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Amal Nahurriyeh
This is a meta both on the third season of Sherlock and the fic I have in progress, Truth May Vary.</em> It contains spoilers through the current chapter (chapter 14) but none past that; it also contains spoilers for series 3 of Sherlock.

The figure of Mary Morstan can pose a problem.Collapse )

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Amal Nahurriyeh
I picked up a book at the library, pretty much at random; it had a cool cover (observe) and a cover quote by Charles Yu, so I figured it was readable.

It is more than readable. The Weirdness is a giggle-fit-inducing book, the kind where you end up giving fist-pumps in the middle of chapters because something awesome happens, the kind where you pass it to the other people in the room so they can read a particularly good bit. (I would have read it aloud, but it was about the possibility of renting a Zipcar to have a private space to have sex, and my kids were in the room.) It's funny, and manages to keep the tension and--dare I say it--the weirdness running until the end.

The protagonist, Billy Ridgeway, is a walking Brooklyn hipster stereotype--the earnest young man holding down a menial job and barely managing to navigate his relationship with his girlfriend while trying to write A Great Novel. And it is, very much, a 'guy' novel--Billy has trouble connecting with women, his thoughts on sexuality are not terribly enlightened, he lives in a cloud of unexamined privilege--but, luckily, the novel doesn't have these problems. Female and non-white characters are as roundly portrayed as others, and, in fact, get to save the day at several key points.

The novel kicks off with Billy, clueless and hungover, getting a visit from one Lucifer Morningstar, who wants to make a deal with him (he has a PowerPoint and everything). The twists and turns that Billy goes through in trying to figure out whether to make a deal with the Devil, how to make said deal, and what to do when it all goes tits up at various points are incredibly satisfying to watch. What's particularly good is that the novel manages to pick up on all the threads that it drops at various points--all of the various elements that could just be the random detritus of Billy's life end up having some kind of meaning in the end, usually at least a little bit hilarious.

I loved this novel as two kinds of person--one, someone who spent my twenties living in Brooklyn, hanging out with hipsters and struggling artists, and so therefore recognizes Billy and his crowd--a slightly exaggerated version of what life is really like for folks like that, as absurd as it is and worthy of mocking. Second, I loved it as someone who loves very, very realistic supernatural AUs in (fan)fiction--yes, we're in the service of Satan and having to go fight a powerful warlock, but why did we decide to drive? Traffic this time of day is awful on the west side. It's a very satisfying read, nicely twisted together, genre savvy (even though its protagonist isn't, not really), and very funny.

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Amal Nahurriyeh
13 December 2013 @ 10:52 pm
(I know, I never write, I never call. I'm blaming it on a longass semester and the gradual death of my personal laptop, which means all my logged-in-as-Amal internet takes place on my phone. But anyway, I am writing a thing.)


Truth May Vary (2703 words) by amalnahurriyeh
Chapters: 1/12
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mary Morstan, Mycroft Holmes, Original Characters, Cameos from the majority of the recurring characters
Additional Tags: Post-Reichenbach, Not Season/Series 03 Compliant, Racebending, Mental Illness, Kid Fic, Divorce, Emotional Infidelity, (actually emotional polyfidelity but people are dumb)
Series: Part 7 of Truth May Vary (Post-Reichenbach series)
Summary:

Seven years after Sherlock's death, John's life is normal.

And then it isn't.




Posting plan is every 2-3 days. I've got the first 4 chapters written, and the rest solidly outlined; my weekend plan is called chapters 5-7, which is totally plausible, given that last weekend was called chapters 2-4...

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Amal Nahurriyeh
15 July 2013 @ 12:06 am
Leigh: How's it going?
Me: A thousand words tonight. On the new thing. Here, read.
Me: *highlights first two paragraphs*
Leigh: *reads* Nice.
Me: There's a loaded gun on the mantlepiece. Did you catch it?
Leigh: Let me look. *reads again* Where is it?
Me: *highlights relevant text*
Leigh: Oh, that. I thought that was too obvious, I thought you meant something subtle.

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07 July 2013 @ 08:39 pm
OK, so I was too late to find out this existed to participate as an offerer, but help_syria is an auction to raise money for the UN's fund for Syria. Beyond the fact that shit in Syria and in Syrian refugee camps in Turkey is pretty dire (and leaving aside the fact that humanitarian aid isn't actually going to fix the fact that the civil war is spinning its wheels in the bloodiest possible way), the auction is pretty small and bids are still low, and a bunch of excellent Sherlock authors are participating.

So! Go there! Donate money! Bidding ends at 6pm UK time on Monday, which is 1pm New York time (I assume y'all can convert from there).

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Amal Nahurriyeh
06 July 2013 @ 01:12 am
2600 words tonight. The first chapter of Truth May Vary. \0/

Now, the rough draft deadline for [community profile] queer_bigbang is August 1. Can I write ten thousand words between now and then? Absolutely. Can I write the entirety of this story? Ha ha ha the odds are not in my favor, not if I want to accomplish anything else, like, you know, my job. Plus, the posting deadline is in the first month of the school year. Yeah, let's not write a novel-length for for the first month of my new job, that's a bad idea.

I'm wondering if maybe I should dig around and see if I've got another 10K story that's about queer stuff in me that I could knock out. I mean, I know 10K sounds like a lot, but Ravish Me is 10K, you know?

Like, could I stretch the Sherlock/John story that totally steals its plot from the Fountains of Wayne song The Girl I Can't Forget to 10K? (key tag: ffs sherlock that is not what grindr is for)

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Amal Nahurriyeh
13 June 2013 @ 03:25 pm
Recommend-A-Game


In case anybody either wants to rec me games, or get recs from other gamer-folks. Not that I know if I'm really a gamer? I do end up with injured wrists because of the Wii fairly often, though.

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03 June 2013 @ 02:08 pm
It's Blogging for LGBT Families Day today on the internet. I posted something not-that-long, but I did it on Tumblr, so people might see it. It's here: The Same and Not-The-Same, and it basically runs through the past four weeks in our life with an emphasis on what's the same for us as queer family and what's not quite the same. I should mention that it includes discussion of miscarriage, since we/Leigh [how do you quantify that?] had one last week. People on Tumblr/Twitter probably know this already...but I'm probably going to have to process some on here at some point soon. When I have the energy to write words.

If you're an LGBT parent--and I think I have some--think about posting something today on Tumblr or elsewhere about your parenting life! And then you can share it at Mombian here!

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Amal Nahurriyeh
06 May 2013 @ 09:59 pm
Just a Kiss (19695 words) by emmagrant01
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Characters: Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes
Additional Tags: Five Times, Case Fic
Summary:

Five times John and Sherlock kissed because of a case and one time they kissed for real.



Hey amyhit, this is the kissing for a case fic. Because I'm on my phone and lazy.

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Again, too lazy to do a proper repost, so have the link to the AO3 version:

Doubt Looms Over The Mind (2124 words) by amalnahurriyeh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Suicidal Thoughts, Doctor Who References, Sherlock Is A Bit Not Good, Murder, Paranoia
Series: Part 6 of Truth May Vary (Post-Reichenbach series)
Summary:

He does not see things. But sometimes he remembers.




Getting close to the part where I actually have to start writing the long version...

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