What's Good? This month, I am thrilled to get to spotlight 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 amilyn, not me, and yes, this is the second "Susan's Birthday Story" recommendation in a row, extending that memorial.
What's Good? Nostalgia in the just-concluded FKFicFest 2011 moves me to point out "Brown Paper Packages" by Susan G. (1995, PG, ~2K words) as July's recommendation-of-the-month. This amusing, slightly sly, "meta" story recalls when new FK tales of all descriptions arrived on the email lists every day.
The superior look on Janette's face was irritating. Just to prove her wrong, Natalie slid onto a barstool and began reading where Janette indicated. Almost immediately, her stomach dropped to the level of her toes—it was about her and... LaCroix? ... Horrified, she watched Janette briskly staple and stack set after set... "How long has this been going on?"
"... It used to be Alma's chore, but the silly thing got the piles mixed up and Nicola received LaCroix's set in error." Janette sighed... "There was such a scene."
What's New on FKFic-L? Nothing posted to the fiction list in June. However, two new pieces have posted in July so far, and I imagine that August will see many of the FKFicFest stories.
- "Vampire Exorcism"
- "Conquistadors in the Carolinas"
- "Update: Building the Great Pyramid"
God, gold and glory, as Susan once summed up the three guys at the bar. Heh! Easily amused, me... :-)
What's new? In March 2008, these new stories graced fkfic-l:
- "Embodiment of Faith" (4 Parts) by volta1228
- "Pro Terra Sancta" (1 Part) by me
- "Lamb Chop" (1 Part) by hearts_blood (AF: I did look on your site for a linkable copy...?)
This is not a crossover. It's a parody. But it has a smattering of parallel spoilers for the third season of the revived Doctor Who, because I inflicted on Nick and his Professor When show all the spoilers I was unable to duck in real life.
Our beloved brick is so good for this kind of humor, isn't he? I had almost forgotten!
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L on August 30, 2007|
|•||Summary:||It seems everyone has seen the new season of Nick's favorite show -- except him.|
|•||Characters:||Nick, Lacroix, Schanke, Janette, Merlin, Natalie, Others|
|•||Quotation:||"Nick sighed. Putting away killers to atone for his sordid past was all fine and good, but no one should have to work on premiere night."|
My meta-parody "Grievances" is one of those few pieces that have never yet made it to fkfic-l. I archived it on Bright Knight in 2001, but as far as I knew, no one read it until tv_elf recommended it on her LJ two years ago, when several people kindly commented on it.
It was my first attempt at comedy (well, since my contributions to the My Parental Units Invaded Earth and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt FK/DS/XF humor zine, anyway).
|•||Summary:||Canonical characters organize to protest the working conditions in fanfiction.|
|•||Setting:||Where characters await stories|
|•||Characters:||Vachon, Fleur, Janette, Lacroix, Schanke, Cohen, Stonetree, Nick, Natalie, Others|
|•||Quotation:||"Bad day on the fic list? Let me guess -- you spent an entire shift making love to Tracy Vetter for no emotionally established reason in no logically explained manner, and you need an aspirin and a shower?"|