The world of Sherlockian chronology is certainly getting more and notice and attention lately. At last count the newsletter mailing list is at 25, and it shows no signs of slowing down. People are sending in their articles or tidbits they come across and adding to the electronic record of our niche. It's just awesome to get to experience such a tide of interest. (And on a personal note, my Posts on Facebook for Historical Sherlock are getting record Likes, and I love that so many people enjoy them.) Sometimes, though, something is dreamt up to help further a cause that makes your mouth water. At least it does mine. Let me tell you about it.
I started a chronological piece in my local society newsletter, The Illustrious Clients News, back in October 2005. (Yep, that's a picture of the actual page there.) Now, anyone who knows me knows I am not egotistical in any way. I think it's a repugnant trait to have. (If being that way serves someone reading this, then let your freak flag fly. It just ain't for me.) In my completist view and hopes for this calendar, however, I would like to see any articles like mine written by anyone anywhere included on the list. I wouldn't be so crazy as to want to include when or where or on what machine it was written (that's kooky talk), but I was serious when I said everything.
Even passing mentions in pieces about other things would be acceptable. I have an (as of yet) unpublished paper by a long-time Sherlockian that is about a particular subject in The Canon, but has one paragraph in it which states the date the author thinks the whole thing took place (even though they're not a chronologist and it isn't a chronological piece). That counts. It has valid information in it, and I find it important enough to list in my database on the Individual Date spreadsheet. Again, everything.
If you want to be a part of all of this, or just peek in and see what's happening from time to time, all you have to do is send me an email, a private message, or ask me in the Comments section below, and I'll be happy to give you all the information you desire. There's still so much work to do, and the more hands and minds the merrier. I wouldn't call ourselves a scholarly society, but discovery and contemplation are certainly on the menu. Regardless of what a group does, it all keeps the memory of The Master green, and that's makes it all worth it.
Once again, my profound appreciation goes out to all of you for stopping by for a little fun and knowledge. The counter is nearing 150,000 hits, and my moldy old brain cannot comprehend it. I'll see you next month, and as always...thanks for reading.