brightknightie: Schanke and Nick at a hot dog stand ("Eating his way across town") (Partners)

Recently in FK in my corners of social journaling:

Ficathons, Fests and Communities



Meta (Essays, Analysis, Discussion)


  • 3/11: [ profile] chelseagirl47 wondered whether the Greg Kramer who wrote the strategy guide for the videogame American McGee's Alice (2000) is FK's GK.
  • 3/04: [ profile] pj1228 reviewed the play Poetic License, starring GWD.

Chiller does not have any FK scheduled for April or May. Pity.

brightknightie: Nick's caddy parked at his loft ("My Fandom Knows Trunk Space") (Caddy)

[personal profile] celli has declared the "10th Annual Unofficial Taxfic Challenge" (AO3 collection).  This multi-fandom, no-commitment, challenge-style ficathon comes due on the US federal income tax deadline (04/17 this year).  The game is simply to write a story involving taxes (sales, income, estate, value-added, self-employment, excise, whatever).

As Celli has pointed out, long-lived fantasy characters not only encounter all the regular taxes that we real people do, but they also periodically have to figure out how to pass on their estates to themselves in new identities, while satisfying all the appropriate tax obligations.  And then there are historical fiction taxes in different eras and cultures, with all their various uses, loopholes and enforcement mechanisms.  In past years, this challenge has seen at least three FK stories, including an FK/HL crossover (all by [ profile] LastScorpion).

"Can't Run, Can't Hide" holds FK's one major on-screen exchange about taxes: Janette and Nick on Janette doing her taxes )

However, we also have story angles on taxes available through Nick's two "men of business," Feliks Twist and Charles Ducamps, both from "Blood Money."  Charles clearly oversees the de Brabant Foundation, the charity dispensing Nick's tainted fortune, in the late twentieth century.  Feliks apparently secures that fortune in the longer term.  Whatever specific financial tasks each performs for Nick, they must face taxes!  In CRCH, Janette observes that Lacroix had "plantations" in many places, another possession liable to taxation, like the Raven itself.  Larry Merlin and Aristotle both likely create and obscure tax records in the course of their work.  Schanke owns that "cabin up north" in addition to his Toronto house, so he doesn't get to use the abbreviated form, I'm sure.  Tracy spent part of "Strings" assigned to the Corporate Crime division, where tax returns are bread and butter.  And of course taxes may inspire procedurals as motives or evidence!  Goodness knows, taxes have inspired smuggling through all ages, as well as modern white-collar crime.

Addendum: Perhaps I should point out that the budgets of vital people like police officers and medical examiners are funded by taxes, and stories about that can qualify, too!  Taxes are not just payments made and puzzles solved; they're roads and schools and hospitals, food inspectors and bus drivers and firefighters, NASA and NOAA and the CDC.  In "Cherry Blossoms," Natalie says: Natalie on her budget getting cut )

Assorted Ficathons

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 03:06 pm
brightknightie: Lacroix and Nick playing chess in the 1940s (Games)
All the prompt slates have been out for one week in [ profile] fkficfest, and I hope that everyone is having fun rewatching relevant episodes and getting inspired!  I'm dwelling on flashback possibilities, myself, and think I'll watch "Love You to Death" this weekend.

Over in [ profile] oldschoolfic, they're projecting a long run at their summer ficathon event.  This is the ficathon for any canceled fandom (including FK), and their timeline is: sign-ups (04/01-04/15), matches sent (04/17), deadline to default in good grace (07/10), and stories due (07/31).  (That's two months after [ profile] fkficfest, so it's entirely possible to play in both.)

And not to forget, [personal profile] celli's annual Tax Fic Challenge is open through 04/15.  FK is, of course, eligible.  The game is: write a fanfiction with taxes in it -- any sort of taxes count, so imperial Roman taxes, modern Canadian taxes, anything between and beyond.
brightknightie: Nick, Natalie and Schanke looking at Nick's painting of his beast (Trio Nick Natalie Schanke)
Recently on my LJ Friends List and DW Reading Page:

DVDs and Airings
  • On 03/06, [ profile] pj1228 announced that the Region 2 DVDs are out at last!  First season, anyway.  European fans, I'm so happy for you!  She shared photos of the packaging, and let us know the all-important fact that the missing clips are in there, but are in German only, although the DVDs have English and German audio tracks.  I'll gladly take them in any language!  But this makes me suspect that the uncut masters no longer exist in English, unfortunately.
  • On 03/16 and also on 03/01, someone posted behind a lock about Chiller's continuing FK marathons.  Go Chiller!
Cast and Crew
  • On 03/12, [ profile] abby82 let us know that The Border has been canceled.  This is the drama series on which both Catherine Disher and Nigel Bennett had recurring roles, Gary Farmer once guest-starred, and some FK crew alumni were regular contributors, too.  Hopefully, there will be great new shows for everyone next season.

  • On 02/23, [ profile] hearts_blood described purchasing GWD's two audiobooks.
Essays/MetaGraphic ArtFKFicFest
  • We're currently at 16 committed players on [ profile] fkficfest, with sign-ups open through Thursday, March 18, 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

  • Several people have announced publicly that they've signed up for FKFicFest, including Celli, Wiliqueen and Leela-cat.  (Others have mentioned it behind locks.)

  • We've also had generous mentions from Havocthecat and Amilyn on their own journals, Abby82 on FK-Fanfiction and on FK-Freaks, and I received the mods' kind permission to plug us in Oldschoolfic and Femme-Fic.
Fanfiction and Other Ficathons


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