amalnahurriyeh: XF: Mulder, looking down and laughing (mulder laugh)
( Dec. 8th, 2012 03:00 pm)
Since I added/was added by a bunch of new people on [personal profile] kouredios's friending meme, I feel like I have a duty to post things. Here goes.


Isk invented a new food the other day. He explained, very carefully, that he wanted a bread quesadilla. You know, a quesadilla, but with bread instead of a tortilla.

I paused. "You mean a grilled cheese sandwich?"

"No," he said, in that tone of voice that children use when correcting stupid adults. "A. Bread. Quesadilla."

"Oh. OK." And I made him one.

Points for decolonizing the grilled cheese?


We are behind on getting reading for the December holidays. Today is the first night of Hanukkah, and we're going over a friend's house to do candlelighting and latkes with her and her daughter. I feel a little bad about it--I wanted to do Hanukkah with another family who celebrates it, because I wanted to show Isk that there are actual Jews in the world who celebrate it. (Long story short: Leigh's dad was raised Jewish by very Jewish family, but decided the path to success involved passing as a WASP from his teens on; Leigh was raised Quaker, not really aware of her Jewish roots, and I converted to Quakerism as a teenager after leaving the Catholic Church; we decided as parents to bring back some basic identity with Judaism as culture/tradition/spiritual practice in our family, while remaining Quakers.) But I kind of feel like I was all "hi Jewish friend! be Jewish for us!" I think it's fine, I just feel weird if I got tokenistic there by accident.

Isk and I made cookies to bring for dessert, because clearly the thing to do in this case is to bring Christmas cookies to Hanukkah dinner. (Mint chocolate chip cookies, made from this recipe. BTW, this is my favorite GF baking blog at the moment. I've also made one of her pies, and it was a hit. And the cookies are excellent.)

Tomorrow we'll probably go get our tree from the tree farm. Because we live in the country, and so can do that. We didn't buy an advent calendar this year, so probably I'll hold off on doing Advent/Jesus-y stuff until after Hanukkah is over. One holiday at a time, you know.

Also I should take down the Halloween decorations.


Odd thought: am I unusual in Sherlock fandom for *not* being a fan of the broader Sherlock Holmes canon? I mean, it's not like I'm opposed to it. I'm a highly educated and bookish Anglophone person, so I'm familiar with the ACD stories, though I haven't read many of them; we watched a lot of PBS when I was a kid, so I watched the Granada series on Mystery because it was there, and I remember liking it; I saw the first of the Ritchie movies because it looked fun, and I enjoyed it. But I'm not fannish about any of those. And then I did the whole fannish-imprinting thing I do on the BBC version, such that it has eaten my brain, and now not only can I not watch Elementary because of feelings (which sucks, because it seems like it is fun, esp. for a procedurals junkie like me), I don't want to consume any of the other iterations. Like, I am happy when I read fic that consciously draws from ACD canon, because I am into meta, but I don't feel any desire to write it, or to go read the ACD stories for inspiration. I'm glad all the rest of it is there, but I don't have feels for it. But it seems like the majority of the DW/LJ based fans I interact with seem to be fannish about the broader canon.

Maybe this is because I hang out with other bookish, highly-educated Anglophone folks? IDK.
Isk came up to me in the dining room while I was sending a work email. "Mommy," he said, "On the new Ben Folds album there is a song with the name of the man that you and Mama like reading stories about."

I blinked. "There's a song with Sherlock Holmes in it?"


I hugged him. "Thank you for telling me, honey."

In the car later that afternoon, he said, "This one is it! He said Sherlock. He didn't say the Holmes part."

For the record, I can detect no mention of Sherlock Holmes in this song, and no conjunction of syllabus which sounds like "Sherlock," but I still trust my baby.

Also, this video is hilarious.


So, basically, I'm letting my preschooler give me a fic prompt...
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Plastic Flamingo from Acadia, with text "bring it on." (Default)
( Oct. 22nd, 2012 10:46 am)
Is anybody else reading Malta Bright by pennypaperbrain? It's a wip, and I'm writing this before I read today's chapter, because I want a spot-check on how obvious something I'm seeing is.

spoilers, talk of mental illness issues )

Anyway, if extremely hot kinky porn is your thing, it's worth reading, as is everything else by pennypaperbrain. WIP, though.
Title: Mad Geniuses and Really Smart Sane People
Author: [personal profile] amalnahurriyeh/[ profile] amalnahurriyeh
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing: Sherlock/John, intimations of Casey/Monica
Rating: Teen/PG-13 (language, implied sex)
Warnings: None
Angst Level: fluffy as hell
Timeline: Sherlock: Post-Reichenbach. Caseyverse: mostly before the action of Machines of Freedom.

Summary: John and Sherlock spend some time in Stark, Montana, saving the world from aliens. It's mostly not boring.

Author's Note:

Yeah, so, this is a bunch of Sherlock-and-John-go-to-Stark fluff. It's as random as you think it is. Enjoy my crack problem. Thanks to [ profile] maybe_amanda for the beta/cheerleading. You can also read it here on the AO3.

'Oh, weapons, really? ┬áTedious.' )
Title: Cheerful Songs for the Broken-Hearted
Author: Amal Nahurriyeh ([personal profile] amalnahurriyeh/[ profile] amalnahurriyeh)
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing: Sherlock/John UST
Rating: R (Drugs, violence, depression)
Warnings: Some suicidal ideation and mental illness, canon-typical implied violence to bad guys
Angst Level: turn that fucker up to eleven
Timeline: post-Reichenbach

Author's Notes: thanks to [ profile] memories_child for a speedy beta and help with some of the technical stuff.

This is what happens when you don't have enough songs for a fan mix or enough plot for a whole fic. So you get both: five songs, five flash-fics (not drabbles, they're too long), arranged chronologically and alternating POV. I'm embedding a YouTube video of each song in the fic, so you can listen to them as you read, if you want. The title of each section is a song lyric as well.

angst ahoy )
So, it seems that everybody on my flist is super into Elementary. I am excited for all of you! It really seems like the leaked pilot is hitting everybody's buttons and is well-done to boot. This is awesome! I am happy!

I have no idea if I'm going to be able to watch it.

pretty much all that is under here is navelgazing, and is horribly self-involved and whiny. Here Lies Amal Overanalyzing Her Feelings About Competition Between Shows. )

I guess what I'm saying is this: I am excited that Elementary appears to be awesome from the pilot. If I'm not watching it, it's not because I don't support its existence and wish it well. And if I don't comment on your reaction posts and thoughts about it, it's not that I don't care. And if I keep talking about Sherlock, it doesn't mean I've picked my side.
Shortly after the events of The Reichenbach Fall, Sherlock shows Stark, Montana.

Plot points include:

1) the kidnapping of John by Stark members because Sherlock can't fight aliens without his blogger.
2) "You know that minor British government official you've been tracking, Mulder? His baby brother just showed up." "His brother is dead." "Your pregnant girlfriend cried on my shoulder at your funeral." "Point taken." (You can pick who the interlocutor is in this conversation.)
3) A ninja-off between Casey and Sherlock, just because I can.
I fell into the Texts from Baker Street tumblr. Here are some selected pleasures, separated by categories.

General Awesomeness (includes gen stuff)

Gay Jokes And/Or John/Sherlock Jokes

Irene And Molly Are Awesome (there were more of these, but I didn't save them all)

Reichenbach spoilers (but, seriously, this is like calling the relationship between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader a spoiler) [this one is sad]
Cracky: Bound in Gold. ARRANGED MARRIAGE AU that is set in 21st century Britain. It is awesome. I want the suit Sherlock wears to the wedding. (Not the mask, though, that sounds creepy.)

Not-Cracky: The Paradox Series. I like my Sherlock Holmes as much a space alien as possible. This Sherlock Holmes thinks as differently from neurotypical human beings as I've ever seen him portrayed, and is trying desperately to figure out how to be in a relationship and care about someone who doesn't think like him. It is amazing, and heartbreaking, and has a happy ending though it's also got plenty of angst. Does a beautiful job with both John and Sherlock's voices.
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Mulder looking intrigued, with the text "Hello, internet porn." (porn)
( Jun. 17th, 2012 06:23 pm)
Um, OK, so I have read this fic twice today already?  And it's 55K words, so that's saying something.  It's called <a href=>Indecorous</a>, and it's the brilliant story of Sherlock, John, and Tai (whose name happens to be Mary Morstan) forming a most odd polyamorous triad.  It has many things I like, such as complicated people who love each other figuring out how to do so, sex as a means of revealing character and furthering plot, a lot of cuddling, friendship as a component of a romantic relationship, Sherlock working through his issues in a totally batshit way.  Oh, and blistering-hot kinky sex.  It's just a charming story, and romantic in a terribly unconventional way, and I adore it.  
 "Would you please just stop it" is the best thing ever said to a tombstone in literary history.

Brb, having feelings.



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