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And its Great! But we still need your help! Our goal is almost reached with plans for a TSCC movie. (For details click on link.) The only hold up for any return of TSCC at this time is Annapurna Pictures. We hope to change their mind. As a good will gesture to fans, and as means of promoting the Terminator film they are working on, a televised or DVD movie completing TSCC would be to their benefit as well as ours.
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Special message for Jason Reiter All I have is a partial email address from your review to Reunion. I have to guess at those portions of your email address that Fanfiction has filtered out. I have tried to email you twice now, but all attempts are returned as undeliverable. I do not know what else I can do. Please, join this site and send me a PM when you do. Thank you.
Valentine's Day This series began as a one-shot in 2010. Each year since I followed up with another one shot. After completing the replacement one-shot for this year, I continued writing until I had four more parts to the story. After giving it some thought, I've decided to repackage the multi-part story into a single story with multiple chapters. I will be renaming the story as well. I'm going to name it, The Locket. I've even created an original cover for it to be used in conjunction with the story. I know this will mean losing the existing reviews, but overall I think it will make for a better presentation of the story, which I think is more important. Expect the changes to come sometime in the near future.
To Readers of Reunion I'm toying with the idea of writing a companion piece to Reunion. It would contain all or some of the following ideas:
Creating this companion piece could take a long time. Time which is already being spent moderating three wikis; working on short stories; and organizing a campaign o hopefully bring back TSCC. Our goal is almost reached with plans for a TSCC movie. (See PROGRESS link above.) The only hold up for any return of TSCC is Annapurna Pictures.
So I'd like to know if this companion piece for Reunion is something you'd be interested in, or shall I just use what little spare time I have to work on my other stories? Please send me a PM with your reply.
Alternatively, I've put together a list that reorganizes all of the chapters in chronological order. This way you can read events as they took place according to the calendar, with exception of the future-flash-back chapters, 42 thru 45, that predate T1, T2 and TSCC.
Reunion is a complex story told in a complex way, like the series that inspired it. You have to read every chapter - no skimming! - and pay attention to detail. By reading certain chapters as they occur based on the calendar and not in the order I've placed them, some details should be more apparent and give greater clarity to why certain characters are doing what they are doing when they do them.
Some Favorite Quotes:
"Just because no one has been fortunate enough to realize how wonderful you are, doesn't mean you shine any less." - Summer Glau, in a letter to my twitter friend Sammy9578.
"Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given." Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) Russian dramatist and writer
"Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances; sometimes it’s now or never." Alan Bennett, British screenwriter, playwright, author & actor.
"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected." William Plomer
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do." Dale Carnegie
"If you read a story with a preconceived idea of what it should be about, then you will never fully enjoy or understand what the author has written." Me
When asked if anything happened while I was away, Ottovonw on Twitter said, "The world ended... but we found the receipt. So its all good." I nearly died laughing.
Get to know me: My name is Russell. I am a 44 year old, single adult male. I've worked the last 20 plus years as a draftsman in various fields. My preferred field is Electrical Engineering. I've also spent a lot of time building and rebuilding computers. I spent a lot of time in my twenties and thirties renovating my home. I have Associates Degrees in Architecture and in Electrical Engineering. Late in 2009 I began accepting Social Security Disability as arthritis was making it harder and harder to do the work I was trained for, and impossible to do the only other jobs available to do at that time. It is not something I readily admit to but I feel you should know and perhaps come to some better understanding of who I am.
I am not a professional writer. The original edition of Reunion was my very first fictional story I've written since I was in middle school, approximately 320 years. I have a deep appreciation for the excellent work put into Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles by the writers and actors, and an appreciation for good stories. I am an avid reader and enjoy stories with complex plots, with twists and turns, and good character development. I hope that my story will remain respectful to the TV series that inspired me and will maintain the style of writing that I like to read. It has been a pleasure reading all of your reviews and I look forward to writing more and reading more of what you think of my work. This has been a life changing moment for me and I hope, given enough time and exposure, I can turn this new found love of writing into a new career.
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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is my absolute favorite TV show. It deserved better treatment than it got. I was very disappointed when the word came through that TSCC was being canceled. That made me depressed and angry. It made me determined to make Reunion as good a story as I could make it. However, as much as I enjoy writing my story and reading all the nice things you say, I would rather be rejoicing at the news of the upcoming broadcast of Season 3 of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. We don't always get our dreams fulfilled. I just hope that my story, Reunion, will fulfill your dreams of what Season 3 could be.
REUNION Revised Edition In one complete volume, Reunion, retold with with new and revised chapters. Story begins with BTR and quickly advances from there. John finds himself abandoned and alone in the future. Sarah Finds herself in the same situation in the present. They each form new alliances and continue fight against Sky Net. On a whole the story has a T rating, but for a few scenes. I will individually label chapters that contain scenes of an M rating.
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1) The Soldier's Lament depicts for the most part Derek's experiences and means of escape from the work camp headed by Charles Fischer, and Derek's meeting up with the regular forces. I thought it necessary to show the hardships and the dark side of the future under Sky Net.
2) Possibly my favorite all new chapter of the revised edition. Against all Odds depicts the life Sarah, Savannah, and Cameron had in the eighteen years post Judgment Day before John Connor arrives. Cameron has both the adult Sarah Connor as an example of what an adult woman is like and she has for her companion Savannah Weaver who grows up from child to teenager to adulthood. From both these ladies Cameron learns what it is to be both human and a female. Sarah pretty much stays Sarah, but with Savannah, she gets to be more of a mom than she was with John. If this story was made into a series or film I could easily see Lena as Sarah up until the scene where Savannah, now an adult, is sent by Sarah on a mission. From that scene onwards I could see Linda Hamilton reprising her role in the future story.
Part 3: BABYLON
1) While working on new material for part 3 of my story, I've come up a new chapter, called Remember & Forget based on new and existing material. By placing this chapter between the first two, it puts all present day events in chronological order.
2) Some time ago I put together a timeline of present day events as they occurred in part 1 as tiny things would begin to change as the group from the future of part 2 would begin to interact in present day events. I thought I had taken care of things but discovered I had unintentionally skipped an entire day in Part 3 of the original edition. If you have a copy of that first edition it is readily apparent. So I've taken the time to put together a small chapter utilizing some scenes from Part 1 present day events in new edition and present day events from Part 3 old edition and wrote some new scenes to join it all together so we have one complete day from dawn to dusk. Taking inspiration from the situation, I've named the chapter Missing Pieces.
3) In the fall of 2011 when you were waiting patiently for the next chapters of Part 2 of Reunion - look above at the dates - I took some time to rework the chapters set in 2029. I did this based on new background information I included for Kate Brewster and her father General Brewster. They say some things which lend themselves to have experienced something like the events of the movie Terminator 3, but with a better or different outcome than the film. So that got me to thinking. What if something happened in the future that caused a division in time. An offshoot of a very different future compared to what we've seen. It took me a while to work out the details plus many other plot points that needed work. All the chapters set in 2029 are very different to the original edition, only sharing a few scenes which have been reworked as well.
4) The chapters, Babylon Falls & Going Home were originally just one chapter in the first edition. The first portion of that original chapter was thematically different to the second portion. After a great deal of thought, I eventually divided them giving each their own name to suit their theme. Going Home received the story of Cameron's death from that future John visited, where it should have been in the first edition. It also got some more scene time of Sarah & Kyle.
5) The epilogue was greatly revised. The order of events has been changed. No longer are we in Central America but still in the states. The scene where we learn of Cameron's final moment in the future was moved to Going Home so it no longer clashes with 2029. It also allowed me to take 2029 someplace new than compared to before. The final part is almost exactly what was in the original, but the scene of everyone driving to the border was adopted from Going Home and expanded to include the Connors, ending on a happier outlook for future of our main characters.
Why the Revision? Being this story was my first work of fiction since I was in middle school, about the time Summer Glau was born, I knew it was a rough piece of work. Part 1 of the original edition definitely showed its weak spots as Part 2 and then Part 3 were written. My intent was to just improve the quality of Part 1 of the story and replace the posted chapters. Unfortunately, after much debate with my Beta Reader, I succumbed and converted the 1st person POV chapters of Part 1 into 3rd person POV. I loved it and decided to go with it However, this threw off the chapter numbers from the original edition as the conversion expanded the chapters forcing them to be divided into two. If I had just replaced the chapters then existing reviews would have no longer matched up with the chapters they were meant for. I had no choice but to remove the original edition from this site. Since I had to remove it, I took the time to look at Parts 2 & 3. I realized that despite them being already edited for this new edition, the 3rd person conversion to Part 1 brought in many new elements that had to be addressed in Parts 2 & 3. Also, it allowed me the chance to remove some repetitive material from the first edition.
The revised edition of Reunion is basically the same story as the original, only with improvements. It is not a rewrite. This was and is my thinking on the matter:
1) Rewrite would mean a complete redraft of the entire story including changes to key plot points; elimination and addition of characters; and changes to dialog and situations. Such an effort would produce a story completely different or substantially different from the original.
During the last several months, I've come to discover, the line between rewrite and revision is quite thin and can be easily crossed. There are a few chapters I could point to that have been so radically updated compared to the original, only the basics of characters and locations remain the same. However such changes are done to get the point of the original scene across in a better means.
So if you read the Revised Edition expecting a completely different story, you are wrong. If it were a different story to the original, then I would have posted it under a new name. However, there are significant improvements to the story that greatly expands the character development and gives greater clarification to peoples motives and thoughts, especially to the first fifteen chapters.
In the original edition, I purposely left things vague as to why people were doing things. I wanted to leave it to the reader to figure it out for themselves based on the accumulation of all that they did or said throughout the entire story. In a lot of ways I was very pleased by the results based on the comments and questions in the reviews of that first edition. When it came time to revise the story, I thought maybe it was time to reveal some of what was behind the curtain, so to speak.
I was originally going to keep the original edition posted on the official Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles wiki for a few weeks or months after the final chapter of the revised edition was posted so interested readers could compare the two editions. However, I have since removed the original edition from the Red wiki many months ago. It still exists on my hard drive, as well as a previously unseen second edition of Reunion.
Discussions on Reunion are being held:
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Thanks for all of the great reviews everyone. I put my best effort into these stories and I appreciate it when you take your time to let me know what you think. Thank you.
Please do not reproduce my work in any format or on any device without my permission and especially not for profit. I claim all rights to my stories and the characters, situations and dialog of my creation. All rights regarding characters, names and situations belong to those who hold the rights to Terminator and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Right now there are only three people who have my permission to reproduce Reunion. Steve's Place, who was converting my story into a format that can be easily read by text-2-speech software for the blind; Marcia Litman, who was translating my story into Portuguese on this website; and Martin who has been diligently translating my story into Czech. Any person wishing to redistribute my work should ask my permission first, as these people have done.
Since beginning writing in 2009, and even since starting on the revised edition of Reunion, portable electronic books like Kindle have entered the market, plus software that emulate these electronic books on portable computers and other mobile devices. I realize said devices and software make reading stories easier and more convenient. I have no problem with readers downloading my stories onto these devices so long as they are not edited for content, other than removing "Author's Notes." I expect my work to be respected as I would respect yours.
Future Writings I do have some ideas for a sequel to Reunion titled Resurrection. Like its parent, it will consist of a series of shorter stories each with their own title. I won't divulge any details as yet as I'm still in the brainstorming stage. Just so you know, I've seeded in details in Reunion that will get picked up in the sequel. I've also have begun writing scenes that will appear in the sequel. Unlike this revised edition, I may post each section of Resurrection as its own story. I have a lot of ideas and it only remains as to which will prevail.
To learn more about this project, and join in any discussion, go to:
My thoughts regarding the first edition of Reunion.
I should explain that Reunion wasn't originally intended as a Season 3 fanfiction when I began writing it in April 2009. It was written purely for fun at the urging of a friend I met online. He encouraged me to share the story. I did and I have been astounded and humbled by the generous comments I have received. It was only after the announcement that TSCC wasn't going to be renewed that I worked at turning Reunion into a Season 3 story. The revision was part of that process. One reviewer suggested it would make a season 3, 4 & 5! I don't know the details of the producers had in mind for season 3. All they've ever given us is just broad hints, some of which came astoundingly close to my own story. But that's just coincidence. I'm sure other writer's have come close as well.
I'd like to take a moment to apologize to the fans of the Sarah Connor character, so wonderfully portrayed by Lena Headey. My original idea for the story was going to be centered around her character, but as I began writing John Connor's part of the story, that part just took over. If I write a sequel, then I will try to correct that and give more balance. (See Future Writings above for more on possible sequel.)
I know Reunion appears solely focused on John Connor, and being the hero of the Terminator verse, he is rightly the central character. However, you may note the strong role Cameron plays throughout the entire story. She makes hard difficult choices at times, and sometimes its the wrong choice, then has to live with the consequences of those choices. We're seeing a Cameron that has grown up a lot in eighteen years without John to protect.
The future story of Reunion takes place in an alternate future to what we've seen in future glimpses in the TV series. I've taken the position that the future has changed by John traveling forward and thus everything we've been lead to believe that has happened in the future hasn't. We do get to briefly see the future as depicted in the series as we visit that future to get answers in Part 3. I didn't want to recreate that future as other Season 3 fanfic writers have done for my entire story. I wanted to create something original, that stands apart from other writers excellent work, but remains loyal to the TV series that inspired it with tie-ins to it and the films. The Terminator franchise is an excellent universe of possibilities. My hat goes off to James Cameron, the genius behind T1 & T2, and Josh Friedman, the producer of TSCC.
I have been asked about the title reference for REUNION a number of times after I first began sharing it. I've already shared it with a few people so maybe it wouldn't hurt to share it now with everyone. "Reunion" refers to the ultimate reunion that will occur at the story's end. However, that isn't the only reunion that occurs. There are a few "reunions" of a sort that occur within the story. Some of which will surprise you.
I'm going to reveal something about Reunion that so far a great many readers haven't noticed. The whole story, TSCC S1 & S2 and Reunion, plays on being a metaphor for the film "The Wizard of Oz" John going into the future is Dorothy going over the rainbow. He encounters people much like those he knew in the past but they are different. Weaver is the equivalent of the Snake-oil salesman being the Wizard. She has a plan a means for saving John and the world in some grand scheme, but in truth she's just a con man running the biggest con of her life. Kyle is the scarecrow, loyal, brave and true. John Henry is the Tin-man, mechanically he doesn't have a heart, but shows he has one all the same. Andy is a bit like the Cowardly Lion, scared in tense situations, but when called on, shows his true mettle. Then there's Cameron. She is both the dream and the reality. John discovers a Cameron in the future much like his own but very different. He felt love for her and she for him, but his Cameron was back home in reality. For John to get his Cameron back, he had to leave behind the dream. He had to go back over the rainbow to discover that all he needs and wants is right there in his own back yard with the people who love him, and he loves in turn. The only way that could happen was for the dream to shatter, sending John back into reality.
Reunion - The Playlists
The playlists were created as I drew inspiration for my story by listening to music. Most of the songs on the playlist comes from the Terminator films and TV series, but I found other songs from music artists and movie soundtracks that fit themes or scenes within my story. Some songs I found were just happy accidents as their titles or lyrics perfectly fit the chapter titles. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I do.
ATTENTION! Grooveshark, the site that presently hosts the playlists that accompany my story Reunion, is planning a major redesign of its website. I got a sneak peek at it earlier today:I've been using them since the summer of 2010 after Imeem was taken over by MySpace that spring. Grooveshark has done a couple of remodeling jobs in the interim but the latest one is completely counter intuitive to how I work. If they go with this new design I will more than likely cancel my account with them, deleting my music and playlists in the process.
If interested in having your own copy, there are utilities for recording streaming media off the internet. In the past I've used one called Sound Recorder which worked very well. Otherwise you will have to obtain copies of the source material and cobble together your own playlists.
Further down the page are links to playlists to all four Terminator movies and The Sarah Connor Chronicles. They will go too, if I cancel my Grooveshark account.
I claim no rights to any of the music used in my playlists. They were created purely for the enjoyment of others and myself with no financial gain.
Reunion Part 1: The Shadow Of Death Unofficial Sound Track
Play list -- Source
REUNION Part 2: Armageddon Unofficial Sound Track DISC 1
Play list -- Source
REUNION Part 2: Armageddon Unofficial Sound Track DISC 2
# Title -- Track # Album name /Artist / Time
Battle Sounds for the last four Chapters of Part 2 were found on YouTube!
Not as futuristic as what would be expected for Terminator, but they really set the scene. These battle sounds should be played in the background, slightly lower in volume than the music.
The following by Darthpovel
The following by SuicidePhilence
REUNION Part 3: Babylon Unofficial Sound Track
Play list -- Source
All of the playlists have been updated so they contain all the songs originally selected. What you will hear upon opening a link, will be exactly as it is listed for each of them on this page. Updated 05-13-2012
Official Sound Tracks:
Using Grooveshark, I have compiled playlists for:
It is okay to open Grooveshark playlists in another tab and set it to play while reading. I haven't encountered any problems opening new chapters while a song was in play.
After I began posting the revised edition of Reunion, I received an injury to my knee which severely affected my ability to maintain the schedule I was used to prior to my injury. Below are some of the comments I made as I began posting chapters again.
Important Personal Update!! On. Monday, December 20, 2010, I was going to be running some errands with my mother including doing some shopping for Christmas. Unfortunately, on the way out of the house, carrying a package to be dropped off at our local UPS store, my right knee gave out on the way down our back steps. It happened very quickly. One moment my right leg was supporting me and the next moment it was as if it wasn't there. I landed on the ground and when I tried to move my right leg, I felt excruciating pain in my knee. My friends in France and Canada, and maybe even as far away as Australia might have heard me bellowing in pain. Short story, the tendon linking my patella to my lower leg ruptured and I had surgery on Tuesday, December 21 to reattach it to my knee-bone. On Thursday, Dec. 23rd, I went to a live-in physical and occupational therapy facility. I was released on January 1, 2011. Please keep me in your prayers. I still have many weeks of therapy ahead of me, and it could be months before I'm fully functional. In the meantime, I have to continue to do as much as I can physically without undoing the excellent work the surgeon has performed. I will try to keep all of you up to date and try to get back to work on my stories as soon as possible. Today is the first day I've had access to a computer. I was already woefully behind in replying to all your reviews and comments on Dec. 20th and I have no idea when or if I'll ever catch up with them now.
Additional On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, I fell in my house, injuring my right knee again. I had a sciatica attack which caused the muscles around my right knee to clench and release rapidly, my whole body going tense. As soon as the spasms stopped, I twisted and fell. It was like I had no control. I pivoted on my right leg, and I could feel the strain in my knee. To try to avoid injury, I willed my leg to turn and kick up off the ground, which of course laid me flat on my back. Hit so hard my glasses flew off my head. So far, I've been keeping ice on it. Physical therapist thinks I may have strained the medial collateral ligament on the inner side of the joint. Apparently my instinct o put ice on it was the right thing to do. PT said its a common sports injury. Your foot is planted and you get knocked down. Never ending application of ice. Please Keep me in your prayers.
Knee update April 01, 2011: Just got back from Doctor with good & bad news. Bad: tendon tore again; Good: it can be repaired.
Knee update April 06, 2011: I go in for surgery at 11:30 am Thursday morning. If all goes well, it will be a simple re-suturing of the torn tendon. However, if there isn't enough tissue to perform another suturing, then tissue from my right Achilles tendon, plus some bone, will have to be grafted into my right patella tendon. Please pray that won't be necessary as it will mean many more weeks of recovery compared to just knee surgery alone.
The surgery went very well. No grafting was required. I've been home a month now and have been doing well. I see the doctor the end of May 2011, and hopefully I'll begin therapy before the end of summer. On the downside, this knee injury has caused untold delays in my writing. I had hoped to have begun posting Resurrection by now, a collection of novella's following Reunion, but my knee plus additional revisions needed to Reunion has really hurt my ability to keep up with it.
Knee update August 2011: I've been going to physical therapy for two months now and the doctor is very pleased with progress. The tendon is fully healed and no longer need to use the brace. I am allowed full weight bearing with aid of a crutch or cane while walking. Thanks for your prayers and positive thoughts.
Knee update End of September 2011: Knee has been doing great! It's stronger and definitely more flexible than in August. Unfortunately been having problems with inflammation in the knee. Definitely in the tissues around the joint. It is very painful! Like bolts of lightening running from knee to arch, or equivalent to someone slicing opening my leg with a razor. Quick sharp, debilitating with lingering pain. I never know when it will strike but it lasts for a few days.
Knee update November 2011: Physical therapy continues. Knee is plagued with arthritis. Muscles in leg feel strange when coming down stairs but I do mange to get up stairs using both legs provided I have support under both hands. It will take time for my right knee to return to its former glory, or even a close approximation. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
With a year plus since my knee injury, I'm back on schedule in the process of editing chapters. Though I am months behind where I wanted to be at this stage, I hope to proceed at a steady pace until the last and final chapter of Reunion Revised Edition is posted.
Knee update Jun 19, 2012: Six months after halting physical therapy and my knee is doing very well. I haven't had any further therapy but what I've done on my own. The best therapy in my opinion is to keep doing what you've been doing before the injury but ease into it. Two years ago it took me less than a week to take up a brick walk. This year it may take me all summer to put it back. - Addendum: It did take all summer to replace the walk.
Knee update Sept. 22, 2012: I was told that with the type of knee injury I had, that after surgery and therapy, I can never expect my knee to be 100% ever again. Over the last year, I've been working toward doing more around the house. I already have problems because of my back and other joints, but today proved that my knee will never be the same again. I had to replace the cap to a sewer line clean out, which I did today. Since I had to cut the pipe to put on the new fitting I decided to excavate so the clean-out is below grade. No chance of it being cut off by the lawn mower again or struck by a tiller as we redo our lawn. I took my time, taking frequent breaks - I had a chair, but it appears it wasn't enough. I was inside preparing my lunch when my right knee buckled, just gave away. If it weren't for the kitchen table present, I might have done more damage. I can't go through another surgery on that knee as it would mean removing a piece of tendon and bone from my heel this time. I can't tell you how troublesome it is trying to go to the toilet with just a knee problem, can't imagine what it would be like not being able to put pressure on my heel while it healed. As of now it appears I will have to rely on others for the bigger maintenance issues for my home. Your continued prayers for my health and situation would be appreciated.
Thanks for reading my stories. I hope you will also read some of the author's and their stories on my favorites lists. There is a lot of good talent on this site. Future writer's of TSCC would do well to peruse some our work for any future productions of TSCC. And they'd better give us the credit and damn nice check too. ;-)
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