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Name/s: Shirasade / Evamaria
Fandom/s: Bandom, Lotrips, Lord of the Rings, popslash, Professionals - dabbling in many others
You can find me at: LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, Website collective, Fanfiction archive, AO3, Delicious recs, Non-fannish domain
On Fanlore: My contributions / email me

I've been in online fandom since 2001, after writing horrible Mary Sue fics in German (I'm from the German-speaking part of Switzerland) all through my teens, and haven't looked back since. The progression from het to mainly slash happened fast, as if I'd been waiting for it. RPS was never an issue for me - again, my Mary Sue past led the way - and I played quite happily mainly in the Backstreet corner of popslash for a couple of years.

Then the Lord of the Rings movies happened, and I discovered my inner pervy hobbit fancier. I also started to seriously play on LiveJournal, leaving behind Yahoo! Groups. The combination of fannish and personal journals/communities made it easy to form real friendships, some of which have lasted for years by now, despite shifting interests. For example in 2008 I fell headfirst into bandom, after resisting valiantly for a couple of years, but although only a small part of my flist shares my intense love for Patrick Stump and Fall Out Boy, I only lost a couple of people over this new obsession. (Btw, I'm an OTP person - I usually fall in love with BFF pairings, all the way from Howie/AJ over Bodie/Doyle, Merry/Pippin and Billy/Dom to Pete/Patrick. I'm also a huge fan of warm fuzzies and happy endings. *g*)

To me that's the beauty of online fandom - real affection and people that share not just your fannishness but also stay with you through thick and thin (in my case a struggle with SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder - and depression).

On a less sappy note, I've also always been intent on participating actively - not just reading, commenting and writing, but also through fic challenges like the LotR Secret Santa and by offering free hosting on (currently) 3 of my 6 domains. I also ran fanfiction archives pretty much right from the start and created, a fansite for all things Billy/Dom in Lotrips fandom.

I'm also part of the German translator team for OTW - and along these lines any of my work is open to further transformation, including but not limited to podfic, remix, and commentary. Just credit me for my part and let me know when you post! <3 (Wording shamelessly gacked from User:Jinjurly's example.)