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15 November 2010 @ 11:24 am
yuletide and NaNo  
Dear Yulegoat letter over here. Stalking through the spreadsheet and various Yulegoat letters, my offers match on basically nothing so far. So we shall see. Part of that is because of a common 'mistake' I'm seeing: requesting a lot of characters. Remember, if you request 4 characters, the only offers who will match you must have offered ALL FOUR (or Any). This starts to get less and less likely, especially this year when people can't do multiple offers for a fandom with many characters. If you really want all four, go for it, but just know it gets harder to match that fandom. I'm sad the summary doesn't work yet, though, since seeing the overall balance of requests to offers is always entertaining.

NaNo and Cosplay!
Note the new icon for my NaNo project! hee. I try, peeps, I try. :)

The Mercedes Lackey NaNo Pep Talk is all about how writing fanfiction is awesome. YOU ROCK, LADY.

Speaking of NaNo, I am amused that in the story Liam's mother has decided to show up. She's... Galadriel, if Galadriel were telling all the elves to leave Middle Earth after the fall of Numenor. I love it when characters decide they need to exist, and then you realize that, yes, you are in fact writing a story about families so it's important to show where the Others come from, too.

Once again I'm behind, but for a good cause. This weekend, I had to help make Kidlet's costume for his Thanksgiving/Native American project thingy. It turns out one thing cosplay is very good for -- an ability to cut up leather and fabric and glue it together. (I don't sew, but I am mighty with a glue gun!) It's very cute, if not remotely authentic. I'll try to remember to post a picture. (it's always nice when my darling spouse discovers real-world value in my fannish pursuits though)
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lizardbeth: nanolizardbeth_j on November 15th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
heh. Dude, you are a MACHINE. I've been very impressed seeing your updates. :)

A work in progress: Yule heartsancarett on November 15th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
For Yuletide, the most characters I'm requesting are two. I also feel that having at least one fandom where you request "ANY" is wise, especially if you know it's a very small fandom.
lizardbeth: Yuletidelizardbeth_j on November 15th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Totally. I think it's because a lot of people don't know/don't understand how the matching works. There was one person who requested 4 fandoms with 4 characters each! -- there's someone whose chances of going straight to the pnich-hit list are about 90%
A work in progress: Never Surrender Galaxy Questancarett on November 15th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had been frustrated that one favourite fandom I had was never getting picked up, but then I realized by listing so many characters as I had, it was probably never matching. So now it's down to two. If I don't get the fandom this year, I'll put it down to one character, though the choice will be tough!
patron saint of neglected female characters: ultravioletrose_griffes on November 15th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification about requesting specific characters. I've now changed my two of my requests to just the one character I most want to read.

Also, I have no idea where you're seeing what people have offered, and now I'm really curious. (I can get to the google docs spreadsheets with the requests tallied so far, though.)

Edited at 2010-11-15 10:38 pm (UTC)
lizardbeth: Yuletidelizardbeth_j on November 15th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see the requests by backtracking the fandoms I'm interested in to their Yulegoat letters, so I'm trying to see which of those I might match on to write (not who's writing for me)

I've read a lot of discussion over the years about how people make offers. Some people will only offer a fandom if they feel comfortable offering any, but a lot of people will pick characters. And especially this year when we're limited to offering a max of 8 - that's a very small list in a fandom like, say, Song of Ice and Fire where the character list runs to pages and yet very few people are going to be comfortable offering 'any' with a list like that. It's less an issue with fandoms with fewer characters, but even then you can run into people designing their offers to avoid a certain likely pairing, even if they wouldn't mind writing the character as part of the ensemble. It's like if BSG was YT fandom -- I wouldn't put Lee in my offer, because I wouldn't want to get a K/L shipper, even though I don't mind writing him in general. Optional details are optional but I'd rather not disappoint people if I can avoid it.
patron saint of neglected female characters: as you wishrose_griffes on November 16th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Ah, got it.

I specified characters on only one fandom, and that's because it's a small enough cast that I could do so. You're right that 8 characters isn't much for certain fandoms.