Fanfiction… has it really been 25 years?

I recently took a look back at how long I’ve been writing fanfiction… to be fair, I think most of us have written fanfiction LONG before we knew what it was – quick stories dashed in the back of our notebooks between classes, happy endings for movies or television series that we’d seen.

But I started posting fanfiction WAY back in the ’90’s, on the old Usenet groups. Alt.tv.x-files.creative, to be exact – a splinter group off the original alt.tv.x-files when the fanfiction started to drown out the discussion threads… and I posted and read and posted more.

Some of you already know the story, so I’ll keep it short – a reader sent me a lovely fan email.

Always answer your emails, authors.

I wrote him back. He wrote back. He called. I answered. We sent letters, cards… he sent roses and came up to see me.

Anyway…

A short look at my stories on ff.net can show I transplanted a lot of them off of atxf into fanfiction.net on March 13, 1999. A LOT. I’ve been told that one story, Little Helper, has the notorious claim of being the oldest story on ff.net.

Whoa.

I’ve got 169 stories there, others floating out on old Myspace and Geocities when I had no access to websites. (Yes, there was a time when not everyone had a website! Google it!) Add in the Dragon series and there’s more than 200 stories out there. Not to mention a few newspaper articles and the like

And I haven’t stopped. True, I’m doing original fiction more often than not, but every once in a while a story grabs me by the throat and demands I write a quickie… especially the hopeless romantic in me.

So it’s been 25 years since I penned my first official piece of fanfiction and had the guts to post it. 15 years of being a published author, and 19 years of marriage – 25 if you count our first meeting through my stories.

Moral of the story? WRITE MORE FANFICTION. DON’T BE AFRAID TO WRITE IT, READ IT, POST IT, SEND FAN MAIL TO THE AUTHOR…

Because you never know where fate will lead you…

Over at fanfiction.net there’s a new feature for authors – a reader traffic listing that allows you to see the traffic to your stories. It’s relatively new, so it only covers the last few days of July and now August up to the present.

So far this month I have had over 2,000 visitors to my fanfiction. Not to my website, but to my fanfiction.

*thud*

I am truly humbled.

Even more so when people are going back to my older, not-as-well-written stuff and somehow still enjoying it. Which was why I got into writing in the first place. Not to get rich, not to make money (although I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it helps to get a paycheck every now and then) but to make people just feel a bit better if only for a few minutes in this stressful world.

Again, truly humbled.

Wow.

Thanks, y’all.