The dates: You have from now until midnight on MONDAY, MAY 28 to sign up.
Assignments will be mailed out on or by Saturday, June 2, and you will have all of June to work on them. Fics will be due July 1 and will be posted publicly shortly thereafter.
How to sign up...
First, if you haven't yet, register for the forum. And then, the same basic rules we always use: on this thread, leave your penname, e-mail, your favorite pairing (what you'd like to receive), three characters you feel you write well, and three simple story prompts. (Prompts should be fairly general; as basic as "hot summer day," or a little more specific like "eating too many Christmas cookies" but nothing too specific, so your writer has plenty of room to run with it.)
The rules for writers...
-Fics must be slashy, centered around the pairing/prompt you're given (note: you do not have to work in all three prompts; just one is fine).
-The fic should be at LEAST 500 words (about a page, single spaced). More is fine (and encouraged!) but you should be able to do that much, at least.
-Ratings should be between G and PG-13ish.
-Fics must be kept secret (not posted anywhere publicly) until they're revealed in January, and you should also keep whose fic you're writing a secret.
-We definitely encourage you to use a beta! You can ask for one in the forums if you need to.
-Send your fic to me -- studentnumber24601 [at] gmail [dot] com -- as an attachment in a .doc, .txt, .rtf, or .html format please.
-We require that you put in your own formatting tags, such as italics (feel free to ask if you need to know how). If you skip that step, your formatting won't show up.
NOTE: I've taken out our previous "fics must be fluffy" rule, but since these fics are all gifts, I'd personally suggest erring on the side of fluff.
What happens if you don't get your fic in on time? We're glad you asked that question...
First: We will be annoyed. That will result in absolutely nothing happening, but seriously, these things take a lot of time for the moderators, and we're all busy people. It is incredibly disrespectful to sign up for an exchange and not live up to your end of the bargain, not to mention disappointing to the person whose fic you defaulted on. So don't do it. Okay? Okay.
As for the actual penalty: you will be barred from participating in future Refuge exchanges. Those of you who failed to get your fic previously, or were more than several days late, are not eligible to participate.
(That said, if you KNOW that your fic will be late or you will be unable to complete it, please email me ASAP and let me know so we can work out arrangements so everyone gets a completed fic. That way I won't get mad, and no one loses out on getting fic, so everyone gets a happy ending.)
Drop any questions into the thread below. Sign ups begin... Now!
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--B on 05.12.2008 - 06:38PM 19 Comments
ETA: Seems I may have spoken too soon -- as a mod, I can delete reviews but it doesn't seem to be working for other users. So if you've acquired any you'd like me to get rid of, let me know; and unfortunately, this necessitates turning anon reviews back off. Luckily, accounts are free and easy to create!
--B on 05.10.2008 - 10:52AM 19 Comments
So in the past four years, we've had a lot of people come and go. We -- by which I mean I -- almost killed the place once. (Oops!) We've had thousands of discussions on the forums and have picked more nits than I can even count when it comes to dissecting canon. And the stories, people. The beautiful, wonderful stories.
But mostly this place, over the course of four years, has developed into exactly the kind of community, that TSB, Signpost, and I dreamed of. We wanted a home on the internet where we could have friends and goof off and enjoy singing, dancing, slashy newsboys. And we ended up with an even nicer, more talented and fantastic group than any of us could have anticipated.
So here's to the past four years, and looking forward to four more to come.
Oh, and here's that big birthday collage I promised. Since I know that's what you were looking for.
--B on 05.06.2008 - 04:40PM 21 Comments
ETA: This problem seems to be resolved as of 5/10, so I'm re-enabling anonymous reviews.
--B on 05.03.2008 - 07:09PM 18 Comments
--B on 03.30.2008 - 06:30PM 16 Comments
Additionally, I tweaked the submissions guidelines. There are no changes, I just edited for clarity on multiple chapter-submission rules. If you've got any questions, as always, feel free to email me.
As for the bug, I'm sure most of you have noticed, but I figure a reminder is always a good thing. There are some bugs around this place that are a bit beyond my technical ability to fix. (Any volunteers who happen to know PHP and mySQL?) I know it's annoying, but the biggest one is the special characters issue. Basically what happens is that any special characters (curly quotation marks/apostrophes, em- and en-dashes, ellipses, and so on) don't work properly in our system, and show up as other, completely random symbols in most browsers. If you're reading a fic that's got question marks where they don't seem to belong, that's why.
Unfortunately, since I don't know how to fix it, we're stuck with living with it. I know it's a pain in the tuchas, believe me, but I'd like to ask authors to please check their fics as they submit them to try and catch these characters. Basically, anything that auto-corrects in Word is likely to be a problem in the archive. But if you're stuck on having the special characters, the archive does accept most HTML tags, so those are always an option. You can google or email me to find out how those work.
We won't be rejecting fics that have special character issues, since that's a technical problem and not a writing one, but I would urge people to please, please check their fics for quirks as you submit, and may remind people about this even as they're accepted.
--B on 03.14.2008 - 10:02PM 20 Comments
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--B on 03.05.2008 - 05:45PM 18 Comments
We're missing one fic, but it'll be up as soon as we get it. Sorry!
--Gwen on 01.05.2008 - 11:20AM 14 Comments
--Gwen on 01.04.2008 - 11:13PM 18 Comments
--Gwen on 12.03.2007 - 09:48PM 11 Comments
(We are missing one fic - it will be posted as soon as it comes in. We're really sorry about that, but were already late with getting these up. Sorry sorry sorry.)
--B on 07.05.2007 - 06:29PM 15 Comments
--B on 05.28.2007 - 04:32PM 16 Comments
--B on 02.18.2007 - 11:38AM 13 Comments
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--Gwen on 11.23.2006 - 11:17AM 16 Comments
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--B on 10.13.2006 - 05:26PM 12 Comments
--B on 05.14.2006 - 02:46PM 18 Comments
--TSB on 04.26.2006 - 06:38PM 19 Comments
--B on 04.13.2006 - 05:26PM 16 Comments
--TSB on 03.05.2006 - 01:21PM 16 Comments
Second, State of the Refuge #4 is up. This one discusses a handful of the new features we've got around here, so it's worth checking out.
Third, the State of the Refuge mentions the new category we've created (Short Fiction), as something which has technical issues and isn't open to the public yet. Well, I am pleased to announce that the technical issues are resolved, and it's open for business. (And if you already have posted drabbles/ficlets, you are not required to change the category they're placed in, though you may if you so choose.)
Please note the submission rules for drabbles. And enjoy!
Whew. Hopefully, as much as I love writing these, that's all the news for awhile.
--B on 02.09.2006 - 01:46PM 18 Comments
And now, you'll keep back ups of all your fics and reviews, right?
ETA: Not quite, actually, damn it. Things are still wonky.
ETA2: Well, maybe they are? It seems like they're almost entirely working, but occasionally spitting up error messages when I and a few others have tried to post. We're leaving them as-is for now, and will try and come up with a complete way to resolve this as soon as we can. You can see this post for some more info, if you're having issues.)
--B on 02.08.2006 - 11:54AM 19 Comments
Because the recovery is complete. HA!
I yelled that triumphant "ha!" as though I had something to do with it. I didn't, really. I tried everything I could think of, got frustrated, cried, whined, and drafted a friend who is much more computer savvy than I (read: actually understands this stuff). The end result?
If you love the Refuge, you now love Matt. He spent eight hours -- seriously, eight hours -- fixing the database and rewriting the script for this place, so we have all of our stories and reviews back. Eight hours!
There are a few things that are wonky. As a side effect of all of this, all chaptered fics have lost chapter titles. If this really bothers you, you can log in to your account and change it manually. It also means that, since we had to revert to an old version of the database, anyone who has registered an account since the upgrade (the last three weeks or so) must re-register. Sorry about that.
The forums are still down. We'll let you know as soon as that's been resolved.
However, you can now play with all the new features! We're open for submissions again, and you can now issue challenges, create series...es... and generally resume having a grand old, gay-newsboy-filled time.
And leave comments here about how much you love Matt, damn it.
ETA: Matt just fixed the chapter name problem, too!
--B on 02.07.2006 - 09:29PM 18 Comments
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--B on 12.01.2005 - 09:17PM 15 Comments
In other news, my birthday is in next week! That means two things:
1) My hosting service has been paid up for another year (thanks, Mom and Dad); and,
2) Blink Week starts the 15th. So get writing!
--B on 07.09.2005 - 07:09PM 12 Comments
Either way, as of today, The Refuge is one year old! Thanks from the three of us to all of you for making this such a fun year, and for making this place a success. We've really come to love it and it wouldn't be the same without all of our amazing Refugees.
Anyhoo, we had hoped to have a big surprise ready for today, but... Given finals, that didn't so much work out. We'll get to it. In the mean time, enjoy the celebratory banner, which I think will be up for awhile. Certainly not because I'm too lazy to switch it back.
And now, sadly, back to my paper.
--B on 05.05.2005 - 11:06PM 19 Comments
--B on 05.04.2005 - 11:13AM 16 Comments
The way to avoid it is to put in paragraph or line break tags. If y'all could do this from now on, it would make editing fics easier (for you) and changing featured fics easier (for me). Speaking of which, I'm slowly in the process of changing the featured fics, so stay tuned.
--B on 05.03.2005 - 10:31AM 14 Comments
--B on 04.16.2005 - 04:04PM 14 Comments
--TSB on 04.08.2005 - 08:14PM 16 Comments
In honor of the birthday of the insane David fangirls, David week will be the 22-29th.
Both Racetrack and David weeks will be having prizes.
--TSB on 03.29.2005 - 09:19PM 10 Comments
--signpost on 03.06.2005 - 10:39PM 17 Comments
Thanks, guys, and sorry for the inconvenience.
--signpost on 02.26.2005 - 11:39PM 18 Comments
--B on 01.22.2005 - 02:57PM 17 Comments
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--TSB on 09.26.2004 - 09:56AM 17 Comments
--B on 09.04.2004 - 07:48PM 14 Comments
So, in short, it might take a bit longer to get things validated than we'd like. Sorry, but we'll do what we can.
--B on 06.13.2004 - 02:59PM 14 Comments
Also, I fixed the pages where the background wasn't showing up, so there should be background now.
--B on 05.14.2004 - 05:40PM 19 Comments
--TSB on 05.13.2004 - 12:05PM 17 Comments
--B on 05.09.2004 - 01:23PM 14 Comments
So come join! Play with us!
--B on 05.06.2004 - 07:12PM 19 Comments
--B on 05.06.2004 - 11:02AM 13 Comments
To do: help page, rules. And then we're opening!
--B on 05.05.2004 - 09:08PM 17 Comments
And I should really be doing work instead of playing with the site... And you are still the coolest person ever
--TSB on 05.05.2004 - 05:25PM 14 Comments
Also, Carissa suggests putting a "site powered by efiction" with a link, since we got the script for free and all.
And, you rule.
--TSB on 05.04.2004 - 08:28PM 19 Comments
--B on 05.04.2004 - 05:30PM 18 Comments
Oh yeah, and study for finals.
--B on 05.04.2004 - 12:25AM 19 Comments
--B on 05.03.2004 - 11:26PM 21 Comments