I’ve been writing fanfiction since 1995. I didn’t know it was called fanfiction until 1997, when I became active in the online fandom community. I taught myself HTML and began building websites around 1998, although it wasn’t until 2001 that I was finally able to publish my first fanpage on the internet. In 2002 I bought my first domain, which I’ve been using as my own personal fandom archive ever since.
In the pre-AO3 internet days, I helped build archives, design skins, and maintain websites for fandoms I am no longer active in but that remain very close to my heart, particularly the Alex Rider Slash archive and the Good Omens Library.
I am a slash fan, the majority of my works being M/M. My main fandoms these days are the MCU and Star Wars, though I have been in many fandoms over the years, including (in chronological order):
Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Lord of the Rings
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Jurassic Park III
Band of Brothers
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Star Wars: Rebels
When it comes to fandom, I’m from the old school of “don’t like, don’t read” and “ship and let ship”. I am not anti anything; I am very adamantly against censorship. I support creative freedom and AO3/OTW. I have a strict “block and ignore” policy when it comes to antis and all forms of thought policing and purity culture. I do not tolerate harassment of real people over fiction for any reason. No, not even those "really gross" things.
Romanticize, fetishize, sexualize, Boston cream pies, Bette Davis Eyes, it all means the same thing to me. Solid gold NOTHING.
Well... the pies might mean something to me. I like pie.
It is my opinion that if more people focused on doing the things they love instead of treating fiction as a crusade for enforcing their own moral code, fandom would be a better place.
And that's pretty much all I have to say about that.