[identity profile] jackmerlin.livejournal.com
I found myself pondering this in between my summer holiday reading. One of the favourite features of the AF books is the references to books the characters are reading / have read; and many people, like myself, seem to have tried new authors simply because Nicola was reading them.
Although the series crept into the eighties most of the books they mention are from previous decades, apart perhaps from Nicola's book token buy in RAH? So, I started to wonder, if AF had kept writing until the present day, what books would the Marlows be reading now?
Would Karen have found escape from her own strained family set-up in the dysfunctional families of Anne Tyler?
Would Ginty have adored the Hunger Games, seen herself as Catniss and enjoyed lots of lovely fantasies about hiding out in a cave with Patrick, nursing his injuries and kissing him as much as possible?
Would Nicola have enjoyed the archeological detective stories of Elizabeth Peters? Presumably she'd have been keen on Patrick O' Brien, as AF was.
I don't suppose Rowan gets much time to read - a page or two of a Dick Francis or one of his successors, before falling asleep at night. What might she take on holiday if she ever gets the chance?
And Rose, having read everything in the Trennels playroom, will be a fan of Jacquelin Wilson. Will Chas like Harry Potter?
I'm stuck on Lawrie. I'm thinking she might be into some of the Youtubers' spin-off books; that's if she ever has time to read any more, what with spending all her time on Youtube watching make-up videos?

I'd be interested to know what other books people think they might be reading now?
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
The collection is closed and the authors have been revealed. We had 12 stories this year from seven writers. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! If you haven't yet commented or left kudos on a story you enjoyed, please do so: it means a lot to writers to know that their efforts are appreciated.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
A Crack in Everything (1671 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rowan Marlow/Janice Scott
Characters: Janice Scott, Lois Sanger, Rowan Marlow
Summary:

Jan considers Rowan's decision to take up farming and her own feelings about it.



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Please do leave feedback; it is by such that the fanwriter lives.

Just a reminder: I'll close and reveal the collection tomorrow (10th Sept) at midday (UTC).
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Nominations for Yuletide, the annual small fandoms exchange (What's that?) open on 9th September. Here's a schedule for Yuletide 2016, and here are the eligibility rules. The Marlows books (the Players books count as a separate fandom in AO3 terms) are all eminently eligible, and there's been some great Yuletide fic in years past.

You can make 3 fandom nominations and nominate 4 characters for each fandom. That means a bit of co-ordination is probably desirable to get a good spread of characters. Please feel free to discuss co-ordinating Forest-related nominations below or at the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide nominations post here. Nominating doesn't commit you to signing up, so if you're still undecided, think you might only want to write treats &c. you can make nominations. You will need an AO3 account to make nominations, however.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Missives (1242 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rowan Marlow/Janice Scott
Characters: Janice Scott, Rowan Marlow, Pamela Marlow
Summary:

Jan throws a line to Rowan



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If anyone's dashing to finish before the collection closes, some RL stuff means I probably won't be able to close it and do reveals until Saturday morning: so shall we say Saturday 10th Sept, 12pm (UTC)?
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
The Corridor of Uncertainty (3921 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nicola Marlow/Miranda West, Nicola Marlow/Patrick Merrick
Characters: Nicola Marlow, Miranda West
Summary:

Nicola comes to stay with Miranda for their last half term weekend in Upper VI (most likely some time in the Forestian 1970s-80s!)



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More fic

Sep. 4th, 2016 02:09 pm
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Uncertain glory of an April day (2048 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anthony Merrick/Helena Merrick
Characters: Anthony Merrick, Helena Merrick, Patrick Merrick
Summary:

Anthony Merrick has been persuaded to stand to become the local MP. He tells his wife and son.



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Please do show your appreciation! Quick reminder that the prompt meme collection will close on Friday 9th September at 8pm (UTC), and authors will be revealed shortly afterwards.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
The Apology (1324 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ginty Marlow/Patrick Merrick
Characters: Ginty Marlow, Patrick Merrick
Summary:

Patrick gets the chance to visit Ginty in Ireland.



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There's still a week left to post your fanworks, or even pick up a new prompt. You'll need an AO3 account to claim prompts: you can get one here (it takes about a day on the current waiting list).
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Pearls of Great Price (2246 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peggy Levy, Ann Marlow, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Judaism
Summary:

Always walking the fine line between assimilation and segregation.



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[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
The 2016 Antonia Forest Fanworks collection will remain open until 8pm (UTC) on the 9th September, and shortly after that the authors will be revealed. Looking forward to seeing your work!

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And meanwhile, another fic from the collection:

Tim and Lawrie - the missing scene (475 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lawrie Marlow, Tim Keith


Please do show your appreciation with comments and kudos.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
More fic in the prompt meme; a fascinating look at Miss Cromwell's life outside Kingscote.

Bread-and-Butter Reading (1654 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Miss Cromwell (Marlows), Miss Latimer
Summary:

Miss Cromwell's eminently respectable avocation.



Please do show your appreciation with kudos and comments!
[identity profile] buntyandjinx.livejournal.com
Maidenhead? And sharing AF with one's children.
August 12th, 11:59
Apologies if this has been discussed before but I can't find any references. I'm reading AF aloud to my daughters, 11 and 9. I was worried they'd find the novels too esoteric and wordy, but so far the novels have been a surprising - and very gratifying - hit with both, to the extent the 11-year-old told me she couldn't sleep for thinking about Lawrie and Tim. I think I'll skip Thuggery, Attic Term (too much Catholic and lerv stuff)and prob RAH, as not great, but am very much looking forward to the next two school books. Has anyone else shared AF with the next generation?

Reading aloud also helping me notice things I missed during countless childhood rereads and during the read through two years ago.

On which note, in chapter one of Falconer's Nicola says they were bombed in Hampstead during the war, had to move to Maidenhead and only moved back at half term. To paraphrase Nicola's pov on this: 'Maidenhead's all right, it has the river, but it's not London."

This would mean that they moved in the middle of the summer term of the twins' third form, yes? Which means in Autumn Term, the half term interlude, which I took to be in Hampstead (I haven't got my copy to hand to check) was actually in Maidenhead?

Can anyone explain?
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Another industrious writer has posted this delightful fic to the prompt meme:

Rose's Father, Closely Observed. (2758 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Edwin Dodd, Rose Dodd, Chas Dodd, Fob Dodd


Please do show your appreciation with kudos and comments!
[identity profile] jackmerlin.livejournal.com
Anyone else have brief moments of excited recognition when you hear or see something that you recognise from the Marlowverse? I had one this morning when Sarah Cox on the radio referred to that 'old Victorian phrase - Never apologise, never explain,' and I thought 'that's what Lawrie said to Nicola before the Cricket Match', and my drive to work was considerably brightened up.
Nicola and Lawrie didn't know who famously said it, but hoped it might be Churchill, as I remember.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Owing to the doziness of your mod (mea culpa) the box to keep works in this year's prompt meme collection 'unrevealed' was left unchecked, meaning that one industrious contributor's story has already appeared. Sorry! I suggest that we leave things as they are, so that the stories will appear as they are posted, meaning (with luck) a gradual drip feed of Forest fic over the course of the summer, rather than a big feast at the end. I did, however, manage to keep the collection anonymous, so we will have a reveal of authors on the 9th September, as planned. The collection will close on the same day, so you have until then to pick up prompts and write. Do leave kudos and comment on the stories as they appear -- authors should be able to reply to comments and stay anonymous: comments by the author will be listed as from 'Anonymous Creator' (I hope.)

My apologies again! I hope nobody is too disappointed, and that you'll still enjoy writing and reading.

Meanwhile, here's the first story in the collection:

Kingscote School Speech Day 2016 (1110 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Marlows - Antonia Forest
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary:

The new Bishop of Streweminster returns to school.

[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Sign-ups for this year's challenge will close tomorrow, 27th June, at 8pm UTC. You can sign up here.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Sign ups continuing for the fanworks fest until June 26th: we've seven participants and 29 prompts so far. Drop along and see if there's anything you'd like to claim. The collection is now open for posting, too.

Fanfic.

Jun. 1st, 2016 03:47 pm
[identity profile] jackmerlin.livejournal.com
I have attempted the north face of Everest a story about Rowan. Link here - http://jackmerlin.livejournal.com/16184.html
or just my user name should work.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
This year's prompt meme is open for sign-ups. Sign-up form is here.

Rules and guidelines:

You must have an AO3 account to participate. You can get an invite code here. The waiting-list is currently short: about 2 days.

For those unfamiliar with AO3 here's the AO3 FAQ dealing with collections and challenges, and here's the specific bit dealing with sign-ups for prompt memes on AO3.

You must specify at least 1 fandom in each of your prompts: you may specify (up to) all three Forest fandoms and 6 characters in each prompt.

You may make up to 6 prompts. They may be as detailed (or not) as you like, but somewhere in the middle hinterland between 'anything at all about anyone at all' and a detailed plot outline for your Ginty/Patrick/Giles crime caper with bonus tentacles tends to get best results. State clearly any non-negotiable Do Not Wants: e.g. underage sexual content.

The default setting is an anonymous prompt: you can de-anonymise your prompt if you wish. Anonymity is not absolute: in a small fandom like this, it is probably a bit compromised from the start.

You may prompt for art or fic. If prompting for art, please use the 'optional tags' section and enter 'fanart'.

Works may be of any length, but must be complete. It's fine to do minor edits (typos, changing a few words or adding a sentence) after posting and before reveals, but please don't post placeholder works.

You may claim as many prompts as you like and feel able to produce work for.

There can and may be multiple claims on the same prompt.

There are no restrictions on content or rating, but obviously, do try to be respectful of your requester's prompt, especially their DNWs. Ratings and Archive Warnings can be helpful, but Choose Not To Warn is sometimes the only possible option too.

Schedule

Nominations: from today, 17th May. The tagset is here.
Promotion: Please feel free to promote the fest in your own journals and on other social media platforms. I'm not on Facebook, so I'd be particularly grateful if someone who is on the Forest community there would promote it.

Sign-up Opens: Fri 27 May 2016, 10:00AM UTC (11:00AM BST)
Sign-up Closes: Sun 26 Jun 2016, 08:00PM UTC (09:00PM BST)
Collection will remain open until 7pm UTC on 9th September for you to post works in response to prompts.
Assignments Due: Fri 02 Sep 2016, 08:00PM UTC (09:00PM BST)
Works Revealed: Sun 04 Sep 2016, 08:00PM UTC (09:00PM BST)
Authors Revealed: Fri 09 Sep 2016, 08:00PM UTC (09:00PM BST)


Any questions, just comment or PM me!
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