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First reviews of 2017!

First reviews of 2017!

The reviews are back, and in a pretty big way.

First, I’ve finished reviewing Morgan Andrews’ Petals of Time Series. You can find my reviews of Devastation and Infatuation in the Anthem era.

Elizabeth has also submitted three reviews this month. You’ll find her reviews of Kindred 6: The Street Rat by Aimster and Lost Without Each Other by Harper Jean under the Anthem era, and her review of my fic Untold in the SHout It Out era.

Lastly, because I haven’t annoyed people enough about this yet, my hanfic preferences survey is still running and will be for a little over a week. If you haven’t filled it out yet, head over here now and do it. Results will be posted in February.

Belated happy new year!

Belated happy new year!

This is why I make to do lists, folks. Of course, it doesn’t work if you don’t read them and check every item off them as you go. And so I end up forgetting to post a notice here about my latest updates to the site. So, here are said updates.

First of all, if you haven’t been paying attention, I’m still strongly encouraging anyone with fic housed at LiveJournal to switch to DreamWidth. Assuming it’s working, what with the massive influx of new users now that LJ is 100% Russian, there’s an importer that will copy everything over to your new journal. I posted some very basic instructions here.

Secondly, here are the first spotlights of 2017:

You may have also seen me posting about the “website” I featured this month. It’s a survey I’m conducting about common tropes and things in hanfic. It also has some demographic questions, because I think it’s been a good decade since anyone tried to gather that sort of info about our fandom. It will run through the month, but why wait?

Now that this belated post has been made, check back in a week or so for my first reviews of the new year.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Okay, so I’m a day late. What’s new?

It’s been a strange year, hasn’t it? But not altogether a bad one for hanfic. I have just a few updates to PTH today, and a few more coming very soon.

First, I’ve updated the timeline (link in the sidebar) to add in this year’s events as well as a few more specific dates I’ve uncovered from the past nineteen years. I’ll be updating the trivia page soon, as well, but I wanted to wait until I had collected a bit more data on the fandom.

Which brings me to the next thing. If you follow PTH on Tumblr, you’ll probably have seen my post about a fandom survey. It’s modeled on a tropes/preferences survey that Fansplaining hosted earlier this year. Mine is tailored to hanfic in particular, and includes some demographic questions that I think will be interesting to see the results of. It will be posted on New Years day, so check back then for a link.

Also, if you follow me on Twitter, I’ve been posting today about the changes to LiveJournal’s servers. They are now located in Russia, which is pretty damn troubling. I strongly encourage anyone who likes the journal format for posting their fic to create a DreamWidth account and import your LJ account. It takes just a few clicks to make sure your stuff is more secure, and while DW hasn’t really taken off for hanfic yet, I think this big change to LJ will see it finally catch on.

Lastly, over there in the sidebar is a Kofi button that will allow you to drop a few bucks in my Paypal — ie, “buy me a coffee.” While PTH is in no danger of shutting down and my financial situation is the most secure it’s been in years, a little extra here and there will help offset the fact that my new job is seriously cutting into my hanfic time. So if you’re feeling generous, buy me a coffee 😀

PTH needs YOU… to help with the Hall of Fame!

PTH needs YOU… to help with the Hall of Fame!

I think that title says it all, doesn’t it? In case it doesn’t, let me tell you a little more.

Right now, the Hall of Fame is a pretty disorganized list of broken links tacked onto the end of the Intro to Hanfic page. Part of my project for June is to get both of these sections fixed and separated onto their own pages.

However… the Hall of Fame is proving difficult. I’m working to fix all the links and make sure all stories are in the most accurate era possible. I’m also expanding each list to twenty, because it’s just so hard to narrow it down to only ten. The Shout It Out era is my problem. This is the era I’ve been the most involved in, so it’s hard to be objective. So I’ve compiled a list of about sixty of the “top” stories, and made them into a survey for you guys. I already have a few stories of my own chosen, but your input will really help me to choose the rest.

The survey is pretty simple. Just select your top ten stories from the list. I’d prefer each person to only choose ten so that the votes don’t get spread out too far for the survey to be useful for me, but it’s fine if you choose a few more or a few less. If I’ve left off a story you’d like to vote for, there’s a spot at the bottom for you to type it in. The survey is totally anonymous and I won’t be publishing the results. Ready to take it? Great! Just click on the link below.

Take the Hall of Fame survey!

And just in case you aren’t familiar with some of the stories listed, or you’d like a refresher, here is the full list with links whenever possible, below the “read more” thingy.

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