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: 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?
brightknightie: With Hank and Diana in the lead, the children confront Tiamat. (Other Fandom D&D poster)
I self-indulgently did little with my Labor Day weekend Saturday but read fanfic on the AO3 for dearly remembered ~'80s-shows (mostly Saturday-morning cartoons). I wanted the comfort of, first, stories written for shows I'd personally absorbed with my whole imagination, and second, stories written for sheer love of a canceled show's entirety (not in competitive argument over a still-in-production show's evolving direction), and, finally, not to be poked at too much for time passing.

I happily found such stories. What's in this corner of the AO3 seem to be mostly unasked, unrewarded labors of pure fannish love, and the rest written for Yuletide wishes. (Much of the surviving incompetent fanfic for these series probably sits in spiral notebooks in cardboard boxes in storage units, handwritten in childish but practiced cursive. And I know this because... ~grin~) BSG'78, Sailor Moon and Robotech )

Mostly, though, I spent my self-indulgent fanfic day inside the unforgettable realm of the cartoon Dungeons and Dragons (1983-1985). That was my show in its day, my turn choosing the channel on Saturday morning. (When I first bought the DVD set, I'd promised to loan it to Abby when I finished watching; I dragged my feet about whether and how to approach the unmade finale "radio show" — I have a thing about "closing" a beloved canon — so I hadn't yet shared when she died, and I'm forever sorry about that.) As I mainlined its fanfic yesterday, I noticed that post-unmade-finale is naturally a large percentage of the stories, a fannish touchstone obviously available only once that script became available.

So directly from that post-unmade-finale subgenre and my reading binge, I'd like to recommend "The Good Life" by [archiveofourown.org profile] Evidence (PG, ~19K words), as a rich, post-series story from Eric's perspective, with the protagonists back in the real world and suffering appropriate levels and manifestations of PTSD after their three-year struggle for survival in a pseudo-medieval fantasy realm dumped them suddenly back not only into the early '80s US, but into their own three-years-prior bodies. (Imagine suddenly being 15 again in the late twentieth century after reaching 18 on Middle Earth!) I would happily have kept reading that story for many thousand words more, seeing every character in his or her home or school, with parents or siblings or friends.

On the other side of the big subgenre divide is ignoring, overwriting or not knowing the unmade finale. There, I'd like to recommend the 8-story series "The Trial by Existence" by [archiveofourown.org profile] astolat (R, ~54K words). It's tagged Venger/Sheila, but if you can give it the leeway of calculating Sheila as at least 18 in the realm by then (otherwise, it's statutory rape on top of everything else; let's be clear and trigger-warned), that element pays off as a full-fledged plot device (not as a mere ship) in an effective, if ingenuous, way (having been responsible for FK's Light Cousins and Faithfuls, I feel that I know an angle like this all too blushingly well). However! That's not the point of the story (or of my recommendation)! What is the point is Eric's growth from cavalier to paladin, from ordinary knight to holy knight. Oh, yes, you can guess how delightfully that pushes my buttons; it is indeed a treat!

Eric as a perspective character )

One last thing? Among all the cartoon D&D fanfics I read yesterday, two referred to the characters, on coming back to the real world, buying/using bottled water (one from a grocery store, one in the amusement park). Anachronism! :-) In the '80s, in my part of the US, anyway, you got water from drinking fountains. If you paid money, you got soda pop (or maybe milk). Bottled water meant glass bottles that rich, pretentious adults ordered in restaurants on TV shows (if it meant anything at all; I don't think I'd yet heard of bottled water at that time). In the early '80s, for most of us, there wasn't yet any such thing as natural food, remember; everything was heavily processed and made primarily of unpronounceable chemicals, and that was considered very good, because: science!
brightknightie: Cassiopeia, in uniform (Other Fandom BSG)
The 2014 [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen ficathon went live! It happened this weekend, when I was happily running after my brother's kids and unhappily unable to read many of the 170 stories in 186 fandoms (some of that difference comes from genuine crossovers; much comes from MCU-style multi-tagging, however). Still, I'd like to draw your attention to these so far:

  • [archiveofourown.org profile] coralysendria took on my prompt slate! She wrote me "Ragtag" (10K words; G), a canon-sensitive Battlestar Galactica (1978) story starring Cassiopeia and Serina building a friendship as they work to rebuild their society, with spot-on supporting cameos for Adama, Apollo, Starbuck and Boxey. "Ragtag" weaves missing (civilian) scenes into the canonical (military) adventures of the multi-episode premiere, "Saga of a Star World" (and pre-emptively retcons better foundations onto some later absurdly 1970s incidents). Giving Carillon some consequences, and addressing them with teamwork, is my favorite bit; my second favorite is the the bereaved mother doling out her lost family's clothes in the Rising Star passenger compartment. What's on the other side of the end of the world? I do still so love this series of my early childhood; it is still so much bigger on the inside. Thank you, Malinaldarose!


  • [archiveofourown.org profile] greerwatson bestowed a bonus on me! She wrote me "Raven by the Month" (1K words; PG13), a Forever Knight story featuring Janette in her capacity as a hands-on business manager; in this case, she's trying new blood... varietals? ...and placing orders. The piece explores a dark underlayer of the logistics enabling the vampire community (as revealed in "Francesca"). You can read it for the "dark" or for the canonicity; you know where I stand. Thank you, Greer!


  • [archiveofourown.org profile] raspberryhunter, whom I don't know, wrote an engaging, clever, strong Aurthurian mythology complete AU: "The Company of Camelot" (5K words; PG). This Camelot is a biotech firm. Morgan, who should have inherited it, was roommates with Nimue, one of its officers, back when they were each earning their MBAs at Avalon Business School. If you enjoy Arthuriana, total AUs or contemporary dramas driven by interesting women, you'll be glad you read this.


  • [archiveofourown.org profile] Lizzen, whom I also don't know, wrote an enthralling, dangerous, grim (but with hope in the end) Once Upon a Time left-turn-at-canon AU in which Mulan, Aurora and Philip were swept up in the first curse: "we're strangers till now" (3K words; NC17 for both violence and sex -- mind the rating!). The story has a refrain, "Maleficent made plans for every variation," and it pays off with your heart falling into your stomach. It impresses me. (The ravens!)


  • The lovely people whom I do know in this year's game generally wrote in fandoms that I don't know at all (or, in Bujold's case, know very well but don't read fanfic for). Perhaps you do? Please let them know!

brightknightie: Nick's caddy parked at his loft ("My Fandom Knows Trunk Space") (Caddy)
So the reveal has happened over at Yuletide. Of course my personal favorite story of the year was written by [archiveofourown.org profile] james (Original BSG, "The Way of Cain," Cain and Sheba, ~2K words). Of course. Ofcourseofcourseofcourse. Aaaargh. Could someone please steer James into one of my fandoms for the first time since FK? Pretty please? Any of them, not picky!

As y'all know, James was a very good FK fanwriter — the J in JADFE, as a matter of fact — who has gone on to become a great fanwriter. I can link you to many more of James's FK stories than the AO3 can, if you want; my favorites of hers ("Eyes of a Child," "To the Victor Go," "Just in Memory," "Most Trunk Space in 30 Years," etc.) aren't there.

([personal profile] celli, I see Hockey RPF on James's AO3 list. I assume you're already aware of this...)
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
Weeks ago, I promised recommendations from the [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen fest, when I'd read enough to know what I was talking about. Naturally, I poked around only in my own fandoms, but from them, here are my own favorites:
My own contribution was the sole Highlander entry, "Yet There Are Many by [archiveofourown.org profile] brightknightie (3K words, gen, PG13), starring Michelle Webster (from "Rite of Passage"); I should have found time to write the anecdotes ("tell") as proper flashbacks ("show"). However, I also got to beta the sole Being Human (North America) entry, "Ghosts in the Corridors" by [archiveofourown.org profile] skieswideopen (4K words, gen, PG), which was very interesting, as I know only the UK incarnation of that series.
brightknightie: Three seasons of Forever Knight (Cast)
With a special call-out to those of you who enjoy supporting f/f storytelling, I want to share that [livejournal.com profile] hearts_blood has written an innovative, intriguing FK piece for a prompt that I submitted in a meme game: "Tripping Over Mountains" (~700 words, PG; Cohen/OFC).  This is not the first personal Cohen story in the history of the fandom! But... it's unfortunately close. I know of precisely two others.

While I am making entirely informal recommendations (while falling yet further behind on the formal recommendations project), did I ever properly emphasize that all BSG'78 fans should check out "The Poet's Son" (~9K words, PG; Boomer, Nomen OMCs, Starbuck, Apollo), which [livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose wrote for one of my prompts in the last [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic game?  This is a brand-new, strong, plotty, themed, canon-aware, gen adventure starring Boomer!  Where else can yet get that kind of treat?

And if you're an adult whom the Big D wishes would Not Write Or Read Such Things, you might enjoy this Oh So Adult Tangled tale: "What You Don't Know" (~90K, NC-17; Eugene/Rapunzel, Pascal, Maximus, Queen, King, Snuggly Duckling Crew, etc.) by Airplane. Blame [livejournal.com profile] neonhummingbird, 'cause I usually don't go anywhere near... eep! (It's the themes and parallels, honest. And Eugene thinks he doesn't do backstory...)
brightknightie: Janette leaning on the Raven bar (Janette)

The [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon 2011 Masterlist is up.  The game garnered 67 stories in 55 fandoms.  (As you know, by definition, all are gen and star canonically female characters.)

I read perhaps half.  No stories were submitted in my usual fandoms, so choosing what to read across the fest led me mostly to tales where I know the source material, but not the fanfiction.  Of those I read in this game, my favorites are:

Other fandoms represented that some of you might enjoy include Downton Abbey, Life on Mars, Tangled, Chronicles of Narnia, Firefly, and of course Doctor Who (which I can't read because I'm chronically a season behind and ducking spoilers).  My own submission was "Salt Its Tail" (PG, ~7K, Young Blades, Jacqueline).

I support this ficathon's goals, and it's been interesting as a writer and as a reader.  However, there is often a disconnectedness about multi-fandom games, not to mention non-exchange games, and this is both; I think it might benefit from a boost in community fellow-feeling, though I don't know how one would bring that about except by recruiting more writers, and chatting together about it more.

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