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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by nakeisha on 01.08.2008 at 15:39
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FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Please note that for ease, I use the term pairing throughout. However, it can equally be read as pairing or character.

01. What may I claim?

  • A slash '/' pairing (male/male or female/female)
  • A het '/' pairing (male/female)
  • A gen '&' pairing (no romantic and/or sexual relationships)
  • A single character

    02. Does the pairing have to be strictly canonical?

    No. It doesn't matter if the 'norm' is for Character A to be with Character B, whereas you want to write Character A with Character C, that is fine.

    03. May I write crossovers?

    Yes, you may. Just make sure that when you claim you make it clear that you are claiming characters from different fandoms.

    04. May I claim original fandoms and characters?

    Yes. Your claim may be entirely original, i.e. your own universe and characters; or you may use an established fandom and claim one or more original characters in that universe.

    05. May I claim RPS/RPF characters?

    Yes, you may.

    06. May I make more than one claim at a time?

    Yes, you may claim as many as you want. However, you must be prepared to write six stories for for each claim.

    07. How quickly will my claim be approved?

    I aim to approve claims and set up tags within 24 hours of the claim being made. However, this sometimes may not be possible, so please bear with me. Also, I live in the UK, so if you are requesting a claim/asking a question there may be several hours delay before I am able to respond to you.

    08. When may I begin posting?

    Once your claim has been accepted, but not until.

    09. Is there a limit as to how many stories I may post at a time?

    In theory, no. You may post as many drabbles as you wish. However, please remember that you'll be clogging up people's f-lists if you do so.

    10. May I put more than one story in a single post?

    Certainly. Just make sure that you put all of the relevant prompts in the subject line, and use the header and LJ cut for each story.

    11. Do I have to use a complete row of prompts in each story?

    No you do not. What you must do is to use:

    - One colour
    - One vehicle
    - One vegetable
    - One terrain
    - One weather
    - One weapon

    And each word can only be used ONCE.

    For example:

    Story one might contain the following prompts: Azure. Bicycle. Melon. Forest. Fog. Hand Gun.
    Story two might contain the following prompts: Ivory. Airship. Banana. Sea. Wind. Sword.

    Etc. Maybe the following table, in which I have used colours to depict how I have 'used' the prompts and to which story they pertain might help.



    COLOURS VEHICLES VEGETABLES TERRAINS WEATHER WEAPONS
    Azure Pony & Trap Cucumber Moorland Storm Hand Gun
    Vermilion Paddle Steamer Parsnip Marsh Fog Crossbow
    Emerald Bicycle Melon Mountains Drought Hand Grenade
    Ebony Combine Harvester Pineapple Sea Ice Sword
    Beige Airship Banana Forest Blizzard Flamethrower
    Ivory Sherman Tank Turnip Desert Wind Axe
    STORY ONE STORY TWO STORY THREE STORY FOUR STORY FIVE STORY SIX


    00/06


    12. Does the prompt word have to appear in the story?

    Yes. All six of them do. And the context in which the words are used should fit in with the appropriate subject heading. For example a blizzard should be an actual blizzard in terms of weather, although that doesn't mean your characters have to experience the blizzard personally, it can merely be referred to, seen on TV, in a picture, read about, talked about, etc.

    13. May I write one or more stories with a number of chapters?

    No. For the purposes of this challenge each story must be a stand-alone story. You can write sequels, but each story must be complete.

    14. Are there any deadlines?

    No, none at all. This is meant to be fun and as a writer I know only too well that the Muse cannot be controlled. All I would ask is that if you do suddenly decide that you are no longer interested in your claim, to please let me know. Go to Dropping My Claim

    15. May I write with another person?

    Yes. Just let me know both names when you submit your claim.

    16. Do I have to post directly to the Community?

    It's entirely up to you. You may either post a link to the story or post the story here or both. However, all stories, irrelevant as to length, must go behind the LJ cut. If you do not know how do to that, go here.

    17. Is there a minimum and maximum story length:

    As this challenge requires you to use six prompts in each story rather than the usual one the minimum word count is 600 words. There is, however, no maximum.

    18. May I use previously written and posted stories?

    No, as you only have to write six stories, you may not.

    19. May I use the same story for more than one challenge?

    If the other challenge/s rules permit this, yes.

    20. May I post my stories elsewhere?

    Yes, they are your stories. You may post them wherever you wish to.

    21. What if I wish to drop my claim?

    Go to Dropping My Claim

    22. Do I have to rate my stories?

    As anyone who knows me will know, I don't personally care for ratings as I believe they are too subjective. However, for the purposes of this challenge I am going to follow the example of other challenges and ask that you rate your stories. I would prefer that you use the G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 rating system, as it seems to be the most commonly used one. However, if you prefer to use another system you may do so, just give a brief explanation as to what your rating means.

    23. Who tags the stories?

    You do, please. I will set your tag up for you when I approve your claim, but you will be responsible for your own tagging. To access these tags, once you have posted your story or the link to your story to the Community, click on the word 'Tags', which will appear at the bottom of the post, and this will take you to a list of the relevant tags.

    24. What information should I include when posting my story?

    Stories should be posted as follows.

    Subject Line: Fandom. Pairing/Character. Prompt.

    Story Header:

    TITLE:
    AUTHOR:
    FANDOM:
    PAIRING/CHARACTER: Use full names, please, not ‘squashed up’ names. For example, if you’re writing Gibbs/Abby, please use Gibbs/Abby (or indeed their complete names), not Gabby.
    GENRE: Slash, het or gen.
    PROMPT: Number and actual prompt
    RATING: Ideally please use G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 rating system. However, any system that you use is also fine.
    SUMMARY: This can be as brief or detailed as you like, but please put one.
    WARNINGS: I'm not going to make a huge list here, as one person's idea of warning will be another ones' 'like'. However, the things for which I suggest a warning should be given are: death of a major character, heavy BDSM, any other extreme fetish, unhappy ending, partner betrayal, partner rape. Please note that slash and het are not warnings. There is a section in the header where the genre is stated.
    NOTES: Anything else you'd like to mention.
    DISCLAIMER: Something like: 'I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time'.

    ALL stories, whatever the length, if posted directly to this Community must be placed behind the LJ Cut. If you don't know how to do this, please go to: LJ Cut

    25. What do I do when I've finished my claim?

    Go here and you will be given a banner that you can then display on your User Information page, or any where else you might wish to place it.

    26. May I change my claim?

    As long as you haven't actually posted any stories, then, yes, of course you may. Simply comment on the Sign-Up post, preferably under your own thread, or if not then as a new comment. Just make it clear that it is a changed claim rather than a new one.

    27. Is there any limitation as to how many people can sign up for the same pairing?

    No, there isn't.

    28. What if I have a question you haven't answered?

    If you have any other questions that I have not addressed, please either leave a comment to this entry or email me at: nakeisha@livejournal.com.

  • Comments:


    slayergirl21
    slayergirl21 at 2010-05-07 00:25 (UTC) (Link)

    hi i was wondering if i can ask you a question!

    I was wondering what a pony &trap were and if you can tell me what it is because i was thinking it is a horse and carriage but i'm not sure.

    I was wondering if you can tell me that because the word confuses me and i don't know what it means would you please tell me what it means because i'm confused and curious to know what it means.

    Because i looked on a few sites to tell me what it means but it doesn't tell me what it means.

    I was wondering if you can tell me what it means so that i can know when i use it in my story that i know what it means or should i just think of it as a horse and carraige.

    But if you can tell me that please it would be great and helpful for me if you can explain to me about the prompt please!
    Nikki
    nakeisha at 2010-05-08 13:40 (UTC) (Link)

    Re: hi i was wondering if i can ask you a question!

    Pony and trap isn't quite the same as horse and carriage as the latter implies an enclose thing and something fairly lavish.

    If you go to Google images here you'll see some.

    You're on the right lines, but think of the horse/pony pulling something smaller and less lavish than a carriage.
    Serpent
    serpent_849 at 2010-11-12 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
    hi! just wanted to say thank you for the great idea&hearts
    and to show off a bit XD i'm too shy to post in comms and i write football RPS so this table would be weird for me XD so i did something similar in my lj. i loved it and now i've started something even more epic XD (most of the fics don't meet the 100 words per prompt requirement so it's not as epic as it might look :D)
    your other comms look great too, i love how none of them is *just another comm with a table* &hearts
    Nikki
    nakeisha at 2010-11-15 11:59 (UTC) (Link)
    Hi there,

    Thank you very much indeed.

    I'm glad my idea inspired you to come up with far more involved tables - they look great! Excellent.

    Good luck with your challenge.

    Aww, thank you very much for that. I really appreciate you dropping me a line. I'm glad you like my challenge comms.

    *Hugs*

    Nikki
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