With the new year, I have begun republishing my fanfic, starting with my first novel, Legacy.
This was written as a reaction to the gag-awful fanfic I had been reading as I developed the original HASA site, with its pretentions of judging quality. I was also pissed off that my 10th Walker story had been dismissed as a Mary Sue, which it was not, when a more prominent writer’s crude self-insertion was getting a pass. Overall, I had gotten over my original “Oh, wow, cool!” reaction to finding JRRT fanfic, and was getting terminally bored by the standard tropes, narrative laziness, and bad soft-core porn writing, usually involving “gay” elves. The saccharine treatment of hobbits also left me rolling my eyes.
I took as my challenge pretty much everything that everyone else was fucking up in a major way, and I made it work. It gave me the practice I needed to take on the much more challenging work of HotK. I’ve finally come back to it, after almost a decade, and done a few edits, so if you saved off a copy from HASA, there is some new stuff, but marginal, at the edges, more adding texture than changing the tale.
I intend to publish a chapter a week, working my way through my Shire Stories, for as long as I have stuff to post.