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Young Wizards fic exchange in July

Hi guys!

I'm just feeling out at this stage whether anyone would be interested in participating in an anonymous fic exchange for Young Wizards/Feline Wizards? At this stage, I'm leaning towards the following:

  1. It takes place on AO3 - if you don't have an account there I can generate codes for you.

  2. Signups would be the first two weeks of May, with assignments to go out 18 May, and 30 June are when the stories are due.

  3. Stories are written anonymously, with the authors to be revealed on 8 July.

  4. Archive gets revealed during the first week of July (the exact date depends on when everyone has a story, but no later than 5 July).

  5. The matching process will be that you nominate 2-6 characters you will write for, and 1-4 characters you'd like a story about, along with a prompt. The prompt is a guide and is entirely optional (though incredibly helpful!), while the characters must appear in the story.

  6. Then in October you all sign up for Yuletide -- I mean.   YOU SHOULD ALL SIGN UP FOR YULETIDE...

If you're on tumblr, you've heard all this before and please don't comment again if you commented already, but if you're interested, I'd like to hear from you! I'm hoping for about ten people before I'll set up the exchange, and thus far we have six tentatives.  I am super keen to run this exchange, because while I've run multifandom secret santas in the past, I sure haven't done a Young Wizards one. It'll be great!

So yes! If you are interested, or have any questions, feel free to comment!  I'm happy to answer any questions that you have.
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Yeah, okay.
Excellent! If this does goes ahead, will you need an AO3 account?
Nope, got one.
I'd certainly be interested! (And I have an AO3 account so no issues there.)
How long would these fics have to be?
Whoops, I forgot to mention that. At least 1,000 words.
Okay, cool. I'm tentatively in...hopefully you'll post a reminder here when it's sign-ups time? There will be big changes in my life around then so I can't quite tell how crazy things will be.

FYI, I'd need an invite for AO3.
Don't worry, closer to the date I will upload instructions on how it goes and solid deadlines, because man do I know about things getting crazy. And I can get an invite for you as well - what's your email address?

odette_river

3 years ago

boxlawyer

3 years ago

I'm tentatively willing. (I have an AO3 account.)

My concern is that I've never done a Secret Santa exchange on AO3 before, only on LJ/DW. I'm not sure how it works. My other concern is NMEs and the print editions-- I haven't read the NMEs, and do not want stories based on them. Would there be an "optional items" place to put things like that?
Once I set up the challenge, I'm going to put up a tutorial on how to sign up! I figured that everyone's been new to them once, and so I'm happy to put up a pictorial tutorial on how it's done.

As for the NME material, I hadn't thought about that but I can definitely put in a check box asking if people are okay with the NMEs or tumblr material being referred to. I'll be matching manually unless a lot of people sign up, so I can make sure not to assign you to someone who specifically requests NME material as well.

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Honestly, I'd say yes and no. There's very little factual changes for books 1-3 that aren't about tweaking the technology and dialogue so that it sounds like its from the 21st century. The fourth book has more tweaking when it comes to sociopolitical events (because the Troubles have been over for years at this point in the timeline) and the fifth has some new material added but the overall story is the same. The sixth book may change in much the same way as the fourth book, but we're still waiting on that.

The tumblr stuff is what I'd be more concerned about because it is something of a departure.

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boxlawyer

3 years ago

I personally choose to see the tumblr stuff as fanfiction. I accept what I like as personal canon, and reject what I don't like.

boxlawyer

3 years ago

persephone_kore

3 years ago

boxlawyer

3 years ago

Thank you! That'll help a lot. (Though I think I'm slightly nuts for even contemplating this, because I swore off fic exchanges due to the stress. But… it's Young Wizards.)

Awesome! :D

Another question: how would finding a beta work? I don't have anyone I can ask.
In poking around the AO3 form I can't work out how to put a checkbox, but I can set it up so that you can specify you don't want NME stuff in the request so that might serve as a compromise.

As for betas, I was thinking of, at the end of the tutorial, asking if people could comment if they were happy to beta. Additionally, I will always beta for stories that aren't my own (because that would be rather awkward!), so if you get desperate I'm happy to help.

indy1776

3 years ago

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Yeah, that was one of my concerns. The dates are pretty fixed because I'm in trials for work from late July, and so I quite literally can't put it any later. I completely understand, though! I wouldn't want to do multiple challenges again -- I did it over December and that was hideous.

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I'm tentatively in.

I currently have the Crossover of Doom eating my brain right now for Camp NaNo that I may or may not be done with at a good stopping point on by then, so it's going to depend on how long it takes to shift modes into YW. If you don't get enough confirmed people, I'll commit, because I don't think it'll be a problem to switch, but I hate to confirm and then back out. I do have an A03 account, so no need to worry about that!

(Also, I committed tumblr just the other day - can I get a link to the account you're talking about?)
I posted about it on my tumblr here, if that's what you're after!

At this stage I think we're hovering around the trigger point for my creating the challenge, but I would love to see you in it if you can spare the time.
That was what I was looking for, yes (I just followed you, if you're wondering who that random person is :) ).

I'll stick with a strong maybe for now, because unless a miracle occurs and I'm close to finishing my Camp story (ha ha), I'll probably be sick of it by then and ready to focus on another fandom for a while. :)
I'm totally willing to sign up! It gives me an excuse to dig out my paperbacks and reread them, as I'm not sure I'd be willing to use the NMEs when the entire series hasn't been updated to them yet.
Relying on the NMEs is entirely optional! I'm going to see if i can set up an option on the form that allows people to tick if they are okay with getting fanfic that uses the NMEs, so that it is a positive choice someone has to make.
I'm in!