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Fandom Lexicon: R

We’re in the home stretch on updates to our main fandom lexicon! Today, check out the entries starting with “R”!

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Lexicon Entries Starting with R:

RACK: Abbreviation for “risk-aware consensual kink.” A term used by members of the BDSM community who engage in more dangerous power-exchange activities to emphasize the importance of being educated about the risks associated with that activity before engaging in it. See also: PRICK. Read more about RACK.

Ravatar: On Ravelry chat boards, a person’s avatar is often called their “ravatar” as a joke on the name of the platform. See avatar.

RB: Abbreviation for “reverse bang” or “reblog.”

Re: [Thing]: Shortened way of saying “In reply to [Thing]/As regards [Thing].” On social media, Re: precedes discussion of [thing], usually as a means of circling back to [thing] after talking about something else or to make it clear that a point being made is directly related to a specific previous thing that has been mentioned.

Reader Insert: Stories written so the reader might imagine themselves as the protagonist. Often use Y/N or YN (both short for “your name”) to refer to the protagonist. Reader inserts are tagged as “Reader” on AO3, for example: Reader/(Character). May also be referred to as “x reader” fics. Read more about read inserts.

Reblog: Tumblr lingo that refers to sharing a post written by another blog using the “reblog” function, which ensures the content remains connected to the original blog. Not to be confused with a repost.

Rec List: Shortened form of “recommendation list.” Like a mixtape of the creator’s favorites in a given category. Could be fanfic, movies, books, TV shows, blogs to follow, etc. There is no upper or lower limit on how many things can be in a reclist. Can be very specific (e.g. only works featuring a precise trope of a specific ship in a specific fandom) or very broad (e.g. “my favorites”).

Redacted: A term that means the previous text has been removed for Reasons (specified or unspecified). Within fandom, this is typically used facetiously to refer to information that fans are not supposed to know (or not supposed to share), assumptions that may or may not be correct, unpopular or controversial opinions, or simply for the laughs. Read more about redaction.

Reddit: A forum-esque social media platform. Visit reddit.

Remix: Mixing up the elements of a source material. Fandom usage can refer to art, writing, video edits, music, or pretty much any other media imaginable.

Repost: Copying an original post (most often artwork – including photographs – or animated gifs) and posting it to one’s own blog, rather than using the reblog function. When done without permission, this is a form of content theft. When done with permission and credit, it’s fine. Don’t take other people’s hard work without asking! Not to be confused with a reblog, retweet, or other platform-based forms of post-sharing.

Reverse Bang: A collaborative creation event in which artists create an art piece and write a small amount about it to offer guidance, then writers sign up to write a story for that piece, usually with a minimum length of at least 5,000 words. See also: big bang, creation challenge.

RN: Abbreviation for “right now.”

RPF: Abbreviation for “real person fic.” Fanworks about people who actually currently are alive or have been alive in the past, rather than about fictional/made-up characters. A lot of RPF involves shipping real people together. Sports fandoms and bandoms are big, popular examples of RPF communities, and it’s also common for lead actors who play popular fictional ship characters to get shipped together (for example, the actors Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins from Supernatural who play Dean Winchester and Castiel, the very popular ship Destiel, are also often shipped together as the popular RPF ship Cockles). Read more about RPF.

RPG: Abbreviation for “roleplaying game.” A game in which individuals create characters or play a game-assigned character and play the role of that character throughout. RPGs can be played via any venue/channel/platform that allows individuals to interact with each other or with a gaming system. See also: JRPG, MMORPG, TTRPG (pending).

RPS: Abbreviation for “real person shipping.” See RPF.

RT: Abbreviation for “retweet” on Twitter or “retoot” on Mastodon.

Rubberduck Debugging: Explaining a problem to an unresponsive target in order to identify and fix the origin of that problem. Originates from The Pragmatic Programmer. Read more about rubberducking.

The Rules of the Internet: The Rules of the Internet is a loose, unofficial list originally spawned from 4chan. The list is memetic and subject to change, and a few specific rules have been widely adopted in fandom. Read more about the Rules of the Internet. Rules most often mentioned in fandom spaces:

  • Rule 34: If it (whatever “it” is) exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.
  • Rule 35: If there is no porn of it, porn will be made of it.
  • Rule 36: No matter how fucked up “it” is, there is always worse than what you just saw.
  • Rule 63: For every male character, there is a female version of that character, and for every female character, there is a male version of that character, and there will always be porn about both versions of that character. This is by far the most widely spread Rule in most fandom spaces, and “rule 63” is a common tag used on content of this type. See also: genderbend, genderswap.
  • Rule 64: There is lore for everything that exists.
  • Rule 65: If there isn’t lore yet, there will be imminently.
  • Rule 66: The longer a piece of lore is, the weirder it will get.
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Fandom Lexicon: P and Q

Tomorrow’s a busy day, so here: have the next two Fandom Lexicon letters a day early!

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Lexicon Entries Beginning with P:

P4P: Abbreviation for “pay for production.” A term for a campaign to make merchandise, a zine, or other fandom merch where the original creator(s) will not be making a profit – the amount they are charging is purely enough to cover the cost of producing the thing they are selling. Read more about p4p.

Pedo: Shortened form of “pedophile” or “pedophilia.” Especially among antis, accusing people of being pedos is common if they do not oppose the creation of fiction related to underage characters in sexual circumstances. This runs the risk of diluting the actual meaning of the word and the real danger that child abusers represent.

PF: Abbreviation for “Pillowfort.”

PFP: Abbreviation for “profile picture.” An image chosen by an individual that typically appears next to their posts/at the top of their profile on social media sites, chat platforms, and/or message boards. See also: avatar.

Pillowfort: A blogging/social media website created in response to Tumblr’s porn ban. Visit Pillowfort.

Pinned: Term used to refer to the pinned post on a blog, which – on platforms that including pinning functionality such as Tumblr – is a post that the blog’s owner has chosen to have always appear as the first post on their personal blog feed.

Playthrough: Playing a game from beginning to end.

Plinko Horse: See Horse Plinko.

Plot Bunny: A plot idea that pops into existence but hasn’t been given substantial form yet. Have a tendency to reproduce unchecked. Read more about plot bunnies.

PM: Abbreviation for “private message.” See DM.

Podfic: An audiobook of a fanwork, recorded and published for free by fannish voice talent. Read more about podfic.

Polyshipper: Someone who enjoys polyamorous ships. Not to be confused with multishipper.

Poor Little Meow Meow: An evil (or at best morally gray) character who is also deemed pathetic for one reason or another. Read more about the term “poor little meow meow.”

Prev: Shortened form of “previous.” Generally refers to the previous post or person who posted in a thread or reblog string. On Tumblr, it’s often used to reference the previous poster’s tags on a post without copying them over. Repeating use indicates muliple steps back, so “prev prev” would be the tags on the post before last.

PRICK: Abbreviation for “personal responsibility informed consensual kink.” A term used by the BDSM community, particularly those engaged in more dangerous sexual activities, to emphasize the importance of taking personal responsibility and being educated about the risks involved in that activity.

Pro-ana: Shortened form of “pro-anorexia.” Typically used in profile taglines to indicate the user has an eating disorder or encourages unhealthy eating in an effort to lose weight. Tends to focus on anorexia but is not restricted to it.

Pro-shipper: Original definition: Someone who believes in YKINMKATO and Ship and Let Ship; someone who is pro (supportive) of shipping. Essentially, someone who is anti-censorship. Historically, in fandom, this was considered the default position and didn’t need a specific name; it came to be called “pro” shipping specifically in contrast to “anti” shipping, as pro and anti are opposite positions. Recently, antis have propagated alternate definitions, for example insisting that the term “pro” is short for “problematic,” and that anyone who uses the term pro-shipper is by definition someone who ships “problematic” shipping such as incest, underage, noncon/dubcon, or other objectionable themes. As is the way of cyclical conflicts, as a result some people who ship “problematic” things have embraced this definition. See also: anti-anti. Read more about pro-shipping.

PSA: Abbreviation for “Public Service Announcement.”

Pspspspsps: Referring to the noise made when calling a cat. Used humorously to summon people who might be interested in the topic under discussion.

Purge: 1. A general term for when someone decides they no longer wish to share their works and so they delete everything they’ve made and/or delete their account. 2. Any time a platform either changes their terms of service to exclude previously allowed material (and then deletes that material) or when a platform decides to begin enforcing a previously non-enforced aspect of their terms of service (and therefore deletes material). The best-known example of this is the LJ event called Strikethrough. Read about some examples of purges.

Puriteen: Term coined to reflect the extreme Christian purity views that are most often espoused by young people new to fandom who have not yet unpacked their upbringing. Puriteens are most often anti-porn, anti-kink, anti-sex-work, and otherwise against discussion or “normalization” of sexual matters. A major example of puriteen rhetoric is “no kink at Pride” discourse. See also: anti. Read more about the term “puriteen.”

PWP: Abbreviation for “plot? what plot?” or “porn without plot.” A tag used to indicate a fanwork contains gratuitous smut/porn, often without any plot to structure it or explanation for how the characters ended up in the sexual situation. Read more about PWP.

Lexicon Entries Beginning with Q:

QRT: Abbreviation of “quote retweet.” A feature on Twitter that allows people to share another person’s post while adding content of their own. QRS (“quote reskeet”) is a variation that has arisen on Bluesky, where shared posts are called skeets instead of tweets.

Queerbaiting: An intentional marketing tactic in which the producers of a piece of media suggest, via advertisements, interviews, or other channels that a relationship or character may be queer in order to pull in queer consumers, when the producers do not intend to follow through on that promise. Read more about queerbaiting.

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Created Works Round-Up: May 2024

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Duck Prints Press’s monthly “created works round-ups” are our opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing work that people working with us have done that ISN’T linked to their work with Duck Prints Press. We include fanworks, outside publications, and anything else that creators feel like sharing with y’all. Inclusion is voluntary and includes anything that they decided “hey, I want to put this on the created work’s round-up!”

Check out what they’ve shared with us this month…


Painting for The First Duty of All Magicians Is to Save Their Friends, Chapter 5: The Conversation by EliotQueliot

art || the magicians (tv) || platonic or familial, m/m || quentin coldwater/eliot waugh || general audiences || creator choses not to use warnings || complete

summary: The painting shows best friends Margo and Eliot in the kitchen at the Physical Kids Cottage at Brakebills University, discussing Eliot’s relationship with Quentin. A message from future-Eliot, passed on by Margo, included Quentin and Eliot’s wedding rings from another life. According to future-Eliot’s warning, the stakes are high: if Eliot doesn’t make things right with Quentin, Q will die.

other tags: Character Death Fix, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Grief/Mourning, Fix-It

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Secrets of the Heart by unforth/Nina Waters

fiction || the untamed || f/m || jiang cheng/wen qing || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 1,970 || complete

summary: Wen Qing isn’t sure why Jiang Cheng’s heart is racing during a perfectly ordinary physical.

other tags: Modern medical setting, heart beat kink

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To Get Home by unforth/Nina Waters

fiction || scum villain’s self-saving system || m/m, poly (one gender: male) || liu qingge/original liu qingge, background bingliushen || explicit || rape/non-con || 4,944 || complete

summary: Liu Qingge is stuck in a time loop where every day, he wakes up in Lingxi Cave to find past-him qi deviating. He’s tried everything he can think of to get home, from complete non-interference through murdering past-him, but still he hasn’t been able to return.

And then he realizes there’s one thing he hasn’t tried.

He hasn’t let past-him catch him.

other tags: time loop, selfcest, rough sex, fuck or die

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Welcome to May Trope Mayhem 2024!

A graphic with a pale blue background. The header reads "May Trope Mayhem: A Multi-Fandom and Original Work Creation Challenge 2024 List." Below this is a numbered list of 31 items. The Duck Prints Press logo, surrounded by rainbow duck prints on two sides, with the white dux mascot on the right and the words "we print diversity" below that, is in the lower right corner of the image. The full list reads: 1. Secret Relationship 2. Mistaken Identity 3. Accidental Ownership 4. Space Western Setting 5. Marriage Before Love 6. Time Loop 7. Wound Tending 8. "This is our get-along shirt." 9. Reincarnation 10. Mutual Pining 11. Forced Proximity 12. Sentinel/Guide 13. Vampires 14. Outsider Point of View 15. Monster F*ing (censored in the image) 16. Foodservice Setting 17. Meet Cute 18. "Keep your dog on a leash." 19. Mecha 20. The Soulmate Goose of Enforcement 21. Steampunk 22. Love Requited Too Late 23. Bottom Storage 24. Werewolf/Shifter Character 25. Fake Relationship 26. Reciprocal Idiots 27. There Was Only One Bed 28. OMG They Were Roommates 29. Soul-Bonding 30. Homoerotic Swordfighting 31. Free day!

May Trope Mayhem is a multi-fandom/original creation event open to writers, artists, and creators of all kinds! We’ve put together a list of 30 of our favorite tropes (plus one free day!), one per day through the month of May, and we encourage creators to join us for this month of fun tropey mayhem.

Our goal is to promote motivation and help with habit building, so we’re encouraging authors to keep their ficlets under 1,000 words, artists to stick to making just a sketch, gif makers to only do a single image, etc., as applicable to whatever you’re making.

This event is primarily held on Tumblr, but you’re welcome to participate anywhere Duck Prints Press has an account (you can see all our current platforms here) and we’ll keep our eyes on our tag everywhere!

How can you participate? It’s easy! There’s just a few simple rules:

  • write a ficlet or a poem, create art, make a gif, or create any other content that you want, aligned with the prompt for the day!
  • post your correctly tagged fills to Tumblr, and we’ll reblog them! We’ll reskeet works on Bluesky, retoot those on Mastodon, you get the idea. Note: we do not use Twitter.
  • you must tag warnings such as gore, MCD, sexual content, etc., so that people can make informed decisions!
  • please also tag fandom and ship, so people can find what interests them!
  • we ask that you put the tags at the top of your post, so they’re easy to find.
  • if you write more than 1k words and post the whole text on Tumblr or wherever, please use a read more if the platform allows.
  • if you create something with NSFW content or potentially triggering material, please put the entire work under a read more.

Ping us (duckprintspress) or tag your creations “#may trope mayhem” and so we can find them! We’ll reblog all fills that follow the above rules and are posted between May 1st and June 8th, 2024.

If you post to AO3, you can also add them to our collection there!

You don’t have to sign up for May Trope Mayhem, just post your fills. You don’t have to be a member of the Press nor do you have to be following us. You don’t have to be part of a specific fandom. We’re open to all ships, genres, formats, etc.! You don’t have to post fills on the corresponding day, though we ask that if you’re creating for a day that hasn’t happened yet, please wait for that day to post.

Participating in May Trope Mayhem? Want to chat fandom, books, creation, and more? Join our Book Lover’s Discord Server!

This is a low-pressure event, held in good fun, and we look forward to seeing what you create!

MAY TROPE MAYHEM Prompt List, with some links and definitions for ones we were worried might be confusing or challenging for folks!

  1. Secret Relationship
  2. Mistaken Identity
  3. Accidental Ownership (Character A accidentally ends up the owner of Character B)
  4. Space Western Setting
  5. Marriage Before Love
  6. Time Loop
  7. Wound Tending
  8. “This is our get-along shirt.”
  9. Reincarnation
  10. Mutual Pining
  11. Forced Proximity
  12. Sentinel/Guide
  13. Vampires
  14. Outsider Point of View
  15. Monster F*ing (censored in the image)
  16. Foodservice Setting
  17. Meet Cute
  18. “Keep your dog on a leash.”
  19. Mecha
  20. The Soulmate Goose of Enforcement
  21. Steampunk
  22. Love Requited Too Late
  23. Bottom Storage (or however you feel like interpreting it!)
  24. Werewolf/Shifter Character
  25. Fake Relationship
  26. Reciprocal Idiots (like idiots to lovers, or however else you feel like interpreting it!)
  27. There Was Only One Bed
  28. OMG They Were Roommates
  29. Soul-Bonding
  30. Homoerotic Swordfighting
  31. Free day!
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Coming Soon: May Trope Mayhem 2024!

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It’s almost time for May Trope Mayhem!

What is May Trope Mayhem? It’s Duck Prints Press’s annual multi-fandom/original work creation event! Our creators have shared their favorite tropes, and we’ve picked 30 (+1 free day!), one per day of May to make an awesome, fun, diverse list of prompts to inspire your creativity. Come May 1st, we invite everyone to create a ficlet, artwork, gif set, photo montage, or whatever else they feel like, inspired by the trope of the day. We’re open to any fandom or no fandom at all, original characters and old faves, any ship (yes even that one) or no ship or reader inserts or, or, or… basically, if you can imagine it, we can accommodate it!

This year marks our fourth-annual May Trope Mayhem. Curious about the event? You can learn some by checking out our previous three years!

The rules for 2024 will be about the same as in the past, so the only big change will be in the tropes – some are repeats, some are not. And of course day 31 is still a free day – we’d love to know YOUR favorite trope, especially if it it doesn’t end up our list for this year!

The 2024 list goes public on May 1st. Mark your calendars, tell yours friends, and get ready to create with us! And follow us on social media to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Backers on Patreon can see the list early! It’s up now – become a backer and check it out.

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March 2024 Created Works Round-Up!

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Duck Prints Press’s monthly “created works round-ups” are our opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing work that people working with us have done that ISN’T linked to their work with Duck Prints Press. We include fanworks, outside publications, and anything else that creators feel like sharing with y’all. Inclusion is voluntary and includes anything that they decided “hey, I want to put this on the created work’s round-up!”

Check out what they’ve shared with us this month…


Eliot Rocks the Memory Palace, Chapter Four: Art by EliotQueliot

art || the magicians (tv) || m/m || quentin coldwater/eliot waugh || teen & up || creator choses not to use warnings || complete

summary: After dinner, Monster!Eliot takes Quentin sightseeing in New York City by moonlight.

There’s a lovely view from the 103rd floor of the Empire State Building.

And the Monster set a nice cheery fire blazing in the bay.

Heights are fun.

other tags: falling, heights, possession

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All We Need Is One Good Day (Any Day That You’re Alive), Chapter 1 by EliotQueliot

fiction || the magicians (tv) || m/m || quentin coldwater/eliot waugh || mature || creator choses not to use warnings || 2,097 || work in progress

summary: A fluffy fic mixing the books by Lev Grossman with the show from SyFy, in which Quentin and Eliot do get to spend that summer together, but build on their immediate friendship to get together from day one of Q’s classes.

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Mosaic Haiku, Chapter 10 by EliotQueliot

fiction || the magicians (tv) || m/m || quentin coldwater/eliot waugh || general audiences || creator choses not to use warnings || 124 || ongoing series

summary: I’m writing a series of haiku about Eliot and Quentin’s lives together at the Mosaic (the timeloop lifetime in which they loved each other for 50 years). Just like the patterns they build there, I’ll forever be adding new haiku, but yet the story is also always complete. My hope is to reflect the beauty of all life, just like they did.

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Sailing to Blackspire, Chapter 5 by EliotQueliot

fiction || the magicians (tv) || m/m || quentin coldwater/eliot waugh || explicit || creator choses not to use warnings || 11,539 || work in progress

summary: Quentin says he’s staying with a Monster for all Eternity.

Eliot says, “Hell, no. Not without me.”

In which Eliot and Quentin use their time aboard the Muntjac on the way to Castle Blackspire more wisely.

In this chapter, the friends continue to do their best to find alternate ways to turn magic back on, without Quentin and Eliot getting stuck in Castle Blackspire.

other tags: Canon-typical danger. Also, regarding the fic as a whole, please heed the rating. This is AU, but jumps off from canon at a specific point within 3×13. The characters don’t know what I’m trying to fix because for them it hasn’t happened (and in this fic, it never will). But Eliot (his POV) clearly knows that Quentin’s life is ultimately in danger.

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never a god by ilgaksu

fiction || mysterious lotus casebook || m/m, poly (one gender: male) || li lianhua/fang duobing/di feisheng, di feisheng/fang duobing || teen & up || creator choses not to use warnings || 1,077 || ongoing series

summary: The evening shift at the House of Scarlet Delights starts out just like any other.

other tags: Post Canon, Sex Work, Genderfluid Li Lianhua

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bringing a gun to chekhov’s house by ilgaksu

fiction || dune (2021), dune – frank herbert || f/m || paul atreides/chani kynes || explicit || creator choses not to use warnings || 1,895 || work in progress

summary: Chani sees him first in lectures. This is because he can’t stop staring at her. It’s unsubtle. It’s derivative. It’s the start of every novel written by a white man drowning in his own midlife crisis. Chani is wise to it; to him.

After a while, she realises she’s still looking right back.

other tags: Alternate Universe – College/University, Academia, Postcolonialism, Breakup

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On Writing Combat and Sex Scenes by Tris Lawrence

writing craft blog post || original work || no ships || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 1,523 || complete

summary: This post talks about writing sex and combat (and no, I do not mean combative sex). It is primarily SFW.

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Created Works Round-Up: January 2024

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Duck Prints Press’s monthly “created works round-ups” are our opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing work that people working with us have done that ISN’T linked to their work with Duck Prints Press. We include fanworks, outside publications, and anything else that creators feel like sharing with y’all. Inclusion is voluntary and includes anything that they decided “hey, I want to put this on the created work’s round-up!”

Check out what they’ve shared with us this month…


cruel forgiveness by Cedar McCafferty-Svec

art || transformers || m/m || idw rodimus prime/armada megatron || teen & up || no major warnings apply || complete

summary: Digital drawing of IDW Rodimus and Armada Megatron based off a scene from a roleplay server on dreamwidth. Megatron is faking his own death and making Rodimus watch.

other tags: self harm, canon mashup, based on roleplay

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Stay by Smehur

art || baldur’s gate 3 || m/m || astarion/tav || mature || no major warnings apply || complete

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Astarion by Smehur

art || baldur’s gate 3 || no ships || general audiences || no major warnings apply || complete

summary: This started as a silly colored pencil doodle and ended up my best drawing so far. Anyway, I love him.

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A Godsdamn Kraken by Smehur

fiction || baldur’s gate 3 || m/m || astarion/tav || mature || no major warnings apply || 7,760 || complete

summary: Astarion and Tav met before the events of the game – and immediately got in trouble.

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Self Help & Writing Advice by Tris Lawrence

blog post || original work || no ships || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 781 || complete

summary: I don’t like self-help books. Which means I often don’t like writing advice books.

Which sucks because I really want to like both of them. I am positive there are things I could learn from them.

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ND Creative: Time, Focus, Organization by Tris Lawrence

blog post, nd creative series || original work || no ships || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 957 || complete

summary: Time, focus, and organization can be complicated things as an ND creative.

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Things I Thought Were Mine by enchantedsleeper

fiction || fence comics || m/m || nicholas cox/seiji katayama || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 9,235 || complete

summary: Nicholas, Seiji, and the King’s Row team are invited by Jesse Coste to join him at an exclusive summer retreat for elite fencers at the Coste residence. Surrounded by reminders of the life he could have had, and with Jesse determined to pick up where he and Seiji left off, can Nicholas survive the week without some closely-held secrets bubbling to the surface?

other tags: Canon divergence AU, hurt/comfort

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a dream or two (away from you) by enchantedsleeper

fiction || fence comics || m/m || aiden kane/harvard lee || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 8,845 || complete

summary: Everyone knows that magic isn’t real. Never mind that Aiden, crown prince of Feldhaven, has been having strange dreams from a young age in which he meets and plays with a young boy from a far-away kingdom.

He can’t explain it, but he isn’t concerned – until years later, when an eighteen-year-old Aiden is suddenly introduced to the new Captain of the Guard: Harvard Lee. The boy from his dreams.

other tags: mediaeval fantasy AU, slightly handwavey dream magic, friends to lovers

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You Make Sense of the Devil by Hermit

fiction || mcu, criminal minds || m/m, f/m, poly (multiple genders) || james “bucky” barnes/emily prentiss, james “bucky” barnes/steve rogers || mature || rape/non-con || 15,772 || complete

summary: A ghost from the BAU past reappears and drags up unfinished business for Aaron Hotchner. The ripples are enough to call back missing team members and spread well beyond the circle of his influence.

other tags: Timeline What Timeline, MCU fusion, Criminal Minds fusion, liberties were taken with the legal system, Case Fic, No One Is Okay, canon typical trauma, Past Rape/Non-con, Flashback, discussion of trauma, Implied Polycule

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Tremble by Tal

fiction || link click || m/m || cheng xiaoshi/lu guang || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 2,096 || complete

summary: Cheng Xiaoshi has a bad time in a photo. Lu Guang is there in the aftermath.

other tags: Hurt/Comfort

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Phase Shift by Terra P. Waters

fiction || original work || platonic or familial, f/m || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 99,500 || ongoing series

summary: Despite being a self-professed science geek, high school freshman Camilla Mitchell has had a secret imaginary friend for years. It comes as quite a shock when said friend, Emma, accidentally drags her into a dimension full of hostile telepathic creatures. Cam’s friends, her brother, Oliver, and her mother, Kathryn, work furiously to solve her disappearance and bring her home. Other members of their small Minnesota town disappear, one after the other, including Lizzy Becker’s best friend, who is ripped from her arms. Lizzy badgers loner Oliver into working with her to rescue their missing loved ones. They discover a bridge between the two worlds—a bridge that allows the hostile creatures from Cam’s newly-discovered dimension into ours. If there’s a bridge, there’s a way to rescue the people taken. Right?

other tags: Tags: science fiction, alternate dimensions, teen characters, friendship, bisexual main character (minor references), lesbian character, nonbinary character, aliens; Content warnings: disordered eating, emetophobia, child abuse mention, homophobic bullying, teen characters in danger, gun violence, physical violence, abduction

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The Last Drop Cafe by Terra P. Waters

fiction || stranger things || poly (multiple genders) || jonathan byers/chrissy cunningham/steve harrington/nancy wheeler || explicit || creator choses not to use warnings || 77,500 || complete

summary: Nancy Wheeler is in her last year of college, about to graduate with her journalism degree. She’s just working as a barista at The Last Drop Cafe until she can find a real journalism job. She loves her boyfriend, Jonathan, though there’s been some tension lately, and she’s not quite sure how long the relationship is going to last. At least she lives above the coffee shop, which makes rolling out of bed at five in the morning to go to work slightly more tolerable. Her upstairs neighbors, Steve and Chrissy, are newlyweds eager to start their family. When a case of sleep deprivation and mistaken identity ties the two couples together, things quickly get complicated. But maybe complicated is just what Nancy was looking for.

other tags: Coffee Shop AU, College AU, Mistaken Identity, Polyamory, Somnophilia, Accidental Non-con, Unplanned Pregnancy, Birth, Hospitals

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Phase Shift by Terra P. Waters

fiction || original work || platonic or familial, f/m, f/nb || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 99,500 || complete

summary: Despite being a self-professed science geek, high school freshman Camilla Mitchell has had a secret imaginary friend for years. It comes as quite a shock when said friend, Emma, accidentally drags her into a dimension full of hostile telepathic creatures. Cam’s friends, her brother, Oliver, and her mother, Kathryn, work furiously to solve her disappearance and bring her home. Other members of their small Minnesota town disappear, one after the other, including Lizzy Becker’s best friend, who is ripped from her arms. Lizzy badgers loner Oliver into working with her to rescue their missing loved ones. They discover a bridge between the two worlds—a bridge that allows the hostile creatures from Cam’s newly-discovered dimension into ours. If there’s a bridge, there’s a way to rescue the people taken. Right?

other tags: Science Fiction, Horror, Aliens, Teen characters, Alternate dimensions, Friendship, LGBTQ+ characters, Hearing Impaired Character, Eating Disorder, Child Abuse, Gun Violence, Kidnapping, Teenaged Characters in Peril, Minor Character Death

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Prayers of Descent by unforth

fiction || tian guan ci fu || m/m || hua cheng/xie lian || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 1,648 || complete

summary: After 800 years in the Heavenly Court, Xie Lian receives a prayer with a simple request: “can I see you, your highness, just one more time?”

other tags: Canon Divergence, Jun Wu/Xie Lian

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Calling All Artists!

A graphic in shades of tan and brown, with a border made of ornate swirls. At the bottom, artwork shows two women in historical (19th century Western) clothing conversing on a couch. Text on the image reads: "Duck Prints Press seeks Artists to contribute to our forthcoming anthology A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice."

In celebration of January 1st, 2024, and Public Domain Day, Duck Prints Press is thrilled to announce that we are doing open recruitment for artists to contribute to our next fanfiction and fanart anthology A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”!

Are you an Austenite? Do you love Regency romance but lament how, well, straight most of it is? Do you wish Mary Bennett found a partner? Are you positive Charlotte Lucas deserved better? Do you pity Miss de Bourgh? Do you dream of Darcy and Bingley OT3s? Well you are NOT ALONE! We at Duck Prints Press are right there with you, and we’re here to say: this is your moment to shine! We want your wlw pairings, your new happy endings, your P&P ot3s and ot4s, your “but what if they’re trans,” your queer art and fanart inspired by this beloved story! This story has such a lovely main and supporting cast, the possibilities for taking Pride and Prejudice and MAKING IT QUEER are endless!

This is the third in our Queer Fanworks Inspired By… series, publishing legal fanfic and fanart inspired by popular works in the public domain. It builds on the success of our first two, And Seek (Not) to Alter Me (inspired by Much Ado About Nothing) and Aim For The Heart (inspired by The Three Musketeers). This is a paid arting opportunity; artists will be asked to complete one full-page (A4/210 mm x 297 mm), full-color piece, and we may have space for some artists to complete more than one page and/or short comics. Base pay is $50 per page, with the potential for raises up to $400 per page depending on our success during the eventual crowdfunding campaign.

Want to Learn More? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Ready to apply? YAY! Follow this link to the sign up form! Applications close at midnight, January 15, 2024!

Interested in writing for this anthology? Unfortunately, author applications are only open to writers already involved with Duck Prints Press. Sorry! If you’re on our private Discord server, be on the lookout for the announcement with sign-up forms there.

Interested in buying this anthology once it’s available? Make sure you follow us on social media and/or sign up for newsletter so you hear the latest!

Eager to see how this project develops, read sneak peeks and see art previews, and more? Back us on Patreon! Patrons also selected this anthology theme – you can have a say in our future anthology themes, too, just by backing us at any level!

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Progress on Fulfillment for Duck Prints Press Crowdfunding Campaigns

We’ve got three crowdfunding campaigns currently in the midst of fulfillment, and we wanted to take a moment to post about our progress on each of them!

Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers

Our most recent campaign on Kickstarter, to fund Aim For The Heart, ended on July 15th, 2023. After some print challenges revealed in the proof copy of the book, we had to make some fairly extensive tweaks to the manuscript, and getting that completely set has taken a fair amount of time. But we’re there now – the book is done and printed, and we’re just doing some final preparation on the e-book and backer data in anticipation of packing and shipping everyone’s orders this weekend, November 18th and 19th!


Many Drops Make a Stream by Adrian Harley

We were 100% on track to fulfill Many Drops Make a Stream orders within the next week or so…and then the enamel pins arrived, after 6 or so weeks in production, with an error that makes them undistributable (the poor tiger part of Droplet has no stripes on her back and hind legs!). Everything else for this campaign is ready to go, and the pin manufacturer has been very receptive to our issue and is rushing replacements for us, but we’re still at least a few weeks from having them even if they’re expedited – manufacturing enamel-ware takes time, and they have to ship from China.

That said, because we have everything else, we will be doing some distribution shortly: namely, for people who also backed Aim For The Heart, if we can save them shipping money by combining their orders, we will do so and refund the difference in shipping cost – combining the book shipping for these individuals, and then forwarding them their pins separately, will be a big savings for them.

For everyone else, we will prepare everything we can, and as soon as we have the pins we will distribute everything. If it looks like we will not have the pins before the December holidays start, we will send out everything BUT the pins, and send out pin orders alone subsequently. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we make sure that y’all get items of the quality and accuracy that you deserve!


To Drive the Hundred Miles by Alec J. Marsh

All of the merchandise for To Drive the Hundred Miles has arrived, and it looks great. We’re almost done repackaging it and preparing it for distribution. The proof of the book arrived last week, and we’ve reviewed it and made a few necessary tweaks; we re-submitted those files to the printer yesterday, and are awaiting their confirmation so we can sign off on production of the full print run. Once it’s in the print queue, our best guess is that it’ll be roughly two weeks before it arrives at our door. At that time, we’ll be able to get everyone’s pre-orders turned around pretty quickly.


Thank you everyone for your orders with us! We’re excited to bring all three of these large projects to a close, and get amazing books into all of your hands!

And keep your eyes open, because there’s more to come – the re-release of A. L. Heard’s Hockey Bois, revised and reprinted, will open for pre-orders on December 1st, and our next Kickstarter campaign for the anthology Aether Beyond the Binary will be launching on December 26th. We also expect to run a Kickstarter campaign in February for Tris Lawrence’s Twinned trilogy, and we’ve got more in the pipeline after that! So make sure you follow us on social media, subscribe to our newsletters, back us on Patreon for sneak peeks and backer-exclusive extras, and leave us reviews on Goodreads or Storygraph!

Want one or more of these books, and/or the merchandise that goes with them, but missed out on the campaigns? Don’t despair – the books and leftover merch will become available during this coming winter! So be on the look out!

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July Created Works Round-Up: 11 New Works by Our Creators!

Our monthly “created works round-ups” are Duck Prints Press’s opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing work that people working with us have done that ISN’T linked to their work with Duck Prints Press. We include fanworks, outside publications, and anything else that creators feel like sharing with y’all! Inclusion is voluntary and includes anything that they decided “hey, I want to put this on the created work’s round-up!”

Check out what they’ve shared with us this month…


Reports by MizuShiba

art || cod: modern warfare ii || m/m || ghost/soap || general audiences || no major warnings apply || complete

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Ikarose by Elsin

fiction || the good place || platonic or familial || general audiences || creator choses not to use warnings || 1,105 || complete

summary: Icarus, in dual.

(or: what’s it like, to be Kamilah Al-Jamil?)

other tags: Character Study, Relationship Study, Canonical Character Death, Grief/Mourning, Mythology, Magic, A Study in Metaphor

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Home is Where the Hearts Are (Shared or Otherwise) by firefly124

fiction || mcyt, hermitcraft smp, double life smp || m/m, poly (one gender: male) || tango/jimmy, tango/impulse/zedaph || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 1,263 || complete

summary: Tango was happy to be home on Hermitcraft after Double Life, even though he already missed Jimmy. Adding a new relationship to this already-complicated family, across servers no less, seems like it’s going to be like wiring up some seriously wonky redstone. Good thing Impulse and Zedaph have a knack for that sort of thing.

other tags: offscreen Impulse/Skizzleman

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I Came Here to Have a Good Time and I’m Honestly Feeling So Attacked Right Now by nursinggeek

fiction || mcyt, hermitcraft smp, new life smp || no ships || n/a || general audiences || creator choses not to use warnings || 3,554 || complete

summary: Pearl let Gem talk her into spending some time on the New Life SMP.

“It’s a different sort of server,” she said.

“It’ll be fun” she said.

Why does Pearl let herself get talked into these things?

other tags: canon-typical non-permanent character deaths, mentions of EVO SMP, Hermitcraft SMP, and Traffic Life series

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Modulate the Minor to the Major by Shadaras

fiction || modao zushi – moxiang tongxiu || m/m, poly (one gender: male) || lan wangji/mo xuanyu/wei wuxian || explicit || no major warnings apply || 5,555 || complete

summary: Mo Xuanyu travels back in time to prevent Wei Wuxian’s death. He does this, of course, by going to Lan Wangji and warning him of Wei Wuxian’s impending doom.

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In Preparation for Another Day by Shadaras

fiction || link click (donghua) || platonic or familial || cheng xiaoshi & lu guang & qiao ling || general audiences || no major warnings apply || 2,455 || complete

summary: In theory—and solo practice!—Cheng Xiaoshi is great at gongfu. When it comes to sparring, however, he always hesitates. Liu Siwen offers him some advice about how to improve.

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The White-petal Rose by Terra P. Waters

fiction || stranger things || m/m || jonathan byers/steve harrington || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 2,636 || complete

summary: Steve always thought he was bad at magic, unable to do even the simplest spells. Then he meets a boy named Jonathan and flowers begin growing in his wake.

other tags: Alternate Universe – Fantasy, Alternate Universe – Soulmates, Alternate Universe – Magic, War, Serious Injuries

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To Sleep Underneath by Terra P. Waters

fiction || stranger things || m/nb, “m/agender alien” is more accurate… || steve harrington/demogorgon || explicit || creator choses not to use warnings || 35,579 || complete

summary: When the demogorgon is drawn by the scent of blood to Steve Harrington’s backyard, Nancy and Barb have already left. Instead, it finds Steve Harrington, whose scent doesn’t scream “food” but instead “MATE.”

other tags: Non/Dub-con, Human/Monster romance, Transformation, Mating, Oviposition, Alien Biology, Alternate Universe — Canon Divergence, Memory Loss, Sex Pollen

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The Definitive Leda House and the Kraken Verse by Vee Sloane

fiction || our flag means death || f/f, m/m, m/nb, poly (one gender: male) || ed(dy)/stede, izzy/lucius, lucius/pete, jim/oluwande, frenchie/john || mature || no major warnings apply || 700,819 || complete

summary: A modern AU that follows the entire staff of the drag bar named Revenge as well as their partners and the Bonnet children. Features drag shows, late in life coming out stories, romance in many forms, and as much found family as you could ask for.

other tags: Modern AU, Found Family, Gender Journeys

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“Welcome to the Internet” but it’s wuxia tropes by theleakypen

filk || wuxia fiction || no ships || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 371 || complete

summary: It’s exactly what it says on the tin: I’ve written a filk of “Welcome to the Internet” focusing entirely on wuxia tropes.

other tags: some mentions of violence and death, including child death

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Enjoy! 😀

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