This gives me time to feel completely better (the vertigo appears to be contained, the whooshing is quieter and not as constant, the ringing isn’t piercing anymore, and there has been no recurrence of fever as of yet) and finish typing bits up that I have on a notepad, polish the end results a bit, and get it a good beta reading. I will probably give myself a new date of posting for end of May or the beginning of June.
The plot also seems to have grown a bit beyond what I intended it to be, as Angelique arrived on the scene and caused the horror to escalate. Since it's the 1991 version of the character, that's pretty much a given.
I was also supposed to go to the dentist today, but given the situation, he’s (never mentioned on here, I don't think-—my old one retired at the end of March; someone else took over) rescheduled for when I’m better. Hopefully by the 12th.
*I'm getting a whooshing in that ear, ringing, pain, nausea--possibly a fever yesterday, but nobody thought to check until it broke. It was enough to recall the situation 3 years ago, and for me to know exactly what it was, and get to the doctor. I was right. They said there’s fluid, it’s very red, and it’s a definite inner ear infection. There was also a mysterious pain in my neck close to the ear a couple days before, and that seems to be where it originated.
**Before this? The story itself before I get everything fixed around it was at least at the current word count of 7525 words.
So that's David Bowie and Prince in the same year.
And there goes Angelique, still body hopping in 1991, seeking more vengeance and dropping revelations on people in an oddly disturbing moment for everyone that formed by accident. Alan and Edith just wanted a quiet night before they tried to get back to their own time. At least nobody will be falling off of Widows’ Hill? At least Edith doesn't have a Collins in her family tree?
Instead of completely throwing that fandom out, or risking someone else from the 1700’s that I couldn’t do, I switched the person walking into the bar to the extremely close second place winner of Victoria Winters. Which seems to be for the best, because I love my Ficathon Goes Into A Bar assignment.
Victoria Winters (1991 version) shall walk into a bar (The Blue Whale, of course) and meet...Edith Cushing, from Crimson Peak. Victoria’s fallen through time before, so she would be sympathetic. Both would understand seeing ghosts.
Alan McMichael may or may not trip and fall through time with Edith, just so she won't be alone in her confusion. That has yet to be decided.
Now, I’m thinking of giving it another go—fandoms would be Fright Night (1985), Ghostbusters (1984), Crimson Peak (2015), and Dark Shadows (1991)—and I just can’t decide if the person that walks into that bar should be Raymond Stantz (imagine his glee upon discussion of vampires) or Alan McMichael (imagine his horror about more ghosts or even vampires) or Peter Vincent, or a very confused Victoria Winters from the 90’s version of Dark Shadows.
So I’m tossing a poll up here to help with the choice. Those on the Livejournal side, feel free to comment with your vote. Sign-ups end April 3rd, so I’ll have this poll run until Saturday.
Please Pick One Or More
Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)
Ray Stantz (Ghostbusters)
Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
Victoria Winters (Dark Shadows 1991)
I didn’t realize it when I first watched the original 60’s Dark Shadows when it aired on The Sci-Fi Channel in the 90’s, but he also appeared (in two different roles) there, too: He was Ezra Braithwaite and Otis Greene.
2. Alan McMichael (Crimson Peak)
3. Honeythorn Gump (from Legend)
4. Peter Vincent (Fright Night 1985)
5. Charley Brewster (Fright Night 1985)
6. Sherlock Holmes
7. The Doctor (Capaldi version)
8. Lucille Sharpe (Crimson Peak)
9. Victoria Winters (90’s version)
10. Edith Cushing (Crimson Peak)
11.Barnabas Collins (60’s version)
13. Lili (Legend)
14. Doc Brown
1) Make a list of 10-15 characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.
2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"
3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them. The other one is the time stamp meme:
Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll try to write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.
David Bowie passed away on January 10th, age the age of 69, following an 18 month battle with liver cancer. May he rest in peace. I had never even heard of him until around 2006 due to having no interest in music. I heard of him for the first time as a result of seeing him in The Prestige as Nikola Tesla. I loved the certain scenes in the first and last episodes of Life On Mars (British version, not the American remake) that made a lovely use of his music at pivotal moments. I have no nostalgic feelings for Labyrinth, but I did find it enjoyably weird and fun when I saw it for the first time (and Encore played it a lot) about 3 years ago. I avoided it until then, due to a general dislike of muppets and a loathing for musicals. I’ll probably rewatch it soon. I liked his role in The Hunger (1983). I need to watch The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976), as I have never seen that.
Shock Till You Drop has An Appreciation of David Bowie’s Performance In 1983’s The Hunger. Birth Movies Death has Labyrinth: Long Live The Goblin King.
As a sidenote: the weird upside down staircase in Labyrinth almost made it into my Crimson Peak Yuletide story as an homage, as another way of Lucille screwing with Edith’s mind. (Which would have been right after a deleted scene with a tombstone and gargoyle in a room) I scrapped it before anything was written of it, because seriously—it was long enough by that point. I almost wish I had done it now.
Richard Libertini has passed away, at the age of 82, after a two year battle with cancer. I knew him from House of Frankenstein (1997). I may have been one of the few that liked that film.
David Margulies has passed away at the age of 78, after a long illness. He will be best known to Ghostbusters fans as Mayor Lenny.
Alan Rickman has passed away at the age of 69, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I loved him whenever I spotted him in a film. Or, in the case of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005), heard his voice. I loved him as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, even if I didn’t care for the rest of the film. I always meant to watch Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)—maybe now I will. I have never seen Die Hard or the Harry Potter films, because I’m not interested in action movies or Harry Potter.
I also remember him being in Transylvania Twist (1989) and Subspecies (1991).
-Seven Happy Holiday Wishes/Holiday Cards
-A double drabble involving Sleeping Beauty in the Doctor Who universe (which I love)
-Another drabble from Doctor Who (a rather lovely one).
-A Doctor Who icon, of angry Capaldi (which I love)
-Six icons of John Watson from Sherlock (a wonderful surprise)
So thank you to everyone on my friends list that left something for me! It was greatly appreciated.
Written For: Valkyrierising
Fandom: Crimson Peak (2015)
Characters: Sir Thomas Sharpe, Lady Lucille Sharpe, Edith Cushing, Alan McMichael.
Word Count: 33,101
Author’s Notes: My recipient wanted a ghost hunt; so did Alan, even if things went a bit wrong for everyone. This is the end result of that, when Lucille wants revenge and Thomas just wants to keep everyone safe. For Lucille’s thoughts projected into a person during or prior to possession, it’s bold and italics. Regular thoughts are just italics. As this is too huge for Livejournal according to the error message, I'm only putting it on Dreamwidth, in addition to where it was on AO3.
Beta Readers: A huge thank you goes out to SeanDC and Calime.
Summary: Now that Allerdale Hall has collapsed into ruins, Lucille’s ghost is spurred into seeking revenge against Edith and Alan…but Thomas knows what his sister is planning and will provide them with aid no matter how dangerous things become. No matter how terrifying it becomes for the living, as souls are imperiled by the grasp of the dead.
( The darkness seeped through his clothes, his hair, his eyes, his pores, and would not be dissuaded. He couldn’t scream unless she wished it, and right now, she didn’t. He thrashed and rolled over, clawing at something that was no longer there. It was spreading out slowly inside him, surging and submerging him in increments beneath the force. He wondered how much time he had left. He wondered if he could warn Edith. As Lucille oozed over his consciousness, he knew he couldn’t. )
Fandom: Crimson Peak (2015)
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Edith Cushing/Thomas Sharpe, Edith Cushing/Alan McMichael
Characters: Edith Cushing, Thomas Sharpe, Lucille Sharpe, Alan McMichael
Additional Tags: Horror, Gothic Romance, Alan shouldn't play with ouija boards, Possession, Ghosts, Vague References of Past Canon Abuse, Friendship, Exorcisms, Supernatural Elements, Blood, Hurt/Comfort, Mind Control, When Ghost Moths Attack, extremely vague reference to canon incest, When Ghost Hunts Go A Bit Wrong, Precarious mental state eroded further in death, Mental Maze
Two years after the events of the film, Alan and Edith are married. Now that Allerdale Hall has collapsed into the clay, Lucille’s ghost is free to seek revenge against them…but Thomas knows what his sister is planning and will provide them with aid no matter how dangerous things become.
No matter how terrifying it becomes for the living, as souls are imperiled by the grasp of the dead.
So this was the assignment where I went above and beyond what I ever expected to write. I am just beyond thrilled that my recipient enjoyed it. The commentary post on the writing process will come later, either today or tomorrow.
Quick question for my friends list—are there any Crimson Peak groups on Livejournal or Dreamwidth? I haven’t spotted any yet. I know there are at least two on Tumblr after a Google search, but I don’t use that.
When they’re revealed, I have a very long Yuletide Notes post to add on the writing process, deleted scenes that didn’t make it in for whatever reason, and an alternate ending that struck me too late and wouldn’t have worked nearly as well. I’ll see about cross-posting the story itself, just so I can have it in more than one place.
Oh, and I should probably link to my fandom_stocking entry one last time, before reveals on January 6th. So here it is, if anyone has anything they wish to leave for me.
There's a chance it would become more than 100-200 words. Prompt of your choice.
Your only clue if you haven't read the locked posts is the icon I'm using.
And now, the Yuletide haul. This year, I received two stories--one for Crimson Peak (2015), and one for Legend (1985). I loved them both.
A Prayer to Mother Night (1271 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lily (Legend), Darkness (Legend), Jack (Legend), Oona (Legend)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Only Darkness told the truth.
And because the Share function doesn’t appear for the Crimson Peak story I received for whatever reason, I’ll just link to it. A Funeral Pyre For Hephaestus. It’s Gen, 3504 words, rated Teen And Up. The summary: "Return to Allerdale Hall. Release us." Nine years late, Edith returns.”