Writing In The Daylight ~ Dancing In The Night

Progress Log: Gilded Cage

Ch 18 1084 Words
Next Update Unknown
What the actual…?

My MAC face powder has yeast extract in it.


Just, bloody why?

(For those who missed the post and think I’m off my rocker, it’s been medically indicated that I have a yeast intolerance and I’m trying to remove it from my diet/life as much as possible. The stuff that’s got yeast in is unbelievable.)

Oh well, at least the face powder is almost all gone.

Anonymous sent: you should update GC however you feel like! we will be happy regardless :)

Everyone has shown such remarkable patience while waiting for me to sort out stuff. It really has been wonderful (and very much appreciated!) My kid is finally back at school tomorrow, so I’m hoping to establish some faint semblance of normality!

Anonymous sent: words! Yaaaaaay! gooooooooo B! *cheerleader jump*

Thank you, sweetie. Unfortunately there are so few words of chapter 18 up there that I am, in fact, deeply ashamed of myself. But fritz42war says they are very good words, and that’s brilliant!

Of course, that could have something to do with what’s happening…

Should probably have clarified

Thanks for the advice, guys. My sister has the same milk thing, so I’m well-armed with tips on avoiding it. It’s not the lactose that’s a problem. It’s an intolerance of the proteins found in milk and whey powder, like casein, not the lactose.

On the plus side, my diet will become more healthy out of necessity, and in theory, my cooking skills will also improve.

And hey, I can drink tea black. 


I’m not allergic to tea!

Just milk, yeast, beef, barley, corn/maize (including corn syrup) and chardonnay grapes.

In all fairness, it’s only been recommended that I cut out the first two entirely, and just make sure I don’t overdo it on everything else, but milk and yeast?

*Grumbles in annoyance.*


Social Anxiety test. Scores in the 41 - 50 range indicate Severe Social Anxiety.


m1ssc0mmun1cat10n replied to your post: Ugh

I’m never one to pressure an artist bUT PLEASE DON’T DIE BEFORE YOU FINISH THE STORY

I shall endeavour to hold off my inevitable demise until after I finish ;)


I have been sitting with a Word document open for two and a half hours. I have 439 words to show for my efforts.

This part of any fic I’ve ever written has always been the hardest, and with this particular fic, it’s even harder than usual. Because there are issues everywhere, and there’s a complete conflict between forming a strategy to overcome said issues or pretending said issues aren’t there and just letting Sherlock and John have this moment.

Because God they need this moment.


I have come to the conclusion that there’s an actual possibility this fic might kill me. (But hell, what a way to go.)


I was tagged by Mildredandbobbin.

Rules: In a text post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

The Beast of Baskerville by mildredandbobbin. Do you know how beautiful this fic is? Do you? Because if you don’t, you need to go and find out. (This was the first historical AU I read, and I suppose you could say that she’s a sort of gateway writer for me - my first omegaverse, vampire!lock, Kharthur, and fawn!lock fics were all hers too.)

Shatter the Darkness (Let the Light In) by mojoflower I’m listening to consultingsmartarse ‘s podfic of this now (which is brilliant, by the way). I cannot get enough of this fic, or of this writer. Ever.

Stranger at the Gate by bendingsignpost, which I got so immersed in that it felt like I forgot to breathe. It’s such a wonderful, complete universe, I can’t even. (Also Soothsayer - that was lovely for the might-have-beens. I’m a sucker for stories like that).

The Warzone series by abundantlyqueer, which was some of the first Sherlock fic I ever read, and it was unbelievably hot, and I have absolutely no regrets.

Midnight Blue Serenity by beautifulfic which is far and away one of the most satisfying mystery stories I have ever read (and Electric Pink Hand Grenade too. I know I’ll love the rest of her stuff, I just haven’t read them yet - I need to block off whole days to read her stuff, they are that absorbing).

Eating at the Table of Another by peevee - tentacle porn of the slightly disturbing variety, which is brilliant.

The Letter in the Wall by maskedfangirl - a Doctor Who crossover. I cannot describe the feels this generated.

The Queen’s Guard by lavvyan - A Study in Emerald AU that gave me the very best of chills.

Match by emungere. This involves some pretty intense non-con and the aftermath, and it is so beautifully handled. Also, I learned a trick for poaching eggs.

*deep breath* Sidney_Sussex who does lovely Lestrade-centric stuff (and who was one of the very first people I met in the fandom); atlinmerrick (Need I say more?); khorazir’s Fortunately the Milk always makes me happy; The Road Trip Series by stupid_drawings and London Orbital by merripestin (because apparently I like what happens when people are squashed into cars); I like the unflinching descriptiveness of Sulla's explicit stuff; and the things aderyn writes are magic.

…and that was more than ten, and I’m sure that I’ve missed a lot. There’s so much brilliance in the fandom.

Er, I’m rubbish at tagging people, so if you see this and feel like doing it, go ahead?

\o/  Thank you for the rec, my lovely. And in such illustrious company, too! 

Broken Record
The only thing I’m adverse to is the use of ‘…’ For conversations, it’s a pet peeve of mine.

You know what a pet peeve of mine is? People who don’t read author’s notes/profiles, where - on at least - I explain that this behaviour is a British publishing standard. Single quotes indicate dialogue, double quotes indicate someone quoting something while speaking - the opposite way around to the American publishing industry.


For Brandy, my fixed point in a changing age.


For Brandy, my fixed point in a changing age.

Mind The Gap by Sweetncupncakes


Author’s Name: Sweetncupncakes

Title: Mind The Gap

Summary: An introspective journey through the life and relationships of Sherlock Holmes.

"I can hear the bones hum beneath pale and freckled skin, this sack that holds my form together. Bits and pieces that start at the bottom and end at the top, hiding the blood, muscle, fat. Cells, knit together, constantly in motion. They’ll live and die, and replicate, until total equilibrium is met."

Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Drama, Angst

Length: 45000 words

Warnings: Non-Explicit child abuse, dubious consent,

Recommendation: This fic is one of the most striking pieces I’ve read in quite some time. Sherlock’s voice is beautifully true, and watching the way his life unfurls is beautifully engaging and, at times, utterly heart-wrenching. Well worth the read!

Link: Mind The Gap

(Submit your own rec to treasures-of-221b here)

I adore this fic. It’s one of my favourites!






It makes his lisp a little more pronounced. And it clicks sometimes when he gets really in flow of his deductions and he’s talking super quickly. And John finds it so fucking hot that he can hardly breathe.


It’s Skeleton Key by Beautiful Fiction and it’s gorgeous.



I hope you enjoy it, my lovely! And thanks to everyone who’s basically jumped in and gone SKELETON KEY! I feel very loved <3


I haven’t written a word of fictional stuff for… 11 days. Not because I haven’t wanted to, but because I haven’t had the opportunity.

And 11 days ago it was only editing. In theory, I haven’t actually created raw for more than that. This would probably explain the overwhelming feeling of uselessness and stagnant, rotten, foul-tempered bitterness currently permeating my entire existence.


Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will find some time to write.


I survived the crown. Now I have a weird temporary thing in for the next 9 days before a short appointment to fit the proper one. Fingers crossed the worst is over on the tooth front.

AND no results for the potential allergies today, so like a fiend I’m gorging on things that, tomorrow, I may be advised never to eat again.