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Safe
i've got your back
7th-Feb-2016 08:46 pm - No watchalong today?
I take it there's no watchalong today? I went by the chatroom and there was nobody. The anon spammer had left a couple of messages during the week though :(
words of wisdom
Title: In The Right Direction
Author: danae_b
Rating: Brown Cortina (established relationship, alleyway sex oops, is that a bit of dirty talk? I guess it is by my standards) (plus there's thinky!Gene)
Pairing: Sam/Gene
Word Count: 3.7k words
Notes: So about 500 years ago, niccotin73 gave me a prompt of Sam/Gene, and the words silence, indecision, and this is what happened because of it.
Beta done by lozenger8, many thanks! Any left over mistakes can be blamed on me!
Summary: Sam had known just where to find him.

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it's about to be writ again
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Appointment
if i could just have your attention
31st-Jan-2016 12:31 pm - Life on Mars Chat and Watchalong!
Howdy all! It's Sunday, and I DON'T have errands to run which is a bloody MIRACLE, so that means chat time announcement is GO!

The Lifein1973 chatroom will be open starting from 7pm GMT. Here's a world clock to help you figure out what time that is for you! The chatroom is right over here, just click to join!

We stalled last week on 1x04 since enough people didn't show up (I'm sorry, I had been kidnapped and had to be social and polite to people who I don't really like XD), so we'll try again this week! Chat starts at 7pm, and we'll start watching at 8pm.

Just what are you waiting for? Shove a bacon butty in your mouth--wait no you can't have this one, it's mine--and drive backwards very fast to the chatroom!
Hope to see you there!
wtf NO
Thanks so much to all the artists who've signed up for the Mini Reversebang 2016. You should have received an email confirming your sign up. If you haven't can you please contact me? Now you get to create your artworks! Please remember: they need to be able to inspire a short piece of fiction (1500 words minimum), AND you may want to think of a prompt sentence to post for claims. Drafts of your artwork are due March 22nd 2016. More about how and where will become available closer to the date.

Now!

Are you a writer? Have you ever attempted to create drabbles, short fiction, novellas, novels, or a series of novels (or MORE than one series of novels)?

Does the idea of participating in a challenge where you'll write a piece inspired by someone else's artwork entice you or even make you shrug and go 'sounds okay'?

Then, have I got the event for you. As part of the magnificent celebrations that 10 years have passed since Life on Mars first graced our screens, the Life on Mars 2016 Mini Reversebang is a-go.

Not sure what I'm talking about? A reversebang is the reverse of a big bang. The Life on Mars big bang occurred in 2011 and it was wonderful. In a big bang, writers create stories first and artists claim drafts of their writing as inspirations for artworks. The two pieces are displayed together. A reversebang reverses the claiming: artists create artwork first and writers claim drafts of their artwork as inspirations for stories. The two pieces are, once again, displayed together.

Writers will be claiming artwork March 25th, and stories will be due May 25th. Writer sign ups end February 9th.

Writers please sign up here (via Livejournal) or here (via googleforms).
(Please choose one platform - either LJ OR google. Unless you're trying to cheat and create six different pieces, at which point I have to ask: why?)
Loz Cola
26th-Jan-2016 04:09 am - For the newer LoM fans
And for the older ones with new computers that no longer have the old BBC LoM screensavers and would like them back again.

I recently acquired a nice new machine with Windows 10 on it but I really missed my old LoM clock screensaver. Found the old BBC LoM downloads page with the screensavers and wallpapers only to discover that the clock one for Windows was the only one NOT working (error 404). The Mac download file still works and both download formats still work for the other LoM screensaver, just not the Windows format clock one. Grrrr! I was not happy.

Solution: Copy the installation file from my old machine to the Downloads folder in the new machine and hope it would still work with Win 10. Can't believe my luck but it installed perfectly and actually worked!!! Unfortunately this may be the ONLY way to get it to work. If anyone is interested PM me and we'll work out how I can send you the file. Can't guarantee that this will work but in honour of the 10th anniversary of this brilliant series I'm willing to give it a try.

I may not be around here much but I'm still fond of the series and always will be. It inspired me to write like nothing else before or since. :)
Life on Mars: Life on Cortina
Title: Giving It All
Author: danae_b
Rating: White Cortina (first kisses happen, lots of thinky Sam)
Pairing: Sam/Gene
Word Count: 3k words
Notes: I wanted to write a drabble last week so I asked xysabridde for a prompt. She gave me Sam/Gene, wallpaper with a side of sticky Annie... and this is what happened. It is not, in any way, shape or form, a drabble, but who cares! I wrote more Christmas fic on accident, I'm so terribly sorry.
Beta for this one was handled by lozenger8! If there's any left over mistakes, I'll probably notice them in a year when I decide to reread this story randomly. Sorry for that!
Summary: Sam's second Christmas at CID, the annual gift exchange goes off without a hitch.

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gene and sam
24th-Jan-2016 11:55 am - Life on Mars chat and watchalong!
What's up, friends? It's Sunday, so of course we all know what that means... time for the weekly chat announcement!

The Lifein1973 chatroom will be open from 7pm GMT tonight. Clicky clicky over here to join!

If you aren't sure what time to show up, don't despair. This handy world clock will solve all your problems. Well maybe not ALL, but at least the time zone related ones.

There's a watchalong afoot, and according to intelligence received from the fabulous danae_b we have reached episode 1x4 this week. Drop in if you'd like partake of an episode!

So what are you waiting for? Shove a bacon butty in your mouth (or maybe even a sausage roll if you're feeling cheeky) and drive backwards very fast to the chatroom! 
gene and sam laugh
17th-Jan-2016 12:36 pm - Life on Mars Chat!
Howdy all! It's Sunday, and that means it's chat time, and I'm mostly ready to party! I have to go run some errands first XD

The Lifein1973 chatroom will be open starting from 7pm GMT. Here's a world clock to help you figure out what time that is for you! The chatroom is right over here, just click to join!

We've had some success with the watachalong so far, and this week we're on 1x03! Chat starts at 7pm, and we'll start watching at 8pm.

Hope to see you there!
irreplaceable
A reminder that the Life on Mars 2016 Mini Reversebang is open for artist sign-ups as we speak. Sign ups are open until January 25. The commitment is low-key and guaranteed to be fun, with art ranging from hand-drawn visual art pieces, digital visual art pieces, graphics, gifs, manips, fanvids and/or fanmixes all applicable.

FAQ/Rules for Life on Mars 2016 Mini Reversebang can be found here.

Artist sign up forms can be found here (on livejournal) and here (via google forms). (Please choose one platform - either LJ OR google. Unless you're trying to cheat and create six different pieces, at which point I have to ask: why?)

Thanks to everyone who's already signed up. Keep signal boosting and poking fans you know who are lurking in the shadows.
Loz Cola
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you may respond to the drabble challenge at ANY point during the week, not only the day that it's posted. You can also use the awfully handy "track this" button if you want to keep an eye on it.

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Weather



Good weather, bad weather, whatever you want. Inspired by the 'severe thunderstorm' that I get to drive through to get to work.
look at the time
Title: Farewell
Author: thesmallhobbit
Rating: White Cortina
Pairing: Gen
Word Count: 100
Summary: My tribute to David Bowie

Farewell
Sam and Gene June's bed
11th-Jan-2016 08:35 am - Farewell to David Bowie
Today is a sad day to be a fan of 70s pop. David Bowie has died of cancer aged 69.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35278872

A moment of silence and then a replay of Life on Mars with the volume turned way up is in order, I think.

lom5
10th-Jan-2016 12:38 pm - LoM Chat toniiiiiiight!
Heya!

Time to announce the weekly chat! Yes indeedy, we will be populating our glorious palace of a chatroom from 7pm GMT! If you aren't sure what time that is where you are located, Google it you lazy bastard. I mean use this handy dandy worldclock.

Word on the street (assuming danae_b is on the street. Why are you standing out in the rain anyway, Dana?) is that there's a watchalong in the offing! I'm not sure who attended the anniversary watchalong of S01E01 yesterday, so we'll play it by ear concerning which episode we choose to watch and what time to begin.

So, as we say in the biz, what are you waiting for? Shove a bacon butty in your mouth and drive backwards very fast to the chatroom!
gene and sam laugh
Title: As Good As
Author: danae_b
Rating: Green Cortina ((whitish-green?) established relationship, Annie pov is the BEST pov, DOMESTICITY, fluff, silliness at times, probably overrated it but better safe than sorry)
Pairing: Sam/Gene/Annie
Word Count: just at 4k words
Notes: Once upon a time, xysabridde gave me the following prompt: Sam/Annie/Gene, convincing Gene of something It took me close to forever to finish, to make sure it was right, and d'you know what? IT'S READY TO BE POSTED! I'm happy to be able to share it with the community at large today of all days, since it's the tenth anniversary of Life on Mars! This show has seriously changed my life in so many ways, I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE FOUND IT. I've met so many amazing people because of it! Here's to the next ten years as well, may they be bright. ♥
Beta by lozenger8, thank you so much for everything! ♥ Please blame any mistakes that slipped through on yours truly.
Summary: Gene's obstinate on a good day, but the way he's overreacted to the suggestion of a bit of spring cleaning? Is cracked.

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annie  <3
Come join us in the usual place: the chatroom

at 10pm GMT (when is this where you are?) on Saturday 9th January 2016.

Sam Tyler gets hit by a car and wakes up 33 years in the past. Should he listen to Neil (booo) and do something risky to get back home? Or hold Annie's hand and stay in this bizarre dreamland of flared trousers and smoking on the job?
samgene2
9th-Jan-2016 07:02 pm - 10th Year Anniversary
10 years ago from today, a television show started airing in the UK. It had a committed and talented crew. It had a stellar cast - although most of the actors at that point weren't household names. It had a seriously wicked advertising campaign.

It started with a seemingly simple but somewhat out-there premise: My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident, and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever's happened, it's like I've landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.

And it launched the greatest fandom I've ever come across. It allowed me to meet people who would become some of my closest friends.

I will always and forever love this show. Whether for you it's been 10 years of loving it, or 10 months, I hope you join me in celebrating the 10th anniversary of its inception.
Loz Cola
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you may respond to the drabble challenge at ANY point during the week, not only the day that it's posted. You can also use the awfully handy "track this" button if you want to keep an eye on it.

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Habit
work with me here
Are you an artist? Have you ever attempted to create hand-drawn visual art pieces, digital visual art pieces, graphics, gifs, manips, fanvids and/or fanmixes?

Does the idea of participating in a challenge where a writer will be inspired by your artwork thrill or even mildly interest you?

Then, have I got the event for you. As part of the magnificent celebrations that 10 years have passed since Life on Mars first graced our screens, the Life on Mars 2016 Mini Reversebang is a-go.

Not sure what I'm talking about? A reversebang is the reverse of a big bang. The Life on Mars big bang occurred in 2011 and it was wonderful. In a big bang, writers create stories first and artists claim drafts of their writing as inspirations for artworks. The two pieces are displayed together. A reversebang reverses the claiming: artists create artwork first and writers claim drafts of their artwork as inspirations for stories. The two pieces are, once again, displayed together.

FAQ/Rules for Life on Mars 2016 Mini Reversebang can be found here.

Artist sign up forms can be found here (on livejournal) and here (via google forms). (Please choose one platform - either LJ OR google. Unless you're trying to cheat and create six different pieces, at which point I have to ask: why?)

Writers - your time to sign up is later on this month (January 25th to be precise.)

Can you signal boost this please?
Loz Cola
Title: No Fear of Falling - Chapter 5 (6/?)
Author: little_cello
Word Count: 2900ish
Rating: Brown Cortina for torture
Characters: Sam, Gene, and then some
Notes/Warnings: In which WHUMP HAPPENS. Hence the rating. Have fun. >:)
Summary: Sam lets his guard down, and bad things happen.


(Prologue)
(Chapter 1)
(Chapter 2)
(Chapter 3)
(Chapter 4)

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lom-helpme
First up: the lovely Matthew Graham has been tweeting using the hashtag LifeonMars10. (Of especial note, something many of us already know, but made me laugh again regardless: his first idea for Gene's last name was 'Burrows'. Oh man. As if the slash weren't rampant enough.)

Second, the beautiful life_in_print sent along this interesting article about how a 1970s police officer changed their mind. It mentions Life on Mars, including that it was a hit 10 years ago. Even though I've been saying this, I still don't really believe it, you know?

Third! Sign-ups for the mini-reversebang will be starting shortly. I'm thinking sign-ups for artists will end 25th January. There just isn't really enough time for the actual art to be due by then. Also, I might have been temporarily waylaid by figgy pudding and Christmas cake and scorching hot Australian summer days.

Please spread the word when sign-ups start, as I have a feeling not everyone is keeping a close eye on the comm.
Loz Cola
3rd-Jan-2016 12:34 pm - Life on Mars Chat!
Howdy all! It's Sunday, and that means it's chat time, and I'm ready to party!

The Lifein1973 chatroom will be open starting from 7pm GMT. Here's a world clock to help you figure out what time that is for you! The chatroom is right over here, just click to join!

Also: This isn't the announcement of an official watchalong or anything, but I'll be rewatching episode 1x01 starting at 8pm GMT! If you'd like to watch with me, and chat at the same time, then what are you waiting for? As always, everyone is welcome, don't feel shy! Shove a bacon butty in your mouth and drive backwards very fast to the chatroom!
some better day
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you may respond to the drabble challenge at ANY point during the week, not only the day that it's posted. You can also use the awfully handy "track this" button if you want to keep an eye on it.

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Future



Happy New Year, everyone!
some better day
31st-Dec-2015 02:04 pm - Advent Calendar 2015 wrap up
Hey folks! Just to say I've updated the advent calendar masterlist - go read, view, comment if you can. :)

We had a cracking haul of 18 entries - thank you all so much for your participation, particularly little_cello who posted 7 times.

Now all that remains for me to say is Happy New Year, and onwards to a very exciting 10th anniversary celebration in January 2016!
annie
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