What if Aomine saw this poll result in a magazine and becomes jealous for a very obvious reason and he reacted by locking Kagami in his apartment and have him tied to a chair while Aomine stays on guard at the door with a baseball bat in his hand so he could beat the shit out of any guy that try to lay their dirty hands on Kagami


I’ve been thinking about that poll as fic material too, but in a more humourous way. Like what if AoKaga went to a gay bar together and before they get there Aomine teases Kagami saying he won’t be able to dance with Kagami because he’ll (Ao) be fighting off hordes of men, then when they get there Kagami is getting hit on all night instead and finds it at first confusing, the amusing, then slightly distressing and is basically just a perfect maji tenshi about it. Aomine gets silently grumpier and grumpier all night but has to pretend that he isn’t bothered because of what he said before. The expression on his face is hilarious- Kagami has never seen him actually purse his lips!!

Alternatively, Kagami just gets lots of spontaneous proposals from straight guys. Aomine likes to try and subtley turn him on in public to make the heteros (and Kagami) blush, and to show them who Kaga really belongs to.

Source: monochromefujoshi


Because we might need to make one, preferably without people complaining about the smallest things.

Mike Z says they’re gonna make one on the official skullgirls site to coincide with the patch.

Source: siennasquiglycontiello


By request, I’ve documented my process for writing fics in google docs and posting them to AO3. You can download the .pdf here, from Google Drive.

I wrote this for a novice user, so I went into extreme details. You may be able to skip most of these steps if you’re familiar with some basic word processing.

Essentially, it boils down to:

  1. Write in Google Docs. Set extra spacing after each paragraph. Press enter only once after each paragraph.
  2. Paste into Word. Find and Replace all manual line breaks (^l) with paragraph marks (^p).
  3. Paste into AO3 in Rich Text mode.

If you have any tips to streamline the process or see any errors, please let me know!

Source: kryptaria







You can report them for a rule violation - it would probably come under “not a fanfiction” or “spamming”. I found a person on there who posted something they had to write for school about what flavour of ice cream they would be?? I don’t even know.

Source: vastderp-placeholder


I have 16 invitations to AO3 currently. Anyone in the Sparty fandom need one? 

Source: o-rcrist

Novakcest: PSA: automatic posts for AO3 fics


For anyone who posts in the Novakcest fandom tag AO3 (instructions on how to do that are here), I’ve set up astolat’s IFTTT method that should automatically create a tumblr post whenever a new work appears under that tag. Here’s an example of what that looks like, from ao3feed-elementary:

Source: novakcest


I’ve noticed quite a few people mention that they are waiting on invites for ao3 and some people say they have extras. I figured a post like this could help out the situation. So if you are looking for or giving away ao3 invites you can drop a note here to help people out. You can also contact me and let me know if you want your info listed here.

Source: everlarkrecs


To anyone who uses both Gmail and Archive of Our Own: Gmail has been, seemingly randomly, marking notifications from AO3 as spam. I found both story/chapter notifications and at least one comment in my spam folder, while the nightly Kudos emails, most comments, and other story/chapter notifications have been coming to my Inbox just fine.

It’s relatively easy to whitelist AO3:

  • Follow the Settings link in Gmail.
  • Go to Filters.
  • Click Create a new filter.
  • Type the desired email address under From:.
    • To whitelist an entire domain (all mail from an address ending in “about.com”, for example), type the just the domain name or the domain name preceded by ‘@’. To whitelist “archiveofourown.org”, for instance, type @archiveofourown.org
  • Click Next Step ››.
    • You can click Test Search before, of course, to make sure you did not mistype.
  • Make sure Never send it to Spam is checked.
  • Click Create Filter.

Check your spam folder and spread the word!

Source: shinykari




so here’s how it works:

the first thing you want to do is familiarize yourself with the handy-dandy pre-existing Homestuck skin for AO3, so head to the Skins menu on your AO3 home page

click onto Public Skins, and from there click onto Work Skins, and you should end up on a menu called Public Work Skins

no points for guessing which one we click on

the Homestuck skin is gonna be a big set of formatting blocks that look like this; take note of all the names like ‘.gamzee’ and ‘.jade’ because these are what you need to know

you don’t necessarily need to open this skin up in a browser window every time you work on a fic, but it’s good to acquaint yourself with all of the character names and colours you have available to you

if you don’t need any other special formatting, at this point you’re good to open up your fic itself (or post a new one) and scroll down to Custom Stylesheet, selecting the Homestuck Skin option

head down to the fic editing section. if you haven’t done so already because this is a new fic, paste your text into the Rich Text editor

and then switch over to HTML editing and it will probably look something like this:

the next step is to add the code which applies the formatting from your work skin. the code we need to use is <span class=”X”>, where X is the name of the character as specified in the skin above. 

I’m going to show you two different ways of formatting it. the first is the way that I do it:

just copy and paste your <span class=”X”> tags in front of every line of dialogue that needs it, and make SURE that the tags are AFTER the <p> tag, and you’ll end up with this:

you’ll notice that in the method I used, the HTML section was formatted neatly with paragraph tags (<p> and </p>) which, as the name implies, split the text into paragraphs

this causes each line to be spaced apart, which is a little different from how they appear in the comic

if you don’t like it like that, or if the method you used to copy your fic into the editor did NOT add paragraph tags, you’ll want to format it like this instead:

as you can see, the basic idea is the same, but because the <span class=”X”> commands are not enclosed inside the paragraph tags, you:

  1. need to add a </span> at the end to mark where the formatting ends
  2. only need to use the commands when the speaker changes, instead of using them for every line

when you do it like this without paragraph tags, it ends up looking like this:

I personally don’t do it that way because it’s more work, but for you the situation might be different.

and that’s it! at the end of the day, once you know what you’re doing, it is as simple as choosing the work skin you want and then throwing in some <span class=”X”> tags wherever they are needed. you can of course preview your work to make sure that the formatting was done correctly, and I recommended checking the previews frequently. as far as I know, the methods I’ve outlined here should work on any computer.

now, what if you need to do something custom with your skin? that’s pretty simple. first, go back to the skins menu and hit Create Skin

make sure it’s set to Work Skin so that you can use it, and then name it whatever you want. you’re probably going to be basing this new skin off of the pre-existing Homestuck skin, and using it only for special circumstances, so it’s probably not a good idea to apply to make this skin public.

now, copy and paste this segment (which I took from the Homestuck Skin) and modify it however you want:

#workskin .black,
#workskin .pesterlog {
  font-size: 14px;
  font-weight: bold;
  font-family: courier, monospace;
  color: #000000;

the #workskin section is the names you can use, and the rest is probably pretty self explanatory.

for example, this is from my modified work skin:

so when I place <span class=”ronote”> into the HTML, it comes out formatted like this:

once you’re done editing your skin, you can hit the “Submit” button to add it to your list of usable skins

now, armed with this new knowledge, go forth and create awesome looking fics on AO3!!

Source: traceexcalibur



There are a number of discussions in fan circles right now regarding the Random House Audio Fan Fiction Contest being held at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. The publisher is offering fan fiction authors the opportunity to record their own original work of fan fiction during Comic-Con for a chance to have their work published as a downloadable audio book on their website or featured in a Random House podcast.

The Organization for Transformative Works was initially contacted by Random House in May asking if the OTW could help promote the contest through its various news outlets. At that time, we asked for additional details - including the terms of the contest and a copy of the participant agreement. Random House responded indicating that the details were not yet complete, but that it would forward the requested information once it was available. That was the last direct communication we received from the publisher two months ago.

Over the past few days, the OTW has received inquiries from fans regarding the terms of the contest, particularly the Submission Form/Release participants are being asked to sign. We suggest that participants should carefully read and consider the terms before signing the agreement. The form asks participants to acknowledge that they have no right to create their fan fiction—even fan fiction they’re not submitting to the contest—without permission from the author of the original work (for example, “I acknowledge and agree that I may not use the Underlying Copyrighted Work, in any other manner or for any other purpose.”). We think that’s not accurate, and we think it’s unfortunate that Random House isn’t fully supporting the freedom of fans to create noncommercial transformative works. Language like this, though it doesn’t bind people who don’t participate, also has the potential to increase confusion over fair use. In the future, it would be much more fan-friendly to use principles like those of Creative Commons licenses, which specifically provide that they don’t attempt to restrict fair use.

The form also says that submissions are “works made for hire,” which is a specific category in U.S. law: the creator of a “work for hire” is never considered an author; the person or entity for whom the work was created is deemed to be the author. While we aren’t convinced that it’s possible to call a submission like this a work for hire, that’s not really the issue; the form provides that even if the submission isn’t really a work for hire the fan author still gives up all her rights. The overall terms reflect the view of some authors and publishers that all transformative works inherently ‘belong’ to the publisher who bought rights to the original work. Of course even standard publishing contracts involve trading away many rights of authorship, but signing over all rights to one’s creative work is not a decision that should be entered into lightly.

The Organization for Transformative Works is always excited to see recognition of talented fans involved in the creation of transformative works. At the same time, however, it is important that fans be well-informed, especially as publishers experiment with new models and sometimes try to assert greater control over fan activities. We would suggest that interested fans read the agreement carefully and consider their level of comfort in complying with its terms.

from Organization for Transformative Works News http://bit.ly/MhlDTf


Since my career demands reading and understanding a lot of contracts…

  • “work for hire”

This is in reference to the recording of the fan fic. Narrators are actually unionized and a publisher gaining a recording release from a narrator without specifying that the work is for hire (even if there is no payment involved) would probably send them into spasms of righteous indignation. [insert explanation on labor laws, unionization, and the exploitation of amateurs in any aspect of the entertainment industry]

  • “Entrants will be required to sign a Submission Form/Release acknowledging that the Fan Fiction is derived from and legally dependent upon the copyright of the previously published work upon which it is based (the “Underlying Work”), and therefore Entrant has no legitimate independent rights to either the Underlying Work or the Fan Fiction…”

Earlier in the contract/rules, the proper noun “Fan Fiction” is defined as “a five (5) minute segment of their own, original work of fan fiction.” The above segment is in reference to a statement in which you, the author of a piece of fan fiction and (free) voice talent, affirm that you understand you don’t have independent rights to the work. Or, to put it another way, you don’t have the legal standing to take your piece as is to a publisher and say, “I would like you to please consider this for publication.” This is not at all unreasonable, especially since you will have your name attached to this recording as the author (of the fan fiction). (replace “Fan Fiction” with “My Work” for the wording of the release form)


  • “All publishing details with respect to the produced audio work will be determined by Random House, which reserves the right to edit the story and recording as it deems appropriate prior to publication online. Proper credit, as Random House deems appropriate, will be given to the Runners Up and Grand Prize Winners. The Audio Works will be the sole property of Random House and may be published and reproduced in any and all forms and media throughout the world, without further obligation.”

Let me break down why this is a sneaky clause to put in a legally binding contract:

  1. They can edit your story how they see fit. Now, this might just be for time, grammar, or coherency, but we’re talking a maximum 4,500 words here — not exactly War and Peace. By signing this release, you give them the rights to alter the content of your story before the professional recording (if you win) without your input. Pro tip: never, ever sign a contract that gives a publisher carte blanche with edits. For example, the house I work for has in their contract: The Author will be notified prior to any and all substantial changes to content and a decision made on those edits by the Author in collaboration with the Editor, such approval by Author not to be unreasonably withheld. See the difference?
  2. If they can find a way to avoid giving you credit, they legitimately can. Do I even need to go into why this is bad?
  3. By signing the release form (which they only give the Grand Prize winner 14 days to sign, not very much time for your average fan that wouldn’t have access to proper advice) you sign away your rights. They can reproduce your fic in audio (in other versions), in other languages, in print… and not necessarily give full credit when they do it.
  • “Entrants fully and unconditionally agree to these Official Rules and Random House’s decisions, which are final and binding.”

In other words, there is no negotiating the final release form if you win. By signing the initial form, you are stuck. End of story.

  • “As between the Author and me, My Work shall be the sole property of the Author, free from any claims by me or any other person; and the Author shall have the exclusive right to copyright My Work in his/her name and to secure any and all renewals and extensions of such copyright throughout the world.”

Look. This is you signing over your fic idea to the original copyright holder. If you’re comfortable with this, and happy with taking down all copies of the fic you no longer have any rights to at all, then go for it. Any credit you receive beyond this will only be lip service.

  • “Without limitation, the grant of rights made above includes, but is not limited to, the right of the Producer and the Author to use, re-use, publish, and re-publish the Recording, and to otherwise reproduce, modify, create derivative works, digitize, convert to electronic or other media, and publish, distribute and display the same, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other audio recordings and/or images, and in conjunction with any copyrighted matter, in any and all media now known and/or hereafter devised , for promotion, art, advertising and trade, or any other purpose whatsoever, and to use my name, image, voice and likeness in connection therewith if it so chooses; specifically, I acknowledge that my name, image, voice and likeness may be distributed, published and displayed on websites, advertisements and elsewhere, and I expressly consent to such use.” (emphasis mine)

So you sign over all rights (like I said above), intellectual and otherwise, and then you agree to let them use you as a cardboard figure as is convenient. “Look at us, we’re so fandom friendly!”

This, guys, is why you should always, always read a contract/release before signing. There is no length of contract on this, so I’m assuming it’s in perpetuity. There’s no language at all to protect you, either. Just an agreement for you to give them everything for a chance at a twenty minute recording.

If you feel it’s a worthwhile trade, an opportunity with taking, then go for it. But be aware that in no reputable publishing circles would a contract like this be considered reasonable.

Woo, thankyou for clarifying that the “work for hire” term applies only to the voice actor. You would think that OTW’s crack squad of lawyers would be able to figure that out!

Does this mean that the author doesn’t just gain the rights to the ideas and text of the winning entry, but all that of other entries, as well as the right to edit them and publish them as their own? As in, they could literally read all the fics, take ideas from them (plots, tropes, even OCs) and write them into their next bestseller without any credit or payment. I mean, it’s one thing to want to avoid an MZB situation, but this contract is going too far the other way.

Or maybe the competition is really about getting market research from fans about where they think the series should go next, then in the next book/movie/whatever, it mysteriously takes a turn that is featured in a lot of fanfics that didn’t seem to be where the source material was going before?

IDK why anyone would want to enter such a contest, as it’s not going to expose you to many more people than if you got a podfic done by other fans. The only people interested in your fanfic will be people who were already into fanfic. You aren’t gonna get publishers knocking on your door all of a sudden.

Source: transformativeworks