brightknightie: Richie parries prime as Duncan teaches him (Other Fandom HL Richie)

The story that I wrote for the 2016 [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts released (appropriately) on December 21: the winter solstice, Duncan MacLeod's birthday. The fest authors revealed (even more appropriately) on January 6: Epiphany.

This is the first time that I've participated in this fest. I was all over anxious that I'd blow it. As long and deep as I've loved HL, my HL love doesn't usually seem to fit in HL fandom. Many, many thanks to [personal profile] argentum_ls and [personal profile] skieswideopen for each helping me brainstorm toward the story. When it came, the idea warranted a novella, but the time allowed a short. (Thanks also to [personal profile] skieswideopen, [personal profile] celli, and [personal profile] sholio for beta-reading at the last minute, catching typos and confusions!)

  On the AO3: "Ships in the Night
  Length: 1,406 words
  Date: December 2016
  Rating: PG; gen
  Characters:  Richie/Angie, Michelle
  Setting: Winter 2017, Oakland, CA; divergent reality; branched from canon in early fifth season
  Summary: A hundred times since he’d tried to lay down his sword, Richie had walked away without a confrontation. Didn’t look like this was gonna be one of those times.

If you read it, please consider letting me know what I should learn from this to improve the next? (And check out the other fest stories!)

I'm often canon-bound. This "Clan Denial" request cracked that shell. I discovered that I very much like the man Richie might have grown to be, given the example and support of those he respects and loves.

brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
The [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen ficathon released last Sunday! (AO3 collection here.)

For myself, I wish it would have released last Saturday, as originally scheduled, for then I would have had a little time to go through its riches of 231 stories (in 218 fandoms) starring female characters unjustly neglected by their creators and/or fans. Instead, I have been so slammed this week, from Sunday noon to Friday sunset, that I have read only five of the stories, and haven't even yet managed to return and squee at deserved length over the story written for my prompt. I'll be back with recommendations when I've got more of the stories under my belt, but for the moment, please let me just point out:
  • For Me: "What Isn't Being Said" by [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell (Young Blades, ~3K words, gen, starring Jacqueline and Queen Anne)
    In this progression of "unseen scene" episode tags, Jacqueline repeatedly encounters the Queen in a delicate dance around their respective secrets of identity and insight. (Despite the form, this is indeed a unified story if you know the canon — yay, YB canon! — not an ordinary "Five Things" assortment.) Please consider taking a peek for this writer who bravely ventured into a microscopic fandom — and remember that you can watch YB on YouTube! The Canadian cuts, even!

  • By Me: "Yet There Are Many" for [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (Highlander, ~3K words, gen, starring Michelle Webster)
    The prompt asked what Michelle had been doing for the past two decades since she became immortal in "Rite of Passage," and what kind of person she grew up to be. I found what I hope is an underutilized corner of larger HL canon suited to the character's scant personal canon, and... turned her loose. (Duncan, Amanda and Cierdwyn walk through Michelle's memories, but not the story's present.)

That said, what's up with [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest? Are you going to play? Are you going to invite your friends? We've got only one week left to sign up! C'mon: we'll have a blast. :-)

This year, I've decided — for my own personal self only, as a player, not a mod! — to go with quotations and keywords as prompts, rather than plot scenarios. I often prefer receiving scenarios or "what if?" questions, myself, but I've also seen writers drive themselves barmy trying to fit a square story peg into a round scenario prompt. Perhaps writers and readers alike would be happier with more generous sizing, I'm wondering. Also, plot ideas are precious and few; maybe I should write mine myself in the good ol' way, and not wait on ficathons. ;-)

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