And The Winners Are...

Thanks again to everyone who participated – we appreciate your fantastic drabbles and your contribution to this fest so much! Each one of you was a part of making this a success.

So many quality drabbles were submitted (here and here) that we have awarded, as planned, several winners.

Our goal was for each author to write 13 drabbles… so we have decided to award 13 winners.

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See you next year,

~summerborn and hasaidreamer

Best of auld_lang_snape Submissions

I know summerborn and I have been a little bit vague about the categories for which we're accepting entries for the "contest" part of this event. Our hope was to adapt the categories to suit whatever got submitted so that we could showcase a small piece of each of your writing, while limiting the number of drabbles and ficlets that would be posted on the main community (and that the two of us would have to read this week).

Thus, the "categories" are going to change depending on what we see from each of you.

Please direct us to ONE and only one drabble that you'd like to see submitted to the eventual posting of "best of auld_lang_snape on this community. We're happy to have links to the complete set of drabbles written by all the participants (see responsese to my previous post), but for this entry we'd like just one per person. If you're having trouble picking, ask a beta or someone else who drabbled with us to help you choose.

I haven't read all the drabbles yet, but those I have are fabulous. I am so impressed with the quality of writing done in three hours!

If you've already posted a link and told us about one specific drabble, you don't have to repost. If, however, you've mentioned more than one favourite or you haven't chosen one yet, please let us know here which you'd like to use.

The deadline for commenting on this with your submission is now extended to midnight on January 5, 2007.


Post your drabble links here!

I'm so glad we did that!

I had a great time writing and I hope you all did (and drawbling) too.

While I'm still not sure how many of my drabbles are fit for eyes other than mine to read, it'd be great at this point to see some of the art and ficlets that this event helped you to create!

Please reply below with a link or links to your drabbles - or post one or two in comments. Let us know which (if any) you want us to consider for the "best of auld_lang_snape". We'll be selecting winners from each of your best (posted/linked below, between now and January 4) for various categories - many of which haven't been chosen yet. We're taking one submission per person. Please point us to the drabble you want considered.

ETA: To clarify: You don't have to post them in raw/draft form. Edited ficlets/drabbles are still eligible for the contest... not that we'd know either way :) Thus the submission limit of January 4th.

ETA2: Please link to everything you wrote that you feel like posting! Just make sure you point out the one you think is "best" :D

(My apologies if this message has redundant bits. It's been a long day. *whew!*)


Prompts and Idea Resources

Hi everyone! I'm about to get started with my three hours, and since I have no idea what to write about, I pulled up a few handy dandy resources I thought I'd share with the group.
  • First, this HP Random Pairing Generator gives what seems to be mostly the more mainstream characters. I think it's my favorite pairing/character generator.
  • If you like the really rare ones, the St Dymphna's Academy of Magick generator seems to go out of its way to include ALL the characters.

Another idea I've seen is to flip open a book to a random page and pick a phrase, or to hit the "random page" button on Wikipedia. Any others? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like a few ideas :)

How's the writing going?!?

Who's finished their three hours? Who's midway through? Who hasn't started yet (but is as keen as I am to begin, once I get home from work!)?

C'mon folks! Who's out there?

If your three writing hours are over...

How did you fare? Did you hit your target? How many prompts, drabbles, ficlets, characters, words did you manage to include?

Everyone who participated is a hero just for making the attempt. Whether or not you finished thirteen ficlets, I tip my champagne glass to you!

Nota: summerborn or I will put up the place to link/post your drabbles shortly.

Tonight, we write!

The eve of the new year has arrived! I hope you're all still on board to join us in writing 13 drabbles/ficlets in the final 3 hours of 2006.

Regular schedule asks each participant to start at 9:00 pm in your time zone and write only 'til midnight - so you can ring in the new year with the sense of accomplishment that comes with any fun, spontaneous creative endeavor! If you're going on an alternate schedule, any three hours today or tomorrow will do. For a reminder of any details, the original FAQ post is here.

We are still taking sign-ups, if you want to submit your name to the sign-up list . If you're not on the list you're still welcome to put your two cents in and submit drabbles later.

1. We welcome discussion, encouragement, bragging, venting, brainstorms, prompting/bunnies, drabble advice, etc. in this community from now until writing has finished. Posting to the community will be public until tomorrow night, when everyone worldwide should be finished (No bending of the space-time continuum or time-warping, please).

2. I'll be putting up a post shortly where you can tell us, once your three hours are up, how it went for you - how much you wrote, whether that be in wordcount or the number of drabbles - and any experiences you want to share with us from the night or your writing.

3. A post will be going up in the next day or two where you can reply to share links to your drabbles with all of us! Please hold off on posting them here until we have that up, so we can be organized about this and avoid inundating everyone's f-list. Thanks!

I hope you're looking forward to this as much as I am!

Participants' List

Hello New Year's Eve Writers!

summerborn is having a spot of internet trouble, so I'm reposting with a current participants' list. The sign up post is still here.

In alphabetical order:
hasaidreamer (mod)
summerborn (mod)

The community is now open for posting, if there are any questions you'd like to put to the group or the moderators, or anything you'd like to share or discuss.

Tomorrow, we write!

What is a Drabble?

What makes a drabble, a drabble?

Is it merely the length? I’ve seen anything from mctabby’s recent 25-word challenge to about 500 words called a drabble. So is that all that defines it? Or is there something more that makes a drabble, among all fanfiction styles, unique?

Does a drabble have to tell a complete story?

Does a ficlet that leaves out so much that it doesn’t make sense or it leaves you yearning for it to be expanded into a longer story “count” as a drabble?

The best drabbles, of course, are those that tell volumes more than words can say, by what they imply – by the subtle implications of what we see – and what we don’t see. A drabble is like a peek into the story through a window the size of a slit in a piece of paper. If the window is in the right place, at the right time, the ficlet will succeed. If not…

Finally: Is there a skill to writing drabbles that is different from writing other fiction or fanfic? What is the most important feature of a drabble that you are going to enjoy?

All thoughts or answers are welcome!

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What do you write?

In the interest of getting to know the wonderful, crazy people willing to write 13 drabbles in three hours, I'm going to be posting discussable questions over the course of the week-and-a-bit leading up to New Year's. Anybody who feels so inclined is welcome to get involved in the replies!

Since it was glanced upon in some of your sign-up comments:
What do you normally write in fandom? Long fic, short fic, drabbles? Do you have a favourite pairing? Is that different or the same from what you like to read?

Feel free to pimp one or two of your best or favourite stories here if you feel so inclined!

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I'd also welcome answers to the following dilemma: Any idea where I can drop a mention of this fest to attract more people? Point me in the right directions and I'm there!