Interview with Adam Jones:
Webmaster and "Pendant to the Queen" of the Fanfic Revolution
by Erica Friedman
I found Adam Jones on the side of the road, and, after bringing him back from near death, decided to see if he could write well enough to amuse me. Okay, that's not true. Really, Adam asked my opinion on a story a gazillion years ago (computer time) and after emailing back and forth a few times, I decided that Adam needed to be a member of the fledgling Fanfic Revolution. And since the FR is essentially a benevolent democracy, it was made so. In the intervening years, Adam's writing has been consistently held up as a example of fanfic excellence, and we're all very proud to claim him as our own.
Here's a little insight into the mind of one of the FR's most consistently popular writers:
Name: Adam Jones
Date of Birth: 9/9
Astrological sign: I neither know nor care...
Blood Type: Unknown, but believed to be liquid.
Favorite Color: Blue and black.
Favorite Food: Good dark chocolate.
Favorite Flower: I can never remember the names of any of them.
Least Favorite Food: Just about anything with fish in.
Hobbies/Interests: Running (about 40-50 miles a week, on average); Geeking (UNIX); Reading (whatever I can get my hands on); Writing (badly).
Occupation or goal: Occupation: Hacker - in the proper sense of the word. Goal: Happiness. Or, at least, happiness enough.
What is the one thing that will pique your interest in a story, a hook that you can't resist?
The bit at the top where it says "By Alan Harnum".
What is/are your favorite book(s)?
Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis (a sad testament to a woman who knew far too well whereof she wrote)
Anything by Counting Crows - in particular their wonderful live versions of Round Here.
What music are you currently listening to?
Robyn Hitchcock's I Often Dream Of Trains.
What are you currently reading?
"The Zap Gun" by Philip K Dick. My "to read" pile now exceeds four thousand pages, including Neil Gaiman, Banana Yoshimoto and the brothers Grimm. I fear my shelves may soon collapse under the weight.
If you have a day off and plenty of money, what do you do with yourself?
Buy more books to read - which explains why there's no shelf-space left in the house. Occasionally pick up any random bits of computer kit that take my fancy. Wonder why I'm not an international sex symbol yet.
Why write fanfiction?
As with so many people, I started writing because I'd read some of what was out there and thought that I could do a lot better. Needless to say I still keep those stories lying around, just to remind me whenever I start feeling self-important. Now, though, I write when I find there's something I want to say about a character or a story. And
because knowing that someone, somewhere felt something because of a piece I've written is the best feeling in the world.
What, if anything, has being a part of the Fanfic Revolution given you?
The most wonderful, twisted group of friends I could ever have hoped to meet. (What's that, Erica? Why yes, I'd love some Kool-Aid...)
Advice for anyone wanting it? Or something you want to say?
If you need advice from me then it's way too late for salvation... As for writing, all I can say is to write for yourself. Write what you feel. Anything else is just pretending.
There you have it - a superficial glimpse into the mind of one of our most complex writers. You can tell Adam how cute and charming he is at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back next issue for yet another brief excursion into the mind of the Fanfic Revolution