Elvis is Very Much Alive

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Anonymous asked: Hi, I saw your donation drive on AO3, and I'm wondering what the money is for, exactly? $70,000 seems like a /lot/ of money. Is there somewhere I can see a list of intended purposes? Thank you!

januarium:

transformativeworks:

70,000 USD does seem like a lot, which is why many of our users may be surprised to find out that in 2015, the OTW will need 75,000 USD just to replace old servers and expand capacity! The OTW’s annual budget for 2014 is 221,863.44 USD, and 70% of that goes directly to servers, collation, and staff development for AO3. The remaining 30% of our 2014 budget funds Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures; covers administrative costs; allows for outreach and membership development (such as our thank you gifts and shipping); and provides opportunities for professional development and training for personnel. All of these things help the OTW protect and celebrate fans and fan culture.

I find it amazing that people think that’s a lot of money to ask. It’s incredibly expensive to fund such heavily used and non ad supported websites, and that before anyone even gets paid for their work. I am definitely donating what I can to this drive, and I hope if you have a few dollars spare and benefit from Archive of Our Own, or any of their projects you will consider donating as well.

I agree that this is not a lot of money to ask for, and I’ve donated.  However, I also think that the anon was right to ask where the money would go - that’s one of the first questions to ask when any charitable organization asks for money.  Here, the OTW is doing a great job - most of the money is going to fund its intended purpose, rather than to fund “overhead” or “administrative” costs.  

GO OTW!!!

schmergo:

I want a movie about a kid who just so happens to be born a Classic Gothic Hero, but in modern day. His name would be like Byron Dangerfield or something. 

Whenever he has EMOTIONS, there are claps of thunder and lightning. Every time he leans against a piece of furniture, it turns out to open a secret passageway leading to some dark secret, until eventually he’s just like “REALLY, GUYS?” All bad dreams are prophetic, even if it’s just that Starbucks will be out of pumpkin spice syrup the next day. Every girl he talks to swoons a lot and has a tyrannical heavy-browed father who are all played by the same actor. Ravens flock around him.

There are inexplicably paintings with moving eyes and moving suits of armor everywhere he goes, even McDonalds. Every time he moves to a new apartment, there is ALWAYS a screaming woman chained up in the room above his, and she invariably sets the place on fire. He’s so over it.

(via alchemicalalice)

wow, this October has been even more epically shitty than normal.  But!  My new phone supposedly ships in the next week (necessary, as my screen is cracked and home button does not work), and I may use imaginary credit card money to buy new boots.  So all is not lost!

ofgeography:

twirpy:

When ur teacher thinks you’re listening but ur really eating spaghetti 

i now have additional questions

ofgeography:

twirpy:

When ur teacher thinks you’re listening but ur really eating spaghetti

i now have additional questions