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Oct. 23rd, 2017 03:38 pm
[personal profile] msdkblack posting in [community profile] findthatbook
Looking for a chapter book from the 80's for 3rd-4th graders about a little Mexican girl who went to live at a hotel or on a ranch and her mom was the maid it had something to do with las palmas or the desert?
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[personal profile] spacemutineer posting in [community profile] acdholmesfest
Title: The Adventure of the Devil’s Snare
Recipient: [personal profile] sanspatronymic
Author: [redacted]
Rating: Teen/PG-13
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, John Openshaw; mentions of Mary Watson and Mrs Hudson
Relationships: John Watson/Mary Watson (at the time of the case); Sherlock Holmes/John Watson (unspecified later time)
Warnings: References to atrocities committed in the American Civil War and Reconstruction eras; canon-typical violence; canon references; Victorian-era racial terminology and attitudes; a more-or-less verbatim quote from The Five Orange Pips reworked into the story as a ‘resource’
Summary: “Of all the mixture of half-truths, gross oversimplifications, and farrago of lies I have sent him over the years, the Adventure of the Five Orange Pips stands out as one of the most extraordinary taradiddles that ever masqueraded as a truthful account.”
Word Count: 7,625
Author’s Notes: As you might guess from the above, The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips never made sense to me as written. I’ve taken your prompt of “a fondness for 'deleted scene' type works (ie, something that would fit nicely into a hole left in a canon story)” as inspiration and…well, pretty thoroughly rewritten the entire thing. I hope it pleases you!
Special thanks to: [redacted] for the beta
Disclaimer: The original story and characters belong to Doyle; all mistakes are my own.

Doctor Doyle – my editor and publisher, insofar as he takes public credit as the ‘author’ for my work … )
[personal profile] jazzyjj posting in [community profile] accessibility_fail
Hi everybody. Subject line pretty much sums it up. I'm wondering if anyone could test out the following website for accessibility: http://www.afb.org . I realize that this is probably a loaded request, especially given that accessibility means different things to different people. However, I've been having some issues with some parts of the website and am wondering if other people also experience these issues. I have been trying to purchase a free course from the AFB eLearning Center with no luck. It seems that this site is logging me out constantly, unless I tick the box that says "Remember My Username and Password." Even then, I am sometimes automatically logged out. Please see a prior entry of mine in this comm. I realize this is probably a security measure to protect against spammers and so forth, but the frequency with which it happens seems to be much greater than on other sites. The other issue I'm having is with the online store. It seems that, with VoiceOver at least, the navigation is somewhat off. It wraps around in a loop, but just a few days ago I was able to read a bit of information that was not accessible to me before. For the most part this website with its accompanying portals seems to work pretty well with VoiceOver and the latest version of Chromevox Classic, but I've not had good luck contacting the admins. Thanks in advance for anybody's assistance with this.

Book about a changeling child

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:55 pm
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[personal profile] soundofsunlight posting in [community profile] findthatbook
There are folk tales of fairies stealing human babies and leaving a changeling in their place, and in this book, that was exactly what happened. The changeling is the main character, so the story is from her point of view. She is a thin and sickly child, and she has an unhappy childhood because everyone is suspicious of her being a changeling (and they are correct). She does have one friend, though; I can't remember why he is friends with her when everyone else shuns her. He might be an orphan or something?

Anyway, since she's so unhappy in her life, she decides to run away and find the land of the fairies, and her loyal friend goes with her. They rescue the girl who was stolen to be a servant to the fairies, and take her home to her parents, and then...I think she and her friend continue traveling, since they don't really fit in anywhere, except with each other.

Based on other books I was reading at the time, and what I remember of the physical book, I think the book I'm looking for would have been published somewhere between the 1940s and 60s, maybe 70s.
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[personal profile] spacemutineer posting in [community profile] acdholmesfest
Title: The Adventure of the Maidservant's Revenge
Recipient: [personal profile] scfrankles
Author: [redacted]
Rating: The G-est of G
Characters:, Mr Sherlock Holmes, Dr John Watson, Agatha
Warnings: Absolutely none
Author's Summary: In his career, Holmes only admitted to being "beaten four times, three times by men and once by a woman." It is generally assumed that he was speaking about Irene Adler as the woman, but perhaps he was suppressing the fact that he was actually beaten by another woman…

Some months after the conclusion of the Milverton affair... )
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[personal profile] alafaye posting in [community profile] sherlock60
This week we are reading The Adventure of the Bruce Partington Plans. It carries the themes of debts and unlikely suspects.

Bruce_Partington )
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[personal profile] tweedisgood posting in [community profile] acdholmesfest
Title: One Turf Shall Serve
Recipient: [personal profile] mistyzeo
Author: [redacted]
Rating: R
Characters, including any pairing(s): Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Warnings: None
Summary: Five times Holmes and Watson slept together (and one time they actually had sex).

The first time Holmes and I shared a bed... )
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[personal profile] tweedisgood posting in [community profile] acdholmesfest
Title: A Mother’s Adventure
Recipient: [personal profile] sanguinity
Author: [redacted]
Rating: G
Characters, including any pairing(s): Gertie Smith (Mrs. Mordecai Smith from SIGN), Sherlock Holmes, and various other characters both canonical and original
Warnings: N/A
Word count: 4,000
Summary: Some twenty years or so after the events of The Sign of Four, Gertrude ‘Gertie’ Smith, wife of Mordecai Smith, relates another adventure to her daughter Rhoda.

I don’t really know where to start… )

Pinch-hitter Volunteer Post

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:23 pm
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[personal profile] holmesticemods posting in [community profile] holmestice
Every so often a participant is unable to complete their assignment and we have to scramble to find someone able and willing to make a gift for the recipient. If you would enjoy being one of the people we turn to in our times of need, please leave us a comment! Include your email, and tell us what fanwork types, verses, pairings, and ratings you might be willing to create for. All comments are screened.

Volunteering on this post is not a commitment: you'll simply be among the people we turn to first when we need a pinch-hitter. If we find ourselves in need, we'll email you a request and due date; you're free to accept or reject. (We do ask that you do so promptly, as deadlines are often tight!)

Thank you so much for volunteering!

Beta Volunteer Post

Oct. 20th, 2017 12:42 pm
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[personal profile] holmesticemods posting in [community profile] holmestice
"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

The Adventure of the Yellow Face
Because even Sherlock Holmes sometimes needs someone to look over his work...

If you're available to beta or Britpick for someone, please leave a comment with the following information:

Email: (or other preferred contact method)
Types of fanworks you can beta: (fic, art, graphics, vids, etc.)
Fandoms: (Doyle, BBC, Elementary, 22nd Century, etc.)
Pairings: (it's helpful to name what you are willing AND not willing to work with)
Ratings: (if you will or won't beta explicit sex, graphic violence, etc.)

If you have any other limitations or areas of expertise, please feel free to include them! Suggestions include fic length, time restraints, availability, areas of special knowledge, or particular strengths or weaknesses.

If you need a beta, please check the comments to see if someone is right for you. (Show a care with your anonymity, please, and refrain from leaving public comments that suggest what you're making for the exchange.) If you can't find who you need in the comments, please email the mods at holmesticemods@gmail.com, and we'll help you find someone.

Also! Please let me recommend [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60's Round 5 Discussion Posts. [personal profile] scfrankles spent over a year compiling historical linkspams on topics inspired by the original canon stories, and then generously shared what she learned with all of us. I highly recommend the collection for anyone needing inspiration or background for Victorian- or Edwardian-era fanworks!
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[personal profile] spikesgirl58 posting in [community profile] thefridayfive
1. What book frightened you as a young person?
2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
5. Do you have any phobias?

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