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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: He Was a Friend of Mine
Author: SinceWhenDoYouCallMe_John
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Alma Watson
Length: 38,387 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Suicidal ideation, infidelity
Verse: BBC Sherlock/Brokeback Mountain crossover
Author's summary: Sherlock presses his nose into my hair and inhales. “Told myself the whole way here we wasn’t gonna get into this again,” he says low. His breath moves soft against my scalp, and his words rumble deep into my bones. It sounds like the open sky throwing wind against the boulders up on Baker, rattling the thin walls of the tent with the rushing force of the mountain. I hum. I don’t believe him for a second – steppin’ out of his gleaming white Ford back in Signal with his best shirt on and his curls all combed lookin’ up at me like he just took a breath after five years of holding it. I know because I did the same.

Reccer's comments: Stunned silence. What. This author. What. This author writes better than Annie Proulx. I just. ??

Okay. Trying to put together words coherently here. This is a fusion with Brokeback Mountain, and the author says at the beginning that they “borrowed heavily” from Proulx’s short story and the screenplay. So when I started reading the first paragraph I thought, yeah, okay, they’ve copied all this description stuff from Proulx to set the mood. I mean because look at this:

There’s a place up round near Bighorn where the little streams all crisscross each other like a handful of grass tossed down onto hot summer pavement. You can walk alongside the water in places where boots and hooves and moccasins and bare feet and whatever other goddamn footwear there is have been trampling for hundreds of years, and nobody pays you no congratulations for finding those paths. 

Poetry, right? This author has obviously won numerous writing awards, right? But. Then there’s a link to Proulx’s story at the end and I checked and this is all this fic author. 100%. I went so far as to google those phrases because good goddamn. This fic is the only hit in the entire internet. The only hit for the handful of grass on hot summer pavement and no congratulations for finding the paths. And it just goes on like that for 38K words. Yes, there are a few lines of dialogue that are cribbed but that’s really about it as far as I can tell. So. Maybe they have won writing awards. Worth reading just for that. But then there is the story.

The plot largely follows that of the movie but there are a lot of deviations, some minor and some major, as Sherlock and John’s characters and back stories meld with those of Ennis and Jack. It was a tricky line to walk, I think, to bring Sherlock and John as we know them to the rural American west of the 1970s and 80s, including the speech patterns. But they are definitely there, with John’s anger and struggle between wanting outward normalcy while craving adventure, and Sherlock’s paramount loneliness and underappreciated brilliance seeking an appropriate outlet but getting sidetracked in violence and illicit substances.

For those who are afraid of how the movie ended, check out the “eventual happy ending” tag. ;) Eventual being the key word here because believe me, you will go through that box of tissues on the way. We are taken on a lifelong journey that hurts with every step as the two men drift between moments of happiness with each other. The characters may be fictional, but their emotions are made real through the telling, and that to me is the mark of a truly great story.

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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: Out There
Author: DiscordantWords
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 131695 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: FBI Special Agent John Watson, medical doctor and army veteran, is assigned to assist eccentric genius Sherlock Holmes with paranormal investigations on the X Files project.

Reccer's comments: This fantastic X-Files fusion made me giddy with fannish glee.  I was wary at first, since I love both fandoms and wasn't sure if a mashup would work, but it actually works incredibly well, not least because DiscordantWords is such a skillful writer.  Seeing the way the two universes were mapped onto each other with creativity and confidence was immensely fun, and Sherlock and John and their relationship are the stars here.  Watching their growing trust in and necessity to each other is just as compelling as Mulder/Scully was back in the day, and I was rooting for them every step of the way.  It's an immensely entertaining, engrossing, and well-executed fic.  Happy new year, and happy reading!
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Say You'll Stay With Me
Author: justacookieofacumberbatch/buffyholic
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 63,349 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: It was just supposed to be an ordinary business trip, but when John's car stalls out on Hollywood Boulevard, he meets someone who just might change his life.

Reccer's comments: This was an excellent Sherlock/Pretty Woman fusion, keeping quite close to the original movie but with absolutely no doubt about which characters these are, and with enough surprises and extras to keep the story fresh.

I especially liked seeing Sherlock and John's emotional connection grow over the course of the fic, from an initial gobsmacked fascination through a more global appreciation to something quite profound and very nearly overwhelming to both of them.

The casting choices were fun, the angst factor manageable, and the sex scenes extra steamy and delish. And the fic is just the right length for a good, self-indulgent afternoon or evening. Just don’t start reading right before bed, you won’t be able to put it down!
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: There Is No Death
Author: lyricalprose (fairylights)
Pairing: Gen
Length: 4,300 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC, fusion with Star Wars
Author's summary: "He's a freak, you know." Donovan's sneer bleeds into her voice. "A Jedi washout. Such a nutter that even the damn mystics didn't want him." John and Sherlock - a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

Reccer's comments: Here we are at the end of the month, and given that a new, good Star Wars movie has recently come out to restore fandom love for that galaxy far, far away, let's celebrate with this thoughtful, interesting piece. It explores Sherlock and John from their pre-series experiences through 'A Study in Pink,' all re-imagined to fit beautifully within the Star Wars universe. I find Sherlock's history particularly interesting here, especially his brush with the Dark Side and the battle within him between his addictions and his determination to control his own mind. A fascinating character study that traces an iconoclastic Jedi drop-out and a war-torn rebel medic who wind their way through great perils only to find each other and begin their shared journey with, dare I say it, a new hope.

Please note, the story is marked as the first in a series, but the intended sequels never arrived, so it is a standalone. However, it works wonderfully as a oneshot, and I hope you will enjoy it!

As always, I have really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite stories this month, thank you all and thanks to the mods for keeping this comm alive <3
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Homo Faber
Author: saki101
Pairing: pre-slash Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 13,000 words
Rating: Teen (but there is a small NSFW image at the beginning of the story, a production still from the stage production of Frankenstein which includes nudity)
Warnings: descriptions of wartime injuries and surgeries
Verse: Sherlock BBC, fusion with Frankenstein
Author's summary: In which Sherlock's mother's maiden name is Frankenstein and Dr Watson has been invalided home towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars... What if Dr Frankenstein had had Dr Watson to keep him right? Excerpt: “We are all egoists,” he said. “Every child likes to hear the story of his beginnings, the tale of his parents’ courtship, the events surrounding his birth, the parts of his story he cannot know himself.”

Reccer's comments: It's hard to pick just one of saki101's works to recommend this month, but here we go. This is a lovely variation on the Frankenstein tale which turns the novel's original themes on their head by dwelling on the wonder and beauty of Dr. Frankenstein's victory over death rather than on its unnaturalness or horror. Saki101 sets the scene on the beautiful grounds of a hospital and sanitorium where Dr. Watson joins forces with Sherlock Holmes to heal the wounded minds and bodies of traumatized veterans returning from the Napoleonic Wars. Having seen so much terrible mortality, Watson welcomes Holmes's reanimated man as a precious and worthy patient, while Holmes himself recoils in guilt from the mauled, imperfect life he created.

The story ultimately celebrates the compassion that motivates pioneers in medicine to push back against death itself, and sometimes - miraculously - win. It also shows the quiet but consuming ways that Holmes reanimates Watson himself, and is guided to greatness, acceptance and love in return. A beautiful story.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: A 2015 Sherlock Advent Calendar
Author: Odamaki
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson; Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade; Sally Donovan/Molly Hooper (implied); Sally Donovan/Philip Anderson; James Sholto/John Watson; Mycroft Holmes/Molly Hooper
Length: 35,000 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Posted on Tumblr for the 25 Days of Fic-mas challenge. As many Christmassy Sherlock ficlets as I can manage between now and Christmas, based on the tags as follows: Shopping for gifts, Hot cocoa, Winter wonderland, Christmas cards, Ghost of Christmas past, Naughty and nice, The Nutcracker, Baking, Making a Christmas list, Scrooge, Mulled wine, Ugly Christmas jumpers, Warming up by the fire, Trimming the tree, Christmas party, Family traditions, Christmas without you, Mistletoe, Christmas songs, All wrapped up, Christmas movies/specials, Snowed in, All I want for Christmas is you, St. Nicholas, Christmas morning. Completed.

Reccer's comments: I feel very lucky to get the chance to rec this month, as I have been reading so much wonderful fic thanks to all the holiday fests and challenges recently. This anthology by Odamaki was one of my favorite stories to follow this December -- I was stunned by the richness, poignancy, and variety of these vignettes.

Every chapter was rewarding, and I was especially touched to read about Lestrade struggling to find a way to reconnect with his adolescent daughter; James Sholto approaching Christmas with a determination to surpass the limits placed on him by physical disability and emotional isolation; and an absolutely breath-taking magical realism AU, running across multiple chapters, which followed Sherlock and John through an intricate, absorbing and unique rendition of the Nutcracker fairytale.

I hope you enjoy this lovely collection as much as I did, and if you like, the author has devoted the final chapter to providing easy navigation links identifying the pairing and main characters of each chapter and also marking the magical realism chapters so that you can easily seek out or avoid whichever vignettes suit your taste. A beautiful wintery gift to the fandom from a very talented author.
[identity profile] lijahlover.livejournal.com
Title:The Measure of a Gentlemen
Author: i_ship_an_armada
Pairing:Sherlock/John
Length:67094
Rating:Eplicit
Warnings: AU...That may need a warning not sure.
Verse: Sherlock BBC,
Author's summary:Summary:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a partner.
Less universally acknowledged is that a single man in possession of very little in the way of fortune may be in want of a partner as well, but John Watson had little time or energy to devote to his own wants or needs...
Enter one Mr Holmes...

Reccer's comments: I adored this story to pieces it is brilliant. She did an amazing job with the manner of speech and such a great writing style. John and Molly are so cute as friends and the story is just charming.

I do love all the retellings of Pride and Prejudice and in this verse it's wonderful. Her fic is original and delightful. I also love how there is no period homophobia...love who you want and live how you want.

Sherlock and John were perfection together so sexy. The sex was on fire and it was fluffy as well. It is worth reading or re reading. :)
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title The King is in His Counting House
Author: Rhuia
Pairing: Lady Amalthea (Unicorn)/Molly Grue, Sherlock/John
Length: 2500 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: unspecified; author has tagged it "Sherlock Holmes and Related Fandoms." It is both a crossover and fusion with Peter S Beagle's The Last Unicorn.
Author's summary: Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever.

Reccer's comments: Hi everyone -- I'm on vacation with family this week, but I'll try to sneak in a few recs even though my phone typing resembles that of a drunken crab :)

I love Rhuia's writing, and this is a particularly lyrical, whimsical, surreal, faintly melancholy, gently romantic fairytale which fundamentally alters the story of The Last Unicorn while remaining completely true to its original characters and literary style. It delights with its turns of phrase and juxtaposes the ridiculous and the tragic with the same boldness as the novel, while ultimately fashioning, to my mind, a happier and more deeply human resolution. It's strange and beautiful.

For anyone worried that first billing is given to a non-Holmesian couple, don't be. Sherlock and John are equal protagonists. John plays the part of Prince Lir, while Sherlock is Schmendrick the terrible (and great) magician. The writing touches me, which is the best recommendation I can give any story.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Mary
Author: kinklock
Pairing: John/Sherlock, past John/Mary
Length: 132,827 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Canon character death
Verse: Sherlock (BBC)
Author's summary:

Last night he dreamt he went to Manderley again...

Monte Carlo, 1937. While working as the companion to Sebastian Wilkes, a young man becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, John Watson. Rumour has it that Watson, owner of the grand country estate Manderley, is still haunted by the sudden death of his late wife. But as the young man soon learns, not all is as it seems.


Reccer's comments: This is a fusion with Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and while it’s quite faithful to that narrative, it’s done in an exceedingly clever way that smoothly integrates characters such as Moriarty, Magnussen, and Murray as well as events and bits of dialogue from both ACD and BBC canon. All of the M’s, for example, work superbly to add another layer of potential plot and subterfuge to the already twisted and inscrutable mystery of Mary Watson.

The romance between John and Sherlock is of the slow burn variety, with tons of UST, misunderstandings, and pining, but also epic fluff and tenderness when the time finally comes.

The one paradigm adjustment I had to make when reading this is that it’s set in an alternate reality in which homosexuality is treated as completely natural. That doesn’t mean that Sherlock and John’s relationship is approved of or welcomed by everyone, though…

A delicious gaslight scenario with plenty of creepiness, excitement, and sexytimes that hits all the sweet spots.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Like Spinning Plates
Author: Anonymous
Pairing: Gen, with particular focus on Sherlock and Mycroft, but also features Lestrade, Moriarty, and John
Length: 3,500 words
Rating: not rated, I would say PG
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC fusion with Antoine de St. Exupery's The Little Prince
Author's summary: none given

Reccer's comments: This is one of the very first fics I ever read in the BBC fandom, a kinkmeme entry from 2010 that has stayed with me for half a decade now. It is a haunting, lovely fusion in which Sherlock is The Little Prince, just arrived upon a world that is wholly new to him. The story splits itself into fragments of possibilities -- what might happen to this otherworldly child, and who might he encounter? The glimpses of his alternate futures are poignant and in most cases quietly tragic, but they are ultimately "what didn't happen," while the through-line of the tale follows "what did happen" to Sherlock -- he met Mycroft, the one person in the world who was prepared to recognize him for what he was.

In relatively few words, the author manages to create a story of complicated happiness in which we see just how many bullets Sherlock dodged on the way to his own unique destiny. I have rarely loved Mycroft more than I love him in this story.

(Note: If this is your first time reading a fic on the meme, please be aware that comments from readers are interspersed between installments of the story -- don't let the comments fool you into thinking you're at the end! The story isn't over until you reach part 5 of 5 and the happy conclusion).
[identity profile] ficklepig.livejournal.com
Title: The Vow [on sherlockbbc-fic | on author's LJ]
Author: velvet_mace
Pairing: Shub-Niggurath/Sherlock
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Non-con.
Verse: BBC Sherlock/Lovecraft fusion
Author's Summary: Written for this prompt The reason Sherlock doesn't sleep much is that every time he goes to bed, this happens: http://malesubmissionart.com/post/205758900/in-a-bed-a-young-man-is-penetrated-by-an (NSFW).

Reccer's comments: One of my favorite short fics from early prompt meme days, and not on AO3 as far as I can tell.

Sherlock is descended from the Old Ones, and Great-Grandmother wants him to procreate. He's vowed not to, which irritates her. Forcible tentacle incest ensues.




I've been indulgent, because you and your brother have always been my favourites... but no more. If you won't serve me willingly, you will be made to serve.


“No!” Sherlock cried out, but before the word was half out of his mouth, a tentacle, slimy and fat and covered with small pebbled scales, plugged his mouth. He recoiled back, drawing his tongue protectively deep in his mouth and away from it. Then the flavour hit him. Far from being fetid or foul, as he expected, it was sweet and savoury, hideously delicious. Nourishing.




Velvet_mace has a way of keeping up the tension with little twists and foreboding dialogue. This fic makes great use of both Lovecraft and the prompt art, and is delightfully dirty.


(Thanks to the Sherlock rant meme for hunting this down - you're all cocks to me.)
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: The Cleverness of Me
Author: Solshine
Pairing: Gen, focuses on Mycroft and Sherlock
Length: 4,500 words
Rating: not rated, I would say T for minor character deaths
Warnings: minor character deaths including a child
Verse: Sherlock BBC fusion with Peter Pan
Author's summary: Sherlock has always been incredible, has always been cocky, has always been childish. He just wasn't always Sherlock. This is the story of how Peter Pan left Neverland.

Reccer's comments: J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan is the perfect fusion for Sherlock: Peter canonically crows compliments to himself ("O the cleverness of me!"), dashes from adventure to adventure (most of which involve pirates), constantly forgets/deletes everything and everyone that fails to hold his attention, and takes terrible risks without any understanding of real life consequences. Neverland is an ageless, immortal Boys Own Adventureland where Peter gets to endlessly boss everyone about.

This story introduces Mycroft into that world. Dubbed "Brolly" by an absent-minded Peter who finds his umbrella more memorable than his name, he becomes the fiercest and most inscrutable Lost Boy because he is the only one who truly understands the dangers of Neverland and of the real world. He appoints himself Peter's protector, and ensures that his childish captain continues to emerge unscathed from -- and incomprehending of -- all the perils surrounding him.

But Mycroft can't protect Peter forever.

I find this a breath-taking reimagining of both Peter Pan and Sherlock; it captures the magical, melancholy tone of the original work as well as its clean elegance of phrasing. I have rarely loved Mycroft more.

Excerpt... )
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: The Straw Man Fallacy
Author: faviconVulgarweed
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 36,960 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: “Mr Holmes, I'm not in the habit of approaching . . . consultants. But you are correct. I have great faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. And until recently, I also had faith in the rule of law. Only the second one has wavered. Three years ago my fiancé, Sgt. Neil Howie of the West Highlands Constabulary, went to investigate an anonymous report of a missing child in a remote place called Summerisle. He never communicated with me while he was there, and he never returned.” Summerisle is not a welcoming place to visitors, but it shows its best face at May Day. For ulterior motives.

Reccer's comments: Beltane. Bonfires, witches, and human sacrifices. A case takes John and Sherlock to a remote Scottish island where they are completely cut off from the outside world - no wifi, no cell phone reception, no transport off the island... and the inhabitants are all members of a Pagan cult in need of fresh blood - quite literally.

The fic is based on a movie, The Wicker Man, which I haven't seen so I'm not sure how much is spoiled if you know it. Even if you have, though, there are certain to be twists that are unique to the fic, including a startling revelation about a certain canon character with a mysterious past.

One thing that set this story apart for me was the fact that the case poses a true challenge to Sherlock, both intellectually and emotionally. There is a very real possibility throughout that everything could go horribly wrong. And even though Sherlock thinks he has an ace up his sleeve, there's one more surprise in store. It's creepy, it's sexy, it's twisted, and it's compelling.

Excerpt... )

[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: Endless Dream on Tumblr PDF Version (choose either the chaptered verison, or the single file)
Artist: NavyDream
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 10 chapters, or 236 panels
Rating: M
Warnings: Major Character Death** (see spoiler-ish statement below if this worries you)
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: [note: none given, so this is mine] John Watson, recently invalided from Afghanistan, finds his usual nightmare interrupted by a mysterious figure. When he stops dreaming altogether, John tries to get his dreams back, running headlong into an adventure that changes his life forever.

Reccer's comments: NavyDream demonstrates that BBC's Sherlock and Neil Gaiman's graphic novel series The Sandman work beautifully together. John and Sherlock are the primary focus, but Irene, Henry, Molly, and Lestrade are engaging minor characters. I'm not sure I should say much about which characters play which roles in this fusion to avoid spoilers, but I will share that John is a human being, whereas Sherlock is Morpheus.

ND clearly has experience with layout conventions of comics and manga, for rather than sticking only with a series of square panels, which could get monotonous, they play with panel numbers, shapes, and sizes in a way that supports the energy and dynamism of the twisty plot. Perspective and framing and other artistic elements further underline the mood and action of the narrative.

One pleasure of following this work over the months it was posted was watching the artist's skill and confidence grow. Some minor errors in grammar made it into the script, but I feel ND did fine for someone whose first language is not English. I look forward to seeing the artist apply what they learned in their new Sherlock/Dr. Who crossover comic!
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Note: Despite the major character death warning, I want to assure you that this does have a resoundingly happy ending for the main characters.
[identity profile] nox-candida.livejournal.com
Title: Mistletoe: A Yuletide Myth
Author: radial_symmetry
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Harry Watson/Clara
Length: 5,671
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: In which John Baldr has bad dreams, Frigg is drunken yet persuasive, and Loki finds a better use for mistletoe than killing. (A retelling of the Death of Baldr, in an AU fusion between Sherlock and Norse mythology.)

Reccer's comments: There are so many things to love about this fic. First of all, the fusion between Sherlock and Norse mythology is really well done. radial_symmetry did a masterful job adding in mythical details--from character names to the style the story is written in. Harry as Frigga is wonderful, intermittently charming and frustrating as she sets things in motion. radial_symmetry does an amazing job giving life the world that these beings inhabit; the language and word choice are top-notch and interesting throughout. A great example of this is John's various nicknames (John "Nine Realms" Baldr and, as Sherlock refers to him, "the foremost man-whore in all of the Nine Realms"). There are little moments like these throughout that always make me stop to appreciate when something is so perfectly crafted.

I really enjoyed the plot itself, as well. At it's core it's a familiar story--a first time, getting together, love at first sight sort of fic--but the details, including Harry traveling all the realms to extract promises from everything (and then later bragging about it), and John's dream/nightmare to kick the fic off, are so expertly executed that it feels like reading something brand new. I've probably read this fic four or five times and it's so wonderful that I'll find myself thinking about it at times and having to go re-read it yet again.

The characters are really well done, as well. They walk the line between the demands of the story (and the characters the myth is based on), while still recognizably being the characters we know and love. Sherlock, especially, is crafty and clever while being totally blind. And the tag at the end is a moment of pure gold.

The tone, despite the myth that the story is based off of, is humorous, but it never veers into crack fic. There's real heart and fluff in here that keeps it sweet and lovely without turning it into a complete joke.
[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: In Silence We Take Flight
Author: Aiisling
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 13,627
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Major Character Death (canonical)
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock jumps, and from the moment his body hits the pavement, John Watson does not say a word. There is a way to bring Sherlock back from the dead, if John is strong enough-and Moriarty doesn't beat him to it.

A Sherlock fusion fic with Hans Christian Andersen's "Wild Swans."

Reccer's comments: A fairy tale AU for a series set in 21st-century London? Yes! References in Sherlock to the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm and the epic quality of the characters have inspired several authors to set Sherlock in the dark, compelling world of fairy tales. Aiisling has produced a superb example, with a haunting, bittersweet atmosphere, varied pacing, and memorable characters.

John is the primary focus. Unspeaking, grief-stricken, and brave, he is determined to sacrifice what he must to bring Sherlock back to life:
Excerpt One... )

Mrs. Hudson is also beautifully wrought; she has sharp edges and a strength that makes her more than a one-dimensional motherly figure:
Excerpt Two... )

As in many a fairy story, what is desired is only won at great personal cost. Nothing will be the same, even if the enchantment is broken. But that does not mean Aiisling's work features unrelieved misery. There is always light in the darkness; a small, fragile candle kept lit by many hands.
[identity profile] unovis.livejournal.com
Hi!
Just a few words on our tags and tagging your recs.

Tags are useful search tools for grouping the recs by categories: by pairing, genre, content, and sources for the stories or other fanworks.

We ask that reccers attach tags that are relevant to the works they rec. You don't have to add everything that applies-- for example, not a character tag for everyone who might appear in the story, or every theme or content. But if Molly has a significant cameo, say, that you think people searching for her might appreciate, then by all means list her in a tag. Likewise if you think this is the addiction story people should read, then use the content: addiction tag.

The required aspects to tag are pairing (if it applies), relationship genre (i.e., gen, slash, or het*), and verse (the source: ACD books, Sherlock BBC, Granada, etc.).

The easiest place to see all of the tags available is in this list of tags.

Tagging is enabled only for the author of the post and the mods. Only the mods can add new tags. We have a beginning list up now, anticipating likely categories and characters. We'll add more as recs are made, if characters and pairings, for example, aren't covered already. You can request a new tag to be added by commenting here or by contacting one of the mods. Keep in mind, again, that we'll be adding character tags as additional characters appear in recs.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have been abbreviated as SH and JW in pairings and some other places (e.g., content: sick jw). Since this recs comm is open to all versions of Sherlock Holmes, it seemed the simplest way to identify the characters. Lestrade, Gregson, and Dimmock are listed as "inspector" following ACD book canon, and Moriarty is listed only once by his (their) surname alone. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is abbreviated throughout as ACD.

*We won't add a category for "slash-if-you-squint" or similar invitations for the reader to see subtext in a story. If the author hasn't labeled her work as slash, then it's genre: gen or genre: friendship.

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