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09 May 2009 @ 02:41 pm
Planning to Post on the 18th  
I am somewhat nervously awaiting the response from my last beta reader on the BtVS story for femme_fic.  I therefore feel obliged to keep my head in BtVS, with my desktop wallpaper and screen saver showing Sunnydale, and those DVDs conveniently out.  For all I know, deep revisions will be required, and only a thick cushion of canon will let me execute them in time.

Even so, the calendar has turned my thoughts home to FK.  May 18, 2009 will be the thirteenth anniversary of the first airing of "Last Knight" (give or take; local syndication varied, etc.) and I want to post something to fkfic-l on that day again this year.  The gesture has felt good in years past.  (Feel free to join in, by the way. Excellent day for posting.)  It doesn't have to be related to LK -- I've been in a mood to ignore LK for years now -- but it must be as much worth the reader's time as I can manage, and I don't have anything on the verge of ready. 

I've been thinking of writing a "13 Times Life Went On" piece for the anniversary, like all those "5 Times" memes, and I've thought of it as a set of vignettes, or traditional drabbles, or as a poem of thirteen stanzas.  But no matter how I tip that idea, I don't think I can make it suit in time.  (There's this pesky thing called "work" in the way of my hobbies. ~g~)  Maybe just one life-went-on vignette?  But that would be able to show only one or two characters.  I have a backlog of story ideas much too large for the time available -- among them, the Fleur novel that's been stewing since '96, a Tracy novella that's been on the ropes since '03, and the sequel to "In the Light of Day" -- and I've tried to think of scenes I could detach, but the only one that would come loose is Janette not quite understanding Nick's calm reaction after Natalie leaves (and boy, would that not just be as unpopular as all get out, when I'm trying specifically to be "go FK!" positive? ~g~).

There's a tiny little piece I've had in mind for a few months that might be appropriate, if I can work out a time when Nick, Schanke, Natalie and Grace would all be together, but not talking about work.  I originally imagined it in a breakroom, but of course they work in different buildings, so that blew up my concept and it hasn't resettled yet.

While I'm nattering about unwritten fanfiction, I had completely forgotten that, almost a decade ago, when I read Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It by Gina Kolata, I had been inspired by it to imagine an Urs story with flashbacks to the first World War.  I never did write it.  Also not something I want to try for the eighteenth of May, but one of the happier and quirkier things unearthed by the recent swine flu scare. :-)

 
 
 
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: natalieamilyn on May 9th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I love the "Thirteen Times Life Went On" idea. Maybe several of us can contribute until there are, indeed, thirteen of them.
Amy R.: Nickbrightknightie on May 11th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
That's a wonderful idea! I like it very much, but I was completely overwhelmed by the thought of trying to accomplish it by the eighteenth, and that's why I didn't answer sooner. I don't think I can make that happen -- you're certainly welcome to make it happen! -- or should we consider a different time target? Thirteenth anniversary of the end of fkspoilr? Thirteenth anniversary of War 7? Maybe that last: we brought everyone (except Schanke) back to life and Toronto in War 7, so a "Times Life Went On" theme would fit...

*cough* apostate Knighties abandoning their faction after War 7 and joining the Natpack *cough*
;-)

I'm not sure I personally know thirteen people who are both still willing to write FK, and still subscribed to fkfic-l. The list convention for a challenge is still for the challenger to post her contribution first, and then open the floor for replies. LJ conventions are different...?
abby82: FK--painting critiqueabby82 on May 17th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking of writing a "13 Times Life Went On" piece for the anniversary...But no matter how I tip that idea, I don't think I can make it suit in time.

That's a lovely idea. Monday's the 18th isn't? Oh dear. Not much time there.

Using the end of May as a deadline could be another option. I did that with my memorial vid last year.

And I love amilyn's suggestion of people contributing until there are "Thirteen Times Life Went On". It doesn't necessarily need to be thirteen people, just thirteen contributions.

The list convention for a challenge is still for the challenger to post her contribution first, and then open the floor for replies. LJ conventions are different...?

I think with livejournal it's more of a gauging if there's interest in a project and within the specified time frame. Then it's a "If you wanna play, post your offering in the comments section. A master post with all entries will go up after deadline."


I have a backlog of story ideas much too large for the time available

All those sound amazing You continue to astound me with your level of self-control. After so much time stewing I'd probably think, "Screw it! Posting!" Of course that mentality doesn't really do the reader any favors and ultimately leaves the writer wondering how much more nuanced the story could have been had they not been so impulsive, lol. Me, speak from experience? Nah!

There's a tiny little piece I've had in mind for a few months that might be appropriate, if I can work out a time when Nick, Schanke, Natalie and Grace would all be together, but not talking about work.

Hmm, I don't know how helpful this would be but there were two instances in season one in which it appeared that Nick, Schanke, and Natalie were hanging out socially after work. Yet another reason to love season 1. :-)

They all took in Erica's play at the end of "Last Act" and in the tag of "Feeding the Beast" it looked like Nick and Nat were waiting for Schanke to arrive so that they could take off somewhere. Schanke was even wearing his off the clock finery. (I've yet to come up with a destination that I'm satisfied with for them on that occasion.) And then there's the picnic from "Dead Issue". Sure, it's a work related social function but people sometimes make more of an effort to avoid shop talk. It's conceivable that our trio could run into Grace on one of their outings or at a work related social function. But please, I beg you, not a policeman's ball. Please! LOL.
Amy R.: Sunbrightknightie on May 19th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
>"Monday's the 18th isn't? Oh dear. Not much time there."

One must have these ideas further in advance... :-)

>"Using the end of May as a deadline could be another option."

I'm considering using the anniversary of fkfic-l War 7, if I end up orchestrating something. That game was really very comforting, for all the inter-faction tension of that time. We resurrected every one of the characters (except Schanke, who had been a ghost in War 5 -- we are such a delightfully canon-bound fandom! ~g~).

>"You continue to astound me with your level of self-control."

Thank you! But it sounds like I might have phrased that carelessly, and given the false impression that those stories are done. Instead, they languish in various states of outlines, notes, and disconnected scenes. :-) I once kept a finished story down for three years after my beta-readers advised it wan't ready for prime time -- they were quite right -- but that's my record.

>"But please, I beg you, not a policeman's ball. Please! LOL."

That trope gets lots of exercise, doesn't it? Never yet from me, but I'm sure I'll stumble into it someday. Perhaps I should set out to turn it on its head? The dark underside of selling tickets to police balls? ;-)