Two quick notes

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:36 pm
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Second fic rec (The Bee Grove by Random_ Nexus) up at 221b-recs: http://221b-recs.dreamwidth.org/510830.html


also - man, the Good Omens Exchange might be OFF THE HOOK this year. Please keep the discourse far, far away. Binky the Disc Horse is welcome, of course.
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Borrowing this one from [personal profile] shaggydogstail, cross-posting from my tumblr.

5 things you’ll find in my bag: Mm, I try not to carry a bag. In my shorts pockets today: keys, phone, metro card, cash, ID

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom: books, books, books (the better half has decreed that the living room shall not look like a library, so the bedroom does); a clock-radio from the 1980s; several shirts that will probably never be hand-washed or scrubbed for stains; my one stuffed animal, a fluffy sheep the size of a volleyball; a mug with two dozen rainbow colored Sharpies

5 things I’ve always wanted to do: live above a grocery store or restaurant; live in a megacity; travel in North Africa, West Africa, or India; take gorgeous photos; write a novel

5 things that make me happy: sunshine, baked goods, air conditioning, eating out, baby animals

5 things I’m currently into: shorts and tee shirts, high-SPF sunblock, swimming, long periods of silence, not commuting

5 things on my to-do list: The real answer to this will bore you to tears. (They are all work tasks with rapidly approaching deadlines.) Instead: nephew-proof the apartment (they and their parents will be here for a few days); clean the shower (and pretend I do that regularly); purchase various yummy baked goods (under the pretense that they are for the nephews); check to see if I can bring the nephews to the pool; plan various retreat strategies for when it all gets to be too much

Anyone else interested?

Some Good Things

Aug. 14th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Just a few odds and ends that are making me happy at the moment.

You may recall that I took part in Flash Fiction Month on DeviantArt in July—limping a bit in the second half and especially towards the end, but I did get through the whole thing. And I recently found out I’ve won the prize for the first week challenge stories, which was a nice surprise. All four winners get a mug with this splendid design on it—created by one of the regular participants in FFM, joe-wright.

[community profile] acdholmesfest is back from its hiatus, though now on DW, and I’ve signed up. As well as all the old faces, I’m very pleased to see promising newcomer [personal profile] sanguinity has thrown her hat into the ring too. (:P) It’s a great fest and I’m looking forward to the fics and art that come out of it.

A very minor thing but a big deal for me: in July someone bookmarked my Dear Ladies/Pirates of Penzance crossover fic. Looking at the other fandoms they’ve bookmarked, I think it’s the ships (as in boats) aspect of my fic they’re mainly interested in. But it’s just so exciting to have someone that I don’t know at all take an interest in one of my Dear Ladies fics. They have a relatively small number of bookmarks so they’re not just bookmarking everything in sight, and they’ve marked the bookmark as a rec, so I’m assuming they have read my fic and enjoyed it, rather than just marked it for later. It’s such a minor thing that the fic has gained another reader but I’m thrilled about it.

At [personal profile] sanguinity's suggestion, I put together an index for the Round 5 discussion posts on [community profile] sherlock60, and [personal profile] rachelindeed very kindly offered to promote it on her Tumblr. And to my great delight it worked—people have taken an interest! Her splendid post is now up to 151 notes—of which 53 are reblogs. It's very pleasing to see what has come out of [personal profile] smallhobbit's excellent new idea for discussion posts, all those months ago.

Though [personal profile] smallhobbit and I have stepped back a bit from modding now, [community profile] sherlock60 is still very much alive of course. [personal profile] alafaye has taken over for Round 6, and posted an introduction on both LJ and DW yesterday asking for ideas and preferences for the new round.

I have to say stopping leading the rounds is a weight taken off my shoulders in both the positive and negative senses. It’s odd giving up a responsibility that I’ve had for such a significant amount of time, and I feel a bit untethered. But giving up having to do all that work, and losing that stress of having to hit a deadline every week and constantly having the comm in the back of my mind, has led to an immediate increase in ideas for other things. I feel more positive about writing in general and about [community profile] holmes_minor in particular.

Round 5's final Sunday happened to coincide with my birthday. On Mrs. Hudson’s poetry page I got a poem from Mrs. P. and a limerick from [personal profile] gardnerhill. Over on AO3 I got a 221B from [personal profile] smallhobbit starring Mouselet and the gang, and featuring the Ferret’s singing. And the Ferret’s singing also featured prominently in my wonderful present from Okapi. A new chapter of From the Pen of Inky Quill entitled One Scene and Two Songs from “The Importance of Being Ferret”. If I could just quote the summary: Based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and the songs “If you want a receipt for that popular mystery” and “So go to him/And say to him” from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience and specifically this Hinge & Bracket interpretation of the last. How well my friends know me... And I also get a mention in the scene, in a way that made laugh out loud with glee.

In short, I feel very lucky to have such lovely fandom friends ^^
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It's our twenty-fourth anniversary today. We celebrated by walking down to the Delta tonight and having foofy drinks and fried food. (Oysters, yum!) We're both complete lightweights, so after [personal profile] grrlpup got table-pounding emotional about how Haymitch screwed over Katniss (I did not know she had such strong opinions about Haymitch and Katniss!) we got very silly singing along to Billy Idol and the Eurythmics and other '80s greats that they were piping overhead. Our very pretty, very glam waitress did not laugh behind her hand at us, not one bit.

Then we walked on to Cloud City and cut the line to buy moderately expensive ice-cream to eat in front of the TV, which we will do Real Soon Now.

Sometime during all this we also encountered a very nice old dog who wanted to play, and that was delightful, even though the dog's human eventually put a kibosh on the random-cheerful-greeting-of-strangers-on-the-sidewalk, boo.

Back in '93, we picked mid-August for our ceremony because 1) we couldn't afford any place that charged money, and 2) mid-August is during our nearly-contractual Six Weeks It Doesn't Rain in Portland, so it ought to have been safe to hold the affair in a public park. Unfortunately for our most excellent planning, 1993 was The Year that Summer Never Came: it rained on us that day, as it had rained nearly every day that summer.

This morning we woke up to rain, too.

After coffee, we walked over to give the chickens some fresh strawberry tops, but the chickens were still shut up safe from the terrible, awful drizzle and thus were forced to watch yearningly while we dumped our strawberry tops through the fence for them to have later. (Such sad chickens!) We thought it'd be nice to go for a walk in Kenilworth Park at some point today (Kenilworth was where we had our reception), but between one kind of shilly-shallying and another, we never quite got around to it.

Which is fine. It was a lovely languid day with my Sweetie, and that's just about as perfect as a day can be.

Sherlock Recs for August 2017

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:23 pm
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My favorite Sherlock Holmes fanworks for the month of August 2017. All recs are Sherlock/John and set in the Sherlock (BBC) verse unless otherwise noted. The links go to the recs, not the fanworks, although the recs in turn have links to the fanworks.

This post will be updated throughout the month so be sure to check back later for more!

Quickrecs:

Recs for the week ending 6 August 2017: 1 post series 4 domesticlock
Recs for the week ending 13 August 2017: 1 sickfic, 1 retirementlock


Rec Lists

Johnlock Hogwarts AU's
Retro fics (newer fics that ignore series 3 and 4)
Non-linear storytelling
John and Sherlock meet or reconnect later in life


P.S. You can find my past Sherlock recs here. Content mirrored on swissmissficrecs.tumblr.com.
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So I've had this odd, recurring stomach bug for about two weeks now, which in the end isn't a terrible thing--the semester hasn't started yet, I can afford to spend some time on the couch, and I have managed to watch so much television, you wouldn't believe. All of Broadchurch (excellent first and third seasons, much love for Olivia Colman); all of Grantchester (the most pastiche-y show I've ever seen, every cozy British mystery series trope I could think of wrapped up in a single show); whole stretches of Star Trek Voyager and Deep Space Nine; the madcap, infectious Chewing Gum; and the best one of them all: Baby Animals in the Wild (on Netflix, ten hours total).

Click through, scroll down to that little spotted fawn, and watch the trailer. Go ahead, I'll wait for you.

This series is the antidote to everything difficult in your life right now, flist. It's twenty half-hour episodes, organized in ten pairs devoted to different habitats. Forest babies, beach babies, grassland babies, desert babies, wetland babies, mountain babies, jungle babies, snow babies. In the first episode, "Morning," you watch the babies and their parents wake up (or, for the nocturnal crew, settle down to sleep) and feed. The second episode, "Afternoon," takes you along while they play, hide, suckle, practice chewing, practice pouncing, and eventually settle down for the night. Tiny alligators break out of their eggs. Baby koalas cling to their mothers. Chicks open their beaks so wide for food. A spindly foal stands for the first time. Bear cubs devour the salmons their mother's brought. Gibbons bounce. And they all eat so hungrily and sleep so peacefully.

If you haven't seen this series yet, give it a try! I guarantee your soul will feel better. :)

Any other recommendations, flist? Shows you've been enjoying recently?
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Ejaculations of Wonder
Fandom: Sherlock + Oglaf fusion.
WIP. Currently up to Chapter 13
Word count: 3511
Rating: NC-17/E
Pairings: Sherlock/His Hand, Sherlock/Everybody
Warnings: Creator Chose Not to Use Archive Warnings. Fantasy world dub-con.
AO3 tags:
Fusion, Cumsprites, Comeplay, Magical Surveillance, Sherlock Just Can't Help Himself, mistress irene, The Criminal Ambassador, Sherlock Before John, Sherlock Meets John, Sherlock has a Secret and it is Kind of Gross, Facials, Bukkake of a Sort
Summary: Sherlock Holmes, a young Consulting Apprentice Detective, has a weird libido, a busy hand, and a terrible problem. He has attracted the attention of Mistress Irene and the Criminal Ambassador - and Mistress Irene has ways of keeping tabs on her favorites.

Like many Oglaf fans, I don't understand why Cumsprite AUs aren't almost as ubiquitous as Daemon AUs. If you're not a fan of the very brilliant, very funny, and very filthy Oglaf webcomic, go click on that and come back here once you are.

Related Works: the magnificent [personal profile] okapi is remixing this story chapter-by-chapter as DIRTY LIMERICKS (surely the highest form of literature). I am honored beyond all reason. Tiny Spritely Spurts of Verse.

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Aug. 10th, 2017 08:12 am
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It's supposed to start cooling off tomorrow, and maybe MAYBE I'll start sleeping again. (We have AC and a basement, so too-hot-to-sleep is technically a solvable problem, but [personal profile] grrlpup hates sleeping in AC and I hate sleeping hot and we both hate sleeping separately. So it's been a whole bunch of non-optimal compromises, and I'm usually not managing more than three-or-so hours sleep at a time. Last night was particularly bad: I got up at 2:30 and I'm still awake, and will be awake at least until I finish teaching tonight at 10pm, woo-hoo.)

But that's not what I wanted to post about.

[community profile] femslashex nominations close today, and they already have many lovely Holmesian options in the tagset: in addition to Sherlock and Elementary, there are Adventures of Shirley Holmes, My Dearly Beloved Detective, eight ACD ships, and crossovers in various directions between MBDB, ACD, and Bert Coules' Further Adventures. [personal profile] phoenixfalls and I nominated a handful of those, but there is at least one more MoreHolmes nominator in the exchange and we don't know who it is. (Hi, hello, do I know you, can we be friends?)

Also, [community profile] acdholmesfest sign-ups close real soon now. Truth be told, I still find that exchange a little intimidating (ACD fandom is just so good at what they do), but nowadays I'm a lot more confident of my ability to write ACD. I know quite a few of the participants now, too, at least enough to say hello to. And it would be a nice way to celebrate having read all of the canon.

But the problem here is that I'm already committed to Remix, [community profile] holmestice happens hard on the heels of both exchanges, and [community profile] festivids overlaps [community profile] holmestice. Altogether, that is a lot, even for my manic "I don't exist unless I'm making something" self. And last fall/winter around about Februrary, I was ready to gnaw my arm off I was so exhausted.

(Although in hindsight, the election probably contributed to my overwhelming fatigue. And we're not due for another of those for another few years.)

UGH, DECISIONS.

Fic Reccing at 221b-recs!

Aug. 9th, 2017 06:56 pm
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Signed up to be an August fic reccer at [community profile] 221b_recs. That should keep bringing me back here. So far so good. Got a good healthy list of stories I want to plug.

Here's my first one (The Reality of Waking by Chancy_Lurking): http://221b-recs.dreamwidth.org/510012.html

I'm baack

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:13 am
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Well, I went AWOL for most of the month of July.  I do apologise for not following through on the JWP exchange - looks like it was a really good one, too. 

I lost one of the horses in late June - Ariel, a mare that I bred and raised.  She colicked with a twisted gut and there was nothing we could do.  except send her to surgery, but since I didn't have a spare $20,000 (among other things) that wasn't  an option.  I was able to carry on for a few days, but then it just hit me like a ton of bricks and I spent most of July in a quivering mess.  I'm mostly OK now, but it's still a wrench when I see her empty stall. 

Anyway.

I wanted to spread the word that the[personal profile] acd_holmesfest  is about to start on DW.  Signups are open RIGHT NOW through August 13th.  I'm looking forward to a great round of classic Holmes fic.  Please consider joining in.  The 'fest has been on hiatus for the last year or so and this is our first edition on DW, but it's always been great fun with lots of wonderful fic and art, so c'mon over!

Whew!  I thought I'd lost this post.  DW does take some getting used to, but all is well. 
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Aug. 6th, 2017 11:29 pm
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Assorted fandom things, because otherwise I'll be reduced to posting about our 107-degree heat wave, and even though temps have dropped a bit (high nineties, what we usually call a heat wave), there's really not much you can say about it other than Fuck it's hot and My poor little laptop; this is why I don't vid during the summer.

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Speaking of vids, [personal profile] seekingferret has finally premiered "Warning: Might Lead to Mixed Dancing"! I'm so happy to see it out in the world -- I've loved it since the very first draft, ages and ages ago, and now you all get to see it, too! It's four minutes and change of joy, and who doesn't need that?

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[livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 has just finished up its fifth round this weekend. I joined last spring at the beginning of this round, after spending a year or so looking at [personal profile] gardnerhill's ficlets and thinking it all looked very cool. But also, not having read all the canon stories was starting to wear on me, and I couldn't seem to find the motivation to do it on my own? I seem to be the kind of person who enjoys the stories far more as a jumping off place than I enjoy them for themselves.

As it turned out, I wrote only a double-handful of sixties, as I had the worst time swapping out between those ficlets and my other projects; after a couple of months of that, I finally chose to let the sixties go. But I very much enjoyed getting to know everyone, and the historical linkspams were just my kind of catnip. Brava to [personal profile] scfrankles and [personal profile] smallhobbit for all the work they've put into the comm.

And of course, [community profile] sherlock60/[livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 will be starting a new round next week! Just in case anyone feels like joining in. (One can always join in anytime, but for people who like clean jumping-in places...)

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And on a recommendation from [personal profile] jadelennox, we've been watching the Fast and the Furious movies. At first they were enjoyable but no big? But now the story has gotten big and messy and complicated and I have FEELINGS. (For anyone who wants to discuss in comments, we just finished number six tonight.)

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