Spammers and Other NewsHey all,
So I'm keeping on top of the spammers, and welcome to all actual new members! :) I think I'm narrowing down the weird problem with the occasional 404 error. At first, I thought it was the chapter length, but that didn't seem to be it... then I went through a new chapter paragraph by paragraph, line by line, word by word... finally identifying the specific line that was the problem. And that's what was so weird... that line was definitely doing it, but I could never figure out what the specific word or phrase or word was that kept triggering the error. So the point is, if anybody has problems with a chapter posting, just keep searching for the exact part that's causing the issue, and you'll eventually find it!! ;)
Posted by Anise on Mar 06, 2017 12:42 pm (6 Comments)
Another spammer bites the dust...Okay, we had to get rid of ANOTHER spammer today... this one was more subtle... they left a review that *almost* sounded legit... and then included a spam link to a student-paper-writing service. No, no, no... they're gone. We are on it! And again, I really hope that we don't have to go back to registering everyone by hand.. :P
Posted by Anise on Feb 19, 2017 01:21 pm (9 Comments)
Spam, spam, icky spam...Hey all, we just had a bunch of spam users sign up today.. >:[. Ick. I think they've all been deleted, but I'm going to keep watching for new ones. I hate to go back to turning off autoregistration, so let's hope it doesn't go that far!!
Posted by Anise on Feb 16, 2017 05:30 pm (2 Comments)
Fic submissions are open! :)Hey all,
We're fully open again, yay! :)
All authors can now turn in fics, including those who were NOT authorized to skip the queue. While every last issue with the site isn't guaranteed to be solved, almost everyone can now get it to come up from their IP address. Please let us know if you're having any ongoing problems at all, and welcome back from the holidays!
Posted by Anise on Jan 15, 2017 11:19 am (2 Comments)
New Submissions...Hey all,
As you MAY have noticed, there have been some issues with the site not coming up for all IP's. You actually might not have noticed at all-- most of them seem to be fine. We think it's the same thing that happened a few years ago, where the DNS servers did not propagate evenly. So while we're still working it out, the archive will be closed to new submissions for a few more days. But it'll still be up, and you can still post fics if you are cleared to post the queue. So hang in there! :)
Posted by Anise on Jan 07, 2017 09:07 pm (13 Comments)
Weird Things With LJ...UPDATE:
The entire DGFIAFics archive on LJ has now been backed up with the LJ utility. The NEXT thing to do is to move a copy to the FIA Dreamwidth account (and yep, there is one.) More updates once that's done. But no matter what happens with LJ.,.. we now have a complete and 100% backup of all posts and all fic exchange fics!! Yay! :)
Hey all, as you may (or may not) have seen, some strange things are happening with LJ. The only thing anybody knows for sure right now is that all of the servers have been moved to Russia (from California.) All I can tell you besides that is what a lot of people are saying... which is that this may be a precursor to the whole thing disappearing, falling apart, having major issues, etc etc etc. OTOH, maybe not. There may not be any problems at all with this. But it's important to be prepared...
So what does this mean for the FIA?? First of all, we're obviously not on the LJ servers! ;) So nothing is going to disappear. BUT... and it's a big but... and there's always that big but in the way... all of the exchange fics for all of the exchanges that FIA has EVER had... they're on LJ.
So what does THIS mean??
First of all, I'm going to back up the entire LJ archive over the next couple of weeks. Second of all, we do have a Dreamwidth account, and i'm also going to copy everything there. Third of all, if you ever participated in an exchange, and you didn't *also* post your fic on FIA, DO EET. I will be emailing people invidually also over the next few weeks.
So, the bad news: LJ might end up having some issues, for sure. The good news: We're on it! The even better news: Happy New Year! :)
More details on the whole LJ subject:
The LJ Disaster
CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia
Posted by Anise on Jan 01, 2017 02:33 pm (2 Comments)
Holiday BreakHey all,
As always, we will be closing for the holidays from December 22-Jan 6th. :) If you are authorized to skip the queue, you can still keep submitting and updating fics, though. If not, just wait until January 7th. Happy Holidays/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Winter Solstice/Buy Absolutely Everything Day/Whatever It Was Called On the Star Wars Christmas Special!
Posted by Anise on Dec 15, 2016 06:05 pm (3 Comments)
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 (57 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)