Hello! My name is Hal (HJ) Bender. I write fiction (entirely fan), make GIFs, and draw (digital more than traditional these days). Basically I’m a walking, breathing fanwork factory. Let me tell you a little bit about how I got here.
I’ve been writing fanfiction since 1995. I didn’t know it was called fanfiction until 1997, when I became active in the online fandom community. I taught myself HTML and began building websites around 1998, although it wasn’t until 2001 that I was finally able to publish my first fanpage on the internet. In 2002 I bought my first domain, which I’ve been using as my own personal fandom archive ever since.
In the pre-AO3 internet days, I helped build archives, design skins, and maintain websites for fandoms I am no longer active in but that remain very close to my heart, particularly the Alex Rider Slash archive and the Good Omens Library.
I am a slash fan, the majority of my works being M/M. My main fandoms these days are the MCU and Star Wars, though I have been in many fandoms over the years, including (in chronological order):
When it comes to fandom, I’m from the old school of “don’t like, don’t read” and “ship and let ship”. I am not anti anything; I am very adamantly against censorship. I support creative freedom and AO3/OTW. I have a strict “block and ignore” policy when it comes to antis and all forms of thought policing and purity culture. I do not tolerate harassment of real people over fiction for any reason. No, not even those "really gross" things.