Thank you so much for Melanie's link. She was a good on-line friend and I miss her a great deal. You have made my day brighter by reminding of her. Thank you Tad.First weight gain story that really enthralled me
When I finally got online (early '96 I think) I very soon started looking for fat stuff (harder in the days before google!). I found Melanie Bell's site, and sucked down her stories, finished and incomplete, as well as her lightly fictionalized diary. I think I found her site only weeks or a few months before she stopped doing updates, so I had access to pretty much her full output. I forget what I read first, or what she called her stories.
But oh wow, THIS was what I'd been waiting for all these years! A person who liked fat in a broad sense, wanting to gain, being attracted to fat people, liking stuffing, and all that stuff. But writing about it as part of life, as opposed to the stories in BUF that were completely unbelievable in the context of actually living a life. ETA: I recalled that the old Dimensions site had archived her stories. A quick google search later and here is the link: http://www.dimensionsmagazine.com/dimtext/stories/melanie/ Doesn't include her diary, but does have her stories.
I'd say Melanie Bell's material was really my kick-off into fat fiction, and what got me to try writing my own not too long afterward. But the two previous firsts were important steps along the way, opening up ways of looking at things that coloured my thoughts ever after.