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.
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.