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Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
4:22 pm - Posting Amnesty and the Comm's Future

First of all, thank you to everyone who played in the fandom_deja_vu sandlot. It was an experiment that vegetariansushi and I were very excited by, and we've had a lot of fun with the back-end work to set it all up. It's been wonderful to see the diversity of fandoms that are represented--that is the one real success of the challenge.

Unfortunately, things do seem to have come unstuck in terms of how many people have responded to the challenge. It's been clear from the start that everyone has liked the idea behind fandom_deja_vu, but it's also become clear that people have had trouble filling the prompts. We're not sure why that is. For our own parts, vegetariansushi and I both have half-written stories that didn't get finished on time due to real life stuff happening.

With over 80 people signed up, though, surely the mid-year pinch can't be the only problem.

We'd really appreciate it if you'd drop us a comment, telling us if there was some specific problem that we could/can address as moderators. Or perhaps you have some more general feedback. vegetariansushi and I were wondering if the community should be run in some other way: for instance, more along the lines of a flashfic community, so that there's a new challenge every two or three months. Let us know if you have any ideas.

In any case, we've decided not to run another round of the challenge; at least not in the immediate future. We have, however, decided to have a Posting Amnesty. The community will be left open until the end of August, so that anyone running late with their stories can still post them. At the end of the month we'll re-assess things and let you know what will happen to fandom_deja_vu.

In Brief:
  • Posting is open until 31 August.

  • Suggestions/feedback on fandom_deja_vu are welcome, via comments or email.

If you'd like to see fandom_deja_vu continued, please do leave us some feedback.

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Monday, August 7th, 2006
9:07 pm - Forgetting Tomorrow by Loz. Life on Mars. Amnesia challenge.

Author: Loz (a.k.a lozenger8)
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: G
Word Count: Approximately 19,000 words.
Notes: Gen. Written for fandom_deja_vu. Thanks to scidazzle for being a wonderfully supportive beta and holding my hand.
Summary: Trapped in 1973, not knowing if he’s in a coma, or genuinely travelled back in time from 2006. The identity crisis couldn’t get any worse for Sam Tyler. Until something goes wrong. And things aren’t only difficult for Sam. Try working a murder investigation minus the knowledge base of an integral member of your team.

“You are not the murdering type, Sam Tyler. The sooner you get that thick notion out of your head, the better.”

Link to Forgetting Tomorrow

Please leave feedback either to this post, or to lozenger8 at gmail dot com.

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3:53 am - Reminder

This is just a reminder that you have about 24 hours to post your challenge fics. Again, the deadline is midnight, pacific time.

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Sunday, August 6th, 2006
10:39 am - The Shadow of Camlann (King Arthur, PG13)

Title: The Shadow of Camlann
Author: aleathiel
Fandom: King Arthur (of the medieval revival of the Romances rather than the recent film - although, to be honest, it owes much to Rosemary Sutcliff)
Rating: PG13
Pairing: Arthur/Gawain (with Arthur/Guinevere and Guinevere/Lancelot)
Summary: Gawain tries to prevent Camlann.
A/N: Yes I have played with timelines, fates and relative ages. Who hasn't?

For the Time Travel challenge.

The Shadow of Camlann

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
10:45 am - King Arthur: Knightly Virtues (no pairing) G

Title: Knightly Virtues
Author: bluflamingo
Fandom: King Arthur
Pairing: None
Rating: PG
Words: 2865
Feedback: Yes please. Even if it’s bad. Especially if it’s bad.
Disclaimer: No, I don't own them, for which I should think they're profoundly grateful.

AN1: Written for the First Time challenge.

Summary: Galahad and swords don’t exactly mix, as Gawain finds out.

Knightly Virtues

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Monday, July 31st, 2006
4:06 pm - Across the Great Divide by Isis (isiscolo): due South, time travel challenge

I've put my fandom_deja_vu story up on my website due to its length:

Across the Great Divide
Author: Isis (isiscolo)
Fandom: due South
Pairing, rating, etc: Fraser/RayK, PG13, 16,000 words. Thanks to malnpudl, riverlight, and imkalena for beta. Written for the time travel challenge at fandom_deja_vu.
Summary: Fraser will fulfill his responsibilities to his partner to the end - and beyond.

All feedback is warmly welcomed; you can use the 'send feedback' link on the story to email me, or leave a comment on my livejournal here. Also on that lj entry are my story notes, which I recommend saving for after you've read the story.

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3:11 pm - Start of open posting

As of now, the community is unlocked and unmoderated -- now's the time to start posting your fic. When posting, please be sure to include at least the fandom and the prompt (time travel, first time, or amnesia) in your headers.

Open posting will continue for one week (I erroniously said four days in my last post, and I apologise), until Monday 7 July.

Ready? Go!

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Friday, July 7th, 2006

In light of a few recent comments, it's been decided to extend the fandom_deja_vu deadline a bit. The dates were originally chosen because they were a few weeks off of any challenges that cupidsbow and I knew about, but since then we've found a handful of things ending now. Between that and the extension over at reel_sga, it seems that a fair few people are feeling pushed for time in which to finish their fics.

So the new deadline is 31 July, which is three weeks later than planned. On the 31, we'll open the community to posts. On 4 August, we'll set everything back to moderation so that we can gear up for round two. (The response to this has been far, far beyond what we expected -- we were ready to declare things a wild success if we got ten participants. So there's definitely going to be a round two.)

In sum: NEW DEADLINE 31 JULY. Don't start your last minute panicking just yet.

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Friday, May 26th, 2006
11:22 pm - Quick FYI

Just so you know, the challenges for Deja Vu All Over Again have just been posted. If you cannot see the post containing these and you're interested in participating, you need to join the community -- there are a few people who are watching but haven't joined, and I'm not sure if it's intentional or not.

To join the community, go to our user info. Below the words 'Community Information', there's about a line and a half of text. There's a link in this text that says 'To join this community, click here.' You need to click that in order to join the community; just clicking the 'add user to friendslist' button will not give you access to locked posts.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
5:00 am

Deja Vu All Over Again
The Multi-Fandom Variations on a Theme Challenge

Who: Run by cupidsbow and vegetariansushi. Everyone is invited to join in.

What: A multifandom variations on a theme challenge. It works like this: Under the cut tag for this post is a list of themes. Vote once in each poll. On Friday, I'll close the poll. Then, cupidsbow and I will come up with a loose outline of an unresolved story for the two or three most highly rated themes. The outline will be vague enough that it can be used to create a story in almost any major fandom with a supernatural (Harry Potter, Buffy, Lost) or futuristic (BSG, Stargate(s), Farscape, Star Trek) element. If you're willing to write your characters in an AU, the outlines will work for any fandom, including RPS. The outlines will be posted in the community in a locked post. From that point, you're on your own. Take what's in the outline (any or all of them) and use it as the framework for your story. The fandom, the characters, and the ending are entirely up to you. There are no length restrictions.

Why: Official answer: Something about group interpretations of text. Also probably something about literary and cultural something or other. Unofficial answer: I thought it'd be cool.

Where: All announcements, reminders, and fics will be posted in fandom_deja_vu

When: The poll will close on Friday, 19 May. The outlines will be posted by Friday, 26 May. Fiction is due on Monday, 10 July. There is no signup deadline. If you want to write, you join the community. You can join until the day before fics are due, but all fics must be posted to the community on the tenth of July.

The poll is on my journal, since I can't seem to make it work in the community. Voting in the poll does not indicate willingness to participate in the challenge -- feel free to vote even if you'd just like to see other people write lots of one kind of fic.

Please Vote Here

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