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The 2018 Serebii Holiday Fanfic Gift Exchange!

Discussion in 'The Authors' Café' started by Dragonfree, Oct 21, 2018.

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  1. Dragonfree

    Dragonfree Just me

    All right, everyone should have received PMs with their recipients, their prompts and anything they wouldn't want in their gifts by now! If anything went amiss, please let us know as soon as possible.
     
  2. Psychic

    Psychic Really and truly

    Also, to address the question of betas, we both allow and encourage participants to take full advantage of beta readers for the Fanfic Gift Exchange! While you can absolutely use the Beta Reader Profiles thread to find a beta reader or volunteer, since this is a one-time thing on a deadline, the pool of betas may differ enough that using this thread to match writers and betas may be helpful!

    So, if you are interested in being a beta reader, please feel free to post here and and simply say something like:

    I am willing to be a beta reader!

    Along with a short list any preferences you may have in terms of content or length.

    From there, writers can reach out to betas via PM only! Please do not use this thread to coordinate! If a beta reader is no longer able to accept new fics to beta, please just edit your original post to say so!

    ~Psychic
     
  3. kacklord

    kacklord 私はただ悲しかった

    i am willing to be a beta reader! no real preference as far as content goes, except for that i'm pretty unfamiliar with the anime/manga canons. anything else goes though! whatever length is fine as long as it's not absurd.
     
  4. The Teller

    The Teller King of Half-Truths

    I'm also willing to be a beta reader, if you guys need me. May not know exactly every obscure anime/game reference you make, but I'm good with plot inconsistencies, grammar and spelling, and really short or really long entries.
     
  5. Psychic

    Psychic Really and truly

    All of this week's check-in PMs should be sent, so please be sure to respond with where you're at, even if you haven't made any progress yet! (You are not alone!) Please also let us know if you didn't receive yours. Thanks!

    ~Psychic
     
  6. The Teller

    The Teller King of Half-Truths

  7. Dragonfree

    Dragonfree Just me

    All right, everyone, time's almost up! Remember to get your stories in today or tomorrow UTC.

    I've received some queries about how you should send in your entry, and the answer is you should send it to me (Psychic's going to be on vacation with no reliable internet access starting today, so she may not be able to pass it on!), but it can be in any format, so long as I can receive and read it. Simply copy-pasting your story into a PM is one of the easiest ways (PMs on XenForo seem to have a very loose character limit, unlike vBulletin), but you can also send me a link to a Google Doc, an e-mail, etc. For the gift reveals, all the stories will be collected and presented on a special webpage in a unified format, so the format you use to send it in does not matter!
     
  8. Kutie Pie

    Kutie Pie "It is my destiny."

    Turned mine in just now. Whooooo--*passes out*
     
  9. Dragonfree

    Dragonfree Just me

    It's time!


    Look for the present with your name on the label, read the story, speculate about who might have written it - and then flip over the author label at the bottom to find out!

    Happy holidays and thanks to everyone who participated! Feel free to thank your writers, react to your gifts and talk about your process writing your own stories in this thread.
     
  10. Starlight Aurate

    Starlight Aurate Just a fallen star

    Wow wow wow, I absolutely loved this! Thank you so much to everyone for participating and especially to Dragonfree for putting this together! My gift story was incredible and hysterical--Regis would never make good Santas :p Merry Christmas everyone!!
     
  11. DeliriousAbsol

    DeliriousAbsol Call me Del

    Aww that's sweet, I enjoyed that =D I look forward to seeing more later on, too. Merry Christmas, everyone!
     
  12. diamondpearl876

    diamondpearl876 → follow your fire.

    @Starlight Aurate ahhhhh THANK YOU for your gift! <33333 I loved seeing Pokérus in action in a fic, and the alternating bits of research/the delcatty being healed/Landon and his cute loyal trapinch made it even better to get different perspectives on things. When Landon just dropped the Pokérus vial, though, and hugged Trapinch... ;_; My favorite part, hands down. Thank you again!!!
     
  13. Negrek

    Negrek Lost but Seeking

    Ooh wow, that was a really cool story! I definitely wasn't expecting anyone to choose grimer or muk as the main focus for the story, but it worked out really well, and it was cool to see you explore some of the mythology and worldview of pokémon that people often overlook. Thanks a lot for writing this! I hope you enjoyed putting it together, because I definitely enjoyed reading it. :)

    Also, huge thanks to Dragonfree for running this this year! The new site is super cute. Should have guessed that unseasonably-early delibird drawing might have something to do with it. ;)

    Happy holidays, everyone, and I hope everybody who participated had a great time.
     
  14. Kutie Pie

    Kutie Pie "It is my destiny."

    I've already thanked my Secret Santa, but just wanna bring it here and say I really liked my gift, it was very much a pleasant surprise. Almost didn't expect the kind of prompts to be used, at least not in the way they were implemented.

    Thanks for hosting, Dragonfree. Looking forward to next year's.
     
  15. Dragonfree

    Dragonfree Just me

    This event was hosted by all the mods! I made the site and sent the check-ins, but we were all involved in putting it together, and Psychic and I worked together on assigning writers and sending out the prompts.
     
  16. Firaga Metagross

    Firaga Metagross Auferstanden Aus Ruinen

    I had totally forgot about my prompt, so it was a pleasant surprise. Thanks to @The Walrein for the story; I got some chuckles out of it. It reminded me of an old memory about one of my friends spending all of their PokeYen in there and not getting the teeth, so they couldn't beat the game.

    As everyone else said, love the site for the stories. It's very cute and functional. I hope it won't get taken down in the future.

    I had a really fun time writing and participating in this, let's do it again next year!
     
  17. The Teller

    The Teller King of Half-Truths

    First of all, thank you Umbramatic for the delightful story! I was hoping whoever got my off the wall prompts would choose the Colress one in particular, and I didn't expect someone to combine prompts. It was a fun read for me since I had to get up super early today. Secondly, I like the guessing game aspect of the cave site. Once you see who was involved in the project as a whole, it was pretty entertaining trying to figure out people's writing styles and figuring out which person's story matched. I didn't get any of them right, of course, but it was a fun exercise. Thanks to all the mods for organizing the whole shebang and for getting everything done and uploaded as fast as it was (cuz I certainly know someone who sent their story in on the second to last possible day...>__>). I'd be interested in hearing what everyone's prompts were, so we can see what each person was working with and how they expanded/warped the prompt.
     
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  18. JFought

    JFought Sloooowly writing...

    It took me way too long to get to this, but thank you @diamondpearl876 for the story! I love the way you interpreted the prompts, I love the story that went along with it, and I love the cute note it all ended on! Setting it in Alola was a great choice, and the relationship between Keahi and Lilinoe was really sweet. I'm especially glad someone went for the ranger prompt; I kinda thought of it last minute, but as soon as it came to mind I realized how much I wanted a story on a pokémon ranger. And I think you pulled it off really well! I could go on, but I should probably cut it short at risk of me rambling for too long.

    Anyway, thank you to the mods for running this event! I'm also a fan of the site, for the same reasons outlined by others in the thread. I hope the holidays went well for everyone!
     
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  19. Umbramatic

    Umbramatic The Ghost Lord

    @Psychic -deep breath- aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa thank you so much your story was perfect, absolutely perfect and exactly what I could have wanted aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    Okay enough gushing for now, thanks to everyone for running this event even with some hiccups! And you're welcome @The Teller hehehe, I HAD to use that Colress prompt somehow
     
  20. diamondpearl876

    diamondpearl876 → follow your fire.

    Ahh I'm happy to hear this, thank you! And you're entirely welcome! I originally was gonna just go with the ranger prompt, but I always do like to try to brainstorm with more than one of the prompts, and eventually, Meltan found its way in there. :p I wasn't sure how the connections would all play out with the dawn stone/sun/iron stuff in the eyes of a reader, so I'm glad to see it seemed to work out.

    And indeed, thanks to the mods for putting this together! I mentioned it on the Discord but really it can't be said enough times. I'm sure the holidays are busy for you all too but I'm grateful you guys took the time to make it happen.
     
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