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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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Amy R.: Lacroixbrightknightie on August 9th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
>"Would it be eligible to submit a story that has been in the works for some time if it matches one of the prompts?"


>"My favorite FK stories are preferably UF and with Nick not adhering to his quest. I'm not quite sure which prompts I would have to suggest in order to get those kind of stories."

Basically, including "Nick/Lacroix" in your request is the way to specify that you want UF content. Very simple. If we use a model of one gen prompt, one romance prompt and one anything prompt, you could use "Nick/Lacroix" in both the romance and anything prompt, but not in the gen ("general," "no romance") prompt -- for gen, you would include "Nick and Lacroix" for a CotK story.

Here are some example prompts for requesting the kind of stories you like to read:

  • Characters: Nick/Lacroix and Janette. Prompt: The French Revolution. Three Things I Like to Read: UF-positive, Nick embracing his vampirism, flashbacks.
  • Characters: Nick/Lacroix and Natalie. Prompt: A threat to Natalie sends Nick into Lacroix's arms, and Nick is surprised to find how much he likes it there. Three Things I Like: m/m romance, wise Lacroix, strong Natalie.
  • Characters: Nick, Lacroix and Stonetree. Prompt: Scorpions. Three Things I Like: mystery, Nick embracing his vampirism, secrets spilled.

Does that help? Of course you cannot control what inspiration your writer will take and what she will choose to write, but you can suggest strongly.

It helps with matching if the prompts vary a bit by characters and by type; I don't know what mix of players we will have... if they're all UFers, for example, it may be hard to place a N&Ner's prompts.

>"Probably again a language problem."

If you decide to play, please feel free to run your draft prompts by me. We can talk them through, and make sure they suggest just what you want them to!
PJ1228pj1228 on August 10th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explanations. I can see it more clearly now. And I'm looking forward to participating.