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Hi, I saw your donation drive on AO3, and I'm wondering what the money is for, exactly? $70,000 seems like a /lot/ of money. Is there somewhere I can see a list of intended purposes? Thank you!
Anonymous

fortinbrasftw:

dragonmuse:

januarium:

transformativeworks:

70,000 USD does seem like a lot, which is why many of our users may be surprised to find out that in 2015, the OTW will need 75,000 USD just to replace old servers and expand capacity! The OTW’s annual budget for 2014 is 221,863.44 USD, and 70% of that goes directly to servers, collation, and staff development for AO3. The remaining 30% of our 2014 budget funds Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures; covers administrative costs; allows for outreach and membership development (such as our thank you gifts and shipping); and provides opportunities for professional development and training for personnel. All of these things help the OTW protect and celebrate fans and fan culture.

I find it amazing that people think that’s a lot of money to ask. It’s incredibly expensive to fund such heavily used and non ad supported websites, and that before anyone even gets paid for their work. I am definitely donating what I can to this drive, and I hope if you have a few dollars spare and benefit from Archive of Our Own, or any of their projects you will consider donating as well.

I donated a bit this year and I hope those of you who can will consider doing the same. I spend at least a half hour on AO3 everyday and I wish I could give them more to keep it beautifully ad free. 

Are you kidding me? 70,000 is NOTHING. That is insanely low for running such an amazing service, not to mention such a highly trafficked website. This amount would be considered a low to middle wage for a starting web developer. That’s one developer. For one year.

Please, please think about the level of service that web apps and other tools like AO3 provide and SUPPORT THEM. It’s staggering, and they deserve ten times this level of funding, which would still be a VERY low operating budget for a site of this scale.

HUZZAH I GOT THE BANDITS IN ARMELLO

todays progress:

  • made massive plot progress on hyf
  • obtained groceries + had tremendous dinner
  • wrote + posted Hold Still pt 7, wrote 500+ on hyf
  • drew TIAS!RED!scout/pyro

tomorrow’s goals

  • 500 on cloudcounter
  • update cloudcounter
  • 300 min on hyf

my head has been killing me for about three hours i love you all goodnight

theoldaeroplane:

We stole Sniper’s phone again!

Style/color test for my next story, Hold Your Fire! Featuring RED’s Pyro and Scout. Cuties.

Vignettes from the War and the End of the World - Part 12

1fort-2fort-redfort-blufort:

Yup. Been writing. Doing the things. You know how I do. I am just way tired. A nice lady came and cleaned my house today. I am going to make bibimbap for dinner. Delicious!

Thank you all, as always, for joining me. I have brought Spy back into the mix. I only hope I can do him justice. We’re gonna start seeing all of the other mercs, soon. Probably also starting seeing more short interludes as I have more perspectives available to play with. I hope it goes okay!

Indexed Masterpost

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trello is a fantastic way to keep track of things for longer stories! its got an app which is probably my favorite thing about it. today i went through and made a list that had cards of each scene i know happens in HYF and i arranged them all in the right order, and in doing so got ideas for new ones. this also helps me from forgetting subplots and older scenes i came up with near the story’s inception but forgot about as development continued. it’s great!

Hold Still - 7/???

theoldaeroplane:

read the earlier parts in the tag!  

now with medic being even more of a creepy bastard

[———]

When Scout jerked awake, cold and lightheaded, what greeted him first was the white uniform tiles covering the ceiling. There was more in the edges of his vision, but upon waking it was all he could do to keep his eyes open under the glaring light scant inches from his face. He groaned, shifting, and that was when the pain kicked in. The groan shifted sharply into a cry, and he clawed at whatever it was under him—something semi-soft and plasticky.

Pain radiated through his entire side, sending vicious tendrils of shock twining through his ribs and fanning out into his muscles. His teeth clenched down hard on his lip and eyes screwed shut again. When he finally gathered himself enough to open them and risk a look down, a shaky wail filled his ears. He was not sure if it was his.

The purple-red-pinks of his own guts met his gaze. Every traitorous beat of his heart made them pulse. He could have fit his whole hand in among them if he’d been able to move. Had the wound been so big before? Had the edges been so clean?

"Oh, you woke up."

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Please watch this whole thing when you get the chance/need a laugh: watch?v=TGfNSitVQFM
Anonymous
sinuswave:

Well, surprise (?) - Pyro, you little lunatic. Never change

sinuswave:

Well, surprise (?) - Pyro, you little lunatic. Never change

(tias scout and pyro’s reactions to realizing their RED counterparts are in a serious relationship is about as entertaining as you might assume, too)