Okay I’m not even a Star Trek fan but that’s beautiful.
sunmontuewrites asked: Penguins are nearly all South Island. Best place to visit is Oamaru and see them at night there when they come ashore, and also in the surrounds during the day at the reserves. Would be a pricey side-trip. Sorry I don't live closer to penguins! (We saw them when we did our 3-week road trip around the South Island for our honeymoon).
EXAGGERATED SIGH OF SADNESS
Reblog if you think fanfiction is a legitimate form of creative writing.
Okay, story time:
For my English class, I had to learn about another part of the world, and make contact with a person from outside the US. I chose Janine. (Maybe a little bit because I knew it would be super easy cause I talk to her all the time.)
So during our final class, everyone had to read their papers out loud, and after my friend Dani read mine (I had an anxiety issue and couldn’t get up to read it for myself, and she offered because she’s a wonderful person.)
In my paper, I mentioned that Janine and I had met on an “online forum for fiction writers”, and that, along with our friend Anna, we became editors for one another, and would bounce ideas off each other, etc.
After class, this older gentleman who’d been sitting in on the class asked me about my fiction writing, and what kind of forum it had been, and what I liked to write about. I didn’t want to lie, so I explained that we’d met through fan fiction. I asked if he’d ever heard of those little novels and such, based off of star trek and the like, and he nodded, and I said “It’s about the same thing. Using someone else’s characters to write your own stories, and posting them on the internet, and sharing them for free.”
That old man, who had to be in his late 70’s, got teary, and said that he thought that was SO beautiful, to exchange stories about the characters and the stories we loved, and making friends through our words and tales. He then explained that he’d been teaching creative writing on a college level for over fifty years, and that he was touched by this “fanfiction.”