First of all, let me get my by-now standard apology for being such a lackadaisical/infrequent/non-communicati
ve online friend out of the way. Work, work, busy, busy (not really a legit excuse because we're ALL work work busy busy, I know).
Moving on to something I am
proud of, it was in June of 2004 (the 20th, to be exact), at a callow 19 years old, that, after several months of lurking, reading, and not being able to move on emotionally after reading "The Grey Havens" (it still
gets me! Still! Time has not blunted this wound as much as one would think or hope), I finally signed up for my own account at Henneth Annun
, and, shortly thereafter, with great trepidation, posted by very first fanfic.
Well, the rest was history: the LJ account, the drabbles, the beta-reading, the divine silliness, the OCs, the real-life meetups, the MEFAs, B2MeM, the fanmixes, the icons, the rants....Yep, this week I am celebrating my ten-year faniversary.
There have been a few lengthy hiatuses (hiati?), but I have more or less been Aliana for my entire adult life. I can think of very few other activities for which I have been engaged over my entire adult life, like drinking alcohol, or...breathing oxygen. Anyone here, reading this, whether I have known you for the last ten years (you know who you are!) or the last ten minutes, I want to say thanks so much for being a part of this amazing, creative, vibrant and supportive community with me. Fanfic and fandom in general often get a bad rap for ship wars, canaticism, flaming, trolling, etc, but I have never felt anything but welcomed and extravagantly supported (and, in my darkest extremities, graciously accepted) in our little corner, and for that I am truly humbled and grateful.
A few small mathoms in honor of you guys:
A donation to support web hosting at the place where it all started
(for me, at least).
A donation to support the amazing Welcome to Night Vale
(alas, not feeling quite flush enough at the moment to donate enough for Cecil to record me a personal greeting, but someday...)
To honor the Professor's ardent love of nature, and to honor my friends' generous spirits, a gift of seedlings
, via the wonderful charity Heifer International
, to contribute to reforestation and help developing country families practice sustainable agriculture.( check it out.Collapse )
Last but certainly not least for this bunch of formidable literary women, a donation in your honor to another favorite of mine, Room to Read
, which supports education and literacy--particularly for girls--in developing countries in Asia and Africa.( click hereCollapse )
And now, perhaps, to write some faniversary smut, which, as we all know, is the REAL gift that keeps on giving (plus I feel particularly obligated after having dropped the ball on my "Extra Virgin: Autumn Passions" B2MeM assignment this year). I'm probably going to regret this heartily, but does anyone have any particularly compelling, non-family-friendly ideas?
Love and hugs to all!