brightknightie: Nick's caddy parked at his loft ("My Fandom Knows Trunk Space") (Caddy)
[livejournal.com profile] hearts_blood generously wrote my prompt in her "Cuddle/Kiss/Sex" meme, producing a very pleasant gen rumination on Nick's relationship with the Caddy, framed by Schanke interaction, and sporting three (count 'em! three!) mini-flashbacks (two historical, one within canon).  A boy and his car...

I prompted "cuddle, FK, Nick & his car, parking lot."  She replied with "Mementos" (G, gen, ~2K words; Nick, Schanke, Natalie, Sydney, Others) on LJ and AO3.  I appreciate her tackling my off-the-wall suggestion!
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I wrote this story for [livejournal.com profile] pj1228 in the [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic winter 2011 event.  (This is the one with the Turkish bath, the blood supplier, and the teenage murder victim.)  Thanks to [personal profile] lastscorpion, [personal profile] skieswideopen and [livejournal.com profile] amilyn for beta-reading!  Thanks to [personal profile] celli and [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen for brainstorming!

PJ is a Cousin, Dark Knightie and UFer who prefers "dark," so I found this assignment extremely challenging.  I aimed close to canon, hoping to achieve its openness to being read both ways; the crimes solved in this tale are more disturbing than my usual, and some may find them triggering, though all could have aired as written.

•  Title: "Cuts Deep" (also on AO3)
•  Length: ~11,000 words
•  Date: Oldschoolfic 02/02/11, FKFic-L 05/02/11
•  Rating: PG-13
•  Summary: Nick and Schanke solve a vicious murder that reminds Nick of a miscarriage of justice in 1885 London.
•  Characters:   Nick, Schanke, Natalie, Lacroix, Janette, Stonetree, Norma, Others
•  Quotation: "Schanke was right; Nick did know that feeling.  He took a deep breath of the clear spring night.  'We give the families closure, Schank.  And sometimes, with these high profile cases, the whole community needs that closure, too."

brightknightie: Collage of Joe with books, with guitar, and in the hospital tent in Vietnam (Other Fandom HL Joe)

This little Highlander Christmas story is not for any fest or ficathon.  It's just because.  My thanks to [personal profile] batdina for beta-reading, and to [personal profile] celli for Chicago-checking.  As always, constructive criticism is welcome.

  •   Title: "Comes but Once a Year" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~1,400 words
  •   Date: December 2010
  •   Rating: G
 •  Characters:   Starring Joe Dawson.  Also with Lynn Horton and other relatives.
  •   Summary: Joe babysits his sleepy niece on Christmas Eve 1978.
 •   Quotation: "For ten years, Joe had gotten fairly sedate, settled assignments, and it wasn’t like he didn’t know why.  But that was about to change, he told himself."

Posted in the [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic community.

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This was my match story for the May 2010 [livejournal.com profile] fkficfest ficathon.  My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen for her prompt, in which Nick "has seen artistic revolutions come and go, and has his own perspective on the group of young people calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood."  My thanks also to [personal profile] havocthecat and [livejournal.com profile] natmerc for beta-reading, swiftly and on-target.

The opportunity to sweep Nick and his concerns into this milieu was delightfully consuming.  The request to include real historical figures as supporting characters was a new challenge for me, and I learned a lot about balancing historical precision with storytelling momentum.  I have increased respect for those who do it well!

  •   Title: "True to Life" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: 14,644 words
  •   Date: Posted to [livejournal.com profile] fkficfest on May 16, 2010; not yet posted to FKFic-L
  •   Rating: PG-13 (gen)
  •   Summary: Janette visits Nick in his life on the edge of the Pre-Raphaelite circle; with her comes everything he is trying to escape.
  •   Setting: 1857 London
  •   Characters:   Nick, Janette, Others
  •   Quotation: "How often had he truly rescued her, and how often had he unwittingly used her as bait -- or had she used herself?"

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I posted my second [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic story to fkfic-l this weekend.  A few scenes have been rewritten since the ficathon, but it's largely the same.  I'm grateful to [livejournal.com profile] abby82 for the ficathon prompt!  And I'm obliged to my beta-readers (see the story's endnote, as always).

"Fearful Symmetry" is entirely from Nick's perspective.  I don't often narrate from Nick's point of view, and that's curious to me.  I've been wondering from where that comes (among what the series presents, what I'm any good at writing, and what people seem to like to read).

  •  Title: "Fearful Symmetry"
  •   Length: ~9,900 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L November 1-2, 2008
  •   Rating: PG (gen)
  •   Summary: As the asteroid panic gets a second wind, Nick revisits his experiences during the 1950s Red Scare.
  •   Setting:   Flashbacks to 1954 ("Spin Doctor").  Present after "A More Permanent Hell."
  •   Characters:   Nick, Natalie, Lacroix, Janette, Others.
  •   Quotation: "He had been so proud to be awarded tenure last year, to be recognized as a worthy and wanted permanent member of the faculty."

 

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I began posting my [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic ficathon story to fkfic-l today.  I'm grateful to [livejournal.com profile] amilyn for the ficathon prompt, and her enthusiastic reception of the story!  And I'm obliged to my generous beta-readers (see the story's end note) as always.  This is the longest piece I've yet written solely from Natalie's perspective.

  •  Title: "A Delicate Balance"
  •   Length: ~9,900 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L July 27-29, 2008
  •   Rating: PG (gen)
  •   Summary: Natalie takes a break from a murder investigation to attend an unusual memorial for her brother, while considering a new approach to Nick's condition.
  •   Setting:   After "1966."  Flashbacks to Natalie's childhood.
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Nick, Schanke, Richard, Sara, Nana, Janette, Grace, Stonetree, Tracy and others.
  •   Quotation: "The mesmerism-enforced lie that had covered Richie's vampirism curdled on Natalie's tongue."

Addendum:  By the way, the fkfic-l "ACK" states that the posts are reaching 279 recipients.  (I presume that is "mail" and "digest," not "nomail," but I don't know for sure.)  Those of you who have FK fanfic you've posted on LJ but not the list, please do consider sharing with the biggest FK audience still assembled.  We miss you.


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Please bear with me through one last post here about this story.  I sent "Starwort" to fkfic-l early this week, then archived it on my own site.  It's my longest fanfiction in almost five years, and my first starring Fleur in almost seven.  My sincere thanks to those who helped it come into being, and those who have let me know that they read it!

  •  Title: "Starwort"
  •   Length: ~14,000 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L April 20-22, 2008
  •   Rating: PG-13 (m/f)
  •   Summary: While Fleur is pregnant with Andre, a stranger named Lacroix arrives uninvited at a hunting party.
  •   Setting:   1236, Artois
  •   Characters:  Fleur, Lacroix, Original Characters
  •   Quotation: "How my ladies would laugh, to hear I had a successful flirtation and don't even remember it."


brightknightie: Fleur and Lacroix in the garden at Castle Brabant ("From the first taste of her blood") (Fleur & Lacroix)

I'm going over my [livejournal.com profile] femme_fic ("We Love Female Characters") ficathon story draft one more time today, trying for as much polish as I can achieve before posting to the community this weekend.  As part of that, I've just transcribed the key dialogue from those episodes on which the story most draws, including every word ever spoken by my favorite neck-of-the-week, the most canonically pertinent guest character we ever received (such that I am joking by lumping her into that category, naturally).  The transcriptions below are exact; I did not omit even those lines that make me throw rolled-up socks at the screen, and you know these episodes have their share of those!  But I love them anyway, as shown by the 14,000-word draft continuing them that I'm scrubbing right now, and striving to make evoke these very lines.

If I've written the story well, no one will need to rewatch any episodes in order to understand it.  But reviewing FK canon is always a delight, right? ;-)  I will get these quotations properly sorted into my FK Concordance after the ficathon story is on its way.  (Gracious, but transcribing is so much easier with the DVDs than it was with tapes!)

Transcribed excerpts, in reverse chronological order:

Crazy Love ) Fallen Idol ) Be My Valentine ) Near Death )

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Happy Easter!  With this installment, we come to the end of my little fanfiction retrospective.  From now on, it's new or nothing!  (Unless I retype two or three dusty 'zine properties, perhaps.)

In December, [livejournal.com profile] much_madness challenged me to produce something short on a deadline, noting that she enjoys vignettes and "ficlets," and that I rarely write them.  She's right.  I have a tough time letting FK scenarios go when they're still small.  In reply to her, and inspired by something [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen said while analyzing Blood Ties, I managed this:

  •  Title: "Steamer Trunk Space"
  •   Length: ~1,400 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L February 7, 2008
  •   Rating: PG (gen)
  •   Summary: Between the scenes of "Father's Day," Janette packs for the trip in pursuit of Nick.
  •   Setting: 1925 Paris
  •   Characters:   Janette, Lacroix
  •   Quotation: "Prudence often dimmed and drifted, when it came to Nicolas."


brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)
What's good?  For March, the FK recommendation-of-the-month project features Dorothy's novel "Evidence" (1998), set shortly after "Trophy Girl."  The Reese subplot (in and around a serial-killer cop plot, Renaissance flashbacks and some Natalie psychology) makes me think again that as Dorothy is most often publicly praised for her N&N romance content, her spot-on rendering of Reese is perhaps an underappreciated gift to the fandom.

What's new?  In February 2008, fkfic-l happily saw these two new stories posted.


At least, I presume it was happily.  I was happy at the advent of new fiction, even though one of the stories was my own.  I would be happier if there were more, always.  Fandom does not live by discussion alone.

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