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22 January 2011 @ 03:45 pm
 So I've recently gotten into the Bleach Community. Recently as in I watched 100 episodes a week for three weeks in December and now read the manga every week. So I'm a bleach n00b... *shudders uncontrollably*. However, while I am new to bleach I am not new to online fandom communities in any way. I happen to belong to one of the biggest fandoms there is, ie. Harry Potter (yeah, twilight wishes it could catch our fictions on FF.net). I've been waist deep in Harry Potter for about 10 years (changed names like 3 times, don't look for me). So I've been around the block somewhat (and sound old, but I'm not at all).

Anyway, this idea was given to me by empathapathique  who posted over atichi_ruki and I hope she doesn't mind that I'm stealing half of her post to explain this stuff. Pretty much, one thing that the HP fandom has that makes the constantly putting out fictions is fic exchanges and fests. The explanation (once again swiped from empathapathique ).

Fic Exchange/Fests:

A community is formed calling for writers (and in some cases artists as well. I'm only going to talk about writers here, for the sake of not being confusing) to sign up to participate in an "exchange" of fics. During sign up, participants fill out a "form" indicating a rough idea of the story they'd like to receive. This includes things the story MUST have (like babies, or rainbows, of Papa Isshin), and things it ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY CANNOT have (like... sex, or Aizen, or anything else that may squick you).

On the same form, participants also indicate the ratings that they'd feel comfortable writing, and the ratings that they'd not feel comfortable writing. The forms are then "distributed" between participants so that each participant who signed up receives a request that they must fill by the due date (usually about 6 to 8 weeks in the future). In this way, everyone will write a story as a gift, and everyone will receive on as a gift, so that fics are "exchanged." Participants email the moderator their finished work by the due date, and the moderator posts the stories to the community without the writer's name on it. (This part is actually unnecessary, however it does add a fun spin to the exchange); names are revealed in the end. Sometimes, there are awards that readers vote on for the best fic, best romance, best comedy, etc. My point is, it's fun, everyone gets a fic, and it produces new material for the fandom.

*cough end my thievery of explanation*

While she posted it specifically for Ichi_Ruki, I'm willing to make one for Bleach-wide, or even several. Because as much as I personally love Ichi/Ruki, I also love Ichi/Nel and despite my love for both of those heteropairings Grimm/Ichi is giving me life and ever since watching the 2nd movie Toshiro/Ichigo is nice... and well... there is no Yaoi pairing I'm not willing to give a try.

I'm pretty much hoping to gather support for the creation of one of these fics and to start a fest. If you're interested post here with your email address or something and we can talk about what you're willing to do and help with. Even if you don't think you can be a mod if you think it's something you'd like to participate in just drop a line so that I (hopefully becoming a we) can know that what your interested in.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
◦ a girl like me ◦: Bleach - Nel & Ichigo by jouninsafteriwake on January 22nd, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
I for one would love to participate. It'll give me a Bleach challenge until I start the next round of bleachbigbang. Having run a couple of these, I will make two suggestions, if that's okay (and if you don't need them, I apologize for pushing them on you). Make sure you ask what people can write instead of just basing it off what they want. Like, I love reading Ishida/Rukia but I can't write it to save my life. Also, ask for back-up writers in the initial form. That way if you need a pinch hitter you already know who's available.
kanjo_girl: ishiruki: talkkanjo_girl on January 22nd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
*flails* IshiRuki needs more writers for sure~
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kanjo_girl: ishiruki: stay for awhilekanjo_girl on January 23rd, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I've got to say that Ishida/Tatsuki seems to be even harder to find than IshiRuki fics, so I agree.
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sweetiedogood on January 24th, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I feel like Tatsuki could be such an asset too. She should be Yoruichi-sama's protege.

sunlight_kisses: LOL RONNIE YOU WOULDsunlight_kisses on January 22nd, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
I would love to participate as well, but it depends when this would take place. Right now I'm about to get swamped with finals so ... yeah wouldn't work out. But, when this happens, if I happen to have some free time, I'd definitely want to try this.
kanjo_girl: isane: lovelykanjo_girl on January 22nd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Like I've said, just keep us posted, because I'd just love to be a part of this.
miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on January 22nd, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
If I've understood well, it could be used as a tool for people with, lets say, "great ideas for fanfics but no idea whatsoever how to start writing them" or people stuck in their writings, am I right? I think it's a good idea ^^
ohgoditsbrionyohgoditsbriony on January 23rd, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
I'd like to be a part of this, too! It sounds like a whole lot of fun, seriously.
loverofstoriesloverofstories on January 23rd, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
This sounds really fun. I'd like to participate~
naomihikari: newlookuryunaomihikari on January 23rd, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
Ooh this sounds like fun! I would love to participate in this.
shinebunny: bleachshinebunny on January 23rd, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
I'd probably participate in something like this. I love fic exchanges, although I've been a bit pressed lately.

The comm bleach_flashfic used to do this, but it's literally been years, so I'm all ready for a new one!
gruskek: hotgruskek on January 23rd, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
That is a great idea. I couldn't be a mod because I hardly have the time, but I would be glad to participate. And BTW Grimm/Ichi is love <3
sweetiedogood on January 24th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
I haven't forgotten about this and I greatly appreciate everyone for their comments. There's a new community being made, specifically for this as I type... and it wasn't by me. Lol.

Instead of starting my own community and splitting the fandom and participants I'd just rather hop onto this new one as a mod/helper and/or create one for later in the year... They already have banners and all that cool stuff being made so their a lot further than I am.

I'm awaiting a message, and as soon I get it. I'll let everyone know the name of the community... unless it was in the first message I got... Let me check. Lol
loverofstoriesloverofstories on January 30th, 2011 07:23 am (UTC)
Cool, I anticipate more info :)