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Welcome! It's about time I got around to organizing my fics, so here you are. Not that I'm a prolific writer, but I like to think of this list as a WIP, to be updated upon the whim of my fickle Muse. Currently, I write in two fandoms - Sherlock Holmes book!Canon and BBC's Sherlock, which, arguably, are just two branches of the same tree.

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Stick A Fork In Me...

... because I. AM. DONE.

As in, the novel I have been writing on/off since the '09 NaNoWriMo has finally, all 147k of it, come to an end. Does it need editing? Why yes; a shit load of it. Do I need to systematically murder about 40k words? At least.

However, that doesn't matter right now, because I am finished, and it is glorious. \o/

*pops open the bubbly*

Updates, Recs & Suchlike...

Haven't been kicking around fandom recently, mainly due to RL. Social lives, such as they are, need to be watered, and work - ugh. There's always that. Working at a school ensures my unemployment during the summer, so I've gone back to housecleaning on the side (the knees are not thanking me for that, let me tell you) and just put in an application at the Board Of Elections, with a reference from an old friend who has been working on it for years. *crosses fingers*

Aside from that, while I usually spend the 4th of July at my cousin's house, this year, we're all (or, most of us are, anyway) gravitating to my boyfriend's house for a block party. I'm actually just getting back from The Village, because where else, I ask you, can one purchase contraband fireworks/crackers and sparklers for the patriotic edification of the children if not there? I'm a bit giddy, actually. It feels like I'm a teenager again, sneaking off downtown to consult a fraudulent soothsayer or purchase not-quite-above-board identification.

Ah, the good old days.

It also didn't help that I went with a friend who I go back to grade school with, and who was usually the one responsible for said excursions of dubious legality. It was nice to get away from adult responsibilities for a few hours, at any rate, but all things considered, those are honestly days I'd rather have stay in the past.

Anyway, long-winded ramblings aside, I did want to share an interesting Holmesian movie I stumbled across over the weekend. I vaguely recall hearing something about it back when Elementary (*shudder*) first came out, but how much credence does one give an American Sherlock Holmes miniseries from 1987? However, as I was reasonably impressed with 1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns, which has a very similar premise, I thought I'd give The Return Of Sherlock Holmes a shot.

I originally thought it was some gender!swap nonsense, but this Jane Watson is decidedly not a Dr Watson replacement, and could give Lucy Liu a run for her money on how to portray a friend and partner to Sherlock Holmes. No romance need apply here ( \o/ ) but there was a great deal of affection between the two, in something that went a bit further than a paternal relationship, though never managed to become outright Holmes/Watson. I found these subtextual elements more than tolerable, nor did they detract an iota from what a watchable Holmes Michael Pennington made for - especially in regards to his look, which, in my estimation, anyhow, was near perfect. The plot was fairly intricate, as well. So. Consider me impressed.

Apr. 26th, 2016

I've been making some excellent progress on the draft of a manuscript started, oh, waaaaay back in 2009. I outlined it that summer, intending to write it for NaNoWriMo, and I think got about 15-17k before getting hit with the worst writer's block of my existence. It got shoved on the back burner for around a year, at which time I started writing on it haphazardly, but it wasn't until early 2012 that I got serious about finally getting it done.

Unfortunately, it was also that year wherein I had no choice but to let it fester, because unbeknownst to me, I was severely hypothyroid, and getting sicker and sicker and sicker with every symptom under the sun, from sinus infections to body aches to anemia to a worsening of my prolapsed mitral valve/palpitations (etc. ad infinitum), and also cognitive problems that ranged from non-existent short term memory, inability to concentrate, "stupors", bipolar symptoms, and specifically to my writing, I was unable to properly structure a story because I couldn't remember from one sentence to the next what I had written and what needed to be written for continuities' sake.

Now that I've been diagnosed properly and am taking homeopathic meds, I feel like my brain has returned from an extended holiday, and went back to work on this story in mid-October after a nearly four year hiatus. I started from scratch, working alongside the rough draft (which is approx. 72k), so that I have about half or slightly more rewritten or newly added scenes in this revised version, while the rest was pasted in from the original document.

This evening I was able to hit 100k on the revised draft. It's... monumental, actually, because I've never gotten close to that word count before. I wrote an old high fantasy story 18 or so years ago that was about 60-70k (IDK for certain as it was handwritten), and aside from this have one I was working on frantically during the worst of my hypothyroid stupor that seems to have hit a brick wall @ 73k.

Suffice it to say I normally don't give much credence to my word counts, but I was inordinately proud today, as it means I'm not just more productive as a writer, but finally feeling better, long-term. Aside from that, my thoughts are clear enough to have straightened out the WTFs and occasional structural issues. I'd never be able to do this when my thyroid decided to flatline. And minuscule as it is, feel like I've accomplished something, or am one step closer to that accomplishment.

I happened to come across this adaptation I was previously unaware of while searching through YouTube for something else entirely, and to say I was pleasantly surprised would be a grievous understatement. This was actually quite good, and I confess to having skipped through parts of the first few minutes until the deductions began - that scene convinced me this is possibly the single most underrated Holmes adaptation, ever.

It's an American made for tv movie from 1993 (no, I promise that is not a detriment), which I'd almost dismissed outright because the premise is a bit out there, and I am not impressed with distortions of Canon. This, however, turned out to be shockingly not uncanonical, despite the liberties it does take with elements such as timeline and the somewhat sci-fi explanation for Holmes's being transported to late 20th century San Fransisco. There were innumerable quotes and nods to Canon, and the writer truly must have been familiarized with the original stories, writing this out of love, not to cash in on Holmes's name. Furthermore, the actor combined with the scripting made me believe this was Sherlock Holmes incarnate.

The American setting was not at all detrimental, because unlike Elementary ugh, it does not attempt to change who Holmes and Watson were, or worse, genderswap them double ugh and the "substitute" Watson (Dr Winslow) is actually quite an excellent, likable character. Best of all, Holmes himself has not been Americanized triple ugh. Also, no romance \o/

So. The greatest Holmes film ever made? I wouldn't exactly go that far, but it is a pretty fair one, and far more enjoyable than I expected. *my 2 cents*

Initial Rections To 'The Abominable Bride'

While the episode is still fresh in my mind, I wanted to expound upon that which I enjoyed and did not care for as to this Victorian interpretation.

Please be warned, however, that some of what I have to say upon the matter may be construed the wrong way, especially by those who flailed madly without thinking critically as to what I believe was an unintentional message the writers conveyed surrounding certain events pertaining to the suffragette angle. I won't apologize for having a diverging opinion, but I'll be damned if I do not give a well reasoned explanation for my conclusions.

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My Resolve Is Wavering...

Dear Lord, have mercy, I am hopeless.

Said I was not, under any circumstances, going to watch it. Turned up my nose at the Proxy Server sale last month. Pat myself on the back in a self-congratulatory sort of way for that one, as with no BBC iPlayer, I reasoned, then thus scattereth my temptation.

Ah, 'tis to air on PBS, you say?


Take your non-canonical characterizations and be gone!

*cue trailer #3*

Well, perhaps I might get around to giving it a look, if I hear it's decent. And only then out of curiousity.

... yesterday

"Sherlock goes on tomorrow, you know." - random family member

"IDEC." - me

... this morning



Merry Christmas!


Wishing my LJ friends the compliments of the season. Have a very Merry Christmas!


Writerly Frustrations

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

- Oscar Wilde

I have always found this quote a bit too appropriate at times, but this seems to be the common state of things for the past week. How is it one can make revisions of a rough draft and get down over 35k in under two months, then go to staring at a blank screen and wondering what the devil is this thing taking up space betwixt my ears, and why is it not functioning???



Answer for question 4568.

What kind of music do you prefer to listen to? What's been the most recent addition to the types of music that you like? In your school/university/work place, are you the only one who like that kind of music or are there lots of people who share your enjoyment of it?
Heavy metal, with a touch of classical, mainly Baroque composers such as Bach, whose Toccata and Fugue in D minor has me convinced the precursors of metal were further back in history than is generally accepted. The two genres also blend strikingly well, but I digress.

I've most recently been delving further into power metal, and was a bit taken aback to find such an excellent range of artists and the fact that many of my favorite 80's metal bands are now grouped into this category. Hurrah! Vindication for us old school die-hards at last!

As to the latter question, the answer would be a resounding noooooo. My co-workers, friends and general acquaintances have, with very few exceptions, always listened to intolerable mainstream catchy crap music peddled for the masses. I literally live in the dung-pile where rap "music" (*shudders*) was originally spewed out, so have always been inundated by mindless acolytes of that blathering, blubbering string of incoherencies and made up words appreciated by mentally deficients everywhere. Guh.