Author Page – BluewindFarm

A dressage rider who’s a cowgirl at heart. —

Though I wasn’t old enough during the heyday of Westerns on TV, with the advent of cable and satellite services in the 1980’s, I fell in love with Bonanza, Lancer, The Big Valley, The Rifleman, and The Wild, Wild West, among others. —

Through syndication and fan fiction, our heroes will live on forever. I hope you’ll take a moment to let me know how much you enjoyed reading the stories I’ve written.

NEWEST:  And Then Along Comes Rupert — see summary below.

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A Dream Fulfilled… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A story in six voices, which all viewers wished had happened. Within each section there will be a common thread that also ties each character to the others. At the end of each section the character and the word prompt are listed.
Rating: K (6,705 words)

A Far Cry from Peace (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Missing Scenes and What Happened Next for the second season episode… The Gift.  Told from Adam’s point of view.

(5,095 words)  Rating:  T

A Legacy Deferred (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Joe is summoned to the Ponderosa for a matter pertaining to an inheritance. Curiously, the letter and recent events in his life reveal his dissatisfaction, and thrust him on a journey of discovery.
Rating:  T (16,980 words)

A Matter of Family (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A mistaken identity sends the Cartwrights on a race to save one of their own.
Rating:  K (6,820 words)

A Misconstrued Statement (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Hoss attempts an explanation to Ben of who is coming down the street, and why.
Rating:  K+ (900 words)

A Ride in the Sun; Survived (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  In the tenth season episode, “A Ride in the Sun” the Cartwrights are scammed by brother/sister con artists, Tobias and April Horn. This story is told from Joe’s POV as he heads into the desert.
Rating:  T (teen) (9,560 words)

All Lies and Jests (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A conversation between brothers returns Ben to a time in the past. Missing scene for The Stranger.
Rating:  T    Word Count  :   4,135

Always (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  The days and weeks after one of the worst times on the Ponderosa culminates in a moment between father and son.   What should have happened.
Rating:  G (625 words)

An Offering of Comfort (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Ben sat and waited as one of his sons lies in bed injured… the details… the depths… maybe a revelation or two.
Rating:  K (1,000 words)

And I’ve Got Mine… — aka Until the Pain’s a Cloud of Dust (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  For those who were never satisfied with the brief glimpse of a picture on the desk.   What should have happened before Forever.
Rating:  K (1,550 words)

And Then Along Comes Rupert (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Long-distant cousin Rupert brings greetings and glad tidings to the Ponderosa.
Rating:  T (2,225 words)

Another Side of The Triangle #1 (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Missing scenes from The Triangle, and what happened next.
Rating:  K+ (5,170 words)

Another Side of the Triangle #2 – the Epilogue (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Aa continuation of Another Side of the Triangle — missing scenes and WHN for the episode, The Triangle.  It is not necessary to have read Another Side of the Triangle in order to understand the epilogue.
Rating:  T   . (1,220 words)

Battle of the Ponderosa — aka Springtime Chaos (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A plea for help turns into an urgent ride home, and a situation no one foresaw.
Rating:  K (1,615 words)

Before A Rose (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Inspired by The Mother of All Challenges, to write a story featuring one or more of the Cartwrights in any time period (prequel, season 1-14, sequel, AU),   in which Virginia City is an integral part of the tale.    This is my story.
Rating:  K (4,030 words)

Between the Twelfth of Never and Forever… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A time of contemplation as a man reflects on what’s happened in the past, and what good could come from any of it. — ‘How am I gonna be an optimist about this?’ —
Rating:  K  (695 words)

Cartwrights Return or a Story of The Prodigals (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Adam left the Ponderosa more than ten years ago; and now, a letter has arrived announcing his intent to return. This story is his, as well as his family’s. (Categories :   Drama / AU)
(53,360 words)   Rating :   T – for minor cursing.

Changes Past (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A what happened next for The Last Viking; an episode written by Anthony Lawrence. A story told from Adam’s point of view as he attempts to reconcile what happened to another time in his life.
Rating :   K (3,665 words)

Christmas Wishes (by BluewindFarm)

Of Winters Past… and Our Little Piece of Snow-Covered Heaven were included in the 2017 Advent Calendar Collection.

Summary: Of Winters Past… Ben and Little Joe enjoy an evening during what might be one of the last winters Joe enjoys snuggling on his Pa’s lap.

Our Little Piece of Snow-Covered Heaven – Ben searches for a missing son, amid memories of a certain winter.

Counting Mistakes (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  How many mistakes could he make in one afternoon?
Rating :   K (1,415 words)

Counting Stars (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Ben asks Hoss to go get Joe, which leads to a brotherly conversation about the one who’s missing. —
(1,210 words) Rating :   K

Fist City (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Gossips sour Ben’s mood when he returns from a business trip; and he only wants to hear an explanation direct from the guilty party.
Rating:  T  (1,425 words)

Forever Changed (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: After concluding a business trip to San Francisco, Joe’s life is forever changed.
Rating:  T  (14,520 words)

Hiding in Fear (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: An unenviable situation finds the brothers in hiding and praying they won’t be found.
(650 words) Rating: K

His First Time & Return to Boston (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: The first story is about Adam at the beginning of his third year at college and his introduction to an extra-curricular activity. The second story follows Adam back to Boston, six years after graduating.
Rating: Mature audience (16,950 words)

I’m Already There… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: For those who believe… After an accident, Little Joe asks one very important question that only one person can answer. Is it any surprise at the response he receives?
Rating: K (2,215 words)

If Not for Aura Lee (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  What happened after Jean was taken into custody, and Julia’s window went dark.
Rating:  T (for mild cursing and references to adult themes) (11,940 words)

It Almost Seems Like Yesterday (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Twenty years etched into the memory of a man who stands at the crossroads of his life.   My submission for the 2014 Camp in the Pines.
Rating: K (10,815 words)

Laura’s Decision (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  A Missing Scene reflecting on events from The Pressure Game and The Triangle.
Rating:  T (685 words)

Lay Her Down (by BluewindFarm) 

Summary:  How does a Cartwright react when The Soiled Dove Society goes on the hunt for a man of steel?  Written for the 2017 Bonanza Brand’s 11th Anniversary R-Rated Story Challenge.
This story is sexually explicit, so if that offends a reader, please do not continue to the story.Rated:  MA  (2,320 words)

Lessons in the Art of Negotiations #1 (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  It’s time for Adam to introduce Little Joe to the… um… fine art of negotiating.  And at least for the night, what better way to forget that Pa is probably going to ‘kill him’ when he finds out the truth.
Rating: R   (5,095 words)

Lessons in the Art of Negotiations #2 – The Ophelia Theatre Presents… Private Dancer (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:   The Ophelia Theatre Presents the very first ‘Chippendale’ dancers, featuring Adam and Joe Cartwright; who star in their own private dances later that night.
Rating:  MA  (2,900 words)

Life’s Lessons (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:   A companion story for the episode, Second Sight.
Rating:  K+ (9,680 words)

Love Wins Out (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Missing scenes for The Truckee Strip
Raing:  K  (1,345 words)

May the Thunder Roll… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A story in three parts.
Part One – A Brother: One pleads for rescue.
Part Two – The Other Brother: Is in the same predicatment.
Part Three – The Final Brother:  It all began.
Rating: K+ (4,840 words)

Momma Liked The Roses (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: When the pain and the hurt are still fresh, can a memory shine bright?
Rating:  K  (1,125 words)

Much Too Soon… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: News of his father’s death brings a son home.
Rating: K (6,710 words)

Never Forgotten (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A most important day in the life of young Little Joe, and he feels neglected.
Rating: K / (2,075 words

One Special Night (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: The Cartwrights await a VERY special delivery, leaving one of them to wonder what their future will hold.
Rating: K (1,705 words)

Out of Boredom Comes Fishing (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: It’s only been a few months since Adam left the Ponderosa; this story finds Hop Sing and Little Joe in the kitchen, talking.
(990 words)  Rating K

Rattlesnake — aka After the Gunfight (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A gunfight and the resulting collateral damage. Two versions of the same story.
(1,845 words) Rating: T

Rescuing the Stillness (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  WHN for The Stillness Within.  Was it really that easy to understand and accept?
Rating:  K  (905 words)

Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa – Part One (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Circumstances bitter Adam’s homecoming, setting him and his family on a personal quest to restore the heart of the Ponderosa.
(46,330 words) Rating: T   There are references to a subject of a sensitive manner; however, no such acts occur within this story.

Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa – Part Two (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A continuation of Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa. The family looks forward to life returning to normal, but find they have a rocky road to travel as nightmares from the past intrude.
Rating: T (55,125 words)  This story references a subject of a sensitive nature; however, no such actions occur within this story.

Revelation (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  When a man rescues one of Ben Cartwright’s sons not once, but twice; the stranger brings huge implications for the family. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?
(61,135 words) Rating: Teen+ for mild language, violence, and mild adult situations

Rumor Has It… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: What happens when Adam and Joe have time to kill until the stage arrives? A Chaps & Spurs Challenge inspired story.
(1,030 words) Rating: K+

Sage Advice (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Joe should have remembered his older brother’s advice, when he learns a lesson on how easy it is for women to be his downfall.
Rating:  K  (950 words)

Setting the Course (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: At the end of “A House Divided”, have you ever wondered why Adam wasn’t farther along to join the cause before Little Joe caught up with him? Adam had emotionally left the night before Ben‘s encounter with Frederick Kyle and Joe in town. Me… I don’t think it had anything to do with Adam’s response to Joe during the closing scene, “That lake really gets under your skin.”
(800 words) Rating: K+

Silent Night (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: After an unusually hectic day, there is only one wish requested on Christmas Eve.
Rating: K (2,600 words)

Sunup at Dawn (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A WHN for Five Sundowns to Sunup / WHL for Death at Dawn story.
Rating:  K  (2,185 words).

Tears of Growing Up #1 (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: An accident while breaking horses sets Joe and the family on a downward spiral as unfounded fears over rule common sense. And when tragedy again strikes upon the Ponderosa…will the family ever be whole?
(40,470 words)  Rating:  K+

Tears of Growing Up #2 – First Ride (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A follow up story for Tears of Growing Up.  Two years have passed since Ben and Joe stood outside the corrals watching the taming of wild horses by Adam and their wranglers. Now, it’s finally Joe’s turn.

Rating:  K+  (2,305 words)

Tears of Growing Up #3 – Learning to Trust, One Last Time (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  It’s never easy seeing your youngest taking another step towards manhood.
Rating:  G  (715 words)

The Christmas Visitor (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Home alone on Christmas Eve; a special visitor keeps watch over a young man.
Rating:  G  (910 words)

The Crucible – WHN (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: This is what happens when a writer responds multiple challenges.   Four variations on the same story.
Rating: T (2,290 words)

The Devil in Disguise (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Learning bits and pieces of the past enforces a difficult lesson regarding thinking before one acts, and the need to hear both sides of a story before reacting. With the family poised to fall apart, can harmony be restored?
Rating: T (16,335 words)

The Letter (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Hoss has a very important message to impart. A missing scene from The Stillness Within.
Rating K  (775 words)

The Telegram (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Ben Cartwright receives an incomplete telegram. What is the message and who is it about?
(2,695 words)  Rating: K

The Truth (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Missing scenes, The Trap. A man’s belief that his wife is having an affair sets events into motion that ultimately drive Joe to challenge a lawman to a gunfight; the only way he can see to prove his innocence, of the affair and of two murders.
Rated:  K+ (1,440 words)

The Vision #2 – the epilogue (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Her dream is a reality and now they wait for the most important delivery. Sequel to The Vision.
Rating:  T  (3,590 words)

The Vision #1 (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Ben’s wife reflects on the past and contemplates a vision of what is soon to come.  What happened later for Marie, My Love.
Rating: MA (Mature adult theme)  (1,060 words)

There’s Wisdom, and Then There’s… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  He thinks he knows all it takes to be a cowboy; leaving Ben to wonder.
Rating:  K  (1,070 words)

Twas the Night Before Christmas (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Christmas wishes do come true for the brothers.
Rating:  K  (690 words)

Tying One On (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Three Cartwrights look out the window in disbelief of the scene below.
Rating : K+ (840 words)

What are These We Call Dreams (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Nightmares or metaphors, it all depends on the interpretation.
Rated:  K   Word Count:  1540

What We Didn’t Choose (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  Exploring what makes you who you are?  The first sentence was the May 1, 2016 Pine Cone prompt to use.  The original submission has been expanded so the story would meet the minimum word requirements for the Library.
Rating:  K  (635 words)

When Hope and Fate Collide (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Everything was progressing smoothly, right up until it went so wrong. The brothers and their men drive their largest herd ever to Sacramento, California.
Rating:  T (32,520 words)

Yesterday a Jealous Man, aka Today’s Lonely Fool (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A missing scene or two for She Walks in Beauty.
Rating:  K+  (1,550 words)

Latest Update:  2.27.2018

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