Put a Little Fan in Your Fiction

A Question!

What are you thoughts on fan-fiction?

Myself, personally, I’ve been writing fan-fiction since long before I knew that fan-fiction was a thing. My first real, recognizable foray into the world of FANDOM was when my two best friends introduced me to the original Star Wars trilogy when we were in the fifth grade, and from there it was only a hop, skip, and a jump before my writer-wannabe self began writing her own stories about the wondrous world she’d been dragged into. My memory is not the thing of legends, so it’s possible that I’m wrong here, but I believe the first fanfic piece I wrote was about a lost female Jedi – who didn’t know she was a Jedi – seeking out Luke Skywalker to train her after the events of Return of the Jedi.

Come to think of it…that sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?


From there on I wrote a few other Star Wars pieces, never really finishing any of them, but just enjoying writing out the best scenes and re-reading them again and again, because I can occasionally be a little full of myself. Later on, sometime around the end of high school/beginning of college, I began to write fan-fiction again, but I moved on to different fandoms. One of the first pieces at this point was a Harry Potter fanfic set in the time the Marauders were in Hogwarts. My best friend had come across something that seemed both strange and wonderful at the time – slash fiction – and I decided to try my hand on it by writing a short story in which Sirius Black and Remus Lupin fall in love. It wasn’t graphic or anything (trust me, there’s plenty enough of that stuff out there), but rather just a sweet little tale about two school-friends realizing they had feelings for one another. I decided to post this particular piece on a new site I’d found – FanFiction.net – and to my surprise it actually got a fair bit of attention. I ended up re-writing it later on to make it a little more profession (although I imagine if I were to sit down and read it now, I’d probably want to die), and since then it has continued to garner a review or two every so often, never ceasing to amaze me that people are still finding it and reading it.

I still love this thumbnail I used for my user image. :3

There was more, of course…I began a Final Fantasy 3 novelization, but never found the time to finish it, a few other Harry Potter bits and bobs, and several other pieces that I decided to keep personal for a variety of reasons. The long and short of it is: fan-fiction has definitely been an integral part of my growth as a writer.

Of course, there are some who will see this as a bad thing. There are definitely people out there who, for one reason or another, consider fan-fiction to be the lowest possible point in a writer’s background. And to be honest, I find that a bit hysterical. For one thing, if you’re aiming to be a writer, ANY kind of writing is good writing. It might never be published, but it’s practice, and we all absolutely, 100% require practice. Lots of it.

For another thing, though, fan-fiction has brought us an amazing number of excellent works. 50 Shades of Grey aside (gag me with a spoon), some of the best episodes of our favorite TV shows came from fans writing fan-fiction that wound up becoming a real script. Some movies have come into existence in the same manner. There are highly enjoyable books out there that are technically just fan-fiction created out of love for an older, much-loved story – look at books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for example.

Mind you, I don’t ever expect any of the fan-fiction I’ve written to become a movie or a bestseller, but my point is that fan-fiction isn’t BAD, and it isn’t something to be ashamed about as a writer. It’s just something else to write, and specifically, it’s something fun that gets you excited about the writing process. And as someone who has suffered terribly from writer’s block, I can assure you that anything that gets you excited about the writing process is a damn good thing.

So I’ll ask again, just in case your thoughts changed by the end of this post: what are your thoughts on fan-fiction?

Power Ponies! Funko Mystery Minis Blind Box Unboxing

How can you not love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic? It is an adorable show with awesome lessons for little kids, and sometimes it’s just flat-out fun, like the episode in which the ponies are drawn into Spike’s comic book and become THE POWER PONIES!
Today’s video features my adorable little mini-me and I unboxing an entire case of Funko Mystery Minis based on the characters from the Power Ponies episodes, and they are TONS of fun, you guys! Check it out!

Authors Answer 146 – Being Charitable

This week we’re moving away from talking about writing itself for a moment, and discussing which causes and projects we would like to support, should we be lucky enough to become a well-known author with the money and influence to do some real good.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

A lot of the big authors support charitable causes or projects. They could be for education, poverty, medical, or many other causes. With plenty of money from contracts and book sales, many authors want to use the money for some good. This week’s question comes from C E Aylett.

Question 146 – If you became a big-name author, like Rowling or Lee Child, what personal projects would you pursue/create with your fame and fortune? What causes would you support?

H. Anthe Davis

I’ve never looked into this, as I doubt it would happen, but I generally support environmental causes so I’m sure I’d start there. And probably give grants to some library systems.

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of the “Always Keep Fighting” campaign that was created by Jared Padalecki of the Supernatural TV show. Padalecki has suffered a great deal from anxiety and depression…

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Sailor Mercury 20th Anniversary Figuarts Zero Statue Unboxing

I love Sailor Moon. I love it to death, totally unashamedly, and I’m a big fan of the Sailor Moon Crystal remake show as well. This explains why I totally fell in love with the Figuarts Zero line of statues that was put out for the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary year. These statues are totally gorgeous, and so of course you know that I just had to have my all-time favorite character, the lovely and intelligent Sailor Mercury. Check out my enthusiastic unboxing and review of this absolutely beautiful collectible!

Goals and Aspirations for August 2017



Counter-intuitively to how I usually start these particular posts, I have to admit that August went by extremely slowly for me. This is likely due, at least in part, to the fact that I got called back out West to the Alberta oil sands, and spent the majority of August doing a 24-day shift there, followed by only a week off before returning. There’s nothing that will make time seem to have slowed down like working 24 straight days in a row. That said, I also had a strangely productive August overall, so let’s just jump right into it.

August was, by far, my best month not only of the year, but for much longer than even that. In July I decided to set myself a mini-goal of writing at least 300 words per day, whether those words were fiction, blog posts, or whatever. Despite a bad habit of mine of missing one day on a goal and then abandoning it completely, I actually did manage to accomplish this one. I did not going a single day in August without writing at least 300 words. The result of the success of this mini-goal is that I rounded out the month with 16,473 words, and nearly 10k of those were scenes for my next “The Other World” book. To put it in even more perspective, that’s 7k words more than my next best month this year so far, and more than double what I wrote in all the other months. That’s pretty goddamn spectacular, if I do say so myself. I want to see if I can continue this trend, so for the month of September I’m challenging myself to write at least 400 words per day. Wish me luck!

Mini-Goal #1.a. Publish more erotic fairy tales.
I’m crossing this one out for the foreseeable future, not because I’ve given up on erotic fairy tales, but simply because I’m trying to focus on the second book of the “Other World” series, so this isn’t really on my radar at the moment.

Mini-Goal #1.b. Start writing blog posts again.
This one has been a little difficult for me to get going with. I love this new blog, I love the look and the feel of it, but I haven’t been finding myself writing many blog posts aside from sharing our YouTube videos. Part of this is because – as previously mentioned – I’ve been focusing on “The Other World”, but part of it is simply that I haven’t been able to think of anything that I want to write about. I used to defer to The Daily Post when I was looking for ideas, but in the time since I last used them they’ve changed their format from actual prompts to simply single words that you’re meant to revolve your post around, and I don’t find that particularly helpful, to be honest. I’m going to start looking for new ideas in the future, however, because I don’t want this new blog to be completely drowned in nothing but YouTube videos all the time.

Mini-Goal #1.c. Find ways to promote the book(s).
This particular goal continues to be an enormous thorn in my side, especially this month, since I got a whopping dose of reality thanks to a book-based subscription box. I’ve been writing to several of these box service companies for months, inquiring about the possibility of them putting one of my books in one of their boxes. I wasn’t expecting anything to come of it, to be honest, but I thought it was worth a try for the chance of exposure. Well, after months, a lovely couple who runs a horror-themed book-box actually responded to me, and explained why, exactly, these boxes were not keen to work with indie authors. The problem, you see, is that because of the way these vendor/service relationships work, I would be on the hook for the bill for printing and shipping the books. Theoretically they would pay me back, of course, but as some people are finding out these days, that doesn’t always happen (*cough*Nerd Block…Google it*cough*). So basically, I’d be gambling on the fact that they’d actually pay me back for this upfront cost. And what would that upfront cost be? Well, based on the subscriber base of this one particular box (which is definitely not the most popular box in the genre), I’d be on the hook for nearly $20,000. And I don’t know about  you guys…but I don’t have that kind of money to just throw around and hope that I end up getting it back.

So, long story short, we’re continuing on with the trend of “you can’t promote yourself without spending tons of cash you don’t have”.

#2. Get healthier.
I’ve never been much for convincing myself to avoid bad-for-you foods, but I did manage to seriously take a step toward becoming healthier this month concerning the topic of exercise. Like the several months before August, in which I completely failed to complete it, I took the 30 day challenge involving increasing numbers of push-ups, crunches, squats, and lunges. This month, however, I actually completed it. I didn’t miss a single day, and I didn’t fudge a single number. I started on day 1 doing 5 push-ups, 25 squats, 10 crunches, and 20 lunges, and I finished off the month on day 30 doing 40 push-ups, 135 squats, 100 crunches, and 50 lunges. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. For the coming month I’m attempting a slightly different challenge that cuts out the lunges, but results in much higher numbers of squats and push-ups by the end of it. Wish me luck!

Mini-Goal #2.a. Walk/run 10k 8k steps per day.
I KILLED it! Well, okay, maybe “killed” is a little bit of an over-dramatization, but I did great for sure. Out of 31 days in the month of August, I hit my 8k goal on 26 of them, failing only on the days that I’d come home from work – days that were spent mostly filming and sitting down playing games with my daughter, so you can understand what happened there. At work I get a lot of walking in without even thinking about it, so by the end of the month I’d averaged out 10, 985 steps per day, absolutely demolishing all previous months by around 3k steps a day. Damn RIGHT.

Mini-Goal #2.b. Take daily “me time”.
This is another one that I’m crossing out for now, not because I don’t think it’s an important goal anymore, but because I’m finding it very difficult to quantify, especially now that I’ve been doing things like the exercises mentioned above. Do those technically count as “me time”? Should it be something more relaxing? Something that doesn’t have ANYTHING at all to do with even the YouTube channel? I’ll work in the future on defining exactly what I want this goal to be and how I should go about recording it.

#3. Work on my online presence – specifically, YouTube.
Baby steps are important ones, and in this case those baby steps were another mini-goal. I set up my personal planner to remind me to Tweet, Instagram, Snap, and share something to the Facebook group daily. I demolished that goal as well, not missing a single hit on a single day, and I like to believe that it has helped. Unfortunately I didn’t think to take down any numbers on things like followers or engagement at the beginning of the month, so I can’t really SAY that it helped, but I believe that it has, and I’m going to take note of those numbers this coming month so that I can actually quantify it.

Mini-Goal #3.a. Learn to respond immediately.
This one might always be a work in progress, but I do like to think that I’m getting a lot better at it, specifically concerning emails. There is definitely more work to be had, however, especially now that I’ve got a new phone and don’t always recognize or notice the notifications telling me that I have something to respond to.

Mini-Goal #3.b. Focus more on daily social media.
As previously mentioned, I got this one in the bag in August. I challenged myself to hit every one of the four social media accounts I use daily, checking them off in my planner as I went, and I managed to go the entire month without missing a single platform on a single day. I am genuinely impressed with myself on this one, as this is something I’ve been struggling with for a while, owing mostly to just a terrible memory. Day planners and to-do lists are wonderful things, aren’t they?

So that was my August. All in all, I feel extremely accomplished concerning this particular month, and I’m quite happy with myself. It’s been quite a while since one of these posts was overwhelmingly positive, and that makes the “failed” bits much easier to handle. 🙂
How was your month? Did you accomplish anything awesome? Have any setbacks? Feel free to share!