One last post before I leave on my trip. (Okay, that might be a lie. I have no idea if something else will prod me into posting in the next twenty hours or so. But this is the last one I intend to make.)
Yuletide signups are open. If you already know and love Yuletide, go forth and have fun!
If you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about, keep reading.
Yuletide is a fanfiction gift exchange for “rare fandoms” — meaning not your Harry Potters and so on, but things that don’t normally get a lot of fannish activity. This means stories for obscure ’80s movies, book series you loved when you were nine (whenever that was for you), indie comics, songs, paintings, historical personages, bizarre TV commercials, Appalachian murder ballads, London museums, and Plato’s Dialogues, along with many, many other things.
Participating means that you sign up with requests and offers: things you would like somebody else to write for you, and things you’d be willing to write for somebody else. Offers get matched to requests, everybody gets an assignment, and you go off to write a complete story of at least one thousand words, featuring the characters your recipient asked for. Come Christmas morning (ish, depending on your time zone), you get to read the story your assigned writer wrote for you. And much fun is had.
I wasn’t making up that list, either: this is the list of fandoms and characters nominated for Yuletide this year. You can find all the things I described in there somewhere. If there are things on the list that make you go “squee!” or “oh god I would love a story about X,” consider signing up. This post tells you how, plus there’s a FAQ here, and I’m happy to answer any questions. Or, if the idea sort of appeals but you don’t know what you would ask for/you’d prefer not to have the pressure of a deadline, you can participate unofficially, either by writing “treats” (extra stories for the heck of it), or by pinch-hitting — stepping in when a participant has to default on their assignment. If you’re interested in either of those, let me know, and I’ll give you the rundown on how it works.
It really is a lot of fun. Yuletide is full of people going “oh my god, I’m not the only person who loves this!” (In fact, that’s kind of the point.) This is my fourth year participating, and it’s become sort of my annual treat to myself, writing some stuff just because it’s entertaining to do so, not because it’s my job. Plus it’s a lot more communal and social than writing generally is. If that sounds like your cup of tea, give it a shot!
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