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Seven Seasons Ficathon!!
by Holly (hollydb)
at September 2nd, 2008 (11:38 pm)
excited

current mood: excited

Welcome to the Seven Seasons ficathon! Thought this place was closed? Think again! We have a new and exciting Spuffy-fic-writing extravaganza, and I, your newly appointed mod, am going to introduce you to the rules. Firstly, let me thank megan_peta  for letting me help plot, coordinate, and design how this thing would run. Also for making me a part of the administration. I’ve done behind-the-scenes stuff for eons now—it’s great to be an official member of the team.

The ficathon is slightly unconventional from those with which you might be familiar. Instead of asking you what you do or don’t like or what you will or won’t write, we only ask the following…

Your story MUST begin with one of the following lines:


1) She'd gone as far as she could go; the door at the end of the hall was locked.
2) The sound of crunching bone was nothing compared to the man's screams.
3) Her voice echoed down the dark corridor. There was no answer.
4) Though she couldn't see him, she knew her words had rattled him.
5) It was the largest beast she'd ever seen, and she'd seen some large ones.
6) She knew the stench of blood.
7) It didn't matter that she knew she could toss him across the room in a blink. He was so quiet. So tempered. So deadly. She knew well how he fought.
8) Saying the words aloud made everything real.
9) She'd been watching him all night, just as he'd watched her.
10) Spike stepped forward, which proved to be a mistake.
11) They hadn't had much chance to speak at all, let alone discuss the events that had spanned the past twelve hours.
12) He knew there was absolutely no way he could stop her now.
13) Did he want to sit here and bide his time, or did he want to take a gut chance and confront his new Slayer?
14) There had to be a mistake.
15) When she opened her eyes, the shadows were still there.
16) If there was one thing she knew, it was that Spike couldn't be trusted.
17) She was so over the missions. Giles and his missions were going to be the death of her.
18) She swore to God, this thing between Xander and Angel was rubbing her last nerve—until a bleached blonde in leather swept across her vision.
19) Every. Thing. Hurt. Soon as she could move Buffy was totally going to beat the stuffing out of Spike and leave him out to talk to the sun.
20) Willow dug some more in her closet and pulled out a blood red shawl. "How about this? Will this do?"

Likewise, your submission must abide by the following:

Prompts (Choose one, but see if you can do all three)
- Giles endlessly searches for a spatula.
- Mention of the movie Howard the Duck.
- Xander must say the line, "Oh my God, that is huge!" in reference to a male character.


RULES
- Spike/Buffy is a must. This is a Spuffy community, after all. To not have this rule would be rather silly.
- Seasons 2-5. Season 6 and 7 are barred from this round because a lot of the provided lines would be easy to tack onto a Season 6 or 7 story, and we think it'd be more fun if you had to wrestle with it.
- AUs welcome, but keep it within a mystical world (i.e, one where vampires, et al still exist).
- Minimum length is 5000 words. Maximum length is up to you. If you want to write the hell out of this ficathon, we welcome it.
- You’re free to tackle as many of these starter-lines as you want. The more submissions we get, the happier we’ll be.
- Your submissions MUST include the following information in the subject heading: YOUR NAME, YOUR STORY’S TITLE
- The following information MUST be made in the body of the post:
o Warnings
o Disclaimers
o Spoilers, if applicable
o Pairings
o Rating
- All entries must be placed behind an lj-cut. However, you are free to do “teasers,” so long as the teaser contains G-rated material.

WINDOWS
You are free to begin with ANY of the 20 lines. However, there are deadlines set throughout the ficathon after which certain lines will officially retire, meaning stories submitted after the deadline will not be considered for the poll or by the judges.

Lines 1-7: September 15 - October 15
Lines 8-15: September 15 - November 15
Lines 15-20: September 15 - December 15

The ficathon will end officially on December 16. A reader’s choice poll will go up shortly, and, pending on how advantageous megan_peta  and I are feeling at the time, we might even formally judge the submissions to provide Judge’s Choice awards. That decision will be made at a later date.

Important note: Your story doesn’t need to be finished by the time the ficathon ends, but the more we have to see, the more popular you’ll be among readers, which will better your chances in the reader’s choice poll. Likewise, if you choose a line that retires before your story is complete, no worries. As long as a story was started before a line was retired, you’re in the good.

The winners won’t be announced until after the holidays, but the poll WILL close before Christmas.

Sign-ups start today! You don’t have to tell us what lines you want or anything—just give us a name and an email address. The rest is up to you.

 

Comments

Posted by: maryperk73703 (maryperk73703)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC)

Oh. Looks like fun. I'm pretty sure I'll be using a line in the 15 to 20 catagory, but you never know what the kitty might do. LOL.

Maryperk
maryperk@swbell.net

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
oh you!

Yay! Excellent!

Posted by: LunaMystik (lunamystik)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)

I'm definitely going to be joining this community! Not as a writer, but as someone who is going to read and appreciate what's going to be submitted.

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
:D

Yay! Thanks!

Posted by: dragonflylady77 (dragonflylady77)
Posted at: September 3rd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)

Oooh.. I hope lots of people join because I can't wait to read those... ^_^

*wishes she was good with words*

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
air-quote

Yeah, well...you can always try... *nudge*

Posted by: dragonflylady77 (dragonflylady77)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)

Posted by: oracleholly (oracleholly)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Buffy: LOL

A couple of things:
(1) Is it wrong to read #5 & immediately have my mind in the gutter? *snickersnort*!
(2) Do you have to have all three prompts in one response? Or, may we pick just one?

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
ha!

1) ZOMG! *diez*
2) We'd prefer all three, but we're not gonna be too picky. I just really want participants, so sure. Go ahead and just do one. ^_~

Posted by: oracleholly (oracleholly)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)

Posted by: megan_peta (megan_peta)
Posted at: September 11th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)

Posted by: enigmaticblues (enigmaticblues)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
spuffy eb

Dude. I am so going to regret this...

Me, I'll try.

enigmaticblues
enigmaticblue (at) yahoo (dot) com

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 5th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
squee!!!!!!

Yay! *clings*

Posted by: Carrie (rivertempest)
Posted at: September 5th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
SpikeI'mEvil

Oooo there were so many prompts to play with! My fav, however, is Giles searching endlessly for a spatula... why, I have NO earthly idea! *wants to write, but has too many WIP's in progress and would be buried quickly* sigh... so I'll just watch and enjoy!

yay!
Carrie

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 5th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
cute

Awww. It doesn't have to be long... *nudge nudge* I just lowered the word limit to 5000... :D

Thanks, regardless! *glomps*

Posted by: burnkitty (burnkitty)
Posted at: September 6th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)

Ok so some certain ppl I know kinda twisted my arm (not very hard mind you) and its always fun to work with a prompt or two (or three) I haven't got anything in mind yet but Im sure something will pop into my head eventually.

So count me in! (Eep!)

burnkitty
burn1982@yahoo.com

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
breathe

Huzzah! Can't wait to see what you come up with. :)

Posted by: burnkitty (burnkitty)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 28th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)

Posted by: sanityfair1 (sanityfair1)
Posted at: September 7th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Ficathon

Oooh - I can't wait to start reading the entries! Wish I could post one, I'm afraid I could not write to save my neck!

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 8th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Ficathon
calm

Indeed! I'm excited to see what people come up with. :)

Posted by: dampersnspoons (dampersnspoons)
Posted at: September 9th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Hell Yeah

I'm down for the first round!

My name is Beth and my email is bfstone13@yahoo.com and my favorite color is teal and I like chocolate milk. Also, thank God for ficathons!!

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 11th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
OMG YAY!!!

I am so excited that you're doing this!!! *dances*

Edited at 2008-09-11 02:56 am (UTC)

Posted by: dampersnspoons (dampersnspoons)
Posted at: September 11th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 11th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: dampersnspoons (dampersnspoons)
Posted at: September 11th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 11th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Andrei (blackoberst)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)

Ok, I'm game.

Not sure which one I'll pick yet, but I'll get on it as soon as I have a bit of time.

I'm Andrei (and I'm a spuffy-holic) *drone voices answer from the back - Hi, Andrei!*
blackoberst@yahoo.com

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
crash and burn

Excellent! Thank you!

Posted by: Sotia (ssddgr)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)

GAH! RL is too friggin' busy these days and I SO wanted to write something with Xander's exclamation about size *pouts*

Hope I'll manage to sign up a bit later if things clear up some. If not, I can't wait to read what people come up with!

Sotia

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: September 18th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
here in your arms

Oooh! I'd love to have you participate, so hopefully RL does clear up!

Posted by: maryperk73703 (maryperk73703)
Posted at: December 6th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)

Well, I have a first chapter sitting on my hard drive, lonely and unbetaed using line #20. I just haven't had the umph to get back to it. Now I can post that one chapter by the 15th, if you like, but it'll just be another WIP. Yes, it is a multichaptered plot kitty, and honestly, in my case when are they ever not?

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
destined

As long as it meets the word minimum, you can go ahead and post :)

Posted by: maryperk73703 (maryperk73703)
Posted at: December 8th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Abby (abelina)
Posted at: February 21st, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Question . . .

Hi!

I was going to submit a story for this ficathon, but my muses abandoned me before I could write enough to meet the deadline. I've since picked up again with my idea and it's almost finished . . . I realize I'm waaay late for the contest but does anybody mind if I go ahead and put my story up anyway?

Posted by: Holly (hollydb)
Posted at: February 21st, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: Question . . .
*jazz hands*

Go ahead! We were thinking of extending the deadline anyway. :)

Posted by: Abby (abelina)
Posted at: February 21st, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: Question . . .

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