So the recommendations project will be late this month, but it's not on hiatus. And I'm considering revising the rule that requires authorial permission for each recommendation: perhaps an exception for deceased fans. Like Abby, just now. Lynne Ackerman in April. Mary Lou Manzie and Christy Stillman in 2006. Fran Glass -- 2002? And others... But it might be a poor idea; after all, there are people who genuinely don't want their stories recommended, which is why the rule exists. I'll think about it.
Abby beta-read a quarter of all my Forever Knight stories. I counted this morning (beta credits wind up every endnote, if you're curious). She made so many of them better, but I particularly remember how she examined my one FK/HL crossover on a New Year's Eve, and phoned me her advice, so I could post it on the holiday on which it was set.
When we got together for her birthday a month ago, she said she was writing a new FK story for my birthday this year. It was to have been a surprise, so I don't know what it would have been about. I do know it would have been different from anything ordinary, a precious new angle proving the FK universe is far from tapped out, something creative and quirky I could never imagine alone. Because that's what it's like with Abby.
The quotation of the month on my site was going to be Tracy's line about family and holidays from "Strings" this time, but instead it is an enduring favorite: "I loved it. I mean, I know it was all about death, but I thought it was very life-affirming at the same time." -- Natalie, "Last Act." Sums up FK. Abby might prefer a Schanke-ism, but she'll know what I'm getting at.