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Lessons learned from being a swap mod

There will always be one person who routinely requests the same thing, or a variation on a theme, for every single exchange (hi, guilty as charged!)

I will always be introduced to fandom tropes that I had no idea were a thing and I will feel old and out of touch.

There always seems to be an overarching theme. Last AinA, for example, was The Summer of Feanorian Incest Fics. I saw the first request come in and panicked (see below: That One Request)... and then a bunch of others came in and I cycled from relief to astonishment to amusement.

Certain pairings seem to go in and out of vogue (I'm looking at you, "Angbang" and "Silverfisting," and formerly Legolas/Everyone!), but Erestor/Glorfindel are, apparently, A Thing forever.

There will always be this freaky synergy where at least two people will make the same very, very, obscure and very, very specific request!  And I have to go back and double-check that it really is two different people making that obscure and specfic request, and figure out if they might be thrilled to write for someone who shares their same obscure and specific request, or if that will be a total bummer/bore for them.

There will always be That One Request that you will gnash your teeth and rip your hair out over. Whether it's the unlikeliness of the pairing, the outrageous crackiness of the scenario, the type of kink desired, or the parameters of "must have.."/"please don't include..." There is always ONE that makes you tremble in fear of ever finding a writer for it.

There will always be a bold handful of people who are incredibly generous and flexible with their writing requests to help you manage That One Request. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, you delightfully game souls! I hope you know who you are!

The clock is ticking!

Originally posted by kenazfiction at The clock is ticking!
Sign up NOW for Sultry in September 2016!

Critical Dates:

Assignments to be distributed by July 10th
Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th
Deadline for returning participants: September 11th
Archive opens: September 18th, 2016

Full details are available here: http://slashy-santa.livejournal.com/83681.html

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Sultry in September 2016 Rules & FAQ

Critical Dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 17th - June 26th (I AM WILLING TO OFFER EXTENSIONS ON THE SIGN-UP! JUST LET ME KNOW!)

  • Assignments to be distributed by July 10th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th

  • Deadline for returning participants: September 11th

  • Archive opens: September 18th, 2016

Full details are available here: http://slashy-santa.livejournal.com/83681.html

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It's time for Sultry in September!

Sultry in September 2016 Rules & FAQ

Critical Dates:

  • Sign-up period: June 17th - June 26th

  • Assignments to be distributed by July 10th

  • Deadline for first-time participants: September 4th

  • Deadline for returning participants: September 11th

  • Archive opens: September 18th, 2016

By popular demand, we will reveal to you the name of your recipient at your request. Some people find it easier to write or to personalize a story if they know the identity of their recipient.  Other people find that thought absolutely horrifying! Now, you can have it either way. If, at any time during the writing period, you wish to know the identity of your recipient, you may ask us.  Since other writers do not want to be "spoiled," we ask that you please keep this information to yourself!

  • All stories must be a minimum length of 1,200 words. Stories must be complete and in their entirety.

  • Submissions must be new, complete, and previously unreleased, and written specifically for the assignment you receive.

  • If you have defaulted on ANY previous Slashy Santa-sponsored exchanges, you will NOT be permitted to participate in this round. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. This may be a disappointment to some of you, but it is far more disappointing for a hard-working participant who strove to meet the deadline to discover they did not receive a story because their writer dropped out.

  • Manners are mandatory!! Be kind to your readers, be kind to your writer, be kind to your overworked admin. Just as you are required to turn in a finished, beta'd story, you are required to acknowledge the person who wrote for you in a timely fashion. If you're going to be out of town when the archive opens, consider making an LJ post to that effect, or alerting the moderator if you think it's going to be more than 3 or 4 days before you can get in touch with your writer. Even if you *hate* the story you are given-- and we certainly hope that's not the case!--common courtesy dictates that you should at least say "Thank you for writing this for me." If you cannot gracefully thank the author who wrote for you, you may be asked to sit out the next round and contemplate the meaning of the word "Courtesy."

  • Stories shall not be released to the general fandom on any group, list, or website until they are released on the Slashy Swap collection. After the publication, feel free to post or archive your work anywhere you would like.

  • Authors are responsible for posting their own stories on or before the due date at the Slashy Swap collection at AO3. If you have any questions, difficulties or need an AO3 invitation, please email the moderator: slashysanta@gmail.com


  • No fiction involving a minor in a sexual situation, even in flashback, no matter how vaguely alluded to, will be permitted. Period.

  • No songfics.

  • No het pairings as anything other than secondary characters or plots.

  • No bestiality. (Tolkien characters that manifest as cognizant beings are fine. If in doubt, ask us.)

  • No RPS (real person slash) will be accepted.

  • No blatant Mary Sue, Marty Stu, or self-inserts.


Q: Can I ask for femslash?

Yes! We had our first femslash stories during the 2013 My Slashy Valentine swap, and we'd love to have you join us.

Q: I see a main focus on Elves, Men, Valar and Maiar. What about Dwarves and Hobbits?

A: In previous swaps there was less emphasis on Dwarves and Hobbits, but due to the release of the Hobbit movies, that's starting to change. We're happy to try and accommodate any request, though it is dependent on having writers able to fill these requests. You can help this process by spreading the word to your fellow Dwarf and Hobbit writers.

Q: I just received my assignment and it fits perfectly into part of a series I've been working on. Can I use it anyway?

A: We'd prefer your story to be original and created solely for your recipient, but so long as your submission fits the assignment you received, can be read and understood as a standalone, and it's new and unreleased, then go ahead.

Q: Yikes! I've been working on my story, but there was a family emergency and I don't think I'll make the deadline. What should I do?

A: Let us know! The Slashy Swap team have families too and understand that emergencies sometimes happen. The sooner you tell us, the easier it will be for us to come to a mutually agreeable solution.

Q: Unfortunately, the emergency has turned into something longer term and I won't be able to finish my story after all.

A: Again, please let us know as soon as possible so we can find a replacement to finish your assignment.

Q: I signed up for the previous exchanges, but never turned anything in. Can I still participate?

A: No. It simply isn't fair to those who met their obligations, or to the person who didn't get a story.

Q: Do I need to have my work beta read? I don't have one!

A: While we will not strictly enforce the use of a beta, we strongly encourage it. At the very least, please proof read and run a spell and grammar check. If you need help finding a beta, let us know and we'll direct you to some beta resources. Remember, you're writing a gift for someone, so make your story as perfect as it can be.

Q: HELP! I received the worst assignment in the world! What were you thinking? I can't write this!

A: It was likely an oversight. Please contact us and we will do what we can to find another assignment that is more to your taste and ability. If you already confirmed you would accept it, we can't make promises, but we'll do the best we can to help.

NOTE: In some rare instances, it may not be possible for a request to be filled to the requestor's exact specifications. This may occur if no author is willing to write the elements in the request (some examples are BDSM, fetish, rape, MPREG, or character death). In this case, the participant will be asked to revise their request so that we'll be able to match it.

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Well, I'm going to France.

I find it difficult to fathom that not one, but THREE of my colleagues passed on an opportunity to go to France on the company dime to participate in a staff exchange with the INHA, but they did, so the 4th string JV kid (me!) gets to go in their place. They've been sending me to Alliance Française to hopefully unlock whatever high school french still remains deep in my grey matter (very little!) but my exchange colleague speaks "adequate" english, according to his boss, which means that he could totally lecture at the university level. Yeah, adequate enough!  I'm relieved that I won't have to worry about the language barrier.  I am totally taking vacation days before I start. My Global Entry status, which I mainly got for Africa later, came just in time!This whole thing is nuts, but I've stopped questioning.

Indolent blathering ahead.Collapse )

You'd still have a couple hours left to celebrate if you were on the left coast! So I am raising a glass to you from cool and not-all-that-sunny California and hoping you had a lovely and non-stressful day that involved at least one alcoholic beverage and the desert of your choice!!


Have a fandom-related m-thing I grabbed from indy1776, heartofoshun, keiliss, and others!! Ask as many as you want and I will do my best to answer. Someday. Have pity.  (This counts as writing, yes? Say yes. Humor me.)

I am greying out the ones already claimed, and turning the first letter RED if I've managed to answer! :D

A - Your current OTP(s)/OT3(s)/OTX(s)

B - A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind

C - A ship you have never liked and probably never will (be nice)

D - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t (again: be nice)

E - Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what

F - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom

G - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it

H - What is your favorite source text for fandom stuff (e.g., tv shows, movies, books, anime, Western animation, etc.)

I - Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why

J - Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr

K -Say something nice about someone in any of your fandoms

L - Say something genuinely nice about a character who isn’t one of your faves (chars you’re neutral on are fair game, as are chars you dislike)

M - Say something genuinely nice about a ship that you don’t ship (or its shippers, or anything related to you)

N - Name three things you wish you saw more or in your main fandom (or a fandom of choice)

O - Choose a song at random, which ship or character does it remind you of

P - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)

Q - A ship you’ve abandoned and why

R - A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships

S - Show us an example of your personal headcanon (prompts optional but encouraged)

T - Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending, about anything at all (gender identity, sexual or romantic orientation, extended family, sexual preferences like top/bottom/switch, relationship with poetry, seriously anything)

U - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms

V - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms

W - 5 favorite ships and 5 kinks you like best for said ships


Y - What are your secondhand fandoms (fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)

Z - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go (prompts optional but encouraged)

My erstwhile beta and all-around delightful human, lady_elina, has just sold the film rights for her YA novel, Memory of Water!

Meanwhile, I am not a single word further along in finishing Ionnath-Estel, or writing my Berlin story. Sigh.  But big congrats to Elina!! Couldn't happen to a lovelier person!