Saturday, May 14, 2011
Should We Be Ashamed of Ourselves?
So, anyway, Zyra and I were talking the other day about what great lengths we go through NOT to be discovered as Han and Leia fanatics. We both came to the conclusion that it is fairly silly that we are so worried about being discovered. It's not as if we are committing a crime. We aren't stalking young kids and trying to give them candy with razor blades in it. We aren't stealing anything or cheating on our significant others. It's all rather funny when you think about. (Which I did.)
So, all that got me thinking about when and where everyone else writes their fanfic stories. If most of us are so deathly afraid of getting found out, where do you write? When do you write? And where do you keep your stories?
First of all, I don't even like to write in front of my husband, even though he knows what a nerd I am and knows that I write Star Wars stories. I find it a little disconcerting to write with anyone in the same room with me, especially if I'm writing a 'special' scene. Man, when I'm writing those scenes it feels like the walls have eyes. But I have been known to sit on the sofa with both of my kids and write while 'watching' Hannah Montana or other such quality television. (You all have discovered my secret, everyone switch to Disney Channel right now!)
Second of all, I can write just about anywhere. I don't need to be sitting at a desk. (And let's just clarify when I say 'write' I don't mean a pen and paper - we are talking about typing on a laptop.) I have written in my bed, lying back with my computer on my bent knees, on the sofa, at the dining room table and I even write at a desk sometimes while I'm at lunch at work (I always close my door.) Where I am doesn't seem to matter as much to me as who is around me.
Third, I keep all my secret Star Wars stuff on a thumb drive that I backup to my personal laptop at home. (No, I don't have Star Wars stories on my work computer!) I carry this little purple thumb drive around with me like it's made of solid gold. I have nightmares sometimes about losing it. Not really about losing my writing, because I back it up, but of somebody else plugging it into their computers and finding all of my stuff!
If someone requests to borrow my computer, I freeze up. It's not just a matter of deleting my history. I have a toolbar full of shortcuts to Han and Leia pages, my background is Star Wars, my screensaver is Star Wars. It's just all too much to hide! But, honestly I don't try TOO hard to hide my love of Star Wars in general, I save all that work for hiding the fact that I write all these stories. I think that would push it over the edge for my friends. But maybe not. I'll probably never know.
Sometimes when I'm driving I'll get a story idea (or in the middle of the night) and I'll record it on my voice recorder on my iPhone. Those things I CANNOT wait to type up and delete. Somebody accidentally listening to that would be mortifying. "And then Han says to Leia..." Oh yes, my friends would jump all over that!
So, where do you guys write? Does anyone else know that you do? Do you also go to great lengths to hide your dirty little secret? And finally, what do you think? Should we be ashamed of ourselves???