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Three Things:

1) On the George R.R. Martin shelves at Powell's there's an employee note that says, "If you're just starting this series now, I call bandwagon." And yet, yesterday I carried my copy of A Clash of Kings to the register with pride. I watched the show, and now I'm reading the books. I am a sheep. A happy, happy sheep who needs a t-shirt that says Arya Stark is My King. Or something. Yay for the bandwagon; the bandwagon is awesome.

2) For the last few weeks I've been getting an obscene number of spam comments on both this journal and my now mostly abandoned [livejournal.com profile] rosa_writes journal. Like, three or four a day. Are we under some sort of livejournal-wide Abercrombie and Fitch ad attack? Other than forbidding anonymous comments/popped collars, is there anything I can do to stop it?

3) My new favorite person is Laura Marling, a young singer-songwritery type with an eerie, mythic vibe that delights and enthralls. Rock out to this little ditty:

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So [livejournal.com profile] pendrecarc (who is an awesome person) is doing an interview series for the female character focused Holmesian comm [livejournal.com profile] furtherinterest (which is an awesome comm) and if you go here (for livejournal, which is occasionally awesome) or here (for dreamwidth, which I rarely use but still find pretty awesome) you can read the questions she asked me, and the answers I gave. I think her summary says it best: 

The author of "The Anatomist" bares all!

Her COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP with rough drafts...!
The Sherlock fic she's PANTING TO READ...and
A TANTALISING GLIMPSE into her current WIP!!!

Meanwhile, your intrepid moderator tries very hard to pretend this is an episode of "Fresh Air", and by a supreme effort of willpower the conversation does not devolve into Laurie R. King fangirling and odes to Peter Wimsey's monocle.


It is actually very much like an episode of Fresh Air, I think, only with more discussion of sociopathy, genderswap, magic, and what a weird dude Arthur Conan Doyle was. Basically, there is awesomeness. Oh, and a number of unfortunate attempts on my part to be witty and/or insightful. The and is the worst. Oh boy, that and.

 
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Dearest Flist,

I don't say this often enough, but: You are marvelous today.

Shine on, you crazy diamonds.
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Dear Mr. Gaiman,

Please write Doctor Who forever.

Thanks in advance,
Rose
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So you guys may or may not have noticed, but I suck at finishing WIPs. (Should really be WsIP, I suppose, but that's just ridiculous. WIPs it is.) Part of my problem is that in the last two years or so I've become entirely unable to keep stories within the scope in which I originally conceive them - they just get longer and longer, and while I always promise myself I'll wait until they're complete to start posting, the truth is I probably wouldn't post anything at all if I held myself to that. Component Parts is a good example - for the two months or so while I was working on that fic on a daily basis, I was still totally consumed by all things Star Trek. But you know what happened? Two months went by and the fic was getting more and more ambitious, and I suddenly all I wanted to think about was Arthurian legend and this absurdly epic Merlin fic I'd started by accident one night. That turned into The Goose Girl, which while technically complete was meant to be followed by two more stories of equal length all about Arthur becoming king and Merlin finding out that Bess was Nimueh and then the whole Lady of the Lake Mordred insanity, and oh I had such plans. Then I started a little Journey's End fic called Tomorrow Is a Long Time, and I was off again.

So. If you're curious (and even if you aren't, which is more likely) here's a rundown of my WsIP file, and those fics that I expect to emerge from it, blinking into the light, and those which will probably rot there, dessicated and forgotten. Yummy.

WIPs, or: fics you've forgotten you ever read, which was probably for the best, really. )
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Characters: fem!John Watson, Sherlock Holmes.

Rating: All ages.

Warnings: None.

Summary: Joanna Watson considers a haircut; Sherlock shares some thoughts on the matter. A brief scene edited from a longer story that seems to stand just as well on its own. The original story is a witchy-type magic AU, but there's little of that here. 

too short for a title.  )
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A question meme, stolen from many, many people. I found it oddly soothing. But then, I find American Idol soothing these days, so I'm clearly not at the top of my game, so to speak. 

01. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up.
My dog, who is staring at me as if he can see the inside of my skull. The white beech trees outside my window. The dead light bulb in my reading lamp. My mother's dog, who is staring at my dog like she can see the inside of his skull. My feet.   

follow follow follow the cut.  )
 
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You know how I feel about the Doctor. You know that he is the butter to my bread. The salt to my pepper. The Cher to my Sonny. I love the Doctor, in every incarnation, and yet still I say unto you:



My adoration of Dana Scully is the reason I first discovered fandom all those many years ago, and while Fandom March Madness may be silly, I feel like it's an excellent opportunity to prove that there's more to fandom than just a collective fascination with misanthropic white dudes who have sex with other, slightly less misanthropic white dudes. So I'm stumping for Dana Scully, Troy Barnes, Kelly Kapoor, Leslie Knope, CJ Cregg, Annie Sawyer, Olivia Dunham, and Caroline "Vampire Barbie" Forbes.

In short, Vote Scully. You know the Doctor would want you to.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rosefox at "My body hijacked"
It's been a long time since we had disposable funds for charity donations, but today I dipped into savings to send a donation to Planned Parenthood, because the House of Representatives just voted to completely defund it. Oh, and they want to completely eliminate Title X family planning funding, too.

Keep in mind that the Hyde Amendment already banned clinics from receiving federal funding for abortion. So the only goal here is to keep people from accessing family planning services, cancer screenings, birth control, HIV tests, and other life-saving and life-changing medical assistance.

There's no upside to this. It's just wrong. And in small and rural communities, it could be a disaster.

We can certainly hope that the Senate will do the right thing and refuse to pass these terrible bills. In the meantime, please stand with Planned Parenthood. At the very least, sign their letter to the House and the Senate. If you can, make a donation--even just a small one. Soon we may be the only source of funds they have.

And please, please spread the word. Women, men, teens too! Men and boys benefit from PP's services too: directly through things like HIV tests and free condoms, and indirectly through having happier, healthier female partners, relatives, and friends. It's too easy for people to dismiss this as "ladybusiness", or to shy away from talking about that icky S-E-X stuff. Please don't let that happen. Speak up for reproductive health services, and keep speaking up for as long as it takes.

There's a rally in New York next Saturday. I'm planning to go if I can get away from work for long enough. Join us if you can.


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I have loved a lot of television shows in my time, but tonight, watching last week's episode of Community - this is the first time I have ever loved a show so intensely that I think I might actually be physically ill.

This is probably because it's after midnight and I couldn't laugh nearly as loudly as this episode physically requires without waking everyone up, but SWEET JESUS, my stomach hurts and my head aches and really, I almost burst into tears at one point, so intense was my adoration for every fucking hilarious second of this show. My knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons is practically nil, but this ep perfectly captured so many things I love about Community - its optimism and insanity and its transcendent delight in the wonder and power of the human imagination. It proves week after week that friendship is one of most engaging and undervalued relationships in television, and I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE I AM JUST ECSTATIC AND FILLED WITH JOY FOR ALL THINGS.

I really need to do love!posts for all the amazing television I've seen recently - Community, The Good Wife, Parks and Recreation, Being Human (UK), Fringe - but every time I think about it I become paralyzed by pure, manic enthusiasm. 

In short: If you are not watching Community, do. It will make you so happy you will throw up a little in your mouth.    
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I went to the grocery store this morning, and as I left I stopped to hold the door for an elderly woman who was coming in. She was walking pretty quickly despite the cane she carried - or not so much quickly, I suppose, but with a sort of ease and intensity of purpose that resembled speed. She had white, short-cropped hair and wore a striped sweater beneath her open coat, and when she walked past she gave me an absent-minded, what-a-nice-young-person smile, polite despite the fact that she was obviously distracted by her thoughts.

And as I smiled back I realized that I'd just seen what Martin Freeman's John Watson would look like as an awesome little old lady.

I hope she didn't have too much trouble with the chip-and-pin machine automatic checkout.

Also:
THE ANONYMOUS WRITING FEEDBACK MEME  
Feed the ego-beast, or better yet - tame it with some concrit. Or just plain ol' crit. Whatever floats, so to speak, your boat. My thread is here.
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Title: The Anatomist

Characters: Molly Hooper, Jim Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, others. Multiple pairings.

Rating: Adult.

Warnings: Graphic violence and language, disturbing themes. Highlight to read special warnings for this chapter: Character death, incest, and a scene of sexualized violence.

Betas: I am tremendously lucky to have readers as generous, insightful, and all-around brilliant as [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn, [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68, [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_rose, and [livejournal.com profile] lalaithlockhart. They make all the difference. 

Summary: When they are children, Moriarty is a game. A story they tell only to each other, in whispers. Jim and Molly Moriarty, from the beginning.

chapter one chapter two chapter three

chapter four )
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Oh, how I love fandom. The excellent [livejournal.com profile] sevenswells just posted an absolutely stunning piece of fanart inspired by The Anatomist, and I've been reduced to giddy, dolphin-like squeaks of joy ever since. (Badly confusing any actual dolphins in the vicinity, who are not nearly as interested in British television shows as their obvious intelligence might suggest.) So yeah. I'm having a good day. 

little mouse by [livejournal.com profile] sevenswells. Warnings for disturbing themes and...the implication of violence? No particular spoilers for the story itself - JUST AWESOMENESS. And don't forget to check out her other Sherlock fanart, which is fantastic.
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Because I'm very much in a Doctor Who sort of mood today, here's my first three responses from this meme. The others will follow shortly.

I got a bit carried away on these. Feel free to poke me if I sound too pretentious absurd quietly brilliant.

thoughts on the Ninth Doctor, the Tenth, and one Rose Marion Tyler. )
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Title: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Characters: Amy Pond, Rose Tyler, Rory Williams.

Rating: Teen.

Warnings: None.

Spoilers: Through The Eleventh Hour.

Summary: Amy Pond is twenty years old when she wakes in the middle of the night and sees a strange woman standing in her garden. Written for the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn as a pretty fantastically belated More Joy Day gift.

songs of innocence, songs of experience )
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Stolen from the ever-fantastic [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68:

Pick a character and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them. Any and all characters welcome (including ones I haven't written but might know about...)


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Title: A Troubling Syntax

Characters: John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Molly Hooper.

Rating: All Ages

Warnings: None

Beta: The fantastic [livejournal.com profile] tricksterquinn, who deserves an award for 1) awesomeness, and 2) putting up with me. Ideally this award would be shiny, expensive, and double as an electric pencil sharpener.

Spoilers: Set sometime after A Study in Pink.

Summary: An outtake from my Sherlock story The Anatomist. John and Sherlock engage in a brief discussion of romance, grammar, and blogging. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Contains an excerpt from Molly Hooper's blog.

a troubling syntax )
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This is the second entry in a row I'm posting while intoxicated; I swear I am not becoming a lush. It is the holidays, and during the holidays I make brief escapes from social obligations to post nonsense on LJ. BECAUSE I HATE PEOPLE.

Aside from you guys, obviously.

a fandom meme in which I give at least three conflicting answers to every question. because that is my way. )

HAPPY 2011, EVERYONE. Remember: the world ends next year - let's make this a good one.

ETA: It is tradition to include a list of the year's fics in a post like this, isn't it? Not my most productive year, obviously, but here goes:

In Good Spirits - Doctor Who, Doctor/Rose
Girl of Steel - Doctor Who/Superman fusion, Doctor/Rose
Tomorrow Is a Long Time - Doctor Who, Doctor/Rose
finis principium est - Doctor Who, Doctor/Rose, character death
Bibliophilia - Doctor Who, Doctor/Rose
As Told By - Doctor Who/Wizard of Oz fusion.

The Goose Girl - Merlin, gen fic.
Interlude, With Rain - Star Trek Reboot, Spock/Uhura
The Anatomist - Sherlock, Creepy/Wrong
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Merry not-quite-Christmas-anymore, folks! I hope those that celebrate had a wonderful holiday, and that those who don't experienced an above-average Saturday.

ALSO THERE WAS DOCTOR WHO AND IT WAS GORGEOUS IN CASE YOU DIDN'T NOTICE. OH, SHOW. Just when I think I'm out, you pull me back in. By my ankles. And you make me like it.

this is brief, spoilerish, and a little drunk. )

This post has been brought to you by two glasses of heavily-spiked eggnog. Don't drink and macro, kids.

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