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I wrote only three stories in 2016, I'm afraid:

[community profile] myoldfandom 2016 Exchange: "The Wand of Siora the Wise"
beta by Skieswideopen; for DesertVixen
(Dungeons & Dragons (1983-85); ~9K words; G; Sheila, Eric, Hank, Bobby, Diana, Presto, etc.)

   This was my first writing in this lifelong-loved fandom. I tried so hard to fulfill the prompt and be episode-like that I may have overdone it. Yet I learned about the characters as you do only when you're writing them, and found much delight in them and their universe! I want to write them again, and read them more.

[community profile] fkficfest 2016 Exchange: "The Time Will Come"
beta by Batdina; for Merfilly
(Forever Knight; ~3K words; G; Janette, Alma, Aristotle, the Enforcers)

   Late summer and all fall are lost to me in a haze of overwork. I don't recall just how this concept found me, only that it felt important to stake FK's claim on an open future. I learned more about Canadian security than the story needed, not to mention Syrian brutality. But the story, I think, I hope, is finally full of hope and determination — first-season-style, today.

[livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts 2016 Exchange: "Ships in the Night"
betas by Skieswideopen, Celli & Sholio; sounding-board-ing by ArgentumLS & Skieswideopen; for Idontlikegravy
(Highlander; ~1K words; G; Richie, Michelle, Angie)

   I almost didn't sign up for this fest. And then I almost dropped out. HLdom often seems to me as monolithic as FKdom is diverse; I worried and fussed. The kind people listed above helped me through. I do love HL dearly, for all that I'm lost in HLdom. I hope that I did right by it and by the other players, and maybe they won't mind me playing again someday.

Still-unfulfilled fanfic IOUs )

Still-unwritten fanfic just for me )

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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.

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The [community profile] myoldfandom ficathon (for fandoms that have been out of production at least 10 years) released its stories on June 18, and de-anonomized on June 23. I mentioned the release, but I've wanted to share more details:Other stories written by people we know include "Time And Time And Time Again" by [archiveofourown.org profile] coralysendria, "Jean at the Witching Hour" by [archiveofourown.org profile] greerwatson, and "The One where Trance's Botany Expertise came in Handy" by [archiveofourown.org profile] karrenia_rune.

Perhaps because it's a multi-fandom fest without a strongly unifying thematic commonality, comments and kudos seem a bit thin on the ground overall. If you have time, maybe you might take a glance over the fandoms written, and see whether any ring a bell? All the authors deserve appreciation! (And maybe they'll write more in these dear old fandoms if we encourage them.)

The story I wrote, btw, was my first try writing these characters, whom I've loved since the days I was their target audience. I'm brimming over with ideas for them (ideas that didn't fit the prompt I received ~grin~). If I weren't immediately turning all my hobby time to FKFicFest... well, I hope that the ideas stick around, and another excuse to write them comes! (I'm also extra open to constructive criticism, on a first try in a new fandom, if anyone wants to analyze what can be better, stronger, more interesting.)
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Fandom Stocking 2014/2015 (treat fest)

RarelyWritten (née RareWomen) 2015 (exchange ficathon)

"Between within and without"
for Damask_and_Dark, beta by Batdina
(Daniel Deronda — George Eliot, ~7K words, G; Gwendolyn, Catherine, Herr Klesmer, Mrs. Arrowpoint)

FKFicFest 2015 (exchange ficathon)

"Wake the Morning After"
for MelissaTreglia, beta by LastScorpion
(Forever Knight, ~15K words, PG; Natalie, Nick, Schanke, Urs, Lacroix)

Still-unfulfilled fanfic "gift certificates" (from years past)

  • For Carabas, Forever Knight, a "For I Have Sinned" tag with St. Joan content
  • For Ravenela, Highlander, Tessa behaving maternally toward Richie's girlfriend
  • For Leela, Forever Knight, Janette&Urs or Janette/Urs
  • For Celli, Once Upon a Time, how Henry first figured out that something was wrong
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The story that I wrote for the 2015 [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest released very early in the game. (Thanks to [personal profile] lastscorpion for the lightning beta!) I'd love it if you read it! If you do, please consider letting me know what I should learn from this one to make the next more interesting and satisfying.

First, though, please check out all the other stories! There's something to tempt every FK taste.

  On the AO3: "Wake the Morning After
  Length: 14,995 words
  Date: August 2015
  Rating: PG-13
  Characters:  Natalie, Nick, Schanke, Urs, Lacroix, Lili; original characters; "off screen" Serena, Feliks, Enforcers
  Setting: ~2015; divergent reality; branched from canon in the hiatus between the first and second seasons
  Summary: Back in the day, Natalie cured Nick's vampirism; they got married. Two decades later, something has gone terribly wrong.
  Quotation: "Yet Nick had never stopped looking over his shoulder, never stopped expecting an ambush by the existence he’d left behind. Nick had told Natalie about many such dangers — his resentful surviving converts; hunters of vampires; cronies of Nick’s deceased “master,” Lacroix; and, first, foremost and always, the Enforcers, who kept the vampires’ secrets."

Reflections on writing this story, with spoilers )
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For this year's [community profile] rarelywritten game, I went where I've rarely gone before: fanfiction of source material that is itself prose narrative! I've often been just a little uncomfortable, personally, with fan creations in precisely the same medium as the original. The element of transformation is stronger when the medium shifts. The comparison is less fierce, as well, perhaps. I've seen it done wonderfully! But I don't usually seek it out. Personal thing.

Then I saw this request.

Daniel Deronda (1876) was George Eliot's last, and perhaps most ambitious, novel. The ficathon request that I received was: what does Gwendolen, one of the two main characters, do post-canon? To make a long (~900 pages) story very short spoilers ).

My attempt to satisfy the fest request involves a London townhouse, a dinner party, a seance, and several friendships.

My sincere thanks to those who chimed in on my various brainstorms! And thanks most of all to [personal profile] batdina for beta-reading! (She re-read this monster Victorian novel just for me and my recipient. Much appreciated.)

On the AO3: "Between within and without"
Length: 6,689 words
Date: April 2015
Rating: G
Characters: Gwendolen Harleth Grandcourt, Catherine Arrowpoint Klesmer, Julius Klesmer, Mrs. Arrowpoint, Lady Pentreath, original characters
Summary: Five years later, Gwendolen steps up to help a dear friend and ends up confronting an old terror.
Quotation: "That she was beautiful had never been in doubt, as far as Gwendolen knew, but that she could meet her own gaze with neither revulsion nor complacency required tenacious confirmation. To live, she must bear her demons and her angels together. She meant to live."
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[community profile] fandom_stocking released on Wednesday night. I haven't yet had a chance to look through other people's stockings, see all the goodies, and discover recommendations worth making, but I can tell you what wonderful things people generously gave me in my stocking, and what few things I managed to create myself.

Gifts I received

Gifts I gave

  • To [personal profile] falcon_horus, who requested Fleur, a medieval Forever Knight ficlet titled "Ad Festivum Ignem," from Fleur's perspective. Fleur encounters a different midwinter tradition in her new husband's demesne. (<1K words, G)


  • To [personal profile] wendymypooh, who requested Nick/Natalie, a fluffy Forever Knight ficlet titled "When the Nat's Away," from Sydney's perspective. Sydney decides that he's had enough of Nick. (<1K words, G)


  • To [profile] bethskink, who requested Lacroix & Schanke, a simple Forever Knight drabble titled "The Real Thing," from Lacroix's perspective. Lacroix bumps into Schanke at the DMV. (100 words, G)


  • To [personal profile] pj1228, who requested Nick/Janette, a genre-muddled (romance/angst/humor) Forever Knight short story titled "Designed to be Seen," from Nick's perspective. Nick finds Janette's very fashionable dress very difficult to remove. (>1K words, PG-13)


  • To [personal profile] skieswideopen, a pledge to write a Janette + "outsider perspective" OC story this year.


  • To all the nice people who requested Duncan/Tessa, Richie or Angie from Highlander, expressions of agreement with their excellent taste, and solidarity in wishing for more stories exploring these characters! Maybe next year... maybe this year.

Thank you, everyone!
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Fandom Stocking (Fanwork Gift Fest)

Rarewomen (Exchange Ficathon)

"Wake and Remember" (Forever Knight) (~6K words, PG-13) (Fleur, Nick) (Beta'd by Skieswideopen and Argentum-ls)

FKFicFest (Exchange Ficathon)

"Missing Persons" (Forever Knight) (~8K words, PG-13) (Tracy, Nick, Reese, Myra, Natalie, Vachon) (Beta'd by Skieswideopen)

Still-Unfulfilled Fanfic "Gift Certificates"

  • For Carabas, Forever Knight, a "For I Have Sinned" tag with St. Joan content
  • For Ravenela, Highlander, Tessa behaving maternally toward Richie's girlfriend
  • For Leela, Forever Knight, Janette&Urs or Janette/Urs
  • For Celli, Once Upon a Time, how Henry first figured out that something was wrong
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The story that I wrote for the 2014 [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest game released today! I'd love it if you read it. If you feel like it, please let me know what I can do better next time. (My thanks to [personal profile] skieswideopen for beta-reading!)

First, though, please check out all the other stories already released in the game, and look forward to the next one coming tomorrow! We have adventure, romance, passion, grief and comedy! We have between-the-scenes, post-canon, diverged-from-canon and a crossover! We have Nick, Natalie, Janette, Lacroix, Schanke, Tracy, Vachon and more! Many, many thanks to this year's writers, beta-readers and readers; you make amazing things happen in our dear, sleepy fandom.

  On the AO3: "Missing Persons
  Length: 8,449 words
  Date: August 2014
  Rating: PG
  Characters:  Tracy, Nick, Reese, Natalie, Vachon, Myra
  Setting: Between "Fever" and "Francesca"
  Summary: Before Tracy learns that Vachon survived "Fever," higher-ups assign her and and Nick to a case without a body.
  Quotation: "What happened when a vampire died? Tracy had found nothing except Vachon’s few possessions when she’d returned the next night."

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Back in 2011's [community profile] fandom_stocking/[livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking game, I ambitiously posted six little stories, one to every stocking that had wished for FK that year. Four of these pieces, I shared on fkfic-l and archived in the usual way. The other two went into a kind of purgatory; each had a unique challenge that I discovered through audience responses, and each I thought I should rewrite, recast, recreate to address its challenge. I never did.

[personal profile] leela_cat once advised me to formally tie off those two, the better to stop thinking of them as eternally to-be-done. I finally did that this weekend, archiving them to the AO3 with only a wash and wax, not a new transmission. I backdated both to Epiphany 2011:

  • "Getting Involved" (1.2K words, PG, Janette and Erica, canon-divergent)
  • "For a Song" (900 words, G, Lacroix and Janette, canon-compliant)

My thanks to the kind people who played Fandom Stocking that year, giving me an opportunity to explore these characters and learn valuable storytelling lessons!

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