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I'm gearing up to move again; now that I don't have to stay in the school district*, I'm looking at a couple of places that are smaller, cheaper, closer to work, and ideally a little less damp.

But of course the idea of touching every single item I own, again, is incredibly intimidating.

So I decided to try packing one box a day.

There's quite a lot of low-hanging fruit -- at least ten boxes that I never got around to unpacking two years ago when we moved here. I may very well bog down when it comes to starting from scratch. But here's two days' worth of progress:

Day 1

Packed: One box from the bedroom. Mostly books and miscellaneous desky stuff.

Discarded: One bag of books and three bags of clothes to Goodwill. Half a recycle bin's worth of paper.

Find of the day: A bunch of little spiral notebooks from the pre-Iowa days, when I used to get Saturday mornings alone to write. Much probably-doomed writing in there, including the title of a Discworld story ("Hard-Boiled Egg") and the summary of a Sherlock story ("Suicide by vampire. At least, that was the plan.") and about 500 words of a story I was going to write about how in an Alpha/Omega universe the end of fertility must be heralded by an Omegapause ("Everybody around him was so goddamned fucking young.").

Day 2

Packed: One box of cookbooks and other non-fragile kitcheny stuff.

Discarded: Another bag of books ready to go to Goodwill, and a garbage bag full of things which stop being edible after being left in a box on the living room floor for two years.

Find of the day: So that's where all the AA batteries were.

* Let's just take a moment to let that sink in. Barring really strange circumstances, I am finished with school districts. School districts will never again play a role in my real estate decisions. I am no longer the parent of a public school student. I have attended my last teacher conference, and probably also my last progress report.
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[personal profile] muccamukk asks: Moments in canon that still emotionally resonate with you, many years later.

A nice one to end the meme with!

- Fraser in "Asylum" saying, "You didn't shoot that man," and when Ray tries to talk him out of his certainty he says, "I know you."

- I'm not even especially fannish about these characters, but the moment in "The Breakfast Club" when Andrew the jock is talking to Allison the basket case about parents, and he says, "What do they do to you?" and she says, "They ignore me."

- I was sold on Harry Potter when the snake at the zoo said, "Brazil, here I come." It wasn't just the worldbuilding but the wit.

- Zelenka's description of Atlantis coming up from under the water -- he was speaking poetry, and if you didn't look up a translation, you'd never know.

- Any Sherlock Holmes adaptation is going to live or die in my esteem by how it treats John Watson. BBC Sherlock sold me in the exchange where Sherlock asks what John would be thinking if he were dying. "Please let me live," John says. Sherlock scoffs, "Use your imagination," and John says, "I don't have to."

Go here to add your own question.

The questions thus far are under here. )
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[personal profile] cathalin asks: What story do you most wish someone would write, that for some reason you aren't writing/won't write (original or fannish)? Who would it be about, and what would happen? (And if you can say, why would it be something someone else and not you would write?) Why would you like such a story? What tropes or ideas or etc. would it explore that you wish you could find more of?

I would really like someone else to write the definitive BBC Sherlock "taking account of Mary Morstan" story.

I would like it long and plotty, with canon-typical adventure. I would like it mostly about establishing a relationship of some sort between Mary and Sherlock, since the other two sides of that triangle are well established. I would like the story to have as many surprises about Mary as the canon did.

I would accept a wide range of resolutions, from Mary dead the way she is in book canon to happy settled threesome, but what I want is fifteen thousand words on how they got there, wherever there may be.

And I feel like a real wimp for saying this, but I tried to write it, and last summer's absolutely palpable stew of Mary-hate and Moffatt-hate just made the whole idea of wading into it feel icky.
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Not work safe.



Sort of wishing I'd chosen a different title now. And I have never used as many semicolons as I'm using when I write sex in Sherlock's POV.



Is anybody else having a problem where they have to put manual [br][br] into each entry or it comes out in one big paragraph?



Part 1



Part 2



Part 3 )

Part 4
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[personal profile] minxy prompts: a fannish follow-up to the headcanon question from the 7th (which you are welcome to revisit if this question doesn't apply): Are there any head-fixes for shows that you adopt as canon? A jump the shark that you pretend didn't happen, or an episode that makes no sense and you've rewritten in your head?

Fun question!

Shows like to make clowns of the sidekicks, and so nearly every show/movie I love has some cringeworthy moment when my beloved sidekick is a figure of fun. I always pretend that these moments never happened.

Beyond that ... )
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I have mixed feelings about this, but if I'm going to get the Sherlock's Sexual Dysfunction story posted before getting a bunch of new canon to digest, this is the only way I can think of to do it.



It should be OK -- it's pretty much 100% sex or talking about sex, so it's not as if there's any plot for me to mess up and come at in the wrong order ...



Part 1 )

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
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[personal profile] armadillo1976 prompts: If you could ask BBC Sherlock's John Watson a single question, what would you ask him and why? And Sherlock - what would you ask him?

I would hardly dare to ask Sherlock a question, but ...

"It's under the clothes dryer, rather the worse for mildew after all these years, and really? The foremost deductive mind in the world and all you can think of is to ask after the location of a lost toy?"

As for John ...

"Oh, any number of ways. Poison, sometimes. Sometimes I abandon subtlety and just shove him under a bus."
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[personal profile] karmageddon prompts: What's your fic unicorn : the story you would read the hell out of, if only it existed?

Oh my. I wish I had started on this earlier!

Guys, this should be a meme. I encourage everyone to answer this question in your journals, because it was all kinds of fun.

As for my story, let's see. It would be BBC Sherlock and John, obviously, since they're the ones I'm in love with at the moment.

It would be published complete, all at once, and it would have pacing on purpose instead of just tension rising and falling depending on how much writing time the author had that day.

It would be satisfyingly long but not so long that a person couldn't read it all in one day.

It would have a slow-burn love story, and the author would understand that coitus interruptus is not the same thing as romantic suspense. The emotional barriers that are there in the canon would be there in the story, or possibly even more so, and it would take actual work to get past them. There would be genuine relationship development, which would continue even after the sex.

There would be enough possibility of emotional misunderstanding to give me some good gut-clenchy moments. The resolution would be solid and satisfying, but not be carried out in the form of a long out-of-character conversation.

The guys would be themselves; I wouldn't be saying to people, "Did you read that AU where Sherlock cares a lot about how other people feel?" But they would be good at what they're good at, too.

Most readers, at this point, say, "There'd be a good case," or, "The other characters we love would be their adorable selves," but honestly, dear readers, I don't care if the entire story takes place in John's bedroom and no other human being is seen, heard, or referred to from start to finish.

John would not be coaxing Sherlock to eat or sleep, as if John were a parent who hadn't quite worked out that one has no control over a toddler's bodily functions. There would be no mention of shopping, washing dishes, tidying, or any sort of chore whatsoever. If there was a pancreas hanging over the towel bar on the first page, there would still be a pancreas hanging over the towel bar on the last.

I'm a sucker for virginity, for John getting to be smarter than Sherlock about some things, and for sexual desperation, and for Sherlock being really, really touch-starved.

John would be strong enough that I could feel happy about his being in a relationship with Sherlock, rather than having the sinking feeling that he was going to wind up flattened by Sherlock's emotional steam-roller.

Possibly there would be sequels.
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[personal profile] majoline earns my eternal gratitude by prompting: favorite headcanon?

Six days left for claiming, or else I'll start making up my own questions!

Fantastic prompt! I hope [personal profile] majoline prompted others with this same question, because I love this kind of stuff.

I've talked a bit about this one elsewhere, but it's in the background of the story I'm working on now: Sherlock's view of sexuality is totally warped by a disastrous relationship at a shockingly early age. Read more... )

Another bit of headcanon, not so specific, is that there must be a reason why friendly, warm, easygoing John Watson didn't have a single friend or lover to come home to after he was invalided out. I have varying theories about why that was, some of them cuddlier than others.

Moving to other fandoms, I believe that Eames is not English )

I believe that one of the ways Hawkeye and Black Widow bond is that they have much the same taste in women.

And I'm sure I'm not alone in believing that the romance between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts is adorable and significant but not remotely monogamous.

Hangups

Sep. 2nd, 2013 02:17 pm
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Enough real life. Let's play a game.

You give me a fannish character I'm reasonably familiar with, and for that person I will give you a hangup. You know: a sexual dysfunction, an unexpected inhibition or aversion, some perfectly ordinary thing he/she simply cannot handle.

If I'm *not* familiar with your character, maybe some other reader will join in.

-----

We have requests that I'm unable to fill:
Joe Dawson
John Winchester
Reese or Finch
Christopher Chant

Anybody want to take these on?
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I've just posted a new Sherlock story to AO3: DNA

Sherlock/John (together and in various combinations with various OFCs) -- explicit -- 10,000 words

Post-Reichenbach, obviously with a Dreaded Het warning

Item. There's nothing strange in a good-looking bloke having a lot of sex with a lot of different women, none of whom he introduces to his flatmate.

Note: For christ's sake, this is Sherlock Holmes we're talking about.


Beta thanks to [personal profile] cesperanza, [personal profile] julad, and [personal profile] laurificus. Thanks to [personal profile] copperbadge for the conversation that inspired this, and the lines I stole from him.
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Cleaned out half the garage today, including removing twelve 40-pound bags of landscaping rock left over from a project that happened fifteen years ago. It's like homeowners' amnesia. You haven't forgotten that this stuff is there, exactly; you've just forgotten that it has anything to do with you.

Also mowed the lawn. I really don't think that any week ought to have both snow flurries and lawn-mowing in it.

Here's the latest set of overheards.

"I put it in some perfectly sensible place. Drat. Foiled again by my past self overestimating my present self's intelligence." -- kidlet

Read more... )

And in apology for never posting any fannish content ever, this is what I'm working on now:

Item. There's nothing strange in a good-looking fellow having a lot of sex with a lot of different women, none of whom he introduces to his flatmate.

Note: For christ's sake, this is Sherlock Holmes we're talking about.
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[livejournal.com profile] diane_mckay has podficced two of my Sherlock stories, Home and Contact, here.

Again I reiterate that I give blanket permission for podfics, remixes, translations, etc. No need to ask in advance, but I love it if you let me know afterwards.

-----

On my way back from lunch, I saw a guy getting frisked by the side of the road. I've never seen that before in real life. He wasn't wearing a shirt, and I had an odd moment of "I spend a fair bit of time looking at pictures of guys in that position, but that is not what they're doing!"
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(Or, something I'd much rather read than another scene in which John pesters Sherlock about housework.)

[Baker Street interior. Evening. John is blogging. Sherlock is using a magnifier to look at something that it's probably best not to examine too closely.]

John [sniffing the air]

Sherlock: What?

John: Has something gone off, do you think?

Sherlock: Huh. Possibly.

[Long pause. John types away steadily. Sherlock finishes with the magnifier and begins to slice off nearly transparent segments of whatever it is and prepare them for the microscope.]

Sherlock: Do you remember whether I got rid of the rest of the kidney experiment?

John: Dunno.

[Pause.]

John: Did anybody bin the rest of the seafood risotto?

Sherlock: I've no idea.

[Pause]

Sherlock: Someone might have tossed a bag of excrement in through the window.

John: What, again?

[Pause]

John: Or something might've died in the walls.

Sherlock: Perhaps.

[John hits Post and switches over to answering e-mails. Sherlock remains bent over the microscope, muttering to himself.]

John: Best to leave it a bit, then.

Sherlock: It always gets easier to localize if you wait a few days.
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I've posted a new Sherlock BBC story:

"Close Enough"
John/Sherlock -- NC-17 -- 3100 words
Rescuing Sherlock is not for the fainthearted.

You can read it on my website or on AO3.

Many thanks to [personal profile] cesperanza for beta and to Laura for beta and britpicking.
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I'm re-reading book-canon Sherlock Holmes (the William S. Baring-Gould annotation, which I do not recommend, but that's another post), and I just read "The Final Problem" for the first time since high school.

I haven't finished all the post-return stories yet, but unless there's something very unexpected there, I have observed something about book canon vs. BBC canon:

Book-canon Moriarty really has very little interest in Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes is interested in him, and expends considerable effort (and lines up quite an army of allies) in his efforts to bring him and his lieutenants to justice. Holmes makes Moriarty dance, though not for entertainment.

But Moriarty has a criminal empire to run, and he takes note of Holmes only as Holmes begins to impinge upon that empire. Once they meet, it's clear that he has some grudging admiration for Holmes, but he doesn't play games with Holmes.

You know who plays a few games with book-canon Sherlock Holmes? Who engages him on purpose, beyond what's necessary to get the job done? Irene Adler does.

She's a rival rather than a true adversary; she's self-interested, but not evil; and it seems to me that their interaction is fun for both of them.
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I just posted a tiny new story on [community profile] sherlock_flashfic:

Contact

John/Sherlock -- PG -- 450 words
(written in less than an hour, excluding getting the hell betaed out of it by [personal profile] cesperanza)
"I require close physical contact in order to continue functioning with this level of muscle tension," Sherlock announced. "But I don't wish to have sex."

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