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This Week in Fandom, Volume 110

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things that are happening! Before we start – we have some spoilerific content this week so proceed with caution if you haven’t yet seen the Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory or, indeed, Eurovision finales…

So, let’s begin this week with an ending: yes, after eight seasons of swords, sex and sibling rivalry, Game of Thrones came to a conclusion with King Bran the Broken sitting on the Iron Throne. Inevitably, given the show’s huge audience, not everybody is happy with how things turned out. Commentators have criticized the final season for its uneven pacing, its treatment of female characters (TW for discussion of rape), and the number of plot threads left hanging; one fan-made petition to “remake Game of Thrones Season 8 with competent writers” has (at the time of writing) close to 1.5 million signatories. Read More

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Arly Guevara Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Arly Guevara, who volunteers with the Strategic Planning Committee.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

I work on implementation monitoring, where we try to support other committees in reaching the goals proposed by our current Strategic Plan. In an organization founded by and for fans, it’s very important for us to make sure the plan follows the same principles, tailored to our needs so the OTW can keep being a place where we feel safe and validated.

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

I meet on Saturdays with the other members of Strategic Planning, and the rest of the week I work on any assignments I might have. If there are any projects where I’m involved, I might meet during the week to work on that.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I saw a post on the main page of the OTW website! I’ve been a fan of the OTW for many years now so I decided to take part in it. I was also encouraged by the fact that the job description aligned with the things I was learning at Vocational School at the time.

What’s the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

I really like working with my ​teammates! It’s great to meet people outside of my home country, learn about their own experiences and points of view. Besides that, it also feels great to be part of an organization I’ve admired for so long.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I. Read. Fanfiction. A lot of it. I really like to be involved with fanfic writers and be part of discussions/analysis, too. Besides that, I looove attending conventions and I’m trying my hand for the first time in cosplay (though I usually only do characters that have the same hair color as me, sorry, I’m lazy).

Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you’d like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

This Week in Fandom by Olivia Riley

This Week in Fandom, Volume 109

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we start, a shoutout to Game of Thrones fans. We see what’s happening with you, and we’ll talk about it next week after the finale, I promise.

For members of Worldcon 2019, the Hugo Award voting packet has been released. As you may remember, the Archive of Our Own was nominated for a Hugo Award in the category of Best Related Work. If you’re not a Worldcon 2019 member, you can still view the information the OTW submitted about AO3 here on the Archive itself. Happy reading!

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