Fantasy Faction: Sixteen Months On

What can I say? All you need to do is look at the stats of Fantasy Faction and you see that it’s already a success—and growing more every day. What started out as one man’s idea for a blog, became so much more; something that reaches out across the internet and touches the lives of genre fans across the world. Fantasy Faction isn’t just “another SFF blog”—it’s so much more than that. It’s fast become a highly respected, highly regarded base for fantasy fans to find everything from reviews to articles—both casual and more scholarly—to writing help to author interviews. Not to mention everything in between.  With a thriving forum and a massive following on both Twitter and Facebook, and now with the introduction of so-far highly successful podcasts, the direction Fantasy Faction is moving in is up, up, up.

I’ve raved on before about how privileged I feel to be part of Fantasy Faction, and I could go on all day about how it feels, as a fantasy fan and aspiring writer, to be a part of something that has projected itself so deeply at the heart of the fantasy social network. But I don’t mind saying it again: it feels GREAT.

It’s about twelve months on, give or take,  from the day I first started writing for Fantasy Faction, and I’ve never looked back. It’s something to have a personal blog where you post reviews and musings regularly, but to be a part of something more than that—that’s a feeling you can’t replicate by maintaining a personal blog; it has to come from participating in something. I’ve never been much of a team player, but I’m very happy to be wearing the Fantasy Faction jersey and don’t intend to take it off any time soon.

Without going all soppy, I’d even go as far as to say that being a part of Fantasy Faction has been a great healing tool for me whilst coping with my depression. No, really, I mean it.

It’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved that only sixteen months on, Fantasy Faction is hosting a writing contest, putting together its own anthology, and attending conventions on both sides of the pond in order to  meet, greet and mingle with authors and fellow fans alike.

This year—and this year alone—Fantasy Faction has been reluctantly asking for donations towards server costs, and the response has been both staggering and humbling; that people part with cold hard cash in order to keep the Faction going, is a indication that however much it means to those who are part of it, it means just the same to those on the other side, those eagerly awaiting updates or participating in the active, friendly forums. For details on how to donate yourself, if you’re so inclined, check out the main site front and glance to your right—details are all there.

So where will Fantasy Faction be in six months? In another twelve or sixteen months? Well, if we’re “here” now, in that time period, we’ll be “way over there—all the way over there”. So if you’ve never visited Fantasy Faction, do so; you will not be disappointed. If you’re new to the site, why not check out my “Fantasy Faction” tab, for a list of my contributions to the site, and from there, go wild and check out the rest of the fantastic material available.

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