Well, since my last report here so long ago, the club membership has almost tripled. To help me keep track of you, and to make it easier for you to find each other, I've made a club roster. I hope you like it.
Also I'm changing the look of the site again, finally retiring the old stars-and-stripes banner (although don't be surprised if Old Glory comes back in a new banner--I've made a big flag . . .) I haven't gone to frames here (which are an option on the Grey Company site, which you would know of if you have visited the archive there.)
I think my next move with the story will be to finally go public with the "Mako's Run" line and firm up the first few chapters of the second part of A Year and Change which have been hanging around the Works in Progress section for quite awhile now. This doesn't mean I've decided exactly how to resolve this, but it does mean I've decided to bite the bullet and put the Reverend Johnny Lee Swainson out there and see if he can give Elmer Gantry a run for his money. (That's Elmer Gantry, a famous novel about a corrupt evangelist by Sinclair Lewis. Your teacher talked about while you were sleeping in English class.)
Don't miss the first chapter of Naru's Girl, a new story by Usa Serenity (usa_serenity on Yahoo!) It promises to be a fascinating extension to the Dream saga which, I'm sure you recall, has had alternate worlds in it from Book 1, Chapter 1. This is about a girl from one of those alternate timelines, although she hasn't known how special she was . . .
The piccy for this entry hasn't been salvaged by myself; it's from the now-sadly-departed Janice's Transparent Gif Gift Gallery. Does anyone know how Janice is doing now? She said she had some health problems some time ago when she announced she wouldn't be updating her site any more.
Well, after four days offline due to someone cutting the phone cable to my neighborhood, I'm back on the web. I've got no less than four chapters up and waiting for your comments in the "Works in Progress" section, so let's hear it.
The Old Gringo writes other stuff too, and if you're curious, I just posted a story I wrote a couple of years ago at my NBCi site. It's not Sailor Moon or even anime-based.
At present, I'm working on two things: the next installment in Book 4, and what will either be a later chapter (or maybe chapters) or a story about Makoto. If any of you out there know something interesting about Japan, this could be a good time to share it with me, because the story is, mostly, set in Japan, where Makoto has returned for awhile. Names would be especially helpful; it's getting a little old naming characters after generals and admirals.
You know you're beginning to matter in the fanfic biz when you start getting flamed. Let me share with my loyal clubbies one that the Dream saga got this week:
What the he** is wrong with you? You call your "Sailor Moon's American Dream" a story? It is sick and twisted like you. You give the total opposite impressions of the characters, and your characters, plots, and scenes are so absurd, I wouldn't be surprised if you were taken to a mental ward. I do realize that this is set in an alternate reality, and since it is your story you do have your opinions and *sick* thoughts, but this is too much! You know what, I'm going to start a story, and it's going to be called "Thomas Sewell's Twisted Dream." You got a complaint? E-mail me. If you DARE.
Well, I did dare. So far the flamer hasn't replied. I've fired off a few flames myself, but at least I was careful to point out just exactly was getting under my skin. If the author of this little gem is lurking here, reading this, I warn you: don't read anything by Levar Bouyer or Mark Page (writes as "Dark Day for Anime" at ASMR ). If my stuff upsets you this much, their work could be fatal . . .
I will add the inevitable warning: Levar does write an occasional hentai.
Once again, thanks to masdog5 for brainstorming with me and helping very much to bring forth "MTV." sd_luvs_sm got me moving again on "Year and Change." I won't say how here until the big climax is actually posted. I was thinking of putting excerpts from these sessions up here so the rest of you can actually see what goes on in the twisted minds of fanfic writers. Not without permission, of course.
There's not a lot to put on this page yet, but wait and see . . .
How about a "topic of the day" for starters? Kristi Green does this at her "Starlight Senshi" site and it makes for some interesting reading. An idea that seemed to interest a few people at the giant among Yahoo! clubs for Sailor Moon fanfic, Ahbunny's SMFFC before everyone went back to talking about Pokeman is this one: What if Usagi and Minako are really sisters? It sure would explain the similarities, wouldn't it . . .
Here's another topic I was discussing with masdog5 in the wee hours: Who are Michiru's parents? And where does she get the money for that fabulous apartment and her other stuff? Masdog and I came up with some pretty wild ideas; I'd like to hear from the rest of you, assuming there really is a "rest" of you out there reading this page.