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/[ 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.)

FK Poem: "Solace"

Thursday, May 19th, 2011 11:44 am
brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)

Yesterday, May 18, 2011, was the fifteenth anniversary of the first broadcast of "Last Knight" (give or take local syndication).  This piece has nothing to do with "Last Knight;" I just like to post something new on that day.  Great thanks to [personal profile] batdina for swift, pointed, encouraging beta-reading, so that I could fulfill that tradition this year!

It had been five years since I last wrote a fan poem.  When this idea arrived, I tried to fit it into story-shape out of habit; it stalled.  When I realized it was a poem, it bloomed.

  Title: "Solace" (also on AO3)
  Length: ~300 words (3 stanzas of 10 lines)
  Date: FKFic-L 05/18/11
  Rating: PG
  Summary: Different people unwind in different ways after a difficult night.
  Characters:   Natalie, Nick, Schanke, Other
  Quotation: "pushes the volume up past memory, / driving out the recent and the distant."


brightknightie: Lacroix, Janette and Nick in Victorian apparel (Trio Fang Gang)
Recently on my LJ Friends List and DW Reading Page:

Ficathons and Fiction Communities
  • On 04/10, [personal profile] leela_cat let me know about [community profile] last_writes, a fiction community for all canceled vampire stories.  FK is explicitly invited.
  • On 04/07, [personal profile] havocthecat announced a contest on [community profile] girlgay (an f/f community) for which prompts are invited and the prize is paid Dreamwidth time for the best fanwork and also the best feedback.  One FK prompt has been submitted so far.

  • On 03/22, [ profile] oldschoolfic (the ficathon for all canceled fandoms) announced their spring/summer ficathon event, and on 04/01, the rules and sign-ups post went up.  Sign-ups are open through 04/15 (this Thursday).  Fandoms requested so far in include HL but not FK; when I sign up, they'll add FK and YB...

  • On 03/20, [ profile] fkficfest sent out the matches.  Several people, including Gnosticdiva and Wiliqueen, posted last-minute sign-up reminders.  We have 21 players!  So 21 new FK stories this May!  That is so great!
  • On 04/08, [ profile] gnosticdiva had much to share about Geraint Wyn Davies's audiobooks, finally available on CD.

  • On 03/27, behind filters and locks, someone shared news of going this summer to Stratford to see one of Geraint Wyn Davies's last performances of "Do Not Go Gentle," plus probably The Tempest.  (Everyone knows that Nigel Bennett is at Stratford this year, too, right?  And that Christopher Plummer is in The Tempest with Ger?)  On 04/09, again locked, this person updated that the tickets had arrived.  Glee!
brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)
  •   Title: "He Never Blames Her"
  •   Length: ~100 words
Fourteen lines in three stanzas, unrhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on June 4, 2006
  •   Summary: Nick never accuses Janette of complicity in his condition.
  •   Characters:   Nick, Janette
  •   Quotation: "a wound he wears because she so wanted him"

brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)
  •   Title: "Mai's Little Boy"
  •    Length: ~660 words
Seventeen pentameter quintains, rhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on December 29, 2005
  •   Summary: His mother's murder has shadowed Doctor Chung's entire life.
  •   Characters:   Doctor Chung, Nick, Janette
  •   Quotation: "a heart can miss what it never possessed"

brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)
  •   Title: "The Coming Choice"
  •   Length: ~220 words
Five pentameter sestets, rhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on August 2, 2003
  •   Summary: Janette contemplates the choice the Code will demand of her when Nick regains his humanity.
  •   Characters:   Janette
  •   Quotation: "Kill him. Convert him. Or make him forget."

brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)
  •   Title: "Someone Like Me"
  •   Length: ~150 words
Five tetrameter quintains, unrhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on August 25, 2002
  •   Summary: Nick reflects that he is not the first vampire to seek his lost humanity.
  •   Characters:   Nick
  •   Quotation: "those unknown saints who succeeded / in escaping this life alive"

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

"At Issue" tied for FK fanfiction poem of the year for 2000, the last year for which those awards were held.  I am grateful to those who voted for it!  That kind recognition has meant a lot to me.

  •   Title: "At Issue"
  •   Length: ~290 words
Ten pentameter quatrains, rhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on July 15, 2000
  •   Summary: While interrogating the suspect in "Dead Issue," Nick identifies his struggle with hers.
  •   Characters:   Nick, Linda Fiori
  •   Quotation: "bound hand and heart to civilized evil"

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

"Longer Than the Medicis," my first fan poem, was nominated for FK fanfiction poem of the year for 1999.  My thanks to those who nominated it!  (The poem received only three feedback comments at the time, so without the generous nomination, I wouldn't have known anyone else read it, and I might not have tried writing fan poetry again.)

  •   Title: "Longer than the Medicis"
  •   Length: ~1,200 words
Nine pentameter 18-line stanzas, unrhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on August 30, 1999
  •   Summary: In Renaissance Italy, Janette and Nick host a party.
  •   Characters:   Janette, Nick
  •   Quotation: "But through candlelit hours of music / and talk, she could feel Nicolas waiting, / waiting, waiting for her, his molten voice / singing a long, slow kiss through the chamber."


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Amy R.

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