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Event Announcement: Satisfaction-athon

As our favorite vampire once asked, "Satisfied? You know, I really hope so because God knows you need some satisfaction in life besides shagging Captain Cardboard and I never really liked you anyway and... and you have stupid hair."

Which is to say, we have a new event for you! 

For one day only, this Valentine’s, we’re asking that you flood EF with ficlets and art in which Buffy gets to be happy. (By or with Spike, because this is a Spuffy archive, after all!) 

You can post comics, drabbles, one-shots, or even multi-chapter fics if you wish, so long as you post the complete work.

There shall be no minimum word count. No maximum. Participating in this mini-challenge does not make one eligible for a ‘challenge complete’ end-of-year award. There will be no special skin, no commenter awards, and no award for banner artists, BUT there shall be a small icon for everyone who ticks the relevant box by the end of Valentine’s Day (according to site time), and participants will get a shiny. 

Got any questions, post them below!



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on January 10, 2023 01:54pm 11 Comments
2022: A Year in Review

It hardly seems possible, but it is indeed that time of year again. That is, the start of a new year, and time to look back on the journey we have taken over the last 12 months.

I want to start by personally saying this was a challenging year in many ways. Elysian Fields experienced some turbulence, not aided by the host’s update in March of 2022, which upset a lot of our systems for a good amount of time. We have not entirely recovered from that and are continuing to explore our options to avoid repeats. That said, with whatever we faced, we (the Mods) are endlessly thankful to you (the membership) for your support, encouragement, and patience.

Here are some things to come in 2023:

  • New and/or reshaped events, courtesy of the irreplaceable EllieRose101, who was a force of nature as Events Mod over the course of her inaugural year in the role. 
  • The registration of EF as a non-profit. This will allow us to recommence site donations (and thank you so much to everyone who has reached out, asking why donations were discontinued last year)
  • More information about SpuffyCon 2024
  • Continued site improvements and additions, including the History of EF page

As stated above, 2022 was a challenging year. We said goodbye to two Mods. While kats_meow was not a Mod for long, she made an indelible impression on the team and her absence has been strongly felt (though we understand work comes before play, much as we would wish it otherwise). And of course, OffYourBird, who founded, initiated, led, or managed many of the features that make EF, well, EF (including but not limited to the weekly sprints, the Friday check-in, the Secret Santa Event, watch parties, the Discord server, and the Facebook group before that) stepped down as Mod. I think it’s especially important to recognize the enormous contribution she made to EF, and how even though she has moved on to other things, she set into motion and enhanced so many of the aspects of the community we enjoy today.

Suffice it to say, it was not easy filling these shoes, yet we ended up with a successful, joyful year, courtesy of DarkVoid116 and EllieRose101 who joined the Mod team in March 2022. They have been irreplaceable additions to the Mod team and are directly responsible for the wonderful state of the archive today, working both behind the scenes and taking center stage. If you enjoyed your time at EF in 2022, you have them to thank. I, personally, will never stop.

We made some additional changes in 2022, including the retirement of site skins (many of which had been with us since our founding) and the addition of new site skins with art provided by some of the most talented, active artists we have in the community. We also rolled out the inclusion of artwork-only submissions for storytellers and artists alike—the more ways to tell Spuffy stories, the better.

Then there were our four site events. Challenge Month in April, Mystery Month in July, Road Trip Challenge in October, and our third Secret Santa Fic Exchange in December. The response was overwhelming, as the numbers will show.

So it’s time to start issuing awards.

In the third year of recognizing the milestone that is Completed Fics, we had 110 authors complete a total of 387 fics; that’s 27 more fics than last year. 

All authors who completed a fic (one-shots count!) in 2022 have been issued this award: 

2022 Completed Fic Award

The other award seeing its third year is the Challenge Complete Award. This was awarded to site members who completed any site event challenge in 2022 (that is, the challenge events that are overseen by the EF Mods and come with spiffy thematic skins and stuff). The exception here being Secret Santa, as finishing the fic is baked into the challenge itself.

 2022 Completed Challenge Award

And speaking of Secret Santa, we have some numbers to share.

We had 47 event stories, which garnered 1,196 likes and 581 comments. And as a last-minute addition to the awards this year, we also awarded commenters who provided more than 15 story comments comprising 15 or more words with an award as well. So all participants who completed their fics should now have their participant award on their profile; those commenters who met the requirements should also have an award.

 

P.S. If you haven't read the fics yet, you can find them all on their site event page, which is also accessible by going to Events >> 2022 Secret Santa.

We also have issued awards to our most prolific members. These are chosen by the numbers. 

2022 Top Ten Most Prolific Author 2022 Top Ten Most Prolific Commenter

In 2022, we added:

  • 9,820,415 words
  • 488 stories
  • 2,586 chapters
  • 1,641 new members
  • 89,909 new likes
  • 32,741 new comments to the archive (comprising 1,628,229 words)

That is a lot of content, all made possible because of you guys.

Top 10 Commenters

Top 10 Authors

Our most prolific author for 2022 was scratchmeout!

2022 Most Prolific Author

Our most prolific commenter for 2022 was magnus374

2022 Most Prolific Commenter

If you are missing an award you should have received, please reach out to us (ssolace@gmail.com) and we’ll verify and get that corrected.

Guys, it was a hell of a year. We are so thankful to the members who make up our wonderful community. Thank you so much for your contributions—fic, art, betaing, commenting—and your company. We look forward to a great year ahead.



--Holly and the Mods on January 04, 2023 12:13pm 12 Comments
Announcement: Finishing Months

*ignore this line of text. It is placed here just to try and fix a formatting error* 

Guess who's back, back again? That's right, ME! With a brand new event announcement. 

Starting from today and running until the end of March, Elysian Fields is hosting Finishing Months, in which the goal is to either complete a story (or stories) started for any of the previous challenge months*, OR finish off a longstanding WIP.

We're defining a longstanding WIP as a fic that was started prior to 1st January 2021.

If you complete one qualifying fic, you will get a bronze award. 

Complete two and you get silver.

Three or more: gold, baby! 

No shinies for artists, betas, or commenters in this specific case. (Sorry!)

People who feel they are eligible for an award must email EF (ssolace@gmail.com) during the first week of April with details we can verify. We need to know your username, we need link(s) to the relevant fic(s), and brief sentence detailing how/why it qualifies (eg "This fic was for April Challenge Month 2021," or "I finished a fic started in June 2020").

*Finishing abandoned Secret Santa gifts or Mystery Month stories that were not posted by their relevant deadlines do not count towards this event. (Unless they also meet the 'longstanding WIP' requirement.)

Any questions, drop them below!

 

Edited to add/clarify: for longstanding WIPs to be eligible, some part of them must already be posted. Before the aforementioned date of 1st January 2021. This is simply so we can verify their eligibility. If you've been working on a fic for five years but not shared any of it, we have no way of knowing!



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on January 01, 2023 10:39am 17 Comments
Reminder from Santa

Evening, folks! December is moving crazy fast, so the Mod Team would like to take this opportunity to check in with everyone participating in our Secret Santa event this year. 

At the time of writing this, fourteen participants have shared gifts, which means the site is still expecting a further thirty-three pieces (whether written stories or visual art) in the next two weeks. 

Reminder: gifts must be posted by 11.59pm site time on December 31st. 

If you cannot make this deadline, please get in touch with a Mod ASAP!

Conversely, if you wish to put yourself forward as a rescue writer or artist and haven’t already done so, drop us a line.

All gifts shared so far can be found here



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on December 15, 2022 10:29am 0 Comments
Final Details for 2022's Secret Santa Event

I am very pleased to say that 47 members have signed up to take part in this year’s Secret Santa event. And that’s not including the people who didn’t officially sign up, put themselves forward as rescue writers and artists anyway. 

Hopefully, all participants have their assignments by now. Most of you have replied to my email to confirm you have, but I do have two responses outstanding. If you have signed up but haven’t seen a message from me, please check your spam inbox. And failing that, please reach out to the mod team! 

Participants must post their fics (or art work, if applicable) between 12:01 am site time on December 1st and 11:59 pm on December 31st. If something goes awry and you cannot meet the deadline, again, please contact us! We understand life happens, but we don’t want anyone to end up giftless. Letting us know if your muse abandons you/cat eats your laptop/garden gnome blows up and takes your house with it means we can avail of our aforementioned rescue writers and artists. 

Members are welcome to make and upload their own fic banners, or commission another member to make a banner for them, as usual, but there is also a default gift fic banner (pictured above), if you need it. If you use the default banner, please credit MillennialCryBaby, or if you're including a custom banner with your fic, it must have "Designed for Elysian Fields' 2022 Secret Santa Event" written somewhere legibly on it.  

Reminder: only participating members will get an event award for Secret Santa. There are no shinies for betas or banner artists.

Once it comes time to post your fic, you’ll be able to tick a box that will appear on the submission page, like so: 

Please state clearly who your gift fic is for in either your story summary or story notes. Optional, but you may like to add the prompts you are meeting in your story end notes. 

We recommend members reach out to their giftees once you have posted, to make sure they don’t accidentally miss it. That would be such a shame after all your hard work. 

Giftees, we shouldn’t need to say this, but it is good etiquette to respond to your gifter to let them know you’ve seen and appreciate all their efforts. 

Here is a screenshot of a sample fic showing the icon that will appear beside your fic, once posted, to indicate its status as part of the event:

One last reminder: Each fic should be a “one-shot” size (or be posted as a single “chapter” in the case of art). That is, the fic must be under 14,750 words in length. 

Any issues or questions, please email EllieRose101 at ssolace@gmail.com



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on November 28, 2022 02:11pm 8 Comments
2022 Secret Santa Event Announcement

I know we wrapped the October Road Trip event literally yesterday, but I am very excited to jump right into our next one and, apparently, I’m not alone! When I asked on Discord if you guys wanted a little breather before the next announcement, you all basically said, “Who needs breath? Gimmie!” 

So, here we are. 

There is a lot of info below, and I recommend taking your time to read it all if you wish to take part, but the short version is this: during December, members who have signed up will give and receive a fic (or art!). 

If you’ve never taken part before, or if you need a reminder, here’s how it works: 

As of this post going live, you can fill in a GOOGLE FORM HERE to sign up. 

Everyone who signs up to participate will write one fic (or make a piece of art) and receive one fic (or piece of art. You can opt out of this in the Google form if you’re only interested in written fic). Each fic should be a “one-shot” size (or be posted as a single “chapter” in the case of art). That is, the fic must be under 14,750* words in length. 

*While the chapter word limit is technically 15,000 words here on EF, variations in processor word counting created a lot of work (and many workarounds) previously for Holly, so we're keeping it lower to assure there won't be any further issues.

There is no word count minimum to this event. 

Gifts DO NOT need to be holiday-related in any way (unless your giftee requests it!). 

Participants will receive an award on their profile at the end of the event. This year, it (and the custom banner art, displayed at the top of this post) was kindly designed by MillennialCryBaby.

NOTE: There are no additional awards for betas, artists, or commenters. Both authors and artists will receive the same ‘2022 Secret Santa Participant’ award. Artists who create banners for other people’s gifts will not be eligible for a participant award. 

Once you sign up, EF Event Mod EllieRose101 will make best case matches from all of the responses, and then reach out to each participant with the penname and story preferences of their giftee. Please remember that this gift-giving is confidential. Don’t share who you have for a giftee until you post your fic! Revealing that information ahead of time will allow demonic Santa to start his spree of terror early, and that would just be a bad time for everyone.

Any member, whether they've previously written a fic on EF or not, is eligible to partake in this event––UNLESS you signed up for last year’s Secret Santa event and did not complete your fic or did not complete your fic by the deadline. Those members will not be eligible to participate this year, but may participate again in 2023.

Please note that bad behavior toward your gifter or giftee, in regards to either the gift you receive or the gift you deliver, will result in a permanent ban from this event for all future years. We wish we didn’t have to say it, but we do.

Any ineligibility will be communicated to you by a Mod, if it becomes relevant. Otherwise, you may assume you are good to go.

Important Dates: 

  • Today: Sign-Ups Open (See link, above.)
  • 11.59pm site time on Sunday 20th Nov.: Sign-Ups close 
  • 22nd & 23rd Nov.: Assignments Distributed
  • 1st December: Participants can start posting
  • End of 31st December, site time: All gifts must be exchanged. 

No late sign-ups or publishing will be allowed. Leaving a participant giftless will make Spuffy deeply sad, and we can’t have that.

Whether or not you sign-up to participate in the event itself, you can sign-up to be a Secret Santa Rescue Writer! Either choose "yes" on the event sign-up form where it asks, or email EllieRose101 at ssolace@gmail.com and let her know that you'd like to be on the volunteer Rescue Writer list. If she ends up with someone in need, she may reach out to you (by no later than Dec. 16th) to see if you can rescue a gift.

Any questions? Comment below!



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on November 02, 2022 02:55pm 15 Comments
Road Trip Event Wrap Up

We did it, gang! Our road trip event has ended, which is of course sad, but I think we can agree it was a wonderful success. Especially since it was our first ever event including artwork only stories!

There were 6 of those and 26 traditional (i.e. written) stories, as made via the collaborative effort of:

  • 23 Authors
  • 20 Artists (both comic and banner artists)
  • 23 Beta Readers 

And in another first for Elysian Fields, we’ve included Sensitivity Readers in the beta stats. 

Between them, participating authors wrote 175,485 words across 69 chapters (including comic chapters). A total of 450 members left comments throughout the month of October, of which 212 commented specifically on event stories, and 42 commenters met the requirements for an award. All comments for the event totalled 645, and the new stories generated for this event received a total of 1,110 likes. 

If you’re yet to check out any of the brand new challenge fics, you can FIND THEM ALL HERE.

Many, many thanks to everyone who took part, in whichever way you contributed. All participating authors, betas, artists, and commenters should now have the relevant awards on their profiles. If you seem to be missing one, or anything else seems not quite right, please drop us a line at ssolace@gmail.com



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on November 02, 2022 04:03am 2 Comments
Even More New Skins

Hello EF!

We’re back with more new skins!

First of all, thank you for the lovely reception our artists and new skins received last week. We understand no one likes change and getting used to a different aesthetic can be an uphill battle. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of the goals of the facelift was to help modernize the experience in a small way. We’ve talked before about how old our software is and…seriously, in internet years? We're dinosaurs. The new skins don’t change the functionality, but they do accommodate the current trend in websites, particularly the desktop experience, which has evolved past the broad borders and empty space that defined our previous skins.

Second of all, we want to thank all the members who chimed in last week to let us know what gaps remained in the new skins designs. The member experience is so important to us, and since everything here hinges upon reading and readers’ visual comfort, we were happy to accommodate the needs that were brought to our attention. With that said, we’d like to thank MillennialCryBaby, loveisntbrains_mcgnagallsarmy, and scratchmeout who reached out to the Mod team following last week's announcement with offers of fresh art to help fill those gaps.

We now have:

  • Two skins with a mustard yellow theme (“mr and mrs summers”; “how to train your vampire”)
  • Four skins with alternating colors between story lists (“mr and mrs summers”; “what happens at restfield”; “other worlds than these”; “becoming us”)
  • One skins with color combinations new to EF (“what happens at restfield”)
  • Two neutral skin options (“best night of my life”; “other worlds than these”)
  • Two additional blue-themed skins (“primal solarized”; “till the end of the world”)

All skins are live and available for selection. In order to set one of the new skins as your default, visit Edit Preferences under Account Info

Here are previews of the skins that have been added since last week. 

  • Skin name: Becoming Us
  • Banner artist: Irandamay

  • Skin name: Other Worlds than These
  • Artist: scratchmeout 

  • Skin name: Till the End of the World
  • Artist: scratchmeout 

The older skins that we reuploaded last week (not-without-a-fight, smile, and spuffy1) have been removed once more.

Thank you again to our artists and our wonderful membership.



--Holly and the Mods on October 22, 2022 02:15pm 11 Comments
A New Art and Skin Era at EF

Hello, EF! 

We’ve been hinting at this for a while now, but it’s about to get very real. On October 14th, one week from today, a number of site skins will be permanently retired. The skins being retired were chosen for a myriad of reasons, including age, appearance, and out of respect for the artist. 

In the endeavor to replace these skins, we looked at the existing color schemes and reached out to artists in the EF community to see if they would be interested in providing new artwork, and we’re delighted that all artists we approached were eager to help us beautify the site. Now, we’re ready to share what those skins look like in anticipation of next week. Not ALL skins are ready just yet—as with everything else, artists have volunteered their time and some haven’t had much of that to volunteer, so more skins will be added throughout the rest of the year as artists contribute their pieces and we have time to program them into beautiful new skins. 

Many members who access the site on desktop will also notice a dynamic change in how the skins take up the screen. The new skins have been built using the simple and simple dark templates, which greatly reduces the border/empty space. It’s a small thing but it does help modernize the look and feel of the site while allowing members to enjoy some of the amazing artwork provided by our group of artists. 

Here is a comprehensive list of the skins that are being retired:

  • comic
  • the time in between
  • smile
  • not-without-a-fight
  • spuffy1
  • heroes
  • elysian
  • drinking buddies
  • soft
  • kiss
  • big bads
  • called
  • mystery

And here is a preview of the skins that will replace them. Please note, the screenshots were captured off EF’s test site (where the Mods can play around with various changes without worry of breaking the actual archive) so some of the menu options will reflect EF Days of Old and not the archive as we currently know and love it.

So, without further ado…



  • Skin title: Everyday
  • Artist: Holly

  • Skin title: Everyday-light
  • Artist: Holly

 

 

 

 

  • Skin title: Out of My Mind
  • Artist: teragramm

 

 

 

 

  • Skin title: Where it Began
  • Artist: Irandamay

 

 

Again, this isn’t a comprehensive list. In addition to the artists who still intend to provide us artwork, there are two pieces of art provided by the existing pool of artists that have yet to be turned into skins. So keep an eye out for those, and please join us in thanking the artists who took the time to create something beautiful for EF. We’re so fortunate to have you in our community.



--Holly and the Mods on October 07, 2022 01:15pm 17 Comments
Artwork for the Road Trip Event

Hey, gang! 

Since launching the Road Trip event and opening it up to art-only submissions, it turns out that our system won't allow the artwork icon to run in conjunction with the challenge icon. So, for artwork-only submissions for events, we’re asking the affected parties to tick the box for the event instead of the one for artwork. This way, all the event subs show up on the event page. 

The Mods will adjust the back-end of the site for event artwork already posted, unless you tell us you’d rather have the art icon than the event one. 

You’ll get the event artist award either way.



--EllieRose101 and The Mods on October 04, 2022 12:19am 1 Comment
Everything you need to know about the Road Trip Challenge

October is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to get your engines revving, because in just three(-ish) short days, our road trip challenge sets off. (I said I was gonna stop punning, I lied!)

If you read the event announcement, you should already know that: 

  • fics for this event must be a minimum of 1,500 words. *
  • your stories must include or address road trips in some fashion (if you’re unsure if you’ve done enough to satisfy this requirement, please ask a Mod).
  • your first chapter needs to be posted during October––no earlier, no later––but that does not mean you need to have the entire thing finished and uploaded by month’s end. 

On October 1st, from 0.01am site time (which can always be found under the shoutbox on our homepage), you will see a tick-box appear when adding a new story. This is to indicate your story is part of the challenge, to make sure it appears in the official list of challenge fics, and so it can be featured alongside the others throughout the month. 

It looks like so:

Additionally, if and when you’ve ticked that box, a special icon of some car keys will appear beside your story, as depicted in the example here:

Note: while sequels (or indeed prequels, or companion stories) to existing fics can be eligible to be part of this event, it’s important that they are a new work, as in not previously shared elsewhere already.

Now, in the aforementioned event announcement we gave a lot of details for how banners were going to work, but––in case you missed it––we heard your feedback and your desire to arrange banners yourselves, and so that element has been dropped from this event. 

If you plan to make your own banner, the dimensions are the same as they’ve always been, as outlined on our FAQ page. All we ask is that you add a small line of text stating “designed for the 2022 Elysian Fields Road Trip Challenge.” 

If someone else has made you a banner, please credit them so they can get an award for their profile. Please also make sure to credit your betas. The awards, lovingly designed by MillennialCryBaby, are as pictured at the top of this news post. 

There is a custom site skin for this event, also designed by MillennialCryBaby, which we showed in the event announcement post. But, speaking of site artwork, Holly has been working hard to bring to life a number of new skins.

There are a number of site skins we are permanently retiring and replacing with skins that better reflect the current membership (they’re made with art supplied by our members!) and where we are taking the archive in the future. But don’t worry—there will be options for everyone. Light, dark, and monochromatic will all be represented.

Of the current site skins, these are the ones we’re keeping:

  • Better Together
  • Dead Poet’s Society
  • Fierce
  • Trapped
  • Kisses in the Rain
  • Holiday
  • Secret Santa
  • Simple (Light and Dark)

Keep your eyes peeled for a follow-up announcement regarding the new site skins shortly.

In the meantime, and as always, happy writing! 


*UPDATE: Since we recently made accommodations for Elysian Field's many talented artists to post artwork-only pieces, we have been asked if they can take part in this event and still be eligible for an artist award, even if they don't make banners. This was such a good question, and of course the answer is yes! As such, we've removed the word count requirement. 



--EllieRose101 and The Mods on September 27, 2022 04:25pm 7 Comments
EF Now Supports Artwork-Only Submissions

Hello, EF!

It’s no secret we have a ton of incredibly talented artists in Spuffy fandom, and as artwork is such a lovely medium for storytelling, the Mods decided to follow the example set by Sunnydale After Dark (thanks, guys!) and amend our submissions to accommodate artwork-only posting. Effective immediately, artists may share artwork as they would a story.

We’re going to demonstrate with a piece of artwork thoughtfully supplied by author and artist, HappyWhenItRains. The title and metadata aren’t hers; she’d come up with something a lot more creative than I have for the purposes of this demonstration. 

Most of you will be familiar with parts of this process, so please feel free to peruse or scroll to your heart’s content. This is just here out of an excess of caution and so artists have a reference guide handy if it is needed. 

Here’s how to add artwork: 

STEP 1: Select the artwork you would like to post.

STEP 2: Upload the image to your account by visiting the Series, Stories, and Challenges panel under Account Info. To accommodate art, the site now permits artwork uploads 1500x1500. We highly recommend you review the sizes to ensure maximum viewer experience.

This will bring you to the image upload panel. Select Upload New Images, which can be found at the bottom of the screen.Once the image is uploaded, it will populate on this table. Grab that URL. It’ll come in handy for the next bit.

STEP 3: Go back to the Series, Stories, and Challenges panel under Account Info. Now you’ll select Add New Story.

STEP 4: Add your artwork details. You will need a title and a summary for your artwork just for the purpose of adding it to the catalog. It doesn’t have to be greatly detailed – just enough that EF members have an idea of what to expect. Please refrain from using solicitous language, same as with story submissions. Likewise, all summaries should be appropriate for general audiences.

STEP 5: Add categories, genres, and warnings as needed. Ensure the proper rating is affixed to every art submission. We have added a couple of new categories and genres to help artists clearly mark which of the submissions aren’t work-appropriate. You will also notice the option to mark your submission as exclusively artwork. This is exactly what it sounds like – the submission should contain nothing but the art itself.

The submission process from here is the same as with story text submissions. You will simply select the artwork icon in the story text box.

This pop-up will appear to take the image’s information. The link you copied earlier will go into the “Search” box.

And that’s it! If you’re a new EF member or haven’t submitted material to the archive before, your submission will not immediately appear on Most Recents until our validation Mod has made the choice to grant you automatic validation. Once it does, your art will be listed among the stories and other artwork supplied by EF’s many talented members. Submissions that contain artwork only will also be denoted with a story icon. This is a permanent fixture designed to help members quickly identify which works on the archive are artwork-only.

What else you need to know:

  • The site’s minimum word count has been stripped to accommodate this change.
  • All works must be clearly labeled and appropriately rated. Any applicable warnings are also mandatory.
  • All works must follow the site’s submission rules. If you have any questions about a piece of art, please reach out to the Mods.
  • If you’re interspersing art with textual storytelling, we will not consider that Exclusively Artwork. Exclusively Artwork should be limited to submissions that have no accompanying text. Stories told with both text and pictures should be submitted as usual, with the appropriate categories, genres, and warnings.
  • Artists may post single pieces of art or ongoing stories (comics).
  • Artwork may be hosted on EF, but we ask that you do not hotlink. This is not a new policy, just a reminder.
  • While we have adjusted the size requirements for artwork uploaded to your account, regular story banners must adhere to the existing 920x300 parameters to help keep the Most Recents and story lists orderly.

We have likewise added the following rules for visual media submissions.

  • All artwork submissions must adhere to the site’s Spuffy prominence rule. We do not allow Gen Art submissions. We’re sorry, but we have finite hosting space and we are, after all, a Spuffy archive. Therefore all art pieces must be Spuffy-centric.
  • That said, for visual media purposes, we do allow solo artwork renderings of Spike or Buffy. They don’t always need to be together, but the piece must remain Spuffy friendly (i.e., No Bangel, Sprusilla, etc.)
  • All NSFW artwork pieces must be rated NC-17 or AO (Adult Only) and assigned NSFW Category and Genre tags. These must also be Spuffy only.
  • Use appropriate warnings for every art piece.
  • Artists are free to link to any artwork that does not meet the Spuffy prominence rule in their profile, as well as in the story notes. However, EF is not the place to host any such artwork. Any non-Spuffy artwork stored on our server will be deleted at our discretion.

Please don’t worry if you make a mistake or skip a step in adding artwork. The system will catch most, and the Mods will catch the rest. Innocent mistakes will absolutely not be penalized. The Mods will contact you if there is an issue with your submission to let you know what it was and how to fix it, if it’s something we haven’t already handled on our end. We anticipate there being a few hiccups along the way and we’re here to answer your questions.

And that’s the long and short of it! Thank you again to HappyWhenItRains for letting us use your brilliant artwork in our example. 

Stay tuned for more exciting developments here at Elysian Fields!



--Holly and the Mods on September 18, 2022 08:28am 11 Comments
Banner Requests Deadline

Hello, EF! Just a quick update on the state of banner requests.

As a refresher: in the announcement for our upcoming Roadtrip Challenge Event, we included a link to a Google Form where authors could request banners as has been done in the past. Since then, we have heard from a number of participating authors that many of you have made other arrangements, and reached out to specific artists to capture the vision you have for your fic.

We love that our authors are so inspired and proactive. And since so many of you are approaching artists directly, we’re starting to wonder if the banner match component is one we need to concern ourselves with at all this year. So if you wanted to request a banner, we’re putting a deadline of midnight (site time) on Sunday 11th September on it so that our artists have ample time to claim and make banners before the event starts. 

If it turns out the need isn’t there, we’ll simply drop this element for this year and contact the few authors who have submitted information to help them make other arrangements. Truly, it all comes down to what our participating authors would like to see for this event! 

The link to make requests is HERE


UPDATE: You have spoken and we have listened. As such, we are dropping the banner request element of this event, leaving authors to make their own arrangements for art. 



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on September 05, 2022 11:33am 3 Comments
It's Raining Emails (Hallelujah?)

Hi EF,

So, as you are all aware, emails from the site over the last few months have waffled between unreliable and nonexistent. Well, last night, some members were reporting issues reaching the site at all (and receiving error messages that specifically said they couldn’t connect to the host), so we contacted the host company to see what was up. They tinkered with something on their end and connectivity was restored…and people started receiving daily digest and story update emails from all the way back in April. This has reinforced our belief that the issues stemmed with the host maintenance update back in March.

What we know so far:

  • Adjusting your email update settings won’t have an impact on whether you receive months of backlogged emails. If your site settings in April were to receive updates, you’ll receive updates for April. If the emails continue, the same will be true for May, June, July, and August.
  • Emails will be received at the email address that was on file at the time it was initially triggered to send. 
  • Emails will be received about stories that are no longer at Elysian Fields.

Based on what we know, we can also safely assume that emails will be received by members whose accounts have since been removed per their request.

As this is a host issue, there’s little the Mod team can do to prevent your inboxes from being inundated. We know this is going to be really annoying and inconvenient, and if we could switch it off, we would. What we are going to do is discuss our options regarding our host provider, because the level of service we’ve received over the last few months has been unacceptable.

Please let us know if you have any questions.



--Holly and the Mods on September 02, 2022 09:28am 14 Comments
Event Announcement: Anniversary Month 2022

In October, Elysian Fields will turn sixteen years old! In the States, this means it’s time to finally take your driver’s test and enjoy some of the sweet, sweet freedom that comes with having the keys to your very own car. As such, it only seemed fitting that our theme for this year’s Anniversary Month would be… ROAD TRIPS! 

So buckle up and get yourself in gear––I’ll stop with the puns, I promise!

Here’s the rundown: 

  • Fics for this event must be 1,500 words minimum, include or address the theme in some fashion, and have their first chapter posted during October––no earlier, no later.
  • You do not have to finish your fic in October; you only have to post the first chapter. 
  • Once you’ve figured out what you’re going to write, SUBMIT A BANNER REQUEST HERE. We’ll be making a page listing all the requests, which artists can then claim. 
  • If/when a banner is claimed, we’ll let both parties know so you can figure out the nitty-gritty details. 
  • Banners can be claimed at any point after the request list goes live and the end of the event (if they haven’t all been snapped up already). 
  • Ideally, banners will be claimed, made, and given to authors by September 30th. If you won’t be able to complete a banner for the start of the event, please do not claim it until you have availability
  • You can still take part even if you don’t have or want a banner, so long as your fic meets the requirements above. 
  • Authors are free to make their own banners. 
  • If you have a specific person in mind to make your banner, we recommend reaching out to them rather than putting forward a general request that anyone can claim.

Awards will be available for authors, artists, betas, and commenters. 

More details to follow, but if you have any questions, please comment below. 

The artwork for this event, including the banner above, was created by MillennialCryBaby.


UPDATE: You have spoken and we have listened. As such, we are dropping the banner request element of this event, leaving authors to make their own arrangements for art. 



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on August 15, 2022 11:58am 9 Comments
Wrapping Up Mystery Month 2022

Elysian Fields’ second-ever Mystery Month event is over! Please read to the end for your chance to decide the fate of this event going forward. 

Big congratulations to everyone who took part. In particular: 

  • 24 Authors
  • 18 Banner Artists
  • 21 Beta Readers 

Between them, participating authors wrote 572,061 words across 120 chapters, and 218 members left comments, of which 46 commenters met the requirements for an award. All comments for the event totalled 1076, and the new stories generated for this event received a total of 2146 likes. 

If you’re yet to check out any of the brand new challenge fics, you can FIND THEM ALL HERE.

Many, many thanks to everyone who took part, in whichever way you contributed. All participating authors, betas, artists, and commenters should now have the relevant awards on their profiles. If you seem to be missing one, or anything else seems not quite right, please drop us a line at ssolace@gmail.com

Originally, this was going to be the last EF Mystery Event year, to be replaced with another event (replaced, because adding new events at this point would be overkill, we think). But the reception and feedback we received during the event made us reconsider, and we decided that you, the members, should tell us if you'd like the Mystery Event to continue with a few modifications, or if you'd instead be interested in the event we were going to launch in its place: Drabble Mania.

Drabble Mania would go as follows: members will be able to suggest more fic prompts, and then authors who sign up will be issued a prompt at random, for which they’ll write a one-shot of up to 1,000 words. (Drabbles are defined elsewhere as stories 100 words or under, but our archive says they count up to the 1k mark.)

Please VOTE HERE for which event you’d like to see happen next summer. 

**UPDATE** You had your say and the Google Form is now closed for further responses. Going forward, we will be alternating the new event with bringing back Mystery Month. Thank you to all who voted!



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on August 08, 2022 05:25am 11 Comments
Prompt Four!

Your wildcard prompts for Mystery Month week four are: 

  • Shower (as suggested by Agapantha83) 
  • Buffy loves starting fires (as suggested by Mrs. Akers)

The window for posting third chapters closes at 11.59pm site time on Thursday 21st, and fourth chapters can be posted from 00.01am on Friday 22nd.

Reminder: there will be no prompt announcement next week, as the week-five theme was given at the outset of the event. Your story must conclude with either a HFN (Happy For Now) or HEA (Happy Ever After). 

There will be mini reminders about posting windows shared in the ShoutBox and on Discord as always. 

Further Note: while we know that the final posting window runs into the start of August, you will only be eligible for the commenter award if you meet the requirements by the end of July.



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on July 19, 2022 01:00pm 7 Comments
Prompt Three!

For week three of mystery month, there are two options: 

The window for posting second chapters closes at 11.59pm site time on Thursday 14th, and third chapters can be posted from 00.01am on Friday 15th.

Please remember to include your chapter end notes detailing how you met the prompt.

Also, don’t forget about our commenter challenge! If you write at least 15 comments containing 15 or more words in July, your name will appear on the list linked here and you’ll get a shiny on your profile when the event wraps up. 

Note: Credit for the Spuffy ‘manip’ image we’ve used in the graphic above goes to PaganBaby, as originally shared here: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/paganbabymcsmutty/62668642926

Thanks to Passion4Spike for the link!



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on July 12, 2022 01:00pm 10 Comments
Prompt Two!

The second prompt for this year’s mystery month is… another choice of three! (In weeks three and four, there will be two options to pick from, with week five’s prompt having already been stated from the outset of the event.)

But enough preamble, here they are: 

  • Object Prompt: A Sportsball (any kind is fine) (as suggested by DarkVoid116)
  • Character Prompt: Dawn (as suggested by Wonder and Ashes)
  • Location/Setting Prompt: A Blackout (as suggested by efffi2117)

REMINDER: First chapters must be posted (or submitted for validation) by 11.59pm site time on Thursday 7th at the absolute latest. The option to join the Mystery Fic-a-Thon will vanish from the story submission page at that time.

Posting of second chapters opens the moment we’ve ticked over into Friday 8th (not before!) and closes on Thursday 14th. 

To be eligible for an award, there must be a brief explanation in the chapter end notes explaining how the prompt was satisfied, with a quote from the chapter to illustrate, if necessary. (This is so mods can easily see who’s playing by the rules. We don’t want to have to kick anyone from the event, but we also sadly don’t have the time to read every single submission to find the relevant parts ourselves.)

For the rest of the event, our homepage Featured Stories will feature a rotation of Mystery Fic-a-Thon submissions. If you’re interested to see how the challenges have been answered thus far, here’s where you can get started!



--EllieRose101 and the Mods on July 05, 2022 01:00pm 10 Comments
Mystery Month 2022 | First Prompt

Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! [Insert drumroll here.]

The very first prompt for this year’s mystery month is… a choice of three! 

Pick from: 

  • Obscure Location Prompt: a Vampire Drag Show (as suggested by Holly)
  • Side Character Prompt: Include Willow's parents (as suggested by Tuoshnell)
  • Season/Episode-Related Prompt: Someone(s) body swaps (as suggested by The Danish Bird)

To clarify, you DO NOT have to include all of these––but you could, if you really wanted to. 

You can start posting the first chapter of your fics from midnight (site time) on Friday 1st July, and it must be posted (or submitted for validation) by the end of Thursday 7th at the latest. 

***Please note that after July 7th, the option to join the event will be removed. This is a TIMED event with strictly enforced deadlines. If you don’t post your chapter within the posting window, your fic will be disqualified from the event.***

Prompt two will be announced Wednesday 6th July.

For your fic to be included in the official list of qualifying fics, you will need to tick a box that will appear when you go to post your chapter. Doing so will earn you a fun little icon beside your fic title, as displayed in the image below. 

You’ll also need to clarify in your chapter end notes how your chapter matches the prompt, with the relevant quote from your chapter included. Fics that do not have the qualifying prompt listed in the end-notes will be disqualified in real-time from the event. 

If you’ve used a beta or banner artist for your fic, please list them in the story notes at the beginning of your story. (Or tell us if you made your own art, so we know to give you the award.) 

Unlike past EF events, the Mystery Fic-a-Thon has a HARD cap at five chapters. In addition to fulfilling each week’s prompt, all fics MUST be complete by the event’s end in order to qualify for author awards and remain listed as an event fic with the icon. We know this will be difficult for some of you, especially since you don’t know what we’re going to throw at you next week, but it’s part of the challenge. And, we hope, also part of the fun.

Oh, and the special event skin is now live. 

As always, if there are any questions, comment below! 



--The Mods on June 28, 2022 01:11pm 8 Comments
New Category and Warning

Hi EF,

The written word is powerful, even transformative. It can also be extremely cathartic for creators who need a place to channel their feelings about current events into something constructive. With so much civil and political unrest occurring globally, we decided we would be remiss if we didn’t accommodate space on our archive for authors to express themselves.

We also understand that, for many, fanfiction is a point of escape from real-world anxiety and stress, and stumbling onto a fic with overtly political themes might be triggering. As a reader-first archive, our foremost concern is to promote an environment where readers can curate their ideal reading experience without worrying about stumbling into a story that causes stress or upset.

As such, we have created a category for Political/Protest, with the following definition: Stories with political or social themes, crafted in part with the intent of making a statement. We are also open to expanding our existing Warnings as needed based on suggestions from authors who wish to make use of this category to touch upon especially sensitive subjects, or readers with hard reading nopes. One such warning (Abortion) has already been added.

The addition of this category does not impact existing rules regarding political debates or proselytizing. If an author writes a story with which you have a fundamental political or philosophical difference, we ask that you do not engage. No member here should ever feel targeted, threatened, or unwelcome. Site Warnings will be issued as needed.

Thank you, and happy writing!



--The Mods on June 27, 2022 01:34pm 9 Comments
More Details about Mystery Month

If you missed the announcement about Mystery Challenge Month, you can read about it in the post linked here

If you already know what’s up but wanted a few more details, here is the post for you! 

The image above shows the custom awards for this event, as made by EllieRose101.

Prompt submissions close at midnight (site time*) on Wednesday 22nd––just under 24 hours from when this news post goes live. The link for the Google form is here. Reminder: prompts should be five words or less. 

*Site time can always be found listed under the shoutbox. 

The first prompt will be announced in a further news post on Wednesday 29th June, and you can start posting from 1st July. (The full timeline of the event is detailed in our previous blog post, linked above.) 

On 1st July, a box will appear when submitting a new story. If the story is part of Mystery Month, you tick the box. You’ll also need to copy the relevant part of your fic that meets the prompt into the story notes at the end of your chapter. Mods will be checking up on this, to make sure requirements are met and everyone can get shinies on their profile at the end of the event. 

Fics that are part of the event will appear in a list, will be featured on the main page, and have a little icon appearing beside the fic title to indicate their specialness. 

In the meantime, get your final prompts in. This is your last reminder! 



--The Mods on June 21, 2022 02:19pm 0 Comments
Event Announcement: Mystery Challenge Month 2022

That’s right folks, we’re running this again––but with a couple of changes from last year. 

If you weren’t around last year, or need a refresher, here’s the crux:

For the entire month of July (with a little spill over into August), participants will be writing fics that are five chapters long. Each chapter must respond in some way to a given prompt, and the fics must be complete at five chapters––no longer, no shorter––with said chapters posted within the relevant time windows (detailed below). 

Your fic can be a sequel to a mystery fic you wrote for last year’s event, but it doesn’t have to be. The only requirement, beyond what we mentioned above, is that it be a brand new fic, not an existing WIP, and written specifically for this event.

Last year, each Mod provided a different prompt, but this time, we are crowdsourcing prompts from you guys to allow Mods an opportunity to take part without giving us an unfair advantage.

LINKED HERE IS A GOOGLE FORM WHERE YOU CAN SUBMIT PROMPTS. They will be collected, put into a spreadsheet, and a random number generator will pick four––chosen one at a time on the day they are announced. The fifth and final prompt will be for the fic to end with a Happily Ever After/Happy For Now. Prompt suggestions close on 22nd June. 

Prompts can be the name of a character, an object, a location, a color, a number––pretty much anything you want, though we please ask that you limit your suggestion to five words or less

There will, of course, be awards for everyone who completes the challenge, as well as commenters, betas, and banner makers. (So long as beta readers and artists are credited in the fic notes or summary!) Commenters will need to leave a minimum of 15 comments in July that contain at least 5 words (for any stories here on EF, not just on challenge fics). 

Dates: 

  • Wednesday 29th June: Prompt One Announced
  • Friday 1st to Thursday 7th: Posting Window for Prompt One
  • Wednesday 6th July: Prompt Two Announced
  • Friday 8th to Thursday 14th: Posting Window for Prompt Two
  • Wednesday 13th July: Prompt Three Announced
  • Friday 15th to Thursday 21st: Posting Window for Prompt Three
  • Wednesday 20th July: Prompt Four Announced 
  • Friday 22nd to Thursday 28th: Posting Window for Prompt Four
  • Friday 29th to 4th August: Fifth and final chapters to be posted

If you have any questions, please comment below!



--The Mods on May 31, 2022 08:03pm 31 Comments
Features special edition

To celebrate the 37 new fics produced in the just-completed Challenge Event, the "Featured Stories" will be a bit different for a time. For the next 6 weeks there will be 6 stories featured, not the usual 5. They will change weekly instead of bi-weekly. Each of the stories that were part of this last Challenge Event will have a week in the sun. This should allow a spotlight for every story so all our readers can have a week to discover one they missed or enjoy again one they loved.

In 7 weeks Features will return to normal with mod generated choices but the last of the Challenge fics will be among that first batch as we resume.

As always, YOUR input is always welcome for recommending features! Just pm me & we'll look at a time and place to feature some of your favorites!!

Enjoy the pre-summer reading everyone.

 

Kathleen (and the Mod team... like the Borg, we are a collective LOL)



--pfeifferpack on May 15, 2022 06:22pm 5 Comments
New (Self-Administered) Account Registration Temporarily Suspended

Hi EF,

As we continue to wade through our email issues, the Mod team has made the decision to temporarily suspend the ability to register a new account through the site itself. We will, however, open new accounts manually. If you're new to this site and would like an account of your own, please email ssolace@gmail.com. You are expected to know and abide by the rules and the TOS.

We will need to know the following:

  • Email (Must not be Yahoo! or AOL)
  • Desired Username

We will set your password for you. You are encouraged to change this once you have it.

Thank you for bearing with us as we work on correcting these issues.



--The Mods on May 13, 2022 03:03am 1 Comment
2022 April Challenge Month Wrap-Up

Hello, all!

Inexplicably, we find ourselves somehow in the second week of May, so it’s high time I wrapped up April Challenge Month. 

Over the course of 30 days, the site saw the addition of 37 challenge fics (including both parts of this year’s Exquisite Corpse), made up of 99 chapters, consisting of 248,317 words, and as written by 46 authors.

There were 28 banners made by 21 artists, of which a special shout out must go to irandamay, who made five!

There were 57 members who completed the commenter challenge, with 925 new comments left on the site in total; 1653 likes were given, and authors enlisted the help of 17 betas. 

Many, many thanks to everyone who took part, in whichever way you contributed. All of the participating authors, betas, artists, and commenters should now have the relevant awards on their profiles. If you seem to be missing one, or anything else seems not quite right, please drop us a line at ssolace@gmail.com

And if you’re yet to check out any of the brand new challenge fics, you can FIND THEM ALL HERE

Until next time, happy reading!



--The Mods on May 08, 2022 09:28pm 8 Comments
Ongoing Mail Issues

Hi EF,

The Mod team is still looking into the ongoing mail issues, which as of now include lack of digest emails, comment notifications, update notifications, and even password resets. These issues appear to not be entirely global, as select members are still receiving some of the notifications for which they are subscribed. Yet some is not all, and this is a problem.

There is reason to believe this is a broader eFiction issue. In the course of investigating the problem, the Mod team learned that other eFiction archives are experiencing similar, if not identical email concerns. The issues were not entirely concurrent with EF’s issues, but close enough in time (two months) to warrant consideration. Part of this may simply come down to the fact that our software is old enough to be an antique, and antiques are easy to break and hard to fix. That doesn’t mean it’s not fixable, but we do ask for your patience as we dig deeper and troubleshoot possible solutions.

As of now, if you need your password reset, please reach out to members of the Mod team or email ssolace@gmail.com. We can reset manually on our end.



--The Mods on May 04, 2022 04:54am 8 Comments
Challenge Month Reminder

Reminder: Challenge Month ends at midnight site time, which (thanks to that recent set of troublesome server updates we had) is currently four hours ahead of our usual timezone. Please bear this in mind if you're aiming to slip in and post as the event closes. We don't want anyone to miss out. (Site time is listed just under the shoutbox, if you're unsure.)



--The Mods on April 29, 2022 12:51pm 0 Comments
Email Error

The moderator team is aware of an ongoing issue in which some on-site comments are not triggering a notification email. If you think you might have been affected by this/feel you've been receiving fewer comments than you might usually expect, we recommend authors check their comments directly on their stories while we figure this out. Thank you for bearing with us.



--The Mods on April 23, 2022 07:07am 5 Comments
Stepping Down but not Out

Hi EF-ers! As the saying goes, the only constant in life is change. And while it's only been a few weeks since I jumped onboard as an EF mod, I know that my schedule is keeping me from committing fully to this position. So, after this week, due to the increasing demands I'm facing from work and home, I am stepping down as an EF mod. Although I'm on the site daily, I'm struggling to do more than check in - and forget about writing or reading or commenting (which are all the things I love best about EF). You are in great hands with Holly, Kathleen, Ellie, and Dark at the mod helm and I look forward to someday having the time to enjoy the site as an active member again, since I plan to stay with EF for as long as the site will have me. Thanks!

Kat aka kats_meow



--kats_meow on April 06, 2022 10:51am 12 Comments