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So, I've been writing constantly, more chapters of the Sherlock thingy I posted before, if anyone cares to check it out: Adagio, in Baker Street. It mostly a big pile of UST based on the tossed off idea in canon that Sherlock taught John to waltz. There are now three chapters, and 4 and 5 are written in my mind, I know where I'm going. I need to keep my pace up because I'm on a week break now, and I know I will not be able to write as much when I'm back to work. Chop chop, me.

I've been thinking a lot this week, as I let myself get completely swept up in Sherlock fandom like I haven't since HP first grabbed me and wouldn't let go, about what got me into fandom in the first place.

1. I started going fannish well into canon: I only got excited about HP after PoA, and only got into fandom after OotP. Why? PoA was the signal to me that this series might be about more than wish-fulfillment for kids, and might actually be about lots of complicated choices adults made and were still making, especially during war, that affect the kids who are ostensibly the "main characters" in the series. Suddenly, the back story was just as important and the plot, and the subtext just as interesting as the text. Then, in OotP, I started seeing clues for myself (are Remus and Sirius a couple? Is Sirius really dead? etc.) that drove me to seek out people to talk to about it. So. Cue, Sherlock, season three, where I experienced a very similar turn in my feelings, where subtext and textual clues seem to abound, and dammit, it all must mean something and I want to know what. (What does John mean when he says, "Yeah, I'm there if you want it," in his sleep while Sherlock grabs his leg. WHAT COULD THAT MEAN IF NOT A COME ON? etc) And, like in PoA, maybe this isn't just a detective show, but is actually about human relationships and how they develop between adults. Not sure yet, but the feeling that there is something more to explore is the same.

2. Being driven to write a flurry of fanfiction that flows out easily: In HP, as soon as I realized I might enjoy writing, I wrote piles of drabbles and several long fics super easily, with hardly any effort, including a 15,000 word Charlie/Viktor and a 25,000 word Remus/Severus thing. Now, I know that many words is no longer possible with my busy life schedule, but I have to say the enjoyment of writing the 5,000 words I have so far this week has been very reminiscent of that time. It's just flowing out.

3. I'm starting new things: Like, I just signed up on Tumblr, even though it is a fucking mystery to me how to make it work as a way to interact with people. When I got into HP, I was a complete novice at everything, LJ, blogging, fandom, and I feel like a bit of a novice again.

So, who knows, but this pattern seems interesting to me. I thought I'd flirted with and dismissed Sherlock fandom months ago, but now it's lured me back. I know the SO is getting frustrated because I'm back on the computer so much, too, and that was part of my initial blast into fandom as well. ;) Perhaps the most telling sign, in fact...

Okay, now to deal with some RL stuff before I start to write the next chapter of angst-ridden dancing! *hugs*

Date: 20 Feb 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
ext_58380: (At Last by Veridian Dair)
From: [identity profile] bk7brokemybrain.livejournal.com
Fandom is wonderful. I hope you keep up the flow of words, my dear. Love your brain.

Date: 21 Feb 2014 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westernredcedar.livejournal.com
It is wonderful. *nodnod* Still feeling the flow...oh, and your brain is not too shabby itself! *hugs*

Date: 20 Feb 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chiralove.livejournal.com
I've been finding Sherlock fandom super-addictive, too! I haven't done so much introspection as to why that is. Some of it maybe is how thinky and detectivey it is (I'm also in love with Lewis fandom, at the moment), but I dunno really.

It is frustrating because I want to write more - but like you, ack! 5,000 words nowadays is such an achievement and it used to be like, easy as pie (well, not easy, but you know what I mean?) It's just so hard, wanting to contribute but being too tired for the spark of creativity to flare or, when it does do so, too tired to finish anything. Le sigh. :(

Anyhow, I'll stop ranting and just wave hi and say how glad I am that you're having a good time in Sherlock fandom! I can't wait to read your new fic! :)

Date: 21 Feb 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westernredcedar.livejournal.com
Ooh, lyv, hon! You were one of my very first people to really get me settled into fandom, one of my (if not my actual) first betas, and just one of the people that made me love it here. So, cheers! *clinks glasses* We're still here!
Gah, the meta in Sherlock fandom right now is killing me! So addictive. There is so much, I could read all day, but I'm really not allowed to...you know, responsibility and all...
I saw you posted a story, and that's my next stop after replying here.
Much love to you, m'dear! *smooch*

Date: 26 Feb 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chiralove.livejournal.com
Gosh yes - it somehow seems crazy that time has flown so fast! But yes, cheers to us still being here! I know I've been flighty and awol of late but I've missed you and it's fab to see you and even more fab to know that we're into the same new shiny fandom! (even if we have Responsibilities and cannot read all the new everything!)

I've not really dipped my toe into all the meta, but you make it sound so appealing! Is there anything in particular that you recommend?


Date: 2 Mar 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westernredcedar.livejournal.com
Hahaha! Well, I guess I'll send you down the rabbit hole that I went down, starting here: John/Sherlock meta by XistentialAngst that is full of links to many brilliant metas by others...I'd recommend you make sure to delve into loudest_subtext_in_television who is a super-star meta writer, and then go from there. These people are all arguing for a John/Sherlock reading of the show, so you have to go that way, or possibly you will become convinced to go that way by them...

Date: 21 Feb 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nehalenia.livejournal.com
That's so interesting. I too got way more invested in HP after POA, which is where we're introduced to the Marauders -- both the school age ones and their sad, damaged remnants. Granted they were the main characters, but the kids never held my interest; not fandom-wise, anyway. It was the adults in the background, the ones who had terrible choices or been bruised by life, that fascinated me.

Tumblr can be a lot of fun, but the average age there is much lower than in HP fandom and sometimes, boy does it show. I can rec you a blog to check out, though: "cumberbatchitis". All things Sherlock and Benedict. I know the blog owner from another fandom, she's wise and lovely.

Date: 21 Feb 2014 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westernredcedar.livejournal.com
NEHA!! *gentleglomp* (Sorry, I'm tired. I'll properly glomp when I'm rested.)
PoA is still where it's at in terms of story, writing, tightness of plot, etc. I love that book. But yeah, those darn kids? Eh. Never cared much. :)
Tumblr...hmm. So far I'm following three Sherlock meta writers who I was already reading all the time, hence my decision to sign up, just to make following them easier. I'll definitely check out your rec. I suspect I'll just use Tumblr to read, not to produce or post. Mostly I just don't get the fact that you can't really comment on people's posts. IT MAKES NO SENSE. But whatever. I'm just there to read.


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