brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)
I wrote only three stories in 2016, I'm afraid:

[community profile] myoldfandom 2016 Exchange: "The Wand of Siora the Wise"
beta by Skieswideopen; for DesertVixen
(Dungeons & Dragons (1983-85); ~9K words; G; Sheila, Eric, Hank, Bobby, Diana, Presto, etc.)

   This was my first writing in this lifelong-loved fandom. I tried so hard to fulfill the prompt and be episode-like that I may have overdone it. Yet I learned about the characters as you do only when you're writing them, and found much delight in them and their universe! I want to write them again, and read them more.

[community profile] fkficfest 2016 Exchange: "The Time Will Come"
beta by Batdina; for Merfilly
(Forever Knight; ~3K words; G; Janette, Alma, Aristotle, the Enforcers)

   Late summer and all fall are lost to me in a haze of overwork. I don't recall just how this concept found me, only that it felt important to stake FK's claim on an open future. I learned more about Canadian security than the story needed, not to mention Syrian brutality. But the story, I think, I hope, is finally full of hope and determination — first-season-style, today.

[livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts 2016 Exchange: "Ships in the Night"
betas by Skieswideopen, Celli & Sholio; sounding-board-ing by ArgentumLS & Skieswideopen; for Idontlikegravy
(Highlander; ~1K words; G; Richie, Michelle, Angie)

   I almost didn't sign up for this fest. And then I almost dropped out. HLdom often seems to me as monolithic as FKdom is diverse; I worried and fussed. The kind people listed above helped me through. I do love HL dearly, for all that I'm lost in HLdom. I hope that I did right by it and by the other players, and maybe they won't mind me playing again someday.

Still-unfulfilled fanfic IOUs )

Still-unwritten fanfic just for me )

brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
I did my starter evolutions after the New Year's event ended (with a lucky egg on for those "added to pokédex" XP bonuses!). As mentioned, I had enough candies to evolve and keep one each of every stage of all three starters, plus double enough for venusaur (grass types have always been common here). I'd been storing up my starter candies ever since I started playing, and keeping three of each starter, swapping out the lowest IVs each time I caught or hatched a new one, so...

Bulbasaur family )

Charmander family )

Squirtle family )

How went the PokéGo New Year's event for you?
brightknightie: Richie parries prime as Duncan teaches him (Other Fandom HL Richie)

The story that I wrote for the 2016 [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts released (appropriately) on December 21: the winter solstice, Duncan MacLeod's birthday. The fest authors revealed (even more appropriately) on January 6: Epiphany.

This is the first time that I've participated in this fest. I was all over anxious that I'd blow it. As long and deep as I've loved HL, my HL love doesn't usually seem to fit in HL fandom. Many, many thanks to [personal profile] argentum_ls and [personal profile] skieswideopen for each helping me brainstorm toward the story. When it came, the idea warranted a novella, but the time allowed a short. (Thanks also to [personal profile] skieswideopen, [personal profile] celli, and [personal profile] sholio for beta-reading at the last minute, catching typos and confusions!)

  On the AO3: "Ships in the Night
  Length: 1,406 words
  Date: December 2016
  Rating: PG; gen
  Characters:  Richie/Angie, Michelle
  Setting: Winter 2017, Oakland, CA; divergent reality; branched from canon in early fifth season
  Summary: A hundred times since he’d tried to lay down his sword, Richie had walked away without a confrontation. Didn’t look like this was gonna be one of those times.

If you read it, please consider letting me know what I should learn from this to improve the next? (And check out the other fest stories!)

I'm often canon-bound. This "Clan Denial" request cracked that shell. I discovered that I very much like the man Richie might have grown to be, given the example and support of those he respects and loves.

brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
I've "won" the New Year's event! :-) That is, I achieved my personal game goal for PokéGo's "increased starter spawns" period. As of this evening, with only 4 ultraballs left (after hoarding them for ages), I have enough candies and enough high-IV pokémon to evolve and keep one each of every stage of the 3 starters: the complete bulbasaur, charmander, and squirtle families!

I even have enough bulbasaur candies to evolve a second venusaur, if the first one gets a poor moveset. But I don't have enough for a second charizard or blastoise; whatever moves they learn will be the moves I'll bring to gyms.

I'll do the evolutions after the event ends — with a lucky egg on! — just in case I catch or hatch any with higher IVs and/or CP.

On a separate note, the GPS drift has been dire at my home lately. If my avatar has to stand around in the next neighborhood, I keep thinking, couldn't she go just a little to the side and stand at their pokéstop? ;-) Alas, no...
brightknightie: Nick's caddy parked at his loft ("My Fandom Knows Trunk Space") (Caddy)
I wish you a very happy and healthy new year! And I wish all those in positions of leadership, inspiration, and power the wisdom, compassion and determination to help everyone to a better year and a better world. ♥

You've probably heard about LiveJournal moving to Russian servers (Morgandawn's post). If you're LJ-only, you may wish to look over the guide to DW for LJ users, especially how to import/back-up your LJ to DW.

my Brightknightie LJ account )

our FKFicFest LJ community )

So: I'm thinking! :-) What are you thinking?

all the babies

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 08:30 am
brightknightie: Misty picks up and hugs eevee (Pokemon Go)
A togepi has hatched for me! The pokedex entry for togepei says: "This pokemon stores up feelings of happiness inside its shell, then shares them with others."

With this togepei's happy arrival, I'm now lucky enough to have one each of all 7 of the babies: pichu, cleffa, igglybuff, togepi, smoochum, elekid, magby. My pokedex rolls all the way up to magby at 240. (I spent Christmas Eve day hiking; it was lovely! I spent Christmas Day evening walking off moods raised by relatives; it was... look! hatched eggs!) While of course I'm nowhere near evolving togetic, with only one togepi, I still feel a personal sense of completion for this stage of the game — that is, the release of the babies.

Now, at least until the New Year's event with the increased starter spawns, I'll return to my ongoing quest for a clefable. I caught my one and only clefairy on my birthday. (Fairy types! So appropriate!) Even if I had enough candies, I wouldn't evolve my one cleffa or my one clefairy to get a clefable, leaving their spots empty. I need to either catch one wild, or recruit enough of its family...
brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
I haven't yet read any, but I see that Yuletide 2016 yielded:
  • 3 new D&DC stories (and there's 1 that posted independently in October, since the last time I checked)
  • 3 new FK stories (and there's 1 that posted independently on Christmas Day)
  • 0 new BSG78 stories (although 3 posted independently in November and December)
  • 0 new YB stories (although someone included it in a mass crossover in October; otherwise, it last had a story of any kind in 2013)
  • 14 new Galavant stories
  • 13 new Pokémon Go stories (I didn't know PokéGo fanfic was a thing. But OF COURSE it is.)
And many, many more. Including 4 stories for A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs by Aimee Picchi, which I'd never heard of, but will be looking up on the strength of that title!

I'm particularly looking forward to the D&DC tales. Falling prey to prejudging a fanfic by its tags and summary, I think they look congenial. I shall see... :-)
brightknightie: Tessa working with a chisel tool at her desk in the barge (Other Fandom HL Tessa)
The story written for me in the [community profile] hlh_shortcuts exchange has revealed. I think that many of you may enjoy it! Take a look? It's a first-season HL/FK crossover starring Tessa and Natalie. The plot depends on each acting with professional passion and authority. A clever conceit amusingly finesses the crossover.
"Bag of Bolts" by [currently Anonymous]
G, gen, 7K words
Natalie, Tessa, Duncan, OCs
Summary: Natalie attends an ME convention at a hotel where Tessa is installing a sculpture. Danger. Bonding. Pie.

More like Yuletide than FKFicFest, the HLH_Shortcuts prompt slates seem to be pretty loose suggestions. I didn't specifically request (or imagine) this scenario. All credit to the author for the happy surprise.

Of both series, I do dearly love their first seasons, when motivations were clear and rich, and triumphant possibilities endless. Their first seasons, I rewatch just for fun, just for joy.
brightknightie: Nick, Natalie and Schanke looking at Nick's painting of his beast (Trio Nick Natalie Schanke)

By the end of FKFicFest 2016 in early October, my job had reached a frantic, manic, all-consuming pitch. It didn't let up for some time. I hardly know how I finished the fest. I hope that I did thank all of you who wrote and read! (Thank you!!!) I know that I never did post a wrap-up here of this year's 9 inventive, insightful, new FK stories.

I'd like to do that now. And, maybe, if you missed them before, help you find some last 2016 tales to enjoy before the Yuletide reveal? It was a creative year in FKFicFest!

Let's see whether I can sort to help you find those you'd enjoy most:

By time period ) By genre ) By personal appeal )
brightknightie: Screed, Bourbon, Urs and Vachon in the 19th-century saloon (Trio Vachon's Crew)
I happened to spot 2 used copies of Forever Knight's 3rd-season DVDs going for $25.90 and $25.95 right now on US Amazon (see the used list).

As you know, the 3rd-season DVDs often go for $80+. They were discontinued long ago, and 3rd-season streaming was withdrawn (unless you were lucky enough to have purchased it before TPTB changed their minds, in which case you still have streaming access).

If you're looking for a copy for yourself, or a gift for a late-blooming FK fan...!

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