Announcing the DG Forum's Secret Santa Exchange!Hey all, So it's time for the DG Forum's "Secret Santa Gift Exchange" on FFN, yay! Please go to the link for all the details, but basically, you just need to go to the FFN group and PM a three word prompt to Boogum. The prompt submissions close at midnight on November 11th, so do it now! You'll be assigned a random prompt in return. Then you'll have until December 26th to write your story, about 500-1000 words. I'm going to write one, and I hope that all of you do too. :)
The 2016 Secret Santa Exchange
Posted by Anise on Nov 04, 2016 05:58 pm (54 Comments)
Your Favorite Fics... Will Be Here Longer!Hey all,
So... I just did something that, um, didn't exactly occur to me before... which is to lengthen the amount of time that new fics will be on the front fics page. Not exactly sure why I didn't think of this before. It seems like they're always gone too fast to read and review... so hopefully this will help. :) They'll now be there for 25 days.
Posted by Anise on Sep 22, 2016 07:53 pm (6 Comments)
And we're back!I believe I have fixed the most recent issues the site was facing. Please let me know either here or in my forum post if there are still any issues.
Also, due to how I had to fix things, please especially let me know if you come across any stories where the contents of a chapter are missing. Thanks!
Posted by Lyndsie on Aug 25, 2016 08:19 pm (8 Comments)
Updates on the site situation...So I went in and did an admin-y thing that SHOULD at least allow people to read the higher rated fics... try and see if it works. :) Lyndsie just let me know that she's started to look at the problem. We are on it!
Posted by Anise on Aug 24, 2016 08:09 pm (9 Comments)
We don't know what's going on yet, but we're on it...ETA on 8/22: Lyndsie just emailed me back, and we're going to figure it out! :) I was working on the next chappie of OSB, and I can't post it... (sob). So we will DEFINITELY work this one out.
Some strange messages seem to be showing up at the top of the page. At least they were showing up for me, and then they went away, but... there seem to be some problems with posting new fics and chapters. Sit tight. We're on it, and I just emailed Lyndsie. DON'T PANIC. Keep calm and carry on. :)
Posted by Anise on Aug 21, 2016 02:37 pm (9 Comments)
Amazing Member Art!Hey all,
I HAVE to share this incredible fan art from the amazing Plutonium Bunny. Enjoy. :) And let me know if the size seems okay.
Posted by Anise on Jun 27, 2016 09:28 pm (11 Comments)
An author needs our help!
This page is now twelve years old! Yay! Hugs for everyone! Thank you for being with us on FIA... no matter how long you’ve been here. ;) Personally, I plan to keep this page around until the end of the universe. What makes this site special is the people involved—the writers, the readers, the reviewers, and all the members.
So I want to talk to you about one of our amazing members who needs our help. She’s Iridescent Dreamer on FIA, and Writerdragonfly on FFN/AO3. Something terrible happened in her family less than a week ago.... her stepdad was hurt very badly in an accident.
Here’s her story, in her own words.
“National Guard veteran Andrew Petty was hospitalized on June 20, 2016 (which was his son's 15th birthday) following an accident while working with sulfuric acid that resulted in chemical burns over roughly 25% of his body and inflammation in his throat that resulted in intubation for more than 24 hours.
We are asking for support for Andrew and his wife Jacqueline during this difficult time and the transition afterward.”
I’ve never posted anything like this before, so you know it means something for me to be doing it right now.
Please, click on the image above and give whatever you can. And email her with support at Her gmail address.
Please let her know that we all care. :)
Posted by Anise on Jun 25, 2016 08:18 pm (6 Comments)
That really really irritating 404 error... we're on it.ETA on 6/20:
So the word was FOUND through painstaking searches! Guess what it was? No, really, guess.
(As in, "Draco was wearing a...")
So don't write fics that involve Rolexes.
Yep, I know that horrible 404 error thing just started popping up when you try to add new chapters to a fic... I'm going to find out what's going on. Because I was about to add a new chapter of OBSaC!! So for now, here's a cookie... it's hard to find a PG-rated one, but not impossible... ;)
ETA: I think we're figuring out what the issue is-- it seems to be some kind of new trigger word on that weird list that causes the server to identify the chapter as spam. I'm still working on exactly what it was, but for now, Ch. 15 is at least up.
“So what exactly do we do?” she asked. “I mean, isn’t the point of Primal magic that it doesn’t use words?”
Draco shook his head. “I wouldn’t exactly say that; words are always the tools we use to focus magic. I’m going to use the spell that I worked out after I read the book. I put it into a form which I knew even at the time I wouldn’t have been able to try; it would have needed you. It’s the best I can do now.”
“I’ve already told you that I’m ready,” she said, an edge in her voice. She desperately wanted Draco to just get on with it. “You still haven’t explained what we’re supposed to do. Will we both just… I don’t know… sit here and think about the spell?”
“No,” said Draco. “I went through the oldest books several times, and they often implied that some sort of structure would help to focus the spell if both people were involved.”
“So… there are words?” Ginny fumbled.
“A series of questions. I’ll ask, and you’ll answer.”
She nodded. “I’d better stand up, don’t you think? It’s so hard to focus sitting on this floor. I really think all my muscles below the waist fell asleep.”
“I suppose you’re right.” He stood and then offered her his hand; she grasped onto it and felt him pull her up. His palm was smooth and warm, and his fingers held hers in an impersonal way. That gave her hope. Perhaps they could get through this yet. She couldn’t afford to feel anything personal towards Draco, and if that were the entire point of the spell, so much the better.
Posted by Anise on Jun 18, 2016 04:49 pm (6 Comments)
Creativity Comes Back to Life!!Ahem hem.
They said it couldn't be done. They said it was a sign of the impending apocalypse! They said it was IM POSSIBLE. (Who are 'they'? Maybe it's better not to ask. ;)
What are we talking about? The next chapter of The Shadow of the Past!!! Now, understand, this isn't a trolling-for-review-bait post. (Not that I ever want to discourage anyone from reviewing, but it's really not. ;) No... this is a miraculous day that seemed like it would never,ever come. You see, the last time this fic was updated was on June 8, 2012. It's a looooong story as to exactly what happened next, but basically, Anise's creativity took a nosedive that summer and kind of never exactly came back. There were moments of hope, there were fics, there was endless work on an original book, but it just wasn't the same. And the last chapter of Shadow kind of came to symbolize this issue. It just seemed impossible that the next chapter could ever exist.
AND NOW, IT DOES. :) This is a very important symbolic thing.
Because there's a lesson in this for all of us. Do you have an abandoned fic that you were SURE was dead forever? Did you decide that you just couldn't ever write anything creative again? Don't give up!! You can find that lost creativity. It's still there, waiting for you! :) So my challenge to everyone who has been having problems with writing is this: go back to something you left unfinished at a very difficult time. Pick it up again. Just start writing. Don't worry about whether it's good or bad. And you, too, will find your creative soul. :) And if it involves D/G... post it here.
Posted by Anise on May 23, 2016 08:26 pm (7 Comments)
A Brief Site Interruption on the 27th...Hey all,
Here's a quick heads' up:
There's a scheduled security software update on our server host.
(this is snipped from the email we were sent...)
The maintenance date is: Sat, Feb 27, 2016
Maintenance window is: 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM EST / 5:00 – 7:00 UTC
The downtime is expected to be 15-25 minutes.
Namecheap Support Team
So that'll be... wait... I get confused EVERY time I try to figure out time differences... ;)
Nine pm to 11 pm PST. Um, I originally thought it was the other way. In fact, I was thinking two to four am. Um... okay, we're going to talk about something else now. Or talk amongst yourselves. ;)
Posted by Anise on Feb 24, 2016 08:20 pm (3 Comments)
Happy D/G Valentine!
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone, and thanks for being an FIA fan! :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 12, 2016 07:14 pm (5 Comments)
Delay on the help tix...UPDATE:
We are now back up to speed on the help tix, yay! :) Many thanks to IDreamofDraco.
So the leader of my f2f writing group just decided that the first meeting of the new memoir group was going to be a LOT sooner than we all thought... and guess who was volunteered to go first. O.o. This means that I have 20,000 words that need to be in on Saturday at the latest. So basically, that's why we're behind on the support tix! ;) I'll get to them on Sunday.
Posted by Anise on Jan 07, 2016 06:38 pm (10 Comments)
The Holidays Are Over! :)And the archive is open for submissions again. Yay. :) I have to turn in 20,000 words of a piece for my regular critique group by the 9th, so that's it for now. Happy Post-Holidays!
Posted by Anise on Jan 06, 2016 10:57 am (5 Comments)
And here's the D/G Xmas Pic! :) There are also a lot more on the FB page. As always, click on the smaller version to see the larger one.
Posted by Anise on Dec 23, 2015 02:35 pm (5 Comments)
Happy Holidays!Hey all,
So... FIA is having its annual Holiday Break, from today until... I'll have to look up what it was last year, but I want to say until the 12th Day of Christmas (Epiphany, if you celebrate that kind of thing; Picking Another Stupid New Year's Diet day, if you don't. ;)Either way, it's January 5th.
So what does this mean? It means that we don't take submissions in the story queue, basically. HOWEVER... if you're authorized to skip the queue, you can still publish your fics or new chapters thereof. So that doesn't mean that there won't possibly be some new stuff. :)
And here's some really good news! We raised enough money in the fundraiser, YAY!! Thanks to all of FIA's amazing members and especially the donors for making this possible. Also, I never realized just how international our membership was until I had to convert all those different kinds of currency on Paypal. (Still not exactly sure what some of them are...)
So have a Happy Holidays/Christmas/Hannukah/Winter Solstice/Festivus whatever, and we look forward to another great FIA year!
Posted by Anise on Dec 22, 2015 02:08 pm (3 Comments)
Halfway There on Fundraising!Hey all,
Yep, it's true, we are HALFWAY there!! YAY!!! We just have to push a little harder to reach our fundraising goal for the year. There are some really exciting things in the works... I can't tell you all of them because I don't know for sure yet... but trust me, they're exciting. ;) If you haven't donated yet, please think about contributing whatever you can... because remember, FIA couldn't exist without YOU!
Posted by Anise on Nov 25, 2015 09:24 pm (9 Comments)
It's fundraising time again!
So... it's that time again!
Yep, the yearly hosting dues are due soon, and we need to raise just $100! This is less than we’ve EVER had to raise before, and if everybody pitches in, the fundraiser will go fast. I love this site, I keep coming back to fanfic no matter what else I’m writing, and FIA will always be important to me. Help us keep it going for another year. We have a lot going on… the Allfics FB page just opened, we’re getting lots of new fics and new members, and I’m *tentatively* thinking about the next fic exchange in February or March of 2016. So let’s keep FIA alive and 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 thanks again for being an FIA member!
Posted by Anise on Nov 13, 2015 08:41 pm (12 Comments)
The Allfics Facebook Page-- Open At Last!
Here’s the announcement: after unavoidable delays, I am opening the Allfics Facebook page!
WHAT: A new FB page for the community of fanfic writers and readers sharing and discussing original writing. Fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, cookbooks… we cover it all. And yes, fanfic writing too. That’s why it’s allfics. ;)
Allfics Facebook Page
WHY: Because lots and lots and lots of fanfic writers are also writing ofics. We find something special in the process of reading and writing fanfic, and for our community, it’s D/G, although a lot of us are also in other fandoms. But our original stories also need to be told, and we need to support each other in our original writing (and reading).
OKAY, BUT WHAT IF I’M NOT A WRITER? This is for readers, not just writers! I would LOVE love love to see original writing from the best fanfic writers. This is how to find original writing by authors where you already KNOW you like their writing because you like their fanfics. Also a good way to encourage authors to finish fanfics... ;)
WAIT, WEREN’T YOU TALKING ABOUT THIS LAST YEAR? Yes. We also have a complete Allfics Wordpress page and forum set up last year, and those will be open eventually too. I spent *untold* amounts of time on them, so believe me, they will. But because of the issues with members not being able to join from certain email addys, I kind of got discouraged and put it all on the back burner for a while. Then I realized that FB could be the way to go. You really can’t break FB.
WHAT DO I DO NOW? Come on over to the page! Like and start posting and reading.
Personally, I’m going to start with my NaNo project, but you can come over and discuss whatever you’re working on! See you there!!
Posted by Anise on Nov 08, 2015 10:16 pm (3 Comments)
Of best-laid plans and car crashes... O.o.Hey all,
So... the PLAN was to open the Allfics FB page today to provide a place for fanfic writers to discuss their ofics, share experiences, and talk about the writing process.
That was the PLAN, anyway...
Then a car accident happened.
So it's not getting done today. I'm thinking Tuesday for sure, though.
This gives people more time for ideas! :) It's important to look on the bright side of these things...
Posted by Anise on Nov 01, 2015 06:56 pm (7 Comments)
Let's talk about reviews.Reviews. Yep. We're going to talk about reviews today.
(puts arm around readers to prevent them from escaping)
I'll start out by admitting that I've been really bad about r and r'ing in the past several months. A lot has been going on... I've in the middle of writing my memoir... I've been working with legislators in my state to pass Right to Try laws... the family business is incredibly busy... blah blah blah, sound of the smallest violin in the world...
But I realized that if I'm going to continue to be committed to this site, this fandom, and this genre of writing, then I NEED TO GET BACK TO READING AND REVIEWING. Sorry about the capslock. But I do need to, and I am, and I have a major backlog that I WILL get to.
So here's the deal... if I can r and r, then so can you. Yes, you can. Authors tell me again and again lately that they look at the numbers under their fics and see several zillion readers...and very few reviews. SOMEONE is reading and not reviewing here.
So here's my challenge: review.
Your review may look like this.
"That's the most amazing portrayal of a Draco/Ginny/giant squid triangle I've ever seen! A full page of incredibly detailed reasons why!"
Or it may look like this:
"That was good."
The first one is obviously more popular with authors than the second one. But both of them show that you care. And that's important. Leave good reviews. Leave critical reviews. Leave reviews torn from the depths of your souls. Leave reviews that you typed in between looking at new cat videos on cuteoverload.com. Leave happy reviews; leave sad reviews; leave joyous reviews; leave depressing reviews. LEAVE A REVIEW. And I will too. :)
Posted by Anise on Sep 30, 2015 07:07 pm (12 Comments)
FIA in an academic paper!! And YOU can participate. :)Hey all,
So I've talking about something exciting that was going to be announced soon... and HERE IT IS, YAY. We have an amazing opportunity that just came up. Here are the details—I hope you all get as excited about this as I did. ;)
Bhamini, a grad school student majoring in Media and Cultural Studies, has been shipping D/G since she was nine and discovered the Internet. She's a little older and a little wiser now - wise enough to be writing a paper on the D/G fandom and the writers in it. Basically, she wants to hear about you, why you love this ship, and how you write it! If you want to help with academic research into what makes us awesome, write her an email at ginevra.malfoy192 @ gmail.com. She can't wait to hear from you!
(Note from me: you'll have to cut and paste and take out the spaces in that email addy. Making it clickable here is kind of an invitation to spam bait.)
Here are some questions that can be a good starting point. Feel free to add info or thoughts that aren’t here.
What inspired you start shipping D/G, when the canon gave us so little to go on?
At which point did it become a part of your life?
Did canon Ginny ever disappoint you? The fanfic I've enjoyed always has a far more badass Ginny than in the books. Similarly, did canon Draco? How do you think he compares to fanon!Draco?
Did the fact that D/G never played out in cannon ever bother you? Did you ever *really* expect it to happen at all, and if so, in what way?
How do you feel about writing fanfic vs. "original" fiction/nonfiction?
Do you find the distinction between them problematic (especially since some fanfic universes are entirely original?)
How does writing fanfic relate to writing your original work?
When writing sexytimes into the otherwise sterilized HP universe, particularly graphic ones or PWPs, what's your motivation?
If you have a fan following of your own, how that feels?
Do the people around you IRL know you write fanfic? If so, how do they react?
Add any personal details you'd feel comfortable sharing about your age/sex/marital status/etc. This isn’t required.
Hint hint hint from me: we can also discuss these fandom questions and many more right here!! ;)
Posted by Anise on Sep 07, 2015 02:08 pm (5 Comments)
Lots happening on the FIA FB page...Hey all,
I'm going to post much more about this in a couple of days, but here's a quick note: we are doing a LOT more with the FIA FB page now. I highly recommend joining it if you haven't already. There's a new snippet of *Malfoy In a Glass, Darkly*! Also our very own idreamofdraco posted a snippet of The Dating Charade! And there's a pic of her new kitten named Draco. MAXIMUM CUTENESS HAS BEEN ACHIEVED. The point is, there will be much more about this, but for now... you need to head on over and check it out if you haven't already. :)
There's a link in the lower left hand corner of the screen, but here it is again: FIA on FB!
Posted by Anise on Jul 26, 2015 09:56 pm (4 Comments)
Yes! I'm still alive!!And that's always good. :) It's been pretty crazy around here lately, and I KNOW... we're really behind on answering support tickets. If anyone reading this is wondering why they never got an admin reply, that's why. But it will happen. Yes, oh yes, it will. Meanwhile, a plot bunny keeps nibbling at the door. It involves Ginny at Colin and Justin's wedding. :)
ETA! YES! Miracles do happen! I just finished the long slog of going through all the support tix. It's done for now!
Posted by Anise on Jul 03, 2015 10:33 pm (7 Comments)
Of Correct Email Addys and Overzealous Spam FiltersHey all,
So... two housekeeping type things.
1.) Please, PLEASE keep your email address current with the site! We tried to contact an author lately and were unable to because her email addy was dead/outdated/etc etc etc.
2.) For some weird reason, a couple of authors have been having issues lately with submitting chapters that did not go through. We've narrowed it down to a filter on content suddenly being very overzealous. While we've always had this, it's apparently decided to kind of go over the top lately.
Here are three words that have ALWAYS been taboo: lynx, curl, python. (No, I don't know exactly why.)
BUT... the new thing is that the filter seems to be starting to catch terms that a spam filter would normally use. For example, one fic recently kept getting caught on SOMETHING unidentifiable, and the amazing Myanceris figured out that it was the phrase "mail order bride." O.o. I think that it's best to avoid anything that you would immediately think would be in a spam email... both words and phrases, I don't know... here are some obvious ones:
Viagra, Cialis, camgirl, income from home, online degree, Avoid bankruptcy, increase traffic, Xanax, Vicodin, weight loss, Multi level marketing.
Here's a good list of spam terms: The Ultimate List of Email Spam Trigger Words.
So whatever you do, don't write a fic about Ginny curling up with a python and her pet lynx while she works on her online degree and tries to convince Draco to get into a multilevel marketing scheme. ;)
Now I kind of want to write a fic that has all those terms in it... ;)
Anyway, those are two things to keep in mind!
And believe it or not, I haven't forgotten about another fic exchange. But I'm getting VERY busy with my nonfic writing. So I'm thinking closer to the end of the year.
As always, leave any questions, comments, and thoughts! :)
Posted by Anise on Apr 29, 2015 07:46 pm (6 Comments)
Unauthorized repostingA site called ebooks-tree.com grabbed a bunch of my stories off here, probably with a bot, and reposted them to their site without permission. Authors here should check whether they also had their stories stolen and submit a DMCA complaint to take it down if they don't want them there.
Posted by Mynuet on Apr 13, 2015 05:38 pm (18 Comments)