ladybug_archive: (twilightsparkle)
My dreams are so weird. But I love when I have one that could actually be a story. I should make a list of all the dreams I've had that I've turned into stories.

Today's involved The Real Ghostbusters. There was a bizarre situation where Egon seemed to have acquired some kind of amnesia; he thought he was one of his ancestors. And he didn't seem to be possessed. So the others, including Janine, were all worried and beside themselves and trying to figure out how to get him to remember. They took him to this ... building ... thing, and along the way they encountered Baby Face and Tony having some kind of disagreement.

Also super bizarre? The name of Egon's supposed ancestor was the name of an actor in a show I've been watching. Okay then. I guess I had the show more on the brain than I thought.

Definitely confused about Baby Face and Tony popping up in the dream, especially since I haven't done anything with them for about six years and probably never will again. I never intended for it to look like I was trying to make excuses for Baby Face's horrible canon behavior when I created a backstory for him, but I guess it did. And since there is no excuse for that sort of behavior, I'm not very comfortable even writing for him anymore. It's not like he could ever be one of my villain redemption projects; I don't think he ever could be redeemed. And I have issues with making unredeemable antagonists the protagonists in stories.

I always worried about stories that might make it look like I was trying to excuse abominable behavior. I wanted to write an It's a Wonderful Life-themed fic with Sephiroth in the Jimmy Stewart role, but I realized I would very likely have to give up on it, because while it's true that Sephiroth's insane actions in Nibelheim and beyond actually helped mold characters like Cloud into the heroes they became, I was extremely concerned about inadvertently making it look like I was trying to say that that made Sephiroth's actions alright. And so the story never got written beyond an ending scene blurb I posted once.

Ditto with a story I wanted to write that would have been an AU from the ending of The Sudden Plague episode of WWW. It would have involved Coley kidnapping Anna Kirby as a hostage as he and the gang fled, while Jim and Arte tracked them into the wilderness. I wrote a couple of blurbs for it and still kind of like the idea of writing it, but I worry to do so because I don't want it to look like I'm saying Coley and the gang's actions were okay just because they weren't exactly what Anna thought they were. Nor do I want it to look like it's okay that they kidnapped her. Over the course of the venture, she would come to realize that Coley wasn't the absolute monster she painted him as and that her father was actually responsible for the very worst things, and while that's canon, it is still very delicate to walk that line and not make it look like I'm excusing Coley. He does let her go at the end and then goes on the run without her, but still. I certainly don't want to write anything that looks like I'm hinting at Stockholm Syndrome either, because that's just sad and sick and messed-up. I still want to write this one if I can figure out a way around these problems, but so far I haven't been able to do so.

So ... yeah. I haven't done anything with Baby Face for years because of those problems, and it's pretty unlikely that I'll ever really have the heart to do anything with him again. At least, not in the same capacity as some of the stories, especially the ones that are ten years old.

Maybe he popped up in my dream because of what I was saying about my Chita character the other day and how I'd come to actually kind of like her and think that maybe there was a chance for her to be at least partially redeemed, and how what she'd done wasn't as bad as what Snakes did in canon, etc. Eh, who knows. It doesn't really matter anyway.

... Lovely.

May. 8th, 2016 05:11 pm
ladybug_archive: (ginger_lou)
So I've been thinking a lot about Mike Trevino lately, as evidenced partially by the long post I did on Tumblr this past week. He's figured a lot into some of my recent Ginger and Lou pieces. It's been very interesting developing Mike and Ginger's interaction throughout the past three years and actually getting them to a place where they actually like each other and are comfortable being around each other. They don't confide in each other and probably never will, but Ginger finally apologized to Mike for the shooting (whereas previously he had only apologized to Lou).

I've thought off and on for years that I should probably make a Mike plushie to go with my Ginger and Lou plushies, but sewing is such a pain that I've always put it off. I decided I should really do it, so I used a coupon on Friday to get another pre-stuffed doll at Jo-Ann's for half-off and am planning to start work on the plushie this week, since I have materials for ears, hair, and pants already here. I'm already trying to start by finding a good picture of 1970's Joe E. Tata that I can use as a guide in making the expression, which I practice many times on paper before actually applying to the plushie.

On that, I'm running into some trouble, as it seems like most of his 1970's characters don't have much to smile about. I can't use a more recent picture as a guide. And the only 1970's shots I've got of him, save one, are side views. I'm going to need to get out everything I have with him guest-starring and study it for possible shots. If I don't draw the expression from an actual picture of the person, it never looks as accurate.

I finally solved my Amazon problem by waiting for another gift card that was just about ready to come and then using all of that plus a little cash to get the complete Cannon boxset. I waffled a bit on whether to really do that, since I'd end up having to pay a little more cash than before and I'd been hesitant to add that much cash. But the price was right and Cannon is a show we love in general and not just when darlings guest-star, so it seemed like a very wise investment. I don't have a lot of episodes recorded compared to how many there actually were, and I don't know if the ones I have might be cut. Some of them look like they might be. Crystal encouraged me to get the boxset and last Saturday I finally did, with no regrets. It came yesterday and Mom was thrilled. We watched a couple of episodes, including Don Knight's and the second one with Joe E. Tata.

Joe had a pretty big part, unlike a lot of the times when I see him. He appeared to work for an old man who did a lot of crooked things but had never been caught at it. I say "appeared" because he really seemed to be so much more than just an assistant. They'd been together for years; Cannon mentioned a drug operation that both Joe's character and the old man were involved in eight years ago. He spoke as though they were more like equals or partners in the operation, although I admit that could have just been my interpretation. But there was much more as evidence; it seemed like they lived in the same house, either that or Joe's character Higgins was just over there all the time. And when the nutcase in the episode sets a bomb in the old man's car and he's seriously hurt, Higgins is extremely distraught. He goes to the hospital and is there for hours waiting to hear if he'll be alright. Of course, an assistant or other employee could be that devoted to their boss, but all in all, I got the vibe that maybe even if he technically was an assistant, the relationship was more like a surrogate son and father or extremely close friends. We actually never learn the old man's final fate, but I like to think that he did pull through since Higgins would be so sad if he didn't.

In thinking about it in the hours since, I determined that there are two basic criteria that need to be met, in general, if I'm going to be intrigued by antagonist characters to the point of wanting to write about them. #1, For them to show some indication of caring about someone, and/or #2, That there is some indication that redemption is possible.

Of the two, #2 is the more important reason for me. That could manifest in several ways, including reason #1, or by them doing something decent, or even just by the idea that they will be going to prison and maybe they can be rehabilitated. In this case, while #1 is definitely present, there didn't seem to be any indication that either Higgins or the old man would be or could be interested in changing the way they handled life, so despite being curious and interested in their interaction, I seriously doubt I would write about them.

In the past I somehow got so intrigued by Gin and Vodka that I ended up being willing to write about them performing their jobs as assassins, although the stories were more about them as characters than about what they were doing. But I am still appalled that I did that. That just isn't me. More recently, when writing about Ecks and Wye, I did have to touch on their canonical jobs a bit, but mostly the stories were about them running for their lives after canonically betraying the organization and trying to start over and go straight. I still had to write Wye as having some darker views than I am generally comfortable with writing, but I tried not to touch on that as much and I did have him finally determine, at least, that the organization with which he had been affiliated did do things worse than most governments.

Sometimes I don't intend to get intrigued by a character and I end up doing it anyway because of what I'm writing about them to flesh them out. That was what happened with both Sephiroths (especially KH Sephiroth) and Snakes Tolliver. It also happened with Baby Face Morales. I had honestly originally intended that he would be the dark foil and counterpart to Micky and nothing more. I wrote The Return of Baby Face Morales with that idea in mind and I did not have the character show any redeeming qualities at all, that I recall. But then when I wrote the sequel and had to have Baby Face work with the good guys and later when I wanted him and Tony to patch things up, I got myself intrigued by the idea of him being more of an anti-hero and also developing his interaction with Tony. That was how and why I ended up changing how I wrote for him and started diving into his past and trying to flesh out possibilities of what could have made him such an angry and dark person. Some of it probably went into sob story territory and I might not follow that exact backstory now. I seriously doubt that I'd write about him at all anymore, really, both since his and Tony's story is probably as a standstill and since he really is a dark character and not one I'm that comfortable writing for anymore. If I were to do anything with those characters again, it would probably be to finish that hanging story about them and the Monkees held captive by mad scientists, and/or to keep writing that crossover with Kolchak. Tony Ferano would be the main character in the latter. I toyed a little bit in my last burst of Monkees stories about Tony and whatever goodness he still has in him. If I were to write about him again, I might further that angle and have him finally break away from Baby Face and try to get his life back in some semblance of order again. Even though I'm probably not comfortable writing for Baby Face, I have to admit that I do still love Tony. Jimmy Murphy's portrayal of him was classic.

Of course, Ginger is really quite a dark character too, so it's possible that in the future I will also not want to write about him anymore, either. But in his case, there was that actual chemistry I sensed between him and Lou (which could have been chemistry between the actors) and that is really what set the whole intrigue off. The fact of that chemistry combined with their interaction in general just fascinated me for some reason and led to me being unable to stop writing about them. And in their case, they really are trying to go straight after their stint in prison (something Baby Face would likely never do), so it's not uncomfortable writing about them. So I really hope that I will never feel differently about that, especially now that I've learned some more information that might possibly put a different spin on the elephant in the room of the shooting. I went into that in detail on Tumblr. Of course, as I say there, I will never be fully satisfied on that, but this is the best I can do to handle it. And in my timeline, as I mentioned, Ginger finally has apologized for that.

Bottom line is, I usually really don't want to like or get intrigued by certain characters, but sometimes I do because of those criteria.

Occasionally, I suppose, I can also get fascinated by a character for one other reason: if it feels like they got a bum deal in canon. Dutch Ingram would fall in that category, because the idea that he committed a murder was just shoehorned in, said by Ken Swofford's highly questionable character, and there was no proof it was true. I still don't believe it is, and that is the basis of my Rockford fic featuring him. But if it weren't for feeling like he wasn't the murderer, I doubt I'd write about him. He isn't really the type of character I like either. I don't think just the fact of Christopher playing him would have made me want to write about him, since I don't want to write about every character played by a darling.

And I need to decide what to do about another Amazon gift card I got. There's no chance of any other one coming soon, so with their changed policies I'm thinking maybe I should get a few books with this one. I considered that recent set of Kolchak short stories, which I want to get since I know the author of one of the stories, but I keep hesitating on getting it since I don't know if any of the stories deal with Tony (Vincenzo now and not Ferano, heh) and his and Kolchak's intriguing relationship. I know that in general, the prose stories do not. That collection of 43 short stories I have only has one where Tony really gets to shine, so in a set of 14 stories, there's not much chance Tony will have good screentime. The comics are better than the prose at giving Tony stuff to do, but I don't know if there are any graphic novels out that give him a lot of "screentime" since there are also some comics where he doesn't appear much. If I knew of any I don't have with good Tony content, I would jump to get them.

Other possibilities are Miles Edgeworth manga or Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books or some combination of several things. There are also a couple of new Pony/Equestria Girls books I want, an artbook for the series and a new Equestria Girls novel that will be out a week from ... Monday, I think. I almost always ponder for ages on what to spend gift cards on, since it's a treat I only have several times a year and I want to make sure I get what I really want and what will be meaningful for years to come. Hopefully I'll come to a decision this week.
ladybug_archive: (ginger_lou)
Found this on Tumblr and thought it looked interesting. But I don't post these types of things on Tumblr, so I brought it over here. Comment with the title of one of my fics and a number. (Or if I have a lot of time to kill/a lot to say, I may just answer all of the questions for every fic suggested.)

1. What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?
2. What’s my favorite part of the fic?
3. What’s the part of the fic I’m most proud of?
4. What part of the fic was the hardest for me to write?
5. What part of the fic am I still dissatisfied with?
6. Who’s my favorite character in the fic?
7. Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
8. Was there anything I only learned about the fic after I had finished it? (themes, motifs, symbolism, etc)
9. Did anyone in the fic surprise me by doing anything? If so, what?
10. If I had to sum up this fic in a sentence, what would it be?
11. If I were to rewrite this fic, what would I change?
12. Did any thing about this fic’s reception surprise me?
What were my beta’s major comments about the first draft of this fic? This one doesn't apply since I never use a beta. I am my own beta. I don't want to wait for someone else to find time to read each of my fics before I can post them!
13. If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
14. Any other question about the fic!


Feb. 19th, 2012 01:28 am
ladybug_archive: (kolchak cross)
I've only written one entry here this month. But I've been very busy with other writing, including the [ profile] 31_days vignettes I was doing. I have them done now, which gives me a bit more time to hopefully work on some of the other projects, such as that Wild Wild West fic I finally felt ready to start. I loved doing the vignettes, though. I feel a bit sad they're done. Who knows, maybe next month will have another awesome series of prompts and I'll do it again.

This entry will be mostly fanfic ramblings, but I want to insert here that we're getting the Miles Edgeworth manga starting in May! I'm so excited. I hope it doesn't take place in the Apollo Justice timeline, though. It's just so discouraging to think about what happened to Phoenix there. Miles and Phoenix are meant to be courtroom rivals. Changing that is sacrilege, like setting Perry up against a regular rival other than Hamilton would be.

And we're also getting the Puella Magi Madoka Magica manga! I think it's the one that adapts the anime. I hope they don't drastically change things. When an anime series comes before a manga, the anime is almost always better. (Although I usually think an anime is better even when the manga comes first, haha.) If the manga keeps track of the story well, I'll probably buy it. Especially since I don't know if/when I'll buy the anime.

And has a Monkees category again! This is very big news. I thought we'd never have one again. I asked in the past why couldn't there be one in the TV Shows category, since that would be for fictional and not real people, but I don't recall ever receiving an answer. I plan to post all of my semi-recent stories (from six years ago on up), but I do not intend to re-post the original Monkees fics I did when we had a category before. Those look pretty terrible now. I may leave old fics on that are already there, but I'd be mortified to deliberately put up old fics in this day and age. Anyway, anyone who wants to read those can still drop in at my Monkees website.

At the new category I've been posting my latest revision of The Return of Baby Face Morales, which I fixed up a year ago. People are reading, but there's no reviews. Ordinarily I wouldn't bother posting on with no reviews. But since this is an old fic and I have got reviews in the past, and I'm trying to build up a brand new category, I figure I'll keep at it for a while. Maybe if I'm persistent I can get some more activity going in the category and eventually some reviews.

This will hopefully force me to finish my revision of the sequel, too. I stopped on it last April when I was writing Kolchak, I think.

Which reminds me of the Kolchak fic I stalled on many moons ago. There were reasons for that. One was that I couldn't find out what happened to the giant worm-things that had become my inspiration for the worms in the story. No one would tell me and Googling did nothing for me. And I forgot to look for the book the handful of times I was in a bookstore. Without knowing what happened to those worms or how the people got away, I couldn't figure out how the worms in the story should be defeated.

Another problem was that I wasn't sure I really wanted to write about Chicago being decimated by a bunch of giant worms. But I couldn't seem to find anything else scary enough that's supposed to be able to cause amnesia. I wanted something existing (well, existing in someone else's fiction/myth/legend), rather than for me to make something up. Fairies ... just didn't seem to cut it.

A third problem was that I was having a hard time keeping the story going. I kept wanting to prematurely have the scene with Kolchak and Tony meeting up in Wal-Mart. There just wasn't enough material to keep the story afloat for long.

So in the end I threw up my hands and wondered what on earth I was to do with it. I still wonder. I'd still be very interested in writing Kolchak, if I had a decent plot.

I would also be very interested in finishing that West Side Story fic about Schrank and the kids he was mentoring, if I could get back on the ball. I open it sometimes and blankly stare at it. Even knowing where the plot was going doesn't help me figure out how to write the rest of the chapter. It's rather exasperating and frustrating.

On the Perry front again, I just got up chapter 6 of the current mystery. Jerry's stalker finally has a large speaking part (although he had a scene last chapter too). I'm a little concerned about keeping this plot rolling, as well. But I think I'll be able to make it. I do know more or less what's supposed to happen, and two of the plot twists have been thrown into the mix now. Also, since I have a timeline, one of the sub-plots is how some of the characters are still trying to heal from the previous venture, The Case of the Broken Ties. So that's interesting. I'm glad I didn't make things a quick fix, with everything hunky-dory for everyone at the end. All things considered, I don't think I could have done that and felt good about it. Things take time to get over. And some of the characters were pretty devastated.
ladybug_archive: (micky)
... I almost called it Dreamworks.

Apparently I meant to do this one last May, and never got around to it.

I get restless doing these quizzes lately. I start one because I want a little break, but long before I'm done I start getting edgy and feeling like I'm wasting time. But since I've started it, I like to finish it.

I'm working on my experiment with Hamilton and Mignon and the [ profile] 31_days themes for next month. I have three done so far, more or less.


Aug. 20th, 2011 01:55 pm
ladybug_archive: (perry_hamilton)
A couple of weeks ago I saw a very fascinating Perry Mason episode on the local station, The Shoplifter's Shoe. It's Leonard Nimoy's episode (or one of them; I think he may have been on twice), and lucky for me, a fangirl decided to compile all of the scenes he was in into one video. Among those is a wonderful scene between Perry and Mr. Burger that really depicts how close they are by season 6. And then they pin the guilty party down together. It's very unique all around.

And while reading my West Side Story book, I see that the author shares my opinion that if Schrank is racist, it's against more than just the Puerto Ricans. Of course, she is also of the opinion that he most definitely is racist. It looks bad for him, I know, but with his canonical shame and guilt there has to be more to it than just flat-out racism. If he's racist, he can't be hardcore. Hardcore racists don't give a darn. They say whatever they please and are beyond feeling. It's possible that for Schrank, it's a combination of his frustration and despair ending up turning a bit racist over time. Or it could still be like I've said, that his frustration and despair just caused him to blurt out things he didn't mean.

In any case, I'm wondering if I pussyfooted too much in my defense of him at [ profile] hated_character and if I should have been more firm in my declarations of why I believe it's not as simple as deciding he's racist. I'm also wondering if I should edit it now or whether I should instead write a second, more hardcore defense to begin with.

And speaking of Schrank, I was rather unsettled that, while answering yet another reviewer's questions about my old Detective Conan fic Breakdown, I suddenly realized that if I had previously written a partnership similar to Schrank and Krupke, it was probably Gin and Vodka. Vodka and Krupke definitely have their parallels as the bigger, slower members of the team. Schrank and Gin are the sharper, more hardened members. (And they both smoke, albeit I have never had Schrank smoke in a fic.) Schrank's speech pattern, however, is worlds away from Gin's. Schrank is rough and uncultured, often using slang and bad grammar (and just plain not caring, even if he knows what he's doing). It's actually a very different experience writing for him. Most of the main characters I write for, including or especially Gin, have a more refined manner of speaking.

Of course, the other major difference is that Schrank and Krupke are police, the good guys, while Gin and Vodka are criminal assassins. I still don't know what I was thinking, writing for a bunch of crooks. That's not like me at all. Although my attempt to find some good in Gin and craft a dark past for him is like me. I do the same thing with Baby Face Morales, it's true, but it seems different with him somehow.


Apr. 8th, 2011 11:44 am
ladybug_archive: (micky_gun)
Last night I spent time putting up The Return of Baby Face Morales at my InsaneJournal. I divided it into even more parts, since after testing some of them at the Yahoo Group I decided they were still too big. It's at 11 this time around. The second half, after the time skip, doesn't even start until part 8.

This morning I got up chapter 2 of the Kolchak/YGO fic at I've decided to keep with my original desires for the plot. I've written into chapter 4 by now. I'm not sure how long it will be overall.

I made a few new icons for the InsaneJournal. I recut the one of Tony's classic WTH expression, and made completely new ones with Tony looking serious and one of both him and Vince staring in utter shock and disbelief.

Quick Post

Apr. 5th, 2011 11:50 am
ladybug_archive: (micky_silly)
The fics are advancing. Kolchak/YGO has passed into the third chapter and I've been plotting things in future chapters with Kaze. Lullaby of Silence has moved ahead a couple more pages. I'm about ready to bring the Monkees into it. I'm not sure when Kolchak will appear, but it will be fairly early on, I think.

And unless I've decided to do a separate, paranormal timeline, I've accepted the weird fic, The House of the Setting Sun, into my main timeline. It's referenced repeatedly in Lullaby.

Something I've pondered over for five years is the origin of some of Tony's aliases. I actually had an explanation for "Kissing Clyde", but I forgot it completely, other than that Tony insisted it wasn't his fault. I think he may have tripped and ended up in an awkward position with someone? LOL.

I've also wondered about "Tony the Slasher". It could be taken at face value, but since this is the Monkees, goofy explanations could just as easily be true. (Or maybe goofy explanations are more likely to be true.) After a conversation with Ladyamberjo I got the giggles imagining up a more innocuous explanation for that alias. This dialogue about sums it up:

Mike: ... So, you've helped us out and all.... You don't seem like such a bad guy.... Why do they call you Tony the Slasher?
Tony: ... **silent glare. Slices envelope open rapidly and almost murderously.**
Micky: Ohh! That's why!
All Monkees: ... **really take a look at the sharp letter opener and start wondering if he's ever sliced a person with it.** ... **start backing towards the door, calling nervous goodbyes.**
Tony: **rolls his eyes and sets the letter opener down.**

I think this is my official head-canon explanation.

"Tony the Rock" seems pretty straightforward, considering his cold, unwavering glares.

And "Big Tony", also obvious. Pure irony. He's approximately 5'3".
ladybug_archive: (kolchak)
I got hold of the final draft script of Alias Micky Dolenz. There are many differences from the aired episode! I have compiled a list of the major ones. If anyone's interested in reading about them, I have it here: I'm quite proud of it.

I'm also proud of the prologue of Lullaby of Silence, which I put on the fic journal [ profile] ladybug_tales. I'm still debating whether to put it on [ profile] monkeesfic.

And chapter 1 of the Kolchak/YGO fic has gone up on! It is in the crossover category. I decided it really belonged there. I think chapter 2 is almost done, too. It took me a while to decide how to divide it up, which is why it happened like this.


Apr. 2nd, 2011 01:00 pm
ladybug_archive: (yazoo)
I've been running around and haven't been on too much, but I advanced a little bit on the Kolchak/YGO fic and also got the short prologue done for Lullaby of Silence. It's *creepy.* I'm so proud of it. Part of me wants to post it right now, but I should probably let it set just a little bit to see if I think of anything else to add.

It's going to be a crossover between The Monkees and Kolchak, and it's going to flip back and forth between showing the case in the past and showing it in the present. It's going to be awesome. I hope to achieve the same level of psychological horror I had with White is in the Winter Night. Although this fic sadly won't have as big an audience, it's something I'm going to be very proud of.

I'm also happy with where the Kolchak/YGO fic is going. It's pretty much flowing. I'm going to be exploring Kolchak and Vincenzo's odd but endearing friendship in it. I've already had a scene where Vincenzo freaks out about the investigation and Kolchak deduces that he's worried, which Vincenzo promptly denies. Now Kolchak has arrived at the museum and learns that someone in the Egyptian department wants to see him, which is unusual and a big surprise.
ladybug_archive: (mickyandbabyface)
Something I've noticed, both now and in the past. Baby Face seems to generally be very calm and smooth and relaxed. The only time we actually see him at a murderous level is when Micky accidentally slaps him and his temper bends and breaks and he tries to choke Micky. Even when Micky pretends to be him and is slapping the gang around, he stays cool and collected while doing it.

Of course, there's often the feeling that Baby Face could easily snap at any time. Naturally, if he can become murderous over an accidental slapping, potentially anything could set him off. He's dangerous; there's no question about that.

However, I've wondered if, a lot of the times when people have died at his hands, it's because he didn't control his temper, rather than that he always meant to kill them. I remember having Ruby think so in one fic or another. I'm sure he probably meant to kill some people, such as ones who got in his way, but I'm just not sure if he always meant to. I'm also not sure the title Captain Hargrave gave him, "The Most Vicious Killer in America" really fits. Of course, it is a sixties TV show, and they couldn't show much, but surely there's worse out there than Baby Face. I think there's even been more cold-hearted villains on The Monkees than Baby Face.

So what do you think, fellow Monkee fans? Is Baby Face Morales truly the most vicious killer in America? Or is he truly dangerous, but not the worst out there?

Going along with the subject, here's a very short blurb I jotted out that's been coming together due to that idea I had from watching High School Big Shot. Baby Face is very calm and cool throughout. He seems to be in a fairly good mood here.

Smuggling )

And I have the urge to call this new creepy fic I want to write, the one based on the [ profile] sharp_teeth/Buffy prompt, Lullaby of Silence. I'm still unsure of exactly what goes on, other than that there's these creepy people wearing white tuxedos and top hats going around trying to kill or harm people. But if I call the story Lullaby of Silence, they're probably going to be trying to kill/seriously harm at least some kids, and I definitely wouldn't want them to succeed in that. I have this image of Tony trying to ask one of the kids what she saw and the kid still not able to speak from whatever the people did to her. Also, rather than it being strictly supernatural, I'm thinking that they hypnotize/mesmerize the people into not being able to speak.


Mar. 31st, 2011 10:55 am
ladybug_archive: (duke_fallen)
The prompt I want at [ profile] sharp_teeth is the following quote:

"Can't even shout, can't even cry
The Gentlemen are coming by
Knockin' on windows, tappin' on doors,
They need to take seven and they might take yours.
Can't call to mum, can't say a word
You're gonna die screaming but you won't be heard."

I'm told it's from Buffy, a show I have never gotten into. But regardless of the source, it's intriguing. It would definitely work well as a Kolchak fic, and I haven't counted out that possibility.

Another idea came to me as well, however. I've been wanting to write a cop fic. And while watching Highway Patrol I had the thought that maybe I should write the prompt with Tony Ferano and have it take place when he was still on the police force. (Heck, if I wanted, Kolchak could be in the fic too.) It could be a really creepy case he's trying to solve.

What I'm not sure of is, if I use that idea, whether the story should be split into past and present segments. That is to say, whether half should be while Tony's on the police force and half should be after he joins up with Baby Face. If I opted to do it like that, I wonder if the case would be unsolved from years before and then reopen in the present or whether it would have been solved in the past but still reopen.

If I do half-and-half it, that means The Monkees and other characters would probably feature into the present segments. If it's just in the past, then Tony would be the only canonical character involved (other than possibly Kolchak, haha). Tony would not have met Baby Face at that time.

And I've started the Kolchak/YGO fic. I'm liking it so far. Kolchak's voiceovers are fun to write. Currently he's matching wits with a police officer.

Oh, and I posted the final chapter of the weird Monkees fics on [ profile] monkeesfic. I also got the whole thing up on the fic journal and linked on [ profile] 31_days. I apologize profusely for any brain-breaking experienced while reading it.
ladybug_archive: (mickyandbabyface)
I have to admit, when I watched the Horror in the Heights episode of Kolchak, I was hoping that it would be Tony Vincenzo that the monster would appear to Kolchak as. I almost wonder if the writer was trying to make the viewers think that would be the case, since Kolchak was muttering earlier about wanting to shoot Tony and the monster had to be defeated by being shot by a crossbow while still looking like the person it was pretending to be. But regardless, I did like the squee of it being Miss Emily that appeared to him instead. That was cute, to find that he trusts her.

Of course, it doesn't mean Miss Emily is the only person whom he trusts. I would think he probably trusts Tony too, in spite of their heated arguments.

Seriously, I wonder what happened to Kolchak in the past to make him believe, prior to the attack, that he didn't trust anyone. On the other hand, I'm not sure I would want it revealed. I like for Kolchak to have mystery about him. I don't think we need to know all about his past.

Tomorrow's [ profile] 31_days prompt, Everyone cares about somebody, intrigues me. It could fit so well for so many aloof characters. I was originally idly considering using it for a ficlet concerning the Baby Face Morales gang, but a concrete plot never materialized. I'm kind of considering now seeing if I could write a test scene for the proposed Kolchak vs. Yami Marik fic, specifically the scene where Kolchak finds Tony after Yami Marik had gotten to him. Yami Marik has left a note for Kolchak, letting him know the attack was completely because of him. It infuriates Kolchak.

I'm currently feeling less cranky about the weird Monkees fic. Chapter 5 isn't moving along too fast, though. I wonder if I'll get this thing done in time for Amnesty Day.

I also seem to have forgot something I wanted to say. Undoubtedly, I will remember once this is posted.
ladybug_archive: (mickyandbabyface)
My little ghost plunnie exploded into a full-fledged, multi-chapter fic, and a very strange one at that. Now it's the Monkees discovering the ominous home, there's more than one malevolent spirit, and Baby Face was killed during twisted and unexplained circumstances, not a simple gang war. It will be explained later, but for now neither the readers nor the Monkees know what happened. Tony and the other gang members have come back to the house and are telling the Monkees to leave. They know that if the Monkees stay, the same disaster that befell Baby Face will come to them.

I'm trying to think on whom the disaster should start to befall, if any of them. So far I keep coming back to Davy. I'm not sure why I feel like it shouldn't be Mike. If it were Mike, the others would have to deal with figuring out how to save their leader. And that could be an interesting parallel since the gang was unable to save Baby Face. Maybe the more I write, the more right it will feel for it to be Mike as the victim.

There's far more paranormal things going on now than in the initial first draft, which featured only Baby Face as a vengeful spirit as a paranormal thing. It doesn't weird me out as much as that old RP where Tony was defeated by a Doom Reborn member and unwillingly worked with them under their control until he broke free and pushed Baby Face and the other gang members out of the Doom Reborn circle before it surrounded him and took his soul, but I'm still somewhat weirded out by the fic's concepts. I don't know, when the gangsters are such realistic characters and use guns and brute force and intimidation, I feel like paranormal goings-on ruin the realism. But the fic really wants to be written. It keeps coming. So I guess I'll keep writing until either I finish, stall, or am too weirded out to continue.

I'm thinking I may post the first chapter to the [ profile] monkeesfic comm. It's much shorter than the chapters and parts I've been trying to post around lately.

... And I was wondering the other day if I could write for George and Lenny from Monkees in a Ghost Town. I just rediscovered that I did, once. They are the villains in an unfinished Bowery Boys fic I was writing. It looks like I didn't do too badly with their personalities.


Mar. 16th, 2011 12:06 pm
ladybug_archive: (tony_WTH)
After watching, re-watching, and pondering over Jimmy Murphy's roles, I have determined that Tony was actually a bit of a departure for him. At that time he was still largely playing either characters referred to as teenagers or petty crooks. Sometimes, as in a Dick Van Dyke Show episode that aired in 1965, he was basically a juvenile delinquent. I definitely think he was getting too old to play supposed teenagers at that point, however. He looked more like he was in his early twenties (and in actuality he was in his late twenties/around thirty).

Most of his characters are either cheery or mischievous/obnoxious (or, in the case of Ernie in a different Dick Van Dyke Show episode, hot-headed). By stark contrast, Tony is mature, cold, and calculating. There's definitely a sense that Tony has been around a good deal, seen a great many things, and is in control. I wouldn't be surprised if he and Baby Face knocked heads frequently over how to handle the gang.

I haven't seen enough of Jimmy's later roles to make an accurate assessment on the kinds of characters he took on then. If I remember right, his first Knight Rider character was kind of cautious/distrusting/serious. His second character was distrusting and hot-headed. But he had been a successful businessmen for quite a few years prior to the time of the episode.

One thing that's always been the same is that Jimmy is the master of hilarious facial expressions. No one can express disgust or WTH quite like he can. Without his and Mike Wagner's (Vince's) reactions, the scene in the backroom in Alias Micky Dolenz wouldn't have been anywhere as funny.

Another thing is I don't think he ever played another character similar to Tony.

Switching gears, I was watching Kolchak again and his editor (also named Tony, which could become confusing in this blog) was freaking out yelling about the mess Kolchak had gotten himself into this time and that he could be killed. He also kept saying it was Kolchak's problem and that he himself wasn't emotional at all, even though he was clearly upset. It definitely looked like a classic case of "I am worrying about your safety but I will never admit it!" I loved it.


Mar. 16th, 2011 12:20 am
ladybug_archive: (yazoo)
It has not been a profitable evening.

For ages I wrestled with a website that promised to let me stream something if I downloaded a codec. I did, but it acted like I hadn't done anything. So I tried again, and ended up with a new version of RealPlayer in addition to the codec. It still wouldn't work and made me download another player. I did, but when that also wouldn't make it work and said for me to download another one, I was justifiably infuriated and uninstalled the players, which I had never really wanted in the first place. I wonder if there's really anything to stream on that site or if it's just a big fake. Sometimes I saw the streaming device in the browser window, but it wouldn't load and insisted the components weren't there even though I installed what it told me to. And before anyone asks, I did close the browser, and even the computer, in between each installation in case it needed a restart to work. And those of you who know me should know by now how much I despise restarting. Those of you who know me should also know I would never go through these kinds of hoops if it wasn't for something I seriously wanted very badly. I still haven't got to see it.

So by that point I was outraged. Then I discover that I had somehow overlooked a journal post that was my only notification that something had been posted that I had highly encouraged and was eager to read. I don't know how I missed it for five days. I rarely ever miss journal posts. And I find it highly frustrating that the one I missed was the one for something I really wanted to read. I've been very busy and in a fog the last few days, but the fic was top priority. I dropped everything and went to read it when I realized what had happened, which I would have done days ago if I'd known.

I was so frustrated that I'd missed that, on top of dealing with that rotten website and some other frustrations I probably won't mention here, that I actually exclaimed to someone in a private conversation "How the he** did I miss that?!" (Yes, that's how I put it, including the asterisks.) Suffice it to say, that means I was very angry with myself. Previously, when I've been angry enough that I've felt like saying something like that, I've **bleeped** the whole word instead of using part of it. Even though I have a bad habit of swearing in frustration to myself, I've always managed to restrain myself from doing it online.

At least, since I'd finally become aware of the fic's existence, I was able to read it. It was everything I'd hoped for and looked forward to, and more. That was one bright spot in an evening of frustrations.

And I think part 2 of the Baby Face revision fic is so long that I lost one of my readers at the Yahoo Group. That's when I know something is too long. I really wanted everything that was in the second part to be in it, but if it's just so long that people don't have time to read it then I've made an error. I was trying to cut down the length of the parts, but it was still too much.

While I was fighting with that wretched website I read some of the tales in my book of supposedly true ghost stories from the Old West. I ended up with a plunnie of some people stumbling into a creepy old house that's haunted by a malicious spirit. After they have a number of disturbing experiences, they flee the house in horror. Then they stumble across someone (possibly Tony or Vince) who tells them that it's inhabited by Baby Face Morales, who was killed in a gang war and still seeks revenge on the ones who killed him.
ladybug_archive: (mike_WTH)
After five years, I finally was able to see the second Knight Rider episode in which Jimmy Murphy played a part. I also took screengrabs. The first time he was on the show, he played a convict. The second time, he was a tough businessman who refused to sell out to a crook who was buying out other businesses. He ended up murdered by a hitman with a supercharged car who pushed his car through a railroad barrier and onto the tracks.

I think that's only the second time one of his characters has died. The other time I've seen was in the first of two appearances on Peter Gunn.

But anyway ... he's a oneshot character. He's on screen for less than ten minutes (although he's mentioned by other characters throughout the remainder of the episode). There's no indication he was able to get out of the car before it hit.

The explosion, however, was horrifying enough to send pieces of the car flying everywhere. Since it's never really specified one way or the other, I could easily say that no body was recovered because of everything blowing into pieces. And then I could have it that he did manage to get out of the car, barely in time, but was thrown by the explosion. I could even toss in some amnesia for good measure.

But who in the world would even care other than me? If the show has a fandom, why would any of the fans give a flying fig what happened to such a minor character?

It would be kind of interesting to see if I could make such a fic more than just gratifying fanservice for myself. If I could make it a full-fledged sequel to the episode, with crooks and all that good stuff, I might be able to swing it.

The show, by the way, has all the campy cheesiness you would expect from something in the eighties. But it's pretty exciting. And I love the computerized, talking car KITT's personality. He's awesome. I ended up deciding to watch all the episodes on the disc, which I had not planned to do.

And I finished my initial run-through of Will the Real Baby Face Please Stand Up? My assessment is ... that it really isn't as epic as the first one. And it kind of disappoints me. I remember thinking years ago that I wished I could make the story longer, but I wasn't sure how to do it without it just looking padded. Maybe if I could just expand even further on some of the existing scenes and add more introspection from characters other than Micky, that would help. One thing I love so much about The Return of Baby Face Morales is the introspection. And everything just feels so epic. I'm not giving up on the sequel yet. I want to see if I can turn it epic without making it look deliberately padded.

... And I have three copies of the song Valleri. Only recently did I realize each one is different. I had been thinking I had two versions, with one in duplicate. This is not true. I have:

- Missing Links 2, with the original TV show version from the first season

- The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees, with the later, album version

- Daydream Believer and Other Hits, with the version played on the show in the second season, including in The Monkees Blow Their Minds

Tentatively, I'm supposing the latter is the single version released in '68. Funny, I always thought that was the same version as what's on The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees.

Of the three, my favorite is definitely the last one, followed by the first one. I don't know; I just don't care much for the album version and its fade-out. The notes bringing the song to a close in the other versions are just so awesome.

How did I discover that the versions are all different? Well, the first season TV show version ends faster than the later one. I realized this after listening closely and knew that there had to be another version out there. Then I was playing the third copy and I realized that was the second season TV show version. I was thrilled. That version is just so epic. Although maybe I think that largely because I adore the episode in which it's played and because the musical romp is just hilarious.

It's up!

Mar. 13th, 2011 09:11 am
ladybug_archive: (micky_gun)
The complete revised version of The Return of Baby Face Morales has been uploaded to [ profile] ladybug_tales. Over the ensuing few days, each segment will be posted to Dreamworld.

Next, to tackle the sequel. I'm looking forward to getting it in ship-shape too. In particular I'm eager to expand a summarized scene with Mr. Fuselli into a real scene.

I also need to finish and upload a couple of Monkees sketches I've been doing, both from Not Your Stepping Stone. One is Baby Face threatening Peter while Tony watches in the background. The other is Peter discovering Micky lying on the roof next to him and trying to wake him.

After reading through the fics of the timeline, particularly This Just Doesn't Seem to Be Our Day, I determined that a couple of things in Not Your Stepping Stone were off. I fixed them. Tony now directs Peter to go into the warehouse when the shooting starts for the second time in part 1, instead of ignoring him. Tony tells him the rival gang will leave him alone if he goes in there. Also, I've altered Vince's line in part 2 where he wonders if Baby Face is going to kill Peter. He still wonders, but he phrases it a bit different. This Just Doesn't Seem to Be Our Day really forced the Monkees and the mobsters to work together, and I think it would have made more of an impression on the next story in the timeline than I made it look. Plus, just in general, since I usually write Tony as a tragic character who really isn't all bad, I don't think he would have outright ignored Peter during the shooting in part 1.


Mar. 12th, 2011 01:32 pm
ladybug_archive: (mickyandbabyface)
Someone else is interested in and knows something about Jimmy Murphy. For once, there's a birthdate floating around for him. (1935.) This is new; Wikipedia never had anything on him before. They still don't have an actual article, but it is an improvement. I'm taking it a bit with a grain of salt, since it's not mentioned somewhere like, but it sounds fairly accurate.

And hold that thought, I found someone who has actually had some association with him! Now to hope my email goes through....

I decided I'll need to make more breaks for The Return of Baby Face Morales then I had originally. I just put up the first of the new parts in the Dreamworld group. I'm proofreading the whole thing a second time, so when I finish that I'll probably put up all the parts in rapid succession at the fic journal.

Monday or Tuesday I receive the Knight Rider disc from Netflix that has Jimmy's second episode on it. I'm thrilled; I've wanted to see that for five years. I loved his first guest spot on the series.

... And I'll probably recall the original reason for this entry after I give up and decide to post it.

Oh! I just remembered. Among Jimmy's guest spots was an appearance on the show Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Of course, out of all the creepy things on that show, Jimmy *had* to be in the episode that featured a headless biker killing people in like manner as he was killed ("Chopper"). It took some time before I got the courage to try it, but I don't regret it. In spite of the storyline, the execution was actually quite innocuous. And I just covered my eyes during the death scenes, so I don't know how graphic they were and I don't want to know. (Although I don't think they would have been very graphic.) Jimmy's character survived, as I remembered being told five years ago in a group for the series.

I really like the actor who plays Kolchak, Darren McGavin. I've seen him for years in the Disney film No Deposit, No Return (a classic comedy), and more recently, in that film with Jerry Lewis (The Delicate Delinquent?). I really like the Kolchak character, too. He's hilarious. And I love how he's a reluctant hero. I watched another episode of the show last night (Mr. R.I.N.G.) and plan to see more.

I think it's so neat that the series had a revival with that comic series! And it's updated the time to the present day without aging the characters, the same as Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books do. I may look into the comic series sometime.

I've been vaguely interested in the series for some time (ever since I first learned of it through Columbia House, which would have been fourteen or so years ago), and five years ago my interest only rose because of finding out about Jimmy's guest spot. It looks like he may have led me into another fandom the same as he did with The Bowery Boys.
ladybug_archive: (tony)
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Yes, Miranda from Mysterious Ways, played by Alisen Down. I adored her aloof, serious, matter-of-fact personality, and the moments where she would let some of her mask slip and be a bit mischievous. It was because of her and her love of black clothes that I decided I wanted to wear black, too. I've never regretted it; black looks good with my complexion. And my skin is so naturally pale that it only adds to kind of a gothic look.

I've been revising my entire Return of Baby Face Morales fic, which is something I've wanted to do for years. I've changed the entire flow of narration so it's not so detached and summarizing, and I've added scenes in place of most of the extended paragraphs with summarized action. I'm pleased with how it's come out. I'll start posting the new version to the Dreamworld group, as well as uploading to the fic journal and linking it up with the Monkees website.

I looked through old messages at Dreamworld to see where I made the breaks between segments, as I figured I'd need to make the same breaks now. That was a burst of nostalgia. Some of the people commenting then are still around now.

I remember I never really wanted to get into Baby Face and Tony warring with each other when I wrote the fic, but I figured it was something I would have to explore since it's canon in the episode that Tony tried to gun down who he thought was Baby Face. Reading over them plotting to kill each other definitely made me a bit uncomfortable. Writing for criminals doing criminal acts isn't really my thing, so it always surprised me that I wanted to write about those characters.

Next project: apply the same revisioning to the sequel. I've already done it with the currently existing chapters of This Just Doesn't Seem to Be Our Day, although I haven't put the new versions up because I wanted to go in chronological order with these fics.

One thing I mused on recently: Tony definitely has a better command of the English language than Baby Face. He may drop his H's occasionally ("Take 'im"/"tail 'im"), but overall he seems to use correct grammar. Baby Face doesn't care if he uses the wrong grammar ("You can't, uh, expect no miracles"). I attribute that probably to their different upbringings. Although for my canon, Baby Face's mentor probably used the right grammar, but by then it was too ingrained in Baby Face to speak other than he already did.

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