lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
I was nearly there with my [community profile] trope_bingo before mini-summer hit, so I'm trying to actually tidy up and post the things I wrote. Here is the first:

Always a Wolf (1301 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Press Gang
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lynda Day/Spike Thomson
Characters: Lynda Day, Spike Thomson, Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews, Bill Sullivan (Press Gang)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale, 5 Times
Summary: Lynda was never a fairy tale heroine...
lost_spook: (margaret lockwood)
I've taken part in the last two challenges for [community profile] iconthat - you make three icons for the comm, but I had trouble narrowing it down, so here are my challenge entries, plus a few extra for each.


 photo happy1_zpsbylnnmap.png  photo bank8_zps5kzur0ss.png  photo love3_zpsbvm7rc64.png

The rest of the icons under here )
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
Time for the answers! \o/ (Between this and more family history, I must await more spoons before catching up & commenting again, but I will. In the meantime, wacky crossover nonsense awaits...)

15 Characters Reveal )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
So, I wrote things for Yuletide. Somewhat more than I expected...

Firstly, and most importantly, my assignment, which was for [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42. I had, when signing up initially, looked at my list of fandoms I was willing to write and said to myself I might as well have just said I'd write for Paranoidangel. And then laughed, shook my head at myself, reminded myself that Yuletide is a big exchange and added in a bunch of other fandoms... and then got assigned to Paranoidangel! (So, erm, sorry about that - you just got yet more of me instead of somebody new! I had fun writing for you, though! ♥)

Backstitch in Gold (3948 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The House of Eliott
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Beatrice Eliott & Evangeline Eliott, Beatrice Eliott/Jack Maddox
Characters: Beatrice Eliott, Evangeline Eliott, Jack Maddox
Additional Tags: Yuletide, 1920s, Fashion & Couture, Sister-Sister Relationship, Misses Clause Challenge, Women Being Awesome

What has been well-stitched together doesn’t easily fray at the seams.

I'd been rewatching HoE recently and was determined to write fic for it, because there's so little of it, and knew what I wanted to do - a sort of big Bea and Evie across-the-years, culminating in a fixit for the ending. But then it seemed to fall flat in various places, and the ending wasn't quite how I remembered it, thus scuppering my planned final section and I floundered for a while. (I had in my head that Bea and Evie had a big row and, actually, they don't. Evie is angry at everyone, but Bea is muted, almost defeated.) However, eventually, I beat it into shape & hopefully it wasn't too bad! (I've learned by now, though, that I pretty much always feel my assignments are terrible - until the next year, when suddenly I realise that last year's was quite good... but this year's is terrible.)

Anyway, it was fun to write Bea & Evie, and I am still very fond of the series. (Which follows the fortunes of a pair of sisters who set up a London fashion house in the 1920s and is good fun & all up on YT if anyone is interested). I did want to work in more characters, though, and more social history... and, yes, well, possibly being unrealistic? I think in my head I wanted to write a big HofE novel, that's all. At least I finally came up with a title I liked. I had the summary before the fic, but it was in danger of being posted as "Untitled House of Eliott fic" as the deadline approached. (Backstitch is the strongest stitch commonly used for sewing & in gold, obviously, but also because that's how Jack refers to Bea early on. Hmm, I'm not sure now why I changed it from "Backstitch in Gold Thread" because that makes more sense! I shall go change it back.)

And more under the cut! )

Also I now know that it was Clocketpatch who risked complete obscurity by writing me that last minute Public Eye/Sapphire & Steel treat. (Thanks so much, Clocket! You're amazing!) My other wonderful gift was by DesertScribe, who's new to me, but whom I hope hasn't written their last S&S fic, because that one was excellent. ♥
lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
I just found this on my hard-drive - I did it a few weeks ago as a writing exercise and forgot about it. (And I'm definitely stretching the definition of a sentence to breaking point in some cases. Heh.) I can't remember where I found the meme - somewhere about.

One sentence Press Gang fics )

(It's hard. I think I prefer word limits!)
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: (pg lynda editor)
44 x Sapphire & Steel icons and 53 x Press Gang icons. The S&S icons seem to have been growing slowly on my PC since this time last year, so are a bit of an odd mix. The Press Gang icons were made in the summer, I think and about 20 or so were posted to [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks for challenges.


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Contents: Please note the Press Gang set includes an icon of a clown holding a gun. (There are 12 from S3 "The Last Word").

I'm not responsible for everything, I just make it look that way )

The usual rules apply: want, take, credit, no hotlinking. For texture credits etc., see my profile.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth -- Comments there: comment count unavailable
lost_spook: (pg - Lynda writing)
And now, the end of the housework meme! (Phew. That was a long meme.)

3. Press Gang – Lynda Day/Spike Thomson: getting an oil change for the car. From [livejournal.com profile] lolmac (All ages, 540 words) Who specified there was to be no vehicle substitution. I managed this, even though I’m pretty sure neither of the characters would have a valid UK driving license, let alone a car.

Lynda, you can't drive )

14. Spooks – Ruth/Harry: hoovering the curtains. From [livejournal.com profile] daibhid_c

I tried writing this, and I worked out that they were hoovering the curtains (probably in a safe house) as an excuse to keep an eye on what was happening outside, and that it was Ruth’s idea. But I couldn’t come up with anything non-dull beyond that. The best I managed was a conversation about hoovering the curtains vs washing them, and that point I decided it was better for everyone's sakes if I didn't attempt actually writing it. (Sorry. I think maybe I need to rewatch some Spooks, when I can. Ruth and Harry are kind of elusive.)

19. Doctor Who – Ben Jackson/Polly Wright: changing nappies. (599 words) From [livejournal.com profile] belantana (Who said that the baby didn’t have to be theirs, in fact, the unlikelier, the better. So, it was pretty unlikely. It's not terribly good, though, really, this one, but meme!fic. And I have prompts now. Prompts are cool.)

Left holding the baby )
lost_spook: (aiken - dozen words (lucas))
I found this writing meme I did once before and thought it was a funny sort of day, and just the time to try again. And I did it! \o/

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order. (ETA: Whoops.)

1. Blake's 7
2. Sapphire & Steel
3. Doctor Who
4. Press Gang
5. Angel

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.

Demi-drabbles under the cut )

I had a sandwich, a banana and a bit of chocolate afterwards, though, not a cookie. And I was being very careful not to let my mind explode. It does that too often anyway, these days.
lost_spook: (pg - spike & Lynda)
[livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle: Any character from Press Gang becomes a companion. (This is the last one, I promise.)

Title: Press Ganged: Julie (& Spike and Lynda)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 466
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Lynda Day, Julie Craig
Notes/Warnings: None.

Summary: One last try…

The Gazette newsroom is not a companion academy )
lost_spook: (pg - Lynda writing)
A second one for this prompt - [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle: Any character from Press Gang becomes a companion.

Title: Press Ganged: Frazz
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 408
Characters/Pairings: Frazz Davis, Lynda Day, Tenth Doctor.
Notes/Warnings: None.

Summary: Frazz isn’t companion material, either, but he’s found a use for his experiences. (Of course, I realise now that I shouldn't have started with Colin - anything's an anti-climax after the inevitable end-of-the-world...)

Frazz has his turn )

Umm... One thing - where did this running joke about Ten going around desperately scrounging for companions come from? Was it [livejournal.com profile] primsong and [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler's fault via 'It Will Come For Your Children' or was there some sort of canon/existing thing going on already? I have no idea, but it's in my head forever now, it seems.
lost_spook: (PG - stay cool & deny everything)
[livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle suggested: Any character from Press Gang becomes a companion. (There turned out to be a couple of these - so far. This is the first.)

Title: Press Ganged: Colin
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 509
Characters/Pairings: Colin Mathews, Lynda Day
Notes/Warnings: Set S5 (vague spoiler for the episode “Windfall”).

Summary: Colin’s not cut out to be a companion.

Press Ganged )
lost_spook: (S&S - Silver looks up)
The first prompt ficlet, from [livejournal.com profile] arnie1967 who gave me: The first thing that springs to my mind is Silver turning up in Press Gang, seeing as David Collings was *in* Press Gang (2 eps, I think you said?). So, does Lynda or anyone realise he's not who he's supposed to be? Does he take something important and what does he need it for?

I don't think I answered any of those excellent questions, but here is the resulting bit of nonsense, anyway.

Title: Not What We Expected
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 466
Characters/Pairings: Lynda Day, Kenny Phillips, Silver
Notes/Warnings: Press Gang/Sapphire & Steel crossover. No spoilers. It is, however, important to know that David Collings also played Mr Winters in Press Gang. (So this takes place sometime during S1/S2.)

Summary: Sometimes life at the Junior Gazette is more unexpected than usual, and it's not even Colin's fault.

Not What We Expected )

The Prompt Me post is here should anyone want to leave me any more. (Especially things that can be turned into tiny fic and/or icons.)
lost_spook: (smiley sundress (Carol Hawkins))
Today's entry - four very close crops (plus four medium crops for comparison). They are probably even more obscure than usual, barring one.

Four close crops for [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo:

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And the medium crops )
lost_spook: (pg - Lynda writing)
When I'd only done a few entries for this meme, [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler told me she was looking forward to when I did this character. Some things about me are fairly predictable, it seems! So, nobody is going to be shocked at today's post...

She has a temper as short as her skirt )

So Far )
lost_spook: (pg - Julie Lynda shock)
Okay, I'm a little startled to be making one of these posts today, because I finally (a week or so back) got round to typing up one that had been in my notebook since April:

Prompt 35: Lucky Break
Kenny’s been reunited with the girl who may be the (accidental) love of his life. Too bad he’s only got one hour to make an impression – and the rest of the news team seem determined to get in the way…
Lucky Break
(999 words. All ages. Kenny Phillips, Frazz Davis, Tiddler, Sarah Jackson, Colin Mathews, Kelly. Kenny/Kelly).

...And then decided that barring the two I've been saving on my hardrive to finish with, I would give up the claim, because I'd done all I wanted to with it, and I keep going way over the limit and having to cut back when I do write them. So I can only blame putting together the previous post, and watching an episode for the following. Either that, or I went crazy, of course. Many apologies for committing Kenny/Lynda and any implied cruelty to animals. Again, see the previous post...)

Prompt 37: Feeling Good
Kenny’s only ever cruel when he’s in a really good mood…
That Time of the Week
(453 words, All ages. S3. No spoilers. Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day.)

Prompt 39: Chaos Theory
Kenny ends up on the first year school trip with Colin, and the body count keeps rising…
Cruelty to Dumb Beasts
(963 words, All ages. Pre-series. Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews, Lynda Day.)

Prompt 17 : Love/Hate
Lynda’s always screwed up the emotional stuff, but maybe there’s a reason for that – one that has nothing whatsoever to do with Spike Thomson…
(993 words. All ages. S5 / Post series AU. Kenny/Lynda. Julie Craig, Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day).
lost_spook: (pg - spike & Lynda)
For various reasons (including explaining the unexpected ficlets I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] 50ficlets this week), I feel it's time for the Press Gang edition of these posts. There won't be much I haven't mentioned previously, because it's a rare fandom, but I've not put it all together before.

Also because this returned to YouTube, and it's one of my favourite scenes from anything, and can be watched and enjoyed even if you don't know what I'm on about with this show, or don't want to. Basically, Colin (Paul Reynolds) asks Julie (Lucy Benjamin) out on a date, but ruins everything in a record one minute. (Any spoilers are in that line I've just typed. And, yeah, no Kenny, Lynda, or Spike!)

"Act normal, say nothing dumb, don't scare her..."

(Plus a further 30 seconds of random Colin if wanted).

Press Gang fanvids and fic and more under here )

Well, this post certainly got epic - but I did fish out one or two new things, at least.
lost_spook: (pg - Kenny b&w)
A strange thing happened today (and not just that I woke up and realised yesterday I'd posted fic scary enough for Hallowe'en in all the wrong ways) - I found I had written enough ficlets for the [livejournal.com profile] 50ficlets challenge to make another update post, for the first time since May. (Although I did write one of these three in July, I suppose.)

So here goes - update on the Press Gang/Kenny ficlets:

Prompt: 36: Eating Out
Kenny and Lynda have got a table booked in one of Norbridge’s finest restaurants. The question is: what’s Lynda up to this time?
Dining Out
(841 words, All ages, S2, No spoilers. Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day, Spike Thomson).

Prompt 23: Aches & Pains
Finding someone to replace the assistant editor is tough work, especially if you’re Lynda Day.
Next Contestant, Please (or Five Times Lynda Fired People for Not Being Kenny
(638 wods, All ages, pre-S4. Mild Spoilers. Lynda Day, Sarah Jackson, Frazz Davis, Kenny Phillips).

Prompt 10: Light and Dark
Lynda may or may not have her reasons for what happened, but she does know how to make things work to her advantage, certainly when it comes to getting somebody back from the other side of the world.
Silver Lining
(238 words, All ages, Spoilers for series finale. Lynda Day)
lost_spook: (pg - Lynda Smiling)
This is for [livejournal.com profile] belantana, in honour of her enduring love of anything involving zombies or the end of the world.

Story: The End of the World As We Know It (Looks Pretty Much the Same to Me)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 3205
Characters/Pairings: Lynda Day, Spike Thomson, Sarah Jackson, Julie Craig, Colin Mathews, Tiddler, Frazz Davis, Kenny Phillips
Warnings: None. No spoilers (S5 AU)

Summary: “Lynda, I know the Gazette’s important to you, but you think this is the way to fight off the impending apocalypse?” added Spike. “Edit a newspaper?”

Special Zombie fighting edition here )
lost_spook: (Ruth smiling)
Only 1 day behind now! Yay.

Day 15 - Favorite female character:

So many to choose from, but there's only one who's definitely in the top spot here: Ruth Evershed, Spooks's Senior Analyst, as played by Nicola Walker.

nicola walker

More, and other candidates under the cut )
lost_spook: (Kenny/Wrong Number)
Two more:

Prompt 19: Lost & Found
Stars collide and Kenny runs into his Wrong Number, but as usual the universe hasn’t finished with him yet.
Love, Fate and Destiny
(864 words, All ages, Kenny Philips, Kelly/Dublin Girl. Kenny/Kelly. Set between S3 & 4.)

Prompt: 15 Good or Bad
Sometimes life is a mixed up fairy tale with no guaranteed happy endings, Prince Charming doesn't want to know about the damsel in distress, Red Riding Hood is out to get the wolf; the wicked queen's not so evil and Jiminy Cricket has his dark side.
Not A Fairy Tale
(999 words, All ages, S3, No spoilers. Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day, Tiddler, Spike Thomson, Sarah Jackson, Colin Mathews, Frazz Davis. This is the one I was complaining about…)
lost_spook: (Lynda writing)
Story: Confessions and Crocodiles
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All Ages/PG
Word Count: 2143
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Lynda Day
Warnings: MAJOR spoilers for the final episode of Press Gang (also spoilers for S1 eps 'Monday-Tuesday' and 'Shouldn't I Be Taller?'). (Post Waters of Mars for Ten.)

Summary: Either the Doctor is having a nightmare featuring an odd girl in pyjamas, or Lynda Day is having yet another weird dream, this one involving a chatty, skinny guy... or something even stranger is going on this time.

This one was brought about by a suggestion from [livejournal.com profile] pitry. However, I am an evil person, who then wrote a spoilerish fic. Plus, it was going to be very bleak and dark, and then ended up... not. (As ever with me!) However, I wrote it anyway. (It's been okayed onto Teaspoon already.)
lost_spook: (Kenny writing)
Only two over two weeks, but here they are:

Prompt 49: You’re Mine
Sam’s fed up with waiting for Kenny to get the point, so now she’s going to spell it out.
(717 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Sam Black, Lynda Day. Kenny/Sam. Post S2 finale).

Prompt 38: Beautiful Disaster
Sam promised Kenny he could dump her when they were through. This is harder than it seems.
Breaking Up Is Hard To DO (Or Five Times Kenny Tried to Dump Sam).
(995 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Sam Black, Lynda Day. Sam/Kenny. No spoilers S2/3, and completely uncanonical.)
lost_spook: (Kenny b&w)
Well, I'm back and will be catching up with people presently over the next few days (I hope - I was a bit erratic last week with actually keeping up properly even when I was here). Plus, I need to actually watch Saturday's DW at some point (hopefully tomorrow!), as everyone's doing reaction posts all over the place. I may have to hide until then, or write, or something. I had a nice weekend in Somerset seeing all my family. And I do mean ALL of them in this case!!

Anyway, my weekly update on [livejournal.com profile] 50ficlets. (You can tell it wasn't the best of weeks, as I felt the need to get morbid!)

Prompt 25: Make Me
Spike gives Kenny personality lessons. Shame Kenny can’t give Spike lessons on Lynda.
How To Be Cool
(820 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Spike Thompson. Again, refs to S2 finale Rock Solid and The Big Finish?)

Prompt 41: Time & Tide
Kenny seems to have a lot in common with his Grandad. This is probably a good thing.
Que Sera Sera
(574 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Sean Phillips. Ref to S3 episode Chance is a Fine Thing in which Kenny finds an old love letter his Grandad, Sean Phillips, never received.)

Prompt 22: Bone Deep
It’s another middle of the night phone call… (Kenny, and There Are Crocodiles.)
Concerning Crocodiles
(999 words, PG, Kenny Phillips, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Day. I seriously don’t know whether to label this MAJOR SPOILERS OF DOOM for the series finale There Are Crocodiles or no spoilers at all…)

Prompt 16: Right or Wrong
What’s worse: what Lynda does under pressure, or that Kenny can’t break their friendship to save his life?
It’s Not What Friends Do
(542 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day, Spike Thompson. Vague spoilers for S3 two parter The Last Word. Also, I’m not entirely happy with this one.)
lost_spook: (Kenny writing)
Whoops, the ficlets are getting longer. Better watch out, before they turn into fic!

Prompt 28: Flash back
When Kenny met Lynda.
Red Letter Day
(830 words, All ages, Mrs Day, Mrs Phillips, Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day.)

Prompt 14: Heaven & Hell
Kenny finds himself in Colin’s world and before he knows it, he’s been seduced, set-up, packaged and sold.
Kenny Phillips Rock Star
(973 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews, Lynda Day. Spoilers for S2 ep Rock Solid.)

Prompt 46: Coming Out
Sam wants Kenny centre stage, but Colin, (and Lynda, Spike and life in general) have got him cowering under his desk.
I Need A Hero
(906 words, All ages, Kenny Phillips, Sam Black, Lynda Day. Follows on from the previous ficlet, so again, spoilers for Rock Solid. Sam/Kenny)

Prompt 04: Missing You
Shouldn’t I Be Kenny?
(470 words, All ages, Julie Craig, Kenny Phillips, Lynda Day. Spoilers for S4 & 5 generally.)


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