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I was discussing this theme on Twitter with [personal profile] loz  and said I had sufficient thoughts that I would write a blog post.  And then promptly didn't - in part because that was the day I then went to see Titus Andronicus, which isn't condusive to such thoughts.  But now it's come up again as the Trope for the Day on [community profile] ushobwri  and [personal profile] brumeier  has asked for our thoughts.  So no escape.

It's not a trope I'm that keen on, partly because two of the fandoms I belong to seem desperate to make it happen.  Yes, one is Sherlock (principally the BBC version) and also Lewis.  If that's the way you like things that's fine, I'm not saying it's wrong at all, just that it doesn't appeal to me.  I have come across too many fics where the writer has contrived to bring the two together and suddenly it's wonderful.  There are times when remaining as friends would be perfectly acceptable.

So where does that leave me, and my most written pairings?  Which isn't to say I don't write other pairings for gift fics or for friends, but here I'm concentrating on my favourites.

My first fandom was Life on Mars - the UK version.  And the classic Sam/Gene.  They snark, they argue, they get to know each other better, and the relationship begins.  Now it may be my age, or my outlook, but I don't see that the relationship has to immediately include sex, but this is more than just friends.

Onto BBC's Sherlock.  I don't see Sherlock/John.  John/Greg yes - they see each other in a professional context and realise they want to get to know each other better.  For me it's fairly quick.  I'm currently not writing this pairing.  Sherlock/Stanley Hopkins - again a professional interest moves on to something deeper quite quickly - of course, this is Hopkins of the Met River Police, entirely my own creation based on ACD's Hopkins.

ACD Sherlock Holmes - Nothing will ever take Mary Morstan/John Watson away from me.  This post-hiatus Holmes/Watson is one of my few real friends to lovers, but as the relationship is described only in the Sussex Retirement 'verse it all happened in the past, so doesn't really count as a trope.  Watson reflects on the relationship in the first in the series A Quiet Retirement.

So to Lewis.  I liked Laura Hobson/Robbie Lewis, until the series seemed to spoil it for me.  In Oxford Tales I have Lewis and Hathaway working together and then moving in together, but there's never any description of how it happens.

Two of my other fandoms are both rare pairs.  Adam Carter/Lucas North in Spooks - there's a spark between them from early on, it takes time to catch light because Lucas is mentally scarred, but it's more slow burn than friends to lovers (some might say I'm being pedantic, but they both know what's happening).  And Guy/Much in Robin Hood (BBC) - in my world there's an instant attraction, and since I'm the only one who writes it, I can claim it's the only interpretation ;)

So no, as a trope friends to lovers doesn't particularly appeal.  Friday's Trope of the Day on [community profile] ushobwri  is Established Relationships and I shall be sharing my thoughts there ;)
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When I asked [livejournal.com profile] kizzia if she'd like a ficlet, she requested "Stoic yet Christmassy Hathaway".  I hope this fits the bill, although the ending is a little predictable.  But frankly this year we need all the fluff.

Quiet Christmas
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This time on [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks I earned a badge I'm really pleased about:

which means I've written in total 15 different forms of poetry.
I'm especially pleased because my final form was a sonnet, which I thought I'd never write: Thus Honour Calls

And I now have no excuse not to write this autumn, with the following on the list:Plus, of course, regular drabbles and ficlets for [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 , [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor and [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks

Now, if only I didn't have to go to work ;)
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It's hot and I'm not feeling inspired, so have another meme, this one pinched from [livejournal.com profile] daria234

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!
Not necessarily my favourite, but 5. In alphabetical order for ease of something.

1. Lewis
2. Person of Interest
3. Robin Hood (BBC)
4. Sherlock (BBC)
5. Spooks (Series 7 to 9)


Who’s your favorite character in 2?
Difficult. Bear (the dog).

Who’s your least favorite character in 1?
Any of senior policemen who are incompetent.

What’s your favorite season of 5?
Series 7

What’s your favorite ship in 3?
I write Guy of Gisborne/Much, even though we never actually see them together. But I don't care.

Who is your anti-ship in 2?
Reese/Carter. Not because I dislike either character. And I'm quite happy with Reese & Carter.

How long have you watched 1?
I watched the first few series on and off, but from series 5 onwards I think.

How did you become interested in 3?
I watch everything Sam Troughton (Much) is in.

Who’s your favorite actor in 4?
Rupert Graves (Lestrade). Followed by Andrew Scott (Moriarty) who is a brilliant stage actor.

Which show do you prefer: 1, 2, or 5?
Person of Interest, although I haven't seen the final season yet.

Which show have you seen more episodes of: 1 or 3?
Lewis, because there are more than Robin Hood.

If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?
None of them, I'm not keen on the current characterisation of any of them. Possibly Mrs Hudson.

How would you kill off your favorite character in 2?
I am not killing Bear!

Give a random quote from 1.
"A walking Wikipedia" "Only more accurate"

Would a 3/4 crossover work?
Of course it would, although sorting the time dimension could be difficult.

Pair two characters in 1 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple.
Can't think of any.

Has 5 inspired you in any way?
I've written a lot of Lucas North hurt/comfort and angst.

Overall, which show has a better cast: 2 or 4?
Person of Interest. I know Sherlock has the bigger names, but I think the names have started to dominate.

Which has better theme music: 3 or 5?
Robin Hood
smallhobbit: (Hathaway Lewis crime tape)
I posted my Small Fandom Big Bang today: Early One Morning, Just As The Sun Was Rising

It's Lewis casefic and comes chronologically after the one I wrote last year.  Which means I again used DI John Garrett, as well as a couple of new OCs.  I finished it a couple of months ago, but on rereading it this morning, prior to posting I'm still happy with it.

And I'm delighted with the artwork by [livejournal.com profile] deinonychus_1 and urge you all to go and admire it Here.  There's an ebook cover, a scene divider, and two illustrations from scenes, which capture what's going on.
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Finally I booked the Brownie workshop at Pets At Home!  I did go in and they took our Pack name and my phone number and wrote it on the calendar for the relevant date.  No forms, no questions as to numbers ...  I had made one final attempt via the website, complaints section this time, to be told they couldn't help, contact your local store, but didn't bother to provide me with store details, even though I'd included that in my request.  I'm sure the Brownies will enjoy themselves, but do I feel valued as a customer - no comment.

We received some lovely flowers from the son this morning.  SM has been feeling rather down for a while, so to cheer him up and to thank us for his birthday present the son sent us these:

Flowers from Rob

I posted the picture on Instagram and ten minutes later there was a phone call from the daughter wanting to know what had happened or what she'd forgotten.  We had a long chat which was nice.

My [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang fic is finished, been beta-ed by the ever helpful [livejournal.com profile] fortesomniare and I've added/taken out commas, put in additional explanations where she said it would help if they weren't just in my head, and re-written the second to last scene so the POV doesn't change every paragraph.  Hooray!  Also, I finally got round to writing the ficlet inspired by one of [livejournal.com profile] fengirl88 Jonathan Strange fics.  It is pot/kettle and totally crack - and you really don't need to know anything about the series/book/Wellington/Napoleon or have any but the haziest knowledge of an 1815ish army: Song of the Onion

 
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And much to the relief of all and sundry I am drawing to a close.

28: Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I was about to say I've never collaborated with anyone, but technically that's not true, although neither was a deliberate case of collaboration.  The first was with [livejournal.com profile] debriswoman and The Giant Rat of Sumatra and the second with [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles and Watson's Diary .

I've written three Big Bangs so far and each has been illustrated, although I was definitely spoilt, having [livejournal.com profile] togsos as my first illustrator.


29: What is your current project or projects?

I'm still working on my latest Big Bang, which is progressing slowly but generally in the right direction.  I'm entertaining myself writing the next story in my ACD Sussex Retirement series: Now Winter's Here.  Of course, [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 and [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks are ongoing.  And then there's The Twelve Days of Christmas ficlets - there are some slots still available, so if you want a ficlet please comment here.


30: Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link

It varies, because I am fond of many of them.  Who You Gonna Call? which I wrote in 2012, and which continues to receive kudos, is a Greg Lestrade/John Watson fic and my second highest kudo-ed fic.  I like it because it's classic hurt/comfort and the pairing worked so well for me.  (Strangely Five times Thorin made Bilbo swear under his breath and once when he swore loudly is my most highly kudo-ed fic - which shows what happens when I write a popular pairing in a popular fandom).

Of my recent fics, it has to be Nunc Dimittis which is ACD Holmes.  Although I also have a soft spot for two drabbles: The Segway, starring Toad from The Wind in the Willows and The Final Journey which is Stak Trek, original series.
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21: Sequels: Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I have.  Legacy was followed by Sick Leave because I liked the set up and wanted to write more of it.  Last year's [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang story A Difference of Opinion is being followed by this year's story, in that it's set about six months afterwards.  And I suppose some of my series, "The Unexpected Family", "Co-operation" and "Sussex Retirement" are all in some ways sequeals.

Why do I do it?  I like writing in the particular 'verses I've created and feel there are further avenues to be explored.  I think this is particularly true for "Sussex Retirement" where, having created Holmes and Watson's cottage, gardener (and family) and housekeeper, I want to stay in their world.


22: Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Um, yes.  This will be my third year of Small Fandom Big Bang (all Lewis fics) and I also wrote for [livejournal.com profile] lifein1973 when they held one.  Over the last few years I've participated in a number of fests, both Sherlock Holmes and Lewis as well as Life on Mars.  My favourite fest had to be [livejournal.com profile] acd_holmesfest which I had great fun in both writing and receiving.

I've taken a step back from participating in exchange fests at the moment.  I've had experiences where what I've written hasn't been what my recipient wanted and equally I've received something which has made me wonder whether the writer has any idea of the sort of thing I like.  This year I have written a pinch hit for [livejournal.com profile] holmestice but here I knew who I would be writing for and at least this way they'll get something.  I also beta-ed/Britpicked four of the stories (it was busy last weekend!)


23: When you post where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

My main choice for posting is AO3[livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks are posted to their site first, as per their rules and then when the challenge is finished to AO3.  [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 is again posted to their site, and copied to AO3, this year as additional chapters of Entries in the Marylebone Monthly Illustrated[livejournal.com profile] comment_fic entries are posted directly as comments, sometimes I will post to AO3 separately later.  And [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes may be posted directly to the community or to AO3 depending on whether it's a rapid prompt response or something I've worked on.
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9: Pairings: For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Right, here we go:

Sherlock (BBC): Sherlock Holmes/Stanley Hopkins; John Watson/Greg Lestrade; Sherlock Holmes/Greg Lestrade (Unexpected Family 'verse)

Sherlock Holmes (ACD): Holmes/Watson (Sussex retirement 'verse); Watson/Lestrade; Holmes/Hopkins (Broom cupboard 'verse)

Lewis: Lewis/Hathaway also Lewis/Hobson

Spooks: Lucas North/Adam Carter plus Lucas North/Sherlock Holmes

Robin Hood: Guy of Gisborne/Much

The Hobbit: Thorin/Bilbo

Person of Interest: Finch/Reese

I think it's interesting that for both Sherlock Holmes canons a number of my pairings are specific to certain 'verses.  Also, despite apparently majoring in rare pairs, there are a few fandoms where I like the main pairing.

And while we're about it:

10: Pairings: Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I think I write all the pairings I like.  There may be pairings I read but don't write, but I wouldn't say I couldn't write, just that I have no wish to.  I sometimes write Sherlock/John (BBC) as gifts for people, so I know I can write them, even if I don't ship them.  And then I've written a pinch-hit for Holmestice ...
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8: Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Well yes, but to a certain extent, don't we all?  Unless you're writing in a closed world then there must be additional characters who play a part in the story.  Most of my case fics require a dead body (or two ...) who quite often have relatives or friends.  And then there's the perpetrator.  All of whom have to come from somewhere and really can't be the same as before, or we end up with the old joke "Shoot at will", "Will's getting very tired of being shot at."

These characters may have only a small part in the story and yet to an extent need to have some development, even if it's only "why he was killed" and "what made him a killer".  There are other characters who are important for a story and I suppose I show only what is necessary for that particular story.  In the Lucas/Adam story I'm currently writing Lucas has two members of staff working with him, Jason and Gary, who I suppose could be deemed partially Mary Sues, in that they are good at their jobs and are there to help Lucas.  On the other hand I show little else about them, they are no doubt complex characters (as we all are) but that has no bearing on the story.

I have one major OC, DI John Garrett, who appears in a number of my Lewis stories.  I wanted a second competent inspector in Oxford CID (yes, competency is a kink of mine) and so brought in (literally, he had recently arrived from Manchester the first time he appeared) someone suitable.  Again though, he is only developed as far as necessary for the plot.

My major OCs are ACD Holmes characters brought into BBC Sherlock fics: Victor Trevor and Stanley Hopkins.  Both are written because there are things I wish to explore in that 'verse where the canon characters don't provide sufficient scope.

One of the tropes I dislike most is that of the senior officer not being sympathetic to the junior officer/independent detective (or similar) and said junior having to achieve everything by working around them.  I prefer my seniors to be understanding of the intentions of the juniors, they may be restrictive in order to prevent further illegalities or through budget liabilities, but not downright obstructive.  They may also have good ideas of their own.  So I will create them if necessary.  And they won't need to have a terrible home life to compensate either.  This may be a Mary Sue, or it may just reflect what most of us are like; not brilliant at everything, not awful at everything, but somewhere in the middle.

And of course I couldn't finish a blog post on OCs without mentioning both The Ocelot and Mouselet.  Both of whom seem to have acquired lives of their own.
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3. For each of the fandoms from day 2, what were your favourite characters to write?

Okay, well, let's be a little selective.  Here goes:

Sherlock (BBC): Sherlock, John, Lestrade, Victor Trevor, Stanley Hopkins
Sherlock Holmes (ACD): Holmes, Watson, Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, Hopkins, oh and Mouselet and the Ocelot
Lewis: Robbie Lewis, James Hathaway, I'm also fond of DI John Garrett my OC
Spooks: Lucas North (no surprise there then!)
Robin Hood: Guy of Gisborne, Much
Life on Mars: Sam and Gene, but also Phyllis and Annie
The Hobbit: Thorin, Bilbo
Forever: Henry Morgan, Abe Morgan
Person of Interest: Finch, Reese and Bear
The Rake's Progress: Tom Rakewell, Nick Shadow
North & South: John Thornton
Almost Human: Kennex, Dorian
Winnie-the-Pooh: Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore

And while we're talking about favourite characters, can I put in a plug for [livejournal.com profile] older_not_dead which is currently looking for prompts for Proptathon 22 "Elements", because it's those prompts I am using for Sussex Retirement my ACD Holmes/Watson retirement series.
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Only a month since I last wrote about my goals, but that was late and I'd like to get back on track.

Goal 1) Carry on writing all the things.  August was another poor month wordage-wise.  On the other hand, I wrote seven things for [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks in total, it being amnesty prompt time.  And I now have 42 badges.  *Looks smugly at all the shiny*  However, looking at my writing diary (I'm keeping a record of what I write), the only other thing I wrote was for [livejournal.com profile] older_not_dead plus a few drabbles/ficlets for [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic.

When I complained about this last month a couple of my flist made helpful suggestions, which I seem to have totally ignored.  Sorry guys!  Even my Lewis magnum opus has failed to progress, but I blame that on FGW - I went to London three times, but only once did the *** train run, so cut back my writing output.

There are a couple of possibilities which might work.  Firstly, sign up to [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang for a third year and use it to drag my Lewis fic into submission.  Although the drabbles I wrote for the summer [livejournal.com profile] lewis_challenge are the jumping off point there's nothing else posted, so this wouldn't be a problem.

Or, [livejournal.com profile] vix_spes and I were discussing on Twitter the lack of long Adam Carter/Lucas North fics.  I can't sign up for SFB for Spooks, but I could use the timing to maybe write something as long - minimum 10,000 words.  I would however need some ideas for a plot, since I can't write 10,000 words of Lucas angst.  Not exactly true, I probably could, but it would good to have some plot to hand the angst on.

For those of you who have borne with me so far, any thoughts?

Goal 2) Read more and widely.  One of the delights of only working two days a week - I can read later at night and read in the morning!  My next book review should be up later this month.

Goal 3) Moar theatre!  I have a ticket to see Sam Troughton at the Young Vic next month.  *Bounces*  It took an hour to work my way through the queue.  I don't care!  *Bounces some more*

Lastly, it's two years since I began this blogging lark, being encouraged by [livejournal.com profile] draycevixen and [livejournal.com profile] snailbones to try the 'blog for 30 days' challenge.  I'm extremely grateful to all my flist who have stuck with me and who I feel I now know better.  I hope you continue to find something of interest on occasions.  And for those of you who like my Brownie posts, rest assured we go back on Thursday, so Brownie blogs will start again in a fortnight.
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Somehow or other this week I'm posting all over the place.

Firstly I'm guest hosting this week for [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic But I haven't got much time to fill any prompts and have only written one drabble :(

Then I was the first person to post for [livejournal.com profile] lewis_challenge Summer Challenge.  Only three linked drabbles: On Being Woken Early On A Summer Morning

And finally, I wrote my first post for Fan Flashworks Social.  Which seemed a little mean asking people if they had any ideas concerning what they were going to write when I was about to post my own.  I've tried something different this time four haiku Ophelia.

Lastly, there is a new challenge for [livejournal.com profile] older_not_dead with a couple of prompts which I combined to write a further fic for my ACD Holmes retirement series: Further Memories

Right, that's enough of blowing my own trumpet.
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Meme nicked from [livejournal.com profile] solosundance and [livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby: take the first and last sentence from your top kudos fics.  All my fics with the most kudos are Sherlock (no surprise there), so I'm also taking top ones from other fandoms - as I see fit.

My 10 popular fics )

Lewis

Jan. 22nd, 2015 09:05 am
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In which I ramble, but hopefully don't actually upset my friends in the Lewis fandom.

I think I'm falling out of love with the fandom.  It no longer seems to hold the attraction it once did.  Maybe it's something to do with the last series, which to me felt like more of a money spinner and designed as much for the American market as for the UK.  Which, the cynic in me says, is why it was broadcast in the States before we were able to see it.  Which still seems all wrong.

It's all rather unfortunate, since I'm still writing my Small Fandom BigBang, which is a Lewis casefic.  I started writing before S8 aired, and it's an AU, in that Robbie and James are living together and James is still a sergeant.  I'm concentrating rather more on the case than the relationship, so my general dissatisfaction is less of a problem.

Maybe that's where my problem lies - many of the new stories are 'first time' where Robbie and James finally come together, or somehow the threesome works out.  And, unfortunately for me, that's no longer a genre I enjoy.

But that's just my opinion.  Please feel free to disagree with me.
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The twelfth, and last, of my Twelve Days of Christmas stories is for [livejournal.com profile] fortesomniare

She requested "James Hathaway believes Christmas decorations should come down on the sixth of January, not a day before or after."

This has been posted slightly in a rush, because I wanted it to be up whilst in was still Twelfth Night in Australia.  So my apologies [livejournal.com profile] fortesomniare for any errors, and also my thanks for all your encouragement with my Lewis fics.

At the Eleventh Hour

Ode to Joy

Jan. 4th, 2015 08:57 pm
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The tenth of my 12 Days of Christmas stories was written for [livejournal.com profile] morelindo.

Her prompt was for Hathaway (Lewis) and "Ode to Joy".

This would probably have benefitted from being a much longer story, but time constraints and the nature of ficlets mean that this is the best I could do.  So [livejournal.com profile] morelindo welcome back to England and I hope you like it.

Ode to Joy
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The fifth of my 12 Days of Christmas stories was written for [livejournal.com profile] complexlight

It's just a fluffy little story, seasonal in that it has been snowing.  A Lewis story, in which Robbie and James are living together and Lyn and her son come to stay.

The prompt is the final sentence of the story.

The Snowman
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I've posted the first of my 12 Days of Christmas stories to AO3.

It was written for [livejournal.com profile] kizzia who prompted Hathaway (Lewis) and the real meaning of Christmas.  It's a question that has been exercising my thoughts this year, and I know there is no one simple answer, but this is Hathaway's.

And [livejournal.com profile] kizzia I know things haven't been easy lately, so I hope this will entertain you for a few minutes.

Hathaway's Christmas
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We go on holiday on Sunday (hooray!), being picked up at 7.10am (rather less hooray).  And obviously I'm busy for the three evenings before that.  So if you don't hear from me until Saturday week, I'm not ignoring you, or being more incompetent than usual, but just not here - physically as well as mentally ;)

We're going to Bruges for one night.  Last time we went to Bruges it was March and it was bitterly cold and snowed.  I'm hoping for better weather this time.  From there we go to Cochem on the Moselle River in Germany.  We've not been there before, and have only visited Germany for an afternoon, when we went to Trier - we have a day trip to Trier this time too, so hopefully we'll see more of the town than we did last time.  It poured with rain then.  If anyone would like a postcard then please PM me your address - and also your name unless you want your LJ name available for the postman to read.

I found out why I wasn't getting any email notifications for new posts on LJ - it turned out that all the tick boxes for notifications had been unticked.  Also, my icons are now working again - yey!

I am extremely unimpressed that Lewis aired in the States before it did over here.  But at least [livejournal.com profile] thirdbird_fic wrote me a lovely ficlet, which I want to recommend Rescued.

The daughter thing phoned the other day.  She has her Christmas hours.  She's volunteered to work a long day on Christmas Day and will either come home straight afterwards or first thing on Boxing Day.  Because we need to maintain the family tradition of me taking her to the Matalan sale.

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