Wannabe Writers and Television Shippers

Way back in the day…about 2005 to be precise, my mother introduced me to her favorite television show – The Gilmore Girls. I then discovered that many of my siblings, nieces and nephews were also Gilmore Girls junkies. Shouldn’t have surprised me. We tend to talk fast and quippy, and I think pop culture references are embedded into our genetic code. This show was made for my family. I even have great-niece named Lorelai.

But my love of the Gilmore Girls runs a little deeper than the usual. You see, it was my need to worship at the altar of Lorelai and Luke that led me back to my dream of one day being a writer.

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Yes, I was a fan fiction writer. As a matter of fact, between 2007 and 2010, I wrote over a half million words dedicated to my beloved Gilmore Girls and The Office (JAM!). Through my fan fiction, I made the online acquaintance of a group of women I now consider some of my best friends. They were the ones who encouraged me to write original fiction.

I wrote the first chapter of my first novel as a birthday gift for one of them. Another has since become a published author in her own right. She has also been my critique partner for every book I have ever written. As of today, I’ve had 30 novels and novellas (between two pen names) and 12+ short stories that have been published, so she’s definitely overworked, but never unappreciated.

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The rest are the most ardent and supportive friend-fans an author could ever have. We meet once a year as a group to spend time together. Some come every year, others as they can. We’re always open to breaking in a few newbies as well. We have a few Canadians in the ranks, an Aussie, a sleek little German import, and a baker’s dozen or more that come from all areas of the States. Over the past seven years, we have terrorized Kansas City, Nashville, Raleigh, Greenville, Atlanta, San Antonio, and just last February, Las Vegas, baby!

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It seems crazy to say that a television show had a major impact on my life, but it’s true. If I hadn’t spent an hour watching episode 2.16 ‘There’s the Rub’ with my mommy one afternoon, none of this would have happened. I wouldn’t have met this wonderful group of women, traveled to all these fantastic cities, or learned the joys of Fantales, Mint Slice, Clodhoppers, and OMGs.

And I probably would never have pursued my dream of writing my own stories.

So thank you, Amy Sherman-Palladino and all involved with bringing this show to life. You certainly changed mine!


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Wannabe Writers and Television Shippers — 23 Comments

  1. I actually have tears in my eyes because I so get this. My mom is the reason I tuned in to Gilmore Girls for the first time too, right from the night it debuted on the WB. I can’t imagine my life without this show or all the incredible women I met because of it, including you. You’re proof that dreams really do come true. Love you tons! xoxo

  2. Every now and then I think on thia very thing. To me Gilmore Girls is so much more than a TV show. It not only brought me hours of entertainment but it also brought me all of you. And for that I will be eternally grateful.

    • It has made an incredible impact on all of our lives. Like a meteor, but without the devastating crater and with giant hot dogs, gravity defying cleavage, and the occasional cluster of fireflies.

  3. And from your fanfics and original writing, yours and Jewels’ and all the others, I was given so much reading pleasure and my own bit of fulfilled dream. Thanks, AS-P and you SCPP.

  4. This is awesome! My mom is also the one who convinced me to watch Gilmore Girls, but I watched the whole series after it was over, and mainly my draw was that Jared Padalecki from Supernatural was on it!

    Do you still have your fanfic online? A friend and I are considering doing an alternate universe fanfic of Downton Abbey but we are totally green and don’t know what we’re doing. I’ve skimmed a few sites but haven’t dug in too deep yet.

  5. I’m sitting in the doctor’s office, sniffling. Love the people I met through GG. My life would suck without you. <3

    • It’s more fun if you cry in the waiting room of the Urology Clinic. Sends the old ladies waiting on their hubbies into a tizzy. Of course, that only happens if you’re reading Kristan Higgins. Oh, and you’ve got a piece of me, and honestly, my life would suck without YOU!

  6. What a great post, Maggie. I LOVED The Gilmore Girls and the rapid fire conversations between Lorelei and Rory. There is so much to love about this show. It’s fantastic that you built such strong friendships over your love of the show. If you all ever do Raleigh again, hit me up so we can have coffee!

  7. I think you’re great!
    This brought a tear to my eye. I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished, and I hope I’ve helped in some small way.
    It’s hard to express how much our little SCPP group has meant to me, but I am so so so glad I made that initial trip to KC. What has followed has been awesome!

  8. What a great post, Maggie. I actually started watching Gilmore Girls because my daughters watched it! And my husband never liked the show because “they talked too much”. That was the best part!

    Did the Canadians in your group happen to bring the Clodhoppers and OMGs? They are strangely addictive.

  9. It is interesting that many of you were introduced to this series by your moms. In my case, it was my daughter who discovered the series first and got me interested in it. Later when I got a chance to babysit my infant grandson, I wanted to fill his nap times with something that would be wholesome if he happened to awaken while I was watching. I got to see the whole series over the few weeks I was a granny nanny. I’ve watched it many times since and love the Virtual Gilmore Girls additional episodes. I’m re-reading them again now. It is a very captivating story and even having seen/read it all many times before, it holds my attention.

  10. What a treat to come across this! I was one of the participants in the Virtual Season and remember those days so fondly!

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