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In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm still trying to figure out how, exactly, I found my way to fandom. I started fanwriting when I was five. (I wrote a story that was basically: Fonzie does an Evil Kneivel type trick on his motorcycle, and SLAMS INTO A BRICK WALL AND DIES! I was five. Writing tragedy and deathfic. What the hell.) Also - I shared this story with my mother, who looked at me funny but didn't make me do anything like see a child psychologist or anything, so I kept writing stories. Mostly in my head after that, and mostly self-inserts into Star Wars and the like.

Teenagerhood was bizarre. I would've been hugely multifannish, if there'd been an internet back then (I think) and then I might have figured out that I was actually in love with KITT, not David Hasslehoff.

Weirdly, once I went to college, I seem to have turned off my fannish interest. I think I just didn't have time. Music school is fucking all-consuming, yo.

I got back into it around 1999 - with, of all things, The Mummy. I found a Brendan Fraser fangroup and wrote some fiction. (RPS! Though I didn't actually want to have sex with Brendan, so I wrote us doing Tai Chi together. I wish this still existed in the world.)

From there, I moved into Buffy, where I joined a mailing list and started reading fanfiction - including slash! I was a Buffy/Spike shipper, but I found some Spike/Xander fic which made me do a Castiel-style headtilt, and then Spike/Angel (or Angelus) fanfic that made me go: OMG YES THIS ALL OF THIS FOREVER WHAT IS THIS EVEN?!!?!?!? D:

And then The Mummy 2 came out, and I started writing a script for The Mummy 3. (Mine would've been SO MUCH BETTER than the one they actually made.) I wrote other stuff, too, mostly self-insert (and my self-insert was always the best friend or maternal figure or helper person because I really did want to be besties with these people, not have sex with them).

Then Lord of the Rings happened, and I found a group of super-awesome folks to get involved with (and got initiated into LJ), started writing even more self-insert stories (still thinking they were basically original fiction at this point, ahahaha oh, no), and then. And then! [livejournal.com profile] gayalithiel came onto the scene and we started writing a sprawling vampire universe populated with our favorite actors. Vampire Greg. (Long story for another time.) And seriously, we wrote SO MUCH. I was so heavily into that universe. I still look back and think I could turn it into something really cool - we had some really neat ideas and did just buttloads of research and background work. Maybe someday.

And then - I finally broke the fanfiction barrier. 10 years ago, this past Christmas eve. I posted my very first fanfic, and Alexander (2004) FPS/RPS thing for the girl who would become my ex-girlfriend. I wrote a fair number of shorts in that fandom, most dedicated to her, and then everything there fell apart and my writing mojo completely dried up.

Thankfully, I got out of the bad situation, and writing came back, slowly but surely. And when my future wife introduced me to SGA, I never looked back. I have 290 works on the AO3, and 134 of them are SGA. We moved to DW pretty much the second it opened its doors, and it's become my fannish home. I'm still trying to wrangle other platforms, and I think I've pretty much come up with this (subject to change):

[personal profile] kate: my fannish and personal home; where my friends are; where I post about squeeful things and RL things and just about everything
[archiveofourown.org profile] kisahawklin: where all the fic is kept
[livejournal.com profile] kisahawklin: I keep this only for the few friends and fests only on LJ. Someday it may become obsolete, but not yet.
[twitter.com profile] kisahawklin: pretty much exclusively for SPN tweeting and watching the cast live-tweet shows
[tumblr.com profile] kisahawklin: I get the appeal, now. Mostly for SPN and definitely for all things visual. Still learning my way around there.

And... that's that, I guess? There should probably be a note up there about falling into the incredible Losers fandom, and moving into Supernatural, but I think I've covered those enough before. YAY FANDOM! :D :D :D :D

ETA: I always seem to start blathering and then miss parts of the question! Kisa Hawklin is the name of my first D&D character and has been my online moniker since I got online, back in 1993. I do have two pseudonyms, and I challenge anyone to figure out who they are. One is almost 11 years old and the other is at least 5. Both have works posted at the AO3. (Some of my favorites, actually. I may eventually pull the 11 year old pseud into kisahawklin, but we'll see.) I doubt anyone would ever guess them, though (and have at - good luck with that!).

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on 1/5/15 09:45 am (UTC)
mific: (Baffled donkey)
Posted by [personal profile] mific
Wow - right back when you were 5? I'm impressed! Maybe I'm being too rigid in my ideas about how long I've been in fandom, but in terms of being consciously aware of it, it's very recent, comparatively. I do remember being totally in lust with Shatner as Kirk in TOS back in the day, but it'd never have occurred to me to write or draw my own stuff.
I don't think I'll ever be really comfortable with tumblr. Maybe after I retire I'll allow myself controlled doses - currently, when there's absolutely no time for it, it just makes me feel headachey and annoyed with myself!

on 1/6/15 12:19 am (UTC)
moit: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] moit
Your five-year-old story made me LOL! I also write a lot of nonsense about violence when I was a kid. It was almost like the violence didn't even matter, it was just what happened in the story. *shrug*

So much fun reading this. ^_^

on 1/6/15 10:43 pm (UTC)
moit: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] moit
Haha that's still fantastic. I'm very much debating about scanning and posting some of my absolutely horrible no good very bad fanfic attempts online in my journal for laughs.

on 1/6/15 07:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] curiouscorvid
Wow. You've been writing forever. <3
I have to say I'm totally intrigued by these secret pseudonyms, but that's a pretty smart way of doing things if you want to see what people really like.

I might follow you on tumblr, but I really need to do something with it. I have so many people I follow right now that I just can't keep up with all the cool gifs and pretty pics. And then I get caught in a huge block of social justice posts and it sucks the life out of my day and I regret logging on. Tumblr is so complicated. I actually think I stopped using it to come here because I got bored of reblogging and not having anyone to talk to. :D (possibly not using it right)

I wish I had known about LJ back in the LotR days... I was so into that fandom, but without anyone to really connect with! I think the only thing I remember from that period were Cassandra Claire's Very Secret Diaries making me laugh so hard, but I just didn't REALIZE that beyond that post was a whole world of ppl sharing fandom thoughts! :O And so I spent the next few years playing Diablo 2 and World of Warcraft and having no idea what was going on behind the scenes online... :p

on 1/11/15 10:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] curiouscorvid
I installed xkit, and am now fiddling with it to make tumblr a bit better! I'm looking forward to being more in touch with what's going on in fandom, and see all the gifs/jokes people are sharing over there - just gotta be careful I don't lose hours there! :P

on 1/8/15 02:59 pm (UTC)
spikedluv: (misc: puppy claus by candi)
Posted by [personal profile] spikedluv
Your Fonzie deathfic story made me chuckle. (Sadly, my first story was written when I was in college, a Miami Vice Mary Sue fic, which I almost immediately forgot about until a friend sorta-recently reminded me about it.)

Were we in the Buffy fandom at the same time? I found the show in 2001 and wrote for a few years, first Spike/Willow, then Spike/Xander.

on 1/9/15 11:30 am (UTC)
spikedluv: (misc: red berry wreath by candi)
Posted by [personal profile] spikedluv
At the time I wrote my story (though much older than 5 *g*), I didn't even know that fanfic was a thing, so I didn't know what I was writing until much later, either.

Was one of the groups you belonged to The Batpack, by chance? I don't belong to many Yahoo groups anymore, but I know that group sends out birthday notices.


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