Okay, so earlier today, I posted another Geek Confessional entry about how I wrote four scripts for three different TV shows when I was in college. I summed up the plots and then shared that I didn’t have copies of the scripts anymore.
Apparently some of you thought that was a shame:
@JohnWOtte I’m sad you threw out those scripts. It would’ve been fun to see some of what you came up with..
— chris kolmorgen (@chriskolmorgen) July 30, 2015
But that got me thinking. I can be a notorious pack rat. I have boxes filled with surprising stuff from my college days stored away around my house. I may not have the hard copies of the scripts, but did that mean I didn’t have the files squirreled away on some drive somewhere? The more I thought about it, I remembered that a few years ago, I found a folder on a drive filled with old writing projects (more on those some other time). So where was that folder and what had I done with it?
My first thought was that it would be on my Boba Fett thumb drive. I used to use that thing all the time for my writing projects. If I had stashed old writing projects somewhere, it had to be on there. But no, I couldn’t find any of the old writings on there.
Then I remembered that I had cleaned out Boba recently. But I also remembered making back-ups on my writing laptop. Maybe the backup would have the scripts? I fired up my laptop (mostly to see if it was the laptop’s turn to upgrade to Windows 10) and checked my files…
Well, color me shocked. Four files: DS9_3, DS9_4, L&C_1, and X-F_1. That had to be them (and given the numerical designations, apparently I thought there would be additional scripts at some point).
So I tried to open them, only to discover that Word couldn’t decipher whatever arcane format the files were in. I couldn’t remember what word processing program I had used to write them. I thought maybe it was WordStar. If that was the case, I wasn’t sure if the files would ever be opened.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that no, I most likely wrote these scripts either in my final years in college or when I first started at the Seminary. By that time, I had moved on from WordStar to WordPerfect. And I still had a version of that installed on my tower. Crossing my fingers, I tried opening one of the files…
And it worked. The file opened and there it was, my spec script.
So this evening, I spent about a half hour doing a little bit of cosmetic touch-ups (for some reason, WordPerfect converted anything that started with an ellipsis into a comment). And now, dear readers, I’ve uploaded them onto this very website.
If you want to take a journey into some really bad writing, be my guest:
Deep Space Nine: Heritage — Worf’s son, Alexander, comes to Bajor to undergo a controversial genetic therapy that his father doesn’t approve of. And Quark learns the horrible truth about his father as well.
Deep Space Nine: Troi — I don’t remember what the title of this one was. A group of aliens come to Deep Space Nine and when Jake Sisko saves their leader from an assassin, he’s given an unusual present in thanks. And Worf finds himself in a sticky situation since Counselor Deanna Troi is escorting the aliens to the station and apparently, she wants to get back together with him. I think this episode may have also featured some creative plagiarism on my part from a story originally written by Peter David. I think. Probably a good thing I didn’t sell it.
Lois & Clark: The Joker — Remember Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman? I loved that show. And I wanted to write an episode with my favorite DC supervillain in it. Hence why the Joker comes to Metropolis for some playtime.
The X-Files: Gyges — When I was in college, I learned about the Myth of Gyges and decided that it would make a great foundation for an X-Files episode. Very preachy, very pedantic.
So there we go. I don’t know if I’ll have as many fun things to share in two weeks, but for now, happy reading. Or, what’s more likely going to be the case, nauseating reading.
This is so exciting. I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of the night…
Oh, boy… 😉