Fandom Friday #2(2)1 ~ Friday, November 20th

No, it’s not really our 22st Fandom Friday, but we can pretend.  We’ve been a bit slow with our other posts lately (one of us is very busy, and the other (myself – S.Sigerson) is currently away from home and largely lacking in the down-time needed for proper blogging).  We promise to rectify this as quickly as we can, but in the meantime, we’ll carry on with our Fandom Fun.

We’ve been seeing an exhilarating array of global visitors, but here’s a ‘shout-out’ to all of our very devoted American fans.  It’s a day late, but every bit as good:

Happy belated Thanksgiving!  I’m afraid I don’t know where this image originally came from, or who the artist is, but I spotted it just moments ago via the Facebook Page ‘Sherlock Holmes – Jeremy Brett’.

2.)  Now on to more serious matters.  The Undershaw Preservation Trust has been running a Kickstarter campaign for a while now in a valiant attempt to raise funds for the translation of Sherlock’s Home: The Empty House into as many as five different languages.  With just six days to go, the project is currently sitting at about 80% of the funds needed to allow the translation to move forward.  Not only will the proceeds go straight to UPT, allowing the Trust to make ‘Sherlock’s Home’ available to a wider, non-English speaking audience, you may also be helping me maneuver my way around devastating emotional ennui and intellectual boredom.

If you can spare a little ‘cash’ and a few minutes of your time, please consider backing this project.  You can pledge as little as one [British] Pound from anywhere in the world.  If nothing else, please help us spread the word!

Follow the hyperlink through to get to the main page here: Internationalization of Sherlock’s Home

3.)  Do you like BBC’s Sherlock?  Are you an avid drinker of tea?  Ever wish you could meld the one with the other?  Well, now you can!
The Enigmatic Penguin (of Death) has compiled for you a Guide to Writing Sherlockian Tea Habits.


4.)  It’s never too early to begin planning for Christmas.  The more ‘attentive’ of you may have noticed the delicate red thread running through our recent posts under the title ‘Sherlockorama’.  We’re plotting a string of posts highlighting exactly what ‘Sherlockorama’ is, but for the time being, we’ll leave you with this teaser.  I poking around Target the other day and bumped rather randomly into these:

Strictly speaking, there’s nothing particularly ‘Sherlockian’ about these, but we can hardly think of anything more fitting for Sherlockian holiday party.  What ELSE would we decorate our trees with??  It hardly gets any better than this.

5.)  Last, but most assuredly not least, we’ve got the following string of absolutely delightful canonically-themed street signs.  I’ve only posted one of them here but follow the image hyperlink through and then scroll down to find the rest.  Apart from the photo below, we’ve also got gems like Musgrave Ritual Drive, Mycroft Street, and Moriarty Circuit.  Even the city I live in has both a Holmes and Watson St.  Have YOU spotted any of these lurking about?

That’s all folks!  Have a great week, hang tight and be patient as we get some other posts pulled together.


Fandom “Friday” #20- November 17th, 2012

Happy 20th Fandom Friday everyone! Once again we have our hands back and forth to make you really, really believe it’s still Friday. Right? Right.

We’ve had a fun week here at Stormy Petrels- we’ve got several exciting reviews, post series and interviews coming up, so be prepared for a very intriguing December!
1.) As always, Ssigerson and I are connoisseurs of many different “vintages” of Holmes. We love it when other people are too! And so this first item is a great reference to our first review.

Found on Skull Panda Loves Everything!

2.) While we to tend to favor certain Holmes, we love pretty much all of them. Here’s a Holmes and Watson that don’t get enough love on our blog.

Found on Pinterest with the comment “Fan art by Tess”

3.) Another thing that we are super fans of here at SP is an excess of nerdity in regards to the world of Sherlock Holmes.
Here’s a wonderful follow up to the 221 B Map which we shared in this Fandom Friday.

From Sherlock Soup on Tumbler

Originally created by Stephanie Hahn-Wagner of Chickenfox Studios  for her ‘BBC Sherlock Sketchbook Project’.

(Thanks again, Stephanie, for getting a hold of us!)

Bonus item! Here’s another amazing set of diagrams, this time done with computer imaging. I’m AMAZED at the amount of work put into this, and find it awesome how well the images match to the one above.

Found on Moonblossom on Tumblr

4.) Because everyone needs more ghostbees in their lives.

From Ghostbees, obvs.

5.) While this is more Canon than Fandom, this is still worth a lovely squee- and given my favorite bit from the whole canon, this makes me grin, and tear a bit. This is a page from the manuscript of “The Final Problem”

Found from the Indiana Lilly Library

We wish the very best to those who have weeks ahead full of family, friends, turkey, green bean casserole, and excessive feasting and drinking. And of course to those of you who are just enjoying a week of November, we wish the best as well!

Fandom Friday #19 ~ Nov. 9, 2012

Well, we’ve been a bit quiet here at Stormy Petrels this week.  Very sorry for that!  We seem to be lacking a little in the ‘creativity’ department and have been drawing all sorts of blanks on what to do.  Yet the show must go on, my dears!
*rubs hands*  What ever shall we post this week?

1.) Let’s start off with this one:

Now, I realize that you all are probably getting a little bit tired of this particular meme, but dammit I like it.  It amuses me, and I can relate to it tonight as I sit here battling the worst case of mental and emotional ennui I’ve seen in weeks, maybe even months.  Found, in this particular instance, over at Darjeeling and Lace.

Let’s see, what else have I got in my pockets. *rummages around through various articles of clothing* ….

2.) Ohh.  How about THIS?

One of these images is filled with great reeking heaps of ‘What-the-hell’.  I’ll leave you all alone to guess which one it is.  We pulled this image from Pinterest, but it may be found somewhere within the depths of What, son.

3.) While we’re on the topic of ‘What, son’, have you crossed paths with THIS gem yet??

No?  Well now you have.  We’ve posted this one before, but it really just doesn’t ever get old and it had been a while.  You can expect us to re-post this again somewhere in about six months.  We mustn’t let you forget about it, you see.

4.) Now, for something a little more sombre.  I stumbled upon this on Facebook this evening.  I am very sorry to say that I don’t know where it originally came from, but it struck such a cord with me that I felt a need to share it anyway.

The print is very small, I know, but it’s worth squinting for.  I got this image from the FB page of “Sir Sherlock Holmes“.  If anyone knows what the original source for this is, do let us know!

5.)  Do not think for one minute that we don’t know what you’re up to on Tumblr late at night…


Oh, rly?

Must Like Violin

“Let us escape from this workaday world by the side door of  music.” ~ Retired Colourman

~ ~~

Despite our rather ambiguous feelings on Holmes musicals (as expressed here), a fan of the Canon cannot deny the inextricable link of Sherlock Holmes to music. The violin as a symbol of Holmes stands only behind the Calabash and Deerstalker- and the nerd in me would like to note that both of those things are non-canonical.

One of my ways of expressing my love for a fictional world is to layer it in music. Since I cannot really create music myself, I collect it and rearrange it so that mirrors the emotions I feel. Ssigerson and I have taken this up as a bit of a hobby when it comes to Holmes music, and we figured we’d share some of our playlists with you. Some of them are overlapping, as we like to share music with each other like a kindergarten class on show and tell day.

As it is, I hold generally around three Sherlock Holmes themed playlists: an emotional/maudlin one, a cracky/humor one, and an adventure/party one. The Party one I generally break out at Holmes Parties, of which Ssigerson and I are becoming experts, or at least connoisseurs. Since my Cracky and Adventure playlists are quite similar, and are mostly made up of music from existent Holmes sources, today I thought I’d share my Emotional playlist. I am not usually a user of the fannon term “Feels,” but this playlist has many of them, in the Hiatusy/Reichenbachy sort of a way. And if some of them are more romantic, well, it’s because Holmes and Watson have the most epic Bromance since Frodo and Sam. Many of these songs I link with Holmes and Watson due to the fantastic efforts of fanvidders, which I will try to link to.


Continue reading

Fandom Friday #18- November 2, 2012

Welcome to November, Internet! Hamishmd, here, hoping to be a little bit more active with blogging, since I’ve now finished my move.  And since I can’t grow a mustache, maybe I’ll try writing a novel. Pastiche, of course. If anyone has any links to resources on 1920s Egyptology let me know….

Now on to our usual mayhem and shenanigans…

1.)  Last time I tried a “Video Only” FF, which ended up in me pulling my hair trying to find ONE. LAST.VIDEO. And here, refind this a week later, and laugh hysterically.

I think my favorite bit is the corresponding soundtracks. Or the fact that they all treat the only Watson as their Watson. Yup, that’s my favorite.

2.) I loves me some Sherlock Holmes toys. I’ve got the wee Holmes Mini-Fig from Lego, and I hope to get the Playmobile detective someday. In the meantime, this VERY creative fan has tickled my fancy quite a bit!

Found on Pinterest via Sherleck on Tumber

3.) I am a historian by schooling. Therefore, primary sources make me go “SQUEE!” This one made me go SQUEE.

Caption states “From the December 14, 1893 edition of the Western Maile”

Found via Pinterest

4.) Those of you who follow us on Facebook may have noticed our mascots: Sherlock & Watson Sock Monkeys. Like many historians, I also make Sock Monkeys. Since our Plush fellows came into existance, I have been on the lookout for accessories and clothes to make them the best sock-representations-of-classic-literature-characters I possibly can. Here’s an etsy seller who’s got me drooling….think she’d make a slightly smaller version?

Etsy Seller ClockworkandCthulhu (which is the best name ever)

5.) If you all hadn’t noticed, one of our favorite things on Stormy Petrels is the juxtaposition and celebration of ALL Holmes & Watsons. Even if some of them are the red-headed step-child, and sound like Piglet.

Found via Pinterest from Sup Holmes on Twitter

And on that note….Happy November!

Fandom Friday #17 ~ Oct. 26th, 2012

Let’s see…Where were we?  Oh.  RIGHT!  Fandom Friday!   It’s been an interesting week for us in many different ways, but mostly we’ve been having a fantabulous time and we’re super pumped.  We’ve been finding and making lots of new friends lately, which is really, truly wonderful and we’re both very impressed with how welcoming folks have been.  We certainly weren’t expecting to have things hit off as well as they have, and certainly not so quickly!  It’s been immensely exciting, so thanks guys!  We hope you continue to enjoy our chicanery!
Now then…What sorts of lovelies has the week to offer us THIS time?

1.)  Dunno.  But this somehow seems supremely appropriate at the moment:

Created as part of an impressive series by inkandstardust and locatable HERE.

This also reminds me an awful lot of the “We fight crime!  Together!” shirt HamishMD and I found a good while ago.  Someday we’re going to recreate the image on that shirt….while both wearing it.  Whereupon we shall laugh hysterically.

2.)  And then….then…There is THIS thing:

…Which is so full of fantastic that it simply MUST be shared. We originally found this via the Baker Street Babes, but it would appear as though it originally came from la bislacca.  Thank you ‘la bislacca’, you are brilliant!

3.)  Hmm.  I seem to be on a [BBC] Sherlock kick tonight.  Might as well roll with it.

Found somewhere within the wily depths of…’Sherlock Soup‘?

*Clears throat* “Hey!

4.)  Okay.   Okay.  That’s enough of that.  How about a little [BBC] Sherlock/canon crossover?

It’s just so lovely.  I can’t be entirely positive of who created this image, but it can apparently be found somewhere on Cassandra Clare’s Tumblr page.  HamishMD found this on Pinterest, where it’s coupled with an absolutely amazing quote from Vincet Starrett who seems to have always had a peculiar knack for hitting the nail right on the head.  It runs as follows:

”In the eyes of many, Holmes lives ever on: by warm firesides, on cozy sofas, in dark, flashlight-lit bedrooms, in the back yards during summer afternoons, in large armchairs on rainy days, in libraries and classrooms, in conversation, and in our living rooms … he lives on, as we read.”

So very, very true.  Thank you Vincent.

5.)  Now, it’s up to you to decide whether or not this really counts as ‘fanart’, but I’m of the opinion that it does.  But either way, this has got to be one of the loveliest cover ideas for HOUND I’ve seen.  I’d very much like to have this as a print.

I wasn’t able to determine exactly where this image came from, but apparently it can be found somewhere on the Tumblr page Hoodoo That Voodoo.

And now….Just because it’s [almost] Halloween.  We thought we’d point out to you that Sherlock DC is running a PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST!  Aw yeaah.  That’s right.  A pumpkin carving contest.  We’re planning on entering our own design here, but we really think you ought to too!  Come on…It’ll be FUN!

Oh….And one more thing:  In case you hadn’t already caught it, we’re now on Facebook too!

Dancing With the Devil ~ Review of Devil’s Grin and an Interview with Annelie Wendeberg

Before we get started…

A Few Thoughts on The Devil’s Grin:

For those of you not yet familiar with Devil’s Grin, here’s an idea of what you can expect (pulled from Amazon):

“In Victorian London’s cesspool of crime and disease, a series of murders remains undiscovered until a cholera fatality is found floating in the city’s drinking water supply.  Dr Anton Kronberg, England’s best bacteriologist, is called upon to investigate and finds evidence of abduction and medical maltreatment.  While Scotland Yard has little interest in pursuing the case, Kronberg pushes on and crosses paths with Sherlock Holmes.  The detective immediately discovers Kronberg’s secret – a woman masquerading as a man in order to practice medicine – a criminal deed that could land her in prison for years to come.  But both must join forces to stop a crime so monstrous, it outshines Jack the Ripper’s deeds in brutality and cold-bloodedness.”

Intrigued?  You should be!  I (‘S.Sigerson’) just finished reading this book and must say that I enjoyed it greatly!  Anna/Anton is a strong, complex, and highly intelligent character with a sharp wit, sharp tongue, and an admirably solid set of morals.  Morals she is stubbornly determined to defend to the very end, regardless of the danger and personal cost.  She is a vibrant, glowing anomaly in a world of often terrifying darkness.  Step-by-step, we follow her through the atmospheric adventure alluded to above as she works her way deeper and deeper into the dismal underworld of Victorian medicine.  Along the way, she stumbles into the path of another great Victorian anomaly…our old friend Sherlock Holmes.  They both set their sights on resolving the same problem, but choose to go about it in two very different ways, grudgingly ‘agreeing’ to accept each other’s intermittent presence (but not without both getting in their fair share of biting snark).

This is a very different sort of Sherlockian fiction from what I’ve otherwise read thusfar.  Rather than being what I’ve understood as a ‘proper pastiche’ (something that attempts to ‘fit into’ the canon by mimicking Doyle’s style and structure), this is the story of an otherwise unrelated character who’s lifeline just happens to cross with that of Holmes.  It doesn’t carry (for me at least) an especially ‘canonical’ feel, but then I don’t believe it’s intended to.  Throughout the story, the emphasis remains on Anna and her own inner dialog (because yes, it really is more of a ‘dialog’), and not on Holmes.  That isn’t to say, however, that we don’t hear from Holmes.  Anna interacts with him regularly and I found it deeply refreshing and thought-provoking to explore and examine his character through the smart eyes of an absolute ‘outsider’.  Annelie provides us with a very different image of Holmes; hinting at hidden personality facets, while also directly underscoring the fact that every person who interacts with him within his own fictional timeline is going to see something different – just the way every reader of the canon does.  She also gives us lots of lovely little colorful details that really bring her scenery to life.  My personal favorite is how she draws our attention to the chemical stains decorating the walls and ceiling above Holmes’ desk almost the very instant Anna enters the flat for the first time.

I found myself really getting into this book and I read it rather voraciously.  I even made it a point one day to go for a long evening walk around the local reservoir just for the effect. (The structure isn’t ‘period’ in the slightest, but the building is made to look a little as though it were.)  It was a gorgeous autumn day and there were a lot of people about, but the space suddenly had a vaguely sinister feel to it.  When viewed from behind (the side facing the water), the building always looks mysteriously shut up and dark, making it feel semi-abandoned, which it of course isn’t.  Staring at the water, I found myself feeling very grateful that I needn’t be fearful of things like cholera in my morning coffee.  Nor did I encounter any bloated bodies.

Continue reading