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Pam starts a blog to keep their family and friends updated on their life in Austin. PART FOUR ADDED
While MTT was down for a brief time one night, I wrote a couple 55 word fics in the TWOP thread about...
Jim's driving to Stamford in the pouring rain, and he's trying as hard as he can not to turn back. Post...
He wanted to be someone who was happy and who didn't cry at weddings. She wanted to be all sophisticated...
What if Jim never went to Stamford? What if Pam started making life changes a little sooner? An AU look...
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--Morning Angel on January 28, 2010 05:10 am 0 Comments
I'm writing this as a plea from our archive admins - even if they didn't exactly ask me to write it. I still tend to glance at every story posted here and I wanted to take a moment to comment about a few things.
We're getting a little bit sloppy.
I'll admit - there are times I'm so excited about posting something that I don't take the time to send it to a beta - I just want to get it out there. But even if you don't have a person who you go to for a second set of eyes there is something to be said for taking a deep breath, stepping away for a bit, taking another glance and THEN going back to post.
MTT was created as a place to archive quality Office fanfic. I'd really like to keep it that way.
Running spell check is the absolute minimum you should do. Formatting of your story needs to be correct - run on sentences and paragraphs are not acceptable. Things like typos of things as important as character names can happen so that is why I strongly suggest authors find a trusty beta or two. Not only can they catch things like that - they can help to polish and tighten up your work. Ideally you want one who shares your view of the characters you're writing about and another who is completely brutal where the mechanics of writing are concerned.
Sometimes you can find both in one person if you are lucky enough.
If you are questioning correct grammar usage there are a multitude of websites that can assist you. Tricky things like its and it's and lie and lay happen all the time. Not taking the time to find out if you're doing something right or wrong is really pure laziness. This may sound harsh but when I - personally - see an author hasn't taken the time to polish their work I wonder why I'm wasting my time reading it.
If you look to the left of this note there are links to both our pool of betas and the Grammar Girl website.
The tools we all need are here. There are really no excuses.
I'm not saying I'm not guilty of rushing myself - the desire for feedback and to put something out there that you hope others will enjoy is very strong. But these days I'm really forcing myself to slow down and take my time in order to be sure what I put out there is the best I can do.
My greatest wish is that I could get more people on board with that.
--xoxoxo on November 08, 2009 06:30 am 0 Comments
We apologize for the interruption in service last night. We had some junk code installed on the site. It's now been removed and we're all good to go. However, google takes a bit of time to update its warnings so the warning is still on there. We've contacted google to get them to revise it.
Thank you for your patience!
EDITED ON SUNDAY, 11:30pm : There may still be security problems so the archive may be up and down. This is causing us a terrible headache. You may want to stay off here if you don't have good security software. Hopefully, better news to come soon.
--Morning Angel on October 24, 2009 09:09 am 0 Comments
--Morning Angel on October 09, 2009 08:51 pm 1 Comments
Just some 'other' character related challenges. You know, those guys who aren't Jim or Pam.
All About A Peripheral Character (McGigi) -
Take someone we've only met, seen or heard of very few times on the show and tell us his/her story as it relates to the office. It could be the security guard at Dunder-Mifflin, people from Vance Refrigeration, workers from the Dunder-Mifflin New York office,...
Phyllis's One Night Stand (fancynewbeesly) -
In Sexual Harrassment, we all heard about Phyllis's one night stand. Who was it with? How did it happen?
55: The Kandy Edition (Morning Angel) -
Write 55 words about Kelly and Andy.
And as a reminder, if you have challenge ideas, you can submit them in the challenges thread on the forum, or email them to us at email@example.com. Thanks!
--EmilyHalpert on September 28, 2009 09:55 am 2 Comments
Many of you who have been long standing members remember a time when certain stories were awarded a featured place on our archive in the form of a ribbon. This was, and always has been, a subjective preference of the archive admins - their perk for maintaining the site (a job that comes with very little reward.) It is meant to be a nod to stories we particularly enjoy - much like a suggested reading shelf at your local library or bookstore.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
Our authors (and members) - we thought - enjoyed this part of the archive until we got many protests about why one story was chosen over the other. It became a real headache and all the fun was sucked out of it.
In short: Ribbons became our own personal Toby Flenderson.
After much deliberation the MTT Fanfic Archive Admins have collectively decided to reinstitute Featured Stories function. Ribbons are back and are, again, merely a perk that admins get for helping to maintain the site.
Here's the kicker: Understand that we will not entertain any grumblings or discuss why one story was picked over another. In our eyes it is akin to begging for reviews. It's not cool and it becomes fun for no one. Featured Stories are selected by personal preference. PERIOD. We believe our tastes are different enough to feature a number of different authors and types of stories, new, old, Jim, Pam and everything in between.
The rules are few: Admins cannot feature a story they have beta'd. Admins cannot feature the same author 2 weeks in a row. Admins will strive to continually feature different authors and genres - including newer authors, stories that feature the ensemble and other pairings besides Jim and Pam.
MTT Members can and should continue to promote their favorite authors and stories in the MTT Forum in the Recommendations and Looking for a Fic threads.
We are thrilled to be able to highlight our favorites again. We hope you are too.
--xoxoxo on September 17, 2009 08:20 am 2 Comments
Thank you for your patience as we work this out!
--EmilyHalpert on September 10, 2009 05:46 pm 0 Comments
We updated/upgraded some things this morning because some features like the memberlist were having trouble. Thank you, sicokitty, for the update.
This upgrade seems to have messed up with default layout. To choose permanently what skin you prefer, go in "My Account" under "Edit Preferences" and skin is at the bottom there.
--Morning Angel on August 29, 2009 08:19 am 0 Comments