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There was a time in my life when I actually didn’t want to publish a book. It wasn’t a time in my life when I wasn’t writing, because generally I am always writing. (There was a dark period when I didn’t write. We speak not of that period.)

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Title - Working on the Edges (16/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Teen
Characters - Sherlock, John, Moriarty, Mycroft
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - So this is it, you guys! The end!

I don't really understand exactly how this fic happened, as I wasn't writing a skating AU right up until the moment when I found myself writing a skating AU, and then it turned out to be a 50,000-word skating AU, and my life, you guys. This is, I guess, why you should never lose hope in my writing something, because I feel like azriona had been wheedling me for, like, a year about a skating AU, and I kept being like, "No, no, no," and then this all happened, so just ignore me, I know not what words might come out of my fingers next.

Anyway, this fic was kind of a delight to write, considering that it came after some heavy writing in "Adventures of a Single Girl" and those lost few chapters of N&N. I really wanted to write a fic where they connected immediately and just stayed connected, with very little angst. So, honestly, I'm not sure there's much plot but they banter and snog a lot and it was just fun for me, and I hope it was just as fun for all of you.

I haven't quite decided what's coming next, but I do know that I'm taking a bit of a break. As you may have discerned from my lack of comment response recently, I've fallen behind this summer. I'm going away on vacation and various other things for the next couple of weeks, and the timing seemed right to give myself--and my long-suffering beta--a bit of a mental break, during which I hope to finish one of the three (THREE) WIPs I currently have IP.

Thanks, as ever, to arctacuda for the brilliant beta, to azriona for the idea in the first place, and to all of you for reading along and being so encouraging, always. You're all the best and I love you.

Link to AO3.
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Title - Working on the Edges (15/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Teen
Characters - Sherlock, John, Irene Adler, Moriarty
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - Written for the Sherlock Biennial Sports Challenge, which you should all go off and participate in.

Thank you to arctacuda for being very patient with the fact that I can never bother to research anything. (Which is also a disclaimer: If you are a person who knows a lot about skating or hockey, probably this is a bad fic, just fyi.)

Link to AO3.
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Title - Working on the Edges (14/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Teen
Characters - Sherlock, John, Irene Adler
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - Written for the Sherlock Biennial Sports Challenge, which you should all go off and participate in.

Thank you to arctacuda for being very patient with the fact that I can never bother to research anything. (Which is also a disclaimer: If you are a person who knows a lot about skating or hockey, probably this is a bad fic, just fyi.)

Link to AO3.
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They went and named the tropical storm Arthur. How could I resist such a perfect thing?

Storm Chasing

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Title - Working on the Edges (13/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Adult
Characters - Sherlock, John, Lestrade, Irene Adler, Sally Donovan
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - Written for the Sherlock Biennial Sports Challenge, which you should all go off and participate in.

Thank you to arctacuda for being very patient with the fact that I can never bother to research anything. (Which is also a disclaimer: If you are a person who knows a lot about skating or hockey, probably this is a bad fic, just fyi.)

Link to AO3.
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Title - Working on the Edges (12/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Teen
Characters - Sherlock, John, Lestrade, Moriarty, Mike Stamford, Irene Adler
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - Written for the Sherlock Biennial Sports Challenge, which you should all go off and participate in.

Thank you to arctacuda for being very patient with the fact that I can never bother to research anything. (Which is also a disclaimer: If you are a person who knows a lot about skating or hockey, probably this is a bad fic, just fyi.)

Link to AO3.
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Title - Working on the Edges (11/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Teen
Characters - Sherlock, John, Mycroft, Lestrade, Moriarty
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - Written for the Sherlock Biennial Sports Challenge, which you should all go off and participate in.

Thank you to arctacuda for being very patient with the fact that I can never bother to research anything. (Which is also a disclaimer: If you are a person who knows a lot about skating or hockey, probably this is a bad fic, just fyi.)

I'm pretty sure that usually the short program comes before the long program in the competition, but I had to switch them here for dramatic purposes, BECAUSE I AM A LAZY AUTHOR WHO CARES NOT FOR FACTS.

Link to AO3.
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So the thing is that: I've published a book.

This has been quite a journey. Here are the stats:

  • Summer 2010: Begin writing the book. I actually don't remember when I finished it, but it was sometime before...

  • August 2011: Decide to begin querying the book to try to find an agent. Draft up a query letter. Edit and edit and edit and edit the query letter. Seriously, edit it so many times it made me sick to keep looking at the query letter.

  • August 29, 2011: Send out first query letter.

  • August 30, 2011: Receive first rejection.

  • September 14, 2011: Receive first request for more pages.

  • November 10, 2011: After sending the query letter to 40 agents and receiving 27 rejections, received my first offer of representation.

  • Summer 2012: Based on editorial comments, I decide to do a major edit of the novel.

  • Fall 2012: The novel sells! Finally! Massive excitement!

  • Basically all of 2013: Edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit. You get the idea. The novel was better when I was done but OMG SO MUCH EDITING. And then, at the end, the editing happens so quickly. Like, I read the novel over for copy-editing, sent it off, a week later was reading it over again for page proofs, etc. There was one point where I read the full novel, like, three times in one week, and then I was like, "OMG I HAVE WRITTEN THE WORLD'S MOST BORING BOOK."

  • But now the book is done! The book is done and it is finally out there in the world and it can be judged by others!

It is very strange to have a book published. It is something I always wanted to do, and it feels marvelous to have achieved it, and it's been so fun to go around doing signings and meeting people and talking about fiction and writing and my characters, etc. But, at the same time, it's a strange feeling, because it's out there in the world and after all this time editing it and whatnot, I can now do nothing, really, for it. It's out there, and people will love it or people will hate it, and I must just now move on to the next book.

I thought that I would be used to this, given how many years I have spent publishing fanfiction, and I do think that I am more used to it than many of the other debut authors whose first books have come out this year. Like, I'm used to the give-and-take of reviews and comments, to the relinquishment of control once you put it out into the world. But it's also different, because with fanfic, although it's very much mine, I can also kind of be like, "Well, you know, I blame canon for this." Whereas with this, *I* am the canon. If it's all a mess, we have no one to blame but me!

But, all that said, it has been a blast, and I'm so glad that it happened, and I'm really proud of myself for sticking with it (this is by no means the first novel I've written or the first novel I queried, it just happened to be the first that ever got any traction with the industry) and for getting it done. But if you've been wondering why I've been a mess and not responding to comments and barely keeping up with anything, well, now you know. And if you're curious, the book is a young adult fantasy about faeries in Boston (because does it surprise any of you that I would write a book about Boston?) and you can read more about it here and more about the launch parties to celebrate it here
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Title - Working on the Edges (10/16)
Author -earlgreytea68
Rating - Adult
Characters - Sherlock, John, Mycroft
Spoilers - Through "His Last Vow"
Disclaimer - I don't own them and I don't make money off of them, but I don't like to dwell on that, so let's move on.
Summary - No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.
Author's Notes - Written for the Sherlock Biennial Sports Challenge, which you should all go off and participate in.

Thank you to arctacuda for being very patient with the fact that I can never bother to research anything. (Which is also a disclaimer: If you are a person who knows a lot about skating or hockey, probably this is a bad fic, just fyi.)

I've been terrible with comments lately. Just awful. I'm so, so sorry. I love each and every single one of them and I thank you so much for them and I promise I will eventually get back to them.

Link to AO3.
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