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Friday, January 4, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
I had a few ideas for this blog. My first Revenge foray of the New Year! Let’s be inspirational! Let’s rally the crew and surge into the New Year… But you know, nothing is really gelling for me right now. So, I’m gonna wing it and see what rises to the surface.
Let me Andy Rooney for a moment.
Did you ever notice how smaller movie theaters show less previews?
Or how hard it is to write sex for characters who already exist in the social mind? (Hey, that will work!)
Yeah, I’m talking about Sherlock Holmes again. You know, when I started working on Homeless, I figured this would give me a chance to indulge in writing some nice gooey scenes for the great detective. I mean, in one form or another, I’ve had a crush on the character forever. From Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett to Robert Downey, Jr. Not to mention how much I enjoy the written stories, by Doyle or not.
So…I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna make Holmes have sex! I may even have him fall in love and have romantic sex, ie, making love! I’m gonna get him naked!
Picture me, hunched over my keyboard, a gleam in my eye, a maniacal grin on my face, ready…ready…ready… Come on…ready! READY! WTF?
When it finally came down to it, it was damned near impossible!
Why!? I mean, I’ve read non-approved fanfiction, I’ve read approved fanfiction, I’ve seen X-rated movies that portrayed Han Solo as a brothel owner who really, really enjoyed his job! And C3PO was a sexbot! (I really like Randy Spears...)
But with Sherlock…it was different. It was damned near impossible. As if the character was so deeply entrenched as untouchable – in that way – that I waged war with my inner gone-too-far-guard and nearly lost.
I’ve written tentacle sex, for gods sake! And didn’t blink at it. I wrote orgies, torture…I’ve seen my beloved main characters raped… Millions of words where I didn’t shy away from anything. But…put Holmes in bed, or wherever, with a woman. And all the plans I had for stripping away all the control and showing him as a total animal…didn’t happen.
Oh, I was finally able to write him falling for my lead. But, damn it! Not the way I’m imagined it.
Why? Oh, why? Is it Holmes? Is it me? I couldn’t take the character I’d been in love with for most of my life and diddle with him? I know I spoke about doing with the sacred the things you can’t imagine doing…but what stopped me from doing what I planned and plotted doing? What was it about Holmes?
I don’t like finding writing limitations. In some ways, it was good, it forced me to be more thoughtful and selective with what words I used and how I set things up. At the same time, it was a little creepy. Like he stood behind me, holding an invisible leash.
I’m a bit speechless with this development. I’m not even sure what to ask the crew… I mean, Captain? You made Lucifer fall in love…did you feel this block at all? Anyone else find yourself derailed to this extent? Push through it and find it worthwhile? (I like the scenes I inevitably wrote.) Anybody have any idea why the wall came up? (Or you just glad it did as you didn’t want to see what I could do to Holmes?)