The Badger Who Saved Christmas (kindle ebook)
Sherlock would be the first to admit that love baffled him. The lengths it drove people to were astonishing, and defied logic. Observing it, therefore, in the ordinary mind of John, had been a remarkable amusement, until it was hard to think of him as ordinary much at all. He valued him, and therefore, could not stomach the notion of a threat made against him. To threaten Sherlock himself was a simple thing, he found it hard to seriously acknowledge such a danger.
But to imperil John lit a dangerously illogical fire. One Sherlock could only let burn free.
Sherlock had initially mocked John’s inability to remember the steps. It was such a simple sequence, repeating endlessly. Once it came to practice, however, it seemed as though his own grasp on dancing was theoretical at best.
The two men clasped hands awkwardly, neither one seeming nearly as elegant as they intended. Sherlock’s brow furrowed, more a sign of frustration than concentration. John recognized it immediately.
“It doesn’t have to be perfect,” he reminded the taller man, tugging against his shoulder in order to avoid tripping them both, “Just do what feels right. You’ve got to ignore your mind sometimes.”
Cooking was amongst the worst of the so-called “basic skills.” There was simply no point to it at all, what with the wide availability of pre-packed foods that were easily prepared and consumed without wasting time standing about in the kitchen attempting to extinguish the flames coming from yet another failed roast. John’s wry smile spoke volumes for “We can order takeout, it’s fine,” but he understood the motivation behind Sherlock’s determination, and rested his head on the taller man’s shoulder instead, guiding those graceful hands with his own. They truly were better together, blending like flavors ideally should.
Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration.
CHARACTER, POINT OF VIEW, DIALOGUE
Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills (character traits)
Family Echo (family tree website)
PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE, OUTLINE
SETTING, WORLD BUILDING
TOOLS and SOFTWARE
My Writing Nook (online text editor; free)
Bubbl.us (online mind map application; free)
Freemind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
XMind (mind map application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
Liquid Story Binder (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $45.95; Windows, portable)
Scrivener (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $39.95; Mac)
SuperNotecard (novel organization and writing software; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
yWriter (novel organization and writing software; free; Windows, Linux, portable)
JDarkRoom (minimalist text editor; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable)
AutoRealm (map creation software; free; Windows, Linux with Wine)
Man, I am such a huge fan of using StoryMill to organize my fic writing. The ability to tag, link by characters, match scenes to potential stories, etc. are a huge perk.
Here’s the organization I’ve currently got going on a big, collaborative fic I’m doing with my girlfriend. It means the difference between one file and window and about 7 windows worth of text edit. Love. It.
It’s also handy that you can insert image files, and I can make myself gif walls in the note section to stare at while convincing myself it’s work. :3
centuryofsleep asked: Okay, I've just been reading through your writing, especially your Finn/Kurt. I absolutely agree with you about the melancholy. Your writing is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. <3
;3; OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH.