Let me know if this seems presumptuous, especially since this seems to be mostly for the old archived ones, but, since I'm pleased as punch that my series has one to speak of,
and I'm hoping to attract readers that were previously put off, here is the synopsis of Maynard Madness. As none of the drabbles are completed, lengths are very rough.
Series name: Maynard Madness
The Birth of a Bond
As yet unposted, will be soon. One-shot. Jo meets Jack - but he is a very different man to the one we know. The two embark on an unlikely friendship.
First chapter up. Longish. Not technically supposed to be second, as Jo is speaking to her children, but takes place while Jo is a teenager. She tells her children about when Mollie told her off for greed and the drastic consequences.
Love and Vanity
Three short chapters up. Epic, 50 chapters or so. Original idea stolen from Liss' A Different Perspective. Letty Howard and her mother come to stay with the Russells, but she gets across Jo, seeing her as a rival for attention - especially that of the alluring Jack Maynard. But he sees her as spoiled and self-centred, and relations between them are a storm waiting to break. When Jack finally spills the beans about his childhood, Letty overhears and everyone is caught up in the resultant explosion.
Hunted Down Part II: The Rival
Dr. Hunter comes to work at the Sonnalpe, and instantly falls in love with Joey. How ever, her reaction to his attentions was completely inconceivable to him, and, added to this, Jack Maynard seems to have a special interest in keeping her single...
To Make a Speech
One-shot, complete. 5,000 words. Shouldn't really still be up, as it overlaps with Never Wander, but it took me all day. Originally written for Valentine's Day, Jack plans to confess his feelings for Jo, but she has a number of startling confessions of her own to make.
One incomplete chapter up (a legacy of my old - now broken - habit of writing straight into the box). No idea how long it'll be - more than 10 chapters is all I can say. Starts with Jo's twenty-fourth birthday (the universe comes with a free messed-up timeline) and details all the tribulations she suffers, like nags to marry, Nazis, all manner of adventures, from humourous to terrifying, and, most of all, her queer feelings towards Jack...
Jo and Jack, now married, write to each other as Jack is away on a boat. Details the teething troubles of the marriage, but is mostly pure stupidity and tells the great saga of MariaElizaMarthaGeoff.
One chapter up. Another epic. Crosses into the Josie Goes to the Chalet School universe. Thekla von Stift. Giovanna Rincini. Jack Maynard. Matty Entwistle, a private who owns a grocery store and is still weighed down by the loss of his brother and sister-in-law and worry over his nephew. Four stories that weave in and out of each other as the unlikely foursome team up with the common goal of getting to where each of them considers to be home.
There is now a large gap in the series of about fifteen years. I consider it to be a series in two halves.
I'm Your Venus
The spark has gone from Joey and Jack's marriage as Jo is now spending most of her time at the school. Jack has run out of ways to lure her home by fair means, so when an old woman turns up offering a magical solution to his problem, can he resist foul?
Changing My Life
One-shot, complete. Len reaches her limit and springs back from her tight, responsible persona.
Coming Full Circle
Four chapters out of ten up. Various characters reflect as the Chalet School and the San. return to the Tyrol.
The Christmas Miracle
One-shot, complete. Jo has dodectuplets (part of a rather weak joke about the size of the Maynard family) and it is Reg's job to tell her older children.
Three chapters up. Shortish. Twenty chapters maybe. Another silly one. Ruey's decision to dye her hair sets off an obsession with all things dye, which in turn leads to an ambitious and risky plan using Geoff as a guinea-pig.
A goodly way in. An epic. Reg and his friends find a drugged and unconscious child on the floor of the Sanatorium. Reg takes her home, and the Maynards offer shelter to Bonnie. However, they know nothing of her past, and the truth proves both shocking, and very, very dangerous.
Three and a half chapters up. Another epic. Possibly triggering. The darkest of the MM fics, it spans the year the Maynards consider to be the worst of their lives: Joey unable to go out due to such deep despair, Jack in a panic wondering who will find out, and Cecil locked in a vicious battle with the snobbish Amber Chesterfield, who attempts to shed light on the Maynards' problems, and looks like taking them both down. Fortunately, a kind young nurse who is new at the San. is only too happy to help.
To Go Forwards, You Must First Go Back
Quite a way in. Stuff is happening. Epic-ish. Jack is called to the Amazon rainforest on a medical expedition, in an attempt to find new cures. He takes Jo with him. However, it proves, even before their arrival, that the expedition is somewhat of a joke, and they instead turn their attention to the entertainment on the ship, and find five girls in need of help. Once they are settled, however, Jo and Jack find themselves separated from the rest of their party, and as they wander deeper and deeper into the jungle, they discover the secret of the past of Conchitta El Garzia, their most tragic ward.
Hunted Down Part II: The Enemy
As yet unposted. Quite long. Jem brings Dr. Hunter back in an attempt to cover staff shortages, but he is unhappy in his marriage with Letty, and has still not forgiven Jack for, as he puts it, "having Joey out from under his nose". Basically consists of the Maynards and Hunters trying to screw each other over - but when their marriage breaks down, the Hunters get on the wrong side of the law. Letty escapes jail, but is left with a baby of unknown paternity and is forced to flee the Tyrol, making a decision as she does so - is her daughter a gemstone, or a millstone?
Jack is called away once more, this time to a conference in New Zealand. He takes Jo with him, leaving his children (affectionately known as "the Mob") to look after themselves. They fail miserably. Is quite a silly drabble until several members of the family go down with influenza, and those who don't are hard put to prevent disaster from becoming tragedy.
A Flicker of Light
At his conference, Jack employed the San's first female doctor - the mysterious Flicker. Eccentric and elfin, she attracts disdain wherever she goes, especially with Reg's friend, Sissy. He realises there is more to it than just plain dislike, and whatever it is is making Sissy unhappy, and so he decides to investigate, and discovers not one tale of woe, but two.
The Maynards visit Jack's brothers at Pretty Maids. However, Jack never got on with them, and he realised that it was, perhaps, a mistake to return. Then, Jo has a relapse of her mystery illness that sparks off a chain of events, confirming his belief.
The Maynards see a new television programme tracking the progress of a school, and decide to have a go themselves. Essentially a tale chronicling the time Phil, Geoff, Cecil, and Vina wreaked havoc with nought but a video camera apiece.
Maynard is a Common Surname
Mollie MacDonald, formerly Maynard, returns to the Tyrol with her family, having lost contact with Jack when he moved to Guernsey. When visiting the Chalet School, she meets the strangely familiar Miss Maynard, and the stone is set rolling. Meanwhile, her children have met the Maynards, a local family, and their cousins. As they begin to fall under the chaotic influence of their new friends, not only do they learn to lighten up and become happier people, things begin to come together at a rapidly increasing pace, and Mollie is due quite a shock...
Another big epic that's unposted. Mollie opens a children's club, intending to take in children who are ill or poor. She nags the Maynard children into attending, and takes Joey on as an assistant. However, she refuses to believe that Jo is now her sister-in-law, thus angering not only her nieces and nephews, but also her own children. Added to this, she is unprepared for the harsh realities that pour through her door, and, with the Maynards seeking to undermine her by any means possible, the children's club comes close to collapse. But the Maynards' efforts have attracted the attention of a bigger threat: Bonnie's former "family" want her back, and don't care who they kill in the process.
Final length unknown. Five chapters up. A good refresher for anyone who's lost track of events thus far. Joey knocks herself out and winds up with amnesia. She is emotional, and unwilling to accept that the world has changed. The attempts of Sissy, Reg, and Flicker to cheer her up are many and varied.
The Beginner's Guide to Cloning
Unposted. The mysterious Patience Cartier is new at Greenrooves. She gels with Cecil and her friends, despite being four years younger, and they find themselves getting drawn further and further into her dangerous situation.
A Family Christmas
Four chapters, two of them up. Jack reflects on four Christmases as he tries to work out the true meaning of the word "family".
The Maynards and Dr. Greenwood
One chapter up. Quite long. A crossover with my novel. The strange Dr. Greenwood visits Die Blumen and immediately clashes with most of the children. As the Mob begin to go out of their way to make trouble for their guest, her departure makes them consider their behaviour, and they are eventually reconciled.
Mother of the Bride
Len's wedding is fast approaching, but Joey is unhappy with the marriage, as she still hates change. As they prepare, even Len and Reg have reservations, and the whole family needs to learn to let go.
The Secret Diary of Cecil Maynard Aged 14 and a Bit
Will have fifty-two chapters, one of which is up. Inspired by Adrian Mole. Set the year after the main body of MM, Joey gives Cecil a diary in her Christmas stocking, and Cecil obsessively writes in it, jotting down all her problems - from charity work to homework, and, most of all, getting a hobby - which turns out to be a journey into discovering who she really is.
Lavender at the Chalet School
Set ten years after Secret Diary, in the modern day, it introduces a new cast of characters alongside the old. Lavender Oyle is an ordinary girl with her finger right on the pulse of the fashionable lifestyle. When she's sent to the Chalet School in hopes of quietening her down, it is hate at first sight. Concentrates equally on Lavender and on characters from previous drabbles.
All in all, while most of them can be quite dark at times, they all have happy endings. I'd say about 12+ for ratings - I was never any great shakes at the house business.
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