Jane was crazy talented. One time, Mom and I were making Christmas tree ornaments out of that inedible bread dough stuff when Jane came over. Mom and I were making stars and candy canes and such. Jane formed a figure and used her fingernails to finish it. It was Ebenezer Scrooge. As I watched, jaw unhinged in awe, she detailed his scarf, gave him a frown, and showed coins bulging in his pockets.
Jane and I went to different high schools, and to different colleges for my first year, after which Jane transferred. My high school friends and I had so much fun writing serials together, passing them back and forth and adding to the story each time we had it, Jane and I did the same thing by mail. This was postal mail, children. Jane created the character of Tetra, who was a Vulcan. When I started writing the Bel Schuster stories, Jane gave me the character. When I turned the first Bel Schuster Star Trek fanfic into an original novel, I kept Tetra but made her a gilled Gilhoolie from the planet Gilhoo.
The fanfic stories were published in Devra Langsam’s fanzine, Maziform D (not a bra size, as Devra pointed out). I don’t know how we missed doing the first one, but Jane illustrated the subsequent stories. I’ve posted the stories on my old WEBLAHG. Here’s one of Jane’s illustrations, to whet your appetite. The fuzziness comes from the texture of the cheap paper fanzines were mimeographed on. Ah, how we loved the smell of corflu in the mornings.
Jane wrote for Masiform D, as well. In fact, someone who published a collection of fan fiction picked up one of her stories for it. Alas, I never got a copy of it! But Karma has a way of delivering; That book will fall into my lap some day, because Karma.
As always, I invite you to visit my regular Tuesday post at Fatal Foodies. I forget what it’s about.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a friend lost and found.