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What's Good?  For March, I am bittersweetly pleased to spotlight Diane E.'s "The Last Vampire" (1995, PG-13, ~5K words) in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  After Diane's death last month, I reread all her FK fanfiction.  While she is justly known for her comedy, this, her one drama, is my own favorite of hers.  This Nick goes public with his vampirism under the pretense that he is the last of his kind; he becomes the sole focus of media attention, scientific scrutiny, back taxes...

        The day after his first dinner at Schanke's, the lawsuits started arriving at the precinct. First, from people he'd arrested last week, last month, last year—all suddenly claiming "the vampire" had hypnotized them into confessing to crimes they hadn't committed. Then, every suspect he arrested, even the ones he caught red-handed, filed a police-brutality and wrongful-arrest complaint.

What's New on FKFic-L?  February saw one story: "Diamonds...and a Girl's Best Friend" (1 post, 6KB) by [ profile] greerwatson.  In March so far, one story has appeared, and [ profile] lisamcdavid has posted an invitation for FKFic-L War proposals.

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What's Good?  February's recommendation-of-the-month is Susan G.'s "Lost and Found" (1999, PG, ~5K words), written for the charity fanzine A Taste of Forever and never posted to fkfic-l.  I was delighted to discover that she had placed it on her site!  This post-series story grants Nick and Natalie a human future together, but sprouts a new tragedy from the roots of Nick's original vampiric sin.

        "There's always hope. There has to be hope. You're a lot less pig-headed than I am--at least, your mother thinks you are. Maybe it won't take you eight hundred years to find your answer. Be smart. Have hope. Survive," added Nick, the last in a harsh whisper, placing his hand on his son's shoulder. "And remember that we'll always be there for you. We'll always love you."
        Richie's head turned, his expression doubtful--the weight of guilt in his eyes for the deeds of the past year adding instantly to the burden on Nick's soul.
        "We'll always love you," repeated Nick.

What's New on FKFic-L?  January saw four stories by two authors on the email list.  February so far has seen none.  list with links )

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What's Good?  Opening a new year, I'm pleased to get to spotlight [personal profile] lastscorpion's "Full of Grace" (2011, PG, ~7K words) in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  I try not to plunder [ profile] fkficfest/[community profile] fkficfest for recommendations; we've all just recently read those!  But last week, I chatted with someone who had never read a rich Grace Balthazar story, and this fantastically canonical epistolary tale from FKFicFest '11 not only shapes a rounded life for Grace, it builds an arc of her relationship with Natalie, and explodes into its climax.

Dear Mom,
        Something terrible has happened, something unbelievable. I'm going to need to tell you the whole story in writing, so I can get it clear in my head. Then I'll call you in a couple of days, when Natalie's well enough to travel, and ask you if I can please take her home to you and the family for a while.

What's New on FKFic-L?  December saw no stories on the email list.  January so far has seen one (the shorter of the two FK Yuletide pieces).

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What's Good?  For December, I'm very happy to get to share Deb H.'s "Darkness Shall Have No Dominion" (1994, PG, ~3K words) in the recommendation-of-the-month project. Set on Christmas Eve, this short story hints at a light metaphorical parallel between a case and Nick's situation. It supplies characteristic swings between hope and despair on the way to a triumphant ending that may or may not suggest a miracle, but certainly renews Nick's commitment.

        "No," Nick said firmly. "I will not be over tomorrow. I'm not going to force your family to stay inside all day with the curtains drawn." He put an arm around his stout partner. "I will be fine. Natalie is coming by tonight; we're going to eat before I take her to the airport. Then I am going home and sleeping." He didn't add that he was going to do a little searching of his own later.

What's New on FKFic-L?  November saw three stories by three authors, including one by a new-to-the-lists author (it's apparently as yet unavailable online; I'll forward it on request). December's seen nothing yet. list with links )

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What's Good?  I'm glad to get to point out [personal profile] havocthecat's amusing vignette "Could They Choose Between" (2008, G, ~1K) as November's story in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  The characters spar via banter here in mid-first-season, lightly feeling out their places in each other's lives.

     "You already met Schanke," said Natalie. She chuckled and leaned back on her desk as the beat of her heart began to echo more slowly. "I figured he'd be enough to last you at least a century."
     "Perhaps longer," agreed Janette. She made a little pout of distaste, though truly, if one could look beyond his boorishness, Schanke was not quite so bad as all that. She might even call him admirable, though certainly not aloud.

What's New on FKFic-L?  October saw two stories by one author.  November so far has seen three pieces by three authors.  list with links )

Manual Cross-post to LJ

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What's Good?  With Halloween approaching, I am tickled to get to spotlight the appropriately frightening "Drowning" (2010, R, ~1K) by [ profile] gryphonrhi in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  This chilling drama of villain-on-villain violence — mind the rating — characterizes Lacroix with resonant canonicity and ruthlessly celebrates the conundrum of Lacroix as Nick's antithesis and ally.

     A man whose collarbone is broken on each side does not easily draw a gun, which relieved me of one attacker. As for the other, it takes very little pressure for a vampire to break fingers, mortal or otherwise. I simply closed my hand around his on the gun and listened to his attempt to scream while inhaling.

What's New on FKFic-L?  September saw three stories by one author, all from the [ profile] fkcommentfic game.  October so far has seen two stories, also by that author.  list with links )

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What's Good?  This month, I am thrilled to get to spotlight [ profile] annlarimer's landmark "Knighty-Knight, Nick" (1996, G, ~1K) in the recommendations project.  Read it aloud (really).  This sparkling retelling of the cancellation experience in the style of a children's picture book is silly and snide, nostalgic and grieved, rousing and defiant.  It may make you cry; it may make you write.

     They all lived in a television show, and even though a whole lot of real people loved them enough to make them real as well, Nick and Nat and Don and LaCroix and Janette belonged -- lock, stake, and barrel -- to a whole lot of people in suits and neckties.
     Now, as everyone knows, every time you put on a suit and a necktie, the necktie chokes away a little bit of your soul. And the people who owned Nick and Nat and Don and LaCroix and Janette had been wearing neckties for years and years and years, and hardly had any souls left.

By the way, the "Amy" mentioned is [ profile] amilyn, not me, and yes, this is the second "Susan's Birthday Story" recommendation in a row, extending that memorial.

What's New on FKFic-L?  August brought six stories by four authors to the list, all from [community profile] fkficfest/[ profile] fkficfest.  September so far has seen three posts by one author.  list with links )

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What's Good?  On FKFic-L, August used to be "Susan's Birthday Month," honoring Susan G.'s immense contributions to the fandom with an abundance of new fanfic for everyone to enjoy.  (Her email signature at that time: "For my birthday, I want fiction. Lots and lots of fiction. Tons of the stuff.")  This August, in memory, the recommendations project features one participant in that happy tradition: "Strays" by [ profile] amilyn (1997, G, ~2K words).  It's a straightforward relation of how Sydney (and Nick) settled into Natalie's life.

As the door closed behind them, Sydney meowed once, then walked with some dignity to the new furniture he wasn't supposed to sit on, and made himself at home.

What's New on FKFic-L?  July saw two new pieces on the fanfiction email list: "Flying Sparks" by [ profile] greerwatson (short story) and "Problem Child" by [personal profile] 1_mad_squirrel (haiku).  August saw six!  (All came from FKFicFest. I'll list them next month, as usual.)

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What's Good?  Nostalgia in the just-concluded FKFicFest 2011 moves me to point out "Brown Paper Packages" by Susan G. (1995, PG, ~2K words) as July's recommendation-of-the-month.  This amusing, slightly sly, "meta" story recalls when new FK tales of all descriptions arrived on the email lists every day.

    The superior look on Janette's face was irritating. Just to prove her wrong, Natalie slid onto a barstool and began reading where Janette indicated. Almost immediately, her stomach dropped to the level of her toes—it was about her and... LaCroix? ... Horrified, she watched Janette briskly staple and stack set after set... "How long has this been going on?"
    "... It used to be Alma's chore, but the silly thing got the piles mixed up and Nicola received LaCroix's set in error." Janette sighed... "There was such a scene."

What's New on FKFic-L?  Nothing posted to the fiction list in June.  However, two new pieces have posted in July so far, and I imagine that August will see many of the FKFicFest stories.

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What's Good?  "Happy Anniversary" (1996, ~4K words, PG) by [ profile] butterflykiki is June's installment in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  In this sharp confrontation, written while third season was still in progress, Natalie drops all her defenses in a bid to save Nick from Lacroix... and himself.  On this side of "Last Knight," the story combines the energy of live canon with a shivery consciousness of last chances.

"Forgive me, doctor."  A smile tugged at the edges of Lacroix's mouth.  "Many women have desired Nicholas.  Some have even cared about him.  Quite a few thought they loved him... but I can't recall the last one who was willing to take such risks for him, knowing all that he is.  No, wait— I do remember.  What a long time ago that was..."

What's New on FKFic-L?  One new story, "Cuts Deep" (~11K words, PG-13), and one new poem, "Solace" (~300 words, PG), posted to the list in May.  (Both were by me, sorry.)  No new fanfiction has yet posted to the list in June.


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