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?

"July 22, 1916"

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 06:16 pm
brightknightie: Nick as 19th-century cowboy with horse (History)
In 2010, for the first-ever FKFicFest after-party, [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen wrote "July 22, 1916." On the event's 100th anniversary this week, she mused about that story and its historical inspiration. If its subject matter doesn't cut too close to home for you when you might read, I recommend it as a beautiful little FK piece, a smart and poignant prelude to the flashbacks of "Cherry Blossoms," which I love so.

As Wiliqueen noted: On July 22, 1916, in the run-up to the US entering the First World War, San Francisco, California, so far from the fighting in Europe, held a "Preparedness Day" parade. It remains unknown to this day who planted the bomb that killed 10 and injured 40 during that parade.

Wikipedia says that the Preparedness Day bombing is still the worst terrorist attack in San Francisco's history. May it ever stay the worst. May no worse ever again happen anywhere.
brightknightie: With Hank and Diana in the lead, the children confront Tiamat. (Other Fandom D&D poster)
#13. Recommend at least three fanworks created by others.

On this rainy Saturday, let's have some more Saturday-morning cartoons! Even though it's no longer anywhere near Saturday morning. :-) This time: fanart celebrating Dungeons & Dragons (1983-1985). I recommend...
  • ♥ Meet the gang! ♥
    The moment it all begins! Fascinated Diana, worried Sheila, defensive Eric, anxious Presto, anticipating Hank, eager Bobby...
    Digital painting: "Untitled Commission" by [deviantart.com profile] beagifted

  • Action-packed!
    This teeming panel conveys the headlong story pace. Delighted Bobby, fleeing Sheila, fierce Diana, crouching Eric, Hank in the lead and Presto trying anything...
    Pencil & ink: "Dungeons and Dragons" by [deviantart.com profile] AllPat

  • We knew invisibility cloaks before invisibility cloaks were cool!
    Is Sheila putting up her hood, or taking it down? Which cliff-face is this, of all they've faced? Yet this must be future-Sheila, with those tattoos and that determination...
    Digital painting: "Sheila from Dungeons and Dragons redesign" by [deviantart.com profile] RoBs0n

More, more, more! )

Got any favorite D&DC fanart to rec to me?
brightknightie: Duncan with his sword against the Paris skyline (Other Fandom HL Duncan)
Of the stories that I read in this year's [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts, I'd recommend:

  • "The Beginning of Always" by [archiveofourown.org profile] hafital (~11K words, R for violence; Methos, Duncan, Joe, Amanda, others). Set c.2003 in Seacouver, this story wraps its Duncan/Methos romance frame around a plot and themes that refresh common tropes and mine the early seasons of the series as well as the late.

  • "Something Called Living" by [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (~20K words, PG; crossover with Forever; Richie, Henry, Joe, Abe, others). Set c.2015 in New York, in a divergent reality where Richie lived, this story is very like what an on-screen canonical HL/F crossover would have been, if such a thing could have been (except that Jo and Duncan don't actually appear).

  • "Ace in the Hole" by [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (~3K words, G; Joe, Methos). Set after hours in Joe's, this is an overtly old-fashioned "argument" story, an explication of some canon points wrapped up tidily in a fun little plot, the way some used to write them back when we lived on email lists.

  • "Like New" by [archiveofourown.org profile] merriman (~4K words, G; Richie, Methos). This story nips and tucks canon to make Richie meet Adam Pierson even before Duncan does, rendering Richie at his most earnest a trial to Methos, who pretends to be completely new to immortality.
brightknightie: Lacroix and Nick playing chess in the 1940s (Games)

It's been a week since the last of this year's [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest stories revealed! So they're all available to you to read in the 2015 FKFicFest AO3 collection, and of course in the parent FKFicFest AO3 collection, which includes all six games to date (for values of "all" not necessarily including everything from the earliest games, which were played on LJ/DW).

We did have more long stories than usual this year. It's perhaps worth reiterating that it's never too late for feedback! :-) Please read and enjoy! Please encourage the writers to keep playing FK! Maybe one of the longer stories could keep you company on your commute all week (presuming you're not the driver, of course!).

As moderator, I feel that I shouldn't publicly point out my own particular favorites (though of course I have some, as every reader will; and yes, please, you should point out yours if you'd like!). But I thought that it might be okay to offer another sort of round-up, to perhaps help you find just what you'd personally be interested in reading.

brightknightie: Duncan and Tessa embrace on the sidewalk. (Other Fandom Highlander)
I didn't read every story in this year's [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts ficathon, but I read most, and it was a good year! They had 21 stories. These are the ones I personally liked best:

  1. "Stars Made of More Than Ticky-Tacky" (gen) — Methos is living an ordinary life. One of his neighbors is extraordinary. Maybe ordinary is extraordinary, when you look right.

  2. "An Audience of Everyone" (gen) — In the wrong place at the wrong time, Amanda is murdered by terrorists live on worldwide television... twice.

  3. "Lumens" (gen) — A serious "Joe's life," from Vietnam to present, with Ian and Darius and others, but in an HL/HP crossover universe where, in due time, Hermione starts showing up at Watcher-run bookstores.

  4. "The Opposite of People" (gen toward Duncan/Methos) — Methos works as crew on a production of Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead.

  5. "Practice" (Methos/Gregor) — Gregor wants to make amends for "Studies in Light," but Tessa and Richie are no longer here to forgive him.

  6. "You Get What You Need" (Duncan/Methos) — Ten years post-series. Subtle crossover with Supernatural by way of the Methuselah's Stone. Duncan has been helping rebuild New Orleans after Katrina; now, he wants to reconnect with Methos.

  7. "Stone Fences and Heather" (Duncan/Methos) — A trip together to Glenfinnan to scatter ashes on the loch. Rachel appears. Healing is slow, but home is the goal.

Among the stories I didn't read are the crossovers with Teen Wolf, Moonlight and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Beauty and the Beast fusion. You're on your own with those. ;-) If I overlooked a gem, please let me know!
brightknightie: With Hank and Diana in the lead, the children confront Tiamat. (Other Fandom D&D poster)
It looks like I'm not going to get deeper into the stack any time soon, so I'm going to just go ahead with this list of links now:

Dungeons and Dragons (the '80s cartoon) scored two stories this year, both for Astolat. I enjoyed each in its own way. Both are very pleasingly canon-friendly. The longer is the more skilled, but the shorter serves up an idea that's drawing me back to canon to explore.Forever Knight also boasts two stories, both hefty, one for Greerwatson and one for Quietcuriosity. The one for Greer is plot-driven casefic, just as she likes best; it's set in early to mid second season. The other may be exceedingly excellent, and certainly is canon aware, but it's tagged for graphic violence and rape, so I haven't read it and probably won't; it's set before the flashbacks of "A Fate Worse Than Death." If you read it, let me know what you think — should I go there? We all have our squicks and triggers...1,623 fandoms are represented, but no one happened to write Battlestar Galactica ('78) or Young Blades this year. There are 9 stories each for Forever and Grimm, but a quick glance didn't yield any immediately grabbing my fancy. (There's also nothing for Call the Midwife; did the fandom get too big for this game?)

Do you have any recommendations to share from this year's Yuletide?

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