I like to think of myself as an enabler, a pom pom girl, the person who will cheer you on with honest enthusiasm. On saturday at a chapter meeting Eloisa James was speaking about a super fan, and how that's what authors should have. I scribbled to one of my friends that in my world, we call that someone's bitch. As in, "I am ka_mitchell
's bitch." And it's so true. I am. I live to be her super fan. Is that crazy?
The truth is that I don't think it is crazy. One, I admire KA Mitchell's writing tremendously. It's a great read in any form (rough draft, final draft, starting stages, hating everything stages, just mulling a possible idea around). Two, I admire her as a person, and want to be her, a lot. Three, she's amazingly inspirational in terms of how she works, how she writes, and how she gives back to other writers by enabling/encouraging/critiquing them. I've been thinking about fans a lot recently, and how the thing about KA Mitchell that I adore so much is that she's accessible and a real person and not just OMG my FAVORITEST AUTHOR EVER!
Now, I'm no way on her level. I just dabble about in my fandom of choice happily. I'm not published, so it's different. I get that. But I appear to have some fans, which is entertaining. And recently, it has come to my attention that people are intimidated by me. This is ... weird. I feel like I'm the most innocuous person in the world. While I save my super squealy fangirl ways for KA Mitchell, I try to be somewhat squealy to lots of people, because, hello, they deserve it. Some of the writing I read here is breathtaking and I freaking love it. Shouldn't my utter dorkitude keep me from being scary?
There's more here on which I'm musing, but I wanted to document some of this. Do all of us have people we fangirl over? Published authors for me are KA Mitchell and Jennifer Crusie. I want to be them, but KA Mitchell more. Fanfic authors (in my FoC) include Ithilien22 (duh) and the hayloft authors to name a few. I have others in different fandoms, but I'm trying not to explode this entry too much. Plus most of the people on my friends list would recognize those names.
Okay, I have to go back to writing, but I wanted to document my entertained glee and ponderings at being a super fan/fangirl/pom pom girl/enabler/bitch.