ben, hoss, joe, adam
Posted in Mystery What Happened Next/Later Writing Challenges

Dead Men Tell No Tales (by AC1830)

Summary – October challenge – write another worldly story involving one or all the Cartwrights. The unthinkable has happened – all four Cartwrights are dead! 

Rating – K, Word count – 2045

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Posted in Crossover Writing Challenges

The Road Not Yet Taken (by AC1830)

Summary: A crossover story (Bonanza and High Chaparral) for the August 2018 challenge. The Cartwright brothers head to Mexico on a cattle-buying trip. While there Adam meets someone who will change the path of his life, but will it be a path he desires?

Rating – K
Word count – 18,500

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Posted in What Happened Before

The Witness Tree (by AC1830)

Summary:  Adam has been back from college for a few months but is having a hard time settling in with the ranch hands and his brothers. Through the wisdom of his father he learns some lessons about being a boss and a brother. A What-Happens-Years-Before the episode The Grand Swing.

Rating – K+, WC – 9978

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Posted in Short Stories What Happened Next/Later

Angel of Love (by AC1830)

Summary – In the episode Gabrielle, one man was changed drastically by her consistent love. This is his reflection of that change.

Rating = K, WC = 804

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Posted in Prequel Romance What Happened Before

Passions and Dreams (by AC1830)

Summary – Adam Cartwright and Lotta Crabtree were supposed to be strangers when her carriage broke down on the Ponderosa, but something in their demeanor seemed to say otherwise.  Based on the episode A Rose for Lotta. Dialogue in the last chapter is from the episode written by David Dortort.

Rating – T

Word Count – 7909

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Posted in Post Timeline Short Stories

Circle of Life (by AC1830)

Summary – Spending the day fishing can open up all sorts of discussions. Adam asks Joe for help with his troubled grandson, but the child isn’t the only one helped by the fresh air and touch of home that the Ponderosa offers. Thanks to a friend for the title.

Rating – K, Word Count – 4990

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joe, hoss
Posted in Action/Adventure Drama Writing Challenges

Somethin’ Worth Fightin’ For (by AC1830)

Summary: Written for the 2018 Missing Man Challenge – Add Adam into an episode after Season 6 as if he has always been there. I chose The Fighters, Season 7, Episode 30.

Rating – T, Word Count – 4662 

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Posted in Poetry Writing Challenges

Colors (by AC1830)

Summary:  Colors on the Ponderosa can come from unexpected places.  My entry for World Poetry Day.

Rating – K, WC – 112

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Posted in Drama What Happened Instead Writing Challenges

Searching for Life (by AC1830)

Summary:  When Ben and Inger left her brother Gunnar in Illinois (Inger, My Love), he was searching for his purpose in life, heading to the Canadian gold fields.  The Last Viking showed he maintained his wild side.  But how would his life have turned out if he had listened to his sister’s words? A WHI for The Last Viking.

Written for the Bonanza Brand 2018 Ancestry Challenge – Several relatives of the Cartwrights have turned up from time to time.  Are there more and what effect do they have on the Cartwrights?

Rating – K+, WC – 5547

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Posted in Drama Romance What Happened Instead Writing Challenges

Bound by Love (by AC1830)

Summary – A young woman’s sudden departure from Virginia City leaves heartache and anger behind. After an eight-year absence, she returns home hoping to reconcile with the ones she left behind.

Rating – T, Word Count – 9751

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