Hi ProfGrove, and welcome to the community.
Its nice that you have comeback to the games after a long time. About the pokemon x and y i don't know much, but i hope it is amazing.
Do you have seen the special nintendo 3ds pikachus edition? i think look very cool, but i don't know whether it is worth the cost.
We have in the community a special section dedicated to the fan fics, this is the link: http://www.pokecommunity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20
And also have a artwork for drawings, so explore the forum and have fun.