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    Monday, April 24th, 2017
    duskpeterson
    1:00a
    Survival School (Young Toughs)
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    "This is the right place for you, boy. They'll school you here to be a right-standing man, one who can keep control over his actions, like any good man should. You just got to keep yourself open to learn and to grow."

    How far can trust grow, when you're in a place you despise?

    Arrested for a crime he doesn't regret, Bat ends up handcuffed to a group of fellow city boys and sent on a long journey into the countryside. He knows that he is being transported to a prison for delinquent servant boys, but what form will his imprisonment take?

    Tattooed with the rank-mark of servant, Bat must learn how to keep from losing his temper with the men who carry the keys to his freedom. But in the unbelievable world where he has been deposited, in which a genial master orders strict punishments and a servant acts like a master, will Bat be able to locate the door to his release? Which of his fellow prisoners can he trust to help him?

    And will he survive long enough to find out?

    Inspired by true events at a turn-of-the-century reform school, this novella (short novel) is set in an alternative version of the Chesapeake Bay region during the 1910s.

    This story will be serialized online weekly.

    Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
    asylum_promo
    [ veiled_mods ]
    6:02p
    Veiled World - Actively recruiting Vampires, Dragons & Hunters
    Veiled World: Supernatural/Urban Fantasy RPG )
    Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
    dragovianknight
    4:06p
    World of Warcraft: Legion
    The overall gameplay this expansion may be so-so, but the 7.2 cinematic at the Broken Shore has exploded my soul. Oh, Anduin.

    Current Mood: excited
    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
    lexin
    2:19p
    Our Prime Minister, Theresa May, has called a snap general election for June 8. Because we don't have enough shitty politics going on as it is.

    She's picked that date because her party (the Conservatives) are so far ahead in the polls that she thinks they are unassailable and the opposition (Labour) are in what you might kindly call disarray largely (IMO) because the Blairite right of the party are hell bent on undermining the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. From this you might guess (correctly) that I loathe Blair and his followers with a deep, poisonous loathing.

    We can but wait to find out what happens.

    This entry was originally posted at http://lexin.dreamwidth.org/643844.html. You can comment here or there, it's up to you.

    Current Music: Whisky in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
    Sunday, April 16th, 2017
    duskpeterson
    3:02p
    Spy Hill (Commando)
    Map of Fort Frederick (Compassion Life Prison) and countryside


    "Fairview was the finest friend a man could have, and the finest battle-companion. I dared not risk doing anything that might break our friendship."

    On a hot summer's day, on a high hill surrounded by the enemy, the best battle-companion can turn out to be the truth.

    Rook and Fairview have worked alongside each other for years, first as officers in the navy, then as officers on a steamship, and finally as colonels in an invading army. Members of a nation where tiny differences in rank are considered all-important, the two men defy convention by treating each other as equals.

    But now their life-long bond is about to meet its greatest strain, when they are ordered to seize and defend a hill whose landscape is unknown, in the company of soldiers who may be incompetent or treacherous. Will Rook and Fairview's friendship remain by the end of the battle? Or will their lives take an unexpected detour as they struggle to survive on Spy Hill?

    This story will be serialized online weekly.

    duskpeterson
    2:56p
    This week's serialized fiction: Split 2/9
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    "The High Seeker surely could not know in full what Vito was thinking and planning. If he'd known, he'd have ordered Vito strapped to a rack."

    It was his duty to transform the prisoner's soul. But which one?

    When Vito de Vere is assigned a prisoner who is not quite what he appears to be, Vito must penetrate the mystery of his prisoner's unexpected appearance in the Eternal Dungeon, arrested for a crime that is no crime.

    But Vito himself is hiding a mystery from the other members of the dungeon. Increasingly filled with tenderness toward his vulnerable prisoner, can Vito accomplish his secret mission without sacrificing his prisoner?

    Friday, April 14th, 2017
    yuletideadmin 5:48a
    Another Deadline Past
    Pinch hits sent after the deadline (ie #182 - #308) are due in 48 hours.

    We'll now be closing the collection for a little, while we default the overdue pinch hits. There will then be more pinch hits going out.
    No more pinch hits at the moment, as the assigned pinch hitters were wonderful and got all the needed stories in due at the point. There will probably be more later in the process as we identify more placeholders, and if there are any not filled after the next deadline>

    We will shortly re-open the collection. Treats and pinch hits can be posted between then and December 25 (UTC). Please make sure you submit treats, and edits to your stories, by midnight between 24 and 25 December (UTC) -- Check this in my time zone.
    yuletideadmin 5:48a
    ~25 mins to pinch hit deadline #1
    At this time, or before the next hour.

    If you have pinch hit #182 or above, you have another 48 hours. If you have an extension, you should have an email confirmation.

    We are cheering you on!

    And if you didn't get a pinch hit earlier, don't worry, the fun isn't over. Stand by!
    yuletideadmin 5:48a
    12 Hours to Next Deadline
    Stories are due 12 hours or less from now if:
    • They are pinch hit numbers #95-181 (sent between December 11 and December 17)

    • You have an extension to this date, confirmed by email.


    The next deadline after that is at 9am UTC 22 December.

    Please get in touch if you are having problems. If you don't have a gift yet and believe you should, please wait to contact us until after the deadline of 9am UTC 20 December has passed, as the vast majority of stories will be in by then.
    yuletideadmin 5:48a
    Deadline-Past Post
    The deadline has now passed for assignments and pinch hits #1 - #94.

    Pinch Hits #95 - #181 are due 9am UTC December 20th (ie, approximately 48 hours from now).

    We will briefly close the collection and default the remaining assignments. If you've got a later pinch hit or an extension, don't worry if your assignment disappears briefly in the process. It should be back very soon. If you have an extension, you will have received an email confirmation - otherwise, you do not have an extension.

    Pinch hits will be being sent out shortly. These will be due at 9am UTC on the 22nd of December.

    We will shortly re-open the collection. Treats and pinch hits can be posted between then and December 25 (UTC).

    New and Non-Canonized Fandoms

    If you have posted one of the first works for a fandom tag, it may not appear on the fandom page for the Yuletide collection, or your story may appear under a related fandom. Please dont contact AO3 Support about this.

    New fandom tags will be wrangled after the collection is opened on 25th December. For most fandoms, this will be a quick process, and the stories will then be findable via the fandom list once the page cache has updated. Please note that fandoms will be canonized according to archive guidelines and some may be folded into into another fandom. Some fandoms may take longer.' The Yuletide tagmods have done their best to format the tagset tags by archive guidelines, so that theyre clear and easily wrangleable. Because of this, we encourage you to use the tag set tags when possible.

    (Yes - you can use a fandom tag even it doesnt appear in a drop-down menu. Just write it in, then press enter, tab, or comma so that it appears with a little red X next to it, then continue filling in the work details.)

    The wranglers realise that youd prefer to know what fandoms are available as soon as the collection opens. Because of this, when we open the collection, we and they will share a list of all the unwrangled fandoms with you to ensure that people can find these stories by searching manually, even before the tags are wrangled.
    yuletideadmin 5:48a
    12 Hours to Deadline
    Countdown here.

    Pinch hits #95-181 are due in 60 hours.

    After that, we will close the collection briefly to take care of some administrative work, then re-open it - so pinch hitters and treat writers will be able to upload stories after that, right up until midnight UTC between Dec 24 and 25.

    The Madness collection will stay 1 day open for posting after that.

    If you are having trouble posting, please contact the mods (yuletideadmin@gmail.com), or consult one of these two guides:

    2009 tutorial on posting to AO3
    This year's post on how and where to post your fic
    yuletideadmin 5:48a
    One Day to Deadline
    Here is the countdown.

    Please get your fic (either original assignment, or pinch hit #1-#94) in by that time!

    The fandom you are posting in may not be canonical on the Archive. It's okay if you start to type your fandom in the fandom field, and nothing comes up in the drop-down menu. This is a free text field - so you can enter your intended fandom label, press enter, tab, or comma, continue filling out the form, and post whether the fandom is canonical or not.

    When you are posting, please check
    • Is your fic a draft? Drafts cannot be accessed by anyone but you. Your fic needs to be fully posted - not in draft form - to fulfil your assignment.

    • Is your fic marked Complete? An incomplete fic is not suitable to fulfil your assignment. Is your fic marked Chapters 1/3, 4/5, 5/?, etc? This can happen sometimes if you post a work with multiple chapters and edit it. Please make sure that if you have a multi-chapter fic, all chapters are present and the metadata shows this.

    • Is your fic part of a series? Do NOT add your fic to an existing series before author reveals on January 1, as linking your fic to an existing series removes your anonymity.


    This is also a good time to double-check your recipient's prompts, especially their DNWs. It's horrible to suddenly realise you're going to squick them - but better to know now than realize it when works are revealed.

    There are several outstanding hippo requests in the IRC chat. If you can help with the following, please sign in or contact the mods:
    • Midnighter

    • Silicon Valley

    • Uncharted

    • Chip's Challenge

    • Demon of the Underground

    • Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

    • Critical Role


    Nearly there - we can make it!
    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
    duskpeterson
    2:29p
    Split (The Eternal Dungeon: Sweet Blood #3)
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    "The High Seeker surely could not know in full what Vito was thinking and planning. If he'd known, he'd have ordered Vito strapped to a rack."

    It was his duty to transform the prisoner's soul. But which one?

    When Vito de Vere is assigned a prisoner who is not quite what he appears to be, Vito must penetrate the mystery of his prisoner's unexpected appearance in the Eternal Dungeon, arrested for a crime that is no crime.

    But Vito himself is hiding a mystery from the other members of the dungeon. Increasingly filled with tenderness toward his vulnerable prisoner, can Vito accomplish his secret mission without sacrificing his prisoner?


    duskpeterson
    2:25p
    I'm in need of beta readers again
    With the editing system I've had in place for the last few years, I've had good luck in catching language errors: typos, spelling/grammar mistakes, stylistic problems, etc. However, I continue to need help with story content issues, especially story continuity - that is, making sure that names/dates/facts/etc. don't suddenly warp into something different partway through a story or a series. (The classic example I mention in my website is me giving a character blue eyes in scene one and green eyes in scene two.) That sort of problem is darned hard for me to catch. I once had to pull a story from its submission rounds because I belatedly realized I'd put a character in it who had been dead for three centuries by the time the story began.

    I realize that most of you haven't read all my stories within a single series (though if you have, bonus points), and some of you haven't read my stories at all. But even having someone catch the continuity errors within a single story would be valuable to me. If you could keep your eye out for any other content issues (such as insufficient character motivation), that would be helpful to me as well.

    Here's the stories for which I'm in need of beta readers for content issues, by order of priority. If you're interested, please email me.

    Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Do let me know of topics you wish to avoid.


    Emancipation (Life Prison) )
    Truth and Trust (The Eternal Dungeon: Sweet Blood #5) )
    The Awakening (Dungeon Guards) )
    Initiation (Life Prison: Hell's Messenger #3) )
    Breached Boundaries (The Three Lands) )
    duskpeterson
    2:05p
    Welcome to my Friends from LiveJournal
    If you're here because I'm no longer posting at LiveJournal, welcome! Make yourself at home.

    (If you're a Dreamwidth person, you may have missed this fuss. So I'll repeat what I said there: If you haven't already done so, download stories you like at LiveJournal. A lot of LJ users are deleting their accounts, and though I haven't checked, some LJ communities may shut down too.)
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