[tumblr.com profile] leighnahurriyeh and I just spent a good five minutes making arm gesture diagrams of the 221B layout in order to determine if it is possible for John and Sherlock to sit on the couch together to watch television.

(Conclusion: no. But if I decide John is using his laptop to watch torrented episodes of Doctor Who that he missed because he was deployed, then yes.)

Having a live-in co-fan is super helpful.


(pps: don't get excited, it's more Truth May Vary angst.)
amalnahurriyeh: Sherlock: Molly Hooper, being awesome in a Christmas jumper.. (molly)
( Mar. 16th, 2013 12:43 am)
It is possible to experience watching The Reichenbach Fall viscerally, and by viscerally I mean my actual stomach hurts. At least I didn't cry this time? Wait, I'm crying now, it's apparently a delayed fucking reaction.

Anyway, Leigh and I rewatched both serieses this week. If you don't follow me on tumblr, my random thoughts as we did so are:

here: ASIP & TBB
here: TGG
here and here: THoB
here: TRF

I didn't write any notes on Tumblr for ASiB because I was too busy being in love with Irene Adler.

...OK, seriously, I just changed my icon from my default to the one of Sherlock on the couch and now I'm crying again. Changing it to Molly...there, not crying, just thinking about how I need a better Molly icon.
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Mulder in Elvis glasses, with text "fierce" (fierce)
( Mar. 15th, 2013 11:11 am)
No XF prompts so far at [community profile] queer_fest. Go drop some--or some "any fandom" prompts, that works too. Prompts end at midnight California time. I'm going to go leave my Samantha gen prompt before I forget. And others if I can remember.

If someone wants me to write Casey's coming out talk with Mulder, they should prompt it, because I totes will.

I did see some Sherlock ones (though none that excite me, so far--I didn't go through all the pages) and at least one Fringe one, so that's good. But more prompts is always better.
I think I checked tumblr about every half an hour today, just to see people flapping their arms and making noises. Metaphorical noises.

(If you weren't aware of this, the cause was this twitter post. Don't go to the #grapes tag on tumblr if you don't want to be very confused.)

This feels suspiciously like the winter of 2007/2008. You know, when a certain (terriwonderful)* movie was being filmed. I liked that winter. I knocked up my wife that winter. I passed my first comprehensive exam that winter.

I became Amal that winter, actually. Though she took six months to park herself on teh intarwebs.

Anyway, it's a good feeling. Though I am, in fandom terms, something approaching middle-aged (if not an old lady). Probably my position right now is best expressed through this cartoon by my favorite fanartist, [tumblr.com profile] shockingblankets.

IN CONCLUSION, I have not had the emotional energy to play much at [livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness, but if you haven't already voted I would like to STRONGLY suggest you vote for the amazing and wonderful Molly Hooper, who suffered the key indignity of having her fucking name misspelled in the poll. Molly is great. You should vote for her. I'm sure whoever she's up against is nice, but Molly Hooper wears underwear with little skulls in bows and pink kitten sweaters and cuts up dead people for a living. She's like Dana Scully with no seriousness at all. She's loyal and smart and strong and she deserves all of our votes, because she's the best. The end.

* I type the first half of the word "terriwonderful." Leigh is leaning over my shoulder. "Terrible," she says. "No," I say, "look." She reads what I wrote. "Terrible," she says. "SHUT UP I LIKED IT," I say. "You're one of very few people," she says.
Title: Hold Your Hopes, It's Now
Author: Amal Nahurriyeh ([personal profile] amalnahurriyeh/[livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh)
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Genre: Gen
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Anthea
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Angst Level: medium
Timeline: About 5years post-TRF. Sherlock is still "dead."
Summary: There was something that Mycroft Holmes could not work out. He detested this.

Also available at the AO3, as is the rest of the series. Not necessary to have read the others to follow this one.

Author's note:

Title is a misheard lyric from Mountain Sound by Of Monsters and Men. (Warning for Extreme Icelandic Hipsterism in that video.) The actual lyric is "hold your horses now," but I'm sticking to my version, because I like it better. (My son swears it's "hold your horses down," but I'm pretty sure he's wrong, too.)

Thanks to the indefatigable apocryphile/[livejournal.com profile] cityesm for a beta & britpick, as always, and to [archiveofourown.org profile] leigh_nahurriyeh for lending me her Mycroft ~~feels~~ for a few thousand words.

Ms. Devetzi? May I have your assistance for a moment? )
amalnahurriyeh: Astrid Farnsworth, in profile, giving a thumbs up. (astrid thumbs up)
( Mar. 1st, 2013 01:45 pm)

Fuck yeah.

If you don't have an LJ and will want to vote, get one now--they eliminate ones started during the competition.
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Scully from the episode Pusher. (scully pusher)
( Feb. 26th, 2013 07:03 pm)
Aha! I thought that [personal profile] wendelah1 was my writer for [community profile] purimgifts, and she was! She wrote me three lovely interstitial bits from Demons, pointing at the fractures that derive from the episode. Makes me want to rewatch it. They are here, here, and here. Go read them. Go. I'll be waiting here.

I, on the other hand, wrote a series of Buffy ficlets, called Three Games Willow Rosenberg Taught Someone. It is what it says on the tin; my recipient is a Willow/Oz shipper, so I ended up sticking to the earlier seasons, but the whole process really reminded me how much I love BtVS, helped by doing a bunch of rewatching to get prepped. Also, I normally think of myself as a writer of banter, but DAMN, there really is nothing like writing Jossverse banter. It is a whole other league. I'm glad these were so short; I don't think I could have sustained it for longer. :)
amalnahurriyeh: Astrid Farnsworth, in profile, giving a thumbs up. (astrid thumbs up)
( Feb. 24th, 2013 02:25 pm)
Leigh and Isk are currently at work in the living room/dining room, creating a sorting system for all of his toys and placing all of the random objects throughout those rooms in those boxes after determining which category they belong to. So far, there has been an argument about whether there can be a helicopter box, whether 'castle blocks' go in the blocks box (and whether there needs to ne a subcategory for 'lincoln logs', and whether sponges in the shapes of animals count as 'figurines.' I anticipate about three more hours of this, with intermittant shouting.

2:30 on a Sunday is too early to start drinking, right?

[I, on the other hand, have already cleaned the whole kitchen...to my standards. I am 100% sure Leigh will walk in and tell me everything that's wrong with it, but my ability to care is, you know. Limited.]


[community profile] purimgifts is live! I got a nice little mytharc-y XF fic yesterday, all about Teena & the extended Spender/Mulder family dramaz. Today's fic hasn't gone live for me yet, so I'm just gonna keep refreshing my gifts page...
amalnahurriyeh: Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes, reading and looking surprised. (sherlock reading)
( Feb. 23rd, 2013 12:28 am)
I am worried my home is about to be home to a ship war.

My wife is so desperate for fic that she's reading John/Lestrade.

She keeps reading me bits.

Having showed her this post: "Not on purpose! It's coming up by accident!" So she says.

[Disclaimer: obviously I think shipwars are ridiculous and people can ship what they want and I kind of view the extent to which I OTP in my fandoms and hyperventilate about the ~~mere possibility~~ of alternate pairings to be a moral deficiency. But still. Traitor.]


Under Isk's direction this afternoon, he, Leigh, and I put on a play. I was the bad guy, Leigh was the princess, and he was "the pretty detective."

...I deny all responsibility for that.
Is there a smart way to search and see if someone has already made a vid to a song that makes you think of a fandom? Because this happens to me, reasonably frequently, and I think, "Someone else has to have had this thought before, someone who, unlike me, actually knows how to vid or feels a stronger compulsion to do it, in any case." But I don't know how to go look for said vid, that someone else must have already made, because duh.

This post brought to you by Autoclave, by the Mountain Goats:

Because if anyone is going to describe his/her heart as a piece of scientific equipment designed to destroy things, I mean really.
amalnahurriyeh: A red-haired Olivia Dunham, smiling. (boliva grin)
( Feb. 10th, 2013 11:55 am)
Who rec'd The Note-Taker, and where? Because I've gotten two comments and I think four or five kudos in the past two-three days, when the story's been up for a month and half.
Title: Going Where We've Never Been
Author: Amal Nahurriyeh ([personal profile] amalnahurriyeh/[livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh)
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Genre: Gen
Characters: Mrs. Hudson, John Watson
Rating: T
Warnings: (skip) This story contains a terminally ill character discussing her end of life plans with a loved one. There is not going to be any heroic rescue; she is actually going to die. Prepare your feels.

Angst Level: high; check out the spoiler-barred warnings above if you are sensitive to stuff, or possibly have some tissues handy.
Timeline: About 3 years post-TRF. Sherlock is still "dead."

Summary: Amelia Hudson prepares.

Also available at the AO3.

Author's Notes:

Well, what I thought was a one-shot (Cheerful Songs for the Broken-Hearted) has spawned a series. Oops. You might want to go check out the series page on the Archive for the general timeline. However, this can be read as a standalone.

Title from Your Bones by Of Monsters and Men. Thanks to [archiveofourown.org profile] leigh_nahurriyeh for encouragement and [livejournal.com profile] cityesm for beta/britpick.

Amelia's hospital room had quite a good view, she thought. )
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Scully from the episode Pusher. (scully pusher)
( Feb. 2nd, 2013 09:57 pm)
Would you tag a story where a character has a terminal illness, has stopped treatment, and is discussing their mortality and end-of-life decisions with a friend or family member with "major character death" if they don't actually die in the course of the story? I can see arguments on both sides; on the one hand, nobody dies. Everybody alive when the story starts is alive when the story ends. On the other hand, there's no ambivalence here: the character is going to die, and everybody is fully aware of it, so it's not, precisely, a story with no character death in it--the character death is simply in the story's future.

(I know that 'terminal illness' is a canonical AO3 tag, so there's that, if nothing else.)
amalnahurriyeh: Olivia Pope, in a suit, looking poised and superior. (scandal superior)
( Feb. 1st, 2013 03:21 pm)
Dear Purim Treat-a-thon Writer,

Hooray! I am super excited to be doing this exchange! I can't wait to see *whatever* you're going to make for me.

General Things. )

Fandom Notes )

In conclusion, I am really looking forward to whatever you want to make me! You can ask me questions if you want! Thank you in advance!

amalnahurriyeh: A red-haired Olivia Dunham, smiling. (boliva grin)
( Jan. 20th, 2013 12:51 am)
Just finished the last four episodes of Fringe. (Er, 3? Was last night's a double episode? I watch on Hulu, so I know less about this than I normally would.)

It's 1AM, so no analysis yet, but:

technically spoilers, but nothing substantive )

Hopefully more when I have a smidge of brainpower.
If I were to start a DW community* specifically for feminist** fans of BBC Sherlock:

1) Would you join?
2) Would you participate in, say, weekly discussion posts?
3) Would you be willing to occasionally lead discussion posts?
4) Do you think sherlocked_feminists is a decent name? (I tried to pick one that made clear that the central fannish object is the BBC iteration, not the others--the comm as I envision it wouldn't be hostile to fans of the broader canon, but would specifically be intended for BBC!verse fans.)
5) And should I actually title it Angry Feminists Having Accidental Feels About BBC Sherlock? (to solve the Whose Face Are We Having Feels About Today problem.)

* keep in mind that the experience of [community profile] philedom suggests I am not the world's best community mod, though my intentions are always good.

** with all the caveats that it's not a term everyone identifies with, and that the comm rules would make it clear that it's a broad category, and also that the relevant feminism would be intersectional (e.g., anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic, anti-classist, etc).
amalnahurriyeh: Sherlock: Molly Hooper, being awesome in a Christmas jumper.. (molly)
( Jan. 16th, 2013 04:39 pm)
Because I am an attention whore, I just posted a link to my fic on tumblr in the #bbc sherlock tag.

Pray for my soul.
Title: Ravish Me
Author: Amal Nahurriyeh ([personal profile] amalnahurriyeh/[livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh)
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Summary: Sherlock is experimenting with patterns of wear on lipstick in daily encounters. John is going to go insane.
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: NC-17 (enough UST to explode a building; also some sex)
Warnings: None.
Timeline/Spoilers: Through 2.01
Disclaimer: Intellectual property is a capitalist fiction designed to oppress the working fic-writer. That said, I don't own them either.

A/N: Written from a prompt by [livejournal.com profile] amyhit, who wanted a fic about John having to cope with Sherlock wearing lipstick. I don't know precisely how I ended up writing ten thousand words for this prompt, but I do know that I enjoyed the process. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cityesm for the beta, Britpick, consultation about varieties of coffee cup lids, and making fun of me on tumblr by tagging this gif set with my name. Thanks also to my flist in general for being very helpful in telling me things about where makeup comes from in the UK, and my wife, [archiveofourown.org profile] leigh_nahurriyeh, for helping me choose the perfect prop for the last scene.

Oh, and, uh, people who are regular readers of my fic? This is, um, the tiniest bit dirtier than I usually write. Just, er, be forewarned.

Also available on the AO3.

I don't know why you insist on asking for confirmation of your senses. )
In the course of mediating an ethically sticky and potentially explosive conflict about a project I'm working on, I ended up explaining what clearness is, because what I really wanted was for all of us to be clear before we move forward. (Faith and Practice of the New York Yearly Meeting, which is my yearly meeting, defines it as such: "A condition in which there are no perceived obstacles to a proposed course of action by an individual or meeting," but it is also a process used to help individuals or groups who are struggling with difficult issues to prayerfully find a way to work through their issues.)

Now I'm curious. Have any of you ever found yourself reaching for a term or framework or concept that's central to an ethical or religious system of yours, that you suddenly realize isn't one that's going to be collectively understood? Which ones?
Isk: Do you know what my favorite tv show is?
Amal: No, what is it?
Isk: Guess! It starts with an F!
Amal: I can't think of anything. What?
Isk: Phonics Farm!
Amal: *keeps a straight face*


amalnahurriyeh: XF: Plastic Flamingo from Acadia, with text "bring it on." (Default)
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