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Just a few odds and ends that are making me happy at the moment.

You may recall that I took part in Flash Fiction Month on DeviantArt in July—limping a bit in the second half and especially towards the end, but I did get through the whole thing. And I recently found out I’ve won the prize for the first week challenge stories, which was a nice surprise. All four winners get a mug with this splendid design on it—created by one of the regular participants in FFM, joe-wright.

[community profile] acdholmesfest is back from its hiatus, though now on DW, and I’ve signed up. As well as all the old faces, I’m very pleased to see promising newcomer [personal profile] sanguinity has thrown her hat into the ring too. (:P) It’s a great fest and I’m looking forward to the fics and art that come out of it.

A very minor thing but a big deal for me: in July someone bookmarked my Dear Ladies/Pirates of Penzance crossover fic. Looking at the other fandoms they’ve bookmarked, I think it’s the ships (as in boats) aspect of my fic they’re mainly interested in. But it’s just so exciting to have someone that I don’t know at all take an interest in one of my Dear Ladies fics. They have a relatively small number of bookmarks so they’re not just bookmarking everything in sight, and they’ve marked the bookmark as a rec, so I’m assuming they have read my fic and enjoyed it, rather than just marked it for later. It’s such a minor thing that the fic has gained another reader but I’m thrilled about it.

At [personal profile] sanguinity's suggestion, I put together an index for the Round 5 discussion posts on [community profile] sherlock60, and [personal profile] rachelindeed very kindly offered to promote it on her Tumblr. And to my great delight it worked—people have taken an interest! Her splendid post is now up to 151 notes—of which 53 are reblogs. It's very pleasing to see what has come out of [personal profile] smallhobbit's excellent new idea for discussion posts, all those months ago.

Though [personal profile] smallhobbit and I have stepped back a bit from modding now, [community profile] sherlock60 is still very much alive of course. [personal profile] alafaye has taken over for Round 6, and posted an introduction on both LJ and DW yesterday asking for ideas and preferences for the new round.

I have to say stopping leading the rounds is a weight taken off my shoulders in both the positive and negative senses. It’s odd giving up a responsibility that I’ve had for such a significant amount of time, and I feel a bit untethered. But giving up having to do all that work, and losing that stress of having to hit a deadline every week and constantly having the comm in the back of my mind, has led to an immediate increase in ideas for other things. I feel more positive about writing in general and about [community profile] holmes_minor in particular.

Round 5's final Sunday happened to coincide with my birthday. On Mrs. Hudson’s poetry page I got a poem from Mrs. P. and a limerick from [personal profile] gardnerhill. Over on AO3 I got a 221B from [personal profile] smallhobbit starring Mouselet and the gang, and featuring the Ferret’s singing. And the Ferret’s singing also featured prominently in my wonderful present from Okapi. A new chapter of From the Pen of Inky Quill entitled One Scene and Two Songs from “The Importance of Being Ferret”. If I could just quote the summary: Based on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and the songs “If you want a receipt for that popular mystery” and “So go to him/And say to him” from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience and specifically this Hinge & Bracket interpretation of the last. How well my friends know me... And I also get a mention in the scene, in a way that made laugh out loud with glee.

In short, I feel very lucky to have such lovely fandom friends ^^
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Last month I took part in Flash Fiction Month over on DeviantArt, writing and posting a story of 55 to 1,000 words for each day of July.

Here are links to the last batch of stories, if anyone's interested in taking a look:


Nectar The aggression of butterflies.

Details, Details... A wedding planner puts together a wedding for a mixed undead-living couple.

The Descent It's a long way down...

Painting a Picture The difficulties of being a paintbrush.

Descriptions Putting together a photofit.

Walking a Tightrope A CYOA story. Tightropes, death, local politics and social awkwardness.

Interrobang ! and ? visit their relationship counsellor.

Adding Meaning to Your Life The word SHEEP decides to have a makeover.

Winning is for Losers While playing Snakes and Ladders, Blue has a revelation.

Death at the Party Death finds it difficult to make friends.

Super Market A look at the strange, strange world of Retail. A 369'er: 3 self-contained stories of 69 words each.

Soulmates Do Exist Jonathan splits up with someone he wasn't aware he was in a relationship with.

Magic Dance The Muse of dance has lost her rhythm.

X, Y and Z The letter Y is not happy with its position in life.

All in the Tea Leaves The loose leaf tea attempts to take over the teabags' territory.


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Picks: Nectar and Death at the Party!
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I'm currently taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DeviantArt, writing and posting a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July.

Here are links to the next batch if anyone's interested in taking a look:


Relaxing Clover attempts to relax at the Halcyon Spa. It's harder than she expected.

Tired After a cursed sleep of a hundred years, Princess Briar Rose does not wake up refreshed.

Grimm Times in the West A short Fairy Tale/Western crossover - told in reverse.

Word Play All the words in a play's script go on strike.

Stuffed My attempt at a psychological thriller. But though you can take the girl out of the comedy, it appears you can't take all the comedy out of the girl...

Victorian Humour An elderly pun looks back on his Victorian heyday.

Kids That Go Bump in the Night A collaboration written with the excellent writer ilyilaice. A kind of... non-film-noir film noir story - with two ten-year-old girl detectives.

The Hero's Return, Part Two Albert Braithwaite's cousin Robert comes to stay.


Or you can find all my stories so far grouped together here.


Author's Pick: Tired!

FFM 2017

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:18 pm
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I'm currently taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DeviantArt, writing and posting a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July.

Here are links to the first batch if anyone's interested in taking a look:


The Hero's Return Albert Braithwaite ponders on how much reward one man truly deserves.

In Bad Shape A rhombus arrives with interesting news for a line drawn between two points.

Restarting a Conversation A nice lady from the Articulation Association attempts to repair a conversation that has broken down.

The Elements of Attraction A grandmother attempts to play matchmaker after she's gone.

Show Your Working Out Discrimination against fractions in Mathematics.

Flying High A lady journalist plays fast and loose with the facts when reporting on the Wright brothers' first powered flight.

Bound Forms An adjective and a prefix are having marital problems.

Get Your Evil In Order Barry the Evil is being evil again. But sometimes he's his own worst enemy.


Author's pick: Restarting a Conversation!


And just adding it to this post because I was v. proud - my ACD microfic 'On The Shelf' was recently recced by [personal profile] ancientreader on [profile] 221_recs here.
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So, just a round-up of writing--and reading--things ^^


I had a birthday this month, and I received two lovely fics:

Firstly, Happy Birthday by [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit, in which Mouselet and the rest of the gang manage to batter my bouquet and eat part of my cake. (You know, I spent part of my birthday looking up articles about Victorian taxidermy… *gives gang a significant look*)

And secondly, the brilliant and witty The Greek Decanter by [livejournal.com profile] okapi1895, in which Sherlock (possibly born a coffeepot, formerly a teapot and now a vase) and John (definitely a teapot) go to visit Mycroft (definitely a coffeepot).

Okapi’s fic is set in my Tea Set AU series. Writing John and Sherlock as teapots was my first major go at a story in the Sherlock fandom--the fics were inspired by this photograph on Tumblr by [livejournal.com profile] hisietari. (Essentially I look at people and think: ‘I don’t know what the heck’s going on there.’ Then I look at objects and think: ‘Well, obviously I know what it’s like to be a teapot.’)

I’m just so touched that Okapi chose to write something so personal for me, and so impressed with what she did with the idea--the whole fic is packed with marvellous details.


In July I took part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA. I managed to complete all 31 stories as usual and with regard to the prizes, I was the runner-up for Week 4--which is not to be sniffed at I suppose. I felt this year was a weaker crop of stories overall, though there were many stories I was very happy with. And I’ve discovered I can still write while half-asleep ^^ I’ve also definitely sold one of the stories and I’m probably going to sell another, once I’ve finished a bit of rewriting. (It’s the same tiny publisher I’ve mentioned before.)


I’ve signed up again for [livejournal.com profile] heroinebigbang’s Round 4 Redux. If you remember, Round 4 sort of fizzled out and then sprang back into life but I decided to post my fic on my own because I wanted it out of the way. But I want to try and do an official fic for the challenge too. This one will just be a tiny bang--under 5,000 words.


And [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang’s Round 6 is on the way--it’s starting 1st September! For this round, I’m going to try and produce a 50,000 word work. I’ve got 5 months until the rough drafts are due--I think I can do it. I’m thinking of doing a Dear Ladies/Pirates of Penzance crossover. I have no idea about the details, or any kind of plot, yet though.


Finally, I’d like to do a bit of advertising on behalf of a DA friend.

Damon L. Wakes has had a novella accepted by the crowdfunding publisher Unbound. Writers pitch their ideas (in Damon’s case the novella was already written), and then to quote Unbound: If it’s got the makings of a great book, we’ll launch it on our site. If readers like the idea they can pledge and support it for exclusive rewards.

The book is called Ten Little Astronauts and in the author’s own words, it’s ‘an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery novella set on board an interstellar spacecraft’.

If you follow the link, you can see Damon’s pitch video--filmed inside an actual submarine--the synopsis for the book, an excerpt, a little about the author, and the list of pledge amounts and what you will receive in exchange.

To quote the author again:

If you’ve ever organised a project through, supported a project on, or simply heard of Kickstarter, you’ll have some idea how the process works. The main difference with Unbound is that they’ll only take on projects they have some faith in: they already put forward the money to get me on board that submarine with a professional videographer!

If funded, Ten Little Astronauts will have professional editing, proofreading and cover design, with a trade paperback distributed by Penguin Random House no less.



Do please go and have a look. If the idea for the book grabs you and you can spare the cash (heaven knows I agonised over that aspect), consider making a pledge--the lowest amount is £10. You’ll be helping a book to come into being and helping an exceptionally talented young writer along on the next step of his career. I so admire Damon. He’s ambitious in the most positive sense of the word--working so hard to get his stuff out there, while always taking the time to be interested in other people’s writing too.
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I've just finished taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July. Here's links to the final batch of stories, if anyone wants to take a look:



A Wordy Romance

Feeling Positive About Being Neutral

Squashed

Pareidolia

Midlives Crisis

Depth

A Light in the Darkness


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Choice: Depth! A wishing well gets philosophical.

And that's the lot ^^ I've now got an awful lot of reading to catch up with on both sites...
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At the moment I'm taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July. Here's links to the next batch of stories, if anyone wants to take a look:



Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The Big Break-Up

Let Sleeping Bags Lie

Shop

Setting The Stage

Dress-Down Wednesday

The Things That Come Out of Your Mouth


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Choice: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes! A tale of firefighter homunculi, hopeless love, humors and humour.
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At the moment I'm taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July. Here's links to my next batch of stories, if anyone wants to take a look:


Planning is Key

Rock Vs. Paper Vs. Scissors

Find The Missing Word

Um and Er

Away With The Fairies

It's Tea Time

The Power of Laughter

Lock Up Your Daughters

Kissers and Cakeholes


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.


Author's Choice: Find The Missing Word! A wordplay mystery in the form of a 369'er - that is, three separate but interrelated stories of exactly 69 words each.
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At the moment I'm taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA - writing a story of 55 to 1,000 words each day of July.

Here's links to the first batch, if anyone wants to have a look:

Noir Comedy

Dream Job

Blue Fairy

Undercover

Red Herring

The Hearing Aid

Underneath the Stars

Laura's Debut


Author's Pick: Noir Comedy! A humorous crossover between Commedia dell'arte and Detective Noir. (Oh, there was some Googling that day...)
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It’s been a while since I wrote anything in my journal, so I thought I might record what I’ve been up to in my writing.

I recently entered a Hallowe’en competition that is held every year in the DA literature community, and my story House H(a)unting came second. Which I was pretty pleased about - I came third last year. I’m not terribly good at coming up with a traditional scary ghost or horror story but I’ve realised that if I just go with my own normal humorous style, it usually all works out OK. Last year I wrote about an unemployed man being hired as bait for a zombie beetle trap, and someone commented on how light-hearted the piece was ^^

Back in September, I followed [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit’s example and signed up for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang - in order to write a Dear Ladies fic. This is my first go at a big bang and it’s going fairly well. I’m onto my second draft, which is currently about 13,500 words. Not a lot for some writers but flaming astounding for me. I have never written anything this long before - I’m learning as I go. But at least the plot is pretty much sorted out, and I’m greatly relieved to find that jokes are starting to pop up naturally now that aspect of the writing process is out of the way. A Dear Ladies fic really ought to be funny ^^

I’ve also signed up for the small gift challenge WAdvent, which is taking place in December over on [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun - I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. There are still some unclaimed posting days, and even when they are claimed people will be allowed to double up - so there’s plenty of space if you’re tempted to join in. I will warn you now that for my offering I will be going proudly, with head held high, down the silly route. But I would imagine that by the time the comm gets to me on the 29th, everyone will be too far gone to care ^^
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And so, Flash Fiction Month on dA has come to an end. Here's my last batch of stories:




The Dragon and St. George

A Journey From A - Z

Hex the Unknown

Dung

Remaining Stationery [sic]


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.

Author's Pick: A Journey From A - Z


And now for my next trick...

I will be having a go at a couple of the [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes JWP amnesty prompts (the domestic hazards one seems rife with possibilities...), and throughout August I will be doing recs for [livejournal.com profile] 221b_recs!
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Here's my next batch of dA Flash Fiction Month stories for any interested parties ^^ :




A Snowflake's Chance

To Whom It May Concern

Going Bananas

Lait Fatale

Haring Off

A Slice of Life

Summoned


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.

Author's Picks: A Snowflake's Chance and Haring Off!
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Still taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on dA. Here's my next batch of stories if anyone wants to take a look:



I Was A Teenage Werechicken

The Good Guy

Tip of My Tongue

Flamed

Life Begins At 40

Heroes

A Saga of Cereal


Or you can find all my stories grouped together here.

Author's Pick: Tip of My Tongue!


And all best wishes to [livejournal.com profile] marta_bee on your birthday ^^
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I'm currently taking part in Flash Fiction Month over on dA - writing a piece of microfiction 55-1000 words long every day during July.


I said I'd provide links to the stories, so here's the first five if anyone is interested:

Catty

Plattery Will Get You Nowhere

A Spooky Ghost's Story

Heart's Ease

Judgmental


If you've only time for one, I recommend A Spooky Ghost's Story!
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In the spring of 1313, after 13 years of marriage, it became evident an heir was finally on the way for the King and Queen of Deviancia.

“In honour of our future child, I shall add an extra month to the year,” said the King. “To bring the baby luck!”

The Prince was born on the 13th day of the 13th month.

It was a Friday.

“Really?” said the Queen. “You couldn’t have worked out this was going to happen?”

“My love,” said the King, trying to soothe his wife’s angst. “Let’s not give into triskaidekaphobia!”

But he did feel uneasy, and decided to invite the local fairies to the christening to be on the safe side.




There were the usual presents of handsomeness, long life, intelligence. Then it came to the turn of the youngest fairy. She was desperate to get to the lavatory (fairies have bladders the size of a peanut) and didn’t think carefully about the wording of her gift.

“He’ll be able to absorb others’ bad luck!” she declared. And sprinted to the facilities.

“So he’ll be full of everyone else’s misfortune,” said the Queen beginning to weep. The young Prince patted his velociraptor rattle and grinned like a gummy Cheshire cat, completely unperturbed.

The oldest fairy now stepped forward.

“I cannot remove the gift,” she said, “but I can lessen its effects.  On the Prince’s 18th birthday, when he’s at an a capella concert, a shoe thrown at his neighbour will hit him instead. Whomsoever that shoe fits will be his one true love and they’ll live happily ever after.”




The Prince grew up and reached puberty. Because of his curse, all his friends had miraculously clear skin while he had truly breathtaking acne. But nothing could mar his charming personality.

On 13/13/1331 it all happened as the fairy had foretold, and as soon as the swelling had gone down, the Prince travelled the kingdom, searching for the one the shoe fitted.

Finally, under a lover’s moon, he saw her:

Beauty, his own true sweetheart.




The ceremony was held outside in the palace grounds as the bride had some problems getting up and down stairs.

“They do seem very happy,” said the oldest fairy, tentatively. “And she’s got lovely chestnut hair.”

The King drained his thirteenth cocktail and glared at the fay.

“Did you know it was going to be a flaming horseshoe?” he said.






A/N: Written for a contest celebrating DeviantArt's 13th birthday. The story had to be 400 words or less (mine is exactly 400) and had to include these words: Peanut, Angst, Cat, Horseshoe, Moon, a capella, Stairs, Puberty, Acne, Luck, Velociraptor, Cocktail and Triskaidekaphobia.
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I belong to a group SixWordStories on deviantART. This is an article I wrote for them on how I go about writing a six word story:


3wyl recently posted a SixWordStories journal asking members how they write their stories, and she has kindly allowed me this opportunity to talk in a little more detail about my particular writing process. This blog isn’t meant to be a tutorial or even suggestions as to how to write your own. It’s really just a chance for me to discuss a subject that’s become very important to me.

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