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[personal profile] lost_spook
I don't seem to have been writing much lately, so I did what I usually do in these circumstances: the poetry meme!

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

2: Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.


*noms virtual cookie*

(These are all only 50 words, so I don't think they're really spoilery unless you know stuff already, they're just probably incomprehensible, but possibly for DW S10, Ripper Street S5 and Spooks S10. Ish. I did cheat, because I didn't want a comma, but at least I managed alphabetical order, and my brain also did not explode.)


1. Blake’s 7: As far from time – as History – (Emily Dickinson)

History is what you make it. The Federation have long since made it theirs. Yesterday’s hero is today’s traitor, erased; names buried with their bones. They underline their inescapable history with law, with troopers, and mind wipes.

If you want absolute control, you need to control absolutely – and they do.


2. Department S: Freedom to starve or slave! (Robert Service)

“Now I know how the oppressed masses feel.”

Annabelle raised an eyebrow. “You don’t look that oppressed. You only came in one day this week!”

“And it was almost the death of me,” said Jason with a faint shudder. “If it’s death or liberty, liberty’s got my vote every time.”


3. Doctor Who: It aims once – kills once – conquers once (Emily Dickinson)

Once. For most, death comes once. He’s envious – no, maybe almost envious, maybe that’s more honest. But he would like that, now, this time, this one time too many. No more. It’s been too long, he’s lost too many.

Life catches at the edges, though. (Where there’s tears, there’s hope.)


4. Ripper Street: Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye (Shakespeare)

Snow falls in Whitechapel at the century’s end, a momentary covering of sin. It is illusory and will not last, like the lies of his life. Reid thinks of others, who have more final redemption in love, confession, sacrifice, death. And yet – he stands, delays entropy; he works it out.


5. Spooks: This whole experiment of green (Emily Dickinson)

Green grid, green bench: She steals, he lies. Neither of them are ever what they seem.

Green waters, green door: always that stab of farewell just when things are beginning. (They couldn’t be closer than they are now; better not to try.)

Upside down, maybe, but still they got results.

***

As you can see, the poetry generator has not lost its obsession with Emily Dickinson or Robert Service...

Date: 28 Jul 2017 12:57 am (UTC)
sovay: (Claude Rains)
From: [personal profile] sovay
4: Bravo! Have a cookie.

I really like what this set of constraints produces, even in cases where I don't know the fandom; they are compressed, elegant little sketches. I like the ones for Ripper Street and Spooks especially.

Date: 28 Jul 2017 01:27 am (UTC)
astrogirl: (Fanfic Two)
From: [personal profile] astrogirl
Oooh, these are lovely. I will take another turn at this one, myself. It's a nice way of getting a little writing done when you don't really have time to get any writing done.

Date: 28 Jul 2017 02:16 am (UTC)
vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (Default)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
Excellent vignettes; brava!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 09:34 am (UTC)
paranoidangel: Harry Sullivan, Harry Pearce, Harry Potter (Harrys)
From: [personal profile] paranoidangel
These are lovely. But it does choose Emily Dickinson a lot!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Bulman fishing)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
Very nice and contemplative!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
arnie1967: (Redflower)
From: [personal profile] arnie1967
I really like that Doctor Who one. It's almost poetry itself.

Date: 28 Jul 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (whitecollar)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
Excellent! I especially like the "Department S" one. Nice going there. You've captured Jason rather well, and also the fond exasperation that Annabelle seems to regard him with.

And look at all those Emily Dickinsons! Maybe I should do the meme again too. Maybe you've Dickinsoned it out, and I shall get a clear run without her. :D Still, she seems to have given you a good prompt with that final one. Nice work with that.

Date: 28 Jul 2017 11:37 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (littlejoe)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
I gave up last time I tried it, because it not only gave me four Dickinsons in a row, but three of them were the same poem! And the one time I did do it, I had three Dickinsons and a Service. It really ought to see a therapist about its obsessions!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 10:37 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (angels)
From: [personal profile] john_amend_all
Maybe you've Dickinsoned it out

Take my word for it, she hasn't :-)

Date: 28 Jul 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery: (ratpack)
From: [personal profile] swordznsorcery
Ha! Yes, I've rather come to that conclusion!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
meneleth: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meneleth
I will give this a try!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)
feng_shui_house: me at my computer (Default)
From: [personal profile] feng_shui_house
Wow, I really need a nap. I read the post title as 'Poultry Meme', and... I have to say it...

I chickened out...

Date: 28 Jul 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (gia)
From: [personal profile] john_amend_all
Bravo for writing them all without brain explosions!

Date: 12 Aug 2017 08:27 am (UTC)
lokifan: black Converse against a black background (Default)
From: [personal profile] lokifan
This is such a cool idea and I love the Who one!

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