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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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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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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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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
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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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
[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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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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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
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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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Welcome to the November activity post!


...if they are repeated I have Mr. Holmes’s authority for saying that the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant will be given to the public. [VEIL]

"It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared." [SUSS]

Among these unfinished tales is that of Mr. James Phillimore, who, stepping back into his own house to get his umbrella, was never more seen in this world. [THOR]


Dr. Watson is forever tormenting and intriguing us with hints of untold cases. And this month you have a chance to get in on the action.

In the comments below, and using just one sentence, try and come up with the most intriguing untold case yet.


Some examples:


Although I am not at liberty to relate it, I will never forget the strange case of the teetotal drunkard.

And then there was the pit of terrible flora, which for a while led to such a worrying shortage of gardeners in the West London area.

“Watson,” said Holmes, “swear to me you will never tell the story of the bellows, the dark lantern, and the bicycling bloomers.”




And if you should feel the urge to go away and write up any of your untold cases, that would be great too!


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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Welcome to the October activity post—this month it’s story time!

Yes, for the rest of the month we will be telling a spooky story together, comment by comment.



My esteemed co-mod has furnished me with an example, to explain how all this is going to work:



Person A (the mod) starts the ball rolling: Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson found a…

Person B adds a new comment: Nasty smell in the house where they believed lived their…

Person C adds their comment: Suspect. Looking in the kitchen they saw a...




So in each new comment we resolve the previous cliffhanger and leave one of our own for the next contributor. There’s no hard and fast limit for the number of words you can use but the game will probably work best if you make your addition relatively brief.

You are free to make as many contributions to the story as you like. However, once you have made a contribution, you must wait until at least two other people have had a go before adding your next comment.

Incidentally, please remember to put each new contribution as a new comment, not as a reply to the previous comment. And let’s aim for bringing the story to a close somewhere on Halloween itself! As we’re all in different time zones, perhaps by 08:00 UTC? (That is, by 8am on the 1st of November in the UK.)



And so, here is the first line of our spooky story:


It appeared Holmes and Watson's new client had a haunted…



And away we go!



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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Welcome to the September activity post!


For this activity we will be having a go at six word stories.



Here is an example from my esteemed co-mod:


A Cautionary Tale


Never seek to escape by ship.




Or how about using a canon story as inspiration:


REDH (Abridged)


The Red-headed League!

Wilson approached… gingerly.




Or what about writing a six word casefic?

Yes…

Well, I’m still working on that one. But I’m sure it can be done!



These are all only suggestions for tackling the activity—feel free to write your own story in any way you please. The field is wide open.

All six word stories should be left as comments on this post.



As always, you needn’t take part in the 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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Welcome to the August activity post!


For this activity we will be concentrating on micropoetry. We are going to try a new form based on the 221B: the 2 x 21B.

That is, two separate but linked poems of 21 words each—both poems ending with a word beginning with ‘b’.


Mouselet from the Marylebone Monthly Illustrated has written an example 21B for us:


There’s no-one like my inspector
He’s better than all the rest
He’s truly one in a million
He’s simply the best




And here is my partner to it:


This most respectful of mice
Finds distant admiration will suffice
She really does not wish to woo
With her charming billet-doux.




You can use any or no rhyme scheme, and you can link your poems together in any way you choose. All the 21Bs should be left as comments on this post!


An extra activity: perhaps you’d like to have a go at a 221B poem as well—that is, a poem 221 words long, the last word beginning with ‘b’. These poems should be submitted as new posts.


Remember that you needn’t take part in the 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!
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
As I am sure you are aware, the agony column within the Marylebone Monthly Illustrated is very popular.  All sorts of small ads are to be found there, and we understand even the great Mr Sherlock Holmes is a devotee of the column.

We are therefore inviting all our readers and subscribers to place their own advertisements, at a specially reduced rate for the next two weeks only.

Please submit all new advertisements as a new comment to this entry, whilst any responses will be posted to the comment.

For those of you who have not before placed such an advertisement, the following will serve as an example:

Subj: Mr Jabez Wilson (REDH)
Assistant required for small pawnbroker's in Coburg Square.  Reasonable wages paid for reliable man.  Must have good references and no inclination to dig.

(We understand Mr Wilson was disappointed with his last assistant.)
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Title: Mr. Hudson
Wordcount: 499
Characters/Pairings: Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Original Characters
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: N/A
Author’s Notes: Written for the June 2016 Activity: writing a new story to fit two canon illustrations.

Mr. Hudson )
[identity profile] gardnerhill.livejournal.com
Title: Embedded
Author: gardnerhill
Form/Wordcount: Tribble (triple-drabble), 300 words
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: None
Author’s Notes: For June prompts: “Beds,” and the following two illustrations:


                                                                                     
***

“Mr. Holmes, I was so upset by that terrible scream that I ran outside in my night attire save my cap – my hair was all ruffled up, like this!”

Holmes reached out to placate the agitated client. “Sir, you need not re-create your morning dishevelment for me to believe your story.”

I stood behind my friend, looking as solemn as possible to keep from bursting into laughter at the poor fellow’s antics. I could tell by the rigid set of Holmes’ shoulders and the tone of his voice that he, too, was endeavouring not to succumb to mirth at Mr. Sanders’ expense.

“Pray continue, sir. What was missing from your bedroom when you returned? For that can be the only reason for someone to produce that horrific cry that drove you completely from your home early this morning.”

Mr. Sanders stared at us, his eyes bulging, waving his hands. He shook his head in disbelief.

“Your bed,” I said. “Your very bed was missing.”

***

At two in the morning of the next day, both of us, ensconced in Mr. Sanders’ hall, were likewise serenaded by a terrible shriek, like that of a man being murdered.

Sherlock Holmes stepped forward and said sternly, “That’s quite enough, Billis. Your game is up.”

The footman jerked bolt upright from his crouch at his master’s makeshift-bedroom’s keyhole, but Holmes had already snapped on the cuffs. The two women behind him shrieked as well – not in the same bloodcurdling style as Billis.

My friend continued his denouncement. “Throw your voice and drive your master from his room – long enough to let the maids dismantle the antique four-poster and cart it off piecemeal to sell.”

I studied the three faithless servants. They’d soon learn that a stony cot at Scotland Yard was a profitless bed indeed.
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Title: The Case of the Hallucinating Client
Form/Wordcount: 485
Characters/Pairings:  Dr John Watson; Mr Sherlock Holmes
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: This explains the link between the two pictures here as Holmes deduces a slightly strange case.

Mr Holmes, I am seeing things )
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Welcome to the June activity post!

As it went so well last time (^^"), we thought we'd have another try at the two illustrations activity.

You might remember that for this one, we select two illustrations from canon stories:



What you have to do is come up with a new story that fits both illustrations—in either order.

Some thoughts to get you started:

Is Holmes working on his new hypnotism act?
Is he perhaps sleepwalking?
Have Watson's braces snapped?
Are the ladies so shocked because the gentleman has split his trousers?
Just what has the gentleman seen in the skirting board?


The first image is by Sidney Paget and the second is by W. H. Hyde. Both images come from Pinacotheca Holmesiana.


Remember that the basic rule for [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor is that your piece must always be 500 words or less. AUs, crossovers and fusions are all permitted, as long as the characters remain essentially recognisable as the original ACD versions.

And you needn’t take part in the 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 wordcount and the ACD Holmes ‘verse.


Please see the profile for the full posting guidelines!
[identity profile] okapi1895.livejournal.com
Title: Correspondence
Rating: G
Length: 200 + 100 + 60 + 6
Content Notes: for the May 2016 activity
Summary: After his father's death, Victor Trevor bids farewell to Sherlock Holmes.
Author's Note: A companion piece to Christmas Rose.
Read more... )
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Title: A Visit to the Dressmaker
Form: Double drabble
Characters/Pairings: Two original characters, and their clients: Mrs. Hudson and Miss Hyams
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: N/A
Author’s Notes: This and the following fics were written for the May 2016 activity.

A Visit to the Dressmaker )



Title: Lady in Red
Form: Drabble
Characters/Pairings: Holmes, Watson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: N/A
Author’s Notes: Holmes and Watson are getting ready.

Lady in Red )



Title: Ferret in a Corset
Form/Wordcount: 55
Characters/Pairings: Holmes, Watson, Watson/Lestrade (Lestrade only appears offstage)
Rating: PG-13
Warnings/Content: Mild innuendo/suggestiveness
Author’s Notes: Watson returns home from a romantic evening.

Ferret in a Corset )



Title: Never Did Run Smooth
Form/Wordcount: Six word story
Characters/Pairings: Watson/Lestrade
Rating: PG
Warnings/Content: N/A
Author’s Notes: A brief but insightful look into Watson and Lestrade’s relationship.

Never Did Run Smooth )
[identity profile] thesmallhobbit.livejournal.com
Title: The Case of the Threatened Merchant
Form/Wordcount: 200 + 100 + 60 + 6
Characters/Pairings:  Dr John Watson; Mr Sherlock Holmes; Inspector Lestrade; Mrs Hudson
Rating: G
Warnings/Content: The latest case as seen by various of the participants.

Dr John Watson

200 words )
Inspector Lestrade

100 words )

Mr Sherlock Holmes

60 words )

Mrs Hudson

6 words )
 

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