The Rodilla Project

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Zine
Title: The Rodilla Project
Publisher: Chained to the Typewriter Press
Editor(s): Caro Hedge
Date(s): 1993
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Medium: print
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Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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the "flyer" that ran in the back of the fictitious "The Blue Review"
front cover

The Rodilla Project is a slash multifandom anthology with the theme of various fandom characters moving to live in a planned gay community in Rodilla, California in 1990.

Material not accepted: "S/M, death, despair... and K/S."

Summaries from Ads

From On the Double: "A shared universe project. Who answered the ad for a gay police chief (in an established relationship), for a planned gay community in Northern California? Who gets the job? Several answers by several different writers."

From The Monthly: "An all-gay town in California advertises for policemen. The stories tell of how they responded, how they interviewed, who didn't apply!"

Submission Request

THE RODILLA PROJECT-We are looking for writers who would like to work on a special project. Can your favorite slash couple find happiness in a town called "Knee"? Here's the scene. An ad has appeared in a policeman's magazine asking for a gay police chief for a planned gay community in northern California. They want a policeman in an established relationship, and as it is a two-man-with-a-clerk department, the other cop can be the lover, or someone else can fill the spot, (tension there, maybe?). The pay is not good, the location is semi-rural and pleasant, and it would involve coming out. So, this ad goes out all over the USA, (and out of it, even!), and various pairs read it, react, discuss, respond. Who will apply? How will they make the decision?

This would need at least 5 stories, between two and fifty pages long, to make it interesting. We need one writer from each fandom/universe. You'd have to write and tell me which one you want to do, so that I don't have several stones about one couple and none about others. First come, first served, as to who gets to do what. Camera ready appreciated but not required. SASE for details.[1]

From the Editorial

I had this idea for a zine built around a general theme and thought I'd run it up the flagpole and see who was interested. My problem is I don't know some fandoms enough to be able to write an interesting story from each point of view, and also I think there would be more of a sense of contrast if each story was from a different person.

Okay, here's the scene. An ad has appeared in a policeman's magazine asking for a gay police chief for a planned gay community in northern California. They want a policeman in an established relationship, and as it is a two-man-with-a-clerk department, the other cop can be the lover, or someone else can fill the spot (tension there, maybe?). The pay is not good, the location is semi-rural and pleasant, and it would involve coming out.

So, this ad goes out all over the USA (and out of it, even!) and various pairs in fandom read it, react, discuss, respond. Lots of possibilities! The year is 1989, the job will start in 1990. So Starsky and Hutch might like to move north. Castillo and Crockett might decided to stop keeping it all a secret in Florida. Simon and Simon might be briefly interested but decided not to, and the same might happen to Hardcastle and McCormick. Someone might send the ad along to a pair they think should consider it. Are the men from UNCLE too old? The Jump Street folks too young? Does Sheriff Truman want to retire to the south with a certain former FBI man? Is there a female pair out there, minor characters somewhere who want to make a change? Is there someone who is straight but willing to make a change? Does this cause someone to stop dragging their feet and tell their partner they love them? Is someone sure this a ploy by IAD or IA or ? to flush out gay cops?

This would need at least 5 stories to make it interesting. Stories would have to be between two and fifty pages long, and you'd have to write and tell me which one you want to do, so that I don't have several stories about one couple and none about others. First come first served and all that as to who gets to do what. Camera ready appreciated but not required.

Contents

Reactions and Reviews

[Circle]: All the other Twin Peaks stories I’ve done were a series for the PLAYFELLOWS multi-media zines. This novella was a standalone. A long-time fan – one of the original slash fans, and one the first “slash sluts” who was interested in multiple fandoms (it wasn’t that common before the mid 90’s) – was doing a fanzine dedicated to my late, dear friend Jean Schnedler. So, of course, I had to contribute.

Since Jean had also been a rare “slash slut”, the zine, THE RODILLA PROJECT, was open to all fandoms. It was a “theme zine”, though I don’t remember the exact requirement. Something about how the pairing in each story was going to a town called Rodilla, to start a housing development, or solve a murder or… something. I think my story might have only tied into Rodilla toward the end. I haven’t read it in many, many years, so I don’t remember much.

UPDATE: Okay, turns out that was another multi-media zine by the same publisher -- one that I didn't have a story in -- that was the tribute to my friend, Jean. But my comments on the Rodilla flyer still apply, with the addendum that the town of Rodilla was meant to be a gay community.

This story picked up where the series left off, but I had a more pleasant outcome for our starring FBI Agent. I don't think Sheriff Truman's "easy, fella" comments work; at the very least, "easy, fellow" would have read better. In any event, Truman never used that phrase in canon, though he did have some other country-boy phrases.

I used the Rodilla flyer as merely something that Agent Cooper kept in his possession, as a symbol for a dream of a more open, tolerant society. Truman accidentally finds it and conversation then ensues. But, typical of most of my slash stories, sex doesn't happen right away.

I liked the atmosphere in this story. I liked flashing back to a few of my favorite Cooper/Truman moments in the second season (which I couldn't do in my PLAYFELLOW series, since I had started off on an AU note.) It was my last TP story, and may have been my best-written of all of them. [2]

References

  1. from On the Double #25
  2. comments by the author, Charlotte Frost, at Stories I Have Known, accessed December 17, 2012