Running

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I’m always amazed when people work out and don’t sweat. After half an hour running in the forest at moderate temperatures (and moderate speed), I look as though I’ve stepped right out of the shower. Remember that guy from the first X-Men film who gets mutated and turns into a watery blob? That’s me right now, dripping everywhere. Bit gross, but also effective for cooling down again, I guess.

Sherlockchallenge The Book?

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Above are some examples of art I’ve created for the @sherlockchallenge over the years. I love their prompts and look forward to each month’s new one. I think I’ve actually drawn something for almost all of them and often written small ficlets to go with the art. I’ve done a quick count. There’ve been over thirty prompts so far. You can find all the art at my #sherlockchallenge tag.

Soooo, that got me thinking that I could create another artbook, very much like the one I made for my art from the Let’s Draw Sherlock challenge. Would people be interested in something like that?

Sherlock fic recs: There was only one bed

There Was Only One Bed, Part 2

I found more. Part 1 here.

The Sexual Awakening of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson (24579 words) by suitesamba
Rating: Mature
Summary: Sherlock owes Mycroft a favor. Mycroft calls in that favor by offering Sherlock’s consulting services in a charity auction. Sherlock and John soon find themselves at the country manor of Mrs. Ives-Patton Smarmington III – not very coincidentally a long-time friend of Sherlock’s mother –  where they are reluctant participants in her Murder Mystery Weekend.  It’s a play within a play for Sherlock and John, and their roles for the weekend event bleed over into their real lives, waking the sleeping dragons within. Or In which John learns that Sherlock owing Mycroft a favor is very suspect, and Sherlock has a very bad idea.

Rainbow Hearts Retreat (11638 words) by PajamaSecrets
Rating: Explicit
Summary: “It’s a same-sex couples retreat. For those experiencing troubles in their relationship. Consists of group and couples therapy as well as encouraging socialization between the couples. It’s all in their incredibly dull brochure.”  “Rainbow Hearts Retreat,” John read. “Sounds… quite gay.”

The Norwood Love Builders (47798 words) by flawedamythyst
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Summary: Sherlock and John go undercover to solve the murder of Joanna Oldacre, but things are complicated by the many feelings John has been repressing in the wake of Sherlock’s faked death and return.

Corpus Hominis (47709 words) by mycapeisplaid
Rating: Explicit
Summary: John knows the human body intimately.  He’s had plenty of opportunity for study as a doctor, soldier, and lover.  There’s one particular body, however, he knows very little about.  When Sherlock launches himself head-first into a new obsession and they get sent on a case in an unlikely location, the pair discovers each other’s bodies with confusing yet delightful (and sometimes hilarious) results.Over Hill and Under Hill (75303 words) by khorazir
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Summary: John and Sherlock travel to France to tackle the Col du Galibier (of Tour de France fame) by bicycle, and the confused state of their relationship after Sherlock’s return from the dead at the same time. A long journey, and a long climb …

The Edinburgh Problem (152095 words) by snorklepie
Rating: Explicit
Summary: “A nice holiday, just a bit more…murdery. ” John said drily. “Yes! The best kind of holiday!” Sherlock beamed. “So we won’t get bored!” After he separates from Mary, John returns to Baker Street. Following a request for help from Sherlock’s cousin Violet, the detective and his blogger take a trip to Edinburgh. John discovers more about the Holmes family and Sherlock than he bargained for, but tries not to run screaming.

The Straw Man Fallacy (40422 words) by Vulgarweed
Rating: Explicit
Summary: “Mr Holmes, I’m not in the habit of approaching … consultants. But you are correct. I have great faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And until recently, I also had faith in the rule of law. Only the second one has wavered. Three years ago my fiancé, Sgt. Neil Howie of the West Highlands Constabulary, went to investigate an anonymous report of a missing child in a remote place called Summerisle. He never communicated with me while he was there, and he never returned.” Summerisle is not a welcoming place to visitors, but it shows its best face at May Day. For ulterior motives.

The Summer Boy (94771 words) by khorazir
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Summary: About half a year after the fateful events at Appledore, Sherlock and John embark on a private case in Sussex. For Sherlock, it’s a journey into his past, bringing up memories both happy and sad that he has locked away for almost thirty years. For John, it means coming to terms with the present – and a potential future with Sherlock.

 

Under the Downs (16165 words) by Evenlodes_Friend
Rating: Explicit
Summary: Five years after they first meet, a case in rural Sussex changes John and Sherlock’s life forever.

Awww, thanks so much for the recs 😊

Tolkien and writing

One of the things that’s really struck me while rereading the Lord of the Rings–knowing much more about Tolkien than I did the last time I read it–is how individual a story it is.

We tend to think of it as a genre story now, I think–because it’s so good, and so unprecedented, that Tolkien accidentally inspired a whole new fantasy culture, which is kind of hilarious. Wanting to “write like Tolkien,” I think, is generally seen as “writing an Epic Fantasy Universe with invented races and geography and history and languages, world-saving quests and dragons and kings.” But… But…

Here’s the thing. I don’t think those elements are at all what make The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings so good. Because I’m realizing, as I did not realize when I was a kid, that Tolkien didn’t use those elements because they’re somehow inherently better than other things. He used them purely because they were what he liked and what he knew.

The Shire exists because he was an Englishman who partially grew up in, and loved, the British countryside, and Hobbits are born out of his very English, very traditionalist values. Tom Bombadil was one of his kids’ toys that he had already invented stories about and then incorporated into Middle-Earth. He wrote about elves and dwarves because he knew elves and dwarves from the old literature/mythology that he’d made his career. The Rohirrim are an expression of the ancient cultures he studied. There are a half-dozen invented languages in Middle-Earth because he was a linguist. The themes of war and loss and corruption were important to him, and were things he knew intimately, because of the point in history during which he lived; and all the morality of the stories, the grace and humility and hope-in-despair, was an expression of his Catholic faith.

J. R. R. Tolkien created an incredible, beautiful, unparalleled world not specifically by writing about elves and dwarves and linguistics, but by embracing all of his strengths and loves and all the things he best understood, and writing about them with all of his skill and talent. The fact that those things happened to be elves and dwarves and linguistics is what makes Middle-Earth Middle-Earth; but it is not what makes Middle-Earth good.

What makes it good is that every element that went into it was an element J. R. R. Tolkien knew and loved and understood. He brought it out of his scholarship and hobbies and life experience and ideals, and he wrote the story no one else could have written… And did it so well that other people have been trying to write it ever since.

So… I think, if we really want to write like Tolkien (as I do), we shouldn’t specifically be trying to write like linguists, or historical experts, or veterans, or or or… We should try to write like people who’ve gathered all their favorite and most important things together, and are playing with the stuff those things are made of just for the joy of it. We need to write like ourselves.

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