The Scary Adventures of a Fan Fiction Writer

13 Mar

Why scary?  I’ll explain.  It all started last week when I attracted someone that has stalkerish tendencies.  But before I get into that, I’ll give you a little background.

I started writing fan fiction 30 odd years ago.  The first fandom I got into, and what started me writing, was Blake’s 7.  It was also the very first time I wrote a fan letter to an actor.  I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Paul Darrow.  Not only did he send me an autographed photo of himself as Kerr Avon, he actually wrote me a sweet little letter.  I was heartbroken many years later when I lost the letter whilst shifting homes.

I didn’t write much Blake’s 7 fan fiction as I was mostly writing for my own amusement.  Then an American penfriend pointed me in the direction of fanzines.  It is a mind blowing feeling to see something you have written in print.  I wrote a few more stories and gently drifted away from it.

Later I became interested in Star Trek: The Next Generation.  Found writing ST:TNG fic too difficult as it was too technical for me.  Ended up doing book reviews for a local Star Trek fan club magazine.  Still writing, and still lots of fun.

Then NCIS came along.  I loved the show from the pilot episode, “Yankee White”, but didn’t get into the fandom until around season 5 when I discovered the NCIS fan wiki.  My latent interest in writing awoke and I started writing again.  Joking and larking around with two internet friends provided the genesis of my major fan fic work.  A NCIS AU (alternate universe) series called “NCIS: Mavericks”.  I had 3 original characters, all female, but the one who ended up centre stage was an Aussie cop named Samantha “Sam” Wallace.  I found that with writing and publishing online that I ended up being in an interesting position.  A fan with fans of her own!  Very strange and also very much a product of our internet age.  This could never have happened in the days of the old printed fanzines.

About a month ago a good friend lead me to Sherlock…and I was instantly smitten.  Started talking about my new discoveries of both Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch with great enthusiasm.  This obviously provoked the ire of the stalker creep I mentioned above.

Out of the blue I started getting messages from two people, whom in retrospect I believe was one person with two internet personas.  This person began accusing me of committing adultery!  Hello?  I’m not even married!  A cautious (on my part) exchange of messages revealed that in this person’s opinion I was cheating on Leroy Jethro Gibbs with one Sherlock Holmes!!!  My initial response was “What’s the weather like on your planet?”, then I started to worry.  How the hell could anyone believe that a real person could be involved in a sexual relationship with not one, but two, FICTIONAL characters?

I ran for my bolthole…the company of my very special friends, who even though they are scattered around the world, are always there for me.  It was one of these who got to the heart of the matter.  She pointed out that this person thought I WAS my creation, Sam Wallace!

I went from being very worried to being seriously freaked out!  There then followed a social media purge of the sort of epic proportions that would not have been out of place in Stalinist Russia!

And the results of all this drama and fear?  A real empathy for actors whose fans insist that they and their characters are one and the same.  Having been stalked in the past, my paranoia levels are now at danger levels, and nuclear meltdown is a distinct possibility.  The saddest result though is that right at this moment I feel like I never want to write any fan fiction ever again.  NCIS: Mavericks may never be finished.  The cute Sherlock plot bunny I had involving Mycroft’s umbrella and World War III, has curled up and died.

In a weird coincidence I came online this morning to write this and discovered that Benedict Cumberbatch is being stalked by his neighbor.  I understand his feelings all too well.  But don’t let her get to you, Benedict.  Stalkers are mostly cowardly arseholes  who, having no lives of their own, want to force their way into the lives of others.

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17 Responses to “The Scary Adventures of a Fan Fiction Writer”

  1. Milagros Jorge March 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    So sad to hear that…mental health around the World is bad, period….and been stalk is one of my biggest fears, since I have seen the effects of that over friends. That’s why my list of friend in Facebook is getting smaller. But Marge, continue writing, even if you don’ t publish….it’s therapy, Girl!!!…and to all the trolls around the World…GET A THERAPIST!!! LOve yA 🙂

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    • margysmusings March 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

      My blog is my therapy, I guess. My fantastic friends are a brilliant support too.

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      • Michele March 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

        Its so disturbing when you stop and think the amount of fruitcakes that walk the planet are increasing. If you have been writing for this long it has to be coursing thru ur veins, it’ll come back.

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  2. margysmusings March 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    Thanks Michele. I hope so. Right now the desire the write creatively has dug a deep hole and is hiding in it.

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  3. Cathy Howat March 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    If you don’t write the stalker wins. This fruitbat is at least not right next door like Benedict’s stalker

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    • margysmusings March 13, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      That’s the problem with internet stalkers. You don’t actually know WHERE the bastards are!

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  4. youin5minutes March 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I’m so sorry! that’s terrible!
    just think of this, Benedict has a stalker, but he still works and lives a wonderful life. 🙂 If Ben can do it, you can too! keep up the writing! writing is one of the best things ever! ❤

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    • margysmusings March 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      Thank you. Since I wrote this I ended up with a plot bunny that would not go away. So have written my first Sherlock fan fic. I guess nothing will keep me from writing.

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      • youin5minutes March 26, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

        YAY! that’s exciting!! I wish you the best in your writing!

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  5. margysmusings March 27, 2013 at 12:08 am #

    Thank you. 🙂

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  6. Bellz April 11, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    You do pretty well with little blog like these ones you write Margy. Every writer gets a block at some time. Take it as a break time to do other things. I hope one day you’ll not forget about Mark Harmon and write another Gibbs story. I enjoyed them to…except for the werewolf one..lol…

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    • margysmusings April 11, 2013 at 5:06 am #

      What was wrong with the werewolf story? I thought Gibbs made a great werewolf. LMAO.

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