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This is not the post it was supposed to be…

I’m confusing myself in an attempt to write a post about self-editing. I’ve seen some threads from people who want to start taking their writing more seriously, and the general advice they get from fandom seems to be ‘edit’! Which I agree with… except it’s a bit like telling someone who wants to explore the world that they need to travel. True, but limited.

Since I edit for a job I feel I ought to be able to add some specifics on issues such as editing for literary style vs editing to sell – editing is meant to improve your work, but what would you personally consider an improvement, and how do you aim for it? I can’t work out what would be useful, though.

The internet at large is such an echo chamber for people to spout at random and have it admiringly amplified that any attempt to offer an informed opinion, especially on something as subjective as creative process, ends up feeling tainted by association. Sometimes it feels like believing you have expertise/insight is arrogance, but failing to share it is selfish, but sharing it would be an imposition on people who didn’t ask… and pretty soon you’re lost in your head and all your confidence about the worth of anything you may have to say evaporates. Penny arrogant/selfish/silent.

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John and Sherlock    22/?

Eee!

silent-micka:

John and Sherlock    22/?

Eee!

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Neuroatypicality: terminology creep?

I’m curious about people’s use of the term ‘neuroatypical’. I’m seeing it increasingly often in conjunction with bipolar.

Is this controversial? Is there a feeling that the term should be kept for people on the autistic spectrum?

I have some complicated feelings about mental health terminology appropriation, having been told I was imagining my bipolar II by my first psychiatrist, with horrible results. Words are important, as if I didn’t know that already.

What do you use?

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thetownofmacaron:

THIS IS THE PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF ME

This is my life

I saw this post just after I hung up a skype call

m e e eee e e

OMG. On the rare occasions I manage to have a conversation, this experience is waiting for me on the other side.

(Source: delusioninabox, via nichellen)

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Croatia Between: a Four Corners of the Western World side fic

Or hopefully it will be.

I owe @professorfangirl a fic of at least 1,000 words from last year’s AO3 auction. For reasons unnecessary to go into, the original idea didn’t come off.  Then PFG urged me to leave it until Four Corners was finished, then my next idea didn’t come off either…  

It’s unlike me to have an unmet obligation of this kind. I try to be tidy.

Anyway. PFG likes the ocean. And I have persistent trouble reacting to Sherlock Season 3 much beyond thinking that it’s messy and mess is not my favourite kind of foundation. And PFG has expressed some similar feelings. And I could do with a short project within my usual comfort zone to offset the challenges of my current original project. And towards the end of Malta Bright it says: John is booking flights to Croatia. Sherlock has contacts there, who can arrange fake identities for their Russian visas and hopefully also the blood tests required before going on lithium. And there’s plenty of ocean around Croatia.

So why not write a little story called Croatia Between? Probably just a one-scene vignette of Sherlock by the sea simultaneously tripping on screwed chemistry and reflecting, in as far as Sherlock ever reflects on himself. Between Malta and Piter, he transitions from a state of wild oscillations to fixed depression. John makes it quite clear that this is likely to happen, well ahead of time. Sherlock surely sees it coming.

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Detective Inspector Sally Donovan’s opinion of Doctor Molly Hooper was cemented the first time they met. For all of her insightful post-mortems, a person who sings “Don’t Say Goodbye” to corpses as she cuts open their chest cavities can’t be right in the head. Even if it is one of Take That’s better songs.
In turn, though Molly admires Sally’s keen wits and instincts, she has little patience for the Detective Inspector’s abrupt personality. Molly can’t help but feel a natural suspicion of anyone who doesn’t even crack a smile at her joke about golf and murder.
But when a serial killer known as The Surgeon starts systematically killing young men, Sally and Molly form a surprisingly productive partnership. As they work feverishly to solve the string of murders, they find that their differing personalities contrast with brilliant results.
Add a shared love for early 90s Britpop to the mix, and Sally and Molly might just discover that, amidst enmity and entrails, their differing personalities also make for a rather brilliant friendship.

Hey, I want this TV series too! Especially with the handcuffs, yes.

lono285:

Detective Inspector Sally Donovan’s opinion of Doctor Molly Hooper was cemented the first time they met. For all of her insightful post-mortems, a person who sings “Don’t Say Goodbye” to corpses as she cuts open their chest cavities can’t be right in the head. Even if it is one of Take That’s better songs.

In turn, though Molly admires Sally’s keen wits and instincts, she has little patience for the Detective Inspector’s abrupt personality. Molly can’t help but feel a natural suspicion of anyone who doesn’t even crack a smile at her joke about golf and murder.

But when a serial killer known as The Surgeon starts systematically killing young men, Sally and Molly form a surprisingly productive partnership. As they work feverishly to solve the string of murders, they find that their differing personalities contrast with brilliant results.

Add a shared love for early 90s Britpop to the mix, and Sally and Molly might just discover that, amidst enmity and entrails, their differing personalities also make for a rather brilliant friendship.

Hey, I want this TV series too! Especially with the handcuffs, yes.

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sallydonovan:

"An old friend."

Sally and Sherlock used to be much closer.

Wow. I don’t always find gifsets like this convincing, but this one is super well done. It’s the way the lighting matches, and there seems to be a real, natural sequence. It feels like this should be a special mini-ep that comes with the Sherlock pilot.

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Piter Raw Setlock, as requested by @mugenmine! Click on the photo to see the relevant bit of text from the fic.

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Here Bunniarty posts a post that feels like a better description of my own feelings on the subject than anything I’ve posted myself. In other words, I HEAR YOU.

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Baaaaack in London. Washing knickers. Considering a writing post about the editorial process, since I see fandom’s been talking about it. Anyone want? It’s kind of a big topic.

Ponder has buggered off to Coventry to tie people up. Reunion tomorrow!