Forays into fan-fiction

WARNING: VERY NERDY POST AHEAD πŸ™‚

For those who don’t know, I’ve recently started posting some stuff on the Wattpad site. Here’s a link to my profile.

So far I only have three original short stories up (it may be four by the time you read this, if I remember). But beginning in October, I’m branching into something new.

Bear with me as we go into a bit of back story here.

A couple of months ago a friend introduced me to the show Supernatural, about werewolf/vampire/ghost/other-nasty-things-hunters. It’s definitely a bit out of my comfort zone–I’m not so much into horror/monster-of-the-week shows–but I instantly liked the two main characters, brothers named Dean and Sam Winchester. Beyond being cool characters in and of themselves (both of them have some awesome one-liners that crack me up), their interactions as brothers are really well done. PLUS…the show features a lot of classic rock, and who doesn’t love a good dose of Kansas or Boston? πŸ™‚

(I have to add a HUGE caveat here though, as the show can be pretty creepy, gory, and weird in the mythology/religion department. Also, there is the occasional sexual scene…)

Anyway…back when I first began Doctor Who several years ago, I got an idea for a fanfic set in the UP. But I wanted to write the 10th Doctor, and he’s…well, difficult. Fast-forward to a couple of months ago, and around the same time that I was introduced to Supernatural, I also discovered a fandom out there called SuperWhoLock–people who like the shows Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock. This community has a ton of mash-up gifs, fan-fics, and drawings out there where the brothers, the Doctor, and the Baker Street boys meet up, usually to solve weird cases and bicker. πŸ˜‰

And suddenly, the Doctor Who fanfic made a lot more sense as a SuperWhoLock fanfic. I wasn’t halfway into the first season of Supernatural before I started writing what I’ve tentatively titled When the Shadows Rage. It’s been a fun experiment, and for those who say fanfiction isn’t worth writing, I say rubbish. Anything is worth writing if you learn from it, and I have learned (still am learning!) a ton. There’s something to be said for taking already-built worlds, situations, and characters, and crafting a story, because it leaves you free to focus on the little things. Like vocal patterns–I find myself watching episodes of the shows and studying how each character’s voice is unique and coming up with ways to translate that to print. Given that a recent critique I was given said that my characters tend to blend together vocally, this is valuable information for me to absorb and practice.

Plus, who said writing has to be all ‘serious’ all the time? I’m having a blast writing this story (for those curious, my MCs are the Winchester brothers, John, Sherlock, Eleven, and Amy, with Amy, John, and Sam all having pov chapters, though Sam has the most. Rory, Mycroft, Moriarty, Mrs. Hudson, Ellen, and Ash all make appearances, as well as weeping angels, vampires, Cybermen, the Silence, Daleks…and I can’t tell you any more, because if I did, I’d give away the Big Bad.)

So why am I telling you this? As I said, I’ve starting posting to Wattpad. Starting in October, and for however long it takes me to complete the fanfic, I will be posting parts of When the Shadows Rage once a week, on Fridays. I’m really looking forward to it, and I invite everyone who’s interested to come check it out! I’ll let you know when the first part is up.

Also, if anyone has a better title suggestion based off a classic rock song, I am open to considering a title change. I’m not firmly attached to When the Shadows Rage…but it does have to be a similar-sounding title.

See you there!

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