I am absolutely floored, you guys. I don't even know what to say, except thank you. Leverage fandom has been so welcoming, so enthusiastic, and just generally wonderful in every way. There aren't really words to express how much I love you guys.
Even though I've been a fan of the show from day one, it wasn't until a little over a year ago that I wrote and posted my first Leverage fic. The response to that fic, and to the ones I've posted since, has been overwhelming, especially for such a small fandom. It's given me a self-confidence in my writing that I never had before, and inspired me to be more prolific and to push through periods of writer's block and crippling doubt in my own abilities.
I joined leverageland primarily in the hope that it would motivate me to write more and write often. And it did. Working against deadlines, spurred by the desire not to let my team down (teamhitter! Holla!), forced me to exercise discipline and build writing muscles I didn't even know I had. But along the way I did something else, too: I made some amazing, inspiring friends.
I'm not new to making friends via fandom--most of the people who are most important in my life now are people I met because of The West Wing. But it's been a long time since I've been involved enough in a fandom to make new friends. The people I've gotten to know because Leverage have made the last year 1000% better, and I just want to thank all of y'all for being so great and letting me be a part of this fandom.
Because of y'all, I've found the courage to throw myself back into working on one of my original novels, and I'm doing it with more discipline and confidence, and the determination to finish this fucking thing if it kills me. Unfortunately, that means I won't be posting as much fanfiction. Fanfic has always been my crutch, and I need to get used to walking on my own two feet. I can't quite bring myself to quit my land comms, though, so I'll still be around, although I probably won't be nearly as active as I was before. I apologize for that, but I know my leverageland and avengers_land teammates will understand.
This kind of sounds like a goodbye, but it's not. I'll still be reading LJ and I'll probably even be posting some land comm stuff from time to time (in fact, I think there are a few challenge entries I never posted here, so I'll go back and see if I can find those). I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Y'all have no idea how much you've meant to me.