"July 22, 1916"

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 06:16 pm
brightknightie: Nick as 19th-century cowboy with horse (History)
In 2010, for the first-ever FKFicFest after-party, [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen wrote "July 22, 1916." On the event's 100th anniversary this week, she mused about that story and its historical inspiration. If its subject matter doesn't cut too close to home for you when you might read, I recommend it as a beautiful little FK piece, a smart and poignant prelude to the flashbacks of "Cherry Blossoms," which I love so.

As Wiliqueen noted: On July 22, 1916, in the run-up to the US entering the First World War, San Francisco, California, so far from the fighting in Europe, held a "Preparedness Day" parade. It remains unknown to this day who planted the bomb that killed 10 and injured 40 during that parade.

Wikipedia says that the Preparedness Day bombing is still the worst terrorist attack in San Francisco's history. May it ever stay the worst. May no worse ever again happen anywhere.


Sunday, September 14th, 2014 06:36 pm
brightknightie: Nick as 19th-century cowboy with horse (History)
Any Forever Knight fans who are also lighthouse lovers reading this?

I read an essay/article in the New York Times today about lighthouses, which reminded me of an FK flashback story idea that I had ages ago — Nick as a nineteenth-century lighthouse keeper on a particularly fog-ridden stretch of the west coast of North America — but, though I did the research (and even visited the model RL lighthouse!), never got around to writing.

Story Structure and Real Historical Figure Considerations )
brightknightie: A blue and white stylized Toronto skyline, circa 1992-1996 (Default)

In the [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen game this year, I received [profile] falconhorus's prompt slate. I very seriously considered her Sleepy Hollow request for Katrina (I rewatched every episode!), but naturally, as you doubtless could have predicted all along and saved me the fuss and fretting, I instead ended up writing for her Forever Knight request for Fleur.

On the AO3: "Wake and Remember"
Length:6,265 words
Date:May 2013
Rating:PG-13 (vampire behavior)
Characters:Fleur, Nick, Original Characters; off-screen references to Lacroix, Janette, Andre, Lord Delabar
Setting:1247 Artois (before "Fallen Idol") and 1229 Brabant (after "Be My Valentine")
Summary:Fleur's memory of her own youthful romantic rebellion does not create great sympathy with her daughter's.
Quotation:"You wanted to save me. Do you want to save yourself?"

I got to leverage research that I've done for previous stories set in Europe's middle ages, but my discovery of the Paston Letters was new just for this game; it inspired this tale. My thanks to [personal profile] skieswideopen, V. and [personal profile] argentum_ls for helping at various stages of brainstorming, unblocking and proofreading!

Fleur is arguably the most important guest star in Forever Knight, but she is, indubitably, only a guest star. I know. I'm very lucky that kind people like [profile] falconhorus, and my brainstormers, beta-readers and you are willing to play with the character with me! Thank you, all!

brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)

This is the [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking story that I wrote for [personal profile] skieswideopen this year.  She wrote that she likes “outsider POVs,” “slice of life” and “bittersweet endings” (and, of course, Forever Knight).  I'm pretty satisfied with it.  I think it's different, and that it achieves an appropriate structure.

My thanks to [personal profile] celli for her supportive beta-reading and perceptive suggestion!

  Available: My Fansite | The AO3
  Length: 1,996 words
  Date: Fandom Stocking 01/07/12, FKFic-L 01/18/12
  Rating: PG
  Characters:  OFC, Janette, Nick, Lacroix
  Summary: In 1275 Troyes, Janette's laundress discerns the hidden nature of her household.
  Quotation: "She had learned just what combination of wood ashes and caustic soda salvaged a gentleman's tunic soaked in blood, precisely how much fine Spanish hard soap rescued a lady's choicest linen spattered with blood, and the secret technique of restoring furs stiffened by blood."

brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)

I wrote this story for [livejournal.com profile] pj1228 in the [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic winter 2011 event.  (This is the one with the Turkish bath, the blood supplier, and the teenage murder victim.)  Thanks to [personal profile] lastscorpion, [personal profile] skieswideopen and [livejournal.com profile] amilyn for beta-reading!  Thanks to [personal profile] celli and [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen for brainstorming!

PJ is a Cousin, Dark Knightie and UFer who prefers "dark," so I found this assignment extremely challenging.  I aimed close to canon, hoping to achieve its openness to being read both ways; the crimes solved in this tale are more disturbing than my usual, and some may find them triggering, though all could have aired as written.

•  Title: "Cuts Deep" (also on AO3)
•  Length: ~11,000 words
•  Date: Oldschoolfic 02/02/11, FKFic-L 05/02/11
•  Rating: PG-13
•  Summary: Nick and Schanke solve a vicious murder that reminds Nick of a miscarriage of justice in 1885 London.
•  Characters:   Nick, Schanke, Natalie, Lacroix, Janette, Stonetree, Norma, Others
•  Quotation: "Schanke was right; Nick did know that feeling.  He took a deep breath of the clear spring night.  'We give the families closure, Schank.  And sometimes, with these high profile cases, the whole community needs that closure, too."

brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)
What's Good?  Sign-ups for [community profile] fkficfest/[livejournal.com profile] fkficfest will open this week!  This week is also the 105th anniversary of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire.  Together, these facts bring me to April's recommendation, [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen's "July 22, 1916" (2010), which she wrote as one of the generous surprise-party treats at the end of FKFicFest 2010, and which builds on a real incident in San Francisco history, achieves the feel of a first-season flashback, and foreshadows Mai Chung's fate (in "Cherry Blossoms").
     The six and a half hours between the sound of the explosion and sunset were among the longest of Nick's very long life.

I'd previously refrained from spotlighting any of the great FKFicFest stories as part of the recommendation-of-the-month project, because we all read them just last year.  But it's time for a reminder of how much fun the game was, don't you think?  See you there!

What's New on FKFic-L?  Three new stories by one author posted to the list in March.  (Unfortunately, the one author was me.)  No new stories have posted in April so far.  list with links )

FK Fanfic: "Before"

Saturday, March 12th, 2011 04:06 pm
brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)

This is the mini-story that I wrote for Raven [personal profile] skieswideopen in the 2010/2011 [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking event.  My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ithildyn for beta-reading.

I took so long to post this piece only because I couldn't bear to archive one more story on my ancient HTML-only template.  "Before" premieres a proper CSS-controlled template, which I will use on all my fanfic going forward (conversion backward... well, we'll see).  This change should be nearly invisible to readers, but it's a first step in restoring my dignity as a web designer in relation to my fansite. ;-)

  •   Title: "Before" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~200 words
  •   Date: Fandom Stocking 01/06/11, FKFic-L 02/21/11
  •   Rating: G
  •  Summary: Janette's childhood included happy days.
  •  Characters:  Janette
  •  Quotation:"It was how things were — which was to say, how they always had been and always would be."

brightknightie: Nick as 19th-century cowboy with horse (History)
I support collective bargaining rights for all workers.  Surely everyone who knows the history does.  Of course, those rights, like any rights, can be misused and abused; that's reason for ongoing vigilance, prudence and reform in all human institutions, not for eliminating the institutions.

Many people are out in the winter cold across the US today, seizing this "teachable moment" of the Wisconsin drama to make that point in public gatherings.  I'm not doing that, but for what it's worth, I pledge to write a fanfiction with historical flashback content on what unions have done for us all and why collective bargaining rights matter.  I don't commit to a deadline, but I'll aim for within 2011.  The story might be either Forever Knight or Highlander, whichever yields the best story idea.

If you'd be interested in reading such a story by me, please feel free to let me know what story elements you might like to see!  If you'd like to chat calmly, reasonably and relatively briefly about how the existence of collective bargaining rights does or does not benefit the entire society, we can do that, too. ;-)
brightknightie: Trophy declaring "Bright Knight Recommended" (Recommended)
What's Good?  I'm very happy to get to make September's recommendation-of-the-month Nancy K.'s "Deadly Stakes" (2000, PG-13), which uniquely stars Nick and Bourbon.  This character study wrapped in action and suspense is set at a luxury casino resort between the second World War and the McCarthy hearings, and pits Nick against Bourbon for first one life and then another.
     The budding archaeologists he taught in Chicago were under the impression he was doing research on the cave paintings at Lascaux in the Dordogne during the summer break. In reality, he was seeing to some of the properties he had owned since the mid-1700s...
     You can take the boy out of the aristocracy, but you can't take the aristocracy out of the boy, he thought ruefully...

What's New on FKFic-L?  On the admin side, the upcoming FKFic-L War game has been scheduled for 10/01 through 10/15, and List Manager [livejournal.com profile] lisamcdavid has a new email address.  On the story side, fkfic-l saw two tales posted in August: list with links )
brightknightie: A stylized representation of a medieval knight on a horse surrounded by a sun.  Blue. (Bright Knight Logo Transparent)

This was my match story for the May 2010 [livejournal.com profile] fkficfest ficathon.  My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen for her prompt, in which Nick "has seen artistic revolutions come and go, and has his own perspective on the group of young people calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood."  My thanks also to [personal profile] havocthecat and [livejournal.com profile] natmerc for beta-reading, swiftly and on-target.

The opportunity to sweep Nick and his concerns into this milieu was delightfully consuming.  The request to include real historical figures as supporting characters was a new challenge for me, and I learned a lot about balancing historical precision with storytelling momentum.  I have increased respect for those who do it well!

  •   Title: "True to Life" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: 14,644 words
  •   Date: Posted to [livejournal.com profile] fkficfest on May 16, 2010; not yet posted to FKFic-L
  •   Rating: PG-13 (gen)
  •   Summary: Janette visits Nick in his life on the edge of the Pre-Raphaelite circle; with her comes everything he is trying to escape.
  •   Setting: 1857 London
  •   Characters:   Nick, Janette, Others
  •   Quotation: "How often had he truly rescued her, and how often had he unwittingly used her as bait -- or had she used herself?"


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