6th Annual 12th Night Giveaway: Day 4

Writing is hard.

Writing blog entries is hard.

Writing this blog entry is especially hard.

I swear, last year, I wrote nearly all of my blog entries in the space of a few days, because I knew we’d be travelling. Seriously, I was ON FIRE!


It wasn’t that awesome, but close.


Not this year.

Writing is like that, sometimes. If you write, yourself, you’ve likely had the experience of having friends, family, or day-job coworkers say something that makes it very clear that they believe writing is something easy you just dash off in an hour or two–that it’s some kind of fun, relaxing hobby, like coin collecting, or knitting, or flying model planes. After all, reading is fun, so shouldn’t writing be as well?

knitting photo

Ok. Maybe knitting isn’t that fun.

But sometimes, the words just aren’t there, and when a few deign to make their appearance, they seem suspiciously like words you’ve written before. It’s at times like this that I sympathize with Conan Doyle’s fear that he was going to repeat himself, Holmes-wise.


This may have happened once or twice.

At such times, it’s often best to put yourself out of your misery, and move on to another task–if you can. And if you can’t well, do the best you can, and remember that, many times, the words which came easily and those which did not are indistinguishable in the end.

Hopefully, every article in today’s prize was an utter joy to write–but even if they were not, I am sure they will be a joy to read.

Sherlock Magazine was a British periodical which ran from 1991 to the 2000’s–for a total of 68 issues. From 1996-2006, it was edited by the talented writer and editor David Stuart Davies, BSI. The magazine began as a simple black-and-white gazette, and ended as a colorful glossy. These issues are from that time period.

















(I’m hoping the images stay aligned, but you know that’s a pipe dream!)


And today’s quote?

“The husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely to occur to the imagination of the average story-teller.”

To enter the drawing, of course, send your answer in via blog comment or FaceBook Messenger–either to the Well-Read Sherlockian FB page, or to me personally, if we’re FB friends.  And here’s hoping that any writing you’ve got to do is the flowing, magical kind!


Day 3 Winner!

Congratulations to Shalom Bresticker! As all of you brilliant people knew, Day 3’s quote was from The Valley of Fear.



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8 responses to “6th Annual 12th Night Giveaway: Day 4

  1. shalombresticker

    A Case of Identity! A lovely quote!

  2. Jay Wigley

    It’s “A Case of Identity” which I love because it’s not an “adventure” 🙂

  3. Claudia

    This one is from the beginning of the short story ‘A case of Identity’, in ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’

  4. Jim McArthur

    Holmes’s comment is from A Case of Identity. But perhaps we should take the comment with a pinch of snuff.

  5. Noreen Pazderski

    This fun quote is from A Case of Identity

  6. K.M.

    The source of today’s quote is A Case of Identity.

    Best, Kristin


  7. This quotation is in reference to the Dundas separation case, discussed briefly before Miss Mary Sutherland’s arrival in “A Case of Identity.”

  8. The adventure in question is “A Case of Identity,” which starts out with this marvelous quote: “My dear fellow, life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”