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21 August 2016 @ 07:05 pm
Writing Round-Up  
So, just a round-up of writing--and reading--things ^^

I had a birthday this month, and I received two lovely fics:

Firstly, Happy Birthday by thesmallhobbit, in which Mouselet and the rest of the gang manage to batter my bouquet and eat part of my cake. (You know, I spent part of my birthday looking up articles about Victorian taxidermy… *gives gang a significant look*)

And secondly, the brilliant and witty The Greek Decanter by okapi1895, in which Sherlock (possibly born a coffeepot, formerly a teapot and now a vase) and John (definitely a teapot) go to visit Mycroft (definitely a coffeepot).

Okapi’s fic is set in my Tea Set AU series. Writing John and Sherlock as teapots was my first major go at a story in the Sherlock fandom--the fics were inspired by this photograph on Tumblr by hisietari. (Essentially I look at people and think: ‘I don’t know what the heck’s going on there.’ Then I look at objects and think: ‘Well, obviously I know what it’s like to be a teapot.’)

I’m just so touched that Okapi chose to write something so personal for me, and so impressed with what she did with the idea--the whole fic is packed with marvellous details.

In July I took part in Flash Fiction Month over on DA. I managed to complete all 31 stories as usual and with regard to the prizes, I was the runner-up for Week 4--which is not to be sniffed at I suppose. I felt this year was a weaker crop of stories overall, though there were many stories I was very happy with. And I’ve discovered I can still write while half-asleep ^^ I’ve also definitely sold one of the stories and I’m probably going to sell another, once I’ve finished a bit of rewriting. (It’s the same tiny publisher I’ve mentioned before.)

I’ve signed up again for heroinebigbang’s Round 4 Redux. If you remember, Round 4 sort of fizzled out and then sprang back into life but I decided to post my fic on my own because I wanted it out of the way. But I want to try and do an official fic for the challenge too. This one will just be a tiny bang--under 5,000 words.

And smallfandombang’s Round 6 is on the way--it’s starting 1st September! For this round, I’m going to try and produce a 50,000 word work. I’ve got 5 months until the rough drafts are due--I think I can do it. I’m thinking of doing a Dear Ladies/Pirates of Penzance crossover. I have no idea about the details, or any kind of plot, yet though.

Finally, I’d like to do a bit of advertising on behalf of a DA friend.

Damon L. Wakes has had a novella accepted by the crowdfunding publisher Unbound. Writers pitch their ideas (in Damon’s case the novella was already written), and then to quote Unbound: If it’s got the makings of a great book, we’ll launch it on our site. If readers like the idea they can pledge and support it for exclusive rewards.

The book is called Ten Little Astronauts and in the author’s own words, it’s ‘an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery novella set on board an interstellar spacecraft’.

If you follow the link, you can see Damon’s pitch video--filmed inside an actual submarine--the synopsis for the book, an excerpt, a little about the author, and the list of pledge amounts and what you will receive in exchange.

To quote the author again:

If you’ve ever organised a project through, supported a project on, or simply heard of Kickstarter, you’ll have some idea how the process works. The main difference with Unbound is that they’ll only take on projects they have some faith in: they already put forward the money to get me on board that submarine with a professional videographer!

If funded, Ten Little Astronauts will have professional editing, proofreading and cover design, with a trade paperback distributed by Penguin Random House no less.

Do please go and have a look. If the idea for the book grabs you and you can spare the cash (heaven knows I agonised over that aspect), consider making a pledge--the lowest amount is £10. You’ll be helping a book to come into being and helping an exceptionally talented young writer along on the next step of his career. I so admire Damon. He’s ambitious in the most positive sense of the word--working so hard to get his stuff out there, while always taking the time to be interested in other people’s writing too.
the small hobbit: ferretthesmallhobbit on August 21st, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
"The Greek Decanter" was brilliant - and how lovely to have something written as a tribute to your Tea Set AU.

You'd think the gang would manage something as simple as a birthday surprise, wouldn't you?!

I'm thinking of doing smallfandombang again. Lewis, which I've written for the past three years is now too big, but I'm thinking about Call The Midwife. It's not on the current list, but I can't see why it couldn't be added.

heroinebigbang looks appealling, hmmm ...

Franklesscfrankles on August 21st, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'd better warn you - the Heroine Big Bang rough draft for Round 4 Redux is due on 28th August.

And Lewis has finally made the leap, has it? ^^ I was always surprised that it was a small fandom - it seemed so popular. I did see your comment, btw - I'd assumed you'd just felt like a change.
the small hobbitthesmallhobbit on August 21st, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
If I did the smallest Heroine Big Bang it would only have to be 1,500 words, which I could do in a week, so long as I had some sort of plot - and I could change fandom if necessary up till then.

I think Lewis was almost too big last time, but just scraped in.
okapi1895okapi1895 on August 21st, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
Small hobbit did a good job of bringing the gang together, I thought. They're more used to capers than birthday celebrations.

Thank you for your kind words. It's a wonderful AU that you've created.o

Congrats on having sold two stories. You're making your talents (and hard work) pay, and that marvelous.

Enjoyed reading your July stories. May take a peek at the Astronauts, it is a favorite Christie of mine.

Look forward to reading your upcoming works.
Franklesscfrankles on August 21st, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
Look forward to reading your upcoming works. I am going to have to insist you don't read my next SFBB fic though ^__^ Honestly, reading a 50,000 word Dear Ladies/Pirates of Penzance crossover - I really wouldn't do that to you ^^

And thank you again for the birthday fic ^_^ You understood the universe so well, while still putting your own personal stamp on it. And I'm still thrilled you managed to work septic systems into the story ^__^

Thanks for the congratulations about selling my stories ^^ It's still not that much money but it's very encouraging. And do please take a look at Damon Wakes' info about his book - see what you think ^^
debriswoman: cat and mousedebriswoman on August 21st, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
Cheering you on re fic endeavours:-)
Congratulations again re publishing:-)
Thanks for pointer to teapot fic...and, oh, so that's where hisietari is nowadays...send my regards.

As for taxidermy....nah, surely not:-p
Franklesscfrankles on August 21st, 2016 11:07 pm (UTC)
Neither hisietari nor I are terribly active on Tumblr, and we don't have a fandom in common any more - must admit I haven't been in contact with her recently either ^^"

Thank you for all the cheering and congratulations ^_^ And I'm glad you had a look at Okapi's teapot fic ^^

And it seems someone got tired of waiting for a taxidermy fic to appear and decided she'd better do it herself... ^___^
debriswoman: cat and mousedebriswoman on August 22nd, 2016 05:18 am (UTC)
There is only so long one can be expected to wait for a taxidermy tableau tale to come along:-p

Generally re writing, I decided one either waits for things to settle and never writes, or writes regardless, when the mood strikes:-p