I don't remember when I first became aware of Mews on LJ. Even though I had commented anonymously on several journals for a number of months, I finally created my own account in December of 2003. Mews created hers in April of 2005. I wish I could pinpoint the exact time, but since all my posts, especially those where I posted my fic, were public, I have to assume that I first learned of Mews when she left a comment on one of my stories.
It was my habit back then to check out the journals of anyone who commented on my fics, and if I thought we had something in common, to friend them. When I learned that Mews was close to my own age, which I originally thought was rather too old to be a fangirl, I immediately felt a kinship to her, and when I found out she was also a writer and wrote in my chosen fandom, that sealed the deal.
We had different styles, of course. While I wrote one-offs, or small ficlets that were more vignettes than stories, Mews wrote a number of different multi-chaptered series, Sean/Elijah and Casey/Zeke among them. I was amazed at how prolific she was, and how much heart she put into all her work. She seemed to feel the same about the S/E pairing as I did, which made her writing so enjoyable for me.
As much as I enjoyed her writing, what I liked most about Mews was her encouragement to other writers like myself. She always left comments on my fic posts, and when I did reposts of those stories I'd first posted in community journals like waymeet
, she usually commented a second time, something I didn't expect, but greatly appreciated. And when I embarked on my first series, Sanctuary
, co-written with keye
, Mews always commented on every chapter. Even when most of our readers had moved on to other fandoms, Mews continued to comment on Sanctuary
, sometimes hers being the only comment we received on a particular chapter. I can't tell you how much her loyalty meant to me.
One of the last fic requests Mews made of me was for a hurt/comfort story in the Sanctuary
Universe, and while my Muse had been absent of late, I'm happy that I was finally able to finish the story she'd requested, and that she got to read it before the end. I'm also very proud that I was able to gift her with a Sean/Elijah fic on her last birthday.
I wasn't fortunate enough to meet Mews in person as so many of you were, but her personality came through in her posts and in her fiction. She was a lovely person, inside and out, truly the heart and soul of our fandom, and her passing has left a hole in my heart. I will miss you, dearest Mews.