brightknightie: Buffy and Willow sit on a bench outdoors at Sunnydale high on a sunny day. (Other Fandom Buffyverse)
#8. Interact with someone new.

Yesterday, I posted a brief reply to the anonymous moderator of the brand-new [community profile] myoldfandom ficathon, which is gearing up for its first event. ("Old" = no new canon after 2005.) So far, it sounds like an update of [ profile] oldschoolfic, which I enjoyed a lot. But I really know nothing at all about [community profile] myoldfandom or the people behind it (and I'm just a little nonplussed by the modly anonymity).

All my own dearest fanficly fandoms qualify, of course. FK, HL, YB, BSG78, D&DC. Probably even the Buffyverse qualifies, although the comics do purport to be canon. It's not that I don't watch and enjoy new series! I'm all over Agent Carter, Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, Poldark, Call the Midwife, etc. I loved Forever while it lasted, and Grimm and Sleepy Hollow before they jumped their sharks. But of course they aren't — for better and for worse — the same as stories loved long and long and long.

I wonder whether [community profile] rarelywritten is planning a round this year. If so, I wonder whether the schedules will conflict or complement.
brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)
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."
brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
I did get to read a number of [community profile] rarelywritten stories last weekend, and I wanted to bring you a few thoughts about what you might find in each, if you choose to read it.

Forever Knight )

Other Fandoms )

Comments and kudos seem a bit thin on the ground in this year's game. I've wondered whether that might be due to the transition from "RareWomen" to "RarelyWritten"; or perhaps to releasing the stories on the same weekend as the Age of Ultron premiere, that big boxing match and the Kentucky Derby; or perhaps the very same lamentable neglect of certain characters that the ficathon was conceived to battle. I've also wondered about the readership effects of prioritizing the rarest requests for matching, instead of the most common.

Curiously, last night, the [community profile] rarelywritten moderator announced a new rule for next year's game. Players must comment on the stories written for their requests or be banned from future games. That's always been an implicit rule in every exchange ficathon, surely (with allowances for those sad situations when a story openly disrespects the request it's supposed to fill). It's extra sad that this ficathon has come to needing to enshrine this rule.
brightknightie: Schanke reading Emily's novel (Reads)
The 2015 [community profile] rarelywritten collection went live on the AO3 overnight. We have 93 stories in 112 fandoms!

I haven't yet read any, but I have now popped three onto my Kindle and plan to go enjoy them. (BTW, when you upgrade to Kindle Voyage from Kindle 2nd-gen? Porting AO3 content by app is actually faster and easier than by USB.)


We have three Forever Knight stories! Two were written in reply to my request, because [ profile] merfilly (Janette, "An Interlude in the Family," ~1.2K) very generously picked up the pinch hit when pneumonia took out [ profile] greerwatson (Urs, "Out of the Night that Covers Me," ~4.7K), who, to her own surprise, managed to complete her story before the release after all. The third was written for Greer's request by [ profile] coralysendria (Cohen, "Echoes," ~9.0K).

No one wrote in any of my own other personally best-beloved fandoms (HL, BSG78, YB and D&DC), or most of the not-yet-canceled shows I'm currently following (PoI, Forever, OUaT, Grimm), but someone did write in Call the Midwife! Which I can't read yet for the same reason I couldn't offer it (get it together, PBS and BBC).

But people I know did write in M.A.S.H ("Four Times Looking For Love, and One Real Match" by Merfilly), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ("Something On the Order of a Resurrection, Please?" by Medie), Agent Carter ("Stardust" by Ariestess) and The Tomorrow People (1992) ("Adventure" by LadySilver). Did I miss anyone?

Oh, and I wrote in Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (Gwendolen, "Between within and without," ~6.7K). :-)
brightknightie: Tessa working with a chisel tool at her desk in the barge (Other Fandom HL Tessa)
The [community profile] rarelywritten ficathon assignments have arrived at last! And because I did offer in three fandoms people requested (as well as offering in best-beloved fandoms that nobody requested ~wry~), you don't know for whom I'm writing! Well, unless you're [personal profile] batdina, whom I told. ;-)

I believe that either [personal profile] argentum_ls, [personal profile] malinaldarose or [personal profile] greerwatson must have my prompts. Be kind to them. :-)

And, hey, it's not too late! Didn't sign up in time for the exchange? You can still sign up to pinch hit! Several unmatchable slates went out to the pinch-hit list by email today, seeking claimants. Judging from past years, we'll see more throughout the run of the game as people drop out.

I believe that we've hit upon a happy method for this year's [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest, but I'm hoping to gather just a few more opinions before posting a final plan this weekend.
brightknightie: Jacqueline dressed as a woman in front of a fire, and in her musketeer's uniform with her sword (Other Fandom YB)
An anonymous person commented about Young Blades on my blog! ~glee~ Apparently, God loves me and wants me to be happy. ;-) Or something. ;-) Thank you, anonymous person! Yay, YB!

I'm waiting with the proverbial bated breath for my [community profile] rarelywritten assignment to come through. I'd really like to get started hunting ideas. Nobody but me requested Young Blades (or D&DC, HL, BSG78), so it won't be any of those. But it could be one of three things that people did request. We shall see...

(Matching takes a while even when using the AO3 engine, apparently?)

Ficathon progress

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 11:08 pm
brightknightie: With Hank and Diana in the lead, the children confront Tiamat. (Other Fandom D&D poster)
[community profile] rarelywritten sign-ups seem still to be open on the AO3, so you may possibly yet slip in! But, officially, we've passed the deadline. To avoid the certainty of a single possible assignment for myself (because only Greer requested a story in any of my fandoms), I took a deep breath and also offered in two requested fandoms for which I've never even considered writing before. We shall see...

The [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest pre-game poll continues through this Friday. Do answer, if you're interested in whether, when and how we play. We're still at 4 "definitely yes" writers, but we have seen a rise to 4 "probably yes." (I'm not sure what the next steps will be if we don't have enough players for the exchange-style game that's still leading 6 to 5. This is the most votes challenge-style has ever earned, though!)
brightknightie: Cassiopeia, in uniform (Other Fandom BSG)
The [community profile] rarelywritten multifandom ficathon mods have extended sign-ups through Tuesday, March 3, at 11:59 PM Central Time (adding 48 hours). You can easily check the sign-up summary, nominations set or even specific requests — and my own "Dear Author" letter ;-) — as you decide whether to play.

The [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest Forever Knight ficathon pre-game poll continues through this Friday, March 6, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time, as originally scheduled. We're up to 11 responses! If we play, 4 will definitely, and 3 will probably, write. (We can play a challenge with just the 4, but we'll need more for a successful exchange. Trust me; I've seen 5 years of sign-ups and results. FK was born to faction. ~grin~)

And, yes! There are indeed other interesting FK-friendly games currently open or coming soon: [community profile] genprompt_bingo, [community profile] unconventionalcourtship, "Friends will be Friends," [community profile] once_upon_fic, "Prime Time Desserts" and "3-sentence Ficathon." More?
brightknightie: With Hank and Diana in the lead, the children confront Tiamat. (Other Fandom D&D poster)
The sign-up summary for 2015's [community profile] rarelywritten game (updated hourly) makes it very clear how the matching would go if the sign-ups don't shift between when you view it and when sign ups end tomorrow (Sunday) night. It also opens that matching to a bit of gleeful manipulation, if you'd like to pick up a match in one of the least-requested or least-offered fandoms.

For example, if the matches were made right this minute, then I would necessarily be assigned to write for the only other person who has requested a story in any of my fandoms: that's a Forever Knight request (presumably Greer's). And my prompt slate would necessarily be given to either her or the only other person who has offered a story in any of my fandoms: that's a Highlander offer (presumably ArgentumLS's). No one besides me has yet requested or offered in Battlestar Galactica (1978), Dungeons and Dragons (cartoon) or Young Blades, and no one besides me has yet requested in Highlander. It's cut and dried... and a bit disappointing in its relentless predestination.

With no prejudice at all to Greer, I just wrote for her prompts in 2014's [community profile] fkficfest. It would be more inspiring to address a new audience. And it would be more fun to not know for sure exactly how the matching must fall out. So I keep scanning the summary. I've maxed out on requests, but perhaps I can find another fandom to offer? I'm stumped so far, but fandoms only appear on the list when a request for them registers. Perhaps something will turn up!

(I wish I were a good enough writer and Victorianist to offer Daniel Deronda for the person requesting Gwendolen, but good gravy I couldn't dare to fanfic Eliot. I mean, Eliot.)
brightknightie: Cassiopeia, in uniform (Other Fandom BSG)
Sign-ups for the multifandom [community profile] rarelywritten exchange ficathon are open until this coming Sunday, March 1, at 11:59 PM Central Time. (I'd mistakenly been thinking that they closed this Friday.)

Check out the current sign-up summary (with requests and offers by fandom) and final tag set (of nominated characters), and then toss your hat into the ring. You can even peruse some "Dear Author" letters to see what matches may be.

(What will close on a Friday is the [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest pre-game poll, but that's next Friday, March 6. We've had 9 replies so far. 4 say they would definitely write if we play; 2 more might write. For an exchange game in a fandom as diverse as FK, that's concerningly low. I have two channels yet to try: I'll post to [community profile] fandomcalendar, and I'll email those who have played in the past.)


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