the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)


The soundtrack for my story Radio Friendly, an American Idol AU set in 1962. When New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Chris/Blake with Ryan/Simon, NC-17, twelve chapters and 29,300 words total. (Livejournal | Dreamwidth | Archive of Our Own)

listing, lyrics, link )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly: Rymon Remix
Pairing: American Idol: Ryan Seacrest/Simon Cowell
Rating: PG
Summary: Simon is too preoccupied with his own crisis to notice that Ryan is coming apart at the seams.
Length: 1600 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. These are just the Rymony bits for my Rymon friends; you can see the full story here. For the resolution, see the "missing scene" linked to at the end of this remix.

HUGE thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai!

Two scenes )

Missing Scene 1: Ryan and Simon
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly: Missing Scene 2—Chris and Blake
Pairing: American Idol: Chris Richardson/Blake Lewis
Rating: NC-17
Summary: In which Blake and Chris exorcise some demons.
Length: 2000 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Putting this part of the story in the middle of chapter 8 would have thrown the whole thing out of balance: dance, sex, read, sex. But what they did that first night they were staying at Ryan's beach house wouldn't leave my head. So here it is: the night Blake set loose the beast within Chris. Full story of Radio Friendly here
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai!

'If I'm the strong man, who will you be?' )

Chapter 9: Instead of a Sweet
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly: Missing Scene 1—Ryan and Simon
Pairing: American Idol: Ryan Seacrest/Simon Cowell
Rating: PG
Summary: In which Paula sends Simon to make things right with Ryan.
Length: 2500 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Because Radio Friendly is really the story of Chris and Blake, and from one or another of their POV, there was no way to really pay off on Ryan and Simon's background angst. But I'd always known exactly what had happened, and I think I should give Paula her due. Takes place immediately after the end of chapter 7, when Taylor pitches Chris as a singer to the rest of Syco.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai!

'What are we doing, Simon?' )

And the rest of the story? )

Chapter 8: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed.
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 10 of 10: I'd Walk a Mile
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG
Summary: In which friends gather together.
Length: 2000 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

This story is dedicated to three fantabulous men: "Handsome Jeff", who didn't get to see the nineties (and would have loved them, darling); golden-haired Walter, who made me feel better about being smart (why the big suit indeed) and also left us far too soon; and my uncle, who is living into his eighties in Connecticut with his lover of over thirty years, and who wasn't as lucky as Blake and Chris—he had to run his car into a tree before he realized that he'd rather be out than dead. (Blake's line about Rymon and his parents I have said about my two uncles more than once.) Because of him I learned about the birds and the bees and homosexuality all in one big bundle, and that's how I intend to teach my kids. And sort of because of him, or really his sister my mom, I learned how to be a good fag hag, which has probably been more useful than almost anything. Of course, slash wouldn't be possible without the fag to my hag, my own P____, who is luckier than Jeff and Walter were, but only in time. I love you, my own boys.

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure | 6: It's What's Upfront That Counts | 7: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch | Missing Scene: Ryan and Simon | 8: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed | Missing Scene: Chris and Blake | 9: Instead of a Sweet | Additional Scene: One Big Circle

'It's nice to know that you can still act like a ten-year-old now that you're almost eighty'  )

No multimedia here, no next chapter, so I'll use this space to say THANK YOU to all of you who read and enjoyed this story. I can't tell you how much it meant to me, since it's a very different kind of story. Yes, there WILL be a few missing scenes—unlike this story, which was complete when I started posting, they haven't been written yet so I'm not sure when they'll be posted, but look for them!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 9 of 10: Instead of a Sweet
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG
Summary: In which years go by.
Length: 600 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure | 6: It's What's Upfront That Counts | 7: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch | Missing Scene: Ryan and Simon | 8: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed | Missing Scene: Chris and Blake

These amazing graphics were created by [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose, whom I cannot thank enough.

And then … )

Additional Scene: One Big Circle
10: I'd Walk a Mile. Includes dogs and video messages!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 8 of 10: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: NC-17
Summary: In which Blake makes up his mind.
Length: 2400 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure | 6: It's What's Upfront That Counts | 7: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch | Missing Scene: Ryan and Simon

'One-Two-Three-Four!' )

Missing Scene: Chris and Blake
9: Instead of a Sweet. Includes headlines!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 7 of 10: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG
Summary: In which Chris makes up his mind.
Length: 3300 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose for her work on the photo in this chapter.

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure | 6: It's What's Upfront That Counts

'We know how to make you big.' )

Missing Scene: Ryan and Simon
8: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed. Includes what Simon sees looming on the horizon.

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 6 of 10: It's What's Upfront That Counts
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG
Summary: In which Blake thinks Chris should say yes.
Length: 2800 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure

'It's a great opportunity.'  )

7: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch. Includes Paula and her dogs, plus Taylor Hicks: Marketing Genius.

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 5 of 10: Alive with Pleasure
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG
Summary: In which Blake Lewis falls into the tender trap.
Length: 1400 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby

'I'm beginning to see the light'  )

6: It's What's Upfront That Counts. Includes the Syco Junior High Talent Show!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 4 of 10: You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: R
Summary: In which Chris Richardson makes an interesting discovery.
Length: 3500 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat

'God, am I really that obvious?'  )

5: Alive with Pleasure. It's a movie!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 3 of 10: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which Blake Lewis makes an interesting discovery.
Length: 2700 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate

'This song is about Blake, isn't it?'  )

4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby. Includes music AND Ryan Seacrest!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 2 of 10: Where Particular People Congregate
Pairing: American Idol: Blake Lewis/Chris Richardson
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which Chris Richardson shows what he's made of.
Length: 2900 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, because they were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and in holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is

'Would you like to come up on the stage?'  )

3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat. Includes photos AND a song AND studio time!

After-Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 1 of 10: Come to Where the Flavor Is
Pairing: Blake/Chris (American Idol)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which Blake Lewis gets a new songwriting partner.
Length: 2300 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure | 6: It's What's Upfront That Counts | 7: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch | Missing Scene: Ryan and Simon | 8: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed | Missing Scene: Chris and Blake | 9: Instead of a Sweet | Additional Scene: One Big Circle | 10: I'd Walk a Mile

'I want you two to work as a team.'  )

2: Where Particular People Congregate. Includes music!

After-Notes )

July 2014

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