kate: Pooch guns blazing (Losers: Pooch!)
[personal profile] kate
Wow, you guys! 49 new stories for the Losers fandom! \o/ Another smashing success! Your mods, myself and [profile] lady_krysis, thank you for being awesome!

And another post-exchange poll, to see if the timing is still working, or if we need to tweak things for next year. It's completely anonymous - no one can see your answers, not even the mods, so please give us your honest opinions. Comments are open and anon commenting is on, so feel free to expand on your answers, or give us feedback that way. If you want to do it privately, you can Contact A Mod We'd love to hear from you.

Long poll is looooooooooong. )
saekhwa: cropped photo of Lou Jing wearing a cream-colored dress, standing in a cage-like contraption (Default)
[personal profile] saekhwa
Fics are alphabetized by pairing and then by title.

The Fic Scramble will remain open until we do this all again in November, so please feel free to add stories to the collection and give someone the surprise of a treat! We'll update the list below as more stories are added.

Thanks to everyone who chose to participate in our little exchange. You guys make it a blast every year!

Fic Scramble 2012 Master List )
saekhwa: cropped photo of Lou Jing wearing a cream-colored dress, standing in a cage-like contraption (Default)
[personal profile] saekhwa
The list is alphabetized by pairing and then by title. Once again, thank you to everyone who participated!

The Losers Fic Exchange 2012 Master List )

Thank You!

Feb. 7th, 2012 09:11 am
saekhwa: Scene cap of Jensen in the elevator, singing, with text that reads: 'Don't Stop Believing' (The Losers - Jensen)
[personal profile] saekhwa
First, thanks to everyone for another successful year!

Author reveals are up, so feel free to claim your stories and post them on your own journals or put up notifications in comms or whatever you want to do with them.

We are so pleased and excited to announce that the collection includes 21 stories and 28 scramble stories. That means a total of 49 new stories for our fandom and the fest! :D

We'd just like to remind you guys that the Fic Scramble will remain open, so if you want to add any stories in response to anyone's prompts, please do. I'm sure anyone would appreciate the extra treat, and it means one more story for The Losers.

For a second year in a row, you guys have made this challenge an amazing experience, and co-mod [personal profile] kate has been absolutely wonderful and patient with me. So everyone, thank you.

Some time this week, [personal profile] kate or I will be putting up a dead dog poll and masterlist.

Otherwise, guys, enjoy all the new stories and if you have some recs you'd like to share, feel free to drop those in our recs post.
kate: The Losers logo on black background with text that reads: 'Ante Up' (Losers: Ante Up)
[personal profile] kate
I haven't seen any gift notifications in my inbox, so I just wanted to post here saying the collection is live! \o/\o/\o/ Both the Fic Exchange and the Fic Scramble are open! You can check your gifts on your AO3 dashboard - or just go to those collection links, click on Works, and look for your name.

Authors - you can still go in and edit. If you see a typo or a double period or some funky formatting, you can go in and correct. These works will forever be yours to do with what you wish - and you will remain anonymous until reveals in a little over a week, no matter how many edits you make. :D

Also - the Scramble stays open from now until next November (when we do this all again). If you want to add a treat before the 7th, it'll be posted anonymously, but after that you can still post treats if you want to.

There are 38 new Losers stories in the world! Enjoy, everybody!
kate: The Losers logo on black background with text that reads: 'Ante Up' (Losers: Ante Up)
[personal profile] kate
Okay, folks, we are getting close to reveals! I hope you are as excited as I am to read all that beautiful fic!

However, we’re seeing a fair number of last minute beta requests, and a bunch of folks are still tweaking their stories and would like a little more time, so we’ve made a modly decision to delay the reveal just a tiiiiiiiiny bit. We’re going to give you until Saturday morning (approximately 10am EST) to make sure your story is exactly as you want it.

If you’re freaking out a bit about getting done, feel free to Contact A Mod or leave a comment here – comments will be screened this time around. We understand there’s been a lot going on this January, so a little freaking out is not unwelcome, and we'll do our best to accommodate everyone's need for time, or hugs, or cheerleading.

If you are either looking for a beta or willing to do some last-minute betaing, please go to our beta services post. If you have offered to beta before, we have screened your comment for the new year's fest, and you must comment to let us know you’re available this year.

And while you’re waiting, won’t you consider writing a little treat? The Ante Up: The Losers Fic Scramble 2012 is open and accepting treats for all participants. There’s no size limit, so drabbles and shorts are more than welcome! Letters are linked in this post as well as in the table of sign-ups. Anyone can write treats, even those not participating in the fest, so spread the word! Maybe some of your flist or dwircle will write you surprise treats if you link them to your letter. :D

Banner and text box to post on your own journal (if you like) under here. )
saekhwa: Pooch from The Losers holding a shotgun across his shoulder and text that reads: 'Pooch' (The Losers - Pooch)
[personal profile] saekhwa
Hey, guys, sorry for the successive posts.

I just sent an e-mail to the Pinch Hitters list, so if you signed up to be a pinch hitter at this post and did not receive an e-mail from lady[dot]krysis[at]gmail[dot]com, please comment to this entry or e-mail or PM me.

Thanks!
saekhwa: Scene cap of Jensen in the elevator, singing, with text that reads: 'Don't Stop Believing' (The Losers - Jensen)
[personal profile] saekhwa
So is everyone as eager about the go-live date as I am? In about a week, we'll have all of these lovely treats and more stories for our awesome fandom!

While we wait, don't forget that the Fic Scramble is open!

ante up banner, for pimping
Ante Up: The Losers Fic Scramble 2012 | Ante Up Prompts List | Dear Author Letters | Contact A Mod


ANYONE can write for Ante Up: The Losers Fic Scramble, so help spread the word, if you can. All you have to do is look at the prompts list (linked above) and see if anything inspires you. Fics for the scramble can be ANY length. Just be sure to post to the Fic Scramble 2012 Collection so these lovely gifts can remain anonymous and hidden until stories go live on January 27.

We've provided a tutorial on posting to the AO3, but if anyone needs additional help or if anything is unclear, please feel free to contact one of the mods.
saekhwa: Cropped photo of the promo poster for The Losers with Aisha, Jensen & Pooch & text that reads: 'The Losers' (The Losers - group)
[personal profile] saekhwa
I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start so far! :D

Everyone has a little more than a week before stories have to be posted to the AO3, but we wanted to check in and see how everyone was doing.

We want to make it clear that your story does not have to be beta'ed by January 15. It needs to be at least 1,000 words and be a complete fic. Stories won't go live until January 27, so you'll have time to beta, tweak, and spruce up your gifts.

If you need to default, you don't have to tell us why or give any explanations or reasons. Let us know in the poll (results viewable to mods only) or in the comments, which will be screened.

If you feel like you need to default at any time, please let the mods know by commenting to this post or the Contact a Mod Post, by using the AO3 'default' button under Assignments in your Dashboard, or by sending a PM or an e-mail to [profile] lady_krysis or [personal profile] kate. Again, no reasons or explanations are necessary.

Poll #9008 Defaulting
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 18

Do you need to default?

Yes, I need to default.
0 (0.0%)

No, my fic will be completed by the posting date.
14 (77.8%)

No, my fic is finished.
4 (22.2%)

Other (please comment; comments are screened)
0 (0.0%)



Don't forget that Ante Up: The Losers Fic Scramble 2012 is open! ANYONE can write treats for our participants, so spread the word, if you can.

You can find everyone's AO3 sign-ups here and links to dear author letters here.

Thanks, everyone!
saekhwa: Pooch from The Losers holding a shotgun across his shoulder and text that reads: 'Pooch' (The Losers - Pooch)
[personal profile] saekhwa
Hi, everyone!

First, you have plenty of time, so don't fret. We just wanted to check in and cheerlead all of our wonderful writers.

Those with LJ accounts can fill out the poll using OpenID. [community profile] spn_bitesized has an excellent tutorial on how to set up and use Open ID, and once you're set up, all you have to do is tick the boxes below.

Poll #8733 Ante up. What have you got?
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


This is where I'm at right now:

View Answers

I have some words.
7 (50.0%)

I have a plot.
7 (50.0%)

I have a vague idea.
3 (21.4%)

I have an outline with detailed notes and a timeline.
1 (7.1%)

I have not started my fic yet.
3 (21.4%)

I am on a roll, baby!
3 (21.4%)

I am procrastinating with this poll. w00t!
4 (28.6%)

Ticky!

View Answers

It motivates me.
4 (30.8%)

It is a ticky.
7 (53.8%)

It obviously loves the Losers likes the rest of us.
10 (76.9%)



Again, if you haven't started on your fic yet or don't have all that many words written, there's still plenty of time.

Fics should be posted to the AO3 no later than January 15, 2012. It should be a minimum of 1,000 words and be complete. If you have that, then you'll still have another two weeks to tweak your fic and put the finishing touches on it.

Need to default? Not a problem. You do not have to provide any explanation or reason. Just let the mods know either by e-mail or PM that you'd like to default, or you can comment and let us know at the Contact a Mod Post.

And for a refresher: Rules, FAQ and Deadlines.

Thanks, everyone!
kate: Cougar is hot with a gun (Losers: Cougar)
[personal profile] kate
I worked really hard on matching, guys, and I think everyone should have something good to work with. Let me or [profile] lady_krysis know if you have any issues or questions. (Contact a mod!)

In the meantime, it's time to post links to your letters here! There are a couple reasons for this. One, if you didn't have time to get your link in your sign-up, this will give your author somewhere to look you up. Two, I know I troll Dear Writer letters for Fic Scramble ideas - I'm betting lots of other people do too. I love writing treats, so I like to take a peek at what folks are looking for.



Hope everyone enjoys their assignments!

ETA: Don't forget that Canon Relationships = gen. We specifically put it into the sign-ups because there was no 'No Pairing' tag like last year, and we needed a way for folks to indicate they only wanted gen. If you wanted shippy Aisha/Clay or Jolene/Pooch, those pairings were available for selection. If you have questions about your assignment, or you think something about your own signup might be incorrect and you want your author to know, please contact a mod (please comment over there as comments are screened). Thank you!

Modly Note

Nov. 7th, 2011 08:52 am
saekhwa: Yellow text that reads: 'The Losers' from the comics (The Losers)
[personal profile] saekhwa
Hey everyone, one more modly note before we close signups.

Please, please, please, link to your Dear Writer Letter, if you haven't already done so (or write one and link to it). Signups can be edited and adjusted until we close them about two hours from now. Dear Writer Letters not only help your writers, but they help the mods fine tune matchups, particularly in the case of triggers and/or dislikes of certain themes, tropes, etc.

If you have written your Dear Writer Letter, thanks much! Please remember to unlock that post for the same reasons above.

Thanks, everyone! We're looking forward to another exciting year!

Rules and FAQ | Sign ups at the AO3 | Need an AO3 or DW invite | Pinch hitters | Betas | Contact a Mod
kate: The Losers logo on black background with text that reads: 'Ante Up' (Losers: Ante Up)
[personal profile] kate
I couldn't get up early this morning, so I got to work late, and now I have a meeting. If you've been waffling, you've got a reprieve - I've got a two hour meeting. I'll be closing sign-ups at noon EST; about two and a half hours from right now.

Join us! We have cookies - and lots of Losers fic. :)
saekhwa: Cropped photo of the promo poster for The Losers with Aisha, Jensen & Pooch & text that reads: 'The Losers' (The Losers - group)
[personal profile] saekhwa
Today is the day! If you're still debating on signing up for Ante Up: The Losers Fic Exchange, this is your last chance.

For those who have already signed up, please add a link to your Dear Writer Letter if you haven't already. You can continue editing your signup until we officially close them for matching whenever we wake up tomorrow morning.

If you'd like to help us spread the word, please feel free to pick up one of the lovely banners that we have. Thanks, everyone!

Rules and FAQ | Sign ups at the AO3 | Need an AO3 or DW invite | Pinch hitters | Betas | Contact a Mod
kate: The Losers logo on black background with text that reads: 'Ante Up' (Losers: Ante Up)
[personal profile] kate
Also - you can edit your sign-up! (If you thought of other things you want, or don't want, or want to include a bit more info for your writer (pretty please!).)

SO! If you haven't put a link to your Dear Writer letter in your sign-up, please do! You can put a placeholder post on LJ or DW, fill it in between now and when assignments go out, and include the link in your sign-up. Please, please, pleeeeease write a letter. Not only will this help your writer, it will get you more stories! People who write interesting letters and good prompts get more stories in the Fic Scramble (which is what we do to wile away the hours between the deadline and the collection going live). I beg you, please be kind to your writer and put up a letter. And then go edit your signup to include the link! :D

Also - if you signed up for Everyone/Everyone as your pairing and didn't choose anything else, you will be impossible for the auto-matcher to match, sadly. I have seen the error of my ways and will include the 'any' tickyboxes next year, but I didn't know about them this year, sadly. So! If you are willing to write anyone/anyone, I beg you to edit your signup and include all the pairings. The same is true if you chose only Ensemble in the characters (though that's less problematic as lots of folks have picked that tag). I know it's lots of ticky boxes, but the matching program will work much better that way.

If you have a particular request that you didn't want to include on the sign-up form (I love a challenge - give me that tough-to-match request or I'm good with little to no direction - just a pairing? That's good for me! or I prefer not to have so-and-so as we're best mates and write for each other all the time), please comment in reply to this post, and I will do my best to match you with a request for your particular needs.

Also, if you're interested in advertising (more folks signing up = more Losers stories for everyone!), please see the banners below.

The big one )

The small one )
kate: The Losers logo on black background with text that reads: 'Ante Up' (Losers: Ante Up)
[personal profile] kate
Sign ups for 2012 Ante Up Losers challenge are open! Please see below for the endgame, rules, and FAQ

THE ENDGAME:
  • This is a fic exchange for The Losers. Comics and movie canon are welcome.
  • Minimum of 1,000 words. There is no maximum word count.
  • This is an anonymous gift exchange, so please don't post your stories anywhere except the Archive of Our Own (AO3) until the mods do the big reveal.
  • Posted stories must be complete, so no works in progress please. As long as your story is in the AO3 and complete, you can continue to tweak until and after reveals.
  • Remember that this is a gift exchange and you're writing a gift for someone else. If you can no longer participate for any reason, then contact the mods ASAP. We want to make sure that everyone receives a fic and we will need to arrange a pinch hitter.
  • If you're interested in being a pinch hitter, please leave a comment on the Pinch Hit List.

DEADLINES:
Sign up until: November 6, 2011
Assignments will be handed out: November 8, 2011
First check in: December 9, 2011
Second check in: January 6, 2012
Stories should be posted to the AO3 no later than: January 15, 2012 (really, January 16, 2012 at 10am EST)
Stories will go live: January 27, 2012
Authors will be revealed: February 6, 2012

FAQ
So how do I play in the sandbox?
All you have to do is complete this handy dandy form at AO3. We advise that you follow [community profile] ante_up_losers (or the LJ feed of the comm) for important updates and information.

What if I don't have a Dreamwidth or Archive of Our Own (AO3) account?

You do not have to have a Dreamwidth account to participate in this exchange. Dreamwidth allows you to join, subscribe, and comment to community posts with Open ID.

But if you'd like an invite code, the mods will provide one for you; comment to the Dreamwidth and Archive of Our Own Invite post with the type of account you need (DW, AO3, or both), and the mods will reply to your comment with an invite code. If you don't want to wait, here are a couple of other options.

If you need a Dreamwidth invite code:
  • Visit [site community profile] dw_codesharing and see if anyone has a code you can snag.
  • Ante up $3 for one month's paid time.

If you need an AO3 account:
  • Visit Archive of Our Own and put your name and e-mail address in the queue. You'll get your invite code in short order, generally no longer than a week.

Do I have to have a beta?
That'd be awesome. Need a beta? You can request one by commenting to the Beta Services post. And if you're willing to beta, please comment to the same post to let participants know.

What if I miss the deadline?
If you won't be able to write or complete your story for any reason, please CONTACT THE MODS ASAP. We understand that things happen, but this is an exchange. We want to make sure that everyone receives a gift. The sooner you let us know that you will not be able to participate, the sooner we can find a pinch hitter, so when stories go live, everyone will have a gift waiting for them.

Defaulters will not be allowed to sign up for the next Ante Up challenge until they have completed a 1,000 word story in response to their original prompt. It may be posted to the AO3 collection any time after the reveal (February 6, 2012), and your name will be cleared for the next go-round.

What if I defaulted last year?
You will not be eligible to sign up this year unless you post a 1000 word story in response to your original prompt to the AO3 to Ante Up Losers: Fic Scramble 2011 collection.

So what's this pinch hitting thing?
Pinch hitters are awesome. If a writer can't complete their story for any reason, a pinch hitter steps in and writes a story so that everyone who participates gets a story. Sometimes pinch hits come in early; some come in a rush before the posting date, but you will always be able to refuse for whatever reason. If you don't feel like you can do the exchange itself, please consider being on our Pinch Hit List.

How do I contact the mods?
Your friendly mods for this challenge are: [personal profile] kate and [profile] lady_krysis.

You can send a PM to either of the mods, comment on the Contact a Mod post, or e-mail them at kisahawklin@gmail.com or lady_krysis@dreamwidth.org.

I have more questions.
Groovy. Leave them in a comment here (all comments screened) or contact a mod and one of us will get back to you.

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