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22 year old slash story

I’ve been having a hard time finding the time (and concentration) to write, so since I promised that I would have something for the K/S Christmas calendar, I decided to post one of my (very old) zine stories, “Like A Tear Cast In Stone”, which was originally published in “In The Wilderness” # 1, Village Press, 1986.

It’s an odd feeling, revisiting a story I wrote more than two decades ago. I couldn’t resist the temptation to edit, just a little bit. Mostly nitpicking stuff. But I decided I definitely needed to establish the setting. Back in the early 80s, all my K/S fic was based on Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I wrote a handful of quasi-related stories, all self-contained, but set in the same “universe”. And since several of those stories were published before “Star Trek II”, I felt the setting was self evident. But there’s been a lot of “Trek” since then, and reading this story, I felt the setting was unclear. So I added a little bit about Spock melding with Vger a few months earlier.

Other than that, it’s pretty much exactly as it was 22 years ago.

I still have hopes of finishing up some stories I promised to a zine editor and to the calendar within the next couple of weeks – I have ideas and words written down, but I just seem to be spinning my mental wheels here. I’m still cleaning up after a plumbing problem a few weeks ago; my lower room got half-flooded and I had to move stuff around quite a bit. And I’m still putting things back in place. I’m hoping that once things are a bit less cluttered, I’ll be able to concentrate and get some writing done.

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I HATE the Motion Picture for many many reasons but I have to admit there are some slashtastic moments in it. "We need him, Bones. *I* need him." (Kirk referring to Spock). Or the look on McCoy's face when Spock steps out of the shuttle, like he can barely keep from throwing himself into Spock's arms, all "Kohlinar THIS!"

All this was a roundabout way of saying that I look forward to reading your fic.
STTMP was good for K/S fandom in so many ways. It's inspired a tremendous amount of fic. Why did Spock go to Gol? How did Kirk wind up taking a desk job? Why is McCoy so alienated from Kirk? And all those moments you mention.

I would bet the sheer amount of fic this movie has inspired is way above any other "inspirational source" in TOS or the other movies.

Plus we get to see Kirk and Spock holding hands. :-) There are about 15 - 20 minutes I love to watch. The rest of it... yawn.

My two other STTMP-based stories, “Thataway” from 1981 and “Beyond the Barrier” from 1984, can be found at:

http://ksarchive.com/viewuser.php?uid=6
I liked the mention of Daystrom in "Thataway". I really like the subtlety of this fic. Its not slash in a "rip your clothes off, lets get to it" kind of way. Even the conversation between Kirk and Spock isn't particularly slashy if you aren't paying attention to what isn't being said. And that's a rare talent...any writer can put words into character's mouths. It is a rare talent to illuminate what is *not* being said.
Wonderful fic.
Thank you for posting that lovely story. I was just making the point on my blog that slash has been around a long time ... maybe the more junior members of the community will get that now (sorry, I'm in a snarky mood).

The family room flooded *again*? I remember the nightmare last time.
I was just making the point on my blog that slash has been around a long time ...

I just read your rant - well said! I bought my first slash zine in 1976; and the earliest known K/S story, "Ring of Soshern" was originally written in 1968.

maybe the more junior members of the community will get that now

I'm sure you've run across folks who think fandom was born on LJ....

The family room flooded *again*? I remember the nightmare last time.

Yeah, sigh, this house has always been prone to plumbing problems. The first time, 19 years ago, came from the kitchen; this time came from the bathroom, pretty much the same result.
I remember the first time I read Ring of Soshern--I was 15 and I was like, "WHAT??? Are they implying...No way!" So terribly shocked (what can I say, I was a sheltered teen). It really opened my eyes to the fact that fan fic existed, even before the internets (yes, I do pre-date the 'net). I don't think a lot of the newer writers (particularly those in newer fandoms, like Harry Potter) understand the long and glorious history of slash! (BTW, that would make an excellent title for a book on the subject, if anyone is interested...)
Ah, shall look forward to rereading the story (I can't even remember when I first read ITW #1.)

I can't blame you for not being able to resist editing; I have the same problem every time I get a story ready for the archive. It certainly complicates the process.
>>>I can't blame you for not being able to resist editing; I have the same problem every time I get a story ready for the archive. It certainly complicates the process.

It sure does. And these stories are so *old*, first draft handwritten, and then typed, they never got the sort of obsessive rereading/rewriting my later stories got. Fortunately, with "Like A Tear", I didn't run into any inconsistancies; Rosemary's a great editor. Just a few things I absolutely *had* to tweak, and of course the additional wording about the setting.

Now, when it came to "Beyond the Barrier", another early 1980s story - gahh! I made a lot of changes, particularly to the ending, and could have made a whole lot more if I hadn't committed to (as I recall) one of the Advent calendars and I had to get it in ASAP.