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A friend found some of her fanfics on a site, seemingly lifted from Archive of Our Own and offered for download, possibly for sale since you need a credit card. She alerted me she had found some of my fanfic there too. I sent them a note this morning, and the fics are already gone, but it occurred to me others might have had their fanfic hijacked too, so people might want to do a search of the site:



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Apr. 14th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
I found some of my work there yesterday and told them to sod off. So my stuff's no longer there at least, but yuck, what a slimy site. There were supposedly 41 comments on one of my stories that I couldn't see without setting up a "free" account with my credit card, which just screams scam.

Also *waves* HI! Nice to see you, even under annoying fic-stealing circumstances!
Apr. 14th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
*waves back*

Yeah, that credit card part sends up huge red flags--and I thought it bad enough when fics were lifted and put on a *free* site. At least they don't put up a fight--seems as soon as you tell them take it down, they're off.
Apr. 14th, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
At least one person I know had stuff up yesterday that's gone today without having to complain, and she's positing that they dumped all the AO3 fics. Regardless, I'm glad my stuff's no longer on that icky icky site.

Incidentally, I also discovered that one of my fics is listed on Goodreads with Mundungus42 as the author. Fortunately, I think that was added to their book database by someone who wants it on their reading list. Since the story link leads back AO3, where I posted it, I'm letting it stay there. :D
Apr. 14th, 2015 09:20 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, I think that was added to their book database by someone who wants it on their reading list. Since the story link leads back AO3, where I posted it, I'm letting it stay there. :D</>

Aww--yeah, that I'd just consider a compliment, not a hijacking :-)
Apr. 14th, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
There was some righteous wank about fandom etiquette on Tumblr about fic showing up on Goodreads. It's funny, this is so much more egregious, but because Goodreads has greater name recognition, more people were upset about it. Now that the scope of eBooks Tree's chicanery is starting to come to light, I think the wank is fitting.
Apr. 14th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
It also seems to be something of a phishing scheme -- don't give them your credit card number!

On a happier note, it's good to see you, dear! How's trix?
Apr. 15th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, anytime they ask for *that*--back away slowly.

Me? Well, last two years have been insane, but mostly good. I added breast cancer survivor to my resume--complete with chemo. But believe it or not, it's also pushed me to be in the best shape of my life--got involved in a program for cancer survivors that takes you from couch to 5K and ran my first race in November. Now I'm running with the program as a volunteer "sherpa" I've met some amazing people that way.

The down side is I just haven't had the time or focus for reading or writing. I used to log a book review every few days on Goodreads, this past year I don't think I've finished a dozen books, and in fact only recently in the last few months could say I finished a book.
Apr. 15th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
Congrats! A 5K is a major accomplishment. (I sprint short distances to catch the train, and that's all I can manage.)

Looks like my fics aren't on that site. I had a good laugh at myself for feeling slightly left out. :-D
Apr. 15th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
That had been me--sprinting to the train at best--and when I started, I was still shaky--tripping over my own feet. But 5K is just 3 miles really, and if you train up right--gradually... very doable. Believe me, athletic I'm not. If I can do it... Not that hard after a few months of building up.

And you can walk it--some did. Chemo (at least the debilitating worse of it) was at least some months past when I started with the program this past summer. One of the participants was still in the hair-losing knocks-the-stuffing-out of you worse of it--and stuck it out and finished--mostly walking, but finished. She's my hero :-)

And one of the new bunch that was out running with us tonight--bald and not a scarf or wig in sight--and there she was--out there and *running* Like I said--some amazing people out there...
Apr. 16th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Wow! That's really impressive, all of it.
Apr. 15th, 2015 02:53 am (UTC)
Oh, and my friend suspects these are being collected indiscriminately by bot--so no need to feel snubbed. LOL (But maybe reason to recheck in the future even if your fic wasn't there or for those whose was taken down--because if it's a bot system it might revert.)
Apr. 16th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
Hee, good to know. (Also, love your avatars. "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Here's something to make you grin: http://io9.com/10-catch-phrases-you-swore-youd-never-use-and-when-you-5743480)
Apr. 16th, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC)

It got more than a grin in places :-)
Apr. 15th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
It may be a blindingly obvious thing to say, but I'm so glad you survived and admire the stuffing out of you for using the experience to accomplish such awesome things! *huge hugs*

I slacked on Goodreads last year, too. If you want a partner for getting reviews on read books written, do let me know. And I finally devoured an epic fantasy trilogy last month after years of sporadic reading. It felt good!
Apr. 15th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
I was incredibly lucky--as I've met other survivors I've only begun to appreciate how much. The nurse heading the chemo unit told me cancer treatment has advanced more in the last 5 years than the previous 50 years. I don't know that I can hope to see it "cured" in my lifetime--apparently cancer is more akin to viruses--very, very varied, rather than some simple malady that would have one-size fit all cure. Still...

Heh--partner as in challenging us to put nose in book? I did finally get through the Game of Thrones series--what's been published in it so far anyway. So I can relate to the feel-goodness of getting through a fantasy epic. Whether I can bring my brain back to my "100 Significant Books" challenge and manage to get through Freud and Proust? Not so sure I'm ready for that yet...

Edited at 2015-04-15 11:20 pm (UTC)
Apr. 16th, 2015 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about the breast cancer! No wonder you haven't had time for reading and writing. Chemo takes a big toll.

But it's great to hear that you've bounced back and are enjoying the fun of running. Back in the days when my knees would stand for it, I ran pretty regularly -- nothing extensive, just three miles every other day. I ran a few 5Ks, too. You do feel pretty good afterward!

I hope we'll see you around these LJ parts again soon.
Apr. 16th, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, running is notoriously hard on the joints--I'm hoping with the training they give us and with the right form--and not overdoing it--I can continue to run injury free. I can't say I love exercise or ever will. When people ask me that I inevitably think (and am reminded of you and your moniker) that I rather be reading.

But you do feel amazing afterwards, it means I can eat a bit more indulgently and still stay trim and after chemo.. Well, when I started running my balance was shot--I had a tendency to trip over my own feet. That corrected itself within a month of starting. Maybe I was just due--a matter of a month more away from chemo--but I think the running did it--it has benefits just walking or a stationary bike can't match--I swear!

And thanks for the kind words!
Apr. 18th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
It so good to see you and hearing from you!

Especially after all you came through ...
Apr. 18th, 2015 08:22 pm (UTC)
It's lovely hearing from you!

And I was really lucky--in a lot of ways I've come through this stronger than when it all started :-)
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