brightknightie: Fleur and Lacroix in the garden at Castle Brabant ("From the first taste of her blood") (Fleur & Lacroix)
I just saw on Greer's journal that Arletta has passed away. A friend of hers shared the news on ForKni-L earlier on Tuesday.

I remember Arletta from the email lists and loops in '97 or so, when I still counted Light Cousin among my subsidiary affiliations. Long ago and far away. I remember that she once wrote an FK fanfic in the form of a script and convinced her drama group — I don't remember whether this was community theater, or a club, or a class — to perform it. I remember that she shared David Eddings's conviction about not reading in the genre in which one writes; she's the only fan I've ever known to take that approach.

Goodby, Arletta.
brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
Sunday's New York Times included a powerful essay titled "How to Write About Trauma" by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh.

The essay is not in the least fannish. I'm mentioning it here because I think it's potently resonant for writers, for storytellers, which many of us are, in conveying how and why "sometimes trauma alone does not a story make," and that a writer should know, about the trauma in her story, "what was significant about this experience," and should consider how to "make it emblematic of something larger" to thus "turn it into a story that someone would want to read."

However, the essay may be triggery. If that concerns you, skip it and skip the rest of this paragraph, please. This resonant lesson for storytellers comes with "trauma" indeed, and with monsters, and with gruesome silence. Lessons for all, not only for writers. As the author reveals bluntly in the first sentence — not the last, note; it's the exposition, not the climax, of the essay; a point is made about structuring and storytelling, from non-fiction to fiction — as a small child, the author was raped.
brightknightie: Janette, wearing black-tasseled earrings (Janette Again)
I often say that it's never too late for feedback on fanfic! But of course I do mean before we lose the author.

For her birthday, in memory of Susan, and of FK fandom as it was, here're a few of my own favorites of Susan's wonderful FK stories:Bonus: Susan's very first FK fanfic: "All That's Best of Dark and Bright" (October 1993)

Old-is-new-again bonus: Susan's FK/Pokémon story: "Nicholas, I Choose You!" (1997)

What are your favorite Susan stories? Do you have any that you reread every year, or when certain things happen or come to mind?
brightknightie: Nick's caddy parked at his loft ("My Fandom Knows Trunk Space") (Caddy)

For the month of July, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 4 of the 712 FK stories on the AO3 show posting dates in this period.

Chatter and meta

"July 22, 1916"

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 06:16 pm
brightknightie: Nick as 19th-century cowboy with horse (History)
In 2010, for the first-ever FKFicFest after-party, [ profile] wiliqueen wrote "July 22, 1916." On the event's 100th anniversary this week, she mused about that story and its historical inspiration. If its subject matter doesn't cut too close to home for you when you might read, I recommend it as a beautiful little FK piece, a smart and poignant prelude to the flashbacks of "Cherry Blossoms," which I love so.

As Wiliqueen noted: On July 22, 1916, in the run-up to the US entering the First World War, San Francisco, California, so far from the fighting in Europe, held a "Preparedness Day" parade. It remains unknown to this day who planted the bomb that killed 10 and injured 40 during that parade.

Wikipedia says that the Preparedness Day bombing is still the worst terrorist attack in San Francisco's history. May it ever stay the worst. May no worse ever again happen anywhere.
brightknightie: Nick, Natalie and Schanke looking at Nick's painting of his beast (Trio Nick Natalie Schanke)
In the reply thread on the latest [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest reminder, [personal profile] argentum_ls/[ profile] argentum_ls, who isn't playing this year, made this very kind offer to those who are playing:

"Should anyone want someone to bounce ideas off of, brainstorm with, or generally complain at about the state of their stories, I'd be happy to help."


Edited 8:59 PM Pacific Time: To add Argentum_LS's LJ ID.
brightknightie: Lacroix, Janette and Nick in Victorian apparel (Trio Fang Gang)
[personal profile] skieswideopen has very generously been helping me brainstorm for my [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest assignment. We've bumped into a few FK flashback ponderings that I think I can open up generally to everyone. I think that these won't reveal which prompts I received (or what I might do with them; I don't yet know, myself!).

If these inspire you to a story, in or out of the fest, please do write away! The more, the merrier!

Think over some FK history questions with us? :-)

1) Why London during the Blitz? )

2) What followed Lacroix wanting to abandon Janette? )

3) When did they become middle class? )
brightknightie: Nick looking up. (Nick)

For the months of May and June, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

  • [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest has 9 players, is playing exchange style, and will release stories starting 09/26.
  • [community profile] darkestnightex, an all-fandoms dark-themed exchange, holds nominations through 7/24, with sign-ups through 8/12, and stories revealed on 9/23.
  • [community profile] iddyiddybangbang, an all-fandoms challenge for stories of more than 5K words, will hold its sign-ups and prompting 7/20-7/31, with stories posting 9/15-9/22.
  • [community profile] seasonofkink, an all-fandoms bingo challenge for kink stories, is open through 9/30.
  • Recommendation communities that would welcome you posting about your FK favorites include: [community profile] fanart_recs, [ profile] het_reccers, [community profile] gensplosion, [community profile] recshelf and [community profile] fancake. (Know more FK-friendly rec communities? Tell me about them!)

Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 6 of the 709 FK stories on the AO3 show posting dates in this period. (7 more FK works were actually uploaded in this period, but their creators backdated them.)

Chatter and meta

brightknightie: Nick and his remote control (Remote Control) (US) is currently selling seasons one and two of FK for under $6 (US) per season.(As you know, season three has been out of print for several years now.)
brightknightie: Screed, Bourbon, Urs and Vachon in the 19th-century saloon (Trio Vachon's Crew)
Right now, Amazon Marketplace has 7 (used) copies of FK's third-season DVDs for sale for under $50 (US). The usual going rate has been ~$80 for a few years now.

If you're seeking third season, you may want to snap up a copy while they last.

(As you know, FK's third season isn't available for streaming anymore. Those of us who bought the season from Amazon before it went off-catalogue can still stream it from them, so it's still there on their servers, but... someone has chosen not to sell it.)

Quotation of the Month

   “Oh, darling, where have you been? All right, it may be just a rumour, but even so, if you had hung around with your own kind more this past century, you would have heard it, too.”

— Janette,
“Unreality TV”

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