brightknightie: Fleur and Lacroix in the garden at Castle Brabant ("From the first taste of her blood") (Fleur & Lacroix)
LisaMcD has reversed the FKFic-L War (round-robin team fiction game) rule prohibiting all crossovers. She rolled it back to the standard FKFic-L rule limiting crossovers (no crossing with "print-published media" of any vintage, Disney-owned anything, etc.) and encouraged listmembers to simply keep the focus on FK.

Good for her. I'm impressed.
brightknightie: Janette and Schanke in the Raven (LaCroissant)
FKFic-L, the FK fiction mailing list, is presently playing FKFic-L War, an elaborate, round-robin fiction game in which the players descend on FK's fictional Toronto (as themselves), and work (in faction teams) around, with and against each other and FK's characters in pursuit of a goal (usually, some sort of scavenger hunt). I believe this is War XV, but I lost count a long, long time ago. (I actually played live only in War VII... but that was the most important one, right? ~grin~)

Anyway, Lisa McD made an unfiltered (non-War) admin post this morning, in which she wrote: "One of the list's rules is no crossovers..." That was news to me! The last time Don F. posted the fic list rules to the fic list (granted, over a year ago, now), they still said: "3. FK may be crossed only with movies and television shows. the rest of this lengthy rule )."

I've emailed Lisa and asked for clarification. I'll pass on whatever I learn.

Addendum 2:00PM Pacific: Good news! Crossovers are still permitted on FKFic-L in general, and just not during War games.
brightknightie: Janette and Nick giving the red-wrapped firetruck to Daniel. (Gift)

As announced on the email lists by Lisa McD, the next FKFic-L "War" game begins on Sunday, January 13, 2013. If, like me, you're not playing, you can set your subscription to "-war" to avoid the war posts (unless you take digests, in which case there's no filtering). You can also read along without playing, of course! I would personally suggest holding any non-war fiction posts until February, but of course that's entirely up to each writer.

Now, for December, in Forever Knight, in my corners of social journaling, here's what I spotted:

Ficathons, Fests and Communities

  • [community profile] fandom_stocking will reveal on 01/06. Four people listed FK among their fandoms. Check out the volunteer post for stockings no one has yet stuffed.
  • [community profile] fkcommentfic/[livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic has received two entries so far in its "Bloor Mistletoe Challenge," which remains open through 01/06.
  • Yuletide garnered three FK stories this year, one an assigned exchange story, one a "treat," and one in "madness."
  • [personal profile] oxoniensis will hold her 2013 "Porn Battle" game this month, with prompting 01/13-17 and posting 01/20-30.

Fanfiction

Meta (Essays, Analysis, Discussion)

  • 12/27: [livejournal.com profile] twilight2000 recommended "Tainted Draught" (then anonymous; now revealed as Greerwatson's).
  • 12/25: [personal profile] sholio (here) and [personal profile] sharpest_asp (here) both recommended "Rondeau" (then anonymous; now revealed as Tolaska's).
  • 12/19: [livejournal.com profile] mysticalcat7 announced that she has uploaded the January 1996 forkni-l digests to the forkni-l archive. As you know, that was when SOS-FK began. (As you also know, she purges some name/address information by default, and will kindly purge more by polite request of affected persons.)
  • 12/12: [personal profile] melissatreglia compiled all the FK prompts for the "Porn Battle" games amnesty, and announced the 2013 game dates and changes.
  • 12/05: [personal profile] melissatreglia mentioned posting her "Trains and Winter Rains" ficlet for [community profile] fkcommentfic.

Actors:
12/15: [livejournal.com profile] pj1228 shared a video clip and facts about GWD and NB's work in the upcoming 2013 Stratford Festival. Both will perform in Measure for Measure and Mary Stuart.

Airings:
Chiller will not air FK in January or February. ~sigh~ Remember when FK was the SciFi Channel's idea of a great Valentine's Day marathon?


brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  For March, I am bittersweetly pleased to spotlight Diane E.'s "The Last Vampire" (1995, PG-13, ~5K words) in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  After Diane's death last month, I reread all her FK fanfiction.  While she is justly known for her comedy, this, her one drama, is my own favorite of hers.  This Nick goes public with his vampirism under the pretense that he is the last of his kind; he becomes the sole focus of media attention, scientific scrutiny, back taxes...

        The day after his first dinner at Schanke's, the lawsuits started arriving at the precinct. First, from people he'd arrested last week, last month, last year—all suddenly claiming "the vampire" had hypnotized them into confessing to crimes they hadn't committed. Then, every suspect he arrested, even the ones he caught red-handed, filed a police-brutality and wrongful-arrest complaint.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  February saw one story: "Diamonds...and a Girl's Best Friend" (1 post, 6KB) by [livejournal.com profile] greerwatson.  In March so far, one story has appeared, and [livejournal.com profile] lisamcdavid has posted an invitation for FKFic-L War proposals.

brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  February's recommendation-of-the-month is Susan G.'s "Lost and Found" (1999, PG, ~5K words), written for the charity fanzine A Taste of Forever and never posted to fkfic-l.  I was delighted to discover that she had placed it on her site!  This post-series story grants Nick and Natalie a human future together, but sprouts a new tragedy from the roots of Nick's original vampiric sin.

        "There's always hope. There has to be hope. You're a lot less pig-headed than I am--at least, your mother thinks you are. Maybe it won't take you eight hundred years to find your answer. Be smart. Have hope. Survive," added Nick, the last in a harsh whisper, placing his hand on his son's shoulder. "And remember that we'll always be there for you. We'll always love you."
        Richie's head turned, his expression doubtful--the weight of guilt in his eyes for the deeds of the past year adding instantly to the burden on Nick's soul.
        "We'll always love you," repeated Nick.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  January saw four stories by two authors on the email list.  February so far has seen none.  list with links )

brightknightie: Stonetree and Norma looking at a CRT monitor (Computer)
According to the listserve's automatic acknowledgments of my recent stories, 247 people presently receive posts on fkfic-l.  That may be dispiriting, remembering the days of 2K+ subscribers; I've watched it drop over the years.  But, really, that's not at all bad for an old-fashioned email list celebrating an obscure television show canceled in 1996!

For anyone interested: On Posting to FKFic-L.
brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  For December, I'm very happy to get to share Deb H.'s "Darkness Shall Have No Dominion" (1994, PG, ~3K words) in the recommendation-of-the-month project. Set on Christmas Eve, this short story hints at a light metaphorical parallel between a case and Nick's situation. It supplies characteristic swings between hope and despair on the way to a triumphant ending that may or may not suggest a miracle, but certainly renews Nick's commitment.

        "No," Nick said firmly. "I will not be over tomorrow. I'm not going to force your family to stay inside all day with the curtains drawn." He put an arm around his stout partner. "I will be fine. Natalie is coming by tonight; we're going to eat before I take her to the airport. Then I am going home and sleeping." He didn't add that he was going to do a little searching of his own later.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  November saw three stories by three authors, including one by a new-to-the-lists author (it's apparently as yet unavailable online; I'll forward it on request). December's seen nothing yet. list with links )

brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  I'm glad to get to point out [personal profile] havocthecat's amusing vignette "Could They Choose Between" (2008, G, ~1K) as November's story in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  The characters spar via banter here in mid-first-season, lightly feeling out their places in each other's lives.

     "You already met Schanke," said Natalie. She chuckled and leaned back on her desk as the beat of her heart began to echo more slowly. "I figured he'd be enough to last you at least a century."
     "Perhaps longer," agreed Janette. She made a little pout of distaste, though truly, if one could look beyond his boorishness, Schanke was not quite so bad as all that. She might even call him admirable, though certainly not aloud.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  October saw two stories by one author.  November so far has seen three pieces by three authors.  list with links )


Manual Cross-post to LJ

brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  With Halloween approaching, I am tickled to get to spotlight the appropriately frightening "Drowning" (2010, R, ~1K) by [archiveofourown.org profile] gryphonrhi in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  This chilling drama of villain-on-villain violence — mind the rating — characterizes Lacroix with resonant canonicity and ruthlessly celebrates the conundrum of Lacroix as Nick's antithesis and ally.

     A man whose collarbone is broken on each side does not easily draw a gun, which relieved me of one attacker. As for the other, it takes very little pressure for a vampire to break fingers, mortal or otherwise. I simply closed my hand around his on the gun and listened to his attempt to scream while inhaling.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  September saw three stories by one author, all from the [livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic game.  October so far has seen two stories, also by that author.  list with links )

brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  This month, I am thrilled to get to spotlight [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer's landmark "Knighty-Knight, Nick" (1996, G, ~1K) in the recommendations project.  Read it aloud (really).  This sparkling retelling of the cancellation experience in the style of a children's picture book is silly and snide, nostalgic and grieved, rousing and defiant.  It may make you cry; it may make you write.

     They all lived in a television show, and even though a whole lot of real people loved them enough to make them real as well, Nick and Nat and Don and LaCroix and Janette belonged -- lock, stake, and barrel -- to a whole lot of people in suits and neckties.
     Now, as everyone knows, every time you put on a suit and a necktie, the necktie chokes away a little bit of your soul. And the people who owned Nick and Nat and Don and LaCroix and Janette had been wearing neckties for years and years and years, and hardly had any souls left.

By the way, the "Amy" mentioned is [livejournal.com profile] amilyn, not me, and yes, this is the second "Susan's Birthday Story" recommendation in a row, extending that memorial.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  August brought six stories by four authors to the list, all from [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest.  September so far has seen three posts by one author.  list with links )

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