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Canon Story: The Adventure of the Creeping Man
Title: Final
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: PG

Presbury’s injuries were alarming and serious. He needed a quality surgeon’s immediate assessment. That professional recommendation was rejected outright however to protect reputation and position, neither of which would be of much use to the man debilitated or dead. All my years of experience were in an instant overruled and the matter settled. As ever, only Holmes’ word is final.
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Title: Kindling
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Word Count: 1562
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: angst, voyeurism without consent
Prompt: from the kmeme
Author's notes: Unbetaed, my apologies. And wow, this is not my usual thing at all. I'm not quite sure where it came from, as the prompt was not even close to my usual either. But here it is.
Summary: If the existence of a lover for Watson was obvious and unsurprising, discovering Watson’s newfound partner was in fact a man came as a bolt of lightning from the open sky.

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Sep. 1st, 2011 04:30 pm
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Well, it's a new month, and time for a new game cooked up by resident genius/lunatic [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b. She's taking prompts for the month of September and has invited others to join in the fun too.

Sounded like a fine idea to me. I need to get my butt into gear and get some pieces finished and posted for a change, so let's do this thing. If you have an idea for a prompt, I'd love to hear it. I will definitely write and post at least one piece this month based on a prompt here. Got any good ideas drifting around? I'd be most appreciative for them. Prompt away, if you please!

Oh, and of course, please join us if you like! [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b's rules are simple: Make a post titled "Prompts?" and commit to one prompt-inspired fic for the month. And if you can throw a few spare prompts the way of the other players, that would be much appreciated too. So what do you say? Let's have some fun!
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Canon Story: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
Title: Sworn
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: violence and injury
Author's Notes: Written for 60 for 60 at [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60. Come read and write with us!


It is in his hands one can see Watson’s true nature. His finger pulls the trigger, eliminating the threat with one shot. His palm presses the kidnapper’s gaping wound while his other hand reaches for gauze and anesthetic. Watson’s hands save lives, good or evil, deserved or not. All life is life, and the doctor is sworn to protect it.
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Canon Story: The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
Title: More
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: G
Canon Notes: This is my favorite story we've read so far. It is chock full of excitement, thrilling danger, loyal friendship, and unexpected moral quandaries. Wonder if we should start having a discussion post for the canon stories, because we'd have a lot to talk about for this one!


Our escape was intense. After, Holmes grinned triumphantly until he noticed me gasping, spent from the run.

“Watson? Are you all right, old man?”

“I’m not... an old man... but you... are a lunatic!” I replied between ragged breaths.

He threw his head back laughing, and clasped my shoulder. "Perhaps so! But there is nothing madness loves more than company.”
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Canon Story: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
Title: Recollection
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: memories of war
Author's Notes: Two again this week. I seem to end up with two for weeks I find challenging. I start writing one, am not enormously enthused about it, start another, am not enraptured by that one either. So then I end up with two, neither of which is completely satisfying for me. But there are some decent qualities to both, so here they are.


I can see it in his eyes; he is thinking of the war. In his mind, he is there, hands caked in blood and sand, struggling mightily against desperate odds to save as many shattered lives as he can.

Watson never speaks of it. With me, he doesn't need to. Perhaps that helps explain why he remains by my side.


Canon Story: The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
Title: Furnace
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: PG

"What is the meaning of it, Watson? What object is served by this circle of misery and violence and fear?”

I wanted to tell him. I wanted to explain that it’s love that drives men mad. Love that makes men miserable and joyous. Love that inspires violence, fear, passion, devotion. The furnace of souls burns hot for all but himself.
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Canon Story: The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
Title: "I am going out now."
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: G
Author's Notes: I actually wrote two this week!


“I am going out now.”

Watson throws me a look tinged darkly with worry. Immediately, I raise my hands to reassure him.

“It is only a reconnaissance. I will do nothing serious without my trusted comrade and biographer at my elbow.”

He sighs and visibly relaxes. My good Watson, always concerned, always caring. He is far more than I deserve.


Canon Story: The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans
Title: "I play the game..."
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: G


“I play the game for the game’s own sake.”

Mycroft never believes me when I tell him that. He has always favored honors and accolades, but such frivolities are meaningless to me. Only clues matter; only the answers are real. My rewards come in the form of intellectual self-satisfaction and not in the empty gestures of titles or tie pins.
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So I've been at this fic writing for a while now, and I am gradually accumulating quite a pile of bits and pieces of stories. Some of it is fairly useless until I flesh it out a bit, just ideas and snippets of dialogue. But some of my bits and pieces are whole scenes that I like and want to do something with.

The problem is, I'm not always ready to work them into a complete form. So I'm going to try something new, since I write slowly and haven't posted much of anything in a while. I'm going to start posting some of these random unconnected scenes and seeing what happens. Maybe they'll jostle something loose and I can keep going with them. Or perhaps not. But it seems pointless to me to just leave them sitting on Google Docs collecting digital dust.

I'm a little reluctant to call them fics, since they're often just first parts of stories, introductions to a plot ideas I had in my head at some point. They're not complete by any means, but there's no rule that says I have to finish something up completely, right? There aren't rules here; I can experiment. Plenty of writers I love on here post disconnected scenes and intro cliffhangers all the time -- why can't I? So, I that's what I'm going to try. We'll see how it goes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll post the first one today or tomorrow. I sent it out for a beta read, but my poor dear beta is on a well-earned and deserved break, so it may be going up a bit rough. Oh, well. Perfectionist me needs to shut up a little anyway.
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This week in 60 for 60, we are writing 60 word ficlets about the Arthur Conan Doyle canon story, The Boscombe Valley Mystery. An open and shut case is anything but when a man is murdered at the edge of the water of Boscombe Pool.

Find more terrific, varied fics at our brand new comm, [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 and join in with your own! Read the story and write 60 words. It's easy and fun!

Canon Story: The Boscombe Valley Mystery
Title: Paddington Station
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating: G

Holmes paced the length of the platform again, scanning every inch of it for any sign. Nothing.

He’s not coming.

But why would he, after all? Burgeoning practice, young bride... a normal life. What room was left for an eccentric detective friend and his macabre adventures?

None. And you knew that. This is how you always knew it would end.

Next week on 60 for 60: The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans. When the plans for an important new submarine go missing and a dead body turns up instead, our heroes are called into action by the only man smarter than Sherlock Holmes himself: his brother.
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This week in 60 for 60, we are writing 60 word ficlets about the Arthur Conan Doyle canon story, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A classic holiday story! Cases come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as unusual as this one, arriving at Holmes' door as a haggard hat and a Christmas goose. Where these odd clues lead amazes even the Great Detective.

Important and good news, everyone! We're getting our own comm for 60 for 60! We're calling it [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 (now with intro post and profile) and I'm setting it up this week. Next week, we'll post our entries there. I'll try to message everyone when the comm is open and running, and I'll send all necessary links and info. This is my first comm, so please bear with me. Ideas and help would be welcome!


60 for 60: Week 4: The Blue Carbuncle

Mrs. Peterson’s recipe for golden goose had been passed down for six generations. Each ingredient lent a unique character to the dish: thyme for aroma, peppercorns for spice, orange peel for brightness. This particular goose carried with it a special ingredient of its own, however, and although it didn’t add flavor, the meal was made all the richer for it.

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Don't miss the other takes on The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by these fabulous authors:
tweedisgood
lucybun
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
flawedamythyst
shouldboverthis


Next week on 60 for 60: from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery. An open and shut case is anything but when a man is murdered at the edge of the water of Boscombe Pool.
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Hi, everyone! 60 for 60 continues along swiftly into its 4th week. Unsure of what 60 for 60 is? It's simple! Check it out and join us! This week, we got seven very different, all very interesting entries for The Adventure of Black Peter, and links can be found below.

What does everybody think of the current format, collecting links to everyone's individual pieces? There has been some interest in a master post with the text of all the entries. That sounds good, but I would need to make sure every author is okay with that -- I don't want anyone to be upset about reposting their material. Another option would be our own comm to post our entries to. Is that something you all would prefer? Please let me know what you think! Thanks everyone, and happy writing!

60 for 60 takes on The Adventure of Black Peter, by author:
flawedamythyst
leone
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis
spacemutineer
tweedisgood

We're on to The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier this week. We have a big bunch of entries already -- invite your friends!
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This week in 60 for 60, we are writing 60 word ficlets about the Arthur Conan Doyle canon story, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier. Two men of the Army are the most dedicated companions until they are separated by injury... and a subsequent mysterious disappearance. His friend is determined to find him again, no matter what the cost.

If you've never joined us, we'd love to have you! You can learn more here (including the schedule), but the basics are easy: read the story, then write a 60 word ficlet inspired by it. That's it! It's fun, it's quick and you'll love reading both the wonderful classic canon and the terrific variety of fic we all come up with. Come have fun with us! My own entry for the week is below. As always, just let me know you've written a story, and I'll add a link. Thanks, everyone!


60 for 60: Week 4: The Blanched Soldier

Old Ralph told Godfrey about the visitor, but he had to see for himself.
No. It can’t be.
Godfrey crept to the window for a better look.
J-James? Oh, God, it is.
His head fell against the glass at the sight. James, for the first time in years. Strong, brave, beautiful James.
But that was before, Godfrey. That was before.

Author's note: Yeah, I shipped it. ;)
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Don't miss the other takes on The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier by these fabulous authors:
methylviolet10b
tweedisgood
flawedamythyst
leone
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis


Next week on 60 for 60: from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Blue Carbuncle. A classic holiday story! Cases come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as unusual as this one, arriving at Holmes' door as a haggard hat and a Christmas goose. Where these odd clues lead amazes even the Great Detective.

P.S. -- I'll have a wrapup for last week, Black Peter, tomorrow evening. Sorry for the delay.
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This week in 60 for 60, we are writing 60 word ficlets about the Arthur Conan Doyle canon story, The Adventure of Black Peter. When a notoriously dangerous whaler is murdered violently at his home, there's no obvious villain to be found, even if everyone who knew him wanted him gone. The young inspector on the case knows there can be only one man to consult.

If you've never joined us, we'd love to have you! You can learn more here (including the schedule), but the basics are easy: read the story, then write a 60 word ficlet inspired by it. That's it! It's fun, it's quick and you'll love reading both the wonderful classic canon and the terrific variety of fic we all come up with. Come have fun with us! My own entry for the week is below. As always, just let me know you've written a story, and I'll add a link. Thanks, everyone!


60 for 60: Week 3: Black Peter

Now, with his sleeves rolled up his arms, Holmes got to work. The first two wounds were somewhat shallow and tentative as he made his considerations. Anatomy, physics. Force. Mass times... acceleration. For the third blow, he reared back, and with all of his might plunged the harpoon as deeply into the dead body dangling before him as he could.

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Don't miss the other takes on The Adventure of Black Peter by these fabulous authors:
methylviolet10b
flawedamythyst
tweedisgood
sabrinaphynn
leone
shouldboverthis


Next week on 60 for 60: from The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, The Blanched Soldier. One of the rare stories narrated by Holmes himself! A pair of soldiers are as close as friends can be until one of them is injured -- then disappears during his convalescence. His friend embarks on a dedicated quest to find him, wherever he is now and whatever it takes.
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We're trucking along well in our 60 for 60 challenge, heading into week 3! Unsure of what 60 for 60 is? It's simple! Check it out and join us! We have had six entries for The Beryl Coronet this week, and links can be found below. Great work everyone!

And now, a question for you all: do you think it would be better for me to post on [livejournal.com profile] dispatch_box a final list of all the entries I got for the week aggregated together on Saturday for everyone to read with a mention of the new story that starts on Sunday? Or should I post whatever I have available on Sunday and invite everyone to join in then with the current week's story? Might get more responses that way potentially, although not everyone's entry will get posted for advertising to readers. Any thoughts? I think I was more successful the first week doing that, so I may try that again. (I'm certainly over-thinking this, sorry.)

Is everyone having fun so far? I'm really enjoying our little project, and I hope you are too! I just love all the different approaches. We have slash, angst, detective work, back stories, missing scenes... Just terrific stuff! Thanks for taking this adventure with us, everybody!

60 for 60 takes on The Beryl Coronet, by author:
flawedamythyst
leone
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis
spacemutineer

See you all Sunday (7/10/11) for Black Peter! Pirates, rum, and murder ahoy!
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Welcome to week two of 60 for 60! Every Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b and I will each be posting on our journals a small ficlet of either 60 words or a single sentence inspired by one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic canon Sherlock Holmes cases. We hope you’ll read along with us and join in the fun yourself with a miniature story of your own!

Today’s adventure is The Beryl Coronet, in which a great treasure of the Empire is put into grave danger and only Sherlock Holmes is up to the task of preventing certain disaster. If you’ve never read it, please check it out and then maybe try your hand at a small ficlet inspired by it! Join us on our little adventure, won’t you? You can find more information here.

Don't miss the other excellent entries for The Beryl Coronet from these authors:
flawedamythyst
leone
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis


My own entry for this week is below, and any others I hear about, I will add links for. Please drop me a line if you decide to jump in too. Come along, the water’s fine!


60 for 60: Week 2: The Beryl Coronet

An offer to split the meager roast beef sandwich in Holmes’ pocket was all it took to get the hungry valet’s tongue wagging, in more ways than one. The detective listened as the man chewed and chattered, gossiping about his employer between bites.

Gentlemen often require alcohol to lubricate conversation. For workmen, just a little meat and bread can do.


Next week on 60 for 60: from The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Black Peter. A notoriously dangerous man of the sea dies in an act of savage violence. No one is sad to see him go, but who could have possibly done the deed?
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Title: One, Two, Three
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spacemutineer
Rating:PG-13
Character: John Watson, Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes
Summary: The doctor, at work.
Warnings: after-effects of violence
Word Count: 221
Author's Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes July 1 prompt.

“More hot water, Mrs. Hudson, quick as you can, please,” Watson asked her again, with the pain from his bruised ribs crackling audibly through his voice. When he reached over for another clean towel, she observed how the red sheen of his barked and split knuckles (almost assuredly raked across some blackguard’s now-displaced teeth) contrasted so starkly against the pile of pristine white cloths next to him.

The doctor’s concentration remained fixed and unwavering on the pressing matter at hand: the slender carved ivory knife handle protruding at an awkward right angle from just below his patient’s left shoulder.

“Turn your head to the side and take a deep breath, Holmes. Good, now another, slower. Perfect, one more please, a nice slow deep breath and hold it. Ready? One, two, three.”

The knife made almost no sound at all when Watson pulled it out, which surprised Mrs. Hudson somehow. Perhaps she would have heard it had she been looking, but she was careful to be pouring a fresh dish of water at the time instead, focusing on the rising and twisting tendrils of steam. Only the doctor had been watching in that instant, and his eyes had never broken from his task, even if one of them was already then a good halfway through the process of swelling shut.
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Hello, everyone! Wanted to check in, say hello, and give a hearty welcome to our newcomers. [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b and I are so happy you're joining us for our little storytelling adventure!

We had a wonderful response to week 1: The Abbey Grange, and we got six entries. You can find links to all of them below. Great work, everyone!

This was such a fantastic start. It's fascinating to see what different story elements catch each author reading the same story. Don't miss any of them!

60for60 takes on The Abbey Grange by author:
flawedamythyst
leone (also with 900 word expansion!)
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis
spacemutineer

Very much looking forward to this Sunday (3/7/11), and The Beryl Coronet! Everyone is welcome to join us, so if you know someone who might be interested, please pass it along. Also wonderful would be artwork, so please, any artists: you are more than welcome to join us as well! Come on, it'll be fun!

Now, a question for you all. Would you like me to post our results on [livejournal.com profile] dispatch_box? Is that something everyone wants? I could post all the entries I can find for the week on Saturday, and announce along with them that we start the new round the next day on Sunday. What do you all think? I'm leaning towards doing it, so if it's not something you're comfortable with, please let me know. Thanks, everyone! See you Sunday!
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Welcome to the first week of 60 for 60! Every Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b and I will each be posting on our journals a small ficlet of either 60 words or a single sentence inspired by one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic canon Sherlock Holmes cases. We hope you’ll read along with us and join in the fun yourself with a miniature story of your own!

Today’s adventure is The Abbey Grange, a tale of heartfelt passion, well-hidden secrets, and devoted loyalty in the face of great risk. If you’ve never read it, please check it out and then maybe try your hand at a small fic inspired by it! Join us on our little adventure, won’t you? You can find more information here.

My own entry for this week is below, and don't miss there other great entries:

60for60 takes on The Abbey Grange by author:
flawedamythyst
leone (also with 900 word expansion!)
methylviolet10b
sabrinaphynn
shouldboverthis

Any others I hear about, I will add links for. Please drop me a line if you decide to jump in too. Come along, the water’s fine!


60 for 60: Week 1: The Abbey Grange

"You have heard the evidence. Do you find the prisoner guilty or not guilty?"

The British jury tensed; this responsibility was sudden and sobering. He straightened his back, tucked his hands behind him and looked Captain Crocker over with care. The man was worn through completely by powerful love and concern. Watson rendered his decision quickly.

"Not guilty, my lord."


Next week on 60 for 60: from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Beryl Coronet. A precious national treasure finds its way into danger and a man discovers even his beloved family may not be worthy of his trust. Who can he turn to but the Great Detective?
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I'd like to invite anyone reading this to join [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b and me on a brand-new, slightly insane but fantastic little adventure. We're calling it 60 for 60. 60 words (or one sentence, your choice) for each of the 60 canon stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

It's going to be great fun, and easy too. Once a week, on Sundays, we'll be posting a very small ficlet based on just one of the original canon case stories (all of which are available online free!). Just 60 words or one single sentence once a week. Everyone with their own little take on a classic story of our detective, his doctor, and their vibrant world for everyone else to enjoy. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? And don't feel like you're committed to anything -- post just the weeks you feel like it! But [livejournal.com profile] methylviolet10b and I are in for the full 60, so you'll always have at least two little stories for your Sundays, posted on our respective journals.

So won't you consider joining us? You love Sherlock Holmes and fanfiction. You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't. Give it a thought. Join us. Let's have fun reading and writing together!

Drop a comment if you're interested, and I'll see you next Sunday (6/25/11) for 60 for 60!

ETA: Coming in late? No problem! Just check out the schedule below and feel free to jump in and out as you like.

(Schedule of canon stories follows under the cut. We're going in alphabetical order to mix things up a bit.)

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