Modern fanfiction may very well have had its start with the original trio of Kirk, McCoy, and Spock. So today we're joining the numerous fans before us who decided to tell stories about the crew of the USS Enterprise (no bloody B, C, or D). Join us as we talk about our process for writing these stories, the issues we ran into along the way, and even have a bit of a mini writing workshop right on the podcast. After years of hearing us call ourselves writers, now you can judge for yourselves!
Notes:Aidan's story is called "Middle Decks" and is all about the four secondary characters of the series who never got quite the love of the main trio. Lindsay's story is called "Rumours" and is a peek behind what preceded Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - the series of phone calls that got the gang back together.
Credits:Intro Music: Chasing Stars by AG Music Outro Music: Idle Hands by The Impossibulls
I’ve started more long fics than I have finished them. Writing long fics are not easy. How does one stay motivated through it all? Let’s dive into advice from the writing experts.Support the show
Let’s dive into Reddit today and check out writers’ advice and opinions on one-shots and the intricacies of writing a long-fic.Spoiler: I'm lowkey obsessed with Satoru Gojo... Unrelated. But also relevant.Support the show
In this episode, Heidi Tandy, of counsel and intellectual property department chair at Price Benowitz LLP and legal committee member of the Organization for Transformative Works, discusses her work on the relationship between fanworks and intellectual property rights, as well as her draft article "Can You Tarnish Voldemort?: An Examination of the Intersection of Fanworks, Trademarks and Fair Use." Tandy describes the long history of fanworks and how they reflect the creativity of fan communities. Among other things, she explains how changes in copyright law have emphasized the right of fan communities to create fanworks, and how the relationship between copyright and trademark owners and fan communities has developed over time. Tandy blogs at ef yeah copyright law and is on Twitter at @travelingheidi.
You can read her post on the ebooks-tree issue she discusses on the podcast here and her post on the adult film "parody" of "50 Shades of Gray" here. She recommends this VOX article about Hamilton fanfiction. And the Organization for Transformative Works legal advocacy page is here.
Keywords: Intellectual Property, legal theory, trademarks, patent law
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Lani (@copper_dust) and Jo (@pebblysand) sit down for a general chat about fanfiction, original fiction and the origins of the podcast. They discuss discovering fanfiction as kids with unsupervised internet access in the 2000s, what it means to write fanfiction as adults, and how blurry the line between fanfiction and original fiction can be.
Your recommendations for this month are:The Elements of Style by Strunk & White for writing and stylistic tips! dirgewithoutmusic on AO3 for excellent, non-cliché HP fic the divine comedian also on AO3 for someone so good they could get published if they filed off serial numbers
You can find Jo and Lani online at:Lani (@copper-dust): tumblr ; AO3 Jo (@pebblysand): tumblr ; AO3
In Episode 179, “Fan Labor, Fan Consumption,” Flourish and Elizabeth use a listener question to discuss some of the intersections between fans and corporations. Is there an inherent tension when fanfiction communities’ “punk gift economies” are centered around properties owned by mega-conglomerates? What happens when fans performing unpaid labor for networks and studios start pushing back? And fresh off their return to San Diego Comic-Con, is it true that when it comes to fandom and capitalism, most fans just don’t care?