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spooks - Ruth!
Hail, fellow travellers, and well met. My LJ is mostly for fic, recs, icons, vids and fannish nonsense, and the majority of that is open. Personal and rambly stuff (mostly dull) is usually all that is flocked. I'm terribly obscure and multi-fannish, but generally happy to make new friends.

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: Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card | Trope Bingo card | 100 Element Prompts | 50 Ficlets | Shakespeare Plays Watched.

Also the 500 Prompts Meme.

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. I would however appreciate asking before podficcing (I'd just really like to check and edit the fic first). Under no circumstances are any posts made here to be reproduced elsewhere. If you wish to link to any open posts, please do so.

ETA (08/03/14): Am currently having trouble with bandwidth (presumably via hotlinking) at Photobucket - so am unfortunately gradually deleting past icon sets to try and solve this. Sorry about that.

Talking Meme #6

b7 - dayna/tarrant
First, something I should have added to my first post of the day (sorry about the spammage!), but [personal profile] aralias took some B7 prompts and wrote a collection of fic for Gauda Prime Day, all of them not allowed to be focused on Blake/Avon. The fics all seem pretty awesome and include a great Tarrant/Dayna one for me. (Not the only Tarrant/Dayna in the set, either!)


And so, one more post for today - another meme post, this time: Why not tell us more about the three musketeers, or you could talk about the NAs? for [personal profile] aralias


The Three Musketeers! I'm not sure whether [personal profile] aralias meant just the Richard Lester film(s), but let's talk about the Musketeers generally, why not?

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Happy birthday...

b7 - Avon
... to rosiedlotrfan! May you have an excellent day!

Also as Happy a Birthday as is possible in the circumstances, and many miserable, sarcastic returns of Gauda Prime Day to aralias and jaxomsride! I'd wish you all the nice things and a happy year to come, but I think we all know it'd just be tempting fate, which operates by Murphy's Law. ;-p (No, really, silliness aside - hope you both have a lovely day!)

And general commiserations on this special day to the rest of the Blake's 7 fandom (by far the best little fandom in this corner of the Federation)! Have the obligatory fanvid.

Found, one meme entry...

b5 - G'Kar
I started this ages ago & then found it again just now, and have finished it off & here it is! (I think I'd done it because I only semi-did this meme last time, and then everyone else did it properly and I thought I should too. Looking at the results, obviously I was right.)

The characters are:
Frank Marker (Public Eye)
Cora Mills (OUaT)
G'Kar (Babylon 5)
Twelfth Doctor
Ace (DW)
Steel (Sapphire & Steel)
Miss Marple
Liz Shaw (DW)
Henry VII (Shadow of the Tower/Hist. RPF)
Cally (B7)
Silver (S&S)
Belle (OUaT)


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Links to fic

spooks - Ruth!
1. Two more runaway_tales installments:

Errors, Corrections (All ages, 661 words. Charles Terrell, undercover for the revolution – compiling lists.)

The More Things Change... (PG, 1198 words. Charles Terrell, Anna Miller, Edward Woodfield. For some people, it seems the rebellion isn’t over.


2. I was poking around at some very old fic the other day, including some efforts from This Time Round (the pub outside reality where Doctor Who characters go in between stories, courtesy of alt.drwho.creative on usenet), and while most of my TTR fics don't really transfer so well out of the Round, I found this Harry and Sarah do a classic Agatha Christie fic and though, despite being rather meta-ish at the edges, it's comprehensible as an AU and hopefully fairly entertaining & so I've been tweaking it and uploading it to AO3.

(Some of the characters are aware of the narrative they're in though, and there's some playing around with that. I seem to recall the original idea was that there were things called 'genre bubbles' that could occur around Nameless, and the characters in the vicinity would all start acting in accordance to narrative rules of that genre. Hence Harry and Sarah in a Miss Marple story.) I seem to have written it some time during or soon after S4 of New Who.

Murder at Mill Cottage (23135 words) by vvj5
Chapters: 11/12
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Sarah Jane Smith/Harry Sullivan, Ben Jackson/Polly Wright
Characters: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, First Doctor, Charley Pollard, Eighth Doctor, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Jamie McCrimmon, Jane Marple, Various Characters, Amelia Rumford, Louisa Pollard, The Master (Delgado), Inspector Mackenzie (Doctor Who), Mehendri Solon
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Detectives, Metafiction, Humor, POV First Person, This Time Round, Murder Mystery
Summary: Dr Sullivan's finally got a nice little practice in the country, just like he always wanted - except it turns out there's a murderer at large. It's lucky for him he's got help from a visiting journalist, and, of course, his favourite little old lady, Miss Marple...

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Talking Meme #2

Northanger reading
(I still have space for more topics if anyone hasn't left me one yet! The original post is here should you wish to.)

[profile] ramasi requested: Book-to-movie (or tv) adaptations you like? (Or didn't like, if you feel like ranting).

My first thought was that this was a very nice question, the second that this could be a very long post if I'm not careful. So I made myself choose 5 favourites, setting myself a rough guideline for inclusion - something along the lines of "it needs to be something I've watched at least twice and should be where I read the book first". (And then promptly broke that rule with my first choice, as you do.) (The pics in this post, btw, are my screencaps, excepting those for the first two, which I stole from Google.)

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Talking Meme #1

Northanger reading
Request: Favourite plot twists - jaxomsride (It turns out I'm not doing these in order. Also I see no reason to wait for December, either.)


It's hard to think about favourite plot twists, maybe because it's not the first thing I think of in what I like about something (though don't get me wrong, I love a really great plot twist), but also because I have a tendency to rewatch and re-read things I like a lot, so then it becomes hard to remember the time when the plot twist was surprising instead of inevitable and admired plot work.

Or, in short, I can't guarantee these are my actual favourite plot twists, but they were the ones I came up with this week. I shall try to talk about them without spoilers. If this involves sign language at any point, bear with me.


1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Her books are so well known, that I think I was spoiled for quite a few of them by the time I read them, or, being the sort of lazy reader who hardly ever tries to work out the murder, maybe I wasn't struck by the others. At any rate, once it became clear what the plot twist was in this one, I was delighted by it, and remain so. I've read at least one other book that used the same twist as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd but I don't think I've ever come across anything with the same solution as Orient Express. (It is something that should be hard to pull off without being ridiculous, which is perhaps why. Or because I haven't read the other books in question, of course.) It's not my favourite Christie, but it is by far my favourite solution to a murder mystery.


2. Listen (Doctor Who). I hesitate to mention this, because I don't want to get into DW discussions, but I thought this was shaped around such a wonderful twist, not just for an episode but because it subverted the expectations of the whole show, especially in terms of New Who and did so beautifully. I know some people are watching this other awful show at the moment, but for me, this was one of the most perfect episodes in a long, long while & largely because of the twist, so I have to include it here.


3. My Life's My Own (Public Eye). It's probably not so much a proper plot twist, in the same way as the two above (but then Public Eye doesn't really work like that), but over halfway through there's a reveal that I completely didn't see coming which not only impressed me in terms of the episode but revised my entire opinion of the series I was watching and what it was capable of. And it was already being a particularly good episode. In addition, there's a twist of viewer expectation in which it looks as though the story is winding down to its close in a particular way - and then it suddenly does so much more with its last five minutes.

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December Talking Meme

alfred burke, public eye
This has been doing the rounds again, and it was such fun last year to read everybody's posts, so i'm really looking forward to that again! I have decided to attempt to do it myself and hopefully not drop out this time. However, I definitely wouldn't be posting every day in December (or any month), so just give me a topic and I'll post on it any time between now and January. (If you specifically want to request a date for some reason, go ahead, except not between 22nd-31st Dec.)

Give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to whatever you want.

They may be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.


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In other news, I have just watched both those Alfred Burke film shorts and he was a murdering rotter in both of them, but they were pretty enjoyable overall. There will no doubt be pics at some point - and the best bit probably was the bit where he was on the bed with the gun and the bow tie and the dodgy wallpaper.

But, yeah, he was a nasty piece of work, times two. What did I say? (I know my character actors.)


(I'm not now wondering what he gets up to in the other two Edgar Wallace films he was in.*)


(*I lied. Yes, I am.)

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Happy birthday...

spooks - Ruth!
... to the lovely persiflage_1! May you have a wonderful day! ♥

(Something random and small should be making its way towards you in rl.)

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Things & old spooky vidlet

yuletide
1. LJ, whatever that stupid bar thing is at the bottom of my page, make it go away now, or I'll be off myself. Aargh. (It's the small things, sorry. I don't want it; it annoys me, and I've got my browser lower so that at the moment it's hidden behind the desktop toolbar thingy, but I'd rather make it go away.) The good thing about LJ is that someone's bound to come up with a way to do that pretty quickly, at least. *sigh* LJ, you'd been doing so well lately, too.) ETA: Yay, someone knows a way to turn it off. (Go to Profile: Settings: Extensions & untick the LJ Times box. Hurrah! Thanks, a_phoenixdragaon!)


2. Yuletide assignments are out, and the period of secrecy begins. I'm pleased with my assignment, but also very amused, for reasons. I hope everyone else is okay with theirs, too? Good luck! See you at reveals...


3. I went to the doctor's this morning, so was a bit weird but happily (unhappily?), I was at the last ep of SotT and therefore could come home, watch it, and cry in the good way. Very helpful. Thanks, 1970s BBC. (I can always rely on them to make me cry these days.)

(I also yesterday finally watched the extra on the DVD - a 50 min drama from 1969 called "The Tower: The Innocent", from which SotT was eventually extended. It has different actors - except for James Maxwell. Which is weird. He's Henry VII, but not the SotT Henry VII, just, well, a rather stern king. I was writing a whole post making comparisons and then realised that nobody else has seen either of them except maybe Liadt and I should either not or at least wait till I had pictures.)



4. Talking of which, have a vidlet I made two years ago for a Hallowe'en [community profile] fan_flashworks challenge, since it's Hallowe'en and I've just been appropriately rewatching this very episode. (Death masks, people! Death masks. Creepy. *nods*) (It's even more appropriate when you factor in the James Maxwell ghost story. ;-p Though, it's possible I was just being shippy and gloomy at the time, but what the hell.)



(I don't really do Hallowe'en, but I like some spooky things. ♥)

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88 Shadow of the Tower Icons

shadow of the tower
So I decided it would be better to make icons for the BBC's old 1972 serial about Henry VII, Shadow of the Tower than to babble about it. And then I had too much fun, as you can see, with eps 1-5 (& hopefully I'll do the rest in a second post).


Teaser:

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Fic: Something in the Wiring

s&s - silver
This is a bit of an odd one, but it gets me a bingo, and it's apparently what happens when I realise I could get a bingo a different way if I could only think of something for "suicide attempt" and then enlist the help of Sapphire & Steel. But, um, yes...

Title: Something in the Wiring
Author: lost_spook
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1358
Characters/Pairings: Silver, Steel, Sapphire
Notes/Warnings: Suicide, Elemental weirdness.
Summary: Trying to determine the source of the time break is always tricky & this one is causing Silver some problems – is it something in the wiring or merely the inconvenient dying man on the floor?

Written for the [community profile] hc_bingo square “suicide attempt”.

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Happy birthday...

dw - Eleven reading knitting book
... to the lovely a_phoenixdragon! I hope you're managing to have a wonderful day! ♥

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Dear Yuletide Letter 2014

yuletide
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Firstly, you're ready to attempt to write something for me and you share a tiny fandom with me, so that makes you pretty awesome in my eyes - thank you, dear writer!

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Fic: The Devil's Harvest

dw - oswin
The Devil's Harvest (3294 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Clara Oswin Oswald, Sixth Doctor
Additional Tags: Community: dw-allsorts, Community: hc_bingo, Episode: s07e14 The Name of the Doctor, Multi-Era
Summary:

Clara's alone in a wood in the middle of the night, but there's something else out there...



Also at the Teaspoon (once it's been approved).

Written for dw_allsorts prompt "the devil's harvest" and [community profile] hc_bingo square "deals with demons".

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dw_allsorts - Prompt table #2

dw - four
The trouble with making lists... Now I've claimed this for the Fourth Doctor Era and mean to do mainly minor characters, definitely including Mrs Tyler for the first.

#01 – Far off things #02 – Love is done #03 – Steal the gold
#04 – Most precious prize #05 – These ancient minutes #06 – I will go alone


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Not really apropos of anything

s&s - silver
But I was fishing these two pics out for Tumblr purposes & thought I'd share (again, in both cases, but it's been a while):

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Happy birthday... (plus a note)

s&s - silver
... to the wonderful liadtbunny! I do hope you're having an excellent day, with all the gloomy old 70s telly you could possibly wish for. ♥


Also, in another note, there's a blog out there where the user has been reposting LJ posts without permission. (They seem to have set it up in some automated way to repost any posts tagged with "fanfic" or variations, or entries from selected blogs, possibly, but it includes anything tagged with that - random meme posts, challenge announcement and in one case, someone complaining about the blog stealing their posts, so they obviously don't bother looking at their own content.)

It's here

I've requested that my posts be removed. (They seemed to have taken all my entries tagged fanfic since July, regardless of fandom.)

I noticed (when going through the "fanfic" tag) entries stolen from [personal profile] john_amend_all, liadtbunny (happy birthday! your fic has been stolen!), kaffyr, and also [personal profile] still_lycoris, who isn't on my flist, but I know some of you know.

I'm actually a lot less bothered than I probably should be about people stealing my fic, but I do very much object to someone reposting my LJ entries wholesale, and I may need to make a lot more things flocked for a while, because if it's possible to set up something like that for one tag, who knows who else is doing it for whatever kind of topic? Clearly a public entry really needs to be something I don't mind being more public than I'd planned on.

(I'm posting this publicly and tagging it "fanfic" though, because if the blog ends up with a whole lot of posts warning the world against itself, it serves the blogger right. You know, can we go back in time and prevent the invention of Tumblr or something? Not everything is made to be reblogged and context is a thing that exists, even on the internet.)

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