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02 February 2020 @ 10:22 pm
What you'll find here: Holmes angsting over Watson, and Watson angsting over Holmes, with a generous helping of Victoriana. And a bit of a Victorian men's clothing obsession...

After a year or two only reading and writing Sherlock Holmes fic, I surprised myself by suddenly starting to collect new fandoms at a rapid rate. Besides Holmes (ACD's original stories), I read and sometimes write in: Man from UNCLE (TV), Lewis, Due South, Supernatural, Star Trek (TOS), Lupin/Snape, Aubrey/Maturin, Blake's 7, The Professionals, Starsky and Hutch

I'm much more active on livejournal than the entries in this journal would suggest, but mostly in comms, not in posts here. Always happy to meet new people!

I also made an intro post a while back which you can find here, but it's rather out of date now.

The fic listed below is mostly slash, sometimes gen. Ratings generally erring on the safe side.

I'm slowing uploading everything to AO3, here.

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By the way, don't hesitate to point out any historical inaccuracies, canonical inaccuracies, or other stupid mistakes.

Friending: Feel free to friend/defriend at will. If you're here wondering who on earth I am and why I added you, it's probably because I read your fic and I'd like to know when you write some more!

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Fic rec! This year for holmestice I got something I was very much hoping for but not really expecting, a fic based on the film "My Dearly Beloved Detective", which is a rather obscure Russian adaptation of Sherlock Holmes. The fic is my tired soul on fire by an anonymous author. It's femslash, I loved it, and I highly recommend it!

And while I'm at it, I have to rec the film itself too. It's based on the premise that Holmes and Watson were fictional, but so many people came to seek their help at 221B Baker Street that it was deemed necessary to set up a detective agency there, and the two best candidates were two women called Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson. You can find it with English subtitles here on Youtube.
20 March 2016 @ 01:47 pm
The Sherlock Holmes Book, multiple contributors and editors, Dorling Kindersley, 2015

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Encyclopaedia Sherlockiana, by Jack Tracy, Avon, 1977

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The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective's Greatest Cases, by EJ Wagner, Turner, 2007

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04 January 2016 @ 11:57 pm
There are a few questions I felt awkward about answering or simply couldn't think of an answer for, so I just left them out! So if anyone wants to do the meme after seeing this post, better copy it from somewhere else (in my case, I got if from seascribe :) )

Fiction posted in 2015:

In addition to the fic I listed in this post a few months ago there was also:

Man from U.N.C.L.E.Collapse )

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This year I wrote and posted:
Wrote 100000 words and posted 60000 words in the fandoms Sherlock Holmes (ACD canon, 10000 words), The Professionals (26000 words), Man from UNCLE (22000 words) and Snape/Lupin, Dumbledore/Grindelwald (Harry Potter, 2000 words)

Overall Thoughts:

The first and most important thing is to mention and thank the people who beta-read the fic listed here, helped with research or just generally egged me on: vsee, tripleransom, everyone at the LJ comm mfuwss, JoJo, the_wretching, yaoi_hunter, spikesgirl58, Elijahwildchild, loxleyprince and laurose8.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
About the same as every year since I took up writing again back in January 2011.

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04 January 2016 @ 09:19 pm
Every year for the past three or four, I've participated in this writing challenge:

GetYourWordsOut: Year Eight!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net

You sign up to try and reach a certain wordcount each year (but it doesn't matter if you don't - I always sign up for the lowest goal of 150,000 words and never reach it!) and you have monthly check-ins, plus various writings events and posts about writing. Also some very useful Open Office or Excel spreadsheets with lots of features to keep track of what you're writing.

Thanks to hardboiledbaby I also just discovered this other writing comm: 1_million_words. Don't know much about it yet, but it looks very interesting.

There's also ushobwri. I joined it and then didn't participate at all, but it also looks great. It's not really about counting words, but more about discussion, support and encouragement, and it looks like the community is very big and active.
02 January 2016 @ 12:17 pm
Fic recs! First of all, two that were written for me:

The Roads Not Taken by selyndae, a lovely long, rich, complex Man from UNCLE Illya/Napoleon fic, for the Down the Chimney Affair fic exchange.

Someone at the scent of orange blossom by rachelindeed, a really moving, subtle, beautifully woven Holmes/Watson fic for the holmestice exchange. For the Snape fans in my f-list, rachelindeed also has lots of wonderful Snape-centric fic on their AO3 page.

I also wanted to list some excellent fics I've read recently in rather obscure fandoms, not so easy to stumble upon otherwise.

Lawrence of Arabia - To Reflect the Sky Above by Gileonnen.

Hamlet - Undiscovered Country by Thia.

Georgette Heyer slash - Adeste Fidelis, Satanas by Ione.

I wish I could find more Regency slash, in fact, but there's way less of it then I thought there would be :( Just a load of Regency AUs for other fandoms.
29 November 2015 @ 01:11 pm
A couple of weeks ago I posted about some nasty pains that suddenly appeared in my hands and wrists. It hasn't got worse, thank goodness, though I was pretty scared it would. It seems to wax and wane, sometimes even disappearing... I guess it's going to be something long-term, but not completely disastrous, i.e. I can still work, and with the help of technology still also write fic :) (I should have been more worried about not being able to work, since obviously I need the salary, and in fact the vast majority of typing I do in a day is at work -- but irrationally I was just as upset about not being able to write fic...)

Speaking of fic, I've just realised I haven't posted any here since early January, though I have written quite a lot. All links go to AO3.

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Man from U.N.C.L.E.Collapse )

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08 November 2015 @ 07:20 pm
in my last post , I mentioned I hurt my hands and can't type , and in fact what I have is a repetitive strain injury from . . . too much typing .

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08 November 2015 @ 05:10 pm
I've hurt my hands and can't type , so I'm dictating this with voice recognition software ,. As you can see , it works surprisingly well . you can try it out for yourself online here :


It will only work in the Google Chrome browser , so you need to install that first .
I've been playing around with it all weekend . the funny thing is, how well it works depends as much on the language itself as on how you speak . Mr Garonne has been testing its too . we both have fairly strong non-standard accents in German and English , and fairly mild or in his case completely neutral accents in French . and yet we can dictate in German with almost 100% accuracy , in English fairly well , as you see here , but in French , the thing doesn't work so well . probably because German is a very ambiguous language , whereas in French , there are many words which sounded like but are spelled differently . and English is somewhere in between . as you can see however , there's no way to control capitalization , and there are no quotation marks , making it a bit frustrating for dictating fic . . .

By the way, if you do try to play with that dictation.io site , you'll find it works much better with a real microphone instead of the computers internal microphone !
TL;DR: acd_holmesfest participants tend to produce PG-rated fic in the range 2000-4000 words, with a slight preference for M/M fic (almost exclusively Holmes/Watson) over gen fic, but with more gen fic than fandom in general.

Inspired by billiethepoet's recent analysis of the holmestice fic exchange, I did a purely descriptive statistical analysis of the contributions to acd_holmesfest over the years. Basically I wanted to put some numbers on stuff I've been curious about for ages.

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