To the point, though: sign-ups are now open for the Winter 2014 Holmestice exchange. If you're interested, find the participation form here, which you can then either post as an entry in the holmestice community or (if you don't have an LJ account) as a comment on that post. It's really worth doing even if you've never written in the fandom: all varieties of Holmes, from Doyle to the BBC to the Great Mouse Detective and pretty much everything in between, and I've found it to be very well run with a good quality of submissions.
And before we get to that, there's the requests. Those are always so fun to read on their own. It's all untapped potential, all exciting what-if's and wouldn't-that-just-be-so-cool's, plus a bit of . I love reading those posts and think other people would as well. And it's such a window into your fellow writers' and artists' fannish soft spots, the things they really want to read or see.
I've had a problem lately of signing up for exchanges and not being able to come through, so I've laid off participating myself. But I did step forward as a pinch-hitter, and with an exchange this size I'll probably be needed. That's actually more fun than actually sign up because it lets me give without receiving. However. As I just said, reading other peoples' sign-up forms has always been a lot of fun for me, so I thought I'd write up what I would have made of the form, what I would have asked for, if I were participating. Not so much to ask for it because part of the point of going the pinch-hitter route is to not do that, but just to show you what I like and wish for, as an exercise in getting to know me..
I will create: fic, meta, research essay
In the following parts of fandom: Anything based on BBC or ACD canon, and I'll try Ritchie or Granada in a pinch.
For the following pairings: I'm comfortable writing Johnlock, Johnlockary, Mystrade, Mormor, Holmescest, and pretty much any pairing you can dream up with a My- or -croft worked in there somewhere. But I really enjoy character studies and gen, for which I am happy to try my hand at.
I like working with the following categories: Gen preferred though will try my hand at slash. Character study, domesticity, humor, casefic, anything with a philosophical bent will be right up my ally. No Mary-bashing.
I am willing to create for the following kinks: I'm not all that comfortable writing anything excessively kinky, so while I'll write explicit sex if necessary, probably best not to expect too much out of me in this department.
I want to receive: fic, art, meta
In at least one of the following parts of fandom: BBC or ACD
For at least one of the following pairings: Pretty much everything I said above. You really can't go wrong if Mycroft plays a starring role, and in the wake of series three my rebellious streak has really drawn me to Johnlockary. Call it denial or whatever, but a story featuring happy polyamory would not go amiss. Also, for some bizarre reason I've had a real yearning for anything putting Mrs. Hudson and Irene Adler in the same scene, so if anyone was so inspired...
I like stuff in the following categories: gapfillers, character study, navigating asexuality (or demisexuality, etc.), parentfic, moral ambiguity, anything that makes me think or shows your passion for a subject I don't already know much about
I wouldn’t mind any of the following kinks: N/a. While I'd love a good sex scene if it actually contributes to the story I don't want a story that's PWP or excessively kinky.
Please include further details about what you’d like to receive:
For the BBC, it's occurred to me that these characters live in a world where all of our favorite books and novels and TV shows also exist. While I'm not a huge fan of crossovers, I'd love to see a story that made use of Doctor Who, Tolkien, Marvel comics, or whatever else actually exists. Give me a Sherlock who regularly reads the tabloids for sheer entertainment value, who has a frankly bizarre knowledge of "sensational literature." Or a Mycroft who keeps a sonic screwdriver in his desk drawer, and drags Greg off to Cardiff to watch a taping. Or where John was a longtime fan of Tolkien and uses it to connect with a boy at the clinic. You get the idea.
Canon Doyle, pretty much anything you can do to flesh out one of the many minor references in the story, I'd love to read it. There isn't enough ACD-based gapfillers out there. I for one would love to see the story of how Holmes acquired his Strad.
Special requests: All I can say is what I said above. Make me think. Give me characterizations that seem authentic and interesting. Show me why you're excited about something you care about, bring what you know and care about to our favorite characters.
The rest, as they say, is transport.
Also, bees. Really, I go weak in the knees over them. The merest hint of a honeycomb makes me smile embarrassingly widely.
I hope some of you will consider joining up, for real. That is in no way a selfish motivation to see the bits and bobs you would most like to see turned into fanworks. So go and sign up.