I wrote:

Author: x_los
Beta: aralias
Word Count: 11,200
Rating: PG
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Pairings/Characters: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Charles Parker/Mary Wimsey, mentioned Sylvia Mariott/Eiluned Price, Mervyn Bunter, Honoria Lucasta Wimsey, Viscount St George
Other Tags: Soulmate-Identifying Marks AU, Yuletide, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: At twenty-one, Harriet Vane gets her Name. It's rather longer than she expected.

It was my first year doing Yuletide, and I had quite a good reception, I thought.

I recieved:

1. Take Your Chances by neveralarch for x_los
Fandoms: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Word Count: 535
Rating: PG
Pairings/Characters: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Summary: Harriet is found guilty in the retrial. (An AU of Strong Poison.)

2. Her Old Haunts by El Staplador (elstaplador) for x_los
Fandoms: North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell | UK TV
Word Count: 100
Rating: G
Pairings/Characters: Margaret Hale/John Thornton
Summary: Margaret returns to the New Forest, and brings John with her.

3. Leave My Wings Behind Me by pressdbtwnpages for x_los
Fandoms: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Word Count: 3,789
Rating: G
Pairings/Characters: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Summary: Harriet and Peter go undercover as newlyweds in Spain.

Some Quick Great Mouse Detective/ACD Holmes Notes

Toby, the dog from the Great Mouse Detective film (which has a slightly different name, for the UK market), is based off the keen-nosed dog from The Sign of Four of the same name--he is probably intended to be this dog, but he's of a different breed. Holmes has apparently also taken to keeping the dog close at hand--in ACD canon, he lives with a keeper.

The "German music, introspective and I want to introspect" stuff Holmes is saying to Watson when Basil and Dawson and Olivia pick up Toby marks the film as occurring at the same time, in ACD canon, as "The Adventure of the Red-Headed League" (RHL)--though the time of day is wrong for this utterance, and I'm not sure this was said in Baker Street vs in THE street. Also interesting: RHL is published in 1891 and set in October of 1890*. GMD is explicitly set in 1897--the year of actual!Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, which, as in the film marked the 60th year of her reign.

What strikes me most about this parallel is how different the timing and the quality of relationships is. This takes place TEN YEARS into Holmes and Watson's friendship, after Watson's married and, per Scandal in Bohemia, they've had quite a rupture in their friendship. It's published four years into ACD's work on the canon, and two years before he tries to kill Holmes off by writing "Final Problem" (or one, in Canon Time). So what you have here is a Doylist/Watsonian gap of enormous proportions between the introduction of Basil and Dawson and that of Holmes and Watson, which might play out in Basil having quite different emotional relationships with his work and other people accordingly.

After all, Basil's material existence and his way of thinking about himself have not been affected by Dawson's presence as friend and biographer from his setting up in lodgings (essentially?) until this, his attainment of full adulthood. The AU!personality justification-spotting is possible, but seems something of a stretch--mostly what draws my eye is the sheer time-lag, the space it leaves in Basil's life for his vitriolic relationship with his nemesis to assume undue personal importance. It's perhaps important to remember that Holmes gives few to no personal fucks about his nemesis, and Basil is seemingly driven by and organized around this core--certainly the plot-action of the film is, and it relies on its protagonist to do this work.

Gentleman villain John Clay, while he doesn't really evoke Ratigan to me at all, shares his aristocratic pretensions--though little of R's deep anxiety regarding these. This is somewhat in contrast with Moriarty, who appears to give no such fucks. Clay is 'the third-cleverest man in London' at the time--presumably below the Holmeses? It's possible there's an element of paralleling Clay and R--the writers are fairly aware of the canon they're working with, down to that song in Ratigan's layer picking up the consistent ACD joke of Holmes obliquely referring to past exploits and flipping it, enforcing a degree of parallelism extra-textually.

Btw, this seems as good a time as any to point out the high-Dickensian bullshit humor of RHL. Why did I so strongly dislike this one as a child, circa 12 or 13? I trust my readings of Victorian lit from that period less and less now, I just don't think I knew how to deal with some of the period/stylistic shit. I also had some thoughts on the other one I listened to today, "A Case of Identity", but they're probably part of a larger post on Holmes: Non-Sociopath and maybe also on Watson as unreliable narrator (predicated on "Scandal in Bohemia").

* "The dates given in the story do not match the characters' descriptions of time passing. The date that Wilson sees the advertisement is April 27, 1890 and he has been at work for 8 weeks and says "Just two months ago."[2] Thus that happened by the end of June. However, the date on the door telling of the League being dissolved is that of October 9, 1890, six months after the ad was placed. The two previous dates are consistent and thus this October date is incorrect, if it has any meaning.

Dorothy L. Sayers analyzed this discrepancy and claims that the dates must have been August 4 and October 4 respectively.[3]"--per Wiki

Day Book

Does anyone read Les Cites Obscures? (Have some nice pictures.) Let me know if you do or want to. Prepping to review the new translations. I LIKE them but often have zero idea wtf is going on. Between yesterday and today, have read:

The Great Walls of Samaris
The Tower
The Road to Armilia
The Invisible Frontier, Volume I
The Invisible Frontier, Volume 2
The Theory of a Grain of Sand, Volume 1

(and I've found Fever in Urbicand--so I could get you English copies of all of these?) I'm still trying to find English copies of:

The Leaning Girl
The Shadow of a Man
The Theory of a Grain of Sand, Volume 2

if anyone knows where these can be found.

76 emails
wrote landlady
wrote repairman
wrote new flatmate about bills
wrote mom about driver's license and bank card
changed sheets
sorted laundry
TONS of dishes
tidied room
read 3 books of Les Cites Obscures
found more Les Cites Obscures
watched Russian Sherlock Holmes
asked editor q about personnel change
asked K to send contract
asked K to call men
coordinated w/ R about chores
made Meg grocery list
checked US account
checked UK account--or tried to
called help line about non-working password system--no luck, then card reader broke, so idek
helped K find ingredients for dinner
watched a little Much Ado w Katy
talked through own work stuff
talked through K's work stuff

Day Book

talked to An about package
tidied room a bit
made sautéed butternut squash
grocery shopping
made pad thai
made 2 kinds banana bread
wrote Becky re: plans
dealt w/ 79 emails
read some Dogstar
took out a lot of cat litter
put away food

Day Book

wrote writer
wrote AN few times
partial list for Sunday

edited SH piece
sent AS notes
got through 45 emails since last count
saw bad art exhibit w/ A
dinner w/ N&N&A
talked to N about SH stuff
talked to NC about CV stuff


List for Today

cooked dinner
bought M's spices for uni
made grocery list for a few days
bought K baking supplies
bought house necessities
grocery shopping 4 places
cleaned kitchen surfaces
swept floor
tidied lr
tidied br
did laundry
put away laundry
had friend over for dinner
read over fic I need to beta
wrote flatmate about flat issues
spoke to sister 1
spoke to sister 2
wrote handymen about flat issues
tried to work out moving logistics for M w/ M
since last count, 210 emails dealt w/

Day Book

wrote 3171 words of paper (paper sitting at 3752--trimming)
full day of conference
many notes
tweeted conference
201 emails since last count
emailed editor re: SH issue
emailed theatres re: press
social media for Fringe piece


If I am ever commanded to network at a conference to save my life, GOODBYE FOREVER!! IT WAS NICE, PROBABLY?