Author has written 3 stories for My So Called Life.
I'm visiting from mscl com I was a sophomore in high school when My So-Called Life first aired, and I fell in love with it instantly. Way back then when the show was cancelled and it left a hole in my heart, I started working on my first 'fanfiction'. Though it took me years to know there was a name for it, and a massive universe of it.
I eventually started working on a few actual one-hour episodes that would have followed the end of the series, but as I felt the story lines were sometimes strained, and I had a particularly difficult time writing Rickie-centered stories well, specifically happy Rickie, which I think the character deserves, I moved on to just writing snippets here and there of moments in the characters' lives. Rather than telling any one particular story, I'm now mostly writing to explore who these characters will grow up to be, and how, and in what capacity, they will realistically remain in each others' lives.
I've had fun creating characters' back stories and working to flesh out their world, trying to live up to the show's beautiful legacy of no one-dimensenial characters, and even greater, their willingness to show every character as fallible and capable of projecting their own expectations onto others. My writing tends to be very conversational, and I love the pauses we take in our communications with others to check, assess, or reshape what we're actually willing to say. (A lot of the time I try to convey meaning rather than spell it out, but if that's only working in my head, please let me know.) Most of what I started out posting takes place within a year of the show's final scene, but I have written some scenes set during the series, as well as some before the series, and have followed the characters to adulthood and children, still just snapshots of life. My stories have a cohesive character arch, and I know what fills in the spaces between my scenes, but I'm never going to write it all out (though if something's unclear and as a reader you want some insight/clarification, please pm). Having said all that, I am so impressed by the writers here who have kept their story lines going for so many, many chapters!!
It should be said: that as much as I love, love, love Rickie and Rayanne, for some reason I cannot write for them; particularly writing actual story lines for them, Rickie specifically. If my stories seem unbalanced, because the show itself was never just about Angela, and it certainly was never about Jordan Catalano, that's the reason. Plus, I think Jordan's funny, and intriguing, and as he's the most unknowable of the characters, I think he's the most fun to write for. "You know those guys ... like in the mountains, who make snow, like, as their job? ... I would really like to do that," I mean come on, how is that not a great character? [I guess now that I've quoted the show directly I should be acknowledging, though it holds no legal weight, I do not own this show or the characters -- obviously. Thank you Winnie Holzman, Ed Zwick, Marschall Herskovitz and the cast and crew for creating something of such beauty and heart that has certainly done more than 'hold up' over time. On that note, I ran into Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley on the street once and just gushed -- truly an out-of-body experience. Update: met them again 5/11/13 -- so nice, so sweet so talented. I mentioned to her that I write MSCL fanfic, she laughed, it was cute.]
So far, I only write fanfiction for My So-Called Life (though my very early stuff was heavily influenced by The Outsiders, and some lyrics from the 90's), but stories I'm interested in reading are Skins (UK), The West Wing, Studio 60, a little The Outsiders maybe, and my all time favorite -- Deadwood. Oh, and The Riches! And a little V. Mars (V&L!). If I could read any fanfiction, it would be for Grosse Point Blank, about Martin and Debbie and how they were in high school before he left for the army. I'd also like to read a Freaks and Geeks fanfiction with Ken begrudgingly falling for Lindsay.
Thank you to anyone who's taken the time to read my stories, I hope you enjoy them. A very heartfelt thank you also to everyone who has taken the time to review and give feedback, we all know how meaningful that is.
Very happy to be here :)
P.S. If anyone's looking for someone to Beta mscl stories / chapters, I'd be happy to help (work schedule permitting).
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