Dear Mr. Spotnitz,
I apologize for the blank e-mail you received with this title. I hit the “Send” button by accident before I got a chance to type what I wanted to say.
I read your AMA on Reddit and was reminded, for only the thousandth time, how much I loved The X-Files and how it was so much more than a television show. The characters, the stories, the mythos…. it was huge. I was a total fan but it gave me much more than an hour of great television.
When I first started watching the show, at thirteen years old, I found it on the old cable station FX. I had no idea at the time that it was a current show but I loved it and watched it as much as I could. When I saw the “Duane Barry” episode — out of order, without context — I went crazy. What happened to Scully? How would Mulder carry on?
I sat down at my dad’s Brother word processor to write out the ending myself.
And I kept writing. Yes, it was fan fiction. Feel free to groan. But it was also a safe place to stretch my fledgling writer-wannabe wings. That summer I wrote my first X-Files novel, a purple prose post-apocalyptic novel about what happened if the aliens won. It was, in retrospect, rather awful but people read it and responded to it. I kept writing fan fiction throughout high school but I also started writing “real” stuff. I piled up a few publications, a few small awards, and headed off to college and a writing major. But I never forgot my first heroes (my favorite heroes) and the writers behind them.
Thanks for creating a world so compelling I had to dive into it for myself. Thanks for building the universe that taught me to build my own universes. I don’t know if you’ll even get this e-mail or if you’ll ever have time or inclination to respond, but I am getting older (groan) and I don’t want to lose the chance to thank those who made a difference.
The truth is out there!
(C’mon, you saw that cliche coming)
I feel incredibly fortunate to have played a role in a show where so many talented people did their best. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to hear your story. Thank you for writing (again).