….mine is Fanfiction. What could be more embarrassing than that? That would be the fact that I’m getting back into it.
For anyone who hasn’t first encountered my writing on some even more obscure corner of the World Wide Web, my nickname, TC180, used to be TwilightChild999, a nickname just oozing teenage angst and obsession with mystical concepts.
No, my name was not related to the series Twilight. My fanfiction was way older than Twilight. My teenage angst occurred long before Twilight darkened our bookshelves or our theaters. My nickname came from an equally angsty poem that my teenage best friend had written about me in which she called me a “child of twilight,” because I would disappear into the sunset or the dawn, not to be seen again for at least a few months.
So TwilightChild stuck…except that years later it was ruined by sparkly vampires, so I had to change it to just TC.
But just because I disavow any association with Twilight does not mean that I didn’t get into some vampires in my day. I was most active in Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction, where I tried to capture and enrich quirky characters and heal or develop relationships that he-who-shall-not-grant-happy-endings (Joss Whedon) would always build up only to destroy.
I did like writing angst, however. I considered it an accomplishment if I could make readers cry. According to reviews they left, my readers often cried.
I would over dramatize. And I had a habit of throwing in a non-consensual sexual encounter or two for good measure, even though I wrote some of these stories before I had ever had sex (and it shows).
Now I’m back into the fanfiction madness…or getting back into it, slowly. I’d like to one day finish all of the stories that I’ve left as WIP’s (works in progress) in the Buffy fandom. I’ve also started writing some fanfiction stories for the ABC drama Once Upon a Time, currently in its second season. I especially like to play with the character Rumpelstiltskin and the show’s depiction of Beauty and the Beast.