brightknightie: Duncan and Tessa embrace on the sidewalk. (Other Fandom Highlander)
I somehow didn't see this until [personal profile] elistaire pointed it out just now, but [community profile] hlh_shortcuts sign-ups have been open since 10/06, and will be open through 10/15 — tomorrow!

Coming to it this late, I doubt there's enough time for me to make up my mind whether to play and to compose a sign-up. (You've seen me agonize through these things, right? And I have a lot of hesitation in HL fandom.) But I always read in this exchange fest, and look forward to that reading very much!

brightknightie: Tessa working with a chisel tool at her desk in the barge (Other Fandom HL Tessa)
It amuses me to imagine that Lisette Beaufort (character profile), the French anatomist illustrator in the second season of Mercy Street (official PBS site), is an ancestor of Highlander's Tessa Noel. :-)
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: Tessa working with a chisel tool at her desk in the barge (Other Fandom HL Tessa)
The story written for me in the [community profile] hlh_shortcuts exchange has revealed. I think that many of you may enjoy it! Take a look? It's a first-season HL/FK crossover starring Tessa and Natalie. The plot depends on each acting with professional passion and authority. A clever conceit amusingly finesses the crossover.
"Bag of Bolts" by [currently Anonymous]
G, gen, 7K words
Natalie, Tessa, Duncan, OCs
Summary: Natalie attends an ME convention at a hotel where Tessa is installing a sculpture. Danger. Bonding. Pie.

More like Yuletide than FKFicFest, the HLH_Shortcuts prompt slates seem to be pretty loose suggestions. I didn't specifically request (or imagine) this scenario. All credit to the author for the happy surprise.

Of both series, I do dearly love their first seasons, when motivations were clear and rich, and triumphant possibilities endless. Their first seasons, I rewatch just for fun, just for joy.
brightknightie: Tessa working with a chisel tool at her desk in the barge (Other Fandom HL Tessa)
For the first time, I participated in HLH_Shortcuts, the Highlander winter fanfiction exchange, this year. Though they've been around longer than FKFicFest, this is their first year posting to the AO3.

Stories have now begun releasing — the winter solstice is Duncan MacLeod's birthday — and may continue up to the edge of the Yuletide release, if I've counted correctly. If you're looking for new stories to enjoy until then, you may want to follow on LJ ([livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts) or the AO3 (HL Secret Santa 2016 collection).

This game releases anonymously, and then they see who can guess the most authors correctly. I trust that you, here, can spot my writing a mile off in such a context. :-) But it's theoretically a secret, so, shhh! :-)
brightknightie: Darius pours tea for Duncan. (Other Fandom HL Darius)

The annual [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts exchange game is accepting sign-ups through October 9, 2016 (Eastern Time). I've never played in this game, but I always read it!

Schedule:

  • Sign-ups close: 10/09/16
  • Assignments sent: By 10/11/16
  • Submission deadline: 12/15/16
  • Releasing: 12/20/16.

Historically, this game has been played on LiveJournal only, with players emailing their stories to the mod, who posts them second-hand on LJ. This year, the mod says that she may set up to use the AO3 instead, but it doesn't look like that's certain yet.

Minimum length: only 500 words.

brightknightie: Rebecca in medieval flashback, on horseback, holding her sword (Other Fandom Highlander Again)
For what I believe is the first time, Highlander: The Raven is now available for streaming on Amazon (per episode, $2.99 HD or $1.99 SD; for the 22-episode season, it's $19.99 HD or $14.99 SD) and also on Google Play (per episode, $1.99 HD; for the season, $25.99 HD).

Right now, the per episode HD price is much better on Google Play, while the whole season price is much better on Amazon. Only Amazon offers SD at this time (I think that Google Play doesn't do SD).
brightknightie: Rebecca in medieval flashback, on horseback, holding her sword (Other Fandom Highlander Again)
For those of you who have seen (and recall) Highlander: The Raven, does it have any Rebecca appearances or references? Celli requested a fic with Amanda learning about swords and fighting from Rebecca. I know the Highlander: The Series canon very well! I don't want to accidentally violate Highlander: The Raven canon.

(I saw the first few episodes of Highlander: The Raven when they aired, but it was an unsettled time in my life, and those first few episodes didn't happen to capture my imagination. The series didn't re-run; I never got around to buying the DVDs; it's not available for streaming.)
brightknightie: Duncan and Tessa embrace on the sidewalk. (Other Fandom Highlander)
The original Highlander reached movie theaters on March 7, 1986, according to IMDB.

So we're coming up on its 30th anniversary! And [community profile] hl_chronicles / [livejournal.com profile] hl_chronicles is celebrating with a multimedia fanwork fest.

They'll take prompts until March 31st. Posting runs from now until April 13th.
brightknightie: Duncan with his sword against the Paris skyline (Other Fandom HL Duncan)
Of the stories that I read in this year's [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts, I'd recommend:

  • "The Beginning of Always" by [archiveofourown.org profile] hafital (~11K words, R for violence; Methos, Duncan, Joe, Amanda, others). Set c.2003 in Seacouver, this story wraps its Duncan/Methos romance frame around a plot and themes that refresh common tropes and mine the early seasons of the series as well as the late.

  • "Something Called Living" by [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (~20K words, PG; crossover with Forever; Richie, Henry, Joe, Abe, others). Set c.2015 in New York, in a divergent reality where Richie lived, this story is very like what an on-screen canonical HL/F crossover would have been, if such a thing could have been (except that Jo and Duncan don't actually appear).

  • "Ace in the Hole" by [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (~3K words, G; Joe, Methos). Set after hours in Joe's, this is an overtly old-fashioned "argument" story, an explication of some canon points wrapped up tidily in a fun little plot, the way some used to write them back when we lived on email lists.

  • "Like New" by [archiveofourown.org profile] merriman (~4K words, G; Richie, Methos). This story nips and tucks canon to make Richie meet Adam Pierson even before Duncan does, rendering Richie at his most earnest a trial to Methos, who pretends to be completely new to immortality.

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