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Amy R.
18 May 2016 @ 01:03 am
Today, May 18, 2016, is the 20th anniversary of the first airing of "Last Knight," the Forever Knight finale (give or take local syndication).

I used to try to post a new FK story every year near the LK anniversary. This year, I've opened sign-ups for our 2016 [community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest (our 7th annual game).

Starting next week, I'll promote the game on every appropriate DW and LJ community I know, spacing out the announcements to catch the most eyes. If you know more communities I should consider, please tell me about them. And if you're fannishly active on Twitter, Instagram, or elsewhere, please consider giving a heads-up to your followers there sometime in the next few weeks, as well as to your journal's circle. Thanks!

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Amy R.
FKFicFest sign-ups will open Wednesday, the 20th LK anniversary. I'll post the rules and the contingency challenge. I haven't yet picked the prompt; if you'd like to share your insights on what would make a good one, please do.

(Review: In the event of <9 players, we'd switch from one-to-one matching to one shared prompt with diverse renderings.)

It might be nice to revisit a classic, like FKFic-L's Asteroid Challenge (from "A More Permanent Hell"), but, fairly, "reruns" didn't go over well when mentioned last year. Neither did canonical "What if?"s. I've been advised to phrase the prompt like a novel blurb, and I'd love to! But leaving authors free to pick the characters and angle dead-ends that: "Somebody does something for some reason, and there's some twist!" If I describe a crime in Toronto in the '90s, the writer may thereby feel constrained from placing her story wholly in Pompeii or Paris, wholly in the past or the future, etc.

If the community had chosen a challenge game, we all would have nominated and elected a prompt! As it is, we're stuck with my feeble best. (I recommend that you get 9+ friends to sign up: problem solved!)

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Amy R.
14 May 2016 @ 01:46 pm
For what I believe is the first time, Highlander: The Raven is now available for streaming on Amazon (per episode, $2.99 HD or $1.99 SD; for the 22-episode season, it's $19.99 HD or $14.99 SD) and also on Google Play (per episode, $1.99 HD; for the season, $25.99 HD).

Right now, the per episode HD price is much better on Google Play, while the whole season price is much better on Amazon. Only Amazon offers SD at this time (I think that Google Play doesn't do SD).

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Amy R.
10 May 2016 @ 10:35 pm
No questions yet received on the FKFicFest schedule post. I hope this means that it's fantastically clear and acceptable! :-)

This weekend, I'll polish this year's steps/rules, and pick the contingency challenge prompt. Next Wednesday — the twentieth anniversary of "Last Knight" — I'll post them.

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Amy R.

For the month of April, 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: 2 of the 696 FK stories on the AO3</b> show posting dates in April. (7 more FK works were actually uploaded in April, but their creators backdated them.)

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Amy R.
"Dead Air" is often remembered more for its guest stars than its content. But the episode showcases certain elements of investigative technology of the day. It has first-season's wry humor. And it is rich in thematic reflections on attachment and betrayal, fidelity and independence, guilt and forgiveness, and the ability to start over.

Recap: This is the episode in which an escapee from a psychiatric hospital twice, while on the air with a radio call-in show, murders women because of unresolved issues with his mother. In flashbacks, Lacroix tortures and murders a man, with dialogue implying unresolved issues with his father. Schanke discovers the perpetrator in the hospital's files; Nick saves the radio host. In the end, the radio host leaves what she sees as degrading entertainment and returns to clinical practice.

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What do you think?

Next: S1E11 "Hunters" (one of the few episodes with no standard abbreviation on ForKni-L)

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Amy R.
"I Will Repay" overflows with noteworthy content to the point that it's awkward to discuss. Every scene — almost every line — merits examination. We rely on this episode; it pervades fanfic. IWR underpins our collective understanding of Natalie. It marks a boundary of our consensus on physical FK vampirism. It cross-references other episodes! Most of all, IWR exposes the jaggedness of the no-man's-land between vampirism and humanity, vengeance and justice, anger and forgiveness, where Nick endures.

Recap: This is the episode in which Crown Attorney Richard Lambert, Natalie's brother, gets shot. Natalie persuades a reluctant Nick to convert the dying Richard to vampirism. Nick consults Janette, and remembers Elizabeth, a woman he converted to save her life, but whom he later killed when she murdered humans. As a vampire, Richard becomes a vigilante spree killer, including of the vile kingpin whose prosecution failed with Richard's apparent death, and of the witness who'd attempted to deal for protection. Nick and Richard fight. Richard is killed.

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What do you think?

Next: S1E10: "Dead Air" (DA)

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Amy R.
#13. Recommend at least three fanworks created by others.

On this rainy Saturday, let's have some more Saturday-morning cartoons! Even though it's no longer anywhere near Saturday morning. :-) This time: fanart celebrating Dungeons & Dragons (1983-1985). I recommend...
  • ♥ Meet the gang! ♥
    The moment it all begins! Fascinated Diana, worried Sheila, defensive Eric, anxious Presto, anticipating Hank, eager Bobby...
    Digital painting: "Untitled Commission" by [deviantart.com profile] beagifted

  • Action-packed!
    This teeming panel conveys the headlong story pace. Delighted Bobby, fleeing Sheila, fierce Diana, crouching Eric, Hank in the lead and Presto trying anything...
    Pencil & ink: "Dungeons and Dragons" by [deviantart.com profile] AllPat

  • We knew invisibility cloaks before invisibility cloaks were cool!
    Is Sheila putting up her hood, or taking it down? Which cliff-face is this, of all they've faced? Yet this must be future-Sheila, with those tattoos and that determination...
    Digital painting: "Sheila from Dungeons and Dragons redesign" by [deviantart.com profile] RoBs0n

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Got any favorite D&DC fanart to rec to me?

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Amy R.

For the month of March, 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] nightonficmountain/ ficmountain nominations are open until 11:59 PM 4/02. Sign-ups are 4/02-4/16. Stories are due 6/15.
  • wipbigbang , a challenge to finish (big!) works in progress, has sign-ups through 4/03, with rough drafts due on 6/19 and final versions on 7/10.
  • [community profile] myoldfandom/ myoldfandom has its assignments out. Fanworks are due 6/10.
  • [community profile] genprompt_bingo has opened Round 10, which runs until the end of November. As always, prompts are gen, but fills may be anything.
  • [community profile] fancake is doing "cupcake rounds" this month: week-long recommendation themes.
  • [community profile] fandomweekly, a weekly ficlet challenge community with voting for reader favorites, continues.
  • [community profile] fkficfest/ fkficfest hasn't yet posted its 2016 timeline (because I was sick). It will soon!
  • 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!)

Fanfiction
Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 2 of the 689 FK works on the AO3</b> show posting dates in this period. (26 more FK works were actually uploaded in March, but their authors backdated them.)

Meta (Essays, discussion, etc.)

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