Author Page – Robin

Latest Addition:  Belated Holiday Greetings in a Letter from Joe — a REALLY Lost Episode — See summary below

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A Moment Just Before Dark
(by Robin)
Summary:  A prequel story that includes the Milfords  from The Hayburner.
Rating:  G  (9,630 words)
Bed Time #1 –
Before Bedtime
(by Robin)
Summary:  It’s bed time on the Ponderosa for three-year old Little Joe.
Rating:  K  (6,860 words)
Bed Time #2 –
Before Bedtime Too
(by Robin)
Summary:  Another night and another bed time
Rating:  T (6,400 words)
Bed Time #3 – Bed Time 1848
(by Robin)
Summary:  It’s bed time in 1848. 
Rating:  K  (4,420 words)
Ben and Miss
(by Robin)
Summary: Between the trial and Paiutes, tensions are running high in and around Virginia City.
Rating:  T  (9,410 words)
Defying Logic 
(by Robin)
Summary:  What happen next for the episode, The Hayburner.
Rating:  T  (20,375 words)
He was Brave that Day
(by Robin)
Summary:  It all started with Hoss saving the life of a neighbor.
Rating:  T  (6,800 words)
It All Started with a Haircut
(by Robin)
Summary:  I have been fascinated by the characters of Cora and Enos Milford, the affectionate, bickering couple in “The Hayburner”. Clearly they are old friends of the Cartwrights, have great affection for them and knew Adam, Hoss and Joe as boys. I wondered how the Milfords and the Cartwrights might have first met and came up with this story, “It all Started with a Haircut” .
Rating:  K  (6,835 words)
Like Her Own
(by Robin)
Summary:  A look back and understanding how the past influenced the present.
Rating:  T  (7,266 words)
Neked Women
(by Robin)
Summary:  Did Little Joe really see what he thought he saw?  Adam can’t believe the implications of Joe’s revelation.
Rating:  T  (7,645)
The Cherry Tree Saga
(by Robin)
Summary:  Like the ever changing seasons, life blooms and dies on the Ponderosa.
Rating T  (140,000 words)


Stories Co-Written with GinnyF

Stories in the A Modern Cartwrights Story series were co-written and individually written by Robin and GinnyF, as noted below.

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A Modern Cartwrights Story #1 – Windmills & Rembrances
(by Robin & GinnyF)
Summary:  A modern-day Cartwright / Dallas cross-over:  What happens when JR Ewing sets his sites on the Ponderosa.
Rating:  PG-13  (37,800 words)
A Modern Cartwrights Story #2 – Substitutes in the Cemetery
(by GinnyF)
Summary:  A continuation of A Modern Cartwrights Story.
Rating:  PG  (1,215 words)
A Modern Cartwrights Story #3 – A Quarter’s Worth of Glory:  Joe in the Infernal
(by Robin)
Summary:  Headlines ripped from the daily newspaper in this modern era tale of the Cartwrights.
Rating:  K+  (775 word)
A Modern Cartwrights Story #4 – Remnants of the Past
(by Robin & GinnyF)
Summary:  Most of the action in this tale takes place in the spring and summer of 2000. We have included elements and characters who appeared in a few Bonanza episodes including “The Truckee Strip”, “Rich Man Poor Man”, “The Infernal Machine”, “The Countess”, “First Born”, “Denver McKee” and “The Abduction” as well as characters and plot lines we created for our other modern Cartwright tales.
Rating:  PG  (33,150 words)
A Modern Cartwrights Story #5 – A Passing Stranger
(by Robin & GinnyF)
Summary:  This Modern Day Cartwrights story is based on the Bonanza episode “A Stranger Passed this Way”.
Rating:  PG  (46,475 words)
Light up the Winter Darkness
(by Robin & GinnyF)
Summary:  This is a Bonanza Christmas/Chanukah story.  One Christmas morning the Cartwrights go in rescue of a stranded family, who unbeknowst to the Cartwrights are being held hostage by bank robbers.
Rated:  PG13 for some harsh language and a fight scene (10,975 words)
(by Robin & GinnyF)
Summary: a WHN for “A Stranger Passed This Way”
Rated:  K+ (6,330 words)


Robin’s REALLY Lost Episodes

As a baby boomer, I grew up reading MAD magazine, watching Mel Brooks, “That was the Week That Was”, Ernie Kovacs and, as an infant Sid Ceasar. I also sat far too close to the television set which totally warped my brain. My extended family were all story tellers. At an early age we learned to retell generic jokes changing the names to match family members and friends and add eye rolling or winks. I grew up watching Bonanza in the original run and adored it beyond comprehension. The REALLY Losts are satires of the series written with much affection, eye rolling,  and winks.  And can be somewhat risque’.

A Bittersweet Memory of Two Pink Snowballs
(by Robin)
Summary:  It’s more than Hostess’ “Greatest Comeback in the History of Forever”
Rating:  M  (2,870 words)
A Brady Bonanza
(by Robin)
Summary:  Brady Bonanza
Rating:  T  (4,360 words)
A Moving Tale #1
(by Robin)
Summary:  There’s no reason, but a story to send any woman’s heart a-fluttering.
Rating:  M  (3,040 words)
A Moving Tale #2 –
The Golden Saloon
(by Robin)
Summary:  How to cure a broken heart.
Rating:  M  (2,380 words)
A Peep Came
this Way
(by Robin)
Summary:  Pa should have known better than to let Jamie run an errand.  A WHI for A Stranger Passed This Way.
Rating:  T  (13,480 words)
Adam Discovers Secrets
(by Robin)
Summary:  The pitfalls and nightmares of being the eldest.
Rating:  T  (3,025 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 1
(by Robin)
Summary:  Adam’s memories from his early years.
Rating:  T  (2,400 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 2
(by Robin)
Summary:    How I Got A Lifelong Reputation for Being a Hard Worker or How Little Joe Learned to Iron Sheets
Rating T  (1,650 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 3
(by Robin)
Summary:  Getting lucky with Mary.
Rating:  T  (1,770 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 4
(by Robin)
Summary:  Visiting Dustville Junction
Rating  T  (2,700 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 5
(by Robin)
Summary:  Sailors, Lilly, and the Gold Thief
Rating:  T  (2,000 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 6
(by Robin)
Summary:  Pa Teaches me to be a Man of Few Words
Rating:  T  (2,600 words)
Adam’s Memoirs –
Part 7
(by Robin)
Summary: Educating My Brothers was Never Easy
Rating  T  (2,140 words)
And on the
Seventh Day
(by Robin)
Summary:  It’s all about the seventh day.
Rating  T  (3,840 words)
Autumn on the Ponderosa
(by Robin)
Summary:  It happened one autumn.
Rating:  T  (1,375 words)
Avenging Debbie
(by Robin)
Summary:  Debbie has been disrespected by a rude video clerk and the Cartwrights avenge her.
Rating:  T  (1,040 words)
Back from Back East
(by Robin)
Summary:  An explanation of why only one son when to college.
Rating:  T  (860 words)
Belated Holiday Greetings in a Letter from Joe
(by Robin)
Summary:  A holiday letter to Mitch, from Joe. Rating:  T  (2,600 words)
Bath Water
(by Robin)
Summary:  When you don’t have indoor plumbing.
Rating:  T   (1,030 words)
Ben Raised His
(by Robin)
Summary:  The trials of a Cartwright father.
Rating:  T  (1,080 words)
Beyond Looney
(by Robin)
Summary:  We find the need to apologize to Looney Tunes.
Rating:  T  (4,640 words)
Bonanza Carol
(by Robin
Summary:  Our apologies to Charles Dickens as Virginia City lives its own version of A Christmas Carol.
Rating:  T  (28,30 words)
Bring in the Clones
(by Robin)
Summary:  The Cartwrights are watching the news regarding a cloned baby.
Rating:  T  (2,050 words)
Buck and Matt
(by Robin)
Summary:  Shirtless Cartwright ALERT!!! This episode is dedicated to all those who are fans of bare-chested cowboys.
Rating:  T  (1,730 words)
Camp Fire Tales
(by Robin)
Summary:  What else is there to do around a camp fire?
Rating:  T  (1,550 words)
(by Robin)
Summary:  The Missing Scenes from Truckee Strip
Rating:  T   (1,510 word)
Cooking with
Steamy Julia
(by Robin)
Summary:  Cooking isn’t the only thing happening in the kitchen, and elsewhere.
Rating:  M  (715 words)
Death Star
(by Robin)
Summary:  With Rona’s permission, I am posting “Death Star” as inspired by her Adam Death fic.
Rating:  T  (2,620 words)
Desert Wallets
(by Robin)
Summary:  The episode pulled from syndication after only two airings.
Rating:  T  (2,380 words)
Father of the
(by Robin)
Summary:  Little Joe writes to Oprah Winfrey about his Pa.
Rating: T  (3,750 words)
Fondue #1 –
Marie, My
(by Robin)
Summary:  Joe asks Ben about his mother, and learns more than he wanted to.
Rating:  T  (980 words)
Fondue #2 –
Fondue Too
(by Robin)
Summary:  The sequel to Marie, My Fondue.
Rating:  T  (935 words)
Fondue #3 – The Third Fondue Tale:  Heidi
(by Robin)
Summary:  Why Pa Yodels
Rating:  T  (1,730 words)
Goat Cheese on the Ponderosa
(by Robin)
Summary:  A variation on A Stranger Passed this Way.
Rating:  T  (1,440)
Head Examining on the High Sierra!
(by Robin)
Summary:  The aftermath of Tirza.
Rating:  T  (2,570 words)
Homing Pigeon
(by Robin)
Summary:  When it’s only men, they become slightly distracted on the risque’ side when discussing pigeons, or was it horses?
Rating:  T  (2,500 words)
Houston, We have a Problem on the Ponderosa
(by Robin)
Summary:  There’s a problem, and only Houston can help the Cartwrights.
Rating:  T  (1,100 words)
In Memoriam to Borelli
(by Robin)
Summary:  A WHN for The Deadliest Game.  They’ve come from all over to pay their respects, and we find that really nothing is sacred to this group.
Rating:  T  (2,940 words)
Kane’s Bidet
(by Robin)
Summary:  An investigational report of epic (too much information) proportions.
Rating:  T  (1,150 words)
Kilt While Traveling
(by Robin)
Summary:  What happens when a Scotsman arrives in Virginia City after months of traveling.
Rating:  T  (2,460 words)
Knowing isn’t Everything
(by Robin)
Summary:  The ‘Brain Game’ Bonanza style.
Rating:  T  (1,480 words)
Long Johns,
Nightwear, and
Pantyhose on
the Ponderosa
(by Robin)
Summary:  Wondering if lumps of coal are in store this Christmas.
Rating:  T  (1,915 words)
Martha Stewart on Bonanza
(by Robin)
Summary:  A look at a visit by Martha Stewart.
Rating:  T   (1,185 words)
Missing Adam
(by Robin)
Summary:  Ponderosa is the place to be.  Ranch living is the life for me. Land spreadin’ out so far and wide. Keep Ole Boston, just give me that countryside.
Rating:  T  (3,070 words)
My Son, My Son, My Canceled Wedding
(by Robin)
Summary:  Even my own stories aren’t safe from a REALLY Lost Episode story.  Inspired by A Modern Cartwrights Story 4 – Remnants of the Past.
Rating:  T  (2,625 words)
My Sons, My Sons, My Sons
(by Robin)
Summary:  And a Partridge on the Ponderosa.
Rating:  T  (2,900 words)
Return to
(by Robin)
Summary:  Ben should have remembered.  A what happened later for The Crucible.
Rating:  T  (4,200 words)
S*x Scenes
(by Robin)
Summary:  It all started over an argument about socks.
Rating:  T (3, 125 words)
Shanklin:  The Unedited Version
(by Robin)
Summary:  A missing scene that ended up on the cutting room floor of Shanklin.
Rating:  T  (2,233)
Strong, Yet
Sensitive on
the Comstock
(by Robin)
Summary:  A behind the scenes look at the second longest running western series, Bonanza.
Rating:  T (2,250 words)
Stubby Smith and Duffy Duff
(by Robin)
Summary:    This was one of those episodes that came along every once in a while that focused more on the guest stars and didn’t have enough screen time for the Cartwrights.
Rating:  T  (3,890 words)
Tale of a Cougar and Death
(by Robin)
Summary:  Mix the Cartwright brothers and the Bonner brothers, and this is what you get, more than you bargained for.
Rating:  T   (2,100 words)
The Café Scene
(by Robin)
Summary:  Ben raised them better than this.  We know he did.
Rating:  T  (870 words)
The Cartwright Figure Skating Challenge
(by Robin)
Summary:  In honor of Susan Grote, and her love of ice skating championships.
Rating:  T  (4,050 words)
The Chickens
(by Robin)
Summary:  A Squawking tale about a shipment of chickens for Hop Sing.
Rating:  T  (1,850 words)
The Commitment of Charlie Angelus
(by Robin)
Summary:  If only they hadn’t stopped in that town.
Rating: T  (1,140 words)
The Dead Mule Story
(by Robin)
Summary:  With these three sons, this tale should never have been told.  They’re your sons, Ben.
Rating:  T  (1,225 words)
The First Born
(by Robin)
Summary:  Clay Stafford returns to the Ponderosa.
Rating:  T  (2,500 words)
The Green Jell-O Mold
(by Robin)
Summary:  The Worst Fan Fic Ever Written….so far… and it includes recipes too!
Rating:  T  (12,140 words)
The Love Paddle Boat
(by Robin)
Summary:  Love, exciting and new.  Come aboard, we’re expecting you…..
Rating:  T  (3,785 words)
The Magician and the Pirate
(by Robin)
Summary: Strangers arrive in Virginia City who turn out to be, who else, old-time friends of Ben.
Rating: T (2,980 words)
The Men in Black / The Men in Jail
(by Robin)
Summary:  Adam finds himself in jail after running into trouble; if only he’d not left the Ponderosa.
Rating:  T  (1,680 words)
The Next BIG
(by Robin)
Summary:  It’s better than the General Store or the Mercantile.
Rating:  T  (1,740 words)
The Olympic Inheritance
(by Robin)
Summary:  Beyond their wildest dreams?  Well, it happened.
Rating:  T  (2,60 words)
The Return of Old Sheba
(by Robin)
Summary:  It is said they have an extremely long memory.
Rating:  T  (9,390 words)
The Reward
(by Robin)
Summary:  Life on the Ponderosa after Adam returns home from college.
Rating:  T  (7,700 words)
The Tiger Puzzle
(by Robin)
Summary:  The Cartwright brothers come to the aid of sister; however, will they be able to help the damsels in distress?  If you know the brothers, you know where this is going — risque’.
Rating:  T  (1,135 words)
Things You’ll Never Hear in a Western Movie
(by Robin)
Summary: Yep, the title explains this story.
Rating: T (4,165 words)
Three Blind Tales
(by Robin)
Summary: Nope, it’s not the Three Blind Mice.
Rating: T (3,755 words)
Twins… Separated at Birth
(by Robin)
Summary: Oh, please. No! Not them!
Rating: T (7,340 words)
Watching ‘
(by Robin)
Summary:  It couldn’t beat the original, but sure was good for a REALLY Lost Episode.
Rating:  T  (1,110 words)
When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Ponderosa Pie
(by Robin)
Summary:  Inspired by the famous song sung by Perry Como and Dean Martin.
Rating:  T  (1,500 words)
Yes, Virginia, There is a Cartwright Family
(by Robin)
Summary: The question every little girl wants to know the answer.
Rating: T (805 words)

Updated:  12.3.2017

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