Monday, March 10, 2014
Happy 3rd Anniversary to HanLeiaFanFicWriters Blog!
Zyra and I started this blog on March 10, 2011. Seeing as it was me who talked Zyra into starting it, I feel sufficiently guilty that I have all but abandoned her in taking care of it. I have all sorts of reasons, as I see from recent comments everyone does, but in the end, it is - no matter how you slice it - the comments that make it worth the while so shame on me for contributing to the problem. I'll admit that I counseled Zyra to just stop the blog (don't shoot me) only because I knew how much it meant to her (and means to her when no one comments) and I haven't been around to help.
Rolling up on this anniversary made me think of the reason that I wanted to start this whole thing. At the time I was fully engrossed in this fandom and writing up a storm and I just wanted somewhere that I could find other people that shared this passion that had awakened inside of me. And it certainly has been that. And even though I haven't been contributing, I still pull this Site up as one of my daily visits if at all possible just to see what all you other Han/Leia devotees are up to. So, with that being said, I'm really glad that Zyra didn't take my advice and scrap this whole thing. And in a New Year's resolution sort of way, I'm committing myself to post on here more often.
It does seem that after so many years, I mean it's only been about 5 years since I totally immersed myself into this fandom. Five years ago I didn't even know Princess Leia's last name. And yet, sometimes I feel like I've had every discussion possible regarding this fictional character that can be had. Several years of complete obsession will do that to a person, I guess. But scrutinizing that statement I have to think that it just isn't possible. There are people who have been into this fandom for decades and still find new topics to explore, still read someone's offhand comment on a topic and think, "Hmmm, I never thought of it that way before." So, I do believe that we still have lots more to talk about.
I like the "what if" questions in the post above. I also have a curiosity building around my own "headcanon" on Leia and Han's childhood. Leia's specifically at the moment. I wish I had never seen the prequels for the sole purpose of having that blank slate to conjure up my own version of events since George did such a horrific job of it. For one thing, I think Leia's mother lived long enough for her to know about her and remember her (i.e., her line in the movie regarding her "real mother"). And that just makes me wonder how that all played out. How did she die?
Anyway, just thought I would finally put a post out here as sort of an Anniversary present to Zyra. I don't know if I can promise to continue the book reviews, although it is nice to hear that your guys appreciated them - they are really time consuming! But I'll poke my head in more often.
Happy Anniversary to all of you! :-)