brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
The [ 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 [ 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 [ 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/[ 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. ;-)
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
I wrote "Salt Its Tail" for [ profile] femgenficathon 2011 to this prompt ).  Though I've loved Young Blades since its too-short run in 2005, this is the first time I've written it.  This prompt called out for YB's Jacqueline, the farmer's daughter who masquerades as a disinherited nobleman in order to join the Musketeers.

Thanks to [personal profile] celli for beta-reading!  Knowing I was against a wall, she improved the ending in time for the deadline, even though she's never seen the show.

I tried to make "Salt Its Tail" accessible for readers who haven't seen YB.  If you choose to read the story, might you do me the favor of sharing your opinion?  Did it work?  (Would you be interested in more YB in the future?)

Available: My Fansite | The AO3
Length: ~7,400 words
Date: Femgenficathon 10/07/11
Rating: PG
Characters:   Jacqueline, d'Artagnan fils, Ramon, Siroc, Duval, Mazarin, Bernard, Louis XIV
Summary: When the Musketeers apprehend some smugglers, the King’s reward is the cardinal’s ruse.
Quotation: “He’s a member of the Order.”  Jacqueline touched her sword, wet with blood.  “We can carry the fight to Mazarin, now.  The King will have to listen!”


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