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RAMBLINGS FROM THE EDITOR
9 June 1997
Greetings and Salutations...
This week has been another bumper week for fan fic. I have to say XWP fandom is just about the most prolific fan fic producers! I've been involved in trek fandom for a very long time and I can't remember the fiction being so prolific! I guess that just goes to show how popular this show is. It's taken the world by storm and it doesn't look like slowing down any time soon! Battle on Xena!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rebekah for editing Missing: Have You Seen Me? As many of you will see this fanfic is quite unique - I've never seen it in XWP fandom before - it's a choose your own adventure story. It's fairly big and very complicated and Rebekah did a marvelous job in editing and coding it. Rebekah has been of enormous help when I took on the reigns as Editor. Apart from being a very talented bard she is also a great friend. Thank you Rebekah.
In the coming week I will be releasing a list of fan fic that is currently in my working directory. If you don't see your fan fic on there - please email me!
Coming soon I will be implementing something new for The Eddies winners...at the moment it's a top level secret so if I tell you all I'll have to kill you and then Tom would be most upset at me for killing everyone who came here. Not good. So in the meantime
I'll keep you all in the dark. Aren't I nice? Of course I am. :-)
I've had a few email requests on how I choose an Eddie winner. One thing that I look for is if the story moves me. If I get emotionally attached to the characters. If they talk to
me. An example would be Blood Innocence last week. This story kept me awake.
I thought about it and thought about it. I'm not saying every story does this - I'm not that
obsessed...yet. Seriously though what I am saying is that a story has to present itself
in such a way that ignites the reader. Many readers find that they sit at their computer/printed story and stare at it. I have found myself doing that all too often of late
and needing to reread it. For all those bards who write their mission is to get you involved in the story - they want you to FEEL for the characters and if they did it right then these characters will come alive and talk to you. Make you want to follow the story. Another example is Truth or Dare by WordWarior. That
tale had me gripped and I wasn't the editor back then but I had read the story afterwards and it totally had me. Truth or Dare is a classic in XWP fandom. There are many other stories that have moved me and the plain fact is that XWP fandom has just about the most talented bunch of bards in fandom or elsewhere for that matter.
Another issue which has cropped up in email is printing of stories. Some of you have
had difficulty in printing the stories due to the dark backround images I select for
each story. The solution to this problem is simple. Save the story as a text file thus
the formatting of background colours will be deleted. If you want it as a HTML document then go to your Netscape/Internet Explorer setting and choose "use own colors" and
then set it up like you want it. You won't get the nice background colours but you will
get the dark print. If you still have problems ... mail the document to yourself and attach it using text only.
Okay Eddie Winners this week. Okay so I've just decided that a week won't go past until someone gets the editor misty eyed. Last week it was Blood Innocence by Danae and this week WordWarior has been at it again! The latest offering is very very sentimental. I know I got teary reading it once and then reading it a second time as I was coding. It's lucky my keyboard has a plastic covering...what with all the laughing and crying I do it won't last very long!
So without further ado the Eddie Winners for this Week are:
The Testament by WordWarior. This is a poignant piece as Xena enters her twilight years. As I mentioned above it's a teary
tale - a definite six kleenex job. WordWarior always manages to invoke some emotion through her work and this tale is no exception.
Language of Potadeia by Erica Bwo. I love a good Gabrielle story - am I telling anyone anything that they don't already know? :-) This tale
tells something about the great bard we didn't know and then we explore more about
her. It's wonderfully written and a treat. Well done Erica
Lilla's Little Adventure by Charmer. You will explode
with laughter after reading this gem. Lilla has never inspired me in any shape or
form. The character was just so bland but after Charmer has finished with her you will howl. I don't think I can see Lilla on the screen again without smirking :-) The image of
Lilla draped across ...er..I shouldn't give that away now :-) Go and read it!
Footprints in the Dust by Maggie. Maggie once again shines with this follow up story to The Better
Part of Valor. Its a very good followup and the characterization of Xena and the
bard are spot on and quite believable.
Coming Out by Joanna. I could not stop laughing over this gem! If anyone damages their keyboard after reading this - I warned you :-) You have to read it to appreciate it and this editor just loves this!
At A Distance by Melissa Good. Missy you have out done yourself with this absolutely gorgeous tale! This epic, and it truly is an epic, is a masterpiece. I was rather sad to see it end. Very very good story and a delight to read and it has one of my favourite topics in XWP fanfic...AMAZONS!
- The Silver Leaf by Scout. Having so many stories on site it is difficult to choose which archived fiction is good because they are all good! I found The Silver Leaf as I was searching for a story to read (don't laugh I actually do that! It helps me relax if I don't have to code). The Silver Leaf is a very nice story of
how a self sacrificing spirit can help when the need is great. Well done to Scout - excellent story.
Well as you can see it's been jam packed with good fiction. XWP fandom is truly blessed with bards with such talent. Not just the ones who happen to win Eddies but
all the bards!
I am very pleased to welcome some new additions to Tom's Fan Fic site.
Erica Bwo, Charmer, Allison and B L Miller. I am also pleased to annouce that B L Miller has produced the fourth From The Bard's Quill! Thank you to B L Miller.
Well that was a long Ramblings wasn't it?! Thank you to all the bards who if you didn't write this page wouldn't exist!
If you have a story to submit can you please read How To Submit Your Work guidelines and also every story MUST have a disclaimer. If you unsure of what disclaimer to add to your story or poem, please read the Disclaimers that can be used.
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