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14 October 2009 @ 03:50 pm
Oh god, I should be saying what a fantastic weekend I had at glittertigger's hen night, or how my little heart beat faster when I asked David Mitchell a question at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Sunday, but really, it's all about Yuletide!!

Nominations for fandoms are now open!!

Anyone else already have their six? I know I want Being Human, Desperate Romantics, Peep Show and the Philadelphia Story, but I'm really not sure for my other two...
Lokiloki_dip on October 14th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
I did ReGenesis, Invisible Man (TV), Odyssey 5, The 4400, and Medical Investigation but I'm debating on the other one. I'll use it, but for what? I'm tempted with Mutant X. Or possibly Dark Angel. Or a couple of others. I HAVE TOO MANY SMALL FANDOMS.
Valderys: Colin/Bradley - destinyvalderys on October 14th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's just occurred to me that I could ask for Merlin RPS too - at least, I think so, RPS is usually small enough, so that makes five. I LOVE YULETIDE! :)
Loki: Misc - bunnyclaploki_dip on October 14th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I'm worried because I may not be able to do it. But finding only 4 fandoms I want to request is always the issue.

I won't be touching that with a bargepole, but yay for the small fandoms!

If you struggle with finding a 6th I can always lend you one of mine. *grins*
Valderys: Hot Fuzz - angelvalderys on October 14th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I've thought about offering you my spare fandom but I've just remembered something I wanted to ask for - Oliver! I have a huge yearning for Oliver/Artful Dodger - once they're grown up a bit, of course! :)
emmzzi on October 14th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
I am signing up for the first time :-)

I went for Dollhouse, Black books, Spaced and Hotel Babylon.

Scared now! The pressure!!!
Valderys: Evi and Jorge - Cheers!valderys on October 14th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Well done you! Although, did you know you can pick 6 fandoms at this point - you have to choose 4 to ask for actual fics from later, but right now you can ask for 6 eligible fandoms. I love Yuletide - I love the idea there are thousands of fellow fans out there, all workig on the same challenge - at Christmas we can read stuff together, it's great!
emmzzi on October 14th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I struggled to even think of 4!!
Malk: closeup elfmr_malk on October 14th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm. This is one of those occasions when everyone else in the World is aware of an alternative usage for a word that I had hitherto used for something entirely different, isn't it?

I think I get the general gist of what Yuletide seems to be, but would you be kind enough to provide a brief synopsis for me, just to be sure?

Good Heavens, someone on the Brainstorming page mentioned Angela Carter's "The Company of Wolves" in the context of being a Fandom... what a lovely idea, I adore that film. And indeed more or less every short story in The Bloody Chamber, from whence it was taken. In fact, that is probably the reason I'm so fascinated by fairy tales to this day.
Valderys: Macauley Connor - intellectual snobvalderys on October 14th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
This is my fandom journal, bear in mind :) Yuletide is an exchange writing festival for small fandoms. You offer a number of fandoms you think you can write a fic in, and you ask for different requests in several different fandoms, one of which will be written for you. There's that amount of choice to allow the matching software some leeway to match people up. I love it - I think it's the biggest exchange fest in fandom, a couple of thousand people at least, I love all the thinking about which fandoms to ask for, and the idea that thousands of other people are all thinking about it too. It's a real community endeavour, and makes me happy and cosy just contemplating it! :)

The Yuletide website/database is a very good way to see if fic has been written about an obscure fandom - I've just checked, unfortunately there has only been two pieces written for A Company of Wolves - but that's not to say there won't be more written this year!
Malkmr_malk on October 14th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Already borne! (I feel a bit like a Septuagenarian in the 1980s, wondering why so many people seem to think that "wicked" is a good thing!) ;-)

That actually sounds quite intriguing. If I were not so committed to getting Sharp & Sensibility finished for the next few months, I could even be tempted by the idea.

Not a lot of people know this, but one of the first pieces of spontaneous creative writing I ever did was a pastiche of The Company of Wolves. It was horribly derivative, and appallingly over-written, but I was quite pleased with it at the time (I was about 14, and looking back on it, had difficulty telling the difference between good writing and verbal masturbation).
Triskellian: fantriskellian on October 14th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not playing this year. This makes me sad :-(
Valderys: Merlin XMasvalderys on October 15th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a shame - have you too much work to do, is that it? Oh well, you can still read all the fic at Christmas...
prochytesprochytes on October 14th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Slightly tempted to give it a whirl this year. I can, after all, service some fairly obscure tastes (Demons, Fringe, Krod Mandoon...). And it would be nice to have, e.g., a nice The Middle Man fic to read for the festive season. Hard to get around the problem that I am terrible at writing to order or for prompts, though.
Valderys: Merlin XMasvalderys on October 15th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
That's a shame - I love writing to order! The thing is the prompts are only guidelnes, the only things you *have* to follow, by the rules, are the characters requested. So, it wouldn't be that bad...