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I just finished rereading the original Simpson Moon and I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it, considering it was a script I wrote myself. Practically everything came out just as I wanted it and while it's not dated too well, I actually enjoyed reading my own writing, and I think I consider it to be my defining moment in fanfic.
But at the same time, I think I can see how this fic proved to be my downfall. Writing it changed my outlook on the show and the characters - I now find it difficult to think of a new Lisa plotline without adding Jessica and Allison into the mix, because those three formed such an unlikely but close trio in Simpmoon. Many of my new ideas are just rehashes on the magical girl/general anime theme. These days Simpmoon seems like the death knell for my Simpsons fanfic "career" - the only other fic I have had success with is Simpmoon's sequel (and that has now died a death after I bit off wayyyy more than I could chew with ep 3.) My only other really successful script since has been my Azumanga Daioh fusions one - another fic that followed Simpmoon's pattern of overextended parody.
In a way, it seems like Simpmoon has drastically limited my options for fic. (Unsung Heroes is an attempt to break out of this - prose, action/drama, huge ensemble cast...)
Despite appearances, this thread isn't about me, really. That's just the introduction to the question - I wanted to ask what you might consider your defining moments (so far) in writing fanfic/original stories to be, and how do you think they affected your later stories and scripts? Have they limited you or freed you?
It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do bad things. - Jingo, Terry Pratchett
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As for me? Well, I've had a few defining moments, but I reckon my most recent one in the fanfiction business was when I started "Son of the Ashes" a couple of years ago. Within hindsight, I see most of the problems with it, but it was... well, my first substantial prose fic (and almost my first prose fic, period), and it taught me a lot about writing novels, now I already had the characters and settings and could focus on plotting. Not to mention that the Futurama fandom could accommodate for all the whacky space-opera stuff I thought I'd left behind me. In short, it gave me freedom.
As for original fiction, when I started "The Book of Beasts"... oh, I don't know. I've been writing original fiction for even longer than I've been writing fanfic, and yet, in a way that felt like my first novel. It was completely different from all my other stuff.
And that's all I can say at this juncture.
Riding on the missile with a cowboy hat?
Oh, well the world is gonna end
So dance around the fire that we once believed in
Oh, wanna tear it down again, now
'Cause there's nothing left for us to bleed
Give it up, the sons of anarchy
So come around and have another round on me!
DANCE, F***ER, DANCE, LET THE MOTHERF***ER BURN!
-- The Offspring, "Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell"
My current Simpsons project, "In Flanders-field", is easily my best. However, since I'm planning to use it in the future as an actual spec script, I don't think I'll post it here.
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