Life is full of joy and sadness, and sometimes those two extremes come close together. It is with great sadness that I have heard of fellow fan Angie’s unexpected passing, and I would like to take a moment to remember “one of us” who shaped the fandom early on and has left her mark.
I can’t claim to be a particularly close friend of Angie, but I met her early on in my fan journey and therefore she is one of the legacy fans to whom I looked up to. In fact, it was one of Angie’s colourful and imaginative stories that made me de-lurk for the very first time in this fandom and on any platform. I just could not *not* comment, it was that good. Angie replied to my comment – and set the tone and the bar for my personal interactions within the fandom forever: She was warm and open, graciously accepting my gushing, yet treating newbie me as an equal to her much more familiar fandom friends. In short, she was welcoming and made me feel that this fandom could be a place to feel at home in.
Angie had a wicked sense of humour, and she was a gifted writer. Her stories on Livejournal introduced me to the concept of slash fiction (and boy, was that a revelation!). Her imagination was without boundaries, and her stories always came with a hilarious twist. It taught me that everything is possible in the world of fan fiction – and *she* did it with flair, pizzazz and a twinkle in her eye.
On the right there you see a picture edit that Angie made in 2014 for our “Secret Valentine” blog. It came complete with a custom story that is typical of Angie’s generosity in spreading fandom love. Read it, it is great fun! Her Livejournal page is a treasure trove of quality fan fiction, and lucky you, of you haven’t dipped your toe in it yet – you have *so* much to look forward to. Also check Angie’s blog, The Armitage Effect, which contains many gems of pictures. Never mind, Santa, but how fitting does THIS ONE feel for the week that is in it?
The ups and downs of being a fan – Angie took us on the journey. From what I know, she was bright, bubbly and beautiful, warm, welcoming, an original – sometimes naughty 😉 – writer and a generous contributor to fandom entertainment by sharing her stories, blog posts, gifs and edits freely.
Angie – you are a star who will shine forever!
PS: I linked to some of my favourite stories by Angie in this post about the best fan fics I ever read. Servetus has also linked to some of her best-loved fiction in her farewell post to Fedoralady. And Jazzbaby has composed the most beautiful acknowledgment that perfectly wraps up how Angie wrote about her menagerie of chaRActers.
Finally: This little video, quickly and spontaneously recorded this morning, is dedicated to Angie, who loved Guy the most…