The World Without the OTW

Oct. 9th, 2015 04:01 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess


Different Tropes for Different Folks – OTW Membership Drive October 2015

In a world…

In a world without the members and donors whose support makes its work possible, the OTW could not exist. And if the OTW could not exist, the projects it's been carrying out for the past eight years would not be supporting fans, fanworks, and fandom right now and into the future.

Support the OTW now!

Without the OTW, first and foremost, there would be no Archive of Our Own. The AO3 is one of the two largest fanwork archives on the web, and it's the only one whose only constraint on fanworks is that they not violate U.S. law. The AO3 is the only fanwork archive with a dedicated legal team backing it up to protect its fanworks against takedown requests, because the OTW has made it clear that it believes fanworks are transformative works, and transformative works are entirely legal.

Without the OTW, that legal team that responds to takedown requests on the Archive would never have been assembled, and all the other legal advocacy work it's done would never have happened. The OTW's Legal team has applied for DMCA exemptions for vidding practices from the U.S. Copyright Office. They've spearheaded working with organizations whose interests overlap with OTW's to defend user rights and advocate for copyright reform around the world. They've helped people testify about fandom and fanworks to the U.S. Congress--and that was all just this year!

Without the OTW, dozens of at-risk fandom archives would have faded into the oblivion of link rot, accessible only to people who know about the Wayback Machine, if those sites were ever included in it. Thanks to the OTW's Open Doors committee, at-risk fan archives from the earliest days of the internet and forward have been able to move to the AO3, where the works they hosted will be preserved for future fans. Open Doors has also assisted many fans with donating decades of print archives to the University of Iowa's special collections.

Without the OTW, the leading journal of fan studies would not be an editorially independent, peer-reviewed, online open access journal. Transformative Works and Cultures is an innovative space in which peer-reviewed academic articles stand alongside essays by fans, and in which fandom, fans, and fanworks are treated as worthy of discussion. Equally importantly, TWC has provided a place where fan scholars have been able to tell the stories of transformative works fandoms, pushing back against their erasure from mainstream narratives about "remix culture."

Without the OTW, in short, fandom and fans would have no dedicated platform in online, legal, academic, and offline spaces. The OTW was founded in the belief that fandom and fanworks are legitimate, and that the best way to ensure they would be protected and supported was to do that work ourselves. Eight years later, that's truer than ever.

What keeps our current universe from turning into this darkest timeline in which the OTW doesn't exist? The support of our donors and members. Support the OTW's work, and donate today!

Support the OTW's work and donate today!

– Andrea Horbinski, OTW Board of Directors

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What Is A Drive?

Oct. 8th, 2015 04:01 pm
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Posted by Kiri Van Santen


Different Tropes for Different Folks – OTW Membership Drive October 2015

Author's note: You may have heard that the OTW is doing a "drive" this week. We wanted to make sure everyone knew what this thing was all about, so if you're curious, you've come to the right place. Whatever your drive-related questions, we're here to answer them. Happy reading!

What a drive (a.k.a. a donation/membership campaign) IS:

  • a semiannual, week-long fundraising event to raise money for the OTW
  • a way to encourage people to become OTW members
  • the time when the OTW generates about 85% of its income. (The other 15% comes from donations given during the rest of the year.)

The OTW generates about 85% of its income during the drive. (The other 15% comes from donations given during the rest of the year.)

  • the reason why the OTW is able to keep working on projects like AO3, Fanlore, Open Doors, and Legal Advocacy
  • the reason those projects can continue helping fans all over the world

What a drive is NOT:

  • an evil plot to take over the world, one donation at a time
  • a way to raise money for individual people. In fact, the OTW is a nonprofit, and every cent you donate goes directly to operations. The OTW doesn't pay any of its volunteers, staff, or Board members.

The elements that come together to create a drive:

  • the OTW's Development and Membership, Translation, and Communications committees (the people writing, translating, and publishing these posts and answering your emails about donations and premiums)
  • spreading the word (the posts and graphics you see, the emails you get, and the stuff we share on social media)
  • premiums (the thank-you gifts you can get for donating)
  • a theme. (This drive's theme is "Different Tropes for Different Folks".)
  • you!

None of this would be possible without your support. Please help us meet our goal of US$175,000 by donating today!


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Autumn is coming

Oct. 7th, 2015 09:18 pm
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Today, I drove to work (6:30 to 7:15) in the dark for the first time.

I don't like this. At least at the moment it's still light when I come home, but around mid-November, that too will be over.

And yesterday, the heating in the house just turned itself off. Had to take a cold shower after my workout. That's just not fair. It's running again now, so I am going to take an extra long hot shower before bed :-)
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Different Tropes for Different Folks – OTW Membership Drive October 2015

We all have different reasons for getting into fandom, like an internet search that led us to an unexpected piece of art, a friend who showed us a favorite vid, or a parent who shared a treasured zine. Similarly, we all have different reasons for donating to the Organization for Transformative Works.

Some of us donate because we love AO3. Some of us donate because we're passionate about legal advocacy for fans. Some of us want to put our support behind preserving fan sites and fan histories through Open Doors and Fanlore. And, just as some of us are multishippers, some of us can't pick a favorite because we love all of the OTW's projects.

The good news is we don't have to pick just one project to support! The money raised during this drive will go toward continuing all of the OTW's work by funding our operating costs for the next six months, setting a strong foundation for our future in 2016.

You can help us meet our goal of US$ 175,000 with a one-time donation in any amount, or with a monthly recurring donation. Donations over US$50 will qualify you for a thank-you gift.

Whether you found fandom via a Google search for your favorite character, an article about remix culture on your favorite news site, or novelizations of your favorite films; whether you found the OTW through LiveJournal, Tumblr, a friend, or a family member, please join us over the next week as we celebrate the OTW and its projects with our favorite tropes.

Please join us, too, in providing the financial support needed to preserve and defend access to those fan efforts by donating to the OTW today!


September 2015 Newsletter, Volume 95

Oct. 6th, 2015 04:11 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess


Banner by caitie of a newspaper with the name and logos of the OTW and its projects on the pages.

I. 8 and 20

Communications assisted Journal in celebrating the release of their 20th issue soon after the OTW as a whole turned 8 years old. Journal's editors extended kudos to production editor Rrain Prior for her stellar work handling all the production details and to Communications volunteer caitie~ for the fabulous artwork for Issue No. 20. Systems also updated the software TWC uses, OJS, to its latest version and Journal has been able to bring some new recruits on board for production work.


Accessibility, Design & Technology produced 5 code releases, which included resolution of a few issues created (and addressed!) in hopes of making the lives of their fellow volunteers in Systems and Abuse a little bit easier. They also created a budget proposal for 2016, and worked closely with Development & Membership to create an Accessibility, Design & Technology-focused post and finalize an email about the upcoming membership drive. They've also been working up a few news posts about some upcoming changes we're really excited about. Stay tuned!

Abuse received over 300 tickets in September. They sadly lost a few staffers recently, but are in the process of recruiting. The committee has been working on documentation and is trialing a chair training track with two lucky volunteers. They will be evaluating the training as they go along, and one volunteer may get to join as co-chair next year.

AO3 Documentation are working well towards their goal of having new versions of all AO3 FAQs up by the end of the year. In September they uploaded the new version of the About FAQ, and have completed new help text for the 'Tips & Tricks' that all AO3 users see after creating their account.

Support had another 700-ticket strong month; as such, they are a touch behind on tickets, but are trying to catch up. They will also be transitioning between ticket tracking software over the next month or so to a system that will better handle the capacity we're receiving. User alert: there will be bumps!

Open Doors has just about finished helping the Table for Three mod import that archive, and will be helping the Seamus/Dean Forever mod soon.

Tag Wrangling welcomed 3 new staff members and said goodbye to 2 staff members who we will be missed very much. For projects, they began a new system called AO3_Wrangling_Project, which should make it easier to regularly wrangle unassigned fandoms in need. They've also have 12 new guideline discussions; they'll begin exploring those topics as a team shortly. Tag Wrangling has also responded to several requests from the Support team, from wranglers, and from users on Twitter, and have hosted several tag wrangling parties.


Legal celebrated a victory! In September, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Lenz v. Universal, agreeing with the OTW and its allies that "[f]air use is not just excused by the law, it is wholly authorized by the law." This is what we argued in our amicus brief in the case, which was submitted to the court all the way back in December 2013. Justice sometimes takes a long time! As Legal said in the OTW News post about the case, the Lenz ruling is good for fans and transformative creators, but our work is far from done—we will continue to fight for fair use in the U.S. and around the world.

For example, in September, Legal submitted a comment to the South African government in response to the government’s call for comments regarding possible copyright law reforms. Our comment urged South Africa to adopt a fair use standard to replace its narrow and outdated copyright exceptions.

Translation received 90 applications total in the August-September recruitment round. They accepted 40 new recruits, most of whom have already finished training and are hard at work, including two new language teams: Greek and Norwegian! This month, Translation is working closely with Development and Membership, translating the upcoming October drive posts, and with Elections, preparing content for the upcoming OTW elections and a few static pages on their website.

Wiki has been at work coordinating Stub September at Fanlore. Engagement has been good on Dreamwidth and Twitter, and significant additions have been made to many stubs!


Strategic Planning now has the 3rd and semi-final version of the OTW strategic plan under internal review. They will be presenting the strategic plan at the OTW Annual Meeting with the hopes of having it and the implementation support plan approved by Board. They will also be asking the Board for their strategic guidance on the focus, scope and reach of the next round of strategic planning.

Elections announced 8 candidates this year, and worked with them to provide individual Bios & Manifestos for OTW members to read. Voters will be able to choose who joins the Board during our election spanning November 6th to 9th. Eligible to vote are any members who joined between October 6th, 2014 and October 6th, 2015 (including both days!) For more information, please see the Eligibility and Voting Instructions posts. Other questions can be directed to the Elections Contact Form

Currently candidates are composing responses to the over 50 questions submitted. Thank you for the enthusiastic response! Candidates' answers will be posted in batches once they are completed by all candidates. On September 27th, it was announced that the Board had directed the Elections Committee to remove former Treasurer Nikisha Sanders from the ballot. Dan Lamson also withdrew his candidacy for the Board on September 27th.

Development & Membership continues to prepare for the October Drive and are looking at adding a second payment processor to the donation page called iATS, which specializes in nonprofits. They hope to have it up and running for the drive so that anyone not wanting to use Paypal will have another option. Development & Membership also sent some documents to Legal for review regarding the possible use of Cafe Press as an OTW Merchandise Store platform, and they hope to have a store up and running by the end of 2015.

Internationalization & Outreach worked on training new staff and updated their training and recruitment materials with the hope of recruiting again soon. Staff have been at work revising the committee's plan to make the OTW more inclusive, in response to internal feedback received.


Volunteers & Recruiting did a lot of recruiting in September, seeking staff for Abuse, Communications, Systems, and Volunteers & Recruiting and continued inductions from August. Thank you to everyone for volunteering, and those departing staff and volunteers for their work.

New Committee Staff: Kathryn Soderholm (Internationalization & Outreach), Phoenixacid (Tag Wrangling), Sass (Tag Wrangling), and 1 other Tag Wrangling
New Journal Volunteers: Sarah New, Latina Vidolova, Rebecca Sentence, Gabriel Simm and 2 others
New Translator Volunteers: wordsoftreason, halfslytherin, Ana Beatriz, theimprobable1, gallica, marrjoram, Hatoko, Ipek and 18 others

Departing Committee Staff: Matty Lynne (Support), Llwyden ferch Gyfrinach (Tag Wrangling), 2 Abuse, 1 AO3 Documentation, and 1 Communications
Departing Tag Wrangler Volunteers: 1
Departing Translator Volunteers: Nari, Chloe, Mary Tagus, and 1 other

For more information about the purview of our committees, please see the committee listing on our website.


OTW Fannews: Unearthing Slash

Oct. 4th, 2015 03:59 pm
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OTW Fannews banner by caitie~ with the text Unearthing Slash along with stylized images of the members of One Direction with slashes between them

  • Vice speculated on why adults read One Direction fanfic, and discussed the appeal of slash. "The appeal of One Direction homoeroticism also seems related to how physically comfortable and genuinely playful the boys are with each other... It seems related to the fact that they are boys who sing songs about feelings and look like they mean it. It seems, unfortunately, related to Louis's irreverent-shading-into-dickish personality, which fans... wish to understand and explain away. Perhaps most significantly, it seems related to taboo and tragedy: how impossible to fall in love with your best friend, while the whole world watches, and also how beautiful."
  • Certainly the ease of stumbling on fanfic has created awkward moments for the subjects of that fiction. NME quoted The Libertines discussing the unnerving combination of fact and fantasy. "A lot of effort has gone into it. There’ll be a poetic stream of consciousness and then suddenly, BANG! My cock will appear in Carl’s ear." The singer added that some of the descriptions were uncannily accurate: "I think it must be written by someone close to us, because apart from the actual sex side of things, which obviously isn’t true, some of it’s quite close to life."
  • The Daily Dot provided a bit of fandom history by discussing Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s slashy past. "As fandom academic Cynthia W. Walker put it, "if Trek was the Big Bang, (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) was the primer." The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was the patient zero for the kind of passionate fan community we see for shows like Sherlock today." It was notable in many ways. "At this point it's practically tradition for TV shows to misinterpret which of their male leads is the real heartthrob. From Spock to Teen Wolf's Stiles, female-driven fandoms tend to gravitate toward the characters who aren't portrayed as suave ladykillers. And back in the day, Illya Kuryakin was a bona fide teen crush magnet."
  • One bit of progress (?) in media coverage of slash is that the pairings are no longer the main surprise to people. Cracked's video gets a lot wrong, such as confusing characters and fandoms with genres, and discussing commercial bestiality erotica series as works of fanfiction. But the idea that pairings might consist of same sex doesn't itself get dubbed as 'weird'.

Is slash history something you know about? Share your knowledge on Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

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Every few months, I run through [site community profile] changelog compiling a list of who has been contributing patches to our code repository, with the understanding that this is not a competition, or any sort of "high score" list. It's intended as a guide for casual developers, to discern not only our most prolific contributors, but also those who have contributed to the project most recently and therefore would be more likely to provide a timely, informed response to development questions. That is why the list is sorted by "Latest" instead of "Changes".

In general, one commit on Github equals one point in the "Changes" column, but fractional points are awarded for collaborative efforts — the most common example being a new S2 theme, where usually half credit is awarded to the theme author and the other half to the person who converts the theme into a code patch. Due to the nature of development, some changes are massive contributions of new code, and others are tiny tweaks; there is no correlation with the amount of effort involved. We are grateful to everyone who helps to improve Dreamwidth, in ways large or small.

I last compiled this list at the beginning of June. Since that time, we have welcomed three new contributors: [profile] dteklavya, [personal profile] pseudomonas, and [personal profile] sgsabbage. Congratulations and thank you again! Also, we have hit a milestone: 150 unique contributors to the Dreamwidth code base!

  #  User                      Changes     Latest
  1. kareila                     910.5     Wed Sep 09 17:31:01 2015 UTC
  2. mark                        544.5     Sun Aug 30 03:12:20 2015 UTC
  3. kaberett                       25     Fri Aug 28 11:35:52 2015 UTC
  4. sgsabbage                       7     Wed Aug 12 21:37:43 2015 UTC
  5. me_and                         22     Mon Aug 10 09:29:04 2015 UTC
  6. pseudomonas                     3     Sat Aug 08 09:45:06 2015 UTC
  7. angelikitten                    1     Wed Aug 05 19:50:20 2015 UTC
  8. exor674                     349.5     Tue Aug 04 21:03:54 2015 UTC
  9. hotlevel4                      47     Sat Aug 01 01:10:02 2015 UTC
 10. fu                         2167.5     Tue Jul 14 23:44:50 2015 UTC

 11. dteklavya                       2     Tue Jul 14 06:52:15 2015 UTC
 12. momijizukamori             222.66     Thu Jun 25 23:01:08 2015 UTC
 13. forests_of_fire                 2     Thu Jun 25 21:13:22 2015 UTC
 14. timeasmymeasure             14.58     Thu Jun 25 06:38:48 2015 UTC
 15. forthwritten                  1.5     Thu Jun 25 03:50:50 2015 UTC
 16. woggy                          16     Wed Jun 24 23:55:23 2015 UTC
 17. pauamma                       125     Thu Mar 26 00:59:01 2015 UTC
 18. purplecat                    17.5     Wed Feb 04 05:09:44 2015 UTC
 19. azurelunatic                    3     Mon Dec 08 18:51:00 2014 UTC
 20. baggyeyes                     2.5     Thu Nov 13 18:02:17 2014 UTC
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OTW Fannews: Celebrating Fanart

Oct. 2nd, 2015 03:31 pm
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  • The Daily Dot directed readers to a Mad Max: Fury Road fanart piece "in which the entire story is retold as an Egyptian hieroglyph." The amazing thing about these is not only does the hieroglyph feature actual Egyptian cuneiform, but that even if you're not a fan of the film, you can still get a sense of the story from this design: the great mythic city with its powerful ruler and citizens desperate for water, the escaping wives, the pursuing warboys, and the savior Furiosa."
  • Bookriot shone a spotlight on Fandom-Inspired Quiet Books. "[T]ouch-and-feel books are amazing and they should start making them for adults...Even better than a cloth book, though, are quiet books (also known as busy books). These are soft books that have little activities to be completed: usually buttons to be fastened, zippers to zip, and velcro pieces to be moved around. Quiet books are not very common in kids’ book publishing (probably because they’re more intensive to make), but lots of crafty people have created their own. This means they can be tailor-made for the recipient, and many people have used this to create amazing fannish quiet books!"
  • Radio Times got in on the act by identifying a variety of fan art celebrating all 13 Doctors. Unfortunately many media outlets tend to use the word 'best' to describe 'whatever we were able to come across in a Google search', and, as they admit in the article, not all of the 13 artworks were even done by fans. They do, however, represent various styles and mediums.
  • Interviews with the artists are even less frequently included in the 'look at this fanart' articles. These Curious Times rights that wrong by interviewing Pangaea Starseed. Asked, "What’s something that you wish people would ask you about your art? (Or what would you like for people to know about your work?)" Pangaea replied, "I think I just want people to be aware of how many layers of detail, balance and composition, symbolism and story-telling actually goes into these pieces. Even if it looks like I’ve just splattered some paint over some line work . . . I try to be very deliberate in my work."

What pieces of fan art do you think deserve recognition? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

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October 2nd, 2015: In conclusion, I hope we all learned a lot today about computers, and hit me up any time you have a computer problem because I stand ready to assist you.

I thought I was the first one to come up with this idea, but it turns out there's papers about it! So not only is this comic TRULY HILARIOUS AS ALWAYS, it's also mega legit.

– Ryan

Events Calendar for October

Oct. 1st, 2015 01:14 pm
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Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • Ladiesbingo is a bingo challenge for creative works about the relationships between women. It runs for seven months (from September until March). Players create works to fill squares in a bingo card and gain points for the patterns they make. When the challenge ends in March winners are announced based on the number of points amassed.
  • ConClave is an annual convention "dedicated to education and literacy through the advancement of Science Fiction." The guest of honor is Jody Lynn Nye, author of over 40 books including the recent Fortunes of the Imperium and Wishing On a Star. Programming tracks include science, music, literature, and gaming, with a special new track this year called "Mystery and Mayhem." Room parties are encouraged, and all registered hosts will receive a Party Starter Kit. The con is October 9-11 in Dearborn, Michigan, United States.
  • Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a "weekend celebration of the weird and wonderful, attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence." This year's guests of honor are authors Maura McHugh and Emma Newman. It is October 9-12 in Dublin, Ireland.
  • GeekGirlCon gives female geeks and their supporters the opportunity to build a community, share facts and fandom, and learn how they can help promote the role of women and other underrepresented groups in geek culture. It's October 10-11, Seattle, Washington, United States.
  • You've probably seen the fake It's Back to the Future Day posts online for years, but--guess what--October 21, 2015, is the real thing. It's finally the actual day Marty McFly visited in the second movie of the time-travel trilogy.
  • Author and artist signups close October 27 for the Clint Barton Big Bang. Stories must be at least 20,000 words long and focus on the Marvel character. Betas also are needed!
  • TusCon 42 is, unsurprisingly, hosted in Tucson and describes itself as "the best little sci-fi, fantasy, and horror convention in Arizona." Guests of honor are author Seanan Mcguire (October Daye, InCryptid) and fantasy artist Bridget E. Wilde. TusCon will include a burlesque show in addition to a cosplay contest and pet parade. TusCon is October 30-November 1.

Calls for Papers this month come from:

  • Call for Papers: Moomin Collection. The Moomins, created by Tove Jansson, have delighted and enlightened adults and children for generations and have been translated into several languages. In all, nine books were published, together with five picture books and a comic strip, between 1945 and 1993. At the centennial anniversary of their creator’s birth, a new film has been released, and more of Jansson’s works are now being translated from Swedish into various other languages. This has created a second "Moomin boom." Contributions of 5,000 words are being sought, with abstracts of up to 500 words due by October 30.
  • Call For Papers: Virtual/Physical Fan Spaces for Special Edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Fan spaces are increasingly important culturally and financially. Media creators and producers have come to acknowledge the significance of their fans and the need to communicate with them, particularly through social media. Fans, however, also insist upon their own self-contained spaces where they can share their opinions and observations, as well as their transformative works, metatexual analyses, and cosplay. Papers on virtual and physical fan spaces are being sought for a proposed special edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Abstracts are due November 1.
  • Call for Papers: Stardom and Fandom, Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference. Submit proposals for papers or multipaper panels on Stardom and Fandom by November 1 for the 37th Annual Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference. The conference is scheduled for February 10-13, 2016, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Monetary awards will be granted for the best graduate papers.

Help out a researcher!

Lisa Gaumond ia a doctoral student in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. She is studying "television viewing and self-discrepancy," and is asking for participants to take a survey describing themselves and their television viewing habits. Participation is anonymous, and survey participants will not receive additional contact. The entire survey should take about 19 minutes to complete. Find the survey online. Participants may submit an email to receive a copy of the dissertation when it is complete. If you have questions about the survey, contact Gaumond at lisaga-at-mit-dot-edu or the Institutional Review Board at 805-898-4034 or IRB-at-fielding-dot-IRB.

If you have requests for research participation, please view our policy for inclusion at our website.

The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!


Code tour, 31st August-30th September

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A quiet one this month! So I'm also going to use this post to flag up that I'm holding a Dreamwidth contributor social in London on the 7th of November -- details at link, everyone welcome!

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Counting the positives

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Today, I had my first coffee in 6 weeks. And my stomach doesn't seem to hate me.

Also, there's flowing water on Mars. How cool is that?

OTW Fannews: Merging Into Literature

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    Fanfiction discussions continue to crop up alongside other discussions of literature. Montana's Missoula Independent promoted a fanfiction reading by pro writers at a book festival. Meanwhile, an Italian literary festival had a session on fanfiction writing. "Traditionally ignored by the publishing and media industries, fanfiction has been referred to as the refuge of frustrated aspiring writers...The subject is more articulated however, because it touches upon - and includes - literature criticism, copyright, cultural influences, social constructs, and it can't ignore the changes happening in the publishing industry. It's an ongoing conversation that involves an ever growing number of authors, scholars, fans and readers."

  • Not mentioned there but referenced in various other places discussing the new Millennium series novel, was that original fiction increasingly crosses over into fanfiction. "From the reviews and what I’ve read so far, The Girl In the Spider’s Web is a very competent and perfectly entertaining act of literary mimicry, recreating the feel of the characters and the world of the first three books as well as the technothriller procedural plots. But the question is, is there more than that to it? Does it have Larsson’s undertone of political anger and activism against injustice, misogyny and corruption, or is it just a fun pulp romp for the beach? Is it more than just fan fiction? Is that all the fans want? How does it feel to read this knowing that had he lived, Larsson would almost certainly have written a fourth book completely differently?"
  • A post in the Nevada Daily Mail about a local creative writing group discussed fanfiction as an option for writers. "[I]t can be a fun distraction from one's professional writing. And a distraction from your regular writing is one of the problems with fan-fiction! Still, if you have a favorite show, movie, character, etc., that you want to create a new story about, do a search for that one interest and fan-fiction about it. I'm sure you'll find lots of reading."
  • A discussion in Variety with Bryan Fuller touched on the lapse of canon into fanfiction, even when it's being written by its creator. "I feel like it was a unique experience of myself as a fannibal, writing the show as I imagined it — it was my fan fiction — and then sharing it with other fan fiction writers who then elaborated on it in their own ways. It was a wonderful communal experience. I’ve never had a show in the thick of the Twitterverse like I did with 'Hannibal,' and it was a really fantastic, exciting experience, and hopefully one we’ll be able to repeat on 'American Gods.'"

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Media recs, again

Sep. 27th, 2015 05:53 pm
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Looks like I am looking for media recommendations here all the time. But here goes:

* basically anything that won't offend my intellect and feminist sensibilities too much. Can be sci-fi, fantasy, drama, thriller, action, comedy, I don't care. Basically, feel free to just list your favorites in the comments.

TV series:
* something funny and light would be awesome - I adored 30 Rock, for example. I have watched How I Met Your Mother and hate The Big Bang Theory
* shows from other genres are fine, as long as they aren't too exhausting (think Breaking Bad or House of Cards - my attention span is shot), so maybe some crime show?
* unfortunately, Netflix Germany an Amazon Prime Germany are conspiring against me here, so lots and lots of things are either unavailable to me (Parks and Recreation) or only available in German

* nature in all its forms (currently watching Life)
* interesting biographies and such (loved 20 feet from Stardom)

Playstation 3 games:
* fantasy like the Elder Scroll games
* science fiction like Mass Effect
* sneaky action like Assassin's Creed or The Last of Us
* overt action like things I used to play on the PC
* anything else you enjoyed - I'm not actually picky here, I just have a really hard time deciding


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