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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...

(Mostly) slash. Ratings are possibly erring on the safe side, though.

I'm slowing uploading everything to AO3, here.

I also made an intro post a while back which you can find here.

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Lewis/HathawayCollapse )

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Snape/LupinCollapse )

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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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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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28 April 2015 @ 11:28 pm
Just watched a Sherlock Holmes documentary on the website of the TV channel Arte, which might be of interest to some f-listers. It's only available in French or German. It's intended for a general audience, of course, so I don't suppose anyone here would learn anything much they didn't already know, but there's some nice footage.
14 February 2015 @ 07:56 pm
Whoops, this reminds me that one of my New Year's Resolutions was to read more non-fanfic fiction, which I haven't been doing at all so far. Not because there's anything wrong with fanfic, of course, but more because I feel like over the past year or two I've been missing out on a lot of good fiction by only reading fanfic.

the 'what's on your bookshelf?' friending meme

My own answers under the cut:

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05 January 2015 @ 09:42 pm
Various fic from the past few months, in fandoms new and old, all posted on AO3.

Two X-Men fics


4000 words, rated M, Charles/Erik. This was written for frau_kali for the Secret Mutant exchange. Angsty canon-compliant post-DOFP fic with a happy-ish ending.

Listening Comprehension

3000 words, rated M, Charles/Erik. This one's angsty canon-compliant XMFC fic with an ending that's only happy if you really squint...

The Great Mouse Detective

A More Benign Use for Oil of Vitriol

2000 words, rated G. Written for AnInternationalReputation as part of Yuletide. A little adventure for Olivia and Dr Dawson (with cameos from ACD's Holmes and Watson)

The Eagle of the Ninth

A Long Way from Etruria

2000 words, rated G, Marcus/Esca. Written for Chantefable as part of the Eagle Exchange, many years ago...
05 January 2015 @ 09:37 pm
Three fic recs!

I was lucky enough to receive not only my gift fic but also a treat in the X-Men Secret Mutant exchange. They're both quite dark, angsty and Magneto-centric, just what I was hoping for. They're also both very powerful, very well-written fics and definitely worth a read. One was This island we cling to by daymarket, and the other Snow in Dusseldorf by Sophia_Bee

Moving on to something a little more light-hearted (but still quite scary in places, actually!) -- the children's series Chrestomanci. For yuletide I got a lovely long fic that would have fitted right into the original series. If by chance anyone on my f-list has heard of Chrestomanci, you'll enjoy this: What Dreams by LookingForOctober.
20 November 2014 @ 11:19 pm
Podfic rec! This was my gift as part of this round of acd_holmesfest.

I feel a little weird reccing podfic of one of my own fics, but this is really good podfic, and I loved it. So if it's something you ever listen to, you can find it here. Highly recommended!
A while ago I decided to watch as many Holmes adaptations as I could get my hands on. I've been writing them up here on LJ, and I've been progressing pretty slowly. So far only managed:

Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin (Lenfilm, 1979-1986) aka Russian Sherlock Holmes
Igor Petrenko and Andrei Panin (Russia 1, 2013)
Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock (BBC, 1968)
L'extravagant "Mystère" Holmes (a stage play)

Recently I watched two more, rather obscure, adaptations. The first one is worth watching (if you heed my various caveats and warnings). The second one I definitely advise you to avoid!

The Case of the Silk StockingCollapse )

2010 Sherlock Holmes film with Keating and David-LloydCollapse )
06 November 2014 @ 11:14 pm
Here's a webpage that I wish I'd discovered ages ago, with tools, plugins and bookmarklets for AO3, for doing stuff like sorting by the kudos/hits ratio, adding better search functionality, downloading statistics:

I spent an hour on Sunday writing a very clunky script to try to do some of this stuff myself, and then discovered this page right afterwards, damnit...
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25 October 2014 @ 04:03 pm
Just finished my Yuletide signup!

I requested two book series from my childhood (Yuletide is great for that!): the Chalet School and the Chrestomanci books, and two rather darker and slashier fandoms: Lawrence of Arabia and Blake's 7. And offered Patrick O'Brian's Age of Sail books, Blake's 7, the Chalet School books and The Great Mouse Detective

I was very surprised and pleased to see Blake's 7 in the fandoms list. I nominated it, and then saw it in a post about fandoms that were a bit too large and were going to be disqualified unless someone made a case for them. I didn't try to argue, because it's true that Blake's 7 was a big fandom once, even if not on the internet and not nowadays. But I suppose someone else did argue for it...