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10 May 2013 @ 09:09 pm
A Tale of Two Ficathons  
The rarewomen ficathon released last Sunday! (AO3 collection here.)

For myself, I wish it would have released last Saturday, as originally scheduled, for then I would have had a little time to go through its riches of 231 stories (in 218 fandoms) starring female characters unjustly neglected by their creators and/or fans. Instead, I have been so slammed this week, from Sunday noon to Friday sunset, that I have read only five of the stories, and haven't even yet managed to return and squee at deserved length over the story written for my prompt. I'll be back with recommendations when I've got more of the stories under my belt, but for the moment, please let me just point out:
  • For Me: "What Isn't Being Said" by [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell (Young Blades, ~3K words, gen, starring Jacqueline and Queen Anne)
    In this progression of "unseen scene" episode tags, Jacqueline repeatedly encounters the Queen in a delicate dance around their respective secrets of identity and insight. (Despite the form, this is indeed a unified story if you know the canon — yay, YB canon! — not an ordinary "Five Things" assortment.) Please consider taking a peek for this writer who bravely ventured into a microscopic fandom — and remember that you can watch YB on YouTube! The Canadian cuts, even!

  • By Me: "Yet There Are Many" for [archiveofourown.org profile] ladysilver (Highlander, ~3K words, gen, starring Michelle Webster)
    The prompt asked what Michelle had been doing for the past two decades since she became immortal in "Rite of Passage," and what kind of person she grew up to be. I found what I hope is an underutilized corner of larger HL canon suited to the character's scant personal canon, and... turned her loose. (Duncan, Amanda and Cierdwyn walk through Michelle's memories, but not the story's present.)

That said, what's up with [community profile] fkficfest/fkficfest? Are you going to play? Are you going to invite your friends? We've got only one week left to sign up! C'mon: we'll have a blast. :-)

This year, I've decided — for my own personal self only, as a player, not a mod! — to go with quotations and keywords as prompts, rather than plot scenarios. I often prefer receiving scenarios or "what if?" questions, myself, but I've also seen writers drive themselves barmy trying to fit a square story peg into a round scenario prompt. Perhaps writers and readers alike would be happier with more generous sizing, I'm wondering. Also, plot ideas are precious and few; maybe I should write mine myself in the good ol' way, and not wait on ficathons. ;-)

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chelseagirlchelseagirl on May 11th, 2013 09:58 am (UTC)
Someone wrote you a young blades story? That's awesome -- you're the only one I've ever heard talk about it so I always pictured it as a fandom of one!
Amy R.: Other Fandom YBbrightknightie on May 11th, 2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yes! Awesome is just the word! Not only did she bravely write a story in the most minuscule of fandoms, she watched all thirteen episodes of a show she had never seen before, and offered to write in that fandom, due to a stranger's promotional plea in the run-up to the game!

Magnificent fannish generosity! And a result that fills me with delight. She engages actively with canon material; you know how I love that. :-)

There are three YB stories on the AO3 now: the one I wrote for Femgenficathon in 2011 (gen, teen, 8K words), this one for Rarewomen 2013 (gen, all, 3K words), and one I hadn't previously known existed that posted this January (m/f, adult, 600 words).

So far, only two people (me and one other) have commented on this YB story. The author chose -- quite legitimately as it's not explicitly stated on screen -- to label her depiction of the Queen only as "Queen Anne," not "Queen Anne (Anne of Austria)," and so is not taking advantage of perhaps seducing over the historical RPF readers and the d'Artaganan Romance proper (Dumas) fans....

(The person who wrote the m/f tagged her character as just "d'Artagnan," not "d'Artagnan fils," as I chose to do for myself. Each to her own tagging, of course! But both Sr and Jr are in YB -- YB diverges from Dumas markedly -- and the core Dumas fans might feel... ah, well! Yes, I do think about YB more than anyone in the world; we knew that. ~grin~)