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This is a place for all sorts of off-topic discussion.

You can post anon or un-anon, per your personal preference, as usual.

All I ask is that you stay civil and (hopefully) friendly.

If you also want to use this thread to try to find a beta for a fic, or ask a brit-pick-ish question, I think that would be an acceptable use. Have fun!

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Surprised it took this meme this long to reach bestiality prompts (not judging, just remarking). Seems most of the other memes see it spring up really quickly, and ours is even pretty tame by comparison (i.e. no forced wolf impregnation breeding lactation incest, just simple consensual werewolf sex). In no way do I think the OPs are wrong! Just observing.

Which gets me to thinking: is there anything this meme HASN'T done? By the sliding scale of kink (I know we're not supposed to judge, but generally people contextualize some kinds as being more out there than others), is this the last of the Big Kinks that we've hit, considering we've had tentacles, necrophilia, and coprophagia already?

OP of the second bestiality prompt here. I'm also surprised it took us this long, but I'm so glad we made it; the fills coming in are magnificent.

And I know we've had prompts for it, and a kerfuffle and an exodus near the beginning, but I don't think we've actually gotten any underage stuff, have we? Yeah, we're really tame here.

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I've come to the conclusion that my absolute favourite word in a review or comment is 'somehow'. I seek out the sort of prompts bound to inspire it if I can make it work: somehow not crack, somehow manages to work, somehow manages to be perfect when you'd think it was impossible.

I love it when I get responses like that. :)

Responses you live in hope for, memers?

Uhhh... I'm just happy if I get responses :DDD

New Doctor Who episode!!!!!

Discuss.

Preferably not unless you're including spoiler warnings and whiting text out so that I can scroll on by without being spoiled.

: )

Silly question... how much do people think that John weighs? Martin Freeman has apparently owned up to being between 5'6 1/2- 5'7". It's hard for me to guestimate his weight with his clothing.

This might help.

My dad's about 5'7 and looks his weight, so my guess would be about 150.

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Pre-John Sherlock

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Pre-John Sherlock seems to me to be such a lonely man. Especially in this series. Maybe it's his youth, he seems more vulnerable to me.

He also struck me as lonely in the Doyle canon. But he never seemed lonely in the Granada series. Maybe because Watson was always there and it seemed like Brett's Sherlock socialized more, whether he wanted to or not.

I wonder if I'm reading that in because I'm projecting or if it's intended.

Anyone else see loneliness? More or less, in different incarnations of Sherlock Holmes?

Re: Pre-John Sherlock

The only one I can't see as lonely is RDJ's Sherlock but that's because the old married couple thing is so strong with them. But yeah, I can see how our Sherlock seems lonely. For gods' sakes, he kept a skull for company.

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Tips And Suggestions Please!

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What do you do to motivate yourself to tackle projects (fun or work projects, doesn't matter) when you feel blah, lumpy and lazy?



Also, how do you toughen yourself up, cheer yourself, psych yourself up when you feel like a kicked puppy? IE, get out of a self pity mode?


Re: Tips And Suggestions Please!

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This, alas, I know too much about.

. EXERCISE. This is the big one. I know it's the last thing anyone wants to do when they feel down but it's probably the most useful.

. Don't comfort eat. This is always my reaction but it always makes it worse. And by the same vein it's best not to sleep all day either.

. I know it's probably the last thing you want to do but go and socialize. It dosen't have to be anything big - go see a movie with someone or have a coffee. It does help.

. Listen to some music - I don't know why but this always cheers me up

&hearts &hearts &hearts

Keep your chin up OP

Urg, I hate my brain. Was just linked to The Hobbit set vid from last week this morning, and so I got all excited and said to myself, "SELF, READ IT AGAIN. IT'S BEEN YEARS."

So I'm reading The Hobbit, and now I'm imagining Freeman as Bilbo, and it's making things EVEN BETTER, until I take a break and start thinking about how I hope when The Hobbit comes out, someone writes fic about Bilbo and Elf!Benedict and their epic gay love story.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY BRAIN?!

The last time I read the hobbit was before I knew about fandom and before I'd developed slash goggles. The hobbit was a very different experience this time around. So ... many... slut!Bilbo... fantasies...

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Spoilers for Doctor Who Season 6, natch

No one seems to have linked this yet:

Moffat talking about the new season Doctor Who, with brief mention of Sherlock

He says that he's loaning Martin Freeman to Peter Jackson, not the other way around. Hee. Possessive.

Edited at 2011-04-24 05:33 am (UTC)

Re: Spoilers for Doctor Who Season 6, natch

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Possessive indeed! My initial reaction to that was amusement, then I read the next part and sighed.

It’s not exactly a small deal these days, Sherlock.

Maybe it's because of his 'track record', but this made me think, "Do we really to be so arrogant, Moffat?"

oh balls

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So I read a prompt, started writing a fic, it's going swimmingly: unblocked for the first time in months.

Checked the prompt: I've only got the bloody characters around the wrong way. Right scenario, but the prompt was A seduces B, and I've got B seducing A.

I don't want to rewrite as A seducing B, because in the context of the fic it sets up a power differential that I'm not comfortable with and I don't think I'd write it very well.

So options seem to be either be posting once complete with a 'sorry not what you asked for' possibly putting off someone else from filling or, ahem, anonymously prompting for the fill I did, and then after a decent interval posting the fill.

Or not posting at all - but I'm sure someone might like it.

What's the etiquette?



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If you're not a member of any other comms, where you can just post it as fanfic (or if you want to post it anon), then yeah, just prompt and fill it here. Whatever it is, other people will, I'm sure, like it!

Also, might be worth leaving a message on the post, saying what you've said here. "I've sort of filled this, but got it the other way around - would you like me to link it here, or not?" Can't do any harm, and shows it's not a 'fill' as such :)

A few pages back, I posted some basic, yet handy firearms information. Well, I do a lot of odd research on loads of topics, but there are some places I find invaluable for their very specific collections of information. Others are quite diverse, but may only give you a general idea. I figure these might be worth sharing as well.

Here's a list of places I have bookmarked, some of which I visit almost daily:


  • Cab fare! Gives you an estimated fare and route to expect. Combine this with...

  • Google Maps, particularly Street View, and there's no reason whatsoever for location!fail. Even if Street View may not be exactly up to date, it still gives you a good idea of what the area looks like.

  • There's also a very high-quality map of Great Britain, which outlines all of the counties. It's a couple years old, but I doubt anything's changed too terribly dramatically since 2009.

  • Speaking of Great Britain, my not-British friends may find this video helpful. It explains the differences between the UK, Great Britain, England, the Commonwealth, and more.

  • On the subject of maps, how about a Map of the Sky? Has information on distance, right ascension, declination, composition, alternative names, and everything else on more celestial bodies than the mind can comprehend. If you're really detail-oriented, you can use this information to...

  • calculate the distances between celestial bodies. First, you'll need to get a bit more info on triangulation. I spent about two days doing it by hand in a notebook during Nano, before I found these sites. They have saved me hours of tedious maths.

  • The Law in the United Kingdom category on Wikipedia has come in amazingly useful for four different fandoms over the last three years. I think every fandom person on my F-list should find this one helpful, since you all come from one of two, both which are about solving insane mysteries somewhere in England.

  • Similarly, you may want to familiarise yourself with UK police ranks, should you be writing for a fandom which would involve them. Especially if you are quite familiar with American police structure. It's very different.

  • Speaking of which, get your British slang right. You really don't want to embarrass yourself by calling a condom a 'rubber.'

Handy Resources (part 2)


  • Need to display a telephone number? Use one of these. The don't belong to anybody.

  • You may also want to familiarise yourself with London postal districts. They can make that cab fare thing in the first link so much easier.

  • WebMD is a good one for medically-related research. Especially if you have a doctor character, and you need them to sound like a doctor.

  • One for the Sherlock fandom in particular, although still useful for other areas, is this collection of first-hand reports from drug users (this may have been posted around here somewhere before, but I'm posting it again, because it's useful).

  • Another one the Sherlock fandom may find helpful is AVEN - the Asexual Visibility and Education Network.

  • There are also a few places I go for general searching. Yahoo!Answers can have some really obscure questions with some great answers. Great for simple questions.

  • little_details is probably the best place to go for research. If they don't have what you're looking for, you can post a question, and someone will know the answer. This is great for those questions that have multiple parts, or are just so strange, you don't even know where to start.

  • Perhaps surprisingly, TVTropes can be terribly helpful as well.

  • And, of course, we can't forget Wikipedia in general. BE WARNED: these last two links have a reputation for sucking away entire hours of a person's life. Click at your own risk.



And, when all else fails, Google.

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Nitpicky question ahoy...

London Metropolitan Archives - Clerkenwell or Finsbury? Because there's a sign on the building itself that proclaims Finsbury, but the City of London corporation website claims the address is Clerkenwell.

LMA -> Clerkenwell -> Finsbury -> Islington? Reverse Clerkenwell & Finsbury?

(Maybe it's some unholy amalgamation, Clerkenwell-Finsbury, like a couple that have been together so long you forget they divide into two people)

It bothers me more than it should that I don't know this. -_-; Pedantic anon is pedantic.

I would give my right arm for well-written Dracula fic. Or a crossover, I'm not picky. Just desperate.

I feel silly asking this right after that amazing resource post above, because I feel like I should be able to find the answer in the "Law in the United Kingdom" wiki section. But if it's there, I'm dumb and can't find it.

So: Can any give me (or give me a link to) a quick rundown of what happens to someone who's arrested in England? I don't need something super detailed, but, like how long does it normally take for someone to go to trial? Where are they detained beforehand? Etc. (Basically, I'm attempting to fill this prompt, but I realize I have no idea what kind of timeline I'm looking at: http://sherlockbbc-fic.livejournal.com/8651.html?replyto=38180043)

Thanks muchly in advance!

To start, the caution is different from the one used in the States (unless you're writing for pre-Ashes to Ashes Life on Mars fic). It goes like, "You do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand?"


The rest actually varies quite widely, depending on any number of circumstances. Are you dealing with the Met? Scotland Yard? Some rural constabulary? Also, the alleged crime will play a role as well. And maybe even what sort of mood the custody sergeant's in that day. Then there's also the variable of how well-known the person is, whether because they're important, famous, their parents are one of those, or they're being arrested every other week. The person's behaviour will play a large role as well.


Universally, they'll be cautioned, told why they're being arrested, detained, and taken to the station. If they're being completely unruly, they may get to spend time in a cell before they're charged with anything, to let them calm down. This is called detention, and there are three types: without arrest, after arrest but before charged, and after charged.

Without arrest, that's where the police will detain you and put you in the back of a car while they sort everything out. After arrest but before charge is what I mentioned above, when someone's being a dick. And after charged if you can't make bail, basically.

I believe in the UK, you can be held for two days (someone please correct me; I can't find my resource for this) without being charged. This is also a tactic they'll use if they suspect you of a serious crime, but they don't have enough evidence and think you might fuck off out the country or something. You'll see a lot of crime procedurals do this.



ETA: Now that I've actually read the prompt, this may come in handy for you: http://www.justice.gov.uk/criminal/procrules_fin/rulesmenu.htm

I really do need to learn to read first, and then answer.

Edited at 2011-04-25 01:09 am (UTC)

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Person who linked to the Areaology website... curse you. Forget the reality-warping powers of his crotch, I could have lived my whole life happily unaware of the fact that David Bowie has better legs than me.

...

...who was working on those Labyrinth crossovers?

What do you guys do when absolutely everything seems to be conspiring to annoy the fucking shit out of you? I've only tried a cocktail of Not Always Right, Zero Punctuation, and Fandom Secrets but that doesn't seem to be doing the trick* - any suggestions?

*much in the way one would listen to a song over and over again to get it out of one's head.

FARK, Cracked, and if I really want to be entertained without the least bit of chance of hating the world, TV Tropes.