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Wed Aug 27, 2014, 7:00 AM by SingingFlames:iconsingingflames:
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What Is Fan Fiction?


Everyday, we are inspired by movies, television, novels, and other forms of media. They engage our minds with a variety of stories and characters, their plights and triumphs, their everyday minutiae. Fan fiction authors are so enamored with these other worlds and their inhabitants that they must partake in the stories which have brought them so much enjoyment. They expand on the current universe, explain gaps in the narrative and delve into characters' motivations.

A good fan fiction (or fanfic) is more than simple borrowing another writer's characters and universe. The fan fiction author must immerse his or her readers in the story, make them believe it is a natural extension of the source material. Characters have their own mannerisms and quirks; each universe has its own history and rules that need to be followed. The fan fiction author must master the nuances of those characters and the world they inhabit (unless purposely writing a parody).

Fan Fiction On deviantART


Fan Fiction has its own gallery, located inside Literature. Here are two screen shots of the "Browse Art" screen, showing Fan Fiction's location and its sub-galleries.

Fanfic Category Screen1 by SingingFlames  Fanfic Category Screen2 by SingingFlames

Inside the Fan Fiction gallery are several sub-galleries: Drama, General Fiction, Horror, Humor, Romance and Sci-Fi. Any submissions to Fan Fiction should go into the most applicable sub-gallery.

Fan Fiction Terms


When browsing fan fiction, there are many terms that pop up repeatedly. Here are some of the more popular ones.

  • Alternate Universe (AU) - Also Alternate Reality (AR), Alternate Timeline (AT). An AU fiction has some detail or details that differ significantly from the source, be it with the characters or the setting.
  • Angst - Angst stories revolve around emotional trials and/or suffering.
  • Canon - Canon is the source material that fan fiction is based off of. It is any information provided by official sources, connected with the franchise.
  • Crack/Crackfic - Crackfics are fan fictions written with the intention of being ridiculous, beyond normal humor standards.
  • Crossover - Crossovers take two or more franchises and combine them into one fan fiction story.
  • Drabble - A drabble is a short story, usually one hundred words long. Some people consider any extremely short story to be a drabble, regardless of word count.
  • Fanon - Fanon encompasses commonly held beliefs by the fandom that have not been confirmed by official sources. Many fanon concepts are depicted so often in fan fiction that they become considered canon.
  • Fluff - Fluff stories are happy, light-hearted stories, and usually not serious.
  • Hurt/Comfort (H/C) - Hurt/Comfort stories involve one character's emotional pain and another character helping the first, comforting him or her. Often these stories involve pairings.
  • Lemon - An erotica story that focuses mainly on its explicit aspects. Because of the nature of these stories, they usually do not comply with deviantART submission guidelines and are therefor not allowed on deviantART. If you discover any fan fiction on the site that falls under this classification, you can report it.†
  • Mary Sue/Gary Stu - This character is an overly perfect character. He/she outshines the canon characters, often preforming tasks better than them. Many times, the Mary Sue/Gary Stu is related to a canon character or becomes involved in a romantic relationship with one (or more). Mary Sues/Gary Stus are often a way for an author to insert a projection of themselves into the story.
  • Name Smooshing - Formally known as Portmanteau. This occurs when two names are "smooshed" together to indicate a specific pairing (e.g. Chandler and Monica, from Friends, smoosh into Mondler).
  • Original Character (OC) - Also Fan Character (FC), Original Male Character (OMC), Original Female Character (OFC). An original character is a character created by someone outside of the official source.
  • One True Pairing (OTP) - Also One True Threesome (OT3), and can continue upward as long as the author desires. This is the speaker's perfect couple (threesome, etc.) in that franchise.
  • Pairing - A pairing is a romantic relationship between two characters.
  • Porn Without Plot (PWP) - Also Plot, What Plot? An erotica story that focuses mainly on its erotic aspects. Because of the nature of these stories, they usually do not comply with deviantART submission guidelines and are therefor not allowed on deviantART. If you discover any fan fiction on the site that falls under this classification, you can report it.†
  • Real Person Fic (RPF) - This stories involve real people, usually movie stars or famous singers.
  • Songfic - Songfics are fan fictions inspired by songs or song lyrics.
  • ! - An exclamation point, placed between two descriptors, can be used to qualify a certain aspect of the story. The first descriptor explains the variable; the second tells us what is affected. This is often used in conjunction with alternate universe stories, to clarify the difference from the canon storyline, or to specify in which universe a story takes place. Examples: Movie!verse, Child!Thor.

Fan Fiction helps us explore new and thrilling stories of our favorite characters from the big screen and the small, and from our favorite novels and video games. A myriad of stories await you, ready to be enjoyed, right here on deviantART. We would love to share our visions with you!

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Do you have any fan fiction stories you would like to share (your own or someone else's)? Link them in the comments!

FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?

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VixehKitteh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not really a fan on Lemons and 'porn' crap on that... Very disturbing, indeed. Some people don't realize that others can be sensitive to this kind of writing and never put a maturity thing on it.. It's very unhealthy for some deviants to be writing this stuff.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lemons and porn stories are not allowed on deviantART (ones that break dA's submission guidelines - FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?). If you run into any of those, you can report them. There are stories that may only require the Mature Tag (adult situations, but not to the extent of breaking the guidelines). If you find any of those, you can report them as "Mature Tag Needed" and the staff will review the deviation.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Name smooshing! :lol: Ha! I have wondered for a very long time whether there was a word for that. XD I gotta say, I think the funniest one I ever heard was from the Iron Man franchise, with Tony x Pepper.... PEPPERONY. AAAAAAAAAA JUST WHAT. XD XD XD

Also, now I'm happy I just learned the word "portmanteau". :dummy:

Also also, here's a lovely little The Legend of Zelda story by Tavoriel: Communication by Tavoriel And I know what all the Zelda fans are thinking, looking at that thumbnail. Most will be grossed out or laugh, while a small percentage will get hyper or start swooning.

I'm in the former group. :XD: I think Link x Ruto (Lito? Rutink? Rink? Rulink? Linkto? Luto?) is ridiculous.

But this story just handles the scenario in such a fantastic way, and stays remarkably true to the characters. It's a great little read. :) I highly recommend it. :thumbsup:


Also also also.... as long as I'm here, I'll be shameless and advertise this little rotten gem of mine, for any Zelda fans out there who just need to get their DEATH-FIX:  Some foreversLink opened his eyes.
The old wooden rafters met his gaze.  The fire had died down, leaving only a subtle flicker from the hearth to illuminate the room.  There was the high shelf and its bottles of medicines... the little box with the blue ocarina shards... Epona's lucky shoe, rusted with age, hanging from a nail in the wall.  There was the wardrobe with the chest hidden inside, concealing its last few pinches of mountain gold dust beneath a Watararan shawl.  The old walking stick leaned against it, trailing with leather cords and owls' feathers and wolfos' teeth from Mido.
There was the bureau strewn with maps and quills; there was the bunny hood on its hook by the door.
And there in the air above his face bobbed the glimmering white light of a fairy.
She looked winded.  Link could see it in the languid pulse of her wings, and in her foundering to stay aloft, and he knew what she had done.
"Not again, Navi," he whispered.  H
:mwahaha:

Haha, wait, isn't that a thing too? Deathfics? Put that in your list! :laughing:
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:iconjust-to-look1:
Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ha ha! Thanks for sharing that! Because it sounds like pepperoni, as in a pizza topping. In fact, I'm hungry now. :rofl:
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
LOL! Pepperony? That has to be the best one I've ever heard. :rofl:

Thanks for sharing! :la:
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Tavoriel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
omg thank you so much for sharing!
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
I love that story!! :XD: It's so good! :clap:
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FiremanHippie Featured By Owner Edited Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to start writing stories, and post them herd. how can I start.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi! Are you interested in how to submit the stories on deviantART, or the process of writing? There are numerous tutorials here that can help you with either one. :)

Here are a couple tutorials on the different ways to submit literature deviations:
How To Submit Literature: The New Interface. by Shadeow630fire  Sta.sh Writer Tutorial: Literature Deviations by IrrevocableFate  

If you'd like some writing tutorials, let me know and I can find some good ones for you. :D
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   Writer
:heart:
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:love:
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CheshireCaine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this!
I swear, the amount of people who post lemons on dA (and in some cases, wrongfully complain about them being taken down); and people who write wish-fulfillment stories (expecting the reader to relate) or just write a fanfic without bothering to even consider what it should entail (forgiveable though in a lot of cases), bug me so much.

I can think of more than a few good fanfics but due to time constraints; a likely existing character limit; my likely compulsion to add as many varied fandoms as possible; and regard for people not wanting to read tales with varying extents of maturity, I won't mention any, (i.e. I'm not going to bother at this time of the night).

Also, I think it worth mentioning that while you've mentioned Mary Sues and Gary Stus as overly perfect and a projection of the author, it should be said they are almost universally hated by fanfic readers.
Oh no, I left this unposted overnight.

All in all, thank you for writing this journal.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome!

I wrestled with including the low opinion most people have for Mary Sues/Gary Stus, but in the end I decided to go (or at least attempt to) with an opinion-free guide, allowing the readers to draw their own conclusions. Anyone interested in writing should already know (hopefully) to avoid those sort of characters. And there are people who do like them. :shrug: To each their own.
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MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You missed "Lime"
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:nod: I plan on editing this and adding more terms that, because I didn't want the list to become too long, I left out.
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simplegamer517 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I like how you referenced from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love that show! :D
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voisb Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for dumb question, but can someone explain to me what a "headcanon" is? ^^;
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
simplegamer517 is correct. :) Sometimes an author's headcanon is adopted by others through their own stories and slowly becomes fanon.
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voisb Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah got it, thank you!! :w00t!:
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AquosBoost Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i have one thing to say.

kuzupeko
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't recognize that right off, but I'm guessing it's a smooshed name?
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AquosBoost Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
yep
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LombreHasubrero Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS. ^
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AquosBoost Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:'D
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TheLegendaryArkaius Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah... Yes... The dreaded fanfiction, one of the most highly biased and overly-judged genres of the writing industry. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, because I also have my own (unwritten) "fanfictions".

I haven't really written any stories yet, but I do know them by heart. I just have a problem actually writing them. I get this disconcerting feeling that I'm taking something away from the story itself by ... writing the story itself. The ironic part is, most of the stories include original characters interacting with "crossover" characters... Seeing that my original characters outnumber the vast amount of crossover characters at the same time. Quite outrageous that... :(
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have many (many) stories I have yet to write.

I may have an idea where you're coming from. Several of the stories I haven't written thrive in my head and they have their own OCs as well, or I've nabbed canon characters and thrown them into an original world/setting I've devised. Sometimes, it gets a bit complicated. :nod:
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MTibbs-89 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student General Artist
I found this Skyrim fic quite enjoyable (It was recently started and still on-going): the13thblackcat.deviantart.com…

Also: www.fanfiction.net/s/9893901/1… (A short story about two Khajiit, one the Dovahkiin, with an interesting twist ending, complete)
And: www.fanfiction.net/s/10012590/… (An expanded version of the in-game book "The Last Scabbard of Akrash," ongoing)

I'm new to writing fan fiction, myself, but if you're interested in some Morrowind fiction, you can check out my profile. I consider myself a decent writer, but would love some constructive criticism.
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :D

The one of yours I have read was very well-written. :nod:
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MTibbs-89 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
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snowyukii Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
Attack On Cravat.. 
Levi X Reader...

my fave..since i laugh, angry and cry when i read the story ;;A;;;
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:iconsingingflames:
SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love stories that can evoke the whole range of emotions. :)
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:iconsnowyukii:
snowyukii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
yesss me too..its a long fanfiction btw..and its pretty good :3
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Pyre-Vulpimorph Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Hi there! I'm the author of the Sonic/ Star Wars crossover "Tails of the Old Republic".

You can find the complete Table of Contents here: fav.me/d6ee3ep

and Chapter 001 here: fav.me/d2h8tbk

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In short: Miles "Tails" Prower is now the Player Character in the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic RPG game. :D
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing!
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biggesttailsfan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I had a feeling you'd pop up on here XD

Anyone kinda scrolling through here, if you like sonic, check this out. It's amazing
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Woo footer!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I noticed that! :squee:
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eppoif1 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2014
Ahh name smooshing, the days when the names SasuSaku, and NaruHina were new! Haha!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Name smooshing is everywhere now. =P
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Just-To-Look1 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah. Some examples from the Phineas and Ferb fandom include the popular Phinabella, Canderemy (this was actually a name of an episode of the show, did you know? :lol:), and Perryshmirtz.

I even made my own, which was stuck in my mind: McWolfenshmirtz (McWolf X Doofenshmirtz. McWolf is not a character from that show, instead he's from Tom & Jerry Kids)

Sorry if I bothered you during this reading of the comment. I keep thinking I bother people with useless comments. ^^;
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YaNeferMaat Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Hi SingingFlames,

Thanks for the very informative description of the fanfiction codes. I had wondered about some of those codes! Good to have them demystified.

I have had "happy-Nuada-crack" used in a review of a Hellboy II Prince Nuada story I wrote, not (as best as I can tell, anyway) as the plot can only be comprehended while in a drug-induced haze, but for the happiness it inspired in the reviewer. Have you come across 'crack' to refer to something that is like a drug for the reader?

May I offer my amazing sister's fanfiction? Sylvia writes Highlander and Buffy the Vampire Slayer stories, plus she has excellent nonfiction articles on the background historical information in her Highlander stories. Her fanfiction.net URL is www.fanfiction.net/u/183563/Sy…, where a hilarious Buffy and Spike story is posted. Most of her work is at members.shaw.ca/sylviavolk/Ind…, while she also has original work available on Amazon. I adore her work - she's like Tolkien in her amazing imagination, complex plots and the lyrical nature of her narrative. She has the most beautiful fantasy characters.

I have to admit that I have an embarrassing tendency to create Mary Sues. Sylvia gave me a great tip to avoid this: avoid all descriptions of the original character. As simple as that - when I stopped obsessing about my character's physical appearance, I focused instead on her thoughts, emotions and actions. It was easier to introduce flaws and limitations to the character when I wasn't in love with her. Obviously Mary Sues are more that just an impossibly perfect appearance, but not describing any aspect of my character's looks was very liberating and very helpful. Plus, it allows the reader to imagine the character as they wish, rather than getting bogged down by my descriptions of impossible beauty &/or nonhuman features.

If you enjoy Labyrinth, Highlander, Hellboy II (Prince Nuada, specifically), Star Wars, Harry Potter and/or The Patriot, may I humbly offer my fanfiction? They may be found at www.fanfiction.net/u/159943/Ya… . I haven't posted them on DA as well, as FFN has a policy that the stories posted there are not posted elsewhere.

Best wishes,
Ma'at
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's excellent advice for avoiding Mary Sues. :nod: I'll remember that tip if anyone asks for help with that. :)

Thanks for sharing! :D
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Ilionej Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Student General Artist
They have that policy? :O_o: Never read about it. It's insane! My first fic's on 4 platforms, including my website! No one ever complained! How can they not allow posting your own imagination on your website too?
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015   Writer
No, they don't prohibit you from posting your work elsewhere. The statement is under Item 6.C of their TOS:
For clarity, you retain all of your ownership rights in your User Submissions. However, by submitting User Submissions to FanFiction.Net, you hereby grant FanFiction.Net a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the FanFiction.Net Website. You also hereby waive any moral rights you may have in your User Submissions and grant each user of the FanFiction.Net Website a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Website. You understand and agree, however, that FanFiction.Net may retain, but not display, distribute, or perform, server copies of User Submissions that have been removed or deleted.

The part I think YaNeferMaat is referring to is
you hereby grant FanFiction.Net a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and perform the User Submissions in connection with the FanFiction.Net Website
which only means that they have the right to transmit your work into any country where FFN is accessible. DA has the same term under item 16 of the TOS:
DeviantArt does not claim ownership rights in Your Content. For the sole purpose of enabling us to make your Content available through the Service, you grant to DeviantArt a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, re-format, store, prepare derivative works based on, and publicly display and perform Your Content.
I think the confusion is coming in over the term "non-exclusive" which most people misread as "exclusive".

The full clause actually means that you fully retain the right to post your work wherever you see fit, but that the site may distribute your work without having to pay you in order to do so.

cc: biggesttailsfan, SingingFlames, YaNeferMaat 
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Ilionej Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay. Yes, now it does make sense. I write incredibly long stories, but when it comes to read TOSs, I tend to get a headache and drown in complete despair with a sudden need for a toilet. lol :facepalm:

Thanks a lot for your help!
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SingingFlames Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I feel the same way about TOSs. :giggle:
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RogueMudblood Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015   Writer
You're most welcome! :)
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biggesttailsfan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This. This is new to me. My "Hell in Fur" ff is on there (under a different name) and here.

Maybe I should check up on it...
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