Tumblr Anxieties

1. Do I get a Tumblr? No. Maybe. Viewing 7 different Tumblrs regularly. Yes. (10 months)

2. Will I use Tumblr for anything besides viewing the dash? No. Except if I reblog stuff I liked it will be easier to find later. Yes. (2 days)

3. What should I reblog in Tumblr? What does it say about me? Is it creepy? Am I embarrassed that someone will think that interested me/I liked that thing? Why is this more disturbing than just friending a community? (The next decade or so.)

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Sherlock Recs

For amise, in case she finds them helpful.

Basically, I pulled up the Sherlock Homes/John Watson tag on AO3, then ordered it by Kudos, then started reading, skipping things that didn't sound like my taste. Link to kudos list on AO3 here.

However, the best of this very good lot, in my opinion, roughly in order of how much I liked them, though I'm bad at ranking things and big chunks of them are probably tied with each other.

Amenable - classic angst + porn + happy ending, Holmes/Watson style.

The Real Meaning of Idioms - a very sweet texting romance where John gets hit by the clue bus.

Two Coffees, One Black, One with Sugar, Please - Sherlock convinces John to do a sleep study with him. End result, John and Sherlock end up sleeping together. Sleeping. That's it. John's realization that he's accidentally become Sherlock's boyfriend is a thing of beauty.

Indecorous - This is actually a threesome with Mary Morstan, in which Sherlock is in love with John, and extremely interested in his sex life with Mary, but also asexual. How they work these two (three?) relationships together. I love this one, can't believe I left it off my first draft.

Let me Kiss You (So Sweet and So Soft) - Sherlock just starts kissing John and John can't figure out what the hell is going on. I love this one.

and stand there at the edge of my affection - Sherlock asks John to help him write a love letter. Short and adorable.

Shadows on the Wall - John is psychic, and living with Sherlock is quite difficult for a lot of reasons.

DNA - This might be my favorite SH/JW story, except for the unbelievability of the premise. Everything else about it is perfect, including Sherlock's reaction when they finally get together.

Lab Book - Sherlock seduces John. He's been studying how.

A Finger Slip - John and Sherlock "meet" when John is studying for his A-levels and he dials a wrong number when texting Molly. This is mostly friendship, with a growing overtone of romance. Cute, suitable even for The Barbarian, if I edit some of the cursing. Told entirely in dialogue. And I will spontaneously laugh about the Beyonce thing for no reason just… "John? What does this mean?!" :D This is WIP, on chapter 21, but I would say you could go ahead and read it. It's not stopped in a terribly cliff-hangery spot or anything.

Just a Kiss - I like this one especially for the second kiss. HE DELETED IT! *snickers*

What to Do When Your Flatmate is Homocidal - Fantastic Sherlock voice in this. And JOHN is the homicidal one. Hilarious, but it goes on and on and there are places where it begs believability, but it is *supposed* to be ridiculous, so sometimes maybe our senses of humor clash. It is WIP, but most of the chapters are really stand-alones, especially as you get deeper in, so I doubt that you'll get to chapter 30 and feel like you are in the middle of a story that got left behind.

And Hell Followed With Them - I found this independent of the kudos list. I put it here because I liked it, despite its many obvious flaws. Zombie apocalypse fic. John Watson WALKS BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN (apparently the Chunnel was a real bitch, what with the zombies), with Commander James Bond, a tech specialist (read Q), and John Porter. They meet up with Sherlock Holmes, an agent of the last remnants of the British government who is trying to root out a slave trader – Moriarity. This is most definitely WIP, and I await future chapters with baited breath.

Two Two One Bravo Baker - I rec'd this recently in its own post. Mycroft sends Sherlock to Afghanistan to investigate a particularly horrible atrocity of war. Capt. John Watson becomes Sherlock's liaison and his unit is Sherlock's escort in country. Abundantyqueer is a great writer, with her own special quirks, but I definitely rec this story. Biggest problem with it, in my mind - there is LOTS OF HOT SEX, and the pillow talk is UTTER FAIL. I love her take on John's military service - she has a whole separate two-part essay on AO3 explaining and justifying her decision to not make him a doctor, but a soldier.

Evidence of Human Life - John goes overboard, Sherlock follows him, they make it to an island, where Sherlock proceeds to go insane with boredom. Unique premise, interesting execution, believable behavior by both John and Sherlock.

Ones I don't know how to rank, because I read them so long ago:

Off on the Wrong Foot - Stamford hooks John up with an apprenticeship with Molly Hooper, rather than a flatshare with Sherlock Holmes. They get in a fistfight over a body in the morgue, Sherlock steals John's wallet, and it is ON.

Left - a story where everyone has a special ability except left-handed people. I remember liking this but not much more about it.

The Whore of Babylon was a Perfectly Nice Girl - I remember liking this one, but not a lot about it. The flipped version of BBC Sherlock. He's NOT a virgin. Definitely not.

The two I'm not sure how to rank, because I don't usually do sick-fic, and have very mixed emotions about it:

Synthesis - Sherlock receives a serious head injury and almost completely loses the ability to communicate. I liked this story a lot, because it has not-only the hurt-comfort component, but the characters are both still clearly there, working through the problems of Sherlock's new handicap together, and there's actually a decent case in the background of the recovery story. I also loved the way the writer chose to end it.

Electric Pink Hand Grenade - Sherlock has unusual, stunningly severe migraines. I liked parts of this. I suspect it is so highly ranked on AO3 more because it is a migraine story than because of the quality of it. I don't know. But I did like it.

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Writing progresses, or GO AWAY, SMALL CHILD!


Uisgich: So how's the fic coming along?
CK: I'm just under 5000 and have gotten up to the pre-mutation confession and first kiss.
Slowed down a bit due to reading. But I think tomorrow morning should be a productive writing session, assuming I wake up in time.
Uisgich: Excellent!!
CK: Tomorrow should be a grope and snog prior to The Procedure, plus hopefully some or all of the interval while John waits for the procedure to be done. Next week, romantic development while the augments have augment school. Then by next weekend, want to be writing the pacification of the subcontinent, South Central Asia, and the Middle East.

This morning [writing of grope and snog proceeds apace, then...]

CK: The Barbarian is now a true hazard to my writing. She just came over here and started not only reading, BUT READING OUT LOUD. OMG! Covering her eyes!
Uisgich: =gigglesnorts=
CK: Clicking minimize! Yelling and giggling!
Uisgich: The perils of being a Writer!Mom!

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Fandom anxiety

How Brain needs to NOT WORK.

1) I was following a handful of Tumblrs and decided it was time to just start one myself for purposes of following the ones I like, plus reblogging the stuff I think is funny and then inevitably cannot find again. Sometimes you just have to admit reality. (

2) I went ahead and clicked the John Harrison tag on a post.

3) I proceeded to have a mini-breakdown about WRITING IN STRANGE FANDOM OMG SCARED!

4) Hid under desk and covered my eyes.

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Sherlock/Trek crossover

Just cracked 4800 words this morning.

It's been so long since I posted anything, I'm tempted to post in chapters. On the other hand, I have started to be very annoyed by people who post in chapters. I don't now. It's a me thing. Looks like an attempt to manipulate stats on AO3, is why. Plus, I've gotten well out of the habit of posting WIP, because I'd rather not have a mishap when something doesn't get finished FOREVER.

Meanwhile, I've been encouraged to "buck up and finish" the Sharpe/Aragorn Project.

Am I that much between fandoms that I might actually tackle that next?

It's a strange time in Brain...

Look! I found an icon. A good one for almost-Khan Sherlock, too. Though if anyone notices Khan/Sherlock icons in their journeys around the internet and you want to point me in that direction...

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Just like I never stopped

The last fiction I posted was in October, prompted by Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day. I had the frantic attempt to reach 50k during NaNo back in November. And I have not written anything since November 30, 2012.

It's been a long, gloomy winter. My mood has been very poor, but I've been reading like a maniac. I exhausted Cap/Iron Man, moved on to 007/Q, and then got sucked into Sherlock via the wonderful and tempting trope of Q and Sherlock being brothers. For personal fannish reasons I was inclined to resist Sherlock/John, but I caved pretty spectacularly once I got started.

This spring, Brain slowly started thinking to itself again, but nothing remotely writable. Entertaining to me, however, but also weird that the restart of Brain made it so clear that everything had shut down over the winter.

Then, on Monday: there's Benedict Cumberbatch, being all evil in Star Trek, and Brian was like, "Of course he's going to do those horrible, crazy things, John's part of his frozen crew."

On Tuesday and Wednesday: I prod Wikipedia for Khan's back story,* then spend 48 hours trying to figure out how Sherlock Holmes would become the benign dictator of Asia and the Middle East. Not to mention a war criminal. (I can hear Sherlock now. "BORED!" It's much more Mycroft's thing, assuming he would ever bother to do his own legwork.) But I complained to Zats that although I could easily make Sherlock a super-soldier, and I could with a little work make him a war criminal and dictator, I couldn't get John and Sherlock to talk to each other in my head.

This morning: I woke up and knew exactly what to do. I popped open my template document, fixed it for Sherlock instead of Stargate, and wrote 500 words like breathing. John and Sherlock are chattering away, like Jack and Daniel used to do. I could have kept going, except that I have other things to do today.

I predict 5000 words by the end of the weekend. The last three days have been so wonderful. I didn't realize how much I missed that why-am-I-working-not-writing feeling.

So, I have questions.

1. Was I depressed because I wasn't writing or not writing because I was depressed? Seems like a VERY LONG SAD this year, if it was SAD. Actually, I should go back and check. Did SAD reach into May last year, too?

2. Was I not writing because I was depressed, or was I not writing because I was between fandoms? Stargate is long, but I started writing it after immersion, and with immersion, the Stargate cannon is manageable. Bond ought to be the same - but I had trouble writing mission-fic, how the hell was I going to write a plausible Bond story? Avengers fandom is huge, but why not launch from MCU? Lots of other people didn't hesitate. Sherlock is just beyond my reach. I'm like Lestrade. Completely amazed by Sherlock, but a complete idiot at deduction and how it works. Then, Trek? Really? I admit that I am not really a fan of Trek. I've watched masses of it - every episode of TOS when I was a kid (though not as an adult), and most of DS9, Voyager, Next Generation. I actually adore Enterprise. I've seen most of the movies, too. I remember about 10% of it and have been mostly MEH about the whole thing, with the exception of Enterprise and the fourth movie, with the whales and the transparent aluminum. A reboot? Really? I can't understand why people are so shocked at "recycled" Star Trek plots. What do they expect from a reboot? Anyway, so I was between fandoms, but Brain, why would a Trek crossover suddenly be the magical fandom solution?

Brain. I will never understand you, you ridiculous sack of chemicals. I just hope you are more sane when you come out the other side of menopause, is all I'm saying.

*Dear Lord, please at least give them some credit for just ignoring the name rather than trying to make BC do the role in blackface. Just appalling. Why would they write a script like that deliberately THEN go get an actor and do the makeup like that?!

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