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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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Tracking comments

Is it possible to track one specific prompt, instead of the whole prompting post? I feel like I've seen a lot of people who've said that they can do it, but I haven't been able to find on how on my own.

Thank you~

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It's a paid member thing.

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Does anyone know if there was ever a soundtrack released for the music in Nightwatching? I've googled this way and that with Włodek Pawlik, the composer, and the movie's name, but have found nothing. I absolutely fell in love with the strings themes.

...a fic that started off wit Lestrade and SHerlock hauling a drugged John (he was kidknapped) up there stairs while John giggles at things sherlock says. Later John gets sick and SHerlock takes care of him. Anyway if u've read or seen this anywhere please let me know

Re: Trying to find....

It doesn't start that way, that bit comes in about halfway through, but could you mean the Velveteen Doctor?

(If you don't read it anyway, it's a great story!)

Dr. Versus Dr.

I know this has been asked and answered somewhere, possibly here. But I've scanned pages the last hour, nada.

Forgive my repeating a question but does being a doctor the caliber of John Watson have the same prestige in the UK as it would in the States?

Even as a GP and/or surgeon, I would think he'd have some social status in the US and a fairly good paycheck, once he paid off his medical school loans.

Re: Dr. Versus Dr.

Yeah, it's a bit handwavey. They are stuck with impoverished Watson because of canon, but in real life a man of John's age who had been earning an Army doctor's wage and not paying for a wife, kids, school fees, car and mortgage would actually be minted. GPs earn around 100 grand a year, so his part-time work would pull in enough to pay rent and live modestly. They could always go into his gambling addiction backstory to explain where his money has gone.

'My Dearest Holmes' by Rohase Piercy

Has anyone here ever read it?

It seems to be a victorian Holmes/Watson slash pastiche.


Two reader reviews intrigued me greatly....

I went out on a limb and bought this book because I will read anything well written that involves Sherlock Holmes.

It has turned out to be a delightful, surprisingly emotive read.

Rohase Piercy has taken on the role of editor to the late Dr John Watson's private, unedited, accounts of The Final Problem and The Empty House. Her writing style is beautifully descriptive and laden with character emotion that is neither over the top nor out of character (Holmes is just as reserved as ever). Set against the backdrop of a London, England that just two years ago passed an act making any form of homosexual activity or expression illegal and punishable by up to two years hard labour.

There are two story's, the first of which is the abrupt and alarming disappearance of a woman, her friend whom she shares lodgings with is distraught and commissions Sherlock Holmes to investigate. From there, the case twists, turns, and leads to some startling discoveries and a truly brilliant, unexpected conclusion. (A must read!)

The second is set during the years when Dr Watson is married to Mary Morstan and his relationship with Sherlock has become a little distant. This story is very emotional as it covers Holmes supposed death at the Reichenbach Falls and it's utterly devastating effects on Dr Watson's marriage, professional career and health.

I loved every word and would recommend it to any Sherlock & Watson fan who enjoy's a well structured plot, suppressed emotion and sexual connotation, a bond of friendship/ love like no other, and language very similar to the original text's of Arthur Conan Doyle.

'An interesting spin on the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. What if their friendship was deeper than just friends? In this story, Watson is completely in love with Holmes but Holmes just cannot seem to return his feelings. Holmes does care and love for Watson but he does not know how to show these deeper emotions. They find out how to deal with these emotions in "The Final Problem' which is more about their relationship than the mystery. If you are wanting a sweet mystery with genius deductions, this is not the story for you. But, if you're interested in the interaction between the two characters, it's an interesting read.'

Re: 'My Dearest Holmes' by Rohase Piercy

I bought it not too long ago. I didn't want to read it until I finished the original book though.

What distinguishes someone being native in the language and being fluent? Does native mean you're literally born into the language?

Yes, your native language is the one you are born into. You can have more than one if, say, your parents are Chinese and you were born in Canada and have spoken both English and Mandarin from birth.

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I'm looking for a kind soul to beta this fill for me so I can post a cleaned-up version on my journal. It's Sherlock/John, R-rated and about 18,000 words in total. And I'm not a native speaker.


You've probably already got one, but if not, I'm willing! :)

I am going to go search for a prompt to break my writing cherry. I am simultaneously horrified and excited beyond belief. Be gentle, anons~.

Has this meme been anyone else's first experience actually writing something? Give me some good news.

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What say you, Meme?

I've been looking through the last couple of parts of the meme, and there are unfilled prompts that deserve some love. My problem? I don't do long fic. The longest fills I've done on this meme were still pretty darn short by most standards(probably between 500-1000 words), and I get the impression that mini-fills annoy people.

So, who should I listen to, Willie Nelson or the Supremes?

Is a little bit of love better than no love? Or, will these prompts just have to wait, because you can't hurry love?

Re: What say you, Meme?

I think that the sad truth is that there will probably always be more prompts than fill in total, so in that vein I'll say that any fill is better than nothing! And there's still nothing against multiple fills per prompt (I truly wish fillers would stop being self-conscious about being 2nd or 3rd fillers, I know that if a prompt is something I like I can read endless variations on it).

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Sherlock and Mycroft and ages

Benedict Cumberbatch is thirty-four and Mark Gatiss describes Sherlock as that age in the commentary on "A Study in Pink." But in my head Sherlock's a bit younger than his actor. Twenty-eight at the very youngest, more likely thirty or thiry-one. His immaturity just works better for me that way.

Gatiss is ten years older than Cumberbatch. ACD canon makes Mycroft seven years older than Sherlock. Following my preferences for Sherlock's age and ACD's gap would make Mycroft under forty and that doesn't work for me either. His staid character and his powerful, entrenched position make it very hard to see him as that young. In this case, I'm happier to go with the age gap between the actors than the one ACD gives us (or more: Basingstoke's "Rough Edges" series has that youngest-Sherlock-I-find-workable, and Mycroft fourteen years older).

Of course, I've also seen stories that narrow the age gap to five years. Those throw me a little.

So how much give do you allow the characters' ages? Are you strict: Gatiss says thirty-four, Doyle says seven years, and anything else throws you? Do you have a particular interpretation of their shared childhood? The size of that gap helps determine exactly how "shared" their childhood was.

Re: Sherlock and Mycroft and ages

I see their age gap as seven years, with Sherlock in his mid-thirties and Mycroft early-forties. Anything five years or less throws me, because that should also alter their dynamic. At least an alternative explanation for their distance should be used. I don't have a problem with a larger gap but I feel more than ten years is pushing it a bit.

I'm so used to seeing older!Holmeses that I have no problem with thirty-four year old Sherlock. I see him as immature because of his nature and because of how he's been treated all his life. Until John comes along, anyway.

Episode titles for season 2 announced (spoilers)


Steven Moffat says: "The three stories will be called A Scandal In Belgravia, The Hounds Of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall."

Mark Gatiss reveals that when it came to sharing the writing responsibilities, Steven chose to do the twisted love story (Scandal) while he chose the Gothic horror (Baskerville) and Stephen Thompson (Silk, Doctor Who) is writing the thrilling finale (Reichenbach).

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I keep getting excited about the fact they're doing Reichenbach and then remembering Steve Thompson is writing it. I hoped that TBB was an one-off but then his episode of Doctor Who bored me to pieces.

My Favorite Scene

"That thing that you, uh, did, that you offered to do, that was, uh, good."

May I hear your interpretations of what Sherlock was thinking as he paced back and forth, scratching his head with the loaded gun, and what he was trying to convey to John with that herky-jerky sentence?

Re: My Favorite Scene

I like to think that Sherlock has never bothered to thank anyone in his life. For anything.

But even he knows that when someone offers to blow themselves up so he can get away, you need to thank that person.

Only he deleted the relevant phrase from his mind some years ago, and couldn't remember which words he was meant to say.

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In need of The Office (BBC version) with subtitles

I love the BBC version of The Office and I have a friend who I think will love it too. Unfortunately, he has some issues with speech processing and couldn't understand a word when trying to watch on Netflix. Does anyone know where this might be watchable with subtitles?

Re: In need of The Office (BBC version) with subtitles

The DVDs have a subtitle in English option.

In need of some screen caps

I have a hobby that I feel the need to indulge. In the Granada 'verse, Holmes has an afghan that he takes with him when they leave London. I know I saw it in the Musgrave Ritual and in the Devil's Foot, but it may be in other episodes as well.

It's sort of brown and grey and looks, far as I can tell, like a massive granny square. It seems like an easy enough project and I want to make one for myself.

As I've only been able to watch this from Netflix streaming, I can't really get any caps of this thing. Does anybody have the Granada 'verse on DVD who would be able to get me some caps? I can't read patterns (nor do I pay attention to instructions for flat-pack furniture, for that matter), so if I see something I like, I have to just go off of that. So, the higher quality the caps, the better for working out how it's all put together.

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...And I believe I've seen you mention in other places that you're a guy? Because, if this is true... I think I love you. <3

I know that guys can do threadwork projects too... I've just never actually met a guy where I live who does do them...

I'm sorry I can't help you with the caps, though. I wish I could...

Also, I am really sorry if I got you mixed up with someone else. tremendously sorry... T_T

This is a comment I am making so this page will update. Is it not glorious in it's functionality.


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