It seems everyone is getting a website so, here I am, diving in with both feet!
still not certain how or why I'm creating this website, but, for now,
it is a place to post my tributes to Trixie Belden, and to share a bit
about myself with anyone that happens to wander by.
few years ago, I came upon a box of books that I had saved for almost
forty years; my set of Trixie Belden Mysteries. I immediately stopped
what I was doing to sit on the floor and peruse them. It's difficult to
explain the warm feelings that created. It was kind of like hearing
about an old friend you haven't seen in years, or perhaps looking
through an old yearbook. While going through my cherished "Trixies" I
was reminded that, after all those years, I still had books 1-9 and
11-15, but not number 10, "Marshland Mystery". I'd read the book at
least once when I was a child, but never had my own copy.
I got the opportunity, I went on the internet in search of the missing
book and learned that, with the books no longer in print, my only hope
of ever completing the set would be to buy a used book. I checked
further and found that depending on which book, which edition, and the
condition of the book (of course), the cost ranged from twenty-five
cents to well over ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. My elusive Number Ten "glossy"
or "cellophane", that sold for 59 cents new, was selling for around
Just out of curiosity I typed "Trixie Belden" into a search engine.
A PANDORA'S BOX I OPENED. I couldn't begin to count all the the
websites I found devoted to Trixie and the other series books I read as
a child. Of course, I began clicking on some of the sites. I found a
wealth of information about the books, the authors, and fans. There are
numerous Trixie Belden websites for sharing information and fan-fiction
(a totally new concept to me). I found that there even is a Trixie
Belden Convention each summer. Just as I had been totally enchanted by
the books as a child, I became hooked on this whole new internet-based
world of Trixie Belden fans, with its multitude of internet sites and
resources, and the wonderful people who call themselves Trixie friends.
I lurked on the bulletin board sites for awhile, spending
hours every evening reading volumes of fan fiction. For me, reading fan
fiction is something like going to a school reunion; learning what had
happened to once-dear friends I hadn't seen in years (at least what
happened in the authors' minds). Finally, I introduced myself and then,
with a great deal of apprehension, I submitted my own short story to
the Trixie Belden Homepage. "Way in a Manger" was my first attempt at
writing fiction since high school. I was amazed that people actually
I was totally hooked. By writing those stories I
had found a way to visit my old friends, the Bob-Whites of the Glen
and, by posting them on the internet, I could share my creative efforts
with other people.
Ever since that first short story, I have
wanted to expand my creative efforts. I jumped right into developing an
anthology called "A Bob-White Trilogy". Halfway into it, family
responsibilities became overwhelming and had to take precedence. I
managed to finish a few short stories but real life kept interfering
with my writing. Now, I've resolved to take care of myself and to
explore some new creative outlets. Development of this website is the
first of my efforts in creativity!