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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'm much more active on livejournal than this journal would suggest, but mostly in comms, not in posts here.

I also made an intro post a while back which you can find here, but it's rather out of date now, because I seem to collect new fandoms at such a rapid rate...

Holmes/Watson (ACD)Collapse )

Holmes gen (ACD)Collapse )

Holmes/Watson (Guy Ritchie)Collapse )

Lewis/HathawayCollapse )

Due SouthCollapse )

Snape/LupinCollapse )

X-menCollapse )

ProsCollapse )

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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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 .

how to avoid getting the same thing!Collapse )
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.

Graphs and details under the cutCollapse )
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 )