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fannish share: hiatus, our old friend

The latest Sherlock series is done broadcasting in the UK, which means it's time for the crazy, wonderfully talented folks of the Sherlock fandom to do their thing.



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In other words: welcome back, hiatus, old friend. The road goes ever on and on, they say, and I'm not sure fanfic writers don't come up with better material than Team Moffat. Which raises the interesting question in light of recent copyright decisions: rather than writing disclaimers saying no copyright infringement is intended on ACD or Team Moffat, perhaps I should set up a Creative Commons license to give guidance to the BBC scriptwriting team? If series three teaches us anything, it's that Mark Gatiss *must* have a Tumblr account.

Of course, for those of you less driven to create, Waterstones has you covered...



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And, because I never got around to posting my Watson Wednesday share, here's that FB status as well:

Today is Wednesday, meaning I'm supposed to collect my favorite John Watson picture or meme. The best I can come up with is this meme, one of the texts from Baker Street series. The meme series is so very different from both Doyle and the BBC canon, but still entirely too funny for someone who both loves and enjoys laughing at them both. On top of the text itself, it's John Watson's facial expression that really makes me laugh. No spoilers whatsoever.



(via textsfr0mbakerstreet.tumblr.com)

The real star of Watson Wednesday, however, is an analysis I put up on my blog last night, about the final scene of "His Last Vow," the BBC Sherlock third series finale. Or more precisely, the comments on that analysis. The post itself is so-so, though I think it's still worth reading if you were underwhelmed by that final scene. What truly stands out to me is the comments I've received over at LiveJournal, with some very thoughtful insights both into that scene and Watson's character generally (obviously within the confines of the BBC show). I shared a link on a discussion group for the show last night and have been truly impressed by the responses.

This post and the comments do have spoilers for series three, especially the final episode. But if you've seen it and are interested in what other people made of it, do check out the comments over at LJ.

http://marta-bee.livejournal.com/289939.html

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Recent Pinterest Shares (for more fannish fun)
Recent tweets (for more serious reading)
Recent AO3 bookmarks (for fanfic recs)

Recent FaceBook bits and bobs:

Somewhere, at some point in the past, a guy thought, when designing the instructions for furniture: I could give people a numbered list of clear steps written in plain English, but instead I'll go for the confusing, nigh-impossible-to-decipher picture.

I really want to know exactly what thought process led up to this decision. What could positively motivate *anyone* to think this might be a good approach?

[NB: Altariel supplied a thoroughly plausible answer. I still think deliberate Marta-torture is involved.]

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I'm wondering just when toast became my thing. It's not even particularly good toast: wheat bread usually, dry with low-sugar jam or with a little bit of butter and cheese nuked in the microwave, with warm milk or decaf tea depending on the mood. But this is quickly becoming a nightly ritual.

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This would be funny if it wasn't so true.



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This wouldn't be nearly so funny if it didn't come right under two news stories about the Nigeria anti-homosexuality law. Every bit as NWS as these things usually are.

The 15 Worst Corporate Logo Fails

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My muse apparently has an odd sense of humor. Reawaken just as I'm getting interested in Sherlock, fine, that works. But insist on nothing but gapfillers and alternate POV for a show with only nine episodes? There's a natural limit to how long this particular arrangement can last...

[NB: Yeah, it's not entirely impossible that 1,500 words of gapfillery HLV fic were written today when I should have been sending out resumes.]

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Christmas in London is never safe, particularly when Moffat is involved. I could wait a few weeks more...

http://www.hypable.com/2014/01/13/sherlock-series-4-air-date-christmas-2014/

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I understand that people have mixed feelings about Martha as a character, but can we at least agree that the series three soundtrack is the best of the New Who's? Disagreement on this point may just qualify as a defriending-worthy action, with the possible exception made for the "I Am the Doctor" theme, which is just so wonderfully uplifting it doesn't really admit to ready comparison. The rest of those later-year soundtracks leaves me a bit cold, though, and I have a true soft spot for Martha's theme.

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It's come to my attention that some people don't like fanfic. Not just publishers but other geeks. I overheard a conversation from several tabletop rollplayers (think Dungeons + Dragons) the other day about how at least they weren't sitting at home at night typing out their sexual fantasies for people that they not only would never meet but didn't actually exist.

That's me, by the way; hello.

Never mind the fact that most fanfic (at least not in the circles I run in) isn't all that obsessed with sex. And let's skip over how accurate a description this might be of some kinds of computerized roll-playing. All of that aside, fanfic really kind of rocks. It's creative, it's artistic, it quite often has philosophical depth, and in this day of instant gratification and easy distraction, it involves a prolonged artistic effort - for something that cannot legally actually earn you any pay, even if you wanted it to. It also often involves a more loving, supportive community than I've found in many "real world" locations. Just this morning I opened up some Christmas cards including short stories written just for me by friends as gifts, and I was touched.

Out of fairness, fanfic writers can be a bit weird and overemotional and invested in their own pride and cliquishness, and a little too involved in their own little worlds a fair bit of the time. But that's hardly a unique problem these days, it seems. On the whole, it seems a label worth being proud of.

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