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Amy R.
I've been posting about the ongoing progress of this year's [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest to ForKni-L every other day, inviting listmembers to come read, and I wanted to share with everyone a response posted to the email list:

Karen G. wrote, "I have enjoyed all of the submissions. Brought back some great memories."

You can find the six stories revealed so far (with seven more coming soon) in this year's collection. If you read fast and get ahead of this year's game, why not check out the whole parent collection for past games? It's never too late for feedback!

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Amy R.
We're 5 days into this year's [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest! That means 5 stories have been released -- including the one I wrote, hey! -- with a full week yet to go! Stock up for your weekend reading delight from this year's collection!

Players, quick reminders:
  • Once your story releases, you can, if you choose, update your upload date to your reveal date. This re-dates your story, temporarily popping your story to the top of the chronological listings on the AO3, potentially getting you (and the fest) more readers!
  • The FKFicFest collection is for our game only, not for miscellaneous FK fanfiction (there are other communities for that!).
  • Do mention the stories and promote the fest on your journal and other social media haunts! Encourage people to come read the story you wrote, the story written for your prompts, and all the stories!


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Amy R.
25 August 2015 @ 07:38 am
Last year, we had a strong suggestion that, for best exposure of FKFicFest, we should consider each updating the dates on our own stories from their upload-to-the-queue dates (necessarily in the past) to their actual release dates, as soon as they go live.

I've just tested this on the story that I wrote for this year's game, and it seems to work. I recommend this to anyone concerned about the effects of a story sitting in the queue for a long time before release! And perhaps keeping the release dates current might help bring a few readers generally browsing the archive during the fest over to follow the fest in specific? That's the idea!

(BTW, the story I wrote this year is long. I don't expect anyone to read it all in one day. Save it for the weekend or something? We just have a number of long stories this year, and spacing them out meant that one should release today. ~shrug~)

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Amy R.
24 August 2015 @ 07:30 pm
It appears that the automated "Gift Notification Message" on the AO3 works only when an entire collection (e.g. fest, ficathon, event) is released all at once, not when each story is released individually. I had thought that the notification message had worked for us in FKFicFest in the past, and that I must have accidentally mis-set something last year when it didn't, but...

I'll plan to individually email the story recipient each day of the fest.

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Amy R.
23 August 2015 @ 12:39 pm
For those interested, FKFicFest's bonus grace period has expired and it's time for the gentle poking of those who haven't yet uploaded their FKFicFest stories. We've got 10 in the queue, and the other 3 players have all been in touch. We'll see what happens; we'll see what can work!

The 10 stories uploaded so far span quite a range of lengths (1.1K to 18.6K words), and are about evenly divided between "General audiences" and "Teen and up" ratings. To my great surprise, there are only 2 avowed pairing stories; the rest register as gen. (When I made the matches last spring, I'd supposed that this would be a big year for pairing stories!) Nick, Natalie and Lacroix appear in most of the stories, Janette in a lot, Schanke in some, and the specifically-third-season characters in 2. Oh, and we have 2 crossovers!

Addendum, 3:43 PM Pacific Time: Two of the three outstanding stories are having technical difficulties, but should still make it in smoothly. One is a little more complicated. We may or may not need a pinch-hitter. I don't yet know.

Addendum, 10:06 PM Pacific Time: All sorted! No pinch-hitters required!

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Amy R.
Whether you're writing for [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest this year or not, please consider checking out the "find a beta-reader / be a beta-reader" posts on both DW and LJ and playing by beta-reading! Can you help one writer with one story? Two writers with two stories? :-)

This year's stories begin releasing on Monday! Less than one week!

Beta-reading personals: DW, LJ | Rules and posting instructions: DW, LJ

Crossposted on LJ



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Amy R.
15 August 2015 @ 11:17 pm
What's with Natalie giving Nick engraved metal objects in second season? (The watch in "Killer Instinct" and the pillbox in "Be My Valentine.") Does she know someone in the engraving business? Did a new kiosk open in her favorite mall? Did Nick drop some sort of hint, genuinely or by miscommunication? Inquiring minds want to know! The nameplates on the plaques in "Partners of the Month" and "Can't Run, Can't Hide" are also engraved metal objects in second season, no?

Just fly-by silliness, here. :-) One week to [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest!

(Actually, if I remember correctly, the earlier versions of the "Killer Instinct" script -- before Cohen was Cohen -- called for Nick to own a police academy class ring, which would be the stolen and planted item.)

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Amy R.
09 August 2015 @ 08:29 pm
The "post parade" of this year's [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest players has passed the halfway point. If you're looking for something to read, this is an easy way to get acquainted with some of your fellow FK fans, and dip in for a taste of what may be coming in this year's game!

The deadline -- August 22 on the AO3! August 24 releases start! -- is rushing in all too fast for some of us. (Me, included!) As soon as the "post parade" concludes, I'll put up the "find a beta reader; be a beta reader" post. Come one, come all! Maybe you didn't have time to write this year, but might still help someone with some advice on making a story all it can be...?

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Amy R.
09 August 2015 @ 08:16 pm
LiveJournal recently reminded me that Susan G.'s birthday is coming soon, in that way LiveJournal has of suddenly, but gently, pinching you for not defriending your friends just for being dead.

As nearly every FK fan knows, August is Susan's Birthday Month,* a time best filled with FK fanfic — lots and lots of FK fanfic of all kinds — in honor of Susan, who meant, did and wrote so much for us. If you don't know Susan's marvelous stories, you have immense delights ahead of you! If you want recommendations, I'll gladly supply. For myself, I reread Susan's fanfiction both for sheer enjoyment and to learn to become a better FK writer.

This year, by community vote, [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest comes due on August 22, with stories beginning to release on August 24. We will therefore be filling the end of August and the start of September in a way that I hope Susan would (does) approve.

* Yes, PJ, it's also Lacroix's Conversion Day Month. ;-)

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Amy R.

It's been far too many months since I posted an "FK Recently" bulletin. Sorry! Better late than never? For the months of March to July, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I spotted:

Ficathons, fests and communities

Fanfiction

Actors

Discussion, essays, etc.


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