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Fool’s Wisdom (The Things We Don’t Tell)
by Bimo (AO3 link), 2442 words
Summary: 
When Jackson Healy is left alone to deal with an elderly client, quite a few things fall into place
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Genre:
Character Study, Aftermath of a Case
Rating: PG-13, Teen and Up Audiences on AO3
Thanks to: The wonderful Ineptdetective (Gotyerback), for fantastic beta and encouragement :)
Author’s Note: I couldn’t write hardboiled detective fic if my life depended on it, so I’m not even pretending to. Please make of this whatever you want and enjoy!

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I’ve been re-reading a lot of Highlander fan fiction from the heydays of “Seventh Dimension”, “HL Quill Club” and Mary Galasso’s excellent “Voices” anthology lately, all of these stories being old favourites of mine that I’ve been able to track down, retrace and locate.

The infrastructure of first wave HL fandom collapsed sometime during the 2000s, which essentially means that if an author didn’t transfer their works to AO3, or if you, as a reader haven’t kept up with writers’ changing pseuds, the stories are gone. Even with a good memory for titles and pen names, you’ll have an incredibly hard time finding an accessible online version of *that* particular fanfic ever again.

So I figure the first, rather unsurprising lesson learned from my experience can be summed up as: If you care about a certain story, save it on your hard drive and make sure to create regular back ups, just in case you would like to revisit it someday for whatever reasons.

The second lesson, however, is actually more of a subjective observation.

By the time I first encountered stories such as Kat Allison’s  Last Set Before Closing, Parda’s Down to the Bone, or [personal profile] selenak 's Death and the Maiden in the late 1990s (to name only a few, also both Parda and Selena were still writing under their real names back then), I was still a comparative youngster finding herself in fanfic heaven, because, good grief, were those stories amazing. The premises, the characterisations, the imagery, the language… . In short, all those qualities which make a piece of writing pass the test of time with flying colours. No wonder I had expected those stories to age well. What I hadn’t reckoned with, however, was how much my perspective on them and therefore also the reasons for my appreciation would change and grow over time.

Just to give you a few examples:

It’s February 2017 now, which means in real life we must almost have reached the very palpable future depicted in Last Set, since the story is set roughly twenty years after the last HL episode takes place and deals with Duncan visiting his aged friend Joe Dawson at a retirement home. The predictions that Kat Allison made regarding technological and social developments are plain intriguing, because while not every detail is perfect, they hit frighteningly close to home if seen as a whole.

Revisiting  Down to the Bone and Death and the Maiden, I couldn’t help noticing how much more susceptive and aware the older me, turning forty-two in a couple of weeks, has become regarding the underlying psychological dynamics and depths, so finely-tuned and hidden between lines of powerful, evocative writing.

Stuff, which has been there all the time, and I was only too young, inexperienced or simply not prophetic enough to see it.





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Measure of a Man by Bimo (571 words)

Fandom: Once upon a Time
Rating: G bordering on PG-13
Summary: Sometimes the measure of a man is how he copes with being reborn
Characters: Emma Swan, Killian Jones

Notes:
Written as a gift for Em, for the 2016 Once Upon a Secret Santa exchange on Tumblr. I've never tried writing a bona fide Captain Swan story before. So I can only hope that everything comes across just right and that you will enjoy! :)
Thanks:
Lots of thanks go to Whimsicallyenchantedrose, for kindly volunteering as a beta!
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I guess, I was never really satisfied with how the Underworld arc depicted hope as just a handful of blossoming flowers. So I sat down and wrote...

Not Fade Away by Bimo (500 words)

Fandom: Once upon a Time
Rating: G
Summary: Change has come to the Underworld and Milah can feel it.
Characters: Milah, Liam Jones
Thanks to: The wonderful folks who encouraged me when I wrote the first draft version of this little piece, and Epona610 for volunteering to proofread :-)
bimo: (Terra_incognita)
I guess, I had this one coming ever since 5.11 "Swan Song"...

Atlas by Bimo (430 words)

Fandom: Once upon a Time
Rating: G, but dealing with themes of loss and abandonment
Summary: A closer look at the Jones brothers, set shortly after the children were sold into servitude. The reality of their father's deed sinks in slowly.
Characters: Liam Jones, Killian Jones
Thanks to: Scapeartist,  for the fantastic beta!

bimo: (Fivey_bookish)
Going through some old lever arch files, I just stumbled across the first fan fiction story I've ever written.

German language, typewritten manuscript, circa 1993, never been published. Crossover between TNG and Forever Knight featuring my then favourite vampire Nick Knight and a certain Starfleet captain running into each other during an archaeological dig on some alien world.

What really amazed me when I re-read the whole thing for the first time in over twenty years:
  • While there are quite a few things that I'd do differently today (basically in a shorter, more compact and somewhat more subtle way than my 18-year old self did), the writing itself  is actually surprisingly free of cringe-worthy, embarrassing stuff.
  • In many ways, it's already a typical "Bimo story". Lots of character details, visible attempts at establishing a somewhat atmospheric setting, some nice dialogue bits but little to zero action.
Colour me amused and fascinated at the same time.


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