calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
I finished the series finale of Penny Dreadful about 10 minutes ago, and I have to say that I love the show. I spent about 2 weeks watching it off and on. Wasn't entirely invested in it until toward the end of season 1. I definitely loved it by the premiere of season 2; after that, I inhaled it as fast as I could. (It helped that nothing else was on due to the Olympics.)

I wasn't entirely pleased with the final episode of the series, but I do think it was interesting. While I won't give any spoilers here, there may be some in the comments. There were certain characters I absolutely hated at the start, but loved by the end.

If the series is still eligible for Yuletide when nominations open, I know the characters that I want to see added, if someone else doesn't nominate them. If nobody else has plans to nominate the show, then I will.

I had an odd little interest to receive a Crimson Peak/Penny Dreadful crossover, too, for Yuletide. I don't know if that could come to pass at all, but it would be interesting.

(And now, a quest to find icons for the series begins.)
calliopes_pen: (54 IJ Edith silhouette books)
Yuletide is coming earlier than expected this year. Nominations begin on September 9th; sign-ups begin on October 1st.

I’m currently watching numerous episodes of the original Dark Shadows, after stumbling across four DVD sets purchased in 2003, but never opened. I’m filling in the gaps by watching what has been uploaded to Youtube by various people. I rewatched all of the 1991 version for the Into A Bar story. (Which is sort of still in progress, but on hold for right now as I work on a bit of a plot issue.)

I know that I will definitely nominate Crimson Peak. The story I wrote last year was so much fun for me to write, even if it grew to almost impossible lengths and became rather dark. I will likely nominate Dark Shadows (1991), and hope that someone else nominates the 60’s version of the show.

My 'Read/Watch Before Yuletide' list is rather long, but here are the highlights.

✔Penny Dreadful (found the series on Putlocker)
-The Conjuring 2 (2016)
-Kolchak: The Night Stalker (the original series; I think I spotted it on Youtube)
-Insidious (2010) (all three movies)
-The Skeleton Key (2005)
-Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter (1974)
✔The Innocents (1961)
✔Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
✔We Are Still Here (2015)
✔The Spiral Staircase (1945)
✔The Woman In Black (2012)
-Prince of Darkness (1987)
✔The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James
✔The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

(A checkmark is for my own sake, as I get through each on the list.)
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith doors)
This is the compilation of notes discussing deleted scenes, and how the story almost went, as well as other little tidbits.

This entry is cut due to the ridiculous length. )

calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Lucille's ring)
Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud (33060 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Crimson Peak (2015)
Rating: Mature
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
Summary:

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.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
This is the last call for anyone that wishes to guess which story in the Yuletide archive is mine. I believe that authors are revealed tomorrow. Anyone that guesses correctly receives a drabble in that particular fandom, as previously stated.

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.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith knife)
This is being done by various other people, and I thought I would give a go of it this year. If you can guess which story I wrote for this year's Yuletide from all the ones in the archive (and you didn't beta read for it--but hey, I changed the title after the last of the editing was complete) then I will write a drabble for you in that fandom.

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.
calliopes_pen: (my bloody valentine Edith hides)
I am so thrilled beyond words that the person I wrote for loved my extremely long Yuletide story. I will say no more, lest I accidentally reveal something I shouldn't.

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
Chapters: 1/1
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
Summary:

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.”
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Yuletide Pooh)
I am currently working on (and have been since I received the assignment) my Yuletide story, and it seems to be going a way that I didn't anticipate--but a way that works out nicely. I have a long outline for how it should go, and have written large chunks of it that I am working to piece together now.

Currently, the word count is 7658 words before I add in everything that should be there. So there's a chance it will be as long as or longer than last year's story by the time it's all worked out. The current plan, just as it is every year, is for it to be completed sometime around Thanksgiving...giving me time for a beta reader to be found.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
I received my Yuletide assignment, and...I think I can work with this. It’s something in this particular film that I'm glad to be assigned. It’s also one of the Dear Yuletide letters I saved a link to, because I was considering doing something somewhere along the way if time permitted. I’m particularly grateful as I was getting second thoughts on one or two fandoms when it was too late to edit the sign-up form.

I’ll consult my source material this afternoon, and sift through little_details and a few other spots tomorrow.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
The fandoms I am requesting this time around include: Fright Night (1985), Dark Shadows (1991), Legend (1985), Hammer Horror Films, Crimson Peak (2015), and The Dracula Tapes - Fred Saberhagen. Some of the instructions as to my likes and dislikes are copied over from my previous Dear Yuletide Author letters.

Beneath the cut, you will find the letter. )

calliopes_pen: (kathyh good books are immortal)
The Yuletide tag set is open. I should be watching or rewatching several of the horror movies (like Bride of Frankenstein, I’m pleased to note) that made the cut this year in the time I have before sign-ups open. I’ll be rereading The Dracula Tape, by Fred Saberhagen later today. I have already reread, made notes for, and might have a prompt for either The Holmes-Dracula File or Séance For A Vampire in that series, since Sherlock Holmes was nominated.

For research purposes, as it was nominated for this year’s Yuletide, I should be going to see Crimson Peak at noon on Friday. It works out nicely for the Halloween season, too.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
Yuletide fandom nominations are closing in less than 48 hours. For House of Dark Shadows (1970), I nominated Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Barnabas Collins and Maggie Evans. Is there anyone in particular someone might want to see added into the fourth slot?

(Victoria Winters and Angelique are out, as neither appeared in the film.)
calliopes_pen: (a_bit_chaotic Nosferatu)
Since I just opted to rewatch House of Dark Shadows (1970), I now have yet another possible fandom that I want to see get a Yuletide nomination. For someone that may not have the time to rewatch all the episodes from the original series, it’s a good alternative universe.

So now I’m torn between what won the poll—Suspiria—and House of Dark Shadows. Whichever I choose, the other will be nominated next year. Either way, it’s a horror related fandom that gets the slot, so there’s that.
calliopes_pen: (00mina time lord skill investigating)
I am currently going back and forth on whether or not I want to keep my nomination for Bride of Boogedy, or switch to something else, as few have likely seen it, even when it comes obscure fandoms in Yuletide. Over in this comment, anyone curious about it can find a link to the film, as well as the one that preceded it. Over here, you can see the 30 second promo that FearNet made for the night the movies aired for Halloween.

Poll #16997 Should I change my nomination?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Vote yes or no

View Answers

Yes
1 (50.0%)

No
1 (50.0%)

Poll #16998 For those that voted yes (or if you just want to vote)...
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


Which Should I Switch My Nomination To?

View Answers

Murder By Death (1976)
0 (0.0%)

Suspiria (1977)
2 (100.0%)

With Suspiria, it would turn my nominations into a nice little horror trifecta, as the other two were Dark Shadows (1991) and Fright Night (1985). On the other hand, I also love Murder By Death (1976), too.

Given the fact that those on LJ can’t vote in this Dreamwidth poll, simply write in what you wish to vote for in the comments over there.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
Yuletide nominations are open as of today. Nominations close on October 3rd. My nominations are Bride of Boogedy (1987), Dark Shadows (1991), and Fright Night (1985). Yes, I’m finally following through on the Boogedy nomination (even if I wonder if anyone else participating in Yuletide this year has heard of it, or would want anything from it) that I’ve wanted to do since at least 2010.

I didn’t have room for Murder By Death (1976), unfortunately. So if anyone out there has an extra slot available, please consider nominating it.

(Sadly, I don't have a Murder By Death icon, but I do have one for Clue.)
calliopes_pen: (limeadesunlight PossessedFandom)
Brainstorming has begun for Yuletide, and the schedule has been posted. Nominations will open on September 25th.

I’ve had a Word document filled with ideas since before authors were revealed last year, so I’m ready. I just have to narrow my choices down to three fandoms, because I really want to finally throw Bride of Boogedy (1987) out there, just to see what comes of it.
calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Charley's cross)
Title: Give Your Soul To The Night
Author: calliopes_pen
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] beren_writes, for Yuletide.
Rating: PG-13
Fandom: Fright Night (1985)
Characters: Charley Brewster, Billy Cole, Jerry Dandrige, Amy Peterson, Ed Thompson, Peter Vincent.
Word Count: 21,632
Author’s Notes: The prompt was this: “I'd love to see a story where Charlie doesn't save the day and ends up a vampire with Jerry. I'd prefer it if he was happy with the situation, either because they come to an understanding, or he goes completely vampire evil and enjoys it.” The title comes from a lyric in Come To Me, when it’s sung by Deborah Holland for Fright Night Part 2 (1988).
Beta Readers: A huge thanks to both [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 and [livejournal.com profile] seandc for beta reading
Summary: Charley and Peter don’t save the day, and Jerry offers Charley a choice. Charley takes him up on the offer to become a vampire, despite Peter’s warnings. While the change is painful, the bite is exquisite, and Charley comes to enjoy...well, everything, really.

You can see your friends again, Charley. You would have them back,” he whispered seductively into his ear. “Without fear. You would be safe. You wouldn’t need to fear the unknown, once it’s claimed you. )

calliopes_pen: (sinister_morgue Charley's cross)
Give Your Soul To The Night (21788 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fright Night (1985)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Charley Brewster/Jerry Dandrige, Charley Brewster/Amy Peterson
Characters: Charley Brewster, Peter Vincent, Jerry Dandrige, Billy Cole, Amy Peterson, Ed Thompson
Additional Tags: Vampire Bites, Vampire Turning, Evil Wins, Alternate Universe, Never Bite Billy, Blood Drinking, Everybody Lives, Horror, Hurt/Comfort, We Need More Coffins
Summary: Charley and Peter don’t save the day, and Jerry offers Charley a choice. Charley takes him up on the offer to become a vampire, despite Peter’s warnings. While the change is painful, the bite is exquisite, and Charley comes to enjoy...well, everything, really.

This would be the fanfic I wrote for Yuletide. I’ll post something about the process of writing this long story either later today or tomorrow. Given the length of this fanfic, it’s probably too long to actually post the whole thing to Dreamwidth.

Anyone know of any (LJ or Dreamwidth) Fright Night groups that aren't long dead?
calliopes_pen: (liviapenn Yuletide squee Harley Ivy)
For this year’s Yuletide, I have received three stories. One was for Sleepy Hollow, another for Bewitched, and the third was for Ghostbusters. I love them all, so thank you to the wonderful anonymous souls who took the burden of writing something for me, after my prompts were sent to the pinch hit list.

There’s a Room Where the Light Won’t Find You (6790 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ichabod Crane/Katrina Crane, Ichabod Crane/Nick Hawley, Ichabod Crane/Abbie Mills
Characters: Ichabod Crane, Katrina Crane, Jenny Mills, Abbie Mills (Sleepy Hollow)
Additional Tags: pinch hit, Demonic Possession, evil!ichabod, sexy!ichabod, abbie being exasperated, magical happenings sure
Summary:

When an evil person uses an evil sword against an evil demon, all that evil has to go somewhere, doesn't it?

Halloween (1414 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bewitched
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Darrin Stephens/Samantha Stephens
Characters: Endora (Bewitched), Doctor Bombay, Samantha Stephens, Darrin Stephens
Summary:

How does one cure lycanthropy?

It's Betty from Apartment 2204 (1578 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ghostbusters (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dana Barrett, Peter Venkman, Louis Tully
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Original Character(s), Yuletide Treat
Summary: This is the management office of Crawthorpe Apartments. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, eight a.m. to six p.m., and Saturday from noon to five p.m. If you are a tenant with a maintenance request, or if you are calling with a complaint, please leave your name and unit number along with a detailed description of your problem after the beep.

Yuletide

Dec. 12th, 2014 10:20 am
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana librarians rule the world)
I came up with another moment during a scene for my Yuletide story, and went back into the story to work it in...and then to edit what I already put into the archive. So now I've actually gone beyond 20,000 words. To be exact, the word count looks to be 20,308.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Daniel Jackson knowledge)
I am finished with my Yuletide fanfic. It has now been posted to the archive! All that's left is to come up with tags and assorted warnings for it, unless I spot an error between now and when stories are revealed.
calliopes_pen: (jkpolk mine evil laugh Master)
Due to wanting to expand a scene just a bit more with a particular moment, and rearranging something that happens, and then fiddling with something else, the word count (until beta reading begins tomorrow, so could be far more, could be a bit less after that) for my Yuletide fanfic is 18,409 words. I made a joke at some point that maybe it’ll hit 20,000 words. I’m hoping that doesn’t come to pass, if only for the sake of anyone that may volunteer to be the second beta reader.

Also, for everyone that’s interested: fandom_stocking is now open for sign-ups.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue butler buttles)
I'm reasonably certain that my Yuletide fanfic has reached a natural ending point, and that I'm going to resist the urge to throw in a long epilogue. The next step is to read it over two more times for issues before I send it on to my first beta reader. When that's done, I'll check the beta reader list at Yuletide, and see if anyone mentioned this fandom. As of the last I checked a few days ago, they hadn't.

How long is it? 17,338 words.
calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
I just did a comparison between the current word count for my Yuletide fanfic this year, and the one I wrote for last year. I have surpassed last year’s total without meaning to.

A comparison:
Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 14,129 words
This year’s story: It’s currently at 14,610 15,034 words, before I alter the beginning.
calliopes_pen: (redscharlach lady of the lake cartoon)
I am very close to wrapping up my Yuletide fanfic. I only have to work on the beginning, (something is slightly off in the first few paragraphs, but almost there) possibly expand a moment in the middle, and settle on a title. There's also a chance I'll add at least one or two more scenes, unless that makes things go completely off the rails for a particular section.

Current word count: 11,866 words.
calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier good show)
Right now, before I add anything else, the story has reached 8062 9657 words. I only need to add something to the start to make it gel better with the point of the film where it starts to diverge, alter one little bit to the middle, and fix a portion of the ending.

I just wrote for five hours straight, so I'm taking a break of a few minutes before I get on that.
calliopes_pen: (jinxed_icons Legend Lily Runs)
Currently, my fanfic is a bit over 3000 words. Thankfully, I have everything plotted out, so it's just filling it all in, getting it together into the right order as I come up with more, correcting scenes, etc...

I hope to have it completed by Thanksgiving. Whenever it's finished, I'll start a poll. To keep the fandom secret, I'll likely have two fandoms in the poll, and those that are able to do that particular fandom I'll contact.
calliopes_pen: (inthegiggleloop Victoria Winters revival)
I have my Yuletide assignment now, after a two hour delay of being unable to check due to internet connection issues in the area. This is one I'm pleased to get, as I absolutely love the source material. I was planning to rewatch it for Halloween, and I think I can do this one. It’s a scenario that I wanted to see happen myself.

I’ll get started on the rewatch tomorrow, and take notes on the scene in question that is specified in their Dear Yuletide letter.
calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
Yuletide sign-ups are now open. I signed up a little while ago--and between now and when sign-ups close I am rewatching Dark Shadows (1991) and a few other movies (like Without a Clue (1988), been a while since I saw it) to see if I want to offer anything else.

A few Yuletide letters persuaded me to try out (and likely offer to write, unless I change my mind) a few movies I hadn't seen before now--like Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.

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