lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
A while back, [livejournal.com profile] hyarrowen and I were clearly having like thoughts on Major Richter & Dr Martel-related hurt/comfort, and I finally got my idea to work. So, for [livejournal.com profile] hyarrowen, [community profile] trope_bingo square "hurt/comfort" and [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square "accept injury to protect someone," and set post-canon somewhere in the winter of 1944/45:

Invisible Incident (2461 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Martel & Dieter Richter
Characters: Dieter Richter, Philip Martel, Olive Martel
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, World War II, Minor Injuries, Community: hc_bingo, Community: trope_bingo, Hurt/Comfort
Summary: Oberst Richter has not been shot; there was no bullet.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
Some Enemy at the Door fic, written for Hyarrowen, who wanted something to do with the Atlantic Wall and who shares my appreciation of Martel and Richter (and Committee Man!). I don't know if this was what was wanted, as it's mainly Martel & Richter discussing some consequences of the Wall for the Islands, but it's what I came up with:

Waiting For the Sky to Fall (1218 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Philip Martel & Dieter Richter
Characters: Philip Martel, Dieter Richter
Additional Tags: Vignette, World War II, Starvation, Post-Canon, Stealth Friendship
Summary: Autumn 1944, and the situation on Guernsey grows ever more bleak, but there's always some slight consolation to be had, if you look for it hard enough.
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
[Regular flisters, this is just my annual far too long and incoherent Yuletide letter; feel free to wisely pass on by!]

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Firstly, you share a tiny fandom with me, so that makes you a person of taste and awesomeness as far as I'm concerned and I hope that you have fun writing for me.

I am a great believer in the story that you want to tell being the one that's going to be the most compelling to read, so please, write that story. If you are the sort of person who likes a concise letter and a free hand, just go for what you have in mind. All the extra details are for souls like me who want them. Do not attempt to give me everything below in one fic; you'd do yourself an injury. If anything seems contradictory, it's mostly because I like all sorts of different things at different times in different fandoms.

Annual long flaily letter continues under here )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
First, for [personal profile] executrix who asked (after I bounced up and down and said I would take any excuse to write Enemy at the Door) for Dr Martel, being accused of collaboration, post-Occupation. I'm afraid it isn't very exciting, but I have now wroted it, which is always something:

Points of View (600 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enemy at the Door (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Olive Martel, Philip Martel
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Post-Canon

The Germans might have gone, but the Martels' troubles haven't ended yet.

In the process, I fished out my Fanfic Writing Notebook (sadly neglected this year, for the Original Fic Writing Notebook (and yes, I really do have separate notebooks for them)) and found finished but untyped things lurking in it! I am on a quest to type them up.

First off is this, which my notes on it say was meant to be for [livejournal.com profile] weaselett's [community profile] fandom_stocking. I think I didn't type it up because I was too tired to know if it was funny, but it could have been because it clashed with a want/do not want, in which case, my apologies!

Illogical Explanations (212 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Creek (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jonathan Creek, Maddy Magellan
Additional Tags: Apocalypse, Alternate Universe, Zombies, Ficlet

The zombie apocalypse wouldn't be so bad, Maddy thinks, if Jonathan weren't so bloody awkward.

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.)


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Multifandom hugs under here )
lost_spook: (cat)
The commentfest continues! And talking of obscure and British things...

As threatened, a 'trailer' of sorts for ITV's 1978-80 WWII drama, Enemy at the Door. I made this as an experiment, because I thought I'd solved my issues with sound-editing on my vidding software. Guess what? I haven't, so this is not entirely a success - there are some sound issues, especially at the start, and it was getting worse with every edit. You may take it as read that I'm not doing anything else like this in a hurry. Still, that's what experiments are for, yes?

However, that said, it is still better than anything Network or Acorn have bothered to do for it and maybe it will explain something of why I like it so much. Or just bore everybody, I'm not sure at this point. Inevitably, there are some spoilers (especially for 1.13), but hopefully not too bad out of context (& not beyond 2.1 because Network wouldn't let me rip 2.2-2.13).

Enemy at the Door Trailer )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I have been a bit AWOL, but for reasons and also now I have a vid! And, all right, so it is a vid of James Maxwell, BUT it is totally a vid containing cute children and animals, paper aeroplanes, stuffed toys, random barometers, wilful destruction of property, Emma Peel kicking ass, vampires, tea and coffee drinking, two Henry VIIs, rocks, Nazis, space ships, and an actual kitchen sink. Also epic hand-holding (but not anything like as much as there could have been).

Cut for Embed )

And, at some point, I will catch up with other stuff a bit. (♥)
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
I made various icons for NaArMaMo, but halfway through the month, I started on an utterly pointless large set for Enemy at the Door. (NaArMaMo is just for having fun and experimenting, so I did.)


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A lot of people need help - they don't know how to fight or even what to fight sometimes )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I knew there was something else: and I bought (as a reward for doing hard stuff, including some money-saving/gaining things) the TV tie-in book of Enemy at the Door for 1p on Amazon. I was worried, because TV novelisations do tend to be a special kind of terrible. Anyway, it arrived today! And I will say more some other time (now, I have my parents up here - almost a rl again! Also I should answer comments), because it took a sudden lurch into making me wonder if it was being novelised by Ben Steed (and nobody wants that), but I got my money's worth by about p3 when the author had an go at describing Alfred Burke's face (as Major Richter):

"He [a random Police Inspector] sensed at once that Richter had a capacity to charm that might cloud a man's judgement... Richter was too quiet, too urbane, with a face of that ascetic cast which is acquired by saints, librarians and aristocratic confidence tricksters... Perhaps aware of this himself, Richter had grown a beard, but it did little to hide his saintly expression..."

Alfred Burke grew a beard to spare us all his face, because it was Too Much, trufax, people. Well, there's one mystery of life solved.

(It is very odd about this. It lovingly describes some of the characters as played by the particular actors, down to funny little quirks of how they played a scene and then others not, or he seems to have decided to make up his own version.)

Anyway, "saints, librarians and aristocratic confidence tricksters" :lol: :lol: :lol:. Gosh. I don't know why I went for being a librarian myself, then.
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: (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: (I Capture - writing)
Memed from astrogirl2: Post a line or a snippet from each of your WIPs, and invite people to ask questions about them.

(It's always slightly different, this one, so I may have freely adapated it for my own purposes. A meme, after all, is a living, evolving thing, right? *hides from those meme police once again*)

WIPs again )
lost_spook: (cat)
I said I'd made a post about Enemy at the Door, and here it is. (I'm thinking of doing some more fandom manifesto type posts for old TV I've watched, because they're fun and possibly even useful, if only to inform people of things to avoid. :-D)

So, what is it? Enemy at the Door is a 1978-80 UK drama series about the German Occupation of the (British) Channel Islands in WWII, focusing on Guernsey (and the fictional Martel family). It stars Alfred Burke, Bernard Horsfall and Simon Cadell with Antonia Pemberton, Emily Richard, Simon Lack, John Malcolm, Richard Heffer, Helen Shingler and David Waller. It was created and script-edited by Michael Chapman, produced by Tony Wharmby and written by Michael Chapman, James Doran, NJ Crisp, Kenneth Clark and John Kershaw. There are 2 series of 13x 50 min episodes (26 in all). It is out on DVD (definitely in Regions 1 &2); it is not on YouTube at the moment, though. (It was repeated on Yesterday, a freeview channel here in the UK last year, so it may get another turn.)

If you're not keen on old UK TV, then this obviously isn't for you. If, however, you are, and you are interested in well-written, well-played, low-key drama, WWII generally, or what happened to the Channel Islands in particular, then it may well be. Sadly, it was cancelled before they reached the end of the War, but what there is of it is well worth watching. Also, while it was shown pre-Watershed over 30 years ago (so there's very little they can actually show in terms of blood, violence etc.), it does deal with a lot of difficult subjects (very well generally): execution, imprisonment, depression, multiple suicide attempts, shooting, murder, possible rape, and beatings/interrogations.

Why, you may ask, especially after that cheery list of warnings? Well, it depends. If you want a lot of action and battles and other such fast-moving set-pieces, again, it's not going to deliver. But it explores its historical subject pretty accurately and also takes advantage of that situation to explore the ethical dilemmas of occupation from both sides with subtlety and intelligence and three-dimensional characters, and that's what's so great about it.

You chaps have commandeered my kitchen! )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
Nothing to see here, except my annual ridiculously epic Yuletide Letter:

Dear Yuletide Writer,

Firstly, thank you! You are ready to attempt to write something for me - and you share a tiny fandom with me. ♥

I am a great believer in the story that you want to tell being the one that's going to be the most compelling to read, so please, write that. In fact, for several of these requests, what I want most of all is just to see what you would write in these worlds. So, if you are the sort of person who likes a concise letter and a free hand, please, just go for what you have in mind. All the extra details are for souls like me who want them. Do not attempt to give me everything below in one fic; you'd do yourself an injury. If anything seems contradictory, it's mostly because I like all sorts of different things at different times in different fandoms. So, if you've got that burning idea, go write it. I'm sure I will love it.

More details here )

Fandoms - Ten Stupidest Things I've Heard Since Richard III's Remains Were Identified, Enemy at the Door, Miss Marple, Indigo Series, Jago & Litefoot and Chalet School )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
1. Here's an offer!! (It's very exciting...) Since I now have my very own copy of Enemy at the Door, this means I have the TV-recorded set that Liadt gave me going spare! I am willing to post anywhere, if you think you can watch them. (I'm not sure how these things work with recorded DVDs, but at least they shouldn't be region-coded...)

It was made 1978-80 by ITV, so dull, slow-paced TV of the time (though with more location filming than was average). It focuses on small, mundane incidents, mostly and there is much angst/death/people committing suicide/having their lives ruined every episode, so you don't want to ask for it lightly.

However, it is also very well-written, thought-provoking and covers the German Occupation of the Channel and has a really good cast (Bernard Horsfall, Simon Cadell, Alfred Burke & John Malcolm are some of the leads). With an equally starry (for 1978-80 UK, obv.) guest cast each week. There is a young Anthony Head (in eps 4&5, in his first TV appearance), John Nettles*, Peter Woodward, John Normington, Martin Jarvis, Gary Waldhorn, Joss Ackland, James Maxwell and more. And there are many, many more women in it than I just made that sound. (The world is sexist and they are less famous to me, that's all. Also there are a lot of soldiers.) I would be very happy to post it to the first person on this post who would like to have it. (It also has an awesome and brave Librarian in episode 2, though I realise that's a thing that probably impresses me more than other people.)

It is very good, though. Honest.

* John Nettles is a Channel Island policeman from Hampshire called Sergeant Lewis. You can have fun working out what relation he must be to Bergerac or Barnaby. Or maybe he's a Time Lord who's got into the habit of being in the British police force, or some other Immortal Police being.)

2. I went to leave a comment on the proper Yuletide post about why Blake's 7 was eligible, went back to the Hermit Library and confirmed to myself that it was in fact ineligible. I have now fired myself from the task. (The theoretical overlap from looking at authors on both sites was 200-400 fics, but I managed to find the alphabetical title list on it this time and in practice, while they're many of the same authors, the fics are different, so we're over on two counts and the age of the fandom isn't relevant any more.) So, no Blake's 7 in Yuletide! Tragic. I can't decide whether to wistfully leave my nomination in just in case or change it. I might go change it now. Or possibly blow up the Hermit Library, of course... The moral of this being, don't ever ask me to argue in favour of anything.
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Apparently, this is what happens if I try to write my Yuletide letter and get too carried away thinking about Enemy at the Door because I'm in also the middle of rewatching it. I promise, one day, I will stop being so obscure with the fic. Today is not that day. /o\

I'm feeling a bit rotten again now I've done this, so I'll catch up with comments etc. tomorrow.

Title: Angels Alone Enjoy Such Liberty
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~870
Characters/Pairings: Dieter Richter, Philip Martel, Clare Martel, Olive Martel, Klaus Reinicke
Notes/Warnings: Spoilers for ending of S1/start of S2. WWII Occupation of Guernsey, vague refs to imprisonment, depression & suicidal feelings. Early S2 Vignette.
Summary: Cages come in many shapes and forms, and everyone here’s a prisoner of war.

Written for the “cages” square for [community profile] hc_bingo. Title and the poetry ref. come courtesy of the S2 episode "Angels That Soar Above".

Angels Alone Enjoy Such Liberty )
lost_spook: (hdh - not quite right)
I'm sure other Classic DW fans will be sorry to hear that Bernard Horsfall has died (1930-2013). (Gulliver, Taron in Planet of the Daleks, Goth and another Time Lord, or Goth unnamed, who knows?)


And I'm sad, because, as I said a couple of posts ago, I can't get Enemy at the Door (1978-1980) out of my head and he played the main character among the Islanders, Dr Philip Martel. He was every bit as good and reliable and real as he always seemed in his guest Doctor Who roles and it was great to see him in a major part. And he really was exceptional in the storyline that bridged S1 and S2. (I can't explain properly without spoiling that bit. And Enemy at the Door really is worth watching, and worth watching relatively unspoiled, so I won't do that.) But he was great. It was hard to come back down to episode-of-the-week after watching the way he and Alfred Burke (and others, but particularly those two) played that out between them.

*salutes sadly*


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