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Every so often a participant is unable to complete their assignment and we have to scramble to find someone able and willing to make a gift for the recipient. If you would enjoy being one of the people we turn to in our times of need, please leave us a comment! Include your email, and tell us what fanwork types, verses, pairings, and ratings you might be willing to create for. All comments are screened.

Volunteering on this post is not a commitment: you'll simply be among the people we turn to first when we need a pinch-hitter. If we find ourselves in need, we'll email you a request and due date; you're free to accept or reject. (We do ask that you do so promptly, as deadlines are often tight!)

Thank you so much for volunteering!
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"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

The Adventure of the Yellow Face
Because even Sherlock Holmes sometimes needs someone to look over his work...

If you're available to beta or Britpick for someone, please leave a comment with the following information:

Email: (or other preferred contact method)
Types of fanworks you can beta: (fic, art, graphics, vids, etc.)
Fandoms: (Doyle, BBC, Elementary, 22nd Century, etc.)
Pairings: (it's helpful to name what you are willing AND not willing to work with)
Ratings: (if you will or won't beta explicit sex, graphic violence, etc.)

If you have any other limitations or areas of expertise, please feel free to include them! Suggestions include fic length, time restraints, availability, areas of special knowledge, or particular strengths or weaknesses.

If you need a beta, please check the comments to see if someone is right for you. (Show a care with your anonymity, please, and refrain from leaving public comments that suggest what you're making for the exchange.) If you can't find who you need in the comments, please email the mods at holmesticemods@gmail.com, and we'll help you find someone.


Also! Please let me recommend [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60's Round 5 Discussion Posts. [personal profile] scfrankles spent over a year compiling historical linkspams on topics inspired by the original canon stories, and then generously shared what she learned with all of us. I highly recommend the collection for anyone needing inspiration or background for Victorian- or Edwardian-era fanworks!
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All assignments have been sent out! Please remember to respond to your assignment email to confirm receipt. If you haven't received your assignment, check your spam folder or trash, and then email the mods (holmesticemods at gmail) so we can troubleshoot what happened. If we don't hear from you, we will assume you can't play and we will send your assignment to pinch-hit.

Happy creating, and keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer posts for pinch-hitters and betas/Britpickers.
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Signups are now closed!

Matching is done by hand, so will take at least through the weekend to complete. To see what "by hand" means (spreadsheets! it means spreadsheets spreadsheets spreadsheets!), [personal profile] colebaltblue did a behind-the-scenes post on matching a couple of years ago. The process still looks very much like that.

Please know that the prompts in sign-ups are optional -- matches are made only on fanwork types, fandoms, pairings/characters, categories, and ratings. This means that no one is obligated to fulfill anyone's specific prompts, and no one is guaranteed to receive a fanwork that fills a specific prompt.

While we're in the process of matching, please keep an eye on your email. Sometimes we have to contact someone for clarification about their sign-up, or (much more rarely) ask them if they can expand their requests or offers because there simply isn't an available match. The quicker we get responses to those queries, the quicker we can send out everyone's assignments. :-)

Should all go well with matching, we will send out assignments early next week via email. Please reply to your assignment email so that we know you received your assignment and that matching + assignments went smoothly.

A quick outline of how things proceed thereafter:
  • Everyone will make a fanwork that fulfills the type, fandom, pairing, category, and rating requests of their assignment. This will be done in secret, because anonymous exchange.
  • Everyone will have their work betaed, i.e., ask another person to look the work over and suggest corrections or improvements. We will make a beta-volunteer post on the comm asking for people to volunteer their talents; if you don't already know someone you can ask to beta, you can begin looking for a beta there. The mods may be able to help you, too.
  • Everyone will email their completed work to the mods by Nov 21st. We will have a post on the comm that gives specifics about acceptable formats and required headers; please consult that for details.
  • If you suspect you won't have your work completed by Nov 21st, please email the mods as soon as you realise there's going to be a problem. Depending on the issue, we'll either give you an extension or arrange for a pinch-hitter. (Please email us! We won't judge; we just want everyone to have a Holmestice gift! Help us do that by letting us know when there's a hitch!)
  • On Nov 22, we'll do an inventory of submissions, extensions, and no-shows, and then arrange for pinch-hitters as necessary. (If you'd like to be on our roster of potential pinch-hitters, please let us know!)
  • Starting Dec 1, we'll begin posting fanworks to the community, a few works every day, until posting ends on Dec 14. Please feel free to comment on all the gifts, but do have a care about not revealing the identity of any author, vidder, or artist!
  • After all the works have been posted, we'll invite everyone to guess who made what. Be bold! Entertain us with your scintillating deductions and crafty misdirections!
  • On Dec 21, we will reveal all the creators, and everyone will finally be free to repost, pimp, brag, and taunt to their heart's content. :-)


If you have any questions about any of the above (or anything else!), please leave a comment here or send a query to the mod email. (holmesticemods at gmail)

Now... we're off to begin matching! *rubs hands in conniving glee*
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The sign-ups are now officially open!

If you want to take part in the exchange, all you have to do is join the Dreamwidth community and create a new post using the template below with your offer and request.

If you do not have or want a Dreamwidth account, you can use your LJ OpenID to leave a comment on this post.

(ETA: You may also leave an anonymous comment on this post! Please make sure that you fill in all the identifying info in the template itself, so we know who signed up!)



Like last round, we will have an AO3 collection open for immediate, anonymous crossposting, and can include a link to your AO3 work in the original post.

The sign-up template below includes ratings for what you're willing to create and would like to receive. Sexual content is deliberately separated from violence and other mature themes, so if you are someone who enjoys PWP but not violence, you have an easy way of indicating that (or vice versa) for other Holmestice participants.

The template also includes a list of suggested Holmesian fandoms and iterations. This is not an exhaustive list! If you have another fandom in mind, please include it in your sign up! Alternatively, if you're open to any Holmesian fandom, please feel free to say so!

Sign-up Template )


You can edit your post until sign-ups close on October 10. Anything you add or delete after that will not be taken into account.

All stories must be a minimum of 1,000 words in length; icon posts must contain at least 10 icons; vids must be at least one minute in length. Any type of fanwork is required to go through some kind of beta process. All finished fanworks must be sent to the mods at holmesticemods(at)gmail(dot)com on or before November 21st. If you haven't submitted your work by then and have not contacted us for an extension, we will automatically look for a pinch hitter.

Please remember that if you sign up to receive a gift, it'll only be fair if you create one as well. That said, if you have to drop out of the exchange for any reason, please e-mail contact one of the moderators as soon as possible or e-mail us at holmesticemods(at)gmail(dot)com so we can find a pinch hitter to create a gift for your intended recipient. If you need your recipient to clarify their prompt or ask if they're all right with that one particular thing you'd like to work in, please contact us, and we'll forward the question to preserve your anonymity.

If you have ANY questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out!
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Holmestice Fanworks Exchange (detail of "Westminster," de Nittis, 1878)


Hi All!

Just a reminder, signups open tomorrow! We'll adjust the settings to start allowing postings here sometime about 24 hours from now. Sign-ups will be like they have been in previous rounds-individual posts by participants here at the community.

Here's the schedule, again, just so you don't have to scroll as far.

Sign-ups OPEN - September 26th
Sign-ups CLOSE - October 10th
Assignments GO OUT - October 17th
Assignments DUE - November 21st
Posting BEGINS - Dec 1st
Posting ENDS - Dec 14th
REVEALS - Dec 21st
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The mods can't. Well, one can, and she's busy reminding the other two.

Below you will find our schedule for this round of Holmestice and some housekeeping items.

First, housekeeping. As many of you are well aware, there has been a situation with LJ and we are migrating away from that platform. With community support we have moved to Dreamwidth for a wide variety of reasons. We are not done migrating the community yet and we know many of you are eager to get all your work off LJ sooner rather than later.

While we plan to eventually scrub content from all LJ entries and replace content with URLs pointing to the work on Dreamwidth (just in case people have old bookmarks, etc.) you can request that we do your work sooner rather than later. Please fill out this form and we'll create a queue and get to work on it.

Please Remove My Content From LJ Sooner Rather Than Later Form

Welcome to the Winter 2017 round of Holmestice!

It's happening this year because after 14 successful rounds you didn't think we were actually going to stop, did you?

Here is our schedule:
Sign-ups OPEN - September 26th
Sign-ups CLOSE - October 10th
Assignments GO OUT - October 17th
Assignments DUE - November 21st
Posting BEGINS - Dec 1st
Posting ENDS - Dec 14th
REVEALS - Dec 21st

As usual, any help in advertising the community would be AWESOME! Anyone can volunteer to help with graphics for promoting, of course (banners/headers for social media or cross-community posts). And please feel free to comment here on this post with your thoughts, hopes, dreams, and wishes.

ETA: Sign-ups are open! Please follow the instructions in the sign-up post!
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Sorted by category and fandom, all the amazing fanworks created by this year's participants, for your perusal and entertainment and finally with the names attached. Now comments can be answered and works reposted all over the web, and pimping shall commence far and wide!

Recipients: while it's in no way a rule and requirement to comment on your gift (and most of you have done so already), it is nevertheless highly encouraged. Someone created something especially for you, and the least you can do is say thank-you, even if you yourself had to drop out.

If you haven't added your fanwork to the AO3 collection, and you want to, you can add it here: Holmestice Exchange - Summer 2017.

And now, without further ado, the Grand Reveal!

Artwork )

Fiction )

Podfic )

Many thanks to everyone who participated! If you see any mistakes or omissions in the master list, please email the mods and we'll get it fixed up ASAP.

We'll be editing the posts now to put all the author/artist and beta information in there as well, but it's going to take some time. Please have a little patience; we'll get there.

ETA: All posts have been updated with author/artist and beta info! Please double-check our work, and send us an email if you spot an error.
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Thank you so much for another successful round of Holmestice! The mods want to say THANK YOU to all the creators that joined us for this round. You put in a lot of hard work and made some really great fanworks. If you'd like to post to AO3, you may do so at your leisure. If you'd like an AO3 link on your DW entry, just send us an email and we'll add one.

Reveals and the Master List go up on June 27th; until then, please enjoy reading and commenting on all the lovely fanworks. Creators, please do NOT respond to comments (except on AO3, which maintains anonymity) or post your fanwork elsewhere on the Internet until reveals go up in the community.

We'll also publish treats right through until reveals: if there's a prompt out there that intrigues you and you want to whip something up for it, please do! Just send it to holmestice@gmail.com, using the regular submission guidelines.

If you'd like to guess at who created what in this round, a list of all the participants is below the cut. Go ahead and take a guess! It's all in good fun.

Read more... )

Go forth and leave love for your fellow Holmestice authors, artists, and podficcers. See you again on the 27th, when we reveal who made what!
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Works are due by email by June 3rd. Please remember that All works MUST have a header. All works must be appropriately tagged and formatted. Header templates and submission guidelines are below.

Header Guidelines and Samples )

Fic Submission Guidelines )

Podfic, Artwork, and Vid Submission Guidelines )

Optional: Posting to AO3 )



One last thing: if you need a beta or Britpicker -- or wish to volunteer to provide either! -- please check out the Beta Volunteer Post.

Happy creating, and we're looking forward to seeing what you've made! If you have any questions, please ask!
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"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

The Adventure of the Yellow Face


If you're able to beta or Britpick for someone, please leave a comment here!

If you need a beta, check the comments of this post to see if someone is right for you. (Be careful of your anonymity, please! Refrain from leaving public comments that suggest what you're making for the exchange.) If you can't find who you need in the comments, please email the mods at holmesticemods@gmail.com, and we'll help you find someone.

In order to sign up, please comment with the following information:

Email: (so people can contact you)
Types of fanworks you can beta: (fic, art, graphics, etc.)
Fandoms: (BBC, Doyle, Elementary, 22nd Century, etc.)
Pairings: (it's helpful to name what you are AND what you are not willing to work with)
Ratings: (it's helpful to let us know if you will or if you won't beta explicit sex, graphic violence, etc.)

If you have any other limitations or areas of expertise, please make a note of them. Suggestions include fic length, time restraints, availability limitations, areas of special knowledge, or if you have particular strengths or weaknesses in your beta skills.

Thank you so much for volunteering!
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All assignments have been sent out! Please remember to respond to your assignment email to confirm receipt. If you haven't received your assignment, check your spam folder or trash, and then email the mods so we can figure out what happened. (holmesticemods at gmail)

Happy creating, and keep an eye out for the beta volunteer post coming right up!
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Just a note to let everyone know that the signups are now closed.

If you're interested in what happens next; check out our two "Behind the Scenes" posts we did awhile ago!

Matches will go out at the end of this week.

Please direct any questions or concerns to the mod email. (holmesticemods at gmail)
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Thanks for all the input from the community! There were a variety of opinions, but it looks like most people are comfortable moving the exchange to Dreamwidth. We'll move there for the summer round, and will let people cross-post to AO3 as they wish (as we've done in the past). Summer 2017 will work identically to our past few rounds, with the exception of being held on DW instead of LJ.

Based on comments, we've rewritten the proposed schedule to allow more time to create your fanworks:

17 April - Sign-ups open
1 May - Sign-ups close
6 May - Assignments sent
3 Jun - Assignments due
10 Jun - Posting begins
20 Jun - Posting ends
27 Jun - Reveals posted

Please note: because our window for posting works is so compressed this round, we will not allow second extensions. If you cannot meet an extension, we will send your prompt to a pinch hitter.

During these next months, we will also test some AO3 features behind-the-scenes, so we have a better idea of how an AO3-based exchange might work by the time we get to the winter round.

Lastly, we're still working out the details of closing down the LJ side of the comm. If you have further comments or concerns about that, please continue adding them to the previous post. (LJ; DW)

Again, thank you all for your comments, and we're looking forward to a great summer round!

(x-posted to LJ)
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A couple orders of business before we start our summer round!

First, given the new LiveJournal Terms of Service, we are questioning the long-term sustainability of hosting Holmestice at LiveJournal. The new TOS seems to be explicitly anti-smut and implicitly anti-LGBTQ+; furthermore, we have questions about whether the new TOS protects author and artist copyrights of material posted on LJ. Since it seems within possibility that LiveJournal might pull the plug on Holmestice at any time under the new Terms of Service (a la Strikethrough and Boldthrough in 2007), we've taken the liberty of backing up the entire community, entries and comments all, at Dreamwidth.

You can find the mirror at holmestice.dreamwidth.org. Your entries and comments are still under your own control, via an "OpenID" account associated with your LiveJournal username. From the Dreamwidth FAQ:


For as long as you have control of your LiveJournal account, you have full control of your Dreamwidth OpenID account. We know many people are deleting their LJs right now: if you merge your OpenID account into a new or existing Dreamwidth account, then you can continue to control all your posts and comments even after deleting your LJ account. (If you delete before merging, however, your OpenID account will be essentially orphaned.)

Second, there's the question of where/how to host this next round of Holmestice. As we see it, there are three options for this round, with a fourth possibility for future rounds:

  1. Continue on at LiveJournal, no changes.
  2. Officially move to Dreamwidth, then continue there without further changes. People may use DW or LJ (via OpenID) accounts to participate. People currently commenting with Google accounts will need to login via another service.
  3. Hybridized LJ(or DW)/AO3, with all works posted at AO3 (and only at AO3). Sign-ups and matching will continue to be done here, the same as usual. Everyone will need an AO3 account for posting.
  4. Fully AO3, with LJ or DW being used only to answer questions, announce dates, etc. Nominations, tagsets, automated matching, etc., will all happen on AO3. Everyone will need an AO3 account. (Unfortunately, we can't do that for this round, because it requires more lead time than we have.)

We-the-mods are leaning away from the first option and toward the second, but we want your input!

Third, we're so sorry, but we got caught off-guard by the TOS change, and so we're abruptly a week or two behind where we had meant to be this week! (We had meant to be making an announcement that sign-ups will be opening soon, not having a conversation about how/where this round will be happening.)

Consequently, we're proposing making this a flash round, with a somewhat shortened schedule:

25 Apr - Sign-ups open
2 May - Sign-ups close
9 May - All assignments sent out
30 May - Fanworks due
6 Jun - Posting begins
16 Jun - Posting ends

We're thinking of keeping the same 1K and associated minimums -- we've seen how productive you all can be over four weeks! -- but would ask that people keep their requests and prompts a little simpler this go, to make it easier on creators. If you have strenuous objections to this shortened schedule, please let us know!

Lastly, we know that some people are twitchy about logging into LJ right now, so… anonymous commenting is on for LJ, but please identify yourself. Also, we're cross-posting this at both LJ and DW, so please keep an eye on both discussions, and use this as an opportunity to test out how those open IDs work if you've never used Dreamwidth!

(x-posted at LiveJournal)
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Sorted by category and fandom, you'll find below the cuts all the amazing fanworks created by this year's participants, for your perusal and entertainment and finally with the names attached. Now comments can be answered and works reposted all over the web, and pimping shall commence far and wide!

Recipients: while it's in no way a rule and requirement to comment on your gift (and most of you have done so already), it's nevertheless highly encouraged. Someone created something especially for you, and the least you can do is say thank-you, even if you yourself had to drop out.

If you haven't added your fanwork to the AO3 collection, and you want to, you can add it here: Holmestice Exchange - Winter 2016.

And now, without further ado, the Grand Reveal!

Artwork )

Icons )

Fiction )

Podfic )

Vids )


Many thanks to everyone who participated! If you see any mistakes or omissions in the master list, please email the mods and we'll get it fixed up ASAP.

We'll be editing the posts now to put all the author/artist and beta information in there as well, but it's going to take some time. Please have a little patience; we'll get there.
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It looks like LJ may not be notifying people when entries are posted and their user name is tagged? In the past, LJ usually notifies a user when a post goes up with their user name in it - I don't think that happened unless you were specifically tracking the community for all posts. If you were counting on LJ to notify you when a gift was posted via an automatic email then LJ let you down.

We've noticed that our comment volume has really dropped off and a significant number of gifts haven't been commented on. The mods highly suspect it's for the above reason.

Since ALL gifts have now been posted, please take this time before reveals to thank your creator! Thanking the person who created your gift feels as good as when you get thanked yourself! We all exchange gifts with each other, so please make an effort to drop a thank you in the comments if you can.
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Thank you so much for another successful round of Holmestice! We have a few extra treats coming up in just a minute. (And if you're itching to make something else, we are happy to take additional treats right through until reveals!)

The mods want to say THANK YOU to all the creators that joined us for this round of Holmestice. You put in a lot of hard work and made some really great fanworks. If you'd like to post to AO3, you may do so at your leisure. If you'd like a link on your LJ entry, just send us an email and we'll add one.

Reveals and the Master List go up on December 21st, but until then read and comment on all the lovely fanworks. Creators, please do NOT respond to comments (except on AO3, which maintains anonymity) or post your fanwork elsewhere on the Internet until reveals go up in the community!

If you'd like to take a guess at who created what in this round, a list of all the participants is below the LJ cut. Go ahead and take a guess. It's all in good fun.


Read more... )


Go forth and leave love for your fellow Holmestice authors, artists, vidders, and podficcers. See you again on the 21st, when we reveal who made what!
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This is a reminder that the deadline to submit your fanwork is MONDAY!

If you need an extension, please email the mods ASAP. We will work with you to make sure your fanwork can be included in the exchange. If you need to drop out, please let us know that as soon as possible as well so we can arrange for a pinch hit.

Looking forward to all the fantastic Holmesian bliss to come!
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All works must be emailed directly to the mod team. Please remember that All works MUST have a header. All works must be appropriately tagged and formatted. You can find header templates and submission guidelines below.

Click here for header guidelines and samples )

Click here for email submission guidelines )

Click here for info about podfics, artwork, and/or vid submissions )

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