...having been breathed out

Anglophile; lit- and writing-dork; dacshund owner; fanfic writer, Sherlock and otherwise; costume/clothing/design aficionada; former punk rocker; queer clotheshorse and anti-gastronome.

It doesn’t matter what time of day you work, but you have to work every day because creation, like life, is always slipping away from you. You must write every day, but there’s no time limit on how long you have to write.

One day you might read over what you’ve done and think about it. You pick up the pencil or turn on the computer, but no new words come. That’s fine. Sometimes you can’t go further. Correct a misspelling, reread a perplexing paragraph, and then let it go. You have re-entered the dream of the work, and that’s enough to keep the story alive for another 24 hours.

The next day you might write for hours; there’s no way to tell. The goal is not a number of words or hours spent writing. All you need to do is to keep your heart and mind open to the work.


WALTER MOSLEY

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bachin221b:

Erm, long ago, back right after Violet Hour was first finished, I made a comic page of a page of the fic. And I hated it, except for one frame..Where Sherlock suddenly kisses John wearing John’s dressing gown. So, HBBO, I have finally finished your Violet Hour fanart. I hope you like it! :)
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John was rooting sleepily in his dresser for a vest, listening with one ear for signs of the telegraph boy’s departure, when Sherlock burst back into the room and began castigating him for his slow start. “Billy’s signal, Watson!” he had said, simultaneously beaming and shaking John by the shoulders. “The game’s afoot, at last!” “Wait, we’re — pardon?” John had said, vest in one hand and balled-up socks in the other, laughing at Sherlock’s indignation. But Sherlock had been off, kissing John hard and quick and jubilant before galloping down the hall in John’s too-short dressing gown, shouting instructions as John withdrew again to finish dressing. “Where are we going?” John had yelled down the stairs at one point, but, “Bring your revolver!” was Sherlock’s only reply, and John had rolled his eyes as he tucked it into the back of his trousers. - Violet Hour, chapter 10
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Awwwwwww, thank you, Dee! I love it!!! Gosh, this… sort of makes me feel bad for the hell I’m putting this version of John & Sherlock through in A Hundred Hours. Ah well, highs & lows. Anyway, you’re the best! :-D

bachin221b:

Erm, long ago, back right after Violet Hour was first finished, I made a comic page of a page of the fic. And I hated it, except for one frame..Where Sherlock suddenly kisses John wearing John’s dressing gown. So, HBBO, I have finally finished your Violet Hour fanart. I hope you like it! :)

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John was rooting sleepily in his dresser for a vest, listening with one ear for signs of the telegraph boy’s departure, when Sherlock burst back into the room and began castigating him for his slow start. “Billy’s signal, Watson!” he had said, simultaneously beaming and shaking John by the shoulders. “The game’s afoot, at last!”

“Wait, we’re — pardon?” John had said, vest in one hand and balled-up socks in the other, laughing at Sherlock’s indignation. But Sherlock had been off, kissing John hard and quick and jubilant before galloping down the hall in John’s too-short dressing gown, shouting instructions as John withdrew again to finish dressing. “Where are we going?” John had yelled down the stairs at one point, but, “Bring your revolver!” was Sherlock’s only reply, and John had rolled his eyes as he tucked it into the back of his trousers. - Violet Hour, chapter 10

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Awwwwwww, thank you, Dee! I love it!!! Gosh, this… sort of makes me feel bad for the hell I’m putting this version of John & Sherlock through in A Hundred Hours. Ah well, highs & lows. Anyway, you’re the best! :-D

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moranion replied to your post: “I just want to say…

I have to sympathize with this …

theopoiesis replied to your post: wesexything asked:I just want to …

*eyes you* i just read this and you just liked that photoset… ;)

Awwwww, y’all are so nice to me. :-D
(Though really, Jeeves & Wooster is always quality, you hardly need me to tell you that!)
I am dry with longing
and I hunger for her.

professorfangirl:

June 4, 1914: Suffragette Emily Davison brings down the King’s horse Anmar in an act of protest. It was said she was committing suicide or trying to stop the horse; turns out she was trying to attach a symbolic scarf to its bridle. Horse and rider were fine, but Emily died four days later. It was another five years before women got the vote. (x)

The shit we take for granted.

havingbeenbreathedout. you seen this?. such a short story that day would make. Suffragettes. feminism.

Oh wow! I had not, but I remember when I first learned about this incident; how amazing that we now have more of the story!

I just want to say that whenever havingbeenbreathedout likes or reblogs something of mine, I get this feeling like: "ah. it's official. I've posted something of quality"

Ahahahahaha EVERYTHING YOU POST IS QUALITY!

But awwww, shucks, thank you. *Scuffs toe; blushes*

lelaid:

Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab

lelaid:

Fan Bingbing in Elie Saab

phantomae:

netherworldnative:

A close up view of a vinyl record.

GET OUT

phantomae:

netherworldnative:

A close up view of a vinyl record.

GET OUT

reckonedrightly:

WHERE ARE MY HISTORY FOLKS.

This archive is incredible. I’ve discovered it today and have just been rolling around the WWII section. So many sad, wonderful, moving and fascinating things captured on film.

IT’S AMAZING, ISN’T IT??

I was turned onto it when my filmmaker buddy was trawling it for a project he was doing, and I kind of fell into it face-first and didn’t surface for a week or so. So much good stuff!

fandom love poetry

quigonejinn:

1. 

my soul is a dog

in a hot car

on a summer day with the window

barely cracked

please for the love of god come back to gchat

2. 

you’re in a car with a beautifu —

fuck this richard siken shit

i just want to talk about mpreg clone watersports with you

3. 

YOUR GCHAT ICON SAYS YOU ARE THERE

IT’S MOTHERFUCKING GREEN 

GREEN AS THE ISLES OF IREFUCKINGLAND

BUT YOU HAVEN’T YOU RESPONDED TO MY MESSAGES

I HATE THIS

WHY DO WE LIVE SO FAR APART

WHY IS EVERYTHING IN LIFE TE — oh there you are, you’re typing at me, you were getting food, how was my day, did I see the thing yet?  

4.

i am sorry

but why the fuck 

aren’t you on

i know, i know,

it’s like 6:30 in the morning where you are

or you’re watching your brother get married

or you’re traveling to israel 

or dealing with serious real life shit that legit breaks my heart

but goddammit, i saw/read/listened to that thing last night

and if we don’t talk about it i am going to explode like a roman candle

fabulous yellow spider across the stars

tho we totally talked about how much we both hate fucking jack kerouac

did you see that tumblr post about how allen ginsberg was a grade a disgusting creep? on the other hand, i am totally changing my opinion on daniel radcliffe’s hotness 

writing question # 18

fizzygins:

18. Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka “bunnies”) from?

Oh, man. That’s a really good question! Honestly I think I get a lot of them by dwelling on things. :\ “Simple Machines” was pretty much eighteen months or something of me dwelling on something that made me angry; I’d be lying if I said that was anything other than pretty much par for the course. I also get a lot of ideas from meta discussions with other fans, often about canon but sometimes ‘Wouldn’t it be great if’s, either privately or in Antidiogenes or because we got into a convo on LJ or Dreamwidth or something, and then I develop them through some combo of wordvomiting at someone in chat who hasn’t escaped quickly enough or freewriting.

(Speaking of which, havingbeenbreathedout: don’t we have some corset strings to tie tighter, at some point…?)

Do

we

ever

!

Ugggghhh, thank you, I think so too! I’d actually love to have a draft of that story by this summer; who knows whether that’ll happen but I’m currently 6 solid chapters ahead in A Hundred Hours, with drafts of 7-9 awaiting revision; and w.r.t. the Timberline lesbians story I have call numbers for oral history tapes to go check out at the Oregon Historical Society & everything. Damn there being only 24 hours in the day…

Anonymous asked:
hmm, on the topic of research (I guess I'm not following the meme questions lol), what's something you absolutely love to research and learn about but haven't quite found a way to work it into your stories? Could be published or in process, however you want to define 'haven't been able to work in'!

As far as I can remember, I’ve never really had the thought “This subject is so interesting; if only I could work it into a story.” Usually, as I’m reading about a setting or a scandal or a historical group of people, story ideas present themselves very naturally. The difficulty is in finding time to actually write them: so, on the back burner I’ve got half-planned novel and novella ideas that have sprung from research about, oh, anti-gay witch hunts in the US Navy, post-WWI; and about female WPA artists living on the side of Mt. Hood in 1936, during the construction of Timberline Lodge; and about the impromptu road trip of an unhappy commercial artist through the American Southwest; and on and on. And that’s just original stuff; fanfic is a whole other mountain of ideas. They pretty much all originate with research of one kind or another, but writing them means making time for MORE research, as well as the actual writing. Ah well. I’ll get to it all eventually.

1, 7, 20? :)

Hey so Gins is doing these today, and it reminded me that I kind of passed out on y’all the other night before I got around to answering them all. SO:

1. How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

Right, there may be some folks following me who don’t know the very mercenary answer to this question: I was a 28-year-old queer book blogger having a sexual crisis/awakening, and I was complaining to a bookish friend of mine about the taboo on sex writing in literary fiction, and the sort of flat, heteronormative sex writing (I had encountered) in romance novels, and that friend said “You know who’s doing the most interesting, non-commercialized sex writing? Fanfiction writers.” So I checked it out. And hey, she was right! So many creative talented people writing explicit sex! It was kind of a revelation.

I started with the Sherlock fandom because (a) it was huge, and therefore various, and (b) while I hadn’t seen the source material for any of the Big Four (or however many) fandoms, I had read Doyle way back in the day, and listened to Laurie King’s Mary Russell books on audio more recently, so I was kind of marginally familiar with the characters. A few weeks later I bought Season 1 on DVD, and thought it was fabulous; but by that point I’d read hundreds of thousands of words of fanfic already. 

7. Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Yeah, for sure. Something that leaps to mind, though not a specific fic, is that since I listened to the Harry Potter books obsessively but non-fannishly—as in, at the time I was listening to them a lot I wasn’t really aware that fandom and fanfiction were things—it’s been really interesting to be re-introduced to that series through a fannish lens. That Snape would be a fannish favorite was initially VERY surprising to me (keep in mind I was a total fandom newbie; it is much less surprising to me now), but after Gins pointed me to, like, Night-blooming heartsease, I could sympathize with it a lot more. 

20. Do you ever get bunnied from other people’s stories or art in the same fandom?

Art, definitely and epically. The genesis of How the mouth changes its shape was this image by andells, for example. And the big dénouement scene in Chapter 23 of A Hundred Hours was suggested by another piece of fan art, which I… seem not to be able to locate, now. /o\

Other peoples’ stories is more complicated. I’m a lot more prone to picking up another writer’s style, or characterization tics, than I am to have actual plots suggested to me. Though I get the ideas for most of my plots via reading diaries, letters, and books of history; so you could say that’s getting bunnied by other peoples’ stories. Not in quite the same fandom, though.