raven: Paul Gross as Geoffrey Tennant holding up his hand against a blue background (s&a - feeling a little crazy)
So, I have this really strong urge to write Fraser/RayK apocalypfic.

Please to be stopping of me now.

IN THE MEANTIME. Yet another reason I loved Berlin so much.

Fic:: Four Ways that Darren Nichols Failed at Germany and One Possible, Partial Success
PGish, Slings & Arrows, gen.

A joint project by [livejournal.com profile] loneraven and [livejournal.com profile] the_acrobat, composed in part in a café near Potsdamer Platz over pizza and sandwiches which definitely did not contain Leber.

( all geniuses have to suffer for their art )
raven: Paul Gross as Geoffrey Tennant holding up his hand against a blue background (s&a - feeling a little crazy)
The Slings & Arrows ficathon list is almost complete - I'm still waiting on three stories, but it might be a while before they appear, so, I'm just going to rec my favourites now. (Which isn't to say there's been a bad story in the ficathon, because there hasn't been a single one. It's all great and worth reading.) Anyway, ones I liked particularly:

The One Without Any Shakespeare by [livejournal.com profile] jenoofer.
Dreadful title, lovely fic. It's just a moment in the empty theatre, with Anna being enlisted to help with Geoffrey's blocking, and she's remembering a young, bouncy, pre-breakdown Geoffrey whom she nursed a fangirl crush on, and it's sweet and wonderfully wistful.

More Fools Than Wise by [livejournal.com profile] simplystars.
This is Geoffrey's Hamlet and Geoffrey's Hamlet, and a lot of what came in between. It's haunting and sad and ultimately, hopeful.

Now Heaven Hath All by [livejournal.com profile] nos4a2no9.
This is... well. It's a universe in which Geoffrey Tennant exists, and so does Benton Fraser, and so does Due South. It's fun and wacky and deeply weird and oh, bloody hell, go and read it.

Sever themselves and madly sweep the sky by [livejournal.com profile] jadelennox.
Nahum is awesome. Anna is awesome. Ellen, of all people, is awesome. Geoffrey and Darren stand in a corridor and talk about curling. LOVE.

No Place Like Home by [livejournal.com profile] cjmarlowe.
Certain circumstances conspire to bring Ellen and Geoffrey back to New Burbage. Certain other circumstnaces - there are Munchkins - conspire to make it so Geoffrey is the sane epicentre around which everything revolves. Lunatic and sweet and fun, and has the show's morbid sense of humour.

I Would Rather Be Anywhere Else Than Here Today by [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds.
It's canonical that Oliver loves Geoffrey and has done for a very long time. I hadn't seen a fic, though, that made much of this point. And here it is, and I shall believe that this is canon from now on. This is just so lovely. It gives us Oliver in a bar, telling and re-telling his doomed love story, and we get to see Geoffrey as "that lovely boy", a young, insanely talented, glitter-bedecked Peaseblossom, and you get why Oliver falls so hard. And the writing is perfect - Geoffrey's so bouncy, so young, and Oliver so desperate, and just, yes.

Private Audiences by [livejournal.com profile] rillarilla.
This is the story that was written for me, and it is - argh, I did something marvellous in a past life to deserve this. It's structured around five performances of five Shakespeare plays, and the single person for whom each is performed, and taken together, the whole thing is stunning. Not for nothing are the main characters in the show Geoffrey, Oliver and Ellen, and [livejournal.com profile] rillarilla maps out their relationship, all the ways in which they love and hate each other, to perfection. It's all the details - a lovely image of Geoffrey laughing before Hamlet opens, Ellen's fury and how she acts on it, an explanation for why Geoffrey carries razorblades in his pocket (that was my prompt!), and, finally, an ending that is just full of love. Beautiful. And, as yet, I am the only person to have commented, and this is a tragedy. Go, read this.

At Every Corner Have Them Kiss by [livejournal.com profile] troyswann.

“And it’s perfectly acceptable for a grown man to cry when he’s been stomping across the known world on a broken ankle, with a crazy German in tow and no big pills at all to take the edge off, while all that he loves in the world is being systematically dismantled by the prince of darkness.”

Together with the previous, this is my favourite of the ficathon. It's done in mixed-media, the prose interspersed with postcards, emails, memos and beautiful costume drawings by [livejournal.com profile] j_s_cavalcante, and that just adds to the experience, because damn, this is good. [livejournal.com profile] troyswann gives us Geoffrey in 2011, with a little grey in his curls, telling the story of the Theatre Sans Argent Ensemble's performance of The Plantagenets. Darren is directing. Maria and Anna are noticeably harrassed. Ellen is quietly glaring, and Geoffrey, bless his wee heart, is adrift in France with an ankle cast, painkillers the size of Weetabix and a muscly German named Hans.

And that's all before the vomit and severed heads. It should be crack. But somehow, it isn't. It's so engaging and so very funny, the large cast of OCs are well-realised and totally believable, and under all the hilarity you get this lovely sense of Geoffrey as being happy and successful if still not quite sane and it gives you - well, me - the warm fuzzies. It's a delight. Go and read it.

In fact, given that a lot of the characters are OCs anyway and the whole thing crackles, go and read if you've never seen a single episode of canon. It's that good.

Also, when I start carping about why I volunteer to run ficathons, direct me at this post, 'cause this is exactly why I do it.
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
A pinch-hit story for [livejournal.com profile] macadamanaity in my Slings & Arrows ficathon. She wanted a minor Due South crossover element and no Geoffrey angsting. I failed significantly on both counts. I did try, honestly!

Fic:: Under A Blackened Sky
by Raven
PG-13, Slings & Arrows/Due South, gen. Geoffrey and Benton Fraser.

it started when Geoffrey spat on a stranger )
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (Default)
Fic! Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] rosariotijeras for looking it over, and also, er, I feel the need to apologise to [livejournal.com profile] slasheuse, whose wonderful outdoor production of AMND was just that - wonderful - and while it gave me the idea for this story, its problems are all its own.

Anyway. For my darling [livejournal.com profile] the_acrobat as part of my Slings & Arrows ficathon.

Fic:: That Little Western Flower
by Raven
PG-13, Slings & Arrows, het, Geoffrey/Ellen.

I'll put a girdle about the earth in forty minutes. )
raven: Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, wearing green and red and looking up (ds - sleep is good)
Job interview was crap, driving test tomorrow at eight o'clock in the fucking morning, and I NEED ANOTHER PINCH-HIT.

Please, you guys, I'm begging again. Slings & Arrows, you wouldn't have to write it by tomorrow, of course, only 1000 words - or, let's face it, if you can do 500 I'd appreciate that, I can do the other 500 myself! Please, please.

Now I need to go bed and alternately mope and be terrified. Thank you kindly.

Edited to add: Have resolved to do pinch-hit myself. Now, no one else drop out, please....
raven: Geoffrey Tennant with his head in his hands (s&a - siiiiiiiiigh)
I meant to post this a little earlier, in fact, but I've been away for a few days. Stories are due tomorrow, Saturday September 1st, at midnight BST - that is, the midnight that comes between Saturday and Sunday. Still a day to go, but I thought I'd put the list up ready.

People who are going to be late, thank you for telling me, and same goes for those dropping out. And many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] isiscolo and [livejournal.com profile] cscottd, pinch-hitters of joy and wonder.

The masterlist: or to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune )

Comment with titles and links to where fics may be found. Thanks for taking part, everyone.
raven: Paul Gross as Geoffrey Tennant holding up his hand against a blue background (s&a - feeling a little crazy)
Guys, quickly: I need a Slings & Arrows ficathon pinch-hit. Ideally to be written for this Saturday, but I'd be willing to extend the deadline beyond that by a few days. Please, please, pretty please? Don't make me get on my knees and beg, although I will if that floats your boat.

Misc.

Jul. 25th, 2007 01:02 pm
raven: Leonard Nimoy holding a guitar; text: "Spock 'n' roll" (st - spock 'n' roll)
A few random things.

First of all, self-indulgence: I posted fic last night, and then LJ went kablooey, so I think it might have slipped under the radar:

Down And Upping, PG-13, Slings & Arrows, gen. A story about Geoffrey's first breakdown, and what happened after.

Also, the Slings & Arrows ficathon is still open for sign-ups. There are currently fourteen participants, which is more than I thought there'd be, but there's still a couple of days for sign-ups, if anyone's weakening under my relentless pressure. (I converted [livejournal.com profile] _tasteinmen last night, which gives me joy. I ended up not reading LJ and re-watching season one instead, because my life is just that exciting right now.)

I have had a few ideas regarding the other ficathon, the Altered Mental States one, and I'm looking to open sign-ups for that after I've dealt with the S&A. (It's not going to be in exchange format any more, that I do know.) In the meantime, [livejournal.com profile] absinthe_shadow has provided a preliminary recs post. Her warnings apply, naturally.

Nothing much else, really. I was just listening to a song on the radio and thinking oh, how beautiful, and it turned out to be by Snow Patrol, which probably means I am getting predictable in my musical taste. Also, apparently I really, really don't like Lily Allen or Kate Nash. I could do with a new musical obsession - I'm bored of all my current playlists.

And, finally: is there an emerging consensus on when we can start posting HP spoilers outside of cuts? Some of my flist are still reading, I know, but I'm pretty sure they'll all have finished in a couple of days. I want to post a bunch of HP recs, but am reluctant to right now.
raven: Geoffrey Tennant making sweeping hand gesture; reflected in glass behind him (s&a - blue)
Sign-ups are now closed. Assignments to come shortly.

"I am not mentally equipped for the task at this time."
-Geoffrey Tennant, "Madness in Great Ones"



Welcome to the Slings & Arrows ficathon!

Here’s how it works. You sign up with your name and email address, and give me a shopping list of two or three things that you want in your fic. You also tell me one thing you don’t think you can write. Simple as that.

Here’s mine, to copy and paste:

Name and LJ name: Raven ([livejournal.com profile] loneraven)
Email address: iona.raven[at]gmail.com
Two or three things I want in my fic: Geoffrey chewing razor blades, mention of swans.
One thing I don’t want: Darren Nichols.
I can’t write: smut.
Can you be a back-up writer? Yep.

Sign-ups will be open from today, July 22nd, to July 27th. I will try to get assignments out by the 29th, possibly before.

If for whatever reason you sign up and can't make the deadline, the thing to do is to tell me. I won't be pissed off if only you tell me, so I can assign a back-up author and your recipient gets a story and everyone's happy. If you then get your story to me later, everyone's even happier. Just let me know.

Fics will be due on Saturday, September 1st at midnight BST, with a minimum word count of 1000 words. I will post a masterlist on my journal ([livejournal.com profile] loneraven), where you can comment with links to where your fics are posted. Please try to get stories betaed if possible.

I think that’s it. If you have any questions, comment here or email me at iona.raven[at]gmail.com. Share and enjoy!

By which I mean, pimp it to all your friends, 'cause if no-one signs up, I will cry. And I just read HP and I have had quite enough of that...
raven: text: "There's a full and very reasonable explanation that mostly does not involve me being drunk" (sbp - me being drunk)
Further to last night's post, I'm seriously considering doing this altered mental states ficathon. (I guess if I write about it much more, it'll become the Altered Mental States Ficathon.) The logistics are quite difficult - the simple model of people just picking three things they want as their request may not work. The best idea I've had so far is to actually make a list of altered mental states and phenomena - depression, madness, hallucinations, nightmre, euphoria, etc. - and have people make broad requests: specify fandom and mental state and leave it at that.

I wouldn't, I think, make a list of fandoms: the only problem would be making sure that at least two people from each fandom sign up.

I'm also thinking of running a much smaller, concurrent Slings & Arrows ficathon, with no connection to the first one other than they're both being run by me, as my own pet project. (Basically, there is no S&A fic on the internet and I disapprove.)

I'd be opening sign-ups for both of these fairly shortly, and maybe have my deadline at the end of August/beginning of September, though I'm open to argument on that, and minimum word count maybe 1000 words.

So, assuming that's how it's going to work, a poll.

[Poll #1022972]

Thanks, guys. And pimping this poll wouldn't go down amiss either. (Hint, hint.)

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