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I've finally completed a game-independent piece of fanfiction that I have been working on and off for several years. It's more or less a case-fic, but with very much vampiric impact.

Title: Unusual Allies
Characters: Natalie, Lacroix, Nick, Schanke, Captain Cohen, Grace
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 12,300
Summary: When vampire hunters turn up in Toronto, Natalie has to deal with two unexpected house guests.
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I've completed 2 more requests for Fandom Stocking:

Chance Discovery for [profile] bethskink
Schanke&Lacroix, PG13, 1,200 words
By chance, Schanke discovers Nick's secret – or so he thinks.

Bereaved for [personal profile] wendymypooh
Nick&Nat, PG13, 1,500 words
When Nick shoots someone in the line of duty, his reaction is unexpected.

Two more to go:
- a story featuring Nick/Janette for [personal profile] skieswideopen
- a story featuring Janette and Lacroix for [personal profile] sharpest_asp

Stay tuned.
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Nigel has a guest role in this week's episode of Saving Hope.
Here's a preview.

I've never watched this show and I didn't know that Daniel Gillies is a regular. I liked him as Elija in Vampire Diaries.
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In 2014 I completed and posted 4 stories:

Intrusion for [personal profile] brightknightie (Fandom Stocking 2013/2014)
1,484 words, gen, PG
Nick's first visit to Schanke's home.

Sick Leave for [personal profile] carabas (Fandom Stocking 2013/2014)
783 words, Nick/Janette, PG-13
Nick is on sick leave after being shot.

Split Loyalties for [personal profile] skieswideopen (Fandom Stocking 2013/2014)
2,496 words, Nick/Janette, PG-13
Starting pre-Dark Knight, this story tells the events leading to the finale of season 1 from Janette's perspective.

How to Disappear Completely for [personal profile] twilight2000 (FKFicFest 2014)
14,401 words, Nick/Nat, PG-13
Something goes terribly wrong and Nick has to start over again.

Outlook 2015:

I've already completed 3 stories on behalf of Fandom Stocking 2014/2015:

Progress for [personal profile] brightknightie
844 words, gen, PG-13
There's a reason why Nick prefers to skip paperwork.

Reviving History for [personal profile] cousinshelley
1,386 words, Nick/Lacroix, NC-17
Nick aks for a favour. Of course there are conditions.

Ghost of a Rose for [profile] falconhorus
850 words, Fleur, PG
A tag scene to Be My Valentine (flashback and present)

I've handed out gift certificates for
[personal profile] skieswideopen: a story featuring Nick/Janette
[profile] bethskink: a story featuring Schanke & Lacroix
[personal profile] wendymypooh: a story featuring Nick/Nat
[personal profile] sharpest_asp: a story featuring Janette and Lacroix

So this is what I will work on next. If anyone wants to beta read one of those, kindly raise your hand.

And then there's my work in progress that might be finished this year, a gen story featuring Nat and Lacroix (current word count 11,500).
And I have random ideas for 3 or 4 more plots.

Stay tuned.
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I'm thrilled that we've got 8 requests for Forever Knight this year at [community profile] fandom_stocking.

And quite a variety of factions: I've seen UF, IB, NN, gen and more.

Stuffing is scheduled through January 5. I'll try to put something into each of these stockings, but I cannot promise that I'll be able to meet the deadline. Might end up with a placeholder and the promise of later delivery in some cases.
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[community profile] fandom_stocking sign-ups are open through December 13. I've posted my wishlist yesterday.

The timeline is as follows:

Sign Ups: November 24-December 13
Stuffing: December 1, 2014 - January 5,2015
Reveals: January 6, 2015

In that context I've also updated my Dear Author Letter a little.
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Geraint Wyn Davies is playing Prospero in The Tempest in Washington, D.C. from December 2, 2014 to January 11, 2015.

Broadway World has a preview article with a very nice picture.

Wish I could see this production.
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Nigel Bennett will be returning as Chief Constable Giles in the next episode of Murdoch Mysteries, airing Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Check out the sneak peek:

Update: This episode was brilliant!!! Excellent writing and superb acting.

CBC offers an interesting Behind the scenes video. Might also be useful for FK flashbacks as it shows the historic Toronto of 1902.
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In order to mark Lacroix's Conversion Day, I had intended to write something new that would fit the occasion. However, so closely after FKFicFest I ran out of time.

Instead I'll just point at two Conversion Day stories from the beginnings of my writing days. They're both UF, of course, but PG13. Something soothing for the heart. ;)

Conversion Day (588 words) was written in 2003 from Lacroix's point of view.

Conversion Day - Nick's point of view (613 words) was written in 2004. It's basically the same story, written from Nick's point of view.

However, I recommend reading Lacroix's point of view first.

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FKFicFest has revealed its stories on AO3. We have 9 magnificent new Forever Knight stories this year.

I received Never What It Seems by [personal profile] lastscorpion (~2000 words, g) featuring Nick, Tracy, Vachon and Detective William Murdoch from Murdoch Mysteries in a flashback. In fact, [personal profile] lastscorpion worked two of my prompts into one story.

Promt 1: Nick & Tracy - Nick and Tracy are sent on an extended stake-out mission. Will Nick be able to hide his nature from a very observant Tracy?

Prompt 2: Nick & Detective William Murdoch (Crossover request) - When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

I wrote How to Disappear Completely (~14400 words, PG13) for [personal profile] twilight2000.

Her prompt was: Nick/Nat - What if something went terribly wrong and Nick had to start over again in, say, New Orleans – and Nat went with?

Please visit the collection and leave comments so that the authors may feel inspired to write more FK.
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The Last Confession
Directed by Jonathan Church
Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto (seen on May 8 and 9, 2014)

The Last Confession, written by Roger Crane, explores the mystery surrounding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I who was found dead only 33 days after his election in 1978.

Toronto was the first station of an international tour that continues in Los Angeles and Australia. The Royal Alexandra Theatre is a beautiful cozy theatre that opened in 1907. The moment you entered the auditorium, the scent of incense gives the impression that you are in a church.

The play begins with the confession of an ailing Cardinal Benelli (David Suchet) who feels responsible for the premature death of Pope John Paul I. The story unfolds in a series of flashbacks, starting during the papacy of Paul VI. Cardinal Luciani (Richard O’Callaghan) from Venice arrives in Rome and seeks an audience with the Pope in order to talk to him about Bishop Marcinkus’ sale of the Catholic Bank of Venice. However, the Pope wouldn’t meet him, so Luciani turns to his friend Archbishop Benelli for intervention. Benelli promises to talk to Cardinal Villot (Nigel Bennett) and Marcinkus (Stuart Milligan).

Cardinal Villot is the Vatican’s Secretary of State. In the play he is described as a tall thin man, looking every inch the cardinal. When I read that, Nigel’s image came instantly to mind, and he is perfect for that role! He wore an amaranth red-trimmed black cassock with pellegrina and fascia and a pectoral cross. In his first scene it becomes quite clear that this is a man who believes his word is law and who does not tolerate any other opinion than that of the conservative Catholic Church. Aware that Benelli may oppose his views, Villot suggests to Pope Paul VI (Donald Douglas) that Benelli should be removed from Rome. Accordingly, Pope VI sends Benelli to Florence, but appoints him to be Cardinal so that he may have a say in the next conclave when it come to the election of a new Pope who, so Paul VI hopes, will not be controlled by the Curia.

When Pope Paul VI passes away, the cardinals, including Benelli, gather for the conclave. Benelli promotes the election of Luciani, a humble man who does not want a position of such power. Yet Benelli manages to convince enough cardinals to support Luciani. Cardinal Villot is the one reading out the votes and this was very well done. While the stage was dark, Nigel’s voice reverberated from speakers around the auditorium giving you the impression you were in the middle of it all. Very nice.

Luciani accepts the vote and calls himself John Paul I. The Cardinals Villot, Felici (John O’May) and Baggio (Kevin Colson) believe that the new Pope can be easily controlled by the Curia. However they are proven very wrong. Although the papal clothes are far too big for John Paul’s small frame, the Pope carries out his agenda with an inner strength that surprises all. It starts with his wish to change the coronation ceremony. He does not want to be crowned and he wants to enter St. Paul’s Church on foot. His ideas about birth control are very liberal. In his demeanor he reminded me very much of the present Pope Frances, which gave the play an interesting current touch. Cardinal Villot opposes his suggestions instantly, stating that the coronation is a century-old tradition that cannot be altered on a whim. Yet, he has no choice but to comply.

Cardinal Benelli had expected to be appointed Secretary of State in Villot’s stead. But when this does not happen, he leaves Rome. Back to the present, Benelli regrets this choice, feeling that he has abandoned John Paul when he needed him most.

When John Paul wants to push his own ideas, Villot announces that he will bury him in enough paperwork that he won’t have the time for any reforms.

After the intermission, the second act starts in John Paul’s study. He finds out from his secretary that his predecessor Pope Paul VI always received summaries while entire reports pile up on his own desk. After sending Bishop Marcinkus home to Chicago, he informs the Cardinals Baggio, Felici and Villot that he intends to remove them as well. On the next morning, Benelli receives a phone call from Villot that the Pope has been found dead in his bed, only 33 days after his election.

When Benelli arrives in Rome, he learns that no autopsy has been conducted and that there are conflicting reports about the time the body was found and by whom as well as about the position he was found in. It turns out that Villot had removed all personal effects, including the papers the Pope had been working on, which apparently concerned the removal of the Cardinals in power.

Benelli insists on an investigation, but the other cardinals convince him that it might not bear well in the public eye when the conclave is postponed because of rumours that the Pope may have been murdered. Yet it is agreed upon an informal investigation.

When Benelli questions the physician, it turns out that the Pope had been in excellent health showing no risk factors of the heart attack that was presumably the cause of death. Also the way the body was found was not consistent with a heart attack. The next candidate to be interrogated is Cardinal Villot. There’s a tremor in his hand that increases in intensity the more agitated he becomes by Benelli’s questions. During the cross-examination he admits that to save the Church, the Pope had to die. When Benelli confronts him stating that he drove him too hard day and night, Villot suddenly jumps up and bursts out that he killed the Pope. The theatre went utterly silent for several seconds. That was a striking performance!

Benelli wants to question further people, but Felici convinces him to lay off. He says what Benelli really wants is to remove Villot, Marcinkus, Felici and others, and that he can only accomplish that if he becomes the next Pope. However, he would never become Pope if he puts off the conclave to continue the investigation. Benelli sees the point and decides that he wants to become the next Pope.

During the conclave there is a deadlock. Benelli needs only 5 more votes, but none of Felici’s supporters would shift. Finally Benelli gives up and tells his supporters to vote for Woytila, who then becomes the next Pope John Paul II. This was an interesting turn in the play. During the conclave Woytila remained in the shadows. When he is announced to be the next Pope, he steps into the light and it turns out that he is the Confessor (Philip Craig).

Back in the present, Benelli is disappointed that John Paul II did not reopen the investigation. John Paul II claims it was necessary to protect the Church from greater damage. Benelli wants to publish his Confession, but John Paul II asks him not to. When Benelli is alone, he has a final inner conflict, then he lights a match and burns the confession before passing away.

Overall, this is a very complex play, and it helps to have some background knowledge on the topic in order to keep better track of what’s going on and who is who, especially in the beginning. Although the characters in the play really existed, the dialogues are fiction. Yet to this day, there are rumours about foul play surrounding the early demise of Pope John Paul I. The play purposefully leaves it open what really happened, so everybody can draw their own conclusions.

David Suchet was the star of this production. He had already played the role during the first run in England 2007. In North America he is apparently well known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. However, since that series never aired in Germany, I had never heard of him before. He was very good in the role of the ambitious Benelli.

Richard O’Callaghan’s friendly Pope John Paul I was a wonderful counterpoint to the strict cardinals surrounding him.

Nigel Bennett gave an outstanding performance. His quarrels with Benelli were very powerful, and due to his height it was quite impressive when he towered over Benelli.

Toronto was the nearest venue for me to catch this play. Although it was still 6,000 km, the experience was well worth the flight.
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Last week's plotline was continued in episode 6 and Nigel had another, even briefer appearance. :)
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Nigel Bennett had a brief appearance in last week's episode of Rookie Blue (season 5, episode 5), the Canadian police series set in Toronto (sounds familiar?). Nigel played a psychiatrist who was called in as a witness. The officer who questioned him was played by Ben Bass who is a regular in the series. :)
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The Raven, or rather the club that served as the filming site for our favourite Toronto nightclub on Richmond/Duncan has reopened as a sportsbar. The entire building has ondergone major renovations during the last year. It now houses several venues under the name The Fifth. The Fifth Pubhouse is located on the ground floor/basement that is accessible through the Raven's former front door. The alley entrance leads to a smaller bar called Cabin Five.

I haven't been there yet, just passed by in a taxi at night, and was happy to see crowds of people going in and out.

The change would certainly make for an interesting fanfic, don't you think? In this context, it comes in handy that [community profile] fkficfest has opened its sign-up period for this year's game. Sign-ups close on June 7. So drop by and leave your prompts.
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The previous Uncle-Unlimited.org featuring updates on Nigel's career has found a temporary new home at Uncle Unlimited. The previous site has been experiencing technical difficulties and is no longer available.

Nigel is currently on stage in Toronto. The Last Confession, written by Roger Crane, explores the mystery sorrounding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I who was found dead only 33 days after his election in 1978. Nigel plays Cardinal Villot, the secretary of state.

The play runs at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto until June 1, 2014.

Then the production goes on a world tour visiting Los Angeles and Australia.

Tour dates:

June 10-29, 2014: Los Angeles (Ahmanson Theater)
August 2-16, 2014: Perth (His Majesty's Theatre)
August 20-24, 2014: Brisbane (Lyric Theatre QPAC)
August 27-31, 2014: Adelaide (Her Majesty's Theatre)
September 3-14, 2014: Melbourne (Comedy Theatre)
September 24-October 5, 2014: Sydney (Theatre Royal)

In an excellent review, The Toronto Star gave the production 4 out of 4 stars and wrote "The less saintly crew are led by Nigel Bennett, who does a splendidly forceful job as the close-minded Cardinal Villot, holding his own with [David] Suchet in a wonderful climactic scene where they pull out all the stops in a battle between good and evil."

Read the full review here.

The world tour is the reason why Nigel is not appearing in the 2014 season of the Stratford Festival. There we have Geraint Wyn Davies playing Antony in Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" (August 3-September 20) and the Cook in Bertold Brecht's "Mother Courage and her Children" (May 15-September 21).

Source: Mirvish.com, Chichester Festival Theatre
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[personal profile] brightknightie posted this year's schedule for [community profile] fkficfest. Sign-ups are open from May 21 through June 7. Don't miss this. FKFicFest is the only FOREVER KNIGHT only fiction game and therefore a valuable contribution to increase the pile of Forever Knight fanfiction on the web.

I've noticed an alarming decrease in my own works during the last couple of years. While I wrote the "Evidence" series, the ideas kept flowing in my head. Before writing the last sentences of one story I already had another idea for the next story in my head. This has diminished somewhat. During a recent meeting with other FK fans we've discussed this issue and tried to figure out why that is. I'm glad to report that it's not due to a lack of interest in the show. Instead I think the frequency of watching FK may be a factor. About 10 years ago I've been watching my DVDs far more frequently than nowadays. And this was probably the source of inspiration.

During our recent weekend meeting we watched 6 episodes with the result that inspiration struck and I got a new story idea. :) Now I only need to find the time to write it down.

That is why I value FKFicfest so highly. It guarantees that I get to finish at least one major story per year. Because there is no other choice than to make writing a priority during the two months assigned to the fest.
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This season's [community profile] fandom_stocking has been over for a while, but it took me until today to fill the stockings I intended to fill.

So here's an overview of what I received and what I contributed.

I wrote 3 Forever Knight stories:

for [personal profile] brightknightie
~1,500 words, G
Characters: Nick, Don Schanke, Myra Schanke, Jenny
Nick's first visit to Schanke's home.

Sick Leave
for [personal profile] carabas
~800 words, PG-13
Characters: Nick, Janette, Schanke, Lacroix
Nick is on sick leave after being shot.

Split Loyalties
for [personal profile] skieswideopen
~2,500 words, PG-13
Characters: Janette, Nick, Lacroix
Starting pre-Dark Knight, this story tells the events leading to the finale of season 1 from Janette's perspective.

I received:

Unwanted Questions
by [personal profile] sharpest_asp
100 words, G
Characters: Nick, Lacroix
After one more save, Nick asks why.

In Pursuit of the Paladin
by [personal profile] brightknightie
~1,000 words, G
Characters: Lacroix, Natalie
Lacroix pursues Nick when Nick leaves Toronto after Schanke's death.

Plus, several icons of "Arrow"'s Malcom Merlyn, well wishes, etc.
It's been a joy to participate.
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Directed by Jousie Rourke
Live broadcast from the National Theatre, London, UK on January 30, 2014

This week I attended another live broadcast from London. National Theatre's production of Coriolanus was screened in cinemas around the world from the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden.

Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare's lesser known plays. In fact, I haven't seen it on the playlist of any of the 7 seasons I've attended in Stratford. I had neither read the play, so getting treated to a 400-year old play for the first time was an exciting experience.

Set in Rome, before it became the well-known Empire, Coriolanus tells the story of Caius Martius, a general in the Roman army. After his victory over the Volscian town of Corioles and its Commander Aufidius, he's awarded for his bravery with the byname Coriolanus. On his return to Rome, his ambitious mother Volumnia urges him to run for consul. He easily receives the support from the Roman Senate, but has a problem with asking the common people for their voices in the traditional humble way. Due to his arrogance and previously uttered hatred of the plebeians, two tribunes undermine his plans and cause a riot against him. Coriolanus flees from Rome and offers his services to Aufidius, intent to take revenge. Together, they lead the assault against Rome. During the siege, his former friends Menenius and Cominius fail to persuade Coriolanus to halt his crusade for vengeance. His mother Volumnia finally succeeds in dissuading him from destroying Rome and concluding a peace treaty instead between the Volscians and Rome. When Aufidius hears about this, he calls Coriolanus a traitor and kills him for his betrayal.

Coriolanus was played by Tom Hiddleston. I didn't know him, but apparently he is well known for his role as Loki in the Thor movies, which I haven't seen. He was in very good shape, as was seen particularly in the well choreographed fight scenes with Aufidius. In a chilling sequence in the end he is pulled up with his feet on a chain which causes him dangling upside down from the ceiling while his throat is being slashed.

Menenius was played by Mark Gatiss. I knew him from BBC's Sherlock where he plays Mycroft whom I like very much. I had no idea that he was in the play, so this was a lovely surprise.

Other notable appearances were Deborah Findlay as Volumnia, Peter de Jersey as Cominius, Helen Schlesinger as Sicinia and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as Coriolanus' wife Virgilia.
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2013 started with a bunch of mostly shorter stories I wrote for [community profile] fandom_stocking 2012/2013:

Moving On
for [personal profile] brightknightie
2413 words, G
After the events of "Only the Lonely", Natalie returns from her vacation in the desert.

End of the World
for [personal profile] enviropony
1180 words, PG-13
The Nightcrawler contemplates the '2012 phenomenon'.

Lethal Favours
for [personal profile] skieswideopen
5260 words, PG-13
When a murder victim is linked to the Raven, the secret of the Community is at stake.

For FKCommentfic 2012 I wrote:

for [personal profile] foxy11814
1100 words, PG-13
Lacroix discovers that a master vampire has taken a very keen interest in Nick. He isn't having it.

Mutual Concerns
for [personal profile] amilyn
300 words, G
A time Nat and Lacroix spoke that Nick never Knew about.

My contribution to [community profile] fkficfest 2013 was:

Knight on Duty
for [profile] vorpalblades
7700 words, PG-13
Traveling changed dramatically over 800 years.

So all 6 works completed in 2013 were answers to requests. I did, however, get a good portion written on my work in progress, which I hope to complete in 2014. I've been writing this gen story featuring Natalie and Lacroix for a couple of years now and it just needs the showdown and some sorting out.

Another WIP is a hommage of my hometown which celebrates it's 800th anniversary this year. It will feature Nick, Lacroix and Janette in a flashback.

And a more recent and pressing WIP is a contribution to [community profile] fandom_stocking 2013/2014, which I owe [personal profile] skieswideopen. This story will feature Nick and Janette.


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