castiron: Kermit the Frog behind Fozzie Bear: Trust me, Fozzie, the pig isn't watching.  Muppetslash. (fic)
Title: Not Yet Dead
Fandoms: BBC Sherlock & ACD Sherlock Holmes.
Length: 106K±2K words, depending on whether you ask BBEdit or Google Docs (and AO3 will probably have yet another number).
Rating: BBC-series-comparable violence; body count's probably higher, though on a technicality. The MPAA would rate it R for the cussing.
Summary: Sherlock Holmes has long been fascinated with (and haunted by) the tragic story of his namesake cousin. When his nightmares about it grow unbearable and he starts seeing hypnotherapist Jim Moriarty, however, Sherlock begins to wonder whether he himself is his cousin's reincarnation. Have Sherlock and the modern John Watson known each other before this life? Can Sherlock solve a nineteenth-century murder and prove the historic Dr. Watson innocent, and also solve the current string of oddly-posed unidentified corpses?
Warnings: Likely geography abuse; probable misrepresentation of the British Library's ability to catalog their archives; hypnosis doesn't really work that way; references to unrequited love, but decided lack of pr0n. Otherwise, I'm a "chooses not to warn" person, though on AO3 I did tick "Major Character Death". (Which is pretty useless, since a lot of the major characters are dead before the story even starts, so you don't know whether I mean them or others...)
Thanks to: [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit for beta, Brit-picking, and extreme patience; [personal profile] belovedmuerto for reminders to get off my butt and write.

(If you're following the fic on AO3, you've seen all this; this is just a backup copy.)

Chapter 1 )
Chapter 2 )
Chapter 3 )
Chapter 4 )
Chapter 5 )
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1. The Castiron household's idea of fusion cuisine: paneer makhani on matzah bread.

2. After reading this blog post on "A Scandal in Belgravia", I am now imagining a retelling of "The Yellow Wallpaper" in the Sherlockverse as an Irene/wallpaper story, presumably with a drugged Sherlock as the narrator.

3. The good thing about spring break: I can actually find parking at work.

4. The bad thing about spring break: SXSW traffic everywhere else.

5. The yarn from a few weeks back is now a scarf.

photo )
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Title: A Study in Squawking
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Length: 27K words

Also on AO3. Now caught up with what's posted on AO3; rest of story will be posted later this week.

Chapters 1 and 2 on DW
Chapters 3 and 4 on DW
Chapters 5 and 6 on DW

Chapter 7 )

Chapter 8 )
Chapters 9 and 10 on DW
Chapters 11 and 12 on DW
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Title: A Study in Squawking
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Length: 27K words
Rating: No onstage sex; implied offstage sex; none of it interspecies. Little to no onstage violence; implied offstage violence; reference to bad stuff that happened in the past. Occasional blasphemy and profanity. Would let my preteen read it if he were literate.
Summary: "Why do you want me to tell you my life story? Surely Mycroft has briefed you. I thought that therapists were supposed to help solve problems. This is my problem: John is gone. John has probably been kidnapped. John may be dead. Mycroft has imprisoned me here and will not let me search for him. How will telling you my life from the egg solve any of these problems?" The autobiography of Sherlock Holmes, intelligent macaw, as told (under duress) to a therapist.


Yep, this is that fic inspired by that dream I had a few months ago. Thanks to [personal profile] legionseagle for Brit-picking.

Also on AO3.

Chapter 1 )
Chapter 2 )

Chapters 3 and 4 on DW
Chapters 5 and 6 on DW
Chapters 7 and 8 on DW
Chapters 9 and 10 on DW
Chapters 11 and 12 on DW
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Title: The Problem of Time Management
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: PG at most
Length: ~1500 words
Summary: John solves a mystery of authorship.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to belovedmuerto for encouraging me to turn the throwaway idea into a fic and for beta. Thanks to AJHall for beta, Brit-pick, and geography save.

Posted on AO3.
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The fundamental difference I see between ACD and BBC Sherlock Holmes: I can't imagine BBC John saying "the best and wisest man I have ever known" about Sherlock, at least not without a heavy dose of sarcasm. ("The most amazing and most brilliant man I have ever known", yes, but best & wisest, no.)

Granted, ACD Watson says this after having known Holmes for about ten years; he likely wouldn't have said it right after "A Study in Scarlet". And it's anyone's guess where BBC Sherlock's character goes in future seasons; for all we know, he'll reach that point.
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Re: this passage:

THE APPLE SOFTWARE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE IN THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES OR OTHER EQUIPMENT IN WHICH THE FAILURE OF THE APPLE SOFTWARE COULD LEAD TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.


I'm glad to know that I shouldn't use iTunes to power my nuclear facility, but now I can't escape the thought that Jim Moriarty read the iTunes license, said "Oh, yeah?", and figured out how to run his criminal empire via iTunes just to prove it was possible.

(Breaking the clause "you may not copy, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, modify, or create derivative works of the Apple Software or any part thereof" was a given; Moriarty laughes in the face of software licenses. He disassembles proprietary operating systems for sport, adds new customizations to Microsoft Word before breakfast every day [though he does all his actual work in vi], and distributes GNU GPL software without the GNU license attached.)
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Okay, that dream I had a couple weeks back about Sherlock Holmes being a parrot that was seeing a therapist? I'm writing the fic. BBC-verse; 4500 words so far; I'm guessing 10-15K by time it's done.

Anyone up for betaing/Britpicking/birdpicking, either after it's done or piecemeal as I finish chapters?

opening lines, for a sense of the style )
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Dear subconscious:

The dream this morning where, during an alien invasion, Martin Freeman was on a hill leading a large group of people in singing the Sesame Street song "We Are All Earthlings"?

...that was actually rather sweet. A sign that I'm reading too much Sherlock fic and that I will cross anything over with Doctor Who given the opportunity (and that I do too good a job of storing songs I dislike) (and yes, it was definitely DW and not tHG2tG), but nonetheless sweet.
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Last night I dreamed that Sherlock Holmes was a parrot seeing a therapist.

(One or the other of those, I could absolutely see as a prompt in a fic community. It's the combination that's disturbing.)

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