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bzuh? were we taking up too much room on the other one? :(

SA

Every time I try to type up a response to this, it just comes out as butthurt. So: butthurt.

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well, if no one is going to use this post, then...

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Woohoo! Party for one!!

Dear livejournal, I made all of the SPAG edits my beta suggested about a week ago, but I still have to do all of the content ones. Rather than doing something about this, I'm pulling an all-nighter to finish the first season of Stargate Atlantis, which I started a few days ago. Priorities, I have them.

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Good for you doing the SPAG stuff, at least. I am totally avoiding the entire editing process on my fics. Though my beta has had my pinch hit for two weeks and ignored it that entire time, so I'm on my own.

Also while I was showering this morning I realized that I can't really get away without writing another scene on my original assignment. I called it done yesterday, but I was just being lazy. So I'm going to try to bang out a last scene today and hope to keep it short. I'd rather work on the treat I started last night, tbh.

Longhand nonny checking in! I elected to sleep last night, but I did write another page or two in my notebook this morning and plotted a big chunk of the ending in my head while at the dentist (mental distraction ftw!). Now I'm going to see how much I can write before the baby wakes up.

Wow, amazingly long baby nap time and 979 words added to this fic! It may be possible to finish this one for Yuletide after all.

Research question of the day: when was the Toyota Prius first available in the UK?

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Challenge 12/18, jump in anytime, all day, wheee

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Challenger!nonny here. I guess we have our own place to post. If no one objects, I still plan to make a separate thread for each day's challenge. Those who want to participate can jump in, and others who want to participate more generally have the entire rest of the post to play in. Yes?

So far, unless I've missed someone, we've had several participants in some or all of the daily challenges so far (there have been 4).

frofa
sister
midnightoil
longhand
ox
monday
challenger (me!)
writeordie
studyinganon
argh

People jump in at different times through the day, and not everyone's here every day, but you can see there are several. If not many have posted and want to get started, don't be shy. Jump in, and it'll fill out as the hours pass. :)

Reply to this post with your self-titled thread to keep better track and make it easy for others to see your plans and progress!


Challenger

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(If those of you who've been participating want to just use the post-at-large rather than a challenge thread each day, let me know! I can stop posting them, or keep going. I'm easy that way!)

I have a long day ahead of me. A minimum of 5 hours driving, probably at least an hour in a doctor's office, maybe more, and drudgery. I won't be able to write until late this afternoon/this evening. But since my 5 hours of driving time are with a mostly silent passenger, I have a lot of thinking time, which for me, is as important as fingers-on-keyboard time.

I figure in 5 hours I can take my plans and more thoroughly plot them out, so when I sit down at the keyboard tonight, the treats should spring out of my fingertips like Athena from Zeus' head! Well, maybe not quite. Something like that. ;)

I'll check in when I'm home and ready to go. In the meantime, write on, guys!

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Lots of words, zero sense

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I have a mishmash of text, with scenes that won't fit together. The silver lining is that I'm way past the minimum word count, but that doesn't really help when there's no story.
I don't know what to do with this mess!

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Oh dear. Talk to a beta or a helpful, patient friend?

argh - 12/18

(Anonymous)
Thanks to all who encouraged me yesterday in my editing woes. I have made it through the first three scenes (and added about 400 words), and am now working on scene 4. I think I've dealt with the first major plothole and am trying to fix up character motivation and explanation for why these people are doing this thing.

I really want to get this done because I want to write treats!


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You can do it, argh!

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Challenge 12/19, jump in, the water's fine, go go go

(Anonymous)
Three days until the deadline, five to reveal! For those working on assignments, don't forget to have it uploaded by Dec 22nd, 11:59 EST (and remember that if you wait until the very last minute, there's a decent possibility that the archive will be down off and on, totally causing you flanick, pain and woe). Get it up early--you can edit afterwards.

For those writing treats, Dec 24th, midnight 11:59 EST, I suppose. It's rare that reveal happens at midnight, often it's later the next day, but if you're trying to finish something, it's likely to happen on time just because the universe hates you so hard.

So, 3 days minimum, 5 days max.

If you reply here, change the subject line to your name (if you want) and update as replies to that through the day, it's easy for others to see your progress and offer encouragement!

Get writing!

Challenger

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I crapped out last night. So tired. Today, I am going to dazzle the cosmos with my productivity and tirelessness. Okay, maybe not quite, but I plan on getting two treat drafts done today. That is my goal!

Lunch first, early this time (11 CST). My brain needs fuel. I'll check back in when I've made some progress to report!

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Wavering back and forth from excitement to sheer panic

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Fic for my recipient is shaping up to be around 10,000 words of case fic for a big (for yuletide) fandom.

Sometimes I think it's going well and elated. Other times I'm just flat out terrified.

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At the very least it sounds like writing it is an exciting experience. :)

Are you close finishing at that word count, or is there still a lot ahead of you?

Good luck!

Is it okay to PWP? I did tons of research but it's all I've got so far.

If anything about your recipient's prompts suggests they're maybe interested in PWP, yeah. It sucks that you won't' be able to use all your research, but at the end of the day, you need to turn in a fic.

(And it might be a great PWP and your recip might love it.)

Are they interested in shippy stuff, and okay with high ratings?

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OXnon - 12/20 - 8.50 AM

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Okay, it's the morning of 12/20 where I live, and I neeeeeed this accountability! My partner is at work but my holiday's already started, so aside from a bunch of pre-travel packing and housecleaning, I have no other obligations today.

I'd love to have one fic finished for my partner to read by the time she's through work. To that end, I'm focusing on my dentist's assignment this morning. When that's done I'll upload the raw version to AO3 just to be safe, as well as the treats my dentist wrote before assignments went out. Then I'll turn all my attention to my main assignment.

Anybody else up, caffeinated and ready to write?

-ox!non

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My main account just got a madness gift, and my dentist just got what I assume is her actual gift. May I hereafter be motivated entirely by my own GUILT.

-OXnon

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Argh - 12/20

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Okay, I am midway through revision of the climactic battle scene - the one my beta said needed more tension and build. I need to finish this scene and then fix up the denouement so it makes more sense with canon and plot consistency. And then I'm going to post it, so my beta can review the changes at her leisure.

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That is a great place to be! Good for you, and good luck with the tension.

-OX

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Today's Challenge (12/20 Western, 12/21 Eastern)

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Start a new thread with whatever nickname you choose as the subject line and the date, as OX!non and argh have already done. Post your goals for the day. Come back throughout the day/night and reply to that threat with your progress.

Since the deadline (Dec 22nd, 11:59 EST) is upon us, I challenge anyone who doesn't yet have their assignment story uploaded to finish and upload that story by tomorrow night at the latest. (Waiting until the last day, with the inevitable archive blinkiness, is just no good for your blood pressure.)

Remember that you can edit after you upload, so your story doesn't have to even be typo-checked when you upload. I also wouldn't bother trying to edit on the 22nd.

So make as much progress you can today, to get it uploaded sometime tomorrow.

Treat writers--finish that treat you're working on! Finish its outline! Start the treat you've been thinking about for days! Go, go, go!

-Challenger

Rainbow: Challenge 12/20

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Start: 11:00AM

My goals for today:
1) Finish last PH (I started longhanding it this morning while out, so I've already made some progress!)
2) Meet with guys
3) Make beta edits on other fics
4) Send last PH to beta
5) Ficlet 1
6) Ficlet 2
7) Finish graphics for other exchange
8) Cleaning!

I've got a good amount of time today, pending the meeting length, so I should be able to rock these!
- Rainbow

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Challenger (12/20)

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So, I didn't make it back yesterday after finishing that treat. But I did manage some light error-checking/editing of the stories I have already uploaded and did some canon review for the next treat I plan on writing (canon which intimidates the heck out of me). (I also took on a pinch hit for a different challenge, one that won't need to be done until late Jan, and spent some mental time thinking about that.)

I have a busy afternoon ahead of me, after a much-needed lie-in this morning. I will have maybe a couple of hours to myself this evening in which I hope to write. I may be able to manage snippets here or there throughout the day, but barring that, I plan to dedicate my alone time to treat writing.

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I hope it's a very productive afternoon, challenger! See you soon.

-frofa

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MidnightOil 12-20-13

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Welp, yesterday was a bust. I managed about 400 words, then it was time to hang out with IRL friends, and that wore me out. I came home, looked at my fic for thirty seconds, then went to sleep. I slept for 10 hours, too.

But now I'm awake and alert and ready to roll! Both my IRL friends last night agreed to SPAG beta the monster for me, which means I have FOUR lovely victims volunteers! Between all four, maybe my fic really will garner a complete beta reading before the 24th. Let us hope.

But I gotta finish first. *deep breath* Must finish TODAY!! GRAAAAH!! Starting at 14,359 words!!!

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First off, that is a fantastic place to start, I hope to high heaven I am your recipient!

Second, congratulations on the SLEEP! If you slept for 10 hours, you needed it. I bet you get all kinds of stuff accomplished today :)

-OXnon

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Sparanero (20/12)

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Oh man, I hope I'm doing this right. It's my first time here!

I'm... starting to write today. I know, I know, but I've had my reasons. I'll make it, but I'd love some encouragement from fellow writers -- and that's why I'm here! It's less than an hour to midnight over here, but I'll be writing through the night so I'm still counting this as the 20th.

I don't have a set goal for tonight, really -- I just wanna get started and try to fit in my notes and stuff into an actual beginning. Ideally I'd like to write a good chunk of the story, but at this point I have no idea about length.

God, I'm so fucked.

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Hi sparanero!

"fitting your notes and stuff into an actual beginning" sounds like a plan. Good luck. I think 500 words is a good chunk, even if you don't know how long the actual fic's going to be. Maybe aim for that, when you do start writing, then pause and see what you've got?

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Slow Writer, 12-20

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7pm -- I've added precisely three hundred words in the last half hour, I know what the ending is, and the tricky transition I was dreading is done.

I can actually envision finishing tonight, with luck.

(In the meantime I'm taking time off to watch It's a Wonderful Life and make some Albondigas Soup.)

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Congrats! Argh here thinks that 300 words in half an hour is anything but being a Slow Writer.

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longhand, 21/12, 8am

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Well, my flash-of-inspiration treat got to 3967 words last night. It doesn't quite have an ending, because writing endings is hard, but I've got enough of a first draft that I can spend today editing and polishing and fixing it up and then put the ending on when I know what it needs. So that's my goal for today.

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Endings are the worst. Good luck with the editing to get there, though :D

- Studying

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Studyinganon 12/21

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Okay, so my gameplan for today:

- Help my father with Christmas shopping for my mother
- Write fic longhand in the car
- Profit?

I have a pinch hit that needs finishing and two treats that I desperately want to write. Debating doing a rewatch of a pertinent episode for my pinch hit tonight instead of writing before bed.

Decisions, decisions.

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I so envy people who can read and write in moving vehicles without becoming ill. Do you know how many more books I could have read just on the 2 hours I spent on a school bus every day for a dozen years?

Maybe the treats you're so looking forward to will pull you through the pinch hit. Good luck!

-Challenger


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NewTwo 12/21

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I was all done and then I picked up another pinch hit this morning. Ahahaha WHAT WAS I THINKING.

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You were thinking *imagine heroic voice here*, 'A bereft recip in danger of Yuletide disaster?! And me with time to spare...? To the rescue!'

Props to you for your commitment to ficcing :)

-Sweet Eater

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Sweet Eater, 21/12.

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Good afternoon everyone - I hope you're all having a productive day so far :)

It's about 4.20pm, and after last night's goals of rewatching the canon and getting a substantial chunk of writing down, I'm entering today's challenge with the aim of doubling the wordcount with context for all the frickin' porn I came out with yesterday! Plus, since this assignment is definitely porny as a feature now, I'm going to get a bit more detailed with the recip's kinks. If you're gonna go, go big, right?

So, I'm at 1260 words now, and about to reread and start adding. Will check in around 6pm. *KLAXON*

-SE

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Sounds like you're on a great track with your assignment! Good luck fitting in your recipient's specific kinks :D

/Sparanero

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Challenger 12/21

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I ended up forced into sleep last night when my Internet went a bit wonky. I was writing in Google Drive, and could not even copy what I had there to word to continue working on it while it was trying in vain to connect.

It's okay, I needed to sleep. I'm awake now and raring to go!

So, I'm starting with 1,800 words, and am thinking that maybe another thousand at most would finish it off. It's just a matter of not letting myself get carried away.

It's 11 am CST here, but I probably won't be settled enough with other things to start this until 11:30 or noon. I'll check back after I've made some progress!

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I was writing in Google Drive, and could not even copy what I had there to word to continue working on it while it was trying in vain to connect.

It's the worst when that happens. Glad you got some sleep, anyway!

-- NewTwo

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Stressed and distracted 12/21

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I'm finally home and alone and I have ideas in my head how to turn the 600-word opening scene I have written so far into SOMETHING. Like at least the second scene that will turn this one-joke scenario into something worth finishing (it's for one of those Yuletide-only "fandoms" where basically I have to write entirely original characters, which is a struggle in and of itself).

But I sit at the computer and I just. I can't. Does not help that an hour ago my mother called me in tears all upset because one of her favorite cats is missing, and I love this cat too so now I'm all upset, and the last thing I feel like doing is writing a ridiculous fluff story.

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(Anonymous)
Aw, anon :( Cats can be furry little so-and-so's when it comes to disappearing - it's just as likely that he/she's fine and tucked away somewhere, oblivious to the human worry going on, as it is to be an actual cat badly missing situation. I hope he/she returns soon.

If staring at the computer is crushing your will, could you try writing longhand instead? Or since you already have 600 words, leave it for a bit and do something else until you feel better?

-SE

writeordie 12/21

(Anonymous)
All right, after taking yesterday off from writing for work/RL festivities, I'm settling in for the home stretch! It's around 5pm my time right now, and I have the rest of tonight and all of tomorrow free to write. Hopefully I can do this! Goals for the next two days, in the order in which I want to complete them:

1. Finish the treat I've been working on
2. Edit the crap out of my assignment and post the rough draft so I have something up
3. Find a beta for my assignment
4. Finish treat #2, which I have about two sentences of. (I'm not planning on making it very long... which is what I always say before writing 4,000 words of fic)
5. Make beta-suggested edits to my assignment
6. Find a Yuleporn treat to write

Here we go!

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Go go go! That is an impressive list right there :)

-SE

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Sparanero (21/12)

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Was at my parents this evening, so I haven't gotten much written today. I've got 818 words at the moment, and I plan on writing throughout the night (with a few breaks here and there). My goal is to completely finish this first section of the story, and hopefully get a good chunk written on the second -- maybe even start the third.

I'm still struggling with how to best divide the sections, so it'd be nice if I managed to develop an idea for that sometime soon -_-

Sparanero (21/12) UPDATE

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Aaand I'm done with the first section! I'm at 1543 words now, and I'm off to take a break. I need to read over and edit what I've written, which is probably what I'll do when I get back. Also want to get started on the next section, so hopefully I'll get that done as well.

Still need to decide how to split up the sections. Maybe I should I just go with a clumsy bunch of "[number] years later", urgh...

Frofa, 22nd of December

(Anonymous)
Urk, I might as well post the actual date here - in the hopes it adds to my motivation.

Completed canon review but not the beta job yesterday. Current goal is to do the beta job (then come back to this post to see how everyone else's going. Then plan out my final main fic. After dinner, I get to write it! And finish the fic I started yesterday! And then I'll have three rough drafts and (hopefully) get to spend the last day or so before reveals polishing them all.

(The long fic is going to come to heel. IT IS.)

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Good luck getting that beta job done so you can focus on your own stories!

-Challenger

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