My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in December (I was a late "bloomer" and married for the first time when I was 30). We live in southwest Michigan near a small lake, and our home is in the woods. I enjoy gardening, but not the weeds, nor the challenge of finding new ways to keep the wildlife from utilizing my flowerbeds as their own private buffet.
I was eleven when the show first aired, and have been a fan ever since. Once the series went off the air, I more or less lost touch, though the guys were never forgotten. When cable TV became available (and boy, do I feel old saying that!), I would occasionally catch a rerun. I tried to keep up with Glaser and Soul's careers and lives throughout the years as well. My love for the show resurfaced after reruns began again in 1999. Our VCR timer wouldn't set right, so I would get up at four in the morning and hit the "record" button, then have a couple of pots of coffee. I never considered looking S&H up on the internet until a co-worker suggested I do so. I was blown away when I discovered fanfiction for the first time, as well as the multitude of websites dedicated to the series.
I was an awkward, sometimes lonely kid who was so drawn in by the friendship between the two characters, as well as the actors. I wanted so much to have someone that I could be a friend to like Starsky and Hutch were to each other. I respected the character's integrity, in that they stood up for what was right, even if it meant breaking a few rules to do it. And no matter what happened, they would always be there for each other.
"A Coffin For Starsky" is probably my favorite episode. Even after seeing it countless times, I still catch my breath in that one exquisite moment on the roof when Starsky shoots to save Hutch, knowing that he's giving up his last chance of surviving --valuing his friend's life above his own.
I'd have to say "The Golden Angel," (yes, even over "Starsky vs Hutch" *G* for several reasons: the dragging pace, sub-standard costumes and makeup, uneventful plotline, cartoonish secondary characterizations, etc.
I guess I've always been drawn to Starsky more of the two, but appreciate so much about both of them. Even though Starsky's been through many hardships (per canon and fanon), he's not lost the spark that keeps him keeping on. He has a nobility that stems from the core of who he is. And even though he's made mistakes and life is often unfair, he's not lost his optimism and purpose, or his ability to love.
I can see several possibilities after the series ended. The first scenario would be that after a considerable recovery, the guys return to active duty for a few more years before seeking out other areas within the department to serve -- somehow together --perhaps within a training capacity or another form of investigating.
With all the discussion lately of a "Sam and Harry" reunion movie, primarily by David Soul, I could see them going into separate fields, though I believe the friendship remaining in tact. Perhaps Sam/Starsky would stay at the department though Harry/Hutch would pursue another career (especially considering his disillusionment with their jobs and the system in "Targets"), such as in the legal or political fields.
My first piece was "I Thought My Heart Would Burst," and was written and posted in March 2000. When the series originally aired, another eleven-year-old friend and I would 'play' Starsky and Hutch (with my dark, curly hair, I was naturally Starsky to her blonde Hutch). We made up our own adventures, a few of which I even wrote down, though naturally have lost over the years. I've always enjoyed writing, and composed some short stories and poems throughout high school and college. When I discovered fanfic on the internet and joined the S&H gen list, it didn't take long for me to want to try my hand at it. I only dared post, though, because everyone on the list was so gracious and encouraging to one another. I was, and still am, pretty floored that anyone else would read something I'd written, let alone express an appreciation for my efforts.
I don't know that I have a preference. The writing of both seems to come from an instance or event -- or a moment of daydreaming -- and take shape. The poems, or the free form that I once dubbed 'musings', often stem from what I was feeling or experiencing, and simply 'spilled out'. Writing is certainly cathartic, and offers a vehicle to express ourselves toward or within an experience, often without having to expose our own perceived vulnerabilities.
I don't have a favorite style, I guess. It seems that for me, the poem is often generated by something I'm feeling or reacting to. I don't really pre-plan that a poem is going to be in free-form or iambic pentameter -- it just kind of 'happens' as I write it. (My high school English Lit teacher would be so proud that I actually remembered 'iambic pentameter' -- the second and fourth lines rhyming -- from her class. Of course, that's pretty much the only thing I remember from her class. Well, that, and the prologue to Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in -- get this -- Old Anglo-Saxon. Yeah, that'll be a big help for me to know throughout my life. *G*)
We could take all day listing them! I've found that there's something to appreciate in so many writers, both in print and on the internet. I love the work of my cohorts; TibbieB, Linda B., and the Blintz, as well as Sundog, all of who underestimate their own talents greatly. I also enjoy some of the writers I first read when I discovered fanfic: Striped Tomato, Minnie K., Kati Korrossy, Sue David and Valerie Wells, and Suzan Lovett's gen stories. What I appreciate is how these writers offer clear and touching expressions of the bond between the characters without becoming maudlin. The establishment of the plots and actions are clean, and draw me into their stories, taking me along for a great ride.
I enjoy stories that have an in-depth plot and are fleshed out well, regardless of their length. I'm most drawn in by stories that have a case to solve, as well as dealing with emotional issues.
I'd have to say that I like to see justice served -- that the 'good guys' win, and perhaps learn something, whether its about themselves, each other, or the world in general. I like to write (and read) about the characters beating the odds.
I think the greatest challenge for me is trying to develop a solid and plausible plot line as the characters unravel the clues and build a case. I'm sometimes tempted to take the 'easy way out', and have *G*, to wrap up a story, such as having an unexpected witness to whatever crime simply step up at the end to solve the case.
Well, the weaknesses sure come to mind quickly! As I mentioned, I'm challenged to develop thorough and plausible events and clues in building a story. I have a tendency to go a bit 'overboard' at times with the character's emotions and circumstances. Writing humor is often difficult for me, which my friends tell me is odd, since I'm certifiable and taken up permanent residency at Cabrillo State *G*. I also have a hard time considering a piece complete and want to nit-pick it to death. It seems I'm never completely satisfied with a piece and want to go back in to make changes.
I guess, if anything could be identified as a strength in my writing, is that I'm willing to give anything a try, even if it fails. I really love the characters and hope that appreciation comes through in my writing.
I've always been a bit of a daydreamer, and with an hour-long commute five days a week, I've got a bit of time to do so (much to the fear and consternation of the other drivers on the road *G*). If I, or someone I know, is going through a situation, or I hear of something on the news, it can often start churning through my gray matter as a possible story. Sometimes, a 'what if' will pop into my mind, then blossom into a piece.
I would be absolutely lost without my beta readers and editors! I look back over some of my first stories, many of which weren't beta'd or edited, and I cringe. Having someone else read a story or piece with a fresh set of eyes is critical to not only catching errors, but for pointing out inconsistencies or missing sections. They also ask for clarification, as I have a tendency to have 'understand what I'm thinking, not what I've written' moments. My beta readers and editors have also been a huge encouragement to me, and affirm the story and my efforts.
The first thing that comes to mind is that in "Starsky vs Hutch," Hutch wouldn't have slept with Kira. I think there still could have been a very plausible story without that the actual event having happened.
In general, I would have liked to have seen a lot more resolution within the episodes. There were so many opportunities for the characters to deal with emotions and circumstances that were passed over. At least those missed moments are now great fodder for writers' missing scenes.
It still floors me that "The Sacrifice" received as much attention as it did. It started out as one of those 'what if' moments that grew into a story, in that one of the guys would offer up his life for the other, such as in "A Coffin For Starsky." "Sacrifice" is also one of those stories that I've always wondered if I 'wrote it right', or if it was too 'over the top', and for some, I'm sure it is.
I believe that we all have a desire to be so loved and valued by another that they would do anything to protect us, to save us. That kind of sacrifice is beyond our comprehension, I think. I am fortunate to know that love first-hand, which is why I included the New Testament verse of John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
I hadn't originally intended on writing a sequel to "Heart Sight." I was considering that perhaps the ending was rather pat, and that Starsky's healing would take additional time past the story's timeline. That led to my imagining how Starsky's sight might come and go at inopportune times, which became the sequel, "Heart Song."
I've always loved medieval history and have always been a big fan or the Arthurian tales. "The Endless Knight" originally started out as a 'pure' AU piece, but as I wrote it, I toyed with, then gave in to the idea of paralleling it with "The Fix." As it neared completion, it seemed to warrant being a drug-induced dream/nightmare of Hutch's, though I've been playfully accused of 'copping out' at the last minute from being a true AU story, ala that odd season of Dallas.
As I remember, some of the other Cabrillo State inmates and I were discussing how disconcerting it would be to have others misconstrue your heterosexual friendships as something other than what they were. Because fanon strongly suggests a tension between Hutch and his father, it seemed like a natural avenue to take with the story.
I think feedback -- both positive and constructive criticism -- can be very important in writing, as you're creating something that stems from within yourself, mentally, psychologically, and to some extent, emotionally. Positive feedback can validate your efforts and affirm direction, and constructive criticism can help you grow as a writer, and if applicable, improve your work.
As much as I enjoy fanfic on the web, like many people, I will typically print out a story to read, and potentially keep to reread. The idea of publishing the first issue of "The Bond" came from TibbieB, our Cabrillo State ringleader. The other 'crazed zebras', Linda B. and myself, thought 'why not?' We gave it a shot, hoping that we wouldn't lose our shirts in the printing of the zine, not knowing what the response would be. We simply wanted to offer a nice bound copy of our new stories, and offered the zine without profit. We were also very fortunate to include some incredible artwork by Colleen Shea and Donna Langlois.
Putting the zine together was not a monumentally difficult task, since we utilized great beta readers and a terrific editor, Barb D., who has more patience with us than I can possibly express.
After "The Bond's" printing in 2002, we had considered putting out an annual edition, but our schedules wouldn't permit it. So, this year marked the release of "Unbroken -- The Bond, Volume II." Linda B. came up with name as a nod to the returning interest in the original show and increased publicity for Glaser and Soul. We added our good friend, The Blintz, to the Cabrillo State Press crew, and tapped into artist Suzan Lovett for our cover art. Barb D. was once again our editor.
This same collaboration will be offering "To Protect and To Serve, The Bond, Volume III," later this month, with all new stories, poetry and art. We'll also be featuring some wonderful photo collages created by Elsa.
Unfortunately, I've yet to find a series that comes close to the bond of Starsky and Hutch. There's only a few shows that my husband and I watch regularly, including "American Dreams," and a couple of sitcoms. Recently, we've been watching the DVD seasons of "Lonesome Dove" and "Quantum Leap."
I'm not involved in other fandoms, though my husband's been encouraging me to write stories based on the two series I mentioned above. We'll see.
I've got a couple of stories in process, with several plot lines drafted out for others. I wouldn't dare 'tease' with anything yet, since I still have to tweak what I've currently written at least another fifty or sixty times, first. *G*
If you enjoy writing, do it. Even if you don't share it with others or post it, even if you don't get the feedback you think it warrants, write. I've found that it's a way to exercise my imagination and to constantly improve the way I express myself. I do some writing as part of my job, and a couple of years back, one of my co-workers commented that my writing had improved and asked what I was doing that would show such a marked difference. I simply responded with, "Uh... practicing?" *g*