dorsetgirl: (Milan hands - Billie/Mike)
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The challenge was to enter the name of your road into google images, and write a drabble inspired by the first image. Mine turned out to be a "Welcome to < Town Name >" sign at the side of the road. My enduring love of Green Day delivered the first line without discernable pause for thought, but it turned out there was more to say than would fit in a drabble.

Posting in a hurry before I have to go out, so do let me know if I've missed any typos etc.

Turning Point )
dorsetgirl: (Milan hands - Billie/Mike)
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The challenge was to enter the name of your road into google images, and write a drabble inspired by the first image. Mine turned out to be a "Welcome to < Town Name >" sign at the side of the road. My enduring love of Green Day delivered the first line without discernable pause for thought, but it turned out there was more to say than would fit in a drabble.

Posting in a hurry before I have to go out, so do let me know if I've missed any typos etc.

Turning Point )
dorsetgirl: (Stay)
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Author: DorsetGirl
Rating: White Cortina
Word Count: 330
A/N: No warnings. It struck me some time ago that even Sam’s “modern day” is now five years in the past. Many of the things we take for granted are after Sam’s time.


Twitter )
dorsetgirl: (Stay)
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Author: DorsetGirl
Rating: White Cortina
Word Count: 330
A/N: No warnings. It struck me some time ago that even Sam’s “modern day” is now five years in the past. Many of the things we take for granted are after Sam’s time.


Twitter )
dorsetgirl: (UnhappyMan2 by Ruuger)
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Author: DorsetGirl
Rating: White Cortina with added “strong language”
Word Count/Length: 380 words approx
Warnings: None
Summary: You know it’s all gone to fuck when you don’t know what year it is.
A/N: Lack of time and – dammit – inspiration has meant I’ve managed drabbles at best for most of this year, but driving home yesterday I was listening to Green Day and remembering the Sam I wrote in Broken Dreams. Thinking around the idea of Sam on his own led to this little fic.



A Lingering Taste of Soap  )
dorsetgirl: (UnhappyMan2 by Ruuger)
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Author: DorsetGirl
Rating: White Cortina with added “strong language”
Word Count/Length: 380 words approx
Warnings: None
Summary: You know it’s all gone to fuck when you don’t know what year it is.
A/N: Lack of time and – dammit – inspiration has meant I’ve managed drabbles at best for most of this year, but driving home yesterday I was listening to Green Day and remembering the Sam I wrote in Broken Dreams. Thinking around the idea of Sam on his own led to this little fic.



A Lingering Taste of Soap  )
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This post started life as a fic rec, so I’ll do that bit first:

Round And Round by [livejournal.com profile] janszy is a wonderful story of what happened to Gene after the final scene of Ashes to Ashes (spoilers, obviously). It’s extremely well written and although I hadn’t seen the author’s work before, it was immediately plain that she was an experienced writer. Do go and read it – it’s masterful, truly.

So that brings me on to the next bit – a comm rec. I know a lot of people have moved on from Life on Mars by now, and by no means everyone stuck it out to the end of Ashes, the early stages of series one being what they were, but if you want to write LOM-fic where it is known whether Sam is mad, in a coma or back in time, or Ashes fic where Sam and Annie are mentioned, there is only one comm – as far as I know – that you can post it to. That comm is [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life.

Anyone who has spent any time at The Railway Arms, [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973 or [livejournal.com profile] a2ashes, will know that what might have been seen as the captive audience for A2A – the LOM fans – were by no means unanimous in their verdict on the new show, and that the Gene/Alex fans who bought into series one of Ashes were in some cases quite visceral in their hatred of Sam.

So if you’d like to discuss Sam without some Galexer telling you that the very mention of his name is insulting to Alex, or you want to talk about Ashes without someone who’s only seen two episodes complaining that it’s badly acted (oh please - 2.07? 3.08?) , do it at [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life!

Also, if you want to write an Ashes fic where Gene/Alex is not inevitable and OTP – one where Gene actually remembers Sam, for example; or a LOM-fic which alludes to the nature of the universe as defined by Ashes to Ashes; or a fic where Alex and Maya meet (oh, somebody please write that!); you might be wanting a comm to post it in, and that comm is [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life.

Set up and maintained by [livejournal.com profile] lozenger8, the comm is there for all the good stuff that would get flamed or deleted at the series-specific comms.

(By the way, in my personal and humble opinion, it’s best not to worry too much about the - to me at least - intimidatingly intellectual flavour of the user-info page. You don't have to write brilliant meta to qualify, although it would be great if someone did. While fanfic is the very last thing mentioned in the community profile, it is definitely allowed and welcome!)

To sum up: if you’ve seen both shows and are happy to buy in, occasionally at least, to the idea that LOM and Ashes both take place in the same universe, [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life is the place to go.





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This post started life as a fic rec, so I’ll do that bit first:

Round And Round by [livejournal.com profile] janszy is a wonderful story of what happened to Gene after the final scene of Ashes to Ashes (spoilers, obviously). It’s extremely well written and although I hadn’t seen the author’s work before, it was immediately plain that she was an experienced writer. Do go and read it – it’s masterful, truly.

So that brings me on to the next bit – a comm rec. I know a lot of people have moved on from Life on Mars by now, and by no means everyone stuck it out to the end of Ashes, the early stages of series one being what they were, but if you want to write LOM-fic where it is known whether Sam is mad, in a coma or back in time, or Ashes fic where Sam and Annie are mentioned, there is only one comm – as far as I know – that you can post it to. That comm is [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life.

Anyone who has spent any time at The Railway Arms, [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973 or [livejournal.com profile] a2ashes, will know that what might have been seen as the captive audience for A2A – the LOM fans – were by no means unanimous in their verdict on the new show, and that the Gene/Alex fans who bought into series one of Ashes were in some cases quite visceral in their hatred of Sam.

So if you’d like to discuss Sam without some Galexer telling you that the very mention of his name is insulting to Alex, or you want to talk about Ashes without someone who’s only seen two episodes complaining that it’s badly acted (oh please - 2.07? 3.08?) , do it at [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life!

Also, if you want to write an Ashes fic where Gene/Alex is not inevitable and OTP – one where Gene actually remembers Sam, for example; or a LOM-fic which alludes to the nature of the universe as defined by Ashes to Ashes; or a fic where Alex and Maya meet (oh, somebody please write that!); you might be wanting a comm to post it in, and that comm is [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life.

Set up and maintained by [livejournal.com profile] lozenger8, the comm is there for all the good stuff that would get flamed or deleted at the series-specific comms.

(By the way, in my personal and humble opinion, it’s best not to worry too much about the - to me at least - intimidatingly intellectual flavour of the user-info page. You don't have to write brilliant meta to qualify, although it would be great if someone did. While fanfic is the very last thing mentioned in the community profile, it is definitely allowed and welcome!)

To sum up: if you’ve seen both shows and are happy to buy in, occasionally at least, to the idea that LOM and Ashes both take place in the same universe, [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life is the place to go.





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Title: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis Est
Author: DorsetGirl
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: White Cortina
Word Count: 240 approx
Pairing: Sam/Gene
Summary: Sam takes up Art
A/N: I had intended this fic for my occasional Topical and Seasonal Drabble Challenge (feel free to have a go, by the way), but I decided that rather than cut it down to 100 words I quite liked it as it was. Also posted here at [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973


Ars Longa, Vita Brevis Est )
dorsetgirl: (Default)
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Title: Ars Longa, Vita Brevis Est
Author: DorsetGirl
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: White Cortina
Word Count: 240 approx
Pairing: Sam/Gene
Summary: Sam takes up Art
A/N: I had intended this fic for my occasional Topical and Seasonal Drabble Challenge (feel free to have a go, by the way), but I decided that rather than cut it down to 100 words I quite liked it as it was. Also posted here at [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973


Ars Longa, Vita Brevis Est )
dorsetgirl: (sunset)
Three simple prompts this week, and sorry about the fail last week and the previous week:


Budget

So much to do, so little time

Or if you’re feeling a little more intellectual:

Ars longa, vita brevis est



Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

So long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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I seem to have missed a couple of weeks; I really need to find a different day or time to post, because early mornings just don’t work any more.

Right, so we missed the whole election thing, but as it’s still rumbling on with the coalition and all, I’m considering it still topical. So, the prompts this week:


Blue Tie, Yellow Tie

Election

A Very Civil Partnership


Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me. For the avoidance of doubt, Clameron or any other RPS is allowed.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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I seem to have missed a couple of weeks; I really need to find a different day or time to post, because early mornings just don’t work any more.

Right, so we missed the whole election thing, but as it’s still rumbling on with the coalition and all, I’m considering it still topical. So, the prompts this week:


Blue Tie, Yellow Tie

Election

A Very Civil Partnership


Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me. For the avoidance of doubt, Clameron or any other RPS is allowed.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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Title: Beautiful (Survival Series)
Author: DorsetGirl
Fandom: Life on Mars
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters or their universe. BBC/Kudos do. I’m not making any money out of this.
Rating: White Cortina
Pairings: Sam/Gene
Word Count: 400 approx
Summary: It’s been a long hard road since Sam came back.
A/N: I do have a number of other stories for Survival, so this isn’t the last of the series. But I think it might be the ending.

Previously Posted: Not The Dark (by dakfinv) / Body & Soul / Nightmare / Another Day / Watching / The Only One / Fantasy Lover / Hope / In The Eye Of The Beholder / Breaking Through /Still With Us / On The Road to Freedom / Not Just a Cry For Help / Keep Taking the Tablets / Breaking Glass / Useless / Out to Lunch / Still Want You / Fighting to Survive / Into the Dark / Talk to Me / Beautiful



Beautiful )
dorsetgirl: (UnhappyMan2 by Ruuger)

Title: Beautiful (Survival Series)
Author: DorsetGirl
Fandom: Life on Mars
Disclaimer: I don’t own these characters or their universe. BBC/Kudos do. I’m not making any money out of this.
Rating: White Cortina
Pairings: Sam/Gene
Word Count: 400 approx
Summary: It’s been a long hard road since Sam came back.
A/N: I do have a number of other stories for Survival, so this isn’t the last of the series. But I think it might be the ending.

Previously Posted: Not The Dark (by dakfinv) / Body & Soul / Nightmare / Another Day / Watching / The Only One / Fantasy Lover / Hope / In The Eye Of The Beholder / Breaking Through /Still With Us / On The Road to Freedom / Not Just a Cry For Help / Keep Taking the Tablets / Breaking Glass / Useless / Out to Lunch / Still Want You / Fighting to Survive / Into the Dark / Talk to Me / Beautiful



Beautiful )
dorsetgirl: (Gene_draw)
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Rating: Green Cortina
Word Count/Length: 1,060 approx
Pairing: Implied Gene/Sam
Warning: None needed except: Spoiler for Ashes to Ashes 3.05 trailer
Summary: Alex challenges Gene to tell her the truth

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973 and [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life


Truth Hurts )
dorsetgirl: (Gene_draw)
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Rating: Green Cortina
Word Count/Length: 1,060 approx
Pairing: Implied Gene/Sam
Warning: None needed except: Spoiler for Ashes to Ashes 3.05 trailer
Summary: Alex challenges Gene to tell her the truth

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973 and [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life


Truth Hurts )
dorsetgirl: (New_Kiss)
Just a quick drabble, an episode reaction fic for Ashes to Ashes 3.02

I may tidy it up a little tomorrow, but I just wanted to post it anyway in case I don't get time tomorrow. Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life


Major Spoiler for series three episode two )
dorsetgirl: (New_Kiss)
Just a quick drabble, an episode reaction fic for Ashes to Ashes 3.02

I may tidy it up a little tomorrow, but I just wanted to post it anyway in case I don't get time tomorrow. Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] ashes2life


Major Spoiler for series three episode two )
dorsetgirl: (sunset)
It’s been a bit of a strange week, but I really will start doing these myself soon...

On March 17th 2001, the Eden Project opened. Other news, not so positive, so we'll leave that as our sole historical prompt.

So this week’s prompts are:

Mothers Day

Garden of Eden

Good News


As usual, don’t wait for me - if you’re inspired, go for it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And don’t forget, as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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It’s been a bit of a strange week, but I really will start doing these myself soon...

On March 17th 2001, the Eden Project opened. Other news, not so positive, so we'll leave that as our sole historical prompt.

So this week’s prompts are:

Mothers Day

Garden of Eden

Good News


As usual, don’t wait for me - if you’re inspired, go for it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And don’t forget, as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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I’ve been seriously disorganised this week and haven’t even done last week’s challenge! (Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] smallhobbit for playing; sorry I haven’t commented yet.) Today OH is going to be around all day, so...yeah. Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, the BBC’s “on this day” yielded a long list of tragic and horrific stories, and we’re not going there, so this week’s challenges are seasonal:

First Signs of Spring

Snowdrops

Gardening Leave


As usual, don’t wait for me - if you’re inspired, go for it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And don’t forget, as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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I’ve been seriously disorganised this week and haven’t even done last week’s challenge! (Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] smallhobbit for playing; sorry I haven’t commented yet.) Today OH is going to be around all day, so...yeah. Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, the BBC’s “on this day” yielded a long list of tragic and horrific stories, and we’re not going there, so this week’s challenges are seasonal:

First Signs of Spring

Snowdrops

Gardening Leave


As usual, don’t wait for me - if you’re inspired, go for it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And don’t forget, as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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Welcome to the Seasonal and Topical Drabble. In historic news this week we have:

24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Lady Diana announce they will marry in the Summer

20th February 1986: MIR space station launched

21st February 1997 ‘Bridgewater Three’ released from prison

So the prompts for this week are:

Living in Space

Wrongful Imprisonment

Royal Wedding

and in a scene from my own life...

Broken-down Car


I’ll be having a go after the school run, but don’t wait for me - if you’re inspired, go for it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And don’t forget, as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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dorsetgirl: (sunset)
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Welcome to the Seasonal and Topical Drabble. In historic news this week we have:

24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Lady Diana announce they will marry in the Summer

20th February 1986: MIR space station launched

21st February 1997 ‘Bridgewater Three’ released from prison

So the prompts for this week are:

Living in Space

Wrongful Imprisonment

Royal Wedding

and in a scene from my own life...

Broken-down Car


I’ll be having a go after the school run, but don’t wait for me - if you’re inspired, go for it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.

The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

And don’t forget, as long as you are confident that your response meets one of the prompts, that’s good enough for me.




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