For too long, I have kept myself from writing stories that were directly inspired by stories I love: Issues around rights, not wanting to disrespect canon, hoping to be truly original, dismissing “fanfic” as somehow “less than” (*big* cognitive dissonance given my enjoyment of many of the original series Star Trek novels!) – excuses, excuses, excuses!
Mercedes Lackey’s “Valdemar” series is one of my favorites, and my “What if…?” idea became almost cathartic. I wonder how many other would-be authors with mental illness diagnoses either don’t write at all, or severely edit themselves in order to be more appealing to publishers and readers. Anyway, got one, whether it gets noticed by Ms. Lackey et Al or not, maybe it’ll reach somebody who might need it… besides me.
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