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This is my personal, no-particular-schema, just oh-my-god-I-love this Sherlock fic rec list. Created for my own reference as much as anything. It was started August 2012 and will be added to probably fairly randomly. Expect BDSM, weirdness and a splash of darkness. Links are to AO3 where possible.

NB I haven't included warnings. Please check the header warnings on the fics themselves.

Ignore the asterisks, they're only meaningful to me.

Fic Rec List )
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Title: Piter Raw (part three of Four Corners of the Western World) Chapter 1 of 8
Author: [ profile] pennypaperbrain
Fandom Sherlock BBC
Betas: Chloe, [ profile] eldritchhorrors, russpick by madoshi
Rating: Teen for Chapter 1, NC-17 for the fic
Warnings for this chapter: depictions of bipolar disorder
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Wordcount: Prologue: 376, Chapter 1: 3,354
Spoilers: All six episodes
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of these characters. I couldn’t be trusted with them. There’d be kinky slash everywhere.
Summary: Two of Moriarty's snipers are now dead, and Sherlock and John must travel to St Petersburg, Russia, to take on the last and toughest: mafioso Oleg Kolyvanov. Hardly a simple task, and the fact that Sherlock is increasingly ill makes their chances even slimmer...

Also on AO3

Each fic in this series is self-contained, and they can be read separately with the help of the intro summaries, but for the best experience they should be read in order.

Four Corners of the Western World
1: Vegas High (complete): LJ, AO3
2: Malta Bright (complete): LJ, AO3
3: Piter Raw (in progress): AO3
4: Always London

Piter Raw )
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Title: How Can I Meet You?
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: BDSM
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Wordcount: 1,952
Spoilers: Nothing specific
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of these characters. I couldn’t be trusted with them. There’d be kinky slash everywhere.
Fic Summary: Written for the Breaking the Sex Mold challenge, to this prompt: Pairing: Johnlock. Sherlock is a submissive who wants to explore the more dangerous and unknown aspects of BDSM--everything from flogging and temperature to humblers and full-time powerplay. John has been okay with the more vanilla aspects of BDSM (ie. blindfolds, furry handcuffs), but he's unwilling to try anything that might put Sherlock in danger. He's especially reluctant to Dom for Sherlock because, in addition to be a doctor (hurting someone goes against his morals), he's afraid he'll have some complications with his PTSD (war flashbacks, a recurrence of his limp). How can Sherlock get what he needs to feel fulfilled (both in the bedroom and in their daily interactions) without pushing John past his limits? I've stuck fairly closely to the prompt except that I couldn't quite see Sherlock pushing for fulltime powerplay. So we have a masochistic Sherlock with a John who wants to cherish and nurture.

Also on AO3

How Can I Meet You? )
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Title: Malta Bright (part two of Four Corners of the Western World) Chapter 2
Author: [personal profile] pennypaperbrain
Fandom Sherlock BBC
Betas: Chloe, [personal profile] eldritchhorrors
Rating: NC-17 for this chapter and the fic
Warnings for this chapter: graphic consensual BDSM, depictions of bipolar disorder
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Wordcount: 4,117
Spoilers: All six episodes
Disclaimer: I don’t own any of these characters. I couldn’t be trusted with them. There’d be kinky slash everywhere.
Fic Summary: Post-Reichenbach, Sherlock and John are hunting down the remains of Moriarty’s network. It’s a dangerous project, but they have each other to rely on… except that Sherlock is losing his mind.
Chapter Summary: This chapter is mostly thinky, kinky, feely sex. John’s take sums it up: Just to stand in Sherlock’s presence has always been to feel buffeted by contradictions, and that feeling has grown, so that John no longer knows for certain where his moral compass points. But his heart seems to physically clench with the fierceness of knowing that he is wanted, he is needed, and if he can’t fix everything then he can in some way help. And get off spectacularly in the process, because Jesus Christ, Sherlock Holmes is naked and waiting to get his arse whipped, and when did John die and go to heaven?

Link to my journal
Also on AO3

Each fic in this series is self-contained, and they can be read separately with the help of the intro summaries, but for the best experience they should be read in order. Malta Bright chapters will be posted regularly on Mondays, at least as far as Ch4. I hope to keep that up until the fic is completed (about 6 chapters) but that depends on my obsessive word-polishing habit.

Four Corners of the Western World
1: Vegas High (complete): LJ, AO3
2: Malta Bright (in progress): LJ, AO3
3: Piter Raw
4: Always London
pennypaperbrain: (Irene mercy by redscharlach)
Havingbeenbreathedout on tumblr has invented the concept of Irene Adler/Virginia Woolf and we wantss it!
pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
I made a post three weeks ago about what I called the lack of weird Sherlock in current fanfic.

[ profile] marysutherland just did a really long and insightful response. It would probably have been lost to humanity if I just left it there, three weeks being a geological age in LJ time, so I’m reposting it in the hopes of more debate. (LJ fandom debate lives!!)

Under the cut )
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[ profile] bemblebee has created a... well, I suppose it's a community for discussing Sherlock fics selected by users. It's got two of my favourites in there anyway.

I don't know if this will catch on, but I'd be happy if it did since I am yearning for an upping of the thinky discussy quotient in contemporary fandom. Here we go:
pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
Back to work for me tomorrow. This is never a recipe for positivity. Just as well my job isn’t horrible.

I ought to be able to take refuge in fandom but for a few months I’ve been less and less able to. There’s an internal reason for that in that I’m in a better state myself these days so diversions look less urgently shiny, but while on holiday I figured out the external reason, which is in addition to the continuing shift away from LJ.

I took some of the widely recced recent long fics away with me to read and while often very good they were almost without exception post-Reichenbach reunion relationship-kindlers in which Sherlock gets better at dealing with his emotions while repeatedly having vanilla sex. I wish people joy of these fics, and I can see their strengths… but they are not really for me. (That said, I betaed one from this genre, but it had the interesting feature of being an OT3 fic.)

I fell in love with BBC Sherlock in part because he is emphatically not normal and seemed to have no interest in becoming so. There are many canon-compatible ways for him to be non-standard – dark Sherlock, insane Sherlock, sociopath Sherlock, Asberger’s Sherlock, kinky Sherlock, perfectly amoral calculating Sherlock – and I can buy any of them, but to find them I had to go back to some of my early reading (Autopsis, Examination/In Depth, The Pleasure Dome Hotel, Undercurrents and of course I never stop re-dipping into Cold Song). And it reminded me of the joy of finding all this thinky strangeness initially, a joy which has rather dissipated.

In part this is just what happens to everyone a year or so into fandom, but I think there’s also been a change in the kind of fic being produced. The reason of course is TRF, which gave us canon weepy!Sherlock, thus making it harder for people to write him as really dark/fucked up. And if you want to write a post-S2 fic, there are particular honking great issues you have to deal with, whereas post-S1, if you wanted, you could just say ‘OK, they escaped the pool and then… whatever’.

On the other hand, there is scope for weirdness if you want it – in my own current series the stress of being on the run and killing people coupled with his existing instability is sending Sherlock insane – but it seems that less people do want to write this sort of thing. Or is there actually lots of this stuff out there and the fandom is just so big and diffuse that I can’t find it?

But while away I realised that repeatedly reading accounts of Sherlock becoming gradually more normal/functional is depressing me. It’s silly, and overinvested of me, but what I want most of all from canon, fandom and fan creations is a sense that slightly weird people (or extremely weird people) can be valued. I’m losing that lately. Whether or not this is the intention behind any given fic, I’m instead getting the subtly different message that we can adapt to fit in better. Except I can’t.

I want an utterly extraordinary, perfectly maladjusted, genius Sherlock back, to help me plough my furrow of being a rather unusual, spiky, brainy Penny.

Who’s got him?
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My fandom has fluffy hair porn which gets reblogged 3,000 times.

Clearly I have found my spiritual and intellectual home.
pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
I just blundered on this fantastic tumblr post from a few months ago, about the writer's experience of working with 'gifted' children (and of being one herself), and the perspective it's given her on Sherlock.

It's deservedly got thousands of reblogs, and ought to be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the character. Or to wince and have flashbacks if they went through a similar childhood experience (be warned!)

I'm hoping the author will let me link it from my Sherlock education meta.
pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
A dozen or so people have friended me recently and I only just noticed. And that adds to various people who friended me before that and I sort of noticed but was pretty distracted overall and forgot about it.


I used to be one of those people who liked to keep things symmetrical and friended back everyone who friended them, but that was when I was in a weeny fandom. Since then there’s been trollbots, abandoned journals, serial adders and all manner of whatnot so now it’s all a mess and I just have to deal like a grown-up.

If you’ve recently friended me, would you mind leaving a comment and saying why? I imagine most people are here for the Sherlock porn fic (some of which is porny in a tasteful, thinky way), and so would actually rather I didn’t friend them back, as then they’d have to filter out my personal posts to find the ones they want. But maybe someone has been attracted by the radioactive sparkle of my wit and yearns for access to my personal posts complaining about brain rot and employment minutiae.

If you don’t comment I’ll assume you’re here for the fic. And if you do comment I might not friend you back even if you want me to because I’m now of an age where I reserve the right to be miserable and arbitrary. Or I might, because I do like to meet interesting people.
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Summary: This meta is based on my 10 years’ involvement in the London scene. It’s designed to help writers who are including scene elements in their fics, particularly post-A Scandal in Belgravia. It's probably useful to fandoms other than Sherlock, and to non-fans who are just generally interested as well, so feel free to link to it.

Disclaimer: Some RL details have been blurred to protect privacy. The below represents my personal experience and impressions of my own local scene only. I’m an amateur writing about the amateur scene except where stated: if you want to know about pro-domming check out former pro-dom eldritchhorrors’ excellent Meta on Professional Dominatrices.

Also on AO3

If you’re not sure about terminology, see the end of the meta for a short glossary.

A Meta on the London BDSM Scene )
pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
There is now Points of Light fanart in the world! And not just fanart, [ profile] kiri_moth fanart!

It's for Chapter 4. And why no, it is not worksafe. It is however gorgeous.

Art is here.


*goes off to stare at Sherlock's fingers some more*
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Cut for ASiB spoilers )
pennypaperbrain: (Sherlock brain by redscharlach)
I’ve only been aware of Sherlock since I unsuspectingly sat down to watch a DVD three weeks ago, and it blew my mind. Since then I’ve been devouring fics, and if I was astounded by the quality of the canon, the process happened all over again when I saw the prevalent standard of fanfiction.

One of the few things I haven’t seen handled impressively in fanfic, probably because the subject matter is fairly abstruse, is Sherlock’s education. The British system is quite intricate, and if you show up as ‘genius’ on tests you tend to be subjected to particular processes which leave their mark (a kind of mark which canon Sherlock definitely shows).

So here follows a ‘How Things Work’ post about the British school system at the time Sherlock would have been in it. Assuming BBC Sherlock is the same age as Benedict Cumberbatch then I was in the same intake year as him; I went to eight schools and got a ‘genius’* label. So I have a fair spread of relevant experience.

I should emphasize that I'm talking about schools in the late 80s/early 90s. I don't know much about how things are now.

Content rating: PG
Warnings: passing reference to mental health issues/suicide

Sherlock in the British School System )
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If you're wondering who this random person is and why she's friended you, it's probably because I am starting to flail about the Sherlock fandom and you either write great fic or have been recommended to me by a mutual friend as having glorious content.


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