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heavensqueen wrote in yuletide_coal
Hello coalies

Have you found yourself unable to write anything than coal?
Are you depressed because all prompts are open for madness, and you haven't even started on your main story yet?

tell us all about it!


Important Links

Flat:
http://yuletide-coal.livejournal.com/5313.html?view=flat

All prompts Text File
https://www.dropbox.com/s/t6gmmpmhq61ui7r/All%20Requests.txt

Coal references:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Al8RUKynN2umdFZhRmZIZ24yUlBtRnBTZF9oYjhNTWc&output=html

Other fests:
http://yuletide-coal.livejournal.com/4700.html?view=flat

Writing post:
http://yuletide-coal.livejournal.com/5479.html

Thank you, heavensqueen!

(Anonymous)
That's all

Well, actually, I'm deep in the mine, working on the first of multiple assignments, but oh well.
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Dear recipient

(Anonymous)
I just hope, that with your comment about not minding crack or a/b/o you meant that you also like cracky a/b/o.

I totally need to orphan this story before reveals.
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Re: Dear recipient

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I am definitely not your recipient, but that sounds like a lot of fun, nonny.
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i defaulted over a month ago, and recently ended up kind of poking at something that would fill one of my own prompts

happily, now that yuletide madness is open i have found someone with a similar request i can treat so at least someone other than myself will enjoy this pairing/fic (i hope)
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Yay!

I keep vowing that I'm not going to bother writing anything that's less than a thousand words, but with Madness open so early this year, it's bound to happen. Some ideas (and I get a lot with the big prompt list) just don't merit a thousand words, or kind of cry out for super-short or super-long.
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First time on the pinch hit list

(Anonymous)
it feels weird, but then I had my fair share of lackluster gifts in the past, so where's the diffrence.
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Re: First time on the pinch hit list

(Anonymous)
the difference is the possibility of awesome treats
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Accent troubles

(Anonymous)
This may be a stupid thing to ask about, but I was wondering if anyone here knows New Jersey? I'm writing a character who speaks with a New Jersey accent (or, I should say, a Noo Joisey accent - I don't know a thing about New Jersey but I'm pretty sure that's an inaccurate stereotype) and I wondered if there is any New Jersey-specific dialect that would get that across? In particular, I'd like to know what kinds of terms of endearment she might use (dear, darling, etc.). Could anyone help me out?
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Re: Accent troubles

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Term of endearment would probably rely on more than just geographic origin. The age, gender, social class, etc. would probably have more effect on which term they'd use.

Because the only specific things I can think of is jimmies vs. sprinkles and the whole sub/hoagie/hero/grinder debate. I think I've heard "asshole" used as a term of endearment most often, but that's probably due to my age, gender, social class...
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Ask Coal

(Anonymous)
You have questions, coalies have answers.
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Re: Ask Coal

(Anonymous)
How do you do the present-shaking thing to figure out how long your gift is?
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Writing challenge--starting at 10 am CST, but jump in anytime

(Anonymous)
I did this Fri and yesterday, and a bunch of us cranked and got stuff done!

My assignment and one treat are finished, each fully written during a challenge, but I have 3 more treat ideas currently knocking around my head. (The list keeps growing.) I also have an important scene to write for another challenge story, editing on that nearly 30k story, and editing on my thankfully shorter Yuletide assignment (3.5k). I will be doing one of these things come 10 am CST and checking in hourly with progress.

Join in and do the same for fun and motivation! *\o/*
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Re: Writing challenge--starting at 10 am CST, but jump in anytime

(Anonymous)
New to the coal challenges--

I'm pleased with the DYW opening, I got some unexpected feelings within the last few months about a minor character but none of the (multiple) writers for this fandom had posted a letter, so now that I have a potential recip I'm going to try and see if I can bang something out about them in the remaining days. Given the amount of editing I have to do on my preexisting fics, this could be a rash decision, but I don't have much else to do. Wish me luck!
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So that Clint/Coulson request...

(Anonymous)
I see two candidates:

Request by valderys
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)

Summary

Umm. I missed the nominations or Phil Coulson would be available in the character list - which he is not. Which I find a touch unbelievable. Anyway, moving on - I'm leaving the character field blank because I wanted a fic that had Phil front and centre, but I realise these optional details are optional, which means I may not get that - but still, world-building fic would be good - team fic would be good. Something with Lola in it would be great :) Maybe even fic where Lola and the Bus talk about the silly humans they have to cope with? (maybe Tony's souped them up, I don't know) Hey, knock yourself out - anything with snark, sass and Phil Coulson would be fantastic. By the way, if your tastes lean that way, I am a slash fan and an extra bonus Clint Barton popping into this fic would not be at all unwelcome!

Website/Journal/Dear Yuletide Author http://valderys.livejournal.com/profile/



Request by out_there
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)

Summary

My love for Phil Coulson knows no bounds. I would personally love a Phil Coulson/Clint Barton story, but if that isn't your thing, a story about Phil and his new team would make me ridiculously happy too.

(Or Melinda May. It'd be great to learn about her backstory. Or how FitzSimmonds met. Or... you know what, I'd be pretty happy with anything in this universe.)

Website/Journal/Dear Yuletide Author http://out-there.dreamwidth.org/1283476.html
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Re: So that Clint/Coulson request...

(Anonymous)
"Which I find a touch unbelievable."

Yeah, well, I find it unbelievable that anyone would be this STUPID.
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Prompts that caught your eye

(Anonymous)
After skimming the complete list of signups, is there anything you wish you'd matched on? Glad you escaped? Wish you could invent another week in the month in order to treat?
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Re: Prompts that caught your eye

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There was nothing on the complete list that really inspired me that I hadn't already grabbed to write from the DYW spreadsheet. I've even already written all of my treats. I'm doing one more for Madness just because that'll let me match the number of fics I did last year, but I'm not feeling it like I did my other fics, even my assignment once I got going. I still like the fandom, but I'm just finding it difficult to get the direction on the fic I want. So, I'll keep it short and toss it in Madness and I won't feel too bad about it if it doesn't go over too well since it'll be an extra for someone anyway.
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Madness present shaking

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When I woke up this morning, someone had uploaded a Madness treat for me. Awesome! But when I went to shake the present, I found that there were only two fandoms listed in the Madness collection, and neither one is one I requested. Moreover, it SAYS there are three fandoms in the sidebar, but there are only two listed. Is one of the fandoms being hidden somehow?
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Re: Madness present shaking

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If you had a fandom that hasn't been wrangled yet, that's probably what happened. All involved fandom tags should be wrangled by the time the archive opens.
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First time defaulting!

(Anonymous)
It just wasn't happening this year. I'm hoping I'll still get a fic because I'm selfish like that. Who else lost their defaulting-on-YT cherry this year? Don't be shy.
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Re: First time defaulting!

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+1
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Anyone else have a particularly great response from their recip last year and looked at their letter this year to see if there was anything they could gift them?
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I do that every year, but usually don't know the other fandoms. Someone I wrote a treat for a couple of years ago requested that fandom again, and I'm considering writing her another, though.

I also check the requests of people who've ever written for me, eithr assignments or treats, but usually don't know anything, either.
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Stories you're looking forward to reading

(Anonymous)
Anything on the fandom list catch your eye yet?
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Re: Stories you're looking forward to reading

(Anonymous)
The Internship! So happy to see someone wrote in it.
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Full list of prompts, I am confuse

(Anonymous)
Is there any way to search or filter the list on AO3? There's 445 pages of it. Clicking on "Fandom" takes you to a list of submitted works (sorted by fandom). I just want to check for prompts in fandoms x, y and z!?
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Re: Full list of prompts, I am confuse

(Anonymous)
Best thing to do is use the text file linked in the OP above. It's far more searchable.
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Trying to find various anime and video games I'm interested in writing treats for, but the mods including the Japanese titles has a shuffled a lot of them to the end of the request list... That's what less annoying than how I'm not familiar with how these alphabets are alphabetized. Trying to find requests is proving to be a real hassle, and I'm sort of pissed off that the mods did this (and only to, like, half the Japanese fandoms to boot. So there's not even consistency here.)
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As all of my fandoms were animanga or video game, I hope you come across mine and love my prompts! I don't think any of mine had the kanji in front of them, though? But they only did that for ones where the title in Japanese would be in katakana (and therefore the English transliteration would just be the same as the Enlish name).
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cut the strawberry cake
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I've just spent ten minutes looking for that goddamn text file of prompts that I KNOW was posted here. Can't find it! Help, please?
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If you literally looked up into the main post you'd find the link.
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treats: when to post

(Anonymous)
Is it safe to post treats now that the default deadline has passed?
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Re: treats: when to post

(Anonymous)
That's no guarantee they won't be defaulted.

Personally, I'd just wait until your treat recipient already has a gift (you can check by inputting their username into the "Works for:" field when you click on works). If you want to be extra safe, you could upload after the deadline (22nd).
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Pinch Hit Deadline

(Anonymous)
So I snagged a pinch hit that went out after "Any pinch hits assigned from here on are due on the 23rd". But the mail still says "22nd". Copypasta error? Should I mail the mods? How long would it take them to notice?
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Re: Pinch Hit Deadline

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I'd just go ahead and email them. Doesn't hurt to doublecheck and if it's a mistake and they haven't noticed it then it'd be good to bring it to their attention.
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Daily writing challenge--starting at 9am CST, join in anytime

(Anonymous)
Today's writing challenge thread for those working on their Yuletidings! Join in any time. If you change the subject line of your reply to your name or something similar, then keep replying to that reply with your updates, it'll be super easy for othesr to keep track and cheer you on.

And feel free to pick a name for yourself. In the 3 days (Fri, Sun and Mon) we've been doing this, the following folks have all made awesome progress (forgive me if I'm forgetting someone--tell me and I'll add your name tomorrow):

frofa
sister
midnightoil
longhand
ox
monday
challenger (me!)

Jump in anytime today and let us know what you plan to do, then report back with your progress.

Go, go, go!
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Challenger!nonny

(Anonymous)
OP, that's me. ;)

I'm going to be editing for a bit. I feel like I need to clean up what I've got so far before I can forge ahead. Hope to get through my assignment and two treats by the top of the hour!
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Ugh. I'm just. Whining.

(Anonymous)
I normally bust my hump on Yuletide and the recipients have always been pleased, but the prompts I was given this year just didn't excite me in any way. I was matched on something I could write, but it's not my fave.

There's a film prompt the requester asked for as well which looks okay, but of course it's not on Netflix yet.

The only thing I could confidently whip out at this point is PWP, and they specifically don't want that. OR romance.

Crap. I don't want to default, but I wish I could trade off this prompt and write something else.
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Re: Ugh. I'm just. Whining.

(Anonymous)
They specifically list PWP and romance in their DNWs? That's rough, nonny. I wish I had some suggestions. :( Good luck!!
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I finished my fic too early...

(Anonymous)
I've had no impetus at all to write any of the treats I wanted to. If I'd left my assignment to the last minute, I KNOW I'd be writing treats like mad as a form of procrastination!
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Re: I finished my fic too early...

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This is the first year I haven't written a single treat (though I did pick up a pinch hit) and I actually have one waiting for me, so now I feel guilty for not writing any.
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Etiquette question

(Anonymous)
I have a nearly-done WIP that would make a great treat for a specific requestor.

OTOH, it was inspired by a fic that someone else wrote. When I first commented on that fic (which was after this year's Yuletide activities began, in case that matters), I said I might "continue the story" and that I would credit them in my own fic.

Would it be really tacky to give it as a treat, given that I intend to acknowledge the author who inspired it when I post it? Would it look too much like, "Oh, I was working on this anyway, here you go" rather than "I wrote this just for you"?
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Re: Etiquette question

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I don't think it's as tacky as some things, but I think it would be better as a NYR fic, when you can credit the original author as you wanted, and still make it a gift for the recipient, with less pressure all around.
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last minute jitters

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Person requested two characters I love, but wanted the male POV. The story that I wanted to tell has to come from the female POV. I hope you still like it, person.

/pointless whining.

Tell me your pointless last minute jitters about your fics, coalies!
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Re: last minute jitters

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It's been like a month and I'm still not sure the titles I picked for my treats are suitable. Waaaah.
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