All you need to know about Year 10
Fanfiction.net is the ultimate website for anybody involved within a fandom. It is a site where people can express themselves through writing about their favorite characters, placing them in different situations or re-writing events that didn’t appeal to them in the original versions. For example, if you are a fan of Harry Potter and aren’t satisfied with just having the books and films, people online write short stories using the characters. There is also a handy little review button at the end of each chapter/story, here people can rate what you wrote, giving you constructive criticism and saying what they liked. The fandoms I visit on this site range from Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, Cabin Pressure and any other movie, book or television programme I feel like looking up. Visiting Fanfiction has become almost a daily part of my routine, and is a brilliant place to escape to when life seems bleak (or when Sherlock series two ends and you are distraught because there’s no more episodes).
I feel incredibly indebted to my sister for introducing me to such a gem. Had I never come across the site, I don’t think I would have developed a thing for creative writing. Since anybody can post up a story, no matter how old they are or how good they are at writing, the complexity of the vocabulary used varies extensively. When I was younger I would trawl through the site trying to find words I didn’t understand, I would then proceed to learn the meanings and attempt to use them wherever and whenever I could. After a while however, I wanted to start writing stories too, I was curious to see what people thought of my writing. The Fanfiction community are very amiable, so I wasn’t at all wary of how people would react. Never have I experienced more satisfaction, than that felt when emails came through from people who had reviewed my work and left positive comments on it. I think Arthur Shappey would be proud when I say that it is one of the small moments in life that makes me incredibly happy.
Another thing that makes me happy is writing these word of the week comments, comments that somehow always turn into the beginnings of an essay! Just to finish, I would like to say that I am also indebted to sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for bringing into the world two men who have completely taken over my life: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson!
Lucy, you continue to flabbergast and stupefy. Your love of fanfic comes as no wonderment, as it’s the quinessential site to explore new writing talent and experiment with your own sapience: which you clearly have in amplitude.
I have been reminiscing about my own reading habits at your age: and I have to confess that my own particular penchant was for Georgette Heyer (romantic fiction for the reasonably well-read middle class girl: Jane Austen does Mills and Boon. Really. I know. It was a long time ago and I was young.) I was so obsessed with these novels that my atavism reminds me of being told off in Science for reading under the table during a lesson.
Regarding the Arthur Shappey wisdom, I must disinter you of the quintessential advice I ever had. When I was pregnant with my first baby, a friend already experienced in this area (she now has 5 children) told me that the secret to happy parenting was simply to lower one’s expectations. “if you can be excited by a pizza for tea and something good on the telly, then you won’t be disappointed that the big, spontaneous nights out aren’t happening anymore.”.
We should all reach for the stars, aiming for our dreams, but while aiming and reaching appreciate the small things, too.
I am currently reading Moranthology by Caitlin Moran – I urge you to try it.
Did you see what I did there in response to the new words stuff?
Yep, I did use a thesaurus.
And now I am sat here with a dictionary in hand and a bemused/puzzled expression on my face looking up all of these words! Haha, thank you very much
This particular episode of Cabin Pressure did indeed have Arthur sharing his wisdom, and any episodes with Arthur showing any sign of wisdom are few and far between! Usually he lacks the savoir-faire to deal with any situation appropriately and in a controlled manner, but I suppose that is what makes him so endearing a character.
I must admit though, sometimes my love of reading fan fics can stop me broadening my choice of books. There have been several times where I’ve gone weeks without picking up a proper book, needless to say the shame I felt at having done so spurred me on to pop straight down to the local library and browse through the shelves.
As for Moranthology, it certainly looks interesting. I think that I shall give it a go once I have finished my current book. There’s also the House of Silk to try out yet too, I inquired my sister as to where she kept her copy (hoping she hadn’t taken it to uni with her) and it turns out it’s been on the bookshelf at home all along.
I fear that I am starting to babble, so I’ll finish this comment here! However before I do I’d just like to share a quote I came across some time ago, one which I completely agree with. ‘Books build the stairway to your imagination’ A concise little thing, but true nonetheless!
“Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh.”
― Judah Ibn Tibbon
This guy (a Spanish Muslim from the 12th century) started the tradition of ethical wills, interesting in itself.
Wow! Lucy and Mrs Mc you are both fantastic! Lucy you surprise me every week with what you are going to come up with next! I am super happy you are the House Achievement points winner for year 10…you greatly deserve it and you have a fab prize coming your way.
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