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Via [personal profile] nineveh_uk: When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

More like Works In Deep Hibernation, and none of these are likely to be finished, but one never knows.

1. When he was a college freshman, Mitch had thought that Dr. Hathaway had taught him everything he needed to know about unintended consequences to one's actions; then he'd learned that Kent was applying to medical school because Jesus had told him to.

2. A very small child accepts their family as given; if Mummy speaks French to him, or if Daddy practices the piano six hours a day, or if Mycroft sits in the rocking chair shredding pieces of paper until his lap is full of confetti, that is simply the way things are.

3. Alys finally admitted that while Ivan was a good enough boy, and would clearly be an acceptable cog in ImpMil -- and while he was supposedly the first to tackle Vodrodza and save Gregor from assassination, a rumor she treasured -- he was never going to be the leader she hoped for.
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One of the best Emma adaptations I've ever read: #knemma

Norse mythology (with cameos from elsewhere) with interesting gender stuff and a great narrator voice: Parade's Beginning, Middle, and End

I'm sure I'll have more, but I liked these enough to boost signal right away.

I got fic!

Dec. 25th, 2013 11:46 am
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Whee! Someone wrote me Pushcart War fic! It's a nice look at General Anna's earlier life, and it should make sense even to people who haven't read the book.
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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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Via half my friendslist; I think I saw it on [livejournal.com profile] tweedisgood's journal first.

Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any fanfic I’ve written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what’s going on in the character’s heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fanfic at AO3
castiron: My best friend went to Reichenbach Falls, and all I got was this lousy icon (three years late). (sherlockian)
1. I've finally started posting the Fic of Doom! Not Yet Dead (on AO3; as a backup, I'll eventually post it on DW/LJ also). BBC Sherlock/Conan Doyle crossover; about 106K words; I'll be posting a chapter every couple of days. (It's not quite *done*, as I still need to make some revisions on the last two chapters, but a complete draft exists, so I'm comfortable posting.)

2. The other morning, while I was getting dressed, I heard spouse saying to younger kid, "No, that's too heavy....oh, dear," followed by devastated weeping and spouse saying, "Hey, it's okay, you just need to wipe it up." When I came down to the kitchen, spouse had still-weeping child on his shoulder and said, "Guess the cliche."

"Crying over spilt milk?"

"Exactly."

(Kid calmed down soon afterwards, and has not been deterred from trying to lift the milk jug himself.)

3. Does there exist an Avengers/Avengers crossover fic? Because I'd love to see a conversation between Emma Peel and Natasha Romanoff.
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Thanks again to Qikiqtarjuaq for the enormously fun Without a Clue fic, The Bloody Revenge of Jefferson Hope.

The fic I wrote, for Velvetmouse, was His Master's Voice, a Lord Darcy fic.

If you've never read Randall Garrett's Lord Darcy stories, they're worth a look. (Baen still has them in print in pbook and ebook format.) In a universe where magic exists and the Anglo-French Empire rules a large chunk of the world, Lord Darcy, the Chief Investigator for the Duke of Normandy, solves crimes with the help of his colleague Master Sean O Lochlainn, Chief Forensic Sorceror. The prose is nothing special, and the characters aren't particularly deep; what makes these stories worth reading is the world, where magic is a science and is treated as a science, and of course the mysteries themselves.

I went with a prequel to (most of) the stories, in which Lord Darcy meets a person who appears again later in Garrett's Too Many Magicians. It was great fun to write, though it turned into Zeno's fic for a while there (I have half the fic left to write! Oh no, I still have half the fic left to write! Oh no, I still....).

Someday I might try another Darcy fic; there's aspects of that universe that I'd like to dissect a bit more (gender being a big one -- we know female magicians exist, but we see very little of them in canon. Agent 055 is the only one we see actually working, and there's a reference to a female Healer who does midwifery; Mary, Duchess of Cumberland *has* the Talent, but it's never really made clear what she can *do* with it).
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I got Without a Clue fic! The Bloody Revenge of Jefferson Hope.

And it's nice and long too! I won't be able to read the whole thing until later today (what? family before fic? horrors), but so far it's extremely entertaining.
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Done. Posted. Will edit if a beta reader finds anything really embarrassing, but overall, I'm satisfied; I believe it fits the recipient's wishes, and while the writing isn't my best effort at making something read like canon, it at least has a lot of canon characteristics.

Now I can finally get back to The Fic Currently Titled Not Dead Yet and to reading other fic. But first: sleep.
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My recent 60-word fics posted to the LJ community LJ community [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 for "The Empty House", "The Engineer's Thumb", "The Final Problem", and "The Five Orange Pips".

fun with short ACD fic )
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Recent 60-word fics posted to the LJ community [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 for "The Devil's Foot" and "The Dying Detective".

fun with ACD canon )
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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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