How to Read ePUB on KindleClick to read the article
I KNOW, I know, I’ve been promising everybody that I’d R&R their fics. And I WILL!! But well, a lot is going on right now. The OFIC discussion forums… the fic exchange… the site… the D/G art… all the new social media sites… my book…the family business...a new cat… sniff…
(is that the sound of the world’s smallest violin? ;)
Anyway. The point of this post is that I’m having post-Christmas with my sister and her partner tonight (that’s the way we always do it; don’t ask! Well, you could, but it’s a long story.) I’ve gone back and forth on the present I want approximately a zillion times. But I FINALLY settled on a new Kindle, and the biggest reason is that I can see how overwhelming all of the reading will increasingly be getting. I have a crazy amount for my regular F2F writers’ group to begin with, there will be the new forums, I’m trying to make a commitment to R&R everyone’s fics. So, yep. That’s why a Kindle. I can use it all summer on breaks while I’m out working. :)
We’ve had ePUB books on here for a long time (a really nice feature—if you’ve never noticed it before, it’s the little book icon in the upper right hand corner when you click on a story. You can also go into your own account settings and see the list of your ePUB fics, including how many downloads each one has. (The only thing with that is the max seems to be consistently stuck at 127 downloads. So if that’s your number, it’s safe to say that you’ve had MORE downloads than that.)
The PROBLEM is that the ePUB format is open source, and for some weird reason, it’s not directly supported by Kindle. So here’s what you do. Click on the pic above, and it will take you to a cnet article that shows how easily you can convert ePUB. There’s a free software (Calibri) that does it very easily.
And… don’t forget to come over to the OFIC forums and join in the discussion! I’m trying to do something that… well, let’s just say that I’m sure it HAS been done before, but not all that often. To actually discuss all the potential issues that could come up with new forums, to discuss what WORKS and what DOESN’T in a forum, and to get input from both readers and writers on what we should have! Yay! Planning. What a concept. :P It’s good to have a plan. :)
And the exchange fics are due in two weeks!!! So lots more D/G is on its way soon.
Posted by Anise on Jan 11, 2014 01:10 pm (3 Comments)
The OFIC Forums Discussion
So I’ve thought about this a lot. The ofic forum idea has been on my mind for about a year. And I’ve never really done anything with it yet. There’s so much going on right now, including the D/G fic exchange (only 19 days left, people!!) But I realized something: there will never be a perfect time!! Or maybe right now is ALWAYS the perfect time. Sometimes you just need to carpe that diem.
What exactly IS an ofic forum? It’s all explained right here—and even a little bit about why it’s so important for the future of the D/G fandom. Whether you’re a writer, a reader, or both, you REALLY want to be involved with this. I’ve decided to have the discussion board as part of the FIA forums, because they’re already there and set up. So come and join in! We need YOU!
Posted by Anise on Jan 08, 2014 05:36 pm (1 Comments)
The Fate of the Flash Drive
Is still UNKNOWN!!
That's right, y'all, the Long-Lost Flash Drive of Song and Legend is STILL with the computer experts. :P BUT IT IS COMING BACK, OH YES, IT IS.
Okay, even if... um... the worst happens (AND I DIDN'T SAY THAT), the next chapter of the essay WILL go up. Probably right after Jan. 26th, when the exchange fics are in.
But there's something coming up in the essay that I think is important to say right now. I was over at the forums, which, as you may know, aren't very active anymore. The forum activity slack has been taken up by the ffnet forums-- and they are WONDERFUL, and to tell y'all the truth, I just don't have the energy to try to revive the FIA forums. Later this year, I would really like to start a discussion there about the things we want to see in the original fic forums. But that's then, and this is now.
The point is that there are several threads about authors who disappeared and took their fics down. When I see those, I feel sad-- but NOT just because the fics are gone and we can't read them anymore. It's so much more than that.
(here's the big entire point of this entire post, so read read read it!!)
It's because authors taking down fics is a staggeringly bad idea for MANY reasons. And that's an issue that I will talk about in the essay. But please just trust me for now-- it's a TERRIBLE idea, not only for fans, but even more so for authors. If you're an author, and you plan to ever, EVER try to publish original work, there are no words for how you are hurting yourself by taking down those fics. I've been involved with both traditional and digital publishing for a long time, and I know... I could go on and on and on for zillions of pages and still not cover all the reasons. In the essay, of course, I'll do my best. ;)
In conclusion, I guess, that's a thought that occurred to me when I was reading those sad threads about the disappearing fics. I really feel an obligation to try to stop people from doing this. It's such a bad, bad, bad idea. So if you're out there, and you've EVER even thought about doing it... please don't. At least until you read that chapter of the essay. It's for your own good!!
P.S.: BTW, I will R&R every fic from the last couple of weeks! It's just been kind of nuts around here... ;)
Posted by Anise on Jan 06, 2014 07:33 pm (8 Comments)
3 Weeks Left to Write Exchange Fic! And New Ginny Pic!
So here's a new Ginny concept I've been working on. What do y'all think? Ginny 1.0, or Ginny 2.0? 1.0 is the one you've been seeing, and this is 2.0. I'll do another closeup render of 1.0, too.
And it's 3 weeks to the day before the exchange fics are due! Yippee skippee! :)
Posted by Anise on Jan 05, 2014 10:35 am (7 Comments)
Time to Write!
So it’s now officially less than ONE month until exchange fics are due on January 26th!! Draco and Ginny are busy writing… so how about you? They’re doing really well on their fics, and—
(knock at door)
Just a minute…
Oh. It’s that white van again, and they have the straightjackets this time. Bye!
Posted by Anise on Dec 29, 2013 06:29 pm (0 Comments)
A Christmas Present!
This is (as far as I know, anyway) the first ever HP fandom texture for a piece of Poser clothing. Yay! Now, if you have Poser, Rhiannon's "Sugar Jamaz", and Victoria 4, then you can use it. :) Everyone may not have this. So if you DO, please email me and I'll send you the files; if you DON'T, then enjoy the pic! :)
Posted by Anise on Dec 24, 2013 01:59 pm (2 Comments)
Xmas BreakYep, it's that time again-- the annual Xmas Modly Break! :) The queue will be closed for submissions from tomorrow (Sunday the 22nd) through Jan 3. Everybody can still leave reviews, however. ETA: The very last validated chapter before the Xmas break just went through-- Ginocide's See You Use Me.
GO AND READ EET.
There will also still be new news items, mostly relating to the fic challenge. So happy Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah (well, that's already over, but you know what I mean)/Kwanzaa/Feast of Saturnalia/Whatever! :)
And remember... D/G fanfic is what Christmas is REALLY all about.
Ginny: (putting ornaments on tree) I just love the holidays, don't you, Draco?
Draco (nursing a brandy eggnog) No.
Ginny: Why not?
Draco: If you'd ever heard the Dark Lord singing "Jingle Bells", you'd understand.
Ginny: (putting arms around Draco's neck) We just need to make some new, happy memories.
Draco: (adding more brandy) Mmph.
Ginny: I've got a present you can unwrap.
Draco: (brightening up) Really?
Ginny: It's furry and fuzzy.
Draco: Not-- it couldn't be--
Ginny: A new teddy.
Draco: (embracing her) Ginny, I can already feel the scars healing from the Yuletide when Voldemort forced everyone to eat fruitcake.
SO HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYBODY!!!
Posted by Anise on Dec 21, 2013 06:23 am (2 Comments)
The VERY LAST Day of Prompt Picking
Click to see a larger version
This is THE VERY LAST DAY to pick your prompt for the D/G fic exchange. So if you’re one of the last holdouts (and you know who you are… well, if you’re reading this, you know who you are…)
I THINK the full version of the pic above should be SFW, but you really never know. If you work at the NSA and you're going through pics, you could just say that it has something to do with national security. :) Otherwise, well, Ginny is a little scantily clad.
See what Draco is going through? Don’t let this happen to you!!
Posted by Anise on Dec 19, 2013 07:53 am (0 Comments)
It's Down to the Wire!Slightly Perhaps NSFW
Click on the above to see the pic... it doesn't SHOW anything, but depending on where you work, it may not be the best idea in the whole world to have it on your screen. ;)
It’s Day 9, and y’all, we are getting down to the wire. If you’ve been thinking about sending in a prompt for the fic exchange, THIS is the time. If you already have sent yours in, then now is the time to convince someone else! We can only do this with YOUR help!
And BTW… this HAS to be my favorite pic so far. Just use your imagination about how Draco got there.
Posted by Anise on Dec 09, 2013 06:46 am (6 Comments)
The D/G EssayHey all,
Remember that essay? "Why D/G Matters and
Always Will?" Well, I've been trying to get that entire thing posted, because I think we really need a modern D/G manifesto on FIA... it's important and...
The entire folder containing it disappeared from a USB drive.
(rages at the universe)
I'm going to see a computer expert I know on Monday. There may be a way to save it. For now... it may be a while before the rest of the essay comes out.
ETA: And if anybody's been reading *Taxi Driver*... guess what. That was on the same drive.
Posted by Anise on Dec 06, 2013 03:10 pm (13 Comments)
And the D/G Fic Exchange BEGINS!!!
So... today is the long-awaited day! The very FIRST day of the D/G Fic Exchange A-GoGo of 2013/14! I'm so glad you're all here! We're going to have a GREAT exchange. This is the first one in two years, and I'm putting LOTS... AND LOTS...of work into it. Huge thanks to the 2 comods, dykeadellic and sempre_eadem. (hug)
So here's what to do now.
Submit your prompt describing the fic you’d like to have written for you. Here's the template-- and remember that the basic theme is rebirth/regeneration.
Okay, you have to go to the LJ page to find the template. ;) And the pic for Day 1 of the exchange is there too!!
The LJ Fic Exchange Account
Posted by Anise on Dec 01, 2013 03:21 pm (0 Comments)
YAY!!! WE DID IT!!!We now have enough money to fund FIA for another year! YAY!!!
(runs around screeching incoherently)
Thank you, thank you, INFINITE thank you to everybody who contributed!!! I will send individual thanks, and I'm going to find out how to do that gold star thing. Also, I'll make a YT video with users' pennames. (If everyone wants. I'll check.)
Such a happy wonderful day! This renews my belief in the basic goodness of humanity!
(Okay, maybe that was a LITTLE over the top... but reaching the goal is a great thing. ;)
And tomorrow, the FIA Fic Exchange Begins! Watch this space for announcements.
Posted by Anise on Nov 30, 2013 01:49 pm (1 Comments)
We Still Need ContributionsWe have a lot of exciting things going on right now. The fic exchange is starting in exactly a week! :) BUT...
I still need about $150 to pay hosting fees and to keep the site going.
Several people have already contributed, and they're all wonderful and profusely thanked and appreciated and they'll get gold stars next to their names, but I NEED more help here.
Y'all, if you believe in this site and in our future, PLEASE send Paypal contributions to:
Just remove the space in the email address, and you're good to go! ANY amount will help.
Posted by Anise on Nov 24, 2013 10:58 am (6 Comments)
Tumblr, Youtube, Fic exchange!Hey all,
We now have a tumblr blog!! Yippee skippee and yay. It's PAST time for us to be on there, so there we are. Find us at:
The Happy FIA Tumblr Blog
The third video is UP on the YT channel!! I spent a lot of time on this, and I think I know where the next several vids are going (into Top 10 List territory-- i.e., "10 reasons Why D/G Still Matters, and Always Will."
Find the 3rd Video Here!
The D/G Fic Exchange rules are almost ready. As soon as they are, I'll post them on the LJ and in various other places, and I'll send them and some guidelines to potential mods. IF YOU WANT TO MOD THE EXCHANGE, PLEASE SAY SO. (ahem)
The podcasts will begin again very soon. I'm going to try to get at least the first two chapters of the essay up before the exchange.
More later! :)
Posted by Anise on Nov 21, 2013 03:35 pm (0 Comments)
Some New FeaturesAll new fics will now be featured on the FIA FB page. :)
Here it is!
The third Youtube D/G video is almost done!! That's when a video become searchable by terms and findable. (That's now a word.) Cats are involved. You'll see. :)
Much more soon!
Posted by Anise on Nov 05, 2013 06:01 pm (2 Comments)
The 2013 D/G Fic Exchange A GoGo! It's official!
So here are the dates:
Dec 1: signups
December 4-7: prompt picking.
Dec 10: assignments sent out
Feb 1: fics due
Feb 7: start posting.
If people want to help, please let me know. :)
And yes... we really DO need some money for hosting for the year. Just saying.
BRAND NEW VIDEO ON THE NEW FIA YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
The 2013 D/G Fic Exchange A GoGo!
Posted by Anise on Oct 28, 2013 05:49 pm (4 Comments)
Send Money for the Happy Fun Annual Hosting Drive!Hey all,
Well, the yearly hosting dues are due in December, and we need to raise just $200! Easy, right? ;) If everybody pitches in, it will be.
Help us do exciting things for the next year! A new D/G fic exchange, new podcasts, new Youtube videos, new original authors' forums, new everything... and all we need is YOU to make it happen. :)
Here's the Paypal address to send donations to:
dgfics @ gmail.com
The reason it's not clickable is that this is just ASKING to get spam.
So, once again, cut, paste, and remove those spaces, and send $ off to Paypal...
dgfics @ gmail.com
Paypal accounts are easy to set up, but if you don't want to, we'll figure out something else. Just msg me here.
And everyone who donates will get their penname and promos in a YT video on our site! :) (Well, unless you don't WANT to.;)
Posted by Anise on Oct 26, 2013 10:58 am (5 Comments)
And the D/G Fic Exchange.... BEGINS!!!Yep, it's the official resurrection of the fic exchange. And yes, it's going to be on LJ at the same link below. NOT because I have any great love of LJ, believe me, but because that's where it's ALWAYS been, a lot of people follow that page, the rules are already there, and Seegrim, who used to run it there, is going to help us. :) So for all those reasons, LJ is the place... for now. So if you haven't been to that page for awhile, the link at the left hand bottom corner is what you need to click. It's not on all skins, but it's on most of them.
A few questions.
When to have it?
What should the theme be?
Any other ideas?
Posted by Anise on Oct 06, 2013 11:30 am (11 Comments)
FB Ficlets Begin!!The FB Page
The FB Ficlet Drive has officially BEGUN!! Yay!
(runs around throwing confetti)
The prompts are up, and the rules are under the Events tab. Just click on the pic above, and come to participate and have fun. All we need now is YOU! :)
Posted by Anise on Sep 19, 2013 01:50 pm (2 Comments)
Scheduled Downtime and MoreHey all,
So there's a scheduled short downtime coming up... 10 minutes, 12 am to 5 am CDT on Sept. 7th. There's a very techy reason. Can I explain it? Um... Oo look shiny over there! :)
In further news, the FB Ficlet exchange is almost ready to go!! Keep watching for updates on that on the FB page and also Twitter.
And one more thing... those Affiliate Links will be changing very soon-- I don't think that either one of them has been active for awhile. For right now, we'll be doing links to the FIA FB page and the ff.net D/G group. More things will probably be added as time goes on (the WP blog, a Tumblr blog, etc... we'll just have to see! ;)
Posted by Anise on Sep 05, 2013 10:54 am (1 Comments)
FIA on Facebook, and More!
ETA: The link now works!!! Just click on that picture. :)
Our FB Page
YES! In our continuing quest to become a truly mature and eternal fandom– because it CAN be done, it HAS been done, and I’m looking at YOU, Sherlock Holmes– we’re really getting started with that FB page. Click on the link above to see.
And be sure to like us. It's nice to be liked.
And I have invented a new thing! I call them “FIA Facebook Ficlets.” :) Is the first time anybody has ever thought of posting a ficlet on FB? Um… (looks around shiftily) Probably not. BUT… it’s the first time I know of that it’s ever happened with D/G. And I made up the name. :) Anyway, check out our page to see the first one!! “Ginny’s Wedding Ring.”
In the ficlet spirit, I'd like us to have a short-fic round robin on the FB page. Basically, authors will contribute a paragraph each for about 10-20 posts (depending on well it's going.) I'd submit the first post, and then it would be up to y'all. I know that some people don't feel comfortable using their FB identity for these purposes, so there are a few options: start a page of your own, start a new additional identity, or email your paragraph to me, Aphrodite, or idreamofdraco.
We'll have three required elements in each round robin. These could be location, an object required, a line of dialogue, a rating... dang, I guess we have to keep it to PG-13 on FB, which is another good reason to work on that WP blog... etc., etc., etc. This will happen right after I get back from vacation (in about a week.) But we need those IDEAS!
And I'll be figuring out the entire regular fic exchange while I'm on vacation, too. And the next chapter of *Taxi Driver* will be posted soon, too... Much more soon! :)
Posted by Anise on Aug 26, 2013 12:49 pm (14 Comments)
Fic Challenge and Summary of IdeasHey y'all! So here's a summary of what's going on right now in FIA-idea-world. :)
First of all, the ideas that we've gotten from members can be boiled down to these:
Facebook (new page)
Tumblr (new page)
Twitter: the wonderful IDreamofDraco is running this! :)
The ones that won't happen right away, but I would like to keep working on them:
ETA: Wordpress has a plugin (P2) that kind of structures the blog page like a FB group. The advantage is that everyone who posts would have multiple options for signing in-- UNLIKE FB. So I think that's where we're going to go.
I might even reserve the name of the page now (www.dracoandginnyblog.com) More as events develop.
Ofic forums for fanfic authors moving into original fics they ultimately plan to publish. This one's going to happen, y'all, and it'll be a separate Wordpress forum. But it's not going to happen right away! ;)
Now, for the challenge location...
EVERYTHING has pros and cons. I like the possibilities of dreamwidth. The problem is that they have a few issues of functionality to work out, and it would be a new thing to learn, which I don't think I can manage right now.
Facebook-- we're more than ready to have a page, but as IDoD pointed out, it has too many privacy issues to host a challenge there. Same with tumblr.
Wordpress-- we really need to have a blog there. That platform has unlimited functionality, basically. There's a plugin for EVERYTHING, including mobile apps, crossposting everywhere, unlimited pics and artwork, free quadruple chocolate cake to all members... (it's possible!) But RIGHT NOW, I have to admit that I just don't have time to add it. Also, I'm still trying to find a journaling plugin. But something tells me it's out there. ;)
SO... I think the way all of this ends up is that we should do the FIRST fic challenge on the forums here, and then decide where to host them next time. HOWEVER, news about it will announced on the fb page and other places. That seems like a good compromise for now.
THOUGHTS?? Questions? Comments? Snide remarks? :)
Posted by Anise on Aug 17, 2013 07:39 pm (17 Comments)
The Passing of the Torch...Doesn't that kind of make you think of the Olympics? :)
Anyway. So I had the Ginormous Google Hangout Conference of Doom with Lyndsie, I took lots of notes, and some of them even made sense! ;) Wow, so many things to do in the near future. The votes for new features seem to be going towards fic challenges and contests. We WILL have those... I could use some feedback about if people want the LJ challenges to be revived again, or for it to happen some other way. I'm working on the podcasts, too-- I used to do voiceovers and I've done a lot of recording for Librivox more recently, so I do have the basic equipment, and I really want to see those come back. The return of the art board is probably just too much work right now. And if anyone out there knows how to do/wants to work on new skins, PLEASE let me know!! Because the techie code-y stuff is beyond me at this point. ;)
In a couple of months, I WILL start new forums for fanfic authors moving into ofic (original fic. Lyndsie came up with that. It is now a thing. :) They will be an affiliate site rather than being hosted here, but there will be links. I think this is going to be a HUGE resource for the near future, and very timely too.
What else... there's a facebook page that was started God-knows-when by God-knows-who, so I'm going to try to find out about that and maybe get it going again. I'd like to have more happy interfacing with the D/G group on ff.net... our BEST authors are involved over there. :) Youtube videos... new bursts of creativity... world domination... you know the kind of thing. I see things as really starting to move in September-- the fic challenges might happen then-- but I'll see what I can get going before that.
And if anyone has ANY suggestions, PLEASE share them!
Posted by Anise on Aug 03, 2013 02:09 pm (26 Comments)
Change of OwnershipHello! As we come up on the 9th anniversary of the site, I hope that you are all ready for some bittersweet news. Mynuet and I have been discussing the site and it's future lately, and we came to the realization that we have been doing it a disservice by not being as invested in it as we should be. We both decided to retire, as it were.
But don't panic! We are handing over the reins to Anise. She has been a long time author here, and member of the Cabal since 2005, which is even longer than me! Most of the major decisions have been run through the Cabal throughout the site's history, so she has always had a hand in things from the background.
I will still be around as the site's Tech Admin, but I will be stepping away from the day-to-day running. Anise will come by soon to share her ideas to bring some new life here.
On behalf of Mynuet and myself, thank you all for making this community such a lovely place. We've spent nearly a decade with you all, sharing the love of all things D/G and we know we are leaving the site in good hands.
Posted by Lyndsie on Jul 01, 2013 09:07 am (28 Comments)