I’m going to the beach tomorrow for a week in order to mark becoming an even older lady than I already am (YAY!), so I won’t be around too much. I realize you won’t actually notice my absence, but I wanted to tell you anyway. There will be sand, and books, and writing (hopefully), and alcohol (definitely). 

You’re welcome to come over and sit on my new couch. It arrived today. it is green, and very, very comfortable. They took my hideous old one out my patio doors and tipped it over the fence. It was fantastic.

I hope you have a terrific week. I love you.

fffinnagain

fffinnagain:

Podfic of Whatever Remains, However Improbable

Authors: ivyblossom and loudest-subtext-in-television

Reader: finnagain

Fandom: BBC Sherlock

Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson

Rating: Teen and Up, Audiences

Genre: Fanfiction as Meta, Telling the boys what’s what, Radio play

Additional Tags: POV First Person, POV Second Person, Present Tense, Future Tense, Operation Johnlock, TJLC, 221B Baker Street sounds

Length: 1 hr 28 min 10 sec

Summary from the text: The evidence is all there: we know it’s bound to happen. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are going end up together, aren’t they? Obviously! We can show all the evidence in meta posts on tumblr (and oh we do, we do!), but we could also sit them both down and tell them it’s going to happen. And how it might happen. Doesn’t hurt to nudge them along, does it?

Listen or download the mp3 or m4b on AO3.

THIS EXISTS

HERE IT IS OMG

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lindentreeisle:

nuditea:

atheistblowjob:

nuditea:

straight women who casually use the word “girlfriend” to refer to their platonic lady friends, i have nothing against you, but you make the world really confusing,

I love this because it means that just a little, heteronormativity has decreased

i think a woman who would never say “boyfriend” to refer to a platonic male friend using the word “girlfriend” for a platonic female friend and assuming everyone will know it is a non-romantic relationship evidently by very nature of it being between two women is actually kind of the definition of heteronormativity

Yeah, sorry, but that is how my grandmother used the word “girlfriend.”  Nobody in my generation uses it that way.

enkeli
bakerstreetbabes:


BEING A REPRINT FROM THE REMINISCENCES OF JOHN H. WATSON, M.D., LATE OF THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

I love that Watson makes this list and then realises how creepy it is and throws it into the fire. And yet, we still get to read it when he remembers it and writes it down for us.

I kind of want to see Sherlock Holmes’ impractical garden. It would be full of poisonous things, and he’d have no idea how to weed or water or anything, so patches of it would die, parts would do inexplicably well, some bits would choke out other bits. There would be thorns and raspy stems and things that smell terrible, and weird vines that wrap around other plants and force them to twist and cower. Surely there would be one strange flower in the middle of that giant mess. One strange little flower, just sitting there, surviving.

bakerstreetbabes:

BEING A REPRINT FROM THE REMINISCENCES OF JOHN H. WATSON, M.D., LATE OF THE ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

I love that Watson makes this list and then realises how creepy it is and throws it into the fire. And yet, we still get to read it when he remembers it and writes it down for us.

I kind of want to see Sherlock Holmes’ impractical garden. It would be full of poisonous things, and he’d have no idea how to weed or water or anything, so patches of it would die, parts would do inexplicably well, some bits would choke out other bits. There would be thorns and raspy stems and things that smell terrible, and weird vines that wrap around other plants and force them to twist and cower. Surely there would be one strange flower in the middle of that giant mess. One strange little flower, just sitting there, surviving.

itsnotchancemrholmesitschess
sussexbound:

Sometimes I just want so badly for Mrs. Turner’s ‘married ones’ to have a cameo in the last few minutes of the last episode of BBC Sherlock and to be played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!

Oh dear god this needs to happen. There is no good reason for this not to happen. Come on now. It’s perfect.

sussexbound:

Sometimes I just want so badly for Mrs. Turner’s ‘married ones’ to have a cameo in the last few minutes of the last episode of BBC Sherlock and to be played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!

Oh dear god this needs to happen. There is no good reason for this not to happen. Come on now. It’s perfect.

nicolasechs

Imagine, getting up in the morning, and seeing that you got a spot, and you don’t think that the world has come to an end. You just put something on it and walk out into the world because you’re so happy, with yourself and your space, that you can just take that space and you don’t need to apologize for yourself. Imagine that ! That would be a great place to be. Imagine getting up in the morning and just putting on your clothes without even having to think about whether they make you look one way or the other. Because you know that your space in the world is insured. You’re allowed to be whatever you want or need to be. And you’re welcome like that. Imagine that ! (x)

Your space in the world is assured, not insured. Not like, you’ll get a pay out if someone sits in your chair, or something. Assured, as in certain, reliable, dependable. Unquestionable.

thricedenied asked:

What program do you use to make outlines?

I will use pretty much anything. So far I find different projects demand different kinds of things from me, and I’m always trying new methods and different kinds of software. I’ve been working on this story in a large moleskine notebook for a few weeks, trying to resolve some issues. But it’s hard to get a whole story on one page. To be honest what I wanted this evening more than anything was a whiteboard wall. But until I’ve got one, software will have to do.

The image I just uploaded was from scapple, from the guy who brought us scrivener. It’s the least linear tool I own, and yet I went and made stacks of ideas and events with it. But I find that happens as I get more organized. Each of the little bubbles are independent, and I can create them and then move the around, which I like.

In the past I have used scrivener’s terrific outlining function, spreadsheets (google docs ones in particular), and word processing documents (again, google docs, good for sharing). I’ve also used Aeon Timeline for outlining in a chronologically-driven way. 

Until I get a story down somehow, I feel like I don’t have a story at all, so I will genuinely use whatever’s at hand. I got scapple because I find it hard to put things in a definite order sometimes. This was one of those times.

This is how I spent my evening. It’s a preliminary outline. I make things like this so that I can lay out a story and get a look at it, so I (and my patient friends) can judge whether it’s worth writing or not. I have to do this because I pretty much suck at building a plot, and I’m trying to learn to be better at it.
I feel very accomplished now. This one has been haunting me for weeks.

This is how I spent my evening. It’s a preliminary outline. I make things like this so that I can lay out a story and get a look at it, so I (and my patient friends) can judge whether it’s worth writing or not. I have to do this because I pretty much suck at building a plot, and I’m trying to learn to be better at it.

I feel very accomplished now. This one has been haunting me for weeks.

Fandom, Fanwork, Remixing, Retelling

The only time I would ever call plagiarism in fandom is when someone copy and pastes the text of something I wrote, posts it, and calls themselves the author of it. Possibly that’s misguided, but that’s how I feel about it.

If you wrote up an outline of a story and gave it to 15 fanfic writers, you would get 15 different stories, all, in my opinion, original. And we’d want to read them all. And it I can’t imagine that it would hurt that they’d all be basically the same story, would it? How many first kiss stories can you read? How many fake!relationship stories? (Answer: ALL OF THEM!) Maybe this is just my insufficient respect for plot talking. (I really need to work on that.) Maybe it’s just my belief that the general desire for fake!relationship stories is in fact bottomless.*

For the record, I wouldn’t mind if people took ideas and plot points from my stories and wove them into their own. I don’t mind if people take the first person voices I write in and use them for their own stories, either. If I introduce an original character, I’d be delighted if someone decided to use that character in their own story. I write a lot of meta posts: anyone is welcome to take those ideas and make stories out of them, too. I’d be thrilled if someone did! Maybe that’s an unusual approach, I dunno. I don’t feel proprietary about ideas in fandom, for the most part. I can’t see that it hurts me in any way to inspire other people. Inspiring other people seems like a great honour to me rather than some kind of damage. I’m very happy if I can contribute to fan work generation. The more the better!

That’s just my personal policy. Share and share alike.

* Though, of course, one would want bottoms in the stories themselves. Bottoms are important. 

unlockaflockofwords

According to both 2006 and 2009 studies published by Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, those who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and “theory of mind,” which is the ability to hold opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own.

They can entertain other ideas, without rejecting them and still retain their own. While this is supposed to be an innate trait in all humans, it requires varying levels of social experiences to bring into fruition and probably the reason your last partner was such a narcissist.

pecorabruna asked:

Hi, just wondering what your take is on that famous Mycroft quote: 'My brother has the brain of a philosopher or a scientist, yet elects to be a detective. What might we deduce about his heart?' – what do you deduce, Ivy?

The easy answer is that Sherlock tells us why he’s a detective: it’s a replacement addiction. Either he solves crimes, or he gets high. Apparently being a scientist or a philosopher wouldn’t provide the same kind of high. There it is! Done and dusted, right? Should we believe him?

Much like his creators, Sherlock lies. He lies to project an image of himself that he tries to embody, even through it really doesn’t fit. So perhaps we shouldn’t take his explanations of his own choices at face value.

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He obviously likes to solve puzzles, and he has a gift for it. But so do philosophers and research scientists. If all he wanted was to solve complicated puzzles, academia would have been the right place for him.

As John noted in TSOT, Sherlock is a drama queen; he likes it when the stakes are high and the audience is holding its breath. Being a consulting detective, where life and death are at stake, fits the bill in the stakes front. 

Sherlock has an odd relationship to his audience. I genuinely can’t tell if he loves it or is completely indifferent to it. You can argue both ways, which is a bit confusing, but I think points to Sherlock’s inner conflict about his need for love and attention.

Very often Sherlock doesn’t seem to care what other people think of him. He insults clients and doesn’t appreciate their gifts or their gratitude…except when he does. Extra chips and meals on the house: he doesn’t turn those down. In fact, he appears to seek them out. Sherlock didn’t have to go to Angelo’s in ASIP. He didn’t have to let a flat from Mrs Hudson, either. He doesn’t even really need a flatmate when it comes down to it, as far as we can tell, except that he seems to want one. As much as Sherlock doesn’t want people around him and doesn’t care what people think of him, some part of him appears to.

Is it a little war waging inside him, between wanting love and rejecting his desire for it, being so certain that he is utterly unlikeable? If he really didn’t want the broad attention and the gratitude, he could have been scientist or a philosopher, and communicated with the outside world exclusively through obscure publications. But he has not opted to do that. He’s opted for a desperate audience with its eyes trained on him.

Sherlock doesn’t want to need people, but he does. He doesn’t want to want love, but he does. He doesn’t want to be driven by people’s opinions, when so often they are negative or dismissive (Sebastian Wilkes, Donovan, Anderson). He’s a high-functioning sociopath, he says, and doesn’t need affirmation from normal people. Except that he’s not, and he does.

For all that, the high-stakes puzzles and the eyes of an audience of thousands isn’t enough for Sherlock. He is still on the edge of returning to his drug addiction at the start of series 1, and there are strong hints that he’s actively suicidal as well as reckless with his own safety. If solving crimes is meant to keep him on the straight and narrow, I’m not sure it really fits the bill. Close, maybe. But not quite enough. What does help him is the admiration of someone whose admiration he actually wants. Being loved of someone he loves seems to do wonders for Sherlock. That’s the real thing, that’s what’s he really needs.

I know it’s a romantic answer, but I think what we can deduce about Sherlock’s heart is that he has one. Sherlock is a lonely man who longs to be incapable of loneliness. He desperately wants to love and be loved, but he has repressed his desires as much as he can, trying to turn himself into someone who doesn’t want any of that. He doesn’t want to be himself; he wants to be a different version of himself, one who needs nothing and no one.

But he can’t erase the core of his character. He is who he is, and even his incredible brain can’t turn him into someone he’s not. So Sherlock’s loneliness and desire to be loved, so long unexpressed, squeeze out of him in a million other ways. The drama, the high stakes, the puzzles, the admiration, the audience, and the shower of gratitude all help fill that deep well of need inside of him that he won’t acknowledge. That’s why I think Sherlock is a consulting detective instead of a scientist or a philosopher. Because he wants to be loved.

Yeah, that’s definitely the romantic answer.

loudest-subtext-in-television

Anonymous asked:

What is your next podfic?

fffinnagain answered:

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I’m working on Whatever Remains, However Improbable and I’ve got to say, it’s been so much fun. Lots and lots of feels, and it’s amazingly cathartic to tell these boys what’s what. 

ivyblossom and loudest-subtext-in-television are huge teases: the big moments just go on and on and on, extended by hilarious commentary woven into the scene recounted. My style of acting-rather-than-narrating makes it a bit surreal, playing a fan telling John and Sherlock what they will do by trying to perform it in their respective voices and words, but I think it works. I was worried my pacing was a bit too dramatic through the dialogues, but the poignant moments in the show are even worse, so you’ll just have to forgive my pauses extending the agony of their nearly resolved romantic tensions.

Since the text is a monologue, rather than a narration, I thought it would be more fun to really set the scene with the background sounds of Baker St., and add the presence of John and Sherlock with the sounds of furniture and the like. I’ve been a bit confused about where each character is talked to, but I’ve settled on John being in the Kitchen, and Sherlock being in the parlour (in terms of furniture), though I admit to taking liberties with the outside noises. This will be a “listen with headphones!” kind of recording, as the layers will be subtle. 

Keep an eye out, it should be posted in the next few days!

loudest-subtext-in-television:

::internally screaming with excitement::

*externally screaming with excitement*

More thoughts on this subject

I suppose on the flip side you could read the “she’s unbelievably hot” scene as a parallel for John and Mary. I mean, John says it himself: Sherlock is trying to show him and Mary and model of a stable couple. That isn’t exactly why they’re visiting the Holmeses, though. as it turns out. But logically, it works. To a point.

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