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2019-03-17 11:22:01 -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 Clark Seanor, who volunteers as a staffer in our Elections Committee.

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

Being in the Elections team in general means that you're responsible for the OTW's Board elections running -- and running smoothly. Voting Process Architects, or VPAs, help with the technical side: we investigate (and solve!) issues and make sure that processes are documented.

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

In a typical week, I'll set aside some time to work on the tasks my team have distributed amongst ourselves. We're always working toward a goal. Up til recently part of this would have been a weekly team-wide meeting, but we're testing out an asynchronous meeting style to deal with more disparate time zones. So, VPAs meet once a week to discuss what we've done, then we report to the rest of the team and check their reports.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I decided to volunteer because I appreciate the work the OTW does as a whole. Fandom needs its own, not-for-profit spaces to thrive, and AO3 is a big part of that. In truth, the work of other teams is what inspired me to join mine: Accessibility, Design, & Technology for making things work, Legal for advocating for fan issues, wranglers for making the AO3 tag system possible. There are a lot of teams and a lot of people behind the scenes who all form a small part of what we do, and I find that amazing.

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

The most fun thing about volunteering for me is talking to the people I've met through it. I know many people across many teams who I've learned a lot from and even made friends with. Though that isn't what I joined for, it's definitely been a factor in continuing to volunteer!

What fannish things do you like to do?

One of the big things I like to do is cosplay: my favourite ones I've done include Bucky Barnes and Tony Stark from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Bucky cosplay had a metallic-looking arm that was my first experience in foam armour, and the Tony cosplay had a 'working' arc reactor. I like the process of building cosplay: you learn something every time you build something new.

I've also built a few models of characters from books and graphic novels I've liked. The one I'm most proud of is still the first one I made -- a figure of the character Chris Shane from Lock In.

I also write a fair amount of fic. Most of it is gen, and most of it is Marvel, though I often write in smaller fandoms for fic exchanges. Fic is important to me because I get to write stories about the characters I love and imagine them in new scenarios. And sometimes other people like what I write too, which is always a good feeling.


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2019-03-16 12:56:06 -0400
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Copyright lawmaking efforts continue in the EU, and we want to keep you informed. Our last post on this topic contained some good news. Our news this time is less good--the European Parliament is now considering a revised version of Article 13 that still contains fan-unfriendly provisions. This proposal only applies to for-profit sites, so the AO3 is still safe, but sites like YouTube and Tumblr are not--and there is still time to fight. Here's what the proposal means and what you can do!

In February, after the EU nations' Councils rejected a draft of Article 13, its supporters went back to the drawing board and created a revised version. A leaked copy of that version is available here. You can learn more about the history and summaries of the provisions here, here, and here.

Like the previous version, the revised version still only applies to for-profit sites, so it still would not have any impact on the AO3. But that doesn't mean it's good for fans! The revised version does contain exemption for very small and very young (less than three-year-old) startup platforms, and a provision under which users must be able to dispute wrongful blocking of material. But ultimately, it still contains many of the fan-unfriendly provisions that had existed in the earlier version. Importantly, it still places a burden on for-profit platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Tumblr to prevent the upload of infringing material. And although the revised Article 13 proposal purports to protect non-infringing uses such as quotation, criticism, review, parody, and pastiche, it is not clear whether platforms would be required to install algorithmic filtering mechanisms, which are notoriously bad at identifying those sorts of non-infringing uses.

You Can Help Fight This Proposal

On March 25-28, April 4, or April 15-18, the European Parliament will hold a Plenary Vote in which all 751 MEPs will vote on whether to accept this proposal. This vote can kill the bill or make changes to it, including removing Article 13. This vote will happen only a few weeks before the EU elections, so there is a particular opportunity for Europeans to make their voices heard. If you are European, contact your MEP, call or visit your MEPs' offices, visit campaign or party events, and let them know that this issue matters to you in the upcoming election! Some groups have organized protests around Europe on March 23. If you aren't European or in Europe, you can sign a petition to lend your voice to a record-breaking number of voices worldwide.

OTW Legal has fought against Article 13 since the beginning, and will continue to fight against this and other fan-unfriendly legal developments!

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2019-03-13 12:36:27 -0400
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I. INTERNATIONAL FANWORKS DAY

This February 15th marked the fifth annual International Fanworks Day! Fans around the globe participated in the OTW's celebrations, hosted by Communications and including a variety of virtual events. These events included the 29-hour fan chat and games in the OTW's public chat, the week-long Fanlore Challenge of daily editing challenges on the Fanlore wiki (with prize badges for completion!), as well as short essays contributed by fans on the topic "What Fandom Means to Me."

Over at the AO3, the IFDrabble tag has more than 100 short fanworks created for IFD2019 in response to the prompt "characters and/or celebrities discover new fandoms," and the FeedbackFest post generated more than 300 comments discussing and recommending favourite fanworks (and there's even more on social media at #FeedbackFest).

If you weren't able to participate live in IFD2019, check out the roundup post and #IFD2019 on social media for more information, and we hope to see you next year!

A special shout out to Translation for translating International Fanworks Day posts into 25 languages. Also, thanks to all of the rock star volunteers across the OTW who helped with the fan chat, and to all the fans who participated and made IFD a roaring success!

II. AT THE AO3

During February, Accessibility, Design and Technology completed, tested, and deployed a major rewrite of the Archive's work download code. For more details on the updates to AO3's download features, including the addition of the AZW3 format, please see the release notes.

Policy and Abuse received approximately 750 tickets in February, a decrease from December (1,100) and January (1,000). Support received approximately 950 tickets in February, a decrease from from 1,165 in January and 1,518 in December.

Taking advantage of January updates to the wrangling interface that made it easier for wranglers to locate and sort tags on non-canonical fandoms, Tag Wrangling made massive strides on catching up on backlogged tags, decreasing the total number of unwrangled tags for the first month since monthly tracking of tag counts began. More than 260,000 tags were wrangled in January 2019.

III. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS

Volunteers & Recruiting

As of 26 February, the OTW has 724 volunteers. \o/ Recent personnel movements are listed below:

New Translation Volunteers: Blue_posey, docmint, Filip Drnovsek Zorko, Hookedonthesky, Koteneko, northernstar, Panwonderland, Sofia, Soulful spark, Veggie, Paiyan, Akima Ras, and 8 other Translation volunteers
New TWC Volunteers: 1 Volunteer

Departing Committee Chairs: Priscilla Del Cima (Fanlore) and Rebecca Sentance (AO3 Docs)
Departing Committee Staff: VSSAKJ (AO3 Docs) and 1 other AO3 Docs staffer, 1 Fanlore staffer, Megan Diane (Policy & Abuse), Mandy Gooch (Strategic Planning & Tag Wrangling), and 1 other Tag Wrangling Staffer

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


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2019-03-06 12:22:44 -0500
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OTW recruitment banner by Erin

Would you like to help your fellow fans use the AO3? Would you like to wrangle AO3 tags? Can you read and translate from Chinese to English? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We're excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • Support Staff - closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer - closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC
  • Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Chinese) - closing 13 March 2019 at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don't see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.


Support Staff

If you've spent time figuring out how to make the Archive dance (or are willing to press the button to see what happens), are patient in the face of strange questions, can self-motivate, and are interested in helping your fellow fans, we would love to hear from you!

The Support team is responsible for handling the feedback and requests for assistance we receive from users of the Archive. We answer users’ questions, help to resolve problems they’re experiencing, and pass on information to and from coders, testers, tag wranglers and other teams involved with the Archive.

Applications are due 13 March 2019


Tag Wrangling Volunteer

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán with ABO Dynamics, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you’re an experienced AO3 user who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling!

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. Additionally, we’re currently looking for wranglers for specific fandoms only, which will change each recruitment round. Please see the application for which fandoms are in need.

Applications are due 13 March 2019 or when 70 applications have been reached, whichever comes first.


Tag Wrangling Volunteer (Chinese)

The Tag Wranglers are responsible for helping to keep the millions of tags on AO3 in some kind of order! Wranglers follow internal guidelines to choose the tags that appear in the filters and auto-complete, which link related works together. (This makes it easier to browse and search on the archive, whether that’s Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán with ABO Dynamics, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark with angst, g-rated Rose Lalonde/Kanaya Maryam fluff, or Jeon Jungkook & Kim Taehyung | V Are Childhood Friends.)

If you're a fluent Chinese speaker (Traditional and Simplified both welcome) who likes organizing, working in teams, or excuses to fact-check your favorite fandoms, you might enjoy tag wrangling!

Please note: You must be 18+ in order to apply for this role. We’re currently looking for applicants who are fluent in both Chinese and English. The work will involve both regular Tag Wrangling work and translating tags from Chinese into English.

Applications are due 13 March 2019 or when 30 applications have been reached, whichever comes first.


Apply at the volunteering page!

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2019-03-01 13:47:50 -0500
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When you create or enjoy a fanwork, whether you know it or not, you are usually relying on the laws of fair use and fair dealing. These laws--known as fair use in some countries (including the U.S.) and fair dealing in others (including Canada and the U.K.)--are what allow fans to make and post fanworks based on pre-existing copyrighted work without being copyright infringers. Every year, organizations across the Internet celebrate this set of laws and all of the wonderful creativity they promote.

Fair use and fair dealing laws provide that certain uses of copyrighted material are not infringing, even if they are done without the permission of the copyright holder. Fair use laws favor uses that transform the meaning or purpose of an underlying work, that are distributed noncommercially, that use limited amounts of the underlying work, and that do not compete with the underlying work in the market. Fair dealing laws also favor transformative uses such as parody, commentary, criticism, and noncommercial user-generated content. The OTW stands for the proposition that transformative, noncommercial fanworks are fair use. OTW’s Legal advocacy project works to make sure that stays true, and to make sure that governments around the world recognize the value of fair use and fair dealing in making and interpreting their laws.

In the past, we’ve answered your questions about fair use and fair dealing, exploded some fair use misconceptions, and talked about how fair use and fair dealing laws apply to fanworks. We encourage you to check out those things, and the many wonderful posts and events that other organizations are putting on this week. We invite you to reach out to OTW Legal with your questions about fair use and copyright. And finally, we hope you celebrate fair use/fair dealing week this year by engaging in some fair use of your own!

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2019-02-24 10:51:43 -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 Lona, who volunteers as a translator.

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

I am a translator, beta, uploader and team coordinator for the Dutch translation team. This way I help make the OTW just a little bit more accessible to the people out there who don't speak English.

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

It sounds like a horrible cliché, but there is no such thing as a typical week. I can however let you know a bit more about the way our team works! It starts with receiving the English news source texts that need translating or checking for errors, depending on whether you’re the translator or beta reader for that specific text.

The source text can be very easy and straightforward, but sometimes you’ll be presented with trickier phrases and terms. If it’s a term or phrase that we suspect will get used more often, we’ll discuss it with the team. The interesting thing here is that the Dutch team is a mix of Dutch and Belgian peeps, so opinions on what translations to use sometimes vary wildly. Especially if it’s between two terms that are both technically correct, but one is more ‘Dutch-Dutch’ and the other is more ‘Belgian-Dutch’. Please don’t ask me about ‘Contacteer’.

As a coordinator we (I and my other teammate, who is also a coordinator) try to make the team run as smoothly as possible. To give one example, this means that we plan meetings to discuss new terms and we add the new terms to our language’s “cheatsheet”, which is like our knowledge base or dictionary.

After new terms have been discussed and decided on, and the texts have been translated and checked, we upload the translated documents to the site for the world to see!

What made you decide to volunteer?

That’s a very uninspiring story, I’m afraid. I was a secretary between jobs in 2015 and bored out of my mind. My husband was out of the country during the week and I desperately needed something to do. Something fun. So of course I turned to fic reading and had recently stumbled on the AO3 where a ‘We’re looking for translators’ post caught my eye. I figured ‘Why the heck not, my English and Dutch skills are both decent and I need something to do anyway’ and applied. That’s when I discovered that I really love translating! So much, in fact, that I made it my career by now.

And of course, after becoming a translator it was only a short and slippery slope to also become a volunteer for the Policy & Abuse Committee. The OTW became my home in a very short time.

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

The people. As much fun as translating is, it really can’t hold a candle to the awesome and great people that make up the OTW. I have never before met so many open minded and fantastic peeps as here. Quite a few of them are no longer just ‘fellow volunteers’ but actual friends. We watch movies and series together, we write fic for each other and together, we discover new fandoms through and with each other.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I love to read and write. I started out with fanfiction in a paper journal in highschool, writing about DragonBall Z. Then I migrated to Fanfiction.net for my Pirates Of The Caribbean stories before I found my place at the AO3 where I write about DragonAge, Teen Wolf and Mystic Messenger.

I’m also a gamer, so you can probably find me behind my computer with my face plastered to the screen as I’m levelling one of my many World of Warcraft characters. Or discovering that the cake is a lie in Portal. Or going after Darkspawn in DragonAge.


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2019-02-24 10:47:56 -0500
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Our new downloads are here! E-book files of works are now generated by Calibre, include images, and are about 12% less buggy than before. We also fixed a handful of unrelated issues that had been bothering us. A special thank you to our first-time contributor Angela!

Credits

  • Coders: Angela, bingeling, cosette, DreamSea, Elz, james_, Naomi, redsummernight, Sarken, Tal, ticking instant
  • Code reviewers: james_, redsummernight, Sarken, ticking instant
  • Testers: Adi M., Alex, Aline, bingeling, cosette, galvelociraptor, GoldenFalls, hhertzof, Izzy, james_, JenS, Jocelin, Lady Oscar, MagnusIsMyRock, nimadge, Paula, Priscilla, Rebecca Sentance, redsummernight, Sarken, ticking instant

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Downloads

  • [AO3-3880] - We have moved to the Calibre command line interface for generating e-book files and fixed several download-related bugs in the process (the following is only a partial list). You can find a few more details in our previous announcement.
  • [AO3-5614] - In addition to EPUB and MOBI, we now offer the AZW3 format as well.
  • [AO3-5622] - All three formats now include any images embedded in the work.
  • [AO3-3434], [AO3-2316], [AO3-3049] - Previously, the downloadable versions of a work wouldn't properly update in some cases, partly due to caching. We now make sure a new e-book file is generated if the work had been edited, so all downloads are as fresh as can be.
  • [AO3-4706] - If you happened to have the link to a downloadable file of an unrevealed work, you could previously download that file. Now you'll be told to wait for reveals like everyone else, essentially.
  • [AO3-2642] - Works with certain characters in the title (such as "This & That") would lead to awkward file names with partially escaped HTML entities (This amp That.pdf). We now strip these characters completely (This That.pdf), which is neater.
  • [AO3-3900] - If the work title started with a hyphen, MOBI downloads just wouldn't work at all. Took care of that too.
  • [AO3-5272] - MOBI files would also error if a work had more than 400,000 words. Now the sky is the limit! (Unless your sky contains like 3 million words, then even the new code might tap out.)
  • [AO3-3037] - EPUBs were previously missing chapter endnotes; we now make sure all notes are present and accounted for.
  • [AO3-3020] - Attempting to download a work when the download file had not been generated yet used to result in a server error. We are now checking for the existence of the download and showing an error message if the file is not ready yet.

Misc. Fixes

  • [AO3-5532] - A deleted work inside an anonymous or unrevealed collections would sometimes lead to an error 500 when a mod tried to reveal or de-anon the collection. Now this shouldn't happen anymore.
  • [AO3-5089] - Annoyingly enough, having a bookmark in an unrevealed collection would also cause an error when trying to reveal that collection. No more! \o/
  • [AO3-3583] - Editing your bookmark search would drop the type selection (work, series, or external work); now it'll hold on to whichever you picked in the first place.
  • [AO3-5375] - The language menu was missing from the bookmark filters, so we've added it. Now you can filter bookmarked works by language. However, please note that series and external works don't have a language set and therefore will not be included when filtering by language.
  • [AO3-5574] - When deleting a pseud and being presented with the option to either delete the associated bookmarks or transfer them to a different pseud, selecting the "Cancel" option would not actually cancel the process. Instead, it would delete the pseud and the bookmarks. Ouch! Now the "Cancel" button will actually take you back to your pseuds page without deleting anything.
  • [AO3-5198] - We used to display the number of times a particular work or site skin was used; however, that number would always be 0 for work skins. Since the feature didn't get much use anyway, we just got rid of the pesky count and moved on.
  • [AO3-5602] - There was a typo in the ToS FAQ. We fixed it.
  • [AO3-5400] - After an admin had been deleted, any page detailing an action taken by that admin would throw an error 500. Now it'll display the information (e.g. about a hidden work) with a friendly "Admin deleted" note.

Infrastructure

  • [AO3-5607] - We had previously been using Ubuntu Trusty for tests on our CI service, but now we've switched to Xenial, which is closer to our production environment and reduces the amount of set up that has to be done when we run our tests.
  • [AO3-5582] - We updated the version of Elasticsearch that was used for running automated tests on our CI services. Now it matches the version we actually use on the site (6.5.2).

Edit 24 February 2019, at 22:18 UTC: Please note that in order to avoid handing out old versions of downloads, we have cleared the download cache. Our download servers will be under some strain over the next several days as new downloads are generated and cached, so you may get an error when downloading a work. If you do, please try again later.

Edit 10 March 2019, at 09:22 UTC: We've added some whitespace to the header information on work downloads and have again cleared the cache to avoid serving old versions. As a result, there may be some slowness for the next few days.

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2019-02-19 12:35:27 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

International Fanworks Day 2019 has come to an end. We are absolutely thrilled with the response and celebrations we have witnessed on this fifth anniversary of IFD! Here’s a look at how it all went down:

Fanlore sent out their second annual week-long editing challenge. If you missed it, don't worry--the folks over at Fanlore can always use more hands from those fans who wish to add to the collective pool of knowledge in the fandom wiki.

The OTW’s call for submissions to the topic "What Fanworks Mean to Me" produced some very heartening responses. Check out the What Fanworks Mean to Me post to see more, and keep the ball rolling by mentioning #WhatFanworksMeanToMe on social media.

IFDrabble was a success! There are over 100 submissions under the International Fanworks Day 2019 tag on AO3. If you’re looking for some quick and hilarious fanworks, then go check out how different fans have interpreted the prompt "characters and/or celebrities discover new fandoms."

A huge thank you to everyone who has commented and posted recommendations as a part of Feedback Fest. As of the time of this writing, there are over 300 comments recommending and discussing people's favourite fanworks. If you haven’t done so yet, go visit the comments on the Feedback Fest post for recommendations to your favourite fandoms--and maybe some new ones, too!

The games and fan chat was more popular than ever! We had OTW volunteers moderating for this 29-hour party where fans joined to participate in the games. Below are excerpts from the Lyrics Round Robin and Poetry Round Robin games. Fans brought some incredible enthusiasm and creativity to the table, and shoutout to the guest MiraculousReader for being a powerhouse of ad lib song lyrics and poetry!

Lyrics Round Robin:

To the tune of “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers

Coming out of my page
and I’ve been attacked by fans
gotta write it down
because fans read it all
fic started out with a kiss
how did i get to this?
it was only a ship, only a ship
now I'm falling asleep
at the keyboard again
while the fans rage on
and im taking a nap
now my characters are all dead
and my beta is sick
all ideas in my head
but i cant write it down
Now, the ship has gone angst
now, let it sink

To the tune of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

It’s keeping me awake
I can’t eat sleep or drink
I gotta read about it
Every single author's got a story to tell
Fandoms from the popular
to the obscure
But I can’t stop thinking about it
no matter how hard I try

It’s the only thing keeping me alive, fanfic sites are my home

I'm gonna switch it off,
or maybe just another line or two
Far from wattpad evermore
Or maybe five fics more
And I’m reading, and I'm reading, and I’m reading
Now my eyes are sore
All the words are gonna fill me up
Kudos and comments evermore

To the tune of “Summer of ‘69” by Bryan Adams

I saw my first real fanvid
It was for a small fandom
Left a comment on it, 'god i love this video!'
I watched until I flooded with tears
It was the summer of 2018

Me and some friends from tumblr
had a fandom and we blogged real hard
One left for Instagram, One left for deviantart
my ship sank, my head-cannon got blasted

Oh when i remember our OTPs
Those ships seemed to last forever
They seemed so strong together
And if i was the writer
The ship would've become canon

To the tune of “My Immortal,” by Evanescence

This ink won't seem to flow
this block is just too real
there's so much backspace cannot erase

when I cried, the keyboard collected all my tears
characters scream and fight through all their fears
and I wrote this fic through all of these years
author still has all of me

Poetry Round Robin:

Haiku
Winged fire creature,
That is burning down Laketown,
Cumberbatch, so hot.

Limerick
When a writer and symbiote meet,
The readers are in for a treat,
He'll whip out his tongue,
Keep an eye on your young,
For he might think them so sweet.

Haiku
A boy with no quirk
still wants to be a hero
but already is

Sonnet
When Thanos snapped his finger you were gone.
I did not know what to do without you,
I never got to hear your final song.
I have been in love with you all along.
Tell me how did I end up with this life?
Tell me how to say goodbye to you now,
I had the best time with you in the past.
The sun is now setting and I'm alone,
I'd do anything I could to fix this.
My heart is broken without you here now,
I can't function without you by my side.
Only memories keep our hearts alive,
in this empty world I scream for the lost,
Yet I still hope to see you come morning.

Limerick
A paladin whose name was Keith
had kept his sword in a sheath
His lion was red
he fought till he bled
then knocked out all of his teeth

Ghazal
A three-patch problem arrives at his door,
Uninviting, painted black, an old wooden door.
Difficulties posing as opportunities knock on the door,
Hiding his genius the quaint little door.
Sherlock smiles, the game's afoot,
Prowling mysteries afoot.
the culprit is found at home,
red stained hands at home,
Mrs. Hudson beckons home
two chairs and hot tea at home

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