(I know, I never write, I never call. I'm blaming it on a longass semester and the gradual death of my personal laptop, which means all my logged-in-as-Amal internet takes place on my phone. But anyway, I am writing a thing.)

Truth May Vary (2703 words) by amalnahurriyeh
Chapters: 1/12
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mary Morstan, Mycroft Holmes, Original Characters, Cameos from the majority of the recurring characters
Additional Tags: Post-Reichenbach, Not Season/Series 03 Compliant, Racebending, Mental Illness, Kid Fic, Divorce, Emotional Infidelity, (actually emotional polyfidelity but people are dumb)
Series: Part 7 of Truth May Vary (Post-Reichenbach series)

Seven years after Sherlock's death, John's life is normal.

And then it isn't.

Posting plan is every 2-3 days. I've got the first 4 chapters written, and the rest solidly outlined; my weekend plan is called chapters 5-7, which is totally plausible, given that last weekend was called chapters 2-4...
amalnahurriyeh: Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes, "thinking." (sherlock couch)
( Jul. 6th, 2013 01:12 am)
2600 words tonight. The first chapter of Truth May Vary. \0/

Now, the rough draft deadline for [community profile] queer_bigbang is August 1. Can I write ten thousand words between now and then? Absolutely. Can I write the entirety of this story? Ha ha ha the odds are not in my favor, not if I want to accomplish anything else, like, you know, my job. Plus, the posting deadline is in the first month of the school year. Yeah, let's not write a novel-length for for the first month of my new job, that's a bad idea.

I'm wondering if maybe I should dig around and see if I've got another 10K story that's about queer stuff in me that I could knock out. I mean, I know 10K sounds like a lot, but Ravish Me is 10K, you know?

Like, could I stretch the Sherlock/John story that totally steals its plot from the Fountains of Wayne song The Girl I Can't Forget to 10K? (key tag: ffs sherlock that is not what grindr is for)
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Plastic Flamingo from Acadia, with text "bring it on." (Default)
( May. 6th, 2013 09:59 pm)
Just a Kiss (19695 words) by emmagrant01
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes
Additional Tags: Five Times, Case Fic

Five times John and Sherlock kissed because of a case and one time they kissed for real.

Hey amyhit, this is the kissing for a case fic. Because I'm on my phone and lazy.
Again, too lazy to do a proper repost, so have the link to the AO3 version:

Doubt Looms Over The Mind (2124 words) by amalnahurriyeh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Suicidal Thoughts, Doctor Who References, Sherlock Is A Bit Not Good, Murder, Paranoia
Series: Part 6 of Truth May Vary (Post-Reichenbach series)

He does not see things. But sometimes he remembers.

Getting close to the part where I actually have to start writing the long version...
I am too lazy to repost this today. So, here, go find it on the AO3:

These Things They Go Away (738 words) by amalnahurriyeh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Characters: John Watson, Mary Morstan, OMC
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, parenting, Not series 3 compliant
Series: Part 5 of Truth May Vary (Post-Reichenbach series)

Here was someone who felt he had full right to take over his life, ordered him to do ridiculous things at all hours of the night, expected him to respond immediately when summoned, and couldn't be arsed to say thank you at the end of it half the time.

Title: The Birds All Left
Author: Amal Nahurriyeh ([personal profile] amalnahurriyeh/[livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh)
Summary: Molly says good-bye a little later than everyone else.
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes & Molly Hooper friendship fic
Rating: PG
Warnings: just some sad.
Angst-level: sad but not crushingly
Timeline: Takes place somewhere between five and six years after the events of The Reichenbach Fall, in the Truth May Vary universe.
Disclaimer: Intellectual property is a capitalist fiction designed to oppress the working fic-writer. That said, I don't own them either.

You can also read it on the AO3.

A/N: Written for [twitter.com profile] louisebrealey's birthday. I am kind of ashamed of this fact, but, well. No shame in fandom, and I think we can all agree Loo's a badass. Unbeta'd, because [tumblr.com profile] leighnahurriyeh fell asleep on the couch before I could hand her the computer. Let me know if you see typos, etc.

Returning to type: the title is from Your Bones, by Of Monsters and Men. I included a link in the text to give a visual reference for one of the objects mentioned in the fic.

She kneels down and pulls the weeds, letting the soil fall back to the ground from around their roots. )
As you all know, I have a hell of a weakness for cheesy pop music. Like, I just spent a couple hours doing Serious Academic Writing to Rihanna. Anyway, this also manifests in a desire for vids that use these songs, preferably to highlight the ridiculousness of the superserious canons I love.

Anyway, this is a brief recs list for Sherlock vids that use contemporary pop music to either make a point or mock my beloved show. Notes on each. These are all from YouTube, and not found via any scientific searching method.

You can also take this as a place to tell me about vids you love for the show, or songs you really want to see vidded, or direct me to the Mulder/Scully vid set to Umbrella that I desperately want to exist.

Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Glee Cast: I am not kidding about the cheesy-awesome music here )
[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.
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? )
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. )
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. )
amalnahurriyeh: Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes, reading and looking surprised. (sherlock reading)
( Jan. 1st, 2013 10:22 pm)
Being as it is Yuletide reveal time, here's my story:

Five Times Maia Duvall Was Actually Glad To Have Been On The Away Mission (2743 words) by amalnahurriyeh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Redshirts - John Scalzi
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maia Duvall/Anatoly Kerensky
Characters: Maia Duvall, Andrew Dahl, Hester, Anatoly Kerensky, OFC

Because sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it's beautiful, and sometimes it's not.

It does technically contain spoilers for the book, but if you aren't planning on reading the book it can be read as a stand-alone. I like all of the Redshirts fic on the archive, actually.

And thanks again to [archiveofourown.org profile] BowlerHatGirl for my delicious present.


Today was spent, in part, watching the Mummers Parade, because I'm a Philadelphian and I was in Philadelphia, and that's what you do. In any case, while watching it, I was struck by a crackfic bunny, which I posted on Tumblr: essentially, that Mycroft Holmes's distaste for "legwork" comes from that terrible period of time when he was assigned to infiltrate a wench brigade because members of it were involved in idk terrorism or something. But he is a young and quite junior analyst, and has to go where he is told, even if it involves having to drink frankly unpalatable beer and hang out with individuals who believe that English still has a viable plural second person pronoun. ("Youse" is not something he can bring himself to utter, no matter if it strains his membership in the community.) At some point into this tortuous experience Sherlock (then in university, because timelines) shows up to make fun of him, just in time to see the parade, which ends with Mycroft having to beat up the international criminals while wearing his braids and all. When he gets back to England, Sherlock buys him a nice new umbrella for a belated Christmas gift. Mycroft resents this mightily, but takes to bringing it with him everywhere.


*this plotbunny brought to you by Leigh's Mycroft feels (which rub off after a while)
amalnahurriyeh: Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes, reading and looking surprised. (sherlock reading)
( Dec. 27th, 2012 01:43 pm)
Leigh is in bed, sick with the post-Christmas stomach bug that we've been passing around. (I'm not entirely free of it, myself, but am more conscious than yesterday.) So I'm on Isk duty. I told Isk that I had to do some writing, because I'm not done my [community profile] fringe_exchange story yet (yup, I'm that asshole holding up reveal. Well, probably not the only one). "I have to finish this story, because it's a gift for someone, and they want to get their gift," I explained, hoping that he'd consent to go sit in the den with the TV on and let me write in the dining room.

"I want to write a story for C!" he said. "For her present!" So he sits down across from me and demands paper and crayons, and gets to work.

Two minutes later:

"I am writing a story for C's mom," he says, now. "How do you spell Sherlock?"

"What is Sherlock going to do in your story?"

"Amazing things."

I spell Sherlock. He carefully writes each letter (replacing the ones he can't write with circles and squiggles--hey, he's only four), and then draws a vaguely humanoid figure at the top.

"J-J-J," he says. "J is the first letter in John. This is a story of Sherlock and John." He draws a J. I help him with the rest (that silent H is a bitch, really, when you think about it). He adds another humanoid figure at the bottom of the page.

He gets a new piece of paper. "How do you spell tiger?"
It's Yuletide, everybody! Hooray! I think which story I wrote is painfully obvious if you stumble over it, but I don't know if any of you know the canon, so, maybe you won't discover it.

In any case, I received a fabulous story:

Padded Rooms and Stiletto Heels (1006 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Revenge (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Victoria Grayson, Emily Thorne

It’s a trade she’s more than willing to make.

It's a brilliant bit of backstory for Victoria, and does exactly what I want a Victoria story to do: deal in an upfront and direct way with the immorality of many of her actions, while keeping her human. At her most interesting moments, Victoria recognizes how wrong she is, but consciously chooses to continue on the same path, because she prefers this route to others. This is a story where she stands in the face of her own wrongdoing, looks it in the eye, and then keeps going.

I haven't finished reading in some of the "larger" fandoms (SCANDAL FIIIIIIIIC), but here are my recs so far:

first batch of recs )
I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in a week, because I keep staying up too late like a dumbfuck, but I don't think that's why I burst into tears reading this story tonight. I did it because it's just that good. Seeds by [archiveofourown.org profile] thesardine is the story of Sherlock and a box of Triscuits and the nature of depression, and it makes me cry because it is beautiful and because life is worth living and because sometimes green things poke through the dirt and are alive.

If you haven't read it, go now. If you have read it, feel free to join me weeping in the comments.

ETA: Made the mistake of going back and reading it again. "It felt to him as though all the banks had been robbed in one day, with no witnesses." WEEPING AGAIN.


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