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30 November 2008 @ 10:33 pm
Abby's FKFic-L War Memorial  
[Cross-posted from forkni-l, where I first met Abby all those years ago.]

I'm on digest, so I don't know whether someone else has announced this here already.  tv_elf, dear friend and FK fan (Merc and FoD), died peacefully on Sunday afternoon.

My world is smaller and sadder without her in it now, but she first made it much bigger than it might otherwise have been.  I can't yet begin to say my fraction of all the good and funny and wise things that she deserves to have said of her.  Give me a couple days to stop typing through tears.

I want to run away to the virtual Toronto of the fkfic-l Wars -- circa War 7, the last time she and I both played -- show up at the loft with my duffle and sleeping bag, and wait for the rest of you to turn up on your own characters' doorsteps, because it is the only place I know we could all get together to hold a memorial for Abby and comfort each other on the scale merited.  I'm sure Janette could be persuaded to let us use the Raven -- I know some very persuasive Ravens and Ravenettes.  And Lacroix could be lured away from CERK so we could broadcast Abby's favorite Broadway musical soundtracks; if the Cousins wouldn't do it, the Mercs would charge reasonable fees to pull it off.

Her blog is here.  Some of her friends have suggested donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in her memory, if you're of a mind; she was a poster child for them many years ago.  If anyone is interested in writing FK fanfic in her memory, she always loved to see Schanke and Janette in scenes together, and she liked fluff -- not PWP, but happy, lighthearted, stuff.  Yes, even in FK.

By her theology and mine, she is fine now, dancing and singing.  It's only those of us left who hurt.  Nick would understand.

After-List-Post Addendum: There's a "memory post" for her in the Horsechicks community.

Christina K  (jackelope hunter!): Wintersunbutterflykiki on December 1st, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
RE: Post -- (Which I zapped, because I couldn't get the icon right, but there will be one going up tomorrow from someone who knows how to work icons better than I do.)

*hugs your post though*

Edited at 2008-12-01 06:44 am (UTC)
Amy R.: Schankebrightknightie on December 1st, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Schanke icon for Abby.

Thank you for the heads-up on the post, and thank you for the virtual hug. ~hugs back~
Christina K  (jackelope hunter!): Abby-FODbutterflykiki on December 1st, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
*uses icon in memory here, uses Abby's icon there*

There, being: Abby's post.

And thank you for the icon.
Amy R.: Abby's FoD Iconbrightknightie on December 1st, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
I've edited the link to reach the new post. Thank you.

I should type in complete sentences; it reduces confusion! If you wish to use the Schanke-on-vacation icon, please take this "Abby's FoD Icon" version, which I originally made for her, without the little blue "Bright Knight" logo in the corner. (In the comment above, I actually meant to explain that I was using the Schanke icon in thinking of her; otherwise, happy Schanke might have seemed a peculiar choice, I worried. It's late, and I'm not entirely coherent. Sorry.)
Christina K  (jackelope hunter!): Abby-FODbutterflykiki on December 1st, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Totally understandable. I futzed up the post at horsechicks three times before getting it right. Or Abby was messing with me. If she wasn't, she's still laughing at me from wherever she is.

And I will totally use this in memory of Abby. *hugs*

ETA: You know. The fixed one. *facepalms and goes to bed already*

Edited at 2008-12-01 07:42 am (UTC)
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: downandsafeamilyn on December 2nd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
I cannot tell you how MUCH this has made me smile and cry and love and laugh today. It is the perfect memorial, indeed.

Amy R.: Remote Controlbrightknightie on December 2nd, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Nick's wall of AV equipment would be perfect for setting up a viewing of Abby's vids, wouldn't it?

~returns hug~
kirbyfest on December 2nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
This is lovely. Thank you.
Amy R.: Nataliebrightknightie on December 2nd, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for coming over here to share it.
abby82: lost in thoughtabby82 on December 2nd, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
My deepest condolences on the loss of your friend Abby.

I didn't have the privilege of knowing her but the outpouring of heartfelt memories is a true testament to the number of lives she touched in the short time she was alive.

I think the suggestion of donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association is a wonderful tribute.
Amy R.: Nick Solemnbrightknightie on December 6th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I appreciate it, truly. I wanted to get the two of you in touch about vidding; I wish I had pressed it when there was time. I told her about your Schanke vid over lunch one day.
abby82: FK--Nat is sadabby82 on December 8th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh the Schanke vid. It was very kind of you to have passed that along to someone who would have appreciated the awesomeness that is Schanke. I'd still like to edit it down a bit but I haven't gotten around to it. I wish that I had now. It does make me smile, though, rough patches and all. I'd like to do another Schanke vid but not until I've gotten around to at least trimming the song to something a bit more non-FOD friendly.
dj_clawsondj_clawson on December 5th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I always give yearly to the auto-immune disorder association, which is a good catch-all for non-cancer issues.

On a totally unrelated note, I finally got the season 2 DVD set that was not scratched and did a very high-quality transfer to avi, and the result was not a much better file than the ones circulating the filesharing sites, just a larger file. I know that they edited the episodes for the DVD sets - removing the boom mike from "For I Have Sinned," which appeared in the broadcast version - but they basically used the broadcast-quality tapes to make into DVDs instead of remastering them, which I guess they decided wasn't worth the time or money. The result is that the screenshots from my files are ... well, still pretty crappy.