JO'S WRITING, ETC.

LINK TO JO'S PICTURE INDEX HERE

MAXIMUS SKETCH AT BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

SPECIAL FEATURE: Jo's tale of being an extra during the

filming of The Next Three Days HERE

BOOK-LENGTH STORIES:

THE CAVERN OF DEEP HARMONY

THE WATERS

ALL THAT'S LEFT OF ME

FIND ME & FINDING A ROSE

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Reunion (A Maximus/Joimus story)  all in a wheat field, but gird your loins

Richie Roberts 6.7 (Sid and Russell)  Sid wants revenge on Denzel, er, Parker

 

A Thorne Remaining ( A Terry Thorne ghost story... set in Australia) (INDEX)

 

One Day At 14 (The day Cort met Herod)

 

The Cavern of Deep Harmony (Marshall Sinclair, Morgan Kent...a Russell-based, blind, professor

   of English Lit, first found in "A Strong Tower" gets his own tender love story amid collapsing gully walls,

   escaped convicts, a lovely country inn, and an extraordinary dog. Then a book within a book develops as

   he and his love together write Morgan Kent's story, set in Colonial Williamsburg at the onset of the

   Revolutionary War) (INDEX)

 

Dark Jungle (Marshall Sinclair and Terry Thorne. Marshall's been kidnapped while on business in southern

   Mexico and Terry's determined to rescue him) Sequel to The Cavern of Deep Harmony.

 

Tuscan Byways (Direct Marshall & Terry sequel to Dark Jungle)

 

SONRISE (Direct sequel to Tuscan Byways, continuing Marshall Sinclair's story)

 

ADRIFT (Direct sequel to Sonrise, continuing Marshall's story)

 

THE WATERS

A love story set around the events of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 with Captain Stuart, a Russell-based character

     INDEX FOR THE WATERS

 

ALL THAT'S LEFT OF ME

The story of my great, great grandfather Jonathon James McDaniel in the 13th and 5th Mississippi infantry during

the course of the Civil War (illustrated with Cort)

     INDEX FOR ALL THAT'S LEFT OF ME

 

FIND ME

A Civil War time travel romance. A modern Atlanta ER doctor is suddenly confronted by a badly-injured man who appears

on a gurney, wearing a gray uniform, and looks at her not only as though he knows her, but loves her.  He gasps out, "Find me!"

and then disappears.

 

FINDING A ROSE

Direct sequel to Find Me (actually just a continuation that makes it all one story)

 

The Hand of God (Ben Wade...takes up his story 2 days after Yuma ends)

 

The Heart of God (Cort...sequel to "The Hand of God", set in Redemption 8 years later)

 

RATTLER

Sequel to The Heart of God, The Hand of God, and One Day at 14...a Cort, Ben, LizzieBess story

 

The Boot (Maximus...a love story centered around the boot he wore in the opening battle of Gladiator)

 

A Strong Tower ...all of Russ' characters afoot in Australian deserts,

   including Ben Wade, Richie, Sir Robert Tornham and even Marshall (At the time this was written, it was not

yet known just what Russell's character would be called)

 

The Unknown Plot...sequel to A Strong Tower...all of Russ' characters in desperate plight in Pittsburgh

for the filming of The Next Three Days

 

To the Kryptonian Barricades...sequel to The Unknown Plot, set on Krypton

 

 

STEPPING UP (INDEX) (Steve comes to Pittsburgh on photographic assignment and

    falls both down steps and in love) (first 3 chapters co-written with Riley) Not yet finished,

    but I DO intend to finish it!!!

 

GREENWOOD

A direct sequel to the movie, Robin Hood

 

A LITTLE FALL OF RAIN

A Ben Wade story about love unnoticed, love exciting and new, realizations made very late

 

THE OUTLAW AND THE DOCTOR By Layne and Jo

A young woman doctor on her way from New York to Tucson, encounters Ben Wade and his gang just out from Bisbee.

 

KISS

Terry at two widely-separated ages...a one-chapter short story

 

HOLDING ONTO CLOUDS

A Russell-based story set in both the Civil War and modern times...sort of.

 

THE WAIT

Five weeks before the opening battle of Gladiator, Maximus finds himself in an extremely dangerous situation.

 

THE CELL (with Layne)

Somehow Maximus and Ben end up in the same cell in Yuma in a story exploring the personalities of both men.

(Layne has stopped writing but I'm leaving this up as I...Jo...may finish it by myself one of these days.)

 

THE PERFECTION THAT IS SID

A one-chapter story written only, and I stress ONLY, so that Sid would give Jo the antidote to the poison he'd used

on the General.

 

SWIMMER IN A MISTY RIVER

Hamilton Grace finds himself unaccountably standing on the bank of a silvery river.

 

THE STARS IN THEIR COURSES

The Inspector Javert-Jean Valjean dynamic from Les Miserables moved to 1870's Arizona

 

 

 

 

30-SECOND STORIES Based on a Russ character picture

 

CORT DISTORT: giving, um, new meaning to certain events in

  The Quick and the Dead...25 pictures

 

OREGANO: a very mangled Maximus tale...20 pictures

 

HATNAPPERS: a tortured Terry tale...46 pictures

 

BUD ARRESTS HANDO: self-explanatory...ack!...38 pictures

 

STOLEN INTERLUDE By Marilyn Auman and Jo

  A Ben Wade story about a stagecoach robbery set before the events in 3:10 to Yuma

 

THE YOUNG MATCH MAN

A fairy tale retelling with Cort of "The Little Match Girl"

 

THE PRINCE AND THE BULLET

 A fractured fairy tale retelling of "The Princess and the Pea", starring Cort

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK By Stacey and Jo

A multi-character, epi-like romp with Sid, Jeffrey, Sir Robert, Maximus, Cort, Bud, Ben, Richie,

Terry, Hando, Aubrey, and Lachlan

 

BEN AND THE BASTARD BUTTERFLIES

A picture tale of infestation, murder, revenge and attempted escape.

 

 

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT BEN WADE

 

Picture Sagas:

 

The Plot of Robin Hood (a strange, very strange, picture journey...heh heh)

 

Mixed Up Maximus (a picture saga with all Russ' characters as the General)

 

Aubrey's Parallel Attack (the Captain cleverly responds to the French, um, threat)

 

HIDEOUS INVASION

Eight of the characters find themselves in a black and white 1950's monster movie.

 

Jo's Russell Poems

(This section has many Maximus poems, looking at Gladiator in depth scene by scene,

 as well as poems about Russ' other characters and even about Himself.)

 

Tales of Russell Concerts:

HOB in LA, March 2006

New York City, May 2006

 

NEW...JO'S STORIES THAT WERE AT THE GLEN ON RCFF...NEW

These are about Maximus, Cort, Robin, and my original character Rev. Alistair Harris (in picture above)

(And if you're interested in Robin's backstory of when he was on crusade, it's in here)

 

 

 

NANOCORP SAGA STORIES:

 

If It Were Not So (A Cort story) by Jo and Friend (who wishes not to be named) ...begins the second the movie ends,

with the premise Cort would not let Ellen choose his future for him

 

 

A Thorne In Diedre's Side-(A Terry story) by Jo, Friend, and Chris ...set in Peru on a

K&R mission high in the mountains...and a red-haired woman caught in a thorn bush

 

 

Lost in the Empire (the merge and continuation of If It Were Not So and A Thorne

In Diedre's Side- A Cort, Terry, Maximus, Sid story)-by Jo, Friend, and Chris

Terry, Cort, Rachel, and Diedre go into Gladiator...as, unknown to them, so does Sid.

Contains almost the entire story of Gladiator scene by scene, from a new perspective.

 

 

My Heart in Stone (the continuation of the Cort/Rachel storyline from the end of Lost

in the Empire) by Friend and Jo

Rachel's desperate attempt to reclaim Cort from the clutches of Mikol in the Czech Republic

 

 

The Prisoners in the Palace (the continuation of the Maximus/Sid/Brianna storyline

from the end of Lost in the Empire) by Jo

Maximus believes he is still in Rome, not realizing he's being held by Sid in modern times

 

 

Desperate Measures  (the continuation of the Maximus/Sid/Brianna storyline

from the end of The Prisoners in the Palace)  by Jo

Sid, now in love with Brianna himself, has sent her and Maximus to a deserted island several

hundred years in the past

 

 

Montana Crosswinds  (the continuation of the Cort/Rachel storyline from the

end of My Heart in Stone)  by Friend and Jo

Cort and Rachel leave the Czech Republik and fly to Montana for their first days as

husband and wife

 

 

IN THE TIME OF FOG (the continuation of the Maximus storyline from the

end of Desperate Measures) by Jo

A war widow and her dog stumble upon Maximus in the woods

 

 

TOO QUICK TO DIE (the merge and direct continuation of 3 storylines:

Montana Crosswinds, X-Proof, and In The Time of Fog) by Friend and Jo

Sid sends pregnant Rachel into The Quick and the Dead and Cort, Maximus, and Bud

follow after, forced to go through events in the movie in their attempt to rescue her

 

 

ONE DAY AT 14  (a prequel, telling the story of the day Cort met Herod)

By Jo

 

 

THE SCIENCE OF LOVE (direct continuation of the Sid storyline from the

end of Too Quick To Die) By Jo

Sid decides he'll get the love he wants...one way or another

 

HOPE...RISING   (another direct continuation from the end of Too Quick To

Die, following Cort and Rachel and their baby, Hope) By Friend & Jo

Sid interfered with the baby's development in the womb. Are there lasting effects? Does Sid

want possession of Cort's daughter? And what revenge is he planning on the General? Will

Terry's desperate plan work?

 

 

A LOVE FOR A LOVE (a direct continuation from the end of Hope...Rising,

following Maximus, Caroline, Bud, and Sid) By Jo

NanoCorp headquarters has been demolished, taking with it, so it seems, the life of Caroline.

But Sid has more plans than just her demise to get vengeance on the General for Brianna's death.

Merges with A Second Byline into Hopeless

 

 

THE FAR SIDE OF EXILE (a direct continuation from the end of Hope...Rising,

following Cort and Rachel) by Friend and Jo

Desperately seeking some place safe for his genetically-altered small daughter, Cort takes his

family off to Australia, hoping that if Sid has survived the destruction of NanoCorp, he won't

be able to track them down. Merges into chapter 7 of A Love For A Love

 

 

HOPELESS By Stacey and Jo

The merge and direct continuation of A Second Byline with A Love For A Love, with

Maximus, Cort, Terry, Bud, Biebe, Alex and Sid. Sid has kidnapped Hope, caused

Rachel's death, sent Caroline alone into Gladiator with no way for our guys to warp

in and get her out, and Alex has just found out he's a movie character.

 

DECIMUS MERIDIUS By Stacey and Jo (and Atonia)

The direct continuation of Hopeless. There are now two Generals in the safe house, and

no one knows which is which...no one...not even them.

 

CHARTING A NEW COURSE By Jo and Atonia

The direct continuation of Decimus Meridius finds Captain Aubrey joining the cast and brings the mystery of

which Maximus twin is which to its conclusion

 

THE DEADLY OUTLAW By Jo and Atonia

The direct continuation of Charting A New Course finds everyone warped into 3:10 to Yuma, the ones assigned to

play a role, having to say their dialog against their will, Cort actually believing he IS Dan Evan.

 

BACK ON TRACK By Jo and Atonia

The direct continuation of The Deadly Outlaw finds Ben Wade now out of his movie, Terry departing for a mission

in South America, and the various love couples trying to deal with their relationships.

 

SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME By Jo

Cort leaves the Back On Track storyline for a while to journey by himself to Arizona, hoping to find some sense of

the reality of himself, but encountering much more than he'd bargained for

 

WINDFALL OF LIFE (All the ones from here on are by both Jo and Atonia unless otherwise noted)

Cort has returned with Daisy, his new wife, but events in Back On Track have drastically changed everyone's lives.

 

TO EVERYTHING A SEASON

 

REMNANTS OF BLUE  

 

IF THIS BE NOT LOVE

 

THE STARS ARE HEAVY IN HEAVEN

 

THE OUTLINE OF LOST DAYS

 

ALL SUDDENLY THE WIND

 

FROM THE HEART OF THE FATHOMLESS BLUE

 

ALL I MAY BE OR HAVE BEEN BEFORE 

 

A FIRE AND MOTION OF THE SOUL

 

SOMEWHERE BACK OF THE SUN

 

ALWAYS MEETING OURSELVES

 

THE UNKNOWN REMEMBERED GATE

 

THIS MOMENT, TOO

 

A MAKESHIFT CAGE

 

THE WORLD THAT THOU HAST OPENED

 

THAT CATCH OF BREATH

 

AND THE ROSE REMEMBERS

 

MUSIC FROM A FURTHER ROOM

 

PAST THE RIM OF THE WORLD

 

TO YIELD WITH A GRACE TO REASON

 

ALL RIVERS MUST HAVE A BEGINNING

 

IS THERE A CHANCE?

 

CLOUD SHADOWS OF MIDNIGHT

 

 

 

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Jo's NEW EPIS: Epis RE-Rekindled 

(INDEX)

A Strong Tower ...all of Russ' characters afoot in Australian deserts,

   including Ben Wade, Richie, Sir Robert Loxley/Robin Hood and even Marshall

 

The Unknown Plot...all of Russ' characters in desperate plight in Pittsburgh for the filming of

The Next Three Days

 

To the Kryptonian Barricades ...20 of Russ' characters on Krypton

 

THE CLASSIC EPIS:

Epi Index 1 

SAVING CAPTAIN JACK...wherein the cast leaves Dickens' London and travels to Egypt in search of the lost tomb of Russenaten and Jack's life is in dire need of, well, saving. Such saving comes at a terrible, terrible price to one of the other characters, alas, during a time when Nash is being stalked by the pygmy matheaters

A MORE "GENERAL" STORYLINE Takes over from Saving Captain Jack in which the emphasis shifts to the General of the Felix Legions and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad plight he finds himself in, of seed spilled on the Plains of Sheba, of white rhino attacks, of how the cast travels from Uganda to the Outback on a bomb-laden bus for a take-off of The Thorn Birds, then on to Arabia for an enormous horse race, complete with attack leopards.

TORONTO TRIBULATIONS...Being the next story arc continuing from A More "General" Storyline, wherein the cast makes it to Toronto, almost losing Nash at the brink of Niagara Falls, and Sid waylays plans for the filming of Cinderella Man by capturing both Jim Braddock AND Himself, and wherein Nash discovers the dire plot of a secret society right in the heart of Toronto itself. Ack!

Epi Index 2  

JOURNEY INTO JEOPARDY...Wherein the cast arrives in eastern Pennsylvania for a combined take-off of at least eleven movies, based mostly on Signs and The Village, with a bit of Smallville, Field of Dreams, River Wild, Legends of the Fall, The Four Feathers, Twister, Tuck Everlasting, Far and Away, and A Walk in the Clouds thrown in

SID WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY wherein the cast continues their journey into jeopardy, tracking down the ninjafied Joimus and ending in a sticky situation in the Hershey factory as they flee angry Amish folk

Epi Index 3 

A NEW JEOPARDY...wherein the cast leaves eastern Pennsylvania, heading toward Australia, hoping to arrive in time for the filming of Eucalyptus, but is untowardly delayed by wererabbits, train wrecks, giant bats, loose tigers, and all such.


Epi Index 4

A YOOK BY ANY OTHER NAME...being a tale of the attempted filming of Eucalyptus and the terrible plottings of Sid against the Commander of the Armies of the North, resulting in dismemberment, death, and...worse. (YOOK being my term for 'eucalyptus')

Epi Index 5

AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURES...wherein the cast leaves the unfilmed Eucalyptus and heads westward into the center of Australia, looking for the traumatized Bud, with the amazing friendship between the General and Sid being put to the test.

SONS OF THE FATHERS...wherein the consequences of certain actions that took place in YOOK are faced, Sydney as it was in 1818 is explored, often with much anguish of soul, and Maximus and Braddock are arrested in the Opera House.

MIRRORS OF THE SOUL....wherein the inner fault lines of several characters are cracked

CROSSING AUSTRALIA...the last of the classic epis...wherein the cast intends to head from Sydney to the southwest corner of Australia in hopes of softening some solidified characters

ElderEpis (co-authored)

These are a selection of the original ones that appeared on CrowePeople

from the spring of 2002 through the end of 2003. This is how they started,

how they began to work their way into what they became.


1. The Orient Express
...in which all the characters are murder suspects
2. The Quest for the Holy Quahog
...Camelot as populated by Russell
3. Where No Character Has Gone Before 
...an Enterprising storyline
4. The Russketeers
...Lord Lachlingham, Maxthos, and the swashbuckling others
5. Lucilla's Party  
...atop the Towers of Pain in Tierra del Fuego
6. Starless Trek ...on foot from the tip of South America to Chicago
7. Handomonium ...the sewers of Malta
8. Under the TuscPeep Sun ...rebuilding and collapsing Tuscan villas
9. The Return of the Captain ...around the Horn to the Galapashires
10.A Christmas Crowe ...Dickens' London in the snow

 

 

MAXIMUS AFTER THE TIGRIS BATTLE, By Jo

 

 

 

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