Wonderful Watsonians Interview: Elinor Gray, JHWS “Misty”

Be your own Boswell and tell us a little about yourself! 

Name (or alias):

Elinor Gray, aka mistyzeo

Bullpup moniker (Contact us if you don’t know):


Who is your favorite Watson and why?

I have a strong fondness for Michael Williams, the Watson to Clive Merrison’s Holmes in the 1989 audio series by Bert Coules. His warm voice and laugh and his energy with Merrison make them a delightful pair to enjoy the stories with.

If Watson was writing a story about you, what would it be titled?

The Three Cat Problem

Give us an improbable fact about yourself!

I have knit over 65 pairs of socks in my 15+ year knitting career, most of them in the first 5 years. Now I can’t stop knitting sweaters.

Why did you join the JHWS?

I’ve moved several times since getting into Sherlock Holmes–from Philadelphia to Baltimore, from Baltimore to London, and from London to Portland–so an online society was a big draw for me! That, and the opportunity to be part of something as it was built, to put having fun and being chill at the forefront of “traditional” Sherlockian appreciation, and to make new friends. The crossover of internet fandom and old school Sherlockiana is awesome.

Want to participate? Answer the questions above and send to buttons@johnhwatsonsociety.com!

Seeking Associate Editor for the Watsonian

Greetings Watson-ian friends! The next issue of the Watsonian is in production, and the team of editors is seeking another pair of eyes. We would like to extend an invitation to members of the society to submit their name for potential associate editorship. Below are the expectations for an associate editor:

  • Familiar with using Google Docs to make suggestions/edits to submissions, or willing to learn;
  • Available twice a year (February and August) to participate in the editing process;
  • Able to edit for style, clarity, spelling, and grammar (American and British English are both accepted, MLA citation style preferred);
  • Willing to help make judgment calls on accepting some or all submissions, as necessary;
  • Excited about a variety of forms of scholarship: essays, fiction, puzzles, poetry, etc.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, or if you have further questions, send an email to publisher@johnhwatsonsociety.com with your qualifications as they pertain to the list above. As with all roles in the society, this position is strictly voluntary. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Corrections to the Watsonian

Greetings, all! I come with editor hat in hand: I must to admit to two eratta that need to be applied to the fall Watsonian.

  • Page 44, in Brad Keefauver’s Of All Ghosts: “Your patience [has] been most useful.”
  • Page 81, in Ruth Borgar’s The War Service of Dr John H. Watson: paragraph 3 should indicate that Watson was born around 1852, rather than 1862.

Any other corrections noticed by eagle-eyed readers can be directed to publisher@johnhwatsonsociety.com. Thank you!

Submit to the October 2017 Watsonian

Hey friend! Did you enjoy your latest issue of the Watsonian? Want to get involved and share your own scholarship, fiction, poetry, book review, list of 10 best scenes, themed cookie recipe, etc? Have some stellar art, comics, or other visual fanwork to showcase? The deadline to submit to the October Fall issue is August 1, coming up fast. Late submissions will be considered if possible.

The Society welcomes scholarly papers, articles, original fiction, miscellanea or other submissions. One need not be an experienced or academic writer; some of our most engaging articles come from individuals with a love for the writing and appreciation for the pleasures gained over the years.There is always room for your research, thoughts, ideas and creativity. The Society is an inclusive group; we desire interested Watsonians to take part and to approach the Society with innovative projects. Whether you are a first time author is not important; that you try is what counts.

Guidelines are loose and mostly at the editor’s discretion. The journal is open-minded and receptive to thoughtful as well as amusing articles. It is the intent of the Society to provide a journal for first-time as well as experienced writers who seek to expand The Game and have fun doing so.

Submissions should be an up-to-date Word file, Pages file, or Google Doc and sent via email to: publisher@johnhwatsonsociety.com. Questions about submissions or guidelines can be directed to same.

As your newly appointed Editor-in-Chief, I am excited and honored to be reading your submissions, and want very much to help you develop your thoughts/meta/ideas into a workable essay or other form. Get in touch and let’s see what we can do for each other.

Best wishes,

Elinor Gray “Misty”