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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 )

Feb. 6th, 2016


Fids! Glorious Fids! It *IS* Your Uncle Stalky!

There's now a cover image for the Stalky & Co. DVD, my beloved 'earers, and it is our Uncle Stalky! The cover is not only beautiful, but it proves that it is the 1982 Robert Addie version that is being released! Okay, I had strongly suspected that it had to be the Robert Addie version because, as far as I know, there hasn't been any other TV or film productions of Stalky & Co. Still, it's wonderful to have it officially confirmed.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/144716.html

Jan. 26th, 2016


Tentative Callooh Callay

I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like Stalky & Co. may actually be released on UK DVD...EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! A member of a Robert Addie Facebook group shared the news that Simply Media will be releasing Stalky & Co. in March 2016. I had a hard time confirming the news until I found a link for Amazon.co.uk where Stalky & Co. (the DVD) is available for pre-order! There's no cover image and very few details, but the studio name and date tally with the information I've already received. It seems too good to be true considering that it's been impossible to get any copies (thanks to the BBC) up till now. I'm being cautiously optimistic (and trying to resist the urge to pre-order a copy)...Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

I've posted this vid before, but I need to do something to celebrate:

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/144456.html

Jan. 6th, 2016


Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes!

Yes, it's that time of year again! It's Sherlock Holmes's 162nd birthday! I had been hoping to include the classic SNL Sherlock Holmes Surprise Party skit as I was finally able to track it down in I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere's birthday post. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a way to copy the embed code or even track it down on YouTube. If anyone's interested, they can find it embedded in Help Sherlock Holmes Celebrate His 162nd Birthday.

Something I can share is Vidar Magnussen and Bjarte Tjøstheim's HILARIOUS "Missing Shoulder" Sherlock parody. I only found out that they had posted a new parody the other day, even though the vid has been on YouTube for nine months. If you've seen Oklahomo and Mind Phallus, you'll have some idea what to expect. Otherwise, I can only say that they're kind of rude, extremely bizarre and incredibly funny (if you have a sick, twisted sense of humour like I do). Anywaaaaaaay, here's the vid:

Maybe Moffat and Gatiss should take some notes on how Victorian Sherlock should be done. *g*

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/144233.html

Jan. 2nd, 2016


The Abominable Bride: Was She Truly Abominable Or Just Misunderstood?

Contains massive spoilers. Don"t read this if you haven"t watched the special yet.Collapse )

Dec. 29th, 2015


Special Christmas Gift!

raven714 was kind enough to give me two pieces of RoS artwork for Christmas. One of those pieces is this beautiful cover art for Children of the Wheel:

I don't think anyone's ever created cover art for me before, so I'm thrilled to have this. I'm especially happy as it's for Children of the Wheel, one of the stories that is closest to my heart. :-)

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/143642.html

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Dec. 21st, 2015


Happy Holidays, Everyone! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/143510.html

Dec. 17th, 2015


Fic: The Feint (2/2)

Title: The Feint (2/2)
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: 2943
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: It only took a year, but I finally wrote a conclusion for this story, which was originally published in Addie Faction’s RA Magazine. Call it laziness if you will, but I wrote the first installment quickly and always planned for it to end on a cliffhanger. Not surprisingly, most readers weren’t happy about that, and at least a few people asked me to continue the story. I stubbornly refused, determined to stick with the cliffhanger ending. Of course, the main reason I refused was because I had no idea how to conclude the story. Then, one day, not that long ago, a possible solution to the cliffhanger dilemma came to me and I decided to run with it. I doubt it’s the best solution. I’m not even sure if it’s a good solution. However, it’s all I’ve got and it’s not like anyone else ever offered any suggestions. *g* Anywaaaaaaaay, I hope this long-awaited conclusion will suffice and not be too disappointing…

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.

Part 2 can also be found here on AO3.

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Dec. 16th, 2015


The Knights of the Apocalypse Has Finally Found Its Gisburne!

It wasn't easy, but Barnaby Eaton-Jones has finally managed to find an actor to play Gisburne in The Knights of the Apocalypse! Considering how many fans he was trying to please, I can understand why it was such a struggle. In the end, Barnaby asked Nickolas Grace who he would recommend to play Gisburne, and Nickolas Grace suggested Freddie Fox. I've seen Freddie Fox in a couple of things and I think he could be a really good fit. He's played nasty characters before, so I'm sure he could bring the right qualities to the role. Some Robert Addie fans think he'll sound too young compared to the other actors, who are all older than him. However, I've listened to enough Big Finish productions to know that actors can pitch their voices to sound older or younger than they need to be. Actually, unless I'm mistaken, Freddie Fox is the one actor in the production who is the right age as I believe the story takes place around the same time the series was set. Of course, no one could ever really replace Robert Addie in the role, but I'd rather have another actor play the part, and have Gisburne appear in this audio adventure, than have no Gisburne at all.

For anyone who isn't familiar with Freddie Fox, here's a quick YouTube clip:

I feel rather guilty about not mentioning this sooner, but I was really sad to learn about the passing of another RoS actor, Anthony Valentine, who played one of the most memorable guest villains of the show, the Baron de Belleme. I met Anthony Valentine at Silver Arrow 2000 and he was a very nice and incredibly charming man. funkyinfishnet wrote a wonderful tribute to Anthony Valentine, which is definitely worth reading.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/142987.html


Dec. 4th, 2015


The Truth About SPECTRE!

I just read an AWESOME fic that outlines everything that is wrong with SPECTRE (and then some) in the most HILARIOUS way possible. If you're a James Bond fan and you've already seen SPECTRE then I highly recommend Dramatic Arts.

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/142761.html

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.

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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

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