So in my last post I mentioned that the reason I haven’t been blogging is because I’ve been using up all of my free time writing fiction instead. And you were probably thinking, “well then why haven’t I seen her name on the marquee at Barnes & Noble? Where is the evidence?”
The cringe inducing truth is that I’ve been spending all my time writing fan-fiction. Just, uh, …..Let me tell you a little story of how my summer went.
The Rise and Fall of Christina Noll, Renowned Fanfic Author
You all know I have a Tumblr, on which I will forever remain anonymous, because of reasons. Okay, I’ll just tell you: I use it to fangirl over the Hunger Games and I’m afraid if anyone in my real life saw it you’d all take up a collection to have me committed. (Side note: 3 real life people have seen my Tumblr; one of them being John, of course. The other 2 people need to refrain from comment here. Ahem.)
So one of the awesome things on Tumblr is tons and tons of fanfiction, which includes some perfectly legit, well-written, PG rated Pre-Epilogue/Post-Mockingjay “What If” scenarios for Katniss and Peeta. (Okay, okay, there is plenty of R rated stuff there too). Long story short, I became rather enamoured with reading Everlark fanficion (Everlark is the standard fan name for Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark as a couple) because a) they are typically pretty short, so I can read one in an hour or so and it makes for the perfect break from reality without overshadowing my entire life, b) I’m fascinated by the myriad of different writing styles and takes on how this story might have ended and c) as I have mentioned 100 thousand times before, I am in love with these two fictional characters.
Okay, so I read a lot of fan-fiction at the beginning of the summer. And then I thought, “Wait a minute! I can write this!” Even better, I had been wanting to learn to write dialogue (something I’ve never really done before), and this offered the perfect platform and none of the pressure of actual deadlines or money.
Except for some reason I didn’t write any Katniss and Peeta fanfic. I wrote some other fiction, several stories actually and I posted them to Tumblr. I wrote and wrote and wrote. I didn’t even bother to edit the stuff, I just churned it out from my brain into my beloved MacBook. Sometimes I made John read it, but mostly I just threw it out there to the anonymous masses. Soon I had people re-blogging my stories on Tumblr and writing to me and asking, “When is the next chapter?” and “I love this character,”–flattering stuff like that and it made me want to write more. It was addictive. Really, really addictive.
The thing is, though, most of my characters resembled real life people I don’t know (like celebrities), but some of them started to resemble real life people I do know. Just acquaintances, but still people I know. I won’t go into details, but the day I called someone in real life by their fanfic character name was the day I knew it had spiraled woefully out of control. I played it off really well, and then came home and immediately took all my fanfiction down from Tumblr.
Why am I telling you all this? I have no idea, except that I’m Catholic and we love to confess things. I’m absolved now, right? I just go in the corner and say an Act of Contrition or something?
I also think I’m ready to start writing fiction again–this time using actual fictional characters–and I can even post it here and share it with you. Rated PG, of course. And then, you know, you’d be obligated to pretend it’s the best thing you’ve ever read, or even give me a book contract, or whatever. It’s totally your call. No pressure.
Okay, well, I’ll let you all get back to work, or frantically googling “christina noll tumblr fan fiction,” whatever it is you were doing just now.
(Just in case, I just googled that myself to be sure nothing comes up. ha ha ha)