yearns for impossible things. (Isn't that just the truth? ;-D)

How about everyone else? What impossible fannish things do you want to see? Let's all be unreasonable together...


ETA: That was cheating, really wasn't it? I'll put some effort into it:

1. I could really use some Lynda Day in my life right now. Well, when don't you?

2. Some sort of mild Mary/Louisa or Mary & Louisa from Duchess of Duke Street. (I cannot write it, but I would love to read it.)

3. Someone to talk to about Public Eye S4 and "The Man Who Said Sorry". (Though said person is not allowed to dislike Mrs Mortimer. That would be sad. Maybe best not, then.)

4. I feel like Heroes of the Revolution is a real thing now. There should be fanfic for it/a fanmix/something... (Anyone feel like researching energy crises or something? ;-D I know, I know, that's the bit I'm supposed to go off and do. *sheepish*)

Oh, that was more than three. *cough* At least one of them was sort of possibly even achievable! *is proud of self*


There. I still want to know everybody else's impossible wishes, though...
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
Day 2: In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

1. I haven't really explored it properly yet, but [community profile] allbingo is new and looks really useful and fun - you can get bingo cards of your own any time, or use it as a place to still post from previous cards though the official bingo's expired.

2. [livejournal.com profile] fic_rush! It's a fic_rush weekend starting midnight GMT tonight, and how can I not mention it when answering this? Fic_rush is a 48 hour bid for galactic domination writing challenge, or more accurately support group. But it's very open, friendly, and it doesn't matter which fandom you're in (or none). If you ever need a place to set yourself targets, grumble about not writing/writing too much, claim icons/tv watching/laundry etc. etc. are totally writing achievements in some way and share some online fun and nonsense, fic_rush is a good place to be. And it's absolutely fine to turn up for five minutes to write five words, or to take part all weekend and finish your epic WIP. (Ninja penguins, alien fish, glowsticks, bonsai giraffes and writerly pasta are entirely optional.)

3. Bit predictable, but I can't do without Archive of Our Own these days. I like that I can post things for any fanworks and don't have to wait for anybody else to make the fandom/character/relationship tags, the way you can just click on the tags for browsing, the searchability, the nifty share feature, and the fact that it doesn't drive me crazy the way ff.net did, the one time I used it to post three fics. (It ate my scene breaks, it didn't cater to obscure fandoms and it was soooo fiddly to upload and I'm still not sure whether editing is possible. And now I don't have to care, thank goodness.) And I do very much like being a wrangler, so I'm biased of late, but I was in love already before I went that far. Also amusing tags are amusing. (I still think Teaspoon is the prettiest archive I've used, though. But it won't do for anything that's not Doctor Who, so... one needs an Archive of Our Own.)
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: (Northanger reading)
Still tired, but I have another post-I-made-earlier. (I really should stop making posts and hiding them, but never mind.) Also, I am posting my [community profile] fandom_stocking fics about places finally. If I post any to AO3, then anyone suddenly getting a "gift", it'll probably just be that. Sorry.


In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

I saw other people saying that they had no such show/book etc. Perhaps I'm too impressionable, then, but I have several. (Although, maybe it's partly my tendency to rewatch things, and most of them were from when I was a teenager - which is probably true for most of us - and I was ill and stuck home a lot. And to a certain extent, some from when I've been ill again. I suppose if you've got hours and hours to lie there and think about odd bits of the few books and TV episodes you can manage to read or watch, (and re-watch) and so on, it's bound to creep into your thinking in ways things don't when you're running about in your normal life.)

Anyway, some I can't (or won't) explain here, but the main one is Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, which is a very good book, but also very complicated, dark and twisted up, in a way that I didn't really get as a teenager but I do now. However, I read it and read it and I still so often do my thinking through it, and snatches of it still run through my head. It's hard to explain what I mean exactly, but part of it is the idea of how heroism might work in the real world (Now Here) as opposed to the dramatic way it does in stories, fairy tales and so on (Nowhere) - "Being a hero means learning to ignore how embarrassed you feel." And giving a means of expressing the way real life and imagination intersect. (The "Now Here/Nowhere" thing, just one letter, one turn away, the same and opposites). It made me think, and still does. And to try to look properly at things, instead of see what you expect to see.

And other things, in lesser ways, mostly, but yes. I was explaining something in Public Eye to myself the other day by means of Fire & Hemlock.

But Diana Wynne Jones, S25 and S26 of Doctor Who (especially The Happiness Patrol - yes, really!), Press Gang, CS Lewis's NF - these are the things that got into my head and shaped me and challenged me and gave me new ways of thinking. I didn't get out much as a teenager; I was ill for four years, so I needed something and those really weren't bad things all told. The weirdness of my brain, let me show it to you. But I like it this way.

And, yes, again now, things for helping my find my way through being ill, for being sort of channels of thought when I was in an incoherent fog, or for distracting me - Joan Aiken's Midnight Is A Place (by Joan Aiken), Enemy at the Door and Public Eye (all things that in some way involved working through bad times, setting a pattern for me to follow) and Sapphire and Steel, which certainly distracted me beautifully for about a whole two years.

After all, if there weren't some stories, in whatever format they may come in, that impacted us and touched our core, or soul, or whatever you prefer to call it, there wouldn't be all that much point in them, in the end. We use them to make sense of the world, supposedly. And so I just happen to make sense of the world through Fire & Hemlock, which I suppose is a little weird, but then again, I think the world's more than a little weird, too, so I have no regrets.
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
I'd been hoping to get back and read some more Yuletide fic and make another recs post, and Day Three of [community profile] snowflake_challenge is to rec at least three fanworks, so I'm killing two birds with one stone here, with another selection of recs from this year's Yuletide, (though actually I gave up around the end of M. One day I will have ability to read enough online, but this year is not that point so I didn't read many long fics in the same fandoms, so omissions are frequently to do with that rather than lack of quality):

13 recs in Cadfael, Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Discworld, Eternal Law, The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Marple, Pushing Daisies, Georgette Heyer, & The Sarah Jane Adventures )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
I am only linking this here because a) [community profile] snowflake_challenge, because maybe icons you made ages ago is cheating a bit and b) this is what I did with the future fic square for [community profile] trope_bingo. Hence I'm skipping it this time. If I'm going to write unnecessarily long and gloomy fic, at least I can do it for [community profile] hc_bingo where you'd expect this sort of thing.

Outcomes of War (5430 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Philip Martel & Dieter Richter, Ernst Freidel & Dieter Richter
Characters: Dieter Richter, Ernst Freidel, Philip Martel, Olive Martel
Additional Tags: War, World War II, Suicide, Execution, Starvation, Post-Series, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, 5 Times
Summary: "Whatever may be the abuse of man, that is the use of nature - first survive.” Three things that may have happened to Major Richter and two that definitely didn’t.

(This is what happens when people go and leave a TV show unfinished and I start looking at the history books for answers. I wasn't going to finish this, being far too late for the bingo, but it nagged at me. It's surprisingly unspoilery, but I can't imagine it'd have any appeal to anyone who hasn't seen the series. And limited appeal even then.)

I fear my next fic may only be better by virtue of being shorter, but after that I solemnly vow to try and write things that people might actually want to read. (Or, in short, I have a lot of 500 Prompts left... ;-D)
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Day 11: Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing or trope. Try creating a different kind of fanwork. Or check out some types of fanworks that are new to you.

I meant to post this yesterday, and I had been trying some new techniques with icons. (Nothing that special, but a few odd different things). So I say that still counts, even if I'm late with the post!


Day 7: In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.

I can make stuff! Yes. *nods* So, I am off to post an icon set for House of Eliott (not the icons in question, and, as ever with image posts, only on LJ), which I actually made in August and September, and a fic I finally finished editing this morning. The icons are quite nice (hopefully), but the fic is of no interest to anyone (really!), so I might as well make it count for something by including it here for [community profile] snowflake_challenge.

:-)
lost_spook: (Default)
Day 4: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them.

I have been continuing (on and off) to poke around in Yuletide fics and have been leaving comments whenever I could, and most of these have been to new people. Maybe not today, but definitely several yesterday, and there will doubtless be more, so let's count this one as done.


Day 5: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing.

This is a creator, in terms of fanworks, and I did this last year, but actually, how to single one person out? Especially when so many of my favourite creators are here on my flist? I didn't feel all that comfortable about it last year, and I still don't now, so I'll skip this one. Let's just say that so many of you right here on my flist are so awesome at making stuff - icons, fic, vids and all sorts of things that you make me wonder why I even bother to attempt anything of my own. Anyway, yay, for glorious fannish things and amazingly talented people! \o/


Day 12: In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. What are your hopes and dreams for fandom? Do you have any predictions about what the next five years holds for fandom?

I don't really have many thoughts about the future of fandom. I'm sure it'll carry on, one way or another. I hope it doesn't all disappear into things like Tumblr where you can't talk properly, but people will carry on liking things, sharing things and arguing and so on wherever and however, I'm sure. Unless there really is a zombie apocalypse, of course.


Day 8: In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are sometimes you're not that bad.

Er...

Like several others on my flist, I don't know what to do with this day, either. (We were all British, I notice; sometimes cultural stereotypes are at least semi-true.) I suppose I'm not actually averse to people saying nice things about me, really. But mostly everybody's already very nice to me round here; asking for more is just being greedy. Let's move on, shall we?
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: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
I nearly forgot those two last recs I asked for for one of the earlier days. (I asked for recs in fandoms I didn't know. I like to live dangerously sometimes. :lol:)

From [personal profile] the_redjay:

Relatively Unreasonable (2162 words) by jonesandashes
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lackadaisy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Dom/Zib, Mordecai Heller & Viktor Vasko, Freckle/Ivy
Characters: Dorian "Zib" Zibowski, Dom Drago, Ivy Pepper, Viktor Vasko
Summary: “We’ve got to stop meeting like this,” says Dom, sliding into the booth across from him. This is a joke; Zib’s never laid eyes on him outside the big house. It occurs to him that maybe the reverse isn’t true - alto sax is the sort of girl that demands attention, and Lackadaisy’s bright for a cellar but dim for a dance hall. You don’t see much from the stage.


This was obviously a very well written story, but I really didn't have a clue what was going on. The inevitable downside of trying fandoms I don't know. What did I expect? Heh. However, if you know the fandom, it looks excellent as far as I can tell. It's really neatly written and witty/clever throughout, which I did appreciate, even in my state of ignorance. (Thanks for the rec, anyway, it was enjoyable mystification.)

And from [personal profile] eve11:

Folsom Prison Blues (2736 words) by eve11
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sam Carter, Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c (SG-1)
Summary: A fiery death was so not on his agenda today.

Well, I don't need to know SG1 to get jokey being-locked-in-a-cell fic, (it's a DW trope, too) so this was highly entertaining and very good. (I do have some at least some fleeting acquaintance with SG1 because my housemate used to watch it and tell me when Daniel had died again.) Basically, this was very enjoyable and amusing. Thanks!

And that really is the end of the [community profile] snowflake_challenge from me now.
lost_spook: (dw - wee!amelia)
In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so

To LJ and my flist especially )

*cough* Well, that was enough of being emotional and all that...


In your own space, share a favorite memory about fandom: the first time you got into fandom, the last time a fanwork touched your heart, crazy times with fellow fans (whether on-line or off-line), a lovely comment you’ve received or have left for someone. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Back on the old newsnets )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

If at all possible, try to pick a smaller or rarer fandom, one that maybe doesn't have the following you feel it should.


Hmm. Good question. For me, it's usually crossovers, especially since my first fandom is and was Doctor Who, which is probably the most natural show for crossover fics. Anyway, to be boring:

Sapphire & Steel, because this is easy. For one thing, there is a wonderful, comprehensive, non-spoilery and entertaining introductory picspam by [personal profile] eponymous_rose and for another, because I know what got me into the fandom (apart from various people who kept telling me I would like it) - the fanfic. Because there's so little canon of any sort in S&S, crossovers tend to be very accessible. And amazing and intriguing. Let me hereby blame these two excellent fics for my obsession:

The beautiful Blue by Lurky McLurklurk (Sapphire/TARDIS) and The Glade by Wiccagirl24 (Seven, Ace, Sapphire & Steel.)

I did think about doing this for other fandoms, but I was a bit stumped. I know the above worked for me, but the other stuff I either already liked, or watched because people told me to. Blake's 7, for instance. Velvetfascism isn't around any more, but she told me that if I liked Spooks and Classic Who there was no way I wouldn't like B7. She was absolutely right. And if it comes to doing the same to other people, I, um, er, do quite a bit of that already. *attempts to look innocent and fails* (I'm a librarian! I can't help it.)

I suppose I've been doing a sort of series of non-spoilery intro to Blake's 7 pics over on Tumblr. (I should make that into an LJ post sometime, because all you can say about B7 is that it's great, but don't Google anything, read any fic, look at any pics or watch any fanvids. It's unhelpful.) Oh, and [personal profile] oceloty did a great fandom overview for Spooks/MI-5 on crack_van. Spooks is almost as bad as B7 for spoilers, but it's about as non-spoilery as you can get without refusing to talk about anything post S3.

ETA: So, I suppose my answer to the question is "people talking about it". ;-) (Feel free to ask me to rec a fandom to you, then. :lol:)
lost_spook: (Default)
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two. Make a recs list, link to their archives or master lists or websites, maybe create a Fanlore page for them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

The challenge says if you feel uncomfortable about a thing not to do it, and I think I feel uncomfortable about this one. It's almost impossible to narrow it down to one, and for another, isn't fandom about how we all watch and (if we're in the fandom, one trusts) love the same thing, and then interpret it and celebrate it in our own unique ways? In purely practical terms, there are a lot of people just on my flist that I friended in the first place because I was reading nearly everything they wrote... So: narrowing it down would be a nightmare even before I throw in other types of fanworks. Also, having said that, I kind of accidentally did this already for Day 2, didn't I? :lol:

Moving on, then, to the next day!

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Even more impossible! I'm a multi-fannish sort with my primary fandom being Doctor Who - all 50 years of it. However, I thought for a bit and realised there was a post about a piece of canon I wanted to make anyway, so here it is:

I'm relistening to the BBC Radio LoTR at the moment and busy falling in love with it all over again. (I was worried I wouldn't enjoy it so much the second time, but it's great and my fears were groundless.) Anyway, if you weren't around when I was going on about it in 2011, there is in fact another full dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings, and it's also wonderful in its own way. (It was made in 1981 and has Ian Holm as Frodo, Bill Nighy as Sam, Sir Michael Hordern as Gandalf, Robert Stephens as Aragorn, and John Le Mesurier as Bilbo.)

The thing I want to say this time is how much I love the music. It was composed by Stephen Oliver and, for a BBC production like this, it's an amazing amount of music, and lovely in itself. It's not the beautiful, big cinematic score of the films, of course, but it has a low-key, pleasingly right feel for Middle Earth - and also it's used very inventively to cover the limitations of the format. All the big battle set-pieces are done using the music, and each done differently. And then there's all the songs in the narrative, sung by the actors in context, often unaccompanied...

Here are some of my favourite tracks (you can follow the links for more, if you wish):

The Lord of the Rings - Main Theme
Seek For the Sword That Was Broken (the theme used for Aragorn)
Shadowfax

And, best of all the in-character moments for me, Bill Nighy as Sam, singing in sheer desperation in Mordor: In Western Lands Beneath the Sun.

Anyway, I like it very much.

Not really relevant, but: Searching for the links in this post explained why Michael Hordern was so immediately my Gandalf as soon as I heard him - he was apparently also Badger in The Wind in the Willows. There are some things not even Ian McKellen can compete with, and being Badger in that particular Willows is one of them... *amused*
lost_spook: (OUaT - red)
Skipping ahead a day or so again, because I'm tired and I wanted to do this today:

In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Well, here are a couple of specific things that I'll never find on my own, so let's see if someone can help!

1. I'm relistening to the BBC's Radio LOTR and I'm sure at the end I'll be wanting what I did last time - which is I'd love to read some Legolas and Gimli friendship fic.

Which there must be somewhere, mustn't there? But there's so much LOTR stuff and much of it in unfamiliar archives that I just run away. (Well, after pausing to giggle at summaries involving Legolas, because the writers were picturing Orlando, but I'm thinking of David Collings and such things amuse me.)

Shorter is best for me, if possible, but if it's long (and I somehow suspect length is a thing in Tolkien fandom), I can bookmark it for later (or print it off even) and I don't mind when it's set, although bonus points if anyone knows fic that is post-Return and also involves Merry and/or Pippin as well. (I love it when those four are together, and the Radio version, same as the film, cuts out some of their sections when needing to lose something.)

Anyway, any Legolas and Gimli fic you know would be lovely.


2. Once Upon a Time! I finished S1 and I very much enjoyed it and it's definitely the sort of thing I can see myself being fannish about as well as liking. But S2 is well under way and I want to avoid spoilers, so I can't go look for things myself!

a) good series 1 vids. ♥

b) any good shorter (non-explicit) fic. Really! I am here, liking it all, and not even having a clue about ships and things I would like - I'd just like a reasonable taster of what's out there, if that's possible. If I like a thing, I tend to like it all, and good fic is good fic, anyway, so...


Er. That does seem a bit specific and fussy, doesn't it? Anyway, I'd love recs for either of those things. Self-recs are fine. I know well by now how talented my flist are. ;-)
lost_spook: (pg - Junior gazette)
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Well, I've been going back through my blue notebook lately and aiming to type up anything I find that's short and complete and reasonable - and guess what? I found two extra Kenny ficlets from the 50ficlets challenge I'd been doing. And since I don't intend to reclaim that prompt, here they are for Day 9. (I don't think they'll appeal to any non-PG folks; they're not especially spoilery, but they need some knowledge of the two eps, or of S5 and There Are Crocodiles to make full sense. Or so I think anyway.)


Title: And Wrapped Up With A Bow On Top
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Claim: Kenny Phillips
Prompt: 29: Special Delivery
Fandom: Press Gang
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 555
Summary: Lynda’s got a message for Kenny.
Notes/Warnings: Refs to S5 ep Friendly Fire (or filling in the obvious gap in that episode.)

Special Delivery )

Title: Right or Wrong?
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Claim: Kenny Phillips
Prompt: 16: Right or wrong?
Fandom: Press Gang
Rating: PG/Teen
Word Count: 655
Summary: It’s just another middle of the night call from Lynda.
Notes/Warnings: Refs to S5 ep Head and Heart (also vaguely Monday-Tuesday, Shouldn’t I Be Taller, S1, and The Last Word, S3). Discussion of suicide. (S5 being S5.)

Right or Wrong? )
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
In your own space, pimp three comms or challenges and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Three comms are just not enough! Some comms I love just for existing, others have been such fun/and/or inspirational, some have been places to find new friends and some I barely think about but wouldn't want to lose. Basically, I love comms and I hope people never stop using LJ and Dreamwidth mainly because of their ability not only to do social network blogging but to take it that step further to include communities (shared blogs?) in this way. It keeps on the net some of the good things about forums and the old newsnet groups, without some of the problems. So, I can't pick only three comms. Here is a list that is still not nearly long enough:

[livejournal.com profile] b7friday
I rushed into and out of Blake's 7 fanfic after finishing the series in a way that you could really have drawn an amusing comic of - a stick person running into a rubber wall and bouncing back a mile. It took me a while to find the things I was after and the authors I liked - and the courage to write anything myself, and all of that came through the fun, low-pressure inspiration and friendliness of this weekly prompt comm. (For which I have also recently been tagging so all the tempting prompts are open and available again, I add. You want to go there, you really do. Even if you don't know B7... Nooo, that might be a catch. Never mind.)

[livejournal.com profile] fic_rush
I've explained or tried to explain this one before. It's basically a 48-hr sort of picowrimo-ish thing? It's very laid back - you can set any writing goals you like. ("Writing goals" have been extended to "doing the laundry" and "making icons that have some words on" before now). And since it's been going a while we seem to have picked up a lot of ongoing in-jokes about penguins, writerly pasta, aardvarks, alien fish, bonsai giraffes, and glowsticks, but none of that is necessary - you just join in when a monthly rush is on, write what you can, get encouragement and give it back in return.

[livejournal.com profile] calufrax
Best little reccing comm in the west, yes? Where would Doctor Who fandom be without it? And if you've never recced yourself, it's a lot of fun - you should give it a try and sign up some day. It's a useful way to get the best out of Teaspoon, too, in a very different way to the searching allowable by the archive.

[livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks or [community profile] fan_flashworks
I think this comm is about a year old now? It has prompts every ten days and every so often an amnesty round in which all prompts are open again. I like how open and friendly it is and that any fandom and any fanwork is allowed. (I've seen people cooking and people making letters written in invisible ink that nearly got burned in the process). It's intended to encourage experimentation and it certainly worked for me.

[livejournal.com profile] unkindestslash
♥ This is the Julius Caesar (Shakespeare) comm. It's tiny and quiet but lovely in its brief moments of activity. Totally worth getting into Julius Caesar just to be part of the comm. (Despite the name, it's all things JC related and welcomes all pairings, not just slash).

[livejournal.com profile] icon_tutorial
I don't look at this so much now but it was invaluable in getting me started with icons - it's very well tagged so you can find past tutorials for nearly everything you might want to know. (I'm also indebted to [livejournal.com profile] 100x100textures, too).

[livejournal.com profile] whoniverse1000
Another one that's not so active now, but it could be! It aims to get 1000 different fic(let)s for the Whoniverse. I think it's up to about 275? It's huge fun and playing about with it really got me to be less restricted in my approach to shipping. (Also if you haven't dipped into what's there, there are some surprisingly lovely fics for pairings you'd never have dreamt of - and so many requests still to fill.)

[livejournal.com profile] sapphirensteel
For a small fandom, it's quite an active comm. (Or it was; it seems to have died away a bit lately.) Anyway, it's the place to start for S&S online really and people there seem generally to be very encouraging and friendly to newbies.

[livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales
I have never written anything for this original fic writing comm yet, but I am still in awe of their amazing prompt tables. I mean, really. There are so many "flavours" and they're so tempting...

[livejournal.com profile] who_daily
I nearly didn't think to include this - I take it so much for granted now, but it's pretty essential for a DW fan.

[livejournal.com profile] dw100 or [community profile] dw100
I haven't done anything here for a while, but it was the first prompt comm I played with. It's funny to think back now, but it does take a while to get used to how online/LJ fandom works and things like this helped me get into it. Plus, loads of excellent drabbling has been caused by the comm.

[livejournal.com profile] david_collings
It just makes me very happy that this exists and is a thing not made by me. See, I am not the only one. How many old British character actors have an LJ comm that's never quite died out for all its miniscule size?

[livejournal.com profile] dw_straybunnies
My comm! ♥ I am currently being a rubbish mod yet again, but it exists and I'm proud of it and I will eventually put up a discussion post now LJ is back, and we'll have the holiday challenge on a different holiday when I am not away and tired and distracted by Yuletide, which seems much more sensible. Anyway, it is a comm to leave fic (and other fanwork) ideas that you don't think you can write and where other people can come and pick them up. There have been other very similar comms, but most of them seem to have died out, so I am so proud of everyone involved in this comm for keeping it going. \o/

And to very new(ish) Doctor Who ones that fans should check out if they haven't already: [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50 and [livejournal.com profile] unwhosual

(And, whoops, now I ran out of time to answer comments and catch up - I shall do that later.)
lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
Okay, this proved to be fun. Here are the new things I tried:

From [personal profile] seriesfive:

Slippery (1823 words) by FayJay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Good Omens
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aziraphale/Crowley - Relationship
Characters: Crowley, Aziraphale
Summary:

in which Crowley and Aziraphale eat sushi.



I have read Good Omens, but probably about twenty years ago and my memory of it is very vague. This however, was lovely. And it was even m/m slash (not usually my first choice as to type of pairing). But basically, what it says except also beautifully written, subtle and amusing (as something from this fandom should be). Brilliant!

[personal profile] persiflage_1 suggested one of her recent Bond fics:

This Shall Be My Dancing Day (1305 words) by Persiflage
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: James Bond (Movies), James Bond (Craig movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James Bond/M
Characters: James Bond, Female M (James Bond), Original Characters
Series: Part 14 of Bondkink Fics
Summary:

Bond and M are at a masquerade ball...



My knowledge of Bond is mainly from watching the Roger Moore films with my Dad when I was young, so not something I tend to seek out fanworks for! However, this is a great little scenario with lots of nicely done details, I could hear the two actors and very much enjoyed it. ♥

[personal profile] sallymn sent me to these Get Smart vids. I have no idea what these are and also I don't usually watch vids if I have to download them first, so two new things in one. It was pretty funny and clever, although I confess I did feel as though I'd have appreciated it more if I knew something about what I was watching. But, yes, still enjoyable even for a baffled bystander.

[profile] llywela13 gave me a short Firefly fic: The B-Team, which was indeed, cute and accessible, with a few explosions and things. (I haven't seen Firefly, but I have watched Serenity and read quite a few DW crossovers, so I could pick things up fairly easily anyway. But good fun, thanks.)

[personal profile] liadtbunny gave me two Avengers fanvids - Keeping Things Friendly and Needed: One Pair of Boots, Preferably Kinky which were a lot of fun and nicely done. (I think I would say that the actors singing the novelty song should definitely not give up the day-job, but that's a given, really. But, yes, great fun. I really do want to watch The Avengers.) I think, overall, I liked the Kinky Boots one best, but they were both v entertaining.

[personal profile] seriesfive sneaked back with a second rec just in time:

After the Fall (852 words) by thedevilchicken
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ben-Hur (1959)
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Judah (Ben-Hur), Messala (Ben-Hur)

(More m/m slash, but not explicit despite the rating.) Anyway, this was well-written and I liked it. It's a bit random out of context sometimes, not sure what else to say. But well done, I liked reading it.

(The other two recs were for fics that were over 2k - my definition of "very short" really is very short at the moment, sorry, but they look good, so I'll come back to them later on when I have some more brain.) Thank you, everyone! :-)
lost_spook: (ww - donna)
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

And now I'm kind of stumped, because I do try out most fanworks, and often new fandoms (and there's been Yuletide lately, which I'm still poking around in and which is fab for that sort of thing) and I'm not averse to trying any pairings I think look at all interesting/fun. The only thing I don't do is listen to podfics, but there's a reason for that.*

So, help me out, if you will -

Please rec me something in a fandom I don't know that's non-spoilery. (Non-spoilery is so hard to be sure of when you're poking around looking for stuff yourself.) A fanvid would be perfect, or a very short and accessible fic would also be great. I'll either make another post or edit this one to review said recs a little. (Hopefully positively, but can't be guaranteed in advance! :lol:)

Oh, and if it's fic, I'm no good with explicit pr0n, I'm really not.

Thanks in advance! :-)

*Basically, I think podfics and podficcing are marvellous and there should be much more - I spent enough time in libraries having to think about ways to get things in as many different formats not to appreciate the importance of that. However I don't do audio books; I just can't and therefore not podfics either. Full cast audio plays are fine, but I just... can't listen to audio books, even when I can see there's been a temptingly perfect match-up of reader and book. Maybe one day. And I also have major embarrassment squick at the idea of having to listen to my recorded voice. *shudder*
lost_spook: (dw - individual daleks)
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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm not sure what my favourites are, I don't know if three random fics would ever exactly define me, and given that I write in such obscure corners of fandom, I should be grateful for any attention at all. So, I decided on three shorter (non-chaptered) works including two which I would love more people to read (but I can see why they wouldn't) and one that seems to be my most popular story. They're all Doctor Who fics.

1. Transience (4368 words) by lost_spook (or here on Teaspoon)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peri Brown, Governor of Varos
Summary:

Peri wonders where have all the good guys gone, and the Governor of Varos tries to find a new way forward for his people.



I originally wrote this for the first [livejournal.com profile] who_like_giants ficathon (in early 2010?). It did actually get read at the time, but I was rapidly becoming v unwell and not realising what was happening... and blamed this fic. (Yes, completely logical, obviously *cough*). It's the Story of Doom and no stories worked again afterwards. Also, whoever it was left the prompt on the comm never commented; always a worrying thing, even if it wasn't a gift exchange. (It must be awful!) So I ended up deleting it from Teaspoon. A year or so later, I actually looked at it, realised it was much better than most of my stories and reposted it to understandable but resounding silence.

Anyway, that's not the point: it probably does require knowledge of Vengeance on Varos, and it's post-Trial for Peri. Varos is a story I watched a lot of times, as I did an A-Level media studies project on it, so some of the ideas had probably been lurking my head for over a decade, and a slight exploration of Weird Isolated Colonies (I love that theme in SF. If ever I wrote actual SF of my own, it would be what happened in a small colony on a weird planet left alone for centuries) and I don't know... This is why I write fic. I can express what I mean ten times better in stories than writing like this, and that's why I hope people might at least read it occasionally. Even if it's odd fic about a minor character. (And I do know some people did read it at the time and left lovely comments! I was just v weird back then.)

2. Prospero's Daughter (2932 words) by lost_spook (or here on Teaspoon)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Doctor Who & Related Fandoms, Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ruth Mills, The Doctor (Doctor Who)
Summary:

For twenty-seven years after her father’s death, Ruth Mills has a guardian angel to watch over her. He’s called the Doctor, but this story isn’t even a little bit like a fairy tale.



I wrote this in 2011 - the only thing I actually wrote for months while I was that ill (and it killed my brain for around five weeks, a genuinely scary experience) so hello, fic-I-have-morbid-associations-with #2! Anyway, I listened to the Unbound audio Full Fathom Five, one of Big Finish's 2003 anniversary run of alternate Doctors, each taking a "what if...?" and in most cases casting an actor who'd been a near miss at being the Doctor - in this one "What if the Doctor really believed the means justified the ends?" and David Collings. I have problems with the plot, but the way in which the idea was done &, moreover the way in which it accidentally fits perfectly as an AU to New Who was fascinating. (I couldn't help thinking that what brought about this dark version of the Doctor isn't that he failed to destroy Gallifrey in the Time War and then had to make that right by even more terrible means and vowed never to be so slow to make that kind of sacrifice again.) Anyway, that would be another fic, but it was lurking in the background of this one.

The thing is, the action of the audio is set twenty-seven years apart and in that twenty-seven year gap, this very dark, ruthless Doctor plays fairy godfather to orphaned Ruth Mills (who's probably about six when he meets her), which immediately struck me as being a really twisted version of The Eleventh Hour and I had to write it. So that's at least partly what this is. I tried to make it as accessible and spoiler-free as possible and the main difference knowing the audio should make is that, when you've listened to it, this story is even darker. So, basically, this is my most evil story. (Not saying much, :lol:, but I felt accomplished.)

Anyway, I still like this fic, I'd love more people to read it, and also I want feedback on whether or not the jelly baby bit worked, or whether it was a stupid idea and I should change it to something else.

3. Ten Times The Doctor (Almost) Got Hitched (5358 words) by lost_spook (or here on Teaspoon)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio), Doctor Who & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Cameca (Doctor Who), Polly Wright, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Liz Shaw, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, Evelyn Smythe, Bernice Summerfield, Charley Pollard, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness
Summary:

You wouldn't believe how difficult it is for a passing Time Lord not to get married to famous historical women completely by accident. Seriously. Happens all the time.



Because that was more than enough of morbidity, obscurity and hard-to-sell fics! This seems to be my most popular fic; it was probably the most fun to write (except maybe for the Three-era crossover with Carry On Cowboy), and it's been recced places. And it's also one of the reasons that I'm very amused at Eleven's tendency to get engaged/married by accident without me even having to write anything about it...

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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. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm not sure what my favourites are, I don't know if three random fics would ever exactly define me, and given that I write in such obscure corners of fandom, I should be grateful for any attention at all. So, I decided on three shorter (non-chaptered) works including two which I would love more people to read (but I can see why they wouldn't) and one that seems to be my most popular story. They're all Doctor Who fics.

1. Transience (4368 words) by lost_spook (or here on Teaspoon)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peri Brown, Governor of Varos
Summary:

Peri wonders where have all the good guys gone, and the Governor of Varos tries to find a new way forward for his people.



I originally wrote this for the first [livejournal.com profile] who_like_giants ficathon (in early 2010?). It did actually get read at the time, but I was rapidly becoming v unwell and not realising what was happening... and blamed this fic. (Yes, completely logical, obviously *cough*). It's the Story of Doom and no stories worked again afterwards. Also, whoever it was left the prompt on the comm never commented; always a worrying thing, even if it wasn't a gift exchange. (It must be awful!) So I ended up deleting it from Teaspoon. A year or so later, I actually looked at it, realised it was much better than most of my stories and reposted it to understandable but resounding silence.

Anyway, that's not the point: it probably does require knowledge of Vengeance on Varos, and it's post-Trial for Peri. Varos is a story I watched a lot of times, as I did an A-Level media studies project on it, so some of the ideas had probably been lurking my head for over a decade, and a slight exploration of Weird Isolated Colonies (I love that theme in SF. If ever I wrote actual SF of my own, it would be what happened in a small colony on a weird planet left alone for centuries) and I don't know... This is why I write fic. I can express what I mean ten times better in stories than writing like this, and that's why I hope people might at least read it occasionally. Even if it's odd fic about a minor character. (And I do know some people did read it at the time and left lovely comments! I was just v weird back then.)

2. Prospero's Daughter (2932 words) by lost_spook (or here on Teaspoon)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who, Doctor Who & Related Fandoms, Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ruth Mills, The Doctor (Doctor Who)
Summary:

For twenty-seven years after her father’s death, Ruth Mills has a guardian angel to watch over her. He’s called the Doctor, but this story isn’t even a little bit like a fairy tale.



I wrote this in 2011 - the only thing I actually wrote for months while I was that ill (and it killed my brain for around five weeks, a genuinely scary experience) so hello, fic-I-have-morbid-associations-with #2! Anyway, I listened to the Unbound audio Full Fathom Five, one of Big Finish's 2003 anniversary run of alternate Doctors, each taking a "what if...?" and in most cases casting an actor who'd been a near miss at being the Doctor - in this one "What if the Doctor really believed the means justified the ends?" and David Collings. I have problems with the plot, but the way in which the idea was done &, moreover the way in which it accidentally fits perfectly as an AU to New Who was fascinating. (I couldn't help thinking that what brought about this dark version of the Doctor isn't that he failed to destroy Gallifrey in the Time War and then had to make that right by even more terrible means and vowed never to be so slow to make that kind of sacrifice again.) Anyway, that would be another fic, but it was lurking in the background of this one.

The thing is, the action of the audio is set twenty-seven years apart and in that twenty-seven year gap, this very dark, ruthless Doctor plays fairy godfather to orphaned Ruth Mills (who's probably about six when he meets her), which immediately struck me as being a really twisted version of The Eleventh Hour and I had to write it. So that's at least partly what this is. I tried to make it as accessible and spoiler-free as possible and the main difference knowing the audio should make is that, when you've listened to it, this story is even darker. So, basically, this is my most evil story. (Not saying much, :lol:, but I felt accomplished.)

Anyway, I still like this fic, I'd love more people to read it, and also I want feedback on whether or not the jelly baby bit worked, or whether it was a stupid idea and I should change it to something else.

3. Ten Times The Doctor (Almost) Got Hitched (5358 words) by lost_spook (or here on Teaspoon)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio), Doctor Who & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Cameca (Doctor Who), Polly Wright, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Liz Shaw, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, Evelyn Smythe, Bernice Summerfield, Charley Pollard, Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness
Summary:

You wouldn't believe how difficult it is for a passing Time Lord not to get married to famous historical women completely by accident. Seriously. Happens all the time.



Because that was more than enough of morbidity, obscurity and hard-to-sell fics! This seems to be my most popular fic; it was probably the most fun to write (except maybe for the Three-era crossover with Carry On Cowboy), and it's been recced places. And it's also one of the reasons that I'm very amused at Eleven's tendency to get engaged/married by accident without me even having to write anything about it...
lost_spook: (aiken - fairy godmothers)
(You will get 1 later today...)

Day Three asks you to interact with or friend someone new. I've asked someone to friend me, so that's done. Hopefully they won't run away. Day 4 is to post a fannish wishlist in your journal.

Well, even aside from that seeming greedy so soon after such a wonderful Yuletide, I have a [community profile] fandom_stocking hanging up here already, which is pretty much that. So there you go. My fannish wishlist.

(Besides, they say "no matter how unreasonable". I don't think they even begin to suspect how unreasonable my unreasonable would be after all my old TV watching of late, or how much David Collings it might involve, depending on my mood. Or that I'd want someone to write the ending or some Post-War fic for Enemy at the Door. So. Let's not go there. :lol:)
lost_spook: (dw - wee!amelia)
I'm going to do the [community profile] snowflake_challenge! (This is great because last year this time, I was much too unwell. \o/) However, since my last proper post was about Yuletide Reveal and therefore four obscure fics by me, I thought it seemed much nicer and more sensible to swap Days 1 and 2 around, but I shall do 1 tomorrow. (The rules are very laid back, so I feel sure that'll be okay.)

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

And, actually, I do - or I certainly used to do - a lot of reccing, and mostly in obscure fandoms, so stuff that this once. Here are three different things and while lots of people will know about them already, there's always someone who doesn't and is missing out:

1. The Cake!fic series (All Cake and No Clothes)

Once upon a time (or so the tale goes), in the DW forum called Death by Aspirin, [personal profile] clocketpatch made an innocent typo. Before you could blink, there were multiple resulting fics involving Ten, naked (but for Three's cloak), chained to Three and covered in cake, all due to the plotting of the Master.

So, even though I own this series (on Teaspoon, did you know, you can create a series and then put anybody's fics in it you like? It's brilliant. Just think of the chaos/annoyance/inappropriate collections you could cause. Er. Don't actually do that, though...) it in fact contains a varied assortment of hilarious and wonderful fics on the same premise written by some of my very favourite DW authors. You'll find very little smut - it's amazing, isn't it? However, you will find Ten, naked, chained to Three, covered in cake. You will also find a giant lobster, poetry, multiple Masters, the Rani, UNIT, dark!cake!fic, and the New Who Doctors continually robbing Three for spare parts.

What's more, if you feel inspired, you could write your own version. (Any fic even remotely resembling the prompt is fine and I know people were thinking of branching out into other Doctors and Masters and maybe even as yet untried cake flavours...)

2. [personal profile] sallymn's icons. So pretty and funny, basically. If you like icons and haven't yet rifled through her helpfully categorised collection here, then you really should. Main fandoms are: Blake's 7, Primeval, Doctor Who, The Sentinel, LOTR, Criminal Minds, SG1, Magnificent 7, White Collar, Top Gear & Farscape, but there's quite a few non-fannish writing/reading themed icons, or amusing/pretty ones and some extra random fandom icons. (If I ever had enough icon spaces, I would have all the B7 icons by her that I could. And I swear I got into Primeval mostly for the icons.)

3. I've recently been watching a lot of [personal profile] such_heights's fanvids. I think most people will probably know these, but they're gorgeous. The reason I picked on them just now is that they're not only very well done, but each seems to convey a lot of love for the source(s) used and that makes me happy. Enough To Go By (DW, Amy Pond S5-6) and Can't Go Back Now (BtVS, Willow S1-4) I've been rewatching a lot especially, but they all seem to be lovely.

(I think I managed to sneakily get as many recs as I could into three there, didn't I?)

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