about me

About me, hmmm?
My name is Vivian -- though on Zap's board you may know me as "El". Long story...

Anyway, my name is Vivian. I'm in my forties (at the time I'm writing this), divorced, and have two adorable daughters, three cats, and one lizard.

I live in California, near the mouth of the San Joaquin River, but I spent seven and a half of my formative years in Berlin, Germany, and still consider that to be home just as much as I consider my current town home.

Speaking of Germany, some of the photos I use in my hastily thrown together graphics are from pictures I took in Berlin. The apartment house on this and the main page was my home for those seven and a half years. The picture on the 'Lost in the Woods' page is a picture of Tegeler Fleiß behind my grandmother's house. I always loved going to her house, and I loved walking along that stream.

I love nature and wilderness: forests, lakes, oceans, deserts. But I equally love big cities -- all that steel and concrete, the architecture of both old and new buildings -- I think cities are just as beautiful as oceans and mountains, but in a very different way.

I started reading Trixie Belden when I was around eight or nine, I think. My memory is not the greatest, by a long shot. The books really belonged to my sister, but, luckily, she shared. I can't remember what the first book I read was, though I think it was number one. We had the short and uglies, up until number 12 at least. Then at some point the rest of our collection was made up of cream ovals. I remember everytime we'd go to some store -- for the life of me I can't remember what store it was, but I'm thinking it must have been the post exchange for the American forces -- my sister and I would look to see if the next Trixie was out yet. We only ever had up to number 34, and I'm honestly not sure if we even got that far, but I'm pretty sure we did. The last five came out after we moved back to the states, and I don't remember us ever having them. Then the books disappeared -- probably a garage sale or something.

I have managed to collect all 39 again, plus the two quiz books. I'm still working on getting edition sets, though. I think #38 is my least favorite of all the books. The fact that it says Lady is Trixie's favorite horse gets to me every single time. Not to mention that Jim wasn't even in it and everyone acted all poddy. My favorites of the series (in no particular order since the order seems to change all the time) are Midnight Marauder, Gatehouse, Sasquatch, Vanishing Victim, and Castaway Children.

Moving on to the reason for this website -- the fanfic. I love to write but I find very little time to do so. You may notice that while I'm not the absolute slowest fan-fic writer in the Jix/Zap world, I'm no Speedy Gonzales either.

The stories I write tend to have Brian in them, because he's my favorite. Mart is a very close second favorite, and, actually, as a teenager, Mart was my favorite. I always thought he was adorable and funny and he reminded me a lot of my first love. But as an adult, I do like Brian more. I love that he's sensitive, and still has a sense of adventure. I don't agree with how many of the KKs made him a stick in the mud and super over-protective. In the earlier books it seems like he was more than willing to participate in any mysteries, including sneaking out if needed.

So it should come as no surprise that I am a proud member of both J.W.L.T.P.D.W.B. (Jixters who like to play doctor with Brian) and the UMM (Underground Mart Movement). Come join!

I can't think of much else to say about myself, so if you have any questions, shoot me an email. *g*

Brian   Mart
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