The Way to My Heart (Blog Hop!)

by Sylvia A. Winters

Less Than Three Press is turning 4 this month ^^ In celebration, they’ve arranged this blog hop, where LT3 authors talk about the things they love in life.

I have had two real obsessions in my life—the first was Harry Potter along with about half the country (I swear in school this was probably the only book a lot of people read voluntarily). I still love Harry Potter, and it’s something I hold close to my heart. It captured my imagination more than any other book and I can remember a bunch of us all sitting around my friend’s computer reading fanfiction, all at different paces and sniping at each other to hurry up / slow down. It was also where I first discovered slash, although I wouldn’t read or write it until some years later.

The second, more recent obsession is, of course, Supernatural. I caught the pilot late one night on ITV, was sceptical for about the first ten minutes and then quickly fell in love. It was that bit where Sam mentions the pentacle being a symbol of protection—that was when I knew the show would be good and not just more cheesy watchable horror. I didn’t know I’d still be watching it eight years later, of course—back then I don’t think I’d ever liked a show that hadn’t ended or been axed after two or three series.

I watched it with my brother for the first couple of years, encouraging him to stay up past 11 even though he was about ten at the time. Then I went off to uni, streamed it on my laptop, and fell into Dean/Castiel fanfiction early in series 5.

I’m sure loads of you are entirely aware of how amazing a fandom like that can be, and I had so much fun in mine. It taught me (in part) to write, and helped distract me from all those pesky essays. I went to cons, got involved in GISHWHES (part I and the rhino prequel) and inflicted it on spread the joy to most of my friends. I owe a lot to fandom (including my now-short hair … Damn you, GISHWHES!)

My excitement for the show waned somewhere after series 6, and I got a bit bored with 7, but 8 has brought me back and I’m remembering just how amazing this show really is, and why I keep watching it week after week.

Really, there is little I love more in life than a good angst-filled story I can get my teeth into. Especially if there’s magic or monsters involved.

Tell me about the things you love in life, and you can win an e-book copy of The Dog in the Mist (I know, I’ve given this one away before, but I only have two books so far!) Just make sure you leave a valid e-mail address if you want to win. The giveaway will be open through to the end of the blog hop on the 14th. (edit: this giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part!)

You can also click here or on the button at the top of the side-bar to see which other authors are blog hopping. See what makes them happy, and some of them might have more prizes for you to win (: