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Are You Planning to Continue?

I get reviews like this a lot. Probably because I write a lot of one shots and a lot of ambiguous endings or stories that don’t end with Happily Ever After. In most cases, I don’t continue and have no plans to continue. The reaction I tend to get when I state this fact is disappointment and more pleas to continue.

Who has the time? Not me. Nor do I, in most cases, have the inclination. When the story is done in my head, it’s done, and to pull it out again would mean forcing it, and that’s no fun. Fanfiction has to be fun, or why the hell am I doing it?

Obviously there’s people out there who do see that story going places, and I’m absolutely fine with them taking it places if they are so inclined. What I’m saying is, if you want to see it continue, write it yourself! You have a vision, do something with that vision!

All my fanfic is licensed with Creative Commons. You might have seen this or some variation of it on my fic wherever I post:

Creative Commons License
Fanfiction by vampireisthenewblack is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

That up there means, among other things, that anyone can, provided they meet a few conditions, write fanfic of my fanfic. Without asking. Without getting permission. All you have to do is give credit, don’t pull-to-publish, and allow others to fanfic your fanfic of my fanfic ;)

So don’t ask me if I’m planning to continue. Ask yourself if you are ;) Give it a try.

For the record, this doesn’t just apply to one shots. Any of my fics are fair game. Even the unfinished ones. Anyone want to complete Beautiful Dangerous?

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Archive of Our Own

logo After my Creative Commons post, I was faffing about on ArchiveofOurOwn.org, adding the license to my fics and profile and shit, and I had a poke around. It’s very easy there to give credit if you translate or remix someone else’s fanwork. When you upload a fic, you check a box, paste a link, and it’s all done for you. I’ve done it on my own fanfic of my fanfic (confused? I confuse myself O.o).

There’s not a whole lot of twificcers over there yet. If there were, I’d be doing most of my reading there. It’s ridiculously easy to download a chapter fic to my phone from there, and I do all my reading on my phone. From AO3 a couple of clicks is all it takes and then I have the epub on my phone and in my reader. If the fic is on FFn, however, I have to get on the computer, go to the Story Master application (and my computer does NOT like silverlight), and wait for it to be emailed to me. Then I have to go to gmail on my phones web browser to download it. Until recently, I had to unzip the thing on my computer and email it back to myself before I could get it on my phone *headesk*

Lots more faffing about. I like being able to do it all on my phone from AO3. Story Master is a fantastic application, but the fact that AO3 provides those download links from the story page is just bloody brilliant. With e-readers and smartphones so common now, it makes a shitload of sense for story archives to provide these downloads.

So that means you can go to my fic on AO3 and download any of it in epub, kindle (mobi), pdf, or HTML format.

Archive of Our Own is still in beta, but it’s very functional. When I applied for my invite I got it within a day. I can put my banner at the top of my story. I can format my story using HTML if I want to. URL’s don’t get stripped like they do on FFn. A/N’s are treated separately and don’t mess with your word count. You can make your own freaking skin for the entire site so damn easily (I found the site skin too clunky. I’ve made it little. Took me 5 minutes). Fic diving is actually a pleasure on AO3 with the way things are categorised and tagged. I just want more twific there!

And I can’t help but see the tremendous potential of the AO3 collections for anonymous contests and fests.


Translating Fanfiction and the Creative Commons

I was asked yesterday if I would allow my work to be translated into Spanish.

I’ve never been asked before, though a while back I found More had been translated into Russian without my permission.

But, it was attributed, linked, they weren’t claiming ownership, so after a short and ambiguous rant I shrugged it off and moved on.

Being asked permission this time means that I had to decide whether to endorse translation or not. And I really had no clue.

So I asked advice on twitter, as you do :)

There were a few hell no’s and a few hell yeah’s. I see both sides. On the one hand, my stuff gets read by a wider audience. ON the other hand, I don’t read any language but my own, so verifying that they’ve translated faithfully is pretty much impossible.

So I had more of a think about it.

Did we ask Stephenie before we threw Edward and Jasper into bed together and made them do filthy things to each other? No. We did not. Sure, she ‘allows’ fanfiction or whatever, but she doesn’t endorse it, and I’m sure she probably doesn’t agree with half the stuff we do to her characters—and I’m not just talking about the buttsecks.

But we do it and we don’t feel bad about doing it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about fanfiction lately too. As in, fanfiction of my fanfiction. I’ve fanficced my own fanfic (Déjà Vu) and it got me to thinking about how I’d feel about others fanficcing my boys. The answer? Ecstatic. I’d love to read what others might do with them. I’d totally ‘allow’ authors to fanfic my fanfic.

But why should I have to ‘allow’ it? Once again, did the writer of the first Twilight fanfiction ask Steph if they could mess with her characters?

I bet they didn’t.

My fanfiction is the product of someone else’s intellectual property. What right do I have to say someone can’t do to ‘my’ boys what I did to Steph’s?

None.

As far as I’m concerned, anyone can fanfic my shit. They can translate it into whatever language they like. Yeah, I’d like to be contacted, but only out of curiosity—not for any kind of permission. I might want to read it. I might want to link to translations.

I will say this: by giving this freely to anyone, I don’t have to endorse it.

Does the fact that someone writes kiddie porn using Steph’s characters reflect badly on her? Maybe if you’re an idiot. Likewise I won’t accept responsibility for what someone might write using my characters, or my story as a base.

I’m going to license all my fanfiction using the following Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons License
This work of fanfiction is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

That means anyone can download it, share it, fanfic it, translate it, remix it, as long as they give credit, don’t make any money off it, and apply the same license to any derivative work (click the link to get an official explanation). Which apart from the first two is pretty much what we do when we write fanfic. I get to specify how I want my attribution (web link to my blog or FFn profile, thanks), it’s easy to understand and I won’t have to recite a long list of do’s and don’ts next time someone asks.

Problem solved.

So. Take my shit. Do what you will. Give me credit. Don’t make money. License it the same.

You might think that the NonCommercial part of the license is a bit overkill, after all, you can’t make money off fanfiction, can you?

Bwahahah! It’s there because I’m vehemently opposed to pull-to-publish. Fat chance anyone would do something like that with my stuff, but it’s the principal ;)