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Posting Begins Tomorrow for Winter 2017!

Posting for the winter round of holmestice will run from Dec 1 to Dec 15, over at Dreamwidth!

Come join us!
This is just a friendly reminder that Holmestice has migrated to Dreamwidth. If you're still watching/checking in on this community, we're about to start Winter 2017 round over there.


Here is our schedule:
Sign-ups OPEN - September 26th
Sign-ups CLOSE - October 10th
Assignments GO OUT - October 17th
Assignments DUE - November 21st
Posting BEGINS - Dec 1st
Posting ENDS - Dec 14th
REVEALS - Dec 21st

Be sure to check us out on dreamwidth for additional information!

Sign-ups close tomorrow!

Just a reminder: sign-ups close tomorrow, May 1! (As long as it's still Monday somewhere in the world, you're still good to sign up.)

Holmestice is being hosted at Dreamwidth this round; please see the community profile and the sign-up info-post for dates and instructions!

Summer 2017 Sign-ups are open!

Summer 2017 Holmestice sign-ups are open over at Dreamwidth!

Full directions are in the post over there. If you find you have any trouble signing up, please email the mods (holmesticemods at gmail), and we'll see what we can do to solve it.


Summer 2017 Holmestice!

Thanks for all the input from the community! There were a variety of opinions, but it looks like most people are comfortable moving the exchange to Dreamwidth. We'll move there for the summer round, and will let people cross-post to AO3 as they wish (as we've done in the past). Summer 2017 will work identically to our past few rounds, with the exception of being held on DW instead of LJ.

Based on comments, we've rewritten the proposed schedule to allow more time to create your fanworks:

17 April - Sign-ups open
1 May - Sign-ups close
6 May - Assignments sent
3 Jun - Assignments due
10 Jun - Posting begins
20 Jun - Posting ends
27 Jun - Reveals posted

Please note: because our window for posting works is so compressed this round, we will not allow second extensions. If you cannot meet an extension, we will send your prompt to a pinch hitter.

During these next months, we will also test some AO3 features behind-the-scenes, so we have a better idea of how an AO3-based exchange might work by the time we get to the winter round.

Lastly, we're still working out the details of closing down the LJ side of the comm. If you have further comments or concerns about that, please continue adding them to the previous post. (LJ; DW)

Again, thank you all for your comments, and we're looking forward to a great summer round!

(x-posted to DW)

LJ TOS and Planning for the Summer Round

A couple orders of business before we start our summer round!

First, given the new LiveJournal Terms of Service, we are questioning the long-term sustainability of hosting Holmestice at LiveJournal. The new TOS seems to be explicitly anti-smut and implicitly anti-LGBTQ+; furthermore, we have questions about whether the new TOS protects author and artist copyrights of material posted on LJ. Since it seems within possibility that LiveJournal might pull the plug on Holmestice at any time under the new Terms of Service (a la Strikethrough and Boldthrough in 2007), we've taken the liberty of backing up the entire community, entries and comments all, at Dreamwidth.

You can find the mirror at holmestice.dreamwidth.org. Your entries and comments are still under your own control, via an "OpenID" account associated with your LiveJournal username. From the Dreamwidth FAQ:

For as long as you have control of your LiveJournal account, you have full control of your Dreamwidth OpenID account. We know many people are deleting their LJs right now: if you merge your OpenID account into a new or existing Dreamwidth account, then you can continue to control all your posts and comments even after deleting your LJ account. (If you delete before merging, however, your OpenID account will be essentially orphaned.)

Second, there's the question of where/how to host this next round of Holmestice. As we see it, there are three options for this round, with a fourth possibility for future rounds:

  1. Continue on at LiveJournal, no changes.
  2. Officially move to Dreamwidth, then continue there without further changes. People may use DW or LJ (via OpenID) accounts to participate. People currently commenting with Google accounts will need to login via another service.
  3. Hybridized LJ(or DW)/AO3, with all works posted at AO3 (and only at AO3). Sign-ups and matching will continue to be done here, the same as usual. Everyone will need an AO3 account for posting.
  4. Fully AO3, with LJ or DW being used only to answer questions, announce dates, etc. Nominations, tagsets, automated matching, etc., will all happen on AO3. Everyone will need an AO3 account. (Unfortunately, we can't do that for this round, because it requires more lead time than we have.)

We-the-mods are leaning away from the first option and toward the second, but we want your input!

Third, we're so sorry, but we got caught off-guard by the TOS change, and so we're abruptly a week or two behind where we had meant to be this week! (We had meant to be making an announcement that sign-ups will be opening soon, not having a conversation about how/where this round will be happening.)

Consequently, we're proposing making this a flash round, with a somewhat shortened schedule:

25 Apr - Sign-ups open
2 May - Sign-ups close
9 May - All assignments sent out
30 May - Fanworks due
6 Jun - Posting begins
16 Jun - Posting ends

We're thinking of keeping the same 1K and associated minimums -- we've seen how productive you all can be over four weeks! -- but would ask that people keep their requests and prompts a little simpler this go, to make it easier on creators. If you have strenuous objections to this shortened schedule, please let us know!

Lastly, we know that some people are twitchy about logging into LJ right now, so… anonymous commenting is on for LJ, but please identify yourself. Also, we're cross-posting this at both LJ and DW, so please keep an eye on both discussions, and use this as an opportunity to test out how those open IDs work if you've never used Dreamwidth!

(x-posted at Dreamwidth)

Master List - December 2016

Sorted by category and fandom, you'll find below the cuts all the amazing fanworks created by this year's participants, for your perusal and entertainment and finally with the names attached. Now comments can be answered and works reposted all over the web, and pimping shall commence far and wide!

Recipients: while it's in no way a rule and requirement to comment on your gift (and most of you have done so already), it's nevertheless highly encouraged. Someone created something especially for you, and the least you can do is say thank-you, even if you yourself had to drop out.

If you haven't added your fanwork to the AO3 collection, and you want to, you can add it here: Holmestice Exchange - Winter 2016.

And now, without further ado, the Grand Reveal!

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Many thanks to everyone who participated! If you see any mistakes or omissions in the master list, please email the mods and we'll get it fixed up ASAP.

We'll be editing the posts now to put all the author/artist and beta information in there as well, but it's going to take some time. Please have a little patience; we'll get there.
Title: Metriacanthosaurus watsoni
Recipient: k_e_p
Author: colebaltblue
Verse: ACD Canon
Characters/Pairings: Holmes/Watson
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1046
Warnings: None
Summary: Holidaying on the Jurassic Coast goes considerably better than holidays in Jurassic Park if movies are to be believed.
Author's Note: I told my beta I was going to write a dinosaur hunting story. My beta got to the end and called me a "dirty bait and switcher". Which yes, because Watson discovered a Plesiosaur. I was a bit defensive about there "not being a lot of dinosaurs in England!" until just before I sent this for posting when I decided to Do Better Research. Mistakes due to last-minute changes are all mine. Significant liberties taken.

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Treat for rabidsamfan: Re Solution

Title: Re Solution
Recipient: rabidsamfan
Author: capt_facepalm
Verse: The Seven Percent Solution
Characters/Pairings: Dr John Watson, Mrs Martha Freud, others mentioned
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 525
Warnings: Oblique reference to drug use
Summary: Dr Sigmund Freud is not the only Freud who can treat a troubled mind
Author's Note: The author is not very familiar with this verse. Liberties have been taken. #BetaWhatBeta
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Please thank your creators!

It looks like LJ may not be notifying people when entries are posted and their user name is tagged? In the past, LJ usually notifies a user when a post goes up with their user name in it - I don't think that happened unless you were specifically tracking the community for all posts. If you were counting on LJ to notify you when a gift was posted via an automatic email then LJ let you down.

We've noticed that our comment volume has really dropped off and a significant number of gifts haven't been commented on. The mods highly suspect it's for the above reason.

Since ALL gifts have now been posted, please take this time before reveals to thank your creator! Thanking the person who created your gift feels as good as when you get thanked yourself! We all exchange gifts with each other, so please make an effort to drop a thank you in the comments if you can.
Title: Podfic of The Glass Half Full, by Garonne
Recipient: garonne and phoenixfalls
Podfic Reader: sanguinity
Verse: ACD Canon
Characters/Pairings: Holmes/Watson (unresolved), Mary/Watson
Rating: G
Length: 2,524 words, approx 18 minutes
Summary: Nothing but unspoken words and unspent passions, declarations never made and caresses never given.

Holmes and Mary Watson have an after-dinner conversation about Watson.

Podficcer's Notes: Phoenixfalls requested a podfic of their own work or a work they've recommended. After their recommendation reminded me of Garonne's poignant "The Glass Half-Full," I trotted over to Garonne's journal to obtain permissions, only to discover that they, too, had requested podfic! So this is a joint gift for the both of you. I trust you'll share nicely.

Thanks to REDACTED for beta and REDACTED for Brit-listening.

The Glass Half Full


Treat for venusinthenight: Sucker Punch

Title: Sucker Punch
Recipient: venusinthenight
Author: sanguinity
Verse: Elementary
Characters/Pairings: Joan Watson/Gina Cortes
Rating: Explicit
Tags: Boxing, Hatesex, First Time, Missing Scene
Warnings: blood
Summary: Joan figures she can battle Cortes to a respectable draw, and then they can both walk away, tempers spent and faces saved. Joan is wrong.

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That's a wrap!

Thank you so much for another successful round of Holmestice! We have a few extra treats coming up in just a minute. (And if you're itching to make something else, we are happy to take additional treats right through until reveals!)

The mods want to say THANK YOU to all the creators that joined us for this round of Holmestice. You put in a lot of hard work and made some really great fanworks. If you'd like to post to AO3, you may do so at your leisure. If you'd like a link on your LJ entry, just send us an email and we'll add one.

Reveals and the Master List go up on December 21st, but until then read and comment on all the lovely fanworks. Creators, please do NOT respond to comments (except on AO3, which maintains anonymity) or post your fanwork elsewhere on the Internet until reveals go up in the community!

If you'd like to take a guess at who created what in this round, a list of all the participants is below the LJ cut. Go ahead and take a guess. It's all in good fun.

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Go forth and leave love for your fellow Holmestice authors, artists, vidders, and podficcers. See you again on the 21st, when we reveal who made what!
Title: It Happened One Christmas
Recipient: kinkajou
Author: swissmarg
Beta reader: frodosweetstuff
Verse: BBC
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Summary: Sherlock's parents think he and John are a couple. They might be onto something.

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Fic for xfdryad: Acme

Title: Acme
Recipient: xfdryad
Author: rabidsamfan
Verse: ACD Canon
Characters/Pairings: Holmes, Watson
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Summary: Watson and Holmes have a conversation during the events of The Final Problem, and Holmes learns some things about his friend he never knew.

Author’s note: I have included some links to modern pictures of the Gemmi pass, where this story takes place at the end. Beta thanks to donutsweeper.

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Vid for swissmarg: John

Title: John
Recipient: swissmarg
Artist: knowmefirst
Verse: BBC
Characters/Pairings: John/Sherlock,
Rating: G
Warnings: None

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Fic for snarryfool: Chances Are (1/3)

Title: Chances Are
Recipient: snarryfool
Author: opaljade
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Characters/Pairings: John/Sherlock
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: John is a widower

Summary: In the end, it’s all up to Sherlock to take a gamble and make the first move.

Author’s Note: Dear snarryfool, you asked for a ‘caseficcy romance/ romantic casefic’ John/Sherlock story with a happy ending . This is what I came up with. I hope you like it!

A special thank you to billiethepoet for the super quick beta and the helpful suggestions. Your help was much appreciated.

Also on AO3: Chances Are

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Title: Professional Growth
Recipient: dioscureantwins
Author: verdant_fire
Verse: BBC
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock & John
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 1105
Warnings: none
Notes: Thanks to [redacted] for the beta!
Summary: Sherlock's vocations over the years, in five 221b's.

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