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User: hprare_exchange (posted by msqu)
Date: 2007-11-08 15:11
Title: Missing Pieces...
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With three exchanges under the belt of hprare_exchange in about a year's time, I feel it's time to really get some feedback from all of you.

Our first exchange was much larger than the other two. Sign-ups were open for about six weeks. People had from the end of September until the end of November to write, and posting went all through December.

The second exchange happened in the spring, and it was much smaller, about 20-ish people, and the sign-ups were only open for about two weeks.

Our most recent exchange had sign-ups in August for two weeks, writing in September, posting in October. We had exactly 20 people sign up.

In the first and third exchanges, I've had about a half dozen people disappear. I think I only had two people disappear for the spring exchange.

With all of that in mind, I present you with the poll...

Poll #1085360 Exchanges

Should this become a fic-only exchange?

Probably, doesn't seem like many artists throw their hats in.
No, I want art.
We should leave it open, just in case.

How many stories do you like to see posted each day?

One on the weekdays, two per day on the weekend

Do you like longer (2-3 mos) or shorter (1 month) creation periods for exchanges? [Time from when you are assigned a prompt until when it is due.]

Longer, definitely. I need time to ponder and plot.
Shorter. I just write it, and I don't want to wait for a long time to see the results of the exchange.
Doesn't matter. I'll write it at the last minute anyway.

Just generally, when are you more inclined to participate in exchanges?

Anytime, so long as life is permitting

When do you think should the NEXT exchange happen?

Sign-ups in December, prompts given before Christmas, stories due at the end of Januray with posting to follow
January-March (similar schedule to the above)
March-May (similar schedule to the above)
June-August (similar schedule to the above)
September or October-December

Please spread this poll around like wildfire. I'd like to have a large, healthy amount of feedback so as to plan everything better.

Also, are any of you interested in a remix exchange, rare pairing awards, or a character-centric exchange? For characters, I'm thinking an exchange which would require either Sirius or Regulus as one half of the pairing. Please comment in response to this, or with ANY other feedback you have.
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User: targristiel
Date: 2007-11-08 23:19 (UTC)
Title: (no subject)
1. What would a remix exchange involve? *is clueless*
2. Rarepair awards sound great! How would that work?
3. A character-centric exchange sounds like so much fun. I'd love to do that.

Also, a follow-up comment to the time length question. I picked longer because finding a beta and getting the story back and editing it takes time as well as the actual writing. If RL gets busier, I have less time to finish the fic and therefore less time to get it beta'd and less editing time. I'm okay staying at one month, of course, that's just my two cents.
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User: msqu
Date: 2007-11-08 23:38 (UTC)
Title: (no subject)
Have you ever heard a remix of a song on the radio or somewhere? It's the same basic principle. In a remix exchange, you are assigned to a particular author. The author can designate one 'safe story' that you can't do anything to, but aside from that, you read through their stuff and choose one story that you want to retell/remix. This could be by telling the story from a different point of view, from the point of view of a different character, possibly changing up the sequential order (giving flashes of the end throughout the story), adding more commentary for/ellaborating upon about particular events parts of the plot, adding in scenes that you think could have happened or were hinted to have happened, etc, etc.

The plot must remain unchanged, but you can decorate it and retell it almost any way you want to.

I think the way that rarepair awards would work would be for me to come up with some categories, and then open them up for nominations. Maybe a category would be Cedric-centric one-shots. People would reply with their recs, and then me and a panel of helpers would sift through the fics and come back in about a month or so with the finalists. We would post the finalists for each category in a poll with links to the stories so that people could read and vote. Then after two weeks or so, the winners would be announced.

Thanks so much for your input and interest. :)
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User: nephthysmoon
Date: 2007-11-09 02:22 (UTC)
Title: (no subject)
I kind of like the idea of a remix exchange - that would be so fun! I really don't think I'd sign up for a character-centric exchange, though, unless it was a character I was comfortable writing (which neither Sirius or Regulus are).
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User: cherryfeather
Date: 2007-11-09 05:36 (UTC)
Title: (no subject)
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I would be really, really interested in a remix exchange. Really. I don't know how I can stress how interested I am. Character-centric exchanges sound interesting, too, but I don't think they'd have as large an appeal as a freestyle (I coin a random word here) exchange.
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