OTW Guest Post: Henry Jenkins

Sep. 21st, 2017 11:06 am
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“News of the OTW bubbled up from many directions at once, most likely through my associations with Escapade, but also through an academic colleague whose partner at the time was involved. I was so excited to hear about the emergence of this fan advocacy network which brought together fannish lawyers willing to help protect our fair use rights as fans; fan scholars publishing their work through a peer-reviewed journal; fan programmers using their skills in support of the community; and of course, an archive where fans controlled what happened to their own works without the interference of web 2.0 interests.

Each of these things is important on its own terms, but taken together, this organization has been a transformative force, in all senses of the words, for fans and their rights to participate.”

For our anniversary Henry Jenkins talks fan studies, students, fandom changes over the years & why it's worth fighting for: http://goo.gl/fm19m5

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25 Things to Know About the OTW

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:06 am
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OTW 10th anniversary history


We've been around a while now, so as part of celebrating our 10th anniversary here are 25 things to know about the OTW! https://goo.gl/FuuMWS

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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat


What were some of your early experiences like when your work gained its own fans?

*MarthaWells
I think my favorite experience is seeing the fan art, and seeing fanfic from my books show up in Yuletide. That’s hugely exciting to see fanfic and fan art of your work, especially to someone who was a fan from way back in the print zine era.

*SeananMcGuire
The first time something I’d created showed up as a fandom option for Yuletide, I literally cried. Happy tears! But it was like, HOLY WHAT NO HOW OMG VIXY LOOK AT THIS DO YOU SEE THIS. It’s amazing. It’s still amazing. I can’t read any of the fanfic of my own work, but knowing it exists makes me so happy.

Did you miss our chat with Seanan McGuire & Martha Wells? If so check out the transcript of their talk https://goo.gl/Q3Wu6P
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OTW 10th Anniversary Chat


What things have you been excited to see in recent years, either regarding fandom or work in your genre(s)?

*Catherine R.
I really like fanfiction and its explosion on the internet. I think fanfic is a great way for people to learn the craft skills of writing. Many of my college students fall in love with writing that way: by reading fanfic and then starting to write it themselves. I always encourage them to go for it! I love the supportive structure it creates for imagination and fantasy to run wild. I think that realm is so important. Imagination lets us explore quandaries of desire and justice and truth and conflict: all the central problems of what it means to be human.

*Christina L.
It’s been incredibly exciting to see so many writers from our fandom specifically or fandom in general out there publishing books. Of course we all know the big ones—EL James, Cassie Clare—but there are others from the Twi world that had fantastic voices and ideas and who are now also bestsellers. Sally Thorne, Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci, Leisa Rayven, Mariana Zapata, Amanda Weaver—all of these women wrote fantastic fic.

Did you miss our chat with Christina Lauren & Catherine Roach? If so check out the transcript of their talk! https://goo.gl/8DR1PG

Intro Post and Patron Link

Sep. 15th, 2017 04:12 pm
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Hello!

I'm new to the community, only just having finished Melusine today. But I absolutely loved it to pieces and am excited to start on The Virtu as soon as it arrives in the mail tomorrow. It looks like this community is pretty small, but I figured there's no harm in popping in to say hello even if no one is really around to hear.

Another thing I thought I'd mention is that Sarah Monette seems to have closed up her LiveJournal and migrated over here to Dreamwidth. You can find her at [personal profile] truepenny.

And one last thing that's pretty cool: you can become a patron of Sarah Monette at her patreon page https://www.patreon.com/pennyvixen. She has really wonderful rewards, including (for $25 a month) an "Ongoing catalogue of all the private jokes in the place and character names in the Doctrine of Labyrinths", which I really want but can't afford right now. But for just $3 you can have your name in the acknowledgements of her next book, which is pretty freakin' awesome.

Anyway, nice to meet you all and thanks for maintaining a community where I can come and say these things. :D
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TWC's issue 25 is out! Essay topics include book history, women's writing, Teen Wolf, World of Warcraft, Sherlock, cosplay, Lego, Harry Potter & more https://goo.gl/dN3m5a

Multi-femslash Big Bang

Sep. 14th, 2017 06:05 pm
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Welcome to the first year of wlwbigbang!



At this point writer sign ups are closed, but artist sign ups are open until October 5th 2017.

Sign Up | Challenge Info | Schedule | Contact


Challenge Overview:

This is a big bang challenge for the sapphics, celebrating femslash pairings across many different fandoms. The main ones are RWBY, Star Trek, and Supergirl, plus more than ten others fandoms.

Authors have to write a minimum of 10,000 words, while artists have to create at least one piece based on the fic they claimed. Various types of art are allowed, including traditional and digital art, graphics, gifsets, moodboards, fanvideos, and fanmixes.

Fics and art pieces are due in late November.

Please check our tumblr, or our our livejournal for more information and specifics.

Five Things Naomi Novik Said

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:31 am
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

As part of our Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said series, we have a special anniversary edition with OTW co-founder Naomi Novik. She discusses its evolution during her 10 yrs volunteering for it: https://goo.gl/nJXJrY

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Okay, gang, part two of Off The Deep End is up on AO3!

Off The Deep End, Part Two

Authors: [personal profile] cuddyclothes , [personal profile] flywoman , [personal profile] menolly_au , damigella_314, [personal profile] pgrabia , lurid lurker


Summary: When House rejects him, Wilson disappears. AU branching off from 7X23 "Moving On."
Genre: AU, angst, smut
Relationships: House/Wilson, House/OMC (past)
Word count: 9736
Rating: M
Characters: Greg House, James Wilson, Blythe House

This Week in Fandom, Volume 62

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:45 pm
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This Week in Fandom: The author of My Immortal and her story, the Not Now I'm Reading podcast talks fanfic and AO3, and more: https://goo.gl/7YLw4h
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This second chainfic challenge is complete and total crack. [personal profile] menolly_au , [personal profile] flywoman , damigella34, [personal profile] writerdot , luridlurker and cellista_in_c all contributed.  It really is incredibly funny.

Pairing: House/Wilson
Characters: Greg House, James Wilson, OMCs
Rating: M

Gangster's Paradise

Written in 2011 for the "Where Do We Go from Here?" Chain Fic Challenge on Live Journal

Post 7X23, "Moving On." When Wilson tracks House down at his beach paradise, they find themselves entangled in local politics and are made an offer they can't refuse.

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