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2017-04-09 13:40:38 -0400
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Five things an OTW volunteer said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Madoc, who volunteers as a translator.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I’m part of Team Welsh, which is part of the Translation committee. What I do is translate any and all OTW content that is able to be translated to make it accessible to Welsh speakers. This can range from translating the website to translating Abuse and Support messages.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

Normally I wake up, have breakfast and translate for a good few hours before lunch, normally whilst listening to Welsh or Swedish radio. Right now, Team Welsh is going through a review so that more material online can be made available in Welsh, so my mornings are often spent spell-checking and rejigging some previous Welsh translations. Outside the review, the time is normally split between translating and having my nose stuck in a dictionary.

After that, I eat, then focus on my university work, writing notes and going to lectures. My evenings are either filled with dance lessons, choir or doing fannish things like writing fanfiction or knitting a fannish craft. I also find some time to teach myself Swedish!

What sorts of OTW content have you worked on?

Since Team Welsh is a new team and consists entirely of me, not much! I’ve worked mainly on translating the main site of the OTW, but I’m also available to assist with Welsh Abuse and Support queries.

I’m hoping that once Team Welsh gets a little bigger we’ll be able to handle bigger, more time sensitive things like news posts, and also be able to finish translating the main site and expanding to other OTW projects.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

As much as I love the feeling of contributing to the cause, the most fun thing to do is speaking to other translators. I’m a massive fan of any and all languages, and chatting to other translators is always a barrel of laughs. It also gives us an opportunity to commiserate over how weird English is as a second language -- the mishmash of different word etymologies makes English a very difficult language to learn!

What fannish things do you like to do?

I love to write fanfiction, but more than that I love to worldbuild! Making something robust out of scraps of canon is absolutely my favourite thing to do, be it creating an alien culture from scratch or adopting a minor character and fleshing them out. One of my favourite fanworks involved extending an alien conlang! (I never seem to get enough of languages, it seems!)

I also knit and make fannish toys and other crafts. Currently I’m the very proud owner of Kelas Parmak the Cardassian chameleon, two knitted Newt/Hermann dolls from Pacific Rim, Hedwig the snowy owl, and a yet-to-be finished patchwork blanket with several fannish patches already made for it.


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2017-03-09 12:46:42 -0500
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Amy Shepard, who volunteers as a staffer with our Elections Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I volunteer with three committees, Strategic Planning (SP) as a co-chair, Elections, and Tag Wrangling, so what I do may be quite different from another staffer. For the Elections committee, I work as a team coordinator (TC). A lot of the organizing and day to day functions to get ready for the election are completed by TCs, which are like the Elections committee's personal assistants. I help write the minutes, the roadmap, organizing the to-do board, drafting newsletter updates (which I also write for Strategic Planning), and generally help where other staffers need an extra hand.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

Elections is a committee with about 14 people spread all throughout the world. We have a short meeting on Sunday to check in and get our assignments for the week, then we can either work on them right after our meeting or on our own time if we have other obligations. During the election season, everyone is working multiple days a week on their tasks to organize the candidates' platforms, host chats, and close the election. In the off season, TCs are busy with updating the internal wiki, creating the roadmap for the next year, and organizing feedback from candidates, members, and other involved committees to improve the election for everyone.

What made you decide to volunteer for Elections?

I already volunteered with the Strategic Planning committee and a lot of their purview supports the governance and direction of the OTW. Elections felt like a natural progression from SP. I was already familiar with the OTW's structure and tools, and the position of team coordinator felt like a really good fit. It also didn't hurt that everyone in Elections is kind, supportive, and a lot of fun to work with.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

The benefit of working in such a large organization like the OTW means that everyone is a megafan of something. We play games (like Cards Against Humanity or role playing mafia-type games we call Sarlacc games), write fics together, hold movie nights, and share fan art.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I write some fanfiction for Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Yuri!!! on Ice, and Mass Effect, but mostly enjoy reading and commenting on everyone else's works. I've also met several volunteers in real life and plan on visiting one in Malaysia this fall!


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2017-02-03 12:23:58 -0500
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Neru, who volunteers as a translator.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a volunteer translator and beta reader, I translate the OTW's content from English to my native language, which is Hungarian; I also proofread my teammates' translations. I translate everything from an Open Doors import announcement to the OTW's Terms of Service. I feel that my work fits into the OTW's vision perfectly, since I'm helping fellow fannish people access content they might not be able to access due to a language barrier. I'm helping to build the bridges between communities that may not have had the opportunity to meet before. This sounds very cheesy, but that's basically what my work helps achieve, at least in my opinion.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

My week is usually quite chill: depending on when I received a translation or beta task to do, I usually translate or beta read in my free time. I'm also on the news roster, which means that I help with news posts as well. This time of the year is pretty busy in that respect, since we have the International Fanworks Day (IFD) that we translate the posts for. This usually means an extra hour or two added to my work. Besides these two, I also help out with uploading the finished content to its destination, so to AO3 for example, or the OTW's website. This usually adds a few more hours to my workload, but it's completely manageable since the regular uploading I can spread out throughout the month, and it's good to take one last final look at the texts.

What sorts of news content have you worked on?

I have worked on everything that there was to offer! Well, not exactly, we, as in my language team's news translators, don't translate the newsletter (just yet). We do translate Open Doors announcements, International Fanworks Day posts, Drive posts, and Elections content. Last year, we translated the abbreviated version of the OTW's Strategic Plan and the OTW's budget, which were quite the tasks, since I personally am not familiar with the managerial and financial vocabulary these texts required. It was fun looking up the terms though! That's what I like the most about translating, it broadens my knowledge at every turn.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Well, as I have mentioned above, I love that I can learn about so many new things through translation. Legal, managerial, financial, and all sorts of other specialized vocabulary that I never thought I'd have to look for before. I also love the challenge translation poses, that I have to adapt a text that's rooted in a totally different culture than my own, and I have to make it understandable in my own cultural terms. Keeps me on my toes!

Another aspect I absolutely love about volunteering here is the community. I have got to know so many wonderful people through volunteering for the OTW that brought so many new perspectives into my life, and changed me for the better. I love the awesome community we have. We can talk about literally anything our hearts desire. We can have an hours-long debate about how often you should change your bedsheets! These debates never feel like arguments: to me, they are more like opening windows into different cultures, and getting to see how other people live. Frankly, besides the fact that I love doing what I do, I also love the place I'm at.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I'm more of a consumer than a producer. My fandom tastes vary, but I would say, currently I'm most obsessed with Yuri!!! On Ice and Captive Prince. I do like to write from time to time, though I don't think of myself as a great author or anything. Besides that, I sometimes do podfics from my friend's fanfiction, though these really are just for personal entertainment rather than for sharing with the World Wide Web.


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2017-01-12 12:46:42 -0500
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5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with ChelseaIBelieve, who volunteers as a staffer for the Tag Wrangling Committee

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As a tag wrangler, I take all the tags people use on their works and make sure they’re sorted properly and link them together wherever possible. Wranglers assign themselves to fandoms that they have a good knowledge of the canon. For myself, I mostly work with Bandom fandoms and Sports fandoms.

I’m also a member of the tag wrangling staff. This means that in addition to my normal tag wrangling duties, I also work to help oversee the training and tracking of all of our wranglers along with taking care of some of the more difficult tasks we come across. We help guide the new wranglers and check-in on their progress often in their first few months to make sure everything is going smoothly with them. Once they get past training, staff members still check in on each wrangler regularly and work to answer any questions or concerns that come up. Staff members work on different projects depending on what we’re working on at that time, which can include putting together newsletters, keeping minutes from our staff meetings, and sorting through new wrangling applications.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

I like to spend Sunday nights with my laptop and Netflix, wrangling while I watch some TV. I open up my wrangling page and sort through all the tags from the week. If it’s a particularly busy week, like during Christmas, I might do this more than one night a week. The rest of the week, I usually fit in some staff tasks around my classes and job as a journalist when I can. This includes being involved in wrangling and staff chats, answering e-mails, and anything our chairs might request help on.

What made you decide to volunteer?

As a college student with free time but not a lot of free money, I wanted to do something to give back to the website that I spent so much time being entertained by. I always wanted to give donations, but could rarely afford it. I saw the volunteer page and kept an eye on it for something I could do, when tag wrangling came up one day. I thought it could be a fun thing to give back a little of my time to help out, so I applied. A few years later, I was having so much fun that I wanted to get even more involved, and I went through the interview process to be a staff member.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

I’m probably supposed to answer helping out and being involved, and those are definitely my favorite parts overall, but if I’m being honest about the most fun thing: checklists and spreadsheets. I am one of those crazy list makers that makes a list for everything, so I made a list of all of my fandoms and I check each one off as I clean the tags each week. I also made spreadsheets to track tags because I love spreadsheets. Being a staff member is filled with to-do lists to check off for each task to make sure everything gets done properly, and it’s incredibly fun for me to get to check each thing off as I do it and then mark the whole project “Done” after completing the list. It's such a great feeling of accomplishment.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I’m a writer for Hockey RPF and a former writer for Glee. Hockey is my biggest fandom, both in an RPF/RPS manner and in a more conventional sports fan way (I’m a season-ticket holder for my local NHL team and a sports journalist). I like to go out to practices and have met some other awesome fans from AO3 or Tumblr there. In addition to writing and sports-watching, I read a lot of fics in a wide variety of fandoms I’ve picked up over the years (Harry Potter, Star Trek, Marvel, Bandom, etc). I’ve extended my fandoms to both my knitting and my baking, including knitting creatures from fandoms to decorate my living room with, and cooking an entire Christmas dinner using World of Warcraft recipes. I also used to be on Tumblr a lot, but now I just pop in on occasion, preferring the one-on-one interactions (mostly via texting) that I have with good fandom friends I’ve made through both Tumblr and AO3.


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2016-12-15 12:16:52 -0500
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5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Nele Noppe, who volunteers as a staffer in the Communications Committee and runs the OTW's Fanhackers blog.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I work to make fan studies more accessible for fans (and fan studies researchers) mainly by posting quotes from fan studies articles on the Fanhackers site (which has a Tumblr mirror). There’s a ton of fan studies research happening on every topic, and much of that research contains important, new, or just plain interesting ideas that should find their way back to fans. However, it’s not always easy for people to find their way to fan studies work. That’s where we try to make a small difference.

Take the many articles published every year in our academic journal Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC). TWC is an open access journal, meaning that the articles in it are open and free to read for everyone on the internet. However, it’s not because something is free to read that people will also find their way to it. They may not hear about the article at all, because it’s not linked to in the spaces where they hang out. They may not have time to read a full-size academic article, which is pretty damn long. The article may be a bit inaccessible in other ways, for example because it uses a lot of obscure terminology (although many fan studies researchers are very good at not overusing jargon, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that they’re often fans themselves).

Publishing bite-sized quotes from these articles in fannish spaces like Tumblr is a way to draw eyeballs to them, and make it more easy for fans to discover important ideas from fan studies research.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

Pretty calm. I keep track of new fan studies research, and pick up interesting quotes from it to put on our Tumblr. The TWC editors also keep a list of useful quotes from new articles, and sometimes people send interesting things my way. We’re still experimenting with what sort of quotes get a lot of reaction on Tumblr. Quotes from fan studies articles about, say, the AO3 are almost guaranteed to get a ton of notes, but it’s important to keep an eye on variety and also post snippets from articles on less popular or well-known topics.

What brought you into the area of fan studies?

As a young Japanese Studies student, I asked a professor for permission to write a term paper on yaoi, my favorite kind of manga at the time. He needed the concept explained to him, and was so mortified that he said “yes” just to make me go away faster. Note that this was in the early 2000s, when there weren’t that many pop culture fans in Japanese Studies. Professors were much more easily shocked by fannish topics then.

I discovered that researching fan culture was as fun as taking part in it, and went on to do an MA thesis on yaoi/BL and a PhD on dojinshi (Japanese fanzines).

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Feeling like I’m making a positive difference. I do only one small thing, but there are hundreds of people like me in the OTW, and together we somehow manage to do very big things.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I make art and fic, these days mostly for Dragon Age, and also lurk in Yuri!!! on Ice and Attack on Titan fandom on Tumblr and Twitter.


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2016-11-17 12:50:17 -0500
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Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Rrain Prior, who volunteers as a staffer with our Journal Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As the production editor for Transformative Works and Cultures (TWC) I shepherd OTW's academic journal from accepted submissions to finished product, including organising copyediting, proofreading and layout, and troubleshooting anything that comes up along the way.

The journal is one of the main projects that the OTW undertakes, providing an established and respected venue for fan studies. It's also a pioneer in terms of online-only and open access academic journals, which I think really exemplifies the values and goals of OTW as a whole.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

I'm not sure there's any such thing as a typical week for me! The journal publishes two to three times a year, with each issue about a two-month process on the production end of things. During a production window, in any given week I might be:

  • collecting copyright releases from authors
  • running down source locations (online items are notoriously migratory)
  • entering proofreading corrections
  • confirming names and figures for articles
  • finding alternate sources for YouTube videos
  • tweaking layout code to make elements in articles appear properly
  • corresponding with copyediting, proofreading or layout volunteers to wrangle scheduling

All of this is done with the ultimate goal of making sure every issue of TWC is published on time. And so far, with 22 issues under our belts, we've been on time with every single one.

One thing is consistent, no matter what I might be tackling: there is always a lot of email! In between issues, my week might involve correcting links in previous articles, corresponding with authors about corrections, or diving into one of our ongoing projects such as ensuring that every image has correct alt text. Sometimes, once in a while, I might even have a week off.

Is there a favorite issue of Transformative Works and Cultures that you've worked on?

Favourites are so hard to choose, especially since I've worked on every issue! As a fannish butterfly, every issue has something that I've been really excited about. I think, though, that my favourite would have to be what was also the most technologically challenging issue: our "Fan/Remix Video" issue from 2012, guest edited by Francesca Coppa and Julie Levin Russo.

Nearly every article in the issue incorporated video clips in some way, which really highlighted the flexibility of an online-only journal. Working with videos is sometimes the hardest part of laying out an issue of TWC, but it was really worth it to make this happen.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

The best thing is the people I work with, hands down. Karen and Kristina (editors of TWC) are amazing to work with and have taught me so much, and all of our volunteers are both incredibly hardworking and really a pleasure to work with. But I have to admit there are other perks to doing what I do, too. Getting to be the first person to read some of these articles? Yes, please! I'm also the kind of person who quite enjoys both wrangling the big picture and digging into the small details of things, which probably means I'm in exactly the right job.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I'm a fanfic writer from way back. Way, way back. Not quite to zine-only era, but definitely back to usenet era. That's always been my joy and my primary fannish activity, through several fandoms. I've also been an RPer (both pen-and-paper and later online) since I was a teenager. Comic-book fan, voracious reader, gamer, and all-around pan-media consumer and transformer. It would not be a stretch to say that most of my life is fannish in some way.


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2016-10-09 13:03:32 -0400
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Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with James Baxter, who volunteers as a Co-Chair for our Webs Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I work as the co-chair of the Webs Committee, which is in charge of creating and maintaining the OTW websites: transformativeworks.org, opendoors.transformativeworks.org, and elections.transformativeworks.org.

These sites are part of the underlying infrastructure that allows the OTW to keep functioning. If we're doing our job right as a committee, we provide a platform to lift up the voices and works of everyone else in the organization.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

We have meetings every two weeks, and because our committee is spread across a lot of different time zones, not everyone can attend each meeting. So, my week usually starts with a meeting, and then I try to touch base with each of the volunteers who couldn't make it.

Every person on my team, including myself, works on tickets as they come in, so I spend some time working on my weekly task.

I also spend time talking to my co-chair, Alex, about what our upcoming goals are, and who needs to do what in order to get them done. We draft and send replies to emails that need our attention.

Finally, I stop by our internal chat channels every day. Most of the OTW uses the same system, so it's one of our best communication tools. I try to respond to any feedback we get there as quickly as possible. We get comments about the sites, as well as feature requests and questions.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

There's a lot! The absolute best thing is getting to meet and work with such a committed, smart, and diverse group of people. I'm constantly learning about how to be a better leader, and how to build things that (hopefully) work for people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. And it's such a pleasure to get to see the direct impact of my work (our work) on the broader fannish community.

Recently, I've also enjoyed getting to train our new recruits! We've got a great team of very smart people and I'm really excited to see what they're going to do in their time with us.

Are there things you want to see happen with OTW's website?

There are SO many things I want to see happen with the OTW websites! We made a transition earlier this year from Drupal to Wordpress, and we did it fairly quickly. So, while the new sites work, and look pretty good, we definitely have room for improvement.

And, with our new staff members, hopefully you're going to be be seeing some big changes in the near future!

The top three items on my personal wish list are:

  1. Move our language switcher to the top, and set it to a drop down menu instead of a list.
  2. Create a home page for transformativeworks.org (currently it shows our most recent news items)
  3. Work on making the site more accessible.

What fannish things do you like to do?

...my OTW work? Can I say that?

I mean, that's not entirely accurate, but being a part of the OTW has definitely been the largest ongoing commitment that I've made to fandom over the years.

Otherwise, I do read a lot of fan fiction, and I spend a lot of time on tumblr and twitter. I also ran a fic and fanworks challenge for Leverage last summer, called the Leverage Thing-a-thon, which was a great experience.

In real life, I'm an illustrator and designer, so sometimes I post fanart -- mostly for Fraction's Hawkeye comics, the Captain America movie fandom, and Leverage.


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2016-09-11 12:11:25 -0400
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Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Alison Watson, who volunteers as a staffer for the Open Doors Committee

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

The OTW's mission is to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan culture, and the Open Doors committee is really central to that! In fact, our committee's own mission is specifically to protect and preserve at-risk fanworks of all kinds. We have two divisions -- the Fanculture Preservation Project (FCPP), which is all about preserving physical fanworks through our partnership with the University of Iowa Library, and the Online Archive Rescue Project, which is what I focus on.

The Online Archive Rescue Project is about preserving fanwork archives which are in danger of being lost because the archive's owner can't maintain them any longer. Sometimes this is because they don't have the resources to keep their website up any longer, sometimes it's because their archive software has degraded over time and it's no longer functional. More rarely it's because the mod has left fandom or passed away. Whatever the reason, we try to help, because we want people to be able to enjoy the works for as long as possible. I also think it's important to have a record of what fans have created, for ourselves as a community.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

It varies from week to week, depending on where we are on different stages of archive imports, and how much assistance we're providing the moderators. We're mostly facilitators, so lots of emailing and drafting things like documentation and announcement posts! Each Open Doors staffer takes point on one (or more) archive import projects, though as we work as a team we're able to answer queries if the on-point staffer isn't available.

So my week usually includes:

  • Discussing our process with moderators who want to move their archive
  • Emailing other committees to ask them for help with things like mapping tags from an archive to AO3 canonical tags, or translating announcements
  • replying to inquiries from people who have works on an archive that's being imported
  • drafting announcements and other posts so that people can find out about our imports
  • creating AO3 archivist accounts and collections
  • searching the AO3 to make sure that we don't import duplicate works
  • importing works on behalf of archivists
  • creating and updating Fanlore pages to preserve as much as we can about the original archives

What made you decide to volunteer?

I started in the OTW in 2009 as a Tag Wrangler, because a fandom friend was talking about it and it sounded fun -- I'm a librarian, so organisation is one of my things! My work as a wrangler led me to the AD&T Committee, and then when Tag Wrangling became an official committee, I was an inaugural member, and later a co-chair. After my experiences on the volunteer management side of things, I joined the Volunteers & Recruiting Committee, where I currently co-chair.

I studied preservation & digital preservation as part of my library degree and it wasn't hard to relate that to my fannish life. It horrifies me, how much of the internet, of our fandom history and our fanworks, we're losing. So when I found myself with some more time, I joined Open Doors to help prevent this as much as I could.

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

I've made some great friends through the OTW -- I definitely find working with other volunteers motivating, even if sometimes the work itself is less fun! I've met a couple of people offline and I hope to get the opportunity to meet more people in future <3

Specifically about Open Doors, I enjoy importing works, even when it's something really different from what I'd read personally (or view, or otherwise access -- we're not limited to fanfiction in our imports) . I like knowing that someone out there is going to get the opportunity to love it, and often we get some great comments from people discovering older works. Seeing kudos emails on works we've preserved is great!

What fannish things do you like to do?

I tend to consider myself mainly a consumer of fannish products, because like most of us, I read a lot of fanfiction! On the creation side, years ago I made a couple of vids, but these days my output is more likely to be fancrafts (knitting and crocheting) than anything else. Although it's also work, I do consider volunteering for the OTW a fannish activity. Similarly, I co-run a small slash-focused con. A group of local fen meet up regularly and it's great to just sit around and chat about whatever with other fans!


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