Articles by Jae Bailey

About Jae Bailey (17 Articles)
Jae Bailey's life-goal is to invent a job that combines science, fandom, and really hot curries. Jae holds a PhD in Physics in one hand and a graphics tablet pen in the other.

How Much Research Is Enough for a Fanfiction Story?

June 2, 2016 // 1 Comment

We have all heard of Harry Potter fanfics in which characters stress about medical bills, despite the UK having universal free healthcare or about fics set in the early 90s in which everyone has smart phones and internet access. While some people simply don’t want to do any research, there are also many who simply don’t realize they need to do any despite writing fanfics set in another country, time period, or professional setting that they are not familiar with. Of course //

Early Review: What Will Captain America Civil War Mean for Its Fandom?

May 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Captain America: Winter Soldier turned the Marvel cinematic universe fandom upside down with new pairings and the fall of SHIELD. Will Civil War do the same? In the run-up to Civil War’s release, the Marvel fandom has been throwing around “Civil War” memes and using tags #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan. Will this movie makes us hate one side or the other and cause a massive fandom war? Will the fallout be similar to the comics run of the same name? Despite all the rhetoric the two //

Fanart Tutorial: How to Add Color Depth to Images

April 28, 2016 // 0 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. Welcome back for another fanart tutorial for beginners! If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, go back and do that before you dive in to Part 3. In both of those articles, you can find advice on what equipment you’ll need and how to use adjustment layers to digitally color your sketches. You may wish to review //

Why Doesn’t My Fanfic Have Any Reviews?

April 26, 2016 // 5 Comments

We all know what it’s like: you write a fic, you’re proud of it, you upload it, and then… crickets. It’s discouraging when no one seems to be interested in a story we labored over and that we’re excited to share. Our first thoughts are often that we’re terrible writers, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Here are five reasons why your fanfic might not be getting any reviews—and what you can do to fix that! 1) It’s a work in progress //

Why You Should Be Aware of Queerbaiting Tactics

April 8, 2016 // 5 Comments

“Queerbaiting” is the practice of some television shows and movies to attract queer fans by hinting at potential queer relationships or actually promising them (but not delivering). There is some debate even amongst fans about whether queerbaiting is actually a thing. Outside of fandom, many believe queer fans are reading too much into on-screen interactions. However, writers, producers, and executives nowadays do recognize the existence of a queer fan base, and they want to appeal //

Bucky Barnes: Living with a Bionic Limb

March 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

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. Welcome back to Part Three of the Science in Popular Culture series! In Part One, I wrote about what it might be like for Iron Man to live with an arc reactor in his chest. This time I’ll focus on what life with a metal limb might be like for Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, Marvel’s //

Fanfic Tropes and Clichéd Plots: How to Keep Your Writing Unique

March 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

At some point in our lives we have probably all experienced it: the movie or book you were looking forward to simply didn’t live up to expectations. It was boring, it was predictable—it was cliché. Every step of the journey we knew exactly what was going to happen. It’s not all about predictability, however. If it were so simple no one would ever read a book twice or watch a movie more than once. No one would bother rebooting an old franchise or re-writing Pride and Prejudice. //

Fanart Tutorial: How to Digitally Color a Scanned Pencil Sketch

February 24, 2016 // 0 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. Welcome back for another fanart tutorial for beginners! If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, do that first and then come back. In it you can find advice on which software and hardware to use, as well as general tips and links to YouTube tutorials, including a YouTube video that explains how to use adjustment layers to touch up //

Explicit and Dark Content in Fandom—Keeping Yourself and Others Safe

February 19, 2016 // 3 Comments

“Don’t like, don’t read!” used to be pasted into the summary or author’s note of every second fanfic on The phrase has recently fallen out of use—with good reason! In the age of dashboards, tags, and newsfeeds, the phrase seems comically out of step with reality. We all know what we don’t want to read but that doesn’t prevent us from finding such content while we’re scrolling through the latest fandom posts. Desktop and laptop //

Tips for Outlining your Fanfiction Novel

January 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Some people find it boring to write from detailed outlines, because they enjoy discovering the story while writing. If you are one of these people, I have a technique for you too in this article! However, I can’t imagine trying to juggle plot, characterization, and writing style all at the same time. I’m also too much of a control freak to leave it up to chance. Additionally, if you only have a limited time to write, then a detailed outline helps you dip in and out of the writing //