Thanfiction

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Name: Thanfiction
Alias(es): Victoria Bitter, VB, Amy Player, Jordan Wood, Mr Frodo, Voyagerbabe, Padawan Sidious, PadawanS, Strwriter, strwriter139, Chris the Marine, Rennie Gade, Andrew Blake, andythanfiction [1]
Type: fanwriter, fanartist
Fandoms: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Due South, Star Trek: Voyager, Sharpe, Horatio Hornblower, Hunger Games, Captain America, Game of Thrones
Communities: daydverse
Other:
URL: andythanfiction on Tumblr
thanfiction's art on DA
Thanfiction on Fanfiction.net
Lord of the Rings fan fic and art, archived link
Due South, Horatio Hornblower and Star Trek Voyager fan fic and art, archived
Victoria Bitter on Fanfiction.net
Fandom Wank on VB
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Andy Blake, a.k.a. Thanfiction, is a fanwriter and fanartist best known for his involvement in a number of high-profile fandom controversies.

While he had previous pseuds in the late 1990s (two of them were "Voyagerbabe" and "Strwriter"), he's most known for joining the Lord of the Rings fandom in the early 2000s as Victoria Bitter. He later went on to use a number of other pseuds.

For much more, see Victoria Bitter Wank.

Thanfiction's best-known fanfic is the Harry Potter epic Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness, which has spawned an extensive shared universe called the DAYDverse.

In 2011, this fan was involved in a triple homicide. [2]

In 2013, Thanfiction started participating in and writing meta on tumblr for the Supernatural fandom, in which Thanfiction ships Dean/Castiel and has organized fan meet-ups.

In February 2015, Aja Romano published The Strange Lives of Andrew Blake, an article on Blake that was extremely controversial. The article and the events that followed provoked a great deal of criticism from those interviewed for the article, and within fandom at large.

Bios

Victoria Bitter's FanFiction.Net bio, written in 2001 or 2002:

Joined Sep 7, 2001, id: 108619

Author has written 21 stories for Horatio Hornblower, Lord of the Rings, and Due South.

Victoria Bitter is no longer active in online fandom. The website she started, is still going strong, but there will be no additional writing or art. Apologies and thanks to all who have so kindly reviewed here and elsewhere. [3]
Thanfiction's FanFiction.Net bio, written in 2008 and updated in 2013:

Joined 04-13-08, id: 1550595

Hi, I'm Thanfiction, short for stranger-than-fiction, also known as Andrew, a 30-year-old guy who has found himself in up to his pointed hat in the most out-of-control one-shot in the history of the wizarding world. If you want to know more about me, you can just ask, really. I'm a pretty open kinda bloke. I'm brash, opinionated, and a bit sharp-tongued at times, so consider yourself warned. I'm also an artist, doing a great deal of work in the HP fandom in a wide variety of styles and media, including many illustrations for my own fic. You can find all of my artwork [at DeviantArt], but please heed the tags when it comes to what is appropriate for what age of eyes. Ignore these, I'm not responsible for paying for your therapist. [...]

UPDATE JULY 2, 2013: As you may have noticed, I've recently gotten into SPN fandom, specifically Destiel. Yes, I'm still doing the Daydverse, I'm still finishing AP. Life - including a nasty little triple homicide [4], three major moves, four job changes, and starting school - got in the way for a while, but I refuse to give up. A certain hunter and his angel may have wedged a place in my muse and heart, but the DA will always come first. [5]
Thanfiction's FanFiction.Net bio, written in 2008 and updated in 2015:

Author has written 119 stories for Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Supernatural.

Hi, I'm Thanfiction, also known as Andy, a 31-year-old guy who has found himself in up to his pointed hat in the most out-of-control one-shot in the history of the wizarding world. If you're here, odds are it's about "Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness," my version of Neville and the DA's 7th year at Hogwarts. Believe it or not, that was my first fanfic, starting out as a little 4,000 word one-shot called "Dumbledore's Army: Still Recruiting" back in April 08. It exploded, becoming a series over the next several weeks, and is now a novel. Well, actually, it's now two completed novels and one WIP that started posting on 10 March, '09 (and has been suspended due to real life issues but NOT abandoned) in what has become referred to by a shockingly high number of people as the DAYDverse. The stories in that universe that are mine are here.

ALL of this, and indeed, your sort of one-stop-shopping for the DAYDverse, including the full master list of all the fics involved in it, may be found here:

There is also a Daydverse fan community On Facebook

Questions can be sent to [redacted]. [6]
Thanfiction's LiveJournal art page bio (2008?):
I'm Thanfiction, also known as Andrew, also known as Andy, also known as a 25 year old guy new to fandom as of April '08. My interests are quite varied, I write fanfiction with extreme gusto and have strong opinions on most things, but all that is over here, on my LJ, which is friends-locked. What matters here is that I'm also a rather prolific artist. I take commissions not only willingly, but extremely eagerly, and have developed rather a specialty for rare pairings. I'll draw anything you want as long as it is between consenting human (or relatively human) adults and involves no bodily fluids not normally found in sex, and my rates and other niggly details are found below. You're welcome to peruse this journal and/or my Deviantart page, and I hope you are struck with the uncontrollable impulse to get that image of your favorite character, pairing, or moment out of your head and into your hands at last! [7]

Timelines

Detailed Timelines

An Abridged Timeline

  • Early 2003: Jordan Wood a.k.a. misterfrodo joins Bit of Earth; Victoria Bitter is reported to have committed suicide. In February, Jordan Wood and Victoria Bitter are revealed to be the same person.
  • December 2003: Bit of Earth/Tentmoot fiasco; Amy Player is charged with identity theft and charity fraud
  • March 2007: Amy Player admits to being Strwriter, Voyagerbabe, Victoria Bitter, Mr. Frodo, and Jordan Wood;[16] claims to be leaving fandom for good.[17]
  • December 2009: Thanfiction is identified as the same person as Victoria Bitter (et al.).[18]
  • May 2011: Thanfiction/Andrew Blake is involved in a double murder-suicide. [19]
  • December 2013: Thanfiction announced a LARP event, "Supernatural Season Nine Finale Apocalarp", to be held in conjunction with Supernatural's season 9 finale, and based on canonical elements of the show's futuristic dystopia of episode 5x04 "The End".[20] This venture has received some criticism, with various people posting warnings of Thanfiction's previous fannish behaviour.[21][22]

Pseuds: Strwriter and Voyagerbabe

Thanfiction presented himself as Strwriter [23] and Voyagerbabe, a team of two teenaged girl writers between 1998 and 2000 in the Star Trek: VOY fandom. Strwriter and Voyagerbabe went on to be due South fans in 1999-2000. Many early posts from Strwriter were also signed "Player" at the top.

In April 1999, a fan nominated Strwriter for an ASC Award:
This young lady is not only prolific but highly highly talented. Her individual works rip your heart out and stomp all over it, but done so well you can't wait for her next story to have the pain hit you all over again. Her stories are though provoking, wonderfully written, and just plain good reads. How the frick does someone so young have such talent?! Oh let's not forget her co-writing with her best pal Voyagerbabe. These ladies can write angst (Mrs. Paris) and humor -- have you not all read and re-read Irrelevant Discourse? Eye Candy!!!! Handy Candy!! If you missed this story go right now and read it! [24]
That same fan also nominated Voyagerbabe for a ASC Award in April 1999:
Another of the amazing young writers we are all graced to have in our presence. Hers is one of the first dozen or so stories I found. And "Shadows of the Heart" is amazing. Her NC-17 ending makes me worried for her dad's heart. How can someone so young have such detail in such amazing accuracy? A skilled story-teller in her own right, but when combined with her pal Strwriter -- they become the unstoppable force! Angst, comedy, imagery! [25]

Much of Voyagerbabe and Strwriter's interactions at alt.startrek.creative and alt.tv.due-south can be found at here; archive link.

Some examples:

There was an early mix-up and some creative track-covering (or, when you can't blame the nanny, blame the dead grandmother in Nova Scotia...) in November 1998 [26]. Another mixup was explained away in April 1999 [27] In March 1999, Strwriter told fans a bit about herself and writing partner, saying they are "... two merely mortal college students, one 15, the other 18, and between us, we have three majora [sic] and five jobs." [28] In April 1999, a fan apologized for getting them mixed up, saying "My brain forgot that although it was posted with the joint strwriter account it was from the amazing mind of Voyagerbabe (though I am sure that Strwriter was helping to encourage you)." [29]

In April 1999, Strwriter nominated Voyagerbabe for an ASC Award, saying "Yeah, she's my co-writer. Yeah, she's my bestest buddy. But she's also the best thing to happen to P/T this year, proving that you don't have to be out of your teens to write jaw-droppingly good fic. At only 18 years old and only on- line since late September, she has already rocked the P/T world." [30] In May 1999, Voyagerbabe did some promotion and plugged Strwriter's due South art, saying "If you wish to write the artist regarding this work, her name is Strwriter, she's 15 years old, and her email is pla...@widomaker.com Please tell her how much you enjoy her art, and encourage her to draw more in the DS universe, as she has thus far only done the one." [31]

In March 2007 Amy Player admitted to being Strwriter, Voyagerbabe as well as later pseuds: Victoria Bitter, Mr. Frodo, and Jordan Wood. [32]

Further reading: pdf ("... from a former associate of Andrew Blake's, when he was active in the Star Trek: Voyager fandom as Strwriter and Voyagerbabe"), undated.

Pseud: Victoria Bitter

See Victoria Bitter Wank for descriptions of this fan's activities, including sockpuppets, fraud, and general mayhem and manipulation. And worse.

In December 2009, the Harry Potter fanfic writer and fanartist Andrew Blake was identified as Victoria Bitter [33] Prior to Victoria Bitter's entry into LOTR fandom, they wrote Due South and Star Trek Voyager fan fiction and made fan art under the name of Voyagerbabe.

Victoria Bitter initially contributed to The Lord of the Rings RPF fandom with well-received fic. Victoria Bitter (with then-partner OrangeBlossom) created numerous sockpuppets. Victoria Bitter claimed to be channeling Elijah Wood's spirit, and that JRR Tolkien's writing was based on historical fact, and was receiving Meriadoc Brandybuck's memories in a dream.

Victoria Bitter and OrangeBlossom defrauded the BitofEarth.net convention and their attendees by taking money for products and services they never meant to deliver, ruining the con in the process. Turimel, another member of BitofEarth.net, wrote a book about her experiences with Victoria Bitter. It was called When the Fan Hits the Shit. [34]

Victoria Bitter later faked suicide repeatedly.

In 2011, "Andrew Blake" wrote a lengthy email to fan blogger Carlanime in which, among other improbable information, he claimed to have multiple personalities, as in clinical DID. Fan blogger/artist L.B. Lee, who is multiple, wrote a complete point-by-point rundown of Blake's email, enumerating the reasons why Blake's statements were BS. MST: Andy Blake, the Most Multi of Multis, Part 1 (part 2 here)

Some Images

Interview

Meta/Further Reading

For much more, see Victoria Bitter Wank.

General, Multiple Dates, or Undated

2004

  • Hobbits Gone Wrong; Archive by Zach Dundas, July 14, 2004. Article about the Bit Of Earth/Tent Moot fraud, sidetracking into Lord of the Rings fan fiction. Typically for a mainstream publication, fan fiction is characterized primarily as slash.

2008

2011

2013

2014

2015

See Also

References

  1. these pseuds are linked or confirmed in a number of places, some of which are: tent moot crash - Had to share: I got my hush money, after all!; Archive, Spork Commentary on (Thanfiction) Amy Player’s “Apology Letter”; Archive, Andy Blake Timeline. Part 1; Andy Blake Timeline. Part II; Archive; Archive; Giving in at last; Archive
  2. Hate, extortion, lies underlie Fairfield murder-suicide; Police release more details in Green Valley triple shooting-suicide case; Fairfield killings blamed on soured relationship; all can be seen here
  3. bio; archive link, accessed March 14, 2017
  4. Hate, extortion, lies underlie Fairfield murder-suicide, May 9, 2011; WebCite
  5. bio at Fanfiction.net; WebCite, 25 May 2014.
  6. bio; archive link, updated April 13, 2015, accessed March 14, 2017
  7. thanart - Profile, Archived version, accessed October 14, 2015
  8. "This was not a solo effort for me. It could not have been done without my co-writer, muse, and best friend...Voyagerbabe. We did this together. If we win anything, we win it together. If we lose...well, we do that together too." -- comment by Strwriter at AWARDS: Voyager voting, list XI , March 22, 1999
  9. Strwriter's posts at alt.startrek.creative
  10. Voyagerbabe's posts at alt.startrek.creative
  11. Strwriter's posts at alt.tv.due-south
  12. due South fanart referenced in a post is here
  13. Voyagerbabe's posts at alt.tv.due-south
  14. The tale of Amy's first online scam: Ciyarra the Child Prostitute
  15. Figureheads is one, also see his fiction at Fanfiction.net; WebCite
  16. amy_player on LiveJournal. To Whom It May Concern. Posted 04 March 2007. (Archived 21 January 2013 by the Wayback Machine.) Link is now dead, but it's likely the content of this post is what is being sporked at Spork Commentary on (Thanfiction) Amy Player’s “Apology Letter”; Archive
  17. amy_player on LiveJournal. Untitled post. Posted 07 March 2007. (Archived 21 November 2011 by the Wayback Machine.)
  18. Fandom Wank Wiki. Return of the Con: Thanfiction in the Potterverse (accessed 13 Dec 2009)
  19. Hate, extortion, lies underlie Fairfield murder-suicide, May 9, 2011; WebCite
  20. Andythanfiction, - SUPERNATURAL SEASON NINE FINALE APOCALARP, posted 1 Jan 2014, accessed 7 Jan 2014
  21. Fail-Fandomanon, Everyone's least favorite hobbit-channeling cult leader is LARPing again, 31 Dec 2013, accessed 7 Jan 2014
  22. Aja Romano, SPN fandom, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT pay andythanfiction money to do anything, and ESPECIALLY DO NOT GO WITH HIM TO A FUCKING LARP RETREAT (accessed 7 Jan 2014)
  23. "Hi, I'm Strwriter, new subscriber to ASC. I was just practicing a Christmas show for a performing troupe I'm in..." -- Voyager Story Challenge, November 17, 1998
  24. AWARDS: Let the voting begin for BEST NEW AUTHOR , April 4, 1999
  25. AWARDS: Let the voting begin for BEST NEW AUTHOR , April 4, 1999
  26. "You might have noticed that Strwriter's last post came with Voyagerbabe's signature. . .my bad. Voyagerbabe's comp is an ancient IBM dinosaur from the early 80's, and she mostly uses the one at the library. But the library won't let her do news groups, so she subscribes to ASC from my place. (We're co-workers and best friends, and I'm the one who got her hooked on Voyager and P/T) To make a long story short, she's in Nova Scotia for two weeks due to her Grandmother's death, and I decided to start posting on ASC too. . .only I forgot to change the sig! Again, sorry for any confusion/identity crisis that may have occurred. Strwriter" -- OOPS! November 17, 1998
  27. "I have been told that some confusion has resulted from the dejanews account I used to share with my co-author Strwriter, as due to newsgroup username length regulations, it bore only her name. It had been explained previously that strw...@my-dejanews.com was actually a joint account, while individual mail should be sent to pla...@widomaker.com (Str) or voyag...@hotmail.com (me) However, the confusion has persisted, and as I have my own computer now, I have decided to stop being lazy and simply get my own individual account. Please direct any non-list feedback to the previously posted stories "In The Shadows Of The Heart", "Irrelevant Discourse", "Take Me Out To The Delta Quadrant", "Forever's Perspective", or "A Hand To Hold" to this address at voyagerbabe@my- dejanews.com, or to voyag...@hotmail.com Our collaberative stories "Bind The Wind", "Forever My Heart", "Where Are The Righteous", "Begin The New Day", "Collective Of One," and "Shattered Reflection," may all be replied to at the old strwriter@my-dejanews account, which though it is exclusively Str's from now on, she has promised to forward me mail from regarding our collabs. Collabs will still be posted from the "strwriter" account. Thank you very much for your patience, and I hope this will alleviate any confusion regarding the identity of authorship for our stories and comments." -- Got My Own Place Now , April 8 1999
  28. "Sassy, Sassy, Sassy...what ARE we going to do with you? We love the compliments, but if you keep hurling new story idea our way, we might have to do something drastic in self-defense. You see, we are two merely mortal college students, one 15, the other 18, and between us, we have three majora and five jobs. We also (believe it or not) have a life outside of Trek fanfic writing. This will not be the case for long if our respective muses get their way. Currently, we have "Brother Against Brother" and *8* (!) parental narratives to write in collaboration [snipped]... 12 upcoming stories. This would be a full plate for any two authors writing together. But it's not all we've got. On her own, our junior member Strwriter has and additional promised to assorted other people. These are [snipped]. On HER own, our old lady Voyagerbabe has [snipped]. That brings the grand total to TWENTY-TWO stories that two busy girls must churn out over the next six months. PLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASSSE Sassy, we're begging here...." -- NEW "Collective Of One" PG-13 1/1 Voy, P/T, P/7, 7, comment by Strwriter, March 2, 1999
  29. "BIG BIG WHOOPS! I forgot that it was Voyaberbabe alone that wrote Irrelevant Discourse. My brain forgot that although it was posted with the joint strwriter account it was from the amazing mind of Voyagerbabe (though I am sure that Strwriter was helping to encourage you). Tracy humbly apologizes, and is sure that Strwriter does not mind being associated (even just accidentally) with the fine piece of writing and story telling that Irrelevant Discourse is! And ladies anymore airborne edibles happening? You two seem to be quite creative when that happens! ;) {{{{hugs}}}} Tracy" -- AWARDS: Let the voting begin for BEST NEW AUTHOR , April 4, 1999
  30. "Yeah, she's my co-writer. Yeah, she's my bestest buddy. But she's also the best thing to happen to P/T this year, proving that you don't have to be out of your teens to write jaw-droppingly good fic. At only 18 years old and only on- line since late September, she has already rocked the P/T world." [much about individual fics snipped] These stories, taken separately, are all great achievements. Knowing they were all done by one young woman, and knowing the beautiful work she has done since, my ballot is easily cast. No question about it for me....the best new author of 1998 is Voyagerbabe. If you wish to speak to her, you may e-mail her privately at voyag...@hotmail.com, or use our joint account at strw...@my-dejanews.com She loves feedback, and is a gem about replying. Strwriter" -- AWARDS: Let the voting begin for BEST NEW AUTHOR , April 4, 1999
  31. "I thought you all might enjoy this...it's original fanart done by a good friend of mine. I must admit that I've never seen any other DS fanart, and would love to compare the quality, so if you all know of any sites with other art, please point me towards them. http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Starship/6102/benny.jpg If you wish to write the artist regarding this work, her name is Strwriter, she's 15 years old, and her email is pla...@widomaker.com Please tell her how much you enjoy her art, and encourage her to draw more in the DS universe, as she has thus far only done the one. It was drawn to accompany a Due South story I'm writing called "Senseless", and this picture is supposed to portray Benny at the age of 22. The amazing thing about this is that she has seen only 2 or 3 Due South eps, and was working from memory without any kind of a picture to reference!" -- Fanart, by Voyagerbabe (May 5, 1999)
  32. amy_player on LiveJournal. To Whom It May Concern. Posted 04 March 2007. (Archived 21 January 2013 by the Wayback Machine.) Link is now dead, but it's likely the content of this post is what is being sporked at Spork Commentary on (Thanfiction) Amy Player’s “Apology Letter”; Archive
  33. through Twitter according to the Fandom Wank Wiki; Return of the Con: Thanfiction in the Potterverse (accessed 13 Dec 2009)
  34. When A Fan Hits The Shit: The Rise And Fall Of A Phony Charity; WebCite
  35. Category:Victoria Bitter images - Fan History Wiki: The Fandom History Resource, Archived version