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I took part in the Multi-Fandom Drabble Exchange on AO3, which was great fun.  It worked on the same basis as any exchange, with the ficlets all being drabbles.  So nice and quick, with the possibility of writing treats and generally enjoying yourself.

I was very fortunate in receiving one gift and three treats.  One of my requests had been for The Hobbit, Thorin Oakenshield/Bilbo Baggins, and I received my gift Growing Things, plus two treats, For You and Gems of the Garden.  In addition I received Heatwave, a Forever treat.

I wrote a Life on Mars drabble Beware of Gene Bearing Drinks and a Call The Midwife pinch hit Speak Through the Earthquake, Wind and Fire.  And then two treats, an anthropomorfic knitting drabble Fair Isle and another Call the Midwife drabble Learning from the Television.

The Drabble Exchange was new for me, but I've also recently taken part again in Not Prime Time, which is an exchange for medium sized fandoms, which are too big for Yuletide, but don't tend to have their own exchanges.

I received a Forever fic as a gift, Acts of Kindness and unaware of it managed to write a treat for my author in the same fandom: Abe's Bet.  My own assignment was once more Call the Midwife, Even on Holiday.  And lastly there was an irresistible Spooks Adam Carter/Lucas North prompt, which produced Under Surveillance.  I chose to write a slightly different take on Adam and Lucas first working together, although somehow the final outcome may be similar.
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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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First up, I'm not all that taken with Dreamwidth, so I'm back posting directly here.  But because I still don't want to lose anything, I'm copying and pasting on DW.  It's a bit of a pain, but easier than trying to host pictures elsewhere, and with most friends on LJ it's easier to include their LJ names here.  (But for those of you reading on DW, I'm still happy to respond to comments here!)

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Secondly, why are people so unreasonable?  The boss has cut back on staff at work, so we now have W in the retail shop and myself and C, who deals with corporate accounts, in an office next door - we've moved downstairs which makes it easier.  W has been off sick for two days, so C and I have been covering for him.

One man brought his granddaughter's iPhone in to have the screen replaced, because her horse had trodden on it.  That was yesterday.  We explained W was ill and it couldn't be mended that day.  The man reappeared today, wanting to know how soon it would be done, because she needed her business contacts which were on her phone, and looking at me as if it was my responsibility to sort it out.  If Your horse treads on Your phone it is hardly my problem.

Also, yesterday someone phoned up asking to speak to W and I took a message and said he would phone once he was back.  The man phoned again today.  I explained W was still sick.  "Why hasn't he phoned me?"  Um, because he's sick and hasn't been in?

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Anyway Happy Valentine's Day to one and all.  It is a time for cards, flowers, chocolates and fluffy fics.  I cannot give you tangible gifts, but have some fluffy fics:
The Hobbit: Nothing Like A Roman God
The Hobbit: Not Really A Bad Hair Day
Spooks (Lucas): Everyone Needs A Hug
ACD Holmes (Broom Cupboard verse): Valentine's Day
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[livejournal.com profile] vix_spes is a great violinist, we've been to some great plays and musicals together, and she's introduced me to some of her other friends in the process.  More importantly for this current post, she's also introduced me to one of my OTPs, Lucas North/cake.  And she wrote a delightful Lewis fic for me for Christmas.

All of which meant that her prompt of "Lucas/Adam + Wes, festive baking" was irresistible.

Christmas Baking
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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
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About a month ago [livejournal.com profile] solosundance posted this meme (which she acquired from [livejournal.com profile] saintvic) it seemed fun, so let's see how we go!

The meme:
1. Go to this website: www.random.org/lists/
2. Pick 15 characters from any fandom or whatever you’re into, type them in, then get your randomized list and match to the entries below.
3. Tag five or more people - or, you know, have a go if you fancy it
4. Have fun!

The meme )
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And onto Day Two:

Today's is for [livejournal.com profile] vix_spes who asked for Lucas/Adam - Wes catching them under the mistletoe.  This is really just a little add-on to Lucas' Christmas, which is posted on [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks Since I have to wait for the New Year to post this fic to AO3, I'm adding Under The Mistletoe here for the moment.
Have some fluff!

Read first:
Lucas' Christmas

Under the Mistletoe )
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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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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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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 )
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Okay, so this week I'm going to finish this meme, before I plunge into the autumn and life gets busier.  Number 6 is something for a small fandom/pairing/character. Here we have Exhibit A:

I have written in 5 different small fandoms for [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks These being: Almost Human; Person of Interest; Robin Hood (BBC); Spooks and The Crucible.  Admittedly some of these are only drabbles and I'm making use of this comm to try out various voices, but there's a definite attraction for me.  And within that I suspect I'm the only person who writes the pairing of Guy of Gisborne/Much.

So, I've decided to choose all three of my Spooks ficlets, because exploring the world as seen by Lucas North is both entertaining me and providing a challenge.  I wrote a fourth ficlet for the current challenge, so shall be posting that in the next few days.

It occurs to me that I'm probably not doing the self-promotion very well, because I'm not necessarily choosing what I consider to be my best works, but they are the ones that I've found particularly satisfying, for whatever reason.

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