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To Sandy, who I am happy to call my friend. - Wendy

Jul. 8th, 2011 08:57 pm To Sandy, who I am happy to call my friend.

Hi, Sandy. It's been a long time since we last talked -- over a decade! -- but I wanted to drop you a note to let you know I was thinking about you. You are there in my earliest memories of the internet, pre-world wide web. (Geez, are we that old?) I think you were one of the folks who laughed your ass off over how I discovered slash fiction, and may have been the one that pointed out to me that while there were folks in the B7 group that enjoyed it, that we kept it pretty quiet there.

You put me up on one of my visits to Seattle, and then proceeded to introduce me to the joys of Starsky & Hutch fanfiction (including probably my favorite S&H story ever, which I forgot to write down or lost the note on and have never again found a copy, darn it!). You then proceeded to give me instruction on how to vid, while you were working on "You Gotta Be".

I've been out of touch with a lot of fandom over the last decade and a bit, but I've been raising my own fangirls.

(This is two years ago, when Scooby Doo was the current fandom. Last year they were Pokemon trainers, and this year they were Batgirl and Supergirl.)

Right now they are mostly absorbing the media, but they do write and illustrate their own stories. They've been doing crossovers from an early age. Somewhere, I have a picture that Laura, my eldest, did after watching the Doctor Who story 'Pyramids of Mars'. She cast her favorite stuffed animal, Peter Rabbit, as the evil Sutekh.

Some day they might trip over mom's old zine collection, and they might have the same reaction I did. (Over the same zine, even. I still have that copy of 'Fire and Ice' that Denetia Arellanes sold me!) But the fannish world is a different place these days. Who knows? But the time they get to it, slash fandom may no longer raise eyebrows. It has been a long time since I horrified Jean whatserface who did the Man From U.N.C.L.E. zines by mentioning slash.

One of these days we'll sit down at the computer and figure out how to edit video together, and I'll show them Media Cannibals vids as examples, because those are some of my favorites. And I'll be doing my best to dredge out of my memory the things you taught me. Thank you! And thank you for *all* the memories...even the slightly off-key ones from Escapade.

Wendy Comeau (formerly Hyers)

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