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23 May 2010 @ 11:40 pm
Halfway Through FKFicFest  
We've just passed the halfway point of the fkficfest event.  We're seeing examples from every faction and perspective!  And it looks like we've scored three recommendations so far:
  • On 05/18, [personal profile] merfilly recommended "Plus ça Change" by pj1228, complimenting its complexity and targeted backstory.  This story stars Lacroix and Janette, with a frameset immediately after "The Human Factor," and a flashback to when Janette came across.

  • On 05/20, [personal profile] leela_cat recommended "Sugar and Spice" by malinaldarose, complimenting the mystery and characterization.  This story stars Nick, Schanke and Jenny, and is set in first season.

  • On 05/23, wiliqueen recommended "True to Life" by me, complimenting its craft and attention to its prompt.  This story stars Nick and Janette, and is set between the flashbacks of "Let No Man Tear Asunder" and those of "The Fix."
Thanks, guys!

As co-host of the game, I feel that I shouldn't indulge my own urge to make fest-in-progress recommendations or a "best of" list.  So you guys do it! ;-)  If you feel like it, that is. :-)  If you have a story in the game, consider pointing your friends to it when it releases.  Consider reading all the stories, recommending a few, and telling the authors that you read their work and are interested in reading more FK by them someday. 

I'm really pleased and proud of how things are going so far, with great stories, great feedback, and great conversations.  Fingers crossed for the game's second half.

Have fun!


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Athelas K. Weedmalinaldarose on May 24th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
I haven't had a chance to respond to your email (it's been one of those weeks, plus with LJ blocked at work, I'm doing a lot of "saving to Word and carrying about on flash drive" reading. But. I am very squeeful about the recommendation and all the kind comments I've received, including yours. =)
Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on May 25th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
No rush on answering those emails! Nor even a need to, unless you would like character tags added to your story post, which I can do for you.

I'm glad to know for sure that you've seen the recommendation, though. :-) Wouldn't want that to be missed!
PJ1228pj1228 on May 24th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Although I'm far behind with reading, I love the variety of the stories that keep emerging. Such diversity of factions and perspectives!

I've never received so much feedback before. This is truly encouraging.

Thanks again for hosting this event!
Melissagnosticdiva on May 24th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I've never received so much feedback before. This is truly encouraging.

Me neither. I usually get 3-4 comments on my fic, if that. My fkficfest fic is the most commented-on fic I've posted on LJ (about a dozen people commented), and that's very encouraging indeed.
Amy R.: Sunbrightknightie on May 25th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
>"My fkficfest fic is the most commented-on fic I've posted on LJ"

That's wonderful! I so much want everyone to know that their FK stories are wanted and appreciated.
Amy R.: Trio Vachon's Crewbrightknightie on May 25th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
>"Although I'm far behind with reading"

I think it will be great that some people will continue reading and commenting for some time to come, and that the fun of feedback is not all piled up front!

>"I love the variety of the stories that keep emerging. Such diversity of factions and perspectives!"

I'm really impressed with the diversity of factions! This is wonderful, classic, email list, FK fanfic mixing, all factions together, and I love it.

However, I am curious about what seems to be an unusually high concentration of gen (as opposed to pairing/romance). That's fine with me -- you know that I like gen very well -- but it puzzles me because most other people usually seem to prefer pairing/romance stories. I wonder whether I made some systematic mistake when matching writers to prompts, that so many people picked the gen prompts. Also, while there were many prompts for the third-season characters, it seems that very few of them were picked to become stories; I'm wondering whether Tracy, Vachon, Screed, Urs and Reese are underrepresented, and whether there's something I should learn from that.

>"I've never received so much feedback before. This is truly encouraging."

I have always enjoyed your stories. I'm so pleased that more people are getting to enjoy this one of yours, and I hope they "follow you home" to read more of your work.
Melissa: forever knight - nat's journalgnosticdiva on May 25th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
However, I am curious about what seems to be an unusually high concentration of gen (as opposed to pairing/romance). That's fine with me -- you know that I like gen very well -- but it puzzles me because most other people usually seem to prefer pairing/romance stories.

Well, given that this is also the first FK Fic Fest, it could be most of us are just feeling each other out, seeing what others might respond to. Best way to do that is first grab at what's easiest/most popular. The next one might see folks taking more chances with their work. And there will likely be an increase in authors next time, too.

Personally, being DarkNN, I tend to favour romance with a twisted, almost gothic and/or vaguely BDSM kind of feel. Not always adult stuff, but it typically suits an adult rating far better. I also tend to go for X-rated humour, too. However, I'm aware that that's not everyone's cup of Earl Grey, and that it's also my "comfort zone" and I should step outside of it every once in a blue moon.

Edited at 2010-05-25 07:34 am (UTC)
Amy R.: N&Nbrightknightie on May 26th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
>"it could be most of us are just feeling each other out, seeing what others might respond to."

That makes sense; thanks. I usually prefer gen, personally, as well as the milder ratings, and I had worried that I was inadvertently imposing my own preferences on everyone else.

I also wonder, on reflection, whether the multi-faction nature of this game -- which is wonderful and I love! -- also contributes toward a gen tendency. If this were a N&Ner fest, of course players would all coincide in desire for N&N, but as we're all factions mixed together, perhaps we gravitate to gen as simply what we all have in common, as we all have the show itself in common.

Just pondering. :-)

>"Personally, being DarkNN, I tend to favour..."

Yep, all different cups of tea! :-) I hoped that the loves/avoids lists would help people know what satisfies their recipients... I wonder whether, for a future game, that format ought to be amended in some way.

So many lessons to be learned from this first game!
Melissagnosticdiva on May 26th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
That makes sense; thanks. I usually prefer gen, personally, as well as the milder ratings, and I had worried that I was inadvertently imposing my own preferences on everyone else.

I wouldn't worry. This was a learning process for everyone; so we'll all be more comfortable and taking a more individualized approach next time. I suspect the next one will have stronger factional representation.

I also wonder, on reflection, whether the multi-faction nature of this game -- which is wonderful and I love! -- also contributes toward a gen tendency. ...as we're all factions mixed together, perhaps we gravitate to gen as simply what we all have in common...

That seems very likely, as well. The show itself is our only common ground; we all have so many interpretations to it, that sometimes it can make more sense to go "middle of the road" in mixed-faction company. :)

Also, there is a marked difference in prompted fic. A regular fic, you're mostly writing for your own enjoyment. Prompted fics are generally intended for another, so the tendency/temptation to modify your vision somewhat for public consumption is more present than in regular fic-writing. (ie. If the prompt specifically calls for an adult fic, you'll write an adult fic even if it's not your "normal" thing, etc.)

I hoped that the loves/avoids lists would help people know what satisfies their recipients.

It certainly helped me in crafting my AU piece, despite not using all of my recipient's prompt suggestions. Even just knowing what rating the recipient prefers is very helpful to writing 'Fest fic.

What I especially enjoyed though was the fact that we were all given three unique choices each, and we could choose whatever we felt confident enough to write without worrying someone else would snap the concept up beforehand.

If I had gotten one specific prompt only, I might've hemmed and hawed and wondered what the heck I was gonna write to fit it (and either scribbled out something subpar at the last possible minute, or dropped out of the running altogether). And if the prompts were public, I would've had a hard time choosing what to write -- and then getting annoyed if somebody picked a prompt I wanted.

The unique approach of the prompting for the 'Fest works just fine. It ain't broke, so don't fix it! :)
waltdwaltd on May 25th, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
Story Choices - Pairings, 3rd Season
>>it puzzles me because most other people usually seem to prefer pairing/romance stories. I wonder whether I made some systematic mistake when matching writers to prompts, that so many people picked the gen prompts. Also, while there were many prompts for the third-season characters, it seems that very few of them were picked to become stories<<

Well, gee, you're just going to have to run another ficathon! ;->
Amy R.: Gamesbrightknightie on May 26th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Story Choices - Pairings, 3rd Season
>"Well, gee, you're just going to have to run another ficathon!"

Thanks. We're going on hiatus after this game. But we'll be back again someday.
Melissagnosticdiva on May 26th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Story Choices - Pairings, 3rd Season
You guys definitely deserve a bit of a break. This has been an awesome ride.

But I am definitely hoping you'll be planning for another one in the future!
PJ1228pj1228 on May 27th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
>However, I am curious about what seems to be an unusually high concentration of gen (as opposed to pairing/romance). That's fine with me -- you know that I like gen very well -- but it puzzles me because most other people usually seem to prefer pairing/romance stories.<

I agree with gnosticdiva that participants were probably just feeling each other out.
For me it was a matter of keeping the timeline. I loved the gen prompt, but it would have taken more than two months to come up with a story that covered the centuries required in the prompt. The pairing prompt was great, too. I might write a story for that one day. But it was the wildcard prompt that inspired me instantly.

What puzzles me more than the high concentration of gen is the slight underrepresentation of Lacroix. (I still haven't read everything yet, so maybe there's more in store and my observation is no longer correct). He certainly has a tendency to write himself into my stories, even when I hadn't intended to give him a major part.;)
Melissagnosticdiva on June 1st, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well, LaCroix is, without a doubt, the most complex of the characters (no mean feat, given that virtually all of the characters are not in the least bit "simple", by any means). His motivations are not always clear and, if handled badly, his chilly and often cruel outward behaviour can appear too hammy.

LaCroix seldom makes an appearance in any of my fic, though he did get a brief, "uncredited" cameo in my fkficfest work "Secrets and Sins" (see if you can find him!).
Amy R.: Lacroixbrightknightie on June 3rd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
character complexity in FK
>"Well, LaCroix is, without a doubt, the most complex of the characters"

I would like to posit an alternative interpretation.

I suggest that Lacroix has the most experiences of all the characters -- that his longer lifespan has brought him through more -- but that he is actually less complex than some of the other characters because they have changed much more over time than he has. By growing and changing, loving and losing, Nick constantly adds to his complexity. By remaining the same, committed to the same ideas and ideals, enjoying the same activities, Lacroix consistently maintains the same level of complexity with which he first started, if not in fact becoming simpler over time, as his power allows him to define his groove. I interpret that Nick long ago became more complex than Lacroix... and that this is part of what fascinates Lacroix about Nick.
Amy R.: Fleur & Lacroixbrightknightie on June 3rd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
>"For me it was a matter of keeping the timeline."

I am keeping this in mind! I have received some suggestions for different kinds of fiction games to play in the future, and while all sound fun, some require much shorter timelines.

>"What puzzles me more than the high concentration of gen is the slight underrepresentation of Lacroix."

We did get a story solely from Lacroix's perspective (Havoc's pinch-hit for McLisa), but it came on the last day, and we only got the one UF story (Foxy's for you). Those plus your Seducer story were his only starring vehicles, weren't they? Although he had smaller roles in several more. You're right; that's underrepresentation for Lacroix. Where were all the other Cousins?

Actually, this was a challenge during the matching. More people said that they liked best to write "dark," vampire stories than said they liked best to read those stories.

Of course, we also ended up with only one story starring a third-season character (Leela's Urs/Nick story). There were more prompts for Lacroix and for third-season characters; they just didn't get picked.