Alelou is the name Sandra Hutchison uses when she wants to play with favorite characters who were invented by someone else — that is, when she writes fanfic.
Fanfic is usually only interesting to people who are fans of the universe (Star Trek: Enterprise and The X-Files, in Alelou’s case), but it’s a lot of fun, and a chance to publish pretty much at will. Fanfic writers can’t make any money at it, although some authors have transitioned into paying careers, especially in the genres of science fiction and erotica. It’s nonetheless a chance to develop skills, enjoy reviews, and make friends.
Many years ago a professor told Sandra not to waste her time with this sort of thing. Yes, he had a point — but she can’t regret the fun she’s had along the way, and certainly not the friends she’s made.
For example, a friend made this fun little “trailer” for one of Alelou’s stories:
(Click through to YouTube for links if by some miracle you’re a Trekkie and you want to read it!)