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Well let's see if I can write anymore....

I've borrowed this meme from lost spook.

Below the cut are some prompts. Fandoms I think I could write ficlets for from these prompts are:

Swallows and Amazons
The Marlows
Lord Peter Wimsey
The Chalet School
Chronicles of Narnia
Elsie Oxenham's Abbey series
Blake's 7
Hercule Poirot
Miss Marple
Lord of the Rings
No 1 Ladies Detective Agency
Thursday Next books
The Invisible Library series
Honor Harrington
Harry Potter
Horatio Hornblower.

All though quite honestly my mind boggles a bit at some of the prompts in combination with some of the prompts....
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51. “What the hell are you wearing?”
53. “Who crawls through someone’s window at 4am to go for ice cream?!”
54. “I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. That’s the problem.”
55. “Our first date is a picnic on a beach under the stars? Have you swallowed a romance novel? Do I need to call a doctor?”
56. “I can’t stand the thought of losing you.”
57. “Teach me to fight.”
58. “I’d die for you. Of course, I’d haunt you in the afterlife but really, it’s the thought that counts.”
60. “Before you decide to murder me, let me explain…”
61. “I love you. I’m completely and utterly in love with you. Please don’t get married.”
62. “It’s only one night, we’ll just share the bed.”
63. “Stop running from this. I know I’m not the only one who feels it.”
64. “Are you ticklish?”
65. “I wish you could see yourself the way I see you.”
67. “Of all the people I could’ve gotten stuck in an elevator with and it just had to be you.”
69. “Why the hell are you bleeding!?”
71. “Kiss me, quick!”
72. “I will knock you on your ass if you even think about it.”
73. “We shouldn’t be doing this.”
74. “Don’t let go.”
75. “I’m going for a swim. Do you wanna join me?”
76. “I need you to pretend we’re dating…”
77. “There was never a choice.”
78. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have kissed you.”
79. “That’s the third time I’ve saved your life!”
80. “How can you think I’m anything but hopelessly in love with you?”
81. “I need you to leave.”
82. “This is all your fault! I can’t believe I listened to you!”
83. “It’s always been you.”
84. “I’m dying.”
85. “I will never apologize for saving your life, even if it costs me my own.”
86. “I guess dying with you isn’t the worst way to go.”
87. “You were never just my friend.”
88. “Don’t panic but I think we might have accidentally gotten married…”
89. “I’m not leaving you!”
90. “I can’t do this anymore.”
91. “I remember everything.”
92. “What do you want me to say?”
93. “I tried, but I just can’t stay away from you anymore.”
95. “There’s no going back if we do this.”
96. “I never thought you’d hurt me but I was wrong. You hurt me the most.”
99. “We’re in an abandoned lodge in the middle of nowhere. Sure, you’re totally right, nothing bad could ever happen here.”

Anyway, pick a number, and a fandom and I'll do my best. Name characters if you want to.
We went to Rome.

The biggest surprise, I think, was Ostia Antica, there was just so much of it.

I often find when I visit famous - or even less famous places - that it is the fictional people who seem to have left the invisible footstep. Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey are perpetually kissing - at last - in Catte Street in Oxford. I'm standing where Titty Walker stood on Coniston Old Man. Derbyshire, for me, is haunted by Penelope Tavener. And so on.

I wonder why fictional people are so much better at this haunting? This is no new thought. It has been hanging about intermittently since I was in my early twenties at least.

Perhaps it is simply that, having no deaths they have nowhere else to go. Perhaps in that respect they resemble Tolkien's elves, denied the gift of Iluvatar and are confined forever within the circle of the world. It seems somehow apt that their creators should be able to give them life but, being themselves mortal creatures, should not have it in their power to give true mortality.

Perhaps this is a cautionary tale about leaving the Simarillion and an impressionable twelve year old girl in close proximity for too long.

So naturally, in Rome, I was treading in the footsteps of M. Didius Falco and Helena Justina (and others mostly equally fictional.)
My husband, being of a more worthy and serious turn of mind was tread in the footstep of people of a less fiction disposition.
Dorothea Callum -desert island discs
Fictional Excerpts from the real radio 4 programme desert island discs – about 1980
Our guest today is the well-known best-selling novelist, Dorothea Callum who is Mrs McGinty in her private life.
RP: So a happy childhood then?
DC: very much so.
RP: and I think that brings us to your first record. Will you tell us why you chose it?
DC: This reminds me of sailing in the Lake district with friends, and two particular friends whole called themselves the Amazon pirates.
“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest -yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”
RP: And after school you read English literature at Shrewsbury College Oxford. Your next choice reminds you of that time, you told me.
DC: Yes. Student used to occasionally joke about Shrewsbury wanting to be a girls’ boarding school when it grew up. This piece reminds me of both school and college since lots of girls play it on any available piano. In fact it was banned completely for a term at my High School because the mistresses were so fed up with hearing it.
Fur Elsie, Beethoven
RP: You were still at Oxford when the war started.
DC: Yes, I was about to start my final year. Most of my friends were in the services, and I felt that I should be doing war work, but my parents insisted that I finish my degree. As soon as I had finished, one of my college tutors suggested me for a job filing and collating information and I spent the rest of the war doing that.
RP: And it was while you were doing that job that you met your first husband, Lord St George in summer 1940.
DC: Yes, although I met him at a dance rather than at work. It was what some people call a whirlwind courtship, as many were during the war.
RP: And sadly he was killed in action later on that same year. You told me your third record reminds you of him.
DC: Yes, it was one of the tunes the band were playing the first time we danced together.
Glenn Miller stairway to the stars
RP: And after the war you started writing for a living.
DC: Yes, I started with short stories for magazines, but always wanted to write novels. One of the reasons is the pleasure I received as a girl from losing myself completely in a story. I wanted my writing to give that pleasure to other people and it’s easier to lose oneself in a novel.
RP: and what is your next record?
DC: This is a folk song, the Water is Wide. It seems very appropriate for a desert Island and it would a remind me of my friends and family who have been so wonderfully kind to me. Also, It is simply a beautiful song.
The water is wide. (English folk song)
RP: And it was while visiting friends in Malta that you met your husband Ian?
DC: We had met briefly before when I was just a schoolgirl on a sailing holiday in the Hebrides with my friends and even more briefly on a station platform without recognising each other in the slightest. But Malta was where we really began to get to know each other.
RP: And your next record?
DC: This reminds me very much of the first few years living in the Hebrides. Mouth music is intended, or used to be, for dancing when there was no instrument or instrumentalist for dancing.
RP: and why did you chose your next record?
DC: Both my children were big Beatles fans and this song is one of their favourites. I’ll play it when I need cheering up on my island
RP: And your final record?
DC: the Hebrides overture by Mendelssohn
RP: you already have the Bible and Shakespere. What would your book be?
DC: the biggest possible empty notebook
RP: and your luxury?
DC: A vast box of pencils, all with rubbers on the end and a pencil sharpener.
RP: Dorothea Callum, thank you very much for sharing your choices with us.

Desert Island discs - Lord Peter

I claim no special insight, but for the further amusement of Heliopausa, and anyone else.

Lord Peter Wimsey Book collector and amateur sleuth
Luxury: His grand piano
Book: Complete poems of John Donne
I’m very aware of my limited musical education and have chosen the links to recordings which don’t seem to have much advertising attached to them.

J.S.Bach – I’m sure Lord Peter has had Bunter make enquries about the best available Long Playing Records with Bach’s work, but the BBC made him chose small snippets.
J. Pachelbel
Canon in D
He might also choose some Handel
And something traditional and more familiar. Despite the somewhat ambivalent approach to Christianity Lord Peter is shown as having in the books, I think certain aspects of the Christian tradition would be important to him.
I think he might choose at least one folk song too. I chose Polly Oliver because Lord Peter rode a horse called Polly in one of the short stories –
Even Lord Peter’s powers of persuasion did not convince the BBC to play a version of this complete with rude words. If a recording version actually existed.
I don't know if anyone reading here remembers the radio programme "Desert Island discs"? Notable people were interviewed about their life and this was interspersed with their 7 choices of gramophone records to take to a deserted island on which they would be marooned for a long time. They were also allowed to choose a luxury item, that had to be inanimate and of no use whatsoever ever in communication or escape and a book, apart from a Bible and Complete Works of Shakespere.

The Swallows, Amazons and Ds, the Marlows, many Chalet School characters, many Wimseyverse characters would be the right age to be interviewed by Roy Plomley in this manner.

Who would be interviewed? When? What records do you think they might choose? What luxury? What book? Any snippets from the interview?

My suggestions of interviewees

Rear Admiral John Walker
Peggy Brading - as a senior person in the girl guide movement
Illustrator and writer Tertia Callum
Professor Richard Callum
Writer Dorothea Callum
Actress Lawrence Marlow
Round-the-world yachtswoman Nicola Marlow
Writer Josephine Bettany
Entrepreneur Lady Russell

Any others? Any other fictional series that has characters that should be interviewed?


Azincourt/ Agincourt

A few pictures taken from various points. No handy windmill this time.