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 detailsóI 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 arenít 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 isnít 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)
NO net access for the last TWO WEEKS!!Hey all,
Yep, that's right... I'm in the middle of moving, and for various reasons mostly involving evil cable companies, I have been netless for TWO WEEKS NOW. (The horror... the horror...) Anyway, if you're wondering why I didn't answer your ticket/etc., that's why!! I have a couple of hours at a PDX bar with wifi because my writers' group is meeting here... so I will catch up as much as possible!!! Thanks for your patience. :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 24, 2015 06:46 pm (7 Comments)
SECOND Valentine's Day Art! Yay!
Here it is, a smaller version. This one was FUN. :) it's been CRAZY around here lately... I'm moving this month... but I'm still determined to keep up on the V-Day art. :)
Posted by Anise on Feb 02, 2015 07:06 pm (5 Comments)
The First Valentine's Day Art!
Yes, the first piece of D/G Valentine's Day Art, but not the last! Yay! :)
So FFN's D/G Forum fic exchange is going on right now-- and all the fics are great! Except, well, mine. It's really not. If it ever makes it onto FIA, it will be quite the rewritten and re-edited version, because as it is now... it's not very good at all. Just take my word for this. I can't tell you which one it is, either, so I can't warn readers away from it... Still, I recommend all the OTHER fics, because THEY are good!
Posted by Anise on Jan 31, 2015 07:31 pm (7 Comments)
FIA Open for Submissions Again!Hey all,
Yep, the holidays are officially over, and FIA is completely and totally open again. There WOULD be cool art for this occasion, except that I'm working on a Valentine's Day piece. A kissing booth is involved. :)
ETA: One other thing: I'm working on the date for the 2015 Fic Exchange. YAY! I'm not the biggest fan of having it over the holidays in any way, shape, or form, which is why we didn't do it at the same time as last year. Also, FFN has been having theirs (up by mid Feb!) And yes, because I'm completely insane, I'm writing a fic for that exchange. I REALLY think that spring is a better time for ours. So I'm thinking of April 1st as a starting date. :) I think I'll have a poll question about this, too.
Posted by Anise on Jan 06, 2015 08:42 pm (4 Comments)
Happy New Year!
A very happy new year to everyone! Best wishes for lots and lots of exciting creativity (esp D/G related. ;)
Posted by Anise on Dec 31, 2014 02:58 pm (5 Comments)
Happy Holidays! And Yay!NEW NOTE:
Anyone who donated and wants a gold star on their profile, just ask! :)
Happy holidays again, and YAY GO US!!! We raised all the money we need for another year of FIA! You are all amazing! :)
Posted by Anise on Dec 25, 2014 06:33 pm (9 Comments)
LOTS of things!
1.) FIA is now taking the yearly holiday break. :) New submissions will open again on Jan 6th. UNLESS you can skip the queue, and actually, you can keep right on submitting fics in that case. AND... and and and...
2.) Here are all the things you can still do during these two weeks:
-- Read and review fics
-- Post fics if you're authorized to skip the queue
-- Send me an email/msg/or post on the Help page in order to sign up as a member
-- Read and post on news items (and there WILL be some new ones during the break)
-- Write new D/G, esp. using info from the new Draco background essay we now have direct from JKR! Who knows... I might even post a ficlet. ;) (ETA: I am completely insane. I've planned out and outlined THREE short interlocked fics inspired by the essay. Canon compliant, which I don't write a lot of.)
The amazing dykeadellic has posted the two part essay on the new FIA tumblr page, which is a good segue into...
2.) Here's The New FIA Tumblr Blog. Go and read. NOW.
3.) Have a very merry Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Solstice/Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest/whatever! :)
And as always, thanks for being FIA members and D/G readers.
Posted by Anise on Dec 22, 2014 04:30 pm (4 Comments)
Holiday Break Closing Dates!
So we've decided on the dates for the annual holiday break: Dec 22nd to Jan 5th. This gives people a couple of extra days to submit any fics they'd like to get in before 2015. :) And don't forget, anyone who wants to manually register should just contact me. And again, Happy Holidays to all!
Posted by Anise on Dec 18, 2014 10:22 pm (8 Comments)
Secrets of Registration, and ONE Last Fundraising Plea...
First of all, through endless tears and toil, we have figured out a WAY to manually register people! (Okay, I guess the tears and toil did have an end... ;)
Here's what you do. Email me through the site with the email addy you want to use AND your desired username. I'll add you and create a password by hand (because I'm crafty that way,) and then you'll get both of those. You will be a member, YAY. And show some love to Lyndsie... she's still working on the original captcha registration issue, and it's turning out to be a mess (nothing to do with us.)
AND. andandand. We still need some cash for the yearly drive to keep the site going. There is so much planned for 2015, including a new fic exchange on March 1st, and we NEED SOME LOVE PEOPLE.
Just send your donation through Paypal to: The Happy FIA Donation Email,dgfics @ gmail.com. And it will be muchly appreciated. and again, YAY LYNDSIE, and happy holidays to everyone, whatever you celebrate and wherever you may be!!
P.S.: The site will be closing for the yearly holiday soon, and I'll let you know when.
Posted by Anise on Dec 17, 2014 04:17 pm (9 Comments)
Lots of Various Things. :)Hey all,
So... here are some odds and ends of news!
Thing #1: If you can't get registration to work, it's not you, it's us. We're having some issues with the CAPTCHA function, and we ARE working on it as we speak. It'll all be fixed soon. :)
Thing #2: We're getting closer and closer with money, but we DO need more donations to keep FIA going. Until that big stock speculation works out, well, that means that we have to beg for funds. ;) Remember...
Just send your donation through Paypal to: The Happy FIA Donation Email,dgfics @ gmail.com.
Thing #3: If we get enough donations, I will create art of Ginny with a unicorn. And Draco will be with her, which means that you can't always believe what you hear about unicorns. ;)
Thing #4: The Allfic forums will start their test openings by midmonth! All of you, being special, will get the site news early. :)
And finally, Thing #5!
We've decided that the 2015 Official FIA D/G Exchange will start March 1st. For a whole variety of reasons, this is the best date. So it will happen again, and that's when!
That's all for now... if we think of any additional things, they'll be posted here. :)
Posted by Anise on Nov 28, 2014 07:03 pm (3 Comments)
Yay, and We Need More Money! (That pretty much says it all...)
So... if anybody happened to catch FIA when it temporarily vanished, we are now BACK. And it's all because of the amazing Lyndsie. :) She singlehandedly moved us to a new server, a new host, a new everything. GREAT BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE YAY.
And now it's time for more begging!! (Oh, you just knew that was coming... ;) We need $178.00 more to cover the new server and host. Thanks to those who have contributed, and to everyone else, SHOW THE LOVE.
Just send your donation through Paypal to: The Happy FIA Donation Email,dgfics @ gmail.com. And it will be muchly appreciated. and again, YAY LYNDSIE. :)
Posted by Anise on Nov 08, 2014 06:25 pm (5 Comments)
And... It's Hosting Drive Time Again, YAY!!
So... it's been a great year. :) I feel like we've really done some exciting things, and we've kept the momentum going with FIA. Exchanges... challenges... art... lots of fics... a new podcast... FB, Tumblr, and twitter... the coming allfics forums... and much more. There are at LEAST three of us FIA-ers on the NaNo forums, and we're all writing in November! If anyone else is doing NaNo this year, just msg me... I'm RealAnise there. Here's my page, yay.There's more about my NaNo non-novel, too. I am a REBEL... I'm writing nonfic, and it's kind of for my other fandom, you could say.
And now, after all that excitement, it's that time again!
Yep, the yearly hosting dues are due soon, and we need to raise just $200! Easy, right? ;) If everybody pitches in, it will be. Help us do even more exciting things next year! 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 thanks again for being an FIA member!
Posted by Anise on Oct 28, 2014 02:19 pm (8 Comments)
News About the Forums.Hey all,
So... I took a couple of days to think about it, and the launch date of the allfics site will be postponed until the start of December. There are a few reasons for this. One is that the registration problem has mostly been fixed, but it's not perfect. (pokes warily at registration.) Another is that I talked to the AMAZING Rowan Greenleaf over on the ffn forum group, and she's very interested in participating in the project if it's pushed back a little later. Their exchange is starting on Nov 1st.
The THIRD reason is that I'm doing NaNo this year. (50,000 words in 30 days, you know. Don't worry! I've done it before.) This was a big decision... because I'm writing about something very meaningful to me. I'm a rebel and doing nonfiction about stem cell research and regenerative medicine. I might post more about this topic later on if people are interested... and you're not EVEN going to believe this, but the topic does have some relationship to D/G. I sort of planned out a fic on the same subject last year during the last exchange, when it looked like we weren't going to get a replacement author after someone bailed. It may appear again!
So... there will be lots of updates during November, and more news soon!
Posted by Anise on Oct 21, 2014 06:57 pm (2 Comments)
A Name for the New Writing Forums!ETA...10/11/14... I thought about doing a new post for this, but not quite yet... after zillions of hours of tears and toil and wishing I knew PHP, the horrible registration on the site has been SOLVED!! SOLVED, I TELL YOU!! THEY SAID IT COULDN'T BE DONE!!
(who are "they?" Don't ask. Trust me.)
Much more news about the site very soon! :)
So... the new writing forums have been in the works for a LONG time, and they are VERY CLOSE to being ready to go! The only problem is... I can't figure out how to transfer anything from the old test site to the new one. But never fear! This can be solved! I just need to start the NEW site and then transfer all of the forum info over by hand. (Not as horrible as it sounds, actually.)
BUT... that means that I have to decide on a name for the forums RIGHT NOW.
So. I need some input here! Lyndsie's suggestion was www.allfic.com, and I have to say that I think this is a great name. I really want to be inclusive with these forums, and I do a LOT of nonfic writing. So I want a name that shows it's a welcoming space for nonfic.
The only thing I wonder about it is... should the name include some information that reflects the fact that it's a writing forum for fanfic authors who want to work on original fics/nonfics? That's why I also thought of the second domain name idea. And I think that www.fanfictoallfic.com does convey that concept.
THOUGHTS! Questions, comments, ideas! Now is the time... because I have to decide very soon!
Posted by Anise on Sep 29, 2014 02:09 pm (11 Comments)
A New Podcast And a New Art Page.YES! This is real. NO!! You are not imagining it. There is an actual real-live new podcast for the first time in six years!! Good things come to those who wait!!!!
Here's what you do. First, you're going to go to the link and listen to the podcast.
The Love We Deserve, by writerdragonfly.
This fic is from the last D/G Exchange, and it was one of my absolute favorites.
Alternately, you can find it by clicking on the "Wireless" link in the upper right hand side of this page.
THEN, you're going to go to the comment thread and leave a review! That's right here.
YES, THE PODCASTS FINALLY ARE LIVING AGAIN.
SHOW THIS AUTHOR SOME LOVE.
ETA: Some people were having problems downloading the file. I emailed the amazing Lyndsie, and it should all be fixed!
And on that note... the OFIC forums are getting extremely close to being ready to go. There are still some bugs to be worked out, though. So, more updates on those soon.
There is now a NEW art page for FIA. Brand new. Still under warranty. Can be returned for a full refund. (Okay, it was free, but you get the idea... ;) And the link is on the bottom of the page, right next to the other two icons!! Go down there and click click click!
Posted by Anise on Sep 27, 2014 06:12 pm (4 Comments)
Net Neutrality and FIA!
So here's a message from our very own amazing dykeadellic! This is a really important issue, so please check it out... I can't get YT videos to embed, but both links work (pic above, text below).
The short version? Some people want the net to become a two-tier system of the fast and the slow, where the playing field is not level. Guess which tier your site will be on if you're not a multinational corporation?
Nope, FIA is still not one of those. Something tells me it's not happening anytime soon.
(And thus endeth the political content for the day...)
"I'm sure you will all be hearing a lot about Net Neutrality in the coming days. This link will take you to Youtube where a comedian will explain exactly what it is, and why it is important. Bear in mind when watching that without Net Neutrality, this website may very well not be able to run. So educate yourselves, send e-mails to your Congressman, and make sure FIA can stay running."
John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality to You
Posted by Anise on Sep 12, 2014 05:10 pm (3 Comments)
YES! The links are CORRECT!!!So... the link to our FB page is FINALLY there, under Affiliate Sites at the bottom of the screen! A couple of skins don't have the links at all, but most of them do. Lake, Photobooth, Blanket, Valentine, and Snitch are the ones. A couple of the skins have the links in the lower left hand corner. So go over there, click, and check out the FB page if you haven't already!
Why wasn't this up before? Shouldn't Anise have already done this? Um...
HEY LOOK OVER THERE IT'S DRACO ON A UNICORN!
Anyway. Who knows what kind of amazing things might happen next? INFINITE YAY!
Posted by Anise on Sep 09, 2014 10:19 am (0 Comments)
I'm back, YAY!!Hey all,
I've been kind of out of commission for a couple of weeks because I've been on a trip to Minnesota... but now I'm BACK!!! Some things will start to happen. That is all. For now. :)
Posted by Anise on Sep 04, 2014 01:27 pm (3 Comments)