Fan Fiction: TOOLS AND DOCUMENTS    

 

 

 

CAPTAIN SCARLET and the MYSTERONS UNOFFICIAL WEBSITE

by Chris Bishop

 

LATEST UPDATES, MARCH 11, 2017: "Who, What and Where in 'New Captain Scarlet' Fanon" - New additions to 'Who, What and Where in 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' Fanon" - New links added to the "Tools and Documents" page /// FEBRUARY 22, 2017:  FAN FICTION: "Conspiracy Theory", by Hazel Köhler /// FEBRUARY 18, 2017: FAN FICTION: "Dead or Alive, Part 2", by Adam Blue (NCS) /// FEBRUARY 14, 2017: VALENTINE'S DAY FAN FICTION: "Worry me Erin", by Isabelle Saucier (NCS) - SID DATABASE - Thunderbirds:  "From Tracy Island with Love", a series of pictures by Caroline Smith /// FEBRUARY 8, 2017:  Logo and new header in tribute to "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" 50th Anniversary! /// JANUARY 31, 2017: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "The Hunt for Red Arrow", by Chris Bishop /// January 26, 2017: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "All in the Line of Duty", by Isabelle Saucier (NCS)

 

"You leave me no alternative. Captain Scarlet, I sentence you to death [...]
However, as you are indestructible, there'd be little point in standing you up before a firing squad."

Colonel White  - "White as Snow".

Tools and Documents

 

The yellow star marks recent additions, updated documents and repaired links.

 

 

 

FAN FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

 

You're wondering how you should submit your fan fiction story to the Spectrum Headquarters website?  You don't know where to begin with?  Here's the 'all you need to know guidelines' that will help you present your first or next story to our website!  Read them before submitting, you'll have the answers to all your questions.

 

 

 

 

TOOLS AND DOCUMENTS:

 

With our submission guidelines in full view at the top of our page, the rest of our tools and documents have been divided in seven categories, listed below.  Click the category to be taken directly to your needed section, or browse down the page to check all topics!  Some of these documents are located on this website, but many of them are links to outside pages, with information that might be useful to you.  The consultation of these documents are not required, of course.  These tools are only listed here in an attempt to help you in your writing of Captain Scarlet stories - or any kind of writing, for that instance.  You might also find some of this information rather entertainment and fun to read!

 

FANDOM-RELATED TOOLS 

SPECTRUM COLOURS CHART, ORGANISATION CHARTS, CHRONOLOGIES, WHO WHAT AND WHERE IN FANON, ETC.

WRITING TOOLS

LINKS TO WEBPAGES GIVING TIPS, ADVICES, INFORMATION AND TRAINING FOR BETTER WRITING STORIES

DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATION TOOLS

ENGLISH DICTIONARIES, SLANG DICTIONNARIES, TRANSLATION SITES, ETC.

CREATION TOOLS

NAME GENERATORS, MUSICAL TERMS LIST, COLOUR LIST, FONTS, ETC.

RESEARCH TOOLS

MOST USEFUL TOOLS FOUND ON THE INTERNET

FAN FICTION WRITING TIPS, MISTAKES AND ERRORS

LINKS TO WEBPAGES WITH ARTICLES ON FAN FICTION WRITING

WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE

FREE AND USEFUL WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE

 

 

 

FANDOM-RELATED TOOLS:

CHRONOLOGY OF THE CAPTAIN SCARLET UNIVERSE 

Compilation table by Keith AnsellAll those important dates, all those historical events in the future history of the Captain Scarlet world!  It's all here for you to use! 

 

CHRONOLOGY OF THE ANDERSON UNIVERSE 

Compilation table by Keith Ansell Not a fan fiction as such, this chronology, written as if all the Anderson series were part of the same universe,  is a formidable source of information that can be used by fan fiction writers of any of the Anderson series, including Captain Scarlet.   ff 548 Previously part of the now defunct Sector 25 website.

 

COLOURS CHART. A chart of various colours (not exhaustive) with examples of what they look like.  The list contains characters from the original series, as well as in other media (such as comics), but mostly of fan fiction characters, bearing the colour-coded name (when available).  Note that you are in no way obligated to use the character associated with the colour of your choice, if already used by another fanfic writer. 

 

ORGANISATION CHARTS OF THE WORLD PEACE-KEEPING FORCES Created from the analysis of the various sources available on the matter, the charts contained on this page detail the progression of the World peace-keeping forces throughout the Anderverse history.  Worth a look. Link added March 11, 2017.

 

SPECTRUM ORGANISATION CHART.  Created from the collaboration of many writers, this organisation chart suggests a possible, but not official,  view of how the Spectrum organisation is built.  You may have your own ideas, of course, but if this only helps to inspire you, you'll welcome to consult it.

 

WHO, WHAT AND WHERE IN 'CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS' FANON Original series Suitable for all readers

A  list of characters, places and institutions created by authors by authors for their fanfic stories on the Spectrum Headquarters website (Version 2.1) A combined work,  made by various authors from the website, this listing is meant as an informative sheet. ff 368 Updated with  new material, March 11, 2017

 

WHO WHAT AND WHERE IN 'NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET' FANON New series Suitable for all readers

A combined informative sheet, compiled by various authors from the website, this list is similar to the 'Who, What and Where' for 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons', but contains places and institutions created by authors by authors created exclusively for 'New Captain Scarlet' fanfic stories on the Spectrum Headquarters website.  ff 623 (New Captain Scarlet). Added March 11, 2017.

 

 

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WRITING TOOLS:

THE ABERRANT APOSTROPHE Written by Hazel Köhler, this document details the use of that most abused piece of punctuation - the apostrophe. also available in PDF Format for easy download.

 

THE BEGINNING WRITER. Helping writers learn and grow! Articles on active voice and passive voice, points of views, story structures, plots, etc. Added March 11, 2017.

 

GRAMMARBOOK.COM Because grammar is so darn important for the comprehension of your text!  Amongst other articles, check the one about Punctuation rules Added March 11, 2017.

 

NARRATIVE MODE, on Wikipedia, gives definition of the various mode of narration that an author can choose to convey his or her story.  It mentions not only the Point of View of writing, but also, the definitions of the various narrative voices, structures and tenses available to a writer. 

 

SCRIBOPHILE Online writing workshop and writer's community. Writers of all skill levels join to improve each other’s work with thoughtful critiques and by sharing their writing experience. Check their Writing Academy section, where you can find articles on speech tags, narrative tense, points of views, and more. Added March 11, 2017.

 

THE WRITE PRACTICE BLOG. Articles about split infinitives, tips for writing with clarity, dialogue, tricks for writing when you're sick or through distractions, how to write a fight scene and much more! Added March 11, 2017.

 

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DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATION TOOLS:

AUSTRALIAN SLANG - Self explanatory.  The Captain Scarlet universe does have at least one official character (Doctor Fawn) and some unofficial (Captain Brown, mainly fanfic; and President Younger, according to TV Century 21 magazine).  Words from this 'dictionary' could be useful, but as with almost every slang - at small doses, so you won't lose your readers!

 

DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALIAN SLANG - From Australia Travel Search, another small dictionary of Australian slang that might be useful to writers.

 

A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH SLANG - Take into consideration that slang is a 'picture of the times' and that it might change in 2068 to become somewhat different to what it is today! Still, this could prove a useful link! 

 

GOOGLE TRANSLATE - When all fails, try Google Translate!  Added March 11, 2017.

 

LEXILOGOS - Like WordReference.Com, Lexilogos could be used for online translation as well as for webpage translation, for many langauges. French and English dictionaries are also available. 
 

MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE - You do need a good dictionary.  Not only is it a very good online one, that you can access through their webpage, but there's also other features worthy to check out as well. Plus, you can download a toolbar and/or an access tab to put onto your browser.

 

WORDREFERENCE.COM - Online translation from English to French, Italian and Spanish. Other dictionaries available. A toolbar is also available.
 

 

 

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CREATION TOOLS:

ANDERSON FONTS & DINGS COLLECTION - Download directly from this website, and straight into your PC, the entirety of our "Gerry Anderson Fonts & Dings Collection".  This compressed file contains font from the original Captain Scarlet title, various Eurostile fonts (the end credits from the original series), Sofachrome (the New Captain Scarlet font), various fonts from other Anderson series (Stingray, Thunderbirds, Supercar, etc.) as well as Anderson-related dings.  Note that these fonts and dings, as they're not installed on all PC, will demand the same requirement as described above.  Enjoy this free gift from us!

 

BEHIND THE NAME - RANDOM NAME GENERATOR - Another generator you can use if you have difficulty naming a character. You even have the choice of a nationality if needed!

 

DAFONT.COM - One of the best free fonts archives you can find online.  Although it is suggested to write a story with clear type, common, easy to read fonts (Arial, Times New Romans, Calibri, Comics, etc... - See the Guidelines above), it might happen that you would want to be creative with your title art. Just don't forget:  if you use WordArt to create your title, you need to transform the said title into an image for it to appear as you want it onto every computer's screen.  If you don't know how, at least inform us of your need and of the name of the Font used, so it might be possible for us to do the transfer to image for you. 

 

HOW TO SURVIVE (ALMOST) ANYTHING - From the National Geographic website.  Check out the many articles on various, potentially lethal situations.  A guide for a would-be Spectrum officer! Added March 11, 2017.

 

MUSICAL TERMS FOR ANGELS CODENAMES - You can actually find A LOT of musical terms online, with a little research! I came up with a few pages that you may find interesting... And for those who are looking for names and cannot think of any (or at least of enough of them...) here's a few links to keep handy:

GLOSSARY OF MUSICAL TERMS AND FORMS, from CanTeach.ca

GLOSSARY OF MUSICAL TERMINOLOGY, from Wikipedia

GLOSSARY OF MUSICAL TERMS, from Classicalworks.com
 

 

RANDOM NAME GENERATOR - Useful to create names, the Random Name Generator uses data from the US Census to generate random male and female names as well as surnames.

 

WIKIPEDIA LIST OF COLORS - You need inspiration for an original color codename for a Spectrum officer?  Wikipedia is your friend! Added March 11, 2017.

 

WORST-CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOKIn PDF format. Step by step instructions on how to fend off a shark, break down a door, jump from a moving train and other situations Scarlet and co have come to expect of a normal day's work. Good for research and plot bunnies... some of them involving the Mysterons.  New link March 11, 2017.

 

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RESEARCH TOOLS:

GOOGLE EARTH - Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.  It can help you get a geographic and photographic views  of where you want to set your action, calculate distances between spots, and gives you multiple other details you might find useful.  You can even set the height of viewing to see how a specific spot looks from Cloudbase or Skybase. A very interesting option for science-fiction writers is the fact that you can also view the sky, the Moon... and Mars. Google Earth is free to download, so why hesitate?

 

GOOGLE MAPS - Useful for plotting the route characters would need to take if they're going to be travelling from A to B. It also gives an idea of the journey time.

 

WIKIPEDIA - Although admittedly, some information might not seem all that reliable, since the website is open for all to updates with information, Wikipedia still presents a wonderful research tool for any and all subject imaginable.  Its content is endless. Also, it comes in many, many languages. And if you're unsure of your information, you can always double-check elsewhere on the net!  Wikipedia is your friend.  Go for it.

 

 

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LINKS TO FAN FICTION WRITING TIPS, MISTAKES AND ERRORS:

BAD FANFIC!  NO BISCUIT! - Here you can find descriptions of common errors made in fanfic - and how to avoid some of them.

 

A FANSPEAK DICTIONARY - Okay... maybe not a dictionary in the traditional sense; but helpful to figure out what all those particular fan fiction terms and abbreviations mean when they come up in discussions.

 

HOW TO WRITE AN ALMOST READABLE FAN FICTION - Written with humour, this page is a fun guide to writing fan fiction - or rather, how to avoid the obvious mistakes.  Many other links are also available.

 

MARY-SUE - Wikipedia's definition of what is a Mary Sue in fan fiction. 
 

THE TEN FANFIC COMMANDMENTS - Although coming from a Gargoyles fan website, this is a very pertinent set of rules - very cleverly put together and fun to read!  Things to do and not to do while writing fan fiction.
 

 

 

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WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARES:

OPEN OFFICE - An important tool of the writer is her/his word processing software.  Not everyone can afford a word processing software like Word, Word Perfect, or even Works.  In Windows, you can always use WordPad, as it is a good substitute, albeit, without many of Word's features.  A good option, though, is to download and install Open Office.  It's offered online free, and contains most of the features presented by Word and/or Word Perfect.  You don't need to install all of its features - Writer, the answer to Word, is the one you mainly need for word processing - but the other options effectively replace many of the other features from the Office Suite (like Excel, PowerPoint, Access). The only requirement is that you have Javascript installed on your computer.  If you don't have it, it's not a problem:  you can also download Javascript with the Open Office software!

 

GINGER - Page writing app for desktop and mobile!  And adding to this, the Ginger website comes with all sort of tools, including a punctuation checker! Added March 11, 2017.

 

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NEW FAN  FICTION ADDITIONS PAGE

CHRIS BISHOP'S FAN FICTION

CAPTAIN SCARLET FAN FICTION ARCHIVES PAGE (BY TITLES)

LIST OF FAN FICTION BY AUTHORS

 

NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET (CGI) FAN FICTION

OTHER GERRY ANDERSON FAN FICTION

 

FAN FICTION CHALLENGES PAGE

 

MULTIVERSE CHALLENGE RULES

MULTIVERSE STORIES

CROSSOVER STORIES

 

END CREDITS CHALLENGE

END CREDITS STORIES

 

CHALLENGE OF FIVE

CHALLENGE OF FIVE STORIES

 

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE RULES

CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION

CHRISTMAS PICTURES

 

HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE RULES

HALLOWEEN FAN FICTION

HALLOWEEN PICS

 

VALENTINE'S DAY STORIES


FAN FICTION GENERAL PAGE

 

TOOLS & DOCUMENTS

 

S.I.D. DATABASE

 

 

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