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Waffling over signing up for Yuletide, I missed it. [Oct. 27th, 2015|11:48 pm]
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I signed up for Yuletide in 2012.

I defaulted.

I never default. Backed out of my first ever challenge (the Snape FQ Fest back in 2003) because I didn't know how to do them, and one year out of eight SGA Santas I had a personal situation.

But otherwise, in ten years of Ron challenges, Blame Somebody Else challenges, SG-1 challenges, SGA Gen Fic challenges, SGA Flashfic, Percy Ficathons ... I never missed.

The engine died on Yuletide. For no reason.

No, I didn't get the impossible fandom.

No, the prompt was fine.

I drifted, completely uninspired.

Hovering around Yuletide for years, it seems like everyone else has fun. I don't know why I didn't enjoy it. After my experience defaulting ... I haven't wanted to try again unless I was absolutely sure.

But this year there was a micro-fandom I wanted to try. It was possible. When I tried to sign up though, I couldn't offer more than three. Fandom number four, there just wasn't anything I'd be willing to write.

And I had defaulted before.

I debated back and forth. Was it worth a shot this year? No one had requested my micro-fandom, so it seemed unlikely I'd get matched on it.

Dithering too long, buried under schoolwork ... I missed the deadline.

Am so disappointed. I feel like this was the one year Yuletide might've worked for me.

Feeling really down in the dumps about this. Anyone out there?

[User Picture]From: gehayi
2015-10-28 05:32 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Is there any chance that you could write the micro-fandom as a treat? I'm hoping that at least one person requested it. And you don't have to have signed up to take part in Yuletide Madness.
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2015-10-28 06:24 am (UTC)
Ooooh. Up until yesterday, no one had requested it. Just before the deadline, someone did.

I'm definitely writing it for them.

So ... how do treats work?

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[User Picture]From: gehayi
2015-10-28 06:50 am (UTC)
Well, to quote the Yuletide Wiki:

At some point late in December, in an attempt to ensure that everyone has a fic, a list of unfulfilled requests is made public and anyone is allowed to write from those prompts. Additionally, a collection is created where the 1,000-word limit does not apply and participants are free to submit drabbles and snippets for any of the requests. This collection, and period, is known as Yuletide Madness and these fics are often called treats or stocking stuffers.

Many participants read through Yuletide Letters in advance to pull out any requests that speak to them and get a head start on writing treats, regardless of whether those requests eventually show up on the list. The general attitude among most participants is that the more fics written the better.

So basically, all you have to do is a) write a story--over 1K or under, it doesn't really matter for your purposes; b) wait until Yuletide Madness starts in late December; and then c) post the story on AO3, gifting it to Person X and tagging it Yuletide (if it's over 1K) or Yuletide Madness (if it's under). You can also join and watch the pinch-hit list on Yahoo; the mods ask participants to write fic for pinch-hitters who didn't sign up.

Pinch hits go to the first person to reply to the posting who includes their AO3 name in the email. If you successfully claim one, you'll get a email back directly letting you know and an official email from AO3 with the assignment. If we do not reply, then you do not have the pinch hit.

Don't forget to set your notifications so that every pinch-hit message goes to your email!

The link to the Yuletide letter spreadsheet is here and the database is here; you might want to check and see if the person with the micro-fandom has a letter up with prompts or additional info. If they don't, no biggie; a lot of people just have placeholders up right now, and that will probably be the case until early November. I'm still working on my own letter.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

Edited at 2015-10-28 06:52 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2015-10-28 07:26 am (UTC)
Okay, someone actually did request Battle of the Planets, but they're not in the database yet. They must've offered it at the last second.

I'm so nabbing that.
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[User Picture]From: icarusancalion
2015-10-28 07:33 am (UTC)
Thank you.

There are only two characters on on offer in my micro-fandom, so chances are whatever I start now will have a good chance of being in the ballpark.

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[User Picture]From: rabidfan
2015-10-28 04:49 pm (UTC)

I've never done yuletide, but I understand the feeling of missing the boat.   I'd say 'next year' but it's never that simple.       How's your Secret Santa project going.  I have an idea...that's as far as I've progressed!   Going to spend some quality time with it this weekend.

Don't beat yourself up.  You're still awesome!

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