Tags: elementary

compelling, pushing my buttons, walk the line, intent

Sherlock series three, writing round-up, Sherlock Remix

Hi, everybody!

I was asked by a friend what I thought of the new series of Sherlock, and it ended up being so long that I thought I might as well post it. Collapse )

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Because I'm so behind on everything, I still have two lists to put up: my 2013 writing round-up and my July-December theater excursions. I can only do one tonight, so it's going to be the former.

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I was surprisingly productive this year, and I had a wonderful time writing. After so many fallow periods, it feels undeniably great to be in the swing of things, and I let myself be adventurous, trying new fandoms and new ways of telling stories. I tried a poem, for the first time in way too long ("Like honey dripping to a waiting mouth"). I wrote (half) a story entirely in 221Bs ("Answered with a Question Mark"). I wrote in a fandom I knew very little of, despite a lot of canon material being available ("Diamond Life"). I posted some totally off-the-cuff fics ("What's Good for the Goose" & "First Sip"). I wrote several stories for a single new-to-me fandom, New Girl. I wrote a lot more fusions and crossovers than before, including one that seemed to be a hit not just with its intended recipient ("Amphibians"); people really like head-casting Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in Jane Austen adaptations, I guess. I continued one of my Sherlock series, the String of Pearls series ("Chips and Sweets"), and hope to write more of it in 2014. And nearly three years after I began it, I finished my Elastic Heart series, which clocked in at 176,393 words, according to AO3. I think it's the best thing I've written, particularly the last story, "Picardy Third."

What did I learn about myself and my writing in 2013? That I should take chances more often and let myself be adventurous. That I should write what's clamoring to be written and be surprised what shows up on the screen. That I love the work of writing original characters, and that putting them into fannish contexts, interacting with fandom characters, hits my sweet spot. That I shouldn't be afraid of writing something that has the same summary (say, post-Reichenbach musings) as umpteen other fics by other authors - we're all going to do it differently, and that's great. After all, I do love to read.

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Also on the Sherlock tip: I've gotten a few pokes asking about whether there will be another round of sherlock_remix. Chime in if you like - I haven't made any decisions yet.

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I hope you're all having a wonderful 2014 so far! Long may it continue!

This same entry also appears on Dreamwidth, at http://innie-darling.dreamwidth.org/434833.html.
taking shape, in recovery, out and about in nyc, people are a puzzle

"Compromising Positions" (Elementary: Joan, Sherlock, Ms. Hudson; PG-13)

Hi, everybody!

I got a lot of writing done this year, which was very nice for me - I want to keep going and ride the wave for as long as it lasts ([personal profile] thirdbird, I really am working on the Cabin Pressure fic for you!). I'll be able to own up to my four Yuletide fics tomorrow (get your guesses in now), but in the meantime, here's the story I wrote for holmestice. It's Elementary, season 1, no spoilers other than for Ms. Hudson as a character on the show; also, it's gen and PG-13. I really enjoyed writing it - hat-tip to [personal profile] musesfool for the excellent beta and thanks to the people who left very kind comments on the comm page - but as the recipient never commented, I don't know if it succeeded. The summary is Ms. Hudson might have witnessed a crime.

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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.

This same entry also appears on Dreamwidth, at http://innie-darling.dreamwidth.org/433214.html.
pd: stop you're killing him

TV: teacher, mother, secret lover

Hi, everybody!

I just plunked down some cash for the Veronica Mars movie, which, according to the video, will be used for nudity and car chases, since it's surplus to the original amount they wanted to raise. (How hilarious is it that RH as Dick Casablancas is eating Krusty-O's? Though if he were truly in character, I suppose he'd be eating what Moe eats, Penicillin O's.) I was a little leery about signing up for Kickstarter, but since it gets your payment info from Amazon, that was much less stressful than I'd anticipated.

Also, Happy Pi Day! I don't eat pie myself, because I dislike the texture of cooked fruit, but damn if I haven't been craving virtual pie - in the form of all 22 sweet, sweet episodes of Pushing Daisies - for a solid week now. More than any other, PD is the show that I would resurrect if I had the power (Arrested Development and Veronica Mars both went three seasons and are coming back anyway; Firefly was on the air even less than PD, but F's strength was its characters. While I'd never argue that the setting of F was unimportant, it was the characters that made the space-Western stories wonderful, and I think it was pretty clear what kinds of stories the show was interested in telling. Whereas PD had fantastic characters in all sorts of odd stories, and I could never predict what would happen next. It is, to me, the ultimate ensemble show, because I was invested in all six of the major characters and never felt that the show was "off" if it wasn't focusing on character A.) (And that's not even mentioning The Middleman, Sports Night, or The Unusuals.) I think I might watch some PD between tonight's eps of Community (which is, unfortunately, starting to feel like a chore because each character seems to have been reduced to a single trait, which is just hammered home) and Elementary (back from mini-hiatus). Bring on the monkeys and the bulimic daisies and the whole looney-tunes world of Papen County!

Let's see, what else? Oh, yes! My very favorite seasonal candy is back - those Cadbury Mini Eggs that are solid chocolate with a candy shell. They are DELICIOUS. I wish I had some right now.

I had a fantastic weekend last weekend, which will have to make up for this upcoming weekend, during which I will be doing my taxes. Ugh. Being a grown-up is no fun sometimes. But no one wants to hear about that! Let me tell you about last weekend instead! My mom arrived bright and early on Saturday morning (this is her MO) and we trekked off to the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, to which I'd never been, as the Brooklyn BG is far closer to my apartment. We got in free due to her corporate connections, but I actually would have paid, given how glorious the show was. If I miraculously finish my taxes and have not snatched myself bald, I will try to go through my pictures and upload a few. Then we headed back to Brooklyn to have dinner with my friends E and S. And then we came home and watched Penelope. She left early on Sunday morning and I sat down and gave myself a little lecture, which apparently worked, because I finished a draft of my EIGHTY THOUSAND WORD STORY that I've been whining about for ages. It finishes off my long Sherlock series, and I've been wanting to get it all down for several months. It's with the trusty betas now, and will no doubt need to be revised heavily, but it feels so good to have the first step done! So now, all that's on my plate is my TOP-SECRET fic for Sherlock Remix (begun), my Persuasion-by-way-of-Sherlock fic (begun), my female!Mycroft/Harry Watson story (halfway done), my BBC-canon-compliant post-Reichenbach story (a third done), and that Cabin Pressure story featuring Arthur falling in love (dreamt about). But I can do it! Maybe! Someday!

Anyway, how are you all doing?
taking shape, in recovery, out and about in nyc, people are a puzzle

This Old House (birthday fic for dotfic!) (Elementary, Joan+Sherlock, PG-13)

Happiest of happy birthdays to the super-talented [personal profile] dotfic! You asked for Elementary fic, and since we've shared a passion for gen fic since we first became friends, I thought I'd try my hand at gen for a whole new Holmes and Watson for you. Hope you have a great day, and that you enjoy this! (My thanks to [personal profile] musesfool for the speedy and reassuring beta.)

(Set right after "Details" (1x16), in which Watson accepts the partnership.)

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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.
pleading, little shop of horrors: chorus two ways, song, strong and sure

Double Cherry (Elementary/Twelfth Night: Viola/Sherlock, R, quiet)

Hi, everybody!

Here's my first ficlet for [personal profile] oxoniensis's fourteenth (!) Porn Battle, which is also an early birthday present for the lovely mod herself. It's Viola and Sherlock Holmes, using the prompt word "quiet" and the prompt pairing "any character played by Jonny Lee Miller/any character played by Imogen Stubbs."

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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.