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Below is a list of my various fanfic and blog posts discussing different books, TV shows and movies. Feel free to poke around and read anything that strikes your fancy.

The fiction in particular often carries specific warnings and benefited from the help of beta readers and (in the case of some poetry) co-authors. Rather than trying to recreate this information here, please find it at the archive where the stories are posted. If you've helped me out over the years and I haven't properly thanked you, please let me know so I can correct it. Most of the links point to ArchiveOfOurOwn.org, which I joined several years ago, and while I've done my best to give credit where due, I do know my own limitations in this area and am willing to fix any mistakes.

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Tolkien on Names

This Tumblr post has me smiling. Basically it's about all the silly linguist-humor-but-making-us-mere-mortals-reach-for-our-notecards things Tolkien does. A sample:

2. Characters who Have Way Too Many Names

Examples include Aragorn son of Arathorn son of Arador heir of Isildur Elendil’s son, descendant of Numenor, Thorongill, Eagle of the Star, Dúnadan, Strider, Wingfoot, Longshanks, Elessar, Edhelharn, Elfstone, Estel (”Hope,”) The Chieftain of the Dúnedain, King of the West, High King of Gondor and Arnor, and Envinyatar the Renewer of the House of Telcontar

Wait I’m sorry did I say “examples” plural

Cuz that was all one guy


Check out the whole thing, it's really quite hilarious if you've made it to the other side of the head-thunking stage we all seem to go through.

Then come back and answer me two simple questions:

1) What are your favorite examples of this?
2) What the heck was JRRT thinking with all this?

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The Handmaid's Tale + More Holmestice

I've been watching the Hulu series, which just finished its first series. Highly recommended if you have access to Hulu. Is anyone else watching it?

I love the original book and as far as adaptations go, this feels like better than we had any riht to hope for. It's reasonably faithful, and where it differs (the Japanese tourists become a Mexican ambassador, for instance) it's used to really good effect. And they dug into so many of the characters in such an interesting, believable way. Moira and Janine, for instance, were wonderful. I was a bit bothered by the boiling down of the horrors of Gilead to sexual slavery and sexual violence, treating all women like they were equal. As if the Red Centers were the one real outstanding shame of Gilead.

One of the truly unnerving things about the original book for me was that in some ways Aunt Lydia was right when she called the Handmaids protected and lucky. There are huge racial disparities, and older women just disappear unless they're married to powerful men like the Commanders' Wives. I didn't perceive the true horror as a sexual assault so much as a lack of choices and choice-making across the Board. Women are sentenced to sexual slavery, domestic servants, death in the colonies. Afro-Americans are sentenced to agricultural slavery out west. Gay people are quite literally sentence to death even if they're chaste in the present. Similarly for religious minorities, intellectuals, anyone seen as undesirable. And as awful as Gilead is there are all these pepole living worse, or at least different, horrors.

This is hard to say and I'm sure lots of people will disagree with me (with reason!), but I felt like a lot of reaction to the show was trying to tap into a "war against women" and the current political moment. To be clear: I do see a war against women, just one that goes deeper than the current administration. In terms of Trump policies it pales compared to the machismo he emboldens, and even that pales compared to the racial poltics, the Islamophobia, the American-first sentiment. I don't feel all that singled out as a woman, or at least I see te assault as... more subtle? More about the personality than the policies? So it feels odd to kind of put "Handmaid" out there as a tale for the political moment (which is why I think it's resonating with a lot of my friends these days), and then act like all women are suffering equally. That reaction has a sort of all-lives-matter undercurrent to it. And the adaptation did seem to present a sort of homogenized everywoman put through this, that didn't sit that well with me.

I don't know. I don't think I'm explaining it very well. And taken as a story of how women generally are put through such garbage, it really is a great psychological horror thing. A great drama looking at how we resist, the different ways we do, what that means. Really worth watching. And reading for that matter - the Atwood novel was hugely formative for me, and it's aged really well.

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Holmestice continues. Some favorites since my last post:

Son of Demeter, No Friend of Hades (BBC Sherlock + Greek mythology fusion, John/Sherlock + Moriarty)
Return (Doyle, John/Sherlock)
A Long Game (BBC Sherlock, Anthea & Molly tipping into Anthea/Molly)
Underground Rescue (BBC Sherlock art, John & Sherlock)

.... I will admit I'm getting a bit... wearied, I guess? So many nice pieces, but my RL is so busy, and I feel a compunction to read and comment on them all because I want the same paid to me but also because they're nice, I guess? And with this heat, and some other things going on. I'm just tired. The good thing is, they'll still be there even if I don't get to them all. Need to remind myself of that.

Btw [personal profile] fractalwolf keep meaning to reply! But no, I don't recognize the significance of the Norse runes, either. I feel like I should, but I'm drawing a blank there.

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Holmestice

It's such a breath of fresh air this go-around! I mean, I'm generally a critical fan and like talking and thinking things through, and I'm not going to complain about all that. But all the fic here is so uncomplicated, so joyful, so much of why people love the Baker Street Boys. And it's as much Ritchie and Doyle as it is BBC. (And Elementary, too, though I don't really know enough to really get into those personally, I'm afraid.

But so far:

Knit One, Purl Too: BBC meets "The Red-headed League," with a very clever Molly as Jabez Wilson
Incidents with Dogs, Curious and Otherwise: BBC parentlock + eventual JOhnlock. And so many dogs. And so much delightful cutenesss. This one has me smiling just thinking about it.
Two Shoes for a Hat: Ritchie-verse, first meeting and quite possibly the most in-character thing I've ever read there. And Stamford is lovely! And the bit with Gladstone. Really, just delightful.

That's without having read "The Magnificent Division (Mystrade meets Cabin Pressure), which I frankly can't wait to get home and dive into tonight. Looks awesome!

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my Holmestice gift

I received a just-wonderful fusion of BBC Sherlock and Doyle's "Red-Headed League," with Molly Hooper in the role of Jabez Wilson. Really very well done with both Greg and Molly being a lot of fun, equal parts fallible and clever, and neither needing Sherlock's deductions to solve the case, thank you very much. I loved seeing those two shine a bit on their own terms, and loved too how it really breathed life into one of my favorite Doyle stories.

Do check it out!

Rated Teen but I think that's being a bit cautious. Really a fun read for everyone, I'd think.

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Today I am in a rare good mood today. Did a lot of *cough* playing around at work on non-work things, and felt precisely zero guilt on it because I worked through a fair portion of the weekend and worked a solid twelve hours yesterday. I think I've also been pushed to a sort of zen state where I realze it's not getting done no matter how hard I work at it and (temporarily no doubt!) am at peace with that, or at least not caring.

It's almost verging on manic, actually. I'm sure it won't last, and I'm not sure it's mentally healthy even if it does. But it is very different, and that alone is a weight off.

So:

Holmestice fic submitted
Wonder Woman tickets acquired
... I am forcibly removed from the clinic and onto the train.

Peace, all.

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Looking for Beta

I'm in the final stages of polishing my Holmestice fic and looking for a beta. It's shortish and I'll need a quick turn-around (by Thursday at the latest; I should get you a draft by tonight). It's also Sherlock Holmes but not BBC, and content-wise maybe not for everyone. Of course I'll gladly go into more details privately and you'd be more than free to say no at that point, but because of the anonymous nature don't want to get specific in public like this.

I'm pretty comfortable with the canon, and what I'm really looking for is a fresh pair of eyes who can read the language, point out problems with missing words and character blocking and the like. Ideally you'd be not American so you can catch my Americanisms, but that's not a deal-breaker.

Email me (marta-fandom AT gmail DOT com), PM me, etc. if you want more details.

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Long Weekend

The clinic closed at 1 PM for the long weekend, and all day Monday. The lawyers went home at 12 so it made no sense to go downtown. So I worked from home this morning and swung by later in theory to show my face when the doctor was actually here as a gentle reminder that, yes, I work here too; but also because it is so far beyond the realm of possibility that I can take all that time off and leave early Friday too. Needed to make some phone calls and hate doing that from my cell.

So here I am, listening to GotG soundtracks in an abandoned clinic with the AC blasting. It's actually really nice. I dig the solitude, and the plan is to take Monday off properly and hopefully get at least some of what I typically do on Sundays done so I can actually write this weekend. Holmestice beckons.

(I get how !@#$'d up that sentence is, really! But delving into that reality is only going to pull me down.)

Am also going to a movie tonight, probably Pirates but possibly Bay Watch. It seems like just the right blend of self-aware mockery to be really hilarious, though not usually my thing.

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May. 25th, 2017



This seems appropriate today. I'm inside and dry, but the storm whirling around outside does seem of the twosies-twosies torrential downpour sort.

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Jew-"ish"?

Enter your cut contents here.So that photo of Mr. Trump in a kippah at the Western Wall has a lot of folks asking if it's appropriate, since he's not Jewish. The short answer is yes, it's a sign of respect and appropriate for a non-Jew to cover his head in a site sacred to Jews, though he's not legally *required* to. But all this has me thinking: is Donald Trump really not Jewish?

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