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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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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

Fic meme

Jul. 17th, 2014 09:06 pm
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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 )
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The fourth day of Christmas is for [livejournal.com profile] impishtubist who writes wonderful long and intricate stories about Sherlock and Victor Trevor, in which Victor bears an uncanny resemblance to Karl Urban.

She requested babysitting Victor's nephew (or niece) close to the holidays, with bonus points if he's a baby who keeps getting into the decorations and presents and just is generally adorable.  Holly is Victor's niece, child of Hannah, his sister.  Adorable is not the word either Victor or Sherlock would have chosen by the end of the afternoon.

Babysitting with Victor
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing/Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Victor Trevor, Hannah (Victor's sister), Holly (Victor's niece)
Rating: G
Word count: 860

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