[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
For the next community challenge, we're going to try something new.

A drabble tree is a series of drabbles that starts from a base drabble and builds outward. For this drabble tree, the challenge is to take the last word of any previously posted drabble and make that the first word of your drabble. The first drabble reply must use the last word of the base drabble, but the next author to come along can choose either of those drabbles to reply to, and so on. This is not a round robin; your drabble is not a continuation of the previous drabble, only borrowing the last word.

The final effect is a "tree" of drabbles that branches outward with replies. Remember, you can add to any drabble on the tree, not just the last drabble posted.

If you wish to leave a rating or a warning (neither are required), do so in the subject line of your comment.

Those who wish to leave feedback are welcome to do so, just be certain to click the Comment link on the drabble for which you'd like to leave feedback.

The base drabble is the first reply here, already posted. Have fun!

ETA: Be sure your drabble is added as a Comment to the drabble whose last word you're using.
[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
Theme challenge 61 is especially for the music gurus in our midst. Which is really pretty much everyone with the accessibility of music these days, right?

This one will also be a challenge for the readers. Ooh, trickery.

Writers, your challenge is this: Choose a song that makes you think of Napoleon, Illya, NS/IK, or MFU in general. Once you have your song, the challenge is to write a story -long or short, the length is up to you- using as many phrases from the song as possible. Please try to work in at least three for short stories, and eight to ten minimum for long stories. Artists, feel free to illustrate a line from a song or a song title using any medium you please.

Readers, your challenge is this: In the comments to the story, submit your best guess for the title and artist of the song. Search engines are for the weak!

At the end of the three weeks, I will post an end to the challenge, and authors and artists can respond to the song title guesses posted by their readers. Authors and artists, do your worst to stump your readers!

This challenge is open until April 20th. Have fun!
[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
Theme 60 is a drabble challenge -- with a twist!

For this challenge, a drabble is defined as exactly 100 words. No more, no less. No one is going to verify drabble word counts, we're counting on everyone to keep track. Keep in mind that the word limitation makes story impact a challenge, so efficiency and clever word choice are key!

But this isn't just a drabble challenge -- below the cut is a promotional picture most of us have probably seen a few times in the fandom. Just what is going on here? Napoleon looks about to say something, and Illya's expression and body language are certainly open to interpretation. The challenge twist is to write your drabble about this image. A stand alone scene, a missing scene from an episode, you decide.

Artists, because the writers are working on very small fiction, your challenge is very small art -- icons! Create some icons utilizing this image. Manipulations, alterations, colorizations -- they're all welcome. When posting your icons, please specify if they are sharable with community members.

Now for your Theme Challenge 60 image...

Theme Challenge 60 )

This challenge will be open until February 23.

ETA: Write as many drabbles and create as many icons as you like -- all are welcome. Feel free to show off those multi-talents and create drabbles and icons, too!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
It's been a while since we've had a challenge to fire up our imaginations. With a few notable exceptions we've been pretty quiet lately - those laid-back warm days and nights are infamous for slowing fandom down.

Well, no more! It's time to make summer work for fandom. [livejournal.com profile] hdshroom suggested a summer theme, since this weekend is the unofficial end of the season here in the U.S. And then I listened to this wonderful oldies song by The Lovin' Spoonful and - kismet!

Theme 58 is Summer in the City. To jump-start the creative heat, here are some of the lyrics.

This theme will be open until September 29th. Art, icons, fiction, poetry - slash or gen - is welcome.

Summer in the City

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Bend down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on, come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressing so fine and looking so pretty
Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city
Till I'm wheezing like a bus stop
Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
A while back the challenge was "Necessary Lies", and we got some terrific explorations of why Napoleon and Illya, or anybody else in the UNCLE universe, might find lies to be comforting camouflage or useful tools. In the cloak-and-dagger business, lies probably come faster and easier than truths.

Danger can lurk within those lies, though. Sometimes the truth is forgotten or lost inside a maze of deceit, and retrieving it can be a difficult task. Or is facing a truth more challenging than consigning it to oblivion? And what happens when the truth inadvertently bleeds around the edges of one too many lies?

Is the truth merely awkward? Embarrassing? Frightening? Life-threatening?

Something tells me that any UNCLE agent is courageous enough to meet even an uncomfortable truth head-on.

Art, fiction and poety of any kind is welcome in response to this challenge.

Theme 57 will be open for three weeks, until Sunday, May 20th.

MediaWest*Con is coming up at the end of May, and it might be fun to do some kind of special activity / challenge for that last week of May. Anyone have suggestions?
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Theme 56: Taxing Situations has timed out.

We had three delightful responses to this challenge - thank you! I hope these stories (and a few others that were also posted) helped ease the pain of tax season.

Theme 57 will be coming up shortly.

Don't forget, you can always revisit this or any other theme challenge at any time.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Okay, yes, I confess I had the dreaded (US) tax deadline in my head when I decided on the challenge theme, but y'know, there's more than one kind of taxing situation. Taxing situations don't have to have anything to do with money, do they?

All kinds of circumstances can 'tax' us. There are times when conflict, internal or external, tax us to our personal limits. What is the ethical and emotional fallout if Napoleon must choose between two really bad options? (Like, say, the corridor scene in Concrete Overcoat?) How does Illya cope with the physical and emotional aftermath of an especially destructive torture session? How might they cope with an injury that takes one of them out of the field?

And then of course there's always the literal interpretation of a taxing situation. Would Illya be required to pay US taxes? Does the UNCLE finance department handle those pesky details, or must the field agents struggle through on their own?

C'mon, ladies and gents, let's tax our favorite spies to their limits!

As always, fiction and art of any type is welcome.

Theme 56 will be open until April 29th.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Does pride really go before a fall? When is someone entitled to bragging rights? Most of us are at liberty to tell family, friends and the world at large what we have accomplished in our lives. We're free to accept the praise and thanks of others. Our efforts can be recognized.

Napoleon and Illya are highly intelligent, brave and resourceful men. They have a wealth of knowledge and skills to draw upon, regardless of circumstance. They are at the top of their profession, but they are secret soldiers in an unseen war. Saving the world is what they do every day, and almost no one knows it. They have every right to be proud of their abilities and accomplishments.

But how can invisible heroes be rewarded, when they can't reveal those accomplishments? What sort of things do they take pride in? Does anyone give them an "attaboy" for a successful assignment? Is virtue truly its own reward, or do they occasionally long for a more tangible acknowledgement?

Who, besides themselves, recognizes and appreciates their sacrifices? Or is this a case of "We have each other"?

Theme 55 will be open for three weeks, until March 25, 2007. Words and art of any size or format are most welcome.

I hope you find this challenge inspiring.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Theme 54: Necessary Lies is now closed. Actually, it "closed" last week, but since I wasn't around y'all got a bonus week. And boy did you ever put the time to good use! We had five - five! - wonderful responses to this challenge.

Huge thank-you's to the following authors who presented us with lovely stories: [livejournal.com profile] st_crispins, [livejournal.com profile] hazelayes, [livejournal.com profile] nakeisha, [livejournal.com profile] wiccagirl24, and [livejournal.com profile] veronicaluv.

Of course, anyone is welcome to post a response to old challenges at any time, if they are so inspired. Fiction, poetry, art of any kind - all are welcome.

Theme 55 will be posted later today.
[identity profile] veronicaluv.livejournal.com
Title: Past Imperfect
Author: [livejournal.com profile] veronicaluv
Genre: Illya/Napoleon, gently slashed
Summary: The measure of trust can be found in the past.
Rating: G
Disclaimer: These characters do not belong to me.

Past Imperfect )
[identity profile] wiccagirl24.livejournal.com
Title: Countdown

Author: [livejournal.com profile] wiccagirl24

Genre: Gen, pre-slash

Summery: For his partners sake he lied.

Rating: PG (nothing worse then what you woiuld see on the show.)

Challenge: # 54 - Necessary Lies

Disclaimer: If I owned these characters at the very least I would put the show on DVD. Alas, Trush has thwarted my plans to steal the rights from WB.

A/n: This scene jumped into my head when I read the challenge. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cattylizzie for the beta.

The fact that he was chained to a pipe in the middle of a cavernous room wasn’t at all unusual. )

And on a slightly related note: I just posted my first ever MFU fic (this is #2) and [livejournal.com profile] mfuwss. It doesn't involve the boys at all; it's about Del Floria. Should I post it here?
[identity profile] nakeisha.livejournal.com
TITLE: Silence Can Be A Lie
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Napoleon Solo/Illya Kuryakin
GENRE: Essentially slash, but if is only referred to
SUB-GENRE: Established Relationship
SUMMARY: Illya decides there is more than one way of lying
CHALLENGE: # 54 - Necessary Lies
RATING: G
WORD COUNT: 600
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.


Silence Can Be A Lie )
[identity profile] hazelayes.livejournal.com
When a girl friend thinks she's the girlfriend...



Don't Truth Me

a drabble by Hazelayes


Read more... )
[identity profile] st-crispins.livejournal.com
Rated E for everyone.

Practice

A bar, somewhere in the Pan Am Terminal, J.F. Kennedy International Airport.

“And you say lying is a skill?” the young woman inquired silkily over a pair of fresh martinis. Her companion, who she'd just met not more than thirty minutes ago, nodded. With all the planes delayed by evening thunderstorms, all there was left to do was drink, talk, and maybe flirt with an intriguing stranger. This one, good-looking, well-dressed and well-spoken, held promise for perhaps more than conversation.

“It is, indeed. I should know. I lie all the time. Everything I say is a lie and I’ll demonstrate by lying to you now.”

Lowering his voice, he swiveled on his seat and leaned closer to her, his elbow propped on the polished surface of the bar. “I’m a secret agent working for an international security organization that insures world peace.”

Caught by surprise, the woman immediately burst into a fit of giggles. “Oh, that’s good! That's rich!” she said, complimenting his grave, documentary–style delivery. “Like James Bond then?” She reached for her drink and took a modest, lady-like sip.

“A bit, but we serve all nations, large and small. My partner is a Russian spy.”

She continued to grin broadly, playing along. “How did that happen?”

“Luck of the draw. We work well together.”

“And are you working now?”

“As a matter of fact, I am. And if we don’t get where we’re going in —” He checked his watch, an expensive gold Rolex. “— twenty hours, life as we know it will end on this planet.”

“Oh dear,” she replied, feigning deep distress. “Then you had better take off soon or some megalomaniac will no doubt try to take over the world.”

“He just might.” He smiled. “There, you see? You can do it too.”

“All I would need is a few lessons from you.”

They laughed together at the implied invitation, two people occupying an invisible bubble of intimacy circumscribed by a shared joke. The woman reached for her glass again, this time taking a more prolonged and thoughtful sip. “But wait a minute...” she said, considering. “If everything you say is a lie, and you just said you’re lying to me now, then —”

Suddenly, the bubble burst as another stranger, this one shorter, blonder and appearing far more concerned, leaned into their private space and addressed the man. “They’ve switched us to another flight. It’s taking off in five minutes.”

The woman looked up and took the measure of this new intruder. Her smile returned. “And you must be the Russian spy.”

“Yes, I am. And I’m a compulsive liar as well.” He glanced at his friend. “We have to go, Napoleon —”

“Napoleon?” the woman said. “Is that some sort of code name?”

The man called Napoleon leaned close, turning conspiratorial again, and replied, low and breathy, “What do you think?”

But before she could respond, in the next moment, he was downing his martini, slipping off the stool, hefting his single overnight bag, and wishing her goodbye and godspeed.

“Having fun?” Illya Kuryakin asked when they were in the main terminal and well out of earshot.

“I was, actually, yes,” Solo said grinning, obviously pleased with himself. “We’ll be doing a lot of lying on this one. Have to keep in shape.”

“You left that poor woman hopelessly confused.”

“Oh, transatlantic flights are boring when you’re traveling alone. It will give her something to occupy her time.”

Kuryakin shook his head. “So: did you divulge our entire mission for your own amusement?”

“Of course not.” Solo’s eyes shifted as they hurried side by side toward the gate of their waiting flight. “Do you believe me?”

“Partners never lie to one another,” Kuryakin observed sagely.

“You said that with a perfectly straight face.”

“I did, didn’t I?” Kuryakin said, a smile tugging at his own lips, and they both laughed.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Yes, I know Valentine's Day is coming up, and the more common choice would be love, or romance, or something along those lines.

However, our heroes are most uncommon men. They are complex, manipulative, and devious, along with noble, courageous and idealistic. Sometimes they have to lie - for the good of the mission, to protect an Innocent, to deceive the enemy, to buy time. And sometimes even the best of friends, the closest of lovers, lie to each other - to maintain personal space, to guard a secret, to preserve ego, to disguise fear.

There are all kinds of lies - little fibs, outrageous fabrications, omissions of truth - and we always think they're necessary at the time we tell them.

What kind of lies do Napoleon and Illya tell - and why?

As always, responses to Theme 54 can be in any format - fiction or art - and of any size. This theme will be open until Sunday, February 25th.

Go forth and have fun! Please?
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Time for another story challenge! We had some momentum going with the Down the Chimney exchange, and it would be nice not to lose that.

In looking over the list of challenges we've had, I see that "Illya's Past" was one of them, but somehow we never addressed Napoleon's history. What kinds of experiences in his past made Napoleon into such a charming but devious UNCLE agent? Is he really Canadian, as Norman Felton's development notes would suggest, or is he an "obvious American", as Illya says? And what about that grandfather - ambassador or small-town lawyer?

No length requirement - this can be as short or as long as you like. Don't forget to put the theme number and title in your subject line when posting a response.

This challenge will go through February 11, but of course anyone is welcome to pick up and write about an old challenge at any time. Just check the community memories.

Have fun!

EDITED TO ADD: Oops, I made it sound like only stories are welcome. That is seriously not the case. Art of any kind is equally welcome in response to this, or any other, challenge theme. ~bonks self on head~
[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! Happy Boxing Day to our Canadian and UK members, too!

There are three stories lurking to yet be posted for Down the Chimney Affair. Rest assured, the authors have been in contact and have every intention of following through, they're just running a bit late. The stories will be posted just as soon as they're received.

Because many authors and artists were busy with holiday commitments (including Down the Chimney), the December theme of Theme Amnesty will carry over until January 15th. Check [livejournal.com profile] muncle's memories for past theme challenges and choose one you'd like to write for. Just be sure to include the theme number when posting to the community so that your story is archived with the appropriate theme.
[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
Down the Chimney Affair 3 secret santas, this is a reminder that it's now two weeks until your assignments are due on December 17. (Yes, it was just October yesterday, and no, I have no idea how this happens every year *g*). Anyone who believes they will not meet the deadline or fulfill their assignment, now is the time to say so. Please don't wait until the last minute to notify us. Waiting makes it very difficult on pinch hitters, and stress is not what DTC is about, especially at this time of year. If you need to have your assignment issued to a pinch hitter, send an email asap to muncle211 AT gmail DOT com.

And, as is our tradition, December is Theme Amnesty Month on [livejournal.com profile] muncle. What this means is that all themes, no matter how old or new, are fair game all month. This is your chance to try a theme that may have been issued before you were a member of [livejournal.com profile] muncle, or finish that half-written story on your hard drive that haunts you at night like Marley's ghost. Go to [livejournal.com profile] muncle's Memories page to see all of the themes and challenges there are to choose from.

Theme Amnesty posting note: when posting a story or art for a previous theme, include the theme number and name in the subject line or story header so that it is certain to be added to Memories correctly.

Good luck to all!
[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
After a hiatus, I think it's a good time to give the themes another try. The last few didn't seem to go over well, but maybe it's a better time of the year, eh?

This one won't require a whole lot of time as it's the one challenge we haven't done here on [livejournal.com profile] muncle that every other fandom seems to have done several times over -- drabbles! For this challenge, a drabble will be defined as exactly 100 words. No more, no less. Obviously no one is going to run your response through Word to verify your word count -- we're counting on everyone to keep track of their own count and be honest. So, only 100 words is easy, right? Not so much. The challenge is to put as much impact into only 100 words as possible. Every word counts and so efficiency and smart word choice is the key.

To make it just a bit more interesting, there will be four different words to frame your drabble around: merely include them in your drabble, or make your drabble about them. Choose the number corresponding to your word before you click the link below. No cheating! The number you click is the word you're working with. This challenge will be open until Sept 15th.

Word #1 )




Word #2 )




Word #3 )




Word )

Have fun!!
[identity profile] green-key.livejournal.com
For the community's 50th theme anniversary, we're going to do something a bit different, thanks to a great idea from [livejournal.com profile] irene_heron. Irene says:

What about playing on the "50th" theme - a story that has to be about a "50" occasion in their lives - their 50th mission together, one or the other's 50th birthday, their 50th anniversary (of any occasion the author wants), a list of the 50 things about Illya that drives Napoleon crazy, etc?

So there it is -- 50! A story incorporating a 50th, a photomanip, 50 icons, a list of 50 things -- anything with 50. Challenge 50 is open until June 1st. Have fun with it!

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