My 20th Anniversary!

I’m a little late with this post, but TWENTY years ago, way back on 8/17/98, I wrote and posted my very first X-Files fanfic! It was actually a poem called I Want Him, which led to I Want Her, which then led to hundreds of other poems, as well as vignettes, stories, and novels. At one time I actually kept track of everything I wrote, but eventually I wrote so much that I lost count. Looking back on my earlier stuff, some of it I still really like, but there were also A LOT of clunkers. Of course, at the time I wrote them, I thought they were good enough to post, but now I look back at some of them and go, “What was I thinking?”;)

There are also some of my longer stories that I am so very proud of like my very first novel and WIP 30 Seconds, a story about Mulder being blinded in an explosion and how he and Scully dealt with the aftermath of that event. All these years later, I’m still amazed by the fact that over the course of writing that story I received hundreds of letters from literally around the world! I also received over a hundred letters about my novel Liquescent, an alternative story about Mulder getting cancer in season four instead of Scully. The fact that what I wrote about two fictional characters inspired people enough to want to share their own cancer experiences was incredibly powerful and very humbling to me.

And there were other stories and series along the way that surprised me with the reception they got from my readers. Sometimes I’d write something and think that a lot of people would enjoy it as much as I did, then get very little response. Then there were other times when things I wrote got a ton of feedback response when I wasn’t expecting it. When Mulder was abducted in Requiem, I wrote a series called Letters to You in which Scully wrote letters to her unborn child while Mulder was gone, and the amount of feedback I got from that just blew me away. After Three Words aired, I wrote several vignettes about Mulder’s return from the dead and about how difficult it was for him. Many of you wrote to me about those and vented the same frustrations that I had with the fact that his miraculous return to the living was barely addressed on the show, and I thought it was so cool to be able to “chat” with you about that.

One of the best parts about writing fanfic for the past twenty years has been the friendships I’ve made. It was because of feedback letters that I received years ago that I have new friends I still stay in contact with today. Of course, there were some good friends along the way that I eventually lost touch with and sadly some that have passed on, but I still have that core handful of X-Files friends that I know I could email at any time to ask for help or advice, and they wouldn’t hesitate to help me or give me words of encouragement. Now THAT is cool.:)

With that being said, I just want to say THANK YOU again for all the letters that you have written to me over the years. The fact that something I wrote touched you, inspired you, angered you, or made you laugh enough to want to take the time to write to me means more than I can ever say, and I appreciate each and every one of those letters. Your comments and suggestions have made me a better writer, and for that I will always be grateful.

I was hoping I’d have something new to post to honor this occasion, but sadly I don’t. However, I did come across this little story that never fails to make me smile whenever I read it, and I thought it would be perfect for this important anniversary. Enjoy!:)

Susan

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just a thought…

I just started a new site called “just a thought…” and would love it if you’d come take a look. At this time in my somewhat unsettled life, I needed an outlet that wasn’t related to my photography or my X-Files obsession, although occasionally one or both of those topics might pop up there from time to time.;)

You can check it out by going here:  http://justathought34.wordpress.com/ and I’d love it if you dropped me a line, even if it’s just to say hello.:)

On a side note, I’ve changed the look of this site, and I’m not sure if I’ll stick with it or not. You can still find everything I’ve posted here…things just look a little different…at least for now.

Susan

 

tell me how

As you know, the last several days have been filled with unimaginable grief over the horrific killings in Orlando. I have watched countless hours of news coverage of this terrible tragedy, and I still can’t even begin to make sense of it. I know this poem won’t bring any of those victims back to their families or take away any of the pain the survivors are feeling, but I just needed to get some thoughts out of my head…

Susan

tellmehow

Welcome home, my friends…

By now I’m sure you’ve all heard the news about The X-Files being back in business with David and Gillian, and if you were like me when you heard it, you got a BIG smile on your face and you might’ve even pumped your fist in the air a few times and shouted, “YES!!!!!” …or maybe that was just me.<g> In any case, you know I’m all about the “possibilities”, and I can’t help but hope that the writers of the show will give me a lot of new possibilities to explore with these wonderful characters. For me, I would prefer the six stories to be standalone MOTW stories, although it would be nice to have some follow-up/closure with the William storyline once and for all. So, what would YOU like to see in the new episodes???

I’ve been reading a lot of online comments/quotes about this news since yesterday, and the one that just warmed my heart came from Mr. David Duchovny himself.

“It’s been 13 years, hope my suits still fit.”

Welcome back, Mulder…and you too, Scully. You have been missed.

Susan

Moving on…

Hello Readers–

For 16 years now, I’ve written X-Files stories. For 11 of those years, I’ve posted and stored my stories at my site: http://possibilities.bravehost.com/, but now I’m ready to move onto something smaller…and simpler, hopefully. Although I still love The X-Files and adore Mulder and Scully, I just don’t have the time or motivation to write all the time the way I used to. That being said, I will be closing down my site in August and using this blog instead. Consequently, if there’s something on the site that you want to save, now would be the time to do it.

One of the things I really enjoy doing is talking about how and why I come up with the stories I write…what inspires me, what makes me angry, what makes me feel like a mushy puddle of love, what makes me want to change what I see on the show…and that is what I would like this blog to be. Along with sharing my stories, I’d like to share *why* I chose to write them. It is my goal to gradually repost many (but not all) of the stories I currently have at my site to this blog and give you my “author’s notes” about each one as I repost it, and maybe in doing so, some of the stories and memories may kick me into gear and inspire me to start writing some more new stuff. <g>

Anyway, I hope that you’ll come along with me on this journey and enjoy reading these stories and vignettes as much as I enjoyed writing them, and if you’d like to share your thoughts with me about anything related to my stories or the show, that would be wonderful.

Susan