How Often Are Wheels Held?
Wheels are held, pretty much universally, at the whim of the Wheelmistress, which in this case is me. This will probably involve a complicated equation involving my internal motivation, the backlog of non-Wheel stories I have, the number of inquires about the next Wheel I've received lately, and whether or not rosaleendhu is being particularly twitchy. So, if you're really really dying for a Wheel, getting your friends together and bugging me about it could quite possibly work.
What Kind of Lyrics Should I Send?
Generally, whatever you want to send, with a couple important considerations. Firstly, sometimes when a theme is assigned you may be asked to consider sending lyrics that would seem to fit with the theme, and in that case you should obviously try to do so. And it's often nice to do so, anyway; sometimes it can help you pick a song. Secondly, please don't send out anything too weird; remember that someone is going to have to use this, and if it's too painful they may seek revenge. Thirdly, one of the few discriminatory things we have is that we work in English--so your lyrics should be too. If you absolutely, utterly, and completely cannot stand not to send a song that's in a foreign language, please send along an English translation as well, which is what the author will be working with, unless they feel unusually inspired and/or inventive.
What If I Don't Get/Haven't Received Any Lyrics?
It may take the person who was assigned to send you lyrics a few days, so don't panic at first. If it's been two days, email them and (politely) ask what's up. If it's been four days, however, and your inbox is still empty and you've checked all the spam/bulk folders it might have accidentally been shunted to, drop me a line and I'll send you one of the spare sets of lyrics kept in reserve in case of such emergencies.
My Lyrics Are Driving Me Mad.
If you've really, really tried to use your lyrics, and you just can't get anywhere, email the person who sent you them and ask if they have another song you could possibly use. This is, however, considered a situation of last resort--you should obviously give it all you can to use the first set you get, unless, of course, the lyrics are the problematical sort outlined above in the first place. Remember, if it was easy, anybody could do it, and we wouldn't call this a challenge.
What Are Themes?
Themes are a subject or idea or notion, chosen before the Wheel starts, to be used in the Wheel. All stories in a themed Wheel must in some way meet the theme, though you can, if you have to, get away with a pretty tenuous link. If you've got a theme you would love to see used, please, contact me.
Can I Post My Story Before the Deadline?
Posting your story--on the community or anywhere--before the date everyone will be posting is very highly discouraged. If, however, you know that for some reason you won't be able to post it that day, like you'll be out of town or you won't have computer access or your Amish aunt will be visiting and you'll have to unplug everything, let me know and we'll work something out, either for you to post early or for me to post it for you.
....Can I Post My Story After the Deadline?
If you're running a bit late, it's still okay to post the story; stragglers are pretty normal, since muses are fickle and RL can always be an issue. If it's more than a week late, however, seriously think about it, and if it's more than two weeks, don't bother.
Do I Post My Lyrics With My Story?
You don't have to, but it's encouraged to post your lyrics along with your story--generally after it, with the lines you used indicated. If/When you post the story anywhere else, of course, it's entirely up to you.
You Haven't Addressed My Concern/Answered A Question of Mine/Explained Life, the Universe, and Everything.
LJ gave us comments for a reason. Push the button and ask. If it's a particularly good question/concern, I'll whap myself in the forehead and add it to this.