I am a 36 year old girl from The Netherlands. I work as an educational assistant at a school that teaches teenagers using an innovative learning programme. All my life I've had pets, but since my dog died last winter I decided to do without for a while. And nope. No boyfriend either!
Ever since the show was first on, I guess. But since I live in Holland this means it was sometime during the Eighties, since that was the first time it was on Dutch television.
I was walking through this DVD store when I saw the 'Starsky & Hutch season one' DVD. It was funny, because I had completely forgotten about that show. But the moment I saw the cover I remembered scenes of Hutch trapped under a car, Starsky being poisoned, and Hutch crying. And I recalled that I actually taped the show back then, because those scenes (even though I was still a child at the time) really got to me. I bought the DVD and got hooked all over again.
'A coffin for Starsky' because of the depth of friendship that this episode, and the two actors convey so beautifully!
It would be easy to say 'Huggy Bear and the Turkey,' but since I've never finished seeing that one, I can't really judge it. So, therefore I have to say most of season 4, since the chemistry between the boys seemed to have gone. Contrary to most people however, I did like 'Starsky vs Hutch'. I thought it had a very real life feel to it.
Hutch! Not only because he's drop dead gorgeous, but also, because I tend to have a thing for the quiet ones. To me, he comes across as a character who can be quite dark on one hand, and quite caring on the other.
I can't see them going on like before. I think they both needed a change. Maybe they would have opened up a detective agency, or they moved away from homicide. I can see Starsky doing more in child abuse for instance, and Hutch... well... maybe he moved to vice? I am sure they would still find a way to work together though.
Looking back now, I realize I started writing fanfic when I was a child. Only I didn't recognize it as such. I just wrote little missing scenes and 'what ifs' to shows I liked. It was when I discovered the internet that I found out I wasn't the only one with these writing urges! I was already writing 'Soul Bonded' by then. It's not the first S&H story I posted, but it is the first I wrote. I guess my inspiration came from watching the kind of bond S&H have, and wanting to see how far I could push their friendship, how deep it really ran. Taking it just that one step further without going into the realm of slash, really was a challenge.
The first stories I read that were totally blowing me away were from wuemsel. They're often an emotional read, completely drawing me inside. Of course I also have to mention Starsky's Strut, not just because her writing is phenomenal, but also because I really gained a good friend in her, even though we live oceans apart. Then there's Elisa Valero, another great writer who turned into a good friend. Other writers I tend to follow are Monika and Pony.
I like writing stories with emotionally intense scenes in them. I also like to write with multiple story lines and enjoy finding out how they all tie into each other. I don't do action or comfort very well, but I do try to improve this.
Facts, I can't do facts. You'll never see me writing a complicated CSI kind of thing. Whenever Starsky & Hutch are on a case, the case (to me) will always be the tool to support a main 'character driven' event, like Angst, Drama or Loss.
Comfort, action, humour, and as mentioned above fact-filled scenes I find hard to write, but I'm learning. I don't have a lot of problems with dialogue. And I can do angst, hurt and mystery very well.
I suppose my main weakness is the language barrier. Sometimes I have a scene in my head and I just can't find the right English words for it. It's very frustrating to have to write and re-write and re-write before the paragraph conveys the right feel, the atmosphere I intended.
I get new story ideas mainly from real life, or from television and occasionally from a dream I had. My muse is constantly looking for possible story plot and such. I always carry pen and paper for when my muse decides to strike. As for keeping it fresh, the main thing for me is to relax. If I'm all tensed up I can't write. I need that little peace and quiet in my mind to get inspired.
That would be a big fat YES. Since I'm Dutch I NEED English-beta readers. Every beta-reader I had taught me so much about this beautiful language, and I'm constantly trying to improve myself. I'm also lucky enough to have Strut with whom I can discuss ideas and bounce stuff off from. And emailing all my other sweet friends in English is a great help too. Aside from this I always try to watch shows with the English subtitles on, and try to do most of my reading in English.
The tag to 'Shoot out.' After such an emotionally ride it completely pulled me out of the story. A real shame.
Again a big fat YES! Getting feedback really improves my writing. Constructive feedback that is. Even if it's negative. I know when people read stories they don't always review, but it would really help if they do. It's a shame that there are also people out there who make it their sole purpose to flame a story, and can cause people to stop writing. My advice is to ignore them and keep writing what you want to write.
The most positive feedback in this fandom I received is on 'Soul Bonded'. When someone emails you that your story helped them through a difficult period in their life it really lifts your spirit, makes me feel all warm inside!
I love all my stories. 'Liquids,' because it was a challenge to write a Starsky hurt story. 'Oliver,' because I love that dog! The shorter stories, because they pounced me in the middle of the night and I just had to write them down. 'Tempus Fugit,' because it was SO difficult to write a crossover. I actually lost faith I would finish it a few times with that one. But my favourite is 'Soul Bonded.' Simply because I put so much of myself into it.
Right now, I'm mostly reading fan fiction, but aside from that I'm an avid science-fiction/fantasy reader. I love it when a plot takes you outside the usual 'box'. Most of my stories tend to have a supernatural twist too. Just to get people to think.
Not really. Although I suppose the subject of friendship can be found in any good show. The ones I'm currently watching are 'Stargate Atlantis,' and 'Doctor Who.'
Are you involved in any other fandoms?
Yes. I've written some in the Stargate fandom and still attend the occasional convention in London, but right now I'm mostly involved in the Doctor Who fandom. Whovians, they call us. Still, Starsky and Hutch are never far away!
One that has an emotional impact on me. One that surprises me. I'm not big on the whole comfort story thingy. I like it when they contain angst or humour or a bit of romance, but that depends on the fandom. I don't really like seeing romance in a Starsky & Hutch story, but that might be because I like stories based on their friendship. Or Maybe I'm just jealous!
Well, I have a few stories on my hard-drive which I intend to finish one day. One of them is a sequel to 'Liquids,' but this time it's a Hutch hurt (and it involves a billy goat! *G*) Apart from that I'm currently co-writing a Starsky & Hutch crossover with Strut, which deals with vampires!
Don't try to write like your favourite author or like the person who wrote your favourite story. Just write like YOU. Also, if you're non-native English like I am it really helps to do a lot of English reading and such.
Finally I would like to say that I think the Starsky & Hutch fandom is truly special. Compared to other fandoms people here are really caring. I'm so glad I stumbled upon all of you. You helped me post my first story and become a better writer. For that I'll always be very grateful! Thanks!