lost_spook: (Dracula)
From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!


2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)


3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.


4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.


5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.
lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )


* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*
lost_spook: (once upon a time)
For the Talking Meme: [personal profile] elen_nare asked: Which fictional universe(s) would you most like to live in?

I'm fascinated by the Blake's 7 universe maybe more than all my other fictional universes, but I certainly would not want to live in it. So, out of the things that immediately came to mind, I decided that the Once Upon a Time universe would be a good one. I mean, yes, it's full of villains and ogres and dragons, but as far as I can see, if you live in Storybrooke as a minor character, you get to watch the heroes chase the dragons down the High Street while you just carry on making a Heritage Trail and assume that it will all be okay in the end, because it generally is. (It is a universe where goodness actually does pay. I'm not sure I know any others.)

Since Belle seems to be doing two jobs at once, I'm sure I could get a job as children's/assistant librarian without much trouble (and it's not even as if there's a dragon in the cellar any more), although I suspect presenting budget requests to the Mayor would be an ordeal, no matter how reformed she is these days. I'm not sure how book ordering would work, either, and they don't seem to have had any software updates anywhere in the town since about 1995, but every job has its little hang-ups. And I bet Snow would be amenable to school visits to the library, which is always a plus.

But importantly, if I'm going to live in another universe, it should be one where there's magic and they can make me better. Magic always comes with a price, but healing magic seems to be definitely in the good category in general, so I think it would be worth the risk.

And apart from the obligatory yearly Curse and related amnesia, it's a protected little bubble of a place to live in - and if I don't like it, I can get to any other fictional universe I want from there! All I need is a magic bean, or an airship, or a mermaid, or a pirate ship, or that Fairy Bus To/From the Land With No Magic. (It's really easy, as long as you're not Rumplestiltskin.)

I'm not sure what would happen if I carelessly wrote fic while I was there, though. I might need to chat to Henry before I finalise any arrangements to move in...
lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
First, the Characters:

1. Silver (S&S)
2. G'kar (Babylon 5)
3. Beatrice Eliott (House of Eliott)
4. Missy (DW)
5. Adam Adamant (Adam Adamant Lives!)
6. Seventh Doctor
7. The Brigadier (DW)
8. The Cat (Red Dwarf)
9. Snow White (OUaT)
10. Bill Potts (DW)
11. Henry VII (The Shadow of the Tower)
12. Cassandra Cillian (The Librarians)
13. Orac (B7)
14. Dayna Mellanby (B7)
15. Servalan (B7)

Answers under the cut... )
lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
I haven't forgotten the other meme, but you know what I haven't done for a year? Yes, that's right! The 15 characters meme. Well, that will never do...


1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
lost_spook: (writing)
Summer's over, so is my BNA subscription, so let's try a meme!

As ever with these things, anything goes from anything I know - character(s)/pairings all fine. (Not any of the characters from last time, though: Dw - Liz Shaw, Nine & Rose, Leela, Six & Evelyn, Jamie & Zoe, River Song & Romana II, The Master; Other - Justin Alastair, Harry Pearce/Ruth Evershed, Adam & Georgie, Miss Annersley & Miss Wilson, Roderick Alleyn.)

Give me a character/pairing and I will write snippets of ten different alternate universes for it. One line, ten lines, a ficlet if you're lucky.

Wild West
Coffee Shop
Shapeshifters
Fantasy/Fairy Tale
. . . In SPACE!!
Apocalypse
Schoolfic
Police/Firefighters/Medical*
Supernatural
Regency


(I tried to mix it up with some slightly different AUs from last time. Whether or not I will regret this soon, only time will tell, but I was getting rather fed up with Born Another Gender last time round.)


* Why should only one of the emergency services be left out?
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
1. I have my family up visiting this week! They are staying in a farmhouse nearby, so I am still around, but will be v erratic about commenting/not commenting, so forgive me if I miss/seem to ignore anything or take longer than usual to reply, while commenting/posting elsewhere; it's just how it goes with the CFS and my socialising energy is going into rl for a little bit till they go again Friday. (My family also includes little sis and her two wee ones and bump that will eventually be another wee one. \o/) I have some Posts I Made Earlier, so I may even confuse things further by still posting.


2. There is a meme going round:
COME PLAY @ THE [ FIC POSITIVITY FEEDBACK MEME ]


I don't have a thread (yet anyway), but I'm all for giving authors feedback (even if possibly not this week), so if you're interested in leaving nice comments/concrit/having your own thread, you should make your way over there.


3. Talking of my family and PSAs, my four (almost five) year old nephew had apparently recently been learning about death for some reason (possibly via heaven or something; it's a CofE primary school), which was fine, except that he decided he needed to share this fact with his 3 and a bit year old sister at 7.30am. Wee Niece was of course not pleased to learn about death and mortality without warning when getting ready for nursery ("Everybody dies - even Mummy and Daddy and you and me!") and was fairly inconsolable for a bit. Cue Small Nephew being sent to his room, departing with a muttered, "I'm right, though. Everybody does die!"

They are both still adorable; I saw them yesterday, it is a fact. As an auntie, I am totally unbiased and objective on that score, so if I say so, it must be true. I introduced them to Daleks for the first time yesterday, so you will be glad to see I am a responsible DW fan. (I have some tiny ones that run on wheels and can be played with by small nephews and nieces.)
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[personal profile] el_staplador requested Meet Me at Midnight for the Fic Commentary Meme.

This was a recent one, written to finish off one of my remaining [community profile] who_allsorts prompts on my Fourth Doctor claim, the prompt being, "I will go alone," which, in conjunction with Four, made me think of the line from Androids of Tara where the Doctor says, "They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap, have you noticed that?" So I thought it could be fun to play with that being the Doctor's voice of experience speaking there.

I picked the prompt set out a couple of years ago now, and the vague idea had been lurking for a while, and then suddenly the full idea just struck me, and I wrote it and it was a lot of fun. I do have my original notebook version, but it didn't see a lot of changes, overall.

Each segment was, hopefully (and judging by comments, fairly successfully), a typical scene with each Team TARDIS of Four's era. (Well, barring Four, Romana & Adric, but the E-Space trilogy is still on my to-watch pile.)


Cut for various traps )
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
For the Fic Commentary Meme, [personal profile] sovay asked for there was a darkness, call it solitude.

This was written back in 2012 after re-reading Joan Aiken's Midnight Is A Place, no doubt brought on by watching the 1970s ITV adaptation, but that isn't a patch on the book, even if it does have David Collings in.

It was a while ago, and I can't find the original version in my notebook, either, so I'm not sure how much I can remember at this distance, but it was a fic I had to write and felt pleased with, despite its obscurity.* (I don't know what use my notebooks are sometimes. This one has my Yuletide 2011 fic in and later my Yuletide 2012 fic, so you would think that something written in spring 2012 would be in it, but no. Also that entire notebook is almost wall to wall S&S. 0_o)

there was a darkness, call it solitude )
lost_spook: (doctor who)
For [personal profile] a_phoenixdragon in the Fic Commentary Meme, who asked for a commentary on Unrelated (The Loop the Loop to Affinity Remix)

This was a Remix fic, so a lot of it is in reaction to the original fic, in this case [personal profile] scripsi's Sliding Down the Razorblades of Life and other parts of her River/Master series. Doing a Remix is always a slightly different process to other writing - you're responding to someone else's work, so my first move is to skim through my assigned remixee's work to see what jumps out at me. And then, I don't know, I read and read that until something comes. I hesitated over this because to remix something that was part of a series possibly made things a little more complicated than was wise.

Unrelated fic commentary )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
For [personal profile] eve11 in the Fic Commentary Meme, this segment of Prospero's Daughter, a fic for Big Finish's Unbound series of AU Doctors (published to celebrate DW's 40th anniversary in 2003). This one was for Full Fathom Five, with the AU in that audio being essentially, what if the Doctor went dark? (With the Doctor in question being played by David Collings, so clearly it was a strange and explicable thing that I found myself listening to it, obv.).

I also have a bit of an odd relationship with the fic, because it was the first thing I wrote properly after relapsing with the ME in Jan 2011, and it left me with no mental concentration for a month afterwards, which was pretty terrifying. I thought I'd never write again, and even if it was probably only a month or two later I was writing a tiny tiny Sapphire & Steel ficlet, it felt like a lot longer, and it still took me another year before I could manage that many words again, and I panicked about whether or not it was any good afterwards. It became a Fic of Doom.*

The bit with the jelly babies; it's always the bit with the jelly babies )
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For the Fic Commentary Meme (still open if anyone wants me to talk a lot (or not) about a snippet of my fic), [personal profile] shyfoxling asked for commentary on Timey Wimey Antics, a found poem (of sorts), made from AO3 tags from the Doctor Who fandom back in 2013.

Timey Wimey Antics )


Also, I couldn't find my original of this, but I did find my Tag Wrangler found Tag poem. I'm not sure why it was abandoned & left unfinished; I probably was feeling stupid having made another terrible mistake while wrangling and buried it, but it is here. It is fairly accurate about tag-wrangling:

Please Teach Me How To tag )

*goes off to see if there are Spooks tags involving Ros and a fork*
lost_spook: (writing)
Memed from [personal profile] el_staplador: Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fic is here. ETA: and here for the origfic stuff. (Mostly runaway tales.)

Not that I can guarantee I can remember anything I was thinking when I was writing stuff, and I feel puns are unlikely. (I can think of about 2 puns in total in all my fic, although it is true I can't remember stuff.)

WIP Meme

23 May 2017 01:24 pm
lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
The return of that meme where you post random lines from any WIPs you have at the moment, because I felt like it.

(I see that I last did it in Jan 2016, which reminds me, I never did post that AAL! snippet as it stands. I should do that.)


More bondage, vampires, and fatal disasters under here )


That's four out of eight which are still the same old WIPs (and three from the previous post which I did complete in the meantime), but, to be fair, I keep writing and finishing other things in the meantime. I mean, I have [community profile] trope_bingo to finish and then I can destroy worlds for [community profile] tic_tac_woe! (I won't say nothing in the world can stop me, because some days it seems that just about anything in the world can stop me, especially in summer.)
lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
Ganked from [personal profile] moetushie, and this time it has evolved to include a decent no. of lines instead of just one; I approve.

List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Opening lines under the cut )

Meme

23 Apr 2017 08:56 pm
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
Because I find myself in a fannish mood and not quite ready to write something, so, meme stolen from half a dozen people:

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed
lost_spook: (writing)
It's that time! Although other people seem to be doing a slightly different one, but that's the internet and memes for you; this one is my regular. Last year's results are here.

Guess which Yuletide fic ate all the kudos? )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
Ganked from just about everywhere, although I always find it hard to imagine anyone wanting to have me waffle on even more about my fic, but maybe actually you are burning to ask me one of these questions and now you can, hurrah.

Here is my fic at AO3 (plus on Teaspoon, if you prefer) and Runaway Tales masterlist here. (I write too much, I know, but it's still never enough.)

Choose a fic and 1 (or more) question(s) from the list below:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?



(It should be said straight up that I do not have any opinions about what music you should listen to while reading my fic. I'm just ridiculously grateful that you are reading it. Srsly, meme, why would you? *sighs* One or two are definitely bizarre tumblr-fandom questions, it has to be said.)
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
My parents came and went (and sooner than expected! They told me they were going home Saturday and then I learned on Thursday evening they were going home in the morning! They forgot to tell me the bit where they changed their mind; honestly, what are parents coming to these days?) And now I am a little tired and probably have a bunch of other things to do (two fake shows, one mostly done, one started among various things), but hey, writing meme, plucked from the wilds of tumblr, because the other one like this worked well:

Send me two characters or more (pairing or otherwise) and a prompt number and I’ll write a ficlet:

Prompts under here )

As usual, no guarantees, but anything I know or have mentioned watching/reading/liking is fair game - I'll just say if I can't do it. (My interests and tags should be a guide.)
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
It's been a while (two a half three years), and I'm feeling fed up with never quite getting back to what passes for normal with me these days, so let's do this thing - let's play [livejournal.com profile] isurrendered again:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.



If you haven't done this one before, it can be brain-eating and leave you pining for never-made (but strangely frequently cancelled) TV series. But it's fun and excellent for story ideas!

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