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Reminder! Claiming takes place tomorrow/Saturday morning, October 21st, 11:00 a.m. ET! (That’s 8:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 10:00 a.m. in Mexico City, 11:00 a.m. in New York, 4:00 p.m. in London, 5:00 p.m. in Berlin, 7:00 p.m. in Dubai, and 11:00 p.m. in Shanghai.)

Australia-Pacific folks or anyone who can’t be at their computer tomorrow, please send us an e-mail, and we’ll help you out. Note that claiming lasts only 24 hours, and the majority of the claims are made within the first four or five hours.

You can still sign up here until 10:59. Come join the party!

Pinch-hitter Volunteer Post

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:23 pm
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Every so often a participant is unable to complete their assignment and we have to scramble to find someone able and willing to make a gift for the recipient. If you would enjoy being one of the people we turn to in our times of need, please leave us a comment! Include your email, and tell us what fanwork types, verses, pairings, and ratings you might be willing to create for. All comments are screened.

Volunteering on this post is not a commitment: you'll simply be among the people we turn to first when we need a pinch-hitter. If we find ourselves in need, we'll email you a request and due date; you're free to accept or reject. (We do ask that you do so promptly, as deadlines are often tight!)

Thank you so much for volunteering!

Beta Volunteer Post

Oct. 20th, 2017 12:42 pm
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"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

The Adventure of the Yellow Face
Because even Sherlock Holmes sometimes needs someone to look over his work...

If you're available to beta or Britpick for someone, please leave a comment with the following information:

Email: (or other preferred contact method)
Types of fanworks you can beta: (fic, art, graphics, vids, etc.)
Fandoms: (Doyle, BBC, Elementary, 22nd Century, etc.)
Pairings: (it's helpful to name what you are willing AND not willing to work with)
Ratings: (if you will or won't beta explicit sex, graphic violence, etc.)

If you have any other limitations or areas of expertise, please feel free to include them! Suggestions include fic length, time restraints, availability, areas of special knowledge, or particular strengths or weaknesses.

If you need a beta, please check the comments to see if someone is right for you. (Show a care with your anonymity, please, and refrain from leaving public comments that suggest what you're making for the exchange.) If you can't find who you need in the comments, please email the mods at, and we'll help you find someone.

Also! Please let me recommend [ profile] sherlock60's Round 5 Discussion Posts. [personal profile] scfrankles spent over a year compiling historical linkspams on topics inspired by the original canon stories, and then generously shared what she learned with all of us. I highly recommend the collection for anyone needing inspiration or background for Victorian- or Edwardian-era fanworks!

Brief Interruption for RS Small Gifts

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:40 am
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Hi, there!

Please excuse the brief interruption while we promote our friends and another fantastic fest, RS Small-Gifts! It's the perfect way to spend the holidays with the two fictional wizards you love. All the info is below:

Sign ups for the 12th annual, 2017 R/S Small Gifts Exchange are open! Drop by the <a href="">sign up post</a> at Dreamwidth to celebrate the holidays with all of us, in Remus/Sirius style. Sign ups close on Saturday, October 21 at 10:59 eastern time. Claiming then opens 1 minute later at 11:00 eastern time. Drop us an email at if you have any questions. Thanks so much to the R/S Games mods for this signal boost!

Day 17 - Art: Team Sirius: Stargazing

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:42 am
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Team: Sirius
Title: Stargazing
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Genres: Fluff/Romance
Summary: Sirius stargazing with Remus in the Gryffindor room window seat.
Prompt: #19 - “A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really.... 'Do the stars gaze back?' Now, that's a question.” - from the movie Stardust

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Team: Remus
Title: The Magical Tale of One Man and His Dog
Rating: G
Warnings: Excessive fluff
Genres: Fluff, AU
Word Count: 3700
Summary: Once upon a time a wizard fell through a veil and was reunited with his love. This is the tale of what happened after. A sort of bedtime story about stories, a second chance at life and happy endings.
Notes: Many thanks to my beta B, this story would not have been the same without you. Thanks also to G who gave me the idea to write this, and the rest of Team Aww for the help and motivation.
Prompt: #92 - photo of an elderly man walking a large black dog.

Day 17 - Fic: Team Sirius: Saving Me

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:38 am
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Team: Sirius
Title: Saving Me
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Prison, Delusions
Genres: Angst, Smut, Canon
Word Count: 5600
Summary: "I don’t have much to do here other than think about things; what I think about the most is you. It’s always been you, Moony. What a twist on those stories, huh? I fell in love with the big, bad wolf. No princes here, just two bloody fools who couldn’t save each other.”
Notes: Special thanks to my fabulous beta, S.L., who makes everything I write infinitely better.
Prompt: #2 - "Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." - Unknown
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Team: Sirius
Title: Burning Candles
Rating: PG
Warnings: A little bit of swearing and alcohol drinking
Genres: Fluff, AU
Word Count: 11,000
Summary: Being an adult isn’t anything like Sirius expected it to be, and birthday cakes with a growing number of candles on them is just a reminder that he isn’t on track. He’s not quite certain what to do about it, but sharing his worries with his friends might be a good start.
Notes: Thank you to the wonderful mods for making the RS Games happen once again, and to Team Sirius for being the best team mates. You’re all amazing! Last, but not least, thank you to the fabulous S for beta reading!
Prompt: #73 - picture of a birthday cake with lit candles.

Day 16 - Fic: Team Remus: Hiraeth

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Hiraeth
Rating: R
Warnings: violence, a reference to suicide
Genres: Angst, hurt/comfort, AU
Word Count: 5000
Summary: Hiraeth, noun. Welsh. A feeling of yearning to return to a place that may never have existed. An earnest desire. During the first rise of Voldemort, Remus gets into the spying game. No one told him it would be quite this difficult to lie for a living.
Notes: I stole many ideas from John le Carré.
Prompt: #13 - "A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image." - Joan Didion

Fanvid Rec: Fanvid_Sherlock2016

Oct. 18th, 2017 10:27 pm
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Title: Fanvid_Sherlock2016
Music Title & Artist: Mendelssohn’s Lieder Ohne Worte No. 7
Vidder: Darlington Substitution
Pairing or Character: John Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Link: DarlingtonSubstitution video announcement
Vimeo link: other video link

Reccer's Comments: Awww,this fanvid... it's just so beautiful and moving! I love how it depicts the amazing chemistry between John Watson and Sherlock Holmes. It touches the heart with its seamless flow from present day to Victorian times (TAB). Our vidder's music selection--Mendelssohn’s Lieder Ohne Worte No. 7--makes this fanvid extra special since it's the classic violin piece Holmes loves to play for Watson in ACD canon. Seriously, it gives me goosebumps whenever I listen to it. Hope you like it. It's well worth taking the time to view! :D

Thank You!

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:43 pm
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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 12-18, 2017

However you took part in #otwdonate, thank you for getting us started on our next 10 years! We've got some numbers for you about how this membership drive turned out:

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Sign-ups end and claiming begins on Saturday!

Join the party by leaving a request here at any point up until 10:59 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. Claiming begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. (That’s 8:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 10:00 in Mexico City, 4:00 p.m. in London, 5:00 in Berlin, 7:00 in Dubai, and 11:00 p.m. in Shanghai.)

Australia-Pacific folks--or anyone else who can't get to the computer and needs some help with claiming--please send us an e-mail!

Day 15 - Fic: Team Sirius: Temptation

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Temptation
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Genres: Fluff, Romance, Humor, Canon-Compliant
Word Count: 2600
Summary: Quidditch and a prank lead to Sirius acting on his feelings for Remus.
Prompt: #42 - "The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." - Oscar Wilde

Day 15 - Fic: Team Remus: Aduantas

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Aduantas
Rating: Teen at best for mild references to violence and blood
Warnings: None
Genres: Adventure AU
Word Count: 26,000
Summary: ADUANTAS: a feeling of loneliness or unease caused by being in new or unfamiliar surroundings.
A fallen star might be everything Remus needs to turn his entire life around but tracking it down might mean biting off more than he can chew.
Notes: A loose Stardust AU. Anything you recognize might be Neil Gaiman’s. Thank you to anyone and everyone who helped me throughout this process!
Prompt: #4 - “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams, from the novel The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
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Team: Sirius
Title: A Different Man
Rating: R
Warnings: some talk of canon character death, angst, kinky smut
Genre: Angst, character reflection, non-linear timeline
Word Count: 2100
Summary: I had made my peace years ago with the knowledge that my Sirius was never coming back to me.
Notes: So this was genuinely difficult for me to write. I’m terribly out of practice when it comes to writing now and I decided to approach this in a completely different way than I would have before.
Hopefully I haven’t completely lost my touch and you lovely people out there enjoy this fic at least a little.
Prompt: #38 - "And the wheel that broke as the cart went by.
It is not a voice that is under the eaves.
It is not speech, the sound we hear
In this conversation, but the sound
Of things and their motion: the other man,
A turquoise monster moving round."
- excerpt from the poem “Continual Conversations with a Silent Man” by Wallace Stevens

Day 14 - Fic: Team Sirius: Honey

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Honey
Rating: PG
Warnings: Implied consensual underage sex, loss of virginity
Genres: Fluff/Romance
Word Count: 1500
Summary: Sirius’ reality has changed. And while he’s never needed sex to know that he loves Remus, now that they’ve done it, the world seems more concrete.
Notes: Thanks to the mods for their patience and for running this wonderful fest for so many years. Thanks also go to my beta for her patience and to R for her endless support. Also, please excuse an ace!author’s attempts at talking about sex-feels. The prompt kind of demanded it.
Prompt: #81 - painting: "Dans Le Lit" by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1893
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Team: Remus
Title: The Purpose of Stonehenge
Rating: M
Warnings: unhealthy coping mechanisms (excessive drinking to cope), suicidal!Remus, homeless Remus, allusions to sex work, allusions to disordered eating (not really by choice), allusions to child abuse (Harry and Sirius) and neglect (Harry), symptoms of PTSD (agoraphobia, co-dependency, panic attack), strong allusions to sex, but nothing explicit
Genres: angst, hurt/comfort, partial au, happy ending
Word Count: 20,000
Summary: Follow Remus on a journey through the sacred summer solstice ceremonies in four different years, taking place at Stonehenge.
1977, when Remus and Sirius first started dating. 1982, the summer following the Potter deaths. 1992, the summer after Harry started at Hogwarts. And 1998, six weeks after the Final Battle.
Read along as they both sacrifice and receive gifts from the gods. Was it worth it? You tell me.
It is canon-divergent, but only where necessary. No graphic sex, but it is there, though it’s mostly skipped over.
Prompt: #105 - Picture of Stonehenge at sunrise.

Fic Rec: Autumn in Wimpole

Oct. 16th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Title: Autumn in Wimpole
Author: currently anonymous (will be revealed on Oct. 31st)
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 2,100 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD Books
Author's summary: Watson struggles to uncover a mystery in a seaside village. Holmes is less than helpful.

Reccer's comments: The ACD Holmesfest is underway with so many delightful entries already and more to come! While this comm has an open recs post for the fest, it's also nice to have some more detailed recs. So let me start by calling your attention to this unique and lovely piece.

Here is a glimpse of Holmes and Watson, on the cusp of retirement, making their way through what Watson considers a lack-luster investigation amid the chilly ambience of a seaside resort town well past its summer prime. The author creates the details of the scene - the emptying streets, the dusty police station, the cramped local pub, the dark cliffside path - with an excellent eye for the most telling details.

The real marvel, though, is the keen and convincing take this story offers on Holmes and Watson's relationship, obviously established for many long years and deeply imbued with both affection and irritation. It is comfortable and prickly, teasing and sharp, boring on one level while obviously content and loving in its fundamentals. Here are two men who have made a life together for so long that they get on each other's nerves precisely because they know each other so well and are so completely synchronous in their routines.

Heart-warming with a tinge of melancholy, this fic left me feeling as if I had gotten a realistic and affectionate glimpse at this couple who, even ensconced in the mild aggravations of daily life, clearly can't live without each other.

The Game is Afoot!

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:44 pm
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All assignments have been sent out! Please remember to respond to your assignment email to confirm receipt. If you haven't received your assignment, check your spam folder or trash, and then email the mods (holmesticemods at gmail) so we can troubleshoot what happened. If we don't hear from you, we will assume you can't play and we will send your assignment to pinch-hit.

Happy creating, and keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer posts for pinch-hitters and betas/Britpickers.


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