Monday, July 25, 2011


There was once a time when I loved to do the things I loved to do.  Then, without warning, depression hit.  It was hard to get out of bed.  I missed important occasions, like birthday parties and parades.  I even began to retreat from the ones I love.

But no more.

I called my doctor, and he told me about Palofrenozynx.  Thanks to Palofrenozynx, I’ve found a new lease on life!  Look at me in this happy montage, spending happy hour at the local Chili's with my friends Stacy and Heather!  Watch enraptured as I take ballroom dancing lessons and hug a pony!

If you're suffering from depression, Palofrenozynx may be able to help. Talk to your doctor about Palofrenozynx today.  Tell him you want some; demand it, even! 

Palofrenozynx is not for everyone.  Side effects may include burning of the larynx, enlargement of the heart, implosion of the gallbladder, and hardening of the musculoskeletal system.

Palofrenozynx should not be taken with food, water, or oxygen.  Doing so may increase the risk of side effects, including: death, painful death, excruciating death, and even more death.  Tell your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms, as they may be a sign of a more serious condition.  Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, whether or not you eat olives, and approximately how much wood a woodchuck would chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood. 

Remember, life IS worth living -- make the most out of YOUR life with Palofrenozynx!

Saturday, July 2, 2011


I'm one of those people who can read several books at once. In fact, I like to.  Unless it's that rare book that gives me everything I need (which would be nigh impossible, since "everything" includes both fiction and non-fiction and how do you do both? Unless you're James Frey. But can he also write something with historical juiciness? And angsty romance? And humor? I think not), I've gotta have several going on at once.  Well, not at once.  I'm not an octopus, with one book on each of my eight arms.  No, I'll read a chapter or two of one, two chapters of another, maybe dip into a third, go back to the first, and so on.

It seems I'm the same way when it comes to writing.  While there will be times when my focus and attention is on just one project, other times, I get my happiness from three or four projects.  A novel, a short story, a web series, and -- when the mood is right -- fanfic.

Yes, I am a fanfic writer.  And I'm afraid there's a bit of a stigma that goes with that.  Blame it on the nerdy thirteen-year-olds who blast the internet with tales like Harriette Potter -- Long-Lost Twin Sister of Harry -- And The Pealing Bells of Harmony, in which Harriette not only is smarter, braver, and more clever than her born-four-minutes-later brother Harry, but she's scarless, has perfect eyesight, and is the object of lust of Draco Malfoy, Oliver Wood, and Cedric Diggory.  Yes, some fanfic is really cheesy.  A lot is poorly written.  And anyone can publish it for the masses on places like, then receive oodles of comments from younger readers along the lines of "UR SO AWESUM!"

But despite this, fanfic is not a bad thing.

I actually developed my love for writing as a teenager while penning crappy Friends/Lois & Clark crossovers. Don't ask. They were really dumb and I never shared them. But writing is like anything else -- the more you do it, the better you get at it (well, we hope.)  Later, once I'd written something I deemed worthy of sharing, I did so -- and received comments from older, wiser writers that made my heart swell.  They said I had potential!  I started dabbling in different genres.  I especially enjoyed doing tag-team, or round-robin fics with my friends.  They often turned out very silly (usually, toward the end, because we didn't have the skills to come up with a coherent ending, we'd just casually kill everybody off), but we had a blast doing the actually writing.

Over time, I began to write less fanfic and swing toward more original stuff.  Fanfic kind of has its limitations.  You have set characters and a set canon.  Sure, you can play around with that to some extent -- alternate universes, alternate beginnings, etc. -- but whether or not they're accepted depends on the mercy of your intended audience.  Some fandoms will let you get away with more than others, I suppose.  But really, you do have these already-established characters, and unless you go crazy and throw canon out the window, you have to stick to certain guidelines. Not so with original fiction.  That's yours to do whatever you like with. Go nuts.

So even though original writing has its pros, every once in a while I'll start to think about my favorite TV show and my brain will start going, "Hey... what if...?"  As I lay in bed at night, my mind will churn with possibilities.  And before long, I have to start writing my thoughts down.

Which is why I've written two fanfics in the last six months, and have another one stirring.

No, I can never publish my fanfics for real or make so much as a dime off them.  But they make me happy.  They satisfy my creative urges, at least for a time.

And, in fifteen years, I'm sure they'll give me something to laugh at.

Like those Friends fanfics.

Did I say laugh?  I meant cringe. ;)