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The status of me (fandom and RL) 
11th-Nov-2008 02:53 pm
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I've got a Forever Knight fic for the galpalficathon in the works called "Rogue Vampire". The deadline is this Sunday so I'm really going to have to hop into overdrive so that it's somewhat presentable by then. I do like the progress I've made so it should be ready.

My Forever Knight oldschoolfic Cohen story "Twenty Five Minutes" still needs to be tweaked before it makes an appearance at fkfic-l. I have looked at since it was first posted at the ficathon but not as seriously as I should. It works as it is but I do feel like its missing something that's identifiable as FK.  The problem lies in that Cohen could easily be replaced by some random named individual and it really wouldn't make much difference.

I've also committed myself to absolutely finishing my Tracy POV Forever Knight fic. It needs to be up by the end of the year. It's a self-imposed deadline.

I've been laying down some early exchanges for a Forever Knight/The Border crossover that I first thought about earlier in the year. It's really more of a Border story but the presence of Forever Knight's elements should be felt. I'm working mostly through Maggie's thought processes since it is through her POV but I do need to think about the character of Moose and his history as former Toronto PD.

I've got an AU X-Files fic called "An Affair Together" based on a prompt from the xf_pornbattle  in the works. I don't know when it'll see the light of day but right now it's one of the fics that gets worked on regularly.

I just heard a lovely song by A Fine Frenzy called "Almost Lover" that's giving me some Tracy/Vachon vibes. I need to listen to it about twenty thousand more times but I think the first verse, which is just over 1:30, could really lend itself to a post-"Ashes to Ashes" vidlet in which Tracy believes that Vachon skipped town.

I haven't been posting on Smallville but it's been all kinds of awesome. All the characters are really working wonderfully. Yeah Clark's entrance into the Daily Planet is kinda wonky but I love what the new showrunners are doing. You can see the show and the characters transitioning nicely into Superman.  And Lois...what's there to say about Lois that hasn't been said. Amazing barely captures her and what Erica Durance is doing.

Friday Night Lights is so utterly perfect that it's crazy. For me it's almost surpassing the brilliance of the first season which is pretty damn amazing in and of itself. I watch an episode and I feel like no time has gone by. The credits roll and I'm thinking, "What already?" and sure enough 45 minutes have gone by and I didn't even feel them. I'm that enthralled in the storytelling of this show. It's absolute brilliance.

And on the real life side, after almost a year of planning the county's sesquicentennial came and went this weekend. The office was pandimonium the week leading up to it, especially Thursday. We had hiccups here and there, some no shows, and people who were never informed by the committee that they were a part of the events but overall it went really well. Early reports are that there were about 10,000 on hand on Saturday for the Intocable concert! The events and pictoral program I assisted on flew out of their boxes. Unfortunately they were in black and white and not color like I'd hoped but that would have been too expensive. I do feel its a worthy companion to the 1958 centennial program that's popped here and there and hopefully the people planning the bicentennial in 2058 will find it useful. The theme that constantly came up was "Remember this". It's been over 50 years since the communities were relocated because of the dam's construction and as the years go by we're slowly loosing those who experienced it first hand. People who remember fleeing for their lives as the reservoir waters rose with nothing but the clothes on their backs. People who held up protest signs as President Eisenhower's motorcade drove by on its way to the dam dedication. People who went to school in makeshift Army baracks because the old town flooded too soon and the government hadn't begun construction on the new townsite. It's my fear that in 50 years that defining moment in our history won't be as tangible as it is now. I sincerely hope I'm wrong.


 

Comments 
17th-Nov-2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to your galpalficathon entry (which I haven't seen yet; ping me if I've overlooked it). Their deadline was softer than taffy, so no worries about getting in later.

I'm also looking forward to your list version of your Cohen story. I think you're right that it might be enriched by some concrete FK allusions. I'm trying to think of some of the potential material you could draw on, but of course the stock of Cohen details isn't even as deep as the other two captains, which is always frustrating.

Hmmmm. She has two personal photos in her office: one of an Asian girl, one of two Asian adults dressed for a Hawaiian vacation. Her last name -- her husband's last name? -- is one that typically belongs to members of another group of people than the one we might visually assume she belongs to. In "Be My Valentine," Natalie says that she overheard Cohen speaking "sweet nothings" into the phone, and Nick replies, "Cohen? Well, why shouldn't she?" In "The Code," she flirts lightly with Schanke's pal, if I remember correctly. In "A More Permanent Hell," she is very dispirited when displaced from command by the army, and Nick is incredulous that they are not taking advantage of "all [her] experience." When Schanke and Nick are new to the 96th, Schanke tries desperately to impress her, but misjudges what would impress her. Schanke has a long-term challenge with her because he is often late for his shifts and she has little patience for that (cf. "Father's Day"). The photo of her on the board after the plane crash is of her in uniform, while the photo of Schanke next to it is of him bowling.

Perhaps it's the time element, of which Schanke runs afoul? Cohen in your story is taking and making time for her daughter as needed. It's not that she doesn't understand what might legitimately make Schanke run late or need time away, it's that she doesn't brook excuses or poor planning? Just a thought.

I have not yet read the R-rated story you posted this week, but I did see it. I haven't seen that one on fkfic-l, either, have I?

And thank you for sharing the historic photos of the deliberately-flooded town.
23rd-Nov-2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to your galpalficathon entry (which I haven't seen yet; ping me if I've overlooked it).

It wasn't up then but it is now. :) Once I get it back from beta it'll go up at fkfic-l.

I'm trying to think of some of the potential material you could draw on, but of course the stock of Cohen details isn't even as deep as the other two captains, which is always frustrating.

It's unfortunate that Cohen was the only FK captain who didn't get an episode centered on her. Stonetree had 'Fatal Mistake' and to a lesser extent 'Dead Issue' and Reese had 'Jane Doe'. I do appreciate you mining your FK knowledge to give my story a boost.

One of my personal favorite Cohen moments was from 'The Fire Inside' and her anecdote to Natalie about her time as a federal agent and the friendly fire incident.

I guess what helps shapes Cohen for me is that even though she has this authoritative background (her start as a federal agent, a strict no nonsense personal style) she's also someone doesn't necessarily abide by the standards of upwardly mobile individuals. She took the time to start a family even though in her traditionally male dominated profession it could have set her back momentarily. It's something that wasn't very overt in the series but from what we did see in the series (many of which you gratefully pointed out)that's how I chose to interpret them.

Perhaps it's the time element, of which Schanke runs afoul? Cohen in your story is taking and making time for her daughter as needed. It's not that she doesn't understand what might legitimately make Schanke run late or need time away, it's that she doesn't brook excuses or poor planning? Just a thought.

I like that and it jells with something I've been thinking about in terms of alluding to the series more. Schanke is a character I haven't even referenced in my stories and this would be a nice opportunity to reference him before Cohen even meets him since I'm placing this story just prior to Nick and Schanke's transfer. It's definitely something to play around with.

I have not yet read the R-rated story you posted this week, but I did see it. I haven't seen that one on fkfic-l, either, have I?

Nope that one still hasn't made it to the list yet. I get antsy when it comes to posting stories that are a little more adultish. I'm always afraid that it'll come off as too extreme. It'll get there eventually. I just need to work up the nerve. And on further examination I should probably go back to my original rating of NC-17. I certainly don't want to mislead anyone even though on fkfic-l it'll get the all encompassing, enter at your own risk 'ADULT' header.
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