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Hello, [community profile] holmes_minor! Welcome to the brand new version of my poetry page!

It will be appearing here on the 20th of every month, and we are going to be doing something a little different from the previous regular weekly page.

You may recall that on one occasion at [community profile] sherlock60 we went on an excursion to that famous music hall YouTube, in order to hear a song as inspiration for our poems. This was so enjoyable—apart from temporarily losing Mrs. Small-Hobbit of course—that I thought we could build on that idea.

And so each month we will be all going on a trip together: maybe to an art gallery or a concert hall. To the seaside or out to the country.

This first time we won’t be going far though. We will be strolling over to the nearby Regent’s Park, where a ladies-only activity is going on—archery! (Do not worry—I am certain we can smuggle any non-ladies in as well.) All equipment is supplied, so let us enjoy the sport, the fresh air and the convivial atmosphere, before retiring back to Baker Street to write as the muse directs us!


Regent’s Park is in this direction.


Everyone back? Excellent. Paper, pens and ink can be found on the side table.

Here as well is a quotation from Dr. Watson’s story ‘The Yellow Face’ as a little extra inspiration:

One day in early spring he had so far relaxed as to go for a walk with me in the Park, where the first faint shoots of green were breaking out upon the elms, and the sticky spear-heads of the chestnuts were just beginning to burst into their five-fold leaves. For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately.



As always you are free to use any poetry form you like. Here are a few suggestions:

221B verselet, abecedarian poetry, acrostic poetry, alexandrine, ballad, barzelletta, beeswing, blackout poetry, blitz poem, blues stanza, bref double, Burns stanza, call and response, chastushka, cherita, cinquain, circular poetry, clerihew, clogyrnach, colour poems, compound word verse, concrete poetry, Cornish verse, curtal sonnet, débat, décima, descort, diamante, doggerel, double dactyl, echo verse, ekphrasis, elegiac couplet, elegiac stanza, elfje, englyn, enuig, epigram, epistle, epitaph, epulaeryu, Etheree, fable, Fib, florette, found poetry, free verse, ghazal, haiku, hay(na)ku, In Memoriam stanza, Italian sonnet, jueju, kennings poem, lanturne, lies, limerick, line messaging, list poem, lyric poetry, mathnawī, micropoetry, mini-monoverse, musette, nonsense verse, palindrome poetry, pantoum, Parallelismus Membrorum, poem cycle, puente, quatern, quintilla, renga, rhyming alliterisen, riddle, rimas dissolutas, rime couée, rispetto, Schüttelreim, sedoka, septet, sestina, shadorma, sonnet, stream of consciousness, tanka, tercet, terza rima, tongue twister poetry, triangular triplet, tricube, trine, triolet, Tyburn, villanelle, xenolith


And so—embrace the muse! All poems should be left as comments on my page!

[admin post] Admin Post: September Activity Post

Sep. 10th, 2017 01:23 pm
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In the early days of their friendship Watson wrote that infamous list of Holmes’ ‘limits.’ For this activity, pick a canon character and put together a similar list for them. Or indeed, put together an updated list for Holmes himself.


An example, using Mrs. Hudson as subject:


Knowledge of literature - likes a good Gothic romance as light relief from her everyday life.

Knowledge of politics - impressive, despite not being allowed to vote.

Knowledge of padlocks - extensive; has tried most of them for her broom cupboard.

Patience of a saint.

Can identify 15 varieties of gin from aroma alone, whilst weeping and tearing up Mr. Holmes’ tenancy agreement.




Please add your own lists 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:



Learning Something New




Maybe this could straightforwardly be Holmes and Watson uncovering new information for a case. Or maybe you could take a look back at their school and university days. Maybe it’s a hard life lesson that’s been learned, or perhaps the learning is practical—learning how to drive a car, for example. Or maybe a character learns something new and surprising about someone they thought they knew well.


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: September

Sep. 1st, 2017 06:44 am
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The prompt for this month is:



Learning Something New




Maybe this could straightforwardly be Holmes and Watson uncovering new information for a case. Or maybe you could take a look back at their school and university days. Maybe it’s a hard life lesson that’s been learned, or perhaps the learning is practical—learning how to drive a car, for example. Or maybe a character learns something new and surprising about someone they thought they knew well.


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: August Activity Post

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:30 am
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This month’s activity is:



Bills




Unfortunately these are a part of everyone’s life, including the inhabitants of Baker Street. Workmen and shopkeepers send their bills to Holmes, Watson and Mrs. Hudson. And of course Holmes sends out his bills to his clients.


Some examples:


To: Mrs. Hudson

Bill for repairs to 221B:

Drains unblocked

Sorting out flood in bathroom

Sorting out strange noise in pipes

Plumber's note: I have now found the source of the problem but I believe you said last time you did not have the heart to evict him.



To: Mrs. Hudson

Bill from Wilton’s Wines and Spirits:

12 bottles of gin
24 bottles of light beer
7 bottles of Scotch
5 bottles of brandy
1 bottle of tonic

Hope this will suffice for this month but if not, please do not hesitate to contact us.



To Lord Brawlton:

The bill for retrieving your kidnapped goldfish plus expenses is enclosed.

S. Holmes

----

Dear Mr. Holmes:

Thank you once again for the return of Moby and Dick, and for your prompt bill.

In fact I had been going to send you a bill for the damage caused to the west wing, the fountains and my wife’s mental health during the course of your investigations.

But let's just call it even.



Please add your own bills 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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This month’s activity is:



Bills




Unfortunately these are a part of everyone’s life, including the inhabitants of Baker Street. Workmen and shopkeepers send their bills to Holmes, Watson and Mrs. Hudson. And of course Holmes sends out his bills to his clients.


Some examples:


To: Mrs. Hudson

Bill for repairs to 221B:

Drains unblocked

Sorting out flood in bathroom

Sorting out strange noise in pipes

Plumber's note: I have now found the source of the problem but I believe you said last time you did not have the heart to evict him.



To: Mrs. Hudson

Bill from Wilton’s Wines and Spirits:

12 bottles of gin
24 bottles of light beer
7 bottles of Scotch
5 bottles of brandy
1 bottle of tonic

Hope this will suffice for this month but if not, please do not hesitate to contact us.



To Lord Brawlton:

The bill for retrieving your kidnapped goldfish plus expenses is enclosed.

S. Holmes

----

Dear Mr. Holmes:

Thank you once again for the return of Moby and Dick, and for your prompt bill.

In fact I had been going to send you a bill for the damage caused to the west wing, the fountains and my wife’s mental health during the course of your investigations.

But let's just call it even.



Please add your own bills 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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Suggested by my esteemed colleague, and inspired by thoughts of holiday buckets and spades, the prompt for this month is:



Hand Utensils




Use a utensil in your story in some way: a spade, a mop, an iron, a gun… Something from the kitchen, something from the laboratory, something from the armoury… Whatever you like!


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: August

Aug. 2nd, 2017 12:08 am
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Suggested by my esteemed colleague, and inspired by thoughts of holiday buckets and spades, the prompt for this month is:



Hand Utensils



Use a utensil in your story in some way: a spade, a mop, an iron, a gun… Something from the kitchen, something from the laboratory, something from the armoury… Whatever you like!


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: 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!
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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!
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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!

[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!
scfrankles: (Holmes Minor userpic)
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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!
scfrankles: (Holmes Minor userpic)
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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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