brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
As mentioned, I'll open this year's [community profile] fkficfest sign-ups no later than this Saturday, March 11. If you're thinking of playing (please do!), this may be a good time to start pondering what new FK stories you'd love to read, and what new prompts may inspire them!

Because there're so few of us, and because our interests can be so factional, if you've played before, it's not unlikely that your match this year could have received one of your prompt slates in a previous year. A freshly hatched prompt may be most likely to spark a blooming new story...? Not that recycled, rerun, never-attempted prompts don't also have their places!

Just something I've been dwelling on. :-)
brightknightie: Three seasons of Forever Knight (Cast)
FKFicFest sign-ups will open Wednesday, the 20th LK anniversary. I'll post the rules and the contingency challenge. I haven't yet picked the prompt; if you'd like to share your insights on what would make a good one, please do.

(Review: In the event of <9 players, we'd switch from one-to-one matching to one shared prompt with diverse renderings.)

It might be nice to revisit a classic, like FKFic-L's Asteroid Challenge (from "A More Permanent Hell"), but, fairly, "reruns" didn't go over well when mentioned last year. Neither did canonical "What if?"s. I've been advised to phrase the prompt like a novel blurb, and I'd love to! But leaving authors free to pick the characters and angle dead-ends that: "Somebody does something for some reason, and there's some twist!" If I describe a crime in Toronto in the '90s, the writer may thereby feel constrained from placing her story wholly in Pompeii or Paris, wholly in the past or the future, etc.

If the community had chosen a challenge game, we all would have nominated and elected a prompt! As it is, we're stuck with my feeble best. (I recommend that you get 9+ friends to sign up: problem solved!)

Possible word/phrase prompts )

Possible setting cues )

Possible scenario starters )
brightknightie: Nick raising his hand to touch the screen from the wrong side. (Nick Again)
#9. Set some goals for the new year.

As I said back in #1 of this meme, my fannish goal for this year is to engage more with y'all, to contribute to and enjoy the delights and trials of fandom. That's why I'm playing this meme! :-)

And of course if we play FKFicFest this year, then my goal for it is to help as many players as possible have as much fun as possible (without negatively affecting my job or health).

Outside any ficathons, I'd like to fulfill at least a good chunk of my outstanding fanfiction "gift certificates" by the end of the calendar year. list )

And — while I'm dreaming big — I'd really like to write at least one just-because, for-me-first, fanfiction-o'-my-heart. Either the Nick/Urs story that I've nattered about from time to time since last spring, or a certain story titled "Amaranth" that I began in 1997. Or something wholly new that will strike my imagination like a quickening.
brightknightie: Urs and Nick in the Raven (Nick/Urs was dubbed "Les Miserables.") (Les Mis)
It's been almost a week since all the players received their [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest prompt match slates. I hope that all the players have found their matches sufficiently compatible, and that as many players as possible find them really inspiring! Fingers crossed and all the lucky gestures for new FK twists, turns and insights!

For myself, while I have no objections at all to the prompt slate that I received, I'm actually in the unusual position — for the first time in a very long time! — of being actively dogged by a new FK story idea that I'd love to write, independently, for no fest or prompt, but just because it seems right and exciting to me, myself. It's a Les Miserables (Nick/Urs) idea that I almost included on my own sign-up, but replaced with something else so as to give as wide a variety of prompts as I could to the eventual writer. I didn't withdraw the idea from my sign-up draft with the thought of writing it myself! But once I did withdraw it and submit other prompts, the idea began asserting itself in my imagination in a way I haven't experienced in quite some time. It's really very nice! Just not optimal timing. :-)

This particular idea is incompatible with the prompt slate that I received. Nick/Urs is not my recipient's goblet o' Ribena. I can't spend time on this idea until after the ficathon (like you, I've got only just so much hobby time to go around). I hope that the idea will still insist on itself this firmly when its time comes! This post shall be my reminder, in case I forget...
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 on his couch, smiling. (Nick Amused)
Speaking of inspiration for new FK stories to wish and write for this year's [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest, the quirky (and excellent) public radio program RadioLab coincidentally reran its classic "Blood" episode this weekend! This episode actually has many segments, but the website specifically calls out three:
  • "Bloody Real Blood" (about Hollywood special effects for blood)
  • "If You Prick Us" (what certain Renaissance men thought about blood)
  • "Clear Eyes, Full Veins, Can't Lose" (the economics and logistics of today's blood banks)
This episode is full of interesting little details that cry out to be explored through FK's characters! And their website supplies links to the works cited in the interviews plus "bonus tracks" of an interactive timeline of public attitudes about giving blood and two blood-themed songs performed by a band called "Lucius" (seriously!).
brightknightie: Janette and Schanke in the Raven (LaCroissant)
Last week, I toyed with Forever Knight "What if?"s here on my blog at the same time that we were all together solving the exchange/challenge tie over on FKFicFest. My overlap may have accidentally implied, especially to those who've never played a challenge, that "What if?" is necessarily the form of a challenge prompt. Not at all! My apologies!

I personally think that the ideal challenge prompt — one prompt for all players, of all factions, 'ships and shades — in an FK game would look more like these examples:
  • "Just out of reach"
  • "Family by choice"
  • "Never too late"
  • "Unexpected temptation"
  • "It was worth it"
  • "Mistaken identity"
  • "Long forgotten"
  • "It's never over"
  • "Gone too far"

To expand the example, for the single common prompt "Family by choice," different FK fans might write such diverse stories as: samples )

Or to expand another example, for the single common prompt "Never too late," different FK fans might tell completely different stories like: samples )
brightknightie: Urs and Nick in the Raven (Nick/Urs was dubbed "Les Miserables.") (Les Mis)
I posted the 2015 [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest pre-game poll results yesterday. I'm grateful for every answer we received! Hopefully, we can play in a fun way available to everyone interested.

However, we're in the peculiar position that exchange-style and challenge-style tied. On the one hand, the tie-breaker goes to exchange, because 3 of the 4 people who said they would "definitely" write voted for exchange. On the other hand, 4 people are nowhere near enough for a happy exchange game in a fandom as factional as FK. If you have insights into this dilemma, please share them! (Community conversation is underway on the DW edition of the results.)

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Just for fun, let's toss around some more FK "What if?"s! :-)
  • What if Nick or Schanke had gotten promoted to Captain?
  • What if they hadn't neutralized Vudu's bombs in time?
  • What if Natalie and Richard's parents had lived?
  • What if the asteroid hadn't been a hoax and had hit as expected?
  • What if Frank wasn't Francesca's first (or last) reincarnation/haunting to seek revenge?
  • What if Janette has more freedom than Nick because of something she knows about Lacroix?
  • What if Natalie discovered the cure and decided to withhold it from Nick?

Just sayin'

Friday, March 6th, 2015 07:33 am
brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
I believe that there are infinite, incredible, Forever Knight stories yet to tell, that we can still be inspired and irritated into grand new tales, just as we were during the first hiatus when we didn't know whether the series would ever come back after first season, or while second and third season canon unfurled before our eyes, or while we reacted in white heat in the aftermath of the final episodes.

Remember that we are all more interesting, more experienced, more insightful now than we were then, and then ask... "What if?"
  • What if Lacroix had never come back after Nick staked him?
  • What if the Constantine family had interfered in Janette's business?
  • What if Natalie had lost her memory (instead of Nick)?
  • What if Schanke or Tracy (or one of the Captains) had discovered Nick's secret and had taken it badly?
  • What if Emily had recovered her memories?
  • What if Alexandra had returned for another try at Nick?
  • What if Serena had achieved a cure (with or without a child)?
  • What if surviving the fever had fundamentally changed something about vampirism?
  • What happened to Nick's nephew Andre? Or Rebecca, or Lisa Cooper, or all our favorite guest stars?
  • What if another copy of the Abbarratt had surfaced?
  • What if Divia had converted more than just her father?
  • What if Nick had decided that it was time to move on from Toronto by himself, and actually did it?
I could continue, but I'm late leaving for work. ;-)

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