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So a kinkmeme prompt caught my eye, and now I'm well into working on and outlining a new fic. It's a casefic, where grooms are being murdered at weddings, and Sherlock asks Janine to assist him by staging a full-on courtship and fake wedding as a sting operation, much to John's consternation.

I'm having a ton of fun plotting it out, and using every available opportunity to make John jealous af. But I keep running into the same problem that I always do when I try to write casefics, which is that I HATE NAMING CHARACTERS.

I hate it. I really hate it. And because this fic has a list of victims (and victims' unfortunate spouses, and various suspects, etc. etc. etc.) there are, by necessity, going to be a whole bunch of names I have to make up. If I were adapting an ACD case, I'd borrow some names from canon, but it doesn't really fit here.

How in the world does one come up with all of these names? Do I just... spin a wheel and match first names to last? It's a silly thing to be driving me nuts, but it's driving me nuts.

Betas?

May. 22nd, 2017 06:02 pm
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It's my first time participating in Holmestice. I'm so excited to be a part of it this year-- it always looks like a great deal of fun.

In any case, one of the stipulations is that the completed work has to go through some sort of beta process. I've had some things proofread in the distant past, but have never really worked with a beta before. I tend to be reclusive and slow to make fannish connections (I'm trying very hard to be better about this!), so much of this process is a mystery to me.

I guess I'm sort of at a loss as to what to do? What to expect? Where to find one?

(I mean, worst case scenario, my hubs can proofread it for grammar and spelling errors. It would be something of a labor of love for him, hehe, as while he does occasionally check AO3 to make enthusiastic noises over the kudos count on NTYBTTS, he generally has zero interest in Sherlock fanfiction.)

Can anyone suggest anything to me? Point me in the right direction? Tell me I'm making mountains out of molehills? :)
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For a (hopefully) relaxing weekend in the middle of nowhere.

No internet connection or television, limited phone reception. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get a lot of writing done without any distractions.
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Heh. So this morning, I started to make a post about all of the things I planned to get done today, like getting back to a whole bunch of fics I wanted to leave comments on and finishing up the most recent chapter of Crime Writer.

As always seems to be the case with weekends, time got away from me. Ugh. So not only did I not finish making my post, I never finished half the things I was posting about intending to do.

At least I finished the Crime Writer update. I keep trying to keep this fic short and fun, like the very silly TV show it's based on, and it keeps wanting to grow. So instead of having an entire case introduced and wrapped up in this chapter like I'd originally intended, there will be some spillover into the next.

I have a list a mile long of fics I need to leave comments on. I've been terrible about it. I keep reading things, going "oh, wow, I need to leave a nice long comment here" and then never having enough time to come back to do it. I'm trying to get better at leaving quick little "I really liked this" comments on things, so that if I never make it back I at least said something.

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Apr. 5th, 2017 07:03 pm
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Welp, bit the bullet and deleted my Livejournal account. I mostly used it for communities and fic writing challenges anyway, so I'm hoping that some of those communities will spring up here (if they haven't already.) It'd be a shame to lose that-- Tumblr is great for reblogging pretty pictures, but it really makes communication and conversation difficult.

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