- The multifandom "Gen-in-January" game on the_fic_trader remains open through the end of January.
- I will post the annual fkficfest/fkficfest survey in the final week of January. (When is best to schedule the ficathon this year? What rules and mechanisms can we improve from last year? How can we attract more players? How can I be a better mod?)
- rarewomen is on for 2013! This year, there's no distinction between large and small fandoms. Under 500 stories on AO3 and also under 500 on FF.net featuring a canonically female character? She's eligible if nominated. I played last year and may well play again this year. Timeline:
- 01/24-01/31: Discuss nominations.
- 02/01-02/07: Nominate.
- 03/01-ish: Assignments go out.
- 04/28: Stories due.
- 05/04: Stories release.
- shipswap is running a "Rare Ship" exchange event. I won't play, but I will read if my fandoms win stories. Timeline:
- 02/01-02/28: Nominate.
- 03/06-04/08: Sign up.
- 04/15-ish: Assignments go out.
- 06/15: Stories due.
- 06/22: Stories release.
- The het_reccers community is presently seeking volunteers to write "Fandom Manifestos," and still needs sign-ups for FK, HL, BSG'78, etc. Separately, they are always seeking recommendations of high-quality het fanfiction in any fandom (no sign-up needed).
- casestory Big Bang sign-ups opened on 01/01.
- blue_eyed_1987 is running a multi-fandom "Pretend Dating/Relationship" fest.
- wehappyfew is running a multi-fandom AU drabble fest.
- Not fiction-related, but just so you know: There's a fanart_recs community!
Recently in FK in my corners of social journaling:
Ficathons, Fests and Communities
- the_fic_trader will hold its annual multifandom "Gen in January" fest. Submit prompts by 12/15.
- ghostinsweats is hosting a multifandom "Ghost Story Commentficathon." (Ghosts are canonical in FK!)
- fandom_stocking is on for 2011! See the stocking submission post (and timeline).
- rarewomen is an exchange ficathon starring rare women characters in big fandoms, and any women characters in small fandoms (like FK). Sign-up 01/01-01/07; assignments out 01/10; stories due 02/24.
- 11/17: twilight2000 posted "She Never Left" (G, ~2K words) for the 2011 "Fall Fandom Free-for-all."
- 11/12: sharpest_asp posted "Saved Bottles" (G, 375 words), her thousandth AO3 piece.
- 11/01: havocthecat posted "I Must Down to the Seas Again" (Unrated, ~7K words) on LJ and on AO3, and announced it in her LJ and fk_fanfiction. (This was to have been her fkficfest 2011 story, on which she had to default for health reasons.)
- 11/01: 1_mad_squirrel posted "All Souls Day" (Teen, 102 words) in last_writes.
- 6 FK works on the AO3 currently show November 2011 publication dates. None are new to me.
Meta (Chatter, Discussion and Essays)
- 11/23: [Locked] shared that she's written ~10K words of a new FK story.
- 11/08: havocthecat proposed fusing FK and My Little Pony.
- 11/04: rhi mentioned Vachon and Reese in a fannish5 response.
- 11/02: celli recommended "I Must Down to the Seas Again" by havocthecat.
- 11/01: elistaire referenced news about synthesizing blood proteins from rice, and suggested it as an FK story prompt.
- 11/30: [Locked] noted that Stratford has announced that its 2012 Cymbeline will include NB as Roman general Caius Lucius; GWD will also appear.
- 11/20: [Locked] reviewed the "Going On" performance starring GWD and his wife.
- 11/15: pj1228 recommended the TV series Murdoch Mysteries, noting that GWD plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in season two, and NB is in seasons four and (likely) five.
- 11/12: pj1228 reviewed the 2011 Stratford Richard III, with NB as Lord Hastings and Andrew Gillies (Felix Twist) as Lord Stanley.
Chiller has FK scheduled for 9AM to 3PM (Eastern Time) on Monday 12/12! "Dark Knight" through "False Witness."
Recently in FK on my LJ F-List and DW R-Page:
Ficathons and Fests
- On 12/29, the fandom_stocking mod called for volunteers to ensure at least one treat for every player.
- On 12/26, Yuletide Madness went live with one FK story: "The Man Who Had Everything." There are no regular FK Yuletide stories for 2010.
- On 11/30, sharpest_asp announced the next round of her "Gen in January" fest, which happens on the_fic_trader.
- On 12/28, under lock, someone mentioned that natmerc has begun uploading to the AO3, including two FK stories.
- On 12/24, waltd announced a new FK Christmas story, the twelfth in his calendar series.
- On 12/23, foxy11814 began posting a WIP called "The Newcomer" (Nick, Natalie, Lacroix).
- On 12/19, sharpest_asp announced her "Old Times Not Forgotten" (PG; FK/HL; Janette/Amanda) for the Femslash Advent Calender.
- On 12/05, lastscorpion announced that she has finished uploading to the AO3, including five FK stories.
- On 12/21, under lock, someone noted that audiences may vote for 2010's favorite plays and actors in the Toronto Awards. GWD and NB are both nominated.
- On 12/19, pj1228 pointed out the new site forkni-l.com, announcing FK alumni stage appearances.
- On 12/17, hyper_roo in fk_fanfiction asked after a story titled "Death has no Dominion."
- On 12/16, mysticalcat7 reported that forkni-l digests for the year 2000 are now all archived online.
- On 12/04, 1_mad_squirrel in last_writes requested recommendations of FK/BtVS fanfiction in which Lacroix and Spike meet.
Chiller will air FK three times in January: 01/03, 9AM-3PM, second season; 01/19, 9AM-3PM, first season; and 01/29, 8AM-2PM, first season. (What's exciting here is that they're running second season in the original aired order this time, with "Crazy Love" as the finale! Cool.)
My plan, in looking for promising opportunities to help spread a little cheer through this game, is to go first by fandom tags, and then see what there is to see. For my own reference, the fandom_stocking tags I personally plan to check -- perhaps to help fill, definitely to see fills from others -- are, in alphabetical order: ( list )
In other ficathon news, the oldschoolfic winter game assignments are out, and I wish the eight of us who signed up in the end much luck and inspiration! And at the end of November, sharpest_asp announced the timeline for the next round of her "Gen in January" fest, which happens on the_fic_trader.
And while we're speaking of things one step aside from my usual scan, everyone already knows about the FK Wiki, right? I believe that has been mainly susanmgarrett and greerwatson's project so far. [Addendum 02/16: Susan observes that the project is actually Greer's, and she "deserves every molecule of credit for that work." My mistake! Well-deserved applause toward Greer, please.]
Okay! Recently on my LJ Friends List and DW Reading Page:
- fkficfest: The FK-only ficathon community is open (welcome post), and the sign-up post will go up on Thursday 02/18 (three months before the final due date, 05/18). (Several people very kindly gave us a shout-out: my co-mod Amilyn, Havocthecat and Wiliqueen.)
- femslash_today: On 02/10, I learned that "Femslash Today" is having its annual multifandom porn battle. Entries are welcome through 02/19. There are three intriguing FK prompts (no FK entries as of 02/14, as far as I can see).
- 17daysinfeb: On 01/28, celli noted a multifandom ficathon about the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. FK's characters could easily be in Vancouver during the Olympics! (As of 02/14, there are no tags, and seem to be no FK entries.)
- halfamoon: To see FK-tagged entries on "Halfamoon," go here. There don't seem to be any yet for 2010, but the event doesn't close for many hours yet. (On 01/26, abby82 remembered her FK contribution last year, and encouraged us to all play this year. On 01/21, havocthecat let us know that the community was gearing up for its annual 02/01-02/14 multifandom celebration of female characters. FK's characters are eligible.)
- Porn Battle IX: The final total was three FK entries, all by gnosticdiva. (On 01/27, gnosticdiva catalogued her contributions to Porn Battle IX. On 01/26, abby82 noted that the event was open and running through 02/01. On 01/19, abby82 announced that prompts were being accepted that week (prompts, FAQ).)
- Gen in January: The final total is one FK entry, by sharpest_asp.
- On 01/30, I posted "In a Family Way" (PG-13, Gen, Nick and Lacroix and Others).
- On 01/27, sharpest_asp posted "A Shared Bottle" (PG, Gen, Nick and Janette).
- On 01/27, gnosticdiva posted "Menage a Trois" (NC-17, Pairing, Janette/Nick/Natalie)
- On 01/27, gnosticdiva posted "Partners" (NC-17, Pairing, Nick/Tracy).
- On 01/26, gnosticdiva posted "Making Up" (NC-17, Pairing, Natalie/Nick).
- On 01/28, abby82 posted her '09 Vidding Year-in-Review, noting three FK vids and one NK vid for the anniversary.
- On 01/31, abby82 shared the reveal that the vidder behind the FK "Cemetaries of London" is giandujakiss. (This was the only FK vid in Festivids this round.)
- abby82 continued her FK recommendations on crack_van through the end of January. Since my last round-up, she's pointed out:
- "Memories" by falcon_horus (rec)
- "Cold Comfort" by Klytaimnestra (rec)
- "Keeping it Together" by Ell H. (rec)
- "Hiding Out at the Raven" by fickitten (rec)
- "Last Minutes" by Me (rec)
- "Gay Vampire Toronto Cop Fathers Alien Love Child" by The Lurkers (rec)
- "The Hands of Time" by Stephen L. (rec)
- "Why Should I Cry For You" by lizbetann (rec)
- "Farewell, Old Friends" by kirbyfest_fiction (rec)
- "Physical Therapy" by Ophelia P. (rec)
- The Dorian Stories by susanmgarrett (rec)
- Vid: "In A Dark Place" by kristin1228
- On 02/06, gnosticdiva mentioned that she's working on the Dark N&N site, including moving it to a new host; the move might cause some very temporary outages.
- On 02/03, hearts_blood announced a dive back into FK fanfic! The very next day, she wrote, lost, and found an outline for a new story.
- On 02/02, abby82 pointed us to a great sale on Deep Discount, of any FK season for $11.98. Unfortunately, the sale did not last long.
- On 01/22, gnosticdiva shared the FK-related content in four different vampire reference books.
- gnosticdiva has been sharing reviews and commentaries as she rewatches the series. 02/01: Nick Knight. 02/02: "Dark Knight" and "Dark Knight, The Second Chapter.
Everyone knows about help_haiti by now, right? The fannish community rewarding donations to Haiti relief with custom fic, beta services, and other things in an auction-like structure? Bidding continues through January 20. Thanks to everyone who is participating, and who has offered! eponymous_rose is cataloging offers by fandom. It looks like the FK-specific offers at this time are from: Havocthecat, Triciabyrne1978, Amilyn and Devohoneybee. [Addendum 01/18: rude_not_ginger and aescu are also offering FK, per amilyn.] (Leela-cat generously made a gesture in FK's direction, but you know she wants HP. ~g~) amilyn has summarized some offers and information here and here.
Vidfests, Ficathons and Gifts
- On 01/17, sharpest_asp posted a reminder about the "Gen in January" ficathon, for which FK received one prompt (IB: Nick/Janette). (It's a 500-words minimum, with prompts available to claim from a list, not assigned.)
- On 01/14, festivids went live, and abby82 strongly recommended the vid she received in the exchange. sharpest_asp agreed, and so did ithildyn. Count me in the consensus as well. Set to "Cemeteries of London" by Coldplay, it's still anonymous, it's the only FK entry in the fest, and it is receiving copious praise for something from our sleepy fandom in a multifandom venue! It's vampire-centric across all three seasons, features many of the neck-o'-the-week characters, and it musters the elusive "you could interpret this either way" that keeps us happily disagreeing to this day. Knighties and Cousins may well see different feeds of this vid, and isn't that just the way it's supposed to be?
- On 01/12, havocthecat pointed out purimgifts/purimgifts, a multi-fandom event reveling in characters who are Jewish and/or women and/or persecuted by evil viziers (FAQ). FK is eligible (every fandom is eligible).
- On 01/06, fandom_stocking released. Four people were tagged as requesting FK stocking stuffers, and they all received at least one tiny FK trinket.
- On 12/29, gnosticdiva described the dayofindulgence event, and noted that she's planning an FK entry, perhaps an adult scenario.
- On 01/10, kirbyfest announced that she is moving all her fanfiction from her longstanding personal website into a new Dreamwidth journal: kirbyfest_fiction.
- On 01/07, sharpest_asp revealed that she's the author of the Yuletide story "A Bad Night" and consolidated her two FK ficlets written for fandom_stocking.
- On 12/31, gnosticdiva posted "Handcuffs Do Have Their Uses" (N&N, NC-17).
- On 12/29, gnosticdiva noted that she's working on a post-AtA fic (and reading the Bennett/Elrod novels).
- crack_van FK recommendations continue, courtesy of abby82. Since my last round-up, she's pointed out "The Maltese Raven" by Erika W., "First Love" by Sarah B., "Trio" by Imajiru, "The Raven Flown" by AC C., the "All the Rest is Silence" trilogy by Dorothy E., "What Makes A Mortal Interesting" by Knightshade, "Goodbyes" by Vanessa St.D., "Assignment: Knight" by susanmgarrett, "Ruminations" by Nancy K., and "Anatomy of a Kiss" by Eve D.
- On 12/31, abby82 pointed out that Amazon.com has all three seasons of FK (Region 1) on sale for $14.99. Anyone not own yet? Buy! Convince them there's a market for slim sets and blu-ray and missing bits restored or packed as extras...
- On 12/27, pj1228 shared the great news that FK's first season will be released in Germany on 02/19/10, with German and English audio tracks. Finally! Cheers to all the German-speaking fans! (Buy! So they'll release the other seasons, too.) I can't wait to learn whether it's the full footage from the first German airing of first-season. Granted, the differences are tiny per episode, mostly just longer establishing shots, but...
Cast and Crew and Airings
- On 01/13, abby82 shared that Mr. Parriot has won himself a new series, USA Network's Covert Affairs. It stars Kari Matchett (Alyssa).
- On 12/31, abby82 filled us in -- at least, those of us who don't get the Chiller channel -- on GWD's "hosting" of Chiller's most recent FK marathon. Actually, it was eight fun soundbites over amusing montages (seven GWD, 1 NB). She has them all linked, and also points us to Chiller's YouTube Channel. And as she points out, wow! that color quality.
( Wishes and Won'ts )
sharpest_asp has proposed a "Gen in January" ficathon. It will be prompt-claiming style, rather than assignment driven. Minimum 500 words, gen only, any fandom, any characters -- including, of course, FK. (Gen, as recently discussed, is defined as every kind of plot and theme in human experience except romance and sex.)