McShep Match Team Peace 2009 Interview with hyperfocused

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with hyperfocused (Karen)
Interviewee: hyperfocused
Date(s): August 7, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: Hyperfocused: Feeling the hyper, working on the focus: mcshep_peace, Archived version
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hyperfocused was interviewed in 2009 for McShep Match.

It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.


How long have you been writing fan fiction and/or making fan art and/or whatever else (vids, knitted goods, pornographic gingerbread cookies)?

I’ve been actively writing in fandom (starting in Smallville with Clark/Lex) since 2001/2. However, I was an active fannish consumer (meaning cons, buying up tie-ins, fan clubs, etc) starting with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Doctor Who in the 1980s. My semi-secret fantasy is that DH attended one of the big Chicago anniversary DW cons with me. We’re about the same age (which means he would still have been in high school or the equivalent), so it’s highly unlikely, but hey, a fangirl can dream. ...

My most active have been Smallville, Sports Night, SGA, The O.C, Everwood, and Due South. I’ve been medium active in SG1 and The Sentinel. I’ve dabbled in Northern Exposure, Supernatural, Harry Potter, House, and various John Hughes brat pack movie fandoms. (I’ve just heard that he’s died, and am extra bummed).

Is there a point where you move from loving a show to writing in the fandom?

There is, but it’s different for each shows. For instance, I love Supernatural, but have only wriiten peripherally for it. (A few crossovers, which is often my way of dipping a toe in a new fandom.) Same goes for Harry Potter, and a few others. Part of my problem is I can be stymied by too-complex canon. I worry I’ll mix up a monster/botch up a magic spell, etc. This is probably why I’m more drawn to character studies than deep plot.

Sometimes, though, I’ll be moved to write immediately. I started my first fic for The O.C before the closing credits on episode one aired on its first showing. Smallville was a mix of both. It had many decades behind it (probably millennia if you count all the alternative telling), but at the same time was trying to say something new.

Whether I want to ‘fix it’ (i.e many episodes of Smallville or SGA) or feel the need to explore possibilities unseen in an excellent program (Sports Night), one thing that doesn’t seem to matter is the quality of the show.

Oh, and finally, even when I don’t write, I’ll probably read in a fandom.