Well, yeah, it totally is. I do, however, blame/credit/point my stubby fingers at brittanyxo for getting me here. I was late coming to Buffy. I saw maybe two episodes when they were first broadcast, but couldn't concentrate because I was chasing a toddler around and she wouldn't go to sleep! I mean, really! Where's the off-switch on those things? Anyway, a couple of years ago, I picked up the Season 2 DVDs, 'cos I'd been wanting to check it out. I had a few free hours, so I decided to watch some episodes. You know what happened next. School Hard. Like, whoa! I still maintain than anyone can get hooked on BtVS in three consecutive episodes. Or less. Well, you've all lived through the rest. Watching the entire series (a few times) led to watching fanvids, led to stumbling across fanfic, led to finding good fanfic, which naturally led to brittanyxo. Being of like mind on the Spike question, I gobbled up everything I could find on her site, loved every morsel, and rooted around for more. At the time, she was posting Distance, a complex and tricky long story over at BSV, and mentioned in her notes in one chapter that she wasn't sure she was on the right track. Not knowing any better, I wrote her a longish e-mail about all the great things she'd accomplished, and how much particular stories changed my perspective, etc. She wrote back with a very nice "Uh thanks, I guess. Are you on LiveJournal?" I paraphrase. No, I was not on LiveJournal, and had no clue how to crack it. But, if brittanyxo resides there, I'm all in, right?
What a world. I've worked as a writer, editor, musician, but at some point I got a semi-creative job and a kid, and all the actual creative work went by the wayside for a bit. Well, attachment parenting can be pretty creative, but you know what I mean. I put a lot of effort into volunteer work in my off hours (education stuff), but kept complaining to MiAmor that it might be important, but it wasn't exactly feeling like personal growth. He kept saying I should write something again, and if this fanfic stuff was so interesting to me, I might as well do that. So, well, yeah. I did it and I'm glad.
Thanks, NK, for putting me on this path. This past year has pushed me in directions I would not have considered before our little correspondence. I feel that I am getting an amazing education by being part of this great community. I feel like I am a writer, again. To the point that I'm going to WriterCon! I wanted to write you some birthday limericks based on your fics, but they all came out shite, probably because they weren't dirty enough. I'll try harder next year.
Sidebar to other WriterCon attendees: There's this cool workshop, the Writers' Salon, which sounds like something that would appeal to all attendees, but is limited to six (6) participants. Another newbie attendee is floating the idea of us doing a more informal version, Writers' Salon Lite, wherein we just set up interest groups and come ready to critique and be critiqued. The idea is that "the critique process can turn a good story into a great one". So, I'm asking anybody with a Spike-centric story: would you like to be part of an informal small-group critque at WriterCon? Let me know. We might try to get a room, and a time, and if so, we'll just break out into our interest groups and do this thing! C'mon! It'll be fun!