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This Sunday, 26th February, we'll be posting our 60 word ficlets for Charles Augustus Milverton.

Holmes attempts to do business with a blackmailer on behalf of a young noblewoman about to be married. But when the loathsome Charles Augustus Milverton stands firm to his terms, Holmes decides another course of action is called for…

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. Rachel is still on her travels and things are up in the air for her (possibly literally), but there will be a new poetry form to try: the rhyming alliterisen. (The linked page is headed ‘Alliterisen’. See the bottom of the page for the ‘Rhyming Alliterisen’.)

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!

Black Peter: Neligan's Hope

Author: debriswoman
Rating: general
Word count: 60

Neligan's Hope

A yacht sails at night from the harbour;
Her owner, long burdened with shame.
A last ditch attempt to trade bonds and recover
His customers funds, his good name.
~0~
A storm rises up to consume him;
All remnants of hope disappear.
A whaler appears on the wave tossed horizon;
Relief takes the place of stark fear.
~0~
Salvation, redemption, are near.
~0~

Black Peter: Interruption

Canon Story: Black Peter
Title: Interruption (the serialisation of the Private Journal of Dr Watson)
Author:thesmallhobbit
Rating: G

I am not sure why Holmes ...   Nobody is interested in the presence of a harpoon when we could be talking about the best inspector instead.  I was so afraid he would be injured when restraining the unpleasant Patrick Cairns, but fortunately it was not so.  Although he was left a little breathless, I was relieved he had not been hurt.
Canon Story: Black Peter
Rating: Gen
Summary: In which Mister Holmes errs in storing his harpoon in the kitchen

“…and then the stain on the carpet,” said Mrs. Hudson with a sigh.
“And Inspector Hopkins leaving without touching his breakfast,” mumbled Bessie around a mouthful of cold scrambled eggs.
“Best for all that ‘Captain Basil’ and ship’s doctor go on holiday or…” Mrs. Hudson eyed the harpoon in the corner.
Bessie laughed. “You said your whaling days were over!”

Black Peter: Pig-out

Title: Black Peter: Pig-out
Author: gardnerhill                         
Word Count: 60
Rating: G
Warning: None
Summary: He probably paid good money for the thing, after all.

***

“More spareribs?”

“Holmes, I’m satiated.”

“Then some loin slices? Trotters?”

“No. More. Please.”

“Watson, I own a 400-pound pig that requires immediate consumption.”

“Holmes! The solution is obvious!”

##

“Some chops, Wiggins?”

“Jest put ‘em next to the brawn and bacon, Mr. Holmes!”

“Did you lads all get ham packages to take home?”

Twenty Irregulars chorused affirmative through full, grinning mouths.

Black Peter: A Breath of Fresh Air

Canon Story: The Adventure of Black Peter
Title: A Breath of Fresh Air
Author: scfrankles
Rating: G
Author's Notes: “...And yet he might have kept some tobacco for his friends."


“So, what about a cigar?”

“Yes, that’s…”

Hopkins watched in bemusement as Holmes rose from the dinner table. He followed him downstairs, and then out to the backyard and a windswept shelter.

Holmes smiled. “Mrs. Hudson now insists I confine all tobacco related activities to the ‘smoking room’.

Hopkins frowned. “But why?”

“Because,” said Holmes, “I had a… smoking… room.”
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.

Rachel is still travelling with Mr. Mycroft Holmes but once again, she has managed to telegraph her contribution to me. And so, courtesy of my housemaid Rachel, here 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.



Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market

By Pablo Neruda, translated by Robin Robertson



Telegram from Rachel: IN DEATH, EVEN A MONSTROUS MAN CAN ATTAIN A SORT OF GRANDEUR STOP BLACK PETER SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES STOP THESE AMERICAN GANGSTERS ARE STARTING TO RUB OFF ON ME WILL BE GLAD TO BE HOME SOON FULL STOP



Thank you so much to Rachel - I am sure we will all be very glad to have her safely back. (I worry, you know...)

And here as well is a new poetry form to try: the compound word verse.


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But you do not have to use this 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, blitz poem, blues stanza, bref double, Burns stanza, call and response, chastushka, cinquain, circular poetry, clerihew, colour poems, compound word verse, concrete poetry, Cornish verse, curtal sonnet, diamante, doggerel, double dactyl, ekphrasis, elegiac couplet, elegiac stanza, elfje, englyn, epigram, epistle, epitaph, epulaeryu, Etheree, fable, Fib, florette, found poetry, free verse, ghazal, haiku, In Memoriam stanza, Italian sonnet, jueju, kennings poem, lanturne, limerick, line messaging, 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 Adventure of Black Peter in the comments on this post. I look forward to seeing them!


Warm regards,

Mrs. Hudson
This week, the canon story we’re looking at is The Adventure of Black Peter and the chosen topic is Tobacco and Smoking.

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This Sunday, 19th February, we'll be posting our 60 word ficlets for The Adventure of Black Peter.

And so we rejoin Holmes and Watson, just as Holmes has returned home from stabbing a dead pig with a harpoon. But this is not as odd as it first appears—it seems it’s to do with investigating the murder of Captain Peter Carey. Will Holmes be able to discover the murderer? (And bring home the bacon?)

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. Rachel is still on secondment to Mycroft Holmes unfortunately, but there will be a new poetry form to try: the compound word verse.

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 Solitary Cyclist: Misguided

Author: debriswoman
Rating: general
Word count: 60

Misguided

She hitched up her skirts,
And discreetly dismounted.
He watched from the window,
Entranced by the view.
He loved her;
A quite unexpected reaction.
A dreadful dilemma;
All plans set askew.
He'd relinquish the treasure
They'd carefully planned for;
A sacrifice made
As he loved Violet so.
But no comprehension
Of selfless devotion;
The honourable option
To simply let go.
~0~

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