brightknightie: Screed, Bourbon, Urs and Vachon in the 19th-century saloon (Trio Vachon's Crew)

For April, in Forever Knight, in my corners of social journaling, here's what I spotted:

Ficathons, Fests and Communities

  • [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest is taking sign-ups through Friday, May 17! (This has been mentioned on [community profile] last_writes and ForKni-L.) Please spread the word and submit your prompts!
  • [community profile] month_of_meta/[livejournal.com profile] month_of_meta is live for May! This multi-fandom fest celebrates essays, timelines, research and all the other wonderful things we create for our fandoms besides fiction, poetry, vids and art. (You can play with or without a deadline commitment.)
  • [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen will release its 2013 stories on 5/04. FK was requested!
  • [personal profile] sharpest_asp opened a free-for-all multi-fandom kissing meme without an official deadline. Still time to play?

Fanfiction

Meta (Essays, Analysis, Discussion)

Actors

Airings
Chiller has no plans to air FK in May or June. (Seriously, treat yourself to the DVDs if you have not already!)


brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
I'm shocked and saddened to learn that we've lost Greg Kramer, whom we all know for playing Screed in Forever Knight.

I heard in a thoughtful email from [personal profile] leela_cat, who had confirmed the news by finding this article: "‘Punk-rock renaissance man’ Greg Kramer dies on eve of rehearsals." As the article mentions, Kramer was a novelist, playwright, director, magician and all-around clever guy as well as an actor. Leela_cat shares a personal memory of him here. I never met him, myself, but I know several people who have, and none ever found him anything but delightful and enthusiastic.

We're poorer without him, and richer for having had him while we did.

Addendum 4/10: This news was not in today's forkni-l digest. I expect that Libby of the Ratpack will share it on list when she's feeling up to it.

Addendum 5/01: For more information, links to media coverage and a Twitter feed, please see the formal tribute page.
brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)

Putting this fanfiction retrospective back on chronological track, the next story up is "England's Rose."  It seems peculiar now, over a decade later, on this side of 9/11 and war and all the rest, the volume of grief lavished on Princess Diana's loss.  But at that time, much of a generation saw a mirror crack, and felt their reflection shatter.  Natalie is part of that generation.

FK's timeline warps to accommodate this story.  "Nobody dies, nobody ever dies," so that the entire cast can register reactions.

  •  Title: "England's Rose"
  •   Length: ~5,572 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in September 1997
  •   Rating: PG
  •   Summary: Princess Diana's death distresses Natalie and reminds Nick of Queen Caroline.
  •   Setting: August 31 and September 6, 1997; Flashbacks 1981 and 1783
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Sara, Grace, Schanke, Nick, Janette, Lacroix, Urs, Vachon, Screed, Tracy, Cohen
  •   Quotation: "Natalie had turned nineteen the summer of the royal wedding, and there had been something inescapably exciting about watching this girl, her own age, walk onto the world stage."

 

brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)

This was my first lengthy fanfiction.  I'm still pleased with it.  It shows traits of its age (among other things, I appear to have owned stock in semi-colons), but it musters an actual mystery, and builds a future and a past for the characters.  When writing it, I didn't make an outline, and I'm not sure I even knew how it would end when I began -- imperatives when writing today -- but it came like an onrushing wave, covering all the ground, and then there it was.

Tracy's guy, Paul, is my best original character yet.  Her coworkers and the people from whom she gets clues aren't just stick figures, either.  I seem to have felt much more free to invent guest stars in those days, for some reason.  You can't let them overshadow the canonical characters, of course, but the presence of guest stars is certainly canonical; rereading this story has made me wonder where that's gone for me.

  •  Title: "Corners of the Mind"
  •   Length: ~32,200 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in June 1997
  •   Rating: PG-13 (m/f)
  •   Summary: Resurging memories plunge Tracy into the unsolved mysteries of Natalie's murder and Nick and Vachon's disappearances.
  •   Setting: Three years after "Last Knight"
  •   Characters:   Tracy, Reese, Lacroix, Janette, Vachon, Screed, Bourbon, Jenny Schanke, Others
  •   Quotation: "She told him everything she had learned about that wrinkle in their reality -- everything, except that her own blood spoke of apricots and calla lilies. For now, she kept that to herself."

brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)

Fluff.  Utter, unremitting fluff.  My first fiction response to "Last Knight" was apparently thoroughgoing denial wrapped in sappiness and sprinkled with humor.  Eeep!  A few years on, this would have been satire, but at the time, I meant it just as it is.

  •   Title: "Happiness Is"
  •   Length: ~1,700 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in June 1996
  •   Rating: G (m/f)
  •   Summary: Natalie and Nick chat about friends and family, happily ever after.
  •   Setting: "Nobody Dies; Nobody Ever Dies"
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Nick, references to everyone else (that's right: everyone!)
  •   Quotation: "How about you, Natalie Lambert Knight, love of my eight hundred and four years?  Are you happy?"


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