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transformativeworks:

OTW’s 7 Wonders membership drive to raise $70,000 by Oct 27 starts now. We need everyone]s help so find out more
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The fundraiser started yesterday and we’re already at over $44,000! Thanks to everyone who supports transformative works, fan creativity, follow-on works and those who create, read, Kudo, rec and support them!
I’m a longtime member of the Legal Committee, and we’re currently working on some fantastic projects to protect fans, stop people who are stealing fanworks, and support Fair Use rights for all, because fair use is a lawful use of copyright. 
If you’re able to donate, please do! There are some cool thank-you gifts at the higher levels, but every $10 donation has an impact on the site’s server fees and stability, and so much more. 

transformativeworks:

OTW’s 7 Wonders membership drive to raise $70,000 by Oct 27 starts now. We need everyone]s help so find out more

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The fundraiser started yesterday and we’re already at over $44,000! Thanks to everyone who supports transformative works, fan creativity, follow-on works and those who create, read, Kudo, rec and support them!

I’m a longtime member of the Legal Committee, and we’re currently working on some fantastic projects to protect fans, stop people who are stealing fanworks, and support Fair Use rights for all, because fair use is a lawful use of copyright. 

If you’re able to donate, please do! There are some cool thank-you gifts at the higher levels, but every $10 donation has an impact on the site’s server fees and stability, and so much more. 


mresundance:

“Outsiders are pretty routinely baffled by the popularity of slash fic amongst women, even if they haven’t been presented with the cold, hard, numerical truth, given fandom’s (accurate) reputation as a primarily female community. Though there are, of course, no statistics to confirm exactly how few men participate in fandom, they are certainly a minority. Though fandom and fanfiction are technically public – once again, you can find anything on Google, and to quote a movie I don’t otherwise like much, “The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink” – fandom spaces can give the illusion of privacy, of a sort of gated community that isn’t actually gated at all, but simply not of interest to those not in the know. In much the same way that, hundreds of years ago, many women wrote extensively but typically only for private circulation amongst friends and acquaintances, fanfiction is part of an informal, communal cultural exchange, functioning not as a capitalistic enterprise but as a kind of gift economy: I’ll write you this story, a fanfic writer might say, e-mailing her friend snippets of prose; you write me something back.”

A Brief History of Slash (via lycanthropique)

This is a great read, and should be read in tandem with the "Defense of Slash" that Tinderblast posted in 2000 or 2001: 


I can remember the first days of Harry Potter fanfiction. It was only a year or so ago, really, but that year made a difference - stories written by fans were few and far between, at least in any large quantity, and the Harry Potter section of fanfiction.net had maybe two or three pages to its name. In that year, things have changed - there are mailing lists and websites for fanfics everywhere you look, and FFN now sports over 200 pages of fics, and more by the day. We’ve come a long way, but the basic idea stays the same. People still write stories, people still read stories, people still review stories. And people still flame stories.

Because there has been something of a mini-revolution in the past year, which has been growing for a while. Maybe it’s been months, maybe it’s been the whole year or even earlier, but a new category of Harry Potter fanfiction has taken hold. In these stories, it’s not Ron and Hermione who kiss and hold hands. Nor is it Harry and Ginny, Draco and Hermione, Remus Lupin and a Mary Sue (more on those some other time), or any of the other myriad pairings that have existed in Harry Potter fics for as long as anyone can remember. No. In these stories, it’s Sirius Black and Remus, or Harry and Ron, Draco and Neville, Ginny and Hermione, or any of another long list of pairings. Slash or same-sex pairing fanfiction has come to the fandom.

And these fics, along with their authors, are getting flamed out of their minds.

Read more. 


minim-calibre:

cesperanza:

interquast:

there is nothing more weird than reading a fanfiction someone wrote in 2006. where are these people now? are they doing okay? have they found love? do they have kids? so much can happen in 8 years

Oh, honey. 

Ahahahahaha.

AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Man, now I am wondering what the hell I wrote in 2006. That was right as I fell down the Supernatural rabbit hole and promptly spent a few years focusing on plotty gen…

Oh gosh, 2006. One of the worst years of my life, I cannot even begin to explain it, but those who lived through it with me know. 

But it included Doctor Who and Heroes and a lot of Supernatural fic recs that I collected and started to read when I finally watched the first 1.5 seasons of Show in January of 2007. 

So much can happen in 8 years

No fucking lie. 



archiemcphee:

"What did I do?"
You killed the car.

Swedish Lego Users Group Swebrick just held their annual “AFOL vs AFOL” building contest. AFOL stands for “Adult Fan of LEGO” and this year’s building theme was “Any scene from an ’80s movie or TV show featuring a vehicle.” Builder Etzel87 won first place with this awesome recreation of the unforgettable scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when Cameron vents his long pent-up anger at his dad by kicking his father’s precious Ferrari until it ultimately pops off its jack and crashes through the window of his (now famous) house.

We love the expressions on the minifigs’ faces as they helplessly watch the car plunge toward its doom as well as the use of flat, clear 1x1 pieces for flying shards of glass.

Click here to view the rest of this year’s contest entries.

[via The Brothers Brick]


But does it matter that two middle-aged men with very large platforms were sitting at a table pathologising teenage girls’ sexuality – and making a whole load of potentially harmful assumptions about a topic they know literally nothing about? Absolutely.

elizabethminkel wrote in newstatesman article, “Why it doesn’t matter what Benedict Cumberbatch thinks of Sherlock fan fiction

Finally, a mainstream media article that presents the human side of fandom, and talks about why it’s important to have alternative forms of media. 

I fangirl this woman so hard right now. 

(via amphigoricsymphony)


So I am no more than another stolen relic, locked up here until you might have use of me?




The old white dudes that are in charge of everything are scared as fuck of YOU.
— Gerard Way’s message to the young women in the crowd. Fonda Theatre 10/14/14. (via sky3cifervalo)


Ao3 is Recruiting!

astolat:

qem-chibati:

OTW is currently recruiting and has a number of positions available on their volunteers page here.

Positions currently being advertised for include:

AD&T Quality Assurance & Testing Subcommittee Testing Volunteer

- Quality Assurance & Testing (QA&T) is a subcommittee of AD&T responsible for testing bug fixes and new features before they go live, overseeing release and issue management tasks, and maintaining relevant documentation.

Communications Staff: Wiki Liaison

-The position of Wiki liaison would be a good fit for someone who has an interest in fan history, would like to moderate a twitter account, and has about 5 hours of available time each week. If you would like to help us create and share news about Fanlore, this is the position for you!

Strategic Planning Staff

- They need someone interested in strategic planning, writing, and data processing who is willing to jump in with both feet. They’re a
professional, collaborative committee of people who believe in supporting each other through our work, and we want someone who is excited about the idea of being part of an environment of support,
creativity, and critique.

Support Staff

-The Support team is responsible for handling the feedback and requests for assistance we receive from users of the Archive. We answer users’ questions, help to resolve problems they’re experiencing, and pass on information to and from coders, testers, tag wranglers and other teams involved with the Archive

Tag Wrangling Volunteer

-The Tag Wranglers are responsible for keeping the hundreds of thousands of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Based on internal guidelines, we choose which form a tag takes in the filters and auto-complete, and we link tags together to make the works and bookmarks on the archive easier to browse and search (so that users can find exactly what they’re looking for, whether that’s Steve/Tony with tentacles or g-rated Rose/Kanaya fluff).

This round they’re specifically recruiting for:

I’ll be posting in the next couple of days about some of the specific areas that are needed - in case you couldn’t tell, tag wrangling is my own committee. ^.^;; But I’ve worked with many individuals in the other committees at Ao3 and they’ve all been lovely in our interactions. :D

I just wanted to signal-boost this and wave an especial pom-pom for QA&Testing! More people testing new code for the Archive means more new code can get put on the Archive faster means more awesome new features and faster bugfixes, and more eyes on new code means the new code is stronger and better! \o/



"I like the slash, and I think I like it because I feel there are so many people who are under-represented - or not represented at all - in mainstream Hollywood entertainment. I really enjoy the fan fiction that embraces character and themes that showcase those people - their love, their desires, their passions.

"I think that’s really cool - and I hope the show as it continues embraces that more, because that’s an opportunity to tell stories that other people might not be familiar with. I mean, there’s slash of me and Ichabod… that’s like, ‘What?!’ and then I read it and it was really well-written.

"I get it - it’s another way to go but it’s no less valid than what we’re doing and it’s certainly interesting, so I really get a kick out of that. To read fan fiction and to see fan art and to watch other people’s artistry paint different colors on top of what we’re doing… how can you be mad at that? That’s just completely awesome!"

Orlando Jones - Sleepy Hallow

Read more: http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/s250/sleepy-hollow/interviews/a603497/sleepy-hollow-orlando-jones-on-season-2-sleepyheads-and-slash-fiction.html#~oSMqhq0KkKcsZC#ixzz3GEZ8yJxe 

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IT’S NO LESS VALID. Thank you, Orlando. Thank you.

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