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This feels weird... first time I've ever not requested Flashman, for starters. Partly because I'm a bit Flashed out with the Mexican adventure, which I'm still writing very slowly, partly because I forgot nominations were happening. One thing I've never requested before, three things I've never written before, and an offer I've never seen half the canon for, so this is going to be a bit of an adventure.

Anyway... the generalities first. I'm fine with explicit sex, not massively keen on slash, but ready to be persuaded.

Do not want: character bashing; blindness to the fact I've requested a load of utter bastards (plus Miss Climpson); stream-of-consciousness, second-person narration, non-consensual sex in any level of detail whatever.

Do want: Comedy, comradeship, competence (I have a massive competence kink), snark, alternate character interpretations, unexpected people being awesome, world-building, gen, terrible puns, and having requested three crime series (one bunch of crooks, one bunch of cops and one detective/detective writer), I suppose I'd better add case-fic and particularly a damn good heist.

Gentlemen Bastard Sequence:

I expected to hate Sabetha. I was determined to hate Sabetha. I'm still not sure why I don't - I can't be having with pre-pubescent eternal love at first sight and the scenes with Locke missing her in Lies are painfully cringeworthy. And then in Republic she's the perfect foil for Locke - so what's she like when Locke isn't there? What was she doing when she left Camorr - why did she leave in the first place?

Locke; aw heck, just give me either Locke being snarky or Locke stealing things. I love the fact that Locke is the consummate performer, but also a terrible liar ooc. I love that he keeps putting himself in situations where his advantages won't work, and winning everywhere. I really like the mythology around the 13 gods, and have a sneaking suspicion that Aza Giullia is only letting the Bastards off for comedy value (come to that, the gods looking down on their scruffy chosen avatars would make a good fic). And Nazca, come on, everyone wants to be Nazca. If you fancy writing an AU where she grows up to be, well, pretty much the same but taken more seriously and with nobody confiscating her beer, please do. Or anything with her starting to grow into her power - probably rather before her folks clock that she's Barsavi's only real heir.

Rivers of London:

Dunno really because I haven't read Hanging Tree yet, but anything world-buildy, anything with the Met working together for a stranger London, Lady Ty trying to start the Ministry of Magic, what does everyone know doesn't exist and what happens when Sahra arrests it on a wet Tuesday night in Morden... I just want Rivers fic that doesn't star Peter or Nightingale, much as I love them both.

Varvara's adventures in eternal youth, 1969 to now, would be highly entertaining; what did a young-again Night Witch make of the fall of Communism, or Cool Britannia (I mean, she was old in the '60s and young/immortal for Oasis, that's got to have a weird effect on how she sees things), or meeting "insert interesting real or fictional figure of the last 45 years here".

Lord Peter Wimsey:

Hmm... Harriet adjusting to being Lady Peter and dealing with the expectations that go with the style? Case-fic, if you feel like it. Harriet's student days might be quite good fun; she went into Oxford off the back of a sheltered rural upbringing and came out the sort of person who could take up with Philip Boyes a few years later.

I have to admit to a sneaking love for Miss Climpson's letter-writing style, though I'm not sure I can stand 1000 words of it without my eyeballs melting. She does seem like the sort of character who cries out for a bit of back-story, but would also make an outstanding sleuth in her own right; the Cattery doing some detecting on its own account would be highly entertaining.

The Laundry Files:

I was actually less than totally sold on the direction of the last couple of books. I think Stross is much better at writing The Masquerade than the actual apocalypse - but Nightmare Stacks really impressed me. Case-fic from the old days of the Laundry would be cool, Bob and Angleton are fun together, Persephone is a law unto herself (I really want to know why she's so scary first thing in the morning you don't wake her up for CASE NIGHTMARE RED).

Crossovers here would be fine and shiny, if that's where your ideas are going. The Laundry seems to fit pretty naturally into any number of thriller-ish fandoms and quite a lot of near-future SF. I really like how unreliable Bob's getting as a narrator, and how scary we occasionally realise he is when seen from anyone else's perspective; I'd really love a fic or crossover where the Laundry are the villains, or even the Big Bad? I can see that happening in any kind of police procedural or military thriller, for example. Fandoms I really like that might make a good fit would include (but certainly not be limited to) Lord Peter Wimsey (serving in the original Laundry, perhaps), James Bond, anything by John Le Carre, Yes Minister, The Thick Of It, Veep, West Wing... you get the picture.

 
 
jjmarsden
18 October 2015 @ 10:27 pm

First of all, thank you! You are a fan of one of this weird collection of things (maybe even more than one) and you want to write about it. Excellent! Pretty much anything in any of my fandoms will absolutely delight me. Fic! For me! So if you want to ignore everything below, that's cool. If you want to ignore the characters I've requested that's mostly fine too. There are no nominated characters for any fandom on this list that I actively don't want.

Things I'd really rather not have (a short list, this):

Explicit slash. Slash is fine, but if you're going to write porn (which is also fine) can it be het please? Character bashing. Complete blindness to the fact that every male character (damn near every character) in the tagset for every fandom on this list is more or less of a bastard. Non-consensual sex in any level of detail whatever. Stream-of-consciousness. Second-person narration. Incest.

I almost want to add AUs, because part of what I love about all these fandoms is the world-building and sense of place and time, but then I start thinking of AU ideas I'd love, so just a request to tread carefully on those.

Things I love: Comedy, comradeship, competence (I have a massive competence kink), snark, alternate character interpretations, missing moments, gen, world-building, unexpected characters being awesome.


Flashman

Yes, this is the same prompt, more or less, as last year and the year before. If I don't either request or write Flashman fic none ever happens. Really almost anything will make me massively overjoyed. Pick a C19th person (real or fictional) and give me their first meeting with Flashy. Or Flashy and Elspeth being domestic. Or anything with their kids taking after them (or indeed not, given that one became a bishop). What some of the Indians (from India, not Native Americans) Flashman met actually thought of him might be interesting. As might something from the POV of one of his lovers (and do feel free to add to the list). I like the segments of Elspeth's diary in Lady, but I think 1000+ words of solid italics, capitals and underlining might break me... Crossovers with Victorian-ish things, whether in spirit or strict period, are fine, but I'd rather have incoming characters in Fraser's more or less historical C19th than Flashman visiting alternate universes.

I am aware that at least three people are self-publishing (ie. for money on Kindle Store etc.) further 'instalments' of Flashman; I don't think those count as anything more than not-very-good fanfic, and please for God's sake don't regard them as canon. I also have two pet theories about Flashman which may or may not be good plot bunnies:

No. 1, he's infertile – Havvy is, as he frequently suspects, not his (come on, a bishop?) and he and Frank Grouard come across as equally desperate for some sort of family connection at the end of 'Redskins' (well, OK, Flashy's also desperate not to be tortured to death, but the two aren't mutually exclusive). Dunno what you do with this, other than maybe have Elspeth work it out (or, given that it's Elspeth, have it suggested to her by someone) and you just know she really wants kids… I’ve also been reminded by researching my Yuletide fic last year that Flashy’s got a daughter and it’s implied in canon that she married a Mr Morrison, presumably a relative of Elspeth’s. This may be counter-evidence, or not. In my headcanon, Selina is Havvy’s daughter and Lady Helen Cessford’s grandmother was one of Elspeth’s sisters, probably Agnes because Flashy liked her  better. Pity, because Grizel de Rothschild is a great name.

No. 2, and I'm aware this could have unfortunate implications, is that Flashy's mixed-race, probably on his paternal grandmother's side (Mad Buck's mother, who is only ever referred to once, and then only as being long dead). This would explain why the Flashman family fail social-climbing forever despite being (until the start of Royal Flash) absolutely loaded and of apparently no worse descent than most Victorian minor nobility (the ‘coarse streak ... like dung beneath a rosebush' suddenly becomes far more understandable and horrible); more to the point, it explains why he's dark-skinned enough to pass for a Pakistani for several months in a barracks. Whether it might also have anything to do with his kinda screwed-up (even for a Victorian) attitude to race relations I leave to the ingenuity of the author.

Oh, and some bonus Elspeth prompts - I haven't tehcnically requested Elspeth, because for so much of Flashy's life she isn't there and I kept thinking of awesome stories I'd love to read that didn't have her in them, but she's an amazing character. If you fancy something in the domestic line, perhaps the Flashmans' adventures in marrying off the other Morrison sisters and Elspeth's evolving relationships with them. The 64,000 dollar question is Elspeth's feelings towards Flashy. I've always had a sneaking feeling that Elspeth was one of those people for whom out of sight is totally out of mind, so she really adores him when he's there, but when he's overseas being heroic it's like he doesn't really exist because there are so many interesting and shiny things/people nearer at hand, particularly once she discovers he doesn't reply to (or indeed receive) letters.

Kingkiller Chronicles

Kvothe. Stories. Need I say more? I really love the myths in-universe, especially those that have grown up around Kvothe, and the way the author plays with stories and legends and how they grow, divide, metastasise and very occasionally die. Some popular legends about his exploits, whether we've seen them in canon or not, would be nice.

There might be something in the parallels between Kvothe and Devi - both insanely young, overpowered, very visibly from a minority most people would rather didn’t go round practicing magic, both very deeply and unconventionally moral. Auri backstory could be fun, Denna backstory would definitely be fun. Part of the reason I'm not writing Rothfuss fic and I think why there's so little out there is I'd be hesitant about the balance between theorising re. WTF is going on with the main plot and, y'know, actually telling a story, so maybe Kvothe legends (or at least deeply unreliable narrators) and/or the relatively minor characters would be a better way to go, but if you feel different, great.

Plain Tales from the Hills - Rudyard Kipling

An odd one, this - the best things Kipling wrote in prose, in my not-so-humble opinion. He was a very young man who went straight from school to be a journalist in a country where Western journalists were very unwelcome with most people. So he's writing about India (principally Bengal and Punjab) with this weird combination of unconditional love, a fairly shrewd insight into people and systems *for a teenager*, and total ignorance which he's totally aware of. He doesn't make out India's just illogical and incomprehensible as so many patronising Europeans of his generation did - just that he doesn't understand (and admittedly he's pretty sure, being an Englishman of his era, that things would be better if he did).

For the most part, I'm more comfortable with the Simla stories than the others, because the period racism is so much easier to ignore or at least work with. 'The Venus Annodomini' isn't a very good story qua story, but the title character (whose real name IIRC is Kitty) is a cracking character and I'd love something from her POV; she's lived in the same milieu (which has a death rate comparable to major war zones) for twenty years and seen everything that ever happens there ten times without anyone else noticing it change her at all - that's got to be an interesting headspace to live in. I kinda see Mrs Hauksbee as her slightly older, slightly less well-preserved evil twin, the queen bee of British India despite having no formal rank to speak of. Anything with them together either as friends or rivals would be joyous - and would almost have to be a black comedy, surely.

Strickland's an interesting character. He's not the only Kipling protagonist to, in the terminology of the day 'go native' - more at home among Indians than the English - but he's the only one for whom that's presented as an unambiguously good thing, whereas generally it provoked in white society, and often even in Kipling, a frisson of horror which I think explains a lot about why the British Empire isn't still around. What makes Strickland so different?

I have to say, 'Lispeth' is a brilliant, terribly sad story, and anything strictly canon is like to come out unbearably depressing, but I always wonder if Kipling's flat dismissal of Lispeth-the-character coming to a grim end as a beaten Indian wife is more the characters or his assumptions about 'native life' talking. Anything that gives Lispeth a bit of an inner life past the age of sixteen would be very welcome indeed.

For reference, Lispeth appears in 'Lispeth', Kitty / the Venus Annodomini in 'The Venus Annodomini' plus a couple of mentions elsewhere of 'Mrs Gayerson' which may establish that either she or her daughter marries one or other Gayerson, but may not because presumably there was an earlier Mrs Gayerson and the stories cover a good decade or so. Strickland is principally in 'Mrs Youghal's Sais' and also in another story somewhere, which is not in Plain Tales and therefore not really relevant, of which all I can remember is it had a werewolf in it. Mrs Hauksbee is in 'The Rescue of Puffles', 'Consequences' 'Three - and an Extra' and 'Kidnapped', plus a great many references throughout all Kipling's Indian stories as a memetic Queen Bitch.

A Year and a Day in Old Theradane - Scott Lynch

It's the most original heist story I've read in forever. Anything with the gang reminiscing, scheming, plotting, carrying out or generally screwing up any of Amarelle's past (or future) heists. Anything with Amarelle being too badass for her own or anyone else's good. I rather like the idea of Jade's desperate attempts to go straight and be respectable being a running theme - yeah, she's hating it, but it's 'necessary - or a cover for some deep dark scheme of her own that if she tells Amarelle and the gang about it they'll probably ruin.

If you're stuck for time, 'Year and a Day' is only a novella, and can be found for free online
http://uncannymagazine.com/article/a-year-and-a-day-in-old-theradane/, as can Plain Tales, but the former doesn't require contextual knowledge of the British Raj...

 
 
jjmarsden
10 December 2014 @ 09:08 pm

If anyone's out there, recs request.

So, I'm trying to write a character, and it's not working. Partly, I think, because it's counter to too many established tropes and I don't have a good spin on *why* yet. So, request:

Interesting, well-drawn female characters whose answer to obstacles is "fetch a bigger hammer and keep smashing until something gives." Preferably who are not downright villains, nor played as just plain dumb. Somewhere on the spectrum with Lord Vorkosigan (cf. Memory) at the smart end and Grand Moff Tarkin at the other. We're conditioned to expect female leaders to play the game, try to go round, because they haven't got the physical/social clout to meet the opposition head-on. Well, we're a long way out of the caves now. Fuck that.

People recommending biographies of Mrs Thatcher will be fed to the nearest troll. They get hungry in midwinter.

Sonja Hemphill would work, but never got the starring or at least main-supporting role she's now been begging for for nearly 20 years.

 
 
jjmarsden
21 October 2014 @ 08:07 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer...

First of all, thank you! You are a fan of one of this weird collection of things (maybe even more than one) and you want to write about it. Excellent! Pretty much anything in any of my fandoms will absolutely delight me. Fic! For me! So if you want to ignore everything below, that's cool. If you want to ignore the characters I've requested that's mostly fine too. There are no nominated characters for any fandom on this list that I actively don't want, except Peter and Nightingale in starring roles for Rivers of London (not because I don't love them, just because they get basically all the fic).

Things I'd really rather not have (a short list, this):

Explicit slash. Slash is fine, but if you're going to write porn can it be het please? Character bashing. Complete blindness to the fact that every male character (and damn near every character) in the tagset for every fandom on this list is more or less of a bastard. Non-consensual sex in any level of detail whatever. Stream-of-consciousness. Second-person narration. Incest.

I almost want to add AUs, because part of what I love about all these fandoms is the world-building and sense of place and time, but then I start thinking of AU ideas I'd love, so just a request to tread carefully on those.

Things I love: Comedy, comradeship, competence (I have a massive competence kink), snark, alternate character interpretations, missing moments, gen, world-building, unexpected characters being awesome.

Fandoms (signup details in bold, continued below):

Flashman

Really almost anything will make me massively overjoyed. Pick a C19th person (real or fictional) and give me their first meeting with Flashy. Or Flashy and Elspeth being domestic. Or anything with their son Havvy who became a bishop. What some of the Indians (from India, not Native Americans) Flashman met actually thought of him might be interesting. As might something from the POV of one of his lovers (and do feel free to add to the list). I like the segments of Elspeth's diary in Lady, but I think 1000 words of solid italics, capitals and underlining might break me... Crossovers with Victorian-ish things, whether in spirit or strict period, are fine, but I'd rather have incoming characters in Fraser's more or less historical C19th than Flashman visiting alternate universes.

I am aware that at least three people are self-publishing (ie. for money on Kindle Store etc.) further 'instalments' of Flashman; I don't think those count as anything more than not-very-good fanfic, and please for God's sake don't regard them as canon. I also have two pet theories about Flashman which may or may not be good plot bunnies:

No. 1, he's infertile – Havvy is, as he frequently suspects, not his (come on, a bishop?) and he and Frank Grouard come across as equally desperate for some sort of family connection at the end of 'Redskins' (well, OK, Flashy's also desperate not to be tortured to death, but the two aren't mutually exclusive). Dunno what you do with this, other than maybe have Elspeth work it out (or, given that it's Elspeth, have it suggested to her by someone) and you just know she really wants kids...

No. 2, and I'm aware this could have unfortunate implications, is that Flashy's mixed-race, probably on his paternal grandmother's side (Mad Buck's mother, who is only ever referred to once, and then only as being long dead). This would explain why the Flashman family fail social-climbing forever despite being (until the start of Royal Flash) absolutely loaded and of apparently no worse descent than most Victorian minor nobility (the streak 'like dung beneath a rosebush' suddenly becomes far more understandable/horrible); more to the point, it explains why he's dark-skinned enough to pass for a Pakistani or Afghani for several months in a barracks. Whether it might also have anything to do with his kinda screwed-up (even for a Victorian) attitude to race relations I leave to the ingenuity of the author.

Laundry

Honestly, this is easy. Write Laundry fic. I will love it. Case-fic, world-building, romance, gen, horror, anything at all to stop the damn withdrawal symptoms until Annihilation Score comes out. All the nominated characters are most welcome, as are any others you feel moved to write about.

Crossovers here would be fine and shiny, if that's where your ideas are going. The Laundry seems to fit pretty naturally into any number of thriller-ish fandoms and quite a lot of near-future SF. I really like how unreliable Bob's getting as a narrator, and how scary we occasionally realise he is when seen from anyone else's perspective; maybe a fic or crossover where the Laundry are the villains, or even the Big Bad? I can see that happening in any kind of police procedural or military thriller, for example.

The plotbunny I had in my letter last year turned out to be the plot of Rhesus Chart (what does 'everyone know' doesn't exist in the Laundryverse, and what happens when Bob goes looking for it?) Shamelessly anticipating next summer, I'm very interested in back-story for Mhari or Mhari/Bob; she would for example have known that he volunteered for active service, or at least been around when he did so; her perspective, or evolving perspectives, on her first stint at the Laundry and on Bob would be fun, as would how on Earth she fetched up there in the first place.

Rivers of London

O ye Gods and little godlings, I don't know. I just picked some minor characters with a pin because pretty much all the fic's about Nightingale or Peter and I fancy a change. All I really want is Rivers fic, preferably world-building or about one of the minor characters. I will have read Foxglove Summer by reveals, unless the publication date is delayed again, but I don't mind whether you have.

I don't know that I've got a lot more to say to this one. I'm quite interested in Lady Ty's idea of setting up a “ministry of magic” - what does she actually mean, and how the heck would it work?

Varvara's adventures in eternal youth, 1969 to now, would be highly entertaining; what did a young-again Night Witch make of the fall of Communism, or Cool Britannia (I mean, she was old in the '60s and young/immortal for Oasis, that's got to have a weird effect on how she sees things), or meeting "insert interesting real or fictional figure of the last 45 years here".

Or anything with the mundane-but-distressingly-aware members of the Met running around cleaning up after hapless wizards, or trying to hold the lid on whilst their alleged magical support is elsewhere doing other things.

Kingkiller Chronicles

Kvothe. Stories. Need I say more? I really love the myths in-universe, especially those that have grown up around Kvothe. Some popular legends about his exploits, whether we've seen them in canon or not, would be nice. I may, after rereading, think of more things to put here, but Kvothe's adventures are really freaking cool, so go wild…

NB I have not yet read "Slow Regard" (in fact at time of writing it's not out for a week) but I will have by December. I do not mind whether you have or not; Auri is a cool character and it will doubtless add shiny things to the universe, but as long as I get my Kvothe I don't care.

Blackadder

The only season all the nominated characters are in is II, but I'm going to be overjoyed with fic for III or IV as well. I'm less keen on I, mostly because of Blackadder's characterisation as a mouthy rubber-faced idiot, but the setting's genius and it had BRIAN BLESSED in it, so if you want to write it I'll be equally overjoyed. The original pilot (can be found online) worked really well and was much more in keeping with II's characterisations. There is thus absolutely no need for you to use all the nominated characters. Or indeed any of them, though Blackadder without Blackadder would be rather odd.

I really don't know how to go about requesting Blackadder fic. The show is, in large part, genius. It's still, after dozens of re-watchings over 15 years, the funniest thing I've ever seen. I want more of those characters and settings. If you've signed up to write it, I guess you probably agree and have things you want to do, so do them with my most enthusiastic blessing.

ETA: I am a spoon and totally forgot to mention the Gentlemen Bastards here. This is because I am silly not because I don't want them - more of my favourite con-artists would be amazing!


I would absolutely love something with Nazca and Sabetha, with or without Locke, but as long as it features at least one of these three I'll be over the moon. Perhaps Nazca being the brains behind the siblings Barsavi, or Sabetha striking out on her own (before or after leaving the Gentlemen Bastards)? Or heist-fic. You so seldom get a really good heist plot in this life...

I confidently expected that I would hate Sabetha when she finally appeared; I don't like the whole love-at-first-sight-aged-5 trope, in fact it freaks me out a bit. And then she appeared in RoT and was kinda perfect and I love her. In a way, I quite want to see her leave Camorr, either for good or on one of Chains' training trips; by RoT she's clearly used to being on her own, whereas Locke and Jean are lost without each other (and Locke really, really isn't over the events of LoLL). Yet in the flashback bits of RoT she's very much part of the team, so that change is something really intriguing. I suspect it has to do with Chains' death, which nobody ever talks about.

In fact, I love Sabetha (and Locke and Jean, obvs.) so much I'm even prepared to forgive Lynch for killing off Nazca. No, wait, no I'm not - more Nazca is positively required. I'd love to see her growing into her power and those around her realising that she's not just being indulged because she's the Capa's beloved daughter; she knows where the bodies are buried, and where every last penny goes, and generally runs rings around her big bad "protectors" among the Right People.

 
 
jjmarsden
03 October 2014 @ 03:30 pm

So, I haven't written anything in the proverbial donkey's years other than last Yuletide and rather less than half each of two co-authored plays. I therefore have a massive backlog of "I should write this" building up, and if I put some of it here someone may encourage me to get on with some of it.

"Original" (not very, because I am a thieving magpie, but "things I could actually publish without being sued"):

A sorts of political thriller thing, probably a play, based a bit on Damian McBride and a lot more on the origins of Procopius' utterly batty 'Secret History' - basically, what makes a loyal spinner/bag-carrier turn around, at the tail-end of a long career, and so thoroughly knife everything he's spent literally his whole life working for? I know how this goes, more or less, but it's a mighty research task to make it ring true, and involves writing a thoroughly revolting cast of characters plus one (the Belisarius / Ed Balls analogue, and there's a comparison nobody's ever going to make again) who's in perpetual danger of turning out Lawful Stupid.

A disaster comedy in the vein of "Noises Off" crossed with Fourth Wall Productions from "The Perilous Point" (NB, none of the real companies of this name would perpetrate anything quite so awful), and set in one of this (still!) United Kingdom's older institutions of learning. There is an urban legend of a student production of Peter Pan which lost so many cast members it wound up as a one-woman show by the Stage Manager, which had to go on because she'd paid for the hall personally and needed the ticket money. Although I'm pretty sure it never happened it makes a cracking story. Definitely not featuring any of the eccentric characters I've worked with over the past 11 years. At all. Honest. Well, not by name.

Fanfic:

A crossover between (the lighter bits of) the Vorkosigan Saga, and Cabin Pressure. Because all GERTI needs is the Dendarii as passengers, and meeting Miles would be a salutary experience for Gordon and Carolyn (not at the same time). Also an, er, salute-ey experience for Martin - can you imagine him with a real live Admiral aboard? I found this proposed by someone on LJ ages ago as a 'someone should write this' (can't remember where) and I quite agree.

Withnail and I - inspired by the magnificent Jessica Law's* theory; everything in Richard E Grant's career since 1987 was actually Withnail's career finally taking off. Mostly an excuse to write Withnail in Hollywood, or even in a rehearsal room, because someone ought to.
*Buy her EP, guys. https://m2.facebook.com/profile.php?id=249705218417005



I have also just discovered the Otto Prohaska series by John Biggins and fallen a little bit in love. It's like Flashman, except the hero (whilst just as cynical) is a basically decent human being, and it's set in the dying days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and features a cast of military grotesques the like of which you've never imagined, and fascinating hints at the protagonist's career after 1917. Actually, I lie - it's far more like George MacDonald Fraser's based-on-real-events McAuslan stories, with hints of the Revolt of Gunner Asch. And you can get them on the Kindle for £3.50 each. And whilst John Biggin hasn't written any more for a long time and shows no sign of doing so, at least he's still alive, so there's a chance of more sequels. Squee, etc.

 
 
 
jjmarsden
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jjmarsden
09 December 2008 @ 06:46 pm
Yeah, yeah, hoc est corpus, Oxford Is Not Part Of The Real World and all that, but seriously things are getting a bit out of control.


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jjmarsden
06 November 2008 @ 01:25 pm
The theatrical world has taken over my life. I have two plays and a degree. This is excessive. That said, thanks to whoever left a Meatloaf CD in the boathouse CD player. No thanks to those who looked at me like I'd grown three heads when I collapsed laughing at the chorus of 'Tear Me Down':  

"Cause I'm easy / Man I'm Sirius / Don't try to tear me down..." 

Fan stereotypes are everywhere I tell you. Even fat, bombastic old Yanks have heard that our Padfoot was a man-whore in his day.

Whaddayamean it's 'serious'? No it isn't, it's Meatloaf. Whilst I'm on Meatloaf, how did the Rocky Horror writers know what he was going to sound like before he was famous? You can't tell me they wrote 'Whatever Happened to Saturday Night' as anything other than a Meatloaf parody, except that nobody had heard of him in 1976.

I will write something, eventually. I wrote down the setup for Cedric and Faith robbing Fort Knox (no, really) but have lost it. I recall there was a road trip, and New Jersey came into it somehow, and a doctor (lots of doctor jokes) but whether it was The Doctor or House - no idea. Maybe the road trip was because the TARDIS broke down again, so they went to New Jersey to get House to diagnose it. Probably not. Now I'm going to want to write that fic dammit.
 
 
jjmarsden
16 August 2008 @ 10:40 am
Title: For My Honour's Sake
Characters: Kou, OC
Prompt: How did Kou wind up on the Leper Colony?
Rating: PG, gen. 808 words
 Written for the 2008 Bujold fest. X-posted to bujold_fic and FF.net

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Current Music: Wednesday 13 - 'Til Death Do Us Party
 
 
jjmarsden
29 July 2008 @ 07:12 pm
What took me 20 minutes to post took 2 1/2 years to write... but this is the end of it. Obviously, there are sequels. Well, going to be. And yes, my other fandoms will make appearances, so watch out for Faith, Xander, Ethan, the Doctor, Prince Rupert/Capt. Hawk, Marcus Tullius Cicero and George Bush (seriously!) joining Cedric, the Lestranges and possibly a Shakespeare plot in various shorts. Don't worry, they won't all come at once. Some may not even come at all.

Diggory Papers 14/14 "Dum Spiro, Spero"