tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (nice not being me)
Last night I dreamt a Sherlock/Elementary crossover.  Both Sherlocks and their Watsons were in some big fancy skyscraper at night, working together on a case.  Sadly I remember absolutely no details of the mystery.  There was lots of snarking and arguing amongst Sherlock, Sherlock, John, and Joan, but they were ultimately putting their heads together and making good progress on the case.  Then the Elementary pair were poisoned!  (By the bad guys, not the BBC characters.)  The poison had been hidden in a bottle of Dr. Bronner's soap that I guess both of them used before either manifested symptoms, with the poison being absorbed through the skin.  (I have no clue why that is just about the only detail my brain retained upon waking.)  They weren't dead yet, but their chances of survival weren't good.  I remember feeling really upset, both because they were people I cared about who were in danger of dying, but also because if they died I wouldn't have any televised Holmes to watch while waiting for BBC!Sherlock's series three.  My dream gave all the Holmeses and Watsons this odd sort of doubled existence of being simultaneously real people and television characters.

Sadly I woke up before I found out whether Joan and her Holmes lived, if the mystery was ever solved, or whether any of them ever made out.

Having that dream prompted me to finally finish the season in Elementary. I enjoyed it.

Major Elementary spoilers within )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (holmes profile echo)
I've been feeling rather down about my life and the world lately, but rather than whine about it here is a list of things I've enjoyed lately:

Books/Comics
-Dust and Shadow:  An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye.  This is a marvelous pastiche.  Lyndsay Faye (of the Baker Street Babes podcast, although I think that came after she published this book) has Watson's voice down perfectly.  She keeps the element of humor present in the original stories, but also takes Holmes to a darker emotional place than Sir Arthur generally allowed.  That's a wise choice given the horror of the subject matter.  The OC's are interesting and well-drawn.  I don't know much about Jack the Ripper, but the book appears meticulously researched.  The plot was exciting enough that I skipped intentions I had to leave the house in order to stay home and read.

-Captain Marvel:  In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue Deconnick.  I don't read a lot of comics, but I've been dabbling a tiny bit in Marvel lately after enjoying the Avengers movieverse fandom.  I picked this one up after hearing good reviews and because Kelly Sue seems really cool.  Despite knowing absolutely nothing about Carol Danvers before starting, Captain Marvel:  In Pursuit of Flight made me happy in so many ways.  I was able to follow the plot despite my newbie ignorance.  There's time travel, one of my favorite tropes.  Not only is this a female superhero comic with a costume that covers her full body, drawn in a way that generally eschews gratuitous sexy posing (though she is clearly very attractive), but it also resoundingly passes the Bechdel test.  In fact, the large majority of the secondary characters are women.  Here are women competing over flight records and super powers instead of men, women working together to fight aliens or to fight cancer, women stepping up to embrace their power and potential, women mourning, women rejoicing, women who were put on Earth "to punch holes in the sky."  There's this one full page panel with Captain Marvel flying to the edge of space, looking powerful, and the line "...and we will be the stars we were always meant to be" that I honestly stared at for several minutes because the combination of the art and the sentiment was just so satisfying.  I loved Dexter Soy's art in the first four issues.  Emma Rios's art in issues 5 & 6 wasn't quite so up my alley, but still good.

TV
-I've been catching up on Elementary and very much enjoying it.  All I have left is the season finale.  Joan Watson is a magnificent individual.  Also, we need more Ms. Hudson.

-I finally got around to watching To the Ends of the Earth on Netflix.  I recommend it for all members of the CumberCollective, plus people interested in period naval drama.  It's more of a drama that happens to be set on a boat than a high-seas adventure, though there is certainly an element of danger.  Also, I was amused by how many actors in the show I recognized but couldn't place without a trip to IMDB.  The radical thinker who wants to shoot an albatross?  It's Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park!  The captain of the other ship they meet at sea?  Tywin Lannister!  The girl Cumberbatch's character gets a crush on?  It's that woman who spent most of Love Acually nearly naked with Martin Freeman!  And most impressively, the captain of the main ship?  It's FUCKING MORIARTY (from the RDJ film).

Fanfic
-Exclusive by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge. This is an utterly delightful Avengers-fic told in the form of a long magazine article after they decided to go public with some identity information.  It's hilarious but also has plenty of emotional heft.  It fits beautifully into canon.  The outsider POV and article format are utilized to perfection.  There are great insights into all the characters, with especially interesting Bruce, and lovely team dynamics.  There's also a splendid twist, which apparently took most readers by surprise, though I saw coming a long way out (but I really enjoyed having my theory proved right).  Highly recommended for anyone who ever reads Avengers-fic.  Gen.

-Bel Canto by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost.  Sherlock/John.  It's finished now, but when I was following this fic as a WIP the updates were one of the highlights of my week, even when I knew it would put my heart through the wringer.  This is a fusion of Sherlock and The Phantom of the Opera, though I suspect you could read and enjoy it without knowing or caring much about Phantom.  Do you like stories with intense emotions?  Characters having believable conflicts where neither is entirely in the wrong?  Mrs. Hudson, Molly, and Irene being amazing?  Secret identities?  Danger and excitement?  Period settings?  Beautifully done imagery?  This fic has all of these and more.  It's a 16-chapter epic that will sweep you off your feet and carry you away like some Angel of Music Fanfic.  Heed the warning in the header, though.  D:

What about you, friends?  What in the worlds of fic, film, or print has been making you happy lately?
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (twirl on)
My muse has sadly been in a state of deep hibernation for quite some time.  However, it recently occurred to me that I never bothered to publicly own up to a little fragment of Sherlock crack I wrote for the kink meme many moons ago (original thread here). The prompt was Sherlock and Moriarty duel with banjos fancy violins.  My response is a bit of doggerel set to the tune to "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."  If you aren't familiar with the song, go listen because otherwise my parody will seem even more nonsensical than it already is. 

This is un-betaed and utterly ridiculous.  I apologize in advance for abuses to rhyme and meter, especially the part where I rhyme "umbellas" with "oh hell yes."  I should probably be much more ashamed of that than I am.

Moriarty Went Down to Baker Street )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (twirl on)

Last night, I dreamed about Sherlock's series 3.

My subconscious refused to give me any exciting new theories about how Sherlock survived the fall or his reunion with John, but I did dream one exciting and unexpected surprise about S3: one of the episodes was a musical. 

What's more, Gatiss, Moffat, et al. had NOT told the public that there would be a musical episode.  It started out subtly, with songs occurring in situations where people in real life might actually sing (sort of like the movie Once.)  As more and more songs happened in increasingly implausible moments, it became clear that it was a full fledged musical.  At that point, my mind was so blown and I was so overcome with joy that I realized I was dreaming.  Alas, that realization promptly made me lose the plot of both the dream and the episode within the dream.  By the time I was fully awake, I had lost my memory of how the songs went and the whole plot, but I remember that it was pretty fantastic.

Meanwhile, I was mostly away from LJ from Tuesday through Saturday.  I'll try to spend some time soon going through my flist backlog, but feel free to let me know if I missed anything important or interesting!
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (in a land of myth sherlock)
I'm here to rec a fascinating fanfic house of mirrors that will punch you right in the emotions and make you crave more.  There are multiple parts to this recommendation, because the last fic has prerequisites.

First, have you seen Sherlock?  If not, you must be mighty bored with my LJ.  :-P  If you have, good!  Let's move on.

All the fics in this linked recommendation are by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost.  (He used to write in Doctor Who fandom as rallalon.)   [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost has created some amazing and thoroughly original AU fics.  The Watches verse  (link goes to the start of the first story, "The World on His Wrist") posits that when John Watson was shot in Afghanistan, his consciousness began to split its time between four parallel timelines:  the familiar one where following his injury he goes to London and moves in with Sherlock, one where he goes to London but ends up with a much more normal flatmate, one where he wasn't actually shot and continues serving in Afghanistan, and one where he never joined the Army at all and now works as a surgeon in Chelmsford, Essex.  Every time John goes to sleep he switches from one universe to another.  The Watches verse tackles the practical as well as emotional implications of this remarkable curse (which is also sometimes almost a superpower, because remembering events from the universes that are a few days ahead means that he can predict the future a bit.)  John's BAMFhood level is through the roof, and the build of Sherlock and John's relationship is really well done.

In addition to the Watches verse, you should also read [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost's Stranger at the Gate.  It's far more AU than I typically read, being set in a fantasy universe rather than 21st century London where Sherlock and John aren't even flatmates, but I'm so glad I gave it a try.  "Stranger" packs quite an emotional wallop.  It's the sort of fic you want to read through a crack in your fingers because you are so worried that what happens next will be awful, so you can hardly bear to look but you can't seem to stop reading because the plot is too exciting and you care about the characters so much.  There are also moments of beauty and lovely emotion mixed in with the "oh no!" moments.  The worldbuilding is first rate.  Also, Sherlock is a vampire, but don't let that deter you if vampires aren't your thing.  Vampires in this world are rather unlike any other variety you've read about; Sherlock is as vulnerable as he is powerful.  (BTW, heed the trigger warnings on this fic.)

Have you read those now?  (Weren't they awesome?)  Now we get to the final part of the fic rec:  a crossover AU of both these AUs!  Watches!John is shot in his remaining Afghanistan universe, and suddenly he finds that his universe rotation includes taking the places of the Johns in "Stranger at the Gate" and "Behavioral Modification," another of [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost's stories that I haven't yet read.  (I'm following the crossover quite well without "Behavioral Modification," though I'm sure I'm missing things.)  The collision of stories creates a glorious tangle of angst.  The perspective of a newcomer to the Stranger at the Gate universe offers new insights into the world and relationships we previously only saw through the perspective of that Sherlock.  This untitled AU of the AUs is currently a WIP accessible only through annoying collapsed comment threads, but if you like the other stories, it's well worth the bother.  Updates are frequent.

I love fandom for the capacity to do this sort of thing.  A series of mysteries from the Victorian era was transported to the 21st century, and from there we made it sprout into a nigh-infinite tree of possibilities that can then cross-pollinate each other.    Fandom creativity can produce infinite diversity in infinite combinations, but all founded on a common canon.  Of course fandom can also rewrite the same lousy story over and over, but I prefer to focus on the extraordinary creativity that sometimes emerges. 
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (mulder/scully <3)
Exhibit A in why fandom is awesome:  this Sherlock/X-Files fusion trailer.



YES.  I wish so hard that this could be a real thing.  It's like my first OTP and my latest OTP on a double date to save the world!

Meanwhile, John Barrowman turns the train into his own private party:



What's making you happy in fandom lately, friends?
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (holmes profile echo)
Things I have done in the past few days:


I Believe in Sherlock Holmes (cut for photo and vague spoilers for Sherlock 2x03) )


-dyed my hair a dark reddish brown.  This marks an improvement over the long roots in dull medium brown, faded chestnut middle, and tips sun-bleached almost blond that it had become in the many moons since I last dyed it.

-saw The Artist.  I was attempting to see The Descendents, but that was sold out, so I decided to see something else at my friendly local independent cinema since I was already there.  I thought The Artist was interesting, well made, and a lot of fun, though I don't understand why critical response has been quite so overwhelmingly fantastic.  It was good but not THAT amazing.  However, I'm not really a movie history buff, so I guess I'm not the optimal audience.

-amazed a sixth grader at work who started singing some of the few clean lines of "I'm On a Boat" by telling him that I knew that song and he needed to stop singing right there.  The fact that I'd heard the song apparently blew his young mind. 
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (sherlock faded backdrop)
Last night, I pulled an all-nighter for Sherlock. There was a big contra dance festival this weekend that I wasn't going to miss (though I managed to forget it was coming this weekend until Thursday because my anticipation was so focused on Reichenbach).  I wasn't sure if I'd have time to acquire and watch the episode before I had to leave for the dance, and even if I had time I didn't want to be an emotional wreck when trying to dance.  Afterwards, I had volunteered to stay and clean up.  I didn't leave until after midnight.  Add in a 50 minute drive home and the time to acquire the episode and I didn't start watching until maybe 1:30 am. 

Of course I wasn't able to go to bed after watching that, not until I had read lots of LJ and tumblr posts to try to deal with all the emotions.  By the time I was ready to sleep, it was after 6 am and the sky was getting light in the east-facing window.  Thank goodness it's a three day weekend here in the US, so I could sleep for a few hours and not have to work.  That scheduling was very considerate of the BBC.

NO REGRETS.

I have thoughts about the episode!  Lo, they are spoilery. 


SPOILERS for Sherlock 2x03 )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (sherlock faded backdrop)
-"The Reichenbach Fall" is tomorrow.  In preparation, I reread "The Final Problem" earlier today.  So glad I didn't experience this in real time with the Victorian fandom.  Even knowing that "The Empty House" will reunite them, Watson's grief at Holmes's death still has my emotions in a twist.  I'm even more emotionally invested in the BBC versions of these characters, so I suspect tomorrow is going to require ALL THE SHOCK BLANKETS. 

-
spoilers for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows )


-I have a Tumblr now.  Unsurprisingly, I'm tardis-stowaway. I'm not planning on taking too much of my activity over there, since I find the platform not very conducive to social interaction.  Also, it favors graphics-based fandom, which is not an area where I can really contribute anything more than reblogs.  Still, I like looking at the pretty pictures (and enjoying the crackiness of Sherlock fandom over there), so I figured it made sense to get myself an account rather than just visiting the individual pages of people who post interesting stuff.  If anyone on my flist has a tumblr and/or can suggest interesting tumblrs to follow, let me know!  Also, I have noticed to my chagrin that people tend to post spoilers without any form of cuts over there.  I understand there is something called Tumblr Savior that helps you block posts tagged as spoilers, but I don't know how this works or where to turn it on.  Help me, Obi Wan Flist. 

-Most of this illustrated review of War Horse could have been written from inside my brain.  (contains spoilers)
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (not just a sidekick)
I have been largely absent from LJ lately for no good reason.  I hope to catch up on my flist over the next few days, but for now, the fast version of a Hounds of Baskerville reaction.


Footprints of a gigantic SPOILER )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (prettypleaseexplosions molly)
IT'S TIME, Y'ALL.

I'm about to watch the first episode of Sherlock S2, "A Scandal in Belgravia"!  I felt the need to make one last post from a state of anticipation before diving in to that swimming pool of tension.

CANNOT EVEN HANDLE THE EXCITEMENT AND DISBELIEF THAT THIS MOMENT HAS FINALLY ARRIVED.  MY BAMF ARMY DOCTOR AND HIS CONSULTING DETECTIVE ARE BACK.

 

See you on the flip side, fandom.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (not just a sidekick)
Y'all, there are pictures of Martin Freeman in his Bilbo Baggins costume!!!  With giant hobbit feet.  This is so adorable yet so awesome.  How will I cope until December 2012?

Now, if only they'd issue some pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch in his dragon costume*!  Kinda like this:
deliberately bad artist's rendition that came out even worse than intended )


*Note:  Of course I know this is not how it works.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (sally donovan)
I have a rec for a Sherlock fic with an unlikely premise that manages to be magnificent.  I'm apparently a bit late on this bandwagon, but if you haven't read The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows by [livejournal.com profile] flecalicious yet, I encourage you to remedy that now. 

I've always felt that the interactions between Sally Donovan and Sherlock suggested some sort of personal past between them.   This fic takes the premise that a one-night stand over four years before ASIP left Sally pregnant with Sherlock's baby.  She chooses to have the baby and raise the child alone.  It's not the sort of kid-fic that's mostly cooing over how cute little children are, so I think it's worthwhile even if you're not usually into kid-fic. 

This story has a wonderfully layered depiction of Sally that slots perfectly into canon but makes her into a complex, sympathetic (but still flawed) person.  All the other characters hit just the right notes too.  This story is full of all the messy emotions around bringing a new life into the world and around people who have ended up tied to each other without entirely choosing it.  The fic's last few scenes are just devastatingly good. 

While I'm reccing not quite new fics with unusual backstories for the characters, I really enjoyed the cracktastic kinkmeme story Captain John Watson, wherein John is the son of Captain Jack Harkness. 
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (allosaurus bitches)
One of the lovely things about Sherlock Holmes is that the original canon is out of reach of copyright laws, meaning that established authors can write fanfic and get paid for it.  The BBC's Sherlock is a classic "born in another time period" AU, for instance.  The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a book with an excellent collection of professional Holmes fic that may appeal to the Sherlock fans on this flist as well as others who have read some of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories.

The concept of this collection is that it contains a mix of genres:  some straight-up mystery stories where every bizarre occurrence can be explained away, and some speculative fiction stories where the solution to the mystery involves something like aliens, Cthulhu, or travel to a parallel universe.  In almost all of the stories I was able to tell whether the supernatural occurrences were "real" almost immediately, well before the reveal, but the variety of genres was fun nevertheless.  As in any collection of short stories, some are better than others, but there were a number of stories I absolutely adored and only one or two I truly disliked. Some of my favorites included (with some fairly minor spoilers):

-Naomi Novik does her fanfic origins proud in "Commonplaces."  She directly addresses the question of exactly how deep the connection between Holmes and Watson runs.  I squeed SO DAMN HARD, even though it's a bittersweet story.  Also, I really like Novik's version of Irene Adler.

-Stephen King's descriptively titled "The Doctor's Case," wherein Watson solves the mystery before Holmes.  It turns out that my fondness for super-competent!John in the BBC-verse translates to other versions of our detective duo as well.

-"The Singular Habits of Wasps" by Geoffrey Landis, a brilliantly unsettling take on Jack the Ripper.

-Neil Gaiman's "A Study in Emerald."  If you don't already know why this story is a dark gem, you can also read it on Neil's website.

-"The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil's Cape" by Rob Rogers.  Inspired lunacy with an albino alligator and PIRATES!  Also, BAMF!Watson fights a giant.
 
-For an example of a pro writer dipping into that beloved fandom genre of crack, I loved "The Adventure of the Lost World" by Dominic Green.  Those in Sherlock fandom may be especially amused to note that this story contains a dinosaur.  (Yes, watchalong folks, it is better than the movie with Gareth David Lloyd.) As if the prospect of Sherlock + dinosaur isn't tantalizing enough, I really must share this selection of dialog between Holmes and Watson.

[excerpt behind the cut )

In summary, if you're looking for a fun bunch of stories putting familiar characters in unfamiliar situations or you want some [mostly] gen Sherlock Holmes fanfic you can carry around in book form, I recommend The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (nice not being me)
Someday, I will make a post that is not largely about Sherlock.  Today is not that day.  New fandom has wrapped its tentacles around my brain in a major way.  Today, I have some recs for you.  Some of them are even about things other than Sherlock!

First, a piece of crack!fic that sent me into absolute fits of laughter:  Aptronyms by [livejournal.com profile] elapsedspiral .  This is a slight AU where, as the summary says, Mr Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Mr Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are the unfortunate sods named after them.   When you get to the end, I hope you'll agree with me that we have a new catchphrase!  You'll know the one I mean.

Second, a delightful vid by [livejournal.com profile] humansrsuperior starring Sherlock's Coat of Great Sexiness.  I can't figure out how to embed this player, so here's a link to the relevant LJ entry.  All coat, all the time.  The vid is free of major spoilers, so if there is anyone reading this who is (a) still on the fence about whether to watch Sherlock, and (b) attracted to men and/or long, dramatic coats, this might convince you.  Watch it swirl!

Now, a Merlin rec!  I wanted to make sure all the Merlin folks on this list have seen [livejournal.com profile] rosa_acicularis 's  amazing Merlin fic, Goose Girl.  It's got richly layered emotions, plenty of Rosa's trademark wit, and a wonderful character who is sort of an OC and sort of someone you know.  There's also a fierce goose.  It's set post-S1.

Here's a fascinating NY Times article about a practice in Afghanistan of disguising girls as boys.  Some of them wear boys' clothes in order to work to help their families out with income, but others are presented as boys largely because of the social stigma on families without sons. Even when the child's original gender is an open secret among friends, there are still social benefits to simply appearing to have a son.  Most of these young people are supposed to revert back to femininity at puberty or when their parents arrange a marriage, with varying degrees of success and happiness. 

Now, a bit of yammering about my subconscious (you can skip if you like).  A few nights ago I actually dreamed I was in Afghanistan.  I don't remember any details, but I think it was in the context of visiting there rather than being Afghan.  I am somewhat concerned that my subconscious may be attempting to emulate John Watson in hopes that this will cause Benedict Cumberbatch to become my flatmate.  Sadly, it doesn't work that way.  At least strange dreams are preferable to a psychosomatic limp. 

Last night I had even stranger dreams.  Perhaps inspired by the lovely Sherlock/His Dark Materials fusion fic, "Theory and Practice," I dreamt about the Firefly crew in a universe where everyone has daemons*.  In a rare instance of awareness that I was dreaming, I kept realizing that my sleeping mind was assigning Mal a daemon that didn't quite suit him (golden eagle, then tiger) and insisting that the dream give him a  different one.  I wish I could tell you what brilliant ideas my brain eventually cooked up for who would have what species of daemon, but that got lost in the transition to the next dream.  (What would their daemons actually be? Mal, I think, would have a coyote.  River would be either a cat or some sort of bird, perhaps an owl.  Kaylee strikes me as an otter.  Anyone else have opinions?)

After half-waking, I transitioned to a school stress dream.  I haven't had one of those in a while, though I have teaching stress dreams not infrequently.  When I do dream about being in school, most often it's at the college level with some sort of test I didn't study for/paper I didn't write/classroom I can't find as the plot.  Last night, however, I dreamed about being in high school. I went to one of the classes assigned to me on the first day and was really upset when it was WAY too easy and beneath my level.  Everyone else in the class seemed ludicrously dumb. I was worried I was going to be stuck in that class all semester, bored out of my skull, and I had no idea where the office was or how to change my schedule.  My brain seems to think I need to do more with my life.

How about one more bit of Sherlock silliness for anyone still with me?  Sherlock demonstrates how to dance the robot.  It made me giggle like a crazy person.


*In Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, daemons are external manifestations of a person's soul, taking the form of animals.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (bored sherlock)
I've been doing too much mindless internet and too little in the way of productive activities lately.  However, I do have a few things to share with you, o flist.  Well, four things.  Well....four things and a manta ray.  Some of the things are vids, and some are my thoughts on various matters.

(1) Dance can express many things:  emotion, identity, sheer physical talent...and science.  Yes, science!  , Behold, the winner of chemistry category of the Dance Your PhD Competition, "selection of a DNA aptamer for homocysteine using SELEX."  Both the idea of the competition and this specific video are AWESOME.

video and other the things under cut to spare your flist )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (prepare for awesomeness)
Four things:

1)  It's Dragon*Con time! I spent two hours in line today picking up the badge.  Now that that ordeal's done, it's time for a big party with 40,000 new nerd friends. Huzzah!

2)  Last night, I had a dream that I went shopping with Bradley James.  I'm fuzzy on the details, so possibly my shopping buddy was actually Prince Arthur, but I'm pretty sure the dream was about the actor and not the character.  We were both buying pearl necklaces. This baffled me upon waking, since I don't actually want a string of pearls, and I strongly suspect that Bradley James doesn't want one either.  In the dream, however, he looked quite fetching in his dainty pearl choker.  Analyze that how you will. 

3) Sherlock spoilers (The Great Game) )



Finally,

4) DRAGON*CON!!!!!!!!!!
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (top hat eccleston)
Has anyone heard about the giant traffic jam in China and thought of cat-nuns and giant crabs?  That's definitely where my mind went.  This traffic jam is 60 miles long, has traffic moving at a third of a mile a day in the worst part, and is predicted to last until mid-September.  Most of us are officially never allowed to complain about traffic again.

I've been painting plastic stuff to look like metal for my steampunk outfit for this year's Dragon*Con.  I'm making some goggles look less plastic, because steampunk and goggles are an OTP, and I'm working on modifying an insect suction collector thing, though I need to make up my mind if it's just going to be a steampunk insect collector, a weapon, or something else.   I really need to hurry up and get all of that finished, because the con is not that far away.  Fortunately, my femme!raggedy Eleven costume is done except for the ripping and tearing.  That'san important part, but I'm happy to finally have all the component parts, including a silk scarf I've painted to look like the swirly tie.  Mostly, instead of the last costume details or stuff like doing laundry and cleaning the house, I keep getting distracted by the abundance of good Sherlock fic.

So, what's new with you, Internetland?
tardis_stowaway: sherlock and john lean aagainst a wall, laughing, with the words "we can't giggle, it's a crime scene" (can't giggle crime scene)
I finally got around to seeing the final episode of Sherlock the other day.  spoilers afoot! )

Meanwhile, it has been super foggy and cold the past two days.  If y'all are tired of summer, come on over to the CA central coast.  There's none around here.  Bring a little of it with you for my sake.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (sherlock holmes & watson)
Significantly after most of the Internet, I have finally seen the first episode of BBC's Sherlock.  Yep, I see why everybody has been squeeing about it.  What a fun adaptation!  Some points about it:

-I thought the casting on the leads was stellar, and I don't say that only because Benedict Cumberbatch is ridiculously gorgeous.  Martin Freeman is so dead-on as Watson.

spoilers under the cut )

And now for something completely different:  this uber-creepy Weeping Angels vid is amazing! 

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