matrixrefugee: (Steerpike)
Author's Note: Again, a [ profile] fics20in20 fic, this time from their ten Themes. For some reason, the themes for this month's round eeriely fit Gormenghast very well. I might just be a bit guilty of mainlining the books lately, due to this year marking the centennial of the author's birth. Steerpike-Titus hate-shipping in order.

Word Count: 140

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matrixrefugee: (Steerpike)
(Headspace!Titus: Why are you using *that* icon?
Ref: Because I really need to make one of you.)

So! as many of you know, one of my most anticipated book purchases this year was the "lost" Gormenghast book, "Titus Awakes", which Mervyn Peake's widow Maeve Gilmore completed, based on one completed chapter and some notes which Peake had left, including a list of one-word elements he hoped to include, ranging from "Snows Mountains Lagoons" to "Angels Devils" and "Mermaids Pirates".

The story begins with Titus dreaming of Gormenghast as snow covers a barn where he's taken shelter. When he awakens, a large white dog creeps in and offers him comfort, shortly to be followed by some mountain villagers who take him in and nurse him back to health. Despite their kindness, Titus maintains a slightly cold detachment from them, determined not to let himself be held down by anything that could jeopardize his hard-won freedom. In time, he moves on, the white dog trailing his feet, as he wanders a landscape much more pastoral than the hyper-technical world he'd encountered when he first left the bounds of Gormenghast. He encounters a range of characters, from vagrant thieves, to a snarky and self-sufficient female painter, to a gang of would-be anarchists with an eerily familiar leader, to a portly dilettante poet who might be Swelter's twin. Flitting through the narrative is a mysterious artist through whom Titus learns of different kinds of love, and who might provide the wandering young earl with a place to call home...

The book is quite obviously mostly Maeve Gilmore's work, and I can hear the literary purists mewling about that already. She might not have full command of Mervyn's word painting and verbal gymnastics, but she has a firm grasp of the characters and the ideals, that of the search for freedom and a sense of self and of home. Her style is something of a balance between the weighty, fittingly static text of the first two books and the clipped, hectic feel of the third book. I have a feeling some parts could have been fleshed out more, and there are times when it seems like she was trying to fit in as many of the some four-dozen tropes Mervyn intended to use, but I'm not going to complain: I'm just glad to have this coda to a series that I've rediscovered and become so very fond of.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Mervyn Peake)
From Mar 14, 2011

The celebration started a little early for me, since my copies of "Titus Awakes" and "Mr. Pye" arrived in the mail recently. I've finished reading "Titus Awakes" already, and I'll post a review of it shortly. (As well as reviews of the two vastly different biographies of "Merv", which I'll be punting onto [ profile] gormenghastfans) One thing I will say is that it is clearly a labor of love on the part of Maeve Gilmore, and while she might not have a full grasp of Merv's verbal painting or acrobatics, she has a firm grasp of the characters and the ideas and to me that really is what matters; and there's a odd bit of meta she wove into the narrative, which I'll elaborate when I post the full review.

I'm also going to be re-rewatching the BBC miniseries tonight and/or tomorrow night (time permitting). Headspace commentary to come, as the headspace dwellers, particularly Titus of course are Really Loud today.

Also, I wish I could get time zones down pat as the BBC Radio is supposed to be rebroadcasting the 1950s radio version of Gormenghast, which will be aired online as well. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll burn it onto CD as they've done with other classic radio shows.
matrixrefugee: (Steerpike)
Author's note: Written for [ profile] comment_fic's "Author's choice, any (+ or / any), "Caught between fire and flood, he ran back and forth, uncertain of whether to burn or drown." " Works for either the books or the mini-series.

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matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Diary)
Some of these have been fairly recent, others were older and I somehow neglected to link them here sooner. But here they are, for your reading pleasure!

Inception, Ariadne/Arthur, his vacation wardrobe is... a revelation

Supernatural; Vampire Alpha/Dean; he's gorged himself on too much blood, but Father is there to soothe him.

any but Supernatural, any, someone walked over my grave (Yami no Matsuei, mild Tsuzuki/Hisoka and mild Muraki/Tsuzuki)

Inception, Ariadne/Arthur, his projections are nice to her

Firefly, River, Trying on a brown coat

Firefly/any, Mal + any, "Would you mind telling me what you're doing on my gorram ship?" (Crossover with Gormenghast, featuring Titus)
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Author's Note: written for [ profile] comment_fic's "Author's Choice, Author's Choice, vampire AU" Mild Steerpike/Fushcia. This one is hard *not* to do, since the Overlook Press omnibus edition of the Gormenghast books has a critical essay in it which points out Steerpike's vampire-like aspects.

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matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Hellsing vs Twilight)
Another weekend's worth! and I'm very surprised and proud at how well these came out, since I was feeling oddly tired all weekend. If anyone wants to adopt any of these and donate USD$5 to help the relief effort in Japan, feel free to do so: just send me the screencaps as a PM

Author's choice; author's choice; I'm drunk And right now I'm so in love with you (Yami no Matsuei, Muraki/Tsuzuki)

Egyptian Mythology, Thoth & Anubis, Thoth isn't fond of modern day communication methods - like texting

Inception, Any, The ___ Job

Yami no Matsuei, Hisoka, coming too close to a fellow rape victim

American Gods, Shadow, monkey suit

Supernatural/Death Note, Tessa + Ryuk, they've known each other a long time.

Narnia; Caspian/Edmund; A snowball is a handy thing for when your companion is sinking into dark thoughts

Twilight/Inception, Cullens, They wake up to find their lives as vampires was a dream-experiment gone horribly wrong.

Any, any, "...two paths diverged..." (Gormenghast)

SPN, Girl!Dean/Castiel -- After making one too many sexist comments, a witch turns Dean into a girl as payback. And the only way to turn Dean back into a man is for him to have sex as a woman. Cue Castiel to the rescue.

Castle, Castle/Beckett, They discover the Nikki Heat fandom...and keep coming back

Author's choice, any,
"Well I am Death, none can excel,
I'll open the door to heaven or hell."
~ O' Death, Jen Titus (Yami no Matsuei, evol!Tsuzuki/Muraki)
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Mervyn Peake)
Lo and behold, a post that is not a signal boost or fanfic, though there will be discussions thereof.

Have been busy with errands or RP tagging or reading. I've ordered a number of books (used) from Amazon, including several of Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow's modern faery tale anthologies, Sarah Monette's "Doctrine of Labyrinth" novels (aka Felix and Mildmay's canon, to the [ profile] carpe_ho_ras folk), and two very different biographies of Mervyn Peake (that's him in the icon, if you wondered who the gent up a tree was) and an anthology of several bits and bobs of poetry and short stories by him, entitled "Peake's Progress". This year being the centennial of his birth, I felt it was in good form to bone up on this fellow whose writings and art I admire.

I'm finding that Peake was every bit as eccentric and gleefully odd as some of the characters he created and it's been a delight discovering the man behind the Bricks, as [ profile] tomboy_typist and I affectionately call his magnum opus (which is getting a canon update in June, since the long-lost "Titus Awake" is going to be released then: I have that on order as an early birthday present for meself). He's also someone I'm coming to admire with little disappointment. A lot is made of his tragic illness, but that mostly seems to be played up since he seems to have had very few of the unpleasant skeletons in the closet which some writers seem to have had. This can get irritating, since it seems a lot of critics let that overshadow the rest of his life, but I'm refreshed to find that his death was balanced by a life full of wonder and eccentric happenings (including nearly getting bitten by a camel when he was eleven, which incited him ever afterward, to make jokes about camels to lighten a mood) and an incredible level of productivity. This guy, it seemed, lived with pencil and paper in hand, sketching and doodling and drawing as much as he could. In many ways, he reminds me of myself...

Work today: I was anticipating having jury duty, as I'd gotten my summons back in January, but after calling in to find out if I was needed, I found that I wasn't. They were looking for Badge Numbers 1 through 91, and since I was Number 153 or 159, I didn't have to go in.

I've been poking at the Hurt/Comfort fics that I owe people, but I have to admit that while the fount hasn't dried up, I just haven't had the energy to post them. Add to this, I've got the deadline for [ profile] love_bingo and I took up the [ profile] help_japan auction as well. The fics will be written, it's just taking some time for it to happen. That and I got stuck coming up with ideas for my last two squares for [ profile] love_bingo: for the life of me, I'm staring at two prompts, trying to match them to fandoms and characters, and those prompts would be:

"When I fall in love" and

"heavenly love".

Any thoughts? I'm open to any ideas now.

To say nothing of being worried for a penfriend of my mother's, in Japan, who lives in the Sendai region. We've been trying to locate her via the people finder that Google has set up, but she's come up as "unspecified", which could mean anything. This wouldn't be the first time that she's lost a penfriend in a natural disaster. She lost contact with a penfriend whose husband was a medical missionary working in Sri Lanka, during the tsunami there a few years back.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Book-canon!Steerpike)
This fic came about as a result of a crazy discussion with [ profile] tomboy_typist: we were geeking out over a bit of crazy dialogue in the BBC miniseries of "Gormenghast", in which Fuschia asks Dr, Prunesquallor to "lend [her] an ear", and he innocently offers to "lend any part of my anatomy". This lead me to wonder about a few bits in the Bricks, particularly where it mentions that Fuschia, at about twenty five, is "no longer a virgin". And then there's the bit where a ten year old Titus knocks on his sister's door early one morning and she won't let him in, though one gets the feeling that he's accustomed to being let in. Made me wonder if Fyoosh had company that had spent the night, to which [ profile] tomboy_typist replied, "OMG, it was Prune!" Thus, this daffy, awkward little fic was born...

(WARNING: Mature content including references to female auto-eroticism: got the idea for this from reading about an odd Victorian treatment for hysterics. Somewhere, Mervyn Peake is blushing...)

The imbroglio started innocuously enough, as these things often do.... )
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Book-canon!Steerpike)
Watched the director's cut version of "Dark City" on DVD last night (very nice disk: it's got it's own all new sets of behind the scenes material, thus it isn't a copy paste of the original disk), and I must say, I like this version a lot better than the original. They removed the irritating opening expository voice-over, which the studio execs made Alex Proyas add. And they also removed the over-dub on Jennifer Connelly singing. Plus some scenes are a little longer and more interesting now.

But... I noticed that this weird little phenomena that I call the Gormenghast Continuum has struck. It seems that a certain book by Mervyn Peake has this weird ability to trigger inter-textual links with everything that it comes in contact with:

Mr. Book, the semi-Alpha among the Strangers, is played by Ian Richardson, who also played Earl Sepulchrave in the BBC miniseries of the bricks. That alone is creepy, when you take Mr. Book's name into consideration of Sepulchrave's pet obsession.... There's more...

According to Alex Proyas in one of the behind the scenes documentaries, the release date of "Dark City" got pushed up because of "a little movie called Titanic". Now... Leonardo Di Caprio famously starred in "Titanic", and also played the lead in "Inception"; also, Christopher Nolan has pointed to "Dark City" as one of the forebears and inspirations for "Inception" (both share bendy urban landscapes as well as "what is real?" notions).
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Two ficlets, too small for their own entries, both written for [ profile] comment_fic prompts

First, "author's choice, author's choice, every hero is the villain of someone else's story"

Gormenghast, Steerpike and Titus (Rating: G)

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And, "author's choice, author's choice, there's no such thing as a villain--just a hero who has lost his way"

Yami no Matsuei, Muraki/Tsuzuki (Rating: PG-13)

Warning: Violence

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matrixrefugee: (Steerpike)
So, I signed up for [ profile] love_bingo, the sister community to [ profile] story_lottery, which I never did finish, though I have one or two more stories for it drafted (the prompts weren't that inspiring, I guess). These, however, are, plus I think I have a better grasp of the rules.

And my first fic... is a "Gormenghast" fic, featuring Mister Flay and the Wild Thing, aka the Wild Girl (or "the Leaf", as Peake called her in one draft: wish he'd kept with that name...). Christopher Lee, who played Flay in the BBC miniseries, was damn right about the character being incredibly hard to portray, since his speech patterns are so damn hard. "Can't... speak... full sentences," to quote one upstart anti-villain... ("Hm, I wonder who that could be..." to quote his mentor in a certain RPG...)

Love list: "Trust"
Word Count: 854

Mister Flay laid eyes on the Wild Girl for the first time when she was perhaps seven summers old. )
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Come Away O Human Child)
No, no, this isn't going to be wanking about other players: that's what [ profile] bad_rpers_suck is for, and frankly I've gotten away from there since there was too much wank about how blah should be done in blah-verse; some of it was warranted, but much of it bordered on Keeper of the Canon behavior (including mine...). It's more on the lines of being disappointed that things I've tossed out there have not hit the mark I was aiming for.

Case in point bringing Titus Groan, aka the Emo Earl to [ profile] romancedressing in a bid to let him keep wandering a bit (he dun like being cooped up at The Mansion all the time, much as he likes it). However, the threads he's in seem to die easily, or people just don't respond at all. I keep wondering if it's just because his canon is relatively obscure. Which makes me suffer bouts of jealousy when I see Popular Big Name Canon Characters getting scads of canonmates/people who are just interested in playing with them. Not that I want scads of threads, I just want to feel like there's a nice handful of people outside the circle that I play with who are interested in this character.

Especially since I want to do a little Steerpike/Titus slashage (no doubt due to the really good SP/Titus fics I've run across lately), but that's not likely to happen within my circle, since we're playing up the not!brothers aspect in the BBC miniseries, which I don't doubt was an undeveloped idea that is lurking in Mervyn Peake's notebooks for the Bricks. And incest is a squick/trigger for me due to Personal Issues I don't want to discuss (unless it's festishy siblings in spirit sort of stuff, that's just fine, but if actual shared genetics are involved, I don't go there).

Also considering -- haven't decided yet -- dropping one of my mains. He's not happy with what I have planned, and he's balking at it, while being very loud on the other hand. It's as if he wants me to drop him, and I'm reluctant to do so, since that would satisfy him too much on so many levels. I want to keep him and keep tormenting him, but he's starting to turn around and fight me. Eurgh. I hate having imaginary people causing drama.

Though I've had some delighted moments on [ profile] dear_mun: Spotted a few "Black Swan" RPers, including one or two Ninas and then there was deliciously surreal BlackSwan!Nina. Since I'm writing him now, I'm tempted to pick up Thomas, but he's a bit of a bastard toward women.
matrixrefugee: (Steerpike)
Just been poking around on's page on the BBC miniseries version of "the bricks" (turns out there was an Australian miniseries in the 1980s, but it didn't do well and has been lost: from everything I've run across, it doesn't appear there are any copies of the tapes of it anywhere, though some soul with a BetaMax might have recorded it, for all we know...), because for chuckles, I wanted to know what was the date of the US airing of it (on PBS, starting with WGBH, here in the Boston, MA. area).

The UK. airing date was January 17, 2000, which means we're coming up on the tenth anniversary of it (I may re-view it then and do a bit more of the infamous headspace commentary of it). And the US airing date was.....

June 10th, 2000, yours truly's birthday. I can't help smiling at this, for some reason, and it's like finding out I got a birthday present without knowing about it.
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Author's Note: Written for [ profile] comment_fic's "Firefly/any, Mal + any, "Would you mind telling me what you're doing on my gorram ship?"" This idea came in out of nowhere when I was looking at prompts. It's cracky but in-character, and likely is the product of very little sleep. But the combination has some legs to stand on: the first two books of the series might be technically fantasy, albeit a literary one, but there are some tropes in the third book that put it in the realm of steampunk or dieselpunk sci-fi. That and I also RP both Mal Reynolds and Titus Groan, and thus have headspace versions who like to bicker (well, Mal likes to get Titus's goat, but they actually get along, as much as Mal can be said to get along with anyone). I may flesh this thing out a bit more and introduce a few more "Firefly" characters (I'm sure Titus and Kaylee would get along splendidly: she might even get a smile out of him).

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Author's Note: Written for [ profile] comment_fic's "Any, Any, As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, and she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead!" Features implied Steerpike/Fuschia and implied Prunesquallor/Fuschia. Mostly BBC mini-series canon, but touching on some unused ideas that were in Mervyn Peake's own notebooks...

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Day two of the challenge, and I won't say I'm tired, I'm just happily ficced out:

Narnia, Edmund, he still has dreams about Jadis and sometimes they come true

Firefly, any, There are no atheists in foxholes. Likewise, there are no believers in charnal houses (Mal and Zoe)

Firefly, Mal/Serenity, goodnight ritual

Any, any, "well, not crimes against humanity, necessarily, since you're not human, but..." (Yami no Matsuei, Tsuzuki, Terazuma, and Muraki)

Calvin & Hobbes, Halloween, nobody wants to be Robin

Castle/Death Note, Castle/Beckett, cosplaying as L and Light.

Yami no Matsuei, Muraki, Nightwish - She is my Sin

Any, Any, In bed with the enemy - in more than one way (Muraki/Tsuzuki)

Gormenghast, Titus Groan, the earl's cape weighs him down

Any, Any, As Coroner I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, and she's not only merely dead, she's really most sincerely dead! (Gormenghast, implied Prunesquallor/Fuschia and implied Steerpike/Fuschia)

Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, "The next time you pinch my fat, I'm going to punch you in the mouth." Ianto thinks he's getting pudgy and it makes him grumpy
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Author's Note: Written for [ profile] comment_fic's "Gormenghast, Titus Groan, the earl's cape weighs him down"

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matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Diary)
I think I may have won today's challenge: fourteen fics, either written today or typed up. Not bad at all! I'm hoping to eventually get it up to twenty four fics in twenty four hours...

Any, Any, 'Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.' (Oscar Wilde) (Yami no Matsuei, Muraki/Tsuzuki)

Any, any villainous character, his/her perfect world. (Yami no Matsuei, Muraki/Ukyou, Muraki/Tsuzuki)

Author's choice, author's choice, cherry blossoms (Yami no Matsuei, Tatsumi/Tsuzuki)

Yami no Matusei, Muraki/Oriya, the ritual of getting dressed

Yami no Matsuei/Repo! the Genetic Opera, Rotti Largo & Muraki, "An easy trade, isn't it?"

author's choice, author's choice, there's something soothing about shopping for office supplies (Yami no Matsuei, Tatsumi/Tsuzuki)

Gankutsuou, author's choice, Chocolat (The Count/Albert)

Firefly, Mal, He remembers his ranch

Firefly, crew, "Wait, our job is to transport a zoo?!"

Author's Choice, Author's Choice, vampire AU (Gormenghast, Steerpike/Fuschia)

King Lear, author's choice, the first scene in LOLspeak

Supernatural/Twilight; Dean, Sam, Cullen Vamps; "Why the hell are these vampires all sparkly!?!"

Supernatural/Death Note, Sam + Dean + Ryuk, the boys find a Death Note.

Twilight/Daybreakers, Edward/Edward, a meeting of the emo vampires ;)

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