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question: fic masterlist reorganization

I'm thinking about reorganizing my Sherlock fic masterlist and would really welcome advice on what people would find most useful.   

thanks to kalypso_v the new list will have links for separate chapters of the longer stories (hurrah!), once I've worked out how to organize the list as a whole.

detailed questions and the most recent version of the list under the cut for those who are interested.

please do let me know what you think - I'd like to get the most reader-friendly arrangement I can manage, but I'm not sure what that would be.

general questions:

should longer fics (multi-chaptered stories or sequences of stories) be listed together, separate from the shorter ones?  I've done that at the moment but I'm not sure it's the best way.

would organizing by pairings be a good thing?  I can see that this would make sense for the Lestrade/Maurice fics, and will probably do that anyway for those, but I'm less sure about other pairings where there isn't an obvious narrative sequence.

is it useful to have fics grouped by category (angst, crack, fluff, h/c, humour, pwp, romance, etc.)?  some don't fit neatly in one category...

is it useful to group fics with the same rating, or are ratings not important?

is it useful to have summaries for longer fics? for all fics?

is there any benefit in grouping shorter fics written for a specific purpose or challenge (e.g. kissbingo fics, liquid ficlets)?

answers to any of these would be very welcome - I don't expect anyone to want to answer them all!

how the list looks now:

General disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters, whoever created them: ACD, Moffat and Gatiss, E.M. Forster, Walt Disney...  I'm just playing with them.

Close Analysis (just under 7000 words): mainly comic, Lestrade pov. 
Lestrade tries to help Sherlock who is confused about an incident with John.  Sherlock is not grateful for long.   Rated NC-17 for sexual content and a Lestrade who swears quite a lot. 

Unpredictable (just under 7000 words): angst/romance.  Deals with the same material from Sherlock and John's pov.  Sherlock wakes up with a strange bedfellow and finds that his brain is not working. Cue angst and confusion, amongst other things.  Rated 15 or thereabouts.  

The Old Bad Songs (just over 21000 words); mystery/angst.  A crossover fic in which Lestrade meets a latterday version of Maurice from E.M. Forster's Maurice.  Lestrade pov throughout.    Beta'd by ginbitch.
Lestrade becomes enmeshed in a blackmail case he is working and Sherlock has to help him solve it.  Rated NC-17 for sexual content, some drug references, capture. 

In Transition (just under 14500 words); angst/romance.  Sequel to Unpredictable, set before, during and after The Old Bad Songs, with some reference to that story as well.   Beta'd by ginbitch.
Sherlock/John not-very-established relationship, Sherlock/Lestrade complications, Sherlock/John slash, finally.  
John has never been so happy.  Sherlock has never been so confused.  Sex has never been so awkward.   Rated NC-17 for sexual content. 

Beginning To See The Light (just under 2000 words): sequel to The Old Bad Songs.  Beta'd by ginbitch.  Rated 15.  A happy ending for Lestrade, though not with Sherlock.

postscripts to this appear in A Night at the Opera (221b ficlet)  rated PG-13; Nights at the Opera (2) (1150 words) rated PG-13; Nights at the Opera (3)  (930 words) rated PG-13

Consequences (14937 words): long angsty fic dealing with the fallout from the Baker Street Triangle's attempt at a threesome.  John is confused again and this time it's not about Sherlock.  Rated NC-17.  A sort of sequel to Triple Jump (see below).

Kiss Chase  (~730 words): Sherlock/John, angst, post-The Great Game, PG-13, continued in Worse Things (880 words), PG-13; First Light (~800 words), NC-17; Fragile Bodies(~650 words), R

Invasion (~750 words): Sherlock/John, warning: implied past sexual abuse, implied incest, traumatic memory; rated R for themes
continued in Reconnaissance (~1650 words); Reveille (1625 words); Ambush (~850 words); Intelligence (2220 words) please note the warnings for the whole sequence: implied past sexual abuse, implied incest, traumatic memory

short fics:

Like The Back Of Your Hand   (~1600 words) Nervous Sherlock/John first-time sex, Sherlock pov.  Rated NC-17.  

Late Arrival (221 words): pwp in the 221b form (221 words of which the last must begin with b). 
A jealous John can't imagine what Sherlock sees in Lestrade.  Or can he?    Rated NC-17 for sexual content.  Warnings: masturbation; also the Lestrade John imagines is on the forceful side.  

Five Times John Thought Sherlock Was Asking For Trouble, One Time He Definitely Was (about 2500 words). 
Comic, written for anonymous prompt on sherlockbbcfic: Sherlock being tickled.
Rated NC-17.  Warnings: sexual content, light BDSM. 

Dressing the Part (1831 words): comic pwp, Lestrade pov.
Sherlock takes Lestrade clothes shopping.  Rated NC-17.  Warnings: embarrassment, semi-public sex.

Sherlock and the Art of Public Speaking
in two parts (2800 words): comic pwp, Lestrade pov.
Sequel to Dressing the Part, in which Sherlock helps Lestrade prepare his speech for the Police Federation's fancy lunch.  Rated NC-17.  Warnings: embarrassment, semi-public sex.

Three Turn (221 words): 221b ficlet for a prompt by blooms84, Lestrade pov.
Sherlock, Lestrade and John go ice-skating.  Rated 15.  

Triple Jump (2220 words): comic pwp, Lestrade pov.   Sequel to Three Turn.  Beta'd by ginbitch.
Can the Baker Street Triangle work as a threesome?  A study in logistics, amongst other things.
Rated NC-17 for sexual content, pwp, threesome and a certain amount of ambushing.  

Mastermind (1350 words): comic fluffy pwp, Sherlock pov. 
Home life at 221b Baker Street: "a cracked kind of domesticity".  John wants to watch television; Sherlock wants to have sex.  Who says a quiet night in has to be boring? Rated NC-17.  

Fall  (221 words): fluffy h/c 221b ficlet, Sherlock/John.  An accident and its aftermath.  Rated 15.

Do Not Open (221 words): 221b ficlet fluff, written for riandarcy's birthday.  Rated 15.  Sherlock/John.

Sleeper (221 words): 221b ficlet, written for julie_izumi  Rated PG-13.  Maurice/Lestrade

A Burst Pipe Problem (~1500 words): Lestrade/John, slash, NC-17, written for m_steelgrave at 221b_slash_fest

Different Every Time
(~600 words), John before Sherlock: Harry/Clara, angst, PG-13 

Sherlock and the Cactus
(~750 words): Sherlock/John, crack, fluff, h/c; rated PG-13

Signs for the Distant and Disconsolate Heart (~1830 words): ?Sherlock/John, angst, rated PG-13

Obvious (221b ficlet): Sherlock, John, Lestrade, others, crack

Liquid Ficlets:

Coffee (Sherlock/Lestrade); Water (Harry/Sarah); Sauce (Lestrade); Tea (John/Sherlock pre-slash); Absinthe (dark!Sherlock/John); Juice (Harry/Clara)

Fics for kissbingo

Lit From Within  (~1000 words): Sherlock/John, romance, PG.

A Candle for the Table (~740 words): Sherlock/John fluff, romance, PG.

Losing It, In Fact (~1400 words): Mycroft/Lestrade, fluff, rated R.

Having His Cake (~700 words): Mycroft/Lestrade, fluff, rated R; sequel to Losing It, In Fact

Change In The Weather (~ 1000 words): Lestrade/Maurice, romance, rated R.

One Day Like This (~900 words): Sherlock/John, h/c, romance, PG-13

Language Games (~1100 words): John/Lestrade crack, fluff, pirate talk, rated R

Busted Flush (~1380 words): Sherlock/Lestrade UST, rated R

Playing Patience (~1130 words): Sherlock/Lestrade UST, rated NC-17; sequel to Busted Flush

Winter Sights (~900 words): Lestrade/Maurice, romance, rated PG-13

Playing It Safe (~1350 words): Sherlock/John, comic pwp, some BDSM content but nothing very graphic, NC-17

Quiet Storm
(~1650 words): Sherlock/Lestrade, humour, embarrassment, semi-public sex; rated NC-17


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 29th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
A few comments:

I don't see a particular benefit in separating out long/short fics, especially given that some of the sequences/sequels include both (e.g. Triple Jump and Consequences). Listing the interlocking fics together does seem sensible.

Listing by pairings (or triples!) seems more useful to me than by either rating or category - given how arbitrary labels like h/c and so on are (Or maybe it's just me that writes angsty crack). It might make sense to keep the Liquid ficlets together, but given how disparate the KissBingo fics have ended up, I'm not sure how much they stand together as a group now.

I find brief summaries (a sentence or two) useful, because I don't always remember titles if I'm looking for a specific fic.

Mar. 29th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - that's extremely helpful on all counts. not sure why I separated the longer fics in the first place, except that some of them go together. but once I'd got into writing threesome fic and writing sequels for Maurice/Lestrade that all broke down...

Edited at 2011-03-29 03:07 pm (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
I think pairings and categories makes sense/is pretty helpful in organizing fics.
Mar. 29th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
thank you very much - that's helpful and I agree that pairings make sense. still not sure how to formulate categories as some fics include several! but I'm thinking about it.
Mar. 30th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
I would have to concur that fics that are linked in continuity should be listed together, so as to keep the different fic'verses clear to the readers. Summaries would also be helpful, though those can be short and sweet, and for the chaptered fics can just be more overviewing than chapter-specific.

Sorting by pairing with subcategorizing of rating would probably be the cleanest way to go with the stand-alones. If there're multiple pairings, then I would say go with the A-plot pairing/the one that gets the most attention in the fic. If you're feeling really adventurous you could do masterlists for each pairing and just have them linked under every category that applies, resulting in multiple links.

You can specifically label or tag them for the categories (i.e. kissbingo and liquidfics), but I think that's going to be less important to know for most casual readers as they don't necessarily share continuities.

Organization of things with so many factors is always daunting. Good luck!
Mar. 30th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
thank you very much - that's all very helpful. it is a bit daunting but it's a happy task to have!
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
*admires your productivity*

I usually like to see very short fics (anything under 1,000 words, say) separated out in this kind of list, but not if it disrupts the continuity of one of your series. It's nice to see all the liquid fics and the kissbingo fics together in one place but...yeah, grouping fic together by 'verse should probably be the primary organizing factor. I wouldn't group by rating. And I agree a short summary is nice!
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
thank you! *beams* and thank you for the good advice - all very helpful.
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
uh, I had some sort of intelligent comment to leave here, but got distracted by the shiny pronz. Sorry.

But I would just just keep it simple and sort it by pairing.
Mar. 30th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
*grins* thank you!
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