It started like this, and we'll paraphrase here:
"Hey, check out what I'm gonna do."
"That's great! Hey, can I do it too?"
"Oh, that would be so fun!"
And so Mulder and Scully took their truth on the road.
We knew the idea was a bit fantastical--why would two fugitives from justice choose to publicly blog about their exact whereabouts? Do they know anything about technology these days? Do they think the feds are stupid? But we politely asked our growing base of readers to let logic take the back seat to our crazy, fairly unbridled, angsty interpretation of events. And for that, we thank you, whether you read once or since the beginning, and especially if you left comments for Mulder and Scully. In the back of your mind, we know you thought, "I'm so crazy to be talking to them like they're real!" And on the other end, we were thinking, "I'm so crazy to be channeling Mulder/Scully! But they seem so real!"
Of course, there were hits, there were misses, and then there were misses (hello spanking!), but it was too damned fun to stop. However, we got to the point in our storyline where we realized that we'd hit the culmination of our characters' growth. Finding William became the centerpiece of the story, and we also realized Scully needed to start her residency soon to fit into the timeline of IWTB. Hence the meeting with Skinner in November 2002, to give her the freedom she needed to pursue her career in pediatrics by entering the National Resident Match Program in August of 2003. And though our hearts are still very invested in the project, we feel that six years of entries that consist of "Damn it, Mulder, pick up your sweatpants," "Who burned the bagel!" "Scully, let's have sex again," and "Residency SUCKS!" would have gotten a little bit old.
We entered into this project with no defined plot. We made our entries separately with rarely any prior knowledge of what the other author was going to write (i.e., whenever Mulder changed Scully's hair color, he got an e-mail saying, "What did you do to my hair now?"). When things got complicated, we discussed vital plot points, but for the most part, these were independent authors writing separate characters, creating their own realities. And we like to think that we've presented an innovative cross between fanfic, blogging, roleplaying, and a bit of Choose Your Own Adventure (we did shape some of our entries around comments we received, like our visit to Xcaret, and Scully's entry after she was berated into apologizing to Mulder for her scathing comments to him on the way to San Diego).
We want to thank everyone for reading. You made this a truly amazing experience for us. We want to thank the commenters who saw us through the joy and the pain of the characters. We know we drove you nuts often, and at times, Mulder and Scully's emotions touched your reality a little too closely. Many of you had some very constructive criticism, which we took to heart. We want to thank the TOTR addicts at the Haven, especially the one who dropped a bug in Spotnitz's ear about this blog (oh, how you inflated our egos) and another who developed the Twelve Step Program for TOTR Addiction Recovery. Yes, we watched your thread daily, and it was a great help at times.
Thanks to octoberaine for the beautiful banner and upcoming cover art. (What's that? You’ll find out soon enough.) We want to thank the miniscule handful of our friends who kept our true identities a secret, and we want to thank in advance our many friends who don't know we are behind this for not kicking our asses to the Andromeda Galaxy. Please forgive us. We did it all for you, but honestly, we only go for the full-fat cream cheese.
So who are Mulder and Scully, you ask?
You tell us.
The first person to guess 1) how many authors, 2) who they are and 3) who wrote which characters gets a super special prize. We'll let you guys stew over this for a while before our big "reveal."
Also, feel free to leave comments in this post--good or bad feedback, angry keyboard pounding at how we ended the project, questions about the plot. Anything goes.
Thanks for reading.