[admin post] Admin Post: July Activity Post

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:04 am
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This month’s activity is:



Letters of Apology




Mr. Holmes of course often has much to apologise for but he’s not the only one. A client perhaps writes to express regret they ever doubted him. The Diogenes Club writes to a member to apologise for locking him in the gentlemen’s facilities overnight, it not being the done thing to call for help.


And here is an example, care of Mrs. Hudson:


Dear Mr. Holmes,

I do apologise that I did not see your note saying you would be returning in the early hours of the morning.

I hope the swelling is going down and contrary to my statement in the heat of the moment, I will not be charging you for the new frying pan after all.

Yours, Sybilla Hudson (Mrs.)




As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!

[admin post] Admin Post: Monthly Prompt: July

Jul. 1st, 2017 05:59 am
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We’re well into summer now, so the prompt for this month is:



Dog Days



You could write about a hot summer’s day. Write about a dog from canon, or write about an original dog character. There’s Holmes' infamous left canine, and Sirius the Dog Star. Perhaps a character is being dog in the manger, or is being dogged by bad luck. Maybe you should let sleeping dogs lie, because you can't teach an old dog new tricks...


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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And so, a little later than usual (^^”), here is this month’s activity! Inspired by this week’s prompt and Okapi’s fic, my estimable co-mod has suggested we try:


Postcards Home



That is, we’re going to write short messages that could be sent on a postcard—up to three sentences. Your ‘from’ and ‘to’ can be put in the subject line of the comment.


An example from [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit:



From Watson To Holmes

Enjoying Dorset. Have found a delightful secluded beach. Lestrade would send his regards but is currently otherwise occupied.




Yes… (Not quite sure I understand...) Anyway, please leave all your messages in the comments, ready for posting home!



As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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Inspired by my co-mod’s recent trip to York, the prompt for this month is:


Travel



So it could be a story set somewhere other than London—or post-retirement, somewhere other than Sussex. It could be set in Britain, or further afield. It could be a story about the journey itself, maybe set on a train or a ship. Or simply a story involving one of Holmes and Watson’s famous walks together. Or a story about Mrs. Hudson taking a well-earned break at the seaside!


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!

[admin post] Admin Post: Monthly Prompt: June

Jun. 1st, 2017 06:19 am
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Inspired by my co-mod’s recent trip to York, the prompt for this month is:


Travel



So it could be a story set somewhere other than London—or post-retirement, somewhere other than Sussex. It could be set in Britain, or further afield. It could be a story about the journey itself, maybe set on a train or a ship. Or simply a story involving one of Holmes and Watson’s famous walks together. Or a story about Mrs. Hudson taking a well-earned break at the seaside!


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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For the activity this month we are continuing with the flower theme.

As you know, there are many poems that begin ‘Roses are red, violets are blue…’ We are going to rework that idea a little. We’re keeping the rhyming scheme but for this activity you can pick whatever flowers and colours you want for your poems!

Some examples:


Gardenias are white
Camellias are pink
It's a lovely bouquet
But you still drive me to drink


(Penned by a Mrs. S. Hudson)



Hydrangeas are blue-green
Speedwells are blue-grey
Mr. Holmes is undercover
As Queen of the May




Please leave all your poems in the comments!



As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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For the activity this month we are continuing with the flower theme.

As you know, there are many poems that begin ‘Roses are red, violets are blue…’ We are going to rework that idea a little. We’re keeping the rhyming scheme but for this activity you can pick whatever flowers and colours you want for your poems!

Some examples:


Gardenias are white
Camellias are pink
It's a lovely bouquet
But you still drive me to drink


(Penned by a Mrs. S. Hudson)



Hydrangeas are blue-green
Speedwells are blue-grey
Mr. Holmes is undercover
As Queen of the May




Please leave all your poems in the comments!



As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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The prompt for this month is:


Flowers



These could be the new spring flowers in a garden or a park. Flowers at a wedding—or at a funeral. There’s the language of flowers too, of course. Pressed flowers, or the Victorian enthusiasm for botany. Or it could be a gaggle of gals called Violet!


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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The prompt for this month is:


Flowers



These could be the new spring flowers in a garden or a park. Flowers at a wedding—or at a funeral. There’s the language of flowers too, of course. Pressed flowers, or the Victorian enthusiasm for botany. Or it could be a gaggle of gals called Violet!


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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Sorry for the delay - I was taking a leaf out of Mr. Holmes' book (though without the explosions and setting fire to the curtains) and doing a few experiments to see exactly what happens when you import and reimport a comm from LJ to DW.

But my data is now complete and the Dreamwidth [community profile] holmes_minor is ready for business!

As with the LJ version, [community profile] holmes_minor is set to moderated membership. But of course everyone is welcome, and once you're accepted you can post whenever you want. So please feel free to use whichever version of the comm you're most comfortable with - or both. [livejournal.com profile] thesmallhobbit and I will be active on both sides. Also, if it's OK with everyone, I would like to do regular reimports of the LJ comm over into DW for archiving purposes.

Whether it's on LJ or on DW, we hope everyone will continue to enjoy taking part in Holmes Minor!
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We’re just coming up to Easter Sunday, so this month the activity is:



Easter Plot Bunnies



In the comments, in ten words or less, set free those bunnies! They needn’t be actually connected with Easter (unless you want them to be), and they can be as serious or as cracky as you like.


A couple of examples:


Mary doesn’t die.

Mrs. Hudson learns to ride the unicycle.



As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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The new TOS have left us all feeling understandably rattled.

We definitely want to continue having [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor on LJ but we are now considering making a mirror comm for it on Dreamwidth, so that members can post where they feel most comfortable. The mods will be active on both sides, commenting and keeping an eye on things.

How does everyone feel?
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The prompt for this month is:


Renewal



A nod to spring and to Easter. You could have renewal of the spirit or the renewal of physical health. Renewal of a friendship. Maybe renewal of a library book? Renewal of the lease on 221B..?


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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[livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor had its official beginning on 1st March 2016, and so this month marks its first anniversary. For this reason, Mrs. Small-Hobbit and Mrs. Frankles have kindly invited me over to run a special poetry page. (I would have set the page up for yesterday but I had to help Mrs. S-H bail out Mrs. F from the local constabulary. As if I did not have enough of this with Mr. Holmes and the doctor!)

Now I am sure you are all familiar with that charming little song ‘Happy Birthday to You’. What I would like you to do is put new lyrics to the tune, in honour of Mr. Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Dr. Watson’s splendid stories.

Dr. Watson has himself furnished me with an example:


Holmes, this mess is a sin
Haven't you heard of a bin?
Please stick all your papers
In your box made of tin.



Yes… Well, I am certain you can all do better than that. Please leave all your efforts in the comments—and happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor!
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You may have noticed that all my comments and posts disappeared from the comm for a while yesterday. And also that my name was struck through. This was because my journal was temporarily suspended.

It seems my journal had been flagged erroneously as a source of spam. Thankfully LJ quickly ascertained this wasn't true and everything should now be back to normal. Or as normal as we're going to get in this comm ^_^
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The prompt for this month is:


Temptations



Which seemed like a suitable prompt for the beginning of Lent. As my co-mod points out, you could have Mrs. Hudson's temptation to wreak vengeance upon her tenant. You could have the temptation to break the law. Perhaps the temptations of physical attraction? Or maybe you could use a twist on the prompt, and have 'tempting fate'.


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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The prompt for this month is:


Card



This could be a Valentine’s Day card, of course. It could be a reference to playing cards, visiting cards, postcards, or simply cardboard itself. It could even be a reference to a person: ‘Oh, he’s a card!’ The Online Etymological Dictionary gives this information: Application to clever or original persons (1836, originally with an adjective, as in 'smart card') is from the playing-card sense…


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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Happy birthday, Mr. Holmes!



Yes, this month the activity post has been brought forward a little, in honour of this splendid day.



And the activity is:


Suggestions in the comments for what different characters would give Sherlock Holmes for his birthday.




An extra added activity:


One present that Mr. Holmes is hoping to receive is a delicious Epiphany tart from Okapi. But there has been an anguished note from Dr. Watson regarding gifts of lesser tarts (message passed on via my esteemed co-mod)—”Please, no more Epiphany tarts - if anyone can suggest what to do with those that have already been received, I would be extremely grateful."

So there you have it. Pie-eating contest? Slapstick at Scotland Yard? Victorian frisbees? The field is wide open.



As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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The prompt for this month is:


Resolution




This could be a New Year's resolution, of course: trying something new, or making a fresh start. Or it could be an important decision, or someone's determination. Maybe it could be how a case is solved or how a tricky situation is sorted out. It could be the resolution of a microscope. And in chemistry, resolution is the process of reducing or separating something into constituent parts or components.


As always, you needn’t use the prompt if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
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Welcome to the December activity post!


This month, the activity is Christmas crackers, and here’s how it’s going to work:



In your comment, state the two people pulling the cracker.

Tell us who wins.

And then tell us what was in the cracker.




For example:



Holmes and Mrs. Hudson are pulling the cracker.

Mrs. Hudson wins!

Inside the cracker is a miniature eviction notice, a paper crown decorated with the words 'I Rule', and the motto/joke reads: "What did the landlady say when starting to tidy bottles in a cupboard: Let's be gin."
[Joke supplied by my esteemed co-mod. Not all puns are my fault.]



If you need any inspiration to get the imagination going, here’s an article on the Victoria and Albert Museum website which shows a few typical Victorian cracker contents, and here’s an article from Victoriana Magazine, which goes into quite some detail about Victorian crackers.



As always, you needn’t take part in this activity if you don’t wish to. Once you’re a member, you can post what and when you want—as long as you keep to the 500 words or less wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!

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