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Yuletide Signups!

A great number of you have already done this, but honestly, I was waiting until the server load seemed to be less before pimping it here!


There are some very helpful screencasts here, but I think a few things have changed due to the original version of the form being so large.

1) Give yourself PLENTY of time to work on it. You'll want to decide on which 3 to 4 requests you have from this fandom list ahead of time.

2) Make a text document with your characters (in the format from the list) and a summary of each of your 3/4 requests. Below that, make a list of the 4+ fandoms and characters you are willing to write. Copying and pasting into the form is much faster than using the autocomplete, and if you get an error after hitting submit (MANY PEOPLE HAVE) then you have a back up.

3) Watch the screencasts to see how to do the "bucket list" offer. This is where you can offer to write a large number of fandoms without specifying characters. Only use it if you're willing to write anything, though!

4) After you're done filling out the form, if you get an error, try refreshing a several times before headdesking yourself into a migraine. Then take a deep breath and come back to it with your text file handy. Some people are finding that it's easier to do a bare bones signup, and come back later to edit.

5) When you're finished, there is a list of links to the left. The story summary link is down right now. Soon, I hope it will be working, and we'll be able to see which fandoms have been requested and offered.

I made 4 requests, 7 specific character offers and 32 bucket list offers. I love the adrenaline rush of not knowing which fandom I'll get.



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Nov. 14th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)

I managed to do mine late last night. I always look forward to this every year. :D
Nov. 14th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
It's so much fun! And I'm more excited because most of the fandoms of my heart made it in this year. ♥
Nov. 14th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, this year was much, much better for comic book fandoms than last year. :)
Nov. 14th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
32 bucket offers? You crazy woman! I'm having trouble finding more than 4 fandoms I'm _certain_ I can write in -- especially since it's a gift and I want to be sure I'll offer something the other person will like. Then again, I've never been very versatile anyway. lol!

(mind you, didn't I see it written someplace that making more than 20 of those bucket things wasn't helpful? I could be wrong...)
Nov. 14th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Really? With all the RPF and comics and movies and TV? Don't knock your abilities, either, dearest. You could do a bang-up job on so many!

YES, I'M CRAZY. And you're right, they did say that, but believe, this is RESTRICTING myself. :D
Nov. 14th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
I'm still teetering on the fence. It doesn't help that one of my favourite authors (Robin McKinley) doesn't want fanfic of her work, so I feel morally obligated not to request or offer those fandoms. But I think that I can still scrap together a decent set of offerings if I can figure out what I want to request.
Nov. 14th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
If you can find at least 4 offerings, you should do it. *nudges a lot* :)
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I offered for six fandoms. This is my first Yuletide, so I didn't want to go too crazy. I only offered for fandoms I was absolutely certain that I could write for, so hopefully that helps. ;)
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the madness! I always have so much fun. I started out small, too, and now I love going crazy. :)
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your Yuletide preparation. You're a braver author than I. Once again, I'll refrain from participating - but if you need a taskmaster...
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I probably will! I'm also signed up for a Community fic exchange, and it's due near the same time. :)
Nov. 14th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
OK... I guess this means I'll need to pull double the shifts on taskmastering you this time around. *sigh*

I can also alpha and beta if you want the assist, assuming I'm familiar with the fandoms/characters. I'm still available on Yahoo! if necessary (or under meebo too - under a different nick. Will email you if you need it).
Nov. 14th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent tips! :) I managed to get my sign-up done before the whole thing went bananas and they closed up shop to repair the code yesterday. A little insane? Definitely! But I'm glad I'm all signed up and that's out of the way. :p

I managed to keep my offers to just 5 (with only 2 fandoms I've never written in before, and I'm excited about them all), so I think it's all gonna shake out pretty well for me my first time through. :D

By the by, where might a woman be able to find a shiny Yuletide icon? Or do folks mostly just make them themselves? I definitely need one now! *ponders*
Nov. 14th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I can't wait to see what you write. ♥

I made a post of Yuletide icons last year - but I'm working on a new batch to post in a few days! There's a tag on the yuletide comm, if you want to see others' work. :)
Nov. 14th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Thanks so much for the links. :D Can't wait to see your new batch, too!
Nov. 15th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
Actually, you inspired me to finish them tonight! They'll be up soon. :)
Nov. 15th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Yay! :D
Nov. 15th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
Ughhh I wish I had taken your advice (or seen it!) before my first attempt at signing up. I spent like an hour and a half on the damn thing and now I have to redo it because something went wrong. D:
Nov. 15th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh, man that sucks! D: I hope you get a chance to try again with less headaches. *hugs*
Nov. 15th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Luckily, round 2 worked okay! But man, what a pain.
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