Six years ago, a wee parrot decided she was going to try her hand at this 'fanfic' thing she was reading so much of. It could have been great! It could have been epic! She could hear the reviews already: A fresh new voice with unmistakable talent! Stylistically adventurous with a dash of realism! A story that makes some sort of sense and doesn't make you want to gouge your own eyes out!
Needless to say, it was none of those things.
For those of you who are too afraid to click the link, it contains: bad formatting; short, really crappy paragraphing; horrific dialogue; even worse characterization; structural trickery that I was not good enough to handle; and just general n00bishness.
What can I say? I was young and foolish! And maybe a little clueless and too full of myself! It happens! Besides, that fandom was not writing the stories I wanted from it, so I had to do it myself. You can't judge me for that!
So, how about you guys? What was the first piece of fic you ever wrote? Did it suck? Were you really fucking amazing? Does is it still on the internet or have you made a concerted effort to destroy every copy in existence? Did you post it to a mailing list? Do you even remember mailing lists? Did it get published in a zine? Are you a lot fandom-older than me? Do you still occasionally reread your first fic to remind yourself how far you've come? Do you occasionally repost it in your journal to remind everyone else how far you've come?
C'mon, flist! Tell me all about your own embarrassing (or not so embarrassing) first fics so we can all commiserate.
It'll be fun. No, really.