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AFF Summer Fic Exchange 2013

Let's spice up the summer!



Would you like to be a Secret Friend for the AFF Summer Fic Exchange 2013?



Rules


  • To become a participant (Secret Friend), you must be an AFF writer (you have at least one approved story).

  • Story must be a one-shot of at least 1000 words.

  • The setting of the story must be related to one of these themes: Summer, Vacation or Travel. If the requester doesn't mention any of them in his/her request, you're responsible to include one of these themes in your story.

  • No explicit sexual scenes. Sexual references are allowed.

  • Writers who solely write homosexual stories will be paired up.

  • You are willing to write a story for any category (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan). Characters are characters. Celebrities are only names we give our characters. If you don't know who [insert unknown actor/actress] is, pretend he/she is [insert your favorite actor/actress]. =)

  • All the AFF rules apply. You know the drill (no PWP, no script story, etc.)

  • Don't reveal to others, not even your AFF best friend nor your bete-reader, who you are Secret Friend for. Of course, your beta-reader can't be the person who you are writing for.

  • If you are not good at following deadlines, please don't participate.

  • Please mention "I love summer!" when sending your requests (I want to make sure you've read the rules). If you don't mention it, your participation will NOT be approved.



What's an AFF fic exchange?



A fic exchange is all about giving and receiving. Each participant is a requester AND a Secret Friend.



Writers who wish to participate must submit a list of 3 requests. I will randomly assign each requester to a Secret Friend. Every Secret Friend can only choose one request (story) to write.



Why is it exciting?

  • You don't know who your Secret Friends is.

  • You don't know which request (story) you're getting. (It's a secret gift!)



What does a request look like?



A request is a plot idea. It can be anything (no sexual scenes though). It can be vague or detailed. Here are a few examples:


  • Matsumoto Jun proposes to Inoue Mao on the beach.

  • Ariel Lin discovers she's pregnant and doesn't know how to tell Joe Cheng, her boyfriend. (Even though the requester doesn't mention Summer, Vacation, Travel, your story must be related to one of these themes.)

  • Lee Da Hae, a girl who takes a lot of drugs, meets a new man in a trip to Australia and that man will change her life.

  • Raymond Lam wants to kill his bestfriend, Kenneth Ma, for raping his girlfriend. (Even though the requester doesn't mention Summer, Vacation, Travel, your story must be related to one of these themes.)



You can add more details if you wish. It's up to you. Original characters (OC) are allowed: Celebrity x OC (e.g. Yamapi x Christine, Ryo x Ayumu, etc.)



How does it work?


  1. Writers who wish to participate must send their 3 requests to me on or before July 31st.

  2. I reply to your email to confirm you're officially a participant. You must answer me back to confirm your email address is valid.

  3. I randomly assign each requester to a Secret Friend.

  4. On July 31st, I email each participant with his/her duty (who you are Secret Friend for).

  5. Each Secret Friend chooses to write one of the requests and sends me an email to confirm which request he/she's chosen.

  6. All Secret Friends must finish writing and submitting their one-shot by August 30th. Please include the following in your summary: Written for AFF Summer Fic Exchange 2013: story requested by penname

  7. I check if all the presents comply to the rules.

  8. I validate all fics on September 1st and provide a list of the requesters, their Secret Friend and a link to their secret gift.



How do you submit your requests?



Step 1. You must be logged in.

Step 2. Make sure you've read the rules mentioned above and step 1.

Step 3. Please fill out the form here.


F.A.Q.


Q. Can I make a poster and a banner to accompany my secret gift?

A. Sure, you can but it's OPTIONAL.


Q. When I finish writing my secret gift, how do I submit it?

A. After you finish writing it, you submit it to AFF using your own account as usual. I'll validate it for public viewing on September 1st. In your summary, type up Written for AFF Summer Fic Exchange 2013: story requested by penname


Q. If I finish my one-shot early, can I submit it to AFF?

A. Sure, but your story will be validated on September 1st.

posted by Admin on Jul 17, 2013 04:11 PM
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New feature: the bookshelf!



Hi everyone!



I'm very excited and proud to announce a new feature for AFF! This new feature might be useful for readers who like to keep track of stories. Yes, we used to have a feature called "Track this Story" but it wasn't very effective because you couldn't really tell the stories you're currently reading apart from the stories you're planning to read.



*drumrolls* Let me present you the... bookshelf! Your bookshelf is private. You're the only person who has access to it. If you're familiar with GoodReads or MyDramaList, you know the drill! There are 3 shelves:



1. Plan to Read Shelf

2. Currently Reading Shelf

3. Finished Reading Shelf



Plan to Read Shelf

You're in a hurry but you really want to read this story? Click on "Add to Plan to Read Shelf" and it will be saved! When you're free, go back to your Account Info and click on "Plan to Read Shelf". Don't forget to click on "Add to Currently Reading Shelf" so the system can move it from the "Plan to Read Shelf" to the "Currently Reading Shelf".



Currently Reading Shelf

If you'd like to keep track of all the stories you're currently reading, this is the perfect shelf! When you're done, click on "Add to Finished Reading Shelf". N.B. All the stories that were listed on your old "Tracked Stories" page are now on this shelf!



Finished Reading Shelf

Some readers who read a lot also like to keep track of the stories they've read already. =)



Remove from Shelf

You'll also notice a "Remove from Shelf" link. If you add a story to the wrong shelf or if you just want to completely remove a story from your bookshelf, click on it.




Location of the links


Location 1:






Location 2:





Known bugs

With my very limited programming skills, I'm very proud to say that I managed to tweak the "Track this Story" feature into a bookshelf. However, as I'm not a skilled programmer, there's one small bug. The first story that appears on top of your shelves will have unnecessary and buggy links. A story that is on your "Currently Reading Shelf" usually has the following links: Add to Finished Reading Shelf, Remove from Bookshelf. The link "Add to Plan to Read Shelf" shouldn't be there. However, the first story that appears on top your your "Currently Reading Shelf" will have this unnecessary link. -_- If you click on it, your story will be listed on 2 shelves. But don't worry, if this happens, just click on both "Remove from Shelf" links (yes, because if it's listed on 2 shelves, there are 2 "Remove from Shelf" links) and you're good. =)



Difference with "Add Story to Favorites"

As most regular members know, when you favorite a story (or an author), you get an email notification everytime the story gets updated. When you add a story to your "Currently Reading Shelf", it doesn't do that.



Suggestions to improve

I really hope some day I'll be able to tweak the bookshelf script so readers know what chapter they left off on. And of course fix the known bugs I mentioned earlier.



I hope you'll enjoy this feature as much as I do! As a reader, I've always wanted a feature like this and I'm so happy and excited. XD
posted by Admin on Jul 04, 2013 03:19 AM
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Happy 5th Anniversary!
Update: 10 members entered the lucky draw. The winner of the lucky draw is... Eyeslikeatoms! Congratulations! Please check your emails. =)




To: My lovely AFF Family

From: Annie




Happy 5th Anniversary!!!



Thank you to everyone who attended the Anniversary Masquerade Ball and made it SO SUCCESSFUL! I hope you had fun because I sure did!



Thank you to everyone who participated in the Anniversary Fest! (those who submitted prompts and those who wrote prompt stories!)



Thank you to our lovely graphic designers, Ninner and Anna Clair, who created the gorgeous banners for the anniversary!



Thank you to every reader and every author who contribute to the site everyday!



And most importantly, thank you for being part of our tight-knit community and making it warm, welcoming and friendly! I'm SO proud of you guys, you have no idea! <3 I met great people here and I sincerely hope we'll keep in touch regardless of whatever happens in our lives.



Love,



-Annie





LIST OF CHARACTERS AT THE MASQUERADE BALL
Who were Seto Koji, Amber, TheHun, SweetSehun, KeAiYixing, Maki, Tegoshi, Kim Junsu, Shire?


Admin: Inoue Mao, Rainie Yang

Anna Clair: Gakky, Jung Eun Ji

Chrisa: Siwon, Heenim, Haruma, Nino

Eyeslikeatoms: Amber, Seto Koji, Maki

JumpIntoMyCore: Jung Yunho, Park Yoochun/Yoochun

Kumohime: Yoshitaka Yuriko, Massu

ichigoyamada: Nakamura Yuichi, Yuya, Yamada Ryosuke

nitelotus: Hikki

nizzyool: Myungsoo Kim/L Myungsoo

SimpleSnow: Koyama

Trice: Oguri Shun

YoonEunHyeFan: YoonEunHye, Kim So Hyun

yukino78: JaeJoong, Choi Sulli, Park Gyuri, Choi Siwon








Place: AFF Chatango

Time: Sunday June 23rd at 7 am EDT. What time is it in your timezone? Click here to find out: http://bit.ly/16hL0zu

Dress Code: Asian Celebrities. Please login on chatango as your character (Jackie Chan, Rainie Yang, Lee Min Ho, Oguri Shun, etc.)


Rules:

- Respect the theme "Asian Celebrities".

- Stay respectful.

- Do not talk about your costume to anyone!

- You may have many costumes (characters = Asian celebrities).

- Don't reveal yourself until I say the party is over!

- Have fun! =) (I'll remove the "Who's Online" box so you can read/post/update stories during the ball without getting caught!)


The 5th Anniversary Masquerade Ball is coming soon! The proposed dates are June 22nd and 23rd. If you're interested in joining us, please let us know when you're free. =) EVERYBODY IS INVITED! Please keep in mind that I'll choose the times where the most people are available. (Considering the time zones and our individual schedules, it'll be hard to find a time where everyone is available.)



Steps



1. Go to Doodle: http://bit.ly/12714VW

2. Change the timezone to YOURS. It's very important if you want this to work for you! There's a button "Change" next to "Time zone: (GMT-04:00) Montreal".

3. Enter your AFF penname in the input field and check the box for times that you are available. You may edit (add or delete) your times anytime. Just hover your cursor over your penname and click on the pencil to edit.



See you at the masquerade ball! ~_^
posted by Admin on Jun 07, 2013 01:53 PM
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5th Anniversary Fest
EDIT: Current timeline is July 1: revealing the participants!
» LIST OF PROMPTS | FORM TO CLAIM YOUR PROMPT «






To celebrate the upcoming 5th anniversary of AFF, AFF is bringing you the... 5th ANNIVERSARY FEST!



What's a fest?



A fest is a challenge in which the AFF members (readers and writers) provide prompts and the participants (writers) choose a prompt from a list compiled by the admin. -Original definition by fanlore, slightly edited by me



The Anniversary Fest allows

- the readers to come out of their shell and participate in the community;

- the readers to get their plot ideas/wishes fulfilled;

- the writers to get inspired;

- everyone to enjoy more awesome stories!!!




The Anniversary Fest is ANONYMOUS:

- The AFF members (readers and writers) will anonymously provide prompts.

- The participants (writers) will anonymously choose a prompt and write their story.

- Each story will be posted anonymously under the penname "Anonymous Author" until the names of the participants are revealed.




Timeline


May 11 - May 19: prompting

May 20 - June 23: claiming a prompt and writing

June 24: submitting and validating

July 1st: revealing the participants




Prompting


Every member (readers and writers) may submit prompts from May 11 to May 19.


Each member may submit up to 10 prompts. You may come back later and submit other prompts by May 19th.



What's a prompt? A prompt can be:

- a single word

- a simple sentence

- a quote

- a picture/image (please provide a link)

- the title of a song (please also provide the artist's name) and/or the lyrics of a song (please also provide the title and the artist's name)

- a video or MV (please provide a Youtube link)

- a plot idea (no celebrities' names, only the setting/plot... the writer will choose his/her own characters)



How do you send your prompt(s)?

1. Make sure you're logged in (prompts from unregistered members will be ignored).

2. Use this FORM.




Claiming a prompt



Starting from May 20, writers may claim a prompt. I will approve your claim as soon as possible (first-come, first-served). If the prompt is claimed by another writer, I'll decline your claim and you may choose another prompt.

» LIST OF PROMPTS | FORM TO CLAIM YOUR PROMPT «



Rules

- To become a participant, you must be an AFF writer (you have at least one approved story).

- Your story can be a poem, a drabble, a one-shot, a multi-chaptered story, etc. as long as it follows the rules. You know the drill.

- If you finish your story early, you are more than welcome to claim another prompt! You may write as many as you wish but you may only claim one at a time.

- This is an anonymous fest and I'd like to keep it anonymous until July 1st. Please do not post your story elsewhere. Do not tell anyone other than your beta-reader the content of your story.




Submitting



If you finish your story early, you may submit it to AFF anytime (as mentioned earlier, you're more than welcome to claim another prompt).



Deadline for submitting your story: June 24th




Validating



I'll validate the stories on June 24th/June 25th and move the stories to the account "Anonymous Author".




Revealing the participants



On July 1st, I'll move each story back to the account of the participant. On the homepage, there will be a master list revealing the names of the participants, their stories and the names of the members who posted these prompts.



For example: [insert author] wrote the story [insert title]. The prompt was [insert prompt] and was posted by [insert member].





Credit: The idea of the fest was inspired by fests I've seen in the Dramione fandom.
posted by Admin on May 10, 2013 10:59 PM
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AFF Cupid Mailing Service
Happy (late) Valentine's Day to all! =D To those who got a secret gift, I sent you an email revealing the identity of the author (if she/he requested to).

A few stats: I've delivered 28 secret gifts to 13 members! They were all drabbles/one-shots. 7 members have participated. Thank you to those who participated! ^^ Until next year!
posted by AFF Cupid on Feb 15, 2013 05:41 PM
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AFF Cupid Mailing Service

Remember back in elementary school we used to send secret cards to our crush and friends on Valentine's Day? Well, you can experience this on AFF because AFF brings you... the AFF Cupid Mailing Service! This is a good opportunity to show your AFF friends how much you appreciate them. Valentine's Day is not just for couples!


General Rules


  • To participate, you must be a AFF member. If you're a reader, you can send a drabble, a banner or a poster to your favorite authors and your AFF friends! If you're a writer, you can send a drabble, a banner or a poster to your regular reviewers, your favorite authors and your AFF friends!

  • If you choose to:
    • write a story, it must be a DRABBLE between 100 and 500 words! However, if you wish to write more, feel free to do so. =)

    • create a banner for an author's story, it must be exactly 700 x 110 pixels.

    • create a poster for an author's story, the width must not exceed 800 pixels.


  • It's a secret gift! Remain anonymous until February 14th. After February 14th, you can choose to either remain anonymous or ask AFF Cupid to reveal your identity.

  • You can send as many secret gifts as you want to all your friends.


Other Rules & Steps



  1. Login to your email account. (It must be the same as the one in your AFF profile and yes I'll check. This is the only way I can verify you're a AFF member.)

  2. Send your gift (story, banner or poster) as email attachment to cupid@asianfanfiction.com Please don't send all your secret gifts in a single email. One secret gift = One email. This will make AFF Cupid's task easier.

    Please copy-paste the form below and specify the following in your email for EVERY secret gift you would like to send (otherwise AFF Cupid won't deliver your gift!). If your drabble comes with a banner or a poster, you may send them at the same time.






    Your AFF penname:

    Your recipient's AFF penname:



    To: (it can be the recipient's AFF penname or real name)

    Type of gift: drabble, poster or banner

    Personal Message: (optional)



    Please answer this question. After February 14th, I would like to:

    a) remain anonymous for this secret gift.

    b) ask AFF Cupid to reveal my identity for this secret gift.





  3. AFF Cupid will deliver your secret gift to the recipient as quickly as possible (within 24-48 hours). You'll be notified when it's delivered. If you choose to reveal your identity after February 14th, AFF Cupid will send an email to the recipient to let him/her know your identity.

F.A.Q.


Q. What is a drabble?

A. A true drabble is an extremely short work of fiction exactly 100 words in length. However, when a story is referred to as a drabble, it often is a short scene or idea that does not tell an entire story, or a story at all (about 500 words). A drabble is a challenge to perfectly describe a thought with only necessary words. -Wikipedia


Q. Will you check if my drabble complies with the site rules?

A. No, no, your drabble is a gift. However, if you wish to submit your drabble to AFF after February 14th, yes, I'll be checking.

posted by Admin on Jan 27, 2013 09:54 PM
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Happy Holidays
posted by Admin on Dec 24, 2012 03:08 PM
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AFF Date Night


UPDATE: According to the results on Doodle, the AFF Date Night will be held on December 23rd at 3 PM EST. What time is it in your timezone? Click here or click on the banner to find out.





Blossy has recently posted this on Facebook:


Hey girls! I was thinking how none of us had a chance to get together and chat on chatango for a long time. When we are free, others aren't, so we always miss each other. How does AFF Date Night sound? We use the holidays to make the date of when everyone is free and we'd come online and catch up like old times?


The proposed dates are December 22nd and 23rd. If you're interested in joining us, please let us know when you're free. =) EVERYBODY IS INVITED! Please keep in mind that I'll choose the times where the most people are available. (Considering the time zones and our individual schedules, it'll be hard to find a time where everyone is available.)


Steps



1. Go to Doodle: http://bit.ly/Tx5FLZ

2. Change the timezone to YOURS. It's very important if you want this to work for you! There's a button "Change" next to "Time zone: (GMT-05:00) Montreal".

3. Click on "Show all 48 options".

4. Enter your AFF penname in the input field and check the box for times that you are available. You can also add a comment at the bottom of the page. By the way, you can edit (add or delete) your times anytime. Just hover your cursor over your penname and click on the pencil to edit.


See you at the date night! ~_^
posted by Admin on Nov 30, 2012 12:49 PM
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AFF Halloween Party
The Halloween party is over! You can reveal yourself on the tagboard. I was TheVoice (I've recently discovered this American show). I hope you had fun trick and treating in real life. Obviously, the AFF party was a fail this year lol. Since Halloween was in the middle of the week, I'm guessing people were busy at work or school. We kept missing each other. If any of us have stayed longer, perhaps we could have worked it out.



For the next party, I'm thinking of fixing a specific time. The party would last 1-2 hours. What do you think? Or we could do a Halloween themed RPG on the forum.


List of Halloween Characters:


Admin: TheVoice

Blossy: Genie, ArabianGenie

cahaya: PuSaKM30W

Cherry: adrowsyvampire

Christine: Apple

FianceOfASamurai: Penguin

Ooper: QueenMab

yukino78: EmmaSwan, Escalibur



Who were Sesshomaru, Lollita, CountDracula, Shadow, GingerII, Darcy?
posted by Admin on Oct 07, 2012 10:46 AM
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Five-Sentence Fics
Post a prompt (pairing + setting) and someone will write you a five-sentence fic.

or

Choose a prompt and write a five-sentence fic.

Are you interested? Go here: Five-Sentence Fics
posted by Admin on Sep 13, 2012 12:44 AM
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