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Amy R.
Recently, when I'm at the office quite late, I turn on Pokémon Go and prop my phone by my monitor, and... my avatar walks. Through some odd malfunction of GPS, she walks out of the building, pauses, walks back in, pauses, and repeats. (She's blithely oblivious to the fact that we're not on the ground floor, of course.) This never happens elsewhere: only my desk at work.

Over many hours, my avatar sometimes even racks up a tiny fraction of a kilometer! (Not enough so that it's cheating, I hope. Just enough that it's amusing that she's really pacing, impatient for us to get out and catch pokémon. Her world and mine...)

To delight me when I finally did get home tonight, a 10K egg hatched an awesome aerodactyl. I haven't even seen a wild one yet!

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Amy R.
12 September 2016 @ 10:42 pm
I've started the "post parade" of this year's [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest players. I plan to post more-or-less one per day until the middle of next week.

At that point, we'll have only a few days before this year's stories come due on 9/24, and start revealing on 9/26!

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Amy R.
09 September 2016 @ 08:07 am
I learned from [personal profile] greerwatson (post) the sad news that Sandi Ross, who played lab technician Grace Balthazar in the first two seasons of Forever Knight, died on August 31.

Here's an obituary/appreciation in NOW Toronto, written by a friend. And here's an interview with her from when she was named ACTRA's 2012 Woman of the Year. We here know her acting from FK, and perhaps other stories. She was also an activist for non-traditional casting on Canadian stage and screen.

Thank you, Ms. Ross. And goodbye...

Addendum: My personal favorite Grace fanfic is [personal profile] lastscorpion's "Full of Grace." What's yours?

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Amy R.
06 September 2016 @ 10:50 pm
To my delight, I caught a hitmonlee before work this morning! I caught a hitmonchan weeks ago. I've felt it an imbalance in my pokédex, having one and not the other.

Both are rare here. My hitmonchan is the only one I've seen. My hitmonlee is the second; the first got away. This capture brings my caught:seen back down to 86:87. (A wild raichu is the remaining unredeemed escapee. He appeared immediately after I leveled up to 20 and received my first ultra balls; I suspect he was meant to teach me to use the ultra balls. Oops.)

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Amy R.
This Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, the largest urban wildlife refuge in the US.

It's beautiful, good for hiking and learning, and free to the public. I'm sorry to report that some amenities have fallen into disrepair, but I'm happy to have seen assorted lizards, birds, ground squirrels, and the century plant (Agave americana) in bloom, with its towering, tree-like stalks. At other times of the year, I would have also seen (and smelled) the reclaimed salt ponds turning pink with brine shrimp.

I counted 9 pokéstops and 3 gyms in the refuge. I took 2 of the gyms for Team Valor; the one in the parking lot promptly reverted to Team Mystic, but my magmar held the top-of-a-hill dry-uplands-habitat gym overnight. I didn't make it as far as the third gym, out on a spur in the marshes.

On arrival, I caught a rhyhorn and saw a squirtle nearby. Starting up the main hill, I caught a second rhyhorn. My hopes rose high for rare or new-to-me pokémon! Unfortunately, that was the last of the rhyhorns, and I never saw the squirtle spawn. Perhaps because the refuge is very much "urban," it seems to count in Pokémon Go as part of the same spawn biome as the cities in the surrounding region. Nothing unusual seems to be triggered by the "wildlife refuge" keyword. I caught lots of pidgies and rattatas; some spearows, ekans and weedles; one each of evee, magikarp, and ponyta. And of course a pikachu got away!

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Amy R.

For the month of August, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

Fanfiction
Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 0 of the 714 FK stories on the AO3</b> show posting dates in this period (but that's 2 more works than showed at this time last month, so I presume backdating).

Chat & meta

  • 8/24: [personal profile] greerwatson shared news of FK fan Arletta Asbury's death.
  • 8/16: [Locked] commented on the accuracy and objectivity of assorted fandom wikis, including an FK resource.
  • 8/11: [personal profile] lastscorpion observed Natalie's mad-scientist tendencies.

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Amy R.
23 August 2016 @ 10:36 pm
I just saw on Greer's journal that Arletta has passed away. A friend of hers shared the news on ForKni-L earlier on Tuesday.

I remember Arletta from the email lists and loops in '97 or so, when I still counted Light Cousin among my subsidiary affiliations. Long ago and far away. I remember that she once wrote an FK fanfic in the form of a script and convinced her drama group — I don't remember whether this was community theater, or a club, or a class — to perform it. I remember that she shared David Eddings's conviction about not reading in the genre in which one writes; she's the only fan I've ever known to take that approach.

Goodby, Arletta.

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Amy R.
14 August 2016 @ 08:58 pm
Sunday's New York Times included a powerful essay titled "How to Write About Trauma" by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh.

The essay is not in the least fannish. I'm mentioning it here because I think it's potently resonant for writers, for storytellers, which many of us are, in conveying how and why "sometimes trauma alone does not a story make," and that a writer should know, about the trauma in her story, "what was significant about this experience," and should consider how to "make it emblematic of something larger" to thus "turn it into a story that someone would want to read."

However, the essay may be triggery. If that concerns you, skip it and skip the rest of this paragraph, please. This resonant lesson for storytellers comes with "trauma" indeed, and with monsters, and with gruesome silence. Lessons for all, not only for writers. As the author reveals bluntly in the first sentence — not the last, note; it's the exposition, not the climax, of the essay; a point is made about structuring and storytelling, from non-fiction to fiction — as a small child, the author was raped.

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Amy R.
11 August 2016 @ 06:27 pm
I often say that it's never too late for feedback on fanfic! But of course I do mean before we lose the author.

For her birthday, in memory of Susan, and of FK fandom as it was, here're a few of my own favorites of Susan's wonderful FK stories:Bonus: Susan's very first FK fanfic: "All That's Best of Dark and Bright" (October 1993)

Old-is-new-again bonus: Susan's FK/Pokémon story: "Nicholas, I Choose You!" (1997)

What are your favorite Susan stories? Do you have any that you reread every year, or when certain things happen or come to mind?

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Amy R.

For the month of July, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests and communities that welcome FK

Fanfiction
Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 4 of the 712 FK stories on the AO3</b> show posting dates in this period.

Chatter and meta

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