Saturday Flashback: Cousins
Saturday Flashback: Nice Toes
“Knights” ended up being even more massive than “Secret Santa” (5 parts, 18k words), but the nice thing about these bouts of must-get-it-written-itis is that this latest story, like “Santa”, has a beginning, a middle, and (most shockingly when it comes to my writing on this site) a conclusion. That’s one of the reasons I’m posting it all with this update rather than parceling it out: this is not a weekly serial kind of story. And I wanted to prove that I can actually end something I write here. I checked, and this is the second largest chunk of writing I’ve done in one go, after the first six chapters of “Among Us”; and since that one doesn’t, it’s the longest with an ending.
The story involves stock characters from what mytho-lit folks call “The Matter of Britain”, including Arthur, Merlin (who’s pretending to be another knight from the legend for this, named Sir Tor), Lancelot, and Gawain. The original legends and later revisions and reboots are so varied and contradictory that when writing about these fellows you’re almost forced add your own characterization; so I took some key elements associated with the characters and shaped them to work with the story I had in mind. It’s not based specifically on Geoffrey on Monmouth, Malory, T. H. White, or whoever else you might be thinking of; and though obviously having seen movies like Excalibur (highly recommended) and series like the BBC’s Merlin (tepidly recommended) will have conditioned my perception of these characters to a certain extent, for best results you probably should not be imagining Bradley James, Nigel Terry, Jamie Campbell Bower, Charlie Hunnam, Graham Chapman, or anyone else from a big or small screen adaptation as Arthur, and likewise down the character list. Fair warning. I mean, I understand it can be difficult not to think about Bradley James once you start (or Graham Chapman, for that matter, though perhaps for different reasons), but give it a shot.
There are anachronisms aplenty, but that’s part of the fun. Some are baked in and part of the mythos, like high-medieval stone castles and armor in early-medieval, pre-Anglo-Saxon Arthurland. The rest are stuff like modernistic banter and idiom, because, bottom line (and no pun intended there), this is about hunky hunks fancying each other.
This update is huge even without the knights, too. Lots of new stuff, including some unexpected treats. Check out the list of thirty-plus new chapters below and you’ll see what I mean. Don’t forget to comment and upvote the stories you enjoy, so the authors get some much-needed feedback.
Huge and humble thanks to my Patreon supporters. I received an influx of new patrons with the new year, and I’m so pleased to have you with us. Having solid supporters gives me the push not just to write and keep writing but to work on being a better writer than I used to be. The downside to that is some chagrin at my earliest stories, some of which are still on the site, but that’s a downside I can live with.
The next update is 16 February. In the meantime, thanks for visiting… and enjoy the site.
Posted: 1 February 2019 •
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