• Nov. 14th, 2012 at 10:57 PM
subarukun: (Shinichi with KID gloves)
Okay. I’m a bit freaked out. The Detective Conan drabble I wrote for a fellow Conan fan during [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking last year is getting so many hits that it seems to be the DC thing with the most hits on Ao3. How did that happen???

There needs to be much more Conan fic on the Archive obviously...

Ao3 hits meme

  • Jun. 8th, 2012 at 2:02 PM
subarukun: (Subaru/Seishirou Bet)
So [livejournal.com profile] navaan encouraged me to do this although I have only a few stories up on the Archive. I still don’t have too many things up because I’m too lazy to go through my old fic :P, but that will make it interesting to see how this changes when I put up more.

1. Play (Tokyo Babylon, yuletide)
2. Distraction (Detective Conan, Fandom Stocking)
3. New Tomorrow (Arslan senki, Parallels)
4. Gut Instinct (Detective Conan, Girl saves Boy)
5. In Her Heart (Final Fantasy X, X-2)
6. Forward (Final Fantasy VII, Fandom stocking)
7. Counting On You (Hagaren, Fandom Stocking)
8. She'll never know (Final Fantasy VII)
9. More Than Meets The Eye (Arslan senki, Fandom Stocking)
10. Taking Care Of Him (Tokyo Babylon)

No surprises there really. ^^; Yuletide story is on top, followed by other gifts and the bigger fandoms and the few other things up there are just too obscure. *hehe*


AO3 and OTW

  • Apr. 18th, 2012 at 7:31 PM
subarukun: (Subaru happy)
If you are using the AO3 you may already know about the organization behind the Archive and its other projects like fanlore and more.

All these projects cost money, of course, so maybe it is time to think about donating something! The Member Drive started today!

OTW: By Fans, For Fans. Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 18-25, 2012. transformativeworks.org


A conversation with the Ao3

  • Mar. 19th, 2012 at 11:33 AM
subarukun: (Ran Shinichi)
I’ve written to the nice people of the OTW/Ao3 about some of my confusion at their tagging of anime fandoms and I do think it let to a somewhat productive exchange. I know some folks feel that Ao3 is not very inclusive when it comes to fandoms outside the typical media fanoms, but personally I can’t say I feel they are deliberately exclusive.

I do suppose the people making the rules for tag wrangling may have no experiences in anime fandom, though. Something that can easily be changed by dialogue. I hope they’ll put up a comprehensive guide for tagging one day, because I think that will also help people know where to look for their fandoms.

As it could be interesting to others, too, I’ve decided to put up the exchange I’ve had with the nice person of the Ao3 support team. Maybe if more people feel encouraged to send their feedback directly to them, there will be some changes to what today is percieved as limiting anime fandom on the Archive.
Read more... )

Well, I do think that went well. I have a much better understanding of their tagging now. Not sure, how I feel about the reasoning for leaving Fullmetal Alchemist as Fullmetal Alchemist without the Japanese title, but it is the title most international fans are looking for, so it should be alright.

Maybe someone else has some thoughts on this?


Yuletide and stories on Ao3

  • Nov. 16th, 2011 at 6:44 PM
subarukun: (Yuna)
My nominations for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide were approved, yeah! Signu-ps should start soonish.

I thought it might be a good time to start uploading at least some of my older fics, but I’m really slow at sifting through them and at least polish them a little before uploading. I’ve found some really interesting stuff that I had nearly forgotten about, but it will be some time before it’s presentable.
So all I’ve managed to put up on Ao3 (faviconSubarukun) until now were three short pieces. I promise more is to come. :D

Yuletide flailing has begun!

  • Nov. 6th, 2011 at 5:29 PM
subarukun: (Gintoki SD)
It’s going to be my first [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, so the new nominations procedure is no change for me, but it is. of course, for all the regular participants. The nominations will take place on AO3 and a tutorial is up, although nominations haven’t started, yet.

I hope some people will nominate some more obscure anime fandoms and just participate! There is no better way to get your part of fandom included and recognized than participating.

There are post up to check wether your fandom is too big or someone is already nominating it (with characters), if you’re interested.

Archive of Our Own is growing

  • Oct. 17th, 2011 at 11:11 AM
subarukun: (Roy watching Riza)
And it’s growing very fast it seems. So if anyone has the money to spare I’m sure donations are always appreciated. New servers were bought at the beginning of this year, but it seems they’ll need even more sooner rather than later, considering how fast they site has been growing recently.
I’m considering to take part in this years yuletide exchange and I’m told that this will bring another bout of heavy load for the archive in December. Hopefully the new code works out fine, though.

It’s amazing how fast this site has been growing. I just hope they don’t rush the fanart/vidding thing now.

Never forget though, that the Archive and it’s growth very much depend on our help. So if you have the money to spare make a donation as part of their current membership drive:

OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011


Ao3 commenting meme (2011)

  • Sep. 12th, 2011 at 11:12 PM
subarukun: (Sakura blossoms)
I’ve stumbled over this A03 commenting meme.
I’ve recently noticed that I’m using the Archive a
lot for reading these days. I thought I should take it. And it
was fun. Probably a thing I should do at least once a year from now on!

Here it goes:

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is then to go to Archive of Our own, and...

1) Look up an old favourite and let the writer know that you still love the story.
2) Find a story in your favourite fandom that you haven't read, or for which you haven't remembered to leave feedback.
3) Cheer up a friend by leaving feedback to their fic.
4) Go to the random tags view, select an interesting tag, and see of you can find something you like. repeat as needed.
5) Visit an old fandom that you aren't active in anymore (or a pairings that you've lost interest in, etc.) and see if there's any new interesting fic or re-read an old favourite.
6) Read a story in a fandom in which you've never read fic before.
5) Pick a category that you don't usually read and read some fic there (if you usually read RPF, maybe try some comics fic, if you're an anime fan, read fic about your favourite play, etc.)
6) Check out the comment thread on LJ or on DW where people have left links to their AO3 accounts, and see you can find anything new or interesting (and leave a link to your own fic as well, if you archive your fic to AO3).
7) Leave feedback to a fic that doesn't have any yet.
8) Make a rec post in your journal with all the good fic you found while doing this meme, and then link that post to the comments here so that others can enjoy the recs as well (alternatively you can just list your recs in a comment here if you don't want to make a whole post, or maybe use the bookmarking feature on AO3 if you have an account).

This is a totally no-pressure thing. You don't have to do all of these or any of these, they are mostly just to inspire you to broaden your horizons and go and read some fic.

And while actual comments are preferred, just leaving kudos is fine too if you don't have the time or energy for comments - most important is to just leave some kind of sign of appreciation for the writers and share the love. Also, you can both comment and leave kudos at AO3 without logging on, so you can participate even if you don't have an account there.

Some of the stories I read/reread and commented on (ordered by fandom):

Recs after the cut )

Sep. 6th, 2011

  • 8:26 PM
subarukun: (Ed with Roy's gloves)
I’ve signed up for the “Girl saves Boy Ficathon” at [livejournal.com profile] girlsavesboyfic.
I’m not sure which fandom I will go for. I’ve listed Detective Conan, Fullmetal Alchemist and Final Fantasy VII as probable fandoms and now I’m thinking about where possible stories could lead me. That’s always fun.

Someone has claimed one of my prompts at the “Fic to Go” meme at Ao3. I’m excited to see what comes of it. I wish more people would sign up, so I would find I prompt with a fandom/pairing I could wirte, too. ;(

I’ve still not gotten around to go through my stack of old stories and make them presentable for the Ao3. Everytime I think about it something more important comes along...


Why Ao3?

  • Jun. 30th, 2011 at 7:51 PM
subarukun: (Default)
I know I was one of these people who stay away from the big archives on the net that “everyone” is part of. My reasons for this are actually very personal: I often just didn’t like the look and feel of these archives. For example I don’t like browsing fanfiction.net. Not for any “quality reasons” but because I didn’t like the browsing functions and I hate the way comments are called “reviews” and a lot of little stuff. So back when they banned the evil “adult” stuff they lost me completely. (Not so much because I think fic should be all about the sex, but because I hate it when writers are excluded solely because they chose a more “adult” form of expression. Many of us started writing fanfiction with the feeling we had to be ashamed of it in the first place and I don’t think further shaming should be implemented in an archive <em>for</em> fanfiction.)

That’s me. Other people love the archive there and that’s fine with me.

But I’ve been browsing Ao3 for a while and I really like their tagging and warning system. It makes it easy to find what I want to read. And as of now the over all quality of stories is pretty high, due in part to the fact that the archive is still pretty much only known in certain lj circles. Their trying to be as inclusive as possible and accessible. Reading on the archive is very comfortable and there is even the possibility to download in e-reader formats.

I identify with aims - although I’ve come to understand that there are people who feel uncomfortable about some of them - and feel it’s the right place to be at the moment.

So, yeah, that’s why for the first time, I have an account on an archive and I may even start uploading all my stuff... Go figure.



  • Jun. 22nd, 2011 at 9:12 AM
subarukun: (Subaru/Seishirou X)
Completely forgot to write about my Ao3 account- I’ve made one a while back for my uual Pseud Subaru-kun and you can find it here: faviconSubarukun.

I’ll put up come of the things that I used to archive at my homepage. (But don’t ask me when exactly I’m going to start with putting anything up. I’m lazy.) As the archive has the nice function of Orphaning I’ll probably think about putting everything up and orphan the works I’m no longer comfortable with. :P Old stuff is very old.