Happy Autumn everyone! This October, we are introducing a new feature: the Challenges Challenge!
How it works: Every 3 months we will introduce a handful of challenges, which are story prompts or themes. We'll have a combo of admin choices, an old challenge that went unanswered and maybe a Reader's challenge as well! Write a story for one of the challenges and your story will earn a little banner. But really this is just meant to be a way to keep writer's inspired and keep new stories coming! You can find more info and how to enter on this page: Challenges Challenge
Here are the challenges for Q4 2017:
- Bad Date (JAM style): Jim and Pam have a terrible first date (but he still buys a ring a week later)
- "Nice Morning, too" : What did Jim & Pam get up to that inspired the talking head at the start of S9E21 "Living The Dream" *wink wink*
- Life In Austin: Write a story about Pam and Jim's life in the Texas capital
- High School Reunion : write about any character's high school reunion
None of these getting your creative juices flowing? Send in your suggestions for challenges and we'll consider them for the next round!
--Admin Team on October 12, 2017 09:32 pm 0 Comments
If you've been on MTT for a while, you have probably accumulated a decent Favorites list. And you have probably been annoyed at the lack of versatility the favorites list offered especially when browsing.
Though we have a ways to go before we'll be truly happy with favorites, we have taken the first big step: you can now browse and filter your favorites. Like when you browse elsewhere on the site, you can select certain characters, genres, categories, etc and you can order by title, length, most recent, and more!
You will find links to this browseable list in your account and under the Browse menu. If you want to see your comments on a story or edit/remove from favorites, you still have to go through the old "Manage Favorite" option but we hope to get these streamlined into the browseable manage favorites list soon!
ETA: We have also improved the page after you save favorites so you can easily return to where you were browsing.
Additionally, we have added several new Top Lists to help you discover more fics on the site!
In other news: a sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed during our Hosting FunRaiser! We are only $10 from our goal to be completely covered for the year. There's still time to contribute and get us to our goal and get a headstart on next year!
Next, we know navigating the site is a little intimidating for newbie (and perhaps for older members also) so we are working on some quick guides (complete with photos) on things like tips for getting the most of our this site, explaining features, how to add images, etc. We want to hear from members what they think could use a visual quick guide. We also want to hear in general what you'd like to see on the site and what could use improvement, so please comment here or in an email send us your thoughts.
If you haven't checked out the shoutbox yet, we put it up for members to say hey and interact so please don't be shy: ask questions, share interesting Office tidbits, say hi to your fellow MTTers, whatever you'd like! (also we may try to organize a live chat soon, so please keep an eye on the shoutbox)
Not totally News, but just wanted to say: people have been utilizing the new jellybean feature which is great, we worked hard on it and want to see it used. That said, we want to emphasis that reviews are truly the fuel of fanfiction, they are the easiest and best way to show an author their work is being read and appreciated, they are absolutely free, and they are great little motivators for authors. Even if you don't feel like you have anything particularly interesting to say, we can tell you for a fact authors love getting (positive) reviews.
Thank you for reading and for being great members!
--MTT Admin Team on August 26, 2017 02:07 am 0 Comments
If you can believe it, July 9th marks MTT's 11th birthday! An all new MTT admin team took over last year with the goal of bringing the site up to date, adding some new features and get activity going again. And with new themes, the Download ePub feature, our Valentine's day contest, new social media accounts, and the just-launched jellybean system, we think 2016-17 was a success!
Of course, today being our birthday also means that MTT's annual hosting bill is due this month. So if you would like to give us something, you can give the awesome gift of a contribution to the site! A contribution of $10+ will earn you a small JAM gift, but every dollar is sincerely appreciated! You can read the full details of our annual funraiser here. FUNRAISER EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST!
If you can't give monetarily but still want to make a contribution, you can do so by submitting new stories, leaving reviews and jellybeans, following and liking our social media, interacting with fellow fans, making recommendation to friends, etc. Anything to keep MTT the great place for PB&J and Office fans that it is is your gift to us every day!
Now onto our next year!
--MTT Admin Team on July 09, 2017 08:35 pm 1 Comments
For 11 years the archive has used star ratings. It's simple in theory, give a story a rating of 1 to 5 stars, but in practice it really hasn't been that useful. One author may feel 3 stars is a solid rating, another may feel it's an insult. One reader may reserve 5 stars for only their absolute favorites, another may give 5 stars to everything they review. One story may only have one 5-star rating, another may have 20, and they are listed the same.
So today we bid farewell to the star rating system and say hello to something we think will be more straight forward and useful: jellybeans! Much like a "like" or a "kudos", readers can leave a jellybean as a small token on stories they enjoyed.
After deciding to switch to jellybeans, the next conundrum of course was deciding how beans will be distributed. If a user is allowed to only leave one per story, the newer stories have no chance of catching up with older ones. If one per chapter is allowed then that puts one-shots and short stories at a disadvantage. Taking all this into consideration, we have decided that users can leave up to 5 jellybeans on a story. So if you like a story, give it a jellybean, if you really like it, give it a couple more, if you absolutely love it, take the time to give it 5!
Though we always want to encourage reviews, you can leave jellybeans without reviewing. You can click on the jellybean count of a story to see who has left jellybeans. Hopefully this goes without saying but there should be no fighting, begging or complaining about the jellybeans. It's meant to be a simple way for readers to give and writer to receive feedback.
We now return you to your reading, don't forget to start leaving those jellybean!
--Admin Team on July 07, 2017 01:55 am 0 Comments
In our recent survey, many members expressed a desire for way to interact with each other beyond reviews and such. Though we had set up a community of sorts on the blog the consensus seemed to be it was cumbersome and difficult to navigate. We agree as so we're heading a back to basics and relauching the MTT forums. They have a more traditional forum look but should be easier to get around and highly mobile friendly!
Right now, registration is by invite only and we prefer if you already registered here on the archives. If you'd like to join please let us know through the contact form or in an email to MTT.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are one of the couple dozen people who registered on the previous community you are already registered and your email/username and password for login should be the same!
If I'm registered on the archive, why do I have to register on the forum too?
They are two different software systems and sadly we don't have the technical know-how to link them. But you should be able to pick your name username and even same password if you'd like.
--Admin Team on June 04, 2017 04:06 pm 0 Comments
We have officially rebooted our Beta Reader system at MTT!
You can read all about it on this page, but here is the general gist:
To become a beta:
- Go to “Edit Profile” on the archive, on the beta reader line, select “yes”.
- Copy and Paste the Beta-Reader template to your bio and fill it out
- Select submit at the bottom of the page. Now you will show up as a Beta Reader on the archive!
- You also have the option of advertising your services on the "find a beta" thread .
To find a beta:
- You can see who is listed as Beta Reader on the archive, click on profile, read their beta-reader form and see if anyone is a good fit for your story.
- If they seem like a good fit, contact them via the “contact author” link on the MTT archive (or however they listed that they prefer to be contacted)
- You can also state in the notes of your stories that you are looking for a beta, this will often attract reader who are willing to look things over.
Some Ground Rules for Betas and Authors
- If you contact a beta reader for your story and they say (politely) that they cannot be your beta, accept it and move on, likewise for betas who reach out to authors that say no thanks.
- Make it very clear what you expect from the beta process! The more details you share with each other before you start, the better the beta process will go.
--Admin Team on May 16, 2017 12:59 am 0 Comments
Thank you once again to everyone who participated in our Valentine's Day Fanfic Writing Contest!
We had a great response both from writers and readers and now it's time to announce the winners!
Every participant should have received an email detailing how to get their prizes (both for participating and for winning). If you did not, please email us at MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com
Also thank you to the voters who left feedback! We have some ideas on how to improved future contest and what kind of events you would like to see!
--Admin Team on March 23, 2017 04:30 pm 3 Comments
~Thank you for your votes! Look for the formal announcement of the winners very shortly!~
Thanks all the writers who submitted to our first Valentine's Day Writing Contest, now it's time to decide a winner!
We have six entries which you can find here: Valentine's Day 2017. They're mostly pretty short so we request you read all the entries before making your decision. Once you have decided on your favorite, please vote here. Voting is open until Sunday March 19th, 11:59pm PDT
What to know before voting:
- Make sure you are registered on the archive, votes from non-members will not be counted
- Every member gets ONE vote, no double registering to cast multiple votes!
- If you are one the writers, you may vote but no voting for yourself
- The Readers and Mods choices will be announced the week of March 20th
Some additional things
* On the voting form, we ask you to match your favorite entries with it's simple story summary. The 6 stories are all pretty unique so if you read the story, you should know which is which. Vote that don't match the story with the correct summary won't count.
* The voting form has an optional contest feedback form, and we would really like to hear your thoughts on this contest and potential future contests!
* The Mods' Choice will be determined by MTTs three mods, and the Readers Choice and Mods choice will be different entries.
* We will be in contact with the authors via email about the participation gift and the prizes for the 2 winners.
* Any questions, concerns, comments can be directed to MTT.email@example.com
Thank you and Happy Reading!
--Admin Team on March 09, 2017 03:43 pm 0 Comments
Calling all writers!
This year MoreThanThat is holding a Valentine's Day writing competition. We are asking writers to submit their Valentine's Day related stories to MTT during the month of February. Then the first week of March, we will have a vote for the Reader's Choice and Moderator's Choice. In addition to internet praise and kudos, these two winners will also receive prizes for realsies!
What kind of stories can I enter?
- Your story should be at least 500 words long.
- Your story should be new and never published
- Multi-chapter is ok but it needs to be completed by the morning of March 8th, 2017 (<-- new deadline!)
- Any genre, rating and pairing is fine as long as the story is Valentine's Day themed. (though fair warning, we mods do love our JAM ;-) )
- And all stories should adhere to the regular MTT submission guidelines.
How Do I Enter My Story?
- If you don't already have an account on the MTT fanfic archive, sign up for one .
- Log in, go to My Account > Add New Story and submit your story. We ask that you include your entry is for the 2017 Valentine's Day competition in the story summary to make sure it's categorized appropriately
- If you are a new writer, your story will be held for a quick review to make sure formatting is okay, as long as there are no major issues you should see your story published shortly.
- Once approved, a mod will add the entry to the Valentine's Day 2017 Challenge .
What do the winners and participants get?*
The two winners will receive:
- One season of The Office on DVD (winner's choice of season)
- A photographic print of the winner's choice from our mod Ladama's RedBubble shop .
In addition, all participants will get a Jim/Pam card or sticker of their choice featuring Ladama's work.
*MoreThanThat reserves the right to modify prizes depending on response and interest
How will the winners be selected?
– We will have two winners, a reader’s choice and a moderator’s choice. More details are forthcoming but the Reader’s choice will be decided by a vote from registered readers, while the mods will deliberate amongst themselves on their choice.
Can I win both the Reader’s Choice and the Moderator’s Choice?
– Two different stories by two different writers will be selected.
Can I submit more than one story?
– You certainly can, but know that we are asking people to select their favorite story, not favorite writer, so you may end up splitting your own vote. Also an author can only win one prize, they cannot win both the Reader’s and Mod’s choices.
I have an old story that fits this contest, can I submit that story?
– Stories should be new and never published to MTT or other fanfic sites.
My story is not quite 500 words long
– The 500 word minimum is more a guideline than a firm rule, what we most want from entries is for them to be well-written, so if they don’t clear the 500 word threshold, that’s okay, submit it anyway!
Do I have to share my address with you to receive prizes?
– Short answer is yes, winners will need to provide an address that Amazon and Redbubble can deliver to, and participants will need to provide an address we can send a USPS letter to. We will not save address or use it for anything besides sending prizes.
Will you be able to send prizes to my country?
– This contest is open to any writer anywhere in the world and we are prepared to send prizes to a variety of countries. But if we are unable or if shipping is cost-prohibitive we will work with winners to find an equivalent arrangement.
Also you can help us our by helping us promote! Send your writer friends to mttjustonce.net and/or share this graphic on your social media!
--Admin Team on February 01, 2017 11:59 pm 1 Comments
Hello everyone! The Holidays are upon us and to commemorate we have changed our default theme to Teapot Holiday. This theme is a throwback to the the classic "Christmas Party" episode with the teal teapot of love (and Jim's secret card). It's a little funky on mobile, so you may want to go to a more familiar theme the skin change drop down is in the top below the menu or at the bottom.
Check out the main page soon for more Christmas themes posts including fic recs and a ranking of the Office Holiday episodes!
--Admin Team on December 17, 2016 05:09 pm 0 Comments
It's a new month which means a new Author of the Month. November's AotM is Peskipiksi who has written 8 stories for MTT and returned after many years with a new story back in May! You can learn more about the Author of the Month series at our new message boards.
Also it's November which means Nanowrimo is underway! If you're taking part this year, come join us on the message boards ! You can also go to the Nano boards and talk Office or just say hey to other MTTers. One of our mods is *hoping* to write a JAM story for Nanowrimo and plans on posting their progress so make sure to check back soon!
--Admin Team on November 03, 2016 12:33 pm 0 Comments
Happy October! We have a few fun updates and other things to announce just in time for spooky season!
For many writers, this month also means gearing up for Nanowrimo in November! If you are an MTTer taking part in the 30 day novel writing challenge, come post on the new forums and let's make a little MTT Nano group!
We are always striving to make improvements and add features to the archive. This month we have launched a Save as EPUB feature, which lets you save any story to your favorite eReader to be read whenever! We are also working on adding better ways to navigate the archive with some new Sort features. Now when you browse, you can order stories by word count, read count, review count and published date.
That's about it for our September report! Don't forget to leave reviews on any stories you like (writers love reviews!) or to check out our new forums .
--Admin Team on October 03, 2016 12:28 am 0 Comments
Just click the EPUB Icon on any story to download an EPUB eBook. You do need to be registered and logged in to download EPUBs, but we promise registration is quick and easy (twss).
You can read more about this new feature here , including detailed instructions for a wide variety of devices! Happy Reading!
--Admin Team on September 27, 2016 01:34 pm 2 Comments
Hello MTTers! Many apologies if you received a review notification only to find a review full of links or nothing at all since it was deleted. A spam account registered in the middle of the night and got off a few dozen reviews before I was able to lock the account up.
We have taken many anti-spam measure including not allowing anonymous reviews, installing the anti-spam program Bad Behaviour and monitoring registrations as closely as we can. As a result this was our first mass-spammer in several months! Just a reminder, you can adjust your notification in your account settings. In the mean time I'm always looking for more, improved anti-spam measures as well as submitting requests and suggestions to the eFiction developers.
--Ladama on September 13, 2016 04:15 am 0 Comments
Hello readers! It was another pretty busy month "behind-the-scenes" at MTT as we continue to work on getting everything updated and also adding some new features!
First off, we are launching an Author Of The Month series! Each month we admins will select an author to feature and hopefully get some attention to their stories.
The inaugural author of the month is: watchthesky84, who has written 8 Jim/Pam one shots, and each one is a great short read! You can read more about her and about this new series at our new message board.
Speaking of: Our main site got a massive overhaul, and we have a brand new message board with a new community behind it! You don't have to be registered to post replies on the message board, but if you do choose to register you'll have access to lots of fun features like setting up profile, friending other MTTers, personal messaging, and more. You do have to set up a new account even if you are registered here or at the old forums but we promise it's pretty painless!
Some of the other things added last month:
- New Find a Beta Reader Thread
- Launching of our Recommendation List and Fanfic Primer List building initiative
- added "min" and "max" word count filters to the browse stories area
- New "Story End" feature where at the end of stories you can easily go to the authors other stories, or what readers who liked that story also liked.
- A new "night" theme: 27 Seconds
- A new option to change your penname
- Some new story management options including making your story "adoptable"
We also have a big event in the works for October, stay tuned for more!
--Admin Team on September 01, 2016 05:19 pm 0 Comments
Introducing: the option to change your penname
Hey, we get it, "JimHalpertsSexyLover" seemed like a great penname when you registered but now you want to have something a little less fannish. Maybe you've used your penname lot of other places and now you want to separate your Office stuff from other online (or even offline) stuff, or you want to change so your online handles are more consistent. Whatever your reason, we are now offering the option to change your penname!
How to do it: It's highly preferred that you log in to the archive, then go to "contact us " and fill out the contact form to request your new penname, it's the best way for us to know it's actually you! An admin will change your penname on your stories and also change your penname on reviews for other stories you've written (these are two separate steps so it may take a little time, typically within 48 hours). Please note that we will only change your penname once (maaaaaaybe twice if you ask real nicely) so please choose your new penname carefully.
If you are having trouble logging in or no longer have access to the email address on your account, send an email to MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com and we'll help you out.
Introducing: A New Night Theme
Currently all our theme options have a very light background, so we are introducing a "night mode" theme: 27Seconds. It featured a dark blue background, off-white text and a splash of color.
To change to this theme, select "27Seconds" from the drop down menu in the "Info" section or at the very bottom of the page. (And feedback is certainly appreciated on this theme!)
And a couple odds and ends:
- Writers: Please check out our newest challenge "Nice Morning, Too"
- All user (registered or not): Please fill out this quick MTT User Survey
- Our hosting FunRaiser is still going on ! Help us get a head start on the next year!
--Admin Team on August 14, 2016 01:11 pm 1 Comments
Challenges are a term for prompts or themes meant to inspire our writers. Writers should feel free to answer any of the challenges here, especially if no one has responded yet! First, you need to upload your story, once your story is uploaded, you can find the challenge you want to answer, hit "response to challenge" and select your story. We will be (very occasionally) posting new challenges that will be announced here.
Our newest challenge is: "Nice Morning, Too."
(because there needs to be stories about that first talking head in 9x21 "Living the Dream"!)
If you have any challenge ideas, please submit them to MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com or if you're on the boards, post in this thread.
(Unrelated, but we want to hear from everyone in our Quick User Survey . Responses are anonymous, so please be honest!)
--Ladama on August 11, 2016 04:33 pm 0 Comments
Happy August everyone! We are happy to announce that the MTT Forum finally got a very-much-needed overhaul and now we're functional again! Sadly there's just too many spambots to reopen registration, but if you'd like to join us over there, please send your preferred username to us at MTT.firstname.lastname@example.org and a mod can add you.
Also, we had many generous donors during our hosting fundraiser, and we thank you all very much! We not quite yet covered for the full year so the FunRaiser is being extended through August! Check out more details here!
And last, a friendly reminder to check out our new Bookshelf feature, we really think it's going to be a useful tool for readers!
--Admin Team on August 02, 2016 04:03 pm 0 Comments
It's been a big month for MTT, we end the month with two small updates and one big update!
First, to our writers: in My Account there is now a "Reviews Recieved" link where you can easily see how many reviews your stories have recieved and how many you have not responded to.
We have expanded the Top Lists from 10 to 25, so now you can see the 25 most read stories, most favorite authors etc.
Also we have introduced an exciting new feature: Bookshelf! You can read more about it here but in short it lets you save stories to a browsable list and will also show you the last time you read a story. There are many ways you can choose to utilize this feature, it's all up to you!
--Admin Team on July 31, 2016 03:36 pm 0 Comments
The updates continue! We decided to roll out a new theme (or skin) for the archive here! Our goal with this theme was to create something responsive and mobile friendly. There are a few things we want to work out (like a mobile dropdown menu) but for the most part we think the theme is ready for the world! If you are nostalgic for one of the old themes, you can always swich back with the changer, located right above the "Story of the moment" box, and if you are a registered user you can set your default theme in your preferences.
We have a plan to have several different colored themes with a header image featuring a moment from each season! Color scheme suggestions as well as image suggestions are welcome! We also created a couple new pages located in the Welcome section, they are a new Writing resources page and a Troubleshooting/Update page. Anything that you would like to add to those pages, please email us at MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com or sends us a message via the "Contact Us" option.
--Admin Team on July 28, 2016 01:40 am 0 Comments
Greetings! We're happy to announce a few small but hopefully fun updates to the fanfic archive.
First off, the archives been updated to the latest version of eFiction, there's not really any new and exciting changes with the next version but it is good to always be up to date. Also it's now officially easier to direct your friends to MTT! Just tell them to type mttjustonce.net in the address bar, no periods of hyphens, and they should end up at this very fanfic archive!
We turned on a feature in the archive where, when you click stories with multiple chapters, you are taken to the table of content rather than to the 1st chapter. Registered Members have the option of turning this off by going to "My Account" > "Edit Preferences".
And last, we finally bid farwell to all the extremely out-of-date instant messenger options and usher in a new era of the social media links in the profiles! Now in your bio you can include links to your Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and to your Fanfiction.Net and ArchiveOfOurOwn profiles, and of course the classic website and LiveJournal options are still around. Plus they now appear as stylish icons! Add your links by clicking "My Account" > "Edit Bio". (BTW, do NOT include "http://" for fields that ask for a URL). We figured these 5 new options will cover most needs but if there's a high demand for another social media service we can add that as well.
Here are new icons (the book is FFN! the @ is ao3 and the pencil is LJ)
Couple other odds and ends: we are also getting close to releasing a couple new skins that should be a nice update as well as more mobile friendly! The 10th Anniversary Survey is still open and awaiting responses, and we are very close to our FunRaising goal of being covered hosting wise for a whole year! That's about it for now, any and all questions, comments, etc can be directed to MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com.
--Admin Team on July 25, 2016 11:54 pm 0 Comments
Bust out the brown and gray balloons, it is MTT's 10th birthday!
I don't have too much to say except thanks to SicoKitty for creating this site! And thanks to all the previous mods who have made the site what is it, ftmill16, BecauseOfYou and I are hoping to continue your good work!
If you haven't yet, please check out the 10th anniversary survey in the previous news item. Have gotten a few great responses already, including from a couple fave Office fic writers! Also check out our hosting funrasier, where if you donate you can get a small gift featuring PB&J art!
Notifications *should* be working now! This includes Password reset, and notifications of new reviews, updates to favorite stories, and author replies to your reviews. You can update your notification settings in "My Account" > "Edit Preferences". The email will come from email@example.com so add that address to your safe list.
If you need a new password but longer have access to the email you used to registered email (which I think is the case for many of you!), let me know via MTT.firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll figure it out! Any other questions and concerns can go there as well.
Happy birdday, MTT!
--Ladama on July 09, 2016 06:23 am 0 Comments
If you can believe it, July 9th, 2016 marks 10 years of MTT being online! To mark the occasion, we thought it would be fun to reminisce with a survey all about writing and reading Office fic and just being in the Office Flandom.
Or head to the message boards to see all the questions. Looking forward to the responses!
--Admin Team on July 05, 2016 03:59 pm 0 Comments
It's about that time of year: MoreThanThat's hosting is due soon and sadly our hosting provider does not accept SchruteBucks or Stanley Nickels (we asked).
To commemorate MTT's 10th birthday this month, if you donate $10 or more during July, you can receive a small gift! Check out the message board topic for all the info or email us at MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com with any questions.
In addition, your Office obsessed mod Ladama who's been drawing these PB&J moments will be contributing half of the July proceeds from her RedBubble shop to the MTT hosting pot. So treat yo'self and help out MTT in the process!
--Admin Team on July 03, 2016 11:07 am 4 Comments
In the heyday of The Office, the NBC Message Boards featured The Pam Dichotomy and The Jim Paradox, where user ScrantonBranch lovingly unpacked and explained virtually every exchange Jim and Pam had in seasons 3-5, from lengthy speeches to quick, seemingly insignificant glances (though as we Office fans know, no look between these two was insignificant!).
The NBC boards went the way of the Stamford Branch and I was worried the PD and JP were lost to us. Thankfully ScrantonBranch is also an MTT user so I was able to reach out to her and see if there was a chance of bringing these great analyses back. Now I'm pleased to announce the Pam Dichotomy and Jim Paradox will be published here in their entirety!
In addition to being a fun trip down memory lane, the PD and JP are a great fanfiction resource especially when trying to get into the heads of these two in the early years. ScrantonBranch is also including the original discussion questions which are potentially great prompts for some "what if" fanfics. These analyses are also just great to read as you rewatch episodes and will give you a deep appreciation for the work and attention to detail that the writers and actors put into Jim and Pam's story. So please read, comment and enjoy!
(MTT has an all new team and we are working on new features as well as attempting to address issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us at MTT.Fanfic@gmail.com with any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc!)
--Ladama on June 28, 2016 09:50 pm 0 Comments