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4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
One fine weekend day 1983, bff Jen a/k/a njzynj and I went to the movies and saw Enigma. We liked this movie. We reallyreallyreally liked this movie. Check out that cast! At the time I had a big crush on Martin Sheen, mostly residual lust from Apocalypse Now and Jen had gotten me interest in Sam Neill, who she'd already glommed onto from repeated showings of The Final Conflict back in the early days of HBO. Plus Derek Jacobi! (Patrick Bachau is in there too, but I didn't know him at the time since I hadn't seen Choose Me yet, and I'm not sure who he is or what he does in the movie.)
I still love this movie and given the cast think it's highly under-rated. OK, the plot is a bit convoluted. There's this one scene where two guys sit in a car and have a conversation and at the end of the conversation, the whole plot of the movie is turned on its head. When we stayed in the theater to watch the movie all over again, we cracked up listening to the "Ah Hahs" that broke out all over the theater as the audience absorbed the twist, once we already knew about it.
Most important, Sam Neill was absolutely hot as hell, gorgeous, sexy as fuck and heart-breaking because he was basically (as several reviewers pointed out) playing Claude Rains in Notorious, except in the looks department he was way closer to Cary Grant.
A few days after we saw the movie, I started writing a story based on what might have happened to Sam Neill's character, Dimitri Vasilikov, after the movie. Because naturally, a KGB agent who was trying to get away from retribution for messing up a mission BIG TIME, would come to suburban New Jersey, get a job as a swimming coach and fall in love with a 16 year old girl.
About the only way that it's not classic Sue-fic is that my self-insert was the smart-talking best friend and the heroine that the gorgeous hero falls in love with is based on bff Jen. Other than that, it's the same fic that most 16 year olds would write about Captain Kirk, or Frodo, or Harry Potter, or Mulder or Angel or who-ever 16 year olds were writing about in any era.
Actually no...I haven't read it in a long time...the volumes of my journal are sitting in a box in my closet and I haven't stirred up the dust for awhile, but it's my egomania to think that my writing, even then had some of the turn of phrase and humor that people seem to like in my fanfic now. On the other hand, I was 16/17/18 and I didn't have a beta looking at any of this. My only editor and audience was bff Jen, and for that purpose it was perfect.
I wrote and wrote and wrote and read it to bff Jen, often on the phone, in the middle of the night. So as much as I was writing, I was story-telling, and I think that story-telling aspect of the writer still stands me in good stead as a fanficcer to this day.
Poor Dimitri met his end at the end of the story and the two girls went on to their own adventures, featuring other male leads based on singers/actors that Jen or I were enamoured of.
I worked with those characters even after I'd left NJ and was living here in San Francisco, giving both characters happy endings in a story I wrote as birthday present for Jen in the late 80's.
Eventually, I transitioned to full-blown stories featuring characters based on my images of actors or politicians, but not based on actual characters and then to writing my first novel, but as much as it started with my earlier fanfic work in Trek fandom, it really started with Dimitri and Kelly and Marsha. I actually kind of miss them...but I don't want to look at those notes and find out how bad it might have been.