User:Greer Watson

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Name/s: greerwatson (LJ)
Fandom/s: Forever Knight, Mary Renault
You can find me at: (my website)
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I've been a fan most of my life, without ever contacting organized fandom (or knowing how to!) until my old computer crashed in 2004. Off in that pre-Internet world, I'd done a little Star Trek writing: I'd even learned how to write scripts, and submitted a couple to Paramount (not that they bought them, of course). However, it was Forever Knight that really got me writing.

Why FK? I honestly think that, as much as anything, it was the fact that it was so darned hard to find. I'd heard there was going to be such a series, but totally missed the first season because I never spotted it in the TV Guide. When the second season did get mentioned, it started late and got taken off early; it was the middle of the summer before I realized that there was a Buffalo station that carried it in the wee hours. Even they pre-empted it a couple of times. Re-runs on Showcase only started a year after cancellation; and they kept changing the time slot. So FK had scarcity value.

Then there was "Last Knight". Like so many others, my first FK fic was a Last Knight Story. However, I wrote it as a script—in fact, as an alternative to the actual finale (rather than a way to reverse the tragedy). It came easily, so I wrote more. (You can find the details here, if you're interested.)

In 2004, I used my new Internet-capable computer to start surfing the web in search of sites relating to my various interests. Forever Knight came pretty near the top of the list; so I joined ForKNI-L and browsed When I decided to "give back" to the community in return for all their stories I'd read, I got some books, learned how to HTML, and wrote a website of my own in order that other people could read the virtual season I'd written.

Of course, I needed pictures to pretty it up. I turned to two screen capture archives, Forever Knight Episode Archives and Knight Vision, and got permission from their owners; and, when these collections proved inadequate, one of the owners offered to make me some more that I needed. Round about the time that she started to wonder if my wish list would ever stop, she got interested in redoing her site with new screen captures from the DVDs. I gave her a bit of a hand, though the main work was hers: the end result is the FK portion of The Knight Watchman.

In 2008, Susan M. Garrett decided to lay out an FK section for the Fan History Wiki; and, having sketched out the structure, went to ForKNI-L for help. I was one of those who responded. When the controversy that summer led her to leave, I followed. We ported our pages over to the little, tiny Forever Knight Wiki that Kodia had started. Susan focused on fan stuff (fanzines, fan fiction, fan history); I mostly worked on pages relating to the series; Kodia added bits here and there, and did the techie stuff. On the whole, as they've drifted in and out, I guess I've done the biggest share of work on the wiki. At this point, it's got moderately large—but there's still plenty more to be done. It's an on-going labour of love.

Meanwhile, browsing Yuletide stories led me to the Mary Renault community at maryrenaultfics. I joined quite quickly, since they were about to start a discussion of one of my favourite books, The Charioteer. This lasted for a few months, and got very intense and detailed as we debated the implications of the changes the author made for the American edition—major changes that cut about 15% of the book—and then spiralled out to discuss the novel as a whole. I've been active in the community ever since, participating in various small challenges and group activities, and doing some fic writing. In particular, I've done a fair bit in the ITOWverse, along with my sister (and other stalwarts of the community).

I had several things planned for the maryrenaultfics 5YO celebrations in the summer of 2009; but these got interrupted by Yahoo!—or, more precisely, by what one friend calls the "Great GeoCities Goodbye". With a couple of other people, a plan was put together to save as many FK GeoCities sites as possible, starting with the faction and War sites, which we felt could reasonably be considered community property. In the end, about 50 sites were saved and placed in the Forever Knight Website Archive. My own was one of them—which makes it an odd "archive" since the site is still active. (I have FTP access.) In fact, several sites were restored before uploading; one had to be completely reconstituted (and is not the same as any previous version); and one of the website owners asked to rewrite her site before we uploaded it, and did a major overhaul. It should maybe be added that all was done openly, with updates on ForKNI-L so that the community could know how we were doing. As far as we are concerned, the sites never changed ownership, just shifted to a new server.

Most recently, I took part in the FK Fic Fest ficathon on LiveJournal, which got me writing again. So, on top of assorted wiki-work, I'm HTMLing my fan fiction. This is taking a while, since I wrote a novel....

I have no intention of getting deep into work here at Fan Lore. I've got too much on my plate. However, I have this compulsion to fill in gaps; so, where my main fandoms are concerned, I'm bound to pop in now and then to add a bit more.