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If you're not signed up as an author or artist for the Reunion Challenge, that's something you need to quickly correct.

Speaking of correcting (note the amazing segue), we know it's frustrating when you accidentally leave a typo in the shoutbox and are unable to fix it. Because we feel you're your pain, we've made it so you now have the ability to edit your shouts when the need arises. In order to edit a shout, you'll need to head to the Shoutbox Archive (there's a link to the archive below the shoutbox itself on the main page). In shouts you've written, you'll now see a link that says [Edit Shout] (highlighted in red here for emphasis):

Click the link and you'll be able to edit the shout and resubmit it by clicking the edit button. When you click edit, and the shout is updated, you'll be taken back to the beginning of the shout archive.

The majority of this was coded while I was being fueled by caffeine and The Weather Channel, so let me know if you notice any glitches.



--Susan on September 06, 2017 10:26pm 9 Comments
Update: Reunion Challenge

Hey everyone,

The first lot of requests for art have come in, and this short message is to point you all towards them! If you're an artist in the Elysian Fields community and you're thinking of signing up to create one of the banners (or you're curious about the upcoming fic and just want to take a look), then you can find the banner requests HERE.

Artists, make sure you read over the info if you’re thinking of claiming one of the art requests. 

Susan, our resident tech guru extraordinaire, has the art request claim page set up to automatically switch to request claiming OPEN at midnight SITE TIME on the 1st of September. Early claims will not be accepted.

To claim a fic request, artists will need to email me with the following information:

     Artist penname/user ID:
     Permission to share your email with the author(s) you sign up for: 
     Banner request: List your banner request(s) by fic title and author penname name, in order of preference
     (up to top 5 or 6).
     Number of banners you are willing to create: (max 3)

Each fic will ONLY be allocated to one artist, and it will be in a first come, first serve basis. Artists may sign up to create multiple banners, however we will cap the number to three banners to begin with, to encourage involvement from a lot of people. If we require a secondary sign up, that will happen later on. 

Finally, to the participating authors. Even though the request claiming goes live on the 1st of September, you can still sign up to request art after that date, but we will be imposing a cut off (likely a week before posting starts on the 1st of October--this is to be confirmed), to ensure that artists have enough time to complete the requests. 

That's about it. Any questions? Comment here.

And when the time comes... happy claiming!



--Amy on August 28, 2017 05:24am 4 Comments
Reunion Challenge - Banner Requests

Hi everyone!

So far we're off to a great start with the Reunion Challenge, judging by the number of sign ups. I'm excited to read what everyone has come up with. 

We're at that point where (hopefully) authors have made some progress on their writing, and may possibly be looking for some art to accompany their words.

Authors, if you would like a banner, now is the time to start making requests. It's pretty simple, all you need to do is shoot me an email (address available at the bottom of this post) with a combination of the following information. The first three dot points are required, the rest are optional. So, if you are looking for something specific, give me as much information as you think the artist will need. Alternatively, if you are open to the artist experimenting, then just give me the required info.

Required information

  • Fic title:
  • Author penname:
  • Story blurb (or a short summary if you're not at that point):

Optional extra requests

  • Season/episode (so the artist knows the kinds of images to look for):
  • Feature characters:
  • Colour theme:
  • Mood/Style (dramatic, simple, lighthearted, happy, etc):
  • Other (Special requests for objects, specific images, etc):

A master list of the banner requests will be created for artists to look through and I'll announce when that goes live.

And just a reminder, to keep everyone on track...

KEY DATES for the Challenge:

  • Writing sign ups: from the 10th of July... STILL OPEN! 
  • Writing time: from email confirmation until the 30th of September (and beyond)
  • Author submissions of banner requests: from the 23rd of August... STILL OPEN! 
  • Artist sign ups: from the 1st of September
  • Artists to provide banners to authors: by the 30th of September
  • Posting of fics to begin: from the 1st of October

That's about it. Authors, you can email me your requests at angelic.amy.fic@gmail.com 

Happy writing!



--Amy on August 24, 2017 07:30am 4 Comments
Reunion Challenge

Edit 24th August: We're at 41 authors. It's not too late to sign up if you've been thinking about it. The more the merrier! 

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Edit 12th August: We're at 37 authors. o/  Still not too late to sign up. Come on... you know you wanna... wink

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Edit 4th August: We've got 30 authors signed up for the challenge! And it's not too late to sign up if you're still considering it.

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Hi everyone!

A little over a month ago, the mods were discussing a new site challenge. We'd been leaning towards a Round Robin event, but knowing that some of the members had put together their own round robin (which has made a great start so far, check it out), we decided to put that idea on the back-burner. It will possibly be revisited down the track.

So we kept thinking, and the idea for this challenge was born. It has taken inspiration from the 20th anniversary of BtVS (and the accompanying photo shoot), and a fandom meetup organised via a facebook group.

Both events have a strong thematic connection, which is why the challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write a fic with the theme Reunion.

What will the Reunion Challenge involve? All the relevant details are below.

Authors:
This new item serves as your sign up post. By signing up to the challenge, you are agreeing to comply with the rules and regulations, and to write a fic with the following specifics:

  • Length: Minimum of 1,500 word count, maximum is completely up to you.
  • Characters: Buffy, Spike, any other BtVS or AtS characters you see fit.
  • Content Specifications: The fic MUST address the theme of Reunions. How you decide to incorporate this theme into a fic is entirely up to you, the writer.
  • Timeline: The fic can be set during the BtVS timeline or post series. It could be shortly after the demise of Sunnydale, or twenty years into the future. If you can manage to incorporate the theme into a pre-series fic, awesome, we'd love to read it.
  • Dates: No posting of the fic onto the archive (or anywhere else) until the 1st of October. As soon as you receive a confirmation email from me regarding your sign up, consider the writing process time open.
  • The challenge is for new fic only, not to be attached to an existing story.
  • The fic DOES NOT need to be complete prior to posting, nor does it need to finished during the month of October. We’d just like them to be started during that time.
  • Authors are not limited to writing one story. So if you have more than one idea...great!

Now, thanks to the success of the Artistic Anniversary Challenge, the mods also would like the talented artists of our community to be able to take part in this challenge. And you will be able to!

Artists:
Prior to the posting of fic on the 1st of October, we will be opening up a request list for banners. Participating authors will email me a completed form, with their request for a banner to accompany their fic. The request may include things such as: Fic Title, Author Penname, the season the fic is set in, specific character image requests, colour theme…etc.

This information will be added to a master list. Artists may browse the page, and choose to sign up to fulfil a particular request. Each fic will ONLY be allocated to one artist, and it will be in a first come, first serve basis. Artists may sign up to create multiple banners, however we will cap the number to three banners to begin with, to encourage involvement from a lot of people. Secondary sign ups will also occur at some point. More details regarding the sign up process for artists will come at a later date. 

KEY DATES for the Challenge:

  • Writing sign ups: from the 10th of July 
  • Writing time: from email confirmation until the 30th of September (and beyond)
  • Author submissions of banner requests: 23rd of August
  • Artist sign ups: 1st of September
  • Artists to provide banners to authors: by the 30th of September
  • Posting of fics to begin: from the 1st of October

Authors, if you decide to sign up, were are asking you to send me an email at angelic.amy.fic@gmail.com with the following information:

   Author penname:
   I intend to participate in the Reunion Challenge.


And that’s it for now. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Yours in Spuffy,
The Mods.



--Amy on July 10, 2017 02:08am 22 Comments
Review Milestone and Fun New Emoticons

Today Elysian Fields passed 200,000 reviews. This is a huge number, and it's all thanks to you, our members. Thank you for being so supportive of the authors who share their stories here! As you continue to shower our authors with love, reviews might just get a little more fun thanks to some completely amazing new emoticons created specifically for Elysian Fields by our very own EffulgentEllie. You might need to refresh your page to see them, and we know that you'll love them once you do. Thank you so much, EffulgentEllie for your hard work, and for sharing your talent with us!

Here's to all the wonderful members of Elysian Fields and to 200,000 more reviews!cheers



--The Elysian Fields Mods on July 07, 2017 05:51pm 11 Comments
A Word from the Tech Desk

7/7 update: Email issues should now be resolved, and you should be receiving story update and digest emails normally.

7/6 update: The issue preventing people from responding to reviews should be cleared up, so you can't use site problems as an excuse anymore wink. There is a lingering issue with email notifications, and some people are getting multiple emails, while others aren't receiving them at all. I'll look into it today and will try to get it resolved as soon as possible. 

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First off, I want to say thank you to everyone for being patient while we deal with the glitches that showed up when we were unexpectedly moved to a new server. Overall, things are working as they should, but there are still a few things that need to be addressed, and I'm sure there are a few more that will pop up along the way. I just wanted to take a minute to go over some things that would be helpful while things get back to normal.

1. If you notice a problem, please let me know about it via a PM or an email to the site email or my address (on my profile). If you post about it in the shoutbox, there's a chance I may not see it, and even if I do see it, I don't have a record of it to easily pull up. Plus, there's usually only so much information that can be conveyed in a shout. If you're just looking to see if others are having an issue too, the shoutbox is fine, but don't assume that your shout will be seen by an admin, or that any result will come from it.

2. If you are contacting me due to a site issue, I need as much information as you can provide. I need to be able to see the issue for myself to be able to try and fix it. Let me know the exact page you were on, exactly what happened, the exact text of an error message or a screen shot. If there's a problem with an email from the site, send me the entire message. The more information, the better.

3. Everyone has been very understanding, but I do occasionally get rather snippy or panicky messages when something isn't right. Please be patient and remember that, while larger archives have full teams of coders and buckets of money for servers, the entire EF tech staff is little old me. That's right, one woman, who also has a job and a family, and who does this in her free time. Today is the first day since the migration that I've been able to sit down and really look at what's going on for more than a few minutes at a time.

I'll keep you all updated as progress is made. Thank you for your support blow_kiss



--Susan on July 05, 2017 04:05pm 14 Comments
New Genres

Hi everyone,

Just a short note to let you know that new genres have been added. The list of fic genres had not been updated in some time (possibly forever). The new additions came from a request in the suggestion box (brought forth from discussion on the Shoutbox) because the connotations attached to some older fandom terms has changed. We also added a few because, well, we just needed them.

The addition of new genres does not mean that existing ones have been removed or changed. I repeat, no existing genres have been deleted or modified. They're all still there. We've just added new ones, to give writer's more options for labelling/sorting their fic. If the new genres are utilised, that will also make it easier for readers to search for more specific criteria.

The new genre options are as follows: Dark, Humor, Lighthearted, Erotica, Hurt/Comfort, Vignette.

Humor is an alternative to Fluffy/Comedy (because sometimes a fic is funny but not everything is all sunshine and light), Lighthearted is for those fic that aren't full of angst (but still has more substance than fairy floss), and Erotica is for all of those bow-chicka-wow-wow fic out there written by authors who may not like referring to their works as PWPs or PWOPs.

If you are a writer on the site and wish to add or change an existing fic of yours to the new genres, please do so. Older fic on the site will not be altered by the admin staff. That will be at author discretion. 

That's about it. Enjoy!



--angelic_amy on May 20, 2017 08:18am 8 Comments
A New Beginning... (Or Maybe not)

4/1/16 Edit: Well, I guess our switch to an all Rangel site didn't go over as planned... April Fools! Of course the jig is up and it was all a joke. We know we put all this up before April 1 in the USA, where the majority of our members live. However, don't forget that 2 of our mods are Australian, and since it was April 1 for them, we technically weren't cheating innocent.

Thanks to all our members for playing along. We got some themed submissions, which was awesome and unexpected, and we had many lurky members comment and shout about our "new theme". We hope to keep hearing from you! Don't keep quiet until next year when we make this place a Clem/Teeth the loan shark archive wink.

An enormous thank you goes to javajunkie247, who played along with our insane request, and created some amazing Rangel banners for the site. They are both beautiful, despite the subject matter, and the joke would not have been the same without them:

Also, I think we can all agree that the fake featured stories were fabulous (and kind of wish they were real so we could read them), and they were all the work of our wonderful Kathleen (pfeifferpack). I love that they all received reviews (and epub downloads?). Here's a listing to remember them in all their glory:

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We know this may come as a surprise, but hear us out. The truth is that we love Spuffy, and always will. However, after some discussion, all the mods have come to the conclusion that Spuffy stories have run their course. We feel like there aren't many new ways to explore their relationship, and we are worried that this fact will cause excitement for the site to die down. We talked about a new direction for the site, and all agreed that we should begin to transition the site theme to the least explored, yet most dynamic ship in the BtVS universe: Angel and Riley! These two heroes share an explosive chemistry, and we're so excited to see all the directions that our talented authors can take their relationship.

We will continue to house our Spuffy stories as we fill up the archive with the new theme. To get your creative juices flowing, we have some beautiful new site banners, and some featured stories that highlight why we feel Angel and Riley are truly the pairing of the future. Thank you for your understanding, and for your patience as we begin this new chapter at Elysian Fields!



--The Elysian Fields Mods on March 31, 2017 08:59pm 30 Comments
Shoutbox Odds and Ends

Just a quick note to keep you all informed without clogging up the shoutbox. Speaking of the shoutbox, a suggestion was added recently about it, and it prompted me to add a couple new features, and finally fix some glitches that had been around for a while.

First, the fixes:

  • Links wouldn't work properly if they were directly followed by punctuation (e.g. http://dark-solace.org/elysian/viewstory.php?sid=5285.) or if they had more than one instance of http:// within them (e.g. http://web.archive.org/web/20080814153437/http://www.dark-solace.org/elysian/). These should no longer be an issue.
  • Multiple presses of the shout button frequently resulted in duplicate shouts. Some new behind the scenes code should now remedy this.

Now, the new items:

  • If you're reading on the shout archive page, you can now shout directly from there instead of having to click back to the home page. You'll see the shout text input at the top of the page.
  • If you want to catch up on the conversation that has occurred since your last shout, on the shout archive page, you can click View shouts written since your last shout. That will bring your last shout to the top of the page, and all shouts that have been added since that time by other members will be below your shout in chronological order.

It's not much, but hopefully it will help the shoutbox run a little more smoothly.



--Susan on March 30, 2017 11:40pm 12 Comments
Reader Recs 2016 on our LJ

The lovely Sunalso has started a thread on LJ where you can list and link to stories that captured your attention that were either written or updated in 2016.  

This is NOT an award or "best of" type of listing just a recommendation from reader to reader.  

It is suggested that you post your recommendations (as a comment to the original post) based on genre (examples would be All human, Dark fic, Fluffy fic, Hot fic and so on).  

The link to the original post is here:

http://elysian-archive.livejournal.com/24086.html

Also on the EF LJ site:

NMCIL has suggested we start a thread there with links to other sites that are still active.  Lots of old archives and writers websites are disappearing and the wayback machine doesn't always get us to those "lost" treasures.  This would be a way to find older stories that might be lost to the ages otherwise.  Looking for WORKING inks for this one and anyone who wishes to start that thread with a post who can word it better than I just did should feel free to put it on our LJ.  http://elysian-archive.livejournal.com/  (or click on the pencil icon on the main page of EF) and post the thread.

You can comment on any of the existing threads too so check out the discussions.  You can comment without joining LJ but to post an original thread you'll need at least a free account (I'm 99.9% sure of that).  If you don't join your comment will be listed as anonymous and will need to have a mod "release" it for general view.  

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Kathleen

 

 



--pfeifferpack on January 02, 2017 05:37pm 2 Comments
Welcome 2017!

Another year down, and no signs of slowing down in our corner of the universe! This year we celebrated our 10th anniversary in style with our Artistic Anniversary challenge, and we welcomed even more amazing stories, reviews, and general Spuffy goodness. Thank you to everyone who made 2016 an amazing year at Elysian Fields. Here's to an even better 2017cheers!

2016 by the numbers:
Total number of words added: 11,660,940
Total number of stories added: 578
Total number of chapters added: 3,265
Number of new members: 1,942
Number of reviews written: 47,055
Number of words written for reviews: 2,346,932

Ten most prolific authors of 2016:
1. slaymesoftly (2,574,523 words)
2. Sigyn (708,613 words)
3. Sunalso (534,071 words)
4. -Carrie-Ann- (397,721 words)
5. Cryptwarmer (381,383 words)
6. mak324 (371,046 words)
7. bewildered (336,658 words)
8. zabjade (278,875 words)
9. HCB (256,223 words)
10. babylove969 (251,875 words)  

Ten most prolific reviewers of 2016:
1. pfeifferpack (453,801 words)
2. magnus374 (180,819 words)
3. DeamonQueen (103,120 words)
4. flootzavut (102,732 words)
5. jhiz (98,039 words)
6. annamatte (94,485 words)
7. acekoomboom (54,989 words)
8. Sunalso (49,414 words)
9. All4Spike (46,192 words)
10. DarkHeart (41,989 words)



--Susan on January 01, 2017 06:59pm 12 Comments
HAPPY HOLIDAYS ~ All of 'em

This time of year I usually feature holiday stories in the Featured Stories box.  

Since we are currently featuring AO stories in honor of the hot days of summer in the southern hemisphere and I really don't want to cheat anyone of the chance to read some wonderful AO fic I found myself in a dilemma.  Fear not and hurrah, I have stumbled upon a solution!!!

As of midnight tonight site time one of the current features (the very worthy but really dark Saving Grace by DreamsofSpike) will be retired early.  This is NOT because it is not as worth your time and attention as the others but with the author no longer being active in our fandom I thought her less likely to feel slighted if I chose her story for this purpose.

In the available slot there will be DAILY features of holiday stories from the 16th through (and including) the 25th.

So  KEEP LOOKING AT THE FEATURES FOR THE DAILY RECOMMENDED HOLIDAY TALE!!!!  And don't forget to check out the four wonderful AO stories that will remain until the normal time to change the features on the 26th!

Ho ho hoping you all enjoy the picks!

Kathleen



--pfeifferpack on December 15, 2016 08:13pm 5 Comments
Artistic Anniversary Challenge

Hello everyone! 

First of all, congratulations to everyone who participated in the challenge. Everyone involved from the artists and writers to the readers and reviewers have certainly made it a success. Of the 78 banners created 46 of them were claimed and from that we have had 44 brand new stories shared for the members of our community. That's an amazing turnout and everyone who participated should be congratulated. If you have yet to read any of the challenge fics, and you want to see them all in one place, you can FIND THEM HERE. I tried to shortlist some favourites to recommend, but there are so many wonderful fics it's hard to narrow down just a few. And that's not a bad thing!

For anyone yet to post their fic, the challenge is still open, but the window for selecting the *Click here if your story is part of the Artistic Anniversary Challenge* checkbox is closing very soon. You will have until 11:59pm on Friday, November 11 (site time) to post your first chapter, which is a little under 48 hours to begin posting your challenge response. This does not mean the fic needs to be complete and this goes for existing WIP's in the challenge also. 

Now, onto the unclaimed banners. After much discussion, the mods have come to the following decision. With approval from the artists involved (emails are being sent to everyone individually as we speak) any unclaimed banners will be added to the challenges page for the site. They will be displayed as they were for the anniversary challenge, with all of the specifics and also with the accompanying banners. Any artist who wishes to reclaim their banner(s) may do so. Artists who give permission will see their challenge and banner added to the challenge page once approval has been given.

Finally, participation awards will be added to member profiles after Friday when the new deadline (11:59pm on Friday, November 11) has passed.

Thank you again to everyone who participated and helped us celebrate the 10th anniversary of Elysian Fields. 



--Amy on November 10, 2016 03:08am 8 Comments

I started a thread on the Elysian_archive LJ, not as an official EF Mod but as an individual person. It's intended as a safe place for our family to reach out lovingly in support to one another.  Here is the link:

 

http://elysian-archive.livejournal.com/22548.html

Kathleen

I initially posted it on my own LJ but thought it better belonged on the EF archive LJ instead.

 

 



--pfeifferpack on November 09, 2016 03:13pm 0 Comments
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Artistic Anniversary Challenge

Hi everyone. It's nearly at that time for fic posting for the Artistic Anniversary Challenge. Yay! We know everyone's excited to get started (including us!), and we know you all have questions about how everything is going to go. We'll try to answer everything here, but if there's something else you're curious about, please let us know in the comments. There's a lot of information here, so grab a snack, get comfy, and get ready to learn about all the amazing things happening in October...

How and when do I post my story?
Starting at midnight on October 1 (site time, which is Eastern US time-it's listed under the shoutbox), you'll see a checkbox on the page where you add a new story:

As soon as you see that box, you're free to post. If your story is part of the challenge, check the box and you're good to go.

Your fic does not need to be complete prior to posting. In fact, it doesn't even need to be completed during October. So any authors stressing about the timeline, please take a breath because you have the whole month, during which you only need to BEGIN posting the story.

In terms of banner credit, the artists need to be credited for the wonderful works, so all authors need to include the following line in the Summary section when uploading your fic. Written for the Elysian Fields 'Artistic Anniversary Challenge'. Banner 00 by artistname.

Here's a fictional example of what it should look like:

Summary: The day began just like any other for Buffy. Just your average Tuesday. That is, until the phone rang. Written for the Elysian Fields 'Artistic Anniversary Challenge'. Banner 375 by angelic_amy.

You can link to the banner master list also if you wish: http://dark-solace.org/elysian/artisticanniversary.php. This might be a good idea so that your readers are aware of the challenge specifics. Alternatively, you could copy and paste the challenge specifics into the Story or Chapter Notes of your story.

Hopefully by this time all of your authors have made contact with your artists. If you've not been able to make contact with them, or forgot, please let Amy know and she'll put you in contact with each other.

To add the banner to your story, you can upload the banner to your account in the Your Images section of your account info page, or to an image sharing site (imgur.com, photobucket.com, etc...) . Enter the image URL (which should end in .jpg, .gif or .png - nothing should be after the file type) into the line marked Banner URL:

How do I find the stories that are being added to the challenge?
Besides the note in the story summary, challenge stories will have a little artist's palette next to the title:

This will make it easy to spot challenge fics. Also, don't forget that we have a site events browse page where you can view all the stories from previous site events, as well as the ones from this challenge.

Will you be featuring regular stories while the challenge is going on?
There won't be any mod-chosen featured stories in October. To celebrate the 10 years of stories, we're doing a little something different. Since this is all because it's Elysian Fields' 10th bithday, from the 1st-10th we're highlighting stories from each year of EF's existence. Each day will focus on one year (1st-2006, 2nd-2007, and so on...), and will contain a random assortment of stories published in that particular year. Starting on the 11th, that section will change to feature a random assortment of fics that are part of the Artistic Anniversary challenge.

This challenge celebrates the amazing authors and artists at Elysian Fields, but what about the readers?
Don't worry readers, we haven't forgotten about your incredible contributions to EF. We want to celebrate you by having a challenge you can participate in as well. If you write at least 15 reviews in October that all contain at least 8 words (for any stories here on EF, not just the challenge ones), you'll meet the requirements of the reviewer challenge! You'll see a link to the review challenge leaderboard on the homepage under the Members of the Month where the all star reviewer list is usually located. Authors and artists who participated/are participating in the Artistic Anniversary challenge are welcome to participate in the reviewer challenge!

Besides an amazing sense of pride, do we get anything for participating in these challenges?
Of course you do! We have some amazing awards that will be given out after the end of October. Our wonderful Kathleen (pfeifferpack) created the following awards for participating authors: , artists: , and reviewers: .

What's going to happen to the banners that weren't selected for the challenge?
That's still being determined, and will be announced shortly after the challenge ends.

That about covers it. Please let us know if there's any additional questions. Hurray for Fictober! squee



--Amy, Kathleen, Megan and Susan on September 29, 2016 11:35pm 7 Comments
Adding Images

With the Artistic Anniversary challenge starting in one month and 7 days (but who's counting?), we know that a number of authors may be using banners on Elysian Fields for the first time. It can be a confusing process if you're not sure which code to copy and paste into the banner section of the story form. To hopefully make the process simpler and less confusing, we are now offering the option of loading your banners and art work to Elysian Fields. In your Account Info page, you'll now see an option called Your Images. To add a new image, click the Upload New Images link. On the new page, you'll see that images must be a .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, or .png file. The image can't be larger than 920 px x 300 px, and the max file size is 1 MB. Click the browse button to choose an image file from your computer and click Upload. If the image doesn't match the requirements, you'll get an error message, but hopefully it will be within the guidelines, and your image will be renamed and uploaded. Once an image is added, you'll see it in your list, along with the direct link URL. That URL is the one you'll need to use to use the image as a banner.

The size limit is necessary to limit disk space usage. Also, to preserve space and bandwidth, we do not allow hotlinking, which means that the images will only be available for use on Elysian Fields.

You're still able to use images that are stored elsewhere if that works better for you. You just need to make sure you're using the direct link no matter where the image is hosted.



--Susan on August 24, 2016 10:02pm 7 Comments
New warning labels

Writers note that there are two new warning selections for your stories available if needed.  They are for suicide and attempted suicide.  

We will not be going through the thousands of existing stories and adding this warning because  none of us have the time to cull through.  If you have written a story where the warning would have been appropriate and you wish to edit your story to add the warning please feel free.  Otherwise please note that these warning labels are available for future stories from now forward.

If you are a reader please realize that the warnings were not available until now, August 19, 2016 and read at your own risk.

Thank you for the suggestion.

Kathleen



--pfeifferpack on August 19, 2016 07:19pm 3 Comments
Banner claims - Round 2

Hi everyone. Just a short note to let you all know that all banners claims up until this point have been confirmed. Authors, you should've received an email, and I've updated THE LIST, so all of the pretties are linked to the writer's who've signed up for them.

Now, for anyone who is super eager, and wants to take a crack at a second banner, (oh how do I want to, because they're so pretty... but I'm not sure if I should), then the process is the exact same as for Round 1. Second banner claims open Friday the 12th of August, SITE TIME. Email me with your preferences, in order, and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Final reminder... Now that you have your confirmations, you may begin writing (YAY!), but please don't post anything until October the 1st. Thanks!

Happy writing!



--Amy on August 11, 2016 05:41am 3 Comments
Banner claim nearly open...

Hi everyone. It's nearly at that time for banner claiming - less than five hours and counting. Yay! o/ 

First of all, important dates to remember: 
Banner creation: 17th of July - 6th of August 
Banner claiming: 7th - 13th of August
Banner confirmations: 14th – 15th of August
Writing time (but no posting of fics): 16th August - 30th September
Posting of fics to begin: from the 1st of October (and of course authors can continue to write/post throughout the month and beyond)

Now that we've got that out of the way... if you are someone who has been ogling admiring the pretties over the last few weeks (and there was just another massive upload of another 18 banners/challenges, so make sure you check them out) then here's what you need to do.

Firstly, you need to follow the rules and regs of the challenge. I'm reposting them in case anyone has forgotten. By signing up for a banner, you are agreeing to comply with the rules and regs, and write a fic with the following specifics:

  • Length: Minimum length 1,500 words, maximum completely up to you!
  • Characters: Buffy, Spike, any other characters shown in the banner.
  • Content Specifications: Must abide by the Must and Can’t Haves specified by the artist. Obviously the Can Haves is voluntary! All fic MUST follow the guidelines set by the banner artist, unless changes are agreed upon by both parties.
  • Dates: no posting of the fic on the archive (or anywhere else) until the 1st of October.
  • Banner claims are for new fic only, not to be attached to an existing story. 
  • The banner must accompany the fic when it is posted on the archive. Modification of the banner with fic title and author name should be discussed with artist once the first part/chapter is ready for publishing. Authors, the mods will put you in contact with the artist when we confirm your banner selection.

Another reminder, each banner will ONLY be allocated once, and it will be first come, first serve. So make sure you are ready to hit send on the email when sign ups commence (very shortly). Sign ups will be for your top three banner choices, in case your first or second is chosen. If you want to list more preferences than that, have at it. But understand you will only be allocated one banner to begin with. Secondary signups for unclaimed banners will happen later on (dates to be confirmed).

If you think you can follow these specifics, and would like to claim one of the gorgeous artworks just begging to accompany a fic, then here is the last piece of information you need. When you can grab your pretty. 

Susan, our resident tech guru, has the banner claim page set up to automatically switch to banner claiming OPEN at midnight SITE TIME.

So make sure you have the site open. When the message at the top of the page switches you need to email me at angelic.amy.fic@gmail.com with the following information:
     Author penname:
     Email address: (so contact can be set up with the artist for text additions)
     Banner request: List your banner choice(s) by title (number) and artist name, in order of preference. 

And that's it...

E-mails will be sent to authors to confirm their choice of banner, and then your Elysian Fields ID will be linked with the banner on the master list, which is why providing your penname is essential. Early email claims will not be accepted. 
So don't start writing until you receive your confirmation. 

Any questions? Comment here.

And when the time comes... happy claiming!



--Amy on August 06, 2016 07:14pm 7 Comments
Banner update: Artistic Anniversary Challenge

Hi everyone!


Well, the entries are coming in hard and fast, and at present we have a count of 57 banners uploaded. That blows my mind, and I am so impressed and excited by the level of interest the challenge has created. We still have another week (until the 6th of August) for banner submissions, if anyone is still wanting to contribute. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed so far.


Side note, from an admin perspective, please ensure you send me all of the relevant information for your banner submissions. The most important thing (apart from the art itself) is your member ID/penname. Banners are not being loaded anonymously, and if I don't have that information I can't put your gorgeous work up! 


Now, with the massive amount of entries so far, there is bound to be some errors with the uploading. A couple of artists have contacted me already because their specifications were a little screwy--something with the copy/pasting process not translating correctly. So, if you made a banner, and you notice something isn't right, please email me so I can correct it! **EDIT: And please ensure you add the banner number assigned to make it easier for me to search through to make changes. Thanks!


Banner claiming is currently not open. But it will be, soon. So author's, start brainstorming. I'll post the requirements for the banner claiming process within the next couple of days.


Wanna see the pretties? CLICK HERE



--Amy on July 29, 2016 10:50pm 0 Comments
Featured Stories

Ordinarily I don't feature Adult Only stories not because they aren't worthy (believe me there are lots of fabulous stories with that rating!).  I try to make the features accessible to the widest audience including those in the age groups that cannot read AO stories.

However I really want to give nods to some of the best of them out of fairness.  So I figured what better time than the hot days of summer than to feature AO stories?  It's summer in the northern hemisphere so the features this time will all be AO stories.  We'll do it again when it's summer in the southern hemisphere.

So...enjoy!

Kathleen



--pfeifferpack on July 25, 2016 03:59pm 5 Comments
UPDATE: Artistic Anniversary Challenge

Hi everyone!


First of all, I just have to have to say I am very impressed with the banner entries we’ve had so far for the ‘Artistic Anniversary Challenge’. You guys are awesome!


For your convenience, the uber talented Susan has created a page for the archive, where I’ve been uploading all of the fabulous art for everyone to view and drool over. We have some talented members at Elysian Fields! 


Each banner has the accompanying challenge criteria, as provided by the artists. So make sure you read over the info if you’re thinking of claiming one of the pieces. Just a friendly reminder, banner claiming is currently not open. So don’t go emailing me with a preference just yet! We’re allowing another two weeks for banner making time so that artists have ample time to submit their pieces.


To all you wonderful artists, keep them coming!


And to the authors in our community, I hope you've got your thinking caps on!


Wanna see the art? CLICK HERE o/



--Amy on July 23, 2016 12:05am 0 Comments
Artistic Anniversary Challenge

Hello everyone!

The tenth anniversary of Elysian Fields is fast approaching--where has the time gone? The mods have decided a challenge is in order to celebrate this fact, and I come to you today with that information to encourage fresh blood and life (of the living and undead variety) to our wonderful community. Also, the challenge will involve both artists and writers. 

So here’s the sitch. Authors have banners created for their fics all time. In most cases the art is made after the fic. Well, we’re switching it around. This will be an art before the fic challenge. It’s not a new idea, but it’s one that works, and I speak from experience having run such a challenge for a Livejournal community many years ago. 

What will the Artistic Anniversary Challenge entail? Information is as follows. 

Artists:
We’re asking you to create a banner with the following specifics.
Dimensions: Width 900px x Height 250px (maximum)
Text: In a small (approx 8 – 10 pt) clear font along one of the edges, Designed for the Elysian Fields ‘Artistic Anniversary’ Challenge. The fic title will of course be left up to the author but suggestions can be posted with the banner (just not on it) if you have something you think fits with the art. 
Design: Completely up to you! The banner can be theme or episode specific, whichever works best for you.
Fic Specifications: In a similar style to what you’d find under the challenges section of many eFiction archives. Must Haves, Can Haves, Can’t Haves list. No more than three specifics per category. An example of how it should be laid out can be found below in the rules section.
If you are an artist within our archive community and would be interested in participating, PLEASE reply to this post so we can gauge the interest in the challenge, and so we can all look forward to your wonderful creations. Once complete your banner and specifications are to be emailed to me at the following address, so that they can be added to the Artistic Anniversary Challenge page for the archive: angelic.amy.fic@gmail.com

Authors:
Once the art has been created, there will be a sign up, where banners will go up for grabs. Each banner will ONLY be allocated once, and it will be first come, first serve. So make sure you pay close attention to signup dates. Sign ups will be for your top three banner choices, in case you first or second is chosen. 
We’re asking you to write a fic with the following specifics:
Fic Length: Minimum length 1,500 words, maximum completely up to you!
Characters: Buffy, Spike, any other characters shown in the banner.
Content Specifications: Must abide by the Must and Can’t Haves specified by the artist. Obviously the Can Haves is voluntary.
The banner must accompany the fic when it is posted on the archive. Modification of the banner with fic title and author name should be discussed with the artist once the first part/chapter is ready for publishing. Authors, the mods will put you in contact with the artist when we confirm your banner selection.
Banner claims are for new fic only, not to be attached to an existing story.

RULES AND REGS:
1) All entires MUST include BOTH Buffy and Spike.
2) All banner entries MUST comply with size restrictions.
3) All fic entries MUST meet minimum word count.
4) All art entrants MUST accompany the following form with their artwork:

Characters:
Rating: 
Season/Episode: (if specific) 
Must Have: 
1)
2)
3)
Can Have:
1)
2)
3)
Can’t Have:
1)
2)
3)

5) All banners and specifics MUST be emailed to the address provided.
6) There is no limit to the amount of banners an artist can make, nor fics an author can write! 

DATES:
Banner creation: 17th of July - 6th of August
Banner claiming: 7th - 13th of August
Banner confirmations: 14th – 15th of August
Writing time (but no posting of fics): 16th August - 30th September
Posting of fics to begin (and of course authors can continue to write/post throughout the month): from the 1st of October

That’s about it. If any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 

Yours in Spuffy,
The Mods.



--Amy on July 15, 2016 09:23pm 28 Comments
Birthdays!

We like to think of Elysian Fields as a community, and part of being a community is celebrating together. We already celebrate great stories and reviews, but now we can help each other celebrate birthdays as well! Based on a suggestion by RESPICE FINEM, you now have the ability to choose to share your special day with others at EF. If you head over to your preferences, in the site settings section, there's now a space for you to enter your birthdate. If you enter the date there (yyyy-mm-dd format), on your birthday you'll get a special note in the site info section of the main page, which will look like this:

Your birthday will be shared based on site time (currently GMT-4), not your local time because it's stubborn like that. Remember, this is completely optional. If you'd prefer not to share your birthday, just leave the space in your preferences blank.



--Susan on June 17, 2016 10:51pm 7 Comments
New Skin and Banner Artist Listing

Just a quick news blurb so I don't clog up the shoutbox...

We have a brand new skin here at Elysian Fields thanks to our very own -Ash-. She was kind enough to submit some lovely artwork, and it inspired the new skin called heaven. You can preview it with the drop-down menus on the main page or in the footer. To make it (or any other skin) your default one, make sure to set in in your preferences.

Speaking of wonderful art, we have a number of banner artists here, and Wonder and Ashes added a suggestion asking for a better way for authors to find artists who are willing to volunteer their services to creating amazing artwork to go along with their story. If you are such an artist, you can now make it known that you're available to help by creating a banner artist profile from within your Account Info page. You can specify what information you need from an author if they make a request, and you can add 1-3 samples of your work.

The link to the list of volunteer artists can be found in the top navigation bar. I have my artist profile up as an example of what the profiles look like. I know you'll all want me to make banners for you based on my example, but please, try to restrain yourself. I'm sure many other talented members will join me on the list shortly. If you're an author, please remember to always be polite when making a request, and be sure to give the artist credit in your story notes.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.



--Susan on February 05, 2016 11:07pm 13 Comments
Suggestion Box and Other Changes

I'm attempting a news post even though my brain is now slightly mushy. My apologies for any misspellings or incoherent ramblings.

First off, I upgraded our rich text editor to the newest edition of TinyMCE. I've been wanting to do this for a while since our previous version was very old, and because I thought it might make things a little easier for our authors who write in Google Docs. The new editor will import things like bold and italics easier than our old editor did. Also, it has a handy spell checker built in (no judgement wink).

Last month a number of people mentioned that they liked having the reviewer list that highlighted reviewers who go the extra mile with their reviews. I added a link on the bottom of the Members of the Month section on the main page that leads to a list that will update every month with reviewers who have at least 15 reviews of more that 5 words.

Just like the reviewer list, a number of our site features have come from member suggestions. Previously, suggestions would come from the shoutbox, a PM or email to one of the admins or an email to the site inbox. Because we had so many places suggestions might end up, it would be hard to keep track of them, and they weren't centrally located, so it was hard for us admins to get together and discuss them. However, we now have a suggestion box to remedy that situation. We're kind of out of space in our top navigation bar, so the link for the suggestion box can be found down in the footer. Once there, you can submit a suggestion, or you can second a suggestion that has been added (just like you can second a challenge). I have a test suggestion up there now (which will obviously be rejected) just as an example so you all can see what it looks like. The admin team will look over every suggestion that comes in, and will determine if it's something that we're able to add as well as if it's something that a number of our members would use. Please keep in mind that we're all volunteers, so an admin response may take some time. Also, even if a suggestion is popular or seems simple, we may not have the resources or coding know-how to make it happen. Even if it's something that a larger archive has, keep in mind they have teams of coders and lots of money; We have 2 Americans and an Australian smile. That said, we want to make this your Spuffy home where you love to read and contribute. We hope to use the suggestions to get us even closer to that goal.

Please let me, Megan or Kathleen know if you have any questions. If you notice any technical glitches with any of the new (or old) features, please send me a PM.



--Susan on January 23, 2016 12:30am 8 Comments
Welcome, 2016!

2015 was a very active and prolific year for Elysian Fields, and our stats are here to prove it (for reference, see our 2014 stats here). This year we held our first ever challenge month, and it went so well that we decided to do it again. We attempted to slay the email eating monster (and were slightly successful). We added beta and shoutbox search options, daily email digests, new categories, drabbles, and many other behind the scenes tweaks and fixes to try and help the site keep up with the times and to run more smoothly.

2016 will be Elysian Fields' 10th year online, and it is shaping up to be another big year for us. During the year, it looks like we will welcome our 4,000th story and our 15,000th member.

Thank you to everyone who made 2015 so wonderful: the authors, the reviewers, and even the lurkers !Flowers

2015 by the numbers:
Total number of words added: 10,487,862
Total number of stories added: 538
Total number of chapters added: 3,623
Number of new members: 1,987
Number of reviews written: 35,888
Number of words written for reviews: 1,502,228

Ten most prolific authors of 2015:
1. mak324 (679,583 words)
2. myrabeth (407,448 words)
3. Sigyn (395,082 words)
4. sweetprincipale (351,759 words)
5. Wonder and Ashes (284,961 words)
6. DauntlessGrace (261,623 words)
7. -Ash- (261,237 words)
8. Slayerfan (231,752 words)
9. bewildered (223,610 words)
10. reenasas (192,067 words)

Ten most prolific reviewers of 2015:
1. pfeifferpack (156,482 words)
2. magnus374 (154,835 words)
3. Blue Eyes2 (54,549 words)
4. annamatte (53,533 words)
5. acekoomboom (41,068 words)
6. jhiz (38,884 words)
7. ginar369 (37,282 words)
8. Ashinthe (37,134 words)
9. solstice (33,995 words)
10. All4Spike (33,806 words)



--Susan, Megan and Kathleen on January 03, 2016 06:46pm 18 Comments
Farewell, Holiday Challenges!

Now that it's January, it's time to congratulate our new members of the month: maryperk (author) and EmilytheSlayer323 (reviewer), and to close the books on another successful challenge month. There were 49 stories added for our Holiday Fic Challenge (4 of which were contributed by first time authors here at Elysian Fields), and 79 members completed the Holiday Review Challenge! Thank you to everyone who participated. Everyone who completed one or both challenges should have a lovely, new, solstice created award in the awards tab on their profile (if you don't have one, but should, it's an oversight, just let me know).

If you're feeling nostalgic, and ever want to look over fics from any of the events we have here, you may have noticed that on the browse page, there's a link titled 'Site Events'. From there, you can view the stories that were created as part of each event.

The start of January means a brand new year as well, and we'll have a 2015 recap post up soon, but I wanted to keep a spotlight on the Holiday Challenges for just one more day.



--Susan on January 01, 2016 11:54am 9 Comments
Daily Digest Emails

Let's take a short break from all the holiday goodness to introduce something new here at Elysian Fields.

A short while ago, a number or members were having issues with emails that were sent from our email address. Because of this, I put on my thinking cap, and wound up changing the way that the site sends out emails (instead of sending bulk emails out all at once, we now put them in a queue, and they go out in small batches, which makes the emails less suspicious to spam filters). Based on some comments I've received, it seems that this method has had some success, and the majority of emails are now showing up as they're supposed to (even if they're still being filtered to junk mail, at least they're getting there). The reason I'm bringing this up is because while I was working on the email issues, I also added a brand new feature. From now on, every night at midnight server time (Eastern US time or GMT -5:00), the site will compile a list of new and updated stories, and any new site news items that were added on the previous day. Then, that list will be emailed out to members who have elected to receive it. If you'd like to subscribe to our new daily digest, head over to your preferences, and check the box next to the option that says, "Email me a daily digest with new/updated stories and news items:" Make sure you've added our site email address (elysianfields@dark-solace.org) to your safe senders list to lessen the chance that our emails end up in your junk mail folder.

As always, let me know with a comment below or a PM/email if you have any questions or comments.



--Susan on December 23, 2015 09:27pm 8 Comments
It's Almost time for the Holiday Challenges!

ETA links: Follow these links to see the Holiday Challenge stories and the reviewers who have completed the review challenge requirements.

ETA 2: Just to clarify, for the review challenge, we're counting reviews of any story, not just holiday ones. Also, all awards will be placed into profiles at the same time after the end of the month.

Since December is only a few hours away, it's time to get ready for our upcoming Holiday Challenges! There's quite a bit of information here, so please read this through until the end.

Stories submitted for the challenge should be new stories (they can be sequels to existing stories), that still fit the rules of the site (e.g. Spuffy-centric) and are inspired by, or contain, a December holiday. Please note which holiday/holidays you're including within your summary or story notes. The stories need to be published between December 1-December 31, but they don't need to be completed within that time frame. *IMPORTANT* To make sure that your story is included with all the challenge participants, you must check the Holiday Challenge box in the add story page. The box will only show during the month of December, but here's an example of what it will look like within the page:

Only check the box if your story fits the challenge requirements.

On the browse pages, challenge stories will be marked with a snowflake, so they'll be easy to spot:

For the first half of the month, our lovely pfeifferpack will be featuring existing holiday stories on the main page, and the second half will feature a random assortment of challenge fics. Also, there will be a page to view only the challenge fics. Once we have a few added, I'll edit this news post with a direct link to the page.

Of course we can't forget the other challenge this month, the Holiday Review challenge. For that one, you don't need to do anything extra to participate besides review! We'll keep track off all reviewers who leave more 15 or more reviews that consist of 5 or more words. We'll have a page where you can see all the reviewers who have met the challenge requirements (I'll post the link when I add the challenge fic link to this post). Remember, the reviews are meant to be "gifts" to our authors, so please use this opportunity to let them know how much you appreciate their stories, and the work it takes to create them.

We hope that you have fun with these challenges, any they help put you in a holiday state of mind!

As always, let us know in the comments or with a PM if there are any concerns or questions.



--Susan on November 30, 2015 07:45pm 3 Comments