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Feb. 26th, 2017

quantumleap

Queerbaiting VS The Good Fight

My friend sent me a clip of a show called "Suits" recently that was mind-boggling. Two men were sitting in a restaurant having a conversation that very obviously could be read as one of them coming out of the closet. But after that clear set up, the writers pulled the rug out from under the viewer and basically said "haha! That's not what they were talking about at all because they're obviously into chicks!" I don't watch this show, but I've assured there isn't even a token gay character in it. I guess homosexuality is just something the macho guys who write for this show like to joke about.

Contrast this with the "Good Wife" spinoff "The Good Fight". One of the major characters (the new Alicia basically) is a lesbian. She is introduced this way - excitedly telling her wife that she passed the bar. The fact that so far in the two available episodes she and her wife have only ever been shown together laying in bed like viewers will only understand they are a couple if it's sexualized is annoying, but still. Baby steps in the right direction. Her sexuality does not define her - it just IS.

What I'm saying is I wish we had more of the latter and less of the former from Hollywood. Sadly, going by ratings, it seems the former is more highly rewarded.

Feb. 9th, 2017

sherlock

Of Dubious and Questionable Memory - 5/?

E-Mail: diandrahollman@gmail.com
Website: http://diandrahollman.neocities.org
LJ: http://diandrahollman.livejournal.com
Rating: R for this chapter
Keywords: Sherlock/OMC, Tom Hiddleston fancast, unrequited John/Sherlock, drugs, slash, Sherlock POV
Spoilers: nothing past season 3
Disclaimer: This started out as a sort of "50 First Dates" Johnlock story and morphed into this psychological "Girl on the Train"/"Before I Go To Sleep" fusion-ish thing. The characters are all from BBC Sherlock, except Henry.
Summary: Every day I wake up not remembering how I got here or who this man is who claims he's my husband. I cannot trust my own memory. There is only one thing of which I am reasonably certain: John Watson is dead. Isn't he?
Dedication: Thank you to Kate, Emilio and gin200168 for their invaluable help and support with this story.
Author's Notes: Henry is an amalgam of several characters from ACD cannon, with an original modern spin. In my little headcannon he is played by Tom Hiddleston. The title is from the story "A Scandal in Bohemia", where it refers to Irene Adler.

This diverges from cannon immediately after the beginning of season 4 and doesn't take into account anything after "Abominable Bride".

All previous chapters here or on AO3


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Feb. 4th, 2017

sherlock

The Healer - (2/?)

Note the change in the author's note. I have decided when this story is taking place. It is almost exactly 100 years prior to Doyle's original stories, sometime after the American Revolution.

E-Mail: diandrahollman@gmail.com
Website: http://diandrahollman.neocities.org
Rating: R for now, NC-17 for later, hopefully
Keywords: AU, John/Sherlock, past John/Mary, John is a widower, Baby Watson, hurt/comfort, magic!John, healer!John, evil!Moriarty, hurt Sherlock, torture, mentions of rape, captivity, emotional blackmail, suggestions of period homophobia, switching POV (Sherlock and John)
Spoilers: What are those again?
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Arthur Conan Doyle, specific iterations of them belong to the BBC and the "Sherlock" team. The plot is based on my memory of a romance novel I read years ago but can't seem to find now. If anyone recognizes it, let me know so I can give proper credit.
Summary: Sherlock is being held captive by the sadistic Lord Moriarty. John, an Empath, is Lord Moriarty's personal physician (and, effectively, also a captive). When they meet, they might just find the courage to break each other out.
Dedication: To my friends and this lovely fandom for all of their encouragement and support.
Author's Notes: I have never written a historical story before, so forgive my clumsiness. This story takes place in the late 1700s in a sort of alternate universe where some people have magical powers, but still have to live in secret to avoid being accused of witchcraft.

Previous chapters here


The second time the healer was called for...Collapse )

Jan. 29th, 2017

sherlock

Restoration - (7/7)

The response to this story has been so overwhelming and wonderful that I'm sad to see it end. Thank you so much to all my readers.

Title: Restoration
Author: Diandra Hollman
E-Mail: diandrahollman@gmail.com
Website: http://diandrahollman.neocities.org
Rating: hard R
Keywords: Hurt/Comfort, John/Sherlock, rape recovery, emotional hurt/comfort, PTSD, hurt Sherlock, slash
Spoilers: No
Disclaimer: Not my characters
Summary: "You get the call in the dead of night. early enough for you to not be quite deeply asleep yet, but late enough to be distressing. Because nobody calls at such an hour unless something has gone horribly wrong."
Author's Notes: This deals with the aftermath of sexual assault. The actual assault is never "shown", but will be partially described by the victim. I have never been a victim of such violence, so I won't pretend I understand what this is like, but I will endeavor to do right by all the people who have survived something like this.


All previous chapters here or on AO3


He isn't exactly the same. The scars he bears from his ordeal will never fully fade, even if they are no longer visible. But he is stronger now.Collapse )

Jan. 20th, 2017

scream

Black Friday

I spent today working on library programs for Black History Month. I do this around this time every year, but this year I decided to start early. Because it feels especially important this year to acknowledge black history, women's history, LGBT history, native history, etc. etc. I couldn't bear to turn on the television or listen to the radio (do you have any idea how noisy a car is when the radio is off?!). My Twitter feed today looks like it did for much of 2016: painful, drawn out and full of death (mostly figurative) and despair (entirely literal). Now that I'm home, I plan on doing my damndest to drink the pain away. Tomorrow, we march.

Jan. 19th, 2017

sherlock

Of Dubious and Questionable Memory - 4/?

I have decided that, for the sake of my sanity, I cannot acknowledge that much of season 4 happened. So with this story, let's assume it diverged from cannon sometime at the very beginning of "Six Thatchers", probably in the gap between Sherlock's return from "exile" and the baby being born (or maybe just after she's born).

E-Mail: diandrahollman@gmail.com
Website: http://diandrahollman.neocities.org
LJ: http://diandrahollman.livejournal.com
Rating: NC-17 for this chapter
Keywords: Sherlock/OMC, Tom Hiddleston fancast, unrequited John/Sherlock, drugs, slash, Sherlock POV
Spoilers: nothing past "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer: This started out as a sort of "50 First Dates" Johnlock story and morphed into this psychological "Girl on the Train"/"Before I Go To Sleep" fusion-ish thing. The characters are all from BBC Sherlock, except Henry.
Summary: Every day I wake up not remembering how I got here or who this man is who claims he's my husband. I cannot trust my own memory. There is only one thing of which I am reasonably certain: John Watson is dead. Isn't he?
Dedication: Thank you to Kate, Emilio and gin200168 for their invaluable help and support with this story.
Author's Notes: Henry is an amalgam of several characters from ACD cannon, with an original modern spin. In my little headcannon he is played by Tom Hiddleston. The title is from the story "A Scandal in Bohemia", where it refers to Irene Adler.

This takes place sometime after season 3.

All previous chapters here or on AO3



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Jan. 12th, 2017

sherlock

Restoration - (6/7)

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Jan. 10th, 2017

sherlock

The Healer - (1/?)

I guess now is as good a time as any to start posting this one.

E-Mail: diandrahollman@gmail.com
Website: http://diandrahollman.neocities.org
Rating: R for now, NC-17 for later, hopefully
Keywords: AU, John/Sherlock, past John/Mary, John is a widower, Baby Watson, hurt/comfort, magic!John, healer!John, evil!Moriarty, hurt Sherlock, torture, mentions of rape, captivity, emotional blackmail, suggestions of period homophobia
Spoilers: What are those again?
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Arthur Conan Doyle, specific iterations of them belong to the BBC and the "Sherlock" team. The plot is based on my memory of a romance novel I read years ago but can't seem to find now. If anyone recognizes it, let me know so I can give proper credit.
Summary: Sherlock is being held captive by the sadistic Lord Moriarty. John, an Empath, is Lord Moriarty's personal physician (and, effectively, also a captive). When they meet, they might just find the courage to break each other out.
Dedication: To my friends and this lovely fandom for all of their encouragement and support.
Author's Notes: I have never written a historical story before. I don't have an exact date for when this is taking place, but it's at least a hundred years before Doyle's original stories in a sort of alternate universe where some people have magical powers (though many probably don't advertise it for fear of being declared a witch).



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Jan. 7th, 2017

sherlock

Of Dubious and Questionable Memory - cover art

My first effort at a dustjacket for this story. Not sure how I feel about it. I keep thinking John should be in there somewhere...

Dec. 22nd, 2016

sherlock

Of Dubious and Questionable Memory - 3/?

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