I started writing fanfic with Gundam Wing. It was pure trash and I liked writing it! My Gundam fiction revolved around Heero Yuy and Chang Wufei (1x5x1) - Wu especially because my thirst for Chinese men with attitude. Did it surprise anyone that I fell hard for Balladbird Lee from Gungrave? I adored that man, I wanted to be that man, even after they butchered his characterization with that whole Superiorization bullsh-- I digress.
Artist 'Kheelan' was a Kugashira Bunji fanatic and wasn't really down with all the Brandon/Bunji fics that defined the English scene. I started writing a lot of Elegant and Madness (Lee/Kugashira) and Kheelan illustrated a ton of brilliant little ink pics of them. Those were good times, until I got all superior and destroyed everything there was to destroy. Known on the Nightow events circuit in Japan, I segued into the Gungrave fandom and found it age appropriate (these ladies were my age, and that was nice). Nearly all the fandom creators I met wrote short fiction because comics was something 'younger fans' did. To keep up with them, I became one of those writers that had the audacity to "publish" my fanfic. It was one thing to write comics and charge for them, but to charge for fanfic?
The pearl-clutching occurred only Stateside because in Japan, collections of printed fanfic (called novels doujinshi) are published with and without illustrations and quite trade-able, thanks.I started writing fan fiction again in 2018 when I met some great people at Tumblr and wrote them a Star Trek DS9 story called Beta Clones. My passion for historical seinen (mens-manga) and guns, led me to Golden Kamuy. A friend in Japan told me about her Pixiv Account and the stories she was reading there and OMG - I've gone down the rabbit hole, Alice!