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I Have No Idea Why I’m Doing This

A: Your current OTP: Tifa / Cloud

B: A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind: Asuka / Shinji — I think it was “The One I Love Is…” that changed my mind, that Shinji needs someone to prop his spine up and Asuka needs someone to keep her grounded.

C: A pairing you wish you shipped, but just can’t: Aang / Katara.  I just didn’t see it.  Katara is the mother of the group, not the love interest.  Aang is the lovable goofball.  That’d be like Giles falling for Xander.  Also Aang is two years younger than her (which is a huge at 12 and 14), and the fact that he looks like a baby doesn’t help.

D: What was the first thing you ever contributed to a fandom?  I first started writing a Star Trek/Critters crossover, inspired by NetTrekker’s fan fictions about Star Trek/Predator and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, but that never panned out.  The first real thing was Mortal Kombat, which didn’t really contribute to fandom, as it was just a retelling of the first video game.  The first real fan fiction was Quake, and I don’t think that added much.

E: Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what? No. I take all my fandoms seriously. I believe the fun is in keeping the characters and world, and making new stories with them.  Like taking old ingredients and making a new dish.

F: What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom? What fandom was it? Star Trek, I guess.  I was a fan all doing my AOL years, from 1994-1999.  When I went to college, my interest dropped.  Voyager sucked balls and Deep Space Nine lacked the explorative joy that TNG had.  Not saying that DS9 was bad, just not my cup of tea at the time.

G: What was your first fandom?  Does Ghostbusters count?  If you were just a kid and playing with the action figures?

H: Do you prefer real-life TV shows or animated TV shows? I have no real strong preference for either.  A good story is a good story.  I enjoy Avatar as much as I enjoy Parks and Recreation as much as Adventure Time as much as Sherlock.

I: Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?  I don’t go much on Tumblr.  For some reason, I can’t wrap my head around it.  Is it a blog?  Is it an image sharer?  Why can’t I comment?  Why do I have to reblog?  Do other people see all the porn I follow?

J: Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr.  Watson/Sherlock (mostly thanks to Rainbow Rowell).  Can’t two people ever just be friends or work together without someone thinking there’s romance between them?

K: How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom(s).  They’re… fine.  I’m not going to trash anyone’s beliefs.  I’ve been down that road, there’s no pot of gold at the end of it.  If you want to see Waluigi and Peter Griffin find their love, go ahead.  Who am I to stop you?

L: Your favorite fanartist/fanauthor gives you one request, what do you ask for? Maybe a Buffy/Mortal Kombat crossover.  That would be interesting.  To be honest, I know enough about writing to know that it’s the author that makes the difference, and it’s up to the author to write the story he/she wants to write.  If that happens, the story is gold.

M: A person who got you into a fandom and what fandom they pulled you in to.  Does my friends introducing me to Magic: The Gathering in high school count?

N: Your favorite fandom (for the people; not the thing you fangirl over).  Harry Potter seems to bring out the best in people.

O: Choose a song at random, what ship does it remind you of?  All right, going on my iPod here… hit shuffle… “Shepherd of Fire” by Avenged Sevenfold.

Um, Zuko and Katara, I guess?

P: Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).  Mr. Rogers/Maria from Sesame Street

Q: A ship you’ve abandoned and why.  Picard/Crusher.  They’re probably not meant to be.

R: A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships. Eponine/Enjolras

Am I doing this right? Does this indicate that I’m old or something?

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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