Jan. 2nd, 2017

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Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Thinking about it, I could mention a few fandoms/shows that have being significant in terms of my fannish evolution and left marks on my soul. The Sentinel where I cut my teeth as a writer, Poltergeist the Legacy, where I found and read my first ever fanfic. Popslash where I came into my own as a fan/writer and found a group of amazing people who I still like and respect now. But what I'm going to talk about is Voyager.

I've talked about this before, so apologies if you're reading this again, but that show was the one that actually started me interacting fannishly. I joined my first ever mailing list, one for the Paris/Torres ship, and eventually started to join in, sending LOCs about fics and everything was so new and shiny and great.

Through Voyager I found my first ever slash story. And this is something I've also told often, but while surfing at E Groups I'd ran out of gen and het Voyager stories and saw this group called Voyager slash. Clueless, I thought it was for horror fic, and as that was a genre I didn't like I never checked it out. Until one day I was desperate -- and found my people.

It just shows how much impact that moment had on me as even now, many many years later, I can still remember how I felt as I clicked on that first story.

Voyager was everything for me at that time. I looked forward to every new episode. I bought the books, and wrote to the authors about how I liked the books, and rejoiced when one of them wrote back. I fangirled the fic writers I loved, and totally embarrassed myself when I met one of them at a Voyager con and stammered through how much I loved their fic.

Tom Paris imprinted himself on me. I read all the ships he was involved in, with my favourites being Paris/Torres, Chakatoy/Paris and Paris/Kim. I met Robert Duncan McNeil at a Voyager con, and had to lock my knees to remain upright.

I bought all the seasons on video -- which cost a stupid amount of money at the time, and watched them often. Even now I still have favourite episodes. The Chute for one, which has to be the Paris/Kim ep, and this last scene still slays me. This man is my friend. I can never forget that.

2 episode clips )

And so many more, Captain Proton, Endgame, Caretaker, Alice. The list goes on. But let's gloss over Threshold. That mess needs never to be mentioned.

So yeah, it has to be Voyager. The show that shaped my life in both reality and fannishly and means my love for it, and especially Tom, will never diminish.


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