kivrin: (Camelot (julesoh))
2015-10-20 03:12 pm

Yuletide 2015

Hello, Yuletider!

My name on AO3 is also Kivrin.

I will be so very happy to see fic in any of the fandoms I've requested. I've babbled a bit about what I love about each, and listed some prompts, but please don't feel limited by those if there's something else in the fandom that you're drawn to write.

What I like best: I love stories that fit into the interstices of canon - aftermaths of canon events, elaborations of references to past events, backstories, explorations of what-was-happening-back-at-the-ranch-while-[insert other action], and things like that. I love found families and deep friendships, so in romantic stories I particularly like it when the romantic partners' other relationships (friendly or familial) also play a role. Hurt/comfort, particularly with both physical and emotional elements, and with stoic or older characters needing to accept aid from others, is my bulletproof narrative kink.

Things I'm not fond of: Stories in which suicide plays a prominent role are very difficult for me to read, and at this point I don't want to read nominated-character death, please.



ADAM DALGLIESH (novels by P.D. James)
Requested Character: Adam Dalgliesh

I'm fascinated by Dalgliesh the poet and policeman, and his combination of great reserve and great sensitivity. My absolute favorite novel of the series is Unnatural Causes, for the examination of his uncertainty about his romantic relationship, his warm yet understated relationship with his aunt, and the only glimpse we ever get of his poetry.

Character exploration or backstory, or not-necessarily-romantic relationship examination, is what I'm most interested in, though casefic would be amazing!

Specific Prompts:
- How does being a vicar's son influence his adult tastes and personality? We know he likes church architecture, but what about liturgy and music?
- I'm curious about his brush with mortality just before the novel The Black Tower, and would love a story exploring that.
- How did he decide to become a police detective? What was he like as a green young constable? (In other words, show the Endeavour to the novels' Inspector Morse.)


FOYLE'S WAR
Requested Characters: Christopher Foyle, Paul Milner

I love this canon's mix of well-deployed period detail and complex characters. Lately I've been intrigued by the professional and personal bond between Foyle and Milner, as shown in the episode "The Funk Hole" (series 2 episode 4) when Foyle's been suspended on a charge of sedition and Milner risks his own good standing to bring him information about the ongoing investigation. My very favorite scene, though, is probably at the end of "The White Feather," when Foyle tells Milner "I can't do this bloody godforsaken job on my own... what I want, starting now, is for you to be with me one hundred percent."

I'd be glad to see their relationship explored as either a friendship or a romance, though in a romance I feel Foyle would probably be very scrupulous in personal interactions about the power differential between them due to his higher rank in the police, and being Milner's boss.

Specific Prompts:
- Backstory for the pair of them. Milner says in the first episode, "you asked me to work for you once... I said no." What happened there? What was their previous experience of each other?
- Casefic where an injury or illness has Foyle confined to bed and he has to play the armchair detective while Milner does the hands-on observation and interviewing.
- Milner's final two appearances disappointed me; his attitude seemed out of character. I'd love to see a warmer post-war interaction between the two of them, whether on a case or strictly socially.


MANHATTAN
Requested Character: Liza Winter

I've really enjoyed the first series of this show exploring the challenges of life at Los Alamos, and particularly the situation of the scientists' families. Liza Winter, who gave up her own scientific career to follow her husband to New Mexico, is my favorite. She's in a particularly challenging position in that her interests and temperament align her with the scientists working on the project, but security concerns limit her ability to connect with them, even - especially - her husband.

I'm very curious about her life before Los Alamos, but her view of life on the Hill is interesting to me as well.

Specific Prompts:
- How did she and Frank come to get married? How do they talk about their respective intellectual passions when the U.S. Army isn't always figuratively in the middle of the conversation?
- What was her experience of WWI and how does it affect her view of the current war?
- Canon shows us very little interaction between Liza and her daughter Callie; what is that relationship like? What are Liza's hopes and fears for her daughter?


Thank you so much, and happy writing!
kivrin: Andrew from BtVS saying "I'm on a geek high!" (andrew (glim))
2015-01-12 11:02 am
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[flail flail flail] Foyle's War Series 8/9 Episode 2 "Tresspass"

In which Anthony Horowitz suddenly remembered how to tie A, B and C plots together.

spoilers, sir )
kivrin: Anthony Stewart Head looking pensive (pensive tony (glim))
2015-01-04 05:01 pm
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Foyle's War "High Castle" (series 8/9 episode 1)

My verdict: Pretty good for post-war.

My technique: www.filmon.com/group/uk-live-tv plus Hola Better Internet (plus [personal profile] breadandroses' computer, thank you sweetie, which can run a version of chrome a step or two less archaic than the version my machine will run.)

spoilers, sir )
kivrin: Gaius with sunglasses and the word Dude (Gaius dude (mrs_leary))
2014-12-31 07:27 pm

Yuletide reveals!

I wrote three stories for my first Yuletide.

The first, my assignment, was for The Bletchley Circle:

Clerical Work
They said, afterwards, that they’d done clerical work at Bletchley. They said that they were friends. Both were a little bit true.

Or, as my lovely recipient put it, "Susan being thoughtful, Millie being grumpy and smug and just very Millie in general, Lucy being so very darling and Jean as a matchmaking matriarch who knows and sees all. Period detail, gorgeous writing and a liaison in a storage cupboard."

(I'm particularly please with Jean as a matchmaking matriarch, myself.)


and two pieces for Foyle's War (because I am nothing if not predictable):

The Faithful
March, 1932. A meal at Carlo's restaurant brings encouragement to a grieving Detective Inspector Christopher Foyle.


A Good Work
“Crime is horrible,” Sam said, after a moment, “but isn’t it better that there should be good people working to stop it? And doesn’t that… matter, as much as making munitions or nursing casualties?"
[A missing scene from "Eagle Day" (series 1, episode 4)]
kivrin: Peter Wimsey in academic dress (academic lord peter)
2014-11-15 01:15 pm
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fic debrief: Burn Brighter Through the Cold

I started writing a dvd commentary for my own pleasure, but with a wordcount over 20K that gets both unwieldy and repetitive. Instead, here for my own reference are some scattered thoughts on Burn Brighter Through the Cold.

macro story stuff )

nuts and bolts )

Random small moments that made me really happy on the last reread:
- Foyle saying "Worryguts, both of you."
- Milner side-eying Sam when she says she could kiss him.
- Foyle apologizing to Sam as she and Andrew are trying to bring his fever down, and her answering "It couldn't matter less" just as he did when she apologized for not turning up at work after being bombed out in "Fifty Ships." (Attentive fans may note that there are a metric ton of callbacks to "Fifty Ships" in this story. That is because "Fifty Ships" is excellent.)
- Andrew offering to deface hymnbooks for Sam. "It might take a while."
- Sam asking Andrew if he wants to kiss her.
kivrin: (Camelot (julesoh))
2014-10-16 11:46 am
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Yuletide 2014

Hello, Yuletider! This is my first time at this rodeo and I am very excited both to write and to see what others write.

My name on AO3 is also Kivrin.

I will be so very happy to see fic in any of the fandoms I've requested. I've babbled a good deal here about what I love about each, and listed some prompts, but please don't feel limited by those if there's something else in the fandom that you're drawn to write.  You'll see there are a disproportionate number of prompts for Foyle's War - that's because I requested Any character there and so wanted to be sure to have prompts for characters individually as well as in combination, not because the other canons are of less interest to me!

What I like best: I love stories that fit into the interstices of canon - aftermaths of canon events, elaborations of references to past events, backstories, explorations of what-was-happening-back-at-the-ranch-while-[insert other action], and things like that. I love found families and deep friendships, so in romantic stories I particularly like it when the romantic partners' other relationships (friendly or familial) also play a role. Hurt/comfort, particularly with both physical and emotional elements, and with stoic or older characters needing to accept aid from others, is my bulletproof narrative kink.

Things I'm not fond of:
Stories in which suicide plays a prominent role are very difficult for me to read, and at this point I don't want to read nominated-character death, please.


FOYLE'S WAR
Requested Characters: Any (Andrew Foyle, Christopher Foyle, Paul Milner, Samantha Stewart)

what I love about it )

Foyle's War Prompts )


ADAM DALGLIESH  (novels by P.D. James)
Requested Characters: Adam Dalgliesh

what I love about it )

Adam Dalgliesh prompts )

QI RPF
Requested Characters: David Mitchell

what I love about it )

QI RPF prompts )


FAKE NEWS RPF
Requested Characters: John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman, Jessica Williams

what I love about it )

Fake News RPF prompts )

Thank you so much, and happy writing!
kivrin: Andrew from BtVS saying "I'm on a geek high!" (andrew (glim))
2014-09-08 12:33 pm
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You know your brain is on a new fandom when

The keyword for this icon is "Andrew" and when I scrolled through the list I thought "wow, when did I upload an icon of Andrew Foyle?"

I am actually considering signing up for Yuletide. Because Foyle's War. If I understand correctly, one can submit nominations without contracting to participate, so I could nominate FW, PD James' Adam Dalgliesh novels, and Something LM Montgomery, without necessarily condemning myself to a December of insanity.
kivrin: Elizabeth I holding a book to her lips (elizabeth book)
2014-09-06 05:41 pm
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Foyle's War fic: Burn Brighter Through the Cold

...so I wrote something.

Burn Brighter Through the Cold

In which Mr. Foyle is a grumpy patient, Sam is a frazzled but competent nurse, Andrew tries to make amends for being an idiot, Milner is nervous, and John Kieffer brings in bacon.

Post-"Bleak Midwinter," Sam/Andrew with significant Foyle & Sam and Foyle & Milner and Foyle & John Kieffer friendship going on.
kivrin: Elizabeth I holding a book to her lips (elizabeth book)
2014-08-05 08:37 pm
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Willful misreading of a sidebar ad; assorted observations

What it actually says: seeking volunteers for a research study, blahblah qualifications, time/travel reimbursement available.

What I read: TIMETRAVEL reimbursement available.

***

- A lifetime of reading (mostly) amateur-sleuth mysteries is poor preparation for a police-procedural fandom, especially a very small one where there aren't fannish resources. I need a 20th-century law-enforcement equivalent of What Charles Dickens Ate and Jane Austen Knew.

- There appears to be no P.D. James fic in the world. Not even from Yuletide. Not even based on the dramatizations. I sort of expected there to be a small but devoted circle of Adam Dalgliesh/Cordelia Gray shippers writing multi-part curtainfic.

- Department of meta jokes: This bit of Acorn Media's "hey look at all the videos we'll sell you" montage, in which Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison says "Don't call me ma'am, I'm not the bloody queen" and there's a cut to Michael Kitchen as Christopher Foyle saying "Well, unfortunately, the evidence suggests otherwise."

- Apropos of the above, should The Doctor turn up, B&R and I are going to see tiny!baby!Helen Mirren in the 1965 National Youth Theater Antony and Cleopatra, with tiny!baby!Michael Kitchen in a small role. (And then we'll go see Antony Sher's Richard III and Patrick Stewart's Othello and the original cast of My Fair Lady and Liam Neeson and Laura Linney in The Crucible and...)

- Department of Foyle's War spoilers, Series 7/8 (depending on numbering) Ep 1: The Eternity Ring: Read more... ). Short version: still not planning to take anything after V-E Day as canon.

- I would really like to see the other scripts Anthony Horowitz apparently wrote for 1943 and 1944 but had to throw out due to ITV being all "hmph, only one more series for you."

- Connected only by WWII, Strange Glory by Charles Marsh is a very good life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It's... well, it's pretty grim, because Nazis, and there's a good deal of fairly serious theology covered, but it's readable and informative and I'm glad I'm reading it as my first Bonhoeffer bio and not the Eric Metaxes one.
kivrin: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes looking elegant (Holmes (wens))
2014-07-13 07:59 pm
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ACD!Holmes is an excellent formative fandom

I'm glad I spent some formative years of my early adolescence reading back issues of the Baker Street Journal in an academic library while my mother was working on her dissertation. First, it was a great deal of fun, and second, it was brilliant preparation for fanwanking canonical inconsistencies in other sources.

This is all by way of saying that Rosalind Foyle's vital statistics present a conundrum like unto Dr. Watson's wounds and wives, and while I'm not about to go full BSJ and dub Anthony Horowitz "The Shoddy Historian" or some such, I am deciding that for my own purposes 1) there's a typo on her tombstone 2) Andrew thought Sam was asking "how many years ago did she die" not "how old were you when she died."
kivrin: Winnie the Pooh falling out of a tree (pooh bother (curtana))
2014-06-21 10:56 pm
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It appears that "All Clear" is to FW what "The Gift" is to Buffy

It appears that "All Clear" is to Foyle's War what "The Gift" is to Buffy, by which I mean "a point at which things could have ended in a coherent focused way, after which there is some flailing for direction that is at times extremely wince-y and involves characters acting like totally new people, who are assholes."

...maybe there's a "Once More with Feeling" still to come, and Sam does have extremely nice hair in "The Russian House," but... I am predicting that I am going to spend quality time with the episodes up though V-E Day and will watch everything else once and then pretend it never happened.
kivrin: Andrew from BtVS saying "I'm on a geek high!" (andrew (glim))
2014-06-15 08:43 pm
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Department of Crossovers Department

Note to self:

DCS Christopher Foyle (Foyle's War) is a midcentury British detective who loves fly-fishing.

Alan Grant (The Daughter of Time etc) is a midcentury British detective who also loves fly-fishing.