Fandom Friday #9 ~ May 4th, 1212

Yes!  It is once again that wonderful time of every other week where I sit down (usually sometime after midnight) and make my Fandom Friday contribution.  —> Hush now.  This is the internet.  Linear time does not apply here, and it’s still Friday somewhere.  This week I shall jump straight into the fandom, without any of my usual anecdotal babble.

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1.)  First up on today’s list involves a rather fantastic and (I think) fairly coincidental crossing of paths, but for HamishMD and I, it is a pleasingly monumental one.  As luck would have it, I happened to ‘bump’ into a  Mr. Hugh Ashton via Twitter this evening and found myself rather quickly caught up in a very lovely conversation with him.  It turns out that Mr. Ashton is an author, currently living in Kamakura, Japan.  But wait!  There’s more!  He has written a great many things, but has recently turned his talents towards things Holmesian, having already published three of his own pastiche volumes (with a fourth currently in the works).  Mr. Ashton’s focus has thus far been on filling the gaps Dr. Watson left between his published adventures, with particular attention being placed on those elusive tales Watson mentions, but never quite managed to see put to print.  To be more precise, these are the tales Watson refers to having stashed in a tin box somewhere in the vaults of an unknown bank on London.  The result is a two (soon to be three) volume set of “Tales From the Deed Box of John H. Waston MD” (the fourth being a stand-alone story).

Over the course of our conversation, I expressed a great deal of interest in reading Mr. Ashton’s books, and he was very happy to place himself at our disposal for questions and comments.  By the end of our surprisingly long chat, arrangements for mutual ‘boosting’ had been made, along with promises of reviews and even an interview!  Needless to say, HamishMD and I are beside ourselves with excitement over this fantastic opportunity.  We are both exceedingly flattered that Mr. Ashton has shown interest in being featured on our humble blog and are very much looking forward to our future correspondence with him regarding both his existing volumes, as well as the one he is currently working on.  Frankly, neither HamishMD nor I had even paused to consider that something of this sort might come our way, so this is a very exciting development.  It may take us a little while to get the reviews and interview worked out, but in the meantime – Go take a look at Mr. Ashton’s work!

Tales From the Deed Box of John H. Watson, MD:  Three Untold Tales of Sherlock Holmes

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More From the Deed Box of John H. Watson, MD: Further Untold Tales of Sherlock Holmes

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The Bradfield Push (From the Deed Box of John H. Watson, MD): An Untold Tale of Sherlock Holmes

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I, for one, am EXCEEDINGLY excited to read these!

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You can also read more about all of these books (as well as about Mr. Ashton himself) through his publisher, Inknbeans, and the cleverly-named page they have created for these volumes: 221Bean Baker Street.

If you are so inclined, you may also look for him on Facebook.  (Or track him down on Twitter.)

Thank you, Mr. Ashton!

2.)  Do you know what today is?  Do you??  Today…today….TODAY (May 4th) is REICHENBACH DAY. *gasps of horror*.  To put it into the words of the author of “The Well-Read Sherlockian” via her Facebook page:  Today is:

“…a day when we should think about, and appreciate, our friends.  Whether they be friends who disappear for 3 years after falling off cliffs while wrestling evil, those who can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs in an outdated piece of junk, who whine about how boring their lives are since everyone went to the academy, or who tolerate our messy habits while writing florid tales about our exploits–we love them all.  So call a friend today.  Or, better yet, look up someone you haven’t seen in years, show up at their workplace in disguise, and scare the mess out of them.  Oh, and bring brandy. You’ll probably need it.”

Well stated.  Very well stated.  I did this to someone once.  My boyfriend, to be exact. (Minus the “falling from a cliff” bit of course.  Also the disguise.)  It worked marvelously.  The look on his face when I materialized in his living room from thin air (after he had already passed through once, and while he believed I was still a good 2,000 miles away) was PRICELESS.  Ironically, he and I had been hounding each other from afar for months leading up to that point with tongue-in-cheek Holmes/Moriarty “role play” and pranks. ~ We have an odd relationship.

3.)  To continue with this theme, I give you THIS, brought to you by the talented  Ghost Bees:

We’ll miss that…hat.

4.) And then there is this…

‘Tis from the webcomic Girls With Slingshots.

5.)  I’ve a confession to make.  I enjoy taking awkward screenshots from films and television shows I watch and giving them non sequiter captions.  Like this:

Pulled from the BBC/Granada filming of The Dancing Men.

Incidentally, this is a visual paraphrase (of which there are MANY in this series) of one of Sydney Paget’s original illustrations, pulled from the 1892 Strand publishing of  Beryl Coronet.

Source: Camden House

Aaand, as a final bonus.  I give you a little Eddy Izzard on beekeeping:

~ And here I am again, grappling with my old nemesis: Dawn. ~


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