List of recent fic

Round-up of all the fic I posted to AO3 since I last made one of these posts here on LJ about six months ago. I finished a lot of WIPs recently, which was my New Year's Resolution, so that's cool. Most of the words in these fics were actually written in 2013-2015. An enormous thank you to laurose8, sanguinity, Dawnwind and the mfuwss comm for beta-reading help!

Sherlock Holmes (ACD)

Like Butter
Holmes/Watson, 1000 words
This is pretty much a PWP. More explicit than I usually write, for the come_at_once comm.

The Red Notebook
Holmes/Watson, 10600 words
Holmes is dead, or seems to be. Watson starts to write, and Mycroft starts to read. Set during the Hiatus. Mycroft's POV.

My Dearly Beloved Detective (Holmes adaptation)

The Hue and Cry
F/F, one-sided Holmes/Watson
Based on the film My Dearly Beloved Detective, which I posted about here. Written for k_e_p during holmestice.

Starsky and Hutch

Second Thoughts
Gen, 1500 words
A few weeks before they graduate from the Academy, Hutch returns to Bay City to find something's bothering Starsky. Written several years ago as a Christmas gift for Nicky Gabriel.

Starsky and Hutch vs the World
Starsky/Hutch, 31000 words
The first time they noticed that spark between them, they were still at the Academy. A decade later, they finally talk about it. And that's just the beginning.
Longest fic I've ever written! Finally finished it during the wipbigbang. With cover page by Alobear.

Man from UNCLE

The Under the Ice Affair
Gen, 14000 words
Illya and his team of agents are stranded north of the Arctic Circle, and the only way Napoleon can get there is to commandeer a submarine and go under the polar ice cap. With illustrations by loxleyprince!
This is basically a result of my decades-long love affair with submarines.

Gen, 2400 words
On a rainy night in Belgrade, a Soviet scientist knocks on Napoleon and Illya's hotel room door and announces that he wants to defect. Written at the mfuwss comm.

Where the Heather Grows Best
Gen with hints of het, 3600 words
Illya is on a mission on the Isle of Skye when he makes friends with an art student on a painting holiday. This was written for lindafishes8 at the mfu_scrapbook comm.

New 'obscure Holmes' fic collection on AO3

Good news for anyone who is interested in some of the rather more obscure Holmes adaptations! sanguinity, phoenixfalls and k_e_p have set up a new collection on AO3, for Sherlock Holmes fic that's not in one of the 'big five' verses (BBC Sherlock, Elementary, House M.D., the Ritchie films, ACD canon). It's here on AO3.

In other news, I've been away from LJ for a while, so today I was trying to catch up with my friends list, and I discovered it only goes back three weeks, or 630 entries, one or the other. I thought it went back in time indefinitely...

Fic and film rec: My Dearly Beloved Detective

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.

Some Sherlock Holmes-related books

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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End-of-year fic-writing meme

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:

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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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Advertising some writing comms

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.

Fic recs

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.

Almost a year's worth of fic

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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Voice recognition software

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 !