Hello, my friends!
How are we all this brisk, autumn day in November? It is National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo, and I am trying my hand at this thing for the first time this year. It’s been pretty crazy.
My NaNo project is my Adlock fanfiction, The Emotional Children, and it has been coming along nicely. I had already started this work in April of this year (which is crazy to think about), and it was originally just a short little seven-page blurb I had written about what happened to Sherlock and Irene after he rescued her in Karachi. I never even meant to show it to anyone until my sister found an untitled document on my laptop.
As you all can tell, it has erupted into a full-on fanfic.
And it is also my first really long work of fiction; I’ve written short stories before, but this is actually morphing into a novel-length project. It has officially passed the 50,000 word mark, and I’m hoping to write a few thousand more before the month is over. I’m not sure if I technically win NaNoWriMo by making it to the 50,000 mark during this month (as opposed to writing 50,000 words all in one month), but it motivated me to get where I am, so I’m at least grateful for that. And I’m not even done writing for the month of November. I’m still adding to my NaNo word count. Also, this is also my first time doing NaNo, so don’t judge me, peeps.
I might try to get this novel (can I even call it that?) published, but honestly, publishing fanfics is really hard, and I’d be too afraid of copyright infringement. Who knows, though? Maybe I’ll send it to Moftiss, since they just up and decided that Sherlock isn’t coming back and they have no plans!! DID ANYONE ELSE READ THIS THREE DAYS AGO???? I must write; my fandom needs me, people!
But anyway, on to my update!
The story has been more of a success than I had ever imagined, and it is currently #3 out of 72 “Adlock” stories. This may have changed by the time you read this (since Wattpad calculates my best rating based off of how often my story is read), so if it’s different when you investigate, I’m not lying heeheehee.
I will admit that I’m incredibly surprised. I never dreamed that it would do this well, and the following I have is encouraging.
Considering my ship (Sherlock/Irene) is an incredibly unpopular Sherlockian opinion, there are way more Johnlock (please just burn that ship!!!!) and Sherlolly (God have mercyyyyy) fics out there than Adlock fics. Nevertheless, we do exist…so maybe read my story and join what we call, “The Adlock Yacht.”
This is literally so true.
This fic of mine has an official cover and title which I uploaded a few weeks ago but have failed to update on this blog. The title is, as you probably got by now, The Emotional Children, and the cover (designed by yours truly) is below:
Still working on it, obviously, and nothing is set in stone yet, but I rather like this. This is an original Sherlock and Irene manipulation I created (using a Sherlock promo pic and a photo of Lara Pulver’s character “Ann O’Neill/Ann Fleming” from The Man Who Would Be Bond which I have not seen, so do not judge me).
So yeah, this is original.
And my pen name on all my platforms is Miss Holmes of Gondor, so there’s that. 😀
Content advisory: I don’t write sexual scenes. That’s pretty obvious, right? But I ship Adlock, and Irene is something of a dominatrix in the show…so…the general Adlock audience is expecting quite a bit of smut from fellow shippers who write fanfiction. And trust me, pretty much every Adlock story has some kind of smut.
I just happen to believe that Sherlock has way more conviction than people give him credit for, and that while Irene possesses quite a large chunk of his attention, I don’t think Sherlock would be so easily ensnared.
Besides, wasn’t he the one who told Janine he was “waiting for us to be married” before anything happened? I feel like he would carry this conviction into his relationship with Irene.
But then there’s hypersexual Irene, if I may be so bold as to use that word. Because…that’s honestly who she is in the show. Don’t even get me started on the battledress scene. I think we all remember that (*cue image of a bug-eyed Sherlock*)…
Nevertheless, in my story I do something called a “character arc.”
There’s no explicit sex scenes, but again, I’m dealing with Irene Adler, so things get a little flirty, a little steamy, but never explicit or graphic…et cetera. I’m writing fanfiction here. I’ve got to say this stuff, because a lot of people write this stuff (to my utter dismay).
My fic is rated T for “sexual discussion, language, and violence,” which is all to be expected of a Sherlock episode, am I right? I want my story to read like a Sherlock episode, and seeing as Sherlock episodes don’t (and most likely never will) have explicit sex scenes in them (if you don’t count Irene scaring poor Sherlock by parading around in her birthday suit), then my story fits just fine.
On AO3, I have a Rape/NonCon advisory in place (and have added this as a note in the summaries on Wattpad and Fanfiction.net), because in chapter three the details leading up to and the aftermath of a rape are discussed by one of the characters. Once again, though: gory, explicit sexual details of the act itself are not not not discussed. That’s just gross. But this chapter was not included for shock value; it has purpose, I can tell you that (and I hope some of my readers can, too).
Last thing I want to address before concluding: the Sherlock and Irene dynamic. A lot of readers have told me that they’ve appreciated the way I have written the flirtation, interaction, and actions happening between Sherlock and Irene.
And this makes me happy.
You wanna know why? Because I have read way too many fanfictions about these two that are sappy as heck (cue Sherlock cooking Irene a burnt breakfast and her calling him adorable as she pats her baby bump…no. Why? What the actual heck? That’s not the insane relationship we are shipping!!!). That’s not my ship by any means. It’s cute, but that would never happen.
Let’s not forget that this happened.
And this…kind of…happened…too…
Because my girl is a wreck. And she has violence problems. A lot of them.
One of the things I work really hard to do is to make their relationship authentic, believable, and actually coinciding with their characters as they interacted in A Scandal in Belgravia (please note that Adlock shippers only have one episode upon which to evaluate their ship).
And I have heard (specifically from my friends who ship Sherlolly) that Irene and Sherlock would wind up practically killing and psychologically wrecking on one another if they were a couple.
…I partially agree with this, and I think it is an incredibly valid point. Yes, you read that right: I think it’s definitely plausible, and I could see both of their egos getting bruised easily. And yes, I still ship them.
That said, make sure you read up to chapter thirteen, “Discidium.”
Intrigued, are we? I certainly hope so 😉
And just so we’re clear on this: my story isn’t just a bunch of Adlock fluff. It’s got plot, baby. And lots of it! So don’t go into it thinking it’s just a bunch of romantic fluff (there is that, but…); like I said before, I want my fic to read like a Sherlock episode…and Sherlock episodes have plots!
In conclusion, allow me to say that NaNoWriMo has been really fun so far, and I hope I’m better prepared to do it again next year! Many thanks to Eva over at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness and Maribeth over at A Writer’s Tale (I LOVE THE NEW TEMPLATE ON YOUR BLOG, BTW) for being so awesome and recommending this. They are writing BOSSES, and you need to go and follow their blogs if you don’t already. I have been glad they’ve become my bloggy friends. I know that I definitely will be doing this again next November, guys! Thanks so much! Just doing it this month helped kick this project into some crazy action, and I definitely feel like an official “writer” now that I’ve participated in NaNo.
Here are the links that you can use to access my fanfic if you would care to read it, my lovelies! Be sure to follow me on AO3, Fanfiction.net, and Wattpad. Whichever platform you’re on (if you’re on), please go and check out my profiles. 😉
I sincerely hope you enjoy my story, and do please vote for it or leave a comment! It always makes my day to hear that people are reading…the writer craves a hungry audience.
Maybe this next bit sounds a bit silly, but I’m honestly so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to have been able to write this story, to imagine Sherlock and Irene in this complicated relationship, and to accurately write their intense romantic dynamic. I’m also thankful to my parents who have been incredibly interested in my story and my ship (thanks for bearing with me, Mom hahaha), and to all the readers who have been following along and giving me such great support! You guys keep me writing, I can tell you that!
To the rest of you: I hope all of my fellow Sherlockians find this story interesting and uplifting…and something with which to nurse their “Sherpression” whilst we wait for season five (if it ever comes at all *weeping and snivelling*).
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this, and I still am.
Thanks for listening to my update
and slightly OCD fangirl attack.
Long live the Adlock yacht!