authors were revealed last week!
I was very happy to receive a story for Watson & Holmes
, which is a comic set in present-day Harlem, where both Watson and Holmes are African-American men. Volume 1, Study in Black,
was published two-ish years ago; I hear that Volume 2 is at the printer’s now. (Yay!) I am inordinately fond of the series, partly because of the characterizations, but also because it’s willing to bring contemporary social politics within its scope. (Make Sherlock Holmes African-American, and his choice to operate outside the official police force begins to look very different!)
A Stitch in Time by HisMightyShield for sanguinity
Watson and Holmes (Comic)
Sherlock Holmes, Jon Watson
PTSD, Blood and Injury, First aid, Hurt/comfort
Unrated, 2748 words
“Holmes returns with an injury & a solution. Watson, as always, helps with both.”
A lovely exploration of the state of Holmes’ and Watson’s growing partnership, both the pieces that tick smoothly already, and the pieces that still need hammering out. (Be warned that the comments have picked up a troll upset about… the appropriation of white British culture, I guess?)
For my own contributions, I went a little over-the-top, and wrote three
things for Holmestice! And as ridiculous as it is, I am proud to say that I have now written Sherlock Holmes stories set in each of the nineteenth through twenty-fourth centuries, inclusive. It is an incredibly dorky achievement, but it is mine. :-P
Setting the Sail by sanguinity for garonne
ACD canon (“Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax” and “Abbey Grange”)
Frances Carfax / Mary Brackenstall
Warnings for non-explicit references to cognitive injuries, stalking, kidnapping, imprisonment, and domestic abuse. (fyi, most of that is references to the two canon stories.)
Teen for sex / Mature for themes, ~6K words
“‘Lady Frances Carfax’—as she is not called—has already lost years of her life to her ordeal. She has no intention of losing anything more.”
My second go at ACD femslash, with an emphasis on surviving the aftermath and publication of the stories. “Setting the Sail” expands considerably on a theme that was more understated in “So Keen a Sympathy
” (my previous ACD femslash), one about the hazards of good men operating in an extreme patriarchy. Mostly, though, the story is about these two women striving to build lives for themselves that they might actually enjoy living.
On Verity and Verisimilitude by sanguinity for Gray_Cardinal
Star Trek: The Next Generation (6x12 “Ship in a Bottle”)
Vignette, Timestamp, Mathematics, Philosophy of Science
Gen, 1200 words.
“Moriarty gazed on the stars, and trembled at the possibilities.”
Or as I sometimes call it, “The one in which you know Moriarty is evil because he thought Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem was funny.” :-D
This is probably one of the most self-indulgent fics I’ve ever written, packed full of math and science jokes and my quivering indignation about the resolution of “Ship in a Bottle.” Hilariously, not one person identified it as me.
(To be fair, I don’t think that many people read it, and while there’s evidence in my Holmestice sign-ups that I’m a math/science/modeling geek, few besides amindamazed
has had much reason to notice or remember that.) Anyway, I giggled madly writing great chunks of it — there just aren’t enough Megalomaniac Mathematician Moriarty fics out there — but I freely admit that its proper audience is fairly narrow.
A Handsome and Generous People by sanguinity for gardnerhill
Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century / ACD Canon
Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Wt’sn; implied Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Hurt/Comfort, Angst, Humor, Happy Ending
Teen, 7.5K words
“Watson,” Holmes said, reaching up to clasp my wrist.
“I’m sorry, old chap,” I said, giving him my other hand. “It’s only Wt’sn.”
Based on an obscure children’s cartoon, but as cherrytide pointed out in her rec
, you can skip that and read it as an ACD sci-fi AU, wherein Holmes is trapped in the future, trying to get home to Watson. ACD canon references are thick on the ground, but most of the stories referenced are pretty major, and I tell you what you need to know about the rest.amindamazed
immediately recognized this one as mine, as well she should. I wrote it in part because I’ve been struggling with the continuation of her gift-fic from last summer, “Persistence of Memory
:” both fics prominently feature a Holmes living in the future with a worthy faux-Watson and keenly missing the original. In some ways, it is also me getting my geek on about the experience of writing ACD canon: staring at those damn stories, trying to figure out what might be true.
Mostly, though, it’s an incredibly sentimental story about loving people well, and doing the best you can for them. :-)