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Prompt Me?

Right. It's not as if I don't have ideas and things, but I'm looking for something to get me going. Further to a suggestion made by several people, I'm going to try to *limit* my wordcount. Which isn't that easy when you have novels on the burners. :/

So: Leave a prompt for either comment fic (nothing meaty, please) or a scene you'd like to see in one of my WiPs and I will try to fill it before midnight BST (GMT+1) on 1 October - assuming I'm going to get fewer than 15 of these :D. The aim is to keep all of these under 2,000 words. If I get more than ten prompts, yours may take a little longer, but I will write *something* for every prompt I receive before the end of the month, by Christmas. I'm not going first come, first served, but by what sparks me.

I will not write explict sex, because basically I have no idea how, but I'm happy to write relationship stuff and fade to black if necessary. I'd also prefer not to write Genderbending or partner betrayal/adultery.

Cabin Pressure - Gen, canon pairings or Douglas/Martin (and Martin/John Cabinlock)

BBC Sherlock - Gen, Sherlock/John, possibly Greg/John or Greg/Molly

Stargate Atlantis - Gen, background canon relationships, or John/Rodney

Stargate: SG-1 - Gen, canon, Jack/Daniel (and John/Cam in SGA/SG-1 crossover)

My active WiPs for which I will take scene prompts - since I'm working from prompts anyway :D - are:


BBC Sherlock
A Strange, Mad Game - aka the one where Sherlock gets abducted and ends up blind - WARNING FOR TORTURE, DISABILTY and DEPRESSION
Red & Black - aka the one where Mutants are second class citizens (Reds), Mycroft is pretty much in charge of Red-control and legislation and evil ("Education" - resulting in collars and/or sub-cu chips - and "Detention"), and Sherlock and John are Mutants. Sherlock is a Red living on Black papers - courtesy of Mycroft - but is hooked on illegal Baskerville drugs provided by Mycroft to "help" his abilities, and working as Mycroft's unwilling agent in return for the drugs and "freedom" from Detention and ending up a Baskerville lab rat. John was a Red-in-hiding for 35 years, and is now on the run from the Government, having escaped Detention. Moriarty is a Mutant Rights terrorist. Sherlock's Ability is hypersensory perception. John's is "Fading" - he emits a chemical/electro-magnetic field which means he can be unrecognised and unnoticed: he can also use this to shield others and can turn it on or off at will, a level of control no other Fade has been seen to exhibit. (Mycroft wants Sherlock to locate John and return him to Detention very, very badly.)
Two Little Boys - aka the one where John and Sherlock met and became friends in 1983, when they were 10 and 5 respectively.

Cabin Pressure


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Sep. 19th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
I am a sucker for Sherlock/London as much as John/Mycroft with a side helping of asexual Sherlock. I love London being anthromorphised.

As you know the area, and lived nearby, can you write something about Sherlock introdcuing John London the person. Or something like that.

(Edited twice as my typing is totally off this week. Can't hit the right keys at all, and as crappy IE8 at work has no spell checker ...)

Edited at 2013-09-19 02:50 pm (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
You might already know this and I'm preaching to the choir, but if you're writing a novel intended for professional publication, you have to watch your word count there too. Only the huge established names like GRR Martin and J.K. Rowling and their ilk are publishing ginormous novels. The cost of production has become so prohibitive that traditional print publishers are actively discouraging massive works. Anything over 125k words, unless it's utterly spectacular, is likely to go right in the slush pile. That's the principal reason I cut my own novel down so drastically - it's that much more likely to get picked up if it's relatively slim.

I'm planning to read your excerpts this week! Looking forward to it.
Sep. 24th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I do know. I'm writing epic fantasy which can give you a bit more lee-way even on a first novel, but I do know. (Incidentally - because I ask everyone EVER - have you ever read any Karen Miller and/or Katharine Kerr? Particularly KK's Deverry Sequence (IMHO the Best Fantasy Series Ever and I'm including JRR Tolkein in this)?

But I'm not really writing it to be published - more b/c there's a world and a story I want to tell myself. I honestly wouldn't care if no one read it ever.

And it's been a forever WIP for ten years. And still isn't finished. :D
Sep. 24th, 2013 11:08 pm (UTC)
No, I'm afraid I haven't. My tastes haven't run to fantasy in a long, long time.
Sep. 25th, 2013 02:49 am (UTC)
Ah. Sorry. Your love of LOTR and Game of Thrones may have misled me ;)
Sep. 25th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Understandable. :) I'm fine with movies, but the fantasy books I've tried in the last ten years have seemed either too pallid or absurdly florid to me. Not sure why, but it's been a long, long time since I've read fantasy that I've actually enjoyed.
Oct. 6th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, umm, no worries if not, and absolutely no pressure if Life got in the way or you just changed your mind, even... but did you ever get a chance to read those bits?

Just curious. :/ Sorry.
Oct. 6th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't. I'd meant to, but this week I started back full time and it's made me more tired than I expected. I haven't even been able to work on my own stuff, my first priority. I still intend to, but it might not be for a couple of weeks.
Oct. 6th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
Eeep. So sorry. Don't worry about it - aside from anything else it's not as if I've followed up on any of them yet! And goodness knows the continuation of A Million By Tuesday is higher in *my* prioritties than the next part of anything I'm working on!

Hope your energy levels pick up soon. (Been there, in the return to work after long-term sick leave guinea stakes. It can be a longer race than you'd ever think.) Take care of you.
Oct. 7th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that's very kind. I'm keen to read, I just want to be able to do so while I'm clear-headed and alert, otherwise it'll be unrewarding for me and disappointing for you. Oh, and are you interested in notes I might have on your stuff? If so, is LJ private messaging a convenient medium for you?
Oct. 8th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
I just want to be able to do so while I'm clear-headed and alert, otherwise it'll be unrewarding for me and disappointing for you.

I feel the same way about giving feedback - anything more than a kudos on AO3 (I must get an account, there, even if only for comments) I need to be actually functioning, not half-asleep, or in a Down, or counting the hours until my next meds. Brains are funny things.

I am very interested in any notes you might have. Either comments or LJ PMs work well for me. :) If I'm online at all, I'm on LJ. (TBH I check it more often than I do my email.)

Thank you so much *HUGS*. Hope you have a good week. :D
Sep. 27th, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
As we've discussed in other places - I'd love to see Sherlock forced to use a cane for a week or so, and see what he and John think about that. And that's it for detail from me. :D
Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
How would you feel about the cane being a white stick in ASMG?
Oct. 3rd, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that. I was initially considering their same/different experiences of what is short term necessity, but interesting contrasts would arise from Sherlock's white stick not being temporary (assuming that it isn't). It's not like he can psyche his way out of that one. (Well, as you point out, it's not like John should have been able to psyche himself out of the other, either... another interesting dynamic to look at, maybe.)

Which is to say, that sounds fascinating. Have at it!
Oct. 3rd, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Well, all the non-white-stick options would involve actually going on a rehab/training programme of some description. There are options: guide dogs, an echolocation technique, even glasses which turn a video signal (from a camera in the glasses) into electrical stimulation which a blind person can learn to "read" (one blind man went rock climbing with them).

But somehow I can't see Sherlock having patience with trying to learn something like that which isn't intuitive. Plus, I think he'd have a lot of my own issues about a residential Disablity Management Programme.

Also, depending on John's actual diagnosis and impairment prior to Sherlock faith healing him (:|) John might have thought his own stick was a permanent accessory when he acquired it. And he would hav had to adapt to physiotherapy (for his shoulder, at least) the loss of his old life, an acquired disability etc. The fact that it was his shoulder/leg or back (IMO) doesn't change the parallels IMO. Though it also highlights the contrasts, I guess.

Thanks. I might write your version later, but the idea for this scene for ASMG seemed too good to pass up. See you soon!
Oct. 3rd, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that John's use of the cane was a transition from thinking it was permanent to discovering it wasn't, and all the emotional resonances with that. So yeah, the compare and contrast thing with Sherlock and his stick will be interesting on several levels.

Please, do not let Sherlock have a guide dog. I'd fear for the beast.
Sep. 27th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
For lap_otter "Not-Talking".
Oct. 3rd, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
For splix

1. green, shrug, quantity

2. moon, vexed, catalogue

3. stain, mirror, chance
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