I'm copypasting this comment here so no one misses it who might want to be archived.

More word from TAMU
posted by [personal profile] jwbrett1 at 07:52pm on 19/08/2013
Dear Mina,

Hi! It’s been a while since we exchanged e-mails, but I wanted to let you know that here at Texas A&M we’re starting to move forward on actually building the Mina de Malfois Archive, where (hopefully) all the products of the Minaverse can live forever. I think I managed to make the rest of the team that will be working on this pretty excited – we’d already been working on archiving digitized fanzines, so they understood something about fannish culture already, but they all really had a ball with the meta nature of the Minaverse.

As we proceed, I’ll be happy to give you periodic updates, and of course I’ll let you know when the whole thing is ready to go. Obviously we won’t archive anything for which we don’t have permissions, so if you want to…um…gently encourage writers to get in touch with me and let me know that they’re OK with this project, I would deeply appreciate it.

Oh, I did have a quick question – I’m trying to get something like an exact number of MDM stories. Do you know, offhand, how many stories the Mina corpus has in total?

Thanks, Mina! I really love your work and I’m glad we have the chance to create a permanent digital archive for it.

Take care,

Mina de Malfois and the Fandom Preservation Project

By now some of you will already know about the archive at Texas A&M University (TAMU) including Minaverse stuff in its "Digital Repository." Having finally remembered how to log in, I just thought I should make sure everyone knows *I* know, and approve and all.

So, yeah. It's come full circle; I can only assume Arc is somehow behind this project.

3.12 Mina de Malfois and the End of Summer

Warning: [info - personal] mina_de_malfois is an affectionate satirical examination of online fandom. Some readers may not share this sense of humour; reader discretion is advised. [info - personal] mina_de_malfois is for entertainment purposes only; [info - personal] mina_de_malfois neither attempts nor achieves any notable degree of accuracy, and should therefore not be used as a source of information, let alone a reason to reinforce, say, glaring homophobia and gender biases.4.1

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1. I bet Why Jensen Ackles Matters: A Study in Fiction and Meta was on the reading list.

2. Twilight fandom at work: fanfiction for sale on Amazon, as reported by Dunc on Club Jade.

3. And again with the Twilight fandom: fanfiction for sale on eBay, as reported by Caito. N.B. that as far as I can tell, most Twilight fans don't attempt to trample over copyright. Right?

4. Unlike the average market observer or academic she was able to view a frank discussion where those involved were unaware that they were being observed by a researcher.
"I thought at first it might be unethical," she said. But that problem was answered for her by one fan who wrote: "This is a public forum and everyone in the world can read it."

4. 1. It'd be soothing to think outsiders had gotten a clue, but then there's the massive research fail of RULE 34: WHAT NETPORN TEACHES US ABOUT THE BRAIN, explained in many eloquent posts by many fans.

5. Don't worry: this isn't a link to That Wiki, it's a link to a fan's Bebo page--but if you scroll down, you find one of those all-too-familiar comments. Can anyone help edit the Coronation Street article on Fan History? It is an introduction to the history of the fandom, containing a timeline of events, information on fandom fights and more. Needs some bulking up to make it more accurate.
Thanks for any help you can provide in improving the article!

Also strangely hilarious is this foray into the Coronation Street blog; note the first comment is from someone familiar with That Wiki...

6. Fanfiction, not necessarily sub-par, can be found here.

7. C'mon: Liarla? Seriously?

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted a June update.

This, dear readers, is because RL events have been eventing at a pace that's left my actual, real-world self somewhere beyond exhausted. June's update, at this rate, will be lucky if it gets itself done by August. D:

I have, however, found time for a spot of non-con f/f erotica. Well, I mean, really: who doesn't have time for a little noncon f/f, am I right? (No, this isn't Minaverse, except insofar as the next update will briefly mention it.)

So as a peace offering, I've thrown it up as a free download, available via Mina's lulu shop. It's the last item listed there, and for the love of your wallet make sure you download it for free as opposed to paying lulu.com for few pages of erotica.

It's been beta'd by some long-suffering Clives; any remaining errors are my own. Also it contains explicit nonconsensual sex, and I hope you'll take that warning seriously, as it took me all of ten seconds to type it. Not that I'm trying to make a point here or anything.

Kissing Cousins

[Note: I owe scifantasy for suggesting the Baldur/mistletoe myth, amy_star_ for reminding me of the Magic Box Of Hair Metal Cassettes and for making me write a closing paragraph, ap_aelfwine for the codpiece, and, as always, The Clives for turning this from me-ese into readable English.
Also, this post is being left unflocked so I can show it to a couple of people who wouldn't otherwise see it; apologies in advance to any puzzled Supernatural fans who may note Occult is a bit...familiar.]

Title: Kissing Cousins
Fandom: Occult
Author: Anon
Disclaimer: These characters and settings belong to their creator, not the author of the fanfiction, and Princely Plots disclaims all responsibility for copyright infringement.
Warnings: Some readers have pointed out that this sounds like slash, and therefore has no place in the PP archive, but a careful reading shows that all events are necessitated by the plot, so we're letting it stand. Also, it is canon that Jab sometimes wears a magic codpiece. ~Warr1or

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This isn't an update!

Just wanted to make sure you knew that.

*sigh* I won't go into this in any detail, but for those of you who already know what I'm talking about: does anyone remember offhand if any of my footnotes link to a site I would prefer they not link to? (Wow, way to achieve clarity there, self.)

Off the top of my head I don't remember, and a quick skim-through is showing me nothing.

I don't actually expect any of you to remember if I don't, but if you DO ever, at some point, notice a link fitting this admittedly-vague description, could you let me know?

Those of you who have no idea what I mean...oh, lucky you. Just think of it this way: Mina's author doesn't stick people's real names or addresses or places of employment in Mina's footnotes, and she wants to make sure she isn't helping anyone else do that. Also, she's very pretentious, so she talks about herself in the third person a lot and then can't work out how to stop.

I seem to do this with depressing regularity.

Places Mina can be found:
At her JF account;
her never-used-until-now greatestjournal;
and at her insanejournal. Tuesday's update will be available at all of those locations.

And for more general keeping-in-contact purposes, there's the Mina page. That has links to all the other Mina pages.

Mina can also be reached at at Facebook;
and can be seen, very infrequently, at WordPress;
and, if all else fails, there's her MySpace page.

This will soon cease to be a paid account. Please do not bother buying any more paid time for it. A free account is perfectly adequate for all Mina-ing purposes.

ETA: A couple of important links, thanks to my flist:
leavin_eljay will help you get a JournalFen account, and Welcome2jf will help you settle in once you're there.
fandom_flies will, with any luck, keep our fannish connections intact as we move.

Spoilerific. Meta.

[Again: if you don't want to be spoiled for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, don't scroll down or click the lj-cut or anything. Mina's essay contains, along with a lot of fake-facts, some trufax spoilers.

This is a public post; please do feel welcome to link to it. It's meant to be an amusing and tongue-in-cheek look at fanon, and is not intended to bash anyone.]

Warning: My betas have told me that this essay contains possible spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I don’t even see how that’s possible, unless this J.K. Rowling person has been ripping off The Tortured Tutor, but just in case you’d better not click if you don’t want to be spoiled.

Title: The Dark Schoolmaster: Chavalrous or Chivalrous? A Prince’s Mirror of Aspiration.

Fandom: The Tortured Tutor series

Acknowledgments: I am, as always, deeply indebted to the Clives for their input and feedback, and for their research skills. This couldn’t have been written without them. A handful of them deserve writing credits, really, although they seem reluctant to claim credit. They’re sweetly modest that way.

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