hth: recent b&w photo of Gillian Anderson (still Scully)
So I had this realization that what's been keeping me away from my lj account is that I've always used it mainly as a fic journal -- here's my fic, here's stuff about fic I might write, here's how I get to all the fic I read, here's what I think about the things I write fic about. And for a year or more now, I haven't really read or written any fic, so it almost felt like a stranger's journal somehow. Everytime I tiptoed over there, I felt like I was about to get caught trespassing.

It was time to move. (I didn't originally intend to bring every damn thing with me, but...there was an Import function! And hey, I never said I wasn't packratty.)

So here I am now: sleek new username (that is my old life-using name). Sleek black journal. Sleek b&w icon of my gateway drug into fandom, thirteen years ago. Sleek new agenda!

I'll be trying, over the next couple of weeks, to give you a sense of what I want to be writing about here. For right now, here's what I think it's important to know: what I *won't* be writing about -- at the moment -- is fanfic. My head's just not there. I'm finally back to writing a wee, tiny bit, but it's all original fic lately -- the elfpunk novel I've been banging away at for a couple of years now (I know, right? absurdly slow!) and a newer stab at a paranormal romance series with a lesbian vampire-hunter as the protagonist (I know, right? absurdly unsellable!) But even those projects are a little rough-edged, just because I'm *years'* worth of out of practice at putting one word after another.

Anyway, between the original fic and the stuff I'm doing that isn't writing, I really just don't have the mental space or intensity of focus to devote to fanfic -- which is kind of nice, because I've been poking around in other realms of the fannish universe and rediscovering my love for all kinds of geek culture and general nerdery that isn't built around producing fic. I've also been following a lot of political and pagan blogs, and I'd like to kind of reintegrate my personalities by using this journal to talk about those things, too.

I'm saying all this because I feel like a lot of people have followed my journal in order to get updates on fic, and if there are any of you still here after my long hiatus, I felt like it would be rude to keep you hanging under false pretenses. I do have one last thing I'd like to put a cap on so it isn't over my head forever, but don't get excited, it's just Bride of Ronon...the het OFC marriage- and kidfic that you never knew you wanted, probably because I'm not at all sure you do (although I can assure you that it's the queerest het marriage- and kidfic epic you'll read this year). And [personal profile] marythefan is taking an html class and has promised me a pretty, pretty page of my own for all my old fic, so it WILL return to the internet in the future, and of course I'll tell you here when it does. But that's the extent of it for the time being.

So for those of you who are basically interested in me as a fic writer: Thank you so, so much for your attention and support over the years, and if you'd like to stick around and hear me talk about other stuff, I'd love to have you, but if not, I understand completely.
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