A Guide to Fanfiction for People Who Can’t Stop Getting It Wrong
well written article about writing about fanfic for journalists.
fandom  InTheNews  fanfiction 
october 2018
Some Time Around Midnight
Lee knows that Kara will break him in two.

Absolutely awesome.
Bsg  vid  Starbuck/Apollo  Kara/Lee  v:bop_radar 
september 2017
good SGA podfic recs
The Auralphonic SGA episode.
toread  SGA  podfic  rec 
june 2017
The Girls of St. Mary's
Yes, this is a John/Rodney fifties girls' boarding school genderswap AU.
SGA  podfic  toread  r:rhea314  A:Toft  au 
june 2017
M Is For Monster
Declared a monster by society, John Sheppard is resigned to a life of nothing much. Until one day, he meets a brilliant and rebellious scientist.
SGA  toread  podfic  a:seleneheart  r:rhea314 
june 2017
Kid A
"I'm not gay, Rodney," John says, and it's awkward to have to say it, but it really has to be said.
toread  SGA  podfic  r:dodificus  a:cesperanza 
june 2017
Life Lessons Learned from Aliens
Teyla has an accident with an alien device that leads to revelations about the team. Rodney's not too happy about his.
toread  SGA  podfic  r:dodificus  a:eleveninches 
june 2017
This slave-owner thing was a lot of responsibility.
toread  podfic  SGA  r:dodificus  a:resonant  slavefic 
june 2017
Healing Station Argh
A story about the benefits of cultural exchange, contraception, the downsides to television stardom, and what counts as pre-watershed in the Pegasus galaxy.
SGA  toread  podfic  r:GeneralJinjur  A:Toft 
june 2017
In the City of Seven Walls Series
Gilded cages are still cages. Sheppard and McKay turn to each other to survive a life in slavery and afterward.
toread  SGA  podfic  slavefic  r:GeneralJinjur  a:auburn 
june 2017
Term of Service
"You're telling me that you would sell your bodies for curiosity, orbital shielding, and a quarter-charged ZPM?"

"Well, yeah. Who wouldn't?"

Things don't go so well for John.
SGA  toread  podfic  r:anatsuno  a:resonant  slavefic 
june 2017
When in Haldoria
"Hey—Elton John wants his planet back!"
toread  podfic  SGA  r:anatsuno  a:cesperanza 
june 2017
Read My Mind
"Long day," John offers as they leave the briefing room.

"Yeah," Rodney agrees. He's too tired even to banter with Sheppard, which is saying something. They walk together to the residential wing in silence.
toread  podfic  SGA  r:anatsuno  a:thingswithwings 
june 2017
The Group-W Bench
We'll get you there as soon as we have an aircraft.
toread  podfic  SGA  r:anatsuno  a:cesperanza 
june 2017
Technical Perspective: a civilised discourse in interior design
Interior Designers AU, based very loosely on the Doris Day movie Pillow Talk. John Sheppard is a reclusive new designer, who invents an alter ego in order to get close to sarcastic but genius designer Rodney McKay, of Athos Partners. But what is truth, and what is a lie? And what will Rodney do when he finds out?
Beta by nicolasechs. Written for Team War in the 2009 McShep Match, for the prompt 'Creature Comforts'
SGA  toread  podfic  a:Pennyplainknits  r:pennyplainknits  McKay/Sheppard  au 
may 2017
Welcome to SherlockBBC, a community dedicated to the BBC interpretation of Sherlock Holmes.

basic rules:
- respect yourself and others
- listen to the mods and staff
- only post entries relevant to the Sherlock TV show
- use our headers, warnings and tags
- avoid spamming: combine same-type fanworks in the same entry
- cut fic, large pics (over 300x300 pixels), mature content and spoilers, or use the spoiler tag
- don't screen or delete comments
- have fun

we welcome:
- all people
- news, spoilers, information, fanworks of all kinds, meta
- fanworks that can be posted are slash, het, gen, g to nc-17, all pairings and all subject matters

ask before you post:
- promotions of any kind
- polls & surveys
- memes

community events:
- sunday recs
- monday prompts
- tuesday beta
- wondering wednesday
- thursday searches
- friday free-for-alls
- saturday specials
community  SherlockBBC 
february 2017
Our ‘bite-size’ clips (5-15 minutes each) will make you a sexual superstar…with all kinds of new sexy skills up your sleeve and plenty of inspiration for your bedroom play! Includes free videos.
Sex  video  toread 
february 2017
Yes, fanworks are illegal: harsh truths about copyright & Fair Use.
I’m writing this post because fanfiction is a buzzword again, thanks to the publication of “Grey” by E. L. James–or, more specifically, the Twitter debacle that was #AskELJames, which included tweets slamming fanfiction in general. I’ve seen several posts from authors defending fanfiction in response to such tweets–and fanfiction very well should be defended–but I’m also disheartened to see that many well-intentioned people misunderstand the legalities of fanfiction and the Fair Use clause, and are shooting incorrect information out there into the world.I’m writing this post because fanfiction is a buzzword again, thanks to the publication of “Grey” by E. L. James–or, more specifically, the Twitter debacle that was #AskELJames, which included tweets slamming fanfiction in general. I’ve seen several posts from authors defending fanfiction in response to such tweets–and fanfiction very well should be defended–but I’m also disheartened to see that many well-intentioned people misunderstand the legalities of fanfiction and the Fair Use clause, and are shooting incorrect information out there into the world.
toread  fanfiction  Essay 
december 2016
to ship or not to ship
An explainer about the terms “ship” and “slash”
slash  shipping  meta  fandom  fanfiction  History 
september 2016
The Only Eternity We Have
The one thing they can never escape is each other.
The Vampire Diaries | Stefan/Damon | R | 4:46
TheVampireDiaries  podfic  toread  r:sentential  a:sentential  Damon/Stefan 
may 2016
Welcome to AuthorEarnings – a website for authors, by authors
Our purpose is to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions. Our secondary mission is to call for change within the publishing community for better pay and fairer terms in all contracts. This is a website by authors and for authors.
february 2016
J.A. Konrath
Successful self pubbed author. Frequently talks about the business and gives advice.
Writing  toread 
february 2016
H.M. Ward - reading list
Successful Indie author, talks about the business sometimes.
scroll down for business books she recommends:

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Barfam

Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping by Paco Underhill

The Art of Closing the Sale by Brian Tracy

The Psychology of Selling by Brian Tracy
Writing  toread 
february 2016
When Lies Become the Truth
When Jared’s long term boyfriend takes him to an expensive restaurant Jared is hoping he’ll finally propose. Turns out his boyfriend is seeing someone else and wanted to ‘break it to Jared gently.’ To make matters worse, their gorgeous green-eyed waiter overhears everything and after his now ex leaves, offers to call Jared a cab home. Next day Jared gets a call from the restaurant to say he left his wallet and reluctantly Jared goes to pick it up, dreading seeing the kind eyed waiter again. However, it turns out the waiter wanted to see Jared because he knows exactly what Jared is going through. The guy Jared’s boyfriend was cheating on him with? That was his boyfriend. The waiter – Jensen, suggests a little revenge might be in order, after all they’ve been used and lied to, and how freaked out would their ex’s be if they were suddenly ‘together’ too? Jensen’s plan is simple – pretend to be in a relationship and show their ex’s what they are missing by acting totally in love with each other. Of course the old saying about ‘best laid plans’ comes true when Jensen and Jared start falling for each other for real, and their ex’s are not happy.
fic  j2  hurt/comfort  noncon  nc-17  toread  a:wincest_whore  au  romance 
february 2016
Archive of Our Own and the Gift Culture of Fanfiction by Olivia Rile
My work here is to study the fannish gift culture, investigating its current state, value, and usage. How does it relate to the concepts of gender and community? How has it been shaped by the Internet, capitalism, and evolving fan culture? In this paper I will endeavor to address these questions. I will begin with a literature review focusing on fanfiction and its relation to gender, community, and the gift culture, and then move into my own analysis, studying the fannish gift culture as it is embodied in the fanfiction site Archive of Our Own.
AO3  academics  fandom  GiftCulture  toread 
january 2016
Slash shock, shamelessness, and a rec.
So, remember slash shock? That weird feeling you got when you read that first story about Frodo and Sam, or Kirk and Spock, doing... things.. to each other, that feeling compounded of equal parts This is strange and wrong and dirty and This makes so. much. sense and more more more more more?
fandom  fanfiction  slash  meta 
january 2016
An Archive Of One's Own
That said, the people behind fanlib (talked about many places, see astridv here) don't actually care about fanfic, the fanfic community, or anything except making money off content created entirely by other people and getting media attention. They don't have a single fanfic reader or writer on their board; they don't even have a single woman on their board. They're creating a lawsuit-bait site while being bad potential defendants, and they deserve to be chased out being pelted with rocks.
otw  FanLib  fandom 
december 2015
why OTW!
So the big underlying reason I wanted to talk about is that actually, I do take fandom seriously. The thing is, I live here. Most of my closest friends, people I hang out with both in chat and real life on a regular basis, are people I've met through fandom. I wouldn't have my current career without fandom, and I wouldn't be nearly as happy and creatively fulfilled. I care about and feel connected to a vast network of other fans. Not that everyone in fandom is all BFF or anything, just that there's a community here that we're a part of, and it's a community I love.
otw  fandom 
december 2015
Kirk's Tramp Stamp
Well, this is my best attempt at filthy dirty, cause if Kirk is gonna get a tramp stamp, there's darn well going to be some raunchy sex in the near future. However, it appears I am incapable of writing dirty smut without throwing the L word in there, so if anyone out there finds their self interested in writing a version of this that is nothing but filth, I'd really be interested in taking a gander
startrek2009  fic  ToTag  toread 
december 2015
Fanlore: OTW 2015 Board Election
Excellent resource, with links to commentary.
otw  OTWelections 
november 2015
Norah's Fannish Polls
Interesting, must finish reading through them.
fandom  meta  Poll  toread 
november 2015
A Thousand Suns
How to stand up. (Castiel & Dean/Castiel, seasons 4-5)
vid  supernatural  Dean/Castiel  v:some-stars 
november 2015
ao3-feture-requests on Trello
All the features that have been requested, accepted for work, implemented, and rejected.
AO3  otw 
november 2015
A community for all vidders to share their knowledge of software and techniques. Pleased with your editing software? Write a review! Got a list of top tips? Tell us! Seen some cool effects you want to try yourself? Discuss them here. Stuck on anything? Ask!

We encourage everyone to both ask and answer questions - as mods we are not experts, we just want to create a place for friendly discussion. We'd also like to include tutorials on everything from video editing techniques, special effects, audio editing to titles so please contribute!
vidding  community 
october 2015
If you like fannish music videos (vids, a.k.a songvids, fanvids), this is the place for you. Vidders and vid-watchers are equally welcome -- you don't have to make vids to join, you just have to like them.

Open to all fandoms and all vid genres (slash, het, gen, constructed reality, etc). Anime fans are welcome, as are VCR vidders.
fanvids  community 
october 2015
Wildest Dreams
Someday when you leave me, I bet these memories follow you around. Literally, in some cases. (A multifandom Women In Refrigerators vid.)
vid  multifandom  Feminism  meta  v:kaydeefalls 
october 2015
Queer Advocacy and Slash Fandom: Then and Now
Most advocates for queer rights would agree that we suffer from a lack of positive representation in the media, and that prejudices within the media both reflect, and contribute to prejudices in society at large.

In order for people to hold prejudice against queerness they must first believe that queerness is abnormal/wrong/bad. In order for people to believe that, they must first assume that straightness is normal/right/good.

This bias, otherwise known as heteronormativity, is the foundation on which queer oppression is built.Homophobia and biphobia and and transphobia are all products of heteronormativity.

Therefore, when I argue for better queer representation in the media, I am fighting not merely for a greater quantity of queer representation. I am fighting mainstream media’s heteronormative and totally inaccurate conception of what constitutes/qualifies as queer.
fandom  LGBT  meta 
october 2015
Gimme More

Description: Male & female striptease and other hot scenes from various tv shows & movies. Inspired by Magic Mike. Some bits NSFW but nothing too explicit. Basically, butts.
vid  multifandom  v:dreamer1104 
october 2015
OTW Legal Staffers Participate in SDCC "Fandom is My Fandom" Panel
The panel discussed how fandom has changed now that fanworks are in the spotlight on social media and mainstream news and are being acknowledged by the companies that create and distribute source material. The panelists reflected on how advances in technology and improved understanding in copyright law, particularly in the area of fair use, have increased fandom's public reach and placed fanworks into the public consciousness.
fandom  video  otw  toread 
october 2015
The Why And How Of It: Issues Surrounding The OTW/AO3
discussion around the 2011 election.

Three days ago, a person on my subscription list, whom I met online in 2007 through the FanLib fiasco, asked the world at large, "OK what *is* the thing going on with OTW right now? I keep seeing people going 'I'm not going to comment on this' but I have no idea what's going on. Help?"
Because I like to write summaries, I decided to answer.
otw  toread  meta 
october 2015
Abbreviated meta: INIWJLEO
I'm reading a lot of meta about WNGWJLEO (We're Not Gay, We Just Love Each Other) and how it functions as narrative device and what it says about queer identity and sexual identification. I don't have a great deal of insight to add to this except to note that there is a parallel narrative device in several fandoms, currently, that replicates the narrative function of WNGWJLEO without addressing queerness or sexual identification much at all. I'm calling it INIWJLEO (It's Not Incest, We Just Love Each Other) - which, you know, works even less well in a logical sense, but bear with me, here.
incest  meta  Homosexuality 
october 2015
Yuletide Nom: NASA RPF
Links to primers and books of interest.
Space  books  toread 
october 2015
Why am I so gay? | Thomas Lloyd | TEDxGeorgetown
Fascinating telling of Lloyd's story, and his thoughts on why being visible is so important.
LGBT  video 
october 2015
This Charming Man
A Sherlock fanvid. Lestrade study -- whether you read it as gen, Sherlock/Lestrade, or John/Sherlock/Lestrade, I leave entirely up to you. Spoilers through Reichenbach Fall.
SherlockBBC  vid  v:trelkez  Lestrad 
october 2015
Goodreads and Me: Not a Love Story
Discussion of goodreads authors, and also book recs.
goodreads  books  toread 
september 2015
How “Strong Female Characters” Still End Up Weak And Powerless (Or, “Do They Pass The Action Figure Test?”)
The idea of writing a “strong female character” isn’t enough.

As shorthand, it sounds noble. It seems spot on. But a lot of writers — and writing advice about the subject — seem to get it wrong. I get asked about this a lot, I guess because write women or girl characters like Miriam Black or Atlanta Burns who, on paper, kick a lot of ass.

And that is often the focus of the question — they’re characters who can fight, scrap, throw a punch, fire a gun, and that seems to end up the focus of the question. It’s where the buck stops. But for me, that’s never where it begins. It’s not even what makes them who they are.

Instead of writing “strong female characters,” try to aim for “women or girls that possess agency.”
Writing  Feminism  Essay 
september 2015
The age XF Tumblr stuff
I've made a bit more peace with Tumblr after having lengthy conversations with some friends at VVC and after reasing this to me really fabulous essay by Alex Cho (Queer Reverb: Tumblr, Affect, Time).
toread  fandom  Tumblr  meta 
september 2015
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