smallhobbit: (Edel Lion)
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!
smallhobbit: (John Thornton)
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 )
smallhobbit: (Hopkins)
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
smallhobbit: (Cat)
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.
smallhobbit: (Peanuts)
Firsty, thank you to all of you who sent me birthday wishes yesterday.  I'm sorry not to have got round to replying yet - I read everything on my phone yesterday, so didn't reply since it takes an age for me to compose anything on my phone and I also wanted to ensure I saved some battery until I got home - but I did appreciate every one and will reply soonish.

I did have a lovely day, with some excellent presents.  SM bought me the latest Dorling Kindersley Sherlock Holmes book (I sent him the link and reminded him three times to order it) which has amongst other pages interesting articles on all the ACD canon stories.  My mother gave me a new jumper, which is Fair Isle style and bright and cheerful and my daughter sent me some slippers (I told her I needed some new ones).

Slippers

I had wanted to see Charlie & the Chocolate Factory for my birthday, and, since some of my friends were happy to go too, we met up for lunch beforehand.  And they gave me more presents.  I now have more chocolate than Charlie, some cider, and a bag and key ring featuring Inspector Stanley Hopkins (my friends know me so well!).

One of my friends was unwell and therefore had to drop out a couple of days before, so I told the daughter there was a spare ticket.  She sorted out her travel and came down to join us, which was really nice.  And she paid for my lunch and bought me a C&tCF t-shirt and golden ticket key ring.  Yay!

As for the musical: I wanted to go because Jonathan Slinger took over as Willy Wonka a few months ago and I was keen to see him in the part.  He was excellent.  The reviews said he was a slightly darker Wonka, which was right.  One of my friends, who'd seen it last year, said Slinger was a better Wonka.  The staging is great, with the glass elevator at the end done very effectively.  The rest of the cast were fine, but the music itself didn't generally grab me.  I liked "It's simply second nature" and "Enter a world of pure imagination", probably because the ideas of creativity for its own sake rather than for monetary reasons appeal.

After which, the daughter got a train back and the rest of us went to the pub.
smallhobbit: (Cat)
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.
smallhobbit: (JWP 2015)
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 )
smallhobbit: (Mouselet)
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.]

 
smallhobbit: (Mouselet)
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
smallhobbit: (Violet Hunter)
The sixth of my 12 Days of Christmas stories is for [livejournal.com profile] winryweiss

The background to this story is the ACD AU 'verse that is best summed up by Watson's Diary a story that [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles and I co-wrote, and is probably a good reason why neither of us should be allowed out on our own, (or be left to run a LJ comm).  Suffice to say that the pairings are Holmes/Hopkins and Watson/Lestrade.

[livejournal.com profile] winryweiss requested Lestrade and Hopkins sharing the experience about how hard it is (sometimes) to deal with their 'dearest friends'. However, unfortunately for Hopkins, Lestrade had his own thoughts.  Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this.

A Delicate Question
smallhobbit: (Mycroft)
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

Speechless

Dec. 27th, 2014 11:53 am
smallhobbit: (Hopkins)
My second 12 Days of Christmas story is written for [livejournal.com profile] impishtubist who is responsible for a lot of my writing one way or another.

She wanted a story where Sherlock sees Stanley Hopkins all dressed up and basically swoons.  (BBC Sherlock)

[livejournal.com profile] impishtubist I hope you like this and that it occupies your mind for a few minutes - or at least gives you something to dream about :)

Speechless
smallhobbit: (Cat)
This afternoon we went to the formal opening of the new community centre.  The mayor was there and cut a ribbon and we all trooped back inside to drink tea and eat cake.  We (three Brownie leaders) are very excited about the new centre.  We shall have a bigger hall; there is more than one toilet; there are proper kitchen facilities.  No more mould on the walls and lights falling out of the ceiling.  And by next summer there will be a grassed area so we can play games outside.  It may not make a great deal of difference to the activities we do, but just having the extra space to do them in will be excellent.

In the writing meme I've reached No 4: Something you wrote just for yourself.

It had to be Legacy.  At 14,000 words it's the longest thing I've written.  Set in the BBC Sherlock 'verse, the premise is that Sherlock and Stanley Hopkins are living together.  Stanley, of course, features in some of the ACD stories, and here I've brought him up to date, basing him loosely on Lucas North from Spooks (only without a similar back story).  At the start of the story Stanley (an inspector with NSY) has been seconded to MI5 where he has some contact with Mary Watson, who is also now employed by them.  The story begins with Stanley bringing Isabel Watson back to 221B, because Mary has been killed and John seriously injured.  I used the story to explore the reactions of various characters to a catastrophic event in much greater detail than I would normally write.  I'm delighted that a few people liked the story, but essentially it was written purely for myself.

Fic meme

Jul. 17th, 2014 09:06 pm
smallhobbit: (Cat)
I pinched this meme from [livejournal.com profile] canonisrelative who posted it about six weeks ago.

12 characters meme

Pick 12 characters from any fandoms and list them before you read the questions that follow. I picked (listed in alphabetical order to stop me cheating):
1 – Guy of Gisborne
2 – James Hathaway
3 – Sherlock Holmes
4 – Stanley Hopkins
5 – John Kennex
6 – Greg Lestrade
7 – Robbie Lewis
8 – Much
9 – Lucas North
10 – Victor Trevor
11 – John Watson
12 – Wildcard (in practise probably Reese or Finch, but not necessarily)
All Sherlockian characters may be either ACD or BBC.  Any complaints, it’s my meme interpretation, I can do as I like.

Here are the questions )
smallhobbit: (Hopkins)
The fifth and final chapter of "Legacy" is now posted.  I don't expect it to get much attention; the pairing is Sherlock Holmes/Stanley Hopkins, it's not got any porn, it's not even a casefic.  But despite all that I'm actually rather proud of it.  (Note the typical British reserve).

It's 14,000 words long, so the longest fic I've ever written.  It's different from the sort of things I normally write, much darker and more angsty.  I was extremely grateful to [livejournal.com profile] impishtubist whose encouragement and beta-ing skills helped to bring it into shape.  Also for her vision of Richard Armitage as Stanley Hopkins.

The story is set about seven years after His Last Vow.  It takes one momentous incident and shows how the lives of several people are turned upside down.  I know that a number of people have written or are writing "fix-it" fics for the end of series 3; this could be described as mine, although the "fix" won't be to many people's liking.

Fic Title: Legacy
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairings: Stanley Hopkins/Sherlock Holmes; Mary Watson/John Watson
Rating: PG-13 (despite the warning there is nothing graphic)
Warning: Major character death
smallhobbit: (Hopkins)
Fic Title: Legacy
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairings: Stanley Hopkins/Sherlock Holmes; Mary Watson/John Watson
Rating: PG-13
Chapter: 1 of 5
Warning: Major character death

Set roughly seven years after "His Last Vow".  One incident and the lives of several people are turned upside down.

Although a child features prominently in this story, it is not a fluffy kid!fic.

The little girl held tightly to the man's hand as they made their way through the crush of people at the railway station. She was wearing a teddy bear backpack and one of the yellow rabbit bobbles that were tied into her hair had slipped further down than the other one, giving her a slightly unbalanced look. This was accentuated by the fact that she was clearly wearing odd socks, although her clothing looked new rather than hand me downs. The man was walking quickly and once or twice she had to trot to keep up with him, but she didn't complain, and seemed determined that he shouldn't have to slow down on her account.

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smallhobbit: (Mouselet)
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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