Aftermath (X-Files archive)
|Archivist:||Kristina Corey-Cecilia Quintana|
|Founder:||Kristina Corey-Cecilia Quintana|
|URL:||Aftermath (long-gone, a victim of GeoCities|
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A 1998-ish description by the archivist:
How many times have we been here before, Scully? Right here. So close to the truth and now with what we've seen and what we know to be right back at the beginning with nothing.
Aftermath is an X-Files movie archive containing stories that are based on, related to, or inspired by the events of the feature film, "The X-Files: Fight the Future". Aftermath was born on Monday, June 22 at about 5:45AM MST. The site was created for two main reasons. The first was because I wanted to become an archivist, and with the closing of one of the Gossamer mirrors, I wanted the archive dream, a place for people go read the great fiction of the people that I like, to live on. Gossamer gave me almost a full year of pleasure, and I wanted to give something back to community that gave me so much. With the relatively new genera of movie fiction, the idea was for an archive and a genera that could grow. The second reason was that the movie interested me very much, and the extremely diverse reactions the movie created. In my spare time, I am working on my story that fits in this genera, Crystal Ship, which was my other motivating reason for the archive. I thought that stories in this genera should be programmed, categorized, or easily referenced.
Don't think! Just pick up that phone and make it happen!
So I did it. I found a cheap home on Geocities. In fact, I didn't know why I was doing it. I had seen the movie three times in four days, and was driven to do it. An X-File in itself. It was up, and it looked beautiful. Then it needed a name. I tried some different names, Blackwood County, Wilkes Land, Fighting the Future. Nothing seemed to be quite right for it. What possibly could come of the aftermath that the movie created? There was an archive name in there somewhere, but it took me three days to place it. The movie left a lot of pieces in its wake, questions without answers, answers without questions and new information.
As difficult and as frustrating as it's been sometimes, your goddamned strict rationalism and science have saved me a thousand times over!
I wanted the page to be clean, to be clear and easy to navigate. Most of the compliments that the page yielded in the first weeks that it was open was the fact that it was so user-friendly, and not just a single page of massive links leading to who knows where. It was high time to flex the HTML muscles I boasted and do something. Follow the rules, and reap the rewards. So I did. The best part, people told me it that is was great. Feedback is good for the soul.
I owe you everything ... Scully, and you owe me nothing.
Everyone that visits that site and reads these words, that writes the stories in this genera or not; that maintains a web page or loves the X-Files, you saved me, every single one of you. Fourteen months ago, my life changed completely from what it was, never to be the same again, and I almost didn't survive it. I was never in any physical danger, but my soul, my spirit almost died. I almost fell apart, and my mind would have left this world if it wasn't for the fact that I had something to look forward to, a new show, a new story, a new web page. It gave me passion, a reason to keep going. Everyone, I owe you everything, and you owe me nothing.
...the other events you've laid down here are too incredible on their own, and quite frankly implausible in their connections.
It wasn't the only thing in my life. I wrote, I read, I played the violin. I learned HTML. I listened to more music. I focused my passion on not just the little things, but what the little things do to the big things. With the help of family and friends, life is good. The page is flourishing at 2000 hits a week, my health is excellent, my job is stable, and I have finally gone back to school. To quote Tom Petty: "The future is wide open." Besides the X-Files, I love to this day the music of Pearl Jam, and own every piece of music they have released. I love the art of John Waterhouse, the writings of Hunter S. Thompson.
What do you mean? .... Mulder? .... What are you not telling me? Mulder?
I don't know. I do invite questions. My e-mail address is [email protected]. My personal web page is http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/1000/. To answer a popular question right away, vitalogy means the study of live, or the study of living life.