Hi Lori! I had a quick question about the part in the second chapter where Mycroft and Sherlock were smoking outside: was that inspired by HLV, or had you not seen it when you wrote that part? Just curious, since it did remind me a bit of that scene. Congrats on another wonderful chapter!
Okay, here’s a true confession.
Most of Lifetime Achievement was written over the past two years, up until about November of last year. When I posted chapter 2 on its usual Thursday, I was somewhat bemused to see that the part of the chapter that got the biggest reaction was the Sherlock & Mycroft conversation…which I had written about four hours before.
Originally the chapter ended when Sherlock and John agree to stay overnight at Mummy Holmes’s house. But I just started feeling like it needed more. Maz commented that more reactions from the Holmes family might be a good counterpoint to all the Watson Clan stuff. I realized that Sherlock and Mycroft never really talked in the whole story, so I thought…I’ll write them a scene together. Having them sneak out for a smoke seemed a natural thing - it might be influenced by HLV but there is also a scene like that in ASiB, so it’s kind of a thing for them.
So I basically banged out that scene a few hours before I posted. I ended up loving that scene. Just goes to show that sometimes the Writing Gods give you little gifts.