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Death and Ice Cream

Episode: Post 5x09

Summary: Ivan and Carolina’s friendship is put to the test when her mother passes away during the summer.


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This Is How A Heart Breaks

Episode: 4x06

Summary: Roque is heartbroken when he discovers Ivan and Julia planning their midnight escape.

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Alter the Ending is my take on what happened when the characters left Laguna Negra, primarily Marcos, Julia and Ivan as they wrap up their final year and a half of education in public school.  It's a serial of 'one-shots' since it skips around to random events until the finale - Ivan and Julia's wedding.  Other major characters make appearances.

There's a few major arcs:

  • The kids adjust to life in a new setting, but they're hounded by the press - this is the subplot that runs through the fics, as Julia's mother will unwittingly date a reporter, Sergio, who is looking to know more about the events at the school.  Eventually, they find out and never speak to him again, especially when he chooses to continue writing about Laguna Negra instead of being with Julia's mother.

  • Each of the students meets with the school guidance counselor, and they have to decide what career paths they want to take.  This is a difficult process for each of them, particularly Ivan.

  • Marcos meets a new girl, but he's not sure if he's ready to move on.

  • Ivan's cousin Manuela attends school with them, and manages to cause trouble for him and Julia.

  • OTTOX is under investigation, but Ivan is still a shareholder.  When the charges against OTTOX go to trial, Ivan is accused of supporting them, which impacts his interactions with everyone who doesn't know him.  Sergio writes an article proclaiming his innocence and presenting the public with some of Ivan's videos.  When Ivan tries to reach out to him, Sergio explains that he was just writing the truth.  He tells Ivan there have been too many secrets for too long without a voice, and this will be the story that he will leave his legacy with, telling the truth about Laguna Negra, but he cannot have a personal connection to the story because it would ruin his credibility.

  • Hector and Maria start dating a year later, getting married two years afterwards.

  • There will be a moment when everyone is watching the World Cup in 2010, and Spain wins.

  • The closing story will be about Ivan and Julia's wedding, where they come across a box of old photos, and close off some dark memories to move on completely with their lives.

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While I was working on Alter the Ending, I stumbled onto the Wildfire TV series again.  (Seriously, what is my deal with dead fandoms?  This is the second one revolving around 2008, the year the show ended.  El Internado Seasons 3 to 7 took place in 2008.  I started writing Dark Angel fanfic in 2008.  I graduated from college in 2008.  Clearly, I have a subconscious problem.)  After watching the show all over again, I wrote a random post-series fic for the show, The Shortest Distance,  that was supposed to be a 'one-shot.'  Now that I'm typing it up, it's actually longer than I realized...  I'm somehow up to a third chapter now, and that's the midpoint!  When I wrote it, it was just a free flow into a notebook that I had, which ran a couple of pages because I thought it would be one chapter.  I blame the long commute, but this is a good thing / bad thing situation - it's good because this is shows that I've got the stride to build an entire novel again, but it's bad because it takes a lot of time to work on.  It just needs to be edited and posted, then I'll have more of Alter the Ending typed and also another few one/two-shots for El Internado (Ivan and Julia's wedding, Noiret's funeral, Christmas post-finale, another S4 'Roque finds out about Ivan and Julia' fic, and a fic about between S4 and S5 about how Ivan and Julia began dating, summer scenes), then it's lights out on the fandom.  Okay, I'm looking at that list, and I'm not sure how I wrote that much...  Or how in the world I can edit all of that in a timely manner...

Everything for these fics was pre-written, unlike Dark Angel's series, which I eventually fell behind with over time.  Managing a long running series rather than one-shots is definitely different and more difficult because of the momentum that has to be maintained.  El Internado fics came about by a sheer fluke, and I had no idea that I'd write so much for the fandom.  It's especially ironic because the show isn't in English, not all of fans are Spanish (the show was big in several international markets around the world) and no one reviews.  Sometimes I don't know if that means that I'm a good writer or not.  I thought it would be a waste for these stories to never have anyone read them, so I'm excited that at least I can imagine that someone else in the wide world is deriving some amusement from them.
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Alter the Ending

Episode: Post-7x15 “El Fin”

Summary: Life after El Internado Laguna Negra isn’t quite the happily ever after that they were expecting…

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Chapter 1: The Story of a Lifetime

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Emergency Faculty Meeting

Episode: 4x06

Summary: Elsa calls a faculty meeting to discuss Ivan and Julia’s escape from school, causing a panic among the teachers.


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Good Boys

Episode: 3x06

Summary: “…Just add it to our list of things that good boys do when no one’s watching.”


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Ask Me How

Episode: 4x08

Summary: During their morning jog, Marcos tries to figure out what has been going on with Ivan lately.


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One Phone Call

Episode: Post 5x09

Summary:  When the kids are forced to spend summer vacation at school, Noiret allows them each one phone call to explain it to their parents.

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What Do You Want

Episode: 4x07

Summary: Julia tries to talk to Roque after she finds out that he was the one who told Elsa about her sneaking out with Ivan.

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The Invisible Girl

Episode: 4x07

Summary: While serving out his punishment, Ivan accidentally wins over his fellow inmate – la novia cadaver.


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Get Over It

Episode: 5x01

Summary: Vicky helps Roque with his math homework and life’s other problems.


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Things That Go Bump in the Night

Episode: 4x06

Summary: When Roque can’t get to sleep one night, he discovers that he can’t keep his eyes closed anymore when it comes to Ivan and Julia.

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Entreaty
Part II of II

Episode: Post 4x11

Summary: Apologies are not in Ivan’s list of skills.  Can Marcos help him mend things with Roque?

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Everything Has Changed
"Everything Has Changed" -- Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
"Broken" -- Seether featuring Amy Lee
"Little Do You Know" -- Alex & Sierra
"Sledgehammer" -- Fifth Harmony

The Diplomat
"Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" -- Relient K
"I So Hate Consequences" -- Relient K

Things That Go Bump in the Night
"Last to Know" -- Three Days Grace
"You Didn't Tell Me" -- Lawson
"Over My Head" -- The Fray

Get Over It
"When the Heartache Ends" -- Rob Thomas

The Invisible Girl
"Invisible" -- Taylor Swift
"Misery Business" -- Paramore

What Do You Want
"Everything You Want" -- Vertical Horizon
"Honest" -- Kodaline

The Summer of Our Discontent
"One Phone Call"-- Backstreet Boys
"Lead the Fight On" -- He Is We

Ask Me How
"Monster" -- Imagine Dragons

Good Boys
"Team" -- Lorde

Emergency Faculty Meeting
"Crashed" -- Daughtry

Alter the Ending
"Alter the Ending" -- Dashboard Confessional
"We Remain" -- Christina Aguilera
"Grow Up and Be Kids" --- The Cab

This Is How A Heart Breaks
"Unraveling" -- Tyler Kyte
"You Don't See Me" -- Safetysuit

When the Morning Comes
"Point of No Return" -- Starset



Upcoming...
Rumour Has It
"Rumour Has It" -- Adele
"Girlfriend" -- Avril Lavigne
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No Sleep Tonight
Part II of II

Episode: 4x11

Summary: The students return to the school after the events in La noche de las dos lunas.


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The Long Road Home
Part I of II

Episode: 4x11

Summary: The students return to the school after the events in La noche de las dos lunas.

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Back in December, I wasn't in the office much because of the way the holidays occurred this year.  I was also missing my best friend who was in China for the break, and I had just finished all the classic movies on my Netflix queue when the site recommended the show Gran Hotel (which is infinitely awesome and I highly recommend), a pre-WWI mystery set in Spain.   I studied Spanish on and off from 6th grade through college, and while I've never been fully fluent, I know enough to get by and I can gauge some of the regional accents, so the subtitles helped when I couldn't recall.  The show was so amazing that I powered through all 3 seasons (considering that 1 episode is about 70 minutes long, that wasn't easy), and I wanted more.  But the show ended neatly after Season 3, so I went through the IMDb pages of the lead actors Amaia Salmanca and Yon Gonzalez hoping to find something else.

Under Yon Gonzalez's page was the listing for 'The Boarding School', and it reminded me of 'Strange Days at Blake Holsey High', which gobsmacked me with nostalgia.  A quick YouTube search showed that someone was translating the series into English for fun.  I needed the subtitles for this one terribly, because it was full of modern slang and a less formal way of speaking, plus Spanish from Spain is quite different than Latin American Spanish that we typically get in NYC.  The show was like Lost, if it took place at a boarding school.  It ran from 2007 to 2010, while the story only moved from 2007 to 2008 (two big years for me, so I'm completely in tune with the time that it takes place).  Right now I'm up to the tail end of Season 6, and while the show has taken a turn for the worse (it seems to have gotten renewed more than expected, so it dragged out a lot of the plot lines), I really enjoyed Seasons 1-4.

The hardest thing about this show is that while it was quite a popular series, it was still quite a few years ago.  Also, Spanish fandoms aren't as hardcore as English and Asian fandoms (that means that there aren't as many wikis, fan sites, etc. that Americans are used to), and I haven't been able to locate any decent fanfics because all of the main hosting sites folded and took the stories with them (and it seems that FF.net may not have been hosting the show at the time).  I don't really expect any sort of reaction to the fics that will go into this fandom, since 1) I'm writing them in English since writing them in Spanish would take too long, 2) the fandom is mostly outdated and dead, and 3) they're mostly one-shots or two-shots.  I'm posting them because I ended up with so many sketches that it would be a waste not to share them.

Not sure how or why, but the show took me back to a place where I could write again. When some tumultuous things happened this year, I threw myself into the story and wrote a couple of short fics for it.  I'm going to post them on here and under my FF.net account.
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I've gotten into another show, El Internado Laguna Negra, (Black Lagoon Boarding School), which is the Spanish boarding school version of Lost, and fits as a muse for a few older YA stories I have.   Max/Alec fans might enjoy it since Julia/Ivan have a similar dynamic.  Personally, Fermin is my favorite character.  Since I might be posting some El Internado fics in the future, I wanted to close the curtain for Dark Angel. The reason I decided to put the writing version of training wheels back on is because I really need to rebuild my ability to write. While I don't think it's going to be as prolific as Dark Angel for my writing, I don't want it to be. I stumbled upon El Internado because I was watching Gran Hotel on Netflix, and went through the IMDb list of previous shows the lead characters starred it.  For some reason, EILN caught my eye and reminded me of a show I loved when I was younger, and I happened to find someone posting the series subbed in English (oddly fortuitous timing? how can I say no?).  Since then, Julia and Ivan have replaced Max and Alec as my muses for scribbling.  The show has its faults, but for some reason it's got my imagination in gear because it needs so much "fixing" that I can work with it.

I've always had a thing for TV shows with glaring logistical errors that I could fix through writing, and so I've spent more time writing for myself and making sure I kept up the momentum to write with this new gust of minor inspiration.  DA fanfic a few years ago was to keep my writing limber, but I need to feel confident in my writing again.  I once read that if a writer restarts too much, it means that she doesn't have faith in the story and lacks the confidence to see it through.  Based on what I've lived through, I think this is true.  I haven't been able to see my stories clearly, and I keep circling the writing drain of too many cold openings that go nowhere.

In my experience writing, it's clarity of vision that comes through in writing.  Scenes that I wrote clearest were always the ones that I could see the clearest.  It was obvious when I got stuck writing, the words dragged or got tangled.  But clarity comes with confidence.  If I can't confidently see what's in front of me, then there's no hope for writing.  If I don't believe in what I see, then I can't write it.  Watching the show kicked off my muse again, and I had started writing original plots again.  I was about to hit a stride when I got some disruptive news that almost stopped my writing again.  Instead of giving in, I pushed through to keep writing since my day to day activities hadn't changed.  This incident also gave some insight into why I had problems writing over the last few years, which had to do with bouncing around between jobs and going to grad school.  My mental energy was getting sucked into finding and learning new jobs so often, my brain couldn't find space for writing.

I'm using the scenes coming to me from the show I'm watching to rebuild my ability to see a scene from start to finish.  The first one I wrote, I wrote 3 different versions with different set ups and dialog and events.  At first, I felt like I had failed because the first one didn't come out the way I had wanted, but I realized that I could rewrite it as many times as I wanted.  I keep small notebooks with me for short scenes and ideas, and I've almost filled up one I bought last November.  Usually, it takes 2 years to fill a small notebook, because I'm not supposed to write stories with multiple scenes in them since they can eat an entire small notebook.  I changed the rules a bit to keep my writing momentum going and to vent about how things were going.  I've made some progress.  I'm crossing my fingers for more and bought an extra notebook.

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