Guide to the Primevalathon.
Character and Pairing Guide
Points to remember when signing up
Matching is done primarily on the basis of the pairings you've picked. We try and match on as many pairings as possible, to give all authors as wide a range to choose from as possible, but it's not always possible to have more than one match.
Once you've signed up, a copy of your sign up is e-mailed to you. Please check this carefully. You can go back and resubmit your sign up, making any changes you want to, up until the deadline so please make sure not only that you're happy with your selection, but that it's clear for your author and doesn't include contradictory information. Things to look out for on the 'contradictory' front are:
- selecting more than one pairing, but only providing prompts for one pairing. If you select Abby/Connor and Claudia/Nick as your pairings, you could be matched with someone who's offered to write Abby/Connor or Claudia/Nick or both. So if all three of your prompts are about Claudia/Nick falling in luuurve, and you've been matched with someone who has only offered to write Abby/Connor, it's going to be a bit difficult for them :)
- using your prompts to ask for pairings or genres you haven't selected, for example 'I'd like a femslash story' when you've not selected any femslash pairings, or 'I'd love a Nick and Stephen fall in love story' when you haven't selected that pairing.
- ticking the same thing under 'want in my story' and 'do not want in my story'. That's just plain confusing :) Also, we give you the option of choosing whether or not you want fanon OCs in your story, and if you do, which particular fanon OCs, so if you tick yes there but then say later on that you don't want fanon OCs in your story (or vice versa), then it's going to be even more confusing for your poor bewildered author.
Key Dates for this round
Sign Ups Open: 1 August 2010
Sign Ups Close: 14 August 2010
Assignments Sent Out: by 21 August 2010
Last date for dropping out without penalty: 14 October 2010
Due Date for stories: 31 October 2010
Please make a note of these dates. 'I forgot' is not really a good excuse for not delivering and disappointing your recipient.
The sign up form can be found here.
Please comment here or feel free to PM us through livejournal's messaging system.
We'll be posting sign up posts for betas and pinch hitters at later dates.
The general consensus seems to be that two months is about right, although a few people would like a little longer. We tend to open sign ups in the middle of a month so we've come up with a compromise that hopefully will also make dates a little more memorable.
- sign ups will open on the 1st of August (and the first of Feb for the Spring round)
- sign ups will close on the 14th of August (14th Feb)
- assignments will be out by the 21st at the latest bar unforeseen circumstances
- stories are still due by the 31st of October (30th April).
As well as making these dates a little more memorable ::g:: this will also give you at least a week's additional writing time and gives us a week to deal with any issues with sign ups, for example putting out a plea for writers to volunteer for requests where there is no match.
So, we hope to see you in five weeks or so :). However, if this timing is not good for you, for example you're off sunning yourself somewhere, please don't hesitate to contact Aithine or me. If needs be, you can always leave your sign up information with us before you go.
With that in mind, would people like a bit longer than 8 weeks to deliver their stories, or do they feel that 8 weeks is about right, given that we set the minimum at only 1,000 words?
Time for a poll, me thinks.
How long a writing period would you prefer for the next round of the primevalathon
one month (4 weeks or so)
two months (8 weeks or so) - this is the current length
three months (12 weeks or so)
I don't care, I'm just here for the prawn
wait... you run a ficathon?
ticky box of dooooom
puppies and rainbows for everyone!
we welcome you as our new overlords
Is anyone else melting in this weather? ::melts::
|aithine is being written for by parsons||-- [ Way To Go | Part One | Part Two ] (Nick/Stephen, NR)|
|alyse is being written for by beren_writes||-- [ There's a First Time for Everything ] (Abby/Connor, NC-17)|
|beren_writes is being written for by alyse||-- [ Connor Temple, Sex God | Part One | Part Two ] (Abby/Connor, Connor/Stephen, Abby/Connor/Stephen, NC-17)|
|burntace_skins is being written for by tseecka||-- [ ] ()|
|canadian_jay is being written for by temaris||-- [ Mirror Fall ] (Connor/Ryan, 18)|
|caroxxjane is being written for by aithine||-- [ When the world is mud-luscious ] (Nick/Stephen, PG)|
|cheapxdate is being written for by chibi_kaz||-- [ Veritas Vos Liberabit ] (Abby/Connor, PG)|
|chibi_kaz is being written for by rodlox||-- [ Lines | Part One | Part Two ] (Gen, M)|
|curia_regis is being written for by not_from_stars||-- [ Four Times James Lester Didn't Hook Up With Abby Maitland ] (Abby/Lester, PG)|
|dominique012 is being written for by pink_flame_87||-- [ No Place Like Home ] (Abby/Connor, PG)|
|kalliopeia is being written for by dominique012||-- [ Tall tales and Fever ] (Abby/Connor, G)|
|limpycsiwombat is being written for by kalliopeia||-- [ This Imperfect Life ] (Gen, PG)|
|not_from_stars is being written for by woodstock12||-- [ Waiting Is The Hard Part ] (Abby/Stephen, PG13)|
|oystergrrl is being written for by vivien529||-- [ I Need Your Words ] (Abby/Connor, PG)|
|parsons is being written for by curia_regis||-- [ the future is a foreign country (they do things differently here) ] (Stephen/Ryan, R)|
|pink_flame_87 is being written for by prehistoriccat||-- [ Out of the Shade ] (Abby/Connor, PG)|
|prehistoriccat is being written for by ||-- [ Peaches and Love ] (Abby/Connor, G)|
|rodlox is being written for by canadian_jay||-- [ One Side of the Anomaly ] (No pairings listed, PG)|
|temaris is being written for by limpycsiwombat||-- [ Open Your Eyes ] (implied Abby/Connor, implied Claudia/Nick, PG13)|
|torigates is being written for by oystergrrl||-- [ Questions ] (Abby/Connor, PG)|
|tseecka is being written for by burntace_skins||-- [ ] ()|
|vivien529 is being written for by torigates||-- [ build a wall of books between us ] (Abby/Connor, R)|
|woodstock12 is being written for by caroxxjane||-- [ Keeping Things Interesting ] (Gen, PG)|
Also, I wanted to remind people that we will be posting orphan prompts after everyone has a story, i.e. the prompts that weren't used by the assigned author to write the story. They will be available to be used by anyone who is inspired, whether they signed up to this round of the ficathon or not. If you, as an author, haven't clearly indicated on your story which prompt you've used, we'll probably just include all three of your recipient's prompts on the list, so if you would prefer that not happen - or even if you'd like to make our lives a little easier ::g:: - please consider editing your story post to make which prompt you used clear to somewhat frazzled moderators (in other words, you might need to spell it out for us because we're occasionally a little slow on the uptake).
Once all stories are in, I'll be posting the masterlist to all three journalling sites (i.e. dreamwidth and insanejournal as well as livejournal). So watch those spaces as well :)
Author: Aithine (aithine)
Recipient: Caroline (caroxxjane)
Prompt: "Stephen/Nick, romance/humor, stuck in the Triassic period."
Summary: Some trips through an anomaly are less eventful than others.
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing
If there's any doubt that you'll be able to post your story, you need to let us know that now. if you don't give us any warning and don't deliver on the day then unless you have a good reason for it you will be banned from participating next time. We're not unreasonable people, honest ::g:: but we won't be the only people you let down.
Also, if you're one of the wonderful souls who are prepared to step up to the plate if someone defaults, then please volunteer here giving some details of what you will (or won't) write and a way of contacting you. Comments are screened to maintain that air of mystery!
Thank you in advance!
- means of contacting you and sending you the story (i.e. e-mail address)
- what you're willing to beta
- anything you're not willing to beta (characters, genres, pairings, any topics you're not comfortable with)
- optionally, you can also give some indication of where you think your strengths and weaknesses are (for example, you're really good with spelling, punctuation and grammar but couldn't spot a plot hole if it was gaping in front of you ::g::)
The deadline for dropping out without penalty is the 31 March. If you drop out after that date, at our discretion we may not permit you to participate in future ficathons we run. However, even if you realise after the 31st that you're not going to deliver, you need to let us know as soon as possible. The more notice you give, the more time someone else has to step in and write something instead of you, and there's nothing worse for a ficathon than the due date rolling around with no story from you and no advance notice that was going to happen.
We'll be doing the beta post and the pinch hit posts in due course, so watch this space.
( What's a ficathon )
How it works
We have a shiny sign up form, which will enable us to match authors to assignments on the basis of the information given. Some information on how to use the form to indicate which characters and/or pairing combinations you would like is provided here. (The default option in all cases will remain gen so if no one has offered to write the pairings you've requested, you'll be matched with someone who offered to write gen about one or more of your chosen characters.)
When sign ups close, you'll be mailed with your assignments.
When the big day arrives, you post your work either to the primevalathon community or, if you're not based on livejournal/insanejournal, to another journal site or your webpage, letting us know the location so we can make a post to the community. Then aithine and I put together a master list of all stories.
Then we read ::g::
How long does the story need to be?
At least 1,000 words minimum. There is no maximum.
When does it have to be done by?
Sign ups are open until 28 February 2010. Matching will be done that weekend and assignments will be sent out by the 2nd March.
Stories are due on 30 April 2010. That means you'll have two months to write something.
What if I don't have a livejournal? What if I don't have a webpage?
The community exists on livejournal, insanejournal and dreamwidth, so you can simply post your story to the primevalathon community on whichever journalling site you use. We'll be posting the masterlist in all places.
If you don't have a journal, you can still play. Just sign up as normal with your e-mail address and then, when the day of posting arrives, you can either send aithine or me the link to your work or comment with the information on one of the admin posts. As long as we know where the story is, it doesn't matter whether it's posted to livejournal/insanejournal/dreamwidth, the web or another journalling site. We'll make a post to the main community with your story details so that no one misses it.
If you genuinely don't have a place to post it, please let us know and we can arrange to host it on one of our websites and link it in the same way.
( Any Other Questions? )
Cool. What do I need to do now?
Simply read the character/pairing guide and then go and sign up!
If you have any other questions, please just let aithine or I know, either here or via PM.
The best way to ensure that you have a better chance of getting everything you've asked for is to pimp the ficathon like a pimping thing that pimps ::g:: The more signups, the more likely it is that someone is itching to write what you've requested, and the more people you encourage to sign up who like the same things that you like, the more likely, again, it is that you'll get a good match.
So, go forth and pimp, my pretties ::g::
Prompt: Prompt 3: Something inspired by Edna St. Vincent Millay's sonnet which starts "What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why".
Length: ~1,800 words
Disclaimer: I do not own Primeval. Impossible Pictures do
Author's Notes: Pinch hit for lsellersfic. Sorry, you had to wait this long, hon.
Summary: Sarah sees her.
( What My Lips Have Kissed )
|aithine is being written for by blktauna||-- [ The Circle Closes ] (Nick/Stephen, G)|
|alyse is being written for by ||-- [ Gradatim ] (Abby/Connor, G)|
|Ashley is being written for by sunsets_dinos||-- [ Long Way To Happy ] (Becker/Connor, Becker/m, 15)|
|blktauna is being written for by ||-- [ Pricking Thumbs ] (Helen/Nick, R)|
|cyberawr is being written for by dominique012||-- [ Confusing Lines ] (Jenny/Nick, G)|
|curia_regis is being written for by ||-- [ Fracture ] (Jenny/Claudia, R)|
|dominique012 is being written for by alyse||-- [ Prelude in C Minor | Part 1 | Part 2 ] (Abby/Connor, PG13)|
|gpr_ffn is being written for by temaris||-- [ Return the Sun ] (implied Jenny/Nick (Claudia/Nick), G)|
|lazlo_darian is being written for by rodlox||-- [ The Horseman Connor ] (Abby/Connor gen, Mature)|
|lsellersfic is being written for by tseecka||-- [ And Yes, We Changed the World ] (Helen gen, 14)|
|-- [pinch hit by alyse]||-- [ What My Lips Have Kissed ] (Jenny/Sarah, PG)|
|moonlettuce is being written for by aithine||-- [ Jealousy Is That Pain ] (Nick/Stephen, PG)|
|rodlox is being written for by curia_regis||-- [ For England ] (Lester/Christine Johnson, PG)|
|sunset_dinos is being written for by lsellersfic||-- [ Merry Go Round ] (Becker/Helen, Helen/Nick, Jenny/Sarah, 16+)|
|talliw is being written for by ||-- [ Helen and Lester and Nick ] (Helen/Lester/Nick, Mature)|
|temaris is being written for by ||-- [ Life Studies ] (Abby/Connor, PG)|
|tseecka is being written for by moonlettuce||-- [ The Madness of Butterflies ] (Nick/Stephen, PG13)|