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An anniversary of sorts

The vast majority of fandoms that have taken sufficient root in my imagination to inspire fic have always been small ones. Couple that with the near-complete lack of any romantic pairing tags, let alone popular ones, and I've always been content with archive stats that would drive many fic authors of my acquaintance to despair. So the response to my recent small Star Wars offerings has been a novel experience, particularly when the one inspired by the Rebels season finale (and seriously, the LAST character I ever expected to start talking to me was Darth frelling Vader) started racking up views, kudos, and comments.

This resulted in glancing back through my Works list on AO3, just to boggle at how different the numbers are. Which resulted recently in my realizing that one of my offerings in the very first fkficfest took place on a specific date exactly one hundred years ago today.

That happened somewhat by chance, in the course of my looking for a historical touchstone for placing Nick, LaCroix, and Janette in San Francisco in 1916, as specified by the "Cherry Blossoms" script directions. It turned out that, on July 22 of that year, the city held a "Preparedness Day" parade in the run up to the U.S. entering World War I. It remains unknown who planted the bomb that killed 10 and injured 40 during that parade.

In my "July 22, 1916," this event is a backdrop to Nick's personal turmoil. Still, it seems only appropriate to repost the link today, on the anniversary of something that, particularly in light of some of the more frightening aspects of our world today, ought to be better known.

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brightknightie
Jul. 25th, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!
>""War," Janette scoffed. "The word hardly seems sufficient any longer. They should invent a new one to go with the machines they create to wage it.""

Thank you for this so-timely reminder of your very good and fondly recalled story!

Timely in the sense of the date itself, of course. Also timely in the run-up to this year's FKFicFest. But, oh, the resonance now, today, this month, this year, of such terrorist acts, even more than when you first wrote the story.

Today's NYT has an essay -- and there was a similar one in Slate not long ago -- explaining that this year really is like no other year, this year really is deeply different and widely weird. It isn't 1968, or 1966, or 1919... or the US Civil War, or the Black Death... come again. But we can learn from them. So much to learn...

>"While sharing a household with LaCroix, he didn't dare patronize any butcher too often -- more than one had paid for Nick's business with his life -- and without a standing arrangement, deflecting curiosity about the nature of his purchases was always a challenge."

I have never forgotten this. It's my favorite bit of this story, even more than the awesome "Oh, but I did." with with you have Mai Chung foreshadow her son in "Cherry Blossoms."
wiliqueen
Jul. 25th, 2016 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
You're welcome, and thank you! I'm so glad I got back into writing fic at the right time to notice the anniversary.

It's really quite eerie how much more apt it is than it was just six years ago.

Thank you so, so much for the comments on particular lines! I enjoyed rereading it for the first time in years, and still being pleased with it. I'm glad you still enjoy it too. :-)
greerwatson
Jul. 26th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
That was a good story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Goes off to read it again.)
wiliqueen
Jul. 26th, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! I love it when I revisit something and still like it, and even more when others do too. :-)
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