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Question [16 Nov 2007|12:26am]

[ mood | creative ]


Should we have another Lyric Wheel or a Ficathon?

I hope we do -- what do you think?

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tiny question - next Wheel? [06 Mar 2007|12:38am]

[ mood | creative ]

I hope everyone is doing well.

out of curiosity, what would be a good time for the next Lyric Wheel?

have nice days.

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Posting Date Extension [30 Apr 2005|04:04pm]

[ mood | stressed ]

Between illnesses, email glitches, erratic muses, and the will of the cosmos, I have been given the impression that if I want to see a majority of people actually finish and post a story on deadline, I need to extend said deadline. So rather than tonight, stories will now be posted after 9PM EST on Wednesday, May the 4th. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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Wheel Two Signup [04 Apr 2005|04:40am]

[ mood | inexplicably still conscious ]

Well, the userinfo said "Early 2005" and... well... it's still Spring, at least?

Wheel Two
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

A nice, broad category to open our first themed wheel with, the only real requirement here is that your story should be connected to transportation in some way--LA Freeway nightmares, road trips, the sinking of the Titanic, Hellcars, Hellbicycles... it's all good. Any kind of lyrics are also acceptable, as long as they fit the basic requirements. Sign ups for this wheel end Monday the 11th at 11:59PM EST whenever I wake up on Tuesday the 12th; the Wheel itself will run from the 12th until the 30th. Stories get posted on the 30th, any time after 6PM EST. Further information on the Rules and Processes can be found here and here.

Drop a note to milkshake_butterfly at yahoo.com or comment here with your email address to sign up, then get your lyrics ready. I'll send out assignments on Tuesday, probably in the wee hours. And please, feel free to pass this notice along to any parties you think might be interested.

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Tomorrow (R) [03 Oct 2004|08:22pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Title: Tomorrow
Rating: R; slash, language, non-explicit sex, abuse of a laundromat.
Lyrics From: Canth, may he rot in hell. You'll understand why when you see the lyrics.

Yes, posted considerably late--not beyond my one-week-that's-it deadline, but still a lot later than I wanted. I was sick. Stupid virus-bug-thing.

The obligatory attempt to be witty in LJ-cut.Collapse )

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Finally. [03 Oct 2004|11:59am]

Sorry it took so long, milkshake_b, but it's done! Wanted to make it longer and use more lyrics but I finally just threw in the towel. Hope y'all enjoy anyway. Rated R and slashy.

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Just Fallin' From Grace [28 Sep 2004|10:31pm]

[ mood | giddy ]

Title: Fallin' From Grace
Rating: PG-13, for language, angst, slash and nudity
The fic is semi-complete, meaning, I might return to it later and bump the rating up to NC-17, but for now, deadline...
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[29 Sep 2004|12:55pm]

[ mood | rushed ]

I actually managed to finish this. Go me! No real headers. It's only eight paragraphs, so they'd be kinda redundant. All I have to say is that it's an AU for It's A Helluva Life, and is very morose and angsty. Blame rosaleendhu

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Posting Date Extension [27 Sep 2004|03:24am]

[ mood | sore ]

Due to popular demand--which, in this case, seeing as we have a grand total of four people participating, is two people and an indifferent me--the deadline for posting for this wheel is being extended a day. Stories therefore go up at 10 PM EST on Tuesday the 28th instead of Monday (technically today). The two people who requested this extension should note if they still don't produce a story, things may happen. I don't know what, or when, or how, but things. may. happen.

Thank you for your attention and have a nice day.

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Wheel One Signup [10 Sep 2004|11:22pm]

[ mood | productive ]

I know, I know, I said a Wheel in August. It just never materialized. At any rate, here we go:

Wheel One

Our first wheel will have no theme, per majority vote. Which means any kind of lyrics are a go as long as they fit the basic requirements. Sign ups for this wheel end Monday the 13th Tuesday the 14th at 11:29 EST; the Wheel itself will run from the 15th until the 27th. Further information on how this all works can be found earlier in this community.

Drop a note to milkshake_butterfly at yahoo.com or comment here to sign up, then get your lyrics ready. I'll send out assignments on Tuesday. Feel free to pass this notice along to any parties you think might be interested.

(EDITED to extend signup deadline.)

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First Wheel Question [08 Aug 2004|08:35am]

[ mood | indecisive ]

Now, I've already come up with three five possible themes for future Wheels, which is a bit alarming (though I've said it before and will say it again: when people say Brimstone is a difficult fandom to write for, I find myself looking up from a stack of WIPs and a field of plotbunnies with a bewildered expression on my face). However, I haven't decided if we should use a theme for the first Wheel or not.

There are arguements for both options. Themes can limit what you put out there, making it harder because you have to fit whatever idea you come up with to the theme--but themes can also make it easier to come up with an idea in the first place, because it gives you a place to start working from.

Since I really can't decide and would be okay either way, I figured I'd toss it to the masses. You have to be a member of the community to vote, so if you're thinking about participating in the first Wheel at all, join and pick an option. Doing so doesn't contract you to play if you later decide this isn't going to work.

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How It Works 3: Everything Else [05 Aug 2004|12:12pm]

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.
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How It Works 2: Rules & Process [05 Aug 2004|11:34am]

The Basic Process:

A call for participants is sent out. Right now, this call will really basically be in this community, but may at later times get sent to email lists and/or other LJ communities; if there's someplace you think it should get mentioned, please let me know. This call will include a cut-off date and time for joining in, the date the assignments will be sent off, the date the assignments will be due, and the theme (if any) of this particular wheel. If all this looks workable and you wish to participate, you let me know before the joining deadline via comment on that entry or a private email; please, in either case, include your email address.

On the assignment date, I send out an email to all the participants with a (randomly generated) list of the participants, with the email address you gave me included.

You send the lyrics you've selected to the person below you on the list. The person above you on the list sends their lyrics to you. You use these to write a fic adhering to the rules.

On the posting date--but not before--you post the fic to this journal. Having an LJ isn't, however, a requirement of the Wheel; if you don't have one, you can either send your piece to the Wheelmistress (me) to post, or have someone you know with an LJ post it.

Everyone reads everyone else's posted fics and goes, "ooh, shiny!"

The Rules

1. Have your lyrics ready to go by the assignment date. Preferably you should copy them into a text email and send them off, but you can just send the person a link to them if you really want. Don't, however, just give them artist and title and expect them to find it themselves. (More about lyrics in Everything Else.)

2. Stories should be around 4 pages in length, although exceeding this if you're really inspired is okay.

3. Having, in the very least, a vague suggestion of something resembling a plot is a good idea. We don't ask for much, we just want something that has some purpose, makes some sense, and isn't just pure porn.

4. The story doesn't get beta'd before posting. If you want to post it somewhere after it's been posted to the community, by all means, get it looked at, but to keep the playing field even, when it gets posted the first time, on here, it should be gone over by no one but you. About the closest to an exception you can come is if you find yourself with more than one story started, don't have time to do two, and have to have someone help you pick.

5. Obviously the stories have to be set in the Brimstone universe. Ideally you should have at least one character from the show in the story, or at least referenced to in the story. Beyond that, however, you can do whatever you want--original characters, crossovers, etc., are all kosher.

6. At least one line from the chorus of the song must be used in the story. You're welcome, naturally, and even encouraged, to use more than that, and actually managing to use all the lines wins you the adulation of your peers, but in the very least one line must be used. It also cannot be used as the character listening to the song, or separate from the normal text; you have to work it in as dialogue or narrative somehow. Major changes to do so are a no-no, but minor changes, like pluralizing something or making it fit a character's speech pattern, can be acceptable; use your common sense.

7. Stories should be in English.

8. Stories should be posted behind an LJ-cut, with a rating and any necessary warnings before the cut. If you aren't sure how to rate your story, or if it needs warnings and for what, just ask me. Err on the side of caution.
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How It Works 1: Shamelessly Stolen Stuff [05 Aug 2004|11:00am]

The History of the Lyric Wheel on the Internet
(As shamelessly stolen from the Highlander Lyric Wheel FAQ.)

The Highlander Lyric Wheel started in 1998, when Amand-r was desparate for a challenge. She spoke to Alice In Stonyland and Dana Woods about exchanging lyrics that they felt were Highlander-esque and possibly writing a story about them. Everyone thought it was a smashing idea.

Then they branched out: this was fun; did anyone else want to give it a try? This website proves that they did.

Then requests came from other fandoms: may we use the wheel too? Can we make a wheel of our own? The answer has always been yes. Wheels are alive and kicking in many fandoms. Current wheels include Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series, Good Omens, Vin Diesel, and many more. Defunct wheels include: Oz, The Equalizer, Savage Garden, The Sentinel, due South, and many more

Often, Amand-r goes on the net and googles the Wheel, just to see what's new. She is happy to see that the Wheel is everywhere, like an urban myth of fandom, and no one in the new fandoms seems to know how it started (someone in Sailor Moon is claiming creation as we speak, I see). But you know. Because you read it right here. Yeah.

What is the Lyric Wheel?
(Also shamelessly stolen from the Highlander Lyric Wheel FAQ.)

The professiorial answer: The Wheel is a conglomeration of writers whose ranks change with every assignment. What the members of the Wheel strive to do is write Highlander: The Series fan fiction in a controlled and timely environment, with input from his or her peers. Participants fluctuate with the assignment, range in age from 13 to 60, and vary in ability and experience. The Wheel stresses the need to provide a place for old writers to enrich their skills and young new writers to test their mettle in an environment that requires a standard form without the pitfalls that can hold up the writer when they work independently. My pants are full of starfish.

The deadline, page requirement, lyric requirement, and possible thematic requirement all provide a rigid backbone while still allowing for artist creativity in matters of subject, form, style, and/or person. The wheel is meant to be a fun and education experience, for old and new writers many of whom have never ventured out of their preferred styles and into the realm of something foreign. The chance to peek into the head of another writer via lyrical supplement also challenges the author. I will not buy this record; it is scratched.
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