the plowboy

feel good fic recs

THE QUICKIEST OF QUICKIE non-angsty, feel good, light and fun and sometimes porny fics, in case you all need a little well deserved escapism today: 

Pretty much everything by @conversationswithjohnlock but for quicker funsies High and Tight, Soft and Loose (massage therapist misunderstanding) and All the Flavours, Cherry and More (lingerielock)

Adjacent (adjoining hotel rooms!) by @weeesi and also Midnight Plowboy (Sherlock has a gay porn collection…John discovers it)

Toaster Oven Instruction Manuals by @ewebie (domestic fluff!)

Sherlock Swifties and John Swifties by ChrisCalledMeSweetie (joke-based fics based on Tom Swifties)

A classic:

The glory hole story that does not deserve a title by @giveusakiss413 which I will pimp til my dying day because it’s exactly as dirty as you might think and twelve times more delightful. Unilock, uh, Sherlock has a crush on John. John is interested in the rumour that there’s a glory hole in the chem building loos.

Hope this relieves some stress. Godspeed, Americans!

@seriouslymarythough and @hubblegleeflower for your consideration.

In the long-ish list of ‘times Ohtaka-sensei speaks to my very niche interests’, I’m really glad Kou had a character who got his position through the Chinese Civil Service Exam. At times, I do think that MAGI is a bit overloaded with royals, secret royals, and used-to-be royals, but Ka Kobun is someone who went from plowboy to prime minister based on the Civil Service Exam.

The Civil Service Exam remained relatively unchanged from the early 7th century to the start of the 20th.  Bureaucrat hopefuls would have to work their way up 3 levels of exams: local, provincial, and imperial.  Test takers would spend 3 days and 3 nights in a 6 x 3 ft (183 x 91 cm) cell.  Exam questions covered topics including military strategy, agriculture, and geography.  Tang dynasty exams also included a poetry composition section.

In contrast, assignment based on standardized testing did not take root in Europe until much later. The British Civil Service exam, for example, was based directly off of the Chinese model and established in 1855.  French, German, and American exam systems came soon after.

Links:

BBC Podcasts: Wang Anshi - The Mandarin (15 min)