Oct. 30th, 2014 01:49 pm
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Posted by jenn_calaelen

Assignments have now gone out!! HAVE FUN!

Emails will be coming through, and assignments should also show up on your AO3 Assignments page! (See

Assignments are due: Sat. 20 Dec 2014 06:00PM UTC What time is that for me? | Countdown

Write to us at if you did not offer any of the requests in your assignment. You are only guaranteed to match on one fandom. However, you can write for any fandom and character set your recipient requested, not just the one you matched on.

You must write one story of 1000 words that includes all the requested characters - unless your recipient’s optional details or letter clearly indicate that they would be happy otherwise.

If your recipient has a placeholder letter, or if they included a URL but the entry appears to still be locked, please wait until the 2nd of November to see if they are going to put one up or unlock it before emailing us.

If your recipient didn't put in any optional details, or you would like more information or clarifications, please email us at and we'll act as go-between. We will be dealing with these requests as they come in, but we'll be making up fake questions for the other fandoms to keep the element of surprise (unless you want to do this for us - eg if you happen to know the other fandoms), so it will take some time. We’ll tell you when we've emailed your recipient, and then let you know their responses if we hear back (sadly not everyone replies to emails). Do not contact your recipient, even anonymously.

Optional Details Are Optional. You are only required to write a story based on the fandom and characters requested. However, we do expect you to respect any triggers or squicks your recipient may have listed - please do not include anything you believe will upset them.

If you are contacting us about your assignment, please include:

Anonymity Is Important

Part of the fun of Yuletide is the surprise, so please remember, don’t publicly share the details of your assignment with anyone else, including what fandom you are writing, until after reveals. You are encouraged to use beta readers, but even in asking people to beta read, please keep your assignment details hidden from general view. Do not contact your recipient directly to ask about their preferences.

Do not post your story outside the Yuletide Collection until after reveals.

Posts coming soon: a #yuletide RPF opt-in; instructions on posting works to the collection; beta resources. Remember that Yuletide Admin announcements are posted simultaneously to LiveJournal and Dreamwidth. You may also want to keep an eye on the Yuletide member comm for useful resources and fun stuff.

Work proceeds apace

Oct. 30th, 2014 01:30 pm
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Posted by Sigrid Ellis

Our basement remodel continues! We have some framing done!

The dogs are still the dogs, the gerbil are still the gerbils, family is still family.

Onwards and upwards.


Yes, I've barely been around lately

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:28 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Real life's been so busy that I haven't even been able to check FList/DWircle, and I keep thinking it's almost at an end, and then more stuff gets piled on ... so, right now ETA for sanity is December. December's looking good.

That said, Festivids assignments will be going out soon, and - yay! Even though [personal profile] odessie has (thank God) taken on the bulk of the responsibilities, I'm still monitoring things and to be honest, assignment distribution is, like, the best time of year for me. So - woo!

And hopefully I'll be back ... some day.

Just One Thing! (30 October 2014)

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:53 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing that you've accomplished in the past 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange, or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Interesting Links for 30-10-2014

Oct. 30th, 2014 11:00 am
oursin: Text, nits, for picking of, lettered onto image of antique nitcomb from the Science Museum (nitcomb)
[personal profile] oursin

I've started the bio of Pamela Hansford Johnson and on the whole it is pretty good and has a nice readable style.

But really early on it did a thing that my dearios will recognise as one of those things that We Pedantik Hedjogs do not like at all, which is make an unsustainable statement intended to prove that their subject was a Very Speshul Snoflayk.

No, really, it is not a supportable hypothesis to say that if you read the bios of other srs women writers of the period their childhood is an account of upbringing in privileged surroundings and education by governesses rather than at local girls' grammar, how very different from childhood and adolescence in what was effectively, even before father's death since he was working in Nigeria, a single-parent family in the South London suburbs (Clapham).

To which I say, TOSH.

I will concede that Nancy Mitford, Vita Sackville-West, and E M Delafield would probably all count as upper class (though the situation of the latter is complicated by French father and Catholicism).

Virginia Woolf and Naomi Mitchison probably count as upper-middle/gentry, but the privilege there would probably be 'o hai we are the intellectual aristocracy' (but see Virginia on the educational opportunities meted out to 'the daughters of educated men' and Naomi's complaints about the governess she shared).

Antonia White - father was a school-teacher. Sent to posh convent school and we can see from Frost in May that there were serious class issues going on.

Stella Gibbons. Father was a doctor, but was a GP in a slum area and pretty much the model for the entire Starkadder family. Succession of governesses, whom her father habitually seduced, and then North London Collegiate School for Girls.

GB Stern. Father a wealthy businessman until the business the family was in went crash. Notting Hill High School, though also 'finished' in Germany and Switzerland.

Rebecca West. Father a journalist, who deserted the family when she was eight. Richmond High school, Surrey (1900–01), George Watson's Ladies' College, Edinburgh, supported by bursaries. Sense of downward social mobility compared to rest of family.

Pamela Frankau. Father left her mother. Boarder at Burgess Hill School for Girls.

Winifred Holtby. Prosperous farmer's daughter. Queen Margaret's School, Scarborough.

Elizabeth Taylor. Father insurance inspector in Reading. Abbey School in Reading.

Vera Brittain. Father a paper manufacturer. Grange School Buxton, then boarder at St Monica's, Kingswood.

I could go on.

And I will not even, no, wait, yes, I will, mention 'education in disease-ridden hellhole run by sadistic evangelicals, sisters died'.

I think I qualify for a Master's

Oct. 30th, 2014 04:58 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
Wasting time on the Internet, ENGL 111.301:
Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs. ... Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory.

(no subject)

Oct. 30th, 2014 07:54 am
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[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday, [personal profile] boxofdelights!
selenak: (Charles and Raven by Scribble My Name)
[personal profile] selenak
Aka the siblings tale in the X-Men Movieverse I wanted to write for ages, for [profile] yetanothermask.

Longer than the road that stretches out ahead (5417 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raven | Mystique & Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr & Raven | Mystique
Characters: Raven | Mystique, Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Sharon Xavier

Raven and Charles: the ties that bind when you grow up together and still remember the past in two different ways.

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A little while back Steve Klabnik mentioned something on Twitter that's been on my mind a bit lately. It's about the right-wing political movement in tech, including some alarming neo-fascist outbursts.
Steve wrote this:
Thinking about it, the far right has never been as powerful and overtly supported in tech as in this current moment.
Between GamerGate, Weev, and Moldbug, it's not even a "conservative tendency" or something, but outright fascism.
I'm not sure what a 'tech antifa' would look like, exactly, but it's sorely needed.
-- @steveklabnik October 18, 2014

I've been meaning to write some about this for a while, and now seems as good a time as any.
long discussion of right-wing in tech )

✓ 2014-10-30

Oct. 30th, 2014 01:16 am
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length )

RE last post...

Oct. 29th, 2014 11:50 pm
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Noticed 16 ppl "like" him, but only 4 ppl "voted".... you MUST click the VOTE BUTTON- just "like" won't count! (Unless those people voted earlier and can't change it but wanted to say hi)

So that was a day.

Oct. 29th, 2014 10:12 pm
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In which the San Francisco Giants won the World Series, and Anita Sarkeesian appeared on the Colbert Report. (Icon chosen very specifically.)

A good day for the Bay Area, I would say.

Prompt for 2014-10-30

Oct. 30th, 2014 11:33 am
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Today's prompt is "I forgot my name".


Oct. 29th, 2014 08:26 pm
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[personal profile] cynthia1960
Madison Bumgarner for God. Panda Sandoval for St. Peter.

(and the A's have been avenged like in '12)

Superheroes in love

Oct. 29th, 2014 09:42 pm
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[personal profile] chaila
If you: (1) wonder what the deep, dark, secret inside of my fannish brain looks like half the time these days; (2) enjoy watching me trade my self-respect for earnest OT3 superhero feelings in the superhero universe everyone shuns; or (3) like having feelings, you should go watch Apple Candy by [personal profile] beccatoria immediately. It is a very sincere meditation on my DC Trinity OT3 problem, full of respect and admiration and co-parenting and kindness and flying and astounding feats and loooonging. As in, there was a side of Superman/Batman feelings. So you see what I mean. I don't even recognize myself. I may never recover.

Aside to festividder, if you match[ed] on this fandom! )

Assignments Update

Oct. 30th, 2014 01:29 am
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Posted by hhertzof

We know everyone is excitedly waiting for their assignments, so here is an update on the process so far.

First off, assignments will go out tomorrow!

We had two unmatchable writers. They responded to our emails very quickly to add to their offers - this is very much appreciated. There were also two people with no possible writer, and fewer than 15 others who were not matched. This means there will be something under 15 initial pinch hits, which is a good number! These numbers are very similar to last year’s and mean that the system of 3 nominations, 3-6 requests and 4+ offers worked well.

One issue that we did come across was that some people used very large bucket lists! Please remember that there is a diminishing return as you add fandoms to your bucket list because you can only be assigned one recipient, no matter how many fandoms you offer. Ten extra fandoms is a good number. Twenty is okay. Fifty is too many.

Anyway, not long now!
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