Out of the Fog

I have always had strong feelings about DeadAlive, but especially about the aftermath of Mulder coming back from the dead. IMHO, the writers did not do that scenario justice at all, and I have written many stories about Mulder’s emotional and physical turmoil during his recovery from that ordeal. However, I have not written much about the time before he opened his eyes in that hospital bed and asked, “Anybody miss me?” nor have I written a whole lot from Scully’s point of view about how she felt after he was literally brought back from the dead. Out of the Fog is a vignette written from both their points-of-view during Mulder’s time in the hospital.

Susan

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Melancholy

So, I haven’t written anything new for a month and work has been crazy busy the past couple weeks…

Well, imagine my surprise when the idea for this vignette hit me while I was out walking my dog this morning. Man, did it feel great to write! Of course, now I’m behind on some work I need to get done for tomorrow, but that’s okay because I got my thoughts down on paper and I feel better. ūüôā

This vignette is about Unruhe and explores what Mulder might have felt after Scully’s ordeal with Gerald Schnauz. She was obviously very shaken up by what happened with him, but I thought it would be interesting to delve into what Mulder might have been feeling afterwards.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I do appreciate it.

Susan

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After the Woods

I have a huge X-Files songs and scenes playlist¬†for all nine seasons and the movies on my iTunes, and¬†I haven’t played through the whole list for years.¬†However, with the show coming back soon, I decided to¬†listen to it and am currently on songs from season¬†seven. Well, when I heard Moby’s “My Weakness”, I¬†couldn’t stop thinking about the emotional reunion¬†scene with Mulder and Samantha at the end of Closure.¬†That led to me re-watching that scene and the scene¬†with Mulder reading from Samantha’s diary to Scully¬†in the diner, which in turn led to this story.:) I¬†know a lot of people didn’t care for that resolution¬†to Mulder’s search for his sister and didn’t think it¬†made sense, but for me, David and Gillian’s acting¬†was so amazing in this episode that emotionally it¬†worked for me.

Susan

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Awakening

As I watched season seven, I felt that there was a definite shift in Mulder and Scully’s relationship, especially after Mulder got the “Closure” he needed with Samantha and Scully got the closure she needed in “all things.” Awakening is a romantic little introspective piece written from Scully’s point of view as she ponders her newfound intimacy with Mulder.:) Enjoy…

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Susan

First Meeting

I don’t know about you, but I sure am¬†getting excited about seeing the characters ¬†I love in some brand new episodes. I haven’t¬†watched any episodes in quite some time, but¬†I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to¬†take a trip back to the office where it all¬†began. I actually wrote Scully’s opinion of Mulder a long time ago, and then I decided to add Mulder’s assessment of her today.:)

Susan

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30 Seconds

Can you believe it? It’s the 15th anniversary of my very first fanfic novel “30 Seconds”! It was fifteen years ago this month that I finished my very first X-Files novel, and even though it’s been such a long time ago, it still blows my mind that I actually wrote something that long.;) To celebrate, I’m reposting my thoughts about the story that I wrote a few years ago. Thank you to all of you that have written to me about this story in the past. I hope you enjoy rereading it as much as I did.:)

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I actually got the idea for *30 Seconds* from reading¬†a comment someone made on the old Idealists’ Haven¬†message board (the small one that only had a few regular¬†posters) over 16 years ago. I don’t even remember¬†what the topic was or who made the comment, but someone¬†mentioned something about Mulder being blind in one of¬†their posts. Well, for some reason, that scenario just¬†burrowed its way inside of me and wouldn’t leave me¬†alone, and consequently, I started writing about it. At¬†the time I was pretty much only writing XF poems, and I¬†had only written a handful of vignettes so the thought¬†of writing something so involved was intimidating, to¬†say the least.

In February 1999, I wrote about 20K of it, then ran out¬†of ideas, and just left it sitting for four months. I¬†also didn’t tell anybody about it because quite honestly,¬†I didn’t think I’d ever be able to add anything more to it. Well,¬†then one day for some reason I pulled it out again, reread¬†it, and suddenly, the ideas just started flowing, and I¬†wrote a bunch more on it. It was then that I decided to¬†be brave enough to show it to a couple people, and when¬†they gave me their very enthusiastic thumbs up, it was¬†all the encouragement I needed.:)

I remember I posted the first chapter to Ephemeral on a Labor Day weekend and got an overwhelming response, which not only blew me away, but also inspired me to write like a maniac! With each new chapter I posted, I got more and more letters, some of them very detailed with comments (which I loved), some with just a few words, but all of them very positive and very anxious to find out what happened next. I also got letters from literally all around the world, and that truly amazed me. To think that people in Portugal and Russia and Germany were actually reading my story and enjoying it was just the greatest feeling. I also even had someone translate the entire novel into Portuguese, which blew me away! As I wroteeach new chapter for it, it was really all those encouraging letters from people that carried me along on the story, especially when my muse was stuck for an idea.

When I finally finished the story in June of 2000, I had¬†been working on it for nearly a year and a half. I still¬†remember actually sitting at the keyboard crying when I¬†wrote the last emotional scene between Mulder and Scully¬†and posted that last chapter, not only because I was sad¬†to let go of the characters and the world I’d created for¬†them, but also because I was just so emotionally and¬†creatively satisfied with myself (and relieved ) that¬†I’d actually written a 255K novel when all I’d primarily¬†written before was poems.

Because this story was my first XF novel (and to be honest, I never in a million years thought I could write something so long), it will always¬†hold a special place in my heart, but it’s also special¬†to me because writing it showed me that my words had the¬†ability to touch other people’s emotions, and to me, that’s¬†what being a writer is all about.:)

Susan

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shift

One of the things I really liked about season seven was the subtle shift in Mulder and Scully’s personal relationship, especially during the first few episodes. The hallway scene in Amor Fati, the New Year’s kiss in Millenium, and the flirting and playfulness of Scully in Rush, The Goldberg Variation, and The Amazing Maleeni were all interactions I very much enjoyed watching. After those episodes, there was a lot of angst that both Mulder and Scully had to deal with, but I felt that once Mulder finally got the “Closure” he needed with Samantha, he was emotionally ready to share more of himself with Scully, and that’s what I wanted to explore in “shift”.

This week, they started filming the new episodes in Vancouver, and all kinds of pictures and reports have been posted about it, which makes me very excited! Here’s a link to some of the photos:

http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Photos+Files+revival+shoots+downtown+Vancouver/11122522/story.html#__federated=1

Susan

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