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flyingcarpet and I decided to close hpgw_otp. It's been a long time coming, I think. Sometimes we don't update for weeks at a time, and both of us are sort of moving on from fandom for various reasons. But, seriously, I've been sort of WEEPY about it. I think it's rather fitting that we're closing the newsletter when the final movie is coming out on DVD - sort of the end of the HP franchise.

Harry Potter was my first fandom. Harry/Ginny my first fandom love: the first stories I read; the first stories I wrote; the first forums I participated in; the first members of fandom I considered my friends. Specifically, flyingcarpet, who I don't think of a fandom friend, but merely my friend.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW. I'm far too busy to have much to do with fandom right now - though I hope that changes someday. Fandom has been with me now for over ten years. It's seen me through so many difficult times and even more wonderful times. It's made me feel accepted and loved. It's made me angry sometimes in a way only things you're really invested in can. It's made me laugh and cry and jump up and down and throw my hands up in disgust and it's made me SQUEEEE like nothing else in the world.

I'm not saying goodbye to fandom, but with the closing of hpgw_otp, I did want to say thank you. I am the person I am today because of fandom. Because of you. ♥ ♥ ♥


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Nov. 20th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Nov. 20th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
You can take the girl out of fandom, but you can't take fandom out of the girl. *hugs*
Nov. 21st, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)

I am sorry to hear this!! Then again, I'm one the many who have totally loved the fandom but in the past couple years my fan fiction reading/writing has dropped significantly. However, I do want you all to know that this particular group was pretty much my favorite out of all the fan-fic sites. You all did an excellent job in finding fics from various sources, and they were always good recommendations. I hope you all will at least keep the site up for archival purposes. Thank you for sharing your devoted fan fic time with other fans like me.

Nov. 21st, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
i have to say it makes me a bit weepy as well. this newsletter has been my lifeline to H/G for so many years. it really provided a place to "belong".

Harry/Ginny was not my first but it certainly is the longest-running "love affair" i've had going with a fandom :) apart from bennett/darcy, that is (and THAT is, i feel, a different thing altogether). and this attachment i have for harry/ginny has always been nourished largely by this newsletter. you and flyingcarpet have done so much for all of us in the fandom -- whether by writing such beautiful stories or by hosting fests and getting us organized through hpgwotp.

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