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. :-)