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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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During the past year I have got to know a number of people from [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri Writers who are generally in different fandoms, so I would be unlikely to come across them otherwise.  One of these is [livejournal.com profile] aome whose request "You know, since Sherlock doesn't seem to be the sort to care about gifts (either given or received), perhaps something gift-oriented might be interesting? How would he react if John brought him one? Or might he be uncharacteristically inspired to give John something after all? Would it be a normal gift or something odd?" gave me some thought and then I found something which Sherlock believed to be perfect.

Beware of Consulting Detectives Bearing Gifts


There is still one day unspoken for, so if anyone would still like a ficlet, please shout.
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Over the last few months I've taken part in a few exchanges, and received some excellent fics, so I'm now sharing them with you:

The first was for Night on a Fic Mountain: Dinner with the Morgans by ArgyllePirateWD, a Forever fic which hit all my favourites: Henry & Abe, Henry remembering the past, Abe wanting to celebrate Henry's birthday (a childhood tale), Jo being lovely, Lucas being geeky.  It was particularly appreciated, because it was written as a pinch hit.

The second was for Not Prime Time: England is England Yet by lynndyre, an ACD Holmes fic set in the hiatus.  It takes Watson in all his sorrow (post Mary's death) and gently leads him on.  I enjoyed the way the characters were portrayed.

And the last one was not for an exchange, but written for me by [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895 It's part of her Cheers series, Pimm's Cup, which, although the series is rated E, this one is G.  It's BBC Sherlock, panders to my competency kink, and features Sherlock encountering Stanley Hopkins' from my River Police 'verse.  Not Stanley himself, but his desk, from which Sherlock makes a number of deductions, including a desire to get to know this particular inspector rather better.  It's absolutely lovely!
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Once again I've been participating in [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes July Writing Prompts, writing for the prompts I fancy.

I'll be updating the list until the challenge finishes.

The list ... )
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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
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Today's ficlet is written for [livejournal.com profile] chamilet who I normally meet on [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri (a great community - much to be recommended).

They asked for "BBC Sherlock Holmes/Watson, please? Prompt: Unexpected discovery."  I hope you like it.

John's Unexpected Discovery
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Welcome to the Twelve Days of Christmas ficlets.

Day One is for [livejournal.com profile] kizzia who said, "I'm in a Stanley Hopkins mood, please. I don't mind which version of Sherlock Holmes he's in, and I don't mind what pairing, however I would like a struggle to wrap a present somewhere in whatever you write!"

All of which was the perfect opportunity for Tilly to lend a paw: With A Little "Help" from the Cat
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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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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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First off, the new Sherlock trailer.  It had some funny moments - Una Stubbs continues to be a brilliant Mrs Hudson - but I felt some initial disappointment.  This is not a Victorian Holmes - too many glaring anachronisms.  To me this is a spoof.  I expect I'll watch, although whether the things which make me laugh for 30 minutes can be extended to 90 is another matter.  There will be a lot of hype - the cynic in me says this is because the BBC have to sell it as widely as possible since it's a big earner for them, nothing to do with how good it is.  Best description - another Marmite programme.

Person of Interest is back on Channel 5.  Not next week for some reason which is okay as I'm away, but a double bill promised for the following week.  For those of my flist who aren't UK based and only watching UK broadcasts, we're about half way through season 3.  I'm a 'crime of the week' sort of person, so less taken with the way the programme is going, but still enjoying all the interactions, especially between Shaw and Fusco.

And then there's Hannibal.  Again part way through season 3, only a few days behind the States.  I'm finding it quite slow, with too much in the way of dreamlike sequences.  And I wouldn't have minded more shots of Florence.  It may be it was always like this and because I watched the first two seasons on DVD I could fast forward some of it.  Looking forward to seeing the Red Dragon.

Lastly we watched an episode of Foyle's War earlier this week - SM has watched for the last few weeks.  I'm mentioning this episode in particular because Andrew Scott was in it.  Really enjoyed seeing him in the part - tragic and yet so self-contained.
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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 )

Remix rec

Apr. 5th, 2015 11:33 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] alltoseek has written the most amazing concrete poem as a remix for John's Jumper,

Go and read it now: A Jumper of John's

WIP meme

Jan. 31st, 2015 09:30 pm
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A number of my flist have already done this, but better late than never, so specifically I'm copying [livejournal.com profile] hardboiledbaby and listing three snippets from three WIPs.  She, and others, manage three different fandoms; I, for some reason, have three Lestrade-centric Sherlock WIPs.  Nevertheless, here they are:

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A-de-aging trope, where Lestrade ends up caring for 6 year old Sherlock and John for the weekend:

Lestrade blamed Mycroft Holmes )

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Another trope, this time injured Lestrade, who needs Sherlock and John's help

Confused Lestrade )

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The last one is part 12 of the Unexpected Family.  Chapter One is posted here: The Photograph of Choice Chapter Two was due to be written in response to a prompt which never came, so is still waiting to be finished.

ETA: If anyone wishes to prompt for this, they would be welcome.

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Maybe they'll get finished this year.
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The eighth of my 12 Days of Christmas stories was written for [livejournal.com profile] fengirl88.

Her prompt fell within the Sherlock (BBC) fandom, when she asked for Sherlock, John and Lestrade.  On this occasion I have written them as a threesome because it seemed to work.

I hope you enjoy this fluff, [livejournal.com profile] fengirl88 and that 2015 goes well for you.

Pas de Trois
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The fourth of my 12 Days of Christmas stories was written for [livejournal.com profile] azriona

Every year Mycroft holds a very select drinks party.  That wasn't her prompt, but to reveal what it was might spoil some of the fun.  I trust that this story does justice to it.

A Select Drinks Party
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The third of my 12 Days of Christmas stories is for [livejournal.com profile] ascendant_angel.

She asked for Sherlock and John, non-romantic, hurt and comfort.  I'm not sure this is quite what she had in mind, but hopefully it fits the bill.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas [livejournal.com profile] ascendant_angel.

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