cloisteredself replied to your post “Um, were you ever going to write a summer Olympics AU? Because I think I would be really neat to do one in which Sherlock is a boxer (like in canon) and John is in rugby. I kind of wanted to maybe do a summer Olympics au, but I wanted your permission (it feels like I’m copying you) and your opinion (on Sherlock being a boxer). If you wanted to do it, you can tell me no because I know you’d e great at it too. So. Yeah. Have a great day!”
oh so many head canons… John is a rowing captain, sherlock is a diver/ John is a coach on a gymnastics team, sherlock is on another team/ John and Sherlock are beach volleyball partners
JOHN AND SHERLOCK AS BEACH VOLLEYBALL PARTNERS OMG.
I think love for the thing paired with an unhappiness about a very specific thing within the story is the most creative point. It makes people want to fix the story. Cue all those post-Reichenbach reunion stories etc. There’s no fic without love.
Yes, I think this is right. It has to be this delicate balance of “I LOVE THIS SO MUCH I CAN’T STAND IT” and “BUT WHY WOULD YOU DO IT THAT WAY IT WOULD BE BETTER THIS WAY.”
Anonymous asked: It worries me a bit that Mary knows John and Sherlock's code word (vatican cameos).
I didn’t even think about that!!
Anonymous asked: for the -mary au, maybe the wedding could be someone else's (if not john and sherlock's), like mycroft and lestrade's or something. in hlv, maybe the assassin is still mary, but nobody knows her. maybe she and john know each other, simply because they work in the same building, but they never pursued any relationship ahead of professional. she could have never strayed from her old life, maybe she never became Mary elizabeth morstan.
I kind of adore the idea of an AU where they meet Mary but she’s never become Mary!!
Anonymous asked: One thing that can be fun, though, are mild inconsistencies. It's rewarding and fun for me to come up with backstories that make sense of things or tie things together that in canon are left as loose ends. Sherlockians have made a game out of ACD's inconsistencies for a long, long time. That's the kind of canon "problem" that's good fun, because you're not mad at the characters, but you do feel challenged to engage with the details. Slipshod canon on that level can kickstart fun ideas :)
I *love* inconsistencies! Inconsistencies are a fanfic writer’s bread-and-butter! I adore them!
I actually think part of what I used to really love about Sherlock was it was this Schrodinger’s cat of a show, and everything was subtext and very little was text and you could make it anything you wanted to be from the vague and ambiguous hints they were giving you. There was so much *there* there. I think part of what I disliked about S3 was there seemed less of that to me, less room for the fanfic writers to wriggle in and play. (Note: many fanfic writers have had a blast, so I guess this is a problem personal to me. *I* felt less room to wriggle in and play. Which is why I have largely ignored it in my fic.)
Anonymous asked: So does this mean you're breaking up with Sherlock the show? Or has it not yet reached sufficient levels of irksome-ness?
I have not yet broken up with Sherlock the show. I still watch it and have deep thoughts about it and love parts of it so very, very, very much for its brilliance.
Much, for me, hinges on what comes next on the show. *Much.*
Anonymous asked: If it's not too raw of a subject, could you explain what you meant by your break-up with Doctor Who? I'm not too terribly learned about the show, but I'd love to here what your thoughts are on it and what creator decisions it takes to push you as a fan out of the fandom
It is no longer raw, because it was many, many years ago now, because I am old.
Once upon a time, I watched a show called Doctor Who. I knew basically absolutely nothing upon it, just happened upon “The Christmas Invasion” on SyFy one night (I think it might still have been called SciFi at that point!), which was the Tenth Doctor’s first episode, and fell immediately and irreversibly in love. Because I didn’t know anything about the show, I actually was able to draw my own conclusions about the Doctor/Rose relationship, and I honestly concluded from TCI and the next episode, New Earth, that they had been dating before the “regeneration” thing happened. I really, honestly thought that. When I went back and watched S1, I was shocked to discover that wasn’t true.
SO ANYWAY. I became a HUGE Doctor/Rose shipper and I adored the Tenth Doctor beyond all reason and I cried over Doomsday as you do and I wrote tons of Doctor Who fanfic and generally had this marvelous time and then Journey’s End happened and I hated it with the fire of a hundred thousand suns. I haaaated it. I think the only episode of Doctor Who I hate more than Journey’s End is End of Time, which you should never watch with me, because I’ve seen it twice, and the second time was in a movie theater, and I kept loudly sighing in disgust, and I didn’t even have the excuse of being drunk!
So yeah. Anyway, I hated the Doctor so much in Journey’s End. I just felt like nothing he did made any sense in the context of what I had thought I’d known about him. I literally could no longer wrap my mind around the character. I’d spent all this time writing him and then the stuff he did in JE was just so beyond me that I was like, “…Wow. Did I really get him *that* *wrong*?” And then I found him just unbearable in every episode after that. Like, I hated him more and more and more. He just seemed nothing like this character I’d loved so passionately for so long. Luckily, I had a bunch of OCs I was very fond of, and if you’ve ever wondered why Brem spends a lot of time furious with his father during his college years, it’s because I was using Brem to work out my disgruntlement with the show.
So I guess what drives me away is feeling like it’s become about a different character, or become a different show. I fell in love with one thing, and it went to another place. And, you know, RTD was the showrunner and it was totally his priority but I just didn’t want to write about the character he gave me anymore. He no longer fascinated me, I didn’t want to dig into his brain and get him his happy ending.
That is the very long story of what happened.
But now I enjoy Doctor Who on an even keel—I do not have the highest highs of the RTD years, but nor do I have the lowest lows of those years—and I’ve learned to appreciate that. And I have Sherlock for the highs and the lows, so there’s that now!