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06 November 2009 @ 07:53 am
Yuletide is Open. Me, I'm Playing Oldschoolfic.  
Yuletide sign-ups are open (this is the annual ficathon exchange for obscure fandoms).  At this time, six people have requested FK stories, and twelve people have offered to write FK stories.  Sign-ups must be submitted by 11/12; stories are due on 12/21.  The is the biggest fanfiction game of which I know, and this is its seventh year.  I know some of you are playing it; please include FK, yeah?

I will not be playing Yuletide myself, but I will be playing oldschoolfic (for canceled fandoms).  Sign-ups are due by 11/15; stories are due on 12/25.  I need to work out what stories to request and which fandoms to offer (as I can't under the rules say "FK or HL only" ~g~).

Separately, gen_ficathon is taking a poll about holding a second round.  In my opinion, when considering future participation, it is relevant to note that the first round of this exchange ficathon had some challenges, including four writers who never received stories, and three months to release the stories that were submitted.  I would personally like to see a plan to address these issues before committing to another round.

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Havochavocthecat on November 6th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
One of the lovely things about Yuletide is that you can post your story as soon as you finish it. The wait to read is the long thing, if you're an early finisher. :)
Amy R.: Trio Nick Natalie Schankebrightknightie on November 7th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
oldschoolfic is small, but reliable and well-run. I've participated in all their events so far (four, I think?) and they've been on-time and complete. I should have said that their stories are due "by" 12/25 instead of "on," because they do let you post whenever you're done, and then hold the queue until everyone has a story.

genficathon did not seem to have a plan for releasing stories, and did so in seemingly random periodic batches over three months. The not-knowing was as frustrating as the wait, I think.

I'm trying to learn from all the other ficathons I've seen, to hopefully minimize as many pitfalls as possible for fkficfest.
Havoc: natalie lamberthavocthecat on November 6th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hee! I always offer to write FK for Yuletide, but I don't always request it. :)
Amy R.: Janettebrightknightie on November 7th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I had an opportunity to chat with much_madness on the phone this week, and she kindly let me muse on FK stories that I very much want to read, but don't dare "waste" a prompt on, because it would take such a special knowledge set to write them well that it would be like tossing away the chance of any FK story at all. Especially given time constraints, most authors would inevitably pass on stories of the necks-of-the-week or historical intricacies.

Point being: the agony of prompts/requests! :-)

Good luck with Yuletide!
abby82: FK--Nick & Janette (nuzzle)abby82 on November 7th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love Yuletide. The quality of FK stories is off the charts!

Hmm, oldschoolfic. Part of my really wants to and other wants me to try and sneak in another vid before the end of the year.
Amy R.: Guest Starbrightknightie on November 8th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I would love the opportunity to write a story for you in oldschoolfic, but yes, the schedules do make it extremely difficult to participate in more than one fannish game at this time of year.