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I got tagged yesterday for [ profile] come_at_once, the 24-hour Sherlock Holmes fandoms tag-team challenge. I had my doubts, but I managed to write a bit of silliness in the 6 or so hours I had available. Sometimes it's actually better for me to write that way, I think.

The prompt was "show and tell."

The Stone of the Jaguar Kings (1301 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Downey films)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Magical Artifacts, irresponsible anthropology, Chair Sex

A famous explorer leaves a mysterious stone in Holmes' keeping.

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[personal profile] thirdbird asked me “what was the most difficult fanfic you've written? Which one are you most proud of and why?”

And since I’ve been trying to wrangle my Yuletide assignments this week, it seems a good time to answer it.

The short answer is: whatever fic I’m writing at the moment seems the most difficult fic I’ve ever written! And then, if they are really too difficult, I don’t write them at all, because I am a writing wuss.

The only-slightly-longer answer is: any fic over about 3,500 words is the most difficult fic I’ve ever written. Maybe 5,000. Almost without exception, the fics I’ve written that are longer than that, I’ve stalled out after about 5-6k, and taken months or years to come up with a second half. I suck at plot. Even the last fic I wrote over 5k, which literally took it’s whole plot from A Study in Pink, so I didn’t have to come up with anything, was really hard to write. I don’t know why I ever embark on such ventures, except that sometimes it seems like the only way to fulfill an assignment or prompt. Or maybe I think I’ll learn something as I go along—but I think my brain just doesn’t work that way. Sometimes they come out okay, despite the difficulties, but I hardly ever re-read them. I’ve been wanting to write a sequel to “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” and failing because: plot.

So I guess it makes sense that the fics I’m proudest of are short! I like the fics I’ve managed to write that allow my own intense feelings about characters, and the characters’ intense feelings about each other, to shine through. Often, I feel like I get distracted by descriptive or figurative language, and that mutes the emotion in a story—or, the emotion is muted by my aforementioned difficulties with plot—so when I can get those things to combine, I’m happy. Often, these fics are the first stories I write in a fandom, since I guess the emotions are new and bright then—this is true of two stories I’m proud of: The Khyber Knife (John/Sherlock, R) (which just happened, so I’m amazed, more than proud); and A wind that passeth Away and cometh not again (Homeland), which I worked a lot harder on, and thus correspondingly prouder.

But sometimes I get a bit more into a fandom before I write something I like. For example, Four Kisses, which is a Southland fic, (Cooper/Sherman, R), and which was the third and last story I wrote in that fandom. I’m proud of it for a bunch of reasons: I think it’s in character, though the characters were hard for me to write—I certainly never thought I’d plausibly get them into a pairing; it has a 4X structure, but it still manages to have something of a plot; moreover, it has a “first time” plot, which is something I’m not very good at imagining; it’s not a particularly dark or gritty fic, but it has enough of an edge to it to make me happy—a lot of its emotional intensity is not connected to the romance; it has some nice images, but the story doesn’t get bogged down in them. And when I read it, it reminds of how much I loved the first few seasons of the show. It’s not one of my most read or best-liked stories, but it makes me happy.
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Here's the fic I wrote for [community profile] crossovering. It was hard as hell to write, and I'm not sure it was worth it. But I've now posted more Sherlock fic to AO3 than SPN fic, so there's that.

A Study in Madder (6974 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Merlin (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes, Anthea (Sherlock), Merlin (Merlin), Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Gaius (Merlin), Uther Pendragon (Merlin)
Additional Tags: Episode: s01e01 A Study in Pink, but in Camelot

When John Watson returned to Camelot after a long absence, he made three vows.

The first of these, to turn his face from violence, he broke almost immediately. Mere days after re-entering the kingdom, he found himself standing once more over a dead body.


May. 19th, 2014 09:55 am
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Still away, but wanted to post the remixes I did this year.

Turn Me Off, Turn Me Over, Turn Me Upside Down (the Right Above It Remix) (1941 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Additional Tags: First Time, Sleepy Sex

Sherlock had the most absurd desire to come to John clean.

This was my main assignment, and I struggled with it a bit, but I think mostly because the only time I write John/Sherlock these days is for remix. I loved the original story, especially the porny parts, and so I didn't want to try and redo those at all. The fic turned out better than I feared, though. Totally identifiable as mine because of the dissociation, I thought--it seems to be the only way I can write Sherlock in this pairing.

Everybody Needs a Friend Sometimes (the Have a Banana remix) (2233 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cabin Pressure
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Martin Crieff, Douglas Richardson, Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, Arthur Shappey
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort

Everyone at MJN helps out when Martin takes ill.

This was a pinch-hit and I jumped on the chance to remix some Cabin Pressure fic. Lothiriel84's lovely Pneumonia!Martin ficlet was absolute, shameless,id catnip to me, needless to say, and this was a blast to write. Those of you who know me will not be surprised to hear that writing Douglas POV was the best part.

Trip has gone better than I expected, but still looking forward to being home late tonight.


May. 12th, 2014 11:59 am
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The Remix Redux 11: The Eleventh Hour archive went live last night! You can find the main collection here, and the Remix Madness collection here. I love this challenge for its mix of fandoms--you never know what people will pull up to work on.

I was excited to get two of my stories remixed, one as part of the main challenge, one as part of the madness:

Cracks in a Heart of Stone (the Alex Remix) (1675 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: White Collar
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Neal Caffrey, Alex Hunter, Peter Burke, Mozzie (White Collar)
Additional Tags: Action/Adventure, Human Trafficking

Alex believes in surviving and taking care of herself, but sometimes she just can't avoid being drawn in.

This is a remix of a sick!Neal story I wrote in 2011, and it gives Alex's POV on the proceedings. I'm thrilled, because I love Alex, and I stuck her in the story with the vague sense that she fit the role she had to play best, but without fleshing out her motivation or actions. This fic does all of that, while giving an excellent, tough, slightly jaded, but still engaged Alex voice.

Flipped Switch (3114 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/Mary Morstan
Characters: Mary Morstan, Sherlock Holmes
Additional Tags: Fuck Or Die, Imprisonment, Dubious Consent, Drugged Sex, Gun play

This is a remix of a Sherlock/Mary fuck-or-die fic I wrote just a few months ago, and I'm tickled to death someone remixed it, with its odd pairing and off-putting scenario. I wrote the fic for a 24-hour turnaround challenge, and in consequence it lacks a lot of detail. The remix fixes all that, plus provides Mary's POV on things. The characterization of Mary, as a badass, brilliant operative, is fantastic, and the dub-con is very hot (if you like that kind of thing, which I do).

So, yeah, go read them!

I also wrote two fics for the challenge, one my assignment and one a pinch-hit. Both are, I think, immediately obvious as mine if you're thinking about it. If anyone is reading in the collection and has a (correct) guess about them, I will write you something fannish of your choosing after the reveals (fic, meta, recs, playlist, etc.). Hint: both are in fandoms I've written in before.
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Huh. AO3 tells me I've posted five fics so far this month. This can only mean one thing: I have been avoiding work!

Anyway, for the record, for [ profile] purimgifts this year, I wrote two Sleepy Hollow fics (my first in the fandom) and one Sherlock fic. The rules of the exchange are that the stories need to be under 1,000 words, and, in honor of the holiday, must concern either 1)a Jewish character, 2) a female character, or 3) characters defeating an Evil Vizier. I like it best when I get matched so that I can write about Jewish characters, but I enjoy writing about ladies, too, as I did this year.

Household Pests (945 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mary Morstan, John Watson
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 1

On Tuesday, there were three.

No Wilderness with You (970 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ichabod Crane & Abbie Mills
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 2, Grooming, Hair Brushing

Ichabod gets ectoplasm in his hair. Abbie helps him get it out.

Passages (343 words) by ariadnes_string
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Abbie Mills & Jenny Mills
Additional Tags: Collection: Purimgifts Day 3, Character Study

Sometimes Jenny dreams she’s on a ship.

This year, I received a fascinating XMFC story, In Which Meir Kahane Gave Magneto a Bloody Nose (with parts 2 and 3). Two of my favorite things about XMFC are its exploration of Erik's uneasy relationship to his Jewish identity/heritage, and the way it maps mutant politics onto other issues of the twentieth century: this story does both!

nb: my other two March fics are a Rivers of London story and another Sherlock story, this one Sherlock/Mary.

I am off for work travel tomorrow, and won't really be back until 3/30. See y'all next month!
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No books and TV post today because I was a) finishing this b) picking my son up 3 hours early from school due to a snow non-events and 3) I've totally failed to watch either Hannibal 2x01 or True Detective 1x07.

Title: In the Depths
Fandom: Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock/Mary
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: fuck-or-die, dub-con, gunplay, sex while drugged.
Word count: 1633
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit

nb: written for the [ profile] come_at_once challenge, which is one of those tag team challenges where you write porn in 24 hours based on a prompt. My prompt was "rough."
nb: if the mods allow, I'll use this for the "fuck-or-die" square on my [community profile] trope_bingo card, too.

In the Depths
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This is a belated birthday fic for [personal profile] thirdbird--happy birthday, bb! I really wanted to write Cabin Pressure fic for you, but I found I couldn't Finnemore :( Hope some sick!Lestrade will do instead.

Title: Summer Cold
Pairing: Sherlock/Lestrade (pre-series, established relationship)
Rating: G
Word count: 1449
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit

a/n: This story is part of the Jewish!Lestrade series, but you don't need to have read the other parts of the series to understand it. Just know that pre-series, Sherlock and Lestrade have an on-again-off-again relationship.

If you are keeping track, this story comes after On the Doorposts of Your Houseand Sea Wrack, the first part of "Four Times Sherlock and Lestrade Danced Together without Touching (and one time they did)," but before The Most Pious Jew in the RAF, the second part of that fic.

Summary: How long could they go on like this?

Summer Cold
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This is the masterlist of fics written for Running Hot III (2013):

The Avengers

The Burning House Paradox by fairy_laughing. Banner, Richards, and Stark are playing with a time-machine when it backfires and mini-Tony walks on through. This wouldn't be nearly as big of a problem as it is except that the time-space paradox of too much Tony Stark is causing them both to become horribly ill.

Fantastic Four/X-Men

I Hold With Those Who Favor Fire by [ profile] katekintail : Johnny Storm(Human Torch) /Bobby (Iceman)--When Johnny gets sick/delerious he can't control his flame - how far does Bobby have to go to keep him from incinerating himself into oblivion?


In the Thicket of It by [personal profile] thegrrrl2002: After being missing for a few days, Danny finds Steve 'somewhere' with an infected bullet/stab/shrapnel wound. Cue bad guys closing in and Danny being all BAMF getting Steve out while taking care of him.

Track Record by [personal profile] ariadnes_string. Gen. "You," said Danny, "are the most uptight sick person I've ever met."


The Last Man Standing Just Got Felled by a Lion by [ profile] thesmallhobbit. There's a nasty flu going around Oxford CID and Hathaway's been putting in long hours manning the fort. How long 'til he succumbs himself?

Unsound Mind by [ profile] wendymr. and Part 2. Robbie has flu, and he isn't the easiest of patients, as James discovers.

Ripper Street

A United Front, by [ profile] alizarin_nyc: Reid is ill--woozy, voice-less, unable to make good decisions. For whatever reason, this needs to be hidden from the bad guys/power that be, and it's up to Drake and Jackson to make this happen. What's worse, they actually have to work together!


Doctors Make the Worst Patients, by [ profile] themallhobbit: Doctors make the worst patients.

White Collar

Predisposed by [ profile] marieincolour, (gen): Neal gets sick with a high fever and goes walking outside of his radius. The US Marshals come to get him but don't realize he's sick until Peter (or another character) comes to collect him.

Untitled (WC S1) by [personal profile] embroiderama: Out of his mind with fever, Neal thinks Peter is going to send him back in prison because he is useless.
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This was written for the [ profile] hc_bingo April challenge: to write crossover fic for at least one of four given prompts. My prompts were burns, torture, motion sickness and accidental soul-bonding. All four made their way into the fic, though the soul-bonding is canonical and happens off stage.

Title: A Piece of Preserve Ginger
Fandoms: Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie films)/ Ripper Street
Rating: PG
Spoilers: none for Sherlock Holmes; for 1x05 and 1x08 of Ripper Street.
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit.
Beta: [profile] garry_owen

Summary: Three times John Watson and Bennet Drake crossed paths.

A Piece of Preserved Ginger
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I try to post a fic on my birthday (though I didn't manage it last year). This year I'll be out of town, so I'm posting this now: the final chapter of a fic I started in Dec. 2011. (yes, that's 15 mos. to write a little over 10k).

I'm not entirely satisfied with this as an ending, but I figure if I don't post it, I may not finish the story 'til 2014. If I get inspired, I'll put together the playlist for the fic at some point.

Fic Title: Four Times Sherlock and Lestrade Danced Without Touching (and one time they did).
Chapter title: Midnight
Series: Jewish!Lestrade
Rating: R
Pairing: Sherlock/Lestrade
Warnings: none.
Word count: ~2.1k, this section.
Disclaimer: not mine, no profit.

a/n: follows on directly from chapter 4.
a/n: unbeta'd,like the rest of it, but thank you to [profile] garry_owens for the JPA.

Summary: This is the one where they touch.

Midnight (on AO3)
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Just re-posting my [ profile] xover_exchange fic.

Title: Jumpers and Hundjagers: Or, Sixty-Three Hours in Portland
Fandoms: Grimm, Sherlock
Rating: PG
Word count: about 4.5K
Spoilers: Story takes place somewhere in the middle of Sherlock 2x01 and sometime after Grimm 1x18 and before the events of the S1 finale.
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: Grimm and Sherlock belong to their respective creators
A/N: thanks to [ profile] alizarin_nyc and [profile] garry_owen for the beta and encouragement—all remaining mistakes are my own.

Summary: Mycroft sends John and Sherlock on a diplomatic mission.

Jumpers and Hundjagers: or, Sixty-Three Hours in Portalnd (link goes to AO3)
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Dear Purimgifts Author:

First of all, thank you so much for writing a story for me! Any fic in these fandoms would make me happy, so please just write what seems fun and interesting to you!

If it’s helpful, here are some things I like:

optional prompts for Homeland, Lewis, Sherlock, Grimm, H50 and the Aubreyad )

Most importantly, though, have fun, and know that I really appreciate the time and energy you’re taking to do this!
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In case you haven't already guessed, this was always meant to be a Simchat Torah story. I've missed posting on that holiday two years in a row, but hope it will count now for the fourth and fifth nights of Hanukah.

Four Times Sherlock and Lestrade Danced Together Without Touching: Rejoice

“You won’t like it," said Lestrade. "It’s a bunch of old men. First they pray, then they drink. And dance. There’s a lot of dancing.”

“I know perfectly well what Simchat Torah is,” Sherlock said pedantically. “You come to the end of the five books of the Torah and you begin again. Jews rejoice that God has given them the sacred books, so they dance. I didn’t know about the drinking. That sounds fascinating. You know how curious I am about the more atavistic religious rituals.”
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Happy third night of Hanukah!

Taking up this series again--hoping to finish it this week!

This chapter is a little angsty, but things will get better, I promise!

Four Times Sherlock and Lestrade Danced Without touching: Gala

Summary: The next time there was dancing they quarreled. The quarrel was mostly silent, and took place almost entirely inside Lestrade’s head. But it was a quarrel nonetheless.

link to the whole piece
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Happy Hanukah, everyone!

The latkes this year were crispy on the outside and cooked on the inside. That doesn't happen every year. Hopefully it was a portent.

Also, there was the Once-a-Year Kugel:

kugel )

I am trying again to post fics for each night of Hanukah. Tonight, the second chapter of a fic I started last year for Hanukah. I'm somewhat startled that I've finished it. It is now the second longest thing I've ever written.

The Adventure of the Tattooed Fighter

H50/SH xover sent in late nineteenth-century London. Pretty much PG-13, but with establish H/W.

Hope everyone's had a festive Saturday of one sort or another!
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Someday I will make a serious post. But since life is still making me shed tears of emotional and physical exhaustion on a daily basis, today is not the day.

Have this instead:

spoiler BTS video of Benedict Cumberbatch on the Star Trek sequel set )

A Very Small Picspam of Cumber-punches

A scene which is not spoiler-y unless you live under a rock )

and I can't find the clip from TTSS, but let's hear about it from an expert, shall we? )

Okay, you can go on with your regularly scheduled activities now.
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Happy fifth night of Hanukah, everyone! Sorry I missed last night--this got longer than I meant it too.

Title:Four Times Sherlock and Lestrade Danced Without Touching and One Time They Did (2/5)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: PG (this part)
Pairing: Sherlock/Lestrade
Warnings/Spoilers: none: set pre-series
Word count: ~1.5K for this part
Disclaimer: Not mine, no profit
a/n: They are written to stand alone, but the sections of this fic are set in and around the other parts of my Jewish!Lestrade ‘verse.

Summary: DC Martha Gummerman was getting married.

Chapter Two: The Most Pious Jew in the RAF )
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A fic for the second night of Hanukah! (subsequent parts to follow on subsequent nights)

Title: Four Times Sherlock and Lestrade Danced Without Touching and One Time They Did (1/5)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: R (this part)
Pairing: Sherlock/Lestrade
Warnings/Spoilers: none: set pre-series
Word count: ~1.5K for this part
Disclaimer: Not mine, no profit
a/n: They are written to stand alone, but the sections of this fic are set in and around the other parts of my Jewish!Lestrade ‘verse. The specific events Lestrade refers to here are described in the first part of Thy going in and thy coming out.

Summary: "Oh bloody hell," said Lestrade, "I know that man."

One )
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In case you have any functioning brain cells after watching The Hobbit trailer--


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