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Guys, [livejournal.com profile] quarryquest spoils me terribly. She took a lemon to 221B for me!

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So September reached new levels of potential slashiness, as pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] azriona in her lovely comment, and I was aware of this when I was writing it. I left all the potential in there. I didn't censor it even though I have no intention of following through.

My own personal view of J&S’s relationship is that they do love one another. I just don’t need them to have sex as a result. My post-Reichenbach John had a panic attack because Sherlock popped onto a roof without giving him any warning. Clearly this man cares about his friend and partner to the point of loving him. So I’m writing a love story minus the sex. They are brothers. They have chosen one another. Society doesn’t really have a category for this outside marriage – hence all the slash fic. As I believe I recall [livejournal.com profile] pargoletta pointing out in her review of Belgravia, they are in a relationship and the closest equivalent is probably Anne Shirley's concept of 'bosom friends' or 'kindred spirits'.
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I've been revisiting Best Man because the last time I read through it I decided that Sherlock was unacceptably OOC. I realized that I'd made him too broad, too clueless and I wanted to make it all a bit more subtle as far as he was concerned.

I thought I was just going to smooth out the rough edges. It turned out I'm writing an entirely new story. New, not different, because some parts of it are still exactly the same. I am still telling the same story but parts of it are new and cannot be blended with the old.

What this has given me is this notion of Sherlock seeing words and using them like physical objects to help him think things through.

*****
Slowly and ever so carefully, Sherlock studied John’s words. He picked them up one by one to see for himself exactly how they fit together. He studied each statement from every possible angle. He held them up to the light and watched it illuminate them in a flash of brilliance before emerging in a glorious spectrum as from a prism. Then he did it all over again so that he could be certain. When he was certain, he nodded. He believed his words were true.
*****

And I just love this idea.

ETA - on a real life note, first amusingly: Today I put on the wrong shoes in the dark which means I am very colorful today in red shoes, lilac socks, brown pants, a blue shirt, and my forest green coat. and then on an exasperated note: Today I spilled an entire mug of tea (Tesco Finest Earl Grey courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] quarryquest) into my keyboard. I have done this enough times over the course of my career so far that I didn't expect it to work properly afterwards, and I was correct. I was, however, able to swap it for one at an empty desk which is the same 'shape' as my now sadly broken one so that I do not have to have an adjustment period (until I do it the next time).
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Vid rec - [livejournal.com profile] keerawa did a vid from Sherlock's pov with a song that is amazingly well-suited to tell the story of John and Sherlock's friendship. It is wonderful and it is here: http://keerawa.livejournal.com/153597.html?view=1823741#t1823741

[livejournal.com profile] quarryquest and I were chatting earlier today and she was locationing the alley which the lads run down together whilst handcuffed. We realised (all credit to qq since I wouldn't have thought to wonder) that in the shot of them running off together then grabbing each other's hands - you know the one, it's when we get the 'Take my hand' line - those are the stunt men. I cracked up for serious. The most famous line/moment short of 'We're going to have to coordinate.' and it's not even Ben and Martin. Perhaps the stunt men slash during their off hours. :-)

Dude.

Nov. 11th, 2012 06:27 pm
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Excerpt from a review of the Mark Gatiss event: Mark thought that parts of The Adventure of the Yellow Face definitely had some sections which would be impossible to modernise.

Actually, it's surprisingly easy. I know this because I did it. If I can do it, the actual writers should be able to.

tsk, tsk, Mark!
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Now I'm torn.  I wanted to have Sherlock do the burning rainbow for John, but this is flipping fantastic.  I may have to go with this one instead.

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So some of you may have noticed that I write (at least so far) strictly gen stories, though a lot of my Sherlock stuff can be read as pre-slash, and I'm perfectly happy for it to be so - whatever floats your boat.

However, I just typed this: Sherlock’s contemplation of the bottle is distracted by the treat of early-morning-still-too-bloody-sleepy-for-this-shite-where’s-m’tea-John on the stairs.

And I went back to re-read and revise, and realized I'd typed 'treat' instead of 'tread' and thought, 'Hee! J & S want to slash in this one, apparently.' :-)
impulsereader: (Sheet!Sherlock)
So some of you may have noticed that I write (at least so far) strictly gen stories, though a lot of my Sherlock stuff can be read as pre-slash, and I'm perfectly happy for it to be so - whatever floats your boat.

However, I just typed this: Sherlock’s contemplation of the bottle is distracted by the treat of early-morning-still-too-bloody-sleepy-for-this-shite-where’s-m’tea-John on the stairs.

And I went back to re-read and revise, and realized I'd typed 'treat' instead of 'tread' and thought, 'Hee! J & S want to slash in this one, apparently.' :-)
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Sigh. I am meant to be writing. Instead I'm over here signing up for [livejournal.com profile] 221b_advent.  All winterish holidays seem to be on the table as well as simply winter and/or cold itself.  Huh.  Plot bunny.  Cold - the Endless...somehow...  I swear to goodness, typing alters my brain chemistry or something.  Anywho...  Upon seeing that [livejournal.com profile] bradspyjamas and [livejournal.com profile] kizzia had hopped on board I folded.  Or, at least, they've joined the community though I cannot be sure they've signed up officially...eyes each of them hopefully...

What else can I throw in here?  What have I been meaning to blather about?  Apparently, nothing.

Oh, yes, darn it, The other night I was out with [livejournal.com profile] pargoletta and after we had a very wet, shivery time whilst listening to Carmina Burana conducted by Riccardo Muti - and bizarrely, right afterward the CSO went on strike, we stopped for a warming snack.  My bottle top subsequently informed me that International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated on Nantucket Island.  I've been meaning to take a picture and post it and add it to my growing Pirate Sherlock stash, and perhaps log it in for posterity along with that weird Sherlockian fortune I got at Panda Express.  Of course, right now I'm meant to be writing and therefore brought neither my camera's connection wire nor the bottle top.  If I were honest with myself then, I'd have to create a new tag - here there be no pirates. 

Sigh again.  I'm really not going to accomplish anything tonight.

A thesaurus search proves there is no good 'D' word which works for cold.  Blast.
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Sigh. I am meant to be writing. Instead I'm over here signing up for [livejournal.com profile] 221b_advent.  All winterish holidays seem to be on the table as well as simply winter and/or cold itself.  Huh.  Plot bunny.  Cold - the Endless...somehow...  I swear to goodness, typing alters my brain chemistry or something.  Anywho...  Upon seeing that [livejournal.com profile] bradspyjamas and [livejournal.com profile] kizzia had hopped on board I folded.  Or, at least, they've joined the community though I cannot be sure they've signed up officially...eyes each of them hopefully...

What else can I throw in here?  What have I been meaning to blather about?  Apparently, nothing.

Oh, yes, darn it, The other night I was out with [livejournal.com profile] pargoletta and after we had a very wet, shivery time whilst listening to Carmina Burana conducted by Riccardo Muti - and bizarrely, right afterward the CSO went on strike, we stopped for a warming snack.  My bottle top subsequently informed me that International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated on Nantucket Island.  I've been meaning to take a picture and post it and add it to my growing Pirate Sherlock stash, and perhaps log it in for posterity along with that weird Sherlockian fortune I got at Panda Express.  Of course, right now I'm meant to be writing and therefore brought neither my camera's connection wire nor the bottle top.  If I were honest with myself then, I'd have to create a new tag - here there be no pirates. 

Sigh again.  I'm really not going to accomplish anything tonight.

A thesaurus search proves there is no good 'D' word which works for cold.  Blast.
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OK, I have new respect for you [livejournal.com profile] bradspyjamas. I have to be a bit circumspect as I talk about what I'm currently writing and taking a quick break from finishing up, because it's an exchange and it's supposed to be secret until the reveal, but if any of you guys stumble across this over on the comm you'll know it's mine, so I'm not too terribly worried.

So first off I'm pinch hitting so am not getting anything in return except a spectacular opportunity to world-build; this is perfectly fine with me. However; because I only got two weeks to write the piece and it was supposed to be no more than 3k words (a bit short for me) I decided to work in 221Bs to keep the length down. This - almost worked :-P I ended up writing more than I expected to, I'm over the 3k, but only by the difference which takes me through to the last 221 words - 14 221Bs I think - 3094 words, anyway (I anticipated doing about 6 - maybe).

This is flipping hard!

The thing that I think really gets me is that I want to save every possible incarnation because that one word I've just had to take out - five revisions later I might be able to fit it back in, but at that point I'll have forgot it was ever there!

One of the things that really bothers me is that a few of my Bs feel contrived - it feels like I just wrote that last line and stuck it in just to get the B in there. ...and, some of them...I did...and that bothers me.

At first I found myself focusing almost solely on getting the word count down so that I could have the luxury of 'extra' words in the bits where I really felt like I needed them. This led to rather unsatisfactory results. I just didn't think each piece was very good.

I found myself thinking that I would just rewrite the darn thing normally along the same lines, but that felt like giving up and, I have to admit, would probably have led me to write something too long to be submitted.

And then, as I discovered where the story was going, I really started to feel like I was getting the hang of it. I was liking the later pieces better, they felt pretty and I managed a bit of description which I usually struggle with and that made me happy.

So I went back and made more of an effort to make the earlier pieces something which I liked as well.

It's going better now, which is good as it's due tomorrow! But what I'm taking away from this is that I could possibly work on these things until the end of time, endlessly taking out one word here to make room for another there, rewriting that sentence completely and now needing three extra somewhere else. Writing these things feels like a puzzle which doesn't have an actual solution - I feel like I'm stuck in a mobius strip - as I just made that realization I am making a firm personal resolution never to write 221Bs again unless I have a deadline imposed by someone other than myself - I do not want to turn into Howard Hughes except for the neatly trimmed fingernails (for the typing, natch).

Oh! And don't even get me started on word counters! I lost a couple hours of my life trying to figure out what the bleep to do about word counters for this! And the constant copying and pasting is driving me crazy as well! So I also do not enjoy the mechanics of writing 221Bs, not at all! I'm also having anxiety about lie-in and fry-up both being hyphenated according to the Daily Mail. If they're wrong that section is way off on word count!!! ETA - the Cambridge dictionary site has confirmed this last, so I'm good there - phew!
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OK, I have new respect for you [livejournal.com profile] bradspyjamas. I have to be a bit circumspect as I talk about what I'm currently writing and taking a quick break from finishing up, because it's an exchange and it's supposed to be secret until the reveal, but if any of you guys stumble across this over on the comm you'll know it's mine, so I'm not too terribly worried.

So first off I'm pinch hitting so am not getting anything in return except a spectacular opportunity to world-build; this is perfectly fine with me. However; because I only got two weeks to write the piece and it was supposed to be no more than 3k words (a bit short for me) I decided to work in 221Bs to keep the length down. This - almost worked :-P I ended up writing more than I expected to, I'm over the 3k, but only by the difference which takes me through to the last 221 words - 14 221Bs I think - 3094 words, anyway (I anticipated doing about 6 - maybe).

This is flipping hard!

The thing that I think really gets me is that I want to save every possible incarnation because that one word I've just had to take out - five revisions later I might be able to fit it back in, but at that point I'll have forgot it was ever there!

One of the things that really bothers me is that a few of my Bs feel contrived - it feels like I just wrote that last line and stuck it in just to get the B in there. ...and, some of them...I did...and that bothers me.

At first I found myself focusing almost solely on getting the word count down so that I could have the luxury of 'extra' words in the bits where I really felt like I needed them. This led to rather unsatisfactory results. I just didn't think each piece was very good.

I found myself thinking that I would just rewrite the darn thing normally along the same lines, but that felt like giving up and, I have to admit, would probably have led me to write something too long to be submitted.

And then, as I discovered where the story was going, I really started to feel like I was getting the hang of it. I was liking the later pieces better, they felt pretty and I managed a bit of description which I usually struggle with and that made me happy.

So I went back and made more of an effort to make the earlier pieces something which I liked as well.

It's going better now, which is good as it's due tomorrow! But what I'm taking away from this is that I could possibly work on these things until the end of time, endlessly taking out one word here to make room for another there, rewriting that sentence completely and now needing three extra somewhere else. Writing these things feels like a puzzle which doesn't have an actual solution - I feel like I'm stuck in a mobius strip - as I just made that realization I am making a firm personal resolution never to write 221Bs again unless I have a deadline imposed by someone other than myself - I do not want to turn into Howard Hughes except for the neatly trimmed fingernails (for the typing, natch).

Oh! And don't even get me started on word counters! I lost a couple hours of my life trying to figure out what the bleep to do about word counters for this! And the constant copying and pasting is driving me crazy as well! So I also do not enjoy the mechanics of writing 221Bs, not at all! I'm also having anxiety about lie-in and fry-up both being hyphenated according to the Daily Mail. If they're wrong that section is way off on word count!!! ETA - the Cambridge dictionary site has confirmed this last, so I'm good there - phew!
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Hmmmmmm...which shall I be? I feel Accomplished because (after lots of annoyance since I am technologically inept in the extreme) I've finally managed this, but Happy has Sherlock jumping up and down, and I really like that. And I am Happy as well (No, really, the name I assigned to this theme is 'Seriously one more try', so you can imagine how I spent my evening yesterday.) so I'll go with that.

This utterly wonderful theme is by un_endlich.

Oh, and apparently I'm all about being animated now, because I snagged a new user pic by ckeichan. Isn't it awesome too?

ETA - oh dear lord, it turns out after all that I haven't done it right after all. *grumbles mightily and tries to blame it all on photobucket but cannot* Still working on this, but after a glorious day spent reading fic, am slightly more willing to put up with annoyance...
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Hmmmmmm...which shall I be? I feel Accomplished because (after lots of annoyance since I am technologically inept in the extreme) I've finally managed this, but Happy has Sherlock jumping up and down, and I really like that. And I am Happy as well (No, really, the name I assigned to this theme is 'Seriously one more try', so you can imagine how I spent my evening yesterday.) so I'll go with that.

This utterly wonderful theme is by un_endlich.

Oh, and apparently I'm all about being animated now, because I snagged a new user pic by ckeichan. Isn't it awesome too?

ETA - oh dear lord, it turns out after all that I haven't done it right after all. *grumbles mightily and tries to blame it all on photobucket but cannot* Still working on this, but after a glorious day spent reading fic, am slightly more willing to put up with annoyance...
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If you can find it, go ahead and buy the Coat. Get it tailored to fit you perfectly. It won't help.

Over the last week I saw Frankenstein three times. The sequence in which I viewed the two versions is particularly germane to this discussion.

I saw, in sequence, CumberCreature - CumberVictor - CumberCreature.

After I saw the two different versions in one evening I wrote to quarryquest something along the lines of, 'I need some new television. I've been watching too much Benedict when I spend an entire two hours thinking, "Oooooooooo, Sherlock is playing a much better Victor than Johnny Lee Miller. He's also doing it in a really great series of Coats!"'

So, upon this evening's viewing when I was able to revisit the first version I'd seen armed with knowledge of the second, I discovered that Victor is given only two Coats - one near the end of the first half and another near the end of the play.

When I was watching Benedict play Victor, I was experiencing these two Coats as a completely separate character on stage, I really was - no joke. I was watching Victor and the Coat do a number on the Creature emotionally. The Coat packs a mean punch until it's reduced to pointing its gun, completely unable to fire it to kill its own Creation.

Now, before this evening when I was forced to pay some attention to Miller's Victor out of sheer boredom (guys, I'm trying not to be harsh by not really addressing the issue, but this actor made some real non-choices when playing Victor) I would have just assumed that I noted the Coat because it was Benedict and I'm used to taking note of the Coat where he is concerned. Not so. No movement. No personality. Nothing.

It's got to be the same coat. It had to have been tailored to each of these two actors by the same person.

Conclusion: Cumberbatch knows how to work the Coat - any Coat.
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If you can find it, go ahead and buy the Coat. Get it tailored to fit you perfectly. It won't help.

Over the last week I saw Frankenstein three times. The sequence in which I viewed the two versions is particularly germane to this discussion.

I saw, in sequence, CumberCreature - CumberVictor - CumberCreature.

After I saw the two different versions in one evening I wrote to quarryquest something along the lines of, 'I need some new television. I've been watching too much Benedict when I spend an entire two hours thinking, "Oooooooooo, Sherlock is playing a much better Victor than Johnny Lee Miller. He's also doing it in a really great series of Coats!"'

So, upon this evening's viewing when I was able to revisit the first version I'd seen armed with knowledge of the second, I discovered that Victor is given only two Coats - one near the end of the first half and another near the end of the play.

When I was watching Benedict play Victor, I was experiencing these two Coats as a completely separate character on stage, I really was - no joke. I was watching Victor and the Coat do a number on the Creature emotionally. The Coat packs a mean punch until it's reduced to pointing its gun, completely unable to fire it to kill its own Creation.

Now, before this evening when I was forced to pay some attention to Miller's Victor out of sheer boredom (guys, I'm trying not to be harsh by not really addressing the issue, but this actor made some real non-choices when playing Victor) I would have just assumed that I noted the Coat because it was Benedict and I'm used to taking note of the Coat where he is concerned. Not so. No movement. No personality. Nothing.

It's got to be the same coat. It had to have been tailored to each of these two actors by the same person.

Conclusion: Cumberbatch knows how to work the Coat - any Coat.
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http://www.bakerstreetbabes.com/2012/05/transcript-episode-27-amanda-abbington.html

Do go read this. It will make you happy if you love Sherlock and/or Case Histories - she does mention more CH, so I hope there will be more - or just fandom in general...
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http://www.bakerstreetbabes.com/2012/05/transcript-episode-27-amanda-abbington.html

Do go read this. It will make you happy if you love Sherlock and/or Case Histories - she does mention more CH, so I hope there will be more - or just fandom in general...
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Today I met up with [livejournal.com profile] pargoletta for tea, lunch and a mini-lecture on Bartok, and she proved to be just as funny and eloquent in person as she is on her journal - do go read her fic Nearer My God to Thee as her rl experience informs a great case!fic and she gives us boatloads of Competent!Doctor!John as well as a wonderful Sarah.

As I am significantly less funny and eloquent in person, she asked me how I got into Sherlock and I stumbled around telling her that KR had watched it without me, mentioned it was good, and then we watched it again together, but that I hadn't gone completely around the bend until after S2 aired.  Well, my origin story is actually just a little more interesting than that - not by much, but considering hers involves both a trip to England and seeing the TBB original airing plus Benedict Cumberbatch in a Harrow uniform (ETA oh yes, this could also be the story which involves her plane catching fire while landing and the plane's evacuation by emergency slide) I really felt the need to raise my game just a little now that I'm back in an environment where I'm a bit more funny and clever - with a keyboard in front of me.

Back in my very first journal entry I said:
So, if anyone cares what prompted this, keep reading.
I recently found myself writing my first fanfic.  The sequence of events was something like this:
1.  ABC decides to marathon aired episodes of Once Upon A Time.  I fall for it and watch them all at one go.  I set new eps to record.
2.  Skin Deep airs - please note I’m initially unimpressed.  I’m not mortally offended that they’ve made Rumpelstiltskin the Beast, I’m not comparing it to the Disney version which I have very fond memories of, I’m just kind of meh about the whole thing.  It all seemed a little too easy and that sort of itched at me, but they’ve only got forty-something minutes to work with and they had to simplify.
3.  I went onto LiveJournal to see what was up with the denizens and Once Upon a Time.  I’ve been a casual lurker in dribs and drabs previously.  I discover Rumpel/Belle is quite the discussion of the hour.
4.  I start to read some of the fanfic, just because it seems like I’m getting in on the ground floor and there’s some really good stuff out there.
5.  I read a few key pieces all in one day, and bam, I’m writing a story.  I’m almost finished in fact and I hope to post it pretty soon which is why I took the plunge and signed up for a journal.
6.  I still feel pretty meh about the characters and the episode itself.  ETA - Robert Carlyle is a god, and I'm not sure why I left this off the first time.
7.  I ask myself if I’ve gone crazy.  I’ve written more than five thousand words about a couple that I have almost no investment in whatsoever.  I’ve poured hours into it.  I love my story, but where the hell did it come from?


Then, a little later I hopped on and said - OK, it's longer than I remember so I'm just linking to the original post here.

So now I've written a lot of Sherlock fic.  A lot.  And that - is my origin story.  It still does not include BC in a Harrow uniform, alas.
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Today I met up with [livejournal.com profile] pargoletta for tea, lunch and a mini-lecture on Bartok, and she proved to be just as funny and eloquent in person as she is on her journal - do go read her fic Nearer My God to Thee as her rl experience informs a great case!fic and she gives us boatloads of Competent!Doctor!John as well as a wonderful Sarah.

As I am significantly less funny and eloquent in person, she asked me how I got into Sherlock and I stumbled around telling her that KR had watched it without me, mentioned it was good, and then we watched it again together, but that I hadn't gone completely around the bend until after S2 aired.  Well, my origin story is actually just a little more interesting than that - not by much, but considering hers involves both a trip to England and seeing the TBB original airing plus Benedict Cumberbatch in a Harrow uniform (ETA oh yes, this could also be the story which involves her plane catching fire while landing and the plane's evacuation by emergency slide) I really felt the need to raise my game just a little now that I'm back in an environment where I'm a bit more funny and clever - with a keyboard in front of me.

Back in my very first journal entry I said:
So, if anyone cares what prompted this, keep reading.
I recently found myself writing my first fanfic.  The sequence of events was something like this:
1.  ABC decides to marathon aired episodes of Once Upon A Time.  I fall for it and watch them all at one go.  I set new eps to record.
2.  Skin Deep airs - please note I’m initially unimpressed.  I’m not mortally offended that they’ve made Rumpelstiltskin the Beast, I’m not comparing it to the Disney version which I have very fond memories of, I’m just kind of meh about the whole thing.  It all seemed a little too easy and that sort of itched at me, but they’ve only got forty-something minutes to work with and they had to simplify.
3.  I went onto LiveJournal to see what was up with the denizens and Once Upon a Time.  I’ve been a casual lurker in dribs and drabs previously.  I discover Rumpel/Belle is quite the discussion of the hour.
4.  I start to read some of the fanfic, just because it seems like I’m getting in on the ground floor and there’s some really good stuff out there.
5.  I read a few key pieces all in one day, and bam, I’m writing a story.  I’m almost finished in fact and I hope to post it pretty soon which is why I took the plunge and signed up for a journal.
6.  I still feel pretty meh about the characters and the episode itself.  ETA - Robert Carlyle is a god, and I'm not sure why I left this off the first time.
7.  I ask myself if I’ve gone crazy.  I’ve written more than five thousand words about a couple that I have almost no investment in whatsoever.  I’ve poured hours into it.  I love my story, but where the hell did it come from?


Then, a little later I hopped on and said - OK, it's longer than I remember so I'm just linking to the original post here.

So now I've written a lot of Sherlock fic.  A lot.  And that - is my origin story.  It still does not include BC in a Harrow uniform, alas.

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