(If by some miracle, you want to link to one of my
stories, please link to the disclaimer pages, not the story itself. Thanks!)
I have been in fandom...um...a LONG time.
I started in SF fandom,
found Trek fanzines,
found (gulp!) K/S zines,
found S&H and S/H fanzines,
realized that it wasn't Trek anymore, it was media fandom,
found The Professionals & Blake's 7,
realized I wasn't a media fan but rather a slash fan and then...
The floodgates opened:
Man from U.N.C.L.E., Miami Vice, Wiseguy, Due South, Highlander,
X-Files, Xena, The Sentinel, Buffy...and there seems to be no end in sight.
The weird part of all of this is, I don't really watch much T.V. (For
example, when I wrote this, it was the first of September '98, and I hadn't turned my T.V on (#)
since I watched the Buffy season-ender back in June.)
What does a fannish butterfly do?
Well, I write, but very slowly, about one story a
year. Really. All of my current stories are in zines, but as the zines go out of print,
I'll be slowly bringing my stories out here.
I go to cons, and I recommend them for all
slashfans. Yeah, the net is wonderful, and chat is wonderful, and lists, and roundrobins,
and IRC...but nothing beats actually meeting other fans face to face. Worried, because
you don't know anyone? You don't have to know people when you get there -- and
you'll definitely know people by the time you leave for home.
I make songvids. (That # was to say, I haven't
turned my T.V. on except to make (too effing many) copies of our newest tape of songvids. Never heard of songvids (or songtapes,
or fannish music vids)? They're another form of fanfic, but they use a song off
the radio and clips from the show to tell the story. Think MTV, but instead of babes in
leather, we're using our BSO's in action to illustrate the words of the song.
I hang with other fans. Call me strange (if you
must) but I don't *get* fans in isolation. The POINT of fandom for me is collaboration and
cooperation (yeah, well, and occasional open warfare). This isn't meant as a dig on people
who feel differently, but rather a big ole, "Come on in, the water's fine" to
fans who don't, so far, have much contact with other fans. My advice: go to conventions,
post actively on fannish lists (or at least, notice the people who say the things you
agree with, and email them privately), notice email and snail mail addresses -- if someone
seems to be local, drop 'em a line, go out for drinks. What's the worst that can happen?
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org