athousandwinds: (nosuchthing)
Name 5 characters you would not want to trade lives with.

God, where do I start?

1. Johanna, Sweeney Todd. Groomed for molestation by her father-figure, forced into a mental asylum (one of my personal nightmares) with a serial killer biological father and a mad prostitute bio mum, in danger of her life from an insane murderer and finally getting to run away with a guy she's just met and who has no real idea of just what kind of hell she's been through.

(I really should write that post-musical fic where Johanna starts stabbing people right and left with her needlework scissors.)

2. Basil Hallward, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Or anyone Dorian screws over, really, Sibyl Vane or Adrian Singleton or Alan Campbell. At least Sibyl Vane and Alan Campbell get to kill themselves, though. Basil gets to be hopelessly in love with Dorian for years and to be murdered by him at the moment he realises exactly what Dorian is (and what Dorian has done to his awesome painting).

3. John Hilliard, Strange Meeting. He goes through life so painfully repressed it's hard to bear (for the reader, anyway). When he finally does find someone he can open up to, first he quarrels with them and then they die. (That's not even a spoiler: it's blatantly obvious from the moment Barton walks onto the page that someone as cheerful and good-natured as he is in a WWI novel is doomed to be first demoralised and then killed brutally.)

4. Buffy. Just...Buffy.

5. Anyone from Watchmen. Especially Rorschach. The others all have compensations for their miserable existences (philosophy, vast riches, love) but Rorschach, no. I think that's why I find him even more disturbing than the Comedian; at least the Comedian gets some enjoyment out of life, however loathesome.

Oh, I should post my Porn Battle entries:

Keys to the Kingdom [Sweeney Todd, Johanna/Anthony]

'Tis Pity She's a Whore [Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin/Lucy Barker]

Right is Might [Raffles, Raffles/Bunny]

Entertaining Angels Unawares [The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian/Basil]

Transatlantic Relations [Indiana Jones/The Mummy, Alex/Mutt]

Adventures in Academia [Indiana Jones/The Mummy, Alex/Mutt]

Lost in Translation [Indiana Jones/The Mummy, Alex/Mutt]

Thou Shalt Not [Robin Hood, Marian/Guy]

Five Minutes in Six Hours [Cold Case, Lilly/Scotty]

Lesbian Massage Thingummybob [Coupling, Jane/Sally/Susan]

pan metron ariston [Maurice, Maurice/Clive]
athousandwinds: (ta-ra-ra boom-de-ay)
I just made two Sweeney Todd icons, so, you know, GIP.

I have a whole list of books I need to talk about and I still haven't started my [livejournal.com profile] 31_days theme exchange fics yet. *bites nails* I'm mostly in that state of frozen panic I always get into the week before exams, when I can't quite bring myself to revise, but if I do anything else I feel horribly guilty.
athousandwinds: (icon by lady wormtongue)
I went a little overboard again this year, which led to things like sitting up in bed at 3am and writing furiously because I'd just had an idea for a Yuletide treat and gone temporarily insane. In order of writing, then.

Roses in Vancouver (Pat/Hilary, May Binnie - Pat of Silver Bush)
Of Pat, and places left behind her. )

noli me tangere (Anne Boleyn, Henry Percy, George Boleyn - Historical RPF)
Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am/And wild for to hold, though I seem tame. )

A Gentleman of Taste (Freddy/Kitty - Cotillion)
Five trials that the Honourable Frederick Standen endured with sang-froid and savoir-faire, or would have if he'd spoken a word of French. )

The Princess and the Duck (Ahiru/Rue - Princess Tutu)
Some fairy-tales have happy endings. Some don't. )

I Corinthians 13 (Richard/Alec - Swordspoint)
Richard and Alec are not exactly what you'd call ideal. )

jeté en avant (Sebastian/Veronica - Sadlers Wells)
Sebastian's irritated, Fiona's on the rampage and Veronica is mostly resigned to it all. A happy Scott family Christmas. )

The Sweets of Pillage (Bunny/Raffles - Raffles)
Three things which may or may not have happened to Harry Manders. )

Gender Roles and Other Negotiable Territory (Tommy/Tuppence - Agatha Christie's Beresford books)
Someone has to clean the flat. It's not going to be Tuppence. )

Status: Undelivered (Wilfred Owen - Historical RPF)
Letter written Saturday 2nd November 1918. Author unidentified. )

Tree of Life (Ogden/Murdoch - Murdoch Mysteries)
Why is there foliage on my desk, Detective Murdoch? )

Variations on a Friday Afternoon (Todd/Lovett, Judge/prostitute, Anthony/Johanna - Sweeney Todd)
Three ways to spend a Friday afternoon. )

Well, um, that was lengthy. If you've read this far, thank you for bearing with me.
athousandwinds: (icon by hyel)
First line meme! Post the first line from all of your WiPs.

"The Bartons were welcoming, as Hilliard had been told they would be, though their eyes sometimes flickered over Hilliard's stripes and then up to his face as if they expected to see another – they did, of course."
- mostly involving Hilliard wandering round the Bartons' house being confused by all these well-adjusted people.

"Curio woke in – not darkness, exactly, but light blurred and dimmed in his vision, blotching purple and green as he blinked."
- five times Curio and Francisco quarrelled, part one of something which will probably never see the light of day.

"i. love suffereth long, and is kind"
- Richard/Alec, drabbles to the tune of I Corinthians 13, at which they fail.

"Haven't we met, you're some kind of beautiful stranger…"
- involving AU!Superhero!Noldor, Fingon apparently liking Madonna, don't ask

"I’ll never forget the day that bastard walked into my office."
- Noir!Elves AU, with Haleth as a hard-boiled PI investigating the theft of three priceless diamonds from a mob family, the Finwions.

"It was a pleasant domestic scene, such as might be found in any household on Kearny's Lane."
- Johanna manipulating the fuck out of Anthony. "I'll get some lye", indeed.

"She was so young in those days, a lovely little slip of a thing."
- this one about Mrs Lovett having an abortion

"His mother took one look at Johanna, wrapped up in a black shawl he'd bought from a pedlar on the road, and tutted."
- part of a potentially longer fic where Anthony tries to come to terms with the fact that his shiny new princess is irredeemably fucked-up.

"It is an assured fact that most English (or indeed, to give Moriarty and O'Hara their due, Irish) schoolboys will work hard, love honour and boxing, and above all, play the game."
- PG Wodehouse's school stories, which was a gift for someone. Never really worked out.

"Their hotel room in Pisa has a balcony and costs twice as much for that very reason."
- an Amon/Robin travelogue, post-series.

"The sights I could show thee, O sailor far from home
Who hath cross'd the blue sea in but a coracle."
- Medea/Jason scrapbook fic, part of which I'm trying to write in hexameter (as above), but I can't even face dactylic hexameter.

"“I don’t think I like myself any more,” he said in a faraway voice, so young and trembling like the aftermath of a storm."
- Nine meets Ovid, post-Time War.

""The TARDIS threw me out," the Doctor said mournfully, his hand on the doorbell."
- a weird Ten/Martha fic

"Thirty-three seconds ago, Donna was screaming for help."
- what time means to the Doctor.
athousandwinds: (icon by lady wormtongue)
Three As, English Literature, Classics and History. Thrilled to bits with my coursework marks. :) 92/100 for bitching about Juvenal and 111/120 for hating the latter half of the Bourbon dynasty; I feel vindicated.

(I was going to do the Jennifer Crusie mega-post today, but I'm not in the mood.)

Instead, I'll repost the drabbles from yesterday.

A Treatise on the Protections Available to Kings [Tortall; George, Myles] )

Sunny Afternoons [Legal Drug; Kakei/Saiga] )

And Happily Ever After To You, Too [Thursday Next] )

In Name Only [Sweeney Todd; Mrs Lovett] )

Drabble, anyone? Pick a fandom, any fandom.
athousandwinds: (icon by lady wormtongue)
I has a cold. *sniffle*

[livejournal.com profile] fannish5:  Five reasons your OTP/a favorite pairing belong together.

Who do I choose? I won't choose.

Anne/Gilbert )

Anthony/Johanna )

Maedhros/Fingon )

I'm writing Doctor Who vampire hunter AU. DW is a fandom largely without crack-filled AU like that, because anything you can think of is plausible within canon (and probably has been done within canon, too). And yet. Next it'll be high school AU.

List three stories you think I will never ever write, and I will attempt to write a snippet of one of them.
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The Three Companions of Beauty
by [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds
Johanna, implied Turpin/Johanna, Beadle/Johanna and Anthony/Johanna.
Title from a Victorian toast: "The three companions of beauty; modesty, love and constancy."

the three companions of beauty
athousandwinds: (icon by hyel)
Dear Stephen J. Lee,

Not everyone speaks French as well as you do. Please refrain from quoting at length untranslated documents. Aside from that, thank you.

Love,
Angharad

It occurs to me that I can argue a decent case for Louis XIV causing the French Revolution. Yeah, I don't like him.

Meme! ganked from [livejournal.com profile] enaranie

1. Maedhros (The Silmarillion)
2. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
3. Alec (Swordspoint)
4. Marian (Robin Hood 2006)
5. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
6. Éowyn (The Lord of the Rings)
7. Edmund Pevensie (The Chronicles of Narnia)
8. Juliet Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)
9. Much (Robin Hood 2006)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)

meme! )

You know, I've been reading up on Anne Boleyn and I can't help suspecting she made some sort of deal with the devil. "You will only have your life's goal for three years and will die unfairly maligned; in exchange, your daughter will be called the greatest monarch England has ever had and you will be able to mock your husband and your other enemies from beyond the grave."
athousandwinds: (icon by gabbysun)
List 12 characters from different fandoms first. (No cheating!) Then answer the questions under the cut.

1. Mel Beeby (Angels Unlimited)
2. Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket)
3. Amon (Witch Hunter Robin)
4. Curio (Romeo x Juliet)
5. Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
6. Tony Stark (Iron Man - film canon)
7. Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd)
8. Robin Sena (Witch Hunter Robin)
9. Emily Byrd Starr (Emily of New Moon)
10. Martha Jones (Doctor Who)
11. Cain Hargreaves (Count Cain)
12. Donna Noble (Doctor Who)

fun for all the family! )

Eh, how about the DVD commentary meme? Comment here with a story of mine you'd like to see me talk about. If there are any. :-s
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Things which have pleased me today:

Sontar-HA! (I've been doing the Sontaran haka all day. It's addictive.);

I've finished the fic I was writing and I don't hate it;

BRIAN BLESSED was on my favourite telly programme last night and will be on it again today;

Sontar-HA!

Five Things Toby Wished He Didn't Remember
Sweeney Todd, Toby.
580 words. Section titles from the musical Les Misérables.

five things toby wished he didn't remember )
athousandwinds: (icon by gabbysun)
On the list of things which I definitely do not want to write ever: a Count Cain/Sweeney Todd crossover. Probably Oscar would go to Mrs Lovett's pie shop and recommend it to all his friends and Cain would sniff the pies and instantly figure out what they were made of (but would watch Oscar eat a couple just for the schadenfreude) and perhaps the Judge is an as yet unspecified member of the Major Arcana.

TheirloveissovaguelyVictorian.
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Title: Two Lives In Shadow, Not Pictured
Author: [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds
Day: 10th February 2008: "And are forever damned with Lucifer"
Fandom: Sweeney Todd
Character/Pairing: Johanna, Anthony
Rating: PG
Summary: Gossip, fear and tabloid journalism. Three elements which are non-conducive to a happy married life.

( two lives in shadow, not pictured )
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Title: A Fine and Private Hell #4: Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
Author: [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds
Day: 6th February 2008: "The justice of my quarrel"
Fandom: Sweeney Todd
Character/Pairing: Benjamin Barker
Rating: PG
Summary: And Benjamin will find his way home again by candlelight, or be damned.
part i: lucy locket lost her pocket
part ii: what little girls are made of
part iii: kissed the girls and made them cry

( iv. sailing, sailing, over the bounding main )
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Title: A Fine and Private Hell #3: Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry
Author: [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds
Day: 5th February 2008: "And hold there is no sin but ignorance"
Fandom: Sweeney Todd
Character/Pairing: Judge Turpin
Rating: R
Summary: The Maid of Orléans is the Whore of Babylon. Nevertheless, the judge is the one burning.
part i: lucy locket lost her pocket
part ii: what little girls are made of

( iii. kissed the girls and made them cry )
athousandwinds: (icon by gabbysun)
Title: A Fine and Private Hell #2: What Little Girls Are Made Of
Author: [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds
Day: 4th February 2008: "When all the world dissolves"
Fandom: Sweeney Todd
Character/Pairing: Johanna
Rating: PG13
Summary: Johanna among the mad.
part i: lucy locket lost her pocket

( ii. what little girls are made of )
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Title: A Fine and Private Hell #1: Lucy Locket Lost Her Pocket
Author: [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds
Day: 3rd February 2008: "Hell hath no limits"
Fandom: Sweeney Todd
Character/Pairing: Lucy, Mrs Lovett
Rating: PG13
Summary: Five times people were unhappy.

( i. lucy locket lost her pocket )
athousandwinds: (icon by lady wormtongue)
Title: The Bloodsuckers
Day: 2nd February 2008: "What feeds me destroys me".
Fandom: Sweeney Todd
Character/Pairing: Mrs Lovett, Sweeney Todd
Rating: PG13
Summary: She tries to clean the blood off his face with her handkerchief. It doesn't come off first try.

( fattening on the blood of his victims )
athousandwinds: (icon by hyel)
Title: teach me how to sing
Day: 1st February 2008: "Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?"
Fandom: Sweeney Todd (movieverse)
Characters/Pairing: Johanna, Anthony
Rating: PG
Words: 269

( teach me how to sing )

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