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09 December 2008 @ 03:15 pm
For once the pouty face worked on me.  
Trying to post this quickly before I have to go babysit my brother and (big)A's littlest ones while they're Christmas shopping, so if this makes no sense please forgive me (or comment and slap me upside the head to clarify when I get back).

Still working out the details so I'm going to leave up my poll about the Guide For Newbie Writers a couple more days. What I might end up doing is a series of several posts with story sections, about five pages in length, and accompanied by a corresponding doc for those that need to have their hands on it to properly beta. Those wanting to help out with this project can then comment on the post or email back the document with their notes and I'll also be encouraging folks participating to really tear it up. At the end of it all, the guide will not only be on those particular posts (with appropriate screengrabs of docs emailed to me) but also on my website in one place. There are also going to be helpful links to writing resources and other shiny things. *g*

Yes, I do realize I'm setting myself up to have my ass handed to me but one advantage is that I already know that story needs major work since it's sporkalicious. Forewarned is forearmed and all that jazz.

Poll #1312382 Time Beween Posts

How long should I give people time to edit each story section?

1-2 days
3-4 days
7 days
other (will comment)
moodswing: busybusy
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Kazkazbaby on December 10th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Definitely going to be done after the holidays. Too many things going on now for everyone.
tejas: DanielBitchLordtejas on December 11th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
The whole story needs to be available for beta at once. There are aspects to a beta that can't be done piecemeal.

This is a very cool idea, btw.

You're also quite brave. ;-)
Kaz: Here Comes Trouble (John&Chiana)kazbaby on December 11th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
That's a very good point. I'll have that available as well.

You're also quite brave. ;-)

It helps to be already aware that it hits a trifecta or two in mistakes.

tejastejas on December 11th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I always hate it when people want me to beta in bits and pieces. If I know them well enough, I'll do it, mostly because I'll have a clue if they're going to be prone to some of the systemic problems you need the whole fic for. But really, in terms of continuity and character development, ya gotta see the whole thing.

Most of us like to hide our trifectas behind the fugly bunny sweater Great Aunt Minnie knitted for us. :-)
Kaz: Pebo - Slightly Madkazbaby on December 11th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
But really, in terms of continuity and character development, ya gotta see the whole thing.

This is very true.

Most of us like to hide our trifectas behind the fugly bunny sweater Great Aunt Minnie knitted for us. :-)

I've also been told on occasion that I'm quite insane. (but i don't listen to the doctors anymore)
tejastejas on December 11th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
It's always fun to confuse them with Jung. So many just back away slowly these days.
sarisia on December 11th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I'm going to side with tejas on this one and say that the story should be given in one shot, despite the length of it and perhaps especially because that would allow us to see where the story is supposed to resolve itself.

Also, I'm only just exiting finals week myself, so for the US participants at least, I think that bit - along with the fast-approaching Christmas hols - would require week-long brackets around the week of the 25th at least. For myself, it'd depend entirely on when I actually received the document before I could set a date by which you could expect it returned.
sarisia on December 11th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
And just saw your reply to ivorygates about posting it after the holidays.

In that case, I'd say a couple weeks should do. :D
Kaz: GateSunset (SG1)kazbaby on December 11th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know that it's too hectic for folks at this time of the year. When I start things up, it'll hopefully be well after everyone has settled back into their normal groove.