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02 September 2013 @ 06:16 pm
Unleash the Sherlock!  
So remember how I was complaining that Sherlock wouldn't speak to me in Human Nature? Well, now that I stopped trying to make him do something he didn't want to and allowed him to go with everyone else to Lower Tadfield, he won't shut up. The next chapter of this story keeps growing because of this. That and there's just a lot of plot now. I was fighting Sherlock on all his statements but now I'm just writing it all and will cut out the stuff that doesn't really need to be in there. I'll get you with editing, Mr. Holmes!

I'm also currently on a train returning to NY after a Labor Day Weekend trip. My seatmate is watching Game of Thrones, the person across from me is reading a Star Trek novel, and I'm writing a Good Omens/Sherlock crossover fic. We are the geekiest trio ever.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay: Merlin: Thumbs up!awanderingbard on September 3rd, 2013 03:02 am (UTC)
I maintain that no one really has control of the characters, and we're just here to be fingers to type with. Characters gonna char, and we cannot stop them. But too many words is better than not enough! Yay!

I currently have a rapid growing fic of Abby, John, and the three Holmes brothers for no other reason than I want to, and Mycroft is surprisingly being awesome with her. Which I was not expecting, but it makes sense and I'm going with it.

We are the geekiest trio ever.

I think you've spelled 'awesomest' wrong.

Edited at 2013-09-03 03:02 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 3rd, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Apparently everyone but John now thinks that it's a free for all with this talking lark. Sherlock is setting a bad example. Even Adam and his mates insisted on having another scene together.

I'm rather suspicious that Mycroft would be good with kids. Or perhaps only bright kids. But he'd be awesome with those.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 3rd, 2013 04:13 am (UTC)
I've cut out whole chapters from stories because of that problem. I cut Q's cat out of one of the stories because of that problem (it was suddenly a story about a cat). Maybe you've dug your way under the wall and have emerged on the other side, and it seems to be more wordy than you want because it's now so much easier? Either way, we mustn't anger the Word Fairy.

I'm rather suspicious that Mycroft would be good with kids. Or perhaps only bright kids. But he'd be awesome with those.

Well, as he points out to John in the story, he does have some experience with small children, given the age difference between him and his brothers. Also, his main rival for the title is Sherlock, so you know, not much competiton. He is not terrible with children, and has seemed to take over entertaining her, which I originally planned Q to do. But Q is computering and Mycroft is quizzing Abby on her colours, and I don't know.

Edited at 2013-09-03 04:14 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 3rd, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
Maybe you've dug your way under the wall and have emerged on the other side, and it seems to be more wordy than you want because it's now so much easier?

I think also now that I've gotten over the most difficult bit, all the random headcanons I had going on for this story poured forth. I ended up cutting out a whole thing involving Crowley recognizing Lestrade from an earlier time because it wasn't really relevant to the story.

Mycroft is quizzing Abby on her colours

John leaves having taught Abby 'green' and 'red' and comes back to Mycroft having taught her 'chartreuse' and 'auburn.'
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 3rd, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
I did most of my useless writing because I was stuck, so I just went 'well, I'll try this' and wrote until I figured out what I needed. So mostly I didn't need it, but I was sad to lose those character moments I'd established. There's a scene in Lost for Words between Sherlock and Molly that I'm very fond of that I couldn't squeeze in elsewhere. But yeah, I lose dialogue and babits in most stories because it seems cool but doesn't serve the purpose.

You're also getting over a dry spell with writing. I wrote like a madwoman once my words came back to me.


John leaves having taught Abby 'green' and 'red' and comes back to Mycroft having taught her 'chartreuse' and 'auburn.'


...this may or may not be going into the story.

I have Abby old enough to start talking now, which is a lot of fun. Especially with Sherlock, who has entire conversations with her where she says two words and he comes back with a paragraph, and rinse and repeat.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 3rd, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
I really do hope my Word Fairy sticks around. Particularly since it'll also be great if she lends a hand for my dissertation.

I have all these random scribblings and am reminded of your recent post about whether or not it's okay to post a story that has no real plot. That crossover where Good Omens meets Skyfall meets Sherlock has lots of talking but very little in the way of plot.

Especially with Sherlock, who has entire conversations with her where she says two words and he comes back with a paragraph, and rinse and repeat.

Children may actually be the best audience for Sherlock. He basically thinks most adults he meets have childlike intelligence anyway (if he's being charitable). Plus he sort of acts like a child so everyone should get on. Although an actual adult would need to be present at some point.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 3rd, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
I've been reassured that it is perfectly okay to post just a scene with good characterization and dialogue, which you always have. The majority of my stories barely have plots, anyway, and no one's seemed to notice. Go for it! I want to read it!

Children may actually be the best audience for Sherlock. He basically thinks most adults he meets have childlike intelligence anyway (if he's being charitable). Plus he sort of acts like a child so everyone should get on. Although an actual adult would need to be present at some point.

Sarah is very clear about how long Abby can be left alone in a room with Sherlock (no minutes, none seconds).

I picture Sherlock being quite fond of Abby when she gows up enough to be interested in experiments and learning things. A chance to pass on knowledge to a very rapt audience, as attention from
Uncle Sherlock is the best, because you have to earn it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 4th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Sarah is very clear about how long Abby can be left alone in a room with Sherlock (no minutes, none seconds).

Hee hee!

I picture Sherlock being quite fond of Abby when she gows up enough to be interested in experiments and learning things.

He'll love her at that optimal age where she's old enough to be interested like John but unlike John not old enough to know better to stop Sherlock from doing things that seem a bit dangerous.

"She's identical to you except without all your tedious preoccupation with safety measures."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 4th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Now I'm picturing the day Sherlock comes to John all dejected.: "She told me to put on safety goggles or she wouldn't play with me any more."
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 4th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
John would feign sympathy and then silently mouth to Abby, "Good girl."
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 4th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm hoping to carry Abby along in age. My mini!Dresdens are sort of stuck in limbo around the same age, but I have ideas for Abby at various ages.

I actually have ideas for teenage mini!Dresdens, but it seems a large leap to skip ten years in time.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 4th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Oooo! The return of the mini!Dresdens! I'd be all over that.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 4th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
I really want to finish off my occhallenge table, and I'm only two stories away. So hopefully, Mal and Fay will appear again.
aelfgyfu_mead: Watson plotaelfgyfu_mead on September 3rd, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
That sounds like Sherlock! He tells John that sometimes he doesn't speak for days, but mostly we see him tossing around words like he has to make some quota. It doesn't matter whether anyone around him can keep up. I think of his sulks—sorry, thinking—on the couch as mainly storing up energy for the next set of verbal blasts.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 4th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
I think of his sulks—sorry, thinking—on the couch as mainly storing up energy for the next set of verbal blasts.

He totally sulks and YES. This makes so much sense.