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Amy R.
24 July 2016 @ 06:16 pm
In 2010, for the first-ever FKFicFest after-party, 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.

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Amy R.
In the reply thread on the latest [community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest reminder, [personal profile] argentum_ls/ argentum_ls, who isn't playing this year, made this very kind offer to those who are playing:

"Should anyone want someone to bounce ideas off of, brainstorm with, or generally complain at about the state of their stories, I'd be happy to help."


Edited 8:59 PM Pacific Time: To add Argentum_LS's LJ ID.

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Amy R.
13 July 2016 @ 08:16 pm
[personal profile] skieswideopen has very generously been helping me brainstorm for my [community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest assignment. We've bumped into a few FK flashback ponderings that I think I can open up generally to everyone. I think that these won't reveal which prompts I received (or what I might do with them; I don't yet know, myself!).

If these inspire you to a story, in or out of the fest, please do write away! The more, the merrier!

Think over some FK history questions with us? :-)

1) Why London during the Blitz?Collapse )

2) What followed Lacroix wanting to abandon Janette?Collapse )

3) When did they become middle class?Collapse )

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Amy R.

For the months of May and June, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

  • [community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest has 9 players, is playing exchange style, and will release stories starting 09/26.
  • [community profile] darkestnightex, an all-fandoms dark-themed exchange, holds nominations through 7/24, with sign-ups through 8/12, and stories revealed on 9/23.
  • [community profile] iddyiddybangbang, an all-fandoms challenge for stories of more than 5K words, will hold its sign-ups and prompting 7/20-7/31, with stories posting 9/15-9/22.
  • [community profile] seasonofkink, an all-fandoms bingo challenge for kink stories, is open through 9/30.
  • Recommendation communities that would welcome you posting about your FK favorites include: [community profile] fanart_recs, het_reccers, [community profile] gensplosion, [community profile] recshelf and [community profile] fancake. (Know more FK-friendly rec communities? Tell me about them!)

Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 6 of the 709 FK stories on the AO3</b> show posting dates in this period. (7 more FK works were actually uploaded in this period, but their creators backdated them.)

Chatter and meta

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Amy R.
07 July 2016 @ 06:04 pm
Amazon.com (US) is currently selling seasons one and two of FK for under $6 (US) per season.(As you know, season three has been out of print for several years now.)

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Amy R.
05 July 2016 @ 10:48 pm
Right now, Amazon Marketplace has 7 (used) copies of FK's third-season DVDs for sale for under $50 (US). The usual going rate has been ~$80 for a few years now.

If you're seeking third season, you may want to snap up a copy while they last.

(As you know, FK's third season isn't available for streaming anymore. Those of us who bought the season from Amazon before it went off-catalogue can still stream it from them, so it's still there on their servers, but... someone has chosen not to sell it.)

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Amy R.
05 July 2016 @ 09:22 pm

I presently have 99 works on the AO3. Amusingly, so near 100, that makes the counts simply round into their percentages.

What are your 2 most most common audience ratings?

  • Teen and up (57)
  • General (38)

How many works have you created in each relationship category?

  • gen (75)
  • m/f (27)
  • f/f (2)
What are your top 4 fandoms by number of works?
  • Forever Knight (76)
  • Highlander: The Series (9)
  • Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (3)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3)
What are your top 5 most-used additional tags?
  • Historical (22)
  • Post-series (18)
  • Grief/mourning (12)
  • Flashbacks (11)
  • Winter (10)
What are your top 4 characters by number of tags?
  • Nick Knight (48)
  • Natalie Lambert (39)
  • Janette duCharme (37)
  • Lucien Lacroix (36)
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Amy R.
27 June 2016 @ 10:55 pm
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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Amy R.
[community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest sign-ups have been open since May 18. We currently have 9 players. Sign-ups close today, Saturday, June 25, at noon (Pacific Time).

I'm going to go run some errands. Informally and unofficially, sign-ups are open until I get back to my computer.

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Amy R.
We're still at 9 players in [community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest. If you'd like to play FK this summer (stories are due September 24), please be sure to sign up before noon (Pacific Time) tomorrow, Saturday, June 25. And please encourage your friends to play, too. Thank you!

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