“Today the thing I am missing most is the weight of your arm over me at night. The metal one, like a shield that would cover me at night without me having to carry it.”
all messed up with nowhere to go - girlbookwrm
(BTW, @girlbookwrm/Hundred Year Playlist fans may want to direct your attention over here…)
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I have found........ The weirdest little internet easter egg.
So let's say you're on canva dot com, making a fun little graphic for your fun little self publishing project. You get your gay little hands on the keyboard and try to think of a cute, meme-y way to describe your book because god forbid anyone ever take you seriously. And so you type the phrase "slow burn / idiots to lovers" in one text box and "be gay solve solarpunk crimes" in another. And then you go to type "I will fistfight Steven Moffat for what he did to Sherlock Holmes" in a third text box and suddenly
And on the bright side you forget to type anything about Steven Moffat, you should learn to let go of things like that anyway. But you are wondering what the flying fuck just happened. You cannot figure it out, so you go and add the phrases "Harold they're lesbians" to the first text box, click outside again and BOOM.
Teal deer: extensive application of the scientific method on my part has revealed that if you're in canva, and you click a text box that has the words LGBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual (tho not bi), trans, asexual, nonbinary, queer, or pride in it, then click elsewhere, you'll get a neat little rainbow just for your cute gay ass.
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SHAMELESSLY reblogging this from my self-pub account, it's fave line friday and i am back on my bullshit! from a scene that I really hope ends up in THYP 7
The problem with having three Captains America in a room is that there’s hardly room to breathe between all the bullheaded righteousness and the dozens of insecurities running around like angry little gremlins.
the return of fave line(s) friday!
This is something I used to do with my writing pals and fanfic pals. "line" is a bit of misnomer, I usually post 2-5 lines from my current WIP. If you see this, feel free to steal this idea and do what you want with it!
This is a paragraph from the novella I'm working on as a followup/prequel to Book One of The Electric Detective series:
Did you know that first proxy Martians were the scientists who ran the early rovers? These proto-colonists slept on Earth, but lived by the Martian clock. The slightly longer days meant that soon they were completely out of sync with the planet of their birth. They would get off work in the middle of the day to rest through the Martian night, and then return to work at whatever hour the sun was rising on Mars. Those first primitive little bots allowed dozens of scientists, and by extension humanity itself, to commute to Mars every Martian morning, even while that morning sometimes came in the middle of Earth’s night.
this is inspired by irl stories from NASA's JPL. As soon as I heard this story, I knew I wanted to find a way to include it. Not a lot of Mars in Book One, but hopefully there will be more in the follow ups!
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Self Care Tips From Tumblr: When you feel like everyone hates you, sleep. When you feel like you hate everyone, eat. When you feel like you hate yourself, shower. Someone out there feels better because you exist.
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Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I devoured A Study in Cyborgs in one day and I absolutely loved it!!!!! Thank you for writing!!!!!!!! Also, how did you come up with character names? Is there a Sherlock Holmes joke in 'Holls Keller' that I'm missing?
!!! thank you for reading and thank you for asking !!!
(btw, check out my self pub alter ego tumblr @wrmbooks for more goodies!)
because I am 4000% nerd, i hate hate HATE naming characters, and i never fully recovered from "i am tom marvolo riddle," the names that aren't lifted directly from Sherlock Holmes canon are all anagrams, and that's why poor Hana is stuck with middle name Whitjohn 😂 and, uh, spoilers under the cut but...
For Hols, the anagram is her model number, not her humanized name, so SHERLOCK HOLMES -> H-MEC: HOLS / OS: KELR
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!!!!!!! That's me !!!!!!!
Hey @girlbookwrm, look what was in the mail today 😃
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happy pride month to mr. and mr. untamed
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The Death of Drama:
According to me, @galwednesday @743ish newsby @gracelesso @aetataureate-ao3 et al
AO3 Freeform Tags Over Time
Late 2008 to early 2020
Biggest Movers (Fluff, Hurt/Comfort, Smut, Anal Sex)
Biggest Losers (Crossover, First Time, Drama, Episode Related):
Interactive chart can be found here. Check it out. It’s much nicer and well worth the hassle of leaving this place.
Source is @ao3org′s Selective Data Dump for fan statisticians.
Freeform text racing bar chart inspired by Largest Fandoms on AO3 (youtube).
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these marvel tv shows are basically therapy sessions for the characters who need it the most, change my mind
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ok mr. tolkien.
trees are very 🥺 because sometimes i’ll stand under the shade of a tree and look up at it and it’ll sway its branches about in the wind and i’m like oh my God i’m alive and YOU’RE alive. we are alive together and made up of the same starry stuff and standing right next to each other in this moment on this earth. do u feel it when i reach out and press my hand to your trunk? can you hear me? i think you’re so neat. and then the sunlight filters through its leaves just so and that lovely green color leaves me dazzled. it’s just very nice to be an alive thing next to a different sort of alive thing
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Reblogging this from my self-published alter ego: if you like my fanfiction, check out my books!
Introducing: The Electric Detective Series (book one out now!)
Tags and Tropes: casefic, genderfuck, identity porn, light domesticity and found family, slow burn/idiots to lovers
Overall Vibe: be queer solve solarpunk crimes
Inspo: sherlock holmes + firefly + murderbot diaries
TL;DR: someone said "create the queer sci-fi sherlock holmes pastiche you want to see in the world" and then I did.
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So, I'd love to know more about your 'orig fic project' that 'comes before all things'! (And yes, I am quoting one of your tags here XD).
okay. last of the old asks to answer today. Since the orig fic project is out now, I can talk about it more. none of you can stop me and yes that is a threat.
waaaaaaaay way back in 2014, I was getting my MA in the UK and I was on a train heading into London (iirc) and I was thinking about what to work on next. My MA was wrapping up and my thesis project was getting lots of good feedback but I really desperately wanted to work on literally anything else. I was also neck-deep into Sherlock (BBC), and had just been mild to moderately disappointed by the third series.
so i got thinking about what I would do differently. The first thing that came to me was the setting. I wanted to set it in the future. The thing I loved about Sherlock was how seamlessly they brought those characters into a modern world, and how relevant they still were. I thought a steampunk future at first, but I later shifted away from that and more towards solarpunk (i was VERY on Tumblr, and I saw The Solarpunk Post when it came around.)
but all that is aesthetics. What did I want to do with these characters?
I wanted to write Holmes and Watson as women, specifically because I wanted to show that you didn't have to change a goddamn thing about their personalities. They're still horrible bachelors: an injured vet and an antisocial bohemian weirdo, no matter what pronouns they're using.
I wanted it to be queer, but more specifically, I wanted to straightbait people. I wanted people to fall in love with these characters before I revealed that they were actually in love the whole time. this was before Obergefell v. Hodges. writing something queer was even more radical to do than it is now, we were still one year away from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. There were a few queer books hitting shelves, but they were all coming-out stories. I wasn't interested in writing a coming-out story, so I started thinking about what a queernorm society would look like; a world where you didn't have to come out because nobody made unnecessary assumptions about your gender or your sexuality. Gradually, I started to change my own assumptions about gender and sexuality.
I knew I wanted to Say Things about society and social justice as well. I'm a pretty political person, so that undertone is always there. When I got down to writing, I went back to the stories and that was when I really started to realize how little Sherlock (BBC) had done to really update the canon. They were still pretty effing racist, arguably more sexist than ACD himself at times, and not remotely as interested in social issues as ACD had been. I was just thinking I'd done a pretty good job, getting ready to do final polishing and go for self-pub when George Floyd was killed and it really hit me that one of my beloved secondary characters was a cop, and one of the main characters was just casually carrying a gun around everywhere she went like it was no big deal. So, it was back to the worldbuilding and story drawing board again. I'm not interested in writing totally unproblematic characters, but I'm also not interested in leaving problematic things totally unaddressed.
This post got serious as I was writing it. Sorry. I swear it's actually a pretty fun book; i didn't want to write a political treatise or anything, it's just that I can't stop myself from Caring about Things. I think the story is stronger for the many, many changes I made over the years. I've talked about this before, with fic, but it's been a huge personal challenge to try to unpack my own racist, homophobic and colonialist programming; it's something I'm continuing to work on and will continue to work on as I keep writing this series. In the end, whether it's good or not, whether anyone reads it or not, writing this book has made me a marginally better person.
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lest you think that everything will be all original fic all the time, this is from the B-Side that will set up THYP 7:
“Are you telling me that you saw dinosaurs and immediately thought of Steve?” Sam says.
Bucky pauses, processing that. “Well yeah. Didn’t you?”
“No, man! I saw dinosaurs and immediately thought of Jurassic Park. As most people would.”
“Ahhh!” Sam has one finger up. “Uh-uh, no way. I heard you quoting Goldblum earlier, I know you’ve seen Jurassic Park. That isn’t the point.”
Bucky wants to point out that “life, uh, finds a way” is not necessarily a Jeff Goldblum-specific quote, but he also knows that pointing this out would mean admitting that he has, in fact, seen Jurassic Park. “What is the point?” he asks instead.
Sam is making that face he makes when he’s holding back a rant, trying to figure out the best approach to get his point across without losing his audience. Steve and Sam both have chronic three dimensional chess brain, but Sam’s is always playing to win the argument in front of him, and Steve was always playing to win a war that maybe only existed in his head. “Can I ask you something?” Sam says at last.
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Shrinkyclinks or Shrunkyclunks?
the shrunkyclunks crowd does amazing work but shrinkyclinks slaps.
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I keep coming back to read the hundred year playlist every couple of months, the way you’ve woven the story is beautiful. And the formatting in fool for sacrifice, especially that one chapter where you have the interview is unlike any other. All of the dialogue too feels like I’m consuming a piece of commercial media, every piece of information is deemed important. You are literally the best writer on that site, thank you for filling my empty days with your words :)
re the interview chapter in FFS i am indeed the proud owner of the fic with the most hits and the most kudos in the highly competitive Terry Gross tag. sadly I cannot look directly at the rest of this ask because it's too nice and I have never been able to take a compliment but if you're interested in more dialogue by me, I have original fic for sale now.
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hi! just wanted to say that THYP is, without a doubt, my absolute all time favourite marvel fan-ANYTHING. it's just brilliant and it scratches EVERY single itch in my brain when im looking for good fic i owe u everything up to and including my first born. it's so, so well written and the way u capture bucky's voice is just. jesus. your bucky is my favourite bucky. i think i discovered THYP a few months ago and ive reread each installement like. at least twice. just amazing. thank you for writing
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I don't know how the fuck you take something from canon and make it make sense like the way you incorporate it into your fics make me hate canon less. You are powerful. Use your power for the good. dhdbbdbdb
honestly, it's one of my favorite pastimes. it's like a particularly chewy brain teaser. "well this makes no goddamn sense. how can i make it make goddamn sense without actually breaking it to pieces?" i just (clenches fist) love fixing stories that are broken.
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I read your ficlography(haha) and now TTOK makes a lot of sense. And your Bucky in general. But I can see a LOT of Magdaliny's bucky in THYP too. The way he talks, his characterization. No shit since you drew from that but I think it's lovely.
so now that my orig fic project is up for sale, I feel like I can answer the asks that have been piling up in my inbox, starting with yours.
First of all, I take this all as a bigass compliment. One of the things I love most about fanfiction culture in general is the way we inspire each other. You can read a piece of fiction, go "oooh I love (x dynamic/aspect/interpretation)" and then run with that. I love it when people tell me they're borrowing my headcanons or using my stories as inspiration for new stories. I just think that's how storytelling is meant to work. honestly, if one (1) thing of mine catches on, I kind of wish it would be ficliographies? They're a pain to put together, but it's like the holy grail of "I like what you've done here, and I would like to find more like this."
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WRM's Been Up To Things
If you ever thought "gosh I loved Firefly but Joss Whedon sucks" or "Gosh I loved Sherlock but Steven Moffat sucks" or if you've ever read my stuff and thought "hey, this wierdo knows what she's doing with the words" and you have, like, four bucks to spare, consider supporting your local story farmer by purchasing her fresh story produce:
It's got all the things you've come to love about my writing: pining, useless bisexuals, tons of charming side characters, and more worldbuilding than you can shake a stick at. It also has space! and cyborgs! and crime(-solving)!
if you want more info and updates about this series, I'll probably talk about it here from time to time but also over @wrmbooks
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