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If you were planning to post something to The Cookie Jar, now is the time. All cookies must be posted by 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC -5) Thursday, January 5.

Remember, there is no medium or minimum length requirement for cookies.

Feel free to use the comments to this entry to point people to interesting prompts they may have overlooked. (Yes, they can be your prompts, but try looking around a little, too.)
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All stories are in, and ALL STORIES ARE IN!

People who couldn't finish on time defaulted early and the pinch hitters swung into action, and everyone who turned in a story on time has a story!

This is so awesome, you guys, you don't even know.

I'll be sending out links for people to review if their story is right the afternoon of the second, so if you sent me a draft that needed some revisions, please try to get me the revisions by the morning of the second.

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Stories are due in approximately 25 hours, at 11:59 p.m. EST on 12/29.

There will be an uncertainly timed grace period, depending on when I have a chance to check stories in (damn the demands of work.)

I'm going to go now and respond to everyone who has sent in a story so far. If I haven't confirmed that I received a story from you in the next three hours, but you think you sent one in, please RESEND.

If you are really worried about getting your story in on time, feel free to PM it as well as e-mailing it.


Dec. 21st, 2011 02:50 pm
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I know we're approaching the time when people enter ficfar and start writing up treats for everyone everywhere.

Please check out the prompts at The Cookie Jar. If you forgot to post a prompt yourself, it's not too late to join in the fun!
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Poll #8785 3 Ships Checkin 2011
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 25

I will be able to mail a complete I Saw Three Ships story to you by 11:59 p.m. EST (UTC -5) December 29, 2011.

You already have mine! I am a BEAST!
3 (12.0%)

Yes. Definitely. I'm just doing the finishing touches right now.
7 (28.0%)

I am pretty sure.
14 (56.0%)

No, definitely not. Sorry, don't ask me about it.
0 (0.0%)

It seems unlikely.
1 (4.0%)

Your answer in this poll is non-binding. It's just a way for me to remind people that they signed up, and give some pinch hitters some extra time.

If you answer no in the poll, but you do turn a story in on time anyway, you are counted as turning in a story on time.

I will also be sending an e-mail about this, and if you prefer to answer by e-mail, that's fine. If I don't see a response from either the poll or the e-mail by Monday, it is effectively like voting no in the poll!
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When I sent you your list of requested fandoms, any moresome request that you made for Request 2 was listed as your moresome request for Request 1.

This mixup only occurred on your notice of requested fandoms. Your writer was given the correct list of moresomes for Requests 1, 2, 3, and 4.

If you would like me to send you your actual Request 1 moresome, please comment to this post (comments are visible), but otherwise, assume your writer got what you originally requested.

Also, only one writer has written to tell me that they did not get their original assignment, so everyone else has their assignment? Yes, yes?

Also, also — I got a note from a writer that their giftee's requested story element took the story in an AU direction they could not wrap their head around (and this was definitely and clearly something that had never happened on the show and would have changed the whole thing if it had happened; seriously, seriously AU, not just a differing interpretation on whether the protagonist of the series is Really Nifty or a Complete Dick.) You should include the requested story element, if you can, and please give it a serious try, but if it's impossible for you to write, then don't write that. Check out their journal or their Dear Sailor letter and write them something else that you think they will like. You must write the three characters in their threesome, but if you can't write their requested story element, you can still fulfill the terms of the exchange.
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I know that there was a problem with the way the mail merge worked for the assignments and for confirming what you got. I've been traveling home from Bascon and recovering from that, and I haven't been able to address it, but I will totally fix it by this weekend.

I'm sorry this year's assignments have been so screwed up. Next year, I will make sure to test the mail merge way in advance of when assignments go out.
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Please write a letter expanding on what you'd like in a story, what you like in the fandoms and trios you requested, and what your squicks are. You may either write a letter in comments or post a link to an unlocked entry on your journal. Your sailor (i.e. assigned writer) is not obligated to include the things you put in the letter, but they should avoid your listed squicks, and may better be able to determine what to write for you.

Make sure the name on the comment below matches the name you used to sign up with!

Some tips on writing a letter by other, wiser fen than I:

[livejournal.com profile] liviapenn: Thoughts on Yuletide prompts & requests
[livejournal.com profile] thefourthvine: [Meta]: The Yuletide Prompt Poll Results
[livejournal.com profile] dhaunea: Request details and 'Dear Santa' letters
[livejournal.com profile] penknife: Eight ways to break your ficathon writer's brain

If you do not have a Dreamwidth account, you may want to setup an OpenID account in order to comment. Anonymous commenting is allowed but screened by default, so there's a delay.
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The assignment e-mails have been sent to all story exchange participants.

If you don't get your assignment, first, check your spam filter! Then, comment to this entry ON DREAMWIDTH to let me know you didn't get your assignment, the name you signed up with, and a second e-mail address I should send your assignment to.

If you get your assignment and you don't recognize the assignment as matching anything you offered to write, reply to the assignment e-mail ASAP and let me know that I matched you wrong and you need another assignment.

And, also, most importantly, have fun writing the story!
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I was able to finish the matching last night but not the mailmerge. However, I have a 4 hour layover in Atlanta. I should be able to solve the mystery of opensource mailmerge there.
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Assignments are not going out until late tomorrow. Matching is proving more difficult than I expected, since I didn't give myself two full weekend days to do it, and the software I am using is proving deeply resistant to creating a spreadsheet I can usefully print.

I have screened comments to this post, so you can yell at me if you want.
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32 people have signed up so far, including pinch-hitters but not including me. I have sent confirmation e-mails to everyone who has signed up through today (a couple of you may have gotten it twice, as I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anyone.)

Offers have been made in: Farscape, more Power Rangers series than I realized existed, Gossip Girl, Highlander, A Companion to Wolves, The Chronicles of Riddick, Jeremiah, Wonderfalls.

Requests have been made in: Kaizou Sentai Gokaiger, Full Metal Alchemist, Community, Juno, La Femme Nikita, Bend It Like Beckham, Inception, Final Fantasy XII, Tiger & Bunny, High School Musical.

Please remember, if you are interested in a non-English language source or a non-live action filmed media, please recruit your friends who share your fandoms to participate. If you have a suggestion for a comm at which I should post notice of the challenge, please let me know. If you would like to announce the challenge in your comm or in your journal, I welcome promotion.

Thanks, and don't wait to sign up. Signups close Saturday (UTC -5).
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You may now leave up to THREE (3) prompts at the Cookie Jar. (The whole point of this challenge is that one may have more than one real love, so…. Also, james asked.)
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I have sent a confirmation to everyone who has signed up to I Saw Three Ships through 1:26 p.m. EST on October 18.

Pinchhitters and story participants all got the same e-mail, so don't be alarmed if you only signed up to pinch hit and the e-mail mentions assignments.

If you haven't gotten a confirmation e-mail from me, comment here, PM me, or send an e-mail to sesa at zvi likes tv dot net.
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Okay, I have updated the I Saw Three Ships website, including rules that are updated for The Cookie Jar and to allow the requesting of additional persons in your collectives.


Friday, October 1: signups open
Saturday, October 29: Last day of signups
Tuesday, November 1: assignments sent out
Thursday, December 29: Stories due by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5).
This is a hard and fast deadline, due to the seasonal nature of the project.
Thursday, January 5: Cookies due by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5)
Friday, January 6 (Three Kings Day): stories posted
Friday, January 13: authors revealed

23 people have signed up so far, of whom 17 have offered to pinchhit. One thoroughly delightful and most appreciated Andrea has signed up just to pinchhit. Thank you, you are the best! Six people have tossed a prompt in the Cookie Jar, do join them.

Requests so far have been made in fandoms such as: The Social Network, The Big Bang Theory, Burn Notice, Sarah Jane Adventures, Degrassi TNG, Criminal Minds (I like the way you think!), and Final Fantasy XII.

Offers have been made in: NSYNC, Twilight, Chuck, Torchwood, Smallville, Warehouse 13, Sucker Punch (could be excellent fun!), Sports Night, Star Trek RPF, Star Trek Deep Space 9, Dexter, and Nobuta wo Produce.

Remember, comics fandom, non-English fandoms, RPF, and videogame fandoms, please pull your friends in so everyone is happily matched up.

I have not yet sent anyone a confirmation e-mail regarding their signup. I plan to do it tomorrow night.

Please spread the word far and wide about I Saw Three Ships! Go ahead and sign up today!
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I have not updated the website, but I have updated the forms.

Sign up for I Saw Three Ships.

Also, we're going to try a little bonus feature: The Cookie Jar. Anyone can post one threesome prompt, and anyone can fulfill any prompt. Cookies are not limited to one thousand words or greater of fanfiction; any fanwork of any size is acceptable as a cookie. The Cookie Jar is going to be time-limited, to run concurrent with Three Ships, but it is otherwise free form. If you need an AO3 invite to participate, PM me your e-mail address, I have some to give away.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I'm happy to see you back!
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There is a tradition in conventions to have a "Dead Dog" panel at the end of a con, where you let the con moderators know what went right and what went wrong with the convention. I'm going to try that with this challenge, so it can run better next year.

I don't have many specific questions, just in general I'd like to know:

-- did I do something that made it easier for you to participate?
-- did I do something that made it harder for you to participate?
-- what really cool thing did I not do that you wish I had?

Specifically, I did wonder if people would like

a) to open the stories up to relationships with greater than three people? Please think about this not just from the perspective of how great it would be that you can now request your OT4 as part of 3 Ships, but also how you're going to react when you get that OT9 assignment in the fandom you offered just so you had three offers.

b) to collect, as a challenge community, recommendations for threesome stories that have been posted outside of 3 Ships?

c) to make available a list of unassigned prompts that people could pick up and write, and, if they finished by the deadline, include as part of 3 Ships?

If you don't feel like commenting publicly, feel free to pm me or e-mail me.
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Authors are revealed!

Please feel free to post your stories wherever, talk about your process, and answer your feedback!
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I Saw Three Ships 2010 stories are now posted!

Happy Three Kings Day!

(And my apologies to everyone for whom it is no longer Three Kings. Pinch hitters were working really hard to make sure no one was left out. Thank you to bluflamingo, Maekala, Settiai, Moontyger, ketos, Laylah, Amadi, Amy D., Anaraine, Joanne, and Ladyjax!)

P.S. Don't forget to thank your sailors.

P.P.S. Please PM me first if there's any difficulty with anything related to the challenge. Thanks.
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I am very sorry to announce that there may be a delay in opening I Saw Three Ships. I thought someone was going to deliver a pinch hit today, but they didn't do it, and I haven't heard from them. I have resent the request to the pinch hit list, but since very few people responded to the pinch hit request before, I may be writing the story myself. Unfortunately for all of us, there is another pinch hit that I am also working on, so I don't know if I will be able to finish both stories by January 6.

If you didn't sign up to pinch hit but you would like to see if you can help with this siutation, please PM me to ask to see the request. The request is in one large British fandom, one large anime fandom, and one action movie that was quite popular but is not a large fandom AFAIK.

At this point, I will gladly accept stories under a thousand words. Thanks for whatever help you can give.

ETA: Several people have stepped forward and offered to do their best, which is all I ask of any participant or pinch hitter. I will still happily send the request to anyone who wants to take a whack at it, but I believe the crisis is, at least, reduced, if not averted.