What the Secret Pens Means to me
I discovered Sime~Gen in junior high school. I was captivated. Not so
much by the stories, as by the concept. At the time, I was writing fan
fiction in another universe (which shall remain nameless as the author
has *not* invited people to write in her universe). When I grew a
little older, I discovered that writing fan fiction wasn't "the thing to
do" and set the idea aside. But I remained fascinated by the concept of
humanity divided into givers/takers, and realized that the concept
wasn't as simple as I had thought. Simes and Gens are reciprocally
interdependent. That idea resonated for me. In college, I discovered
there were folks writing fan fiction in the S~G universe. But it was
clear that the stories I wanted to tell wouldn't pass muster, since
every story had to be cleared by the original authors.
There things stood until I began accessing the internet in graduate
school. I discovered the 'canonical' website, and found that I still
wanted to tell S~G stories. But not the stories that would ever be
posted on that website. I didn't know
what stories I wanted to tell, but I knew they wouldn't be posted. Then I ran across the Secret Pens
and realized that my stories would see the light of day
here, and that if they were good enough, someone might enjoy them. I'm serializing a
story now, and am working on the backgrounding for another S~G culture
separated from the 'mainstream' culture that is the focus of the
'canonical' website. And I'm having a wonderful time. I'm writing
fiction. Me. I never thought this would happen, and now it is.
What is the Secret Pens?
The Secret Pens is a collection of Sime~Gen
fan fiction, artwork and poetry. For our contributors, we offer a playground unequaled elsewhere in Sime~Gen fandom:
- You decide what the story is about and when it is ready to be posted.
- Canon is OK, but if you don't want to follow it, by all means go crazy!
- Writing and HTML help available - or not, if not wanted.
- Differences in ability and philosophy respected, not attacked.
- Get feedback from readers and other contributors.
- All fan politics viewpoints welcome.
- No contribution turned down. Our motto: If it's Sime~Gen, it belongs!
- Anonymous and pseudonymous contributions O.K.
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