November 2015

How to Increase your Word Count (And Avoid Writer’s Block)

November 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is officially half over, and with the encroaching deadline comes the pressure to push your word count to new heights. NaNoWriMo is an annual online challenge during the month of November which challenges writers to write at least 50,000 words in exactly one month. The challenge is free to join, and it is open to writers of all levels. Check out NaNoWriMo.org for more information! Whether you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, or just working on your story, //

How Adventure Time Addressed the Generation Gap

November 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

WARNING: This article may contain spoilers for season six. Season Six of Adventure Time has been a roller coaster of character development so far. We’ve seen Princess Bubblegum loosen up her control over the Candy Kingdom. Finn has gone up and down about his dad and dealing with having a deadbeat for a biological father. Jake and his brother Jermaine had a heart to heart about taking responsibility for their father’s legacy. Yet, so far, the episode that has struck a chord with me is //

The Public Domain and the Building of a Mythos

November 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

How many shows on the air right now feature a sleuthing modern day protagonist named Sherlock Holmes? How many times have you seen the story of Peter Pan retold in the last year alone? How many literary classics have been “updated” with passages that include anything from limb-rending zombies to bodice-ripping Byronic heroes? How is this possible? Why for the love of God do you have to put up with it? How can you get in on it? It’s the public domain, baby. It’s where //

7 Seasonal Fandom Gift Exchanges You Can Still Sign Up For in November

November 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

The fandom community is getting into the festive spirit with a variety of fanfiction and fanart gift exchanges. Many secret santas are already well underway, but others are still open for sign-ups or have prompts that can be claimed. Here are seven festive fandom events you can still sign up to participate in, plus three that are looking for last-minute gift creators: The Doctor Who fandom has been around since forever and so of course also has a secret santa fanworks exchange. This time the //

Why Mary Sues and OCs Are Hated (and Why They’re Not the Same)

November 5, 2015 // 8 Comments

I don’t really mind OCs in fanfiction. Even if a writer uses an OC as a main character, I’m cool with it—as long as the character in question isn’t a Mary Sue. Now, I understand that Mary Sue is a somewhat subjective term. If you ask ten different people what it means, you’ll get ten different answers: A Mary Sue is the author’s wish fulfillment. A Mary Sue is a character whose name and physical traits overcompensate for her lack of personality. A Mary Sue pushes //

Iron Man: Living with a Fusion Reactor in Your Chest

November 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Science in Popular Culture is a column by contributor Jae Bailey. In this column, Jae explores the science and technology of bionic limbs, arc reactors, and Death Stars in popular culture. “What is the point of owning a race car if you can’t drive it?” —Tony Stark, Iron Man 2 (2010) And what is the point of owning a kick-ass metal flying suit if it’s too heavy to ever leave the ground? Tony Stark, the man inside the armor, masters this engineering challenge by using //

How Archive of Our Own Revolutionized Fandom

November 1, 2015 // 14 Comments

A brief snapshot of fandom in early 2007: The first Naruto series had wrapped, and Naruto Shippuden had just started airing. Supernatural was wrapping up its second season with a shocking finale in “All Hell Breaks Loose.” Kingdom Hearts II and Final Fantasy XII came out only the year before, and Final Fantasy 7 fandom was back with a vengeance with the release of Advent Children. The world waited breathlessly for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And fandom on //