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New year, new stuff!

New year, new stuff!

Happy new year!

As you all know, I always post new spotlights on the first of every month. This month is no different, and the spotlights for January 2014 are:

But that’s not all! Since this is a new year, I decided to add a bunch more new stuff. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve done over the last day or so:

  • Updates and edits to several pages, including crossovers, glossary, hall of fame, reading list and tropes
  • The full year of 2013 has been added to the timeline page
  • Hostees and affiliates are updated
  • New buttons and screenshots of old layouts were added to the site page
  • Medium sized directory update with several brand new links

Seems like there was something else… hmm… oh yeah! The new layout! It’s pretty similar to all the old ones, but the navigation is on the left this time, because why not? There are still a few things I want to tweak about it, so don’t be surprised if you come back in a day or two and things look a tiny bit different.

I think that’s it for this time, but I’ll be back in about two weeks with the January reviews, so come back then 🙂

Reviews and such.

Reviews and such.

I always try to get these reviews posted around the fifteenth of the month, and I think this is the first time I’ve been late rather than early. Blame Camp NaNoWriMo, and check out Extemporaneous to see where I am with both it and my other writing. But if you’re just interested in the reviews and updates here, then keep reading!

The stories I reviewed this month were:

Yes, that is a slightly different list than I posted last month. That seems to happen every time, doesn’t it? This time, I realized that one of my previous reviews was in the wrong era. Because I want to keep things even (at the end of August, I’ll have twelve stories/series reviewed for each era), I skipped the Underneath Era this time and reviewed two Strong Enough To Break Era stories instead.

Speaking of those eras, I’ve given the entire reviews section a makeover. It’s in WordPress now, which will make it far easier for me to update. It should also be a bit easier to navigate. While I haven’t given up on my eras, the menu now has a drop down thingy, so that if you just hover over each era, you’ll see the full list of stories from that era which I have reviews for. That should save you a few clicks and make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

So go check it out and read those reviews! And check back next month to see reviews of the following stories:

But before you go! I’m still working on the new content for next month, and I need your help!

There are a lot of tropes that get repeated in hanfic over and over again, and others have attempted to compile lists of them, but I wanted to make a list of my own. What are tropes? Well, they’re sort of like cliches, but without the negative connotation. They’re concepts, plots, etc that occur in lots of stories. They might become cliche, but they wouldn’t be written over and over if people didn’t enjoy them. So, when you think about hanfic, what tropes come to mind?

Leave a comment here, email me or send me a tweet about tropes in hanfic!

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