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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

Past prompt tables etc: 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 2015 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!

Margaret Lockwood gifs

I am a bit tired for proper posts (partly for good reasons, too!) so have some gifs of a young Margaret Lockwood in The Beloved Vagabond (1936) with Maurice Chevalier. She was probably still 19 when they filmed it.

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Very Important Ficathon!

astrogirl2 and I are running a ficathon! It is a terrible time to run a ficathon, because the internet in the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere tends to be deathly quiet, but that bit is my fault, not astrogirl2's, because I decided it was now or never, and then the now moved forward a bit because Remix might actually still happen before Yuletide. (I used my DW Minor Characters ficathon as a model while astrogirl2 has promised to write something so I don't have to if I get stressed.)

Anyway, it is a Once Upon A Time ficathon based around Storybrooke itself, and we would appreciate all the help you can give us in reaching the people who might be interested, as it's a newer fandom and mostly tunnelled down into its respective ships on Tumblr and less active on LJ and Dreamwidth. So if you know of a good place to pimp, or know of flisters who might be interested, if you were willing to pass on the news that would be awesome. (There are details at the comm ( storybrookelife) and on the Tumblr post for how to join in if people don't have and don't want an LJ account. I am also happy for people to prompt/sign-up post by pm-ing me on Dreamwidth.)



You can find the LJ banner with coding all done for you here and I have a rebloggable Tumblr post here.

It is open for leaving prompts now and sign-ups will open from Saturday. You don't have to be taking part to leave prompts, so do feel free to drop some off to inspire someone else. Posting will run from 10th Aug to 7th September. The main requirement for fic is that they be 500+ words and are set in Storybrooke.

(This ficathon brought to you by astrogirl2 and me spending far too much time wondering about the people who make heritage trails in the middle of the Second Curse (for a town that's only existed since 1983 and spent its first 28 years experiencing effectively the same day over and over, frozen in time) or who runs the carpet cleaning services and do they have Opinions about getting scorches, blood etc. etc. out of our Heroes' (and Villains') carpets? Are they also Magic Carpet experts? But it is very much also for those who want to write about anything happening in Storybrooke of any kind, including OTPs being shippy and characters doing their stuff. Anyway, it is a thing! We hope to have more than one person signing up! \o/)

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Not for Prime Time

I may have unfortunately defaulted (and that feels weird - even the one other time I defaulted on any exchange, I got a treat into the collection in the end) but I still got a lovely gift fic! And here it is. I asked for Janeway fic, and I got this great little piece, with her getting in an argument with her replicator. <3

Small Victories (1785 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kathryn Janeway
Additional Tags: mentions of everyone else - Freeform, Coffee
Summary: There was only one thing standing in between Captain Kathryn Janeway and her coffee: her malfunctioning replicator

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Crossover Meme - first results

The first two results of the conversational crossover meme. (And years may have passed since the last time I did it, but I still fail on the 'no explanations' part, but I refuse to be sorry for that!)


For [personal profile] swordznsorcery: Evy Carnahan meeting Dayna Mellanby. (Blake's 7/The Mummy):

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And for liadtbunny: Georgina Jones meeting Vila. (Adam Adamant Lives!/Blake's 7).


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Ways to spend (and save)

I did forget something from the last post and there's also something else that needed to be posted separately, but as they're both opportunities to spend money in good ways, let's put them together.


1. The very lovely a_phoenixdragon is in need of some help tiding her family through a difficult time here.


2. And in a very different category, and because I do love to be an enabler of old-telly watching, Network are having another of their exciting sales here. (Having a little b'day money left, I have now ordered myself another volume of 1930s Ealing films, containing some bonus Margaret Lockwood, too. For those who haven't yet had the pleasure, I will carry on recommending Press Gang and Sapphire and Steel until I or Network cease to exist. ;-p)

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Some links and recs and things

1. Calufrax is back in action and in need of more reccers! It seems to be harder and harder to poke a response out of readers these days, but it's still always fun & worthwhile.


2. Belated, but [personal profile] shinyjenni made a wonderful multifandom vid about the women of SF for Vidukon - her vidpost is here where you can tell her how awesome it is and see the list of fandoms etc.. embedCollapse )


3. Following up on the return of King Arthur in the wake of the EU Referendum result, here's one where Lord Vetinari takes over. (Yeah, we continue in limbo; none of the options ahead look good, but hey ho. Have a joke article.)


4. Also very belated - a fab Adam Adamant Lives! fic by [personal profile] swordznsorcery which was for [community profile] fandom_stocking for me and Liadt, and now up on AO3. (Swordznsorcery has now uploaded some of their other fic too and is worth checking out, especially if you like various old telly fandoms like Blake's 7 and Doctor Who etc.):

A Most Unrestful Break For Two (10149 words) by swordznsorcery
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant & Georgina Jones
Characters: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones, William E. Simms
Summary: Fandom Stocking fic. Adam Adamant and Georgie Jones tussle with dastardly fiends at the Savoy hotel in London.


5. I haven't forgotten the crossover meme. I just... haven't written any yet. But I keep admiring my prompts, so, hopefully soon...


I feel sure there were some other fannish things that built up between my op and all the national upheaval, so apologies if I've missed something, but in the meantime, these are all shiny things!

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Poetry Meme

I decided my writing gears needed a bit of a kick start and hunted out the tried and tested poetry meme. The quotes were especially random this time, but it still worked:

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.


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Before I forget...

The Doctor Who Minor Characters Ficathon is having a mini-round for 3 weeks in late July/early August:



This is because this year's ficathon seemed to coincide with life hitting a lot of us during the round. So, this is a bonus mini-fest with lower minimums and open to ALL fanworks, not just fic. Please do join in and leave prompts (for all mediums) or claim a day and make some fic, icons, art, rec sets, podfic, manifestos, picspams, gifs or whatever you can think of for any minor characters in the Whoniverse who need some more love. (Which, frankly, is pretty much all of them.)

I will try and remember to actually promote it places over the coming week, but there are three generic banners that you can snaffle from the comm if you would like to promote it yourself in any appropriate comms or your own LJ. Thank you!

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Crossover Meme III

It's been six years since I last did this, so let's give it a whirl & get something cheerful out of this week!

As ever for something like this, I'll take prompts from anything I know (my interests and tags will probably give you a clue, but anything else you think I might know - I'll let you know if I don't or really can't for any reason):

Give me two characters from different fandoms you know I'm familiar with, and I'll give you a dialogue happening between the two of them. Without justifying how the crossover would work, how their worlds clashed or how they could even meet each other. Just a silly crossover conversation with no backstory, for fun.

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Some links

Well, it continues to be a week here: still nobody in charge, Labour still busy stabbing Jeremy Corbyn, who's still refusing to go; Nigel Farage hasn't vanished, race hate continues, and the most likely option right now seems that we'll Leave but stay in the Common Market, meaning that we keep pretty much everything that every Leave voter wanted not to have while not having the bonuses of MEPs, a veto, or the same level of funding, rights, and protections, making this the worst waste of time and money we've seen for as long as I can think, even before we get to the human cost in fear, hurt, and uncertainty.

Anyway, we all knew that already, so here are some hopefully vaguely cheering links. (Maybe?)

For some reason, despite some very specific anti-German hate in the Leave campaign, at least some Germans had a Twitter campaign to cheer up the UK and tell us that we're still loved.

Speculation on what exactly Arthur could do if he returned now. (Personally, I think he could be more useful than that: just think, he could chase Boris out of Downing Street and Nigel Farage out of the country*, the knights could roam around saving people from race hate, and Merlin might turn out to be a financial wizard, but amusing nevertheless.)

Petty as it is of me, I couldn't help finding it cathartic reading the MEPs shouting at Nigel Farage, including someone who asked him why the hell he was even an MEP when he hated Europe, which is a thing I've been thinking myself for a long time.

And when Nigel Farage was arguing with other MEPs the other day, one MEP behind him was visibly caught sitting with his head in his hands in despair: this is who the man in seat 123 is and what he had to say

In the not-cheerful box, but the awful thing that's so awful most people are still avoiding the subject as hard as they can: nobody in England seems to have been even thinking about Northern Ireland.


Meanwhile, in actual normal parliament sort of news (apparently that is still a thing), the Dept. of Transport were sneakily trying to kill a few of us on the quiet anyway by removing the hard shoulder on motorways.


Um, that wasn't all that cheerful, was it? It does all feel like we clicked on the wrong thingy on the computer and it started giving us melodramatic FATAL ERROR messages and that we really ought to be able to just reboot or do a system restore except we really really can't. (Also, gov'ts who think that an option is not viable in the current economic climate should under no circumstances hold a referendum where that option is one of only two available on the blithe assumption that not many people would tick that box, lol. And if they do, they should have an emergency plan just in case.)

Back to amusing things, I had completely forgotten that football was something anyone might be thinking about right now and when I hunted some of these links down, paused to wonder why the BBC were suggesting that people wanted David Beckham as PM. (They wanted him for England manager. But they said "take charge of England" and there's more than one vacancy in that department at the moment...)


ETA: I forgot to include this: practical advice on how to deal with hate crime incidents if you find yourself a bystander in one.


* Sometimes I'm not as democratic as I ought to be.

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AO3 Meme (a different one) (again)

An AO3 Meme I found going around, and I can rarely resist an AO3 meme. Mind, this one is going by the top tags in the sidebar, which tend to be more than a bit skewed, but hey...

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Hurt/Comfort Bingo 2016

I never can resist, and happily Bingos are laid back enough for me to enjoy them:

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Sorry about all the political posts yesterday, when I usually avoid such things in fannish spaces, but yesterday was exceptional. It's not every day you wake up to find out that not only have we voted to leave the EU, but that the PM has resigned, the Opposition are calling for a vote of no confidence in their leader, Scotland and Ireland are making plans to leave the UK and the economy has crashed. It's a shock. I feel like a small alien walking around in my north east town full of flags hanging out of houses, and I'm British. (I think. It's a bit hard to tell suddenly.) (I was trying to remind myself it might be for Euro 2016, but they weren't there last time, and then extra Union Jacks appeared. Oh, the irony.)

The point of this post being really, I'm sorry! Fannishness and cheer will now resume (I hope) while my country takes a few weeks/months/years to figure out what comes next (politics is mostly v slow) and hopefully we'll all work to make things get better. And I have a hurt/comfort bingo table to work on while the country falls apart, which seems vaguely appropriate...

But for the moment: I just don't know or recognise my country any more. I don't know what it is or will be. I didn't know I could feel like that. It's unhelpful, but it's true. What may come may be good, but for today I am very sad - for me and for everybody else who didn't want this, especially those who didn't even get a say and who have now been made to feel afraid and unwanted here. <<♥>>

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We just left the EU. I didn't think it would really happen when it came to it. The thing is, regardless of what rational reasons there might be to vote Leave (because life and politics is always complex, regardless of where I stand in them), this campaign wasn't run on them; we didn't hear any of them - it was run from start to finish on pure hate for all 'foreigners'. And 72% of Britons came out and voted, 48% Remain, 52% Leave. And a good portion of the Remain vote was Scotland alone, so England (and sadly even Wales) is even more proportionally to blame.

My country is a xenophobic, racist country. It's official. We voted Leave because we have an island mentality and we hate the rest of Europe and all immigrants. It would be lovely to think it was at least for other reasons, but that's not what the Leave campaign was about, so I don't have the luxury of clinging to illusions . I'd really, really have liked to believe that the Leave people were a noisy unpleasant minority, but they're not. They're at least half of us and so we'd risk economic collapse, all for hate, misplaced blame and flag-waving. (But, Europe, nearly half of us don't hate you. What can we say?)

What the practical fall-out will be, who knows. It looks like we're set for more recession at least in the short term and possibly Boris Johnson as PM by October. I just hope, the political climate being what it is, none of the rest of these right-wingers in Europe feel inclined to follow our example. The world needs the other countries to at least try and be better than us. It shouldn't be too difficult right now.

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Updates

1. I defaulted on Not For Prime Time. I know by now I shouldn't sign up for exchanges, excepting only Yuletide (because once a year come hell or high water to see how it goes is a good thing) and possbly Remix (because it works differently). But of course I love exchanges and it's hard to remember that they don't mix well with being ill even in the best circumstances. So I'm kicking myself for giving in and signing up, and also for defaulting on a really lovely assignment that I had a perfectly workable idea for, but I'm immediately a good deal less stressed. Bingos are fine, Runaway Tales, prompts, commentfests, but not exchanges and only some ficathons. I know this by now. *kicks self again*

(When I'm well enough, one day, sometime, never, I shall sign up for ALL THE EXCHANGES. And run some. And ficathons. All of them. Well, maybe, lol.)


2. While not doing NPT, I did quite a lot of family history (tidying, small bits of transcribing and typing up mostly, but more and more consistently than I've managed for six years), which is amazing. If I have been quiet lately, that was one of the reasons.


3. Also I wrote some more ficlets (while not writing my NPT fic, I know, I know. I should be able to do it; it's just never quite that simple). Two more for the meme, one for the Commentfest (it hasn't entirely ended yet):

Gateaux and Glitz (571 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kerr Avon, Dayna Mellanby, Melanie Bush
Additional Tags: Crossover, Humor, Cake Fic Meme, Prompt Fic, Meme
Summary: "Are you ticklish?" (Melanie Bush + Kerr Avon.)


Safe Break (496 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Vila Restal & Soolin
Characters: Soolin (Blake's 7), Vila Restal
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Humor, Prompt Fic, Bank Robbery
Summary: “We shouldn’t be doing this.” (Vila + Soolin)


Ruined (392 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sandbaggers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sir Geoffrey Wellingham, Neil Burnside, Matthew Peele
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Obscure and British Commentfest, Humor
Summary: Matthew's interests come in handy for once.

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33x The Wicked Lady (1945) Icons

Deciding on what to icon next takes far longer than making icon sets... Anyway, I remembered that I wanted to cap and icon some of the Margaret Lockwood films and as this set was clearly meant for The Wicked Lady (1945), that's what I did. (Featuring Margaret Lockwood, Patricia Roc, James Mason, Griffith Jones & Michael Rennie.)

Teaser:

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Credits: Screencaps my own. Textures by tiger_tyger. The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit. Comments = ♥ and hotlinkers will be shot down like a dog on the highway.

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More Meme Results

Three more fills from the prompt meme:

Alone Out Here (238 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters, Sapphire (S&S), Steel
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “We’re in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you’re totally right, nothing bad could ever happen here.”

Think of the Planet (502 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/Liz Shaw
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Liz Shaw (Doctor Who), Third Doctor
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “Don’t panic, but I think we might have accidentally got married…” (Brig/Liz)

Under the Stars (627 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Missy/Clara Oswin Oswald
Characters: Missy (Doctor Who), Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: Dubious Consent, Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic
Summary: “Our first date is a picnic on a beach under the stars? Have you swallowed a romance novel? Do I need to call a doctor?” (Clara/Missy)

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Fruits of the Meme

First handful of results from the prompts meme:

Space Married (940 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswin Oswald
Characters: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic, Accidental Marriage
Summary: “Don’t panic, but I think we might have accidentally got married…”

Unwelcome Bedfellows (120 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Sheridan, Alfred Bester
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic, Humor
Summary: Bester + Sheridan, “It’s only one night, we’ll just share the bed.”

Bedside Manner (546 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peri Brown & Sixth Doctor
Characters: Peri Brown, Sixth Doctor
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Prompt Fic, Hurt/Comfort
Summary: “I’m dying.” (Six + Peri)

Experimental Flavours (587 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Press Gang
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kenny Phillips, Colin Mathews
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Meme, Humor
Summary: “Who crawls through someone’s window at 4am to go for ice cream?!”

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Writing meme!

I no doubt shouldn't be doing this (I have yet to write my Not For Prime Time fic, although, yay, I finally have a proper idea & it should happen soon), but this is apparently the other half of the meme I did last month & it looks like fun, so...

The usual rules apply - send me a number and a pairing/two or more characters and get a drabble or ficlet if I'm feeling so inspired.

(As ever, anything I know is fair game; my main fandoms are in my interests, my tags have even more & if you happen to pick something I'm not feeling up to, I'll just say so.)


51. “What the hell are you wearing?”
53. “Who crawls through someone’s window at 4am to go for ice cream?!”
54. “I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. That’s the problem.”
55. “Our first date is a picnic on a beach under the stars? Have you swallowed a romance novel? Do I need to call a doctor?”
56. “I can’t stand the thought of losing you.”
57. “Teach me to fight.”
58. “I’d die for you. Of course, I’d haunt you in the afterlife but really, it’s the thought that counts.”
60. “Before you decide to murder me, let me explain…”
61. “I love you. I’m completely and utterly in love with you. Please don’t get married.”
62. “It’s only one night, we’ll just share the bed.”
63. “Stop running from this. I know I’m not the only one who feels it.”
64. “Are you ticklish?”
65. “I wish you could see yourself the way I see you.”
67. “Of all the people I could’ve gotten stuck in an elevator with and it just had to be you.”
68. “PILLOW FIGHT!”
69. “Why the hell are you bleeding!?”
71. “Kiss me, quick!”
72. “I will knock you on your ass if you even think about it.”
73. “We shouldn’t be doing this.”
74. “Don’t let go.”
75. “I’m going for a swim. Do you wanna join me?”
76. “I need you to pretend we’re dating…”
77. “There was never a choice.”
78. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have kissed you.”
79. “That’s the third time I’ve saved your life!”
80. “How can you think I’m anything but hopelessly in love with you?”
81. “I need you to leave.”
82. “This is all your fault! I can’t believe I listened to you!”
83. “It’s always been you.”
84. “I’m dying.”
85. “I will never apologize for saving your life, even if it costs me my own.”
86. “I guess dying with you isn’t the worst way to go.”
87. “You were never just my friend.”
88. “Don’t panic but I think we might have accidentally gotten married…”
89. “I’m not leaving you!”
90. “I can’t do this anymore.”
91. “I remember everything.”
92. “What do you want me to say?”
93. “I tried, but I just can’t stay away from you anymore.”
95. “There’s no going back if we do this.”
96. “I never thought you’d hurt me but I was wrong. You hurt me the most.”
99. “We’re in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you’re totally right, nothing bad could ever happen here.”

(I deleted some numbers/quotes. There were plenty, after all.)

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