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: Natalie leaning over Nick's shoulder (N&N)
I'm reminded that it's past time for a "recently in FK" bulletin post. Oops! Maybe soon.

In the meantime, I wanted you to know that [livejournal.com profile] dlyt has posted 2 new FK stories inspired by FKFicFest!
  • "Quest for Lunch" (G, gen; 1,253 words; Schanke & Nick) was inspired by one of her recipient's ([personal profile] lastscorpion) other FKFicFest prompts.
  • "Resistance Is Futile" (G, m/f; 1,067 words; Natalie/Nick) is a generous, thoughtful — and unnecessary! don't get a mistaken idea! ;-) — thank-you to me for moderating FKFicFest.
Dlyt, and everyone, you're very welcome for my part in the fest. We could never do it without all of us together!
brightknightie: With Hank and Diana in the lead, the children confront Tiamat. (Other Fandom D&D poster)
The [community profile] myoldfandom ficathon (for fandoms that have been out of production at least 10 years) released its stories on June 18, and de-anonomized on June 23. I mentioned the release, but I've wanted to share more details:Other stories written by people we know include "Time And Time And Time Again" by [archiveofourown.org profile] coralysendria, "Jean at the Witching Hour" by [archiveofourown.org profile] greerwatson, and "The One where Trance's Botany Expertise came in Handy" by [archiveofourown.org profile] karrenia_rune.

Perhaps because it's a multi-fandom fest without a strongly unifying thematic commonality, comments and kudos seem a bit thin on the ground overall. If you have time, maybe you might take a glance over the fandoms written, and see whether any ring a bell? All the authors deserve appreciation! (And maybe they'll write more in these dear old fandoms if we encourage them.)

The story I wrote, btw, was my first try writing these characters, whom I've loved since the days I was their target audience. I'm brimming over with ideas for them (ideas that didn't fit the prompt I received ~grin~). If I weren't immediately turning all my hobby time to FKFicFest... well, I hope that the ideas stick around, and another excuse to write them comes! (I'm also extra open to constructive criticism, on a first try in a new fandom, if anyone wants to analyze what can be better, stronger, more interesting.)
brightknightie: Janette and Nick in the Renaissance ("What makes you think that I'd take you back?") (IB)
Today, [personal profile] pj1228 generously gifted me a new Forever Knight story! It's "Old Customs Reinstated" (~800 words, Nick/Janette, G). Making a veritable gift sampler of things I enjoy, she included a lesser-known holiday, a touch of history, an early first-season setting, canon references, and, of course, Nick/Janette.

(Technically, this is a FandomStocking fill, a la Yuletide amnesty. But FandomStocking is free! No penalty, no amnesty, just delight.)

Thank you, PJ!
brightknightie: Magda thanking Nick in the precinct (Thanks)
The story written for my own prompt slate in this year's [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest released this morning!

Beautiful. Understated. Rich. "Through the Compass of the Years" by [personal profile] havocthecat (gen, G; N&N UST; 1,990 words), with beta-reading by [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen and Mr. Havoc, plus a consult with [personal profile] celli. Go. Read. Comment. :-)

All this year's stories are now released. Tomorrow will bring the masterlist and "Closing Ceremonies" post. Dig in to the 2015 FKFicFest collection! Find just the stories that most appeal to you!
brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
The 2015 [community profile] rarelywritten collection went live on the AO3 overnight. We have 93 stories in 112 fandoms!

I haven't yet read any, but I have now popped three onto my Kindle and plan to go enjoy them. (BTW, when you upgrade to Kindle Voyage from Kindle 2nd-gen? Porting AO3 content by app is actually faster and easier than by USB.)

Preview:

We have three Forever Knight stories! Two were written in reply to my request, because [archiveofourown.org profile] merfilly (Janette, "An Interlude in the Family," ~1.2K) very generously picked up the pinch hit when pneumonia took out [archiveofourown.org profile] greerwatson (Urs, "Out of the Night that Covers Me," ~4.7K), who, to her own surprise, managed to complete her story before the release after all. The third was written for Greer's request by [archiveofourown.org profile] coralysendria (Cohen, "Echoes," ~9.0K).

No one wrote in any of my own other personally best-beloved fandoms (HL, BSG78, YB and D&DC), or most of the not-yet-canceled shows I'm currently following (PoI, Forever, OUaT, Grimm), but someone did write in Call the Midwife! Which I can't read yet for the same reason I couldn't offer it (get it together, PBS and BBC).

But people I know did write in M.A.S.H ("Four Times Looking For Love, and One Real Match" by Merfilly), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ("Something On the Order of a Resurrection, Please?" by Medie), Agent Carter ("Stardust" by Ariestess) and The Tomorrow People (1992) ("Adventure" by LadySilver). Did I miss anyone?

Oh, and I wrote in Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (Gwendolen, "Between within and without," ~6.7K). :-)
brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)
[community profile] fandom_stocking released on Wednesday night. I haven't yet had a chance to look through other people's stockings, see all the goodies, and discover recommendations worth making, but I can tell you what wonderful things people generously gave me in my stocking, and what few things I managed to create myself.

Gifts I received

Gifts I gave

  • To [personal profile] falcon_horus, who requested Fleur, a medieval Forever Knight ficlet titled "Ad Festivum Ignem," from Fleur's perspective. Fleur encounters a different midwinter tradition in her new husband's demesne. (<1K words, G)


  • To [personal profile] wendymypooh, who requested Nick/Natalie, a fluffy Forever Knight ficlet titled "When the Nat's Away," from Sydney's perspective. Sydney decides that he's had enough of Nick. (<1K words, G)


  • To [profile] bethskink, who requested Lacroix & Schanke, a simple Forever Knight drabble titled "The Real Thing," from Lacroix's perspective. Lacroix bumps into Schanke at the DMV. (100 words, G)


  • To [personal profile] pj1228, who requested Nick/Janette, a genre-muddled (romance/angst/humor) Forever Knight short story titled "Designed to be Seen," from Nick's perspective. Nick finds Janette's very fashionable dress very difficult to remove. (>1K words, PG-13)


  • To [personal profile] skieswideopen, a pledge to write a Janette + "outsider perspective" OC story this year.


  • To all the nice people who requested Duncan/Tessa, Richie or Angie from Highlander, expressions of agreement with their excellent taste, and solidarity in wishing for more stories exploring these characters! Maybe next year... maybe this year.

Thank you, everyone!
brightknightie: Janette and Nick in the Renaissance ("What makes you think that I'd take you back?") (IB)
Today has been the last full day of [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest for 2014. (Tomorrow will bring the masterlist and the "dead dog" party invitation.) And today is the day that I finally got to read the story written for my own prompts! (Yes, I could have looked earlier, but I'm a Knightie, for goodness sake! ~grin~)

For my prompts, [personal profile] batdina wrote "Preserve Your Memories" (PG, m/f, ~2.4K). This adventure stars Nick and Janette, many years post-series, with appearances by multiple other canon characters (whom I won't name here lest I spoil the mystery for you). I prompted, "How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!" — Shakespeare, and I love the parallel rails on which [personal profile] batdina has run that prompt in this story. The Nick/Janette content is also right up my alley; I do love to see them respect each other and grow.

Thanks, [personal profile] batdina!
brightknightie: Nick in a diner squirting ketchup on fries (Food)
The 2013/2014 [community profile] fandom_stocking treats have been revealed, and I'm looking forward to this weekend, when I'll be able to dig through all the stockings that requested my fandoms (and perhaps also read a few more Yuletide and [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts stories).

In the meantime, I came home from work fairly late tonight to the happy arrival of these goodies in my own Fandom Stocking:

  • A Forever Knight Nick & the Schankes story (plus Janette, Natalie and Lacroix references!), set before the tag of first-season's "Hunters," but after the climax: "Intrusion" by [personal profile] pj1228 (~1,500 words, gen, G). Highly canon-aware!

  • A Sleepy Hollow Ichabod & Abbie interlude story (with horses!), tucked between the looming cliffs of their adventures: "Two-in-Hand" by [personal profile] st_aurafina (~700 words, gen, G). A classic interlude!

  • A Sleepy Hollow Ichabod/Katrina manip desktop wallpaper by [personal profile] tarlanx, with intriguing symbolism! Gorgeous!

  • Fiction "gift certificates" of various lengths and in various fandoms from [personal profile] sharpest_asp, [personal profile] ravenela, [personal profile] argentum_ls and [personal profile] skieswideopen! Exciting! Yay, things to which to look forward!
    • 01/11/14: Ravenela just fulfilled her "pledge" with the Highlander Duncan/Tessa vignette "Acceptance," coordinating with the "Counterfeit" flashbacks!

  • Recommendations with links to three Person of Interest fanmixes from [personal profile] somehowunbroken! This is a fairly new form of fannish expression to me: interesting!

  • Recommendations with links to four Highlander pic assortments, and also to one page of Highlander filk lyrics, from [personal profile] alexia! (Two of the pic assortments are by JinxedWood.) Amusing!

  • Happy holiday greetings and art from [personal profile] wendymypooh, [personal profile] sjh2009, [personal profile] leesa_perrie and [personal profile] twinsarein! Jolly!

Thank you, everyone! These have been so much fun!

I wrote two short stories, myself, one Forever Knight (Lacroix & Natalie & Nick; thank you for the beta, [personal profile] skieswideopen!) and one Highlander (Methos/Alexa; thank you for the beta, [personal profile] celli!). I also handed out a few fanfic "gift certificate" promises where I'd much wanted to write (more FK! more HL! someone even requested original BSG, but it didn't get tagged properly so I missed it till the end!), but couldn't fit it in. I plan to post about those on the weekend. I need to transfer the two stories from Dreamwidth comments to the AO3, and perhaps sneak in one more polish.

(I'm also reminded that I have at least two stories (both FK) from previous Fandom Stocking years that I never did move into the AO3. I meant to rewrite them, but... [personal profile] leela_cat firmly tells me to archive them and move on, rather than let them continue munching at the back of my imagination as unfinished.)
brightknightie: Nick and Natalie in the caddy in the sunshine ("Seize Your Day in the Sun") (Sun)
The story written for my own prompt slate in this year's [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest released today! It's "By Light of Day" (PG13, ~4K words) by [personal profile] skieswideopen. I had requested "a promising cure that does not fulfill its promise," and she supplied a scenario starring Nick, Feliks, Natalie, Schanke and Janette that diverges from canon sometime between the first and second seasons, and runs through hope, happiness, fear and frustration to renewed determination. Mmmmm, renewed determination! ;-)

I enjoyed it very much! Like many of the stories this year, it innovates cleverly, positing a scenario not quite like any other explored in all FK's years (as far as I know), and it does so with spot-on character voices and concerns. And Feliks Twist!

I'll come back soon with a list of reasons to read all the fanworks in this year's game; they all truly deserve attention! But for now, I recommend the one written specifically for me. Take a look!

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