Hounds of Love (Forever Unfinished)

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:44 am
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/merkintosh/pseuds/merkintosh">merkintosh</a>

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I'm a total sucker for arranged marriage and I had this idea for a story set in an alternate universe that was sort of Middle Ages meets Sci-Fi/Fantasy fight against darkness meets post-apocalyptic society trying to survive after a disease threatened the population meets Glee. So Blaine is like the bratty younger son of a rich family who has to marry the younger sweet Kurt from a small fertile country and there was going to be awkward babies in love growing up into men and political intrigue and family power plays and jealousy and fights and interior decorating and swordfights and yeah. I got ahead of myself honestly. I only ever managed to write the beginning and a few scenes past that.

Words: 2638, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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This week’s Word Watch definitely had us raising our, um, monobrows: Monobrow ‘I used to get called monobrow at school that BROW IS ON COVER OF VOGUE’, tweeted New Zealand singer Lorde after she was featured on the latest issue of Vogue magazine. it’s literally fucked that i could be on the cover of vogue […]

BBC Sherlock Dress-up Dolls

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Trishkafibble/pseuds/Trishkafibble">Trishkafibble</a>

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An ongoing collection of BBC Sherlock digital dolls that I've made using various online, Flash-based dress-up doll games. Each chapter will feature a different character or grouping of characters.

Due to the constraints inherent in this game-based medium, the characters are generally presented in AU form, of one kind or another. Most notably, female-doll games vastly outweigh their male counterparts, both in numbers and quality. So, here be historical figures, super- and preternatural beings, creatures of myth and reality and pop-culture...but very, very few men. C'est la vie!

Words: 136, Chapters: 2/?, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of Trishkafibble's Dress-up Dolls

Rough Waters

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:45 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/TheCaitalloWrites/pseuds/TheCaitalloWrites">TheCaitalloWrites</a>

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When one of the guys is injured and becomes sick, they are forced to face the terrifying reality of mortality and loss.

Words: 1554, Chapters: 1/6, Language: English

Series: Part 6 of The End of the World as We Know It

The Honeymoon

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:40 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Monicola/pseuds/Monicola">Monicola</a>

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Mycroft gifts a honeymoon to the boys that Anthea planned. A tale in North America, featuring cities/areas in Canada and the US.

Words: 413, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 'Perfectness'

Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:29 am
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Perfectness

All perfect things are saddening in effect.
The autumn wood robed in its scarlet clothes,
The matchless tinting on the royal rose
Whose velvet leaf by no least flaw is flecked,
Love's supreme moment, when the soul unchecked
Soars high as heaven, and its best rapture knows—
These hold a deeper pathos than our woes,
Since they leave nothing better to expect.
Resistless change, when powerless to improve,
Can only mar. The gold will pale to gray;
Nothing remains tomorrow as to-day;
The rose will not seem quite so fair, and love
Must find its measures of delight made less.
Ah, how imperfect is all Perfectness!

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Amanda won't appreciate it!

Sep. 21st, 2017 07:19 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Travelling_Sclerosis/pseuds/Travelling_Sclerosis">Travelling_Sclerosis</a>

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I was used to accompanying Sherlock wherever he went, this was just the way we were, and the reason... I didn't give it much thought back then. Until one day.

Words: 1159, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

How Watson learned the trick

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:09 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/NovaNara/pseuds/NovaNara">NovaNara</a>

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Sherlock almost despairs of getting Jane Watson to understand how she's loved. But where there's a will, there's a way.

Words: 2174, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 16 of Sherlock challenges - Tumblr

Not a Warlock

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:27 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/fhartz91/pseuds/fhartz91">fhartz91</a>

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Kurt and Blaine's son Tracy has a unique request for what he wants to be for Halloween, which Kurt is more than happy to help him with, but it ends up coming with some unexpected stress ... and an equally unexpected revelation on Kurt's part.

Words: 2450, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 16 of Daddies Klaine

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Join us on Governors Island to Celebrate Some of This Year’s Fellows and Hear Them Read Their Work

 

This past August, Lambda Literary hosted their annual Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices in Los Angeles, California (August 6-11). The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult fiction and playwriting. 

The Retreat is an exceptional opportunity to be mentored by the very best writers in our community, to develop one’s craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals and build a strong community of peers.

Join us at the Empire State Center for the Book House, 4B Nolan Park on Governors Island, NY to celebrate some of this year’s Fellows and hear them read their work.

Readings will take place on Sunday, September 24 from 1-4:30 pm.

List of readers:
Romana Soutus
Ricky Tucker
Theodore Kerr
Whitney Porter
Lourdes Dolores Follins
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Rajat Singh
Joanna Eng
Omotara James
Michael Shayan
Annette Covrigaru
Quentin Grief
Nahshon Dion Anderson
Frederick Mckindra
Annette Covrigaru

The post Lambda Literary Day on Governors Island: Sunday, September 24 appeared first on Lambda Literary.

Свет в окне

Sep. 21st, 2017 03:47 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/MiledyV/pseuds/MiledyV">MiledyV</a>

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Шерлок Холмс не ощутил ничего сверхъестественного после того, как Джон Ватсон, его лучший друг, фактически самоустранился из его жизни благодаря женитьбе. Детектив консультирует Скотланд-Ярд и сотрудничает с Майкрофтом, чувствуя себя вполне счастливым. Но внезапно на улицах Лондона появляется маньяк, и обретённая с таким трудом гармония рушится, принося с собой множество проблем.

Words: 57183, Chapters: 22/22, Language: Русский

Compromising situations

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:43 pm
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A fic that I found on my computer from about a year ago! Some of the writing is quite bad... Hopefully I've improved since then!!

Mycroft and Greg, falling in love, Greg's family in the picture. Mycroft has a secret.

Words: 1315, Chapters: 2/?, Language: English

I shouldn't have let you go

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:39 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Bowiegirl99/pseuds/Bowiegirl99">Bowiegirl99</a>

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John goes off to war, despite Sherlock's hesitance. He knows John just wants to be a good countryman, but that doesn't mean he has to like it.
When he gets word that John's outfit has been attacked, and no one can find information about the most important person in Sherlock's life, Sherlock.....well......
Let's just say he doesn't handle it well

Words: 1815, Chapters: 1/6, Language: English

Hang Fire

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:54 pm
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“John braces himself for more cutting comments when he finally joins Scotty side by side on the water, mentally preparing for a day of irritation and wasted time that will inevitably lead to them never agreeing to do this ever again. Instead Scotty angles his board so that he’s right next to John, shins gently butting against each other underneath the ocean surface, and he points out to the distant horizon, and in a smooth, velvet voice, he tells John everything he knows about the waves off Oahu.”

 

 

-Gimme Shelter, Chapter 7 "Under my Thumb"

A small thanks to you, SWDYCMJ, for many hours of enjoyment and excitement.

Words: 0, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

‘Bend’ by Nancy J. Hedin

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:37 pm
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Posted by Rachel Wexelbaum

Coming out stories remain a popular genre among the LGBTQ community. We have strong memories about our individual experiences, complete with family and community conflict arising from our emerging queerness. Not only that, but the coming out experience of folks from conservative religious rural communities seems to transcend generational differences. These reasons, along with what I will share in this review, will make the new lesbian novel Bend a classic.

Author Nancy Hedin wrote Bend as a semi-autobiographical novel. The small town of Bend is based on her hometown of Swanville, Minnesota. For those unfamiliar with Swanville, it is a farming town of 350 people, almost 50 miles away from St. Cloud, the largest population center in central Minnesota. Imagine growing up in that environment with no cable television, no Internet access, and no cell phone or smart phone. Such was life for Hedin, as well as Lorraine, the heroine and narrator of her novel. Tomboy Lorraine loves animals and girls—both of which pose lots of problems for her. She has no idea why her parents will not allow her to work full time with “Twitch,” the town vet, and she also has no idea why she kissed Pastor Grind’s daughter Jolene. The story begins on a summer day, with Lorraine in fear for her future as her prim, proper twin sister Becky warns her that Pastor Grind is on his way over to talk to their parents. “It has to be about you, Lorraine,” Becky taunts her. To make matters worse, both sisters are competing for the prestigious McGruber scholarship, based on academic excellence and the upholding of high moral standards. Pastor Grind’s visit is the first of many “wake up moments” for Lorraine over the course of this story. As she comes to terms with her lesbian identity and her family learns to accept it, Lorraine uncovers multiple family secrets. In the process, her love for her family grows, and she questions whether she should stay in Bend or go off to college in far-off urban St. Paul.

In this small world of Bend, unconnected to the outside world, Lorraine thinks she is the only lesbian in town until she encounters a strange young woman in the library. I will say nothing more about the romantic relationship that develops between the two young women over the course of the novel, where Hedin includes some of the best written scenes of lesbian erotic intimacy that I have ever read—it is an art to write arousing sex scenes that are still appropriate for a novel that could be shelved in the young adult section—but I will give a shout out to libraries right here. It is the library in this small town, and the librarian, who provide an initial safe space for Lorraine to consider her future after high school, to apply for college, and to meet another lesbian close to her age with whom she could talk about her experience. For so many LGBT youth to this day, it is the public library that provides those initial support resources. Lorraine, being a reader and an active student, knows the library well. Lorraine’s father also sends her to the library quite often, as he leaves her notes about different animals which she must research in order to help her navigate the multiple challenges that she faces as the family deals with prim, proper Becky’s spiral of problems, as Lorraine struggles with maintaining her relationship with Chastity, and as bigger family secrets rear their ugly head. Hedin ends the novel on a bittersweet note, but the lesbian storyline ends in sweetness.

Unlike many LGBTQ writers who leave their small towns for new horizons, Hedin loves the land on which she was born and raised. She has passed on this love of small town Minnesota to Lorraine, whose love for the country is combined with the strong love she has for her family. Readers will empathize with Lorraine’s family and neighbors, and may even question their biases toward people from religious conservative communities. Fortunately for Lorraine, no one kicked her out, threatened to deprogram her, or completely shun her from the community, which remains the reality for a significant percentage of LGBTQ youth. Hedin herself only came out at age 25, after her time in Bible college. During a reading of her book in St. Cloud, Hedin confessed that her time in Bible college would have killed her if not for her strong belief at the time that God loved her and had a plan for her, which she confirmed through daily reading of a Bible passage which stated such. Today, Hedin affirms that she has lived a good, full life. She has been married to her partner for nearly 30 years, had children, and has had multiple jobs before becoming a full time mental health counselor and writer. Read Bend carefully, for it provides a formula for what a queer kid needs to build resilience and adapt to new experiences and environments.

 

Bend
By Nancy J. Hedin
Riptide Publishing
Paperback, 9781626495517, 242 pp.
May 2017

The post ‘Bend’ by Nancy J. Hedin appeared first on Lambda Literary.

Here comes the Groom???

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:56 pm
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Will Kurt walk down the aisle and make Blaine his husband after waking up somewhere unexpected on their wedding day?

Words: 2748, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

For the Discriminating Alpha

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:39 am
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When Sherlock agrees to take on the owner of a porn site featuring male Omegas as a client, it only makes sense he click through the website for research. Sherlock was absolutely not expecting to find one of the porn stars so utterly riveting. Relationships, heats, bonding, meh - it's just not his area.

Words: 12250, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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I came across some wonderful sketchbook images, plus an interview with Anne Davies, the artist who created them, at the website of Sue Bulmer, a UK artist.

How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook?

I love it, maybe that’s why I have so many on the go at once! I’m not one of those people who has fear of a blank sheet of paper, I love a fresh start.

When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages and how would you describe your creative process?

My main inspiration comes from the landscape. I’m also fascinated by colour. Working in a sketchbook is very liberating because no-one else is necessarily going to see it so for me it is a place where I can work very freely and experiment with colour and shape. A lot of my work is about memories of landscape rather than about re-creating a particular view and so the landscapes in my sketchbooks are often created out of my imagination. In some ways my painting sketchbooks are a place to ‘limber up’ before I start on my other work. I don’t recreate work from my sketchbook into a finished painting but some of the colour or composition ideas will find their way in along the way. When I’m drawing I will sometimes draw from life. Even then the drawing is filtered through my own way of seeing and won’t be a technically accurate depiction of the scene in front of me. I’m more interested in the way a place feels and the memory it evokes than trying to produce a photographic representation of it. I see the landscape in terms of line, shape and colour and the stories behind the buildings held in it.

 

Read more at: sue bulmer – artist: Sketchbook Peeks – Anne Davies

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