brightknightie: Toronto sunset cityscape (Toronto)
I learned from [personal profile] pj1228 (post) the sad news that Richard McMillan, who played Matthew in "Dying to Know You" and Lindley in "Can't Run, Can't Hide," died on February 19.

Here's an obituary from the Toronto Star.
brightknightie: Grace smiling, wearing coloful collared blouse over white knit top (Grace)
I learned from [personal profile] greerwatson (post) the sad news that Sandi Ross, who played lab technician Grace Balthazar in the first two seasons of Forever Knight, died on August 31.

Here's an obituary/appreciation in NOW Toronto, written by a friend. And here's an interview with her from when she was named ACTRA's 2012 Woman of the Year. We here know her acting from FK, and perhaps other stories. She was also an activist for non-traditional casting on Canadian stage and screen.

Thank you, Ms. Ross. And goodbye...

Addendum: My personal favorite Grace fanfic is [personal profile] lastscorpion's "Full of Grace." What's yours?
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: 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: Three seasons of Forever Knight (Cast)
LiveJournal recently reminded me that Susan G.'s birthday is coming soon, in that way LiveJournal has of suddenly, but gently, pinching you for not defriending your friends just for being dead.

As nearly every FK fan knows, August is Susan's Birthday Month,* a time best filled with FK fanfic — lots and lots of FK fanfic of all kinds — in honor of Susan, who meant, did and wrote so much for us. If you don't know Susan's marvelous stories, you have immense delights ahead of you! If you want recommendations, I'll gladly supply. For myself, I reread Susan's fanfiction both for sheer enjoyment and to learn to become a better FK writer.

This year, by community vote, [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest comes due on August 22, with stories beginning to release on August 24. We will therefore be filling the end of August and the start of September in a way that I hope Susan would (does) approve.

* Yes, PJ, it's also Lacroix's Conversion Day Month. ;-)
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
[personal profile] greerwatson has shared an announcement from ForKni-L that Lora Haines died this past Sunday, "aged 63, of complications from pneumonia."

Lora's is a name that every FK fan knows, in a way, because it was very consciously given to the "Lora Haynes" (yes, different spelling) character in "Last Knight" as a gesture of recognition. Other FK fans will also remember that Lora was president of FK's fan club through some key years.

I never knew her, personally. I'm very sorry for anyone who will be missing her. I'm sorry for all of us, every time we lose one of us.

You all stay safe and well, all right?
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
I woke up this morning and turned on my computer to make the "Today's the day! FKFicFest stories due at 11:59 PM!" post, and... LJ had emailed me a reminder that Susan G.'s birthday is August 11, which happens to be the first day of releasing FKFicFest stories this year. I hadn't been thinking of that.

You remember and sometimes miss Susan G. (FK fic still here!) too, of course. You're an FK fan, after all. And you remember how August used to be "Susan's Birthday Month" on FKFic-L, inviting a special flood of stories to show appreciation ... for her! but also, in a way, for each other and our sharing of FK. (She didn't specify Raven stories for her birthday; she just asked for fiction, lots and lots of fiction.)

I know that I could defriend my deceased friends' accounts and duck these annual nudges. But unless it becomes a security risk, I doubt I ever will. I still write Abby's birthday on my physical wall calendar every year, just like my mom's and grandma's. You don't cease existing when you die.

But don't any of you go anywhere for quite a while, yeah?
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
I'm shocked and saddened to learn that we've lost Greg Kramer, whom we all know for playing Screed in Forever Knight.

I heard in a thoughtful email from [personal profile] leela_cat, who had confirmed the news by finding this article: "‘Punk-rock renaissance man’ Greg Kramer dies on eve of rehearsals." As the article mentions, Kramer was a novelist, playwright, director, magician and all-around clever guy as well as an actor. Leela_cat shares a personal memory of him here. I never met him, myself, but I know several people who have, and none ever found him anything but delightful and enthusiastic.

We're poorer without him, and richer for having had him while we did.

Addendum 4/10: This news was not in today's forkni-l digest. I expect that Libby of the Ratpack will share it on list when she's feeling up to it.

Addendum 5/01: For more information, links to media coverage and a Twitter feed, please see the formal tribute page.
brightknightie: Nick picking up Joan's cross (Faith)
In that startling way that it has, LiveJournal reminded me at bedtime last night that today is the birthday of the much-missed [livejournal.com profile] susanmgarrett.  As you know, Susan, who died in 2010, is the author of the second of the professional FK novels, Intimations of Mortality, and before that she was "Empress of FK Fic" — her excellence, productivity and generosity to FKdom are unparalled.  On the email lists, we used to have a tradition that August was "Susan's Birthday Month;" for her birthday, she would say in her email signature, she wanted "lots and lots" of new FK fanfiction... and she got it.

I like to think that holding [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest and [livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic across Susan's Birthday Month would seem good to her.

Susan is my favorite FK fanfiction author.  Don't miss out!  Here are my top ten personal favorites among all her FK tales, roughly in order of how often I reread them:What other Susan stories are in your personal top-ten of her FK works?
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
"Resurrection," the V4S premiere written by the much-missed late [livejournal.com profile] susanmgarrett back in the day, has turned up on the AO3, posted by a [archiveofourown.org profile] palaemon on 5/09/12.

She credits it.  She posted it under a lock.  She is apparently not actively trying to plagiarize it, just to take advantage of the AO3's formatting capacity.  However, I still find her action upsetting.  Does the AO3 have a policy on this?  Posting stories by other people? Deceased people?  I believe that [livejournal.com profile] tonjavmoore is, for all practical purposes, Susan G.'s fannish executor...?

Once that I know of, Susan ran into a person at a con selling copies of one of Susan's online stories made up — without permission, obviously — into a zine.  This brings that to my mind.  (And the formatting here does Susan's work no credit, on top of everything else.)

Addendum: FWIW, I've reported this to the AO3 volunteers.

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