What smaked me across the face last night at 1am were the Dom/sub dynamics which I don't remember noticing before, not quite in the sharper way I see them now. I mean, the dominant IS dominant from the very beginning but it's so subtle. It's thrilling how well estabilished is this, despite their questioning the nature of the relationship. You did a very good job on this portrait of the D/s behaviour. I'm stunned. Again. Your story gets better every time I read it.
Thanks so much for this! All of that was built in as subtly as I could manage, absolutely. Sometimes I wonder if it was too subtle, but then I get comments like this that make it totally worth it. :-)
One of my big goals in writing Cure was to try to write a D/s story that would take the reader along for the ride, but without them needing to know a lot about BDSM already, if that makes any sense. That’s why it was so deeply from John’s perspective, because I wanted it to be a sort of mindfuck for the reader. My favorite ever BDSM fics (in all fandoms) have always been the ones that do that, that start at the beginning and follow two people into this relationship, and then let you be inside the head of one of the characters so deeply that you get to experience it vicariously. That was obviously a really lofty goal and I’m not suggesting I accomplished it there, but I tried. ;-)
Another thing that was bouncing around in my head when I was outlining that fic was a comment Mijan made when I interviewed her for Slashcast last year. She talked about platonic D/s relationships in the context of her own life, in which the dom and sub aren’t actually having sex with each other. I realized I’d never read a fic like that, and it was such an intriguing idea that I decided to take a stab at writing one. Of course, Cure ended up being much more of a romance by the end, but that was the place where it started in my head.
Hello Emma, I would want to ask you if you are going to write sometime in the near future, because I totally love your work, and frankly I am missing it very much to be looking forward to it each week :). Now I have read all your fics minimally twice, eventually The Alternate Scenes for ACFB and as I said, I am in love with your works, so please don't consider my question for pushing you or so, I just adore your work so much!
I’m always writing!
Right now I’m working on a prequel fic for “A Cure for Boredom” and it’s completely kicking my ass. It’s been incredibly slow going so far. My lovely beta has already seen two drafts of the first chapter and it STILL needs work. I thought it would be fairly straightforward to write. I have an outline, after all. I know exactly what’s going to happen. It should be easy to churn it out, right?
Heh, no. It’s turning out to be much more complicated than I expected. It’s been slow going, but I’m hoping that all of this hard work will pay off in something that adds to that universe in a really meaningful way. I’m just not sure exactly when it will be finished or how I will post it.
Thanks for asking, and for reading my fic! I’m always flattered that other people want to read this stuff at all. :-)
A question I got a LOT in my my ask is about that Simpson’s episode where Homer has a threesome with some demons and says the safeword is “cinnamon.” I’m fairly certain that it’s actually a reference to a classic Jon Stewart segment from 2007, which you can see here. (The “cinnamon” reference occurs around 3:00.)
It’s a word that’s been floating around in my head as a safeword for a long time, and IIRC this is the first time I’ve written it in a fic. I made the above LJ icon in 2005 in response to a HP fandom meme about needing safewords when you read certain kinds of fic, so it’s been floating around that long at least.
It’s actually a coincidence that I used it in ACfB.I needed a safeword for John and that was the first one I thought of. It had a certain amount of meaning to me within fandom, so it seemed like it would be a fun choice. I was brand new to the Sherlock fandom, so I didn’t expect more than a handful of people to read that fic, but I thought that some folks who remembered the reference might get a kick out of it. Things turned out a bit differently than I anticipated. :-P
At any rate, the Simpsons thing was totally a coincidence, but a funny one!
Title: Nothing to Make a Song About (10/10 + Epilogue – COMPLETE)
Author: Emma Grant
Fandom/pairing: Sherlock (BBC), John/Sherlock
Summary: When Sherlock returned from his faked death, John could not forgive him for the deception and broke off their friendship. Ten years later, John returns to London in search of yet another new beginning. Sherlock, not surprisingly, is waiting.
Length: 6800 words this part; 36,800 words total
• Written for Alectoperdita, who won a fic from me in a Tumblr giveaway months ago. Sorry I’m just getting to this now, but I hope you enjoy it!
• I need to express my tremendous thanks to drinkingcocoa, without whom this fic would have floundered and lost its way. There were four distinct drafts of the last two chapters of this story, and her feedback was critical in getting it to the point where I was happy with it.
• Title is taken from the poem Reconciliation by William Butler Yeats.
Links: Start with Chapter 1: On AO3 | On LJ ~*~ This chapter: On AO3 | On LJ
Finally done! Thanks to everyone who read this while it was being posted. I hope you enjoyed the ride! :-)
Was chatting with Madlori earlier and I was reminded about the existence of FFN. I keep forgetting about it because, frankly, I write porn, and they tend not to like the porn so much over there. I think I have a total of three fics posted on that site, in the last decade.
But then I realized that I actually do have one Johnlock fic I could post there, if I leave off the porny epilogue. There were a few references to cocks that I toned down a bit, but otherwise it was fairly straightforward to clean it up. So to speak.
I thought I had another R-rated fic I could post, but it turns out that a fairly pivotal scene is porny, and I don’t think I can edit it out without having to seriously rewrite that part of the fic. And meh, I’m way too lazy for that. :-P
Anyway, it’s posted here, in case you want to read this cleaner version: Just a Kiss — the
junior FFN edition!