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halloween night 2

It's not too late!

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.08.26 at 13:58
We are still taking prompts for the 2016 Halloween Challenge in MFU_Scrapbook! So grab a broom and head on over. All the necessary information can be found here.


halloween night 2

Is anyone up for the Halloween Challenge?

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.08.16 at 04:42
If you are, check out my post in Scrapbook. I hope to see you there!

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The Beta Challenge - J

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.08.14 at 07:17
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Title: The Alphabet Affair - J
Writer: spikesgirl58
Genre: slash
Rating: a soft R
Prompts: Jaded and Justify!

This was the best time. Napoleon was just on the edge of waking up. Everything was soft and sweet just like the body next to him. It shifted closer and a smile escaped the still sleeping agent’s lips.

Warm, willing, what more could a man ask for? He let his body answer for him, a physical reaction as old as man himself. He nestled his erection in a well of heat in the small of the woman’s back. She responded by pressing closer. Napoleon’s body woke a bit more at the encouragement.

He slipped an arm over the slender waist, making his way up to a supple breast. He stroke the stiff nipple and stroked the hair…
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It's time for the New Beta Challenge for August!

This month, the prompts are Jaded and Justify!


One or both prompts may be used for your story.
Stories can be 500 words or longer - no maximum limit.

Any genre is welcome.  Both TV-verse and Movie-verse are welcome!

You can post your story to MFUWSS any time.
If you miss the deadline, no worries. Submit it anyway!  

All readers are encouraged to be a Beta - just leave your feedback in the comments!

So, a little while back I made a post here about my efforts to track down the original production notes for the UNCLE show. I'd found Napoleon and Illya's bios online, but only fragments of Mr. Waverly's, or the surrounding notes about the world of the show. Folks helpfully suggested I might find the parts I was looking for in the old yahoo groups or the Facebook group, which I tried without success -- then largely by accident stumbled onto an auction for a copy of the original promotional pressbook for the series with high-quality scans of several pages, and by trying a matching-image-search on that I found another site with low-res scans of yet more pages from the pressbook, and...

[breathes] Well, long story short, I found the complete text of Mr. Waverly's original bio! And like Napoleon's and Illya's, it hints at a whole bunch of stuff that never made it to the screen. As per previous discussions, it's debatable how much of these bios still count as 'canon' at this point, but are generally still a fascinating read. Transcript under the cut. Just to have them all in one place, I've copied Napoleon's and Illya's over as well.

There are a number of other interesting pages in the pressbook, which hint at episodes which were pitched but never filmed, or ultimately filmed under different names. Also, it seems that not only Heather McNabb but also Grace Lee as Wanda Mae Kim, an East-Asian receptionist, were supposed to be recurring characters on the show, though neither character actually appeared more than a handful of times in early episodes.

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The Alphabet Affair - I

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.07.17 at 14:30
Title - The Alphabet Affair - I
Author: Spikesgirl58
Word count 889
Prompt: Ice and Invisible

Illya watched the people come through the gate and was beginning to grow concerned when he saw a familiar shape moving among the crowd. Napoleon exited and nodded to his partner.

“How was your flight?” he asked casually. To anyone around them, it would appear that Illya was simply on hand to greet an old friend.

“Rotten. Yours?”

“The child apparently had an ear infection, a situation compounded by the altitude. The mother was less that sympathetic. I believe her comment to the stewardess was that she should try living with it. I now know why some animals eat their young. He finally fell asleep over Colorado.”

“I had a chatter. All the way across, except when she fell asleep. Then she snored.” Napoleon led the way to baggage claim. Both men approached slowly, scanning the crowd, looking for anything, anyone who might raise a red flag. The area was filled with people coming and going. “I believe we are Carousel Three.”

They stood there, looking for the world like two tired businessmen, blending in easily with everyone else, invisible to most people
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Fair Use & Brexit

Posted by fiorenza_a on 2016.07.03 at 07:06

Originally posted by fiorenza_a at Fair Use & Brexit

The latest thing to arrive in my inbox from the Organization for Transformative Works is a piece about Paramount/CBS' Fan Film Guidelines.

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So really my question, such as it is, boils down to two parts a) has anyone else found themselves bewildered by comments about copyright law predicated on the assumption that the DMCA and related legislation applies universally? and b) is anyone else wondering how Brexit might affect fanworks?

Back in January, I posted a fic for the New Beta Challenge, letter "D" (here) in which Napoleon and Illya were faced with a difficult situation: a Soviet scientist trying to defect.

Thanks again to everyone who gave feedback! You helped me fix up various problems in the fic, and also reassured me that the ending I went with was believable, even if a lot bleaker than the show itself.

I've posted the revised version here.

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It's time for the New Beta Challenge for July on MFUWSS!

This month, the prompts are Ice and Invisible!


One or both prompts may be used for your story.
Stories can be 500 words or longer - no maximum limit.

Any genre is welcome.  Both TV-verse and Movie-verse are welcome!

You can post your story to MFUWSS any time.
If you miss the deadline, no worries. Submit it anyway!  

All readers are encouraged to be a Beta - just leave your feedback in the comments!

If you have questions, feel free to ask here!  Happy Writing!

Title: The Alphabet Affair - H
Author: spikesgirl58
Genre: Slash
Word Count: 995
Prompts: Hesitate and Hidden!


Napoleon crouched behind the pile of boxes and wished, not the first time, that he’d been able to hold onto his communicator and weapon. He felt like a hunted hare. He had no idea where he was headed. The complex was a rabbit warren of dead ends and hidden passages. Perhaps that was their plan to let him wear himself out and then just waltz in and recapture him.

Napoleon squatted and worked to even out his breathing. There was a droning in his ears and he couldn’t shake Delno Vickrey’s voice.

“You are old, Father William," the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
and yet you incessantly stand on your head—
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

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Illya

Question about the UNCLE production notes

Posted by rallamajoop on 2016.06.07 at 20:33
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Not sure if this is the best place to bring this question up, but as I've been getting great mileage out of some of the older discussions on canon/fanon here, it seemed like it might be appropriate.

Since getting into the fandom, I've noticed a lot of what folks take as canon, or at least popular fanon (names of the various UNCLE Sections, secret entrances to headquarters, Napoleon's dead wife and Illya's love of jazz) came from original production notes, but never actually turned up in the show. I know parts of those notes were sent out with early publicity material, and seem to have been referenced in related publications from the time like the annuals, though I'm not sure in how much detail. Fragments have been reproduced in various places such as DVD extras, and more complete versions have obviously been referenced in John Heitland's book and a number of webpages, but none of these reproduce them verbatim. I've spent a while poking around to see how much the production bible and/or material from promotional booklets I could track down, and figured I ought to see if anyone here could help me out.

The character bios for Napoleon and Illya at least I've found in full online, reproduced on LJ here. They're also included in the extras of one of the DVDs (the five movies collection) that I've got hold of, though disappointingly there wasn't much else in there.

Parts of an old promotional booklet sent out to advertisers are reproduced in an old fanzine from around 1980 that I found on archive.org – but given that only parts of the full bios are included there, I'm presuming the other sections were similarly abbreviated. Still, there's a fair bit of detail there on the UNCLE organisation, a short bio for Mr Waverly that I haven't seen elsewhere, and even a line about Heather McNabb:

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It's time for the New Beta Challenge for June on MFUWSS!

This month, the prompts are Hesitate and Hidden!


One or both prompts may be used for your story.
Stories can be 500 words or longer - no maximum limit.

Any genre is welcome.  Both TV-verse and Movie-verse are welcome!

You can post your story to MFUWSS any time.
If you miss the deadline, no worries. Submit it anyway!  

All readers are encouraged to be a Beta - just leave your feedback in the comments!

If you have questions, feel free to ask here!  Happy Writing!

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Beta Needed

Posted by glennagirl on 2016.06.02 at 07:15
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Originally posted by glennagirl at Beta Needed
blackillya is in need of a beta for the Crossover Challenge story she's working on.  Her life is a little complicated at present as she cares for her mother, and a beta would be much appreciated as the deadline nears for this event.
You can pm her if you're available to help out.

Title: The Alphabet Affair - G
Author: spikesgirl58
Rating: PG
Genre: slash, eventually
Prompt: Guard and Grudge


Illya closed the lid of his suitcase and stifled a groan. It was bad enough he was having to climb on a plane and head for California, but to do it sitting beside a quite probably still upset partner was not high on Illya’s hit parade. Say what you will about Napoleon, the man knew how to hold a grudge and he usually got his pound of flesh in the worst way possible. This was not bad when it was THRUSH on the receiving end; it was not a good when it was Illya.
There was a noise from the living room and Illya considered that situation as well. He hated leaving anyone in his apartment, although he knew Grigory wouldn’t do anything more than wake and stumble home. Illya could always ask for someone to reset his alarm remotely. It just rankled him that the man had managed to destroy a perfectly good evening.

Illya carried the case to the entry hall and looked back to where Grigory sprawled, apparently boneless, on the couch, the empty bottle of vodka nearby. He wished his friend would drink less and concentrate more upon his financial situation, but Grigory seemed disinclined to worry about such things. He always seemed to have enough money, although how he got it was a mystery. He never volunteered and Illya never asked.
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Posting for Lisa Madden

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.05.19 at 10:04
Hi all,

Just letting you know I am slowly converting all the issues of Kuryakin Files (MFU gen) fanzine to pdf format. There are 36 total issues — longest running fanzine as far as I know — and issues 12 thru 36 are now available as pdf documents. Just converted issues 12-17. Hopefully the rest in the next few months!!

This makes them quite inexpensive, which is the whole reason! Each issue is only $5.00. Considering some of the issues are close to 300 pages, this is definitely a better deal than print!

If interested, please contact me off the list with any questions.

BTW, will be at MWC next week and WILL have a few print copies of the later zines, and a few CD’s with 12 issues available for purchase.


Thanks for keeping the dream alive all these years!!


Lisa


Title: The Alphabet Affair - G
Author: spikesgirl58
Rating: PG
Genre: slash, eventually
Prompt: Guard and Grudge

Illya closed the lid of his suitcase and stifled a groan. It was bad enough he was having to climb on a plane and head for California, but to do it sitting beside a quite probably still upset partner was not high on Illya’s hit parade. Say what you will about Napoleon, the man knew how to hold a grudge and he usually got his pound of flesh in the worst way possible. This was not bad when it was THRUSH on the receiving end; it was not a good when it was Illya.

There was a noise from the living room and Illya considered that situation as well. He hated leaving anyone in his apartment, although he knew Grigory wouldn’t do anything more than wake and stumble home. Illya could always ask for someone to reset his alarm remotely. It just rankled him that the man had managed to destroy a perfect good evening.

Illya carried the case to the entry hall and looked back to where Grigory sprawled, apparently boneless, on the couch, the empty bottle of vodka nearby. He wished his friend would drink less and concentrate more upon his financial situation, but Grigory seemed disinclined to worry about such things. He always seemed to have enough money, although how he got it was a mystery. He never volunteered and Illya never asked.
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It's time for the New Beta Challenge for May on MFUWSS!

This month, the prompts are Guard and Grudge!


One or both prompts may be used for your story.
Stories can be 500 words or longer - no maximum limit.

Any genre is welcome.  Both TV-verse and Movie-verse are welcome!

You can post your story to MFUWSS any time during May.
If you miss the deadline, no worries. Submit it anyway!  

All readers are encouraged to be a Beta - just leave your feedback in the comments!

If you have questions, feel free to ask here!  Happy Writing!

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Updated Alphabet Affair - F

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.04.14 at 06:28
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Title: The Alphabet Affair - F
Author: spikesgirl58
Genre: slash
Prompts: Fiendish and Fraught

Napoleon slammed his front door shut with more force than was necessary. He wasn’t sure what bothered him the most: Illya having sex with another man or Illya not having sex with him.

That thought caught Napoleon mid-stride and he nearly stumbled into his coat rack. For a moment, he just stood there and weighed the thought. Why should what Illya did in his free time matter to him at all, sex or no sex? What did it matter if Illya didn’t find his own partner attractive enough to care about in that way?
And where the hell did that come from? Napoleon thought as he struggled out of his jacket. His shoulder holster followed and he enjoyed the heady few seconds of weightlessness the action of shedding his weapon allowed. In that moment, he felt as if he could fly.

“Flying would be good right now.” He berated himself for following his instincts, but he was so sure Illya had been interested in perhaps pursuing another aspect of their partnership, one not discussed at Survival School. He’d been a fool for just showing up unannounced at Illya’s apartment.

And he’d been an even bigger idiot for going in without knocking, but his interest had been tempered with caution when he realized the door was unlocked. At that moment, a near panic had set in, sending him in with gun drawn and adrenaline pumping. Surely Illya was under attack.
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Are you feeling a little fiendish lately? Maybe you're fraught with ideas about a little WIP gathering dust in your desk drawer?
Well, you're in luck, because the prompts for the MFUWSS April Beta Challenge are Fiendish and Fraught!

One or both prompts may be used for your story.
Stories can be 500 words or longer - no maximum limit.

Any genre is welcome.  Both TV-verse and Movie-verse are welcome!

You can post your story to MFUWSS any time during April.
If you miss the deadline, no worries. Submit it anyway!  

All readers are encouraged to be a Beta - just leave your feedback in the comments!

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help for a friend

Posted by spikesgirl58 on 2016.04.13 at 06:44
A friend of mine asked,

Does anyone happen to know Raisa? (And if she's still active and involved with the MFU community somewhere?) She co-authored or co-published the UNCLE fanzine "An UNCLE for all seasons and One for all time". Because that fanzine has a couple of stories I would very much like to read. I found this order form online - http://file40.net/file40s/order_raisa_new.html) from Aurabores press, but I read somewhere that the fanzine is not in print any more. I'm planning to send her an e-mail and ask, but I'm not sure how to approach her.


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