I just wanted to write a quick introduction for you all. I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, but the days have been getting away from me. Swanky added me as an admin about a month ago, and Even thought it would be a good idea for me to post an update on the news feed about it.
Basically, I just wanted to let the members know that I’m willing to help out with anything I can. If you need someone to look over your fic for grammar/spelling/plot help, don’t hesitate to email me through the contact link on my page. I’ve always had my status set as “beta reader”, but now I have a bigger platform to use.
After having a look behind the scenes, it saddens me that perfectly good stories have been left to rot by the authors. Most of them just need spacing or minor corrections. If you submit a fic and you get a rejection letter, please make the corrections! We want your stories! If you’re having trouble fixing it, or you don’t understand the corrections to be made, the admins are here to help you! Simply email us back.
Remember--the help can always start before you even submit your story, as so many members here are willing to help others during the writing process.
I continue to look forward to working with authors as an SR admin.
--FallenSkulls on 03/28/2013 06:04 PM 6 Comments
It's been months since we've had a new writing challenge, so after some discussion in the Shoutbox, a group of members decided on "February is for F_____". You fill in the blank with an F word. (Freedom, Fear, Fantasy, Fire, Friendship, Farts, etc). Let your imagination run wild, and just have fun. :D
--Evenstar on 02/20/2013 09:08 AM 6 Comments
Hope you're all well. I know I've been MIA lately, and I just wanted to check in and give you all an update. So the new code for the site is in progress, we're playing a waiting game right now while the creator has it in beta. On my end I've created a wordpress site with all our new features as we wait for the new fiction module.
In the meanwhile, I'm appointing two new admins to help Even out. I'll get them both started next weekend when I have a moment to onboard them. As for me, I'm still skanking around when I can. I haven't had much time to read, write or review due to my paying job and my side project. That doesn't mean I'm not here to help if you need me. Send over an email for any tech issues and I'll get back to you asap. And if anyone is on Deviant Art feel free to connect with me here.
--Swanks on 02/10/2013 06:52 PM 3 Comments
Hey hey, I know I haven't been around for a while, but I'm on to update you on Swanky's rant below. One of our members, JenX, has been posting stolen stories. We've taken the liberty of transfering ownership of two fics to the proper author, so if you were following her as an author, we suggest you transfer your "fave". If you faved the fic, it should still be in your account with the proper author's name.
The last of the fics we discovered was taken from ficwad, but we were unable to contact the author, therefore deleted the fic entirely. It made sense since it was intended as a cross-over and she had replaced the character with Tre when she posted it on here.
If anyone has any questions, the comment box is open for action.
PS: Don't be a dick, write your own fic.
--Laurie L on 01/28/2013 08:28 PM 3 Comments
So I've been driven out of hiding (comic) due to a text from Laurie and a Violations email (or three) because yet again we have someone who thinks it's okay to steal another's work in our midst. I'm going to skip the public shaming, which may or may not come later, in favor of getting to the point. Maybe it was us who made a mistake by not having it clearly and blatantly stated in our rules that by no means is plagiarism acceptable, but I guess I assumed everyone knew that. I was wrong. I'll be adding that in very clear bold print.
Let me just say this:
When you steal someone's work and post it on here, you gain nothing. Those reviews and star ratings are not yours even if your name is on it. The person who earned them may not see them or read them, but they belong to that author. That author is who wrote something compelling, funny, scary, charming, romantic, whatever, that the readers on this site are responding to, not you. You learned nothing, and will mount to nothing doing this - except maybe becoming a pety criminal, who might get themselves sued in the future. I assure you insider trading is a much better choice.
Don't think for a second that you aren't hurting anyone and that what you are doing will end in flattering the author if they discover it. Yes, it might be flattering, but there is a reason the author didn't post it here (or why something posted here isn't posted somewhere else). The author chooses who they want to share it with. Say you complete a report, and you let your best friend read it, but you're not ready to hand it in to your teacher. Imagine how you'd feel if your friend handed it in for you, and worse off put her name on it. That is what you're doing to the author whose work you're stealing. That author may not want their work posted on a site where a reader like me will leave them a review with a demotivational poster indicating they somehow failed. They might not be ready for that, or that might not be how they like their critiques handed to them. If you think you can handle that, submit your own damn work.
The most amazing thing about this site is that there are a shit ton of members more than willing to help each other. If you want to write on here, fucken write on here. If you're not sure you'll meet the grammar standards, there's someone to help you. If you don't think your fic is good enough even if it meets the grammar standards, there's someone to help you. When you ask for help, you're bettering yourself, and when you post your own work, those reviews are yours. Writing is a skill that can really help someone in life, emotionally and professionally.
I didn't start this site so I could read about Billie Joe getting butt fucked five ways to Sunday. I started it because it combined two of my favorite things, and brought together like minded people, who as a community can help each other. Fan Fiction is a gateway drug to real writing. What it gives you is a built-in audience to cater to and allows you to build your skills on a pre-existing premise, using your reviews to guide you through your evolution. Obviously, it's dashed with a good amount of wishfulfillment and fantasy (Billie Joe getting butt fucked five ways to Sunday).
That said write because you want to write, or because you haven't read what you wanted to read yet. Don't fucken post someone else's shit! If you're posting that, that means someone already wrote what you were looking for. Good on them, leave them a nice review, PRICK!
--Swanks on 01/26/2013 01:31 PM 2 Comments