January 8th, 2014


Sherlock Rec: Goose by our own rabidsamfan

Tonight I read the most delightful Sherlock story by rabidsamfan. Doyle-verse, but enjoyable if you understand the basics of who Sherlock and John are and the concept of the Baker Street irregulars/Homeless network, which you probably do if you watch the BBC show.


It's set early in Sherlock's and Watson's friendship. Mrs. Hudson is away for the holidays, and both of our boys are having money problems for various reasons meaning they end up "roughing it" a bit with no one to run the household. Various hijinks ensue. Touching, funny mini-adventures (If you can call them that; they're not chasing down Moriarty here) that not only make me smile at that rare blend of domesticity and Holmes-verse, but also gave me a new appreciation for just how hard it was to run a household in the Victorian era. Throw in a dash of street-children worthy of Oliver Twist and you get the idea.

Plus, RSF did her research. Thoroughly, as is documented in the footnotes at the end. I don't know nearly enough about the era to know if she got it correct, but the sheer amount of effort and the links to look into more of the details is just endearing all on its own.

Do check it out if you enjoy reading Holmes fanfic. It's about 8,500 words which is on the longish side for me, but I was surprised to get to the end - it just slipped by that naturally.

Sherlock beta wanted

Writing Sherlock's voice is apparently more draining than writing Denethor's. And that's saying something.

Still, I have a complete draft of Sherlock fic, set around the events of "The Sign of Three," that I'd love to have someone look over before I post it. Ideally it would be someone familir with the show wnad with British grammar + language usage. It's also written for the snowflake challenge, so I'd love to get it polished and posted in a few days. If anyone's interested, please email me or (if I have your email address) just leave me a comment below and I'll be in touch.

Fandom Snowflake, Day 8

Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

After being sick (better but still on the mend) I'm horribly behind on the snowflake challenge. Today I'm supposed to:

In your own space, create a love meme for yourself. Let people tell you how amazing and awesome and loveable you really are. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so. Surf the comments and find people to give love to.

I'm not against this on principle or anything, but it does seem a bit artificial to ask people to do it at a certain time. It's just not my style, somehow. Plus, I already know I rock. (Kidding, kidding...) So I'm going to shake it up a bit. Rather than telling me how awesome I am, why don't you pick someone else, either a mutual friend or a complete stranger. Tell me why they're awesome and give me a story or fanart of theirs that I should really be familiar with. Then if you know them and feel comfortable, drop them a note on their blog to tell them they're loved and have them come check out what you said.

Bonus points if it's a fandom I'm interested in but less familiar with (Sherlock, House, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Hunger Games, etc.) and if you recommend something, that it's the kind of story I tend to like: reasonable length to read in a single sitting, character-driven, etc. But really, this isn't about me. Pay it forward.