Author has written 60 stories for Hogan's Heroes, Flying Doctors, Zorro, TV Commercials, Road to Avonlea, Katts and Dog/Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop, Kunt u mij de weg naar Hamelen vertellen, mijnheer?, StarTrek: The Next Generation, Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and M*A*S*H.
Able to communicate with you in: English, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, German and French (though my understanding of French is far superior to my productive skills). And a tiny little bit of Russian. A *very* tiny little bit...
Writing history: I've been writing stories for nearly 35 years now - I started pretty much as soon as I learned how to read and write. Originally it was quite simple fiction, strongly reflecting my own life and the things I would like to do. As my taste in reading evolved, my writing followed: stories about girls at boarding school and about hidden treasures with bad guys eager to snatch them away (Enid Blyton!) were succeeded by fantasy and a mild form of SF under the influence of Harrie Geelen's TV-series of Hamelen and the novels by Tonke Dragt.
It was Hamelen that first got me into the writing of fanfiction, even though I didn't know that word at the time. This wonderful series simply begged for an extra season towards the end. So I wrote down a complete storyline and a few elaborated scenes for another six ep season, and even though the story never really got written, most of the songs to be included (mostly new lyrics to existing songs) I still treasure today.
A few years later, Zorro got me started on a fanfic in which Victoria finally puts 2 and 2 together and then starts to taunt Diego to agony with her new-found knowledge. But I only wrote the beginning, and when I recovered it a few years ago, I didn't have a clue as to how I had wanted to continue. As a matter of fact, I still don't.
It wasn't until 2005 that I discovered the realm of fanfiction on the internet. Recently having joined a yahoogroup on one of my favourite TV-shows The Flying Doctors, I was happily astonished to read all the stories in the group. But that was something I could do, too!
And here is the result: spread out over different fandoms I've written and published well over 50 fanfic stories by now, most of which can be found here on ffnet. And I'm honoured (and proud, and delighted, and everything!) to relate that they are in general very well received by the readers, and many of my writings in the Hogan's Heroes section have been adjudged our prestigious Papa Bear Awards in the past years (most notably The Key to Berchtesgaden and most of my poems and rewritten songs).
And which ones are my own favourites? First of all that should be Robin Hood's Christmas Party - a genuine Hogan's Heroes adventure with some ww2 realism and some extra humour thrown in.
Another favourite of mine is Helga's Hero - so different from the usual HH stories, but I just love the people in that tale.
Then there is the Star Trek story Maybe There's Something Wrong with the Universe - a complicated mix of humour and SF that would appeal to anyone who loves alternate realities and the complications they lead to in the original universe. A bit along the same lines as Peter David's famous Q-Squared. And really, the story is complete. I've merely taken down most of it for further aspirations- like extending it and trying to get it published as an official ST novel :-) If you'd like to read the complete original version, just send me a PM and I'll mail it to you.
A fourth favourite is Magda's Quest - part of an extensive series of stories on my two favourite Flying Doctors characters that in hindsight was my way of dealing with David Ratcliffe's character death in the series. Still, especially this one I love - an alternate version where he didn't die.
And a fifth one must be Chameleon Fever, the still ongoing epic on Langenscheidt's antics that formed the original basis of what has become known as The Corporal Chronicles (see below).
Reading Guide to "The Corporal Chronicles"
Since I have a habit of letting interesting character developments from one story trickle down into other stories, I think a little reading guide to some of my Hogan's Heroes stories might be in order by now.
As mentioned above, the epic Chameleon Fever really is the basis for all of The Corporal Chronicles. However, even The Key to Berchtesgaden gives you the necessary insight in the situation to be able to thoroughly enjoy the other stories in the series.
Both Robin Hood's Christmas Party and No Silent Night however are very readable as stand alone stories, without any prior knowledge of the actual situation I created around Langenscheidt and Danzig. But of course they are more fun if you are aware of what's really going on.
The Mystery of the Love-Struck Corporal and The Pied Piper of Hamelburg are best read with the reader being aware of Langenscheidt's antics. The latter however I do not consider to be really part of the Chronicles anymore. It is more a TOW fanfic than a HH fanfic, and by now I've developed my own plans for how things will go towards the end of the war. The only part of The Pied Piper story that I still consider a more or less legitimate part of the Chronicles is the lengthy flashback of chapters 4-8.
Sigh. Originally, when I started Chameleon Fever, I had no intention of writing something like The Corporal Chronicles. But the plotbunnies just keep multiplying!
It's been a long while since I heard,
Jon Seymour Cedar
aka Corporal Karl Langenscheidt
as well as Oskar Danzig, Stoffel, Mannheim,
1931 - 2011
He will live on forever in our stories.
May the man behind these minor but inspiring characters rest in peace.
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