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The first fanfic!

The very first fanfic for Lost Things! I feel so terribly complimented!

The first thing I ever wrote was fanfic -- a story about Han Solo as a child written in the back of my school notebook while waiting for my dance class when I was in fourth grade, in the spring of 1978. Since then I've written about two million words of fanfic, and no, I'm not exaggerating! On the average I write about a hundred thousand words of fanfic a year, so since 1978 at least two million words, and there is no greater compliment than that someone should love my original characters and stories enough that they would want to inhabit their worlds and tell their stories.

lferion has written a lovely piece of backstory for Jerry and Gil in Lost Things, Love is the Law, and it's wonderful. It's for mature audiences, because yes, there is sex, but it is only minorly spoilery for Lost Things. Go see!


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Jun. 30th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
What happens when people write backstory for your characters, and you want to go back and do it yourself at some point? Particularly if you already had something in mind but really like what they've done?!
Jun. 30th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Generally speaking, I already know what the backstory is. In many cases parts of it are already written. Also, I'm generally far ahead of the publication schedule -- a book or two or three even! So often things are already written long before the book is out for anyone to write fanfic. For example, in Lost Things we never find out what happened to Mitch in the war or what goes on with him. But that's already written in Steel Blues and Silver Bullet.

As to what if I like it -- generally when I like it, it's taking the characters along the same lines I would have. For example, this story of lferion's isn't a scene that's covered in the books, but it could be. It's such a well done missing scene that it could be. And there's a scene that's similar in tone but not in specifics in Steel Blues.

And then there are things that strike out in a completely different direction than I intended. If, for example, someone writes a story about how Mitch was married and she was tragically killed. There's nothing in Lost Things that precludes it. But that's not the direction that we took the character in Steel Blues and Silver Bullet. So it remains an interesting digression, a might have been.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jul. 3rd, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome! :)
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