Yes, we are doing this!!!! Your friendly moderator this year is Mme Bahorel.
Signups: 18 November 2010 through 7 pm EST 26 November 2010
Assignments: Will be drawn the evening of 26 November 2010 and emailed to all participants
Deadline: Initial draft/mod communication by 28 December 2010 (If you must drop out, you must let the mod know by this date so that everyone can still get a present!)
Reveal: Rolling postings from 1 January 2011 to 7 January 2011 (7 January is Christmas under the Julian calendar used by Eastern Orthodox churches, so it's still totally a Christmas exchange – it also gives you a whole week of leeway for holiday travel.)
You do not need to have an account on LiveJournal to participate – please submit your gift to the moderator to post if you do not have a LiveJournal account. All gifts will be posted as individual posts on the santafrenchboys community.
How do signups work?
A signup requires five things:
1) Your username (particularly important if you are not a LiveJournal member or if your LJ name is different to your Abaissé name)
2) Your email address
3) Requests: You should request at least three (3) characters. Grouped characters are allowed and considered multiples: Any Student, Patron Minette, 1817 Crew, etc. You will be paired with someone who can offer at least one of your selected characters. If your only characters are Sister Simplice, Fauchelevent, and Louison, the mod may come back to you and say “can we discuss this?”
4) Optional details: Optional details are optional. If you want specific pairings, ask for them here. If you want porn, ask for it here. If you want gen, ask for it here. Suggest particular situations, let your recipient know your rating limits (this is not a porn challenge specifically, but I know this fandom *g*), say “When I said Enjolras, I totally meant I need David Thaxton icons for my LJ”. You are guaranteed something focused around at least one of your selected characters. Specific requests should be taken into account, but if someone wants a Frenchboy orgy, and you're just not feeling it, you don't have to write it. Please keep this in mind when making your character requests and filling in your optional details.
5) Offers: You should offer any characters you are willing to create something based around. If you say “I'll do anything”, that means you are willing to write a fic or create a drawing for the unnamed little convent school girl talking about virgins. You may make as many character offers as you like, and yes, “I'll do anything” is a perfectly valid offer if you're a gambler.
Post your signup to the signup thread, which will go up later tonight. The signup thread is confidential – only the mod will see all signups, and you will only receive a copy of your designated recipient's request.
What are appropriate gifts?
Gifts can be anything free and fannish that adheres to at least one requested character: fic, drawings, cartoons, LJ icons, photocollages, fanvids – anything that trips your fancy and is reasonably legal and original (and digital, since we are all about pixels on a screen). This is not a venue for gifting bootlegs. There is no requirement for length if you are writing fic. You are also not limited to using only one requested character if you have ideas for more.
All requests will go out to the same pool. If you desperately want a drawing of something, you can put that in your optional details, but I will not differentiate between writers and artists in making assignments. Please keep this in mind when making your requests. Assignments will be as close to a random draw as is possible, taking into account requested characters.
Once you have your assignment, have at it! Something in the requested characters and/or optional details ought to catch your fancy.
Because the reveal is not automated, and because last time a lot of people did not get any gifts at all (*sadness*), I'm instituting a requirement for you to get nagged by a moderator. I want to hear from you by a couple days after Christmas that everything is at the very least under control. You don't have to be done, but I need to know by then if you think you won't be done by 7 January. I will email you myself on 29 December if I have not at least heard “I've got it under control”. If I do not hear from you by 31 December, I will assume that you are unable to complete your assignment and will reassign it. I completely understand that holiday travel can mean that some of you are away from your computers from before Christmas until after New Year's, therefore the extended deadline and reveal period. Let me know this in advance so I do not nag you unnecessarily. If you finish early and would like to act as a replacement if givers drop out, let me know that, too.
How do I get my present?
Please join the santafrenchboys community if you are on LiveJournal! Gifts should be posted beginning 1 January 2011. I'll post a notice on Abaissé as well that reveals have begun.
You may post your gift to the community yourself. Please put “Gift for [recipient]” in the post title. Large images and lengthy fic should go under an LJ cut. If you do not have a LiveJournal account, email your gift/link to your gift to the moderator, who can post it on your behalf. If you will be unable to post your gift because you will be out of town, please send it to the moderator for posting – please do not post gifts early. Remember, you have a full seven days in which to post your gift.
When gifts are posted, read, watch, comment, squee! It is Christmastime, and Christmas is fun!
Please feel free to pimp this out to anyone (and any LJ or DA comms) that might be interested.
Signup post will go up on santafrenchboys on LiveJournal (with a link here) after I finally eat dinner *g*
What kind of literature and what kind of life is the same question. - Tom Stoppard