“Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.” Lev Grossman, TIME, July 18, 2011
I’m under no illusions that writing fanfiction is looked at as the reality tv of the entertainment world, but it is an outlet, nonetheless. It is a way for authors to hone their craft in a generally safe environment; where fans can gather to appreciate new storylines and characters in a fandom they know and love. And let’s face it…it’s just plain fun.
I’ve been a casual gamer since the days of Atari and Commodore 64. I played through the days of the first Nintendo system and the Sega Genesis. Playstation became PS2 became PS3. New titles developed and the RPG became a new way of gaming. I began to read fanfiction while immersed in one such RPG – Dragon Age: Origins. So many choices…so many decisions. And so many story directions that were never taken. Suddenly, the game’s sequel saw me making decisions that caused me despair and the only way I could talk myself through them was to write.
Two years later, I am writing stories within three fandoms and enjoying myself immensely. If you’ve come here, I hope that you enjoy what I’ve written and that perhaps you might even be intrigued enough to follow along as the stories progress. Some are almost complete; others are just beginning. I hope you’re interested in sticking around…