The Only Gift

I originally wrote “The Only Gift” back in December of 2012 when I was in one of my I Want to Believe writing phases.;) It’s fun to imagine what the years were like after The Truth and before the second movie, and this is just a little something I hope warms you up in the midst of all the icy cold weather that’s sweeping the nation right now.:)

Happy Holidays!





When Scully was abducted, Mulder was a mess. When she was missing for all those months, he was even more of a mess. Just watch the episode “3” for proof of that. This vignette is a brief glimpse of Mulder during that time period.

**On a completely different note, if you’d like a Thanksgiving treat, just scroll down the page a bit and check out “This Place Called Home.” Enjoy your time with your families this holiday weekend, and be safe.



This Quiet Life series

10/30/16–Although he started out as someone who always stood on the fence with regards to Mulder and Scully and their actions, Skinner really came through for them during the later years of the show and ended up being one of their most trusted friends…and in my book, that makes him a very “good man”.:) #18: A Good Man is now up for your reading pleasure.


1/18/16–It’s cold outside, I’m off from work today, and I’m thinking a cozy little vignette about Mulder and Scully might be just the thing to start off the week. #16: Snow and Cookies is the next little peek into Mulder and Scully’s lives as they quietly grow old together. I’ve been watching all the little featurette videos about the new season starting up again next weekend, and I am SO EXCITED about it! Even though it’s only six episodes, I am very anxious to see our heroes in action again and watch their sizzling onscreen chemistry. Although I haven’t been writing very much lately, I’m hoping that new episodes = new stories for me to write.:)

10/3/15–Life has been filled with nothing but stress and exhaustion lately, but taking a brief break to share the next story in this series has brightened my day considerably.:) Growing up in Michigan, I absolutely loved the fall and the changing of the leaves. Sometimes the colors were just so brilliant and beautiful, driving down a tree-filled road or highway would literally take my breath away. Living in the south now, I miss seeing that every fall. #15: The Wonderful World of Leaves has Mulder sharing his fascination with leaves with Scully and was totally inspired by my love for the gorgeous fall foliage in Michigan.

7/16/15–Although Mulder seemed to accept Samantha being dead in Closure, I believe that he still thought of her often. In 14: Starlight, he fondly looks back on his childhood and the time he did spend with her.:)

5/22/15–The next two vignettes 12: Secret Garden and 3: Movie Night are now up. I have a particular fondness for Secret Garden as I’m currently working on growing my own tomato plants and enjoying the fact that some tomatoes are actually popping out now.;)

4/12/15–The next two vignettes in my This Quiet Life series are now posted.:) I especially like 10: Another Year, Another Kiss because of the nice memory I have of Mulder and Scully’s first “official” kiss on the show at the end of the Millenium episode. I remember when it first aired and the millions (it seemed like it was millions at the time <g>) of comments made about it on the internet. The amount of analysis done on that one kiss was crazy! Was it the most romantic kiss in the world? No. Was it filled with desire and I-want-to-rip-your-clothes-off-now passion? No. But it was a sweet kiss filled with a promise of things to come, IMHO, and nothing beats the initial expression on Scully’s face the moment their lips parted. Actually, I felt it was a genuine reaction from both Gillian and Scully.:) Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading this vignette as well as 11: Snowfall.

3/22/15–Added #9: Three Words has now been added.

3/8/15–Added #7: When Winter Comes and #8: Shiver have now been added to the This Quiet Life series.

2/28/15–#5: A Slow Rain and #6:A Good Day have now been added to the This Quiet Life series. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to write me such nice comments about this series. They are very much appreciated.:)

2/21/15–#3: Daybreak and #4: The Letter have now been added to my This Quiet Life series.

2/15/15–I decided that rather than creating new posts for each new vignette, I’d just add them to one document so that they’re all in one place.:) This Quiet Night, the second vignette in the series, has now been added to the This Quiet Life series.

2/13/15–I originally started this series twelve years ago and wrote 20 vignettes for it from 2003 to 2006. In honor of Valentine’s Day and the power of love,I’ll be gradually revising and reposting this series and adding some more to it. My fellow fanfic friend salliejohns was one of my biggest fans and supporters of these stories, and though she is sadly no longer with us, I’d like to think that she’s still as big of a proponent of true love as she was.



Next to my novel 30 Seconds, Emergence is one of those stories that just pulled me right in and tugged at my heart the entire time I was writing it. I originally started posting it as a WIP way back in 2001 (completed in 2002), and with each new chapter and each feedback letter, I became more and more invested in the story I was telling. I could picture Mulder and Scully doing and saying and feeling all the things I wrote for them, and by the time I got to the end, I was both emotionally drained and satisfied. I was sad the story was over, but happy that I had given Mulder (and myself) some of the much needed closure regarding Samantha. It is my hope that as you read this story, you’ll also feel the same connection with the characters as I did.:)      ~~Susan

Life After Fifteen series

8/1/16–Since I’ve been having some readers get confused with how to locate new entries in this series, I’ve decided to keep everything in just one post. Hopefully, this will help with some of the confusion.:)



7/26/16–William’s eighth journal entry is now available to read. Click below in the post entitled Life After Fifteen Series. Entry #8 is in red at the end of the document.

7/16/16–William’s seventh journal entry is now available to read. Click below in the post entitled Life After Fifteen Series. Entry #7 is in green at the end of the document.

3/7/16–William’s sixth journal entry is now available to read. Click below in the post entitled Life After Fifteen Series. Entry #6 is in blue at the end of the document.

2/28/16–William’s fifth journal entry is now available to read. Click below in the post entitled Life After Fifteen Series. Entry #5 is in green at the end of the document.

2/18/16–Here’s the fourth journal entry. Click on the link below in the previous blog post. Entry #4 is in purple at the end of the document.

2/14/16–Although I originally “finished” this series in 2013, watching this tenth season and hearing all the talk about William and about how torn up Scully has been about giving him up has inspired me to add more to it. It’s been mentioned that William would be around 15 years old now and while he’s actually 16 in this series, I thought it might be time to explore his feelings a bit more.:) Please keep in mind that *my* William has absolutely nothing to do with whatever Chris Carter’s William ends up being like, that is, if we even get to find out what happened to him after all these years. Posted below are the first three entries in this series.



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…



Clyde 19: Sparks

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I last added to this series! I apologize for that, but the past year has been filled with a lot of stress and exhaustion, which left me with next to nothing in my writing tank.:( Thankfully though, my tank got a partial refill this week, and I was able to add another part to this ongoing saga. I love the characters in Clyde, and it always feels like “coming home” when I’m able to write something new for them.:)

To get you up to date, when we last left the Clyde family, Jo had met a new man, Sam Bailey, who owns the new bookstore in town called The Book Mark. When she fell on the ice on the sidewalk in front of his store, he helped her out, and now she can’t stop thinking about him. This newest story continues where Clyde 18: A New Day left off. Below is the link to the ENTIRE Clyde series if you need to refresh your memory, and Clyde 19: Sparks is in blue print at the end so you can find it more easily. I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your thoughts on the story so far or your suggestions for possible stories I can add to this series in the future.:)