Fests!

Mar. 9th, 2008 11:25 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest is open for prompt claiming. I've already picked mine, a Harry/Ginny one, of all things. There were actually quite a lot of prompts I wanted to write, but I had to narrow it down. My SPN prompt has been claimed already, too, and I'm eager to see what comes of it. :D I really hope my SGA and HP prompts get picked up, too. If not, maybe I'll write them myself someday.

[livejournal.com profile] paintedspires is open for prompt submissions. Look, there are even awesome banners!



In other news, the Simpsons tonight was absolutely bizarre in the very best way. The whole bit with Homer and the meat was odd enough, but the next day when he called the meat back and it was lying on the bed and had a photo of Homer on the nightstand... XD Also I think "modesty skirt" will be making its way into my vocabulary. Martin was kind of awesome tonight and I'm not sure I've ever thought that about Martin before. (Also awesome: Lisa and Nelson, but they frequently are.)

Tomorrow we are getting FiOS installed, huzzah. I will be so happy to be shut of Time Warner.

Also this is a totally crazy project from hell, but after a convo with [livejournal.com profile] dorrie6, I find myself wanting to make a list and get a count of all the manga I've ever read. At one point years ago I had over a thousand volumes and I'm estimating I've read three times that much by now. We'll see! It's definitely going to take a while to get the list made up. Luckily I still have photos/scans of all the manga I've sold, so I can browse through those to make sure I'm not forgetting any series I used to have.

Yuletide!

Oct. 10th, 2007 11:34 pm
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Okay, normally I just babble about Yuletide as if everyone knows what it is and either they're doing it or if they're not, it's because they don't want to. But! I've realised that's not true. Maybe you would participate if only you knew more about it!

What is [livejournal.com profile] yuletide? Well, it's a holiday fest for small fandoms. And when we say small, we're not talking "small compared to Harry Potter" or even "small compared to Supernatural or Stargate: Atlantis". We mean small. Some fandoms have a total of a few hundred fics scattered over the web (and there are allowances for old TV fandoms such as MASH, which might have once had very active fandoms, but are now very small again), but many, the vast majority, have less than a hundred, less than fifty. Some may have one or two. Some (like a few I requested) may be getting their first fic ever this year, assuming someone has requested and someone else has offered and they're matched up.

Now, I'm sorry to say, but you have missed the most fun part of all (IMO), the nominations. What happens is each year people get to nominate up to six fandoms that will be available for that year's fest. Anything that was nominated last year but not this year goes off the list. Fandoms that grew too much over the past year go off the list. It's a really fun time, with everyone trying to figure out which fandoms they want to nominate. This year the participants nominated a whopping 1662 fandoms between them. Wow.

What the hell are all these fandoms, you must be asking yourself. Well, they're TV shows both old and new, books, video games, the Bible, various myths, historical figures, bands and musicians, actors*, movies, manga, anime, comics, web comics, Asian dramas...literally anything you can think of that you'd like to see fic about can be nominated. In years past there have even been songs nominated, though I don't know if there are any this year.

So you've missed the nomination period, but don't despair! Like I said, there are over 1600 fandoms available to choose from. Browse through and I bet you'll find something you could write or something you want to read fic about.

The way the fest works is pretty simple. You find three to four fandoms you want to receive fic for and then three or more fandoms you can offer to write for. When you put in your requests, you can specify not only the fandom, but also the characters and an optional prompt. For an idea of what people might write for a prompt, see mine here. I tried to give some leeway as to what could be written, but was fairly specific, because I nominated these fandoms with an idea of what I wanted to read in mind. As a writer, I prefer more detailed prompts to really vague ones, but not too detailed. I think what I wrote for my requests is the sort of thing I'd like to see with my assignment as well.

You may notice that post is titled "Dear Yuletide Santa..." There is a tradition of making posts to elaborate on the kind of thing you like and don't, so the person assigned to you can get a better idea of what you like. Last year there were about 900 participants. This year there are already almost that many and there is still a week left to go before signups close. Chances are the person writing for you will not know you at all. Give them something to go on. They'll almost certainly appreciate the help.

Once signups are over (October 18th), a program will match everyone up and assignments will be sent out within a couple days. You get two months to write and it only needs to be 1000 words minimum, so it's not a huge commitment. While you are only matched for one fandom, you are assigned one person. What that means is that you will get 3-4 fandoms, but only one of them is guaranteed to be one you signed up to write for. If you happen to know one of the other fandoms and decide you'd rather write that, you can. Some people request on a theme, with very similar canons, and some request totally randomly. I've never been assigned someone whose other fandoms I was familiar with, but it can happen.

The other thing about your assignments is that the details are optional. All you really need to stick to is the fandom and the characters requested. However, most people like to include the prompt if possible, since they're trying to write something the recipient will like as well as trying to write a good story.

Yuletide is hands-down the largest multi-fandom fic exchange (and probably the largest fic exchange of any sort) and it's really excited to participate in something so huge. I've done it for three years running and written stuff I never imagined I would write like A.I., Closer, The Dark Is Rising, and Seinfeld. Last year I choked and couldn't write the fic I was assigned, but I still wrote a pinch hit, and even though I was horribly stressed out about not being able to do my assignment, I still love Yuletide and have only positive feelings regarding it.

Has that explained it all? Feel free to ask if you still have questions. The FAQ is long and overwhelming, but it might help to take a look at it. If you want to keep track of the goings-on, you should friend the comm linked above, as well as [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin.









*OMG There's a category for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost RPS! And four people have requested it. I am kind of pathetically excited about this. They're best friends! They make movies together! They're funny! (Oh, I hope all four requests get written and are actually good!)

Help!

Jul. 16th, 2007 10:00 am
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Okay, so I have some ideas I'd like to submit for the [livejournal.com profile] choc_fic challenge, but I'm having trouble fitting them into the submission format.

So what I am asking you, dear flist, is to help me think of how to phrase each of these scenarios so they fit the submission form. Mainly what I need is the "Kink/cliche or fannish trope" line, as I can probably come up with suitable lyrics or something for "Phrase/word/idea/lyric" (though feel free to suggest there, too). I am just really stumped, and while a list of fannish kinks was provided and was supposedly narrative kinks as well, it was really all just sexual kinks, which are well and good, but not the sort of stories I want here.

Here are two I already submitted:

Fandom: Ugly Betty
Character/pairing/threesome or moresome: Justin Suarez/OCs
Kink/cliche or fannish trope: Five things
Phrase/word/idea/lyric: First crush (sex okay, but I'm not interested in PWP)
Number (pick from 1 to 30): 10

Fandom: SGA
Character/pairing/threesome or moresome: John/Ford, John/Teyla
Kink/cliche or fannish trope: High school AU
Phrase/word/idea/lyric: On the field I remember you were incredible/In a car with a girl, promise me she's not your world (sex okay, but I'm not interested in PWP)
Number (pick from 1 to 30): 15

(I can't believe no one else has asked for anything from Ugly Betty! ;_;)

Anyway, some ideas I have:

1. Stephen Black/the fairy gentleman (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell). I really haven't got any specific ideas here; I just want to see more of this totally canon pairing.

2. Alexis/Wilhelmina or Alexis & Wilhelmina (Ugly Betty). How did they team up? Why was Wilhelmina of all people the only one to know about Alexis?

3. Teyla/Michael or Teyla & Michael (SGA). Dude, I am going to pimp Michael prompts to every damn fest until I get some fic! Teyla reveals she has Wraith DNA.

4. Ronon/Melena (SGA). How did they meet?

5. John/Ford (SGA). With the lyrics "a subtle kiss that no one sees". Canon. Could be set in season one or season two.

I could probably come up with a dozen Ronon/Teyla AUs, but mainly I'm trying to nail down all the stuff I've previously thought about wanting to see/read rather than coming up with new stuff.
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Doh. I kept forgetting to post this. ^_^;; Anyway, there were only sixteen entries, but I've had a few people say they were going to be late, so if you're one of those people (or even if you didn't tell me and you still have a fic), feel free to comment here with the link and I'll add it to the list.

14 fics in 7 fandoms (+ 2 origifics) )
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I love the idea of this challenge so much it's not even funny.

1) Taxes must be involved. Any kind of taxes. Individual, corporate, estate, gift, federal, state, sales, excise, property...anything you can think of to tie to the concept of taxation.
2) Required vocabulary: This year, your word choices are accrual, withholding, exempt(ion), and trust. They don't have to be used in the tax/accounting sense, although bonus points if you do. Extra bonus points for all of them.
3) Any fandom, any classification, any pairing or lack thereof is welcome.
4) Aim for 500+ words, although I won't be wordcounting. Extra super super special bonus points, and possibly a cookie, for a fic that's precisely 1040 words long.


Of course the deadline is tax day. :)

I see a John/Rodney accountants AU in my future. (I would do Judewan, but then I have to research UK taxes and I really don't feel like getting into that.)
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As per my previous post, I present the "Imperfect Sex Is Not the End of the World" challenge.

Why write people as less than "perfect" when as a writer you have the option of making things better than real life? Why write people with preferences and quirks? Because it's interesting, of course.

Your Mission

I want to see guys who don't like anal sex, who don't like blowjobs, who are bad kissers, bad fuckers, give the worst head ever. I want to see guys who freeze up at the idea of anyone going near their ass, especially with a tongue-omg-what-do-you-think-you're-doing!? I want to see guys and girls who don't have the most sensitive nipples evah and are just like whatevs when someone goes to town on them. I want to see girls who don't like oral. I want to see girls who can't have multiple orgasms. I want to see people unable to come or coming too soon. I want to see miscommunication and mistaken assumptions. I want to see couples who can't fulfill each other's every need, whose kinks, sex drives, and/or preferences don't match up.

I want to see all this and more. And it can still have a happy ending because these things are not the end of the world. Show me how they work it out. Show me the compromises they make, or how it goes better the second try.

Also, as suggested by the eminently sensible [livejournal.com profile] darthhellokitty, the only thing I ask is that any problems encountered not be because of some past Trauma that must be healed by the almighty cock (or equivalent in girlslash). If X doesn't like getting fucked, maybe it's just because he doesn't like getting fucked and never will. You know?

And hey, it's coming up on Valentine's Day, so if you want to use that as a theme, even better. :D

The Details

This challenge is open to all fandoms, including RPF (hell, you can even write original fic if you want). It's open to both slash (m/m and f/f) and het. Stories can be humorous or serious or a little of both. They can be as long or as short as you want. You can write as many fics as you want.

Posting starts now and will run until the end of the month. Post in your journal and link here when you've done so. On February 28th, I will compile the links and post a master list.

There's no need to comment and sign up, though you can if you want to, as I'm certainly keen to see how many people are interested. :)

Please pimp this far and wide!

ETA: The master list is here.

Oh bugger

May. 21st, 2006 06:42 am
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Yeah, it's another table. Shoot me now. This one is Sirius/Remus for [livejournal.com profile] 100quills. And unlike [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 there's no cheating and filling in with fics you've already written (of which I have a whopping nine, so it's not like it really makes a dent, I guess). I already have an idea for invisible, which is why I chose this table. There are four different tables of fifty and four of a hundred, so you can pick which prompts you like best, which is neat.

I really need to stop with the challenges, but I just can't. ;_;

001.Blind. 002.Need. 003.Gold. 004.Foreign. 005.Refusal.
006.Impromptu. 007.Chains. 008.Miracle. 009.Justice. 010.Soft.
011.Water. 012.Choices. 013.Sliver. 014.Enemies. 015.Head.
016.Farewells. 017.Overturn. 018.Horizon. 019.Red. 020.Snow.
021.Children. 022.Blur. 023.Invisible. 024.Missing. 025.Flattery.
026.Miscommunication. 027.Wind. 028.Irritation. 029.Why? 030.Protocol.
031.His. 032.Club. 033.Breathing. 034.Wings. 035.Thief.
036.Tense. 037.Sunshine. 038.Smoke. 039.Passion. 040.Dirty.
041.Awake. 042.Ghost. 043.Rumor. 044.Mirror. 045.Eclipse.
046.Impossible. 047.Seek. 048.Image. 049.Welcome. 050.Wisdom.

[livejournal.com profile] fanfic100

Oct. 9th, 2005 10:29 pm
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I got my confirmation for [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 and I've got Judewan and Sirius! (Someone had already chosen Sirius/Remus and Remus on his own. If I had to choose just one, I would rather have chosen Remus, since that's whose POV I prefer, but oh well, this will be a challenge.) That's 200 fics... But! I know I have lots of already written Judewan that I can use, and I'm sure I can fit in the couple S/R fics I've written already, too. Most of the remaining Judewan ones will be [livejournal.com profile] this_pastime and other bunnies that I already have.

So here are my charts. I will go through my old fics and link the ones I'll be reusing here, and I'll also link each new fic here when it's completed (as well as reposting on my journal).

Judewan )

Sirius Black )

Dominic Monaghan/Elijah Wood )

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