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23 September 2014 @ 05:01 pm
Families, Writing, Etc.  
I got back from my cousin's wedding. It was quite an experience being part of a wedding and in small part seeing what goes on behind the scenes of a rather lavish affair. There were so many near disasters during the rehearsal and during the wedding itself so it was nice that ultimately things were fine and my family now has a new member.

I had vague plans about working on my internship application while away but this did not happen. Instead I did some fic...experimenting?


I skimmed the rest of Political Animals and wow, that show only got worse toward the end. However, aelfgyfu_mead came up with a brilliant idea for a crossover with Elementary where a pre-Sherlock Joan gets hired to be TJ Hammond's sober companion. Since crossovers are my weak point, I sort of took up the mantle to try and brainstorm a fic and maybe even write it. Predictably, instead of keeping it contained as a oneshot with Joan working with TJ, I ended up outlining a full crossover where Joan and Sherlock are hired by the Barrish-Hammond family for a case and you learn in flashback about Joan's previous work with TJ.

While I'm not prepared to write the entire crossover just yet (I need to get more familiar with the Political Animals canon and really map out the mystery, both of which are going to be hard), I did try my hand at writing a few scenes. I discovered to my surprise that I find JLM's Sherlock incredibly easy to write. In some ways he's easier to write than Joan and significantly easier to write than BBC Sherlock. I often worry if I'm getting BBC Sherlock right in terms of his emotional growth vs. his acerbic nature. Plus he really gets stubborn and refuses to cooperate with me when I do longer fics with him. But JLM's Sherlock was almost immediately chatty with me. So far his snippets with Joan and with TJ and also later with Douglas Hammond were a breeze. Hopefully this will continue when I get down and dirty with this fic since I'm pretty sure the entire Barrish-Hammond family is going to be difficult. I tried to do a scene with just TJ and Douglas and it felt a bit unwieldy.

I have an idea for the case but I haven't yet settled on a clear means and motive. I also worry about having to write in clues along the way for the fic but then I remember that this is half an Elementary fic where the show's writers were never that brilliant at the mystery part. So that relieves the pressure a bit.
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on September 24th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
Interesting! I feel like JLM's Sherlock is much more consistently written, and I wonder: is that why you find him easier?

I'm glad things are coming along!

I'm such an enabler. . . .
formerly lifeinsomniac: Holmes_Elementaryjoonscribble on September 24th, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
I feel like JLM's Sherlock is much more consistently written, and I wonder: is that why you find him easier?

That might be it. I also like JLM's Sherlock more than BBC Sherlock. He's blunt and sometimes insensitive but I think his own downfall with addiction has made him more in touch with other people and their own weaknesses which is a nice characteristic.

I'm such an enabler. . . .

Yeeeeeesssss....
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 24th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
I am not familiar with one of these and still hopelessly behind on the other, but I am still pleased for more stories.

I find BBC Sherlock reletively easy to write, but I think eccentric geniuses might be the thing I'm good at. I also think he has a childlike quality that probably makes him easy for me, since I enjoy writing children and people seem to think I'm good at it. I think I just might be very young at heart, so those sort of characters appeal to me. I feel like, from what I've seen, JLM's Sherlock has a lot going on his brain that sometimes overwrites the politeness, but he does have a desire to help people. Where BBC Sherlock has such a desire to not be bored that the helping people part is secondary to the not being bored part. And the being polite part falls very low on the list, unless it's a requirement for not being bored.

We had a few near disasters at the wedding I attended recently, but I only heard about them after the fact. I think my years helping out at dance recitals and being in theatre and directing plays might make me pretty good in a wedding party, but I have never been in one. I'm glad it mostly went off well and you live to tell the tale!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 24th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
I am not familiar with one of these and still hopelessly behind on the other, but I am still pleased for more stories.

It's probably ultimately better for my own time managing skills that you're not familiar with one and behind on the other as I fear you might enable me further and I'll just drown the ficcing.

I also think he has a childlike quality that probably makes him easy for me, since I enjoy writing children and people seem to think I'm good at it. I think I just might be very young at heart, so those sort of characters appeal to me.

You are good at writing children and you're good at writing BBC Sherlock. He's much more likable and understandable the way he's portrayed in your stories than he often is on the actual show.

JLM's Sherlock has a lot going on his brain that sometimes overwrites the politeness, but he does have a desire to help people.

This might be why I get writing him more. He's someone who wants to change on some level so that he can be a functional, helpful person who is no longer in pain and using to dull that pain. That's usually the foundation for most of the patients I treat so I probably have an easier time imagining how he sees the world and how he wants to interact in it.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 24th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
It's probably ultimately better for my own time managing skills that you're not familiar with one and behind on the other as I fear you might enable me further and I'll just drown the ficcing.

Guess who finished her fic about the Avengers adopting a dog today? I'll give you a hint: it was me.

I blame you.

That's usually the foundation for most of the patients I treat so I probably have an easier time imagining how he sees the world and how he wants to interact in it.

Yeah, I can see that. I think you write most stories from a professional point of view, and see your characters as patients. I don't know how I approach my stories. I think from a 'I wonder what would happen if these characters were in this mundane life situation' approach.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 24th, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
Guess who finished her fic about the Avengers adopting a dog today? I'll give you a hint: it was me.

I blame you.


Is this about the time I showed you that photo of the dog with Mjolnir?

Also, hurray!

I think you write most stories from a professional point of view, and see your characters as patients.

There are many characters I've written whom I wouldn't mind having as patients. But not all. I don't think I'd want JLM's Sherlock as a patient. Too stressful.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 24th, 2014 03:26 am (UTC)

Is this about the time I showed you that photo of the dog with Mjolnir?


Yep. It kind of became a story about weird people banding together to belong somewhere. I'm always happy when I find out what stories are about, because I never know when I start. I'm just like 'words, words, lalala, words'.

There are many characters I've written whom I wouldn't mind having as patients. But not all. I don't think I'd want JLM's Sherlock as a patient. Too stressful.

You and I can open a business. You can be a Fictional Character Psychologist, and I'll be a Person Who Names Things. We'll share a fictional office.

Speaking of names, I was going through some genealogy stuff and I think my naming love comes from my mum's side of tree. She has an ancestor named Submit Hulda.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 24th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
I'm always happy when I find out what stories are about, because I never know when I start. I'm just like 'words, words, lalala, words'.

Yep, we are opposites. I start with the entire story's point, meaning, and plot in mind. Then I try to cram in some words and it's usually my Word Fairy having ADHD half the time.

You and I can open a business. You can be a Fictional Character Psychologist, and I'll be a Person Who Names Things. We'll share a fictional office.

Our fictional business would be booming. With the fictional salary we make, we'd be able to buy a castle.

She has an ancestor named Submit Hulda.

Cool!
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 24th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC)
Yep, we are opposites. I start with the entire story's point, meaning, and plot in mind.

Oh, God. So much envy for plot. I never have a plot. I sort of know where I'm going, and maybe where I'd like to end up, but mostly it's like an improv game.

"Alright, Q and Sherlock, you've just entered the Diogenes Club because Mycroft rang you for Mysterious Reasons. And action!"

And then I sort of let them chat and do things and usually they start to have feelings and I follow that path to see where it leads and then the plot goes along and they have reactions and feelings about that and at some point the Point wanders in and I rewrite a little to hook it in to the beginning, and then the End comes along and goes 'hey, I'm here' and I stop. Usually the End never comes along and my characters just stand around awkwardly, waiting for me to tell them what to do. Which is why I can't really write a mystery, because you need clues and stuff for that, and I'd never be organized enough for clues.


Our fictional business would be booming. With the fictional salary we make, we'd be able to buy a castle.


That'll be nice. Lots of rooms for our characters to hang out in, and a big courtyard for the daemons and tea party guests to frolic.