[sticky entry] Sticky: The Community's Status

Apr. 3rd, 2017 10:30 pm
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Until Round 6 begins, this community is intended to be solely an archive for the original LiveJournal comm, and so is not strictly speaking currently active on Dreamwidth.
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Some days ago I put up a post about the future of [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60, announcing that [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit and I wouldn’t be running any more rounds after Round 5 ends. And almost in passing, I said if anyone wanted to run the next round, they should get in contact.

And… someone did!

[livejournal.com profile] alafaye has come forward and asked if they can host Round 6, and [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit and I have gratefully accepted.

Things are presently still at the planning stage. This post is really just to let you know that [livejournal.com profile] alafaye will be running the next round and to see what kind of interest is out there. We have already decided between us all that Round 6 would be run on both the LJ and the DW comms to give [livejournal.com profile] alafaye the best chance of finding participants.

The present round will be coming to an end on Sunday, 6th August. [livejournal.com profile] alafaye will then do an introduction post on the 13th and Round 6 will formally start on the 20th August.

If you have any ideas for Round 6, please leave them in the comments. For example, which reading order would you prefer: publishing date, timeline—or something else? This is not to commit [livejournal.com profile] alafaye to anything—just to do a bit of brainstorming.

[livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit and I will be staying on as mods at Sherlock60, but after Round 5 we’ll be taking more of a backseat. Small Hobbit will be commenting from time to time but doesn’t want to be committed to finding time every Sunday. I will be commenting pretty regularly but I too don’t want to be committed to every week.

I’ll continue to be in charge of archiving the LJ comm over at DW. Also, Mrs. Hudson will still be transferring over to [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor, where her poetry page will be becoming a monthly post, rather than weekly. But [livejournal.com profile] alafaye will be coming up with their own brand new activities for Sherlock60.

We’re pretty excited about the comm’s future now—[livejournal.com profile] alafaye’s enthusiasm being rather contagious. It looks like Round 6 is in very good hands.
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Have you ever wondered about some of the cases which Dr Watson mentions but never elaborates on?  Or do you wonder what truly happens behind the closed doors of 221B Baker Street?  Would you like to see more stories with our brilliant consulting detective, his trusty companion, and an assortment of members of New Scotland Yard's finest?  And would you like to share these stories with others?

Then soon you will be able to do so, because ACDHolmesfest is about to happen on Dreamwidth.  Go and take a peek, but you will have to contain your excitement for a little longer, as Signups don't open until Sunday 6 August.

And in the meantime, there's time to buy a new typewriter ribbon and obtain plenty of foolscap paper.
[identity profile] debriswoman.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] debriswoman
Word count: 60
Rating: general

Inconvenience

Anstruther is busy
So I'll need to find another
Locum at short notice;
I will start the search today,
And list the booked appointments,
And the visits which are needed,
And warn the local chemist,
So there's no supply delay.
Yes, it's inconvenient,
But Holmes needs my assistance
And I really would not choose
To have it any other way.
~0~
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Creeping Man
Title: Inconvenient (the serialisation of the Private Journal of Dr Watson)
Author:thesmallhobbit
Rating: PG

It was inconvenient, deucedly inconvenient, to respond to Holmes’ telegram immediately.  We therefore ignored it, until we had finished taking our pleasures.  I thought Holmes might have had an inkling of what his telegram had tried, but failed, to interrupt, but to be honest, I doubt he’d have paid any attention to me had I arrived wearing a gorilla suit.
 
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Creeping Man
Title: Something's Different
Author: [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
Rating: G
Author's Notes: With a wave of his hand he indicated my old armchair, but otherwise for half an hour he gave no sign that he was aware of my presence... I have one other client in England…


Mrs. Hudson climbed in through the window, thrust a tray at Watson—

“Tea, you b______.”

—and then exited, creeping on all fours.

“Ah, Watson…”

Watson turned to Holmes, who smiled.

“Anything interesting happen while I was ‘away’..?”

Watson looked bemused.

“Mrs. Hudson… Is she..?”

He shook his head.

“...trying a new hairstyle?”

Holmes nodded. “Embraced the Gibson tuck, I believe!”
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Welcome once again to my poetry page!

I hope each week you will read Dr. Watson’s delightful narrative and then go on to write a poem related to it in some way. All forms of poetry are permitted, and further down the page there is a selection you might like to consider using over the coming weeks.

And here, courtesy of my housemaid Rachel, is this week’s suggested poem to read—a suggestion inspired by the themes and subjects in this week's story. Hopefully you will enjoy the poem, and perhaps it may give you some ideas for a poem of your own or allow you to look at Dr. Watson's story in a new way.




The Face

By Stevie Smith




Thank you so much to Rachel. And here is also a new poetry form to try: the xenolith.


Definition and Example )



But you do not have to use this form. Any form of poetry is welcome this week—and every week! Here are a few suggestions for you:

221B verselet, abecedarian poetry, acrostic poetry, alexandrine, ballad, barzelletta, beeswing, blackout poetry, blitz poem, blues stanza, bref double, Burns stanza, call and response, chastushka, cinquain, circular poetry, clerihew, clogyrnach, colour poems, compound word verse, concrete poetry, Cornish verse, curtal sonnet, débat, décima, descort, diamante, doggerel, double dactyl, echo verse, ekphrasis, elegiac couplet, elegiac stanza, elfje, englyn, enuig, epigram, epistle, epitaph, epulaeryu, Etheree, fable, Fib, florette, found poetry, free verse, ghazal, haiku, hay(na)ku, In Memoriam stanza, Italian sonnet, jueju, kennings poem, lanturne, lies, limerick, line messaging, list poem, lyric poetry, mathnawī, micropoetry, mini-monoverse, musette, nonsense verse, palindrome poetry, pantoum, Parallelismus Membrorum, poem cycle, quatern, quintilla, renga, rhyming alliterisen, riddle, rimas dissolutas, rime couée, rispetto, Schüttelreim, sedoka, septet, sestina, shadorma, sonnet, stream of consciousness, tanka, tercet, terza rima, tongue twister poetry, triangular triplet, tricube, trine, triolet, Tyburn, villanelle, xenolith


Please leave all your poems inspired by The Creeping Man in the comments on this post. I look forward to seeing them!


Warm regards,

Mrs. Hudson
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
This week, the canon story we’re looking at is The Creeping Man and the chosen topic is Dogs and Other Domesticated Animals.

Discussion continues... )
[identity profile] okapi1895.livejournal.com
Title: ...everybody.
Canon Story: The Creeping Man
Rating: Gen

So that’s what happened, thought Alice, as she laid the copy of The Strand beside her. Well, it could hardly matter now, but poor Pressie! Men were such vain creatures.

“Will that be all, m’lady?”

“Yes,” said Alice, just as she caught her own reflection in the well-polished teapot, “but if you would, dim the lights before the guests arrive.”
[identity profile] gardnerhill.livejournal.com
Title: The Creeping Man: Wrong Gland
Author: gardnerhill                        
Word Count: 60
Rating: G
Warning: Crack. Also a reference to one of the greatest YouTube videos ever.
Summary:  The Professor really needs to label his stuff better.
                                                                                                                                                                                
***

At first Watson seemed fine after the Professor jabbed him.

But later, in an alley fight, he took on three thugs nearly twice his size – and won.

When they encountered another deadly serpent, Watson simply grabbed it in his bare hands and bit its head off. Then ate it.

…Presbury examined the unlabeled phial. “Dammit, this is Honey Badger extract!”
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
This Sunday, 16th July, we'll be posting our 60 word ficlets for The Creeping Man.

We're galloping towards the end of the round now with Holmes' last recorded case in the canon before he retires to Sussex.

Just what is behind the strange behaviour and change in personality of Professor Presbury? Holmes and Watson go off to investigate in the famous university town of "Camford"...

If you haven't tried 60 for 60 before, full information - including our schedule - can be found on our profile. But in essence: you read ACD's story and then you write a 60 word story inspired by it! You don't have to post a story every week - just join in whenever you feel like it.

Each Sunday we will also have our weekly discussion post, where we discuss a topic inspired by the canon story. And there’s Mrs. Hudson's Poetry Page too - any poems written about this week’s story can be left as a comment on her post. As usual, her housemaid Rachel will be suggesting a poem for us to read to give us added inspiration, and there will also be a new poetry form to try: the xenolith.

You can choose one activity, or have a go at everything. Or just come along and read the 60s! (And have a chat in the comments.) All options are absolutely fine.

Hope to see you on Sunday. But don’t worry if you can’t join us then - we stay open for posting and commenting all week!
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Blanched Soldier
Title: Unimpressed (the serialisation of the Private Journal of Dr Watson)
Author:thesmallhobbit
Rating: G

Lestrade was not impressed at being referred to as my wife.  I was not impressed at the reasons Holmes stated for my being the ideal helpmate.  I can only assume fear of the dire consequences if he had said anything untoward regarding Mrs Hudson caused him to ignore her entirely.  The man should not be let loose with a pen.
 
[identity profile] debriswoman.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] debriswoman
Rating: general ( tempted to add "broom cupboard only contains brooms", but I shall exercise restraint.)
Words: 60
Notes...I have a great deal of sympathy for Mr Kent and the need for discretion, but...

Mr Kent Reflects

He hadn't envisaged alternative causes;
He hadn't consulted with colleagues, alas.
He'd made, as he'd thought, the correct diagnosis
And now he considered how this came to pass.
He was hasty, too hasty, in drawing conclusions;
No signs and no symptoms had raised the alarm
And he thus, inadvertently, had not acknowledged
That keystone of medicine; "first, do no harm".
~0~
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Blanched Soldier
Title: Unsightly
Author: [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
Rating: G
Author's Notes: “A well-marked case of pseudo-leprosy or ichthyosis, a scale-like affection of the skin, unsightly, obstinate…”


“Mr. Emsworth…”

Holmes hesitated.

“I often use theatrical makeup. Perhaps I could teach you some techniques..?”

Young Emsworth smiled, and shook his head. “Mr. Holmes, you have given me back my friend, my freedom and my future. When I think of those poor devils back in that hospital—”

His expression became more serious.

“I can cope with a few stares.”
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Welcome once again to my poetry page!

I hope each week you will read Dr. Watson’s delightful narrative and then go on to write a poem related to it in some way. All forms of poetry are permitted, and further down the page there is a selection you might like to consider using over the coming weeks.

And here, courtesy of my housemaid Rachel, is this week’s suggested poem to read—a suggestion inspired by the themes and subjects in this week's story. Hopefully you will enjoy the poem, and perhaps it may give you some ideas for a poem of your own or allow you to look at Dr. Watson's story in a new way.



Lost in the Hospital

By Rafael Campo



Note from Rachel: Although Mr. Godfrey Emsworth seemed to have disappeared, it was those who loved him and feared for his life who were more truly lost. This poem expresses that experience.



Thank you so much to Rachel. And here is also a new poetry form to try: the clogyrnach.


Definition and Example )



But you do not have to use this form. Any form of poetry is welcome this week—and every week! Here are a few suggestions for you:

221B verselet, abecedarian poetry, acrostic poetry, alexandrine, ballad, barzelletta, beeswing, blackout poetry, blitz poem, blues stanza, bref double, Burns stanza, call and response, chastushka, cinquain, circular poetry, clerihew, clogyrnach, colour poems, compound word verse, concrete poetry, Cornish verse, curtal sonnet, débat, décima, descort, diamante, doggerel, double dactyl, echo verse, ekphrasis, elegiac couplet, elegiac stanza, elfje, englyn, enuig, epigram, epistle, epitaph, epulaeryu, Etheree, fable, Fib, florette, found poetry, free verse, ghazal, haiku, hay(na)ku, In Memoriam stanza, Italian sonnet, jueju, kennings poem, lanturne, lies, limerick, line messaging, list poem, lyric poetry, mathnawī, micropoetry, mini-monoverse, musette, nonsense verse, palindrome poetry, pantoum, Parallelismus Membrorum, poem cycle, quatern, quintilla, renga, rhyming alliterisen, riddle, rimas dissolutas, rime couée, rispetto, Schüttelreim, sedoka, septet, sestina, shadorma, sonnet, stream of consciousness, tanka, tercet, terza rima, tongue twister poetry, triangular triplet, tricube, trine, triolet, Tyburn, villanelle


Please leave all your poems inspired by The Blanched Soldier in the comments on this post. I look forward to seeing them!


Warm regards,

Mrs. Hudson
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
This week, the canon story we’re looking at is The Blanched Soldier and the chosen topic is The Boer War.

Well, this was a barrel of laughs… It’s a complex subject of course, so best to treat this post just as a starting point. And best to be aware it can be a pretty distressing subject, especially with regard to children dying in the concentration camps.

Discussion continues... )
[identity profile] okapi1895.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Blanched Soldier
Rating: Gen
Author’s Note: An idea for an AU to fulfill my ‘Suspense’ Bingo square. If you have tips/advice/suggestions about writing suspenseful scenes/stories (or things that you think work well from a reader’s viewpoint), feel free to leave them in the comments. I can use all the help I can get.

“…deserted me for a wife…”
Anything to silence that editor, damn fool, clamouring for what Watson’d promised.
But my scribbling’s a welcome distraction from the ticking clock: on Saturday the person I know as John Watson, but whom the press, police give another name, swings from a hangman’s noose for the crime of believing a wife’s, not his, flattery.
Unless…
[identity profile] gardnerhill.livejournal.com
Title: The Blanched Soldier: It’s All in How You Say It              
Author: gardnerhill                        
Word Count: 60
Rating: G
Warning: Postulation in progress.
Summary:  That’s one way to serve a red herring. Crossover with Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody mysteries.
                                                                                                                                                                                
***

“Cleverly written, Holmes.”

“And the literal truth. Mrs. Amelia Peabody is the wife of Professor Emerson; both are experts on all things Egyptian.”

Watson nuzzled his clandestine spouse. “So when I left you for 3 days to attend Mrs. Peabody’s lecture in London and missed out on Mr. Dodd’s visit…”

Holmes laughed. “You had indeed deserted me for a wife.”
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
This Sunday, 9th July, we'll be posting our 60 word ficlets for The Blanched Soldier.

Holmes tries his hand at writing up a case that he investigated on his own:

A young man not long back from the Boer War asks Holmes for help in determining the fate of his former comrade and dear pal. Why is Godfrey Emsworth's father lying about him going on a voyage around the world? Is young Emsworth being held at his family home against his will..?

If you haven't tried 60 for 60 before, full information - including our schedule - can be found on our profile. But in essence: you read ACD's story and then you write a 60 word story inspired by it! You don't have to post a story every week - just join in whenever you feel like it.

Each Sunday we will also have our weekly discussion post, where we discuss a topic inspired by the canon story. And there’s Mrs. Hudson's Poetry Page too - any poems written about this week’s story can be left as a comment on her post. As usual, her housemaid Rachel will be suggesting a poem for us to read to give us added inspiration, and there will also be a new poetry form to try: the clogyrnach. (Useful extra information here.)

You can choose one activity, or have a go at everything. Or just come along and read the 60s! (And have a chat in the comments.) All options are absolutely fine.

Hope to see you on Sunday. But don’t worry if you can’t join us then - we stay open for posting and commenting all week!
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Three Gables
Title: Staying Home (the serialisation of the Private Journal of Dr Watson)
Author:thesmallhobbit
Rating: G

I have scarcely left our lodgings for the last few days.  Lestrade has had some days’ leave and although we had thoughts of perhaps taking a trip to Harrow, or somewhere similar, when it came to it we always decided there were more pressing matters to deal with at home.  I am not complaining, the time has passed most delightfully.
[identity profile] debriswoman.livejournal.com
Author: [livejournal.com profile] debriswoman
Rating: general
Word count: 60
Notes: an attempt to make amends for this uncomfortable tale...

A Vain Attempt

Watson reread the manuscript
And frowned;
So many elements
Unsound;
Holmes at his most
Patronising.
The racial tone;
Dehumanising.
An elderly lawyer
Chosen as guard.
The local constabulary
Mocked hard.
Five thousand
Pounds
Extracted
On the grounds
That the villainess
Would not be named
And thus
Openly shamed.
~0~
Restitution was needed.
How?
Isadora Klein still lived.
No delay.
Publish now.
~0~
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Canon Story: The Three Gables
Title: A Better Man
Author: [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles
Rating: G


Dear Dr. Watson—

Mr. Holmes has long demanded my admiration: unimpressed by social position; reluctant to judge by appearance.

So—your latest story. Joke? Another’s work?

Because that was not the man I met all those years ago.

And I read once, when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Yours,

Lucy Hebron Munro



A/N: "I am not a very good man, Effie, but I think that I am a better one than you have given me credit for being." [YELL]

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