if I knew myself, I'd run away.
- Shipping is the act of enjoying the idea of two characters being in a romantic relationship with each other.
- The vast majority of the time, you can’t be wrong about shipping. Because shipping is enjoying the idea of two characters being in a romantic relationship with each other, and the vast majority of people know whether they enjoy a ship. So no one’s wrong to ship a ship.*
- Shipping is not the same as predicting things. Shipping is, as I say, the act of enjoying the idea of two characters being in a romantic relationship with each other. You can say YOU ARE AN IDIOT FOR LIKING SOMETHING I DON’T LIKE, AND YOU ARE VERY WRONG TO DO SO, but that kind of make you a jerk and unpleasant to be around.**
- Some people enjoy making predictions. That is fair and reasonable fannish work.
- Fans who enjoy making predictions are welcome to make them, publish them, and convince other people with them.
- You might agree with the predictions of other fans.
- You might disagree with the predictions of other fans.
- If you feel moved to define your fannish presence as anti-whatever-it-is-someone-else-really-loves-or-believes, you should probably ask yourself why. Do you not love anything enough to be defined by that instead?***
- Love is better than hate, on the whole.
- You can be thoughtful, interesting, and challenging without being mean and disrespectful to other fans.
- You don’t need to live in a tumblr tag and police everything that happens there. You can find the people who post the kinds of things you enjoy and follow them. Then you can create the dashboard of your dreams. It’s pretty great. Seriously.
* I say the vast majority of the time, because there is probably someone out there who is, as we speak, trying really hard to ship something that they don’t yet realize that they don’t ship, and must be, at this very moment, very confused about why shipping what they ship doesn’t bring them the pleasure shipping that ship brings other people. Self-knowledge is complicated sometimes.
** I was being kind. It doesn’t kind of make you a jerk and unpleasant to be around. It makes you a jerk and unpleasant to be around. Try not to be a jerk. Everyone’s unpleasant to be around from time to time, don’t beat yourself up.
*** Just asking.
In a Reddit AMA about his new book, novelist David Mitchell reflects on the role of daily routine and work ethic in writing, echoing Isabel Allende’s memorable words: “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
Anthony Trollope put it in even more unambiguous terms a century and a half earlier in his advice on how to be a successful writer:
My belief of book writing is much the same as my belief as to shoemaking. The man who will work the hardest at it, and will work with the most honest purpose, will work the best.
i have *extensive* Holmes Family Does the West End headcanons, you’re making my mouth water
I feel like I would enjoy to hear about these headcanons. Do tell.[lies down on therapist’s couch] Well, it all started when I realized my very favorite musical, Me and My Girl had a popular West End revival in 1985 (that ran for several years) with a new libretto written by Stephen Fry. (Tim Curry starred, Emma Thompson starred, it was great google: Lambeth Walk and tell me baby Sherlock didn’t steal some spoons to do the spoon jive secretly)Actually before that even- before season 3 ever happened, I had this notion that My Fair Lady was Mummy’s favorite musical, and when Sherlock admitted to knowing it by heart, a surprised John admits that he always had a bit of a crush on Freddie Eynsford-Hill and Sherlock is like “Well, you do have a type.”It’s really important to me that Mycroft is very stuffy about the whole matter, and really only cares for operetta (and is OF COURSE secretly a wonderful patter) and has been known to sing Gilbert & Sullivan in the bathub (Particularly may I point you towards “When I was a lad” from HMS Pinafore; ‘I thought so little they rewarded me, by making me the ruler of the Queens Navy’ )Dad is happy to go along with whatever, but harbours a quiet disdain for Andrew Lloyd Webber. He’s not getting over Cats anytime soon (Don’t even get him started on Love Never Dies). I also have this feeling Dad is actually William Holmes, and accordingly, Mummy quite loves the song “Bill” from Showboat (‘I can’t explain, it’s surely not his brain that makes me thrill’) and when Sherlock was little….. just…. Just go google “My Boy Bill” from Carousel and try not to weep.Sherlock is reliably fond of Sondheim, enjoying literate librettos like Sunday in The Park With George and Company. He has seen Sweeney Todd fourteen times. He has tickets to take Mummy to A Little Night Music, and will do his best to remain stoic through “Send in The Clowns”. He hates the “Park and Bark” musicals of the golden age, though he’ll make an exception for the occasional dance musical (surprise surprise) like Kiss me Kate or anything Gene Kelly ever made a film of (mmm Gene Kelly).
I will admit the only musicals I know are: Cinderella (kinda), Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and Singin’ in the Rain. I’m not really a musicals kind of gal.
But I’m totally adding something about Singin’ in the Rain to this now.
(I’m going to write the Sweeney Todd thing next.)