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Late pinch hitters unite

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I need to do canon review for the PH I picked up today. I was done! Why did I pick up a pinch hit?

Re: Late pinch hitters unite

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I picked up a last minute pinch hit too. I already had a treat started for the recip but I gave up on finishing any of my treats this year since I defaulted on my main assignment and wasn't feeling like writing fic at all. But I couldn't just let it languish there :( Now I gotta wrangle the 1.5k I've already written into something good. We can do this!

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Famous names on ph list

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Looks like all the selfpimping on all channels backfired for joussant

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Everytime I see their name, I think of croissants and get hungry

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gift shaking question

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I was shaking my gift and something kind of weird happened. When I clicked on the fandom to check out the tags/word count, it said "0 Works in Yuletide 2015". I hadn't used any filters yet, and I clicked right through from the Yuletide fandoms list.

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If a fandom has just been mad canonical by the wranglers, it can take a while for the works to show up under the tag. Basically, the auto caching that the server does has to catch up with it.

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Tips For Writing Good Comments

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:30 pm (UTC)(link)
What do you like to see in a comment?

What do you usually add to make your comments longer?

My biggest problem is that I can point out what I liked, but I have trouble detailing exactly WHY I liked it, so my comments end up short. Any tips for getting over that?

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This works better for longer fic than shorter fic, but I come up with better comments by jotting down my reactions as I'm reading through a story. If I smile at a line, or am surprised at a twist, or like a bit of background detail, whatever. Then I compile these into decent sentences at the end, and add a bit more commentary about any trends I noticed along the way.

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Pinch hits to come?

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
So am I right in thinking that there's still potentially more pinch hits if any of the current pinch hitters default (and the deadline for 100-whatever number it was in before today is in nine and a half hours, so those could be coming soon) and if the mods spot any placeholder pickles lurking in the archive?

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Yes.

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Beta requests from chat

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
1. If you can beta Radiant Historia, The Basic Eight, They Were Eleven, Town of Salem, or Last Story, please come to chat and contact a hippo.

2. If you asked in chat today for a Chrestomanci beta, please come to chat and contact a hippo.

This has been your chat update. Sorry it's not as exciting as Yuletiders Behaving Badly.

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Wow, that sounded so passive aggressive.

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Examples of Good Comments

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Since people seem to be having problems.

Paste a link to a comment thread in any random fic you like so that people can see that you can write long comments with capslock, without, that's just one long paragraph, that's one very substantial short paragraph but that leads to a conversation, etc.

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Sorted ToT by comments and opened random fics

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42923948
http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43153070
http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43681226

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43038911

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http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42930392

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42946040
http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43597973

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43337057

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42945020

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43307384

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42924761

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42925760

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43000118
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http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42966872

http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43112909
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http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43003424

People even found a way to leave comments of substance on drabbles:
http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42930980
http://archiveofourown.org/comments/43292798
http://archiveofourown.org/comments/42924899
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Mea maxima culpa MMXV, redux

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:57 pm (UTC)(link)
More of the sins of omission and/or commission you're responsible for this Yuletide 2015

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plaaaaaceholder fiiiiiic

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I wonder why

(Anonymous) 2015-12-20 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Why do people like Morbane still post anonymously, even when it is announcing pinchhits and the like. It's not that we're in the dark about it being them anyway.

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And if they didn't post anon, another coalie would have made a thread about how anon memes are supposed to be for anonymous comments.

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writing unrequested fandoms?

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
If you want to write something for a fandom in the tagset where you are the only requester or there are 0 requesters, can you do that? And if so, do you try to find someone who will probably like it and gift it to them? Or do you post it without a recipient? Is that weird?

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ugh we wanked about this in an earlier _coal post thoroughly, go check September

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Please advise

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
Coal, there's this one person on my flist who really REALLY deserves a treat. I don't know any of the fandoms they officially requested, but I have an idea for a treat they'd enjoy in another yuletide eligible fandom. Supposing I manage to write said fic, is it okay if I post it in Madness?

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I'd be cool with it if someone treated me in a fandom I hadn't requested but still liked.

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Worst dear author letters

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
I'm browsing letters so I can write some Treats or Madness fics when I see this:

http://marketchippie.livejournal.com/138108.html

Why even write a letter if you aren't going to actually write a letter? Is it me or is this a terrible example of how to help your Yuletide author? I may have written them something for Stardust, too.

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cackling b/c marketchippie is a generally insufferable person and I'm always glad to see people point it out

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UEUEAHALHLELLYELALLHE WRITING IS THE DEVIL

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 02:46 am (UTC)(link)
WHY DID ALL MY WORDS GO INTO TREATS? WHY DID I PICK UP THIS PINCH HIT INSTEAD OF BEEFING UP MY MAIN FIC?

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what, ho

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get thee to a nunnery

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Villain, I have DONE thy mother!

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beta question

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 04:46 am (UTC)(link)
If someone says 'my ao3 name is ___, but it's not necessary' is this usual or are they saying 'please don't put my name on your work it sucks' politely

Betas, do you respond to crapshoot beta jobs' questions about credit differently than usual?

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It is definitely the latter.

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Canons you're excited for?

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, now that we're just waiting on last-minute pinch hits, what has you excited for story reveals?

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(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 05:51 am (UTC)(link)
ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE BALLALAS

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Realizations

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
It's not my first Yuletide, but it's my first Yuletide in a long while. I joined the new archive with a different username, and have only just realized that since I haven't posted anything to the collection except my recip's gift for this year, it looks like I have a gift but no works. Because mystery works are hidden.

How much do you think that'll dissuade potential treat writers? I'm currently clinging to the hope that my prompts could yet inspire someone who doesn't bother to check that....

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But your gift is a mystery work, too, right? You just look like a newbie. you'd only look like a serial defaulter (or a dentist) if you had multiple years of gifts but no fics written. I guess there are people who will assume you're a sock just because you joined for Yuletide, but I don't think that would be a major factor. As long as you have a letter in the spreadsheet and it's good/not wanky and has things people would want to write, you are okay.

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When will the fics be revealed?

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
Place your bets here.

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My bet's on 1-2 hours late due to PHOTA.

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well played mod

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 06:44 am (UTC)(link)
I like your placeholder.

Predict: How Will Your Recip React To Your Fic

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
Mine: a polite two-sentence comment which may or may not be after reveals. She will probably find at least one specific thing to say about my fic.

It's okay, recip, we will both be able to agree that your favourite things are not the things I am best at writing. You will probably acknowledge that I tried.

Re: Predict: How Will Your Recip React To Your Fic

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I suspect my no-details, brand new-account recip will not comment at all. I fully expect it, but I'll still be resentful about it.

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Three pinch hits went out

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One of whom should come as a shock to no one who hangs out on _coal.

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I don't get it, I don't recognize any of them?

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Bets on final collection size?

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 11:47 am (UTC)(link)
Start your betting now!

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4,385,001

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not that I looked very hard or anything

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 12:27 pm (UTC)(link)
When is the last possible moment we can edit our fics before reveals?

I'm done and waiting on beta comments but I'm curious how much time I have before it's too late.

Re: not that I looked very hard or anything

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You can always edit your fic. If you mean without your recipient knowing, till reveal is. Sorry, reveal isn't at a hardset time but once everybody has a gift. Probably sometime around 0:00 UTC in the 25th. Try to be a few hours before that and you should be fine.

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Fic writing conundrum #4453

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 12:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a fic. It's finished. It clocks in about twice the minimum. It's a fix it fic. In a way.

I get two characters together that you get a sense from the canon they were heading in that direction. I take them over the hump, smooth away the last of the obstacles and it's clear at the close of the fic, sex will happen at some point.

In essence, the fic as written now is complete. Sex, if written, is icing on the cake.

At this close to the deadline, do I even try?

What say you, _coal?

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(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 12:56 pm (UTC)(link)
At least give it a shot. You have a complete fic anyway, so what does it hurt to try?

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Micro-canons

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 12:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I want to write a last-minute treat or two. Rec letters with five-minute fandoms!

Re: Micro-canons

(Anonymous) 2015-12-21 01:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Manuel Neuer Coke Zero Commercial... aka, what if your girlfriend could magically genderswap at will into World Cup-winning German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer?
youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FseQVTnhz4w
letter: http://horriblebees.dreamwidth.org/969.html

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