TITLE: "Someone on Whom"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
RATING: PG for implied violence and character death; genfic.
WORD COUNT: Approximately 2400.
SUMMARY: "It makes a considerable difference to me, having someone on whom I can thoroughly rely." Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover, set during the year that wasn't.
SPOILERS: For Doctor Who's series three finale arc; none for Sherlock, as it is set mainly pre-canon, but there are a few lines of dialogue borrowed from "A Study in Pink."
THANKS: To [livejournal.com profile] mmexlibris for the quick beta and [livejournal.com profile] bethan_b_bad for the Britpick. ♥
DISCLAIMER: Doctor Who and Sherlock belong to the BBC; the quotation in the summary is courtesy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I take no credit and make no money.

EDIT: There is now podfic read by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] pandarus!

The name of the man he's taking the package to is of course not written down, but he's had it memorized ever since he agreed to take this ride. )
catslash: (Nicola - :D?)
( Mar. 7th, 2010 08:09 pm)
I have to write a paper for one class by four PM tomorrow and read like a hundred pages for another class by Wednesday morning, and I haven't even looked at what I have due for Tuesday, so naturally I thought this would be the best time for another round of crossover challenge requests!

I've done this a couple times before. It goes like this: Under the cut is the list of fandoms I'm currently into/comfortable writing for right now. You pick a couple (or more than a couple, if you want), and you can also add a further prompt - a scenario, song lyrics, color, pairing (even though I'll probably end up writing it as a gen interaction because that seems to be what I write these days), whatever. If you add the prompt, I might go with it, I might use part of it, I might do something tangentially related to it, or I might ignore it entirely. And I can't promise to write for every request, because there are always some that never gel for me no matter what I try. Please don't feel neglected if yours is one of them. I promise I love you anyway.

If you want a crossover with something that's not listed here but you know I'm into, feel free to ask for that; again, I promise nothing, but one of my favorite snippets last time came from one of those requests.

insert fandoms here )
catslash: (Hamlet is damn interesting)
( Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:45 pm)
O HAY Yuletide reveal. Yeah, that kind of got lost for me in the last few days. I wrote "All of Denmark", a modernized Hamlet AU set at the beginning of WWII and drawing a little on actual events in Denmark at the time. It was fun to write and I thank my recipient for explicitly giving me permission to go for AUs or modernizations, so that I felt comfortable getting a little out there and settling on a premise that was a bit of a reach.

In the spirit of the thing, have that fic meme that's been going around!

Cut because I talk a lot. )
The final version to post to communities. Or, well, community. Substantially rewritten from the rough, including a different ending.

TITLE: "Fixes What's Broke"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
RATING: PG-13 for, of course, swearing
SUMMARY: Nicola Murray awakens at the tail end of a series of interesting decisions. Nicola/Malcolm; takes place not too long after 3x07.
WORD COUNT: Approximately 1200.
NOTES: I am from the States; I've done my best with the British English in here, but if I've made any glaring errors, or even not-so-glaring, please let me know so I can fix them. Thanks!
NOTE THE SECOND: The title is borrowed from the political satire musical The Fix, by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey; the song is, appropriately, titled "Spin." It is my opinion that TToI fans should look the soundtrack up.
DISCLAIMER: The Thick of It was created by Armando Iannucci and belongs to the BBC. I take no credit and make no money.

I'm still not sure this is ready for public consumption, but it's likely to get jossed (Iannuccied?) to hell and back when the finale airs Saturday, so I wanted to get it posted before then.

SPOILERS for 3x07.

It's the shrilling of Nicola's mobile that wakes her, but she spends several seconds blinking at unfamiliar walls before the sound even registers. )
catslash: (not mad)
( Dec. 1st, 2009 09:40 pm)
So one of the things I did, in the near-perfect radio silence of the last two weeks, is read Dracula for a class. And I'd read it before, technically, when I was sixteen and didn't have nearly the patience with nineteenth century writing that I wanted to have, and so didn't get much out of it. (Which is funny, since I grew up reading things like Frances Hodgson Burnett's books and Black Beauty and Heidi, so I don't know what happened in my adolescence to make me temporarily lose the ability to parse anything published before 1950. But I digress.) But this time around I saw how AWESOME it was, and as we've discussed it in class it has just gotten awesomer, and I appear to have a new fandom now. So. Have some fic. It's a coda to the novel set just after Dracula's death, in which Jonathan sees the only face in all of Romania that he is very glad to see again.

We got as far as Bistritz before we were too fatigued, and the hour too late, to carry on. )
catslash: (Hamlet faxed me - credit greydruid)
( Nov. 5th, 2009 07:13 pm)
Today during discussion of Jude the Obscure, my professor compared Arabella to the ending of Drag Me to Hell. ♥

In other news: Look, a meme that has nothing to do with RP!

Pick a paragraph (or any passage less than 500 words) from any fanfic I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Answers will vary depending on the passage, my attention span, and the age of the fic. The much older stuff (like, the stuff that's so old that I have it in my memories because tags didn't exist yet) is unlikely to get good answers.
catslash: (not mad)
( Nov. 5th, 2009 01:16 am)
So I have often wondered, on the rare occasion I have encountered Evita fic, why it tends to be obtuse and confusing. As it turns out, this is because if you even try to interpret this shit literally enough to write a straightforward fic, you will tie yourself in knots so fast your brains will leak right out.

Which is all by way of saying that the fic you will find below the cut is kind of experimental for me; I'm of a fairly literal turn of mind and tend not to deal in extended metaphor, so writing this was new and different. It's Perón/Che, with Che playing less the role of a real character and more the meta construct he is in the play. I have no idea if it works or not. Let me know?

(Oh, and the first line is on account of Argentina being in the southern hemisphere. August = winter.)

It's dark and cold in Perón's office, with the August chill winning out over the failing fire. Perón has been at his desk for some time, ostensibly working, though the document in front of him remains untouched. )
catslash: (can't brain today)
( Oct. 12th, 2009 07:41 pm)
So, every once in a great while, I will issue a request for fic challenges.

(This is not one of those posts.)

And then I will say, "And eventually I'll gather them all into one post!"

. . . a year later almost to the day counts as "eventually," right? Because last October, I asked for challenges for kiss fics. And have spent the intervening year reminding myself periodically to make that master post, and then not doing it, because I never get to every request and I hate being like, "Yeah, sorry about that."

. . . hey, at least by now some of you are new and haven't seen these yet?

from sotto_voice: Shaun of the Dead - David and Dianne, theater production )

from karaokegal: Torchwood, Jack and Owen, on the beach. )

From ashen_key: Torchwood/The Fix - Jack Harkness and Cal Chandler, hall of mirrors )

from joanne_c: Doctor Who, Nine and Jack - somewhere unexpected )

Yeah, I can totally see why I procrastinated on doing THAT for a year.

Next up: Crossover challenges from last April!
catslash: (Default)
( Sep. 8th, 2009 01:55 am)
Meme! Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] misslucyjane. And this one is actually *gasp* NOT an RP meme.

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
My first non-Owencentric Torchwood fic is finally complete! Just in time to be completely contradicted in a few weeks.

TITLE: "Full Circle"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
WORD COUNT: Approximately 1600
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Rhys, Gwen, Jack. Gwen/Rhys, offscreen Jack/Ianto.
SUMMARY: Rhys had come to understand, after Tosh and Owen, that he had married into that family; now, while Gwen and Jack tried to keep each other from falling apart, he had to keep them from drowning. Near-future AU.
WARNING: Offscreen character death.
NOTES: I started writing this not long after "Exit Wounds" aired, so any resemblance to spoilers or speculation for series three is pure coincidence.
NOTES THE SECOND: Also, if you can spot the reference to one of the novels, you get an internet cookie of your choice.
DISCLAIMER: Torchwood was created by Russell T Davies and belongs to the BBC. I take no credit and make no money.

Rhys Williams came home that day to find his wife on the floor, sobbing in her employer's arms. )
OMG. You guys. YOU GUYS. The Owen in the recent past 'verse. I THINK I FINISHED IT. I figured out where to end it (!!!!!), so then I wrote it. And now it's done.

So, uh. HERE IT IS.

TITLE: "Second Look"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Owen, Ianto; Ianto/Lisa, past Owen/Katie
RATING: PG-13 for language. Genfic.
WORD COUNT: Approximately 6000.
SUMMARY: Sometimes, you get a chance to see the past through a different pair of eyes: your own. Set between "From Out of the Rain" and "Adrift," and during/after "Cyberwoman."
NOTES: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] gileonnen, who first inspired the idea during some random conversation; to [livejournal.com profile] nightanddaze, for looking over the finished result to make sure it made sense; and to those two again and other folks on the flist for staying interested and thus helping to keep me interested. This fic has been a nightmare to complete (over a year from start to finish! It even got a tag of its own on my journal, the name of which I got from [livejournal.com profile] supervillainess, so thanks to her, too) and I never could have gotten it done without you guys.
NOTES PART THE SECOND: Take the timeline here with a grain of salt. Since the Whoniverse timeline is so notoriously fuzzy, and I needed solid dates, I ended up just pulling a timeframe out of thin air and hoping that it would make sense.
SPOILERS: Up through 2x12, "Fragments."
DISCLAIMER: Torchwood was created by Russell T Davies and belongs to the BBC. I take no credit and make no money.

Owen always sort of thought that something like this might happen to one of them eventually. He just thought it would be more - dramatic. )
catslash: (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2009 10:40 pm)
Yeah, so. You know Chuck and Dollhouse? The shows I was grousing about the other day? No? Well. I was. So, of course, I ended up writing a crossover snippet. It would not go away.

And so I give you Chuck/Dollhouse: A crossover that makes perfect sense as long as you don't think about it too deeply. No real spoilers for either show beyond the basic premises.

You don't need a treatment. For anything! Look at you! )
catslash: (not mad)
( Apr. 14th, 2009 02:42 pm)
Last year, I issued a request for crossover challenges, and wrote snippets for them. I got damn near all of them done (I never finish every challenge for these things, I'm afraid; some of them just don't gel for me) and had a lot of fun. So I'm gonna do another round.

The list is shorter this time around, but I think you guys'll manage. )
Right, so, in a total one-eighty from my random gen crossover, have some Fix fic. (Even gen Fix fic, which this decidedly is not, would, I suspect, be a total one-eighty from your usual genfic. I'm not sure gen Fix fic is even possible.)

TITLE: "Just like Everything Else"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
WORD COUNT: Approximately 1600.
PAIRING: Reed/Grahame
SUMMARY: Reed is bored. Grahame is a convenient target. Harvard-era fic; prequel to "All Downhill From Here."
WARNING: Still not warning for incest in this fandom.
DISCLAIMER: The Fix was created by John Dempsey and Dana P Rowe. I take no credit and make no money.
NOTES: I thought for sure someone would want to know exactly how Reed managed to work his magic on Grahame so fast in ADFH. Nobody did, but I wrote this anyway. So, uh, here's the answer to the question no one asked.

Someone should do something about that. )
The final, polished version for linking to communities.

TITLE: "Old Road" (crossover with the Watchmen movieverse)
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
WORD COUNT: Approximately 2600.
RATING: PG-13; genfic
CHARACTERS: John Winchester, the Comedian
SUMMARY: Two of the defining moments of John Winchester's life come to him courtesy of the same man.
NOTES: This started as a commentfic response to a prompt issued by [livejournal.com profile] apiphile, but quickly took on a life of its own. Thanks to her for the initial idea, and to everyone on my flist who offered comments, suggestions, and canon fact-checks.
DISCLAIMER: Supernatural was created by Eric Kripke; Watchmen was created by Alan Moore; and the song I borrowed my title from, "The Times They Are A-Changing," was written by Bob Dylan. I take no credit and make no money from any of these works.

SPOILERS for the Watchmen movie and Supernatural's pilot episode.

John Winchester lied about his age to enlist in 1970. )
catslash: (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
( Mar. 19th, 2009 07:52 pm)
So [livejournal.com profile] apiphile is hosting a kissing fic meme, which you should all go post in, and she asked, um - someone else entirely for John Winchester/Comedian.

I poached it and immediately fucked it up, because it failed to be slash. Yeah. that's right. I wrote something that isn't slash. Quick, get your smelling salts!

So here it is, a hastily written Watchmen/Supernatural crossover ficlet in which canons mesh almost too well and also I make no promises about the Comedian's characterization, since I'm not as familiar with WM as I usually like to be before I try my hand at fic. But for commentfic, that's allowed.

John Winchester is surprised as hell to open his eyes and discover that he's not dead. )
Holy crap, I finally finished typing it up. In celebration, I give it a proper header, even though this is possibly the most obscure fandom I have ever written for and there's no damn place to link to it from.

TITLE: "All Downhill From Here"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([livejournal.com profile] catslash)
WORD COUNT: Approximately 1700.
RATING: A solid R, I think.
SUMMARY: In the end, dumping the cripple for the jock is easier than Violet ever dreamed it would be. Harvard-era fic.
PAIRINGS: Every possible permutation of the Reed/Violet/Grahame triangle.
WARNINGS: I have given this a lot of thought, and you know what? I refuse to warn for incest in this fandom. So, NO WARNINGS.
DISCLAIMER: The Fix was created by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey. I take no credit, I make no money.
NOTES: Right, this is the sort of thing that would usually never make it to fic form, being primarily self-indulgent, but then I realized: there is no such thing as getting too ridiculous when it comes to The Fix. So, fic. Um, and if you do know of anywhere else I might be able to post this, let me know.

It starts in Reed's car, necking furtively off-campus where no one can find them and carry stories back to Grahame. )
catslash: (this could be a little more sonic - cred)
( Oct. 27th, 2008 01:44 am)
There are many things I could be doing right now, with various levels of productiveness and importance. But, I spent the evening rewatching a few episodes of Doctor Who's series four, so instead I wrote an incomprehensible drabble.

This is a Doctor Who/Les Miserables crossover, and will make no sense if you haven't seen DW 4x11, "Turn Left." For that matter, it might not make sense even if you have.

Marius draws breath to tell of the Jondrettes, and falters. )
catslash: (what the shit Fantine? - credit 10little)
( Oct. 22nd, 2008 12:05 am)
I have been generally unproductive today, to a generally depressing degree, so I decided that, if nothing else, I would at least get the Les Mis ficbit I keep mentioning typed up. (I'm also working slowly but steadily on the kiss challenge meme! If you haven't gotten an answer from me, don't worry, I'm getting there.) So here it is. It has officially been upgraded from "terrible" to "mediocre." At least, in my opinion, but then I'm sick of freaking looking at it.

This is Valjean/Javert, a strong PG-13 or so, and strictly musicalverse because - say it with me now - book!Javert remembered to bring backup. See, I told you that wasn't as random for me to fixate on as it seemed.

I am warning you, Javert/There is nothing I won't dare )

I would love some concrit on this. I have lost any and all perspective I might once have had on its actual quality and could really use some outside advice.
catslash: (Javier Bardem/Josh Brolin - credit mrbna)
( Oct. 16th, 2008 12:35 pm)
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] sotto_voice

Pick a pairing from my fandoms, and come up with a location and/or situation, and I will write you between 50 and 250 words about the kiss that happened in that context.

You can even throw some crossovers at me if you want. You guys pretty much know my fandoms; check my tags and interests if you're not sure. No baseball, plz. I'm too out of touch this year to do any new pairings and I feel like I've done the old ones to death.


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