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Hail, fellow travellers, and well met. My LJ is mostly for fic, recs, icons, vids and fannish nonsense - fic/vids/icons etc. remain open, but the rest has got largely flocked these days (people were scraping entries via tags, unfortunately). I'm terribly obscure and multi-fannish, but generally happy to make new friends. I crosspost from Dreamwidth, too, but tend to read my flist via LJ.

My fic:
lost_spook on AO3
vvj5 at A Teaspoon and An Open Mind (the Doctor Who archive)

My vids:
lostspook1 at YouTube

Current & Past Prompt tables etc: genprompt_bingo card (Round 11) | Fourth Doctor Era - 6 Prompts (for dw_allsorts) | Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card | Trope Bingo card | 100 Element Prompts | 50 Ficlets | Shakespeare Plays Watched.

Also the 500 Prompts Meme. runaway_tales: Masterpost here.

Dear Yuletide Letter 2016 here

Notes on permission: Any remixes etc. based on fanworks of mine are fine - go ahead, and do let me know; I'd be thrilled. And, obviously, credit is nice. No posts made here to be reproduced elsewhere, thanks. If you wish to link to any open posts, of course, please do so!

Five Random Recs

My currently regular Thursday feature...

OUaT: Browned Butter by awanderingbard (G, 1956 words. Emma Swan/Killian Jones, Snow White, Regina Mills, Henry Mills.) It's Storybrooke's first Thanksgiving, and Emma is finding trying to be a domestic goddess more difficult than she anticipated. Sweet and funny, with Emma battling to do something impressive on the domestic front.


Miss Marple: Advice From Aunt Jane by DesertVixen (Teen, 1212 words. Miss Marple, Dolly Bantry, Jane Helier.) Jane Helier needs some advice from Miss Marple and Dolly Bantry Pitch perfect conversation between the three, picking up on threads from The Thirteen Problems.


Doctor Who: At Last a Dragon by paranoidangel (All ages, 985 words. John Chesterton, Tenth Doctor.) John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor. John Chesterton finally realises that all the stories his parents told him were real. Lovely.


Heroes: Drive My Car by Andraste (Hiro & Ando, Hiro/Ando.) "Our life of legend begins!" Great, fun vid for S1 Hiro & Ando.


Diana Wynne Jones: World Enough, and Time by jamjar (PG, 5408 words. Erskine, Hathaway, Torquil, Awful, Howard, Catriona.) The journey of a thousand miles (starts with sending your siblings to Alpha Centauri). Perfect capturing of the novel's tone, with the remaining siblings starting to both mend their ways and move about more freely.

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Fannish Things

1. [community profile] fandom_stocking is open for sign ups till the 14th! (I suppose at some point, I should do a sign-up for it.)


2. And I realised that [community profile] genprompt_bingo have no deadlines and was tempted into getting a card. Bingos, always so hard to resist, look:

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Five Random Recs

Even more random than last week. I was going to pick the five previous bookmarks to last week, but they were all to do with my Fourth Doctor recs post, so I thought I'd better mix it up a bit more than that:

The Good, the Bad, and the Hovercrafts by eponymous_rose (All ages, 1814 words. Fourth Doctor, Romana I, K9.) In which various alien entities get held off at the pass, the Doctor and Romana take up jogging, and K-9, to everyone's horror, tells a joke. Lovely, light, humorous piece.


Hourglass by giandujakiss (Multi-fandom timeloops.) And, indeed, need I say more than 'multifandom timeloops vid'?


The Way Back by Meadowlark (All ages, 3942 words. First Doctor, Steven Taylor.) After witnessing the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve, Steven is disillusioned with life with in the TARDIS and vows to give it up. But when he's compelled to stay, the Doctor offers him an unexpected olive branch. Pitch-perfect fic to round out why Steven chooses to stay after all.


The Doctor Meets a Fantastic Beast by Kass (G, 892 words. Eleventh Doctor, Newt Scamander, Amy Pond, Rory Williams.) The Doctor and his companions meet Newt Scamander. Cute crossover with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


Soft Jaws, Strong Bite by nonelvis (All ages, 2141 words. Twelfth Doctor/Romana II.) A brief and heartwarming story about the Doctor, Romana, space pirates, and the universe's greatest children's show about prehistoric reptile cyborgs. What it says, and also with bonus pirates.

Mainly fic

1. I'm beginning to feel like my entries here are heartlessly ignoring everything in rl, but they're not. It's just I have nothing useful to contribute to that conversation right now (and, anyway, I'd get upset and angry again, and that only leads to being less well instead of more well), so I shall just continue as I am, and at least be cheerful. But it's not meant as heartless I'm All Right, Jack stuff, or relentless Pollyanna-ness, I swear.


2. I wrote another Edward/Julia AU ages ago (I have a list of 15 prompts that are all destined to be such; I realise now this was a bad idea, but I won't stop till they're all done nonetheless), and finally edited it this weekend, now that my Yuletiding has calmed down a little. (If mostly because of sad lack of brain this last week, but still.) (I am writing meme ficlets too. Just slowed by sad lack of brain, as ever.) Anyway, here is a very frivolous 1960s AU that was mostly written so that Edward could be pained by modern music (and Julia pained by his inappropriate clothes; it's a trial):

Even the Bad Times Are Good (Teen, 10,491 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Christy Graves. 1960s AU.) In which dating is complicated, Edward can’t stand modern music, and Julia can’t stand Edward’s clothes.

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Five Random Recs

I was feeling a bit down and so thought of doing this as maybe an occasional thing: here are five nice things I've bookmarked recently:

Third Time Pays For All by JohnAmendAll (G, 922 words, Lucy Weston/Mina Harker/John Seward.) Lucy had been vaguely expecting a confession of a clandestine love affair between her fiancé and her best friend. The truth was far stranger.

Written for me in a recent meme, this is a lovely Dracula TV 1968 fic from the prompt Lucy/Mina/John & timeloops.


Appropriately enough, two very excellent DW fics from the who_at_50 53rd Anniversary Fanworkathon:

The Scientific Method by nonelvis (Teen, 1723 words. Implied Liz/Brig; Liz/Kate Stewart) Five moments in the life of Elizabeth Shaw. Liz, being awesome as ever.

An Offer You Can't Refuse by Shivver (All ages, 4959 words.) Trying to recover an ailing population's stolen medical supplies, the Doctor and Ace come up empty when the smuggler's trail goes cold. Great missing adventure for Seven & Ace (never an offer I can refuse, that's for certain).


Dance Apocalyptic by thingswithwings and eruthros I really really wanna thank you for dancing to the end. Amazing multi-fandom vid about when the world is ending.


I get so used to finding no fic I like when I poke into modern fandoms (just endless fluff and AUs and ships), that I was actually shocked when I looked into Ripper Street on AO3 and found actual multiple good fics. (I suppose it is a fandom where one of the main attractions is its use of language...)

Inspector Reid's Catalogue of Criminals by shyday (G, 6616 words. Edmund Reid, Homer Jackson, Fred Abberline.) An archive fic. Great capturing of the voices - Reid, his obsessions and dreams and his archive project. (set shortly before 3.01).

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A Wild Writing Meme Appears...

Quickly, in my temporary break from Yuletiding, & in the continuing spirit of creating small nice things, let's see if I can manage some ficlet-y goodness before I return to editing and treating...

Take a pairing (or two or more characters), and put them in this random generator, then post your favourite resulting prompts (as many as you wish) in a comment below and I will try to oblige you by writing at least one of them.


As the generator only uses an "/" I'll assume you meant me to ship the pairing/moresome unless you tell me otherwise, so do note if you wanted gen/platonic/whatever. (Which doesn't, of course, prevent my results turning out accidentally gen anyway, but at least I know which to aim for.)

And while I've no objection at all to crossover pairings, please none where it requires time travel if neither canon has that as an option. (I have burned out on this temporarily at least. Even for B7, there's only so many times you can claim Orac accidentally invented time travel when bored. Well, possibly not, but spare me this meme round!)


*looks round at flist hopefully*

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Mainly Meme

1. I've been enjoying making icons for people (and I am still doing them, if you're still waiting, or belatedly wanting to put in a request). I also have managed to at least get my Yuletide fic into a proper first draft form, so now I hope to be a better and less absent flister again! (I shall try!)


2. And, again, in the interests of further avoiding RL and enjoying fannish chatter, a meme (stolen from all round the place): Give me a character and I'll tell you my:

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon


(Who knows if I even have answers for most of these for most people? Let's find out...)

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Small thing

In the interests of keeping cheerful, I would have liked to do a writing meme, but since I am still working on the Yuletide fic that won't lie down and die, that must wait. However, there is another sort of small, nice thing I can provide - icons!

I know hardly anybody has room or as much use for them anymore, but they are a source of pretty and joy all round, so if you would like one, comment here! I can provide a pic if it's something I have screencapped already, or can easily Google image search for stock; otherwise it's best to supply me with a pic or quote to use, if you'd like a text icon. And then I shall do my best to oblige over the next few days (when I'm not hitting said fic with a big stick).

Click my icon tag below to see what my usual efforts are like. Iconses, anyone?? Um, probably best not hate-iconses, though. I would get v down before I was done. Otherwise, anything goes - I don't need to know something to do an icon request.

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You know what they say: little things...

Because I finally got started on Ripper Street S4 (\o/ But I am only 1 ep in; don't spoil me) and THIS HAPPENED. (No, it was not that they shot Matthew Macfadyen in beautiful blue lighting with perfect matching tie; that happens a lot. It's one of the reasons I watch.) It was much better than that (but probably only if you are me):

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In other news, Yuletide progress continues and I'm behind deadline for my Fourth Doctor recs post (the two facts are not unrelated) which I thought was today. Readers, it was yesterday. I hope to have it posted by at least tomorrow.

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Here is a thing

I am very tired from the hospital visit (plus parents) yesterday, as it was in the afternoon. Afternoons are resting time, not doing excessively tiring things time. So I will catch up sometime soon when I am able. In the meantime, I am getting by through rewatching The Shadow of the Tower again. This inevitably led to me having a go a giffing the cute but very probably anachronistic monkey, so I am sharing that with you now, because the internet can obviously never have enough cute animals:

In which the budget should always be spent on cute animals or csoCollapse )

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Ficlet: Lightning Flashes

Sometimes when I am thinking I'd like to write a quick ficlet, I actually remember that I have a giant list of prompts for that purpose. Amazing. Have a 500 prompts fic:

Title: Lightning Flashes
Author: lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 638 words
Characters/Pairings: Seventh Doctor, Bernice Summerfield.
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: The Doctor decides to pay an afternoon call on the gods.

For romanajo123 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 024 Flash of Lighning – Seventh Doctor & Bernice Summerfield.

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Runaway tales catch-up

I stopped linking to my runaway_tales fic when I posted it somewhere back at the beginning of the year, but I've still been writing them (if not as much, thanks to being interrupted by surgery and inconveniently long AUs and things). I thought, that since anyone interested knows where to look by now linking was just being a nuisance, but then I thought maybe I'd link to anything slightly different/more relevant to people's interests, so going back over the last few months, I found:

Two tiny ficlets for Enigma House! (My very first isurrendered show, the one about the haunted hotel with the amnesiac heroine and the possibly dead chap in the bathroom and suspiciously Spooks-heavy casting, if anyone has a memory that long):

Uncomfortable Company (G, 350 words. Mia Robinson, Claud Dickinson.) Another day, another unsatisfied customer…

Seize the Moment (PG, 438 words. Mary, DCI Michael Harrison.) It’s time to get out of here.


In a similar vein, I had a prompt for Edward/Julia – supernatural au & lost weekend and it occurred to me that if my canon is supposed to be like a UK 1970s drama series, then the supernatural AU for it must be the UK 1960s/70s action/adventure/sf land where every single village harbours either dodgy cults, mad scientists, or aliens, or something. (The idea of what it's like to be a member of the government in that set up is v amusing; I shall have to return to this one some time. I mean, it's no wonder all the men from Whitehall are unreasonable: every time someone gets a funding grant for a new project it all turns out to wind up nearly destroying half the country, eating up the budget, and even if you don't get killed, you get shouted at by arrogant eccentric geniuses in silly clothes and placated with tea.*)

Weekend Break (Teen, 8373 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Diana Foyle.) “The Government isn’t doing enough to counteract the rise of demon worship in more remote areas of the country. It’d be a different story if it were happening in the Home Counties.”


* I don't watch too much old telly, honest. *cough*

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Dear Yuletide Letter 2016

Dear Yuletide Writer,

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. 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 hereCollapse )

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Two more crossover ficlets

My Yuletide letter is finally in a better state and only needing some very minor tweaks. Hurrah! And just in time - sign-ups are now open!

This week I managed two more crossover ficlets for the Crossover Meme (I am aiming to get them all done by the time Yuletide assignments go out; if not, I shall have to write them off):

Helping With Enquiries (581 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (TV 1965), Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Watson, The Master (Delgado)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Crossover Meme, Ficlet
Summary: Dr Watson receives a highly unexpected visitor...

Interrogation (764 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7, The Shadow of the Tower
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jenna Stannis, Henry VII of England
Additional Tags: Crossover, Time Travel, Ficlet, Crossover Meme, Meme
Summary: Jenna's a prisoner again, only this time, she's not even in the right century...

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Fic: Scandal of the Town (origfic)

I wrote a runaway_tales AU (so effectively just unconnected origfic) for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship this year (written back in January) but for various reasons, I wound up never posting it for the fest. However, I discovered it fitted a hc_bingo square ("fall from grace"), so I pulled it out again and have now further edited it, tweaked it, had it beta-ed, and finally got the ending more to my liking. I don't imagine it'll be of much interest to anyone, but here it is, nonetheless, and about time, really. (Sorry [personal profile] aralias for all my wibbling back in spring/summer! Hopefully next year will be better. But at least now I get a bingo square too...)

Title: Scandal of the Town
Author: lost_spook
Fandom: Original Work
Pairing/Characters: Julia Graves/Edward Iveson (OFC/OMC)
Rating: Teen
Length: 26,067 words (3 chapters)
Summary: Thanks to one indiscretion, Edward Iveson's life and reputation is in ruins, until Julia Graves comes to his rescue with a proposal of marriage. Edward can hardly turn her down, but what is it that Julia wants from him?

From this summary, although it went seriously off-piste (but [personal profile] aralias kindly said it could still count for the fest. I got carried away with the first line and forgot that the rest of the summary would demand pr0n neither I nor my characters are up to):

138) In the Flesh- Portia Da Costa

Victorian society already believes he’s a scarlet man. Why not become one? Edward’s reputation is in tatters. With scandalous photographs of him being scrutinized by the ton and his brother running them into debt, Edward’s only hope – a respectable marriage – is dashed. Then powerful, wealthy Julia offers an indecent proposal: for one month of hedonistic servitude she’ll pay off his brother’s debts. But nothing can prepare Edward for the worst, for discovering that he enjoys his degradation and delights in the dark fantasies that Julia has awakened. In fact, he’s fast becoming addicted to a life, and a woman, who can never wholly be his…


Notes: Also written for runaway_tales (prompts "role reversal" and "settle") and hc_bingo square "fall from grace). Some references to suicide and murder. With many thanks to persiflage_1 for the beta! (♥ Pers!)

Link: on AO3 | at Runaway Tales (LJ)

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Fannish Things

1. The same someone who left nice comments on my S&S fic a couple of weeks ago, has now also done some lovely fanart of Snow White, Blood Red over on their Deviant Art. Nobody's ever tried to illustrate my fics before, so I am all aflail at this & so pleased that she liked it that much. (I liked that one, too.)


2. It seems to be Yuletide already, oh noes... Trying to narrow down nominations is always the difficult bit. Do I want this hopelessly obscure British TV show or that one? How do I secretly manage to persuade someone to write James Maxwell fic for me? (I know, I can't, but people have twice now. It has unduly encouraged me.) Will anyone else nom the things I hope they will? Or in short, here we go again in the lead up to what is always my very favourite fandom event of the year. \o/


3. I still have an unfinished Fandom Stocking/NYR WIP. Whoops. Maybe if I can stop doing family history now and get my spoons back? MAYBE.


4. Other important things I have forgotten. Sorry. Also not yet much commenting, sorry. Soon. (It takes a while to get back to properly functioning levels if I do stuff like the Newspaper Archive searching. But I need to post).

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I have finally started watching The Caesars (ITV 1967/8), after a delay because I wanted a break from non-restored scratchy old 1960s b&w telly (great as it may be). I've now seen episode 1 ("Augustus"). Details under here, especially re. I Claudius for those who are interestedCollapse )

Anyway, I looked it up on Wiki, wondering if they had any further info - I mean, it can't have been influenced by the IC TV series of course, but what about the book? Was it deliberately being written against that or not even regarding it? Wiki didn't tell me, but it did link me to this entrancingly long list of film & TV set in Ancient Rome. (And, ironically, it's missed off The Caesars, although it is on their list of Historical dramas). Has anyone set out to watch their way through the lot? It's the internet, surely someone must have done?

Which then led to me looking at their linked list historical drama films (& TV). How long would it take to watch through history by fictional series/films?

Is it just me or is the idea of taking a period and watching everything you can strangely enticing? Oh, noes, who let me out near a list? At the very least I want to copy it and tick off everything I have watched and things I know that they missed off (and am not looking at their list of all historical fiction in books, film and TV...)

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