I guess I should start at the beginning. When I first stumbled onto fanfictions I realized quickly there was not much variety in choice. People tended to keep with the series main pairings and that was that. The first story I ran into that was not that way was an amazing Kunzite/Usagi fanfic, though I can't remember the title or even the author, so it's lost to me for awhile. In any case, it made me realize that the character I liked the most, Usagi did not have to end up with Mamoru. Granted, I don't hate him now like I did when I was younger, but I still think it's nice to see other scenarios play out. He's not the nicest guy in the original anime.
So that made me realize that characters didn't have to stick with their series lover. Next, I ran into this amazing crossover called Trio. It was the first crossover I ever read and remains one of my favorites. I didn't know much at all about Ranma 1/2 at the time, but that did not stop me from enjoying the story like crazy. A crazy love for the genre was born, but unfortunately I couldn't find many at all and not a place that had them all together at the time.
Thus, Sailor Moon Crossover Archive was born, and I started writing. My first fanfiction was Destiny Rewritten and guys, it's awful now. I have no idea how I can even hope to save that with a revision. But I'm going to share it on here anyway to let you see just where I started, and how I've grown since. For another great 'growing' fanfiction, I would suggest A Sailor Senshi in Hyrule, it's far from great, but you can see how my writing develops as I work on it. The last chapter is leaps and bounds better than the original. So if you are a writer starting out, have faith, you will get better. Every word you write is improving your craft, and every story you read you start to pick up ideas of how to perfect your craft.
I wrote to escape some personal stuff in my life, and writing basically saved my sanity. I won't go into details but my life was pretty dark, and being able to write changed everything. I suppose when I was in my 'hey-day' I had around 50 stories, and only a handful actually finished. Ideas are easy, endings are the hard part for me.
Bad stuff happened and my site was taken away from me, but my love for writing and this genre never vanished. My hard drive was completely erased and I had to scour the web and old CDs for backups of my hard work, and the love never died. Though some of my fanfictions are lost, I'm determined to finish what I have, and at least try to rewrite all my old ones into something that is not cringe-worthy.
I have written a book, but not published it yet because I joined a site called Scribophile and it made me realize just how very far I have to go. If you want to look me up, you can look up Katie Acosta, my work is far from great, but I'm always working on it and trying to upload my entire second draft, which is far from final...
I want to be a published author, but I don't want to abandon what made me love writing in the first place. I've come a long way in my fanfiction journey, and I'm not ready to quit yet. I hope those that enjoy my work stick with me until the end.
You want to know more about the me now? Okay, my name is Katie Acosta, I fell in love with an employee of mine at GameStop and married him. I have one two-year old toddler that I love like crazy, even when he drives me crazy, and another kiddo on the way! I'm finishing up my Associate's degree in college, finally. I'm a rabid gamer, I love anime, I get addicted to Netflix TV dramas and will spend many hours watching many different ones, and I love My Little Pony.