November 2015

How Online Roleplay Crafts Better Fanfiction

November 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

A few years ago, I remember receiving a book as a birthday gift. It touched on a number of ways an aspiring writer can learn to create better fiction. As far as I was concerned, the guy was published, therefore he had to be a master at knowing and understanding how the written word worked. To this day, I don’t doubt that he is/was successful. The majority of his advice was sound: write what you know, brainstorm, edit. I could agree with all his advice without a problem. But as I read a little //

Top 15 Must-Have Books For Fanfiction Writers

November 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

For many first-time or beginner fanfiction writers, there is often an overwhelming passion to write but sometimes an equally overwhelming feeling of, “How do I do this?” or even “There seems to be so much to this whole writing thing, where do I start?” While jumping right in is often the first impulse, taking some time to assemble some solid writing resources will result in a higher quality initial draft and greater overall satisfaction with your initial attempts. Even if you’ve been //

Beatlemania: The First Fandom

November 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

I don’t need to explain to you who the Beatles are. At least, I better not have to. If you’re unfamiliar with the Beatles or have only heard of them from playing Rock Band, you need to do two things: First, head over to your favorite place to purchase music and immediately download the White Album. Next, call your parents and tell them that they’ve done you a great disservice by not introducing you to the Beatles. The Beatles were a rock band in the sixties. They remain, today, one of the //

Fanfiction: A Worldwide Phenomenon

November 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Fanfiction recently hit mainstream media thanks in part to E. L. James and her erotica series, 50 Shades of Grey, which began as a BDSM Twilight spinoff. Among the many conversations held over the last several years, fanfiction legality and legitimacy are issues that have been raised repeatedly. The Wall Street Journal even did an article in 2012 about best-selling authors who began their career with the help of fanfiction. But beyond the USA, fanfiction can also be found in other parts of the //

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Fanart

November 22, 2015 // 5 Comments

Beginner’s Guide to Creating Fanart is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae offers digital fanart tutorials and advice for aspiring artists. Fan artists invest hours and hours of their spare time into their paintings, driven by their love of the source material. While some have always enjoyed drawing, others take to art to depict their favorite characters. U.S. TV producer Bryan Konietzko wrote in 2013: “I remember back in the Avatar days [2005–2008]… the //

Why We Needed Glenn to Live

November 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers. After holding us in suspense for weeks, The Walking Dead confirmed that Glenn Rhee isn’t actually dead. I’m going to be honest with you. I cried a bit when I saw him slide under that trashcan. All across the TWD fandom, I could hear cries of relief. Social media went crazy! Check out the chatter on Twitter: #GleenIsAlive, #GlennLives, #GLENNSNOTDEAD. While there’s been a long-running joke about Daryl’s survival (If Daryl dies, we //

Where Should I Post my Fanfic?

November 21, 2015 // 8 Comments

Gone are the days of distributing your fanfiction via printed fanzines, mailing lists, or Geocities pages. Today, we have modern conveniences such as archive sites, and if you’re not old enough to remember the uphill-both-ways-in-the-snow times, consider yourself lucky. This article is going to cover the pros and cons of three major archives:, Archive of Our Own, and Wattpad. Whether you’re just getting into fanfic for the first time or you’re an older fan looking for //

Tweek x Craig: Real-life Shipping can get Weird

November 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

South Park is a show built on satire and current events. For 19 seasons, the show has featured popular news and media as well as whatever creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone feel like cooking up. Always topical and regularly offering candid opinions, the show is a sensational hit. On October 28th, the sixth episode of the 19th season released. Titled “Tweek x Craig,” the theme was yaoi fanart and shipping real-life people. The premise of the episode was based on newer Asian students //

What Does it Mean When my Kid Ships Something?

November 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

“I ship JohnLock.” If you’re hearing those words, or similar ones, in your house lately, you may be wondering what exactly it means. What is shipping anyway? It’s certainly nothing to panic about. The word, ship, is short for relationship, and when someone ‘ships someone, it just means that they would like to see them hook up. It’s generally intended for fictional characters; my example above relates to the BBC show Sherlock and my belief that John Watson is in love with //

How to Choose a Tabletop RPG System for Your Fandom

November 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tabletop RPGs are another way to have fun with your favorite world. Most fandoms have licensed RPG properties, and licensed RPGs can also be a good source of extra worldbuilding tips that can’t be found in the original material. What do you do, though, if your favorite fandom doesn’t have one? Game design can be complicated, so it’s often easier to choose an existing RPG system and adapt it to your chosen world. I’m going to talk a bit about the process of doing so by //