Del Floria's Interview with Cosmomariner

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Title: Del Floria's Interview with Cosmomariner
Interviewer: Del Floria (Live Journal)
Interviewee: Cosmomariner
Date(s): September 8, 2013
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Man from U.N.C.L.E.
External Links: full interview is here; Archive
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Del Floria's Interview with Cosmomariner is an interview with a Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan.

It is part of a series at Del Floria's. See Del Floria's Interview Series.

Excerpts

Why MFU? What is it about the show that fuelled your creativity? I am polyfandom. The only long term things that I follow are Mystery Science Theater 3000 and baseball. I don't consider them fandoms, I consider them a way of life. As far as fandom goes, I don't really stay tied down too much, I have so many things that interest me and keep me inspired to create. To be honest, I fell into MFU fandom by accident. I had been looking for interesting things to read on crack van and ran into a rec that had been posted. Honestly, it was like an alarm ringing - "Oh wow, Illya? I remember him!" I had not watched the show since I was a teenager (I'm in my 30s now) and when I read that short story, my memories of MFU all flooded back. I immediately began to search LJ for more MFU communities, and here I am. :)
Are you swayed by other’s reactions to your work or have you set a course and stayed upon it? I hate to say I don't care what others think...but I don't. :) My writing is exactly that - mine. I write what I feel, what I view and believe to be true, or true for me. If others share my outlook, fantastic! If not, you don't have to read it. I hope that people would respect my work enough, though, to follow along with me even if they don't understand where it's leading. I find that the most interesting stories are the ones that take you down paths you normally wouldn't choose to tread.
If you could do it over, what one story would you erase from the time continuum… and why? My response to this? None of them. And here's why. (Watch out, everyone, baseball coming through!!) There are men who pitch perfect games, but how many of them are pitchers that you would want to trust day in and day out? I mean, Greg Maddux never pitched a perfect game, not even close, but he gave you consistency on a regular basis for years. Nothing but quality. I view writing the same way. Not every story is going to be perfect. Not every story is going to be pretty to read, but my goal is to have people say, "Oh, look, Shelly's posted a new story, I'd like to read it!" - Because of the quality of the other stories I've written. If I'm consistent in quality, then the body of my work will speak for itself. (Show of hands - is anyone surprised by my metaphor? Anyone? LOL Absolutely not!)

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