No shame in this game. When I was a youngling, I honed my way with words in the bosom of fandom. Even borrowed inspiration provides a chance to experiment with voice and style, to dip a toe into new genres, and to get immediate feedback from an eager and passionate base of readers. Livejournal, Dreamwidth,, Archive of Our Own, Tumblr... I tried it all, and my development as a writer has been all the better for it. Now that I'm focused on original projects and working within the (admittedly necessary) confines of marketability and formalized structure, looking back at this massive archive of NERD reminds me why it is that I love to do what I do. Never turn away from inspiration when it comes; never pass up the opportunity for practice.