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My 10-year LJversary is coming up this Friday.  Ten years!  I have [ profile] isiscolo to thank for my initial invite (back when one needed an invite to actually join).  Remember how you had to ask me twice, Isis,  after I turned you down the first time?  Sheesh!

Little did I know how much my life would change just by joining LJ and getting involved in Harry Potter fandom.  I thought that getting back in touch with my creative side by writing stories would be the main result.  Instead, the unexpected outcome was that I ended up making a ton of new and wonderful friends from all over the world.  I want to let you know how much this means to me.  I've been lucky enough to have met many of you, I've visited you in your homes or you've come to see me here in Denver.  I wouldn't trade the past 10 years for anything.  In fact, I still get together annually somewhere in the US with a group of women I met right here (and then met live at cons).  A couple of weeks ago we met up in Santa Cruz for a long weekend of fun and conversation, and I hope we continue until we're old and gray.  Or, well, older and grayer.

Even though I haven't written fanfic in a while, I still come here to read posts all the time.  Most of you have moved on to new fandoms or even no fandoms, and you don't show up here.  I understand.  Sometimes I've followed you into your new interests – manga, anyone?  I struggle to keep up with TV fandoms, though, since I don't have the patience to watch TV these days, but I still get a charge out of your enthusiasm for new things.

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know how much your friendship, encouragement, and love have changed me for the better.  *tosses confetti*

Date: 2013-08-27 06:31 pm (UTC)
cordelia_v: my default icon (Girlfriends)
From: [personal profile] cordelia_v
*tosses confetti back at you*

Likewise, sweetie. My ten-year LJ anniversary is next August, and I could pretty much paraphrase almost everything you've written here. We came for the fandom, but stay for the friends.

You've all enriched my life much more than I ever could have envisioned. Life takes you by surprise, that way.

Date: 2013-08-27 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What she said. :-) *tosses more confetti*

I had to look it up, but apparently I've been on LJ for 11 + years.

What a wild and crazy ride this has been. As Cordelia said, the friends I have made here have enriched my life substantially and in ways I would never have dreamed possible.

Date: 2013-08-29 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not surprised you've been here longer than me. You're the absolute fan!

I'm blessed to have met you, and Cordelia, and everyone!

Date: 2013-08-27 11:20 pm (UTC)
ext_1059: (Agrippa)
From: [identity profile]

Date: 2013-08-28 04:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-08-29 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"We came for the fandom, but stay for the friends."


Date: 2013-08-27 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy Anniversary! :) My 10-yr is in Nov. Like you I rarely post anymore though I check here often. Force of habit? I do miss the active days of LJ.

Date: 2013-08-29 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You've practically grown up on LJ in a way! Congrats on your new job, BTW, and your return home. You'll just have to edumacate your girlfriends about the loveliness that is fandom. Maybe it's your mission?! Hee!

Date: 2013-08-27 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy Anniversary!! Are you still reading Behind the Obsidian Mirror? *have a drink on me*

Date: 2013-08-29 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! And I totally forgot about BtOM and now there's a lot more of it, so I'll have to play catchup, won't I? Thanks for reminding me of it.

Date: 2013-08-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perfectly put.

Date: 2013-08-29 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fandom it seems, is the gift that keeps on giving. :)

Date: 2013-08-27 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Happy Anniversary, Lovely!

It was one of the highlights of my blogging experience to meet you in person and discover just how amazing you are.


Date: 2013-08-29 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ditto, dear! One of my memories of you, IIRC, is being involved in a great conversation while we were crossing a busy street somewhere. Part of my brain was trying to pay attention to not getting run down, but the rest was just, "Oh, fannishness with a new friend, squee!"

We luckily did not get run down.

Date: 2013-08-27 09:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ravurian
Happy Anniversary! I will have been on LJ for 10 years next March, so in one way we're not all that far apart in age after all <grin>. For all that LJ is somewhat silent these days, I don't believe that many of us are truly gone - we're all here, waiting for someone to speak. Carry on!

Date: 2013-08-29 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There've been a lot of spontaneous posts in the past few weeks from unexpected and happy quarters, I think. Yours have been especially welcome and perhaps even the instigator of some of the others, too.

Date: 2013-08-27 09:33 pm (UTC)
who_la_hoop: (Default)
From: [personal profile] who_la_hoop
Happy almost-anniversary! ♥

Date: 2013-08-29 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! Nice to see that you're still around, too.

Date: 2013-08-27 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy Anniversary ^^ Times flies, huh? I remember reading your Harry Potter fics & now we both somehow got into the manga side of Boy's Love as well.

Date: 2013-08-29 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You and I travel a lonely path, I think. I've been trying and trying to get more of my HP friends into BL with no success. And the LJ BL fandom isn't nearly so personally connected, wouldn't you agree? I mean, it's more just reporting, really.

I see that NightS is your current top favorite. Mine, too! It's just the perfect combination to me, and I especially like how YK chose the seme-uke roles. Have you heard the CDs? Hozumi has a voice like liquid sex. I'm really hoping she continues this series, especially after the tantalizing '3 months after', where things are getting "pretty serious."

I spent the past few days inhaling "Loveless." Or at least the books I had found in a library sale; the rest are on their way from Amazon. And then I watched the manga, too.

Date: 2013-08-27 11:20 pm (UTC)
ext_1059: (Agrippa)
From: [identity profile]
Yayyyy! There STILL is a friendly crowd on LJ, no matter what Tumblr has wrought! I'm glad you're among us!

Date: 2013-08-29 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't even have an account on Tumblr. From what both Cordelia and EmmaGrant have told me, it's not at all a fandom-friendly social network, and Emma's last post gave me the shivers, actually.

And after I let you persuade me to join Facebook (heh!) I discovered that now my friends there consist of my aging aunts and my kids and co-workers - definitely not a slashy-positive venue!

So here I stay.

Date: 2013-08-29 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And when I think about it, I've decided you win the award for the farthest-away LJ friend I've ever met in situ! Hah hah hah! (The kitties don't count because they're FB friends, not LJ.)

Date: 2013-08-28 12:00 am (UTC)
ext_1611: Isis statue (fangirls)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! Happy Fanniversary! And it was the bestest to meet you, and later to get together like grownups with our husbands for a night out on the town.

Date: 2013-08-29 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I loved meeting you and hope that's not all in the past. Drop by again if you're passing through, ok? Our hubbies seemed to be happy in each other's company, too, which is always a plus in my book.

Date: 2013-08-28 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy anniversary! I'm so, so glad to know you!

Date: 2013-08-29 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Me, too, with you! And take care of yourself and hope you are on the mend.

Date: 2013-08-28 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*clinks glasses with you*

Date: 2013-08-29 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*couldn't resist this icon*

Thanks! Cheers!

Date: 2013-08-28 04:53 am (UTC)
ext_21342: I dream of Jeannie as Djin7 (* D.J. djin7 Default Animated 2 sided)
From: [identity profile]
♥ I had to get talked into my LJ, too! Lol. My enabler was [ profile] kennahijja. She's quite evil.

Date: 2013-08-29 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, it's your evil twin sister icon, too! (I was such a "Jeannie" fan back in the day, I even made a bottle with pasted on eyes when I was a kid).

Date: 2013-08-29 03:07 pm (UTC)
ext_21342: I dream of Jeannie as Djin7 (Music: Spammity DJ)
From: [identity profile]
eee music icon. Another love shared on LJ. I miss this place too.

Date: 2013-08-28 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy Anniversary!!!! I’ve never talked with you but I love your fics. I'm so glad to have read them. I’ve been a lurker (recently attempting to delurk) for almost 10 years. Wow, time flies. Though I don’t interact with others much this fandom has made a huge impact on me. I’m as addicted to H/D as I was 9 years ago. :D

Date: 2013-08-29 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, I'm so pleased that you felt inspired enough to come by and say "hi!" Thanks for the kudos, too, I'm always kind of surprised when I hear that people still like my stories. *hugs you*

Date: 2013-09-07 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*hugs back* People definitely still love you stories. You’ve written some of my favorites. Hopefully, someday you’ll come back and write some more H/D love for us! On a different thought, the more I comment and communicate with others I find out just how kind the people in this fandom are. I’m coming out of my shell after all this time. Better late than never, aye?

Date: 2013-09-07 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Definitely better late than never. I've made such good friends in fandom. In fact I just got back from a long weekend in Santa Cruz with 4 dear friends I met through HP fandom. We've been doing this for about 5 years, and many years before that meeting at cons. I highly recommend getting involved at whatever level you feel comfortable at.

Date: 2013-08-28 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it'll be 10 for me next july. yikes, who would've thought, eh? i blame you for sucking me into hp fandom. it was your h/d rec (Transfigurations by Resonant) that i saw on a friend's post that pulled me in and i never looked back.

happy (almost) ljversary.

Date: 2013-08-29 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, I still love Transfigurations, too. I'm glad I enabled you with the good stuff right off the bat!

So many of us really are still around...I'm glad to see it.

Date: 2013-08-28 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, lj is still awesome though many have moved to other platforms... :-S but yeah i still remember the mailing list times. and they are also dead

Date: 2013-08-29 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I never had the experience of the mailing list days; they were nearly over when I jumped on the HP train. You've been around a long, long time too, then.

Date: 2013-08-28 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Chiming in a bit belatedly, but to say thanks for everything, it's been great!

Date: 2013-08-29 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not belated, no! You're very on top of things, as always. Better than me, for sure.

You are one of the people I had in mind when I wrote this. Never would I imagine that I would get to meet you, my fav HP writer, let alone host you here in my home. I'm still dazzled by your talent, intellect, and education but I try to act normal around you so you won't find me too odd. Hope the act is working, heh.

Date: 2013-08-29 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*tosses confetti*

I still remember meeting you for the first time and how tickled I was that you were so nice to me. *yanno you were the big name and I was/am the little runt in the pool*

Glad to know you're still around. ♥

Date: 2013-08-29 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad that fandom got over that BNF thing and we all got to enjoy each other as people. I always think of you as someone right in the center of fandom, really (in fact, you feature in many of my con photos, so I know you were pretty active). You've got a lot of talent and enthusiasm, and I'm glad you're still around, too.

Date: 2013-09-07 12:41 pm (UTC)
lokifan: black Converse against a black background (happy scrubs)
From: [personal profile] lokifan
A belated happy anniversary! Here's to fandom friends.

Date: 2013-09-07 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! Best wishes to you too as you go through the ups and downs of living your adventure.
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