From the Editor's Desk

A full year has gone by since the first issue of apocrypha hit the screens, and we're just thrilled to not only be still up and around, but also to be reading some of the best L&O fan fic we've seen yet! So pat yourselves on the back, readers and writers alike, and let's look forward to another year, and another one after that....
We've added a new section to the 'zine: News. While we only come out a couple times a year, timeliness isn't going to be our forte, but if you have any suggestions for news, or inside information you want confirmed, or anything else you think we can use, please let us know! This could become a place to announce new web pages from L&O fans, too, depending on the response. That said, at least one of our news items is a sad one -- a short obituary of one of our best writers, Lori Kern, who published under the name Lori N. Kem, who died this summer after a bout with cancer. As a tribute, we've relinked the two stories in our Fiction section, and we hope that in reading (or re-reading) them, you'll understand that we've lost a real talent.
On other subjects, we've now got a final list of nominees for the first Blue Wall Awards. Go to The Nominees Page page, and read the instructions, and vote! What will they win? Well, we're still working on that. But you have to start somewhere....
As always, we've had beautiful stories submitted to us this issue, and as you'll notice, we've expanded the number of fiction stories we normally showcase. Keep 'em coming! This is very, very encouraging. So keep on sending in -- we love reading what's out there.
Ok, all of that said, time to get to business, a little on our picks for this issue: Korillian chooses, Patients, by Michelle Leslie, and calls it an "interesting first-person vignette." Kitt's pick is A Wind In New York. Kitt says, "Not all stories have to spell out meaning with the first reading. Wind is the kind of story that gets under your skin and leaves you thinking about it long after you've turned the virtual page." The other stories are just as worth reading, of course, so dive in, and enjoy! Write us, write for yourself, and send, send, send! The next issue comes out (tentatively for now) on November 1, 1998. Any comments, just throw them our way here at apocrypha and we'll see what we can do!

Love,
Kitteridge and Korillian

Letters To The Editor
We get letters, we get letters, lots and lots of letters...

Subj:     Zoni's Story
Date:    Sat, Jun 13, 1998 11:48 PM EDT

Zoni's Story is absolutely FANTASTIC.  More, More!
Joystar


Subj: Mary Dinsmore Logan Date: Sun, Jun 14, 1998 2:37 PM EDT One word... amazing. Debbie
Subj: Friend Indeed Date: Mon, Jun 15, 1998 6:25 PM EDT I must admit that in reading Friend Indeed, I was thrown for a loop! It definitely took an unexpected turn, as I assume the writer wanted it to, in order to throw us readers off balance. Kudos to the writer and to you guys for selecting it and letting us fans of L&O fiction to get our proverbial money's worth. Keep up the good work. Toi
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 1998 8:51 PM EDT From: ZombDet Enjoyed your interview with Ms. Baptiste. She is my favorite fanfic writier out of all of those you have had. Her stories are hard to put down because they really get you involved. You can just picture everyone when you read her stuff. Is she published anywhere? She is too good to just write fanfic. She sounds like she is as fun as her writing. I missed seeing any of her stories in this issue. I hope you will have her again soon. Dawn
Subj: Some Thoughts Date: Thu, Jun 18, 1998 7:35 PM EDT Dear Kitt and Kor........I see in Apocrypha that you encourage response to stories from readers. And you're right! My little piece of fanmail was such a nice surprise I turned around and mailed one off myself to someone else! I think I mentioned before to you that I have serious reservations about fan fiction. Since I made the decision to submit to apocrypha I've been forced to examine my reservations more closely. I haven't read any other kind of fanfiction except L&O's and I haven't read widely there either so I must admit that my sampling is small, but it hasn't encouraged me to explore further. I find that I often have a cringe/wince response when I read fanfiction and I think it's elicited by something self-serving in the motive to write the story, and consequently limits the stories' effectiveness because it's not something honest in the material that's being addressed. I don't think Balcer's remark is all that off-base (the one on Kitteridge's opening page). There's something masturbatory (more or less, directly or indirectly) about a lot of fanfiction. God knows, I understand the impulse.... I have a page or two of Logan erotica somewhere in my files.....but I recognize it for what it is. It *doesn't* arise from the wealth of character detail that the show and its writers and actors give us. It comes from somewhere else. In order for fanfiction to be successful I think it must come from this richness of character and the possibilities it suggests. So I applaud your refusal to accept all material and urge you to continue to be as discriminating as possible. (Now that I'm on the safe side of that one! ;) ) BTW, I liked Zoni's story "Friend Indeed". She had a line in her material and knew exactly where it was and didn't cross it. I really like the formatting for Apocrypha that you do, too, and its seasonal touches. Its always interesting and pleasing and sometimes very pretty (I love the bright nasturtium-like flowers against the blue summer sky and those sassy little summer suns winking at the top). It's inviting and easy to read. Thanks for all your talented efforts, Sara Editor's Note: Sara is the author of Mary Dinsmore Logan.
Date: Fri, Jun 19, 1998 11:38 AM EDT From: MM125 Subj: friend indeed The best story I've read yet!!!!
Subj: Keeping Secrets (conclusion) Date: Mon, Jun 22, 1998 4:59 PM EDT Thank you for a very touching story. I read it at work and had to try hard not to cry while reading it. You've given Mike Logan a new dimension...caring, loving father and I like it. Judy
Date: Tue, Jun 23, 1998 5:44 PM EDT Subj: The Logan Mystique I think you're damn right! But I disagree in only one point: Mike Logan IS handsome. Not only that, but he is -sexy is not the word- very attractive sound much better when it comes to quality speaking, and that's exactly what Mike-Chris Noth is: QUALITY... you fill in the dots! By the way my name is Maria, I'm Greek and I'm sure you already know that apocrypha is a Greek word and it means secrets or, things that are private, things that we try to hide from other people. Mystique too, is greek and means almost the same thing: secret. I'm a new Chris Noth fan, because Law & Order here is on every Tuesday 1-3 a.m!!! PLUS, they show two episodes in a row, therefore you have to know what is on and when, as far as late night shows are concerned, otherwise you miss great men like Chris Noth for no reason! But NOW that I do know, I don't miss a thing! Is it just me or is this guy great! Keep those stories coming!! Maria Samartzi Greece
Date: Sun, Jun 28, 1998 7:27 PM EDT Subj: re: friend indeed WOW!!!!!! i loved this story. it was just too beautiful. congrats to zoni. i think that's the author. thanks for publishing the story. i got so emotional that believe it or not i got a little teary. sincerely, elizabeth a.k.a. MORALITO
Subj: Hello Date: Mon, Jun 29, 1998 12:38 PM EDT I recently found your page while exploring the Chris Noth site. You have a fabulous set up !!!!! It actually inspired a brainstorm of a story. Kudos, roses, and a shower of confetti to Eunice who wrote the tale Reflections!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a wonderful story and I hope she writes more of them :) Take Care, Bonnie
Subj: Logan Mystique Date: Tue, Jun 30, 1998 2:44 PM EDT I would say you hit the nail on the head. Logan was great in Law and Order and I miss his presence today. As much as I like Jerry Orbach I don't watch anything after Logan. So A&E and I are pretty close, it's nice to be able to see Logan every night. Thanks for the insight into Logan, Cindy Walters
Date: Sat, Jul 4, 1998 10:30 PM EDT Hi ...... I like your aprocrypha site.....however, could you please use some other color for your fonts??? You cannot read the challenge....... too small font,,,,wrong color, makes your eyes get spots trying to read it!!!! subpeona Kathryn Editor's note: Anybody else having this kind of problem?
Subj: The Logan Mystique Date: Thu, Jul 9, 1998 5:39 PM EDT Couldn't agree more-as a relative new comer to Law and Order- only because of scheduling problems-I have found myself following the Logan character more and more closely trying to figure out what makes him tick.Also since getting my first computer 3 weeks ago I was pleased to find that there is so much information of Christopher Noth on the web. Some,like this article, is very well written;some of it I can only wonder what the writers were thinking and what kind of back grounds they had that they for the most part just wanted to hurt him physically and mentally.And your right he's not the most handsome man but he is very real and I think very sexy.I'm not ashamed to admit he's given me some very interesting dreams of late. Keep up the good work. Friend Indeed: Excellent work, comfortable, readable and for once plausible. Doreen
Subj: Susianne Baptiste Will there be anymore strories by Susianne? I can't get enough of Simone & Logan. Kellie/Brent Noffz
Subj: Re: Keeping Secrets Date: Sat, Jul 11, 1998 11:48 PM EDT Keeping Secrets is a very good story. Like many of the episodes of the series itself, it was disturbing and doesn't have a nice neat happy ending. Thanks Jackie Leaf
Subj: pride Date: Thu, Jul 23, 1998 8:42 AM EDT loved the idea first time i've ever found anything like this on the net. wish we could get some closure like this into next season...like lets show how logan and grown and gets his shield back ...works in the 34 or wherever...and use the character in some shows just so we can feel good about him again. robin knutson Editor's note: We're not quite sure if she's writing about a story, or about the episode "Pride," but our queries went unanswered. Oh well!
Subj: Keeping Secrets Date: Thu, Aug 20, 1998 11:11 AM This is a wonderful story! It shows the side of Mike Logan that peeks through every now and again when we get brief glimpses of his past! I am working on a story with Mike and Lennie and would love to be able to make some sort of reference to his late son! CJackson
Subj: Law and Order - Stand Off by Kim Hood Date: Tue, Aug 25, 1998 3:10 AM Good story. Look forward to reading the second part. pndragon
Subj: Mary Dinsmore Logan Date: Thur, Aug 27, 1998 4:52 PM Meriden Bruce did an excellent job on her story! I was glued to it. It leaves me wanting to read more! I was so caught up in it I felt as if I were there! Watching as Teresa did eavesdropping around the corner when Mary got her call from Frank. And sitting there at the table when she made Michael move from his place to his father's place. And reaching for the milk and seeing the glass tumble and the milk splashing everywhere. It made me scared to look up and face the woman!! Keep up the great work, Meriden. I hope to read more. Brenda

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