So, I found out today is apparently International Fanworks Day
, and the first one to Boot.
Even though it's been a while since I've written fic, being busy with LUHC
, but since I was fourteen I was writing fanfic. Oh man, my first fanfic was sort of painful. The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
that had I created a "romantic interest" for Jonny because I had a giant crush on him at the time and that the cool redheaded girl who was the daughter of the most awesome badass white haired red shirt wearer (as much as I adore Archer, Race Bannon was rocking the white haired red wearer badass first) around had a thing for the adopted Indian boy.
It was bad and never made it on line. Thank goodness so no one can look at my shame and laugh. Because it really is a shameful display.
Anyway, my first real attempt at fanfic came when I was 15 and finally got access to a computer and the internet. Hilariously enough, the story was written before the first episode of one of the shows involved in the crossover had even aired. Angel/Highlander Crossover
was written in 1999. I long lost the link to the original site that hosted it, so I just posted from when I published it on FFNet after someone introduced me to that site.
I was fifteen when I wrote that story, and it's sort of hilarious to go back and read it. Especially since it was written a good two months before Angel
premiered in 1999 on what was then the WB network. I was infatuated with both Angel and Duncan MacLeod at the time, and almost anything can crossover with Highlander
because the mythology is so open and really not there, which is something for another time.
It was also practice for me for writing, getting my "voice" down and characterization. I wrote a lot of fanfic. Hell, I called Snape being in love with Lily Potter years
before the last HP book was written.
And for the most part, fanfic has been a really positive experience for me. I've built relationships that I would never have without it. Made friends that I'm still in touch with to this day. Hell, two of my bridesmaids
at my wedding were friends I met through fanfic and fandom.
There's a lot of love that goes into fanworks be it artwork or writing, and its sort of awesome to see it get attention.
I've rambled enough I suppose, but I thought I'd share this because its love.