Well, I have come to let you all know about a fanfiction archive that seems to be pretty well known already (though never mentioned here, I don't think
); perhaps some of you are as behind the times as I am! It calls itself 'An Archive of Our Own', or 'AO3' for short (or, as I call it, Assessment Objective 3). For those, like me, who missed it until now, I want to recommend it for three distinct reasons:1. For readers:
This is where the most recent fan activity seems to be (as well as some older, perhaps familiar stuff if you go back through the pages - far enough to make me
wonder how I missed the thing for so long!). I was amazed to discover that the archive has EGB fanfics
(besides mine) posted this very year, after the truly EGB-first fans like myself seemed to have disappeared not long after the show did (I wonder if we have YouTube to thank for a new generation of them...?).
I've also looked at the RGB section
(mainly for the purposes of making this post), and that has some very recent stuff too. Of course, I can't say what if anything will be to anybody's taste; I'm just suggesting that it's worth exploring (if you haven't already). Stories are rated from General to Explicit (via Teen-and-up and Mature), and come with a lot of helpful tags specifying characters, relationships and any potentially sensitive content. There really does seem to be something to cater to all tastes (especially now that I've filled in the gap for an E-rated EGB fic; more on that later).
(There are warnings and things to click before guests can get to the Explicit and even the Mature stuff, so I figure my links here on the forum are okay(?).)2. For writers:
Since creating an account there myself, I've found that the site is extremely navigable, involves minimal effort when posting new chapters, tagging, categorising, editing etc., and has versatile options such as including notes wherever you want them, and the ability to sort stories into named collections. The only slightly awkward thing is the need for HTML coding, which until now I haven't had to do on any writing platform since DeviantArt made the change. Add to all this the evident currentness of the site, and it seems like a good idea to join if you have fanfic. You do have to request an invitation, just so that they control the site's growth and not overload the server; I got mine about a week after sending my request.3: For my own selfish benefit:
Well, here' a direct link to my own page
; should anyone want to (re-)read/comment/click the kudos buttons on any of my works (the last of which is very easy to do!), I shall feel validated and of course grateful. There is almost
nothing new there; I've been steadily posting those of my Collinsverse stories from the last six years (approx.) that I hope might be of some interest to passing fans. I'm not done with it yet, but I am here with my announcement on this particular day because I want to advertise my latest release: that E-rated story I mentioned earlier, 'Head, Heart, Loins' (which has been on aff.org since 2018), for the sake of two changes I've made:
a) I have written a new (sex) scene that, for whatever reason, wouldn't come to me the first time but now has. It begins about halfway into Chapter 2 (and has also been added to the copy of the story at aff.org).
b) I have amalgamated 'The L Word' (one of the Collinsverse 'Inserts', released in 2019) with Chapter 3 ('The L Word' having been written first, though released afterwards). I decided this would be worth doing after re-reading 'Head, Heart, Loins' and finding myself very aware that I had written Chapter 3 around another story, and I planned to post both works to AO3 anyway. The original version of the chapter remains at aff.org (where there is no copy of 'The L Word' to confuse things). I wasn't sure at first if I'd make a good job of it, but - modesty be damned! - I rather like how the AO3 version has turned out.