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...
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
It's like this. I'm still trying to decide which WIP for the bigbang. I'd really like to try doing it because I might actually snag some artwork for one of the stories, but that's actually made it a bit harder to decide.

So, here are the factors for each story:

The Errand Lad. (Lord of the Rings) Currently at 23119 words, without a scrap sitting in rough draft form, and last worked on Jan 10, 2006. Has 6 people who remember it and still visit my LJ, and was fairly notorious in its day. There may be artists out there, especially since the Hobbit movies are raising fandom interest slightly. Rereading it I really enjoyed myself, spotted some inconsistencies to the source *sigh* and found myself still uncertain how to get to where I wanted to go.

A Question of Trust. (Sherlock Holmes ACD, mildly AU) Currently at 7380 words posted out of 10100 words in the google doc and the last posting was 8 July 2008. Has 5 people who remember it and still visit my LJ, and is part of a series I really should continue working on. Because it is Sherlock Holmes it has a fairly good chance of snagging artwork. Rereading it I enjoyed myself, wondered if I could find the voice again, and realized that I either need to do some serious research or vigorous handwaving in order to finish it.

Alternate Ending to Dirtier by the Dozen. (The New Avengers) Currently at 30,014 words posted out of 54791 words in the google doc. The last post was on 12 Dec 2008, just before I jammed on a key scene. Two votes of being remembered in the poll, and practically no chance of artwork as the fandom is very very tiny. Rereading it I got caught up in the story again, actually thought of a possible way out of the scene which had me stuck before, and still wasn't quite sure how to reach the denoument.

So, not a clear decision in the least. Hence, I'm going to thrown this out to the potential audiences. If I go for this, I'll need a beta (who would need to be willing to listen to me creeb about the plots and make suggestions), and a possible artist (even if said artwork only consists of finding some pictures from the sources which kind of sort of could fit at a few places in the story.) And a cheering section. Oh, yes...

[Poll #1954829]

[Poll #1954830]

[Poll #1954831]

(I should make it clear that possible artists wouldn't be making a commitment straight away to my story, just to also signing up for the bigbang and finding something to illustrate.)
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
So, there's this: http://wipbigbang.livejournal.com/

And before I decide whether or not to sign up for it, I thought I'd test the waters and see which, if any, of my ancient WIPS still echo down through the ages.

[Poll #1954031]


Jan. 18th, 2014 05:58 pm
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
I went and saw the Lone Ranger, and I thought the movie was messed up, didn't know what audience it was aimed at, and generally messed with the canon.

I also thought it was filmed mostly on location.

I was wrong about that part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbuzAV1TAYc&feature=youtu.be

It's been nominated for Visual effects. Might even deserve the award!

Trope Bingo

Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:47 pm
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I had so much fun with yuletide I decided to try something new.

metafiction au: apocalypse mind games rivals to lovers against all odds
twenty-four hours to live matchmaker coming out (of the closet) sex pollen bodyswap
au: other soul bonding / soulmates FREE

time travel forbidden fruit
rites of passage / coming of age amnesia au: romance novel sharing a bed unexpected friendship
snowed in road trip au: space fake relationship curtainfic

I am amused

Jan. 2nd, 2014 06:34 pm
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
There's a neat website which maps the bombs that fell on London during WW2, as much as is possible with incomplete records. Naturally, I looked at it for a bit, and lo and behold on Baker Street, they'd marked 221b!

rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
(All gen and without warnings unless noted otherwise.)

For Holmestice, I wrote:

Goose (8626 words)
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

And then there was Yuletide... )
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
I didn't get a story, because I signed up late, although I did get two lovely drabbles in Madness.

I wrote a ridiculous amount though. Two full length pinch hits (one of which was done in ten drabbles), a full length treat, a 250 word short for Madness and 44 drabbles.

Yes, that's right. 44. And all that in nearly as many fandoms as stories.

Do you know what you get when you write in that many fandoms? Kudos, that's what. Over three hundred of them in two days. I think I'm going to puff up like the bullfrog in the song and explode with foolish pride.


Dec. 16th, 2013 08:14 pm
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Picked up pinch hit. Wrote a begging letter in hopes of a story back. Now I've GOT to get cracking.

*rolls up sleeves and starts typing*
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Please feel free to look at older yuletide letters under the tag, but for the fandoms I hastily chose from this year's tagset, here are some notes.

Brat Farrar - Josephine Tey
I'd love to know what happens after the book. Or possibly see what happens in the book from Jane's side of things.

Sherlock Holmes (US TV 1954)
This is my comfort version of Sherlock Holmes. I love this young, playful Holmes and his strong, if somewhat gullible Watson! Anything echoing that would be great, but there are a couple of episodes which are a bit darker, and times when there's real danger. Exploring those would be good. I'm a sucker for hurt comfort.

Hardy Boys - Franklin W. Dixon
Frank was always my favorite. Get him into trouble!

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rereading this lately I realized that Martha is really the first person to treat Mary like a human being. I'd love to see a story where Mary realizes it too. Perhaps Archibald Craven decides to make everything grand and Martha is reduced to a scullery maid? But a focus on Martha would be nice.

Thank you.


Dec. 15th, 2013 01:06 pm
rabidsamfan: (christmas watson)
I cannot seem to snag a pinch hit for Yuletide this year. Even when I answer one that's the top message in my inbox I've failed!

*pounds head on keyboard*


*goes back to writing drabbles from prompts for Yuletide Madness*


*does the dance*
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
You can watch, here, but unless you understand Russian you'll be as frustrated as I am.

And for all of that, 25 minutes in and I am already wildly happy about this John Watson.


27 minutes in and I think I'm in love!


Nov. 13th, 2013 04:50 pm
rabidsamfan: (annoyed cat)
My nook mini tablet thingie got stolen. And it had a whole bunch of passwords saved on it. Now I have to remember what sites they were for!
rabidsamfan: (granada)
I missed signing up for Yuletide this year, but I did manage to get something done for acd_holmesfest. It's called Lion and I've put it up at AO3.

It's gen, and basically a bit of character study/timeline contemplation about Watson and the Maiwand memorial. http://archiveofourown.org/works/1032872 Expect my usual indulgences in internet research, and Watson whumping.

Also, earlier, I wrote something for holmestice and I think I forgot to post it here. Slash, Granada, and also at AO3, it's a missing scene from The Priory School, and distinctly aimed at audiences who don't need to consider age statements. http://archiveofourown.org/works/1011984

Both are ex-WIPS I picked up and dusted off and finished. I'm going for threesies now, for another round of Holmestice and jamming in the same place I did before. But I think I may have finished the excessive internet research part of the proceedings.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)
Or at least hurricane force winds and lots of rain, etc... which is just as bad. It isn't the twirling and the eye that make a hurricane dangerous.

And we were looking at the advice on line. "It's going to be bad for the morning commute when people are dropping off their kids. Bring a fully charged mobile and warm winter clothing."?????!!!!

No. Stay home. Board your windows, and if you can't do that, put up tape. If you have to be at work, go early -- like before the storm early. Keep your kids home and haul out the board games. Get floods? Plan on them. Live near the coast? Got friends inland? Move there now.

But go on your regular morning commute? No. Just no. You don't want to be dodging falling tree limbs anyway.

You want a nice boring "I sat at home all day and watched the news" hurricane, not the exciting "there were lots of people in danger" kind of hurricane.
rabidsamfan: samwise gamgee, I must see it through (quest)

Maybe I'll do a pinch hit, or write some Yuletide Madness things. But I miss my annual plea for a story in an odd fandom.
rabidsamfan: (annoyed cat)
Being caught up by old fanfics, in AUs that are unlikely to ever be written about again.
Finding a new series of books without a fandom yet -- and waiting for the next book to come out.

And having no one to squee with...

In the first instance I've found myself rereading AJ Hall's series Lust over Pendle. Which is AU Harry Potter, only it isn't, because it's really about Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom being completely in love with each other after the war is over. It was clearly started before the books were finished being written, so wildly AU, but they have the most fun with Narcissa I've ever seen. And Draco. And I say that not being a fan of Draco Malfoy at all. If you go reading, start with "Lust over Pendle", wander over to "Dissipation and Despair" and then go on to "The Perilous Point". And there are some other stories too, but those three are the ones that I'm reading. Again. Mind you, AJ Hall is one of the most amazing writers I've ever encountered. Her Sherlock stories are great, and her AUs fill me with longing for more, and I love her OCs. (And they aren't all slash, if anyone's curious -- try "The Affair of the Asphyxiated Acafan" for a session of delight.)

The second instance is a series of books called "Rivers of London". At least, the first book is called that in the UK. For some reason they decided to change the name in the US to "Midnight Riot". Wonderful stuff, with a POC main character who is a police constable just finishing his first two probationary years and about to start really shaping his career when he interviews a witness to a murder who just happens to be a ghost. I've read the first three books twice now, and if I were rich I would have been on a plane to England already hunting for the fourth one...


Read anything good lately?


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