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Fic Masterlist

Okay, so apparently the fic-writing retirement wasn"t as official as I thought, so this list keeps growing. *g*Collapse )

Nov. 13th, 2015


Fic: The Peculiar Incident of the Rhinoceros on the Downs

Title: The Peculiar Incident of the Rhinoceros on the Downs
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - ACD
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mrs. Hudson (sort of)
Category: Comedy, parody
Rating: General
Word Count: 2942
Summary: On a visit to the Sussex Downs, Watson begins to question his friend’s sanity when, instead of eliminating the impossible, Sherlock Holmes seems to be embracing it. Spoilers: Fairly big spoilers for “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” and passing references to A Study in Scarlet and “The Adventure of the Dying Detective”.
Notes: Apologies in advance for this story. I was re-reading “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane” when the parody muse decided to strike. It was Fitzroy McPherson’s dying words that did it and the idea just wouldn’t leave me alone after that. I don’t know if anyone will enjoy this silly little fic, but I couldn’t not write it and I certainly had fun in the process. I won’t apologize for that. *g*

I not only consulted the Canon for fact-checking purposes, but relied on William S. Baring-Gould’s Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: A Life of the World’s First Consulting Detective as well.

Disclaimer: With the exception of the rhinoceros and the two corpses on Holmes’s carpet, none of these characters are mine and I would never, ever, ever even consider claiming them as such. They belong entirely to a vastly superior writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This story can also be found here on AO3.

The Peculiar Incident of the Rhinoceros on the DownsCollapse )

Oct. 21st, 2015


A Visit to the City of the Dead...

This year, I was looking for a fun Halloween activity -- a ghost walk if possible, though I knew I had gone on most of them already. As luck would have it, I found a list of Toronto Halloween activities online, which is how I learned about the Necropolis Cemetery tour taking place on Sunday. It immediately appealed to me because I had never been to the Necropolis Cemetery before or seen much of Cabbagetown at all, really. As you'll see by my photos (which probably don't do the place justice), the Necropolis Cemetery is a beautiful, fascinating place and the tour was excellent. It was conducted by staff from Mackenzie House, so much of what we saw and heard had some link to Toronto's first mayor and his tumultuous life.

I'm going to provide a very quick history of the Necropolis Cemetery and share some pretty pictures. Then I'm going to share more pictures that I took during the tour, along with some interesting facts and Victorian trivia I learned along the way. I'll even tell you how to be sure not to bring a ghost home with you when visiting a cemetery.

How can you possibly resist the City of the Dead?Collapse )

Oct. 8th, 2015


NEW Trailer for Sherlock Special -- In Case You Haven't Seen it Yet

I first came across this new trailer on The Baker Street Babes website this morning, but I've seen it pop up in a few other places since then. Big surprise. *g* I'm guessing it won't be long before it's all over the web. Anywaaaaay, the trailer is deliciously Victorian and very epic:

Oh, and here's the first trailer that was released in case you missed it at the time. It's very funny:

Judging from what I've read and heard, the Sherlock special will be airing around Christmas, so here's hoping! Usually, I dread the approach of the festive season, but my attitude might be very different this year if we have this special to look forward to!

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/141693.html

Sep. 22nd, 2015


Birthday Fic: Cliches Are Forever

Happy Birthday, jackycomelately!Collapse )

Sep. 15th, 2015


The Knights of the Apocalypse -- The Crowdfunding Has Begun!

As some of you may remember, The Knights of the Apocalypse is a Robin of Sherwood audio adventure that is going into production in 2016. This project will involve many members of the original cast and is based on an original script by Richard Carpenter. What you may not realize is that the cast and production team are accepting a much lower fee than they might normally receive because this is a pretty expensive endeavour -- hence the crowdfunding.

Last time I looked, the crowdfunding project was 89% towards its goal, so I don't think it will have any trouble raising that £10,000. However, any additional money raised will go to Richard Carpenter's favourite charities, the British Red Cross and the Sherwood Forest Trust. In addition, you can get some pretty awesome merchandise for various pledge amounts. These include a digital copy of the audio adventure for a donation of £10, £14 for the CD release, £20 for a t-shirt with the Knights of the Apocalypse artwork...The list goes on and on. In some cases, there are limited edition items such as art prints and CD box sets that include special features. If you're interested in any such merchandise, you should probably head to the site ASAP before certain items are gone. Of course, you can donate any amount or just spread the word via social media. There are links for that on the Crowdfunding website. Speaking of which, a link would probably be helpful, wouldn't it?

Oh! One last thing! There's now a fabulous promo vid starring Nickolas Grace:

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/141017.html


Sep. 9th, 2015


Let's Go to the EX!

It's taken me close to two weeks, but I'm finally posting photos from my annual pilgrimage to the EX (Canadian National Exhibition). As usual, there are pictures of cats and sand sculptures. However, this year there are also pictures from The Game is Afoot: Consulting Sherlock Holmes Exhibit and a Virtue and Moir ice skating show (Bon Voyage! Aerial Acrobatic & Ice Skating Show). Well...I only managed to get three not-so-awful photos from the ice skating show, but I think I got some pretty good coverage of the Sherlock Holmes exhibit. She obsessively snapped pictures at a Sherlock Holmes exhibit. What a huge surprise.Collapse )

Aug. 23rd, 2015


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. -- The Big Screen Affair

I have to confess that I was very disappointed when I first learned that Guy Ritchie would be directing the long-awaited Man From U.N.C.L.E. film. As at least some of you know (to your great misfortune), I'm not a fan of Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movies and assumed that Ritchie would decide to rewrite The_Man_from_U.N.C.L.E. the way he thought it should be and boast that he could do a better job than the original creators, Sam Wolfe and Norman Felton. He certainly made that claim when it came to Sherlock Holmes and it was for this reason that I boycotted the movie. Anywaaaaaaaay...fast forward to the first MFU film trailer. I watched it reluctantly, thinking that I would probably hate it, and was pleasantly surprised. If the film was anything like the trailer, it might actually be pretty decent. I decided that if the hardcore MFU fans gave the film positive reviews, I would probably go see it. That was before the extended trailer was released. Once I saw that, there was no question that I would be seeing the film:

So what did I think of Ritchie's take on The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? I LOVED it. Why didn"t you say that in the first place instead of griping about Guy Ritchie?Collapse )

Aug. 10th, 2015


Rupert Graves's 2015 Birthday Charity Fanworks Auction Prize!

The item (a fic written by archea2) I won through the Rupert Graves's 2015 Birthday Charity Fanworks Auction is now available for everyone to enjoy! As I love archea2's A Room with a View story, Five Times Cecil Dismissed Freddy From His Thoughts, and One Time Freddy Gathered Him To His Heart, I asked her if she could write another Freddy Honeychurch/Cecil Vyse fic. As it turns out, archea2 had written a tumblr post in which she shared her "Five Times" post-war headcanon, so she asked me if any of her thoughts might work as a prompt. Although it was a challenge to pick a favourite, I was more than happy to choose a couple of potential prompts for archea2 to ruminate over to see which one inspired her the most. In the end, she ended up writing aspects of at least three of her tumblr thoughts and produced the most wonderful Epilogue chapter for her "Five Times" story! :-D

If you're a fan of A Room with a View (novel or film), I can highly recommend Five Times Cecil Dismissed Freddy From His Thoughts, and One Time Freddy Gathered Him To His Heart, especially if you like Freddy and/or Cecil. If you've already read the first six chapters of "Five Times" then you absolutely must read the new chapter archea2 has written! You'll regret it if you don't!

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/139836.html

Jul. 26th, 2015


Undershaw Restoration Project

This will probably only be of interest to die-hard Sherlock Holmes fans (and maybe fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in general), but there's a Kickstarter project that has been started to restore Undershaw, the home in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles and other Sherlock Holmes stories. It's also a building that has fallen into major disrepair. It"s a great cause, people.Collapse )


Robin of Sherwood: The Knights of the Apocalypse

For any RoS fans who haven't heard, Robin of Sherwood will be coming back in 2016 as an audio adventure featuring many of the original cast members! The script was written some years ago by Richard Carpenter himself and will be released by Bafflegab Productions. For more information please click on the beautiful image above.

I don't know if this is true, but I heard that Gisburne appears in this story. If this is the case, I'll be very interested to see hear who will be cast in the role in Robert Addie's place. Same goes for Herne (John Abineri) for that matter.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/139295.html


Jul. 23rd, 2015


Happy Birthday, crimsoncorundum!

Very best wishes for a WONDERFUL birthday, [personal profile] crimsoncorundum! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/139017.html

Jul. 21st, 2015


Happy Birthday, grondfic!

I hope your special day is absolutely wonderful and full of delights!

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/138825.html

Jul. 19th, 2015


Mr Holmes

I saw Mr Holmes on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it. While there were definite differences between it and the original novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind, I think the film manages to convey the essence of the novel and touch on its most important themes. Yes, I know. Another Sherlock Holmes review.Collapse )

Jul. 15th, 2015


Getaway Weekend Photos

Last week, I spent a few days at my parents' place, a little getaway that included two excursions -- and photos, of course. Beautiful animals, country scenes, sculptures!Collapse )

Jul. 4th, 2015


Happy Birthday, funkyinfishnet!

She's off to a wedding today, but I'd still like to wish [profile] funkyinfishnet a very, very Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous birthday weekend, [profile] funkyinfishnet! :-D And, as you're a big Doctor Who fan, these birthday wishes somehow seemed appropriate:

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/138199.html

Jul. 1st, 2015


Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all Canucks and non-Canucks alike! :-) I thought I'd start off by sharing this fabulous vid a friend sent me on Facebook. It's so absurdly Canadian that it seems perfect for the occasion:

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Jun. 23rd, 2015


James Horner

I was very sorry to hear the news about James Horner. It's probably not a surprise that I'm a fan of his work considering that I'm a soundtrack junkie, though, surprisingly, I think I only own two of his film scores -- Well...three if you count the tape cassette of The Patriot Games soundtrack that is buried somewhere in my parents' house. Despite evidence to the contrary, I do have a soft spot for Horner. One of the first soundtracks I ever bought (if not the first) is the soundtrack for Willow, which I still love. I think it stands up very well for an eighties soundtrack and doesn't sound dated at all:

I'm sorry that James Horner will no longer be able to create beautiful film scores,
but I appreciate and admire the wonderful music he was able to leave us before he was gone.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/137539.html

Jun. 8th, 2015


Working From Home Seems Like a *REALLY* Good Idea This Morning!

Despite the issues I've recently had with a couple of my neighbours, working from home seems like a really good option today. This morning around 6:30 am the subway system had to close down. And I'm not talking one line or two lines. It was ALL four lines. The TTC had to close the subway because their subway communication systems completely shut down. People had to be evacuated from all the stations and left to take shuttle buses -- shuttle buses that weren't arriving because there was no way to contact them. However, even if the TTC had been able to send out some shuttle buses, it wouldn't have been enough. Half a million people travel on the subway during rush hour, so it would have been impossible to transport everyone. Fortunately, around 7:30, all of the lines were back up again, but I know everything must have still been chaos. I've seen the aftermath of delays affecting just one line and it's not pretty. Of course, a lot of people do have a Plan B, but not everyone can have one that's entirely reliant on buses and/or streetcars. Did I also mention that it's been raining? The timing really couldn't have been much worse.

I really feel sorry for everyone who's had to commute on the TTC this morning. Yikes! What a mess!

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/137248.html


Jun. 2nd, 2015


Doors Open Toronto 2015

I should have posted this over a week ago, but I'm hoping it was worth the wait. My mom, sister and I took advantage of Doors Open Toronto again this year and visited three fabulous locations in Scarborough. I'll provide a bit of background on each place, but this entry will mostly be made up of pictures. Pretty pictures of pretty places!Collapse )

May. 18th, 2015


Happy Victoria Day!

Happy Victoria Day! :-) Not my most productive day. I'm recovering from a migraine, so I'm still in my pyjamas and have been awake for less than an hour after taking a two-hour nap. So how is this any different from the way you usually observe public holidays?Collapse )

May. 3rd, 2015


Fic: The Feint

Title: The Feint
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Sir Guy of Gisburne, Robert of Huntingdon, Tuck, Little John
Category: General, adventure
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,984
Summary: Some plans are more foolproof than others.
Spoilers: Brief nods to “The Witch of Elsdon” and “The Greatest Enemy” and more significant spoilers for “Herne’s Son,” Parts 1 & 2 and “The Time of the Wolf”.
Notes: This was written for Addie Faction’s RA Magazine. It was also written in, like, three days and I’m sure it shows. However, I’m hoping that at least the Guy Groupies will get some enjoyment out of it.

This takes place some time after “The Time of the Wolf”.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team.

This story can also be found here on AO3.

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Apr. 30th, 2015


Mucho Gracias!

I just want to thank everyone who was kind enough to send me birthday wishes on Facebook and LJ! I would like to thank the following people in particular: pyrateanny for the homemade card (with the excellent watercolour painting on the front), karen9 for the beautiful card sent all the way from South Africa and her birthday post on LJ, grondfic for the LJ birthday post with the wonderful photo, jackycomelately for her brilliant birthday card, and raven714 for her fantastic birthday vid.

My birthday has been pretty quiet and low-key as I worked today. However, I'm going out with my mom and sister tomorrow and staying overnight at my parents'. As my sister's birthday was ten days ago, and my dad's birthday is in a week, we're going out for a family celebration on Saturday night.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/135424.html

Apr. 21st, 2015


Happy Birthday, raven714

I'm afraid this will pale vastly in comparison to raven714's wonderful artwork, but here goes...

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/135357.html

Apr. 14th, 2015


Ebooks Tree - Good News!

Thanks to lil_shepherd on primeval_denial, I discovered an excellent resource (http://www.isfanficlegal.com) covering all of the Ebooks Tree issues. While on this site, I read that Ebooks Tree had removed at least some of the stories it had stolen from AO3. I did a search under my own fic pseud and found that my two stories had been removed. :-)

If you have any works on AO3, I would suggest that you search for your AO3 pseud (and maybe any other creative aliases you use online) on Ebooks Tree. If you find any of your work there then send a message to Ebooks Tree asking them to remove it. There's a helpful email form you can use.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/135025.html

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