Joined when I was 46. American. Lived for 30 years in Tucson, AZ. I wonder if I ever saw ucsbdad while I was there and just didn't recognize him.
I'm now living in Buffalo, NY as of 2015 because of being legally blind.
The first, most important, thing you should know is that my absolute favorite character (and actor) on TV or in movies is my Avatar.
I love Castle and Castle Crossovers and Castle and AU Castle. And FIREFLY! (Oh, and by the way, I WANT MORE CASTLE!)
I also love Forever, The Librarian, both movie and TV series, Buffy/Angel, Star Trek, Stargate, Farscape, as well as Marvel Comic superheroes and all superhero movies.
I've been a Beta a bit, but haven't tried my hand at a story yet. (although I do have an idea for a Halloween multi-chapter).
I prefer longer stories of at least 10,000 words, but the bigger the better. I especially like the way degunther does his story. ALL in one chapter. !!!
As a way of providing background to this next bit, I prefer to save all the stories I like from here from FF.net as ePub eBooks. That way, I can read them even when I'm offline. For example, since my tablet only has Wi-Fi on it, this comes in VERY handy if I'm out and about. And because of creating those eBooks, I like to give my eBooks their own unique covers.
Now some authors here do go and create images for their covers or else they'll have someone else do it for them. I love Lord of Kavaka's covers!
But I've also noticed that some authors will just use their own author avatar as their book covers since that's how it is by default unless you assign something different to a story. And of course, some won't have any book cover (or avatar) at all.
And ultimately that's fine. We're all here pretty much for the stories, not pretty pictures (even if some of them are really pretty). Still, I don't think my ePub eBooks would be "right" unless they had covers that seemed to match what the story is about.
On occasion, I've shown my limited photo shopping ability to others, but because we can't send images directly thru PM's or reviews, I have no easy way to allow anyone to see my own covers (for their works).
But, I decided to put them up on my own website. If you're curious, check it out.: www (dot) fdwojo (dot) com
FF_net seems to have gotten a lot more persnickety over the year or so, so try it with and without the www (dot).
When the page comes up, simply click on the FanFiction logo and it'll take you to the correct page.
I hope some of you who check it out enjoy it. And if you see one of your own stories here, let me know if you liked or didn't like the cover image I did. I'll be putting up more of them over the next few weeks.
Thanks all for writing the great stories you do, and reading this bit! (and viewing!)