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Jul. 3rd, 2017 05:27 pm
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (Default)
Hi!

My requests pretty much cover my likes: missing scenes, what comes after, alternate viewpoints of what happened in the story.

My DNWs are good people being evil, non-con sex (and I don't consider minors capable of giving consent, so that's right out -- you have a little leeway there with Mneri and Li'Vanh, who are definitely considered adults in their context.) I don't mind angst, but I like it with a hopeful ending. Ditto hurt/comfort. Feel free to look at my past yuletide letters to get ideas too.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Hi!

I hope you'll have fun writing for me this year! I'm pretty easy to please, barring the squicks I've mentioned at the bottom of this letter, as long as I can recognize the characters I've asked for. I love slice of life, alternating viewpoints, fluff, "what comes next", fix it fics, kidfics, gen, sex or violence up to PG levels, hurt/comfort (heavy on the comfort), crack taken seriously, crack taken to the extreme, happy endings, character studies, alternate viewpoint of canon, missing scenes, alternate universes of the "diverging from canon" kind, and stories similar to what canon provides. and, well, if you go through my past letters you'll get a fairly good idea of just how catholic my tastes can be. I only ask that you remember I'm asking for these fandoms because there isn't much out there, so I'd rather not have AUs where you stick the characters into a different scenario, like high school or a coffee shop. Well, maybe the Mod Squad. Undercover. But, you know, still cops...

Anyway.

Read more... )
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
It's fun being on panels, but it's kind of nerve wracking too. But the next one should be lots of fun.
rabidsamfan: (basil nigel)
And I'm on the "Holmes Through the Years" panel, so I came up with a sort of a survey, trying to figure out which performances have stuck in people's minds.

http://goo.gl/forms/rX90IbF2H7

Don't know if any of y'all are interested, but it's there if you are! Feel free to pass it along.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
This year I went to the pinch hit list, which was a bit nervous making, but I got back two stories and a drabble!

The first story was for the Wild Wild West, and the second story (and the drabble) were both for Minions.

*spins with happiness*

Go! Read! Giggle!

The Night of the Captured Agent (1183 words) by donutsweeper
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wild Wild West (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: James West, Artemus Gordon
Additional Tags: Rescue, Yuletide, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Jim had managed to get himself out of worse situations than this before, he could get out of this one, couldn't he?



This one made me want to haul out my DVDs. A problem, since I was in Denver and they were in Boston. But oh, such fun! And I love the rescue!


Excerpts from “Woman in Red”, the Unofficial Biography of Scarlet Overkill (1170 words) by Chibifukurou
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Minions (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Herb Overkill/Scarlet Overkill
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Character Study
Summary:

Most of what we know about Scarlet Overkill’s early life has been extrapolated through hospital records and stories from neighbors and long time residents of the small town where Scarlet was born and raised. During her active career Scarlet claimed to be an orphan. Whether this was because she was embarrassed to have come from Non-villainous parents or because she felt it gave her a better backstory this writer doubts we'll ever know. (Due to the fact that the family has been in hiding since the freak volcano eruption which gold plated the Overton family home the day of Scarlet and Herb Overkill’s wedding)



*stamps with headcanon stamps* *thump thump thump* A five banana review!

Dreamer (100 words) by Merlin Missy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Minions (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Scarlet Overkill
Additional Tags: Yuletide Madness Drabble Invitational, Supervillains, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

Scarlet dreams big.



A small delight. And just a bit sweet, too.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
In some ways this was a very good year for writing, and in others, not so much. Despite my thinking I'd get active on LJ again, I kind of failed at blogging. But I did do some writing, and the Yuletide reveal tradition has nudged me into posting once more.

If you go on AO3, you'll see that as of January 1st I posted Rules of Silence. I actually wrote it the year before for Holmestice, but it's pertinent, because the fandom was Lyndsay Faye's Sherlockian masterpiece Dust and Shadow. Lyndsay, who is one of the Baker Street Babes, found it, read it, and liked it. *whew*, and she recommended me to David Marcum, who was putting together an anthology of traditional pastiches with MX Publishing. He knew me from my fanfic on ff.n, and invited me to write a story for the book. Which I did. It's in the first volume of the anthology, and since I used my real name I'll invite you to go deduce which one is mine. (I promised not to post the story anywhere else for at least a year, since the proceeds of the anthology go to charity.)

I also got invited to write an essay analyzing an episode for a book about the New Avengers. So two publications in one year!

Back to AO3, where the fanfiction lives, I posted an ancient Trapper John, M.D fic that used to be on my attempt on a geocities page.

Then I noodled around for most of the year adding bits to Clipped Wings, a Tony Stark/Martin Crieff story wherein I crash a plane and it isn't Martin's fault. (I'm currently trying to get going again with Grounded, the sequel, which is over 10,000 words and hasn't even got to lunchtime yet in the same day. I'm having fun, but I admit, it's not exactly exciting.)

Then come October, when my work headaches were getting a bit better, Yuletide came along. This year I managed to sign up, and I issued my annual Yuletide Madness Drabble Initiative invitation, too.

***

My assignment was a story for Riptide. My favorite character has always been Murray, but my recipient really wanted Nick and Cody. And it had been too long since I'd watched the episodes, so a marathon canon review was in order. (Gosh, they blew up a lot of stuff on that show!) I don't remember what got me thinking about earthquakes, but once the niggling of an idea came along, I did some internet research and found a major quake shortly after the show went off the air. It centered in "Whittier Narrows", and that led me to Turnbull Canyon, which has all sorts of delicious spooky rumors about it. I started writing with just the dialogue, wanting to get the voices right before tossing in descriptions, and as it turned out, the dialogue carried most of the story alone, so I wound up worrying if it would seem pretentious, but fortunately, the person I wrote it for really liked it.

Earthquake (1788 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Riptide (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cody Allen, Nick Ryder
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Accidents, internet research
Summary: When the earth trembles, friendships stand firm.

***

I also had an idea almost straight away for a story about The Martian. Well, the same idea as a lot of people. I wanted to write about what happens after the end of the book. I actually wrote the first 400 words before assignments came out! So when I had time to come back to it I looked for Yuletide letters from people who also liked the fandom and found the perfect person to finish the story for. It's not the best Yuletide story for the fandom (because there were some FANTASTIC stories for both book and movie versions of The Martian this year) but I'm still pleased with it.

The Martian and the Earthlings (2878 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Martian - Andy Weir
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mark Watney, Alex Vogel, Rick Martinez (The Martian), Beth Johanssen, Chris Beck, Melissa Lewis (The Martian)
Additional Tags: trip home, coda to the book
Summary: The first few days on the Hermes, everyone is still getting used to having Mark back.

***

I also snagged a pinch hit. It had been sitting forlorn and unloved for a couple of days, and one of the prompts was a simple "what happens next" for a book I knew we had at the library where I work. It isn't my usual sort of read, but I like the challenge of writing for new fandoms, and as it turns out, it's the longest story I wrote for Yuletide. Mostly because the book left so much dangling that I couldn't resist tying up a few loose ends. Much to my surprise, the original character I threw in to ask the questions a reader unfamiliar with the fandom might ask ended up hijacking my miniscule plot. But in a good way!

Unfinished (4655 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Finishing Touches - Hester Browne
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jamie/Betsy, Liv/Mark
Characters: Olivia O'hare, Jamie O'hare, Betsy Phillimore, Mark Montgomery, Adele Buchanan, Lord Pelham Phillimore
Additional Tags: Postscript, various OCs and minor characters - Freeform


***

By then it was December, and I hadn't done a single drabble. Luckily, I had two weeks vacation and I snuck in a bunch of them in the evenings when everyone else had gone to bed since I was two hours off their schedule. By then the prompts were available, so I just trolled through the fandoms I knew fairly well, looking for things which enticed me. I now have drabbles in 108 fandoms! (Some of which, I admit, aren't very good drabbles, but I tried.) I wrote 21 of them, as follows:

Unfair Advantage (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Alan Grant Series - Josephine Tey
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Marta Hallard, Alan Grant (Alan Grant series)
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 108 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Marta's been feeling every year lately.

The Alan Grant mysteries by Josephine Tey are old friends of mine, but like Nero Wolfe, it doesn't matter what decade he's in Grant is always Grant. If you want a taste, the most famous one is The Daughter of Time.

***

Here's Another Fine Mess (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Illya Kuryakin, Napoleon Solo, Gaby Teller
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 107 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


The Man from U.N.C.L.E movie was so much fun that I forgave them for transforming my clever, unassuming, and hazard-prone Illya into a giant ball of anger issues. And I loved Gaby.

***

The Observer and the Observed (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Martian (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mark Watney, Mindy Park
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 106 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: It's not exactly like meeting a movie star...

The Martian again, but the movie this time. Funny how many people thought these two should meet! (And I so wanted to put in a Mork and Mindy reference, since it's a 70's TV show, but I just couldn't do that in a drabble.)

***

After the Fall (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Streets of San Francisco
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mike Stone, Steve Keller
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 105 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


One of my clunkers, unfortunately. I really need to watch the show more before I attempt this fandom again. (And I wish there was more fanfic!)

***

The Best Things (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: White Christmas (1954)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phil Davis/Judy Haynes
Characters: Judy Haynes
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 104 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: No choreography necessary!

From a lovely prompt. And bonus! I got to do canon review and hang around with my 91 year old mom at the same time!

***

Prince of Darkness (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Diggy Diggy Hole - Yogscast (Music Video)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dwarfling (Diggy Diggy Hole), Dwarf King (Diggy Diggy Hole)
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 103 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


This one is my nephew's fault. He's the one who taught me the earworm after all...

***

Gone (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Inside Out (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joy (Inside Out), Sadness (Inside Out), Disgust (Inside Out)
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 102 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Well, mostly gone...

Another good prompt. And a chance to fix things, too!

***

Location is Everything (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sesame Street (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mr Hooper, Kermit the Frog
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 101 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Mr. Hooper has always wanted his own store.

This is where being *mumble mumble* years old really shows. The prompter asked about what it was like for Mr. Hooper having a store in a neighborhood with both muppets and people, and the whole history of redlining and racial discrimination in housing as it might apply to people who actually are monsters living next door kind of ran through my head and came back with a Peter Paul and Mary song.

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Just Add Marshmallows (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Al Calavicci, Sam Beckett
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble


I just wanted to give those two a vacation. :D

***

Facing the Future (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Last Starfighter - Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maggie/Alex
Characters: Maggie Gordon, Alex Rogan
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 100 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


This is another time when the prompt asked a good question. I didn't come up with an answer, but I liked thinking about it.

***

Inheritance (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Little Red Riding Hood
Additional Tags: Wolves, yumadrin, Drabble, Dark
Series: Part 99 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms


This one took me two days to write, and many many revisions, but the work was worth it, because people seem to like it. Possibly because it's creepy...

***

Solution (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ferris Bueller, Cameron Frye
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 98 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Ferris has always been the most magnificent of puzzles.

Until I read the prompt, I'd never considered this possibility. Then I did.

***

Interrupted (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ghostbusters (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Library Ghost (Ghostbusters)
Series: Part 97 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Some things never change. Not even when you're dead.

Speaking as a librarian...

***

Metaphor (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Johnny Maxwell - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Johnny Maxwell, Yo-less
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 96 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Or is it a simile?

Another good prompt, because I like these books nearly as much as I like the Discworld.

***

Dreams Should Come True (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hurree Babu
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 95 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Especially for those who work hard for them.

And "minor" characters sometimes make for the most fun writing!

***

Another Day, Another Concussion (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hardy Boys - Franklin W. Dixon
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Frank Hardy
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 94 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: They say you solve mysteries by spotting patterns, but...

I read so many of those books, and those poor boys got kidnapped soooo often! Not that I cared when I was a kid. I was too busy bouncing with excitement.

***

Wishing (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Neverending Story (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bastian Balthasar Bux | Bastian Balthazar Bux, Kindliche Kaiserin | Childlike Empress, Atréju | Atreyu
Additional Tags: Drabble, yumadrin
Series: Part 93 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: Time passes, even in Fantasia.

One of the rare times when I wrote the drabble before I even knew what my idea was, and it came out with a perfect word count.

***

What Comma? (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Oxford Comma Example Sentences
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Character
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 92 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: It's not my fault!

I wish I could have come with a better ending for this one, but banging my head against walls was useless PUNishment.

***

Teacher (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Protector of the Small - Tamora Pierce
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Keladry of Mindelan, Alanna of Pirate's Swoop and Olau
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Summary: Everyone has something to share.

I wrote it because I want it!

***

Everyone Pitches In (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jack Holden, Peter Mitchell, Michael Kellam, Sylvia Bennington, Mary Bennington
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Series: Part 91 of 100 words in 100(+) fandoms
Summary: It takes cooperation to make a family.

It's a silly movie, but I love the characters, so I was happy to see this amongst the prompts.

***

Parting (100 words) by rabidsamfan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Karal Austreben, Kris (Valdemar), Lyra
Additional Tags: yumadrin, Drabble
Summary: Someday things must change. Hopefully for the better.

This actually came about because of a couple of different prompts, and then I had the fun of figuring out which person to gift it to!

***

***

Anyway, that's the lot.
*whew* Now for 2016!
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
It's that time of year again, and I've written so much in the optional details I'm not sure this isn't gilding the lily. But the possibility of treats is too much to ignore, so please, dear writer, be patient with my excessive burbling. Truth is, I love all of these characters, and I'll be happy with anything that gets the people pretty much right, but please take a gander at my DNWs at the bottom of this letter.

Read more... )
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
So, I'm sitting at 221b con, where I've been having a wonderful time, and realizing that I've been awfully quiet in fandom lately. Kind of making up for it here, though. Did some panels (my first!) and got to meet Lyndsay Faye, who wrote Dust and Shadow and liked my fanfic of it. So it's been really good for my ego.

So, I'm going to try to be a bit noisier. I just need a better computer. This one keeps eating words!
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
So, for Yuletide I wrote one longer fic, one short piece that wasn't a drabble and a bunch of drabbles. Only one of which saw very many hits, but that's yuletide. Small fandoms for the win!

So in order of getting them posted: )
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Very late, I'm afraid. I lost access to AO3 for a while today.


Lord Peter Wimsey )
Sapphire and Steel )
Galaxy Quest )
Mulan )
Columbo crossover with Dragnet )






The Secret of Roan Inish )
Rivers of London )
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
I must must must remember to ask for the Mod Squad next year. Julie ships Pete and Linc. (Whether or not Pete and Linc feel that way is optional.) Somebody could have a whole lot of fun with that one!

And yes, I still remember that MAD magazine already did!
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
For a Watson's Woes ghost story challenge. Crossposting here so I don't lose it.


I first noticed the most unusual aspect of my new fellow lodger during our visit to Brixton Road. I had, at the time, seen a number of murder victims, but the expression on Enoch Drebber's face was exceptionally horrific, and after an initial glance at the state of the room, I thought it best to make certain that I had not drawn the doctor into something beyond his present capacity.

He was paler than usual, which was not alarming, but to my surprise his eyes had dilated far past the degree for which the dimness of the room would account, and his gaze had fixed upon empty air. He nodded, ever so slightly, and then looked in quick succession at the mantelpiece, the wall above the mantel in the corner, a spot near the hearth on the floor, and then to the corpse. He blinked once, for half a breath longer than usual, and when his eyes opened again they had returned to normal, and his expression held no more emotion than the natural dismay any man might feel at the sight of so grim a scene.

Gregson and Lestrade were busy presenting the case, so I had no time then to consider Watson's odd reaction. I did remember it, however, particularly when Lestrade revealed the word written in blood in just the corner where my companion had cast his glance. But as I had every reason to know that Watson had been safely at Baker Street at the time of the murder, no real conclusion could be drawn from his odd behavior. I dismissed it, therefore, having other things to think about.

Four days ago Watson reacted in the same peculiar manner. It was also a case of murder, although when we first investigated the disintegrating tenement where the victims had been held prisoner I had not yet discovered the full extent of the crime. It was broad daylight, however, and both Watson's sudden pallor, and the strange dilation of the pupils were so evident that young Wiggins, who had brought us to the place, noticed as well. He had to ask three times if Watson needed a chair, so fixedly was Watson staring at the wood-lined wall, but again Watson blinked and came to himself, and did not seem to know why the boy had taken alarm. He took his seat more out of toleration for the child than any concern for himself, but I was glad he was sitting when I discovered the concealed door in the panelling, and the evidence of mayhem behind it. Hardened Watson may be to the deaths of men, but the murder of children invariably sickens him.

His nightmares that night were so violent that he fell from the bed with a thump which wakened me from my sleep. I climbed the stairs to his room when his cries continued, and found him still unconscious, writhing on the floor in a tangle of blankets, pleading for mercy from "Jack" in a plaintive, high-pitched voice that was not his own.

"Who is Jack?" I wondered aloud, as I tried to pry Watson free of his woolen cocoon, and to my astonishment the voice answered me.

"Jack Sutherland. The lodger. Don't let him hurt us anymore."

I all but swallowed my teeth. The name Jack Sutherland was not new to me -- I'd seen it among the reports and witness interviews filed at Scotland Yard when Bradstreet had pulled me onto the case -- but Watson hadn't been with me. And not once had the name come up in our conversations. "How can I stop him?" I croaked past dry lips, for at that midnight hour it was all too easy to believe what I would have scorned by daylight. "How can I find him?"

"He drinks at the White Rose," I was told, though Watson's eyes never opened, and his lips barely moved. "And then he comes and hurts us. Oh, please don't let him hurt us anymore."

"I'll stop him," I bargained. "But you must let Watson go. He'll need his sleep if he's to help me."

"Promise?" The first voice was joined by the echoes of other voices -- all young, all desperate, and Watson's entire body went rigid, although I could feel it quivering under my hand. "Do you promise?"

"Of course I promise," I said. "But please, let Watson go!"

With a mighty convulsion, and a last cry of "Promise!" Watson threw both me and the bedclothes aside, but when I scrambled back to his side he was limp against the floorboards, breathing as gently as if his head were still on his pillow.

I was able to put him back into bed without rousing him, which was a mercy, as I was in no mood to discuss what had happened just then. Instead I went down to our sitting room and found tobacco and pipe. I needed to think.

Had Watson, next morning, made any indication that he remembered the events of the night, my ruminations might have led to a different conversation. But on inquiry, he said he'd slept quite soundly -- too soundly, indeed, to have noticed that he had turned upon his bad shoulder and aggravated its aching. "I'm afraid I shan't be of much use to you today, Holmes," he apologized over breakfast.

"I doubt I'll require you to lift any heavy objects," I said, and then mentioned that I intended to take a trip to the White Rose, wondering if, indeed hoping, that the name would be familiar to him. It was not. I bade him stay at home then, and tasked him with collecting every edition of the papers in my absence, to search the agony columns for mention of a list of names pulled out of the air. It made him feel useful to do so. And gave me time alone to consider what next I should do.

A brief visit to the White Rose bore no fruit, so I went off to see if I could find more tangible evidence in the case; and that night, Watson suffered the same visitation as before. The pattern repeated the following day and night, leaving both of us pale and hollow-eyed, with Watson blaming his condition on the return of the cold weather, and I struggling to reconcile my love of logic and scientific evidence with the haunting voice of the child who kept beseeching me to find his murderer. Yesterday, driven to desperation, I took Watson with me to the White Rose, and we settled in to while the hours away.

The beer at the Rose is passable, and there was little enough to do but drink and talk, as new companions do, of this and that. I waited until Watson was well into his cups before broaching the topic of superstitions, and led him from there to the more hazardous topic of ghosts.

“Ghosts aren’t real,” he scoffed with a smile. “At least I’ve never seen one, and if anyone should I would, for I was born with a caul.” He patted his chest absently, unaware of the gesture. “I used to keep it in a little bag my grandmother made for me, as protection. There’s superstition for you, Holmes, if you like. But it’s hard to break a promise you made when you were small.”

“What became of it?” I asked.

“Murray used it at Maiwand, to staunch the bleeding from my shoulder.” Now his hand moved to cover that wound, and he rubbed at it thoughtfully. “Another superstition, that, although I can’t say his notion of first aid didn’t work. I seem to remember him putting a bit of it on my tongue too.”

“Whatever for?” I asked, but Watson didn’t answer. He had gone pale, and his eyes were fixed upon the doorway. I turned to see and a burly fellow matching the description of Jack Sutherland sauntered in. As he crossed the room to reach the bar, he drew close to our table, and I was able to observe the way that Watson’s blank eyes fixed upon the left-hand pocket of Sutherland’s coat.

A moment more, and Watson recovered himself, taking a large draught from his glass. “What were we talking about?” he asked.

“I’m sorry, old fellow,” I said, “I was distracted. My suspect has arrived. Would you be so good as to go send Gregson a telegram, asking for official reinforcement?” I would have gone myself, had I not feared that the fit would come on Watson again, and either cause him to lose Sutherland, or confront him alone.

Watson went, Gregson came, and we made the arrest. I had to construct a taradiddle of Sutherland patting his pocket to justify searching his coat as closely as necessary. The pocket itself was empty, but he had constructed a second pocket, within the lining, and there we found the bloodstained mementos of his crime which will send him to the hangman before the month is out.

And last night Watson slept quietly. I know, for I watched him through the night.

There are more things in heaven and earth I know, but my philosophy is not so narrow that I doubt the evidence of my own eyes and ears. But what a blow to my reputation for rational thought were I to admit to the professionals at Scotland Yard that I believe my fellow lodger to possess supernatural powers? Powers which he himself denies exist? (And what a boost to that same reputation if I swallow my pride, keep mum, and merely follow Watson’s lead when he sees evidence that I do not?)

What a mystery to be solved, if solved it can be!

A pretty puzzle indeed!
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Fair Warning... I'm pretty much composing this as I go along making requests, so you can expect it to get edited a few times over the course of the week. But I wanted the link for the request thingy. ETA It should be just about right now. I think...

First of all, thank you for writing for me! I ramble a lot in this letter, and propose a number of possibilities, but if you've got an idea that doesn't appear here, that's all to the good. I say "I want" a lot, but it isn't exclusive. The things I don't want will probably come clear as you go along. My earlier DYW letters are probably more coherent...

In general, for these fandoms I would like you to stay close to the canon. No AUs of the coffeeshop or high school kind, please. There just isn't enough fanfic of the ordinary sort to satisfy my cravings as it is. Taking the canon and diverging from the timeline is okay, though. I like crossovers, generally, and only request that you choose something which either blends well with what I've asked for or is completely gone over to the crackfic side of the force.

Read more... )
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Remember last year, when I wrote about fifty drabbles for Yuletide? Well, I don't know if I'll manage quite as many this year, but I'm going to try again. If you want to join in the fun you don't have to do Yuletide proper, just write drabbles (real ones!) for treats.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
I had a lovely visit with Gayalondiel, and now have many many plotbunnies nibbling at my ankles. Got to see Oxford, and the Barrow Downs (or at least the inspiration for the Barrow Downs) and we yattered about everything from Sherlock to the War of the Worlds.

If you're interested in what I've been writing lately, well, let's just say that I blame it all on good writing by other people. Yes, I'm pairing up Tony Stark and Martin Crieff... but it's not my fault! It just has to happen!

If you're curious start with Pilots Get it Up Faster, by flawedamythyst and read on. I split off the series after the Duxford Air Show. http://archiveofourown.org/series/28029
rabidsamfan: (basil nigel)
The project at the link below needs more suggestions. Mistyzeo has been rooked into curating a list of classic fanfiction for Sherlockian.net, and while the current crop is good, it's heavily weighted toward slash and BBC. I know there's a lot more out there! (And some of it might be a gentler introduction to fanfiction newbies.)

So, throw in some suggestions! Here's her original tumblr entry:
http://mistyzeo.tumblr.com/post/77827085000/fic-readers-i-need-your-help

And here's the input link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xs4VCtp4IF2QSf6FrTayb4m7wF7pR1EU7BIY41L6oXY/viewform

Spread the word! I'm adding things as I have time, but at the moment I'm pretty shy of time. And it's an open ended project, there is no deadline, although the first version of the list is now up here:

http://www.sherlockian.net/pastiches/fanfic.html
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Dirtier, 167 words
Trust, 256 words
Errand Lad, 119 words.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
A Matter of Trust, added 243 words
The Errand Lad, added 176 words (that I'm not entirely sure about...)
Dirtier: Located the place I need to work on.

Also cross posted about twenty older fics to the AO3, backdated so unlikely to get much notice. I figure if I can have everything in one place just once it might be nice, but oh, boy have I got a lot of fics and drabbles that never got over there.

And that was my weekend.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Okay, I've committed myself to the Wip Big Bang, at least for the Sherlock Holmes story. I've also recruited betas for all three wips, and I'm going to try my level best to work on them.

Cheering sections, I'll be trying to write at least every other day on one of the stories and more on weekends. I'll post how many words I've gotten done, and will post storybits as the betas approve them for Errand Lad and Dirtier. The Sherlock story should be ready by the end of the challenge, but I'm not supposed to post it anywhere. I'll just let you know the word count, perhaps?


And I'll try not to get too distracted by real life. Although at the moment I really do need to do some work that I've been dodging.

Ah, snow.

Feb. 5th, 2014 10:57 am
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
The children got school off, but the libraries are open, so I am at work. Rather hoping that the mayor and the top staff at the library all had truly hideous commutes this morning...

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