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OTW Elections and the Future of AO3

First, there are rumors going around that if the current fundraiser doesn't make enough money, the archive will fold. This is not true. The fundraising letter could have been more clearly worded, but the OTW is going strong and so is the fundraiser, and even if this fundraiser fell short (which it won't, given the speed at which money is coming in right now and the history of strong fannish response to OTW fundraising), all that would happen would be a few things pushed further into the future.

But what has happened, courtesy of this combined with the board elections, is that it is causing people to look deeper at OTW and the way it handles its money.

And what they found is scary. Apparently, the OTW hasn't ever had a budget. There's been no planning, no forecasting, no "let's figure out what reasonable costs are and stick to them," just pay bills whenever they come in. [tumblr.com profile] madecunningly did the research to pull this together:
The new treasurer, MJ MacRae, decided that 2015’s budget was somewhat a moot point, coming in as she did so late into 2015, and is currently focusing on finalizing a budget for 2016. This is fine, and makes total sense, as MacRae and the Board are waiting to see the final numbers from the October 2015 drive. MacRae went on to tell me that when she has a finalized budget, a public version will be shared on the OTW’s website, and announced on the @OTW_news twitter. Excellent, I thought, exactly the kind of announcements that the OTW_news twitter is for.

Except, it’s odd that they wouldn’t have a period of time for members to bring questions/concerns about a proposed budget. Why present a finalized version? It’s a pretty normal move, in my experience with non-profits, to present a proposed budget to your members and take questions/concerns about where funds are being allocated for the upcoming year. While I asked about this, I never received a response.

The problem I have is that this is revealing a lot of instability and lack of process around the OTW’s finances. Neither has the OTW acknowledged this kind of on-going issue or announced changes in how they plan to manage their finances. You don’t have to have a budget to be a non-profit–but you do have to be able to prove exactly where your money went on demand, and part of accepted best practices for that is a budget. It’s also not very good stewardship; how can the Board make plans and predictions for the next year if they don’t know how much money they have committed, how much isn’t committed, etc.? I don’t have faith, based on this information, that the OTW will effectively use my money for the purpose for which I donated it, or, honestly, for any purpose at all. This doesn’t scream “fraudulent!” to me, but it doesn’t seem like a good idea either.
--Clarification on the OTW's Budgeting Process for Would-Be Donors
[tumblr.com profile] madecunningly does an excellent job of pointing out why that's a problem in the rest of the post.

The threat to AO3′s existence is not–and never has been!–financial.  Fans are REALLY REALLY GENEROUS PEOPLE, overall.  Both with volunteer time and money.  Sure, not everyone can or wants to, but there are MORE than enough to cover the costs and volunteer needs.

The problem is managerial.  It’s how to organize what they have.  And this is something the OTW has always struggled with.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the OTW’s 2011 election and the arguments over that.  (Fanlore is a good place to start.)  The bone of contention in that election was that there were serious flaws in the internal structure of the OTW and its daughter organizations such as AO3.  Everything from communications to coding to volunteer management to cronyism.  And this was resulting in volunteer burnout, a climate of fear, and coding problems.  (Not being a programmer myself, I don’t know much about this, but I know that a lot of people who are programmers were mildly horrified by the workflow and underlying structure of how coding was done at the time.)

There haven’t been any major problems that made it outside the organization since 2011, but that doesn’t mean that there’s been a major shift in how things run, only that there hasn’t been a crisis big enough to rock a boat this big hard enough to be seen from the outside.  And there still isn’t a major crisis!

Problem is, crises come eventually.  And you can get by on bad/no planning, inefficient practices, poor communication, and general bad management most of the time.  It won’t work as well as it could, but it’ll work.  In a crisis, however, all of that will come back to bite you in the ass and that’s when the AO3 could really be in trouble.  Not because of money, but because of bad management.

And that’s what needs to be fixed now.  Before it turns into a crisis.

So please, please, please, if you are eligible to vote in the OTW election (if you donated $10+ prior to October 6th), be thoughtful in your voting choices.  If you're a volunteer or board member, take the time to study best practices for non-profits and try to implement them.

ETA: Thoughts on the OTW and its current fundraising by [personal profile] kalloway 

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Title: All the Colors of the Rainbow
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Pacific Rim
Rating: gen
Characters: Newton Geizler, Hermann Gottlieb
Word Count: 6900
Written for: annethecatdetective for [tumblr.com profile] autisticexchange 2015
Summary: The first thing Newt noticed about Hermann was that he was a neat freak. Well. Okay. Maybe not a neat freak. Maybe just an ordinarily-neat person who didn't like kaiju guts in his work space. Sharing a lab was going to be a challenge ...

At AO3

The first thing that Newt noticed about Doctor Hermann Gottlieb was that he was a neat freak.Collapse )
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Sep. 27th, 2015

I think I need to clean my cat's litterbox more often.  Stella misses the box occasionally, and Google tells me this means that she is not comfortable with her litterbox, and either it needs deeper litter or it needs to be cleaned more often.

I hate cleaning the litterbox, so I try to get away with doing it as seldom as possible.  But cleaning up cat piss that missed the box is way worse.

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Autistic Exchange 2015 is open!

One fic was written for me:

Both Alike (4338 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Relationships: Mr. Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy
Characters: Mr. Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet
Additional Tags: Autistic Character, Autistic Exchange 2015
Summary: Mr Bennet had long ago acknowledged – at the very least to himself – that he was what his stablemaster would call an ‘odd duck’.

Interesting look at what it would be like to be autistic long before modern psychology, looking for someone like yourself and not quite understanding why you were so out of step with the world.

Here are my favorites of the other fics written for the exchange:

Artificial (1240 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Tony Stark, Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Autistic Character
Summary:  People say a lot of things about Tony Stark; not all of them are true. The people who say he's weirdly intimate with his bots may have a point, though.

Really interesting look at Tony, and though I’m less convinced about Howard, I like the way the author brought in Tony’s little behavioral quirks.

Whatever Spins Your Engines (1152 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Firefly
Relationships: Kaylee Frye & River Tam
Characters: Kaylee Frye, River Tam
Additional Tags: Autistic Character, Friendship, chosen family, Coping, Female Friendships
Summary:  Kaylee understands when River has her own ways of liking things, odd routines that keep her going in the middle of the mild chaos that is the 'verse on a good day. She understands because she has her own, and that's always been enough. Well... Almost enough.
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Yuletide Noms!

Yuletide Noms are open!  Here's the instructions.  They close on October 3rd.  You get three fandoms and four characters per fandom.  (Eligibility rules)(Evidence post for borderline fandoms)  You'll get to request fic in four fandoms, though, so you might want to do some horse trading with people so that you get everything you want nominated.  Here's the post to let people know what you've already nominated, and here's the spreadsheet based on it to help people keep track.  Here's the Fandom Promotion Post to get other people excited about your fandom.  (Here's the DW version)

I am nominating Donovan's Reef, A 1963 action-romcom about the evils of racismCollapse )

Metropolis: The Chase Suite--Janelle Monae

Look, I have NO IDEA why this isn't bigger.  A richly SFnal and gorgeously lyrical exploration of race and resistenceCollapse )

Are you alive?Collapse )
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Pacific Rim beta needed

I have just written my first Pacific Rim fic for the autistic exchange, and I need a beta.  7k words, Newt and Hermann, any takers?

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From the grove of cypress and yellow rose (3701 words) by redsnake05
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tumnus
Additional Tags: Narnian Subcultures, Character Study, Worldbuilding, Treachery, Hope, Father-Son Relationship

Tumnus, the disappointment," said the White Witch. The fall and rise of Tumnus, son of Philamnos, born from the grove of cypress and yellow rose.

This is one of the best Narnia fics I've ever written.  The worldbuilding is AWESOME, and so is the characterization, and it explains SO MUCH about how things were under the White Queen and how Tumnus became the person that he was.
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Flo, Mayhem, and the Zombie Apocalypse (5256 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Progressive Insurance "Flo" Commercials, Allstate Insurance "Mayhem" Commercials, TV Commercials
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Flo the Progressive Insurance Girl/Mayhem (Allstate Insurance)
Characters: Nathaniel Burke (Farmers Insurance), Ensemble
Additional Tags: Zombie Apocalypse, Crack Treated Seriously, Leaning on the Fourth Wall, Exactly What It Says on the Tin, Adventure, Romance, Humor, Non-Graphic Violence, Background Character Death

“What, you think I'm responsible?” Mayhem looked as though he couldn't decide whether to be offended or flattered. “I specialize in minor damage. Broken windows. Fender benders. Sprained ankles. The occasional roof crushed by a tree, tops. This is Act of God level.”

Or, like the title says: Flo. Mayhem. The zombie apocalypse. What more do you need, really?

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Fic Rec: Let'thieri

Let'thieri (25745 words) by [personal profile] sixbeforelunch 
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: OMC/OFC
Characters: Original Vulcan Character(s)
Additional Tags: Dominion War, Vulcan, Vulcan Culture, Nightmares, Trauma, Mental Illness, Ordinary People, Family, Telepathic Bonds, Parents and Children, War, no canon characters, Chronic Pain, Disability, Burn injuries, aftermath of war, Insomnia, Suicidal Ideation, Mourning, Healing
Series: Part 2 of T'naehm

The war is over, but peace does not come easy.

I love this fic--I betaed it, and I'm so excited it's ready!
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Depression intervention help

So, my family is all pretty sure (like 99% sure) that my aunt has been depressed for a couple of decades (there’s probably an unhealthy dose of anxiety in the mix, too).  She does not believe that, however.  I’ve suggested talking to her doctor about it, and she says that she’s fat and lazy and useless and no therapist can help with that, and doesn’t listen when I say yeah, but the therapist might be able to help you realize you aren’t lazy and useless, and feel better about the fact that you’re fat.

She has health problems that are very real, but at the very least the depression is making them more difficult to deal with.  (Being so mentally fried she can’t cook and goes out to eat instead does not help with the diabetes, for example.)  She was depressed but fairly stable for a long time, but Grandma was her main emotional and physical support through that time--they lived on the same piece of property, and Grandma would cook for the both of them and do yardwork and such while Aunt was at work, which allowed her to save up her spoons.  But Grandma died a year ago, and I’m not sure if Aunt’s getting worse or if it’s just that she’s overwhelmed by trying to do EVERYTHING.  I live half a continent away and I do what I can when I’m home, and talk to her regularly on the phone when I’m not.  My parents live in the next town over and visit at least once a week, doing odd jobs and whatnot to help her, but it’s not sustainable for them or her.

Anybody got any brilliant (or, even just vaguely competent, that would work too) ideas for what to say and do to help her at least ask her doctor about it and get an evaluation?  I’ve talked to her a couple of times over the years about it, and she’s never listened, but then again, she’s never been this bad before.  I sent her the pics about “what depression actually feels like” vs. “what people think depression feels like.”  I want her to be happy and to realize that most of the things she thinks are character flaws are symptoms of her illness.

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A Square Peg in a Round Hole, or Junior Year of High School, Revised, A Clones Tale (42497 words) by MarbleGlove
Fandom: Highlander: The Series, Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Methos, Clone Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, General Hammond, Jack O'Neill
Additional Tags: post Fragile Balance, Crossover
Series: Part 1 of A Square Peg in a Round Hole

Methos was just spending a year as a high school teacher; Jake O'Neil was just trying to be someone other than Jack O'Neill; neither are simple individuals.

Fandom, you have fallen down on the job!  This is one of the most awesome crossovers I've ever read, why has it not been recced everywhere so that I can see it?  The story is good, it's well-written, but the incredibly awesome thing is the worldbuilding.  This story has some of the most awesome meta I've ever seen about religion, its place in the SG universe, and what it means to be Immortal in the Highlander sense.  All told within a wonderfully engaging story.  It sent me to my flappy happy place so many times.  Go read it!
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Aug. 23rd, 2015

The Wired writeup of the Hugo Awards, given out last night.  (The official listing of who won.)

A good writeup.  I think things went as well as they possibly could have, under the circumstances.  (I’m a little disappointed that “The Day the World Turned Upside Down got best Novelette; it was terrible.  It was the only non-Puppy nominee in that category, but I ranked it below No Award because I couldn’t be bothered to finish it.)

The Alfies were an awesome idea, I’m so glad for GRRM.

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Fair Play

Fair Play (2987 words) by Penknife
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Vala Mal Doran & Teal'c
Characters: Vala Mal Doran, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, Sam Carter, Cameron Mitchell
Additional Tags: Character Study, Friendship, Remix

Five times Vala and Teal'c didn't play by the rules.

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Fic rec: The Footprints I Left Behind

The Footprints I Left Behind (6454 words) by normativejean
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cassandra Fraiser, Jennifer Hailey
Additional Tags: Female Friendship, Adventure

Cassie doesn’t say, my first day on earth I almost blew up the planet, because that is not exactly conducive to building trust. Instead, she says, “The first day of med school, they give us dead bodies to cut open. We’re both still breathing, so I’m counting today as a win.”

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I feel so accomplished!

Yesterday, I added like 10k words to the Criminal Minds/Stargate fic I’ve had as a WIP for the last few years.

…9k or those words weren’t actually new, they were from a scene that didn’t work as-written because I was missing several crucial scenes that formed a plot hole.  So I had to take out most of what I had and do something different with the setup plot, and after a couple years of writing a few hundred words a month on it, finally got to a place where I realized I could just c&p most of the stuff that had to get taken out, it works again now!  Different context and setting, but it works!

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Bujold Ficathon 2015 | Archive of Our Own

Bujold Ficathon 2015 | Archive of Our Own is open for business!  There are already a lot of great prompts.  No pressure, no deadlines.  You can prompt without claiming and claim without prompting.
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Title: Finding the Words (the stranger in a strange land remix)
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Babylon 5
Character: Catherine Sakai
Rating: G
Word Count: 4201
Remix of: Where the Stars are Strange by [archiveofourown.org profile] nenya_kadenka for [community profile] femmeremix 
Betaed by: [personal profile] shippen_stand 
Summary: To fight with the Minbari, you have to speak their language.

At AO3, linked on tumblr

The first thing a Ranger must learn--a Human ranger, that is--is Minbari.Collapse )
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Authors Revealed--FemmeRemix

Hey, guys, if you haven't checked out the FemmeRemix fics, you should--lots of good female-centered fic in many different fandoms.

I wrote Finding the Words (the stranger in a strange land remix), 4,000 words of Babylon 5 fic about Catherine Sakai that remixed [archiveofourown.org profile] nenya_kanadka's fic Where the Stars are Strange, and received The Numbers Game by [archiveofourown.org profile] ariestess, remix of my own Four Times Laura Roslin Regretted Banning Abortion (and one time she didn't).

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Fic rec: I'll build a house inside of you

I'll build a house inside of you (19199 words) by magdaliny
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Natasha Romanov, Kate Bishop/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Kate Bishop, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Growing Up, standard Winter Soldier trauma umbrella, violence committed by children upon children (mostly offscreen), Epilepsy, Amnesia, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Red Room, Fluff

Natalia is stacking blocks very carefully when the adults come into the room. None of them look at her, because they're all looking at her father. He's wearing combat gear, and the hair on the left side of his head is slicked back with blood. He smells like smoke and something unnameable, sweet and dark and a little sickly in her nose.

Father is saying, “Don't be ridiculous. The only thing children are good at is disobeying.”

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Fic Rec: Hard to Say

Hard to Say (17259 words) by betty days
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Laura Barton, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fluff, POV Second Person, Aphasia, Humor, Hand Jobs, Clint Barton's Farm, A lot of kissing, like a lot of kissing

“What worked for me was a nice, solid punch in the face. I’m not sure that’ll do much for you, though. Looks like you’ve been through enough already,” Hawkeye said.


The Winter Soldier is overdue for a reboot. His friends disagree.

What I really like about this one is that it's more about the Winter Soldier's agency and less about people doing things for his own good than a lot of Bucky recovery fics I've seen.
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