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melannen ([personal profile] melannen) wrote2014-01-30 07:08 pm

Invisible ficathon!

I've spent the last couple of days, in my spare time, playing around in the [community profile] invisible_ficathon tagset and learning about how to be a tagmod in an AO3 ficathon. (It is an amazing tagset so far, and you still have time to nominate, if you're lucky! ^_^

I finally put my own nominations in last night, and now I get to convince all of you to sign up to write them! As a lot of the fandoms in this fest will be, most of mine are pretty light on canon, so you should be able to sign up even if you didn't know them already

Here are the four of mine that have the easiest canon - all you need to write them should already be in this post!

  1. Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman is a book that appears in a couple of Daniel Pinkwater novels. It's the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout in the US. The longest description of its contents is in Yobgorgle, as excerpted below:
    I found a book, an adventure story called Howard Goldberg, Frontiersman. It was a story about the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout and how he helped to open up the West in the early 1800s. I took the book into the secret room, settled down on the smooth, cool stone floor, and began to read. It was a pretty interesting book. It told about how Howard Goldberg ran away from home in Philadelphia, when he was just a young kid, to go out West and live with the Indians. He showed the Indians how to make bagels out of corn meal, and how to make pastrami from buffalo meat. He hunted bears and raccoons with the Indians, but he wouldn't eat them because they weren't kosher. Years later he met General Custer and told him he was making a big mistake, but nobody listened to him. It was a pretty good book, and it showed how people who belonged to different minorities helped build this country-- for example, Howard Goldberg's best friend, who wasn't an Indian, was an Armenian prospector he met in Colorado.
    I know there are people reading this who have just been waiting to do justice to the story of the first Orthodox Jewish Indian Scout. Perhaps you are one of them?

  2. Wonder Wombat: This is another one that appears in several Daniel Pinkwater novels, as an old comic that people collect. (It is *not* related to the DC animated character or the video game character.) We know almost nothing about their contents - only that by the late 1970s, they were very sought after, and it was very difficult to collect a complete run of Wonder Wombat. Surely you all would like to volunteer to flesh out the story of Wonder Wombat! Come on. WOMBATS. OLD COMICS. What is not love?

  3. The Stonebender Family Stories by Jubal Harshaw: Jubal was a writer who was a character in some of Robert A. Heinlein's novels, and toward the end of The Number of the Beast, we get to hear a few paragraphs of one of his stories, written collaboratively by himself and an AI. Here is what we get:

    "Very well. Title: UNCLE TOBIAS.
    "Start. Uncle Tobias we kept in a bucket.
    "Paragraph. He preferred it, of course. After all, it was necessary, in view of the circumstances. As I once heard Andrew-that's my disappearing brother-say: 'Life consists in accommodating oneself to the Universe.' Although the rest of our family has never taken that view. We believe in forcing the Universe to accommodate itself to us. It's all a question of which one is to be master.
    "Paragraph. That was the Year of the Big Drouth. A natural phenomenon, you might say-but you'd be wrong. Aunt Alicia. Yes indeedy Aunt Alicia every time. 'Horus,' she said to me early that spring, 'I'm going to practice a little unsympathetic magic. Fetch me these books.' She hands me a list and I skedaddled. She was a stern woman.
    "Paragraph. Once out of her sight I looked the list over. I could see right away what she was up to-a drier bunch of books was never published:
    Thoughts at Evening, by Roberta Thistleswaite Smithe, published by the author; The Yearbook of the Department of Agriculture, 1904; China Painting Self-Taught; the 8th, 9th, and 11th volumes of the Elsie Dinsmore series; and a bound thesis titled A Survey of the Minor Flora of Clay County, Missouri, which Cousin Julius Farping had submitted for his master's degree. Cousin Julius was a Stonebender only by marriage. But 'Once a Stonebender, always a Stonebender' Grandfather always says.
    "Paragraph. Maybe so, but Cousin Jule's magnum opus was nothing I would sit up all night reading. I knew where to find them: on the bookshelf in the guest room. Ma claimed she kept them there to insure sound sleep for the stranger within the gate, but Pa devilled her with the accusation that it was a cheap and unselective revenge for things she had been obliged to put up with in other people's houses.
    "Paragraph. As may be, an armload of books that could have dried up Reno, Nevada, and Lake Superior in one afternoon, then switched off Niagara Falls as an-"

    That's it, that's all there is to know about the Stonebender family. Aren't you burned up with curiosity about why Uncle Tobias needed that bucket, or what exactly unsympathetic magic involves, or how Cousin Julius came to fit into the family, or who exactly the narrator is, or any number of other things? Yes, so am I. We should all offer to write this!

  4. The Jack Colquitt Adventures by Raul Bloodworth The Jack Colquitt Adventures were written under a pseudonym by the Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files. They are only mentioned in one episode, 4x07 "Musing of a Cigarette Smoking Man", which is often taken to be not-entirely-canon by the fandom. We know very little about them, except that they are adventure stories about aliens and assassinations, and that the published version was heavily altered from original manuscripts. Here are some excerpts:
    "Jack Colquitt sat alone in his apartment at Christmas. He believed in sacrifice. Yet, some nights, he longed for a second chance..."
    "I can kill you whenever I please... but not today"
    It's implied that the events of the episode, as narrated by Frohike, are loosely based on the Jack Colquitt story that was published. There's a transcript of the episode up at inside the x (hurrah for oldfandom and their episode transcripts!) and it's pretty easy to find the episode online to watch. You really don't need to know anything else about XF to write about Jack Colquitt - frankly, the less you know, the better, I suspect, although if you are as fond as I of CSM, you could also do glorious things with the possibilities.

Hurrah! I see no reason why those can not get many sign-ups. ^_^ Next up: the ones that require a bit more canon knowledge.

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