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30 Aug 2020 08:54 pm
thisbluespirit: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
Hail, fellow travellers, and well met. My Dreamwidth is mostly for fic, recs, icons, vids and fannish nonsense & fic/vids/icons etc. generally remain open. I'm terribly obscure and multi-fannish, but generally happy to make new friends.

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


Current & Past Prompt tables etc: 100fandoms table | Ladies Bingo (Round 6) | Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card (Round 9) | apocabingo card | GenpromptBingo Card (Round 14) | Seventh Doctor Era & Historical for [community profile] who_allsorts | 100 Element Prompts | Shakespeare Plays Watched.

Also the 500 Prompts Meme. runaway_tales: Masterpost 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!


Friending: New friends are always welcome, but we haven't previously interacted, please drop a comment here.
thisbluespirit: (james maxwell)
I am being bad at posting and I am actually really enjoying the Stuff I Love meme, both seeing other people's posts and self-indulgently going on about things I love. I am tired, though, so let me be obvious tonight.

Anyone who's been following me for more than about two minutes will have gathered that as well as obscure old telly I love obscure old actors who appear in it. It was an inevitable consequence, really. David Collings, Barbara Murray, Alfred Burke, Suzanne Neve, Gemma Jones and a bunch of others. David Collings is the person whose fault it was, and who dies improbably and entertainingly a lot. But my current favourite is James Maxwell. I would explain myself, and there is a sort of explanation in there somewhere that started with David Collings and BBC period drama but it passed through Sapphire and Steel fancasting and theatrical ghost stories and a nice obit, to "I just like your face, sir" and then what can you do?

Anyway, James Maxwell was a character actor who was one of the founding artistic directors of Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, which he is now reputed to haunt. He was actually American, but came to the UK to study at the Old Vic Theatre School in 1950 and stayed here till he died in 1995.

Things I like about him:

1. He crossed an ocean because of Dame Edith Evans. (Literally: he went to see her in the theatre and no less than two days later he was on board a ship for the UK, arriving in Southampton with no forwarding address.)

2. The ghost story about him can basically be boiled down to "his colleagues wanted to have him still around." Bonus for the ghost story: he is said to have made an appearance on TV from beyond the grave on Most Haunted. Not something everyone can claim.

And now I will just illustrate my point with gifs )


I was prompted to post this particular entry today because someone on tumblr had found a new source of theatrical pics for him, which I shall now share, watermarks notwithstanding.

Ah, yes, the one in the short skirt holding someone's hand... )

I was going to write a sensible post about JM and do him justice (because actually he was a pretty interesting person and it has been fun trying to find out more about him and there is a lot to say) but I am tired. So you got the gifs that survived my tumblr-pocalypse.

But this list could have been a lot longer and had more gifs, so you can't complain too much. ;-p


ETA: oh, also THIS LIST. <3
thisbluespirit: (s&s)
... and guess who has a marvellous gift and two treats? I feel bad all over again that I only managed my assignment and not even a tiny treat for anyone else, but that is life, I suppose.

ANYWAY, more importantly, my gift is an amazing thing in which someone wrote me pitch perfect Sid & Charles from Dick Francis's Sid Halley series only it is ALSO a crossover, being a very excellent Sapphire & Steel assignment with Sapphire and Silver and Steel. Chocolate Box only has a 300 word minimum and somehow I got 6000+ words of an impossible and great crossover casefic. I am overcome. Anyway, if you also like one or both of the fandoms, I recommend it. (If you don't know S&S, it is just Dick Francis + Weirdness; if you don't know Sid Halley, it's a typically strange assignment via outsider POV.)

Stalk On (6074 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sid Halley - Dick Francis, FRANCIS Dick - Works, Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sid Halley & Charles Roland | Charles Rowland, Sapphire/Silver/Steel (S&S), Sapphire & Silver & Steel (S&S)
Characters: Sid Halley, Charles Roland | Charles Rowland (Dick Francis), Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Case Fic, Timeline Shenanigans, The Royal Navy
Summary:


Far up in the stretches of night; night splits and the dawn breaks loose;
I, through the terrible novelty of light, stalk on, stalk on;
Those great sea-horses bare their teeth and laugh at the dawn.


W.B. Yeats, High Talk

Sid spends another pleasant evening at Aynsford.


I am a very lucky so-and-so, for I also received two smaller but also very lovely Sapphire & Steel treats, one playing with the strangeness of elements, the other a brief but eerie/melancholy little assignment:

Like little maps to the stars (786 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Elemental Magic, Elemental Weirdness, Time Loop, Illusions, Post-Canon, Fix-It of Sorts, Chocolate Box Treat
Summary: They will start again, they will start over. They always do. They will become that small, bright light, and they will find their way again. Out here, they will become the world. They will be everything, the three of them. Somehow, they will be.

After assignment 6, three Elements find themselves again. And again. And perhaps, again.


Figments and Fragments (1224 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sapphire (S&S), Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S)
Additional Tags: Forests, Hidden Things
Summary: Someone and something's in the forest that shouldn't be there. The Elements investigate.


(And I'm sorry, I went a bit AWOL again the last day or so. I am just trying to get various other things done in between the usual bouts of tiredness, and so this may just happen a lot for a while, but one of the things is some wrangling stuff that actually will be done with soon, as well as the family history. And I just can't always do those things and keep up, unfortunately.)

thisbluespirit: (ouat)
A little thing I wrote for [community profile] halfamoon, and also for [community profile] genprompt_bingo and [community profile] 100fandoms. (1 down, 99 to go!)

Thrice Cursed (555 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Once Upon a Time (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alice | Tilly & Gothel | Eloise Gardener, Alice | Tilly/Robin | Margot, Alice | Tilly & Wishverse Captain Hook | Detective Rogers
Characters: Alice | Tilly, Gothel | Eloise Gardener, Wishverse Captain Hook | Detective Rogers, Robin | Margot
Additional Tags: Ficlet, community: 100fandoms, Community: genprompt_bingo, Community: halfamoon, Vignette, Magic, Curses
Summary: Alice is cursed three times.

(Or: I've just been rewatching S7 and basically I still love Alice | Tilly a lot.)
thisbluespirit: (writing)
While I'm here, let's do the thing:



I love random generators! They are my favourite internet creative toy and responsible for many a fic from me, one way or another.

My favourite was the Genremixer, which sadly died, but thankfully [personal profile] john_amend_all stepped in and made another version, the Ersatz Genremixer. It is the one that most works for actually kick-starting fic for me. It's simple, adjustable to your preferences, allows you to put in your own choice of characters, it's sometimes semi-sentient, and altogether delightful.

Random results )

But for hours of amusement, the Unconventional Courtship Generator is probably even more fun. (I think because it gives you summaries, it's like little ridiculous stories in themselves without me having even to write them.) While I've been ill, I have cheered myself up with this more times than I can count, and certainly more times than I have ever written for the results. (Although I have written for the results, including the Steed/Baldrick one that [personal profile] astrogirl said I couldn't do. Few of them are romantic, but romance is most certainly not required.) It was originally made for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship ficathon (where you write fic based on terrible Mills & Boon type summaries, hence the generator full of them). You can type in your own characters here, too, if you wish to, although it comes pre-populated.

And then you get things like this.... )

Other generators that I am very fond of and/or find extremely useful:

this Bingo generator, which came via [community profile] allbingo, which I've used for both of the bingos I've run.

They Fight Crime (Just for the lols mainly: "He's a bookish small-town gentleman spy from a doomed world. She's a violent hip-hop nun from a secret island of warrior women. They fight crime!")

The Doctor Who Random Pairing Generator (the cause of a lot of DW fic from me once upon a time. Although, as with me and the UC generator, very rarely actually romantic, and still a favourite.)

The Cakefic Generator (cakefic is important!)

Probably one I should look at now, for my thingies, an Element Pairing Generator

And I have made an awful lot of use over the years of the random poetry generator for making prompts for memes and comms and things (despite its Emily Dickinson fixation).
thisbluespirit: (reading)
Because everyone else is doing it and the meme sheep says BAA as ever.

Results )
thisbluespirit: (s&s)
This morning, I woke to find an excellent new Sapphire & Steel fic in the Past Imperfect collection, and then had cause to mention the series to a flister. This must mean today's thing I love is going to have to be Sapphire and Steel.

And since there's been no easily available fandom primer anyway since eponymous_rose tragically locked down their journal and with it the best ever S&S intro, I may as well go full on manifesto here. Because Sapphire & Steel is a very odd series that is not going to be to everyone's taste, but it is truly amazing and original and worth trying if you have any interest in TV SF and a reasonable amount of patience for old time TV.

(I used/adapted some text and pics from an old manifesto for het_reccers on LJ, which is why they have a Photobucket logo on. Sorry about that.)

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“There is a corridor. And the corridor is time. It surrounds all things and it passes through all things. You cannot enter into time, but sometimes time can enter into the present… break in and take things. Take people…" (Sapphire, Assignment 1)


S&S starred Joanna Lumley and David McCallum and ran from 1979-1982 (on ITV, aka The Other Channel, not the BBC), and while there are only 34x 25min episodes, broken down into six serials, known as "Assignments," it's been highly influential in much SF that's been made since. It was created by PJ Hammond, who'd written for Ace of Wands (UK 1970s fantasy children's series) and would later write two episodes for Torchwood, but is still most famous for Sapphire & Steel. It has the slow pace and low budget values of much British TV of the time - but takes the clever approach of turning both into virtues in a way that can still unsettle modern viewers.


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All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.


The first rule of S&S is mystery. We don't know who or what Sapphire and Steel are. We know that they're not human, that they have strange powers (including telepathy) and that they are sent by a higher authority to intervene on our behalf against Time, which in the S&S universe is a malevolent force using any means it can to break free and wreak havoc. And by any means, we here mean paintings, photographs, clocks, pillows, motorway service stations, flowers and nursery rhymes. Everything is a potential "trigger" or threat.

PJ Hammond has said in interviews that he has no idea what Sapphire and Steel are, or where they came from. “It’s part of the mystery, not to know… Not knowing has never bothered me.” And: “I don’t think that Sapphire & Steel were ever human in the basic sense. … I think they come closer to representing the spirit and the soul.”

The Guiness Book of TV once summed it up by saying something like "There are many ways to hold a TV audience. Complete lack of explanation is not supposed to be one of them..." And yet, with S&S, it works. And, as you can tell, I love it.

So, basically, that's it. You can already go read the fanfic or run off to YouTube/place you obtain DVDs to watch it. Congratulations!

The main caveat (apart from "it's old TV, it is very static and often beige") is that it originally started as a children's show, and the trappings of that are still apparent in "Assignment 1" so be patient with the two child guest stars etc., as it will only get better from here. (I could advise you to start elsewhere, but you'd miss Lead and the only kind of explanation of the series we ever get, so it's best to give it a go and only skip it if you really can't be doing with the child actors.)

More pics and much continued lack of explanation and some flailing and fic recs under the cut )
thisbluespirit: (Default)
[personal profile] corvidology came up with this idea, which sounds much more fun than shit-posting:



I don't know if I'll post every day, but I also don't know how to be short about stuff I love. Anyway, I just randomly discovered (via someone linking some of the others on tumblr) that someone's reuploaded a lot of the Thriller episodes onto YouTube. (If you remember, the ones I started epically picspamming for the lols before I gave up - there were 30+ episodes okay - and which mainly involve Americans getting randomly menaced every time they visit the UK). Including, yes, you've guessed it...

Good Salary, Prospects, Free Coffin, aka the One Where Julian Glover and James Maxwell move in together and bury girls in the back garden. Theoretically this is because they're spies with a ridiculously complicated and improbable plan, but it actually involves Julian wearing manly pullies and digging graves while sneering at James Maxwell for reading classic lit and wearing cardigans and vaguely angsting about all the murdering going on.

Plus, it has the proper number of Americans getting menaced, natty knitwear, Keith Barron is randomly the world's worst boyfriend, and basically it is 1 hr and 10 minutes of pure beige cheese.

I have a lot of things I love with people I love in and I could recommend many of them and rhapsodise about them. This is not one of those, but, let's be honest, I have watched this too many times since [personal profile] liadtbunny sent me a piratey version and since I got the actual anthology myself. I just wish it was a sitcom with less murdering and more episodes.

Thriller was not really for me, but I did enjoy the starry casts, the supernatural ones (like the one where Diana Dors is Satan and Patrick Troughton is a drunken priest) and the ones that were pure cheese. I also liked Suzanne Neve getting to sword fight and seeming truly nice and normal before she tried to bake people in ovens and I was highly amused at Brian Clemens' determination to menace any and all Americans who dared to cross the Atlantic.* But mostly I love the above piece of 100% cheddar. (Alas poor Babs, though! Too dim to live.)

I think this post is totally in the spirit of both memes.


* Thriller was an ITC film series, made with US money. The US backers liked to see American characters in leading roles. However, in Thriller that starts to look like something they should have thought through a little bit harder, much to my amusement...
thisbluespirit: (blake's 7)
The final set of answers! This was fun, as ever...

1. Servalan (B7)
2. Steel (S&S)
3. Barry Allen (The Flash)
4. Kara Danvers (Supergirl)
5. Dayna Mellanby (B7)
6. Emma Peel (Avengers)
7. Lucy Weston (Dracula 1968)
8. Bill Potts (DW)
9. Sixth Doctor (DW)
10. Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
11. Zelena (OUaT)
12. Sam Vimes (Discworld)
13. Obi-Wan Kenobi (SW)
14. Orac (B7)
15. Hercule Poirot

Mayhem continued )
thisbluespirit: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
Just a head's up that [community profile] festivids is live! Basically, if you want to find an amazing vid for something you never thought anyone would vid, go over there and have fun!

(I haven't explored very much yet; I watched a Victoria Wood tribute that was lovely and joyful but then made me cry because apparently I'm still not over that.)
thisbluespirit: (barry & kara)
The characters:

1. Servalan (B7)
2. Steel (S&S)
3. Barry Allen (The Flash)
4. Kara Danvers (Supergirl)
5. Dayna Mellanby (B7)
6. Emma Peel (Avengers)
7. Lucy Weston (Dracula 1968)
8. Bill Potts (DW)
9. Sixth Doctor (DW)
10. Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
11. Zelena (OUaT)
12. Sam Vimes (Discworld)
13. Obi-Wan Kenobi (SW)
14. Orac (B7)
15. Hercule Poirot

The usual mayhem under here )
thisbluespirit: (s&s - silver)
Guess which meme I haven't done for AGES? :-D

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.
thisbluespirit: (writing)
For [community profile] 100fandoms. Because I have a lot of fandoms anyway, right? If I wrote one more for all my listed AO3 fandoms I'd be almost there already! I can do this! (:lol:)

001.universe 002.edge 003.cleave 004.distance 005.away
006.home 007.key 008.star 009.dust 010.shadows
011.old 012.new 013.borrowed 014.blue 015.promise
016.dishonour 017.wreck 018.fix 019.crack 020.discover
021.fiddle 022.fire 023.water 024.waves 025.salt
026.balm 027.fear 028.wear 029.mask 030.truth
031.courage 032.hope 033.raised 034.fall 035.spring
036.birth 037.morning 038.welcome 039.belong 040.share
041.count 042.mean 043.teasing 044.fantasy 045.game
046.work 047.bed 048.turn 049.swing 050.kitchen
051.cull 052.quell 053.arrested 054.inside 055.chance
056.alive 057.sleeping 058.late 059.rain 060.bottle
061.steal 062.brilliant 063.theory 064.practice 065.war
066.storm 067.voyage 068.swim 069.wallow 070.settle
071.ground 072.space 073.silence 074.screech 075.snap
076.scratch 077.bug 078.lighting 079.faded 080.ghost
081.history 082.time 083.mirror 084.drawing 085.trailed
086.way 087.run 088.here 089.heart 090.perfection
091.right 092.sanction 093.can 094.collection 095.crowd
096.oversight 097.graduate 098.laughing 099.unless 100.final


/remembers belatedly that the main reason I created [community profile] who_allsorts was because I realised that 30/50/100 prompts were a LOT. But then, that's only a problem if it's one claim...

List of Fandoms as written, for my own reference )
thisbluespirit: (writing)
My flist is still busy as a busy thing! I'm still not always terribly good at keeping up!

But here are some things going on that look good to me:

* [community profile] 100fandoms has opened on Dreamwidth (formerly long inactive LJ comm) - copy the table of 100 prompts, write a new fandom for each. (More details on the comm but it's pretty fun and laid back. As a multifannish sort, expect to see me posting the table any time soon. When can I resist these things? It'll be easy to combine with bingos & get me writing some of those 500 Prompts, right?)


* There's a new fandom meta newsletter started at [community profile] thisweekmeta.


* And [personal profile] corvidology is suggesting a "Stuff I Love" posting meme for February, which sounds like a good thing to me.


Also, for those into all things Holmesian, there is now [community profile] sherlockkinkmeme.

ETA: Oh, and, very importantly, [community profile] who_contest is also relaunching on Dreamwidth!
thisbluespirit: (s&s)
So, as I said, [community profile] fandom_stocking went live and I had a lot of lovely things in mine!

I had some gifs, recs, puzzles, and best wishes, but also fab Brig/Liz fanart from [profile] paynesgray, and a glorious Bayeux Tapestry style illustration for We'll Burn That Barn When We Come To It by [personal profile] liadtbunny. (If you enjoyed the fic, you really want to see the art!!)

Plus, lovely Jonathan Creek icons from [personal profile] tarlanx.


And in terms of fic, I was underservedly lucky - just look at all these, and they were all great in very different ways! *flails about*

more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, PG by [personal profile] rain_sleet_snow (The Quiet Gentleman/The Grand Sophy, five times fic, with Drusilla, Sophy and supernatural goings on.)

The rest were all on AO3 so I will share the links for your convenience. I recommend them all very much indeed! I am still all overcome.

A Falcon at Stoke Field (926 words) by kaffyrutsky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Shadow of the Tower
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Henry VII of England, Lambert Simnel
Additional Tags: Missing Scene
Summary: One name had been left behind, the next was never his to begin with. In the aftermath of Stoke Field, Lambert Simnel chooses a new identity.


Twelve and a half Times Silver didn't meet the Doctor and One and half Times he did (2253 words) by Annariel
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: Doctor Who, Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S), Sapphire (S&S), Celestial Toymaker (Doctor Who), Liz Shaw (Doctor Who), Ander Poul, D84 (Doctor Who), Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown, Eighth Doctor, Thirteenth Doctor (Fatal Death), The Moment (Doctor Who), Rose Tyler, Rory Williams, Ashildr | Lady Me, Thirteenth Doctor
Summary: From the Celestial Toymaker, through the Time War, to the Pandorica. Silver is often on the fringes of the Doctor's adventures.


Dress the Part (718 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Second Doctor & Zoe Heriot & Jamie McCrimmon
Characters: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Heriot
Additional Tags: Historical Dress, Silly, Humor, Historical References, Clothing, 18th Century
Summary: When you time-travel to other eras, you have to dress the part.

Right now, however, the Doctor is having some trouble convincing his companions of that.


Booming and Blazing (636 words) by AuroraCloud
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bill Potts/Ace McShane
Characters: Bill Potts, Ace McShane
Additional Tags: First Dates, Kissing, Rocket launch, Ficlet
Summary: Ace and Bill, on a date, at a rocket launch.


One Cold Knight (5888 words) by swordznsorcery
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Department S, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Annabelle Hurst, Liz Shaw (Doctor Who), Stewart Sullivan (Department S), Jason King, Curtis Seretse, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
Additional Tags: Crossover
Summary: For Fandom Stocking. The Department S gang team up with UNIT.


Voyager and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ship Inspection (3291 words) by phantomlistener
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chakotay/Kathryn Janeway, Tom Paris/B'Elanna Torres
Characters: Chakotay (Star Trek), Kathryn Janeway, Seven of Nine, Tom Paris, B'Elanna Torres, Naomi Wildman, Tuvok (Star Trek), Icheb (Star Trek), Neelix (Star Trek)
Additional Tags: Epistolary, PADD Messages, Crack
Summary:From: Lieutenant Torres
To: Engineering
Subject: Those bloody inspections
Time: 21:02
Engineering is a TIP. If the Captain wants inspections, she has to be able to get through the door. Someone get the doors working properly, everyone else, CLEAR UP. Understood?

In which it's time for the annual inspection of the ship, tensions are running high, and Tom Paris is in exceptionally good spirits. Things go rapidly downhill from there.


Your Mission, Should You Choose To Accept It (1175 words) by JohnAmendAll
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (Big Finish Audio), Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Karen Coltraine/Lucie Miller
Characters: Karen Coltraine, Lucie Miller, Missy (Doctor Who), Seb (Doctor Who)
Summary: You'd think that being dead, you could lie back and enjoy it. Where the Mistress is concerned, you'd be wrong.


I haven't even had a chance to look at other fic in the collection!

thisbluespirit: (s&s - silver)
So [community profile] fandom_stocking went live and I will need to share with you presently the contents of mine, because it was glorious!

But I also managed to write four things, as well as making some icon sets for various people, and here are my efforts in the meantime, plus at long last, my belated AU Meme fill for Servalan:

One Night Stand (3759 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sapphire/Silver/Steel (S&S), Silver (S&S)/Everyone, Copper & Silver (S&S)
Characters: Silver (S&S), Steel (S&S), Ruby (S&S), Lead (S&S), Cerium (S&S), Jet (S&S), Copper (S&S), Mercury (S&S), Emerald (S&S), Sapphire (S&S)
Additional Tags: Community: fandom_stocking, Elemental Weirdness, 20th Century, Pre-Canon
Summary: There’s an odd little break-to-be that means a yearly appointment to keep. As far as Silver’s concerned, it’s a date.


A Cold Day in Autumn (1050 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Third Doctor/Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart/Liz Shaw
Characters: Third Doctor, Liz Shaw (Doctor Who), Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
Additional Tags: 4 Things, Dubious Consent, one particular alien told them to do it, Crack, Humor, For Science!
Summary: Funnily enough, there's always only this one way of saving the world...


another spark for the fire (790 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Barry Allen/Caitlin Snow
Characters: Barry Allen, Caitlin Snow, Killer Frost
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Multiverse, 4 Things, Vignette
Summary: Whether or not they’re together here, there’s a multiverse of possibilities out there.


Confectionary Crimes (904 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant & Georgina Jones & William E. Simms
Characters: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones, William E. Simms
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Humor, Cake
Summary: One of these cakes is primed and ready to blow...


AU Meme: Servalan (988 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Servalan
Characters: Servalan (Blake's 7), Travis (Blake's 7), Kerr Avon, Roj Blake, Kasabi (Blake's 7)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Memes, Ficlet, Dark, Villains, Alternate Universe - His Dark Materials Fusion, Harm to Daemons
Summary: 9 AU scenarios for Servalan written for a Dreamwidth meme.
thisbluespirit: (alfred burke)
* It's a [community profile] fic_rush weekend! If you want company, accountability or whatever to cheer you on in your attempts to write fic/letters/essays/do laundry/wrangle penguins, you can drop in at any point until midnight Sunday (GMT), even if only for an hour.


* I have been trying to reconstruct my tumblr here: https://thisbluespirit.tumblr.com/

I've been trying to find reblogs of my stuff and it's so hard to search, because reblogs don't appear in searches, so you have to find someone who may have reblogged it and search their tumblr, and they may or may not have an accessible archive/tags or whatever. And, of course, some stuff was never reblogged and is gone. The worst thing about this is that I have lost half of my Favourite Episodes of Old Telly posts, which would have been the first thing I'd have saved if I'd been deliberately deleting it.

(Also Mariocki found my Favourite Episodes post for "My Life's My Own" for Public Eye and tumblr immediately marked it as blocked adult material, so I had to remake it and repost and then appeal to get it unblocked. Stuff them and their idiot bots! There are some hands in it; they really don't like hands at all, do they? Evil hands!

And, yes, it damn well is adult material! It's a wonderful, grown-up episode of 1960s TV that's progressive, complex and messy and human, well played, well written, and one of the best episodes of any television series I've ever seen. So now they made me angry, even if a bit irrationally.)
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Day 14

In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This one will be short: I don't know! It's going to depend on technology as well as fandom and that, and the way we access it, keeps changing so quickly I wouldn't even dare guess.


Day 15

Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I've done it before and enjoyed it, but I hadn't for a while as the questions tend to remain the same/similar, so doing it too many years in a row can feel a bit frustrating/silly. But it's huge fun to do, and to see everyone else's posts. You usually wind up making a couple of new friends along the way and it's lovely to see such a lot of fannish posts and fannish positivity on my flist and via the comm's posts. As ever, I've picked up recs and new communities and all sorts.



(Now I just need to remember that I still haven't done Day 3 yet!)
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Picked up from [personal profile] misbegotten: what are the summaries of the last 10 AO3 stories you read/downloaded? What made them seem appealing?

I went through my history and, avoiding things which I was only looking at for wrangling or in desperation/a spirit of completism (maybe this one for this ship won't be awful??), I get:

1. If you’ve scrolled past one too many well-meaning memes on your social network thinking “surely, empty platitudes superimposed over a photo of flowers is not really what the gods crave from me?” it might be time to think in more concrete terms. [x]

2. The lost correspondence of Djekhy son of Tesmontu and Djefmin, as concerns their mother-in-law, Mrs. Mutirtais. [x]

3. Albert Campion was too young for the war, but idealistic enough to sign up for duty in a devastated France, working with the Foreign Office and the French Government on reconstruction and defense. Lugg, however, a fixer if ever there was one, has his own games afoot, and that's before they run into the Germans.... [x]

4. While digitizing the BBC archives, an intern who asked to remain anonymous discovered a transcript of a lost episode of the Great British Bake Off. The paper could neither be photocopied nor scanned as all the copies came out blank; and the actual footage was never found. [x]

5. Mina can hear Seward's heart beating before he enters the room. [x]

6. A generations-long struggle over one (1) Welsh Country House results in an Unexpected Christmas Gathering OR: I Turn The Wars of the Roses In A Hallmark Movie [x]

7. When Sophie Beckett first lays eyes on Benedict Bridgerton, her entire world bursts into color. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight. (A soulmate AU.) [x]

8. At the Dark Castle, Rumpelstiltskin does something that's very nearly romantic, and Belle feels something that's very nearly love. A ficlet in honour of the anniversary of "Skin Deep", International Fanworks Day, and of St Valentine's Day.

Slowly, week upon week and discovery after discovery, out of conflict and compassion and curiosity, Belle has begun to burn for him. [x]

9. Ten years ago, Belle's heart was broken. She has long since considered herself a bookish spinster, but things change the night of Lady Nolan's ball. Regency AU. [x]

10. The Doctor accidentally gets married again. Must be Sunday. [x]

A lot of this was also Yuletide reading where the point is, "OMG, thing in shiny tiny fandom, must read!" but 2 and 4 were fandoms I don't really know & tried anyway due to the summary. (2 turned out not to be accessible without canon, whatever canon actually is (I suspect a quick Google would do it, and it looked good), but 4 was brilliant even via general osmosis). Some of the others were from the self-recs day at Snowflake Challenge so were again mostly more I just tried to read anything I actually knew than specifically for the summary as such, although 9 was longer and was bookmarked for a day of more brain. (One day that day will come and I will have much long(er) fic to read.)

Misbegotten also looked at the summaries for their own top ten by kudos, and who can resist naval gazing... More summaries under the cut )
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I'm very tired again, generally, due to the ME/CFS as ever, and partly some rl stuff, but let's try and not fall too much further behind (still haven't done Day 3!) Forgive me if I'm flaking on comments - I caught up a bit, but then it's still quite busy and I fall away again.



Day 12

In your own space, create your own challenge. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


As I said, I am really tired, so the last thing I am up for is creating a challenge, and I think that's fair enough. I often do writing memes, I sign up for exchanges, I created comms which are/include challenges - [community profile] tardis_library, [community profile] who_allsorts, [community profile] tic_tac_woe, post monthly prompts to [community profile] b7friday, and run an annual ficathon at [community profile] who_guestfest (well, even if [personal profile] shivver actually ran it last time). I also have a ridiculous ongoing 500 Prompts thing that I decided to do back in something like 2013 and am still working away on. (I didn't create that one, but I did steal it, adapt it, and am still doing it.)

I don't think I need to create another when I'm too tired just for this challenge.

But if other people are not tired, then feel free to rec something for [community profile] tardis_library or sign up for the current seasonal challenge there. Ask for an apocalyptic mini-bingo card at [community profile] tic_tac_woe! Or claim a table at [community profile] who_allsorts, create something for this fortnight's prompt at [community profile] b7friday. Or the other way around, well, leave me a prompt on the 500 Prompts post! (I mean, there is no guarantee a ficlet will result & if it does, it might turn up in 2 days or 6 years, but I am still working on them.)

Make your own prompt challenge by generating yourself things via the Genremixer. Or for writing memes, try the poetry meme or the AU Meme, or just for fun, the 15 Characters Meme.


Day 13

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I put my fannish/fic goals on my writing meme entry, so that will do!


Day 11

In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Which can fairly be summed up as "it seemed a good idea at the time" or "there was this prompt" or "my flist told me to do it" or even more inspiring, "my flist told me I couldn't do it."

More literally, I still tend to write the first draft longhand, as I find it helps. I'm trying at the moment to do this less for shorter pieces, especially meme things, as I'm finding it more of a struggle for some reason and then I don't write at all. But for long things, I can't do the detailed plan/structure thing, so writing it out in that format first and then completely rewriting it as you type with notes etc. works out instead without switching off my creativity in the way that planning often does.

Icons not for challenges tend to be fairly simple as a thing i can still do when quiet - so I make screencaps and then tweak them (crop, resize, lighten via layers, sharpen via unsharp mask etc. and then play around with them till I'm happy or just frustrated).

But for fannish things, mainly, it just seemed like a good idea at the time. Or somebody in some way asked me to do it. Or asked me not to do it but in a way that sounded like they thought I should...

([personal profile] corvidology was saying their flist used to be the "Fiends List" over on LJ. In the best possible way, I know what they mean... <3)
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I'm falling behind with everything again - comments, friending etc. etc., sorry. (Snowflake Challenge is being lovely, but also overwhelming, and today won't be better, as I intend to go out, so that will take all my energy), but in the meantime...



Day 9

Commit an Act of Kindness. In your own space, share what you’ve done, talk about what you’ve done, or simply leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.



Day 10

Create a fanwork. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I have nevertheless done a couple of small things for Fandom Stocking, though, which should, I think, count for both of these days.
thisbluespirit: (hugs)
.... still catching up!

Day 6

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.


Given that the Snowflake Challenge always happens immediately post-Yuletide and mid-[community profile] fandom_stocking this always feels greedy, but, hey...

1. My general ongoing wishlist is pretty much my [community profile] fandom_stocking which is here, but anything I've ever requested in an exchange is something I'll still want - I'm very persistent in my loves - and while those are for fic, I'd never not want to see (or know about) art, vids, icons etc. for those things, so you can equally check my Dear Author tag - of which Chocolate Box has just started.


2. I love and adore finding or getting gifs for the weird old British TV I'm into in which I'm a fandom of one (sometimes even two or three!) and nobody makes gifs for but me. And neither I nor my tech am up to making properly pretty ones. I realise that gif-making is hard and nobody wants to make a gif, let alone a gif-set that will be appreciated by a total of one person, but if anybody knows of or is willing to make gifs of Anne/James from The Onedin Line (I could not get the YouTube versions to load in makeagif even, curse it), or generally of people like David Collings, James Maxwell, Suzanne Neve (I am realising at this point that I probably lost some of the world's only Suzanne Neve gifs in my accidental tumblr deletion), Alfred Burke, Margaret Lockwood, Barbara Murray, you have my heart. Also in general series Enemy at the Door, Public Eye, Duchess of Duke Street, Shadow of the Tower, Elizabeth R etc. I've found/been kindly given some Adam Adamant Lives! ones before but it is a fair rule that there could always be more.


3. Hmm, that seems like more than enough to ask for already! But it says three, so I'll echo a lot of other people in saying that feedback and comments on my fic (or icons, or vids, or reclists) are always welcome! (I'm a tag wrangler on AO3, so anything that isn't "have a serial killer to wrangle" or "did you mean to make this tag so wrong?" when I go into my AO3 inbox is a cheering thing!)
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And now for today's (not that I'm caught up yet, but nearly):

Day 8
In your own space, post self-recs for at least three fanworks that you created. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


This took some thought, since I wanted to rec at least two of the three I recced last time. And last year I did two memes that involved self-recs, and I recced those same works then, plus a handful of others. So, I thought hard and came up with something that wasn't Salt of the Earth (but if you don't know me, hi, I think Salt of the Earth is pretty accessible without canon knowledge, being about a minor character, and I still like it, and it's about as me as you get, really).


So, first off, talking of Sapphire & Steel...

Assigned (100 Element Prompts) (37901 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 38/38
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sapphire/Steel, Sapphire/Silver, Silver/Steel, Sapphire/Silver/Steel, Copper & Silver
Characters: Copper (Sapphire and Steel), Cerium (Sapphire and Steel), Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Silver (Sapphire and Steel), Diamond, Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Gold (Sapphire and Steel), Jet (Sapphire and Steel), Ruby (Sapphire and Steel), Lead (Sapphire and Steel)
Additional Tags: Ficlet Collection, being fannish about the periodic table, Tropes, Trope Subversion/Inversion, Telepathy, Elemental Weirdness
Summary: A collection of various Sapphire & Steel ficlets/short fics written for a table of 100 fanfic cliche prompts.

I love S&S, and I love Elements (or whatever they are) and their relationships (or whatever they are), and I also love the generator that provided these prompts (its near doppelganger is here), I loved writing them all. So... read any one of them you please - there is an index here. (I'm not reccing a 37,000 word fic, don't worry. The individual pieces vary from perfect drabbles to ~1500.)

They vary, but, yes, very me, and if you can go with 'it's just weirdness and time and inhuman beings who put stuff right and we don't really know anything and then there's flirting' it's probably as accessible with or without canon. Possibly?


Also, I love Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, libraries, Clara, Belle, crossovers and [x] times type fic.

Shelved (or The Whistle Stop Library Tour of the Universe) (1712 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Once Upon a Time (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Belle (Once Upon a Time)/Clara Oswin Oswald, Belle (Once Upon a Time)/Eleventh Doctor/Clara Oswin Oswald
Characters: Belle (Once Upon a Time), Clara Oswin Oswald, Eleventh Doctor
Additional Tags: Crossover, Humor, Libraries, Books, Alternate Universe, Fluff, Crossover Pairings
Summary: The Doctor and Clara show Belle the universe, one library at a time.

(I don't know how accessible it is, but there are no spoilers for anything at least.)


I wrote an origfic canon for the LJ Runaway Tales comm for quite a while, and loved doing it. I have a few AUs involving my favourite pairing on AO3, written for other challenges, so they are basically standalone romance fic. This one I wrote in response to oonaseckar who said I couldn't write the two of them having a fake relationship in the 21st Century and so obviously I had to prove that there is no century Edward and Julia couldn't have an awkward fake relationship in. But I still like it, I think it's fairly light and fun, and has fairy tale undertones that please me.

Substitute (13695 words) by thisbluespirit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Julia Graves (OC), Edward Iveson (OC)
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés, Romance, Grief/Mourning, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Brief mention of car accident, Community: runaway_tales, Fluff, Humor, Angst, Community: genprompt_bingo
Summary: Julia Graves has perfectly reasonable motives for fake-dating a customer – it’s all about interior decorating, honestly…


(It's really weird seeing familiar old fic like this with the wrong name on!)
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Still catching up!

Day 5

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Some comms of my own:

[community profile] tardis_library - a Doctor Who reccing comm, made as a successor (but different from) the lovely [community profile] calufrax (now inactive, but with an amazing backlist that is still one of the best ways to get at gems from the Teaspoon Archive) - recs from all corners of the Whoniverse, posted anywhere, and in any media format. I'm so pleased with how this has taken off - more people & more recs are always welcome!


[community profile] historium which I have just set up as a central hub for all history fandoms, whether RPF or fictional to meet, post stuff, or use as a launching pad to set up more specific comms. It's had a great beginning & I need to get back to it once I am a little more recovered.


[community profile] tic_tac_woe or Apocabingo - a panfandom mini bingo challenge (using a tic tac toe 3x3 card) with all apocalyptic prompts! No deadlines, just sign up for a card & then end worlds/countries etc. or save them as you wish. (Fictionally, obviously.)


[community profile] who_allsorts - as an extra, because I meant to only include three, but I've a soft spot for this one. It's another Doctor Who community - an old-school prompt table with claiming, but with bite-sized tables. You can sign up for up to two at once and claims are very flexible (anyone can make the same claim, pairings/characters/eras/themes are all accepted, so you can choose how wide or narrow to make it). I created it with the object of enabling more DW content of all kinds, and I still think the prompt tables are very pretty!


Not-by-me communities:

[community profile] hc_bingo - still my favourite bingo, despite frequently being terrified by the prompts! It's very flexible about interpretation of prompts, and fills can be comfort, or hurt, or hurt/comfort as you please, and any fanworks are eligible. It runs once a year, but there are fun amnesty challenges and you only need to create one fanwork a year to stay eligible for the next round. It's been the perfect excuse to write a lot of things, and I've really enjoyed the Amnesty challenges when I've taken part. (Which are open to anyone if that works for you better than a bingo.)


[community profile] fic_rush - we need to sort ourselves out for another round soon, but this 48 hour actual ficathon (i.e. writing marathon) has been a wonderful supportive & social ingredient of my journalling life ever since I first plucked up the courage to join. There are ninja penguins, alien fish, glowsticks, and writerly pasta and attempts at galactic domination, but you don't have to worry about that. I mean, until and unless the penguins get you...


I enjoy recs and reccing comms, the main two of which I follow here are [community profile] fancake (though I never can get myself together to post for a theme) and [community profile] gensplosion for gen recs (which I have recced for, but am bad at doing), both of which have led me to some excellent fic, and both of which are panfandom.


There are so many comms I like! Here are, quickly, some more:

[community profile] who_at_50 (general DW comm, despite the name)

Bingos - [community profile] ladiesbingo, [community profile] trope_bingo, [community profile] allbingo and [community profile] genprompt_bingo. (Of these I particularly like [community profile] genprompt_bingo (which takes any kind of fills, despite the name, it's just that the prompts are gen prompts) but they're all good in their different ways.)

Icons - [community profile] iconthat, [community profile] icontalking, [community profile] icon_library, [community profile] icons10in20, [community profile] icons & [community profile] fandom_icons. (A mix of challenge and general posting comms.)


Which is probably enough from me, but I still like comms. And that's even before we get to all the exchanges or my other comms I run or co-mod...

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