Author has written 13 stories for Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, and NCIS.
Name: SheWhoScrawls, also known as Emily, Elizabeth, Keaonda, depending entirely on the subject of the role play
Writing motto: A writer needs must be insane, and also needs must have a child's brain. (credit to my BFF and wonderful guest reviewer ModernMysteries for pointing out to me that I hadn't put our favorite phrase up yet)
Recent activities: Reading and memorizing Matthew for Youth Bible Quizzing, trying to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper, wondering why batteries are cylindrical.
"I scrawl, therefore I am."
"Choosing a leader for America is a lot like making toast: if you try enough toppings, eventually you'll find one you like."
(When asked during a game of Trivial Pursuit who wears the Fisherman's Ring and being told that the answer is the Pope) "Why did the Pope steal a ring from a fisherman?"
"I am a foreign entity, quite oddly born to a human."
Favorite colors: Anything deep and dramatic, though I am partial to black, blue, red, purple, and green.
Favorite sport: Baseball (Preferably the Cleveland Indians, though they haven’t had a worthwhile season since before I was born, and when they don’t make it to the postseason I’ll just root for another team who did make it)
Favorite radio station: Air1
Favorite music preference: Pretty much anything, including classical, traditional and contemporary Celtic music, and contemporary Christian rock.
Favorite music groups/singers: Skillet, Red, BarlowGirl, Britt Nicole, TobyMac, Newsboys, DC Talk, Group 1 Crew, Celtic Woman, Gaelic Storm, ADELE, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry, The Afters, Anthem Lights, Ashes Remain, Building 429, Capercaillie, Charlotte Church, Chris August, Chris Tomlin, Déanta, Enya, Fireflight, Jason Gray, Kerrie Roberts, Kutless, Manic Drive, Press Play, Tenth Avenue North, Matthew West, Matt Redman… (that should keep you busy on YouTube)
Favorite movie soundtracks: Lord of the Rings (whole thing, but especially The Two Towers), Titanic, Braveheart
(OK, now because of the infinite number I am putting Sherlock Holmes movies and TV in a whole separate category)
Favorite movies: (hmm… there was all the ’80’s action movies that my dad used to show me that now put me to sleep within 10 minutes, and all the old black-and-white mysteries, but now for the actual list) Lord of the Rings (whole trilogy, but especially The Two Towers), Star Wars (every episode), Harry Potter (every movie, but particularly the 1st, 2nd, and 7th parts 1 & 2), Indiana Jones (all of them except The Temple of Doom), Titanic, Braveheart, The Third Man (1950’s version), The Invisible Man (1950’s version), Dracula (1931 version), James Bond 007 (I can’t think of my specific favorites right now), Brave
Favorite TV shows: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (I despise SVU), Alcatraz (when it was on), CHAOS (when it was on), FETCH! (don’t judge me, it premiered when I was six and I learned so much from that show), Reading Rainbow (childhood favorite), Wishbone (childhood favorite), Liberty’s Kids (hey, best history show for kids EVER, and surprisingly accurate), The Twilight Zone (yeah, I know, so old school), Doctor Who, Buffy, Pretty Little Liars, Warehouse 13, Alias
Favorite SH movies: The Valley of Fear (1916), The Speckled Band (1931), Sherlock Holmes (1932), A Study In Scarlet (1933), The Sleeping Cardinal (U.S. title Sherlock Holmes’ Fatal Hour) (1931), The Sign of Four (1932), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935), Silver Blaze (U.S. title Murder at the Baskervilles) (1937), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942), The Pearl of Death (1944), The House of Fear (1945), The Woman In Green (1945), Pursuit To Algiers (1945), Terror By Night (1946), Dressed To Kill (U.K. title Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code) (1946), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), A Study In Terror (1965), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1977), Murder By Decree (1979), The Hound of the Baskervilles (2004), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Favorite SH TV shows: MYSTERY! (A Granada production featuring Jeremy Brett), BBC Sherlock, Elementary
Favorite book genres: Mystery, action, adventure, fantasy
Favorite authors: (Um, yeah, this is really hard…) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, Lord Alfred Tennyson (OK, well, he was actually a poet), Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, Charlotte Anne Walters, William Shakespeare, Patricia Cornwell, Sara Shepard, Ally Carter, Anthony Horowitz
Favorite poem: The Lady of Shalott, by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Favorite fictional characters (TV and books): Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Lestrade, Mycroft, Mrs. Hudson, Gregson. Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Frodo, Merry, Pippin. Abby, Ducky, Ziva, McGee, Gibbs, Tony.
Ologies I am interested in: Mythology, Biology, Toxicology, Serology, Herbology, Dragonology, Egyptology, Wizardology, Pirateology, Illusionology
Personal Fanfiction goals: write and have fun, share my writing anonymously with fellow writers (because I’m too modest to want actual fame), and to learn from other’s reviews and writing, and, of course, to read great stories!
Favorite Sherlock Holmes quotes:
“It is a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brains to crime is the worst of all.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Speckled Band
“Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Speckled Band
“Work is the best antidote to sorrow.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Empty House
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgement.” Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
“To a great mind, nothing is little.” Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
“They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.” Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia
“You see, but you do not observe.” Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal of Bohemia
Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult it is to bring it home.” Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” Sherlock Holmes, The Boscombe Valley Mystery
“It is of the highest importance in the art of deduction to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which are vital.” Sherlock Holmes, The Reigate Squires
“As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is, the less mysterious it proves to be.” Sherlock Holmes, the Red-Headed League
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” Sherlock Holmes, A Case of Identity
“The bigger the crime, the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive.” Sherlock Holmes, A Case of Identity
“Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four
“What one man can invent, another can discover.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Dancing Men
“When a man embarks upon a crime, he is morally guilty of any crime that may spring from it.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Priory School
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent always recognizes genius.” John Watson, The Valley of Fear
“My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built. Life is commonplace; the papers are sterile; audacity and romance seem to passed forever from the criminal world.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge
“When you follow two separate chains of thought, you should find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth.” Sherlock Holmes, The Disappearance of Lady Francis Carfax
“To avenge crime is important, but to prevent it is more so.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
“Crime is common. Logic is rare.” Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
“Last night I followed you.”
“I saw no one.”
“That is what you may expect to see when I follow you.” This conversation in The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot really gives us a sample of Holmes’ quick wit and humor
Other interests aside from authorship: Acting/role-playing, singing, youth Bible quizzing, science, history, practicing my horror-movie-scream, hanging out with my BFF’s, sewing, studying old legends and mythology, etc., following that oh-so-random list
OK, so I’ve basically loved words my whole life. I taught myself to read. I had this list of all my favorite picture books when I was a toddler, and that’s all we’d read. We read them repeatedly so often that eventually I matched the words on the page to what was coming out of my mom’s mouth, and so recognized spellings, words, and syllables. By the time I was three, I could read unfamiliar picture books by myself.
I was also told that very early on I could say a few random words, but once I was two I started talking and haven’t stopped since. I’ve been informed about my first full sentence. The Christmas right before I turned two, we were helping my aunt put up her tree. I picked up a teddy bear ornament and said, “I like him.” Yeah, it was only three words, but a fully formed sentence!
I always LOVED to read, and when I was six, I thought that the books I read were so good, maybe I could write stuff like that someday. I’d always had this huge imagination, and constantly made up stories and scenarios in my head. I walked around the house in a princess costume and made my mom be the queen. She hated that. I guess my point is that I thought, “Well, if I’m so good at making up stories in my head, then it can’t be too much harder to just write the stuff down.” Newsflash: at the glorious age of about six-and-a-half, I tried this out, and realized how totally wrong I was. I had ideas, they just got stuck in my head and went into hiding when I tried to bring them out. I struggled, and struggled, and struggled, and hated all my early stories, thinking that they were nothing like the books on my shelf.
Newsflash # 2: it takes time, effort, and patience to be great.
Three years passed until it clicked. Big-time. Christmas before I turned ten. Mm-hmm, that time of year that Robert Downey Jr. made his début in theaters as Sherlock Holmes. That summer I’d read my first Holmes story. Well, I’d finally decided to get seriously started on writing. I wanted to write a book. No, a series of books. Make that a series of mystery books. I loved mysteries. Since I was new to the whole writing thing and didn’t want to stick myself in an unknown place with a whole bunch of new, unfamiliar characters, I would write fanfiction. Fanfiction mystery series… but based off of whose original works? Then a commercial for the above mentioned movie came on TV, and a lightbulb went off in my head. I was floored. Literally. I slipped on a puddle of water on my dad’s kitchen floor at that moment. Kudos to my dear father for allowing me to pace there that evening, even if it cost me feeling in my buttocks ;)
I know KCS says that movie killed her Holmes muse, and I’m terribly sorry about that, but it gave mine life for the first time, so I was pretty happy with it on my part.
So there’s Holmes and Watson, two full-grown men. I, a nine and six eighths year old girl, felt pretty uncomfortable about writing from the point of view of a man, and of course third person narration had never worked well for me before. Thus my OC, Miss Emily Watson, was born.
I think it’s safe to say that I was born to be a writer.
Some stuff you should know about me:
- Many people wouldn’t guess it, but I’m very shy and socially awkward. But once I have time to get comfortable around someone, I can also be very outgoing. And as long as I’m not talking to a person face-to-face, I’m not worried about being myself.
- Because of my maturity, when people meet me, they always think I’m a lot older than I am. It’s the same when I’m writing, my level of vocabulary and the flow of my words surpass that of my age level. I’ve heard anywhere from 14-17, but never 13.
- I’ve been homeschooled my entire life, and it’s definitely helped me learn faster. I love all my subjects… except for math. I mean, why ruin trees by putting prime factors in them? But everything else I am always ecstatic to get started on.
- I read reference books like Webster’s Dictionary and Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations for fun.
- When I was 12 I challenged myself to read one Holmes story per day over a period of two months. Yes, I was including the four novels. It was indeed a challenge, and for me the Valley of Fear in one day (this was on a Sunday, by the way, so I didn’t exactly have a lot of time) was the biggest obstacle. I made it easier by reading the whole of part one after midnight before I went to sleep. And yes, I succeeded with the entire two month challenge.
- My best friend and I have Sherlock Holmes Quote Contests to settle disputes. She is the Mistress of Deduction, but several times I have come very incredibly close to beating her.
- I love to role play, but when I’m bored and no friends are present, I do it by myself. Believe me, it’s a very awkward thing when your Grandpa’s working outside and hears you in the backyard talking to yourself in a British accent. I also do it whenever my mom leaves the house and I’m there alone for a bit.
-I’ve been a devout tomboy for a while now, but I’m trying very hard to let myself be a girl, you know, be a princess and wear something pink once in a while. But sometimes I recoil when I walk into my bedroom, painted magenta, because it was my favorite color way back at age 6.
- Even though I’m a teenager now, I still have the mind of a six-year-old. I still get giggles out of reading board books and I’m enchanted by all the old Disney movies. I also love all sorts of young educational games. :)
- I like to give people Shakespearean insults. “Thou slime-haired hag!” I beseech people a lot, too.
- Even though I’m so socially awkward, I feel right at home in my youth group for teen girls. I fit right in with them and can be easy-going and full of laughter when I’m around those girls.
- My biggest (and yes, I mean BIGGEST) dream as of late is to get a basset hound and name him Basil, and make doggy tweed clothes for him. Then I’ll get a second basset hound and name him Nigel. Ooh, the adorableness and love…
- I have two cats at my mom’s house- Stormy and Merlin. Stormy is a small, black, panther-like creature we adopted two years ago in the middle of a gigantic thunderstorm. He is aptly named because he whips through the house knocking things over like a small hurricane/tornado. His nickname is “Aqua Kitten” because he plays in his water dish and the sink and the bathtub. His favorite jingly possum toy (Aqua Kitten’s sidekick) has been found numerous times dunked in the water dish, earning it the name “Aquatic Possum.” Merlin has been in our family since I was about three. He is a British Spotted Shorthair and has beautiful blue-gray eyes that truly remind one of a wizard. He is so… rotund (for lack of a more polite word) that we joke that he should have been named “Mycroft.” When he stretches out somewhere he reminds us of a beached whale or “land manatee,” and he makes an excellent pillow to lay your head on when he’s willing.
- At my dad’s house I have one dog - a fawn-and-white colored boxer named Jethro, after Gibbs from NCIS and inspired by the season 5 episode “Dog Tags.”
- I don’t tolerate explicit, sexual references/behavior or slash when I’m reading stories. Nor do I include them when I’m writing. But by all means, continue to write it if it’s your thing. If I don’t agree with it, I won’t read it, it’s that simple.
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Proud member of the Baker Street Unconventionals. Who said we had to let the Irregular boys have all the fun? If you want to know more about the unofficial feminine force, feel free to ask the founder, OneDarkandStormyNight. If you're already a member, add your name and paste this to your profile. OneDarkandStormyNight, Mam'zelleCombeferre, Hades Lord of the Dead, MadameGiry25, SheWhoScrawls
Here’s to all of you who want to take these suggestions and visit the wonderful stories of two of my best friends, antics-of-an-author and Lemon Zinger. I can assure you that these girls are amazing writers and great inspiration, and well worth your time.
And another shout-out and thank you to my lovely friend and beta-reader, cjnwriter. Most/all of my newer stories are up because of her and her admirable editing and scrutinizing skills.
And finally, please enjoy my stories below, and until we speak next (through reviews or PM or however you wish), I bid you farewell, and have a lovely day perusing my stories and loving them :)
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