Sent: Monday, June 17, 2002
Subject: Crossover Suggestion
I really liked the idea for
the fan fiction challenge for the next issue, and I have a suggestion for
one possible crossover that I would like to see someone try.
There are many good crossovers
between Law & Order and other series except one of my other
I would like to see a crossover
where one of the Law & Order characters becomes a Highlander
Immortal and gets trained by Duncan MacLeod, and how the others deal with
I really would like to see
someone give this a try, especially if you use Angie Harmon's character,
Thanks for your time, and
keep up the good work.
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002
Subject: challenge suggestion
I have a suggestion for the
next challenge --- How about writing stories about Adam and Jack/Adam
and Ben or Adam/Jack/Ben --- no slash please! :)
From: "Jim B"
Sent: Tuesday, June 18,
2002 4:06 AM
Great issue. I really liked
the adopt-a-mutt ad with Jerry Orbach. Very cute.
From: Carol Fiddes T
Sent: Tuesday, June 18,
2002 2:48 AM
Thank you so much for that
beautiful piece. I really love the Mike and Liz Olivet continuing story
and you write it in such an appealing way that I really don't want to stop
reading. Hope there is more to come in this story.
From: "Maggi Michel"
Sent: Wednesday, June 19,
2002 3:18 PM
This story is amazing. Well
written, moving, totally entrancing. Every word made me want to read the
next one. I was in the narrator's grip
from the first paragraph.
What a great character study. What a great "slice of life" piece. What
a beautifully drawn portrait of those "dark nights of the soul" we all
experience one time or another, when everything in life seems to conspire
against us, and even our oldest beliefs start to tumble.
Thank you, thank you, for
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002
Subject: Mary Seuss
Just read this - very well
done! And one of the funniest things I've read in a while!
The imagery, even in Suess-style
poetic form, is wonderful! And the entire thing is so true of "MarySues"
(btw, I love the 'play on words'!)
From: "Jayne Deaux"
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2002
Subject: Mary Seuss
I thoroughly enjoyed R. Miles'
Mary Suess. In a word, "hilarious." In two words, "So true." In six words,
"Oh, crap; she's talking about me!"
Sent: Saturday, June 29,
2002 4:18 PM
Subject: Dreams, Reality,
I was pointed to your site
by a fellow fanfiction writer, as she knew I wrote slash and liked L&O.
She told me there was some slash
controversy, so I tried
to find out what was going on and eventually did. From what I gather this
story was written by someone younger than 17?
One reason I'm writing is
to support you as editors for putting any content here that you deem worthy.
Obviously, as a writer of explicit
slash, I have no issue with
free speech on the internet.
Secondly, I did find the
character of McCoy quite believable as a bisexual, which surprised me.
I deliberately had not thought about who
the story would feature,
and have never considered L&O characters in a slashy way (as we say
in our fandom). McCoy was an excellent pick. Briscoe, I had some trouble
with, but by the end I believed it.
And thirdly, if indeed this
story was written by someone young he or she has a promising future as
a writer. I thought it was well done,
definitely above average
for fanfiction. And there was nothing so explicit in it as to be offensive,
in my humble opinion. There was
nothing explicit in it at
all, other than some kissing and some post-coital cuddling. If just the
mere thought of two men making love
is enough to send people
into a tizzy, then, yes, I'd agree there is some homophobia coming through.
I realize I am not part of
the L&O fandom world, though I do plan on wandering through the archive
to see what you've got there. So I
appreciate the opportunity
to put in my two cents. Best of luck with your continued efforts to encourage
the craft of good writing. I like
your "KISS" - I have "Less
is More" over my desk ;-).
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2002
Subject: Minorities in Law
I miss Richard Brooks, Michael
Moriarty, Chris Noth, Steven Hill, Dann Florek and Paul Sorvino/George
Dzundza. This was one of the most powerful and talented lineups ever assembled.
The first 2 1/2 seasons were magical. I think most of the personnel changes
have actually watered down the show.
From: "Tobias Charity"
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2002
Subject: Letter to the Editors
To apocrypha and its readers:
I am the author of the slash
fic which seems to have stirred up so much controversy over the past few
issues. I've read through the letters written by readers, and I feel there
are a few things which need to be said.
In the editor's reply to
one letter, they said: "We are unaware, and uninterested in, the author's
sexual tendencies, but if he or she happened to be gay (and yes, 13 is
not too young to know this about yourself) why
should it be up to us to
declare that the expression of their sexuality on paper was invalid?"
There's something here I'd
like to respond to. There is the assumption that one must be gay/lesbian/bi
to write slash fiction. Not true! I consider myself a straight female,
as do many of my close, slash-writing friends. As
the editors stated before,
it is not necessary to have first hand experience in order to write about
it. I write West Wing fiction as well; does that mean that I'm a
politician? And what of X-Files? Have I been abducted by
aliens? Am I an FBI agent?
The 'author's sexual tendencies', as you put it, have absolutely nothing
to do with what goes down on paper, at least in my case. I do not attend
some big city school where teen sex is the norm; in fact, I live in a small,
rural village in Upstate NY where the entire school
regularly attends middle
school football games.
Small town values have not
lost their meaning here; however, that does not mean that we are stuck
in the 19th century. There is an openly gay teacher at the middle school,
as well as two students attending the high school who are openly gay. There
is some prejudice, of course, but that is only because of the closed-mindedness
of certain individuals. That's something I'd like to address: homophobia.
The staunch conviction of a few that homosexuals are wrong/sick/twisted/etc.,
and that slash fiction should not be featured on this site, is no reason
to remove slash fiction all together. Sure, slash is controversial, but
then so is the assumption that our fate is mapped out for us. I've received
more hate mail and flames claiming that I shall burn in hell for my philosophic
fic "Chess" than I have for my entire, slash, five-story Union series
(of which "I Plead the Fifth" is a part).
Third issue: readers, had
you even scanned "I Plead the Fifth" before writing the letters? I happen
to doubt that you did; if you had, I don't believe you would have referred
to it as 'explicit'. It was, in my opinion and in the opinion of numerous
others, about as explicit as a PG-13 movie, and more to the point, would
you have responded in the way that you did if it had been a Jack/Claire
story? Or a Jamie/Rey? Or even a, god-forbid, Jack/Serena? I tend to think
not. It is acceptable for young people to put heterosexual characters in
minor sexual situations; why is it not acceptable for the authors to do
the same with the same 'hetero' characters, but put them in homosexual
situations? One paragraph was all that described the sexual part of the
relationship; the entire fic was meant to be a self-doubting monologue
on the part of Ben Stone. The slash was secondary; the *element*
of slash and the idea that one male character might sleep with another
male character, and then question himself, doubt himself for it, was the
reason behind the fic.
Yes, I am a slash reader.
Yes, I write slash for numerous fandoms. No, slash is not the only thing
I write, no, I am not gay, no, I do not write 'explicit' material, and
no, I do not agree with those of you who say I should be silenced for my
age. Do you say that gifted children should not take higher level classes
because of their age? You claim that children should be innocent; I ask
you, how can we be innocent with the images constantly projected at us
through the television, movies, radio, etcetera? In a world where pop stars
sing about soda in bikinis, telling us to 'think young', of all adjectives,
can you truly, honestly expect the young minds receiving all of this information
to not absorb some of it and think that
flaunting your sexuality
is the norm? The media is feeding us this, while my own state's Board of
Regents deletes all references to anything that might be construed as 'politically
incorrect' on a *state test*, which might, I don't know, maybe not, have
some bearing on our lives as adults. Soda
commercials do not.
If children capable of understanding
advanced material should not be protected from it (for example, higher
level courses in middle and high school), then neither should be protected
from incorporating their knowledge and interpretation of that material
into their creative outlets.
So why restrict me, a 13
year old, who is perfectly capable of deciding what to and what not to
read on grounds of 'adultness,' and is also perfectly capable of separating
fantasy from reality and knowing what to incorporate into the real world,
why restrict me to writing something that I have no creative/imaginative
interest in whatsoever? Would you prefer that I write happy little cheery
stories, where no one ever suffers or has doubts? Is that the way humans
live? Or are you suggesting that I simply not express myself, my own cynical,
sarcastic outlook on life and the people who populate it, on paper?
There. I have spoken my piece.
Feel free to write back to me so as to not bug the apocrypha editors
Thanks for your time;