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17 October 2012 @ 09:39 am
warm fuzzies  
Early yuletide panic: I searched on the signup summary for two of my Most-Wanted-to-Write fandoms to check how many other offers there were, as you do (or as I do, anyway, I admit to compulsive behavior), and they weren't there. *insert NOOOOOOOO! gif* So I started to look in the letters list to see if those fandoms had been changed, seeing if I could figure out who those people were and gently persuade them into changing their mind telepathically if necessary.

And ... then I realized my search had somehow switched to matching the case and of course, most fandoms start with a capital letter which I was not using. Duh. *pets fandoms* Don't leave me! (and no, I'm not telling, because it's a SEKRIT). I'm still trying to decide my fourth fandom, which makes me a bit grumpy, but maybe I'll just keep it at three this year?

But I can't be grumpy any more because I got two reviews for Poison Rain which I kinda want to print out and get bronzed so I can look at them whenever I feel like I can't write or nobody likes my writing or whatever. *basks in the warm glow*

For all the wacky reviews one can get on ff.net, there are a bunch of really awesome folks over there, too.
 
 
 
The Plaid Slytherin: Rio/Filiciaplaid_slytherin on October 17th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Something similar happened to me and I think there was a brief glitch in the signup summary that was causing some fandoms to not appear since I KNOW that fandom has at least one offer and one request (me), even if everybody who said they were offering was lying. :P I checked later and it was there.

BTW, I only went with three. It was getting unwieldy.
lizardbeth: Yuletidelizardbeth_j on October 17th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
huh, maybe that's what happened and my search problem was just part of it then. at least it is fixed, PHEW!!

I think three is fine. I just usually have four but the first few I had in mind, turned out to not have the right characters nominated, so it was kind of "Well FINE THEN" poutiness. :)
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on October 18th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Letter vs optional details
The main thing about your optional details is that it's what goes with your assignment. It is also what goes out to the pinch hit list, if that's necessary, so while it doesn't have to be long at all, is nice to give a little hintt of what you'd like for the characters. Do you want it shippy or not? If it's an offbeat fandom where it might not be obvious an example or two of what kind of fic you think it could make. Maybe some fic ideas. But generally optional details is where you can give a brief hint about what you're thinking about or why you chose the fandom/characters (like, "I love Kate so much, she's my favorite, and I just want her to finally be happy!"

Letters are where you can blather on about the fandoms and your likes/dislikes as much or as little as you want. Your writer WILL come looking as long as you link it in your sign up and of course if you write one and link it at the post so it can get picked up by the database, it will then also be prowled by other people looking to write treats. Usually I copy the text from my signup into my letter, and then expand off that, if I need to, but it's mostly for other people to look at who like my fandoms. (this is what I wrote last year: http://lizardbeth-j.livejournal.com/431498.html#cutid1)

This year, since I'm asking for a comics-based tv fandom I'm going to elaborate on my comics knowledge in my letter, but that's kind of unusual.
The Plaid Slytherin: [BSG] Bill/Saul - looking upplaid_slytherin on October 18th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Re: Letter vs optional details
Okay, that makes perfect sense! Thank you so much.
Deborahdeborah_judge on October 18th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: Letter vs optional details
Thanks! This is very clear and helpful.