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19 July 2009 @ 05:46 pm
Proposed: An FK-Only Fic Fest  
The prompts for the oldschoolfic and gen_ficathon events came through at the end of June.  While of course they're all very interesting and I'm doing my best to craft things to please my recipients, not one of the prompts I received -- 3 from one game, 4 from the other -- are FK.

I think that we should hold an FK-only ficathon/fest/game/event.  Not today, not tomorrow, but... in the not-too-distant future.  (Before Yuletide?  After?  Later in '10?)  It would doubtless be a very small game, but what I'm thinking is: if three of us played in an FK-only game, that would be three new FK stories, while when three of us play in a multi-fandom game, we're lucky to get even one new FK story.

This is not to say that I don't esteem multi-fandom games!  I love other fandoms, too.  (For example, is there anyone out there recommending HL gen? How about Duncan/Tessa? Pretty please?)  But like the bumper stickers say, I would rather be playing FK.

It seems standard for exchange-based ficathons to elicit three prompts from each participant, and match from there.  Presuming that there would not be enough of us playing to match by character affiliation, I thought perhaps we might ask for one gen prompt, one romance prompt (m/f, f/f, m/m as you like), and one anything prompt (crossover, wild AU, cliche, parody, or more gen and/or romance).

Other prompt-format ideas I considered, but discarded, were:
  • asking that each prompt be from a different time (that is: pre-series, first season and hiatus, second season, third season, post-series), or
  • that each prompt have some difference in character combination (so you couldn't have three Nick/Natalie prompts, but you could have Natalie in all three prompts), or
  • that one prompt be primarily cop-shop, one primarily flashback, and one primarily personal.


These events seem typically to ask for three things you like to read, and three you cannot write.  Because this is single fandom, I thought we might double that: three general things, and three FK-specific things?  (For example, in general, I'd rather not read NC-17, and in FK specifically, I'd rather not read "sipping."  Similarly, in general, I love metaphor, and in FK specifically, I love Nick adhering to his quest.)  Too much to manage?  I've never played in a single-fandom event, so I don't know the conventions.

Standard practice always prohibits certain story content including incest, and frequently prohibits story content including underage sex.  I like that!  But, prudent as these prohibitions are, there is nevertheless Divia, and the legitimate storytelling horror of crimes like that in "Undue Process."  (Or remember James's "Eyes of a Child," and many others.)  I would like to ask that these subjects, therefore, be kept "off-screen" just as the show always kept them off-screen, but would not absolutely forbid them, as they are part of canon... is that feasible?  Or is that going over the top unarmed?

Many events end up with ludicrous, uncivil problems with defaulters -- people frankly abusing the game in various ways by promising a story and then pulling out.  This is unfortunately human nature.  Given how few people I expect to play, might we be able to duck some of that by playing only with people someone we know will vouch for?  Or is that a terrible idea, as suggested by the fact no one does it?  (Obviously family tragedies and other responsibilities supersede mere fannish obligations, but that's a different protein shake recipe altogether than the concern here.)

Again, I would expect that this would be a small event, somewhere between five and ten players, fifteen at the absolute outside, depending on the timing.  That's okay with me!  Would it be okay with others?

I am volunteering to be the moderator.  But I would also relievedly hand off that responsibility to someone with more time, if there is someone who wants the job.

There are also always also the non-exchange options: post a series of prompts, or a weekly or monthly prompt, or an old-fashioned list challenge, or something like that.  Would those appeal to anyone as FK-only games?

And would people prefer to play on LiveJournal or on Dreamwidth, or somehow on both?  I can support them equally.

Finally, are there any other such FK-only events in existence?  If so, I'll back off entirely and go play them!  I'm only testing the waters here because I know of no FK-only fiction games.  I'm not the most plugged-in fan, by far!  Clue me in if I'm missing out.

What do you think?



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abby82: FK--pathology 101abby82 on July 23rd, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
::raises hand::

I'll definitely play! Count me in for whatever FK event comes to fruition. :-)


There are also always also the non-exchange options: post a series of prompts, or a weekly or monthly prompt, or an old-fashioned list challenge, or something like that. Would those appeal to anyone as FK-only games?

As someone who is rather skittish when it comes to exchange ficathons I'm very fond of prompt based events. I feel they can inspire a certain spontaneity and are especially attractive for people, like yours truly, who are fearful of defaulting and/or disappointing a recipient.

I do plan to participate, regardless of the format chosen, but I would like to put in a good word for prompts. They could serve as a nice supplement to the exchange ficathon and give potential participants a commitment free option. The way I see it, fic is fic, whether it's a drabble, a dialogue exchange or poetry.

If needed, I'll certainly lend a hand in compiling whatever prompts come in. :-)
Amy R.: Nanettebrightknightie on August 9th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
>"I'll definitely play! Count me in for whatever FK event comes to fruition. :-)"

Excellent! Delighted to get to count on you. :-)

>"...but I would like to put in a good word for prompts. They could serve as a nice supplement to the exchange ficathon and give potential participants a commitment free option."

Now that's a very interesting idea. We could have something like a "library of lost prompts," perhaps, FK prompts we've all submitted to multi-fandom ficathons and never had fulfilled, which people could choose to pick up and write if they didn't play in the exchange, or in addition to playing in the exchange, on the same timeline. Alternatively, small, public, in-common, suits-any-characters, pick-your-own prompts could be a follow-up event, or a warm-up event, or a reminder/bait each week after the exchange prompts go out, which is apparently what one of the big Stargate Atlantis fic fests does.

I'm thinking perhaps of a community called "fkficfest" for the FK-only ficathon. No decisions at this early point, though.

>"If needed, I'll certainly lend a hand in compiling whatever prompts come in."

Thank you!
One Whose Honesty is Stronger Than Her Fear: flying by Abby & Rache & meamilyn on August 9th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I like the "fkficfest" thing...and to serve those who don't do well with the deadlines, there could be, in the off-half of the year, a couple of "commentfic" themed things (see bitesize_bones for an idea of the structure of how that can run with long, generic deadlines and such with random prompts for anyone/s to play with at any length without pressure).

I love the "library of lost posts" idea...and the idea of *allowing* xovers, but not anything that's NOT FK.