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...about being exposed to Conan Doyle's work after all the other things which it has spawned. I must say I didn't see this one coming, which made it that much more delightful.

The other day I finished reading The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, which is to say the other day I read "The Final Problem" for the first time and did it in a public place where I needed not to make undignified noises.

So there came a point where I clapped my hand over my mouth, but it was to hold back a squeal of glee at what is probably a totally non-standard point in the text, because:
"You have probably never heard of Professor Moriarty?" said he.

"Never."

"Aye, there's the genius and the wonder of the thing!" he cried.


And in case you did not recognize that and need the backward reference... )
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I guess if I'm going to make half-assed Old Spice Guy references I should start out by linking you to the monster your monster could smell like.


The real reason I wanted to post, though, was to say that while I can't exactly blame Aral and Jole for waking me up at 5:20 AM--I wasn't dreaming of them when I woke up--they are certainly the reason I could not get back to sleep. One little "now what was that important thing I realized I needed to edit right before I fell asleep" and BAM I'm wide awake and the story is running away with me.

In related news, the part of the story I'm writing right now is ... tense. And it keeps being more tense than I expect, so I write these scenes and then go WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED WHY IS MY HEART RACING. AT SIX IN THE MORNING ON A SUNDAY WHILE IT'S STILL DARK OUT.

Okay, that last part has only happened the once, so far, but once is plenty.


This reminds me, though--I finished reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes yesterday, after many side-trips to Google to work out geographical referents and find out what equinoctial gales, fuller's earth, or a fabric described as both "electric blue" and "beige" without evident contradiction, might be.

There was one thing that I didn't have to go look up, though, which I am sure would have baffled the hell out of me if I'd read it before visiting England in the summer and being baffled by it in person: Watson's blithe references to daylight at three in the morning.

(Now wunderground.com is telling me it isn't light out at three in the morning in London in late June, which I suppose could be a matter of the advent of British Summer Time being post-period for Sherlock Holmes, but I swear I remember waking up at 3AM on my first morning in London and thinking it was much, much later because it was, you know, light out. o.O)


Right. I think I may have managed to waste enough time writing this entry that I can get back to sleep without actually being required to write half of this goddamn story first. Wish me luck.
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This is my first full week at the permanent location of my new job (...did I mention the new job? surely I mentioned the new job) and I have to work Saturday, which means I have tomorrow off. So... sort of the weekend, sort of still the work-week. I get to sleep in tomorrow, is the main thing.

With numbers, so I don't have to think of transitions:

1. I get to sleep in tomorrow and then go (indoor) climbing, which I have been too exhausted or otherwise discombobulated to do any earlier in the week. I went for the first time on Saturday (hooray local Groupon!) and promptly came home and joined [community profile] disobey_gravity, because that is what a fangirl does when she finds something awesome. She joins the relevant comm. ♥

(It was exhausting and daunting and I fell a lot, but that is what the harness and rope and padded floor are for! And, you know--climbing on things! My inner bookcase-scaling toddler cannot get over being actively encouraged to climb on things.)

2. I shall not mention when, exactly, I have been having periods of time on my hands with access to the internet but not the freedom to visit overtly fannish sites, but the point is: I have been reading Arthur Conan Doyle courtesy of Project Gutenberg. No spoilers, just rambling. )

3. Speaking of writing/head-exploding, I have just made what I think is the fourth start on the Aral/Jole story. Writing is hard, dog bites man, etc.

(Seriously though--I am trying to write Aral Vorkosigan coming to terms, emotionally, with honest polyamory. I BET DRINKING WOULD HELP.)

3a. I tell myself the worst bedtime stories. )

4. So it turns out I'm pretty much making a living wage now. Recent Amazon purchases include: Private Investigator Varg Veum: The Complete First Series (Uhh... sure. Call it whatever you want, it's the first six Varg Veum movies in shiny Region 1 DVD!), I Spy Season 1 (I am officically un-adopting Bill Cosby as my TV Dad. He is too mind-bendingly hot as Scotty. I cannot cope. By which I mean, I LOVE THEM.), and, uh...

One other thing which I feel kind of sheepish about buying. )

5. Awesome, amazing trailer for Stargate SG-1: The Movie. I really need to go rewatch all ten seasons right now.

6. That reminds me, [personal profile] kuwdora has made a wonderful Castle vid! Suddenly I See is three solid minutes of all the parts of Castle I generally want to draw big sparkly hearts around. (And, yes, it is even safe for my brother to watch.) Highly recommended for being full of awesomeness.
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1) IS IT TIME FOR MORE YET?

... )

Aaaand so after work today I checked out a copy of A Study in Scarlet and read just enough of it to catch some references in 1x03. ♥♥♥
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I had a sudden and somewhat unusual impulse tonight to stop resisting watching things everyone is telling me I will love, so I finally watched MCR's Danger Days trailer (oh boys) and now I am half an hour into the first episode/movie/unit of Sherlock.

Yyyyyeah, so I was hooked inside the first two and a half minutes. &Watson;

Please feel free to offer advice on where on earth one starts, with the fic. I confess myself a little daunted. Also, I know there have been awesome vids and I only saved a link to Lim's "Dry," so recs for those are also appreciated.

And now, somebody seems to be in peril, so I shall get back to watching.

(♥&Watson;♥)

(Awww, Sherlock, you're not really a psychopath, are you? You're just ... Sherlock Holmes. ♥)

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