vulgarweed: (tree_by_aurora_starwing)
OMG YOU GUYS [livejournal.com profile] kinkajou DID IT AGAIN!

This one's a scene from The Bone Fiddle itself, and . . .

it's the graveyard scene in Chapter 7! SPOILERZ


GO LOOK IT'S AMAZING (I'd say it's PG-13)

There's a bear, and a moon, and a lighted coal miner's helmet, and an open grave, and bones, and John and Sherlock just about to . . . do what they do in that scene. :D

I love this so much and am SO HONORED!
vulgarweed: (ineffablelove_by_cinnamonblood)
Heuristicdevice at Tumblr has done a podfic of "The Phoenix and the Turtle", the Elizabethan-era Aziraphale/Crowley fic that [livejournal.com profile] quantum_witch and I collaborated on!

I am so thrilled - this story is such a total multi-media experience now! Go, listen to it, but very importantly, also click the story link at AO3 so you can look at [livejournal.com profile] quantum_witch's MAGNIFICENT illustrations (some are NSFW, and you know you want to see that!). She and I worked together so closely and intensely on this story, and I feel strongly that it isn't complete without them, either in text or audio format.
vulgarweed: (handbyarwen_elvenfair)
I've been writing fanfic for 12 years, and this was my most prolific year by far!

I wrote 14 different stories - several different fandoms and three pieces of original fiction.

(Dates given are AO3 posting dates, which aren't necessarily the first posting, especially for challenges like Porn Battle)

1. (February 6, 2014, Porn Battle) Goldengrove Unleaving (The Hobbit, Galadriel/Gandalf, E, 875 words. Hurt/comforty vibe to this one. Battle of Five Armies vindicated the hell out of this story. Score!)

2. (February 7, 2014, Porn Battle) Start Me Up (Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes/Molly Hooper/John Watson, E, 1594 words. This is the NECROPHILIA ROLEPLAY fic. I regret nothing. Neither do any of the participants. This was also my first non-AU Sherlock story. Don't look at me that way, this is NOT AU. They SO totally did that.)

3. (February 13, 2014, Porn Battle) Polar Vortex (The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden/Thomas Raith, E, 2791 words. Chicago is frozen, and it's Harry Dresden's fault. Yup, that's some incesty sex-vampire/winter-knight mutual dubcon. Also a little hurt/comforty.)

4. (February 17, 2014, Porn Battle) Darkness Alone is Worshipful (The Silmarillion, Sauron/Ar-Pharazôn, E, 968. This creepy pairing is so canon this story just pretty much wrote itself, right down to the title, which is a quote.)

5. (February 17, 2014, Porn Battle) Genetic Markers (Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes/Mary Morstan/John Watson, E, 5146 words. The Porn Battle entry wasn't over 5,000 words - I just couldn't stop adding to it, and the last chapter wound up being a birthday mathom on July 6. Poly co-parenting fic involving conceiving a baby with insufferable-genius genes.)

6. (March 29, 2014) Bear Necessity (Sherlock, Bone-Fiddle-verse AU, E, 5302. My first attempt at BF-verse porn from Sherlock's POV. He's a verbose SOB. And he likes that bearskin rug a lot more than John does. Might be cheating by including here because it had been sitting on my hard drive for at least six months.)

7. (Spring 2014) Tempestuous, original fiction, forthcoming to be included in the New Smut Project's anthology (Published under the name Evadare Volney). (Virginia Dare/Madimia Dee, E, about 5,000 words).

8. (Begun posting Beltane 2014, finished near Mabon, 2014) The Straw Man Fallacy (Sherlock/The Wicker Man crossover, Sherlock/John, E, 40,422 words. When this idea hit me, it seemed so brilliantly obvious that I couldn't believe anyone else hadn't already done it, so I wrote it super fast so no one else would beat me to it. Turns out it's also the only Wicker Man fic on AO3 at all. Really? This is the longest fic I've ever written all by myself.)

9. (July/August 2014) The Adventure of the Cluck and Balls, a collaboration with [livejournal.com profile] winter_hermit. (Sherlock mostly, but we think it'll also give fans of Hannibal, Welcome to Night Vale, Supernatural, and Doctor Who a good chuckle. T, 5748 words. This one had to be written fast too, before the ball pit jokes got too old. Because it's totally about DashCon.)

10. (October 2014), Lustful Cockweed (original, sort of autobiographical, 562 words). Adventures in phallic, eldritch gardening.

11. (October 31, 2014) The Terror of Rushy Hollow (Lord of the Rings, T, gen, OCs, 4106 words. This is a story idea I've had kicking around in my head for 10 years, and I finally got it written down on posted on Halloween night. Not a crossover, but it is a bit of a pastiche and fusion)

12. (December 2014) Dentata, original Lovecraftian/Cthulhu Mythos fiction, gen, 3872 words, submitted to the open call for She Walks in Shadows, a forth-coming all-woman Lovecraft anthology. Should hear back in a couple months, wish me luck!

13. (December 2014) He's Coming To Us Dead (Sherlock, Bone-Fiddle-verse AU, Sherlock/John, E, 13397 words. This was my payment to [livejournal.com profile] winter_hermit for that fantastic cover art for the Straw Man Fallacy fanmix - she requested a Bone-Fiddle-verse ghost story. This one is part Appalachian folklore, part The Hounds of Baskerville and the Gloria Scott, and a hot mess of angst and make-up sex. As always, I regret nothing.)

14. (November-December 2014) The Widening Gyre (Good Omens, Aziraphale/Crowley, Historical/Literary RPF, PG-13, 5,996 words) I've been wanting to write a historical story with W.B. Yeats as a prominent character for years, so I couldn't believe my good luck when [livejournal.com profile] tomato_greens asked for one in the [livejournal.com profile] go_exchange. I had a GREAT time writing this one.


That's over 90,000 words (always going to be fuzzy since one of them is a collaboration and I wrote a few drabbles I'm not counting here)! Not a big deal for some writers, but it is for me because I tend to be pokey.

So, 12 years on, I love fic as much as ever and probably a little bit more.

Current works-in-progress for January:

1) an original story to form the framework of my mom's narrative dance (we collaborate for Mysticon every year). Loose adaptation of The Descent of Inanna with a steampunk vibe and H.G. Wells influence.

2) a Bone-Fiddle-verse 221B

3) a short Hobbit fix-it fic (Bilbo/Thorin) involving the mithril shirt and a surprisingly sympathetic Thranduil
vulgarweed: (the game by isaac_of_nine)
My collaboration with [livejournal.com profile] winter_hermit. Yes, it took two people to produce this!

Title: The Adventure of the Cluck and Balls
Fandom: Mostly Sherlock, plus the kitchen-sink
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed and [livejournal.com profile] winter_hermit
Rating: T
Content/Warnings: Ball Pit, Dead Body in a Ball Pit, Cross-Dressing, Ball-Groping in a Ball Pit, Drug References, Bestiality References, Multi-Fandom Clusterfuck, Case Fic, Crack Fic

Summary: There’s a dead body in the ball pit. Luckily, Sherlock’s on the case (and John’s on Sherlock. Not like that. Okay, maybe a bit like that. But those balls are slippery!)

The Adventure of the Cluck and Balls

Author's Notes: See AO3 link for more.

Any apparent relationships between events in this story and recent fan convention shenanigans are entirely [REDACTED].
vulgarweed: (the game by isaac_of_nine)
Voting is open for The Holmsies.

These are Sherlock fanfic awards meant to recognize lesser-known stories in particular - to be eligible, a story must have fewer than 25,000 hits and/or fewer than 250 reviews/comments anywhere else.

It looks like a lot of work went into this - there were thousands of fics submitted, and there are dozens of categories. I've read some of these stories, but only a few, and I'm going to be using this as a rec list until voting closes on September 1.


***

Therein ends the impartial description part of this post.

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OMG OMG HOLY SHIT "THE BONE FIDDLE" IS A NOMINEE FOR 'BEST ORIGINAL AU!'
[insert squee audible from space!]
vulgarweed: (tree_by_aurora_starwing)
The Bone Fiddle just reached 10,000 hits on AO3!

Nothing I've been involved with has come close to that before! *hugs [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook* Oh, big fandoms, you scare me, but I love you. And yes, I know 10,000 hits isn't that big a deal for a multichaptered, explicit Sherlock/John fic, but I'm still thrilled.

Also, in the last week or so we've received not one but two beautiful pieces of cover art for it!

A gorgeous, atmospheric, autumnal, musical one by songofthecuckoo

A crisp, modern, snappy one (A Sherlockian Modern Classics cover) by glowingbunny

So, to celebrate, um...ask me anything!

Serious sequel brainstorming has started, and some rough sketchy bits already written.
vulgarweed: (bf1)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: And they lived hillbilly ever after! John makes up his mind, and Sherlock and Lestrade show off some teamwork.

they call it that good ol' mountain dew )

And this story is now COMPLETE (well, to be honest, it was complete before we started posting. We just did it serially to prolong the fun). Huge, huge thanks to all our readers and commenters! It's a bittersweet moment to be sure, but we're brainstorming a sequel, so this may not be the endend.
vulgarweed: (bf5)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: The frailty of genius is that it needs an audience. Jamie Rowe gets one posthumously.

Excerpts from the Journals of Jamie Rowe )
vulgarweed: (bf4)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: Gradually, John's new life is going back to, um, "normal."


Soldier's Joy )
vulgarweed: (bf2)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: One big death, and two little ones.

Gimme Danger, Gimme Shelter )
vulgarweed: (bf1)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: Sherlock has a breakthrough, and a date with Death. John appoints himself chaperone.

Nothing Satisfies Me But Your Soul )
vulgarweed: (bf4)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: John may have momentarily forgotten that there's a case to be solved, but Sherlock hasn't.

Sisters, What Will You Do? )
vulgarweed: (bf1)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

Download the fanmix

In this chapter: The woods are closing in, and John and Sherlock begin to go deeper--about six feet.

Dig My Grave With a Silver Spade )
vulgarweed: (bf2)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

In this chapter: John gets a glimpse down the Nixonian (and the Holmesian) rabbit hole. Sherlock gets a clue from a devious diva.

A Scandal in Bethesda )

This story now has a Downloadable Fanmix! Three volumes of it - the music that inspired the story, and bonus atmospherics!
vulgarweed: (bf5)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

In this chapter: John starts to see the battlefield - and then the US Government calls.

Ain't No Fortunate Son )
vulgarweed: (bf1)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

In this chapter: We can't chew tobacco, this is a crime scene!

The Boscombe Holler Mystery )
vulgarweed: (bf4)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1
Chapter 2

In this chapter: A muddy riverbank has a lot to tell, and John goes exploring.

The Hearse, the Horse, and the Hoarder )
vulgarweed: (bf2)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU!

For full summary and warnings, see Chapter 1


In this chapter: If John had read his tea leaves or his fortune cookie, it would have said "You will meet a tall, dark, handsome stranger." And there ain't nobody stranger.

Danse Macabre )

Chapter 3
vulgarweed: (bf2)
Title: The Bone Fiddle
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and [livejournal.com profile] vulgarweed
Beta Read By: [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth THANK YOU!
Fandom: Sherlock
Rating: Overall NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Also featuring (in order of appearance): Mrs. Hudson, Greg Lestrade, Sally Donovan, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Irene Adler, several OCs (original characters) and OCs (original corpses).

Summary: Appalachian AU! In November 1973, Vietnam vet John Watson returns to his family's old home in Arthel County, West Virginia, deep in coal country. His low expectations include recuperation and boredom. Instead he finds a ruined landscape, a series of grisly murders, and one of the world's weirdest neighbors.

Warnings/content: Some violence. Explicit sex. Tobacco-chewing. (Not all at the same time.)

Authors' Notes:

Vulgarweed: This was the result of a challenge to take a canon set in a region you're not from, and set it in a region you are from. I'd like to acknowledge the influence of Sharyn McCrumb and Vicki Lane. There's an homage to The Silence of the Lambs in one scene, and a direct paraphrase from A Study in Scarlet in the prologue. Arthel County is fictional (located in the vicinity of the real counties Raleigh, Wyoming, and Mercer) and it's named after the great North Carolina guitarist Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson, who just passed away last spring at age 89. Mountain music plays a huge role in this story, and I couldn't resist the meta: “According to Watson on his three-CD biographical recording Legacy, he got the nickname "Doc" during a live radio broadcast when the announcer remarked that his given name Arthel was odd and he needed an easy nickname. A fan in the crowd shouted "Call him Doc!" presumably in reference to the literary character Sherlock Holmes's sidekick Doctor Watson. The name stuck ever since. (Wikipedia)


Htebazytook: Of course I jumped at the chance to collaborate with one of my fandom heroes, and in my shiny new fandom, to boot! Suffice it to say I learned more about music, moonshine, and mining than anticipated.


Take Me Home, Country Roads )

Chapter 2

COMPLETE STORY AT AO3
vulgarweed: (squonk_by_aurora_starwing)
"The Bone Fiddle," all ~60,000 words of it, has been edited, revised, and sent off to beta!

Over the last 4 months we've lived together in this AU world, [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook and I have:

-suffered old-time-fiddle poisoning (it's like alcohol poisoning--the line between a good time and a crisis point is a fine one)
-had our Google ads full of John Deere tractors, hunting equipment, and the Greenbrier Hotel & Resort
-had to reverse-Britpick ourselves even though we are both actual Appalachian-Americans
-learned an awful lot about the chemistry of coal-mining pollution


and

-reached the point where we both realized we were having so much fun that going back to writing alone would be difficult indeed. (But we can, we both have a lot of other stories to tell, in some cases on deadlines.) A toast to you, [livejournal.com profile] htebazytook!
-I finally found out how to pronounce her username (the 'h' is silent)
-already have a handle on the plot hook and a few key scenes of the sequel.

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