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50 ficlets claim table

Yes, I'm crazy, but I've wanted to do things with prompts for a while and 50ficlets looks fun and flexible. I've been trying to decide what prompt to claim, but a mix of things (mostly talking to belantana and paranoidangel42 made me think it might be interesting to do Press Gang Kenny fic (especially looking at the Kenny-Lynda friendship) and I'm on a rewatch of the series, now I own the lot on DVD, so that should work out. (Sorry - probably won't interest many of you!)

#01 - Black & White #02 - Me & You #03 - Sent away #04 - Missing you #05 - Will never be
#06 - First love #07 - Getting there #08 - Hit or Miss #09 - Touch me #10 - Light & Dark
#11 - Thunder & Lightening #12 - Me or Them #13 - Hand on heart #14 - Heaven & Hell #15 - Good & bad
#16 - Right or Wrong #17 - Love/Hate #18 - Hurt me #19 - Lost & Found #20 - Naughty or Nice
#21 - Two faced #22 - Bone deep #23 - Aches & Pains #24 - Save me #25 - Make me
#26 - Break me #27 - Fast Forward #28 - Flash back #29 - Special Delivery #30 - Boys & Girls
#31 - Growing Up #32 - Finding out #33 - Mix 'n' Match #34 - Flip side #35 - Lucky break
#36 - Eating out #37 - Feeling good #38 - Beautiful disaster #39 - Chaos theory #40 - Where you belong
#41 - Time & Tide #42 - Follow my lead #43 - Cheap shots #44 - Lock and Key #45 - Keeping secrets
#46 - Coming out #47 - Let me in #48 - Talk to me #49 - You're mine #50 - Give & Take


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Feb. 28th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like that claim table, and writing ficlets is a lot less daunting than writing fics . . . but 50? FIFTY? You're a braver soul than I am!

(Although . . . damn it, part of me now really wants to give this a shot for Doctor/Sarah.)

I've heard so many good things about Press Gang. I really ought to seek it out. I don't know if it's (legally) available over here, though!
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
It is a nice set of prompts, isn't it? The others were good too, but this set (Table 5) sounded as though it was already very Press Gang-ish.

Heh, I know - still, I'm having a rewatch, so a drabble (or more) here and there in between episodes. It's do-able, there's no time limit and if I fail, I just drop my claim to free it up for the... er... no other people who'd want to write Kenny from Press gang in Table 5. :lol:

There is whoverse30 though - that has some very nice prompt sets and it's 30 rather than 50 & similar although it's anything over 100 words lengthwise. I'd have quite liked to take that one, but I wanted to do something non-Who for a change. (runaway_tales has the most and best prompt tables I've seen yet, but that's original fic only.)

And Press Gang: I love it to pieces; I wanted to be Lynda Day when I was young (and Julia Sawalha's performance in that role is still probably the best she's ever been). But it is also a 20 year old, cheap ITV teenage show & Dexter Fletcher has a dogdy US accent (because the producer decided at the last minute it'd be fun if he was American. Heh.) I don't know how it might look to a newcomer. The central characters are great and every Spike/Lynda argument is a gem and while genuinely a teen drama, if current sitcoms were this witty and well-written, TV would be funier. Plus, the randomly surreal things are lovely. So... It's very hard to say. :lol: Most things I'd know whether to recommend to people or not, but Press Gang's a tough one. (I'll quote Kenny: "People say I'm too reasonable to have opinions... but I don't know about that.")

Maybe read Spike/Lynda fic and see what you think? (Well-written Spike/Lynda will offer a good idea of its main selling point! There's some about on Yuletide.)
Mar. 1st, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
whoverse30 is interesting, but I don't like their prompt tables as much. That Table 5 is just . . . tempting. Is it bad manners to use a prompt table from a comm without officially joining the comm or posting there? I suppose I could claim it and see how far I get, but it's pretty much guaranteed that I wouldn't get through all 50.

I generally tend to like 20-year-old, cheap shows (especially if they're on the cheesy/flawed side). I think I will indeed check out some Spike/Lynda fic -- any particular recs? Ones that require as little knowledge of the show as possible would of course be best . . . : )
Mar. 1st, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling it might be bad manners to run off with the prompt table.... but you could always ask nicely and see what happens!

I don't know about 50, but then over time & they don't have to be much more than drabbles. I'll see - I may be crazy, of course!

I went off to rec some fic for you and couldn't find any. I know I've read some great Press Gang fic. I suppose paranoidangel42's Hoops and Bumps reads rather like a lost episode. The things is, it's old and a little creaky, but (Spike's accent aside), it's not cheesy. That's why it's a weird one to know what to say. Mind you, it was made about 19189-1993, so the fashions are truly horrendous, which is always entertaining... :lol:
Mar. 1st, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling it might be bad manners to run off with the prompt table....

Yeah, I think you're probably right. I keep thinking I could do a bunch of really short vignettes that loosely concatenate into one story -- basically, all snapshots on the Doctor/Sarah relationship -- and how hard could that be? And then I keep remembering it's FIFTY. It just doesn't look like that many on the table. And I keep getting story ideas . . .

Rats. I actually might go for this. Am I insane?
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
No! You're not insane. Or at least, it will make me feel less insane if you keep me company. Also little ficlets= more fic from you - always a Good Thing. ;-)

Besides, I do dw100 and b7friday which, while drabbles and ficlets, are weekly challenges, and while the B7 one has to be done in the same week (so no catching up of all prompts or anything silly), dw100 has reached about 290 prompts and ... I am instinctively trying to go back and catch up on them all. So I'm insane anyway. I don't think this is any worse. :-D

Go on... :-D
Mar. 3rd, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
All right, I just staked my claim! You were right, I did want to. I'm actually looking forward to it! Thanks for introducing me to the comm.

Although if you want me to keep you company, you'll have to stop writing so quickly. ; )

(Given how productive you are, you're not insane at all. I still think I might be, though.)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Heh. :-D Well, I look forward to reading whatever turns up, anyway.

And I doubt my productivity will last, but the ficlets suited me just fine this week, plus I've never really written any Press Gang, so it's easy to come up with ficlet-y scenarios while I rewatch the series. I find it best to write when inspried - saving things for later only backfires when you get attacked by other, rabid unexpected plot bunnies. Or not being able to write all...
Mar. 6th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
I will keep my eye out for good introductory fic, but I found a site with quotes that should give you the idea:

Lynda: "I'm thinking of habits I'm wanting to kick."
Spike: "So I'm a habit already?"
Lynda: You're something I'm wanting to kick.


Spike: "So why talk to me?"
Lynda: "I like to know I'm the smartest one in the conversation."


Spike: "You don't happen to be jealous of a girl I've never even met, do you?"
Lynda: "Of course I'm jealous, Spike. I wish I was the girl you've never even met."


Kenny: "Lynda, do you remember asking me to tell you if you were ever being insensitive or too demanding?"
Lynda: "No."
Kenny: "Well that's because you haven't, but you would have if you were less insensitive and demanding."


Kenny: "Graphic Department spending proposals. An HB pencil and a sunbed?"
Sam: "Well, I can explain the pencil."


Sarah: "Can you explain to me how I have just argued myself into doing exactly what you wanted me to do in the first place? You are a devious, unfeeling, calculating, manipulative bitch."
Lynda: "Well you were asking what made me a better choice for editor."


Kenny: "What are you doing in my wardrobe?"
Colin: "Well your mum said I could wait in your room."
Kenny: "I don't think she meant in my wardrobe."
Colin: "Would it have killed her to be a little more specific?"


Colin: "Spike, baby. I didn't know you were back from Birmingham."
Spike: "America, Colin. I went home to America."
Colin: "No kidding - I thought you were from Birmingham."


Lynda: "You and me Spike, we're held together by a force even stronger than true love."
Spike: "Which is?"
Lynda: "We both want the last word."


That's the basic idea. Sort of. It doesn't explain Colin... ;-D

Edited at 2010-03-06 09:49 am (UTC)
Mar. 1st, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yay for Press Gang ficlets! I love that one you've linked to - it's funny, perfect Lynda and Kenny and I like the repeat of the line "You really do sound like your daughter".
Mar. 1st, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, thanks! :-D (It's made my day that someone's read it now - and so glad you picked up on the line; it seemed a PG sort of thing to do.)

I was wanting to do 50ficlets for a little while, but it was only after you wrote that drabble for me - and then I was having a conversation with belantana who confessed she'd watched the last series or 2 and didn't know who Kenny was (!) - that I thought this was something I could run with.

Edited at 2010-03-01 08:32 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
watched the last series or 2 and didn't know who Kenny was (!)

And that'd be the main reason I need to rewatch! I was only small and I have a memory like a sieve at the best of times...
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Well, like I said, if you most likely watched S4 and / or 5, you couldn't know Kenny, cos Lee Ross left at the end of S3. It was only supposed to temporary, but unfortunately it wasn't. :-(
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)


I am so excited you've chosen Press Gang though! I am going to have to rewatch some eps clearly. And and and! Fic already. You are the best. *dashes off*
Mar. 2nd, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Heh. There is no guarantee as to how many I will actually do or how soon. I've been writing a few in the initial rush (esp as I am having a rewatch anyway), but I don't expect that to last!
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
This is...daunting. Good luck :)

(has never seen Press Gang. Should. :( )
Mar. 4th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I gather you've joined in, too. :-D

Well, Press Gang - that depends. I love it, but there's no denying it looks very old these days.
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