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2020-02-19 11:46:19 -0500
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As you all know by now, February 15, 2020 was the sixth annual International Fanworks Day, which the OTW marked with a series of challenges and activities for fanworks consumers and creators in the preceding week and on the day itself. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody who participated through our social media channels, on our websites or in any other way, and to pick out some highlights of the celebrations. We saw many returning participants and plenty of newcomers to our IFD 2020 activities, and we are grateful and humbled by the growing response this celebration continues to receive.

So, what did we get up to?

Last month, we issued an #IFDrabble challenge with the prompt, ‘characters discovering fanworks about themselves’. We reblogged selected responses across our social media from February 8 - 15, but you can find many more at the tag we created for IFD 2020 on AO3.

Meanwhile, Fanlore celebrated IFD with their third annual Fanlore Challenge, posting daily editing challenges throughout the week leading up to February 15. Visit Fanlore’s IFD 2020 Challenge page to find out more about what they did, and stay up-to-date with Fanlore on their main page if you'd like to contribute to their ongoing editing work.

Next up, we held a Feedback Fest. Posting shortly before IFD, we asked fans to show some love for their favorite fanworks and creators by posting recs, leaving kudos, and droppings comments online. We also asked fans to respond to the question: ‘What’s your favourite fanwork trope?’ You can find the answers, along with a ton of exciting fanworks recs, in the #IFD2020 tag on Twitter and the #IFD2020 tag on Tumblr, too.

And finally, the OTW hosted our now-traditional chatroom games session round-the-clock on February 15. The live 29-hour party saw two new games introduced this year, Circle Stories and Don’t Get Me Started, to join our many existing favorites (find the rules to all of them in our ‘It’s IFD!’ post). Also new this year, AO3 International Fanworks Day is now its very own fandom! Thanks to our moderator Eliot from Policy & Abuse and Tag Wrangling, we have the content created by participants during the Games and Fan Chat available to be viewed under the pseud MODEliot on AO3. We’ve picked out two of the highlights to share with you guys below, and would like to say one final thank you to everybody who returned to hang out with us this year, as well as welcoming those of you who dropped in for the first time. The moderators had a blast and we can’t wait to be back again next year!

Chatroom highlights

From Poetry Round Robin, hosted by Izzy:

The library never really burned down
because all of the works were digitized
Instead the librarian went to town
Where her presence was by all greatly prized

She taught the villagers both small and large
To take their words and make them flower
Do what you please when you’re in charge
Because personal stories have the most power

The people took up keyboards, notebooks, pens
To spread the words of adventure
They shared their stories with their family and friends
And their stories no person could censure

So the digital library filled with poems and prose
With an ending that left readers on their toes.

From Circle Stories, hosted by C. Ryan Smith (find the end of the story on AO3)

That house is haunted, but not for the reason you probably think. Yes, it is haunted by what we call 'teenagers.' But these are not your average teenagers, no sir, they all have special abilities, they mostly use them to mess around though… Special abilities, to be able to transcend into the "spiritual" plane - we did say the house was haunted, didn't we?

These super powered teenagers also liked to help little old ladies cross the street, but invisible so no one knows it's them. They usually interacted with the spirits of little children and animals who left the mortal world too early. Giving them a place in their home, just to 'adopt' them in the end.

Each dia de los muertos there’s a huge line outside so they end up throwing a house party that invites the townspeople to come see their deceased relatives and pets.

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2020-02-14 18:08:41 -0500
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As you all know by now, February 15 is International Fanworks Day! This year, the OTW will be celebrating with our now-traditional chatroom games marathon. You can find details of all today's activities below, but be sure to check out our previous post for more information on the rest of our #IFD2020 celebrations.

About the IFD games session

The OTW’s Public Discussion chatroom and games is a 29-hour party from 23:30 UTC on 14 February that will go through until 04:00 UTC 16 February. The times listed below are all in UTC, but you can click the link to see the time in your own timezone. OTW staffers will be moderating the room and hosting a series of fandom-themed games for you to participate in! Check out the game descriptions below and click through to our public chatroom to join in the fun. Please note that these chatrooms will all be moderated in English

February 14th

23:30 – Circle Stories — Eliot (Abuse and Tag Wrangling)

February 15th

01:00 – Trivial Pursuit — Kirsten Korona (Board and Communications)

02:45 – That’s Life — Kirsten Korona (Board and Communications)

04:00 – Lyrics Round Robin — Pam Haas (Communications)

05:15 – Don’t Get Me Started — Pam Haas (Communications)

07:00 – Poetry Round Robin — Pokestine (Tag Wrangling)

08:15 – Trivial Pursuit — Pokestine (Tag Wrangling)

10:00 – That’s Life — C. Ryan Smith (Development & Membership)

11:30 – Circle Stories — C. Ryan Smith (Development & Membership)

13:00 – Don’t Get Me Started — Anhaita (Translation)

14:45 – 5 Things — Anhaita (Translation)

16:00 – Trivial Pursuit — Jess Hindes (Communications)

17:15 – That’s Life — Adi (Translation)

19:00 – Don’t Get Me Started — Chrome  (Tag Wrangling)

20:15 – 5 Things — Chrome  (Tag Wrangling)

22:00 – Poetry Round Robin — Izzy (Tag Wrangling and Policy & Abuse)

23:15 – Lyrics Round Robin — Izzy (Tag Wrangling and Policy & Abuse)

February 16th

01:00 — Circle Stories — Haley (Tag Wrangling)

03:00 — Countdown — Pam Haas (Communications)

You can join the chatroom here. To keep things manageable, the max capacity is capped at 50 people at any one time, so if you’re unable to get in for one event, do try another.


Details About the Games

5 Things

How to Play : During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

Don’t Get Me Started

How to Play : Prompts are posted by the moderator, and participants in the chat will type up responses as if they are going off on a rant about the given topic. There are no winners or losers, just ranting in solidarity with fellow fans (but remember to keep it PG!)

Countdown

How to Play : The host has a list of 7 clues. After they type each clue into the chat room, anyone can guess what the answer is. If no one guesses, the host offers the next clue. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing BUT the sooner someone guesses the answer, the more points they will get! After 3 rounds, the person with the most points wins.

Circle Stories

How to Play: The moderator posts a sentence or two to begin the story, and from there, participants take over. The first person to write another sentence or two to follow the last accepted response continues the story. It will be left up to the discretion of the moderator to choose which response to keep if there are multiple responses posted very close together. All the while, the moderator keeps track of the story as it progresses and periodically reposts the whole story for reference. Each responder must wait until at least two responses have been posted and accepted to take a new turn. The circle story goes as long as it needs to.

Lyrics Round Robin

How to Play : During this game, we’ll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first two lines. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

Poetry Round Robin

How to Play : During this game, we’ll write a FANDOM poem. The host will choose a style (limerick, haiku, sonnet, or ghazal) and post the first line. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the poem is finished.

That’s Life

How to Play :  Participants will first name a character that they know well for each round. Every round will consist of two random questions posted by the moderator. You will then share how the character you chose for that round would answer the questions as if answering from their point of view. For each round, you will name a different character to answer the new questions. There will be roughly 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.

Trivial Pursuit

How to Play : Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we’re online and you’re free to do searches we’re going to add another factor, which is time — you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer, the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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Welcome to the International Fanworks Day Feedback Fest for 2020!

If you are visiting us here at the Organization for Transformative Works then it’s a safe bet that you, like us, love fanworks. This is your chance to celebrate some of your favorites. Here’s what to do:

Leave a comment below recommending at least three fanworks and saying something about why you love them. You might want to tell us the best three fanworks you’ve encountered this past year, or maybe link your recommendations with a theme, a trope or a ship. Or maybe you just want to tell us the first three fanworks that come to mind.

You can also make a recommendation post on social media and link it here, or tag it with #FeedbackFest for people to find. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too, so there are many possibilities!

If you decide to check out some of the recommendations that you see, then be sure to leave comments, likes, kudos, or other feedback on the fanworks you are visiting so that you can spread the love.

So, let’s get to it. Jump into the comments section with your recommendations and show your favorite creators how much their fanworks mean to you!

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International Fanworks Day

The sixth annual International Fanworks Day will take place on February 15, 2020 and the OTW has many activities planned to mark the occasion, including some exciting new events as well as a few old favorites. Whoever you are and wherever you’re logging in from, the OTW cordially invites you to celebrate IFD with us!

Check out the post below to find out what we have on the menu for the days leading up to February 15.

1. IFDrabble: A few weeks ago, we put out a call for drabbles, drawbles and other short fanworks based on the prompt: “characters react to discovering fanworks they are in.” What if Aang and the gaang picked up some fanworks and started comparing who has more fans? Or what if Bucky Barnes got onto AO3 and learned of Steve Rogers’s plan to go back in time without bringing him along?

There is still time to create and post your response to the challenge, using the AO3 tag ‘International Fanworks Day 2020’ so that we can find your works. Vidders, artists, writers, podficcers, and all other creators are invited to contribute. On social media, use the #IFDrabble tag and who knows? We might signal boost your work. We will be reblogging, retweeting and reccing a selection of IFDrabbles from now until IFD.

2. Favorite Fanworks Tropes: This event is for fanworks creators and consumers and your response can be as long or short as you prefer. Here’s what to do: go onto social media or leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite fanworks tropes. Do you love fix-it fics? Soulmarks? Omegaverse or ABO? Maybe you can’t stop reading time-travel plots. Whatever the trope, tell us what it is and why you love it!

If you’re on social media, remember to tag your post with #IFD2020 and OTW social media moderators could signal boost your post on the official accounts.

But that’s not all. Maybe you have a particular fanwork that took this trope and made you fall in love with it. If so, bookmark it now and take a look at the next event below.

3. Feedback Fest: This one’s for the fanworks consumers! Feedback Fest is a chance to show your favorite fanworks some love, and to get some great recommendations from others. We will publish a Feedback Fest post on February 13th, explaining how you can participate and share your recs with others. In the meantime, keep an eye out for your favorite fanworks by bookmarking and saving URLs.

4. Fanlore Challenge: Fanlore is participating in IFD, too! Every day from February 10-16, Fanlore will post different challenges on their Tumblr, their Twitter, their Dreamwidth, and on Fanlore itself for all editors to participate in. How well do you know your fandom? It’s time to show off your knowledge and contribute to the Fanlore wiki!

5. Games and Fan Chat: On the big day itself, February 15th, the OTW will be hosting a chat in a Public Discussion chat room. Join us between 23:00 UTC February 14th (What time is that where I live?) and 04:00 UTC February 16th (What time is that where I live?) for word games, creation challenges, trivia, and the ever-present stream of chat with other fans! Places in the chat room are limited and last year, demand was high, but if you don’t get in the first time then please try again later! The chat room will be moderated in English by OTW volunteers. We will post a detailed games and activities schedule before the day itself.

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International Fanworks Day

It’s getting to be that time of year again: International Fanworks Day is right around the corner! We celebrate IFD on the 15th of February, which this year will fall on a Saturday. 2020 marks our sixth annual celebration, and we are very excited to keep the tradition alive!

So what is International Fanworks Day, anyway?

International Fanworks Day is an opportunity to celebrate the fan-created content that the OTW was established to spotlight, share, and protect. We are fortunate to be part of an incredible fandom community from around the world, and we hope that many of you will participate in the events we have planned for IFD itself as well as the days leading up to it. During this time, we will seek involvement from fan creators and consumers to create new fanworks and to recognize some of the fanfiction, fanart, podfic and fanvids that you’ve enjoyed over the past 12 months. Wherever you are and whatever language you speak, we want to hear from you!

Fanworks Challenge: how would your characters react?

In anticipation of #IFD2020, we’re issuing a challenge to fan creators. We’d love to see you use this prompt as inspiration for an IFDrabble, IFDrawble, or other short or speedy fanwork in whatever medium suits you best. Work on them now and post them online in February, tagging #IFDrabble on social media or ‘International Fanworks Day 2020’ on AO3. We’ll be reblogging some of our (SFW!) favorites on our social media channels from the 8th - 15th February. What’s the prompt for this year? It’s time to get meta! We’d love to see characters discovering fanworks about themselves. What if Crowley got hold of some Good Omens fanart and showed it to Aziraphale? Or Voldemort began sorting through Harry Potter fanfic in search of strategies to win the wizarding war? We can only imagine the chaos that might ensue; but luckily for us, we only have to imagine it. Making it happen is your job! So, get working on your creations now and start posting them online any time from February 1st. (Remember to use the tags!) Our next IFD blog post will appear on the 8th of February, kicking off our fanworks challenge reposts and inviting you to participate in some further events. We look forward to checking in with you then!

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Welcome to the International Fanworks Day Feedback Fest!

Here’s how it works:

Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a recommendation post you’ve made elsewhere or tag it with #FeedbackFest for people to find. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too, so there are a lot of possibilities!

For everyone checking out the rec'ed fanworks, don’t forget to leave comments, likes, kudos, or other feedback to those fan creators to help spread the love. Let the fannish celebration begin!

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International Fanworks Day

This February 15th will mark the 5th annual International Fanworks Day. Wherever you are across the globe, we invite you to celebrate with us!

In honour of IFD, the OTW will be hosting several events, but we'd love for you to tell us what you'll be doing for #IFD2019 so we can signal boost other celebrations.

So what's the OTW doing? Lots of things!

1. What Fanworks Mean to Me: A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. Tomorrow, we'll be posting selected essays from the submissions. If you missed your chance to send us an essay, don't worry! You can always post on social media with the tag #IFD2019. Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day festivities.

2. IFDrabble: This is a fanworks fest that invites you to create short fanworks (like drabble fanfics) about characters and/or celebrities being fannish over something. We created an AO3 tag to use when posting your works, and on social media, you can use #IFDrabble for a chance for us to signal boost your work.

This year, to shake things up, we're suggesting a specific theme: Characters and/or celebrities discovering new fandoms! How about Izuku and Katsuki discovering Madonna? Or McCree discovering Venom? Anything goes for IFDrabble--fanfiction, fanart, fanvids, or anything else you can come up with.

3. Feedback Fest: Feedback Fest is a chance to show your favourite fanworks some love, and to get some great recommendations from others! Look for our Feedback Fest post on February 13th, then leave a comment with some fanwork recommendations. On social media, use the tag #FeedbackFest when posting.

4. Fanlore Challenge: Fanlore is participating in IFD, too! Every day from February 11-17, Fanlore will post different challenges on their Tumblr, their Twitter, their Dreamwidth, and on Fanlore for all editors to participate in. How well do you know your fandom? It’s time to show off your knowledge and contribute to Fanlore!

5. Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th, we’ll be hosting a chat in the OTW’s Public Discussion chat room. Join us between 23:00 UTC February 14th (What time is that where I live?) and 04:00 UTC February 16th (What time is that where I live?) to play trivia games and chat with other fans! The the games schedule and chat room link are now live. (The chat room will be moderated in English.)

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International Fanworks Day

Sadly International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but there are plenty of things to remember and revisit!

1) There are over 500 fanworks in many fandoms recced here and elsewhere for Feedback Fest, so check out those comments!

Congratulations to our prize winners: Imandra_Pipkin, Tactile, Kangofu_CB and CaothicTinyPaws

We have signal boosted a number of #IFDShare and #IFDFest posts across our news outlets so see if yours is among them!

2) To those of you who contributed to our Short Fanworks Challenge it's been great seeing all the clever ways people have addressed the prompt! 234 works have been posted at AO3 as part of #IFDShare.

Congratulations to our prize winners: Pinkwebby, KiraH69, dragonofdispair and owls_and_horses

3) We only retweeted a few of the many contributions to #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter but it was great to see them all!

4) We had over 700 visitors to our chat and game room during our 29 hour party and it was great to talk with you. Our first session of Lyrics Round Robin players came up with a fun rewrite of "Shut Up and Dance":

I don't want to look back
At all those old OTPs
I said "This ship is crack.
Shut up and write with me!"
This pairing is my OTP
She said "Ooohhh!
Procrastinate with me!"

We stayed up all that night
The writing with our computer's light
Helpless to the angst, and the fluff so light!
We are bound for multichapter
Bound for multichapter!

She wrote it down
I don't know how it happened
We took the pen and she worooooote!

"Don't you dare rewrite
My old OTP!
I know the sky is black
But sleep is for the weak!
This grouping is my OT3!"
She said "Ooohhh!
Shut up and write with me!"

Some comfy sweats and my cozy sheets
Lying down listening to my MP3
Seeing the comments fills me with glee!
I knew we were soulbonded forever
Me and fic together

I'm on chapter 40
I don't know how it happened
I haven't slept and I knooooooow!

Oh dont you dare stop writing
Just look at your screen
I have so many ideas
I just can't stick to one theme
This AU is meant to be
She said "Ooohhh!
Shut up and write with me!"

I couldn't write
I don't know how it happened
Then writer's block set me freeeeeee!

I just passed out
I don't know how it happened
I woke up and yelled "NOOOOOOO"

Oh don't you dare flame me
Leave concrit only please!
I need a beta bad
So won't you come and write with me!
This fansite is my home now, see?
So I said "Ooohhh!
Won't you all come write with me?"

What's gonna happen next?
Oh, it's like 4:30
I should probably sleep
I can't! I have to keep reading
This fic makes all of my dreams come true
It's like whoooo
Even needs to sleep?!

And our second Round Robin session came up with a rewrite of Fooled Around and Fell in Love

I must have been through around a million vids,
I'd love 'em and I'd leave 'em alone,
I didn’t care how much they wrote, no sire/sirette/nonbinary si,
Their ships left me cold as a stone,

But then I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,

It used to be when I'd see a fandom I liked
I'd get out the Archive and type in the name,
I'd see a ton of OTP's, but none of them matched mine,
I just fall deeper in it,

But then I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense, since I wrote you, fanfic,
I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,

Read on my own, until the fandoms kick in,
But since I read you, the muse’s got a hold on me,
(Fooled around with present tense) whoo, fic's got a hold on me now, yeah
(Fooled around with present tense) I can’t let go of you fandom,
(Fooled around with present tense) I can’t stop reading you now,
(Fooled around with present tense) Update!
‘Cause I fooled around, I fooled around, I fooled around…
Fooled around with present tense...

What’s next?

We hope any of you who missed the event this year will join us next February 15th and help spread the word about International Fanworks Day!

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts soon. From February 26 to March 2, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the elements of copyright law that make transformative fanworks legal. The OTW will be taking part so keep an eye on OTW News.


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