brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
An anonymous person commented about Young Blades on my blog! ~glee~ Apparently, God loves me and wants me to be happy. ;-) Or something. ;-) Thank you, anonymous person! Yay, YB!

I'm waiting with the proverbial bated breath for my [community profile] rarelywritten assignment to come through. I'd really like to get started hunting ideas. Nobody but me requested Young Blades (or D&DC, HL, BSG78), so it won't be any of those. But it could be one of three things that people did request. We shall see...

(Matching takes a while even when using the AO3 engine, apparently?)
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
The [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen ficathon released last Sunday! (AO3 collection here.)

For myself, I wish it would have released last Saturday, as originally scheduled, for then I would have had a little time to go through its riches of 231 stories (in 218 fandoms) starring female characters unjustly neglected by their creators and/or fans. Instead, I have been so slammed this week, from Sunday noon to Friday sunset, that I have read only five of the stories, and haven't even yet managed to return and squee at deserved length over the story written for my prompt. I'll be back with recommendations when I've got more of the stories under my belt, but for the moment, please let me just point out:
  • For Me: "What Isn't Being Said" by [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell (Young Blades, ~3K words, gen, starring Jacqueline and Queen Anne)
    In this progression of "unseen scene" episode tags, Jacqueline repeatedly encounters the Queen in a delicate dance around their respective secrets of identity and insight. (Despite the form, this is indeed a unified story if you know the canon — yay, YB canon! — not an ordinary "Five Things" assortment.) Please consider taking a peek for this writer who bravely ventured into a microscopic fandom — and remember that you can watch YB on YouTube! The Canadian cuts, even!

  • By Me: "Yet There Are Many" for [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (Highlander, ~3K words, gen, starring Michelle Webster)
    The prompt asked what Michelle had been doing for the past two decades since she became immortal in "Rite of Passage," and what kind of person she grew up to be. I found what I hope is an underutilized corner of larger HL canon suited to the character's scant personal canon, and... turned her loose. (Duncan, Amanda and Cierdwyn walk through Michelle's memories, but not the story's present.)

That said, what's up with [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest? Are you going to play? Are you going to invite your friends? We've got only one week left to sign up! C'mon: we'll have a blast. :-)

This year, I've decided — for my own personal self only, as a player, not a mod! — to go with quotations and keywords as prompts, rather than plot scenarios. I often prefer receiving scenarios or "what if?" questions, myself, but I've also seen writers drive themselves barmy trying to fit a square story peg into a round scenario prompt. Perhaps writers and readers alike would be happier with more generous sizing, I'm wondering. Also, plot ideas are precious and few; maybe I should write mine myself in the good ol' way, and not wait on ficathons. ;-)
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
Happy news! A nice person over at [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen (the ficathon for neglected female characters) just tonight told me that all thirteen Young Blades episodes are presently available on YouTube, uncut and undivided! (Of course it will be better when someday TPTB sell YB to us properly, but I've been waiting eight years for them to accept my money for this content, and with no DVDs or streaming in sight and my recorded-from-TV VHS tapes aging, I embrace this alternative with delight.)

episode list with links )

As you know (because I periodically blither about it), this is that fun "Three Musketeers: The Next Generation" series that ran on PAX (now InSight) in 2005, diverging from Dumas canon, featuring a farm girl masquerading as a nobleman in order to join the musketeers and avenge her family. Filmed in Quebec, it features the work of Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Ironside, Sheena Easton, Karen Cliche, Tobias Mehler, Mark Hildreth, Zak Santiago, Robert Sheehan, Phillip Mitchell, Charles Shaughnessy... (Don't believe a word on the main IMDB page; all that info is based on a prior series pitch, not any filmed content. The Wikipedia page is brief but accurate, at least.) Episode 4, "The Exile," is the one that brought me across, as we say in FK; my other favorites include "To Heir is Human" and "Invincible Sword." The series creators wrote the first three episodes; Gillian Horvath wrote the final two.

Addendum: Just dipping a toe into the series? I strongly recommend skipping episodes 2-3 after the premiere, and instead sampling 4, 6, 11 or 12. (IMO, 2-3 are the worst.) I'm happy to make personal recommendations tailored to individual tastes and preferences; just ask!
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
I wrote "Salt Its Tail" for [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon 2011 to this prompt ).  Though I've loved Young Blades since its too-short run in 2005, this is the first time I've written it.  This prompt called out for YB's Jacqueline, the farmer's daughter who masquerades as a disinherited nobleman in order to join the Musketeers.

Thanks to [personal profile] celli for beta-reading!  Knowing I was against a wall, she improved the ending in time for the deadline, even though she's never seen the show.

I tried to make "Salt Its Tail" accessible for readers who haven't seen YB.  If you choose to read the story, might you do me the favor of sharing your opinion?  Did it work?  (Would you be interested in more YB in the future?)

Available: My Fansite | The AO3
Length: ~7,400 words
Date: Femgenficathon 10/07/11
Rating: PG
Characters:   Jacqueline, d'Artagnan fils, Ramon, Siroc, Duval, Mazarin, Bernard, Louis XIV
Summary: When the Musketeers apprehend some smugglers, the King’s reward is the cardinal’s ruse.
Quotation: “He’s a member of the Order.”  Jacqueline touched her sword, wet with blood.  “We can carry the fight to Mazarin, now.  The King will have to listen!”

Some YB Thoughts

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 09:49 pm
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
I decided on Young Blades for my [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon prompt, in part because they clicked, and in part because I doubt I'll have another opportunity to pick my own fandom in a community (and that's the only way YB will ever have a shot).

For those who don't know, Young Blades (2005, filmed in Quebec, 13 episodes) can be short-handed as The Three Musketeers meets The Song of the Lioness.  That is, the d'Artagnan role is a woman masquerading as a man, plus there's some magic.  And quests, bereavement, history, swords, horses, faith, costumes and all that stuff I like. ;-)

I've been rewatching the series (on recorded-from-TV VHS; it's still not on DVD) and am struck again at the unrealized potential.  YB began to find its footing in its fourth episode ("The Exile"), reached its height in its eleventh ("To Heir is Human"), and was gone two airings after.  It's so completely from another era that it compulsively restates its premise in every episode, unwilling to depend on the audience to remember that Jacques is Jacqueline and Mazarin is evil (to a degree slandering the real historical figure).  There was clearly some struggle for the definition of "family friendly" that swings the tone from goofy to profound.  YB cajoles its fans to reconcile its inconsistencies and fill in its blanks, on a whisper of "it could have been..."

One thing that's particularly struck me this time through is a trick culture can play on the eye.  gendered clothing )

While we're here, just for fun, some lines from episodes: ten quotations )

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