brightknightie: Janette c.1440-1460, wearing an embroidered net lace veil over her hair (Janette Historical)
I haven't yet tidied up the traces of my LJ years. I will. For now, though, my account's still active. So when Susan's birthday came, LJ reminded me. I meant to post this in August. I ran out of time.

In case you've found FK fandom only recently, let me share that Susan M. Garrett was a kind and generous person, magnificent fan, and wonderful storyteller. FK fandom was blessed in her. Not alone, she tried so hard to do so much for all of us. But above all fanwriters whom I dearly love to read, I love to re-read Susan as none other. Her stories come so close, so nearly there, to the FK of my heart.

Check out Susan's FK stories. Here are just a few of my personal favorites:

What are your favorite Susan stories?

brightknightie: Janette, wearing black-tasseled earrings (Janette Again)
I often say that it's never too late for feedback on fanfic! But of course I do mean before we lose the author.

For her birthday, in memory of Susan, and of FK fandom as it was, here're a few of my own favorites of Susan's wonderful FK stories:Bonus: Susan's very first FK fanfic: "All That's Best of Dark and Bright" (October 1993)

Old-is-new-again bonus: Susan's FK/Pokémon story: "Nicholas, I Choose You!" (1997)

What are your favorite Susan stories? Do you have any that you reread every year, or when certain things happen or come to mind?
brightknightie: Three seasons of Forever Knight (Cast)
LiveJournal recently reminded me that Susan G.'s birthday is coming soon, in that way LiveJournal has of suddenly, but gently, pinching you for not defriending your friends just for being dead.

As nearly every FK fan knows, August is Susan's Birthday Month,* a time best filled with FK fanfic — lots and lots of FK fanfic of all kinds — in honor of Susan, who meant, did and wrote so much for us. If you don't know Susan's marvelous stories, you have immense delights ahead of you! If you want recommendations, I'll gladly supply. For myself, I reread Susan's fanfiction both for sheer enjoyment and to learn to become a better FK writer.

This year, by community vote, [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest comes due on August 22, with stories beginning to release on August 24. We will therefore be filling the end of August and the start of September in a way that I hope Susan would (does) approve.

* Yes, PJ, it's also Lacroix's Conversion Day Month. ;-)
brightknightie: Lacroix and Nick playing chess in the 1940s (Games)
[livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen, please tell us about the time that you wrote: "The only things left at the end of the world will be a twinkie, a cockroach, and Janette." :-) [Edited to add: Wiliqueen replied on LJ!]

Everybody else, feel free to use that as a story prompt. ;-)

I happened to reread Susan G.'s little FK fanfic "The Last One" today (it's one of many of hers permanently on my Kindle), and it happily reminded me of how amazingly wide-ranging is FKdom's imagination, and how inspiring is our interplay with each other as we create. This story was a response to the "Asteroid Challenge," of course, the challenge to write stories set in alternate universes where the asteroid from "A More Permanent Hell" actually comes, and it was also inspired by Wiliqueen's remark (above).

Our fandom, guys. This is us! :-) One day to FKFicFest sign-ups...

P.S. If you don't yet know the FK corpus of the much-missed Susan G., go! Read! You are in for such a treat.
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
I woke up this morning and turned on my computer to make the "Today's the day! FKFicFest stories due at 11:59 PM!" post, and... LJ had emailed me a reminder that Susan G.'s birthday is August 11, which happens to be the first day of releasing FKFicFest stories this year. I hadn't been thinking of that.

You remember and sometimes miss Susan G. (FK fic still here!) too, of course. You're an FK fan, after all. And you remember how August used to be "Susan's Birthday Month" on FKFic-L, inviting a special flood of stories to show appreciation ... for her! but also, in a way, for each other and our sharing of FK. (She didn't specify Raven stories for her birthday; she just asked for fiction, lots and lots of fiction.)

I know that I could defriend my deceased friends' accounts and duck these annual nudges. But unless it becomes a security risk, I doubt I ever will. I still write Abby's birthday on my physical wall calendar every year, just like my mom's and grandma's. You don't cease existing when you die.

But don't any of you go anywhere for quite a while, yeah?
brightknightie: Nick picking up Joan's cross (Faith)
Today is Memorial Day in the US, the holiday commemorating those who have died while active in the armed forces, serving and protecting the rest of us. It began as "Decoration Day" after the Civil War, in which the "decoration" was of the graves of the war's dead. These days, sometimes, sentiment extends it also to those who have died as first-responders — police, firefighters, paramedics.

I hope that I do not in any way trivialize the holiday's solemn due by saying that its timing this year, as we gear up [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest, connected in my mind with some elements of FK's story. [personal profile] skieswideopen made an observation this weekend that reminded me that, whatever happened later, conquistador Vachon died, a young soldier, on a battlefield far, far from his home. Though gravely wounded, crusader Nick survived his battlefields in body, and yet, as [personal profile] melissatreglia noted a week or so ago, the "deutero-canon" from that venerable Jim Parriot interview is that Nick was a prisoner of war — enduring captivity in the Levant before eventually, somehow, making his way back to France — incomparably changed from Gwyneth's blithe lover into Lacroix's disillusioned prey. Lacroix, of course, as a general (probably "legate," properly) of Roman legions, perpetrated what we today recognize as war crimes.

Of course the late Susan G.'s 1995 FK poem "Old Soldiers," inspired by the Raven scene in "My Boyfriend is a Vampire," came to mind. If you haven't read it yet, don't miss it. (If you don't usually like poetry, try reading it aloud; give it a chance.)
brightknightie: Tracy at the railroad tracks with snow (Winter)
This morning, [personal profile] greerwatson posted "How to Pick up a Bargain at This Time of Year" as the second entry in the "Bloor Mistletoe Challenge" at [community profile] fkcommentfic/[livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic. It stars Schanke, with appearances by Jenny, Nick and Myra, and bristles with Torontonian details. Check it out!

I had hoped to revive the recommendation-of-the-month project this December, with praise for Susan G.'s inimitable, chilling, beautiful "Angel Crossing," the sole Lacroix story in the original (1993) fkfic-l Christmas challenge, in which Susan pledged one story per character by her, as long as someone else first posted another story starring that character... and yet no one else wrote one featuring Lacroix. Hers stood alone. And stands alone, unique and stunning. With the other challenge entries, Val K. (not Wiliqueen; the other Val) published "Angel Crossing" in the remarkable Forever Net Before Christmas zine, which is my personal favorite hard-copy zine to this day, as fond as I am of several others. I have not yet managed to revive the recommendations project on my fansite as hoped, so please take this as an informal rec! And if you're looking for more FK Christmastide, please check out my "trope:holidays" tag (DW, LJ) for past recommendations of stories relating to all the red-letter days in the calendar, and especially annual posts (like this one!) chatting about and/or listing links to FK Christmas stories (2011, 2010, 2009, 2007).

I have today and tomorrow off work, and while there are other observances afoot, I also hope to write a very short story for the [community profile] fkcommentfic/[livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic "Bloor Mistletoe Challenge." If I am so lucky as to finish it, I'll come looking for a beta-reader to help speed-polish. Forewarned is forearmed... ~grin~ (Now, the challenge stays open through January 6! I would just like to produce something for the big feast day itself, even if all readers will be over at Yuletide.)

Merry Christmas, to all those celebrating! Goodwill to everyone else, too! :-)
brightknightie: Nick picking up Joan's cross (Faith)
In that startling way that it has, LiveJournal reminded me at bedtime last night that today is the birthday of the much-missed [livejournal.com profile] susanmgarrett.  As you know, Susan, who died in 2010, is the author of the second of the professional FK novels, Intimations of Mortality, and before that she was "Empress of FK Fic" — her excellence, productivity and generosity to FKdom are unparalled.  On the email lists, we used to have a tradition that August was "Susan's Birthday Month;" for her birthday, she would say in her email signature, she wanted "lots and lots" of new FK fanfiction... and she got it.

I like to think that holding [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest and [livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic across Susan's Birthday Month would seem good to her.

Susan is my favorite FK fanfiction author.  Don't miss out!  Here are my top ten personal favorites among all her FK tales, roughly in order of how often I reread them:What other Susan stories are in your personal top-ten of her FK works?
brightknightie: Nick leaning over Natalie's body (May I refer you to the Goldenplaid Script?) (Character Death)
"Resurrection," the V4S premiere written by the much-missed late [livejournal.com profile] susanmgarrett back in the day, has turned up on the AO3, posted by a [archiveofourown.org profile] palaemon on 5/09/12.

She credits it.  She posted it under a lock.  She is apparently not actively trying to plagiarize it, just to take advantage of the AO3's formatting capacity.  However, I still find her action upsetting.  Does the AO3 have a policy on this?  Posting stories by other people? Deceased people?  I believe that [livejournal.com profile] tonjavmoore is, for all practical purposes, Susan G.'s fannish executor...?

Once that I know of, Susan ran into a person at a con selling copies of one of Susan's online stories made up — without permission, obviously — into a zine.  This brings that to my mind.  (And the formatting here does Susan's work no credit, on top of everything else.)

Addendum: FWIW, I've reported this to the AO3 volunteers.
brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)

What's Good?  On FKFic-L, August used to be "Susan's Birthday Month," honoring Susan G.'s immense contributions to the fandom with an abundance of new fanfic for everyone to enjoy.  (Her email signature at that time: "For my birthday, I want fiction. Lots and lots of fiction. Tons of the stuff.")  This August, in memory, the recommendations project features one participant in that happy tradition: "Strays" by [livejournal.com profile] amilyn (1997, G, ~2K words).  It's a straightforward relation of how Sydney (and Nick) settled into Natalie's life.

As the door closed behind them, Sydney meowed once, then walked with some dignity to the new furniture he wasn't supposed to sit on, and made himself at home.

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What's New on FKFic-L?  July saw two new pieces on the fanfiction email list: "Flying Sparks" by [livejournal.com profile] greerwatson (short story) and "Problem Child" by [personal profile] 1_mad_squirrel (haiku).  August saw six!  (All came from FKFicFest. I'll list them next month, as usual.)


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