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Without (much) further ado

I must hurry now. I’ve procrastinated too much already.
There’s a thing I have to tell you.
As soon as possible, if I do not wish die a most painful death at the hands of Tanvi (among others?).

I don’t blame her.
I’m a month late, and if I was in her place, I’d be equally, if not more, excited and impatient.

I apologise for the delay Tanvi, hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.

And yes, I shall get to the point now.
But wait!
Must do the pleasantries.

Happy New Year, everyone!
Here’s wishing you the most prosperous and fulfilling new year, hope you get up on the right side of the bed each morning (unless your bed’s in a corner, like mine, in which case, there’s really only one way, isn’t there?), get the exact presents you want on your birthday (but in a way that you’re still surprised) and are blessed with a speedy internet connection so you have no problems enjoying my blog posts!

December 2014 was a great month for me, and for a change, I knew it then as well (because you know? You mostly feel that times were “good” retrospectively?).

Blogging wise as well it was my best month till date according to the stats page (2015 was a pretty lousy year, blogging wise).
Even otherwise, it was one of my favourite months to be a blogger because my fellow writer friends wrote short stories for my blog, and it was amazing because all of them are so talented and I felt really proud of them all posting here, and basically, it was so much fun!

I wasn’t planning on doing it the next year (which was 2015) (and technically, I didn’t), but somewhere in the middle of the year I happened upon this amazing list of prompts and I couldn’t resist!
So I thought, why not?
I contacted all of my friends, a few new ones, and told them about the prompts!

They were, once again, enthusiastic about doing this.
In fact, Leanna, when I first emailed her about this, replied with:

Hey Sam! 
As always, I’m in! 

So yes! She’s writing too, look out for her story.

Now, I should’ve done this in December- I was supposed to.
But I’m not going to bore you with my reasons for being a month late, especially because they’re all very stupid.
But I’m here now, and we’re doing this!
I can’t think of a better way to start the year.

When do I start posting the stories?
That’s a good question!

Whose story shall be up first?
That’s another good one!

Hey, let me answer that one, seeing as to how I just came up with an answer:
Let’s start with Tanvi’s!

Yay! That’s settled then!
Tanvi is new to the whole short story thing, but her story is still wonderful, you’ll love it!

I’ll post it in the next few days, and as Mr.Holmes aptly puts it,
“The stage is set. The curtain rises. We are ready to begin.”

(If I was the non-rambly kind, I’d stop there and let those words echo a bit, but I’m not- and anyway I’m too excited not to discuss the Christmas Special! Leave comments telling me your thoughts about it!!! Non-spoilery comments though- don’t want people getting spoilt.)

(Oh hey, one more thing, if you are interested in reading the stories from last year- they’re all amazing- you can do that by going to the category “Fiction” and they’re all there so yeah, check them out, you’ll enjoy!)

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This is one of my posts for the Blogging Competition I’ve taken part in.
I’ve only got a few days now so please like and share! 😀

Thank you and DFTBA!

My Patronus is Sherlock! (According to BuzzFeed)

Day 16 was missing in our Tumblr Challenge list so Leanna on the suggestion of Tanvi, decided that the prompt should be “Expecto Patronum! What form does your Patronus take and why?

Thank you both of you, it’s a great prompt.
We’ve always wondered about this, haven’t we?
I think it’d be an owl.
It is supposed to be my spirit animal, and what with all the Athena connections (I’m the daughter of Athena, who is the Goddess of wisdom, war strategy, inspiration, arts and loads of other awesome things) I believe it could be true.

Leanna’s post has these awesome pictures of owls (I especially love her display picture, ever since I first saw it!)
and wow! If that’s going to be Patronus, bring it on Dementors!

And the customary BuzzFeed quiz that everyone’s doing told me this:
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All I could think was Sherlock!

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And what’s with BuzzFeed saying the same for all three of us??
(Tanvi, Leanna and I have, apparently, all got Patronuses that are otters)
Come on BuzzFeed! You’re not even trying.

Tell me in the comments if you got something else on the quiz!

Congratulations to everyone who completed this challenge (especially if you did it on time) and if you haven’t yet completed, don’t worry! We’re getting there 😀

How My Fandoms Help Me Survive

However bad things get, however lonely I feel, I know, that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome me home.

A witty remark by Chandler can cheer me up any time.

Ted Mosby gives me hope, he makes me believe.

The Doctor tells me that there is so much out there that is yet to be seen, things that are yet to be discovered, yet to be experienced.
He makes me see that humans are brilliant!

Sherlock teaches me how to put my emotions aside and focus on the bigger picture, to use my brain and form a plan. Sherlock teaches me to think.

The Hunger Games show me that it’s never going to be quite that bad and that, in spite of everything, the survivors live. And that it’s always better to have lived than to have died.

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Well, this is straight from my diary and so it is also a little unpolished but I didn’t want to change a single word.
It’s something I wrote a few days ago when I was feeling really low and hopeless and demotivated.
It is a little different from what I usually post on my blog.

It’s true though, what I’ve written about the fandoms. And it’s not just fandoms, but the things I do, like write, learn new things, paint, etc. but I suppose that’s for another day!

Just thought I’d put it out there for muggles who don’t understand my fandom obsessions, but more importantly, for my fandom people who may feel the same and understand me, or will feel better after reading this.

P.S. I didn’t add Nerdfighteria to it the other day because I got interrupted while writing, but this is what I wanted to write (it sounds more cheerful now, but I remember that it felt a little solemn when I had thought of it that day, so I guess a few words have changed in the span of last few days) :

And I know that if all else fails, I can always turn to Made of Awesome Nerdfighters for help- my super amazing friends with whom I communicate only via the internet (mostly). 

She collapsed onto the bed extremely

She collapsed onto the bed extremely exhausted and she wasn’t sure but she thought her cheeks hurt from fake-smiling so much.

He joined her a moment later, lying down besides her.

“Happy Birthday once again sweetheart!” she said to him and realized that hosting the party (where she didn’t know a soul) was totally worth it.

“Well.. it’s almost yours now.” He said, glancing at the clock.

23.31, it read.

Aah! She had momentarily forgotten about it.

She’d turn 20 in exactly 29 minutes too.

What were the odds of having a boyfriend who almost shared your birthday?
But everything about their relationship so far had been surreal.
The way they met, their relationship so far… and it had only been 8 months!

Was it too soon to move in together?
She was loving this feeling of lying down besides him and she’d love to wake up next to him every morning.

Hahaha… Silly her! Not like it was going to happen.

They hadn’t even, well, done it yet.

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Wow! He couldn’t believe he was so lucky.
The party was amazing.
And it wasn’t an easy task, definitely. The efforts she took to make sure all his favourite people came; and she hadn’t even lived in the city for a whole year.

Was it too soon to move in together?
He was loving this feeling of lying down besides her and he’d love to wake up next to her every morning.

They hadn’t really talked about anything of that sort.
It felt like saying any of it out loud or making plans would break the spell.

He wanted her. In ways he couldn’t quite put into words.

She was beautiful, and not only the skin-deep kind.
She was funny, and smart.
The amount of loyalty she had for the things that mattered to her was amazing.

It only made him love her more.
But see? That was exactly it!

On the one hand, he wanted to make love to her, but then again, he was alright with just this.
Maybe later they’d talk about it.
And maybe they’d be doing the deed really soon.
For now, he kissed her and she kissed him back.
Was it his imagination or was it more passionate than usual?

“What do you want for your birthday? I haven’t really gotten you anything, you know.” he tried teasing her.

“You.” she said, smiling. And then she laughed. “Haha no! Of course I want books and fandom merch and all that. We’re not that kind of a cheesy couple, right? But I want you too, can I have you?”

He looked at her… well she looked sirius enough.

“You mean..like..?” he asked.
“Yes I mean exactly like.” she said. And then she added, “Unless you…”

“No no! Oh my God no! I thought you didn’t! ”

“Wow! Why don’t we ever talk about stuff? Are we scared of jinxing it?”

“Exactly what I was wondering. So you’re sure?”

“Surer than Sherlock is when makes his deductions.”

“Well, technically those are just guesses. Calculated guesses. His science of deduction, you see…”

“Oh my God! For once, will you just kiss me instead?” She asked taking hold of his collar and pulling him closer.

And then he did.

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All those little things

[I was typing out the title really quickly because I couldn’t wait to start the blog post, and so it came out as “All those little thongs
I’m glad I noticed when I did, or my views would suddenly shoot up and, though glad, I would wonder why]

People we talk to everyday ask us questions like ,”So what’s up? What’s new?”

My reply is almost always “Nothing!”

Then I tell them how all I have to do daily is attend class for 8 hours, do my homework and spend the rest of the day chatting with them and others. There’s not much scope left for anything new.

Officially all I’m doing is preparing for an exam which is on the 22nd of June.
Unofficially I’m doing quite a lot of things such as reading, blogging etc.

Most of the people who ask me that question don’t really care about that stuff and so I never tell them.

But while repeating the “Nothing!” again and again, somewhere I start to wonder if it is true.

What if I’m not really doing much? (On second thoughts, I’ll leave this question out, I constantly wonder about this and I could write a book about my feelings on the topic of ‘Not doing much’)

What if there is nothing new going on in my life and I’m leading a very boring life?

But what are my choices? I have to do the stuff I am doing, there’s no running away from that.

My life is not the kind of movie where the protagonist, after a lot of hardships, suddenly realizes that she doesn’t want to do this anymore and she quits and things start getting better for her. So that is definitely not an option.

Whatever I wish to do, I have to arrange it around my compulsory schedule, and I’m managing that way just fine.

Therefore little things that I like doing give me joy.

Take this week, for instance.

For the past three weeks I hadn’t watched a single video. In fact I don’t think I even visited YouTube in all this time.

No it wasn’t because I was so busy studying that I did not have the time (you will notice that I was anything but studying last week if you see the number of posts on WordPress), but because I had no choice.
My earphones as well as headphones had stopped working and I couldn’t watch the videos without them.

But yesterday I finally got new headphones and I watched 2- yes only 2, I suppose I’m a bit out of practice- videos.
But they cheered me up immensely!

One was literally not much except Elmify cooking sphagetti and marrying Benedict Cumberbatch (yeah, okay, Benny C was a plus)- and still I was so happy watching that video.

In the beginning, How to Adult was another one of Hank’s show for me, but now I love Emma and Mike just the same.
That is the kind of thing I’m talking about.

The other video I watched was John’s where he talked about him being named in the list of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine.
(Whatever he says, I feel that he totally deserves it and I am SO proud 😀 )

God! I missed watching his videos so much!!!
I’m yet to watch even one Hank video, I’ll do it ASAP.

John also talked about Katherine Boo’s Behind The Beautiful Forevers which I am currently reading and while I’ve been plodding through it for days, ever since I watched that video I’ve started reading it with a new found zest.

That guy never fails to inspire me.

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Moving on, another one of those little things is that they have been showing Sherlock on TV lately, and while I watch it for myself on the laptop every week, watching it on TV is just something special.
It is like listening to your favourite song on the radio, even if you’ve got it on your iPod and listen to it everyday.

I also received a much-awaited e-mail from my penpal last night (Hey if you are reading this, I will definitely be replying- give me till Sunday because I have an exam tomorrow which I’m trying not to think about so let’s leave it at that).

All this was simply small stuff (Don’t you adore awesome alliterations?) but the major thing that happened yesterday was that I finished the last book in the Millennium Trilogy- The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest.

I don’t know about others but for me, finishing a series is a momentous occasion. It feels like the last line should be read with utmost care because it is only once that you’ll be reading it for the first time. You cannot do that for the first line unless you really know the kind of impact the book will have on you (but really, not knowing is the best part).

Starting the Millennium trilogy was a case of judging a book by its title.
“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” got me interested and as of yesterday, I have officially added a new series to my list of favourite series.
All three books were brilliant- fast paced and full of suspense.
I suppose it helps to judge a book by its title and cover sometimes.

I would keep on raving about the trilogy but I do not have the time nor the inclination to write a full fledged review. So I’ll just say: I highly recommend it.

An interesting post about something amazing *spoiler alert* It is about Harry Potter!!! *spoiler over* is in the works but as usual I’m procrastinating about it.
It’ll be done by Sunday I suppose.

Until then, why don’t you guys tell me about those little things which cheer you up when you’re feeling low or in general add a bit of fun to your otherwise dull (I’m not saying your life is dull, of course not. But you know, if you think so) life?

[Ramble on a bit, at least make sure your answers are longer than my question. I am the only one babbling around here- henceforth I’m going to give you people a chance too 😛 ]

Since when did Nerdfighter start preceding Potterhead?

I spent the last 24 hours at my aunt’s place. I was “visiting” (I associate that word only to Jane Austen novels, or perhaps to the dentist).

First I was a bit apprehensive of going because it’d be the first time I was visiting (the word again) and I didn’t want to intrude. Not to mention my own awkwardness.

But somehow my aunt and mum together convinced me to go (come in case of aunt, of course).

And my aunt also mentioned in the passing of this girl two years younger to me (but in the vast scheme of things, my age) who read a lot and would be “visiting” too.

So that helped, sort of. I thought that at the very least I’d get to know a person who read books completely different from my kind and someone who probably didn’t know the meaning of ‘fangirling’ but at least she read and therefore I could maybe get a few recommendations out of her. Or (and this was just the hope talking because, really, what are the odds?) she’d be this awesome fangirl who spent every waking moment on Tumblr and had read just about everything (Everything being Harry Potter, The Fault In Our Stars, The Hunger Games, Divergent Trilogy, Percy Jackson series).

 

Now, I know lightning doesn’t strike twice… and I know it doesn’t strike twice in a good way either, but this’d be like the 4th or 5th time it struck for me (in a good way).

The beginning of it all didn’t seem very promising, I’ll be honest.

After dinner she took out a book from her bag and I didn’t even let her settle down before I exclaimed “Paper Towns!! I’ve read that book and it’s awesome!!!” (Excuse the exclamation marks, but I did say ‘exclaimed’)

Her face lit up like a Christmas tree (okay no, no, bad metaphor! Never saying that again- it is NOT funny).

Then I asked if she had read TFiOS, she said yes.

Then I asked her if she was a Nerdfighter, she said yes again. But then I thought I should clarify what I meant.

So I asked, “Like, are you a fan of YouTube John Green?” Yes I did call him that. “YouTube John Green”. Don’t ask me why.

Then somehow we moved on to Dan and Phil (she is a huge fan, she likes them more than she likes the vlogbrothers). She does have a tumblr where she does spend every waking moment.

Her twitter and tumblr are called something which is a cross reference from Percy Jackson and Divergent (I’m not sure if she’d want me to tell you what it is) so then I knew that she had read those too.

We then talked about a lot of other stuff and almost on second thoughts I asked, “You’ve read Harry Potter too, right?”

And she said “Obviously!”

 

Now this could be interpreted in two ways.

The First way:

We took it for granted that when a person has read all those other books, she has most obviously read Harry Potter. It is illegal not to have.

And this shows how Harry Potter is a legendary thing, something that can never be replaced.

The Second way (AKA The Way I Saw It):

For a huge part of what would be considered our first impressions (the part where I really started liking her, and I hope the feeling was mutual, and I mean it in the most platonic way, stop sniggering! This is sirius) the words “Harry Potter” weren’t uttered. The fact that she was a Nerdfighter was enough for me. Does that mean I don’t care about Harry Potter now?
I was so ashamed of myself when I noticed the lack of Harry Potter references in our chat. Even after I had asked her, we still talked about other stuff more than we did about Harry Potter.

(She is also a fan of BBC Sherlock among other things 😀 )

I really hate that. No offence to John, of course I love him and everything- but how could we not have discussed Harry Potter? I mean really?!?!? (As I use the interrobang too, I think to myself “Ha! Mine and John’s favorite punctuation”)

I lightly said that to her too, “If not for John Green, we’d be having this conversation about Harry Potter” and I meant it very lightly too. Only later did I fully comprehend the implications of that one sentence.

I’m torn. I really love John and I love all my other fandoms. And everyone in them, but somehow I feel like I’m not being faithful to Harry Potter and JKR!

It was the gateway fandom: how could I not start the conversation from there?
But then again, now that I think of it, we wouldn’t even have had the conversation if she wasn’t reading Paper Towns, a book that I love. So it was all for the best.

And anyway, I’m always gonna call her a Potterhead Nerdfighter even if she likes 394 other things.

 

P.S. I mentioned that this was the fourth or fifth time that it happened to me (this randomly meeting a Potterhead thing). I’ve mentioned two other times here (the beginning of it all) and here.

 

P.P.S. I’ve written a blog post (a pretty long one) two weeks ago but I haven’t posted it yet, because I have to edit it. Please hope for my sake that I do it soon. It’s about books, in case you want to decide whether or not you should hope and pray. 

 

 

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