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It wouldn't be a Christmas series without the appearance of Mouselet.  [livejournal.com profile] moth2fic requested "I'd love to know how Mouselet celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas. That's if she shares her thoughts with you, of course."  I think trying to stop Mouselet from sharing her thoughts would be rather harder than persuading her too.  Anyway, here she is with added notes from the Ocelot.

Temporary note: I'm away for New Year, so have set up the ficlet as a draft on AO3.  I'm hoping to post it from my phone, if I fail, my apologies and I'll sort it out once I'm back.

And here it is The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Mouselet, with Notes by the Ocelot.
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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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I'm currently taking part in [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes July Writing Prompts, so for anyone who wants to see what I've written, here are my contributions:

Here are the drabbles/ficlets )
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In the absence of [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles I have been asked to write this week’s discussion post for [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60.  This week we’re having a look at The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez.  I’ve typed up a few thoughts to get the discussion going — please leave your own ideas in the comments!

Hopkins is very wet when he arrives at Baker Street.  Do you think Mr Holmes takes sufficient care of him?  Was standing him in front of the fire enough?  Where were the warm towels he needed?

Did Dr Watson add anything to the hot water and lemon drink he made for the Inspector?  What do you think his favourite drink is?

What do you think are the best words to describe the sweet inspector’s hair and his beautiful eyes?

Can you imagine the way his eyelashes flutter as he sleeps, or the soft movement of his chest?


[Ocelot’s Note: Sorry, but you’ll get no more sense out of Mouselet for the moment.  She’s in her own world.  Please talk amongst yourselves.]

 
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The ninth of my 12 Days of Christmas Stories was written for [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles

Her prompt was "Unbeknownst to Hopkins, Mouselet accompanies him to Scotland Yard for the day."

I am so pleased she gave me this prompt, because Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a Mouselet story.  For any of my flist who haven't met Mouselet before, Stanley Hopkins bears an uncanny resemblance to John Thornton in the BBC production of "North & South".

Mouselet Visits Scotland Yard
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Which is of course the cue for Mouselet.  I borrowed my headcanon for Inspector Hopkins from [livejournal.com profile] impishtubist so he bears a strong resemblance to Richard Armitage, which as for as ACD Sherlock Holmes is concerned means he looks like John Thornton from North & South.

Mouselet is smitten by Hopkins, so when [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles (to whom I owe a lot in encouraging me to continue with [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60) requested: "ACD Sherlock Holmes - Mouselet and Stanley Hopkins? They meet properly - Hopkins comes round to wish Holmes a merry Christmas and he sees Mouselet. He picks her up, strokes her, talks to her. Gives her a heart attack. That sort of thing" I could not resist.  Although I am too fond of Mouselet to give her a heart attack.

The Best Christmas Ever
Fandom: ACD Sherlock Holmes
Pairing/Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Stanley Hopkins and MOUSELET
Rating: G
Word count: 745

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