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[sticky post] Dr Watson's Advent Calendar

We all have our own ideas about how Dr Watson would like to spend December, whether it would be hot on the heels of an escaping criminal or sitting comfortably in front of the fire sipping mulled wine.  And now you have the opportunity to share those ideas with others.

Once more this year watsons_woes are running WAdvent, with the chance to contribute tales, poems or artwork.  So can we encourage you to head over to the WAdvent Calendar 2016 and check which dates are available and maybe sign up to take one.  In addition, on the calendar you will see certain dates are marked with a present.  These will be open prompt days when we are promised all sorts of excitement.

And for everyone, whether or not you are able to contribute, don't forget to head to watsons_woes every day in December to open up the next window of the WAdvent Calendar.
This Sunday, 4th December, we'll be posting our 60 word ficlets for The Blue Carbuncle.

It is two days after Christmas and Watson has popped round to Baker Street to wish Holmes the compliments of the season. And once again he is just in time to get caught up in an adventure - a case in which a Christmas goose plays a principal part...

If you haven't tried 60 for 60 before, full information - including our schedule - can be found on our profile. But in essence: you read ACD's story and then you write a 60 word story inspired by it! You don't have to post a story every week - just join in whenever you feel like it.

Each Sunday we will also have our weekly discussion post, where we discuss a topic inspired by the canon story. And there’s Mrs. Hudson's Poetry Page too - any poems written about this week’s story can be left as a comment on her post. Mrs. Hudson informs me that the poetry form being revisited this week is colour poems. And as always, her housemaid Rachel will be suggesting a poem for us to read, to give us added inspiration.

You can choose one activity, or have a go at everything. Or just come along and read the 60s! (And have a chat in the comments.) All options are absolutely fine.

Hope to see you on Sunday. But don’t worry if you can’t join us then - we stay open for posting and commenting all week!

The Red-Headed League: Lessons

Author: debriswoman
Canon tale: The Adventure of the Red-Headed League
Word count:60
Rating: general
Note...I know it has been said before...

Lessons

If you've paid enough attention to these stories in the Strand,
There are several risk avoidance strategies to keep at hand;
The dangers of accepting wages far beyond your worth
May enmesh you in forced weddings, drastic haircuts, fuller's earth;
And regarding Jabez Wilson; one more lesson learned today
Is to view with deep suspicion those content with half-rate pay.
~0~
Canon Story: The Red-Headed League
Title: An Unexpected After Effect (the serialisation of the Private Journal of Dr Watson)
Author:thesmallhobbit
Rating: G

Poor Mr Jones.  It is very unfortunate he has bright red hair.  I could barely refrain from laughing in his presence, which would have been completely unprofessional given that he is my patient.  Luckily he had left the premises before I caught Mary’s eye and we both began to laugh.  Jabez Wilson does indeed have a lot to answer for.
 
Canon Story: The Red-Headed League
Rating: Gen
Summary: Blank verse based on the line: 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico' you know and my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid.

My poor little reputation
sails upon the sea
of client conversation
over coffee, tea.
Along comes an augmentation
of wind, mightily
gales blow. Off course, destination,
dashed upon the rocks,
Omne ignotum pro magnifico
toll the bells, chime the clocks,
as my little reputation
is wrecked verily.
One splinter’s spared devastation,
crowned by Doctor’s ejaculation,
“Brilliant as ever to me!”

The Red-Headed League: The Hardest Part

Title: The Red-Headed League: The Hardest Part
Author: gardnerhill                        
Word Count: 60
Rating: G
Warning: None
Summary: Tom Petty was right.

***

My military experience prepared me for both ends of my work with Sherlock Holmes.

As a man of action I am instantly ready to give chase, collar a suspect, or strike a blow.

But a soldier’s life is also waiting – endless waiting, on guard and alert.

Once again, in a bank vault, I endure the surest test of my training.
 
Canon Story: The Red-headed League
Title: Fiery-locks and the Three Chairs
Author: scfrankles
Rating: G
Author's Notes: “Try the settee,” said Holmes… I… indeed was nodding myself…


“Ah, perfect timing, Watson...”

“Yes! I can see… somebody’s sitting in my chair! Hello, Fiery-locks!”

“Watson!”

“Don’t worry, I’ll find another chair. No, too hard… This one’s too soft… Maybe I should just lie down...”

“Try the settee, old fellow. Mrs. Hudson! Dr. Watson’s been at the brandy again. Perhaps some coffee—? Oh, never mind. Somebody’s sleeping in my bed.”
Welcome once again to my poetry page!

I hope each week you will read Dr. Watson’s delightful narrative and then go on to write a poem related to it in some way. All forms of poetry are permitted, and further down the page there is a selection you might like to consider using over the coming weeks.

And here, courtesy of my housemaid Rachel, is this week’s suggested poem to read—a suggestion inspired by the themes and subjects in this week's story. Hopefully you will enjoy the poem, and perhaps it may give you some ideas for a poem of your own or allow you to look at Dr. Watson's story in a new way.



Art Thief

by Neal Bowers



Note from Rachel: The delightful hauteur of the thief's voice in this poem reminds me of John Clay. One does get the sense that he feels his marks should be honored to have their belongings taken with such impeccable style.



Thank you so much to Rachel. And here is my suggested form to revisit this week: the jueju. (The link takes you back to a previous poetry page.)

But you do not have to use that form. Any form of poetry is welcome this week—and every week! Here are a few suggestions for you:

221B verselet, abecedarian poetry, acrostic poetry, alexandrine, ballad, beeswing, blackout poetry, blues stanza, bref double, Burns stanza, call and response, chastushka, cinquain, circular poetry, clerihew, colour poems, concrete poetry, Cornish verse, curtal sonnet, diamante, doggerel, double dactyl, ekphrasis, elegiac couplet, elegiac stanza, elfje, englyn, epigram, epitaph, epulaeryu, Etheree, fable, Fib, florette, found poetry, free verse, ghazal, haiku, In Memoriam stanza, Italian sonnet, jueju, kennings poem, lanturne, limerick, lyric poetry, mathnawī, micropoetry, mini-monoverse, musette, palindrome poetry, pantoum, Parallelismus Membrorum, poem cycle, quintilla, renga, riddle, rime couée, Schüttelreim, sedoka, septet, sestina, sonnet, tanka, tercet, terza rima, tongue twister poetry, triangular triplet, triolet, Tyburn, villanelle


Please leave all your poems inspired by The Red-headed League in the comments on this post. I look forward to seeing them!


Warm regards,

Mrs. Hudson

Discussion Post: The Red-headed League

This week, the canon story we’re looking at is The Red-headed League and the chosen topic is Banking.

A few facts:

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This Sunday, 27th November, we'll be posting our 60 word ficlets for The Red-headed League.

Watson calls round to Baker Street to find Holmes interviewing a client. Mr. Jabez Wilson has two points of interest - fiery red hair and a very strange story to tell...

If you haven't tried 60 for 60 before, full information - including our schedule - can be found on our profile. But in essence: you read ACD's story and then you write a 60 word story inspired by it! You don't have to post a story every week - just join in whenever you feel like it.

Each Sunday we will also have our weekly discussion post, where we discuss a topic inspired by the canon story. And there’s Mrs. Hudson's Poetry Page too - any poems written about this week’s story can be left as a comment on her post. Mrs. Hudson informs me that the poetry form being revisited this week is the jueju. And as always, her housemaid Rachel will be suggesting a poem for us to read, to give us added inspiration.

You can choose one activity, or have a go at everything. Or just come along and read the 60s! (And have a chat in the comments.) All options are absolutely fine.

Hope to see you on Sunday. But don’t worry if you can’t join us then - we stay open for posting and commenting all week!

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