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23rd-Nov-2037 12:24 pm - Resource Post
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
'Prompt me' posts )

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16th-Nov-2016 09:59 pm - Ficlet writing meme
john_amend_all: (gia)

Memed from [personal profile] lost_spook:

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

14th-Nov-2016 08:18 pm
john_amend_all: (portal)
Memed from [personal profile] lost_spook:
Give me a character and I'll tell you my:

First impression
Impression now
Favorite moment
Idea for a story
Unpopular opinion
Favorite relationship
Favorite headcanon
13th-Nov-2016 11:06 pm - OK, just one more.
john_amend_all: (shipping)
383) Hot on Her Tail - Saskia Walker
It wasn’t the knee-high black leather boots or the skintight leather hotpants that grabbed her attention, but the padlocked slave collar she was wearing around her neck.
As she stepped out of the stolen vehicle she’d been chasing, Officer Nyssa of Traken was thunderstruck by the alluring redhead in the provocative attire. Upon further investigation, it soon became clear that despite appearances, Tegan Jovanka was not some crazy car thief dressed like a bondage slave from a porn movie. She was, in fact, the victim in some underhanded maneuvering by her vindictive ex.
Now it was up to Nyssa to help her out of this mess. But the electric attraction that blazed between them soon culminated in a night of explosive passion that would change Nyssa’s life forever.

Right, who's been showing the generator this picture?

12th-Nov-2016 12:19 am
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
I don't seem to be able to write anything of use at the moment. Which is a pity, because
466) THE QUEEN'S LADY by Shannon Drake
By trying to help the reckless, defiant Mary Queen of Scots take her rightful place on the throne, Lady Victoria Waterfield is at perilous odds with Jamie McCrimmon, a laird accomplished in both passion and affairs of state.
The more Victoria challenges his intentions, the less he can resist the desire igniting between them. But will Victoria's last daring gamble lead her to the ultimate betrayal - or a destiny greater than she could ever imagine?

sounds like it could have legs as a genuine Two-era historical.
Sarah and Harry seem to suit the generator quite well )

4th-Nov-2016 09:32 pm - Thoughts: The Moonstone (2016)

The BBC broadcast an adaptation of The Moonstone this week. Before I watched it, I wasn't sure why they felt the need to; the 1996 version seemed perfectly adequate to me. Now, having watched it... I'm of pretty much the same opinion.

This one was longer (almost twice as long) but still didn't reintroduce all the elements that were cut in the 1996 version. It strayed rather further from the text (for example, giving Lady Verinder a deathbed scene with Rachel; very Victorian-novel, but not in the book or the 1996 version) and felt a little padded here and there. Perhaps because they weren't able to realise Rosanna's death on screen, there was instead an interpolated scene with Franklin Blake nearly drowning that went on for ages and advanced the plot not one iota.

As to the cast... well, they weren't bad, but a lot of them weren't on the level of the 1996 version. Which, given the 1996 version had the likes of Antony Sher, Peter Vaughan, Lesley Sharp, Greg Wise and Keeley Hawes, perhaps isn't such a surprise.

(I haven't seen the 1972 version, but looking on IMDB I see that the wicked Colonel was played by Colin Baker. And that there was a 1959 version where he was played by none other than Barry Letts, but that's probably long been consigned to the flames).

31st-Oct-2016 07:05 pm - Trick or Treat meme
john_amend_all: (angels)
In honour of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and...well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc) The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!
23rd-Oct-2016 12:51 pm - Another Class thought
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
If it runs to more than one season, then the seasons really ought to be called 'Class of 2016', 'Class of 2017', and so on.
22nd-Oct-2016 11:30 pm - Still around
john_amend_all: (shipping)

Small incursion at Coal Hill, not many dead

Watched the first episode of Class. Not sure yet if I'll bother with the second. I can't think of that much else to say about it.

The story to fit this sensational headline has not turned up yet

Woke the other day with a sentence in my head: "Now, now, sir, for all I know the stained glass could have already been there before they broke in." Now all I need is the rest of the fic to go with it.

'Tis love, 'tis love, that makes the world go round

I added a few more prompts to the Unconventional Courtship generator. Results )

26th-Sep-2016 01:04 am - A couple of things
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
  1. Came across an interview where one of the interviewees was Jessica Martin, from before she got cast as Mags. Definitely would have been improved by a werewolf transformation or two.
  2. Added a couple of prompts to the UC pairing generator, and got some results that I rather liked: Cut for space )
18th-Sep-2016 03:36 pm - Writing meme: Answers
john_amend_all: (ulkesh)

These took some time to come up with, mostly because of trying to think of answers of more than a sentence for the trope-based questions.

Answers follow )
13th-Sep-2016 08:53 pm - Writing meme
john_amend_all: (wizard)
Memed from [personal profile] lost_spook:
Give me a number or two and I'll try to answer the question.
  1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
  2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
  3. What character do you identify with most?
  4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
  5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
  6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
  7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
  8. How would you describe your style?
  9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
  10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
  11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
  12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
  13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
  14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
  15. How do you begin a story—with the plot, or the characters?
  16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
  17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
  18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
  19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
  20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
  21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
  22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
  23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
  24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
  25. A character you want to protect.
  26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?

(My fic at AO3, if you want to refresh your memory)

30th-Aug-2016 09:43 pm - Seen in the news
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
  • 'Power of the Daleks' is supposedly being animated. Probably best to take a grain of salt with this: this claim comes from the Mirror, the same paper that once confidently predicted the Ninth Doctor would be played by Sean Bean.

  • Mark Carne, the chief of Network Rail, thinks Victorian railway architecture is of much higher quality than the 'shoddy workmanship' of the 1960s, full of asbestos and dodgy concrete (paywalled, requires a Times subscription). Mr Adamant would doubtless nod approvingly. Though, to be fair to the 1960s, Victorian railway architecture wasn't immune from jerrybuilding; after 115+ years, you'd expect to be left with the more robust bits.

    Now, if Network Rail are in the mood for sensitive treatment of heritage, and since Euston's got to be rebuilt for HS2, how about reinstating that arch?

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