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28 October 2006 @ 10:59 pm
Poll: Yuletide! Yay!  
I am very excited about yuletide, and I've been bouncing around like a crazed thing since I signed up. (This is the Anticipation phase of Yuletide. Yes, there are phases of Yuletide. Yes, I have actually written them down. I know, I know, so pathetic, but it's an important thing to me, okay? I was never that excited about the holidays as a kid, but as an adult, Yuletide makes me absolutely delirious with joy.)

Anyway. I deal with the Anticipation phase (This is actually Anticipation Part One, because sign-ups are still open. When they close, I will start hard-core Anticipation. It is dangerous to come within seven feet of me during that time.) in many ways, but in part by refreshing the requested fandoms list, so that I can admire the shiny numbers climbing ever higher. (Plus, this year, there is a festival of gold and green to admire there. You can even see how many people asked for and volunteered for a given fandom. It is the coolest thing ever!)

But the site went down briefly today. Suddenly, I had no outlet for my Yuletide glee. Hence, this poll.

And if any of you have friends listers who are also doing Yuletide, I'd love it if you'd point 'em over here, 'cause I don't know how many of my own friends listers are. (You all should, though. You get a story! In a tiny fandom of your choosing! And you can write a story that will make someone else's heart sing! And this year there is no qualifying requirement! Go, sign up, and then come back and take the poll!)

Yeah, yeah. 'Tis the season to abuse exclamation marks and the Create Poll function on LJ. Happy holidays!

Poll #855532 Yuletide YAY!

Do you Yuletide?

Yes, I've done Yuletide, or am doing it this year.
345(84.8%)
Nope. Never done that Yuletide thing.
62(15.2%)

How many years have you done Yuletide? (Go ahead and count this one if you've already signed up.)

Mean: 2.00 Median: 2 Std. Dev 1.30
0
43(10.9%)
1
139(35.3%)
2
52(13.2%)
3
96(24.4%)
4
64(16.2%)

How many year-end challenges, ficathons, exchanges, etc. are you doing this season?

None. I choose a challenge-free lifestyle.
44(10.8%)
1. I am selective.
192(47.3%)
2-4. I am broad-minded.
157(38.7%)
5-7. I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
11(2.7%)
8+. I am clinically insane. Please confine me for my own safety.
2(0.5%)

Have you ever written more than one Yuletide story in a single year?

Yes, as a pinch hit. (And, verily, the gods will smile upon you and you will be blessed with Good Yuletide Karma.)
41(10.4%)
Yes, by signing up under more than one name. (Note: Yuletide mods frown on this.)
0(0.0%)
Yes, as part of NYR.
42(10.7%)
Oh my god no. One is enough, thanks.
137(34.9%)
I've never even written one.
150(38.2%)

For requests:

I ask for the same three or four fandoms every year.
7(1.9%)
I request the same set of fandoms every year, but I subtract the one I got last year and swap in a new one.
8(2.2%)
I have one or two fandoms that have a guaranteed place on the list, but the other one to three on the list change every year.
117(31.6%)
I have an entirely new set of fandoms every year.
80(21.6%)
I don't know. This is my first year of Yuletide.
139(37.6%)
I defy categorization. Behold my original requesting scheme in the comments!
19(5.1%)

For volunteering, what's your approach?

I offer to write everything I know the canon for. If I get it, I'll think of something.
67(18.2%)
I offer to write everything I think I can write.
198(53.8%)
I only offer fandoms if I have a story idea for them.
7(1.9%)
I only offer the fandoms I really want to write.
76(20.7%)
Pshaw, girl. You clearly don't have clue one about the way I volunteer. I will enlighten you in the comments.
20(5.4%)

Do you ever volunteer to write fandoms you've requested?

Yes
323(89.0%)
No
40(11.0%)

How many fandoms did you volunteer to write this year?

3. That's the minimum, and that's what I'm sticking to.
26(7.3%)
4-10. My motto: "Write what you know."
134(37.6%)
11-20. My motto: "Write what you know, and I know a lot."
109(30.6%)
21-30. My motto: "The more, the merrier."
42(11.8%)
31-50. My motto: "At this point, I'm so merry I may need medication."
24(6.7%)
51-75. My motto: "I don't think any medication in the world would even touch this level of merry."
13(3.7%)
76-100. My motto: "Cannot...stop...selecting...fandoms. Send help, oh god please send help."
5(1.4%)
101+. My motto: "Yuuuuuuuuullllllletiiiiiiiiiide. Yuuuuuuuuullllllletiiiiiiiiiide."
3(0.8%)

What is the single biggest reason you do Yuletide?

To get a story in one of the teeny fandoms of my heart!
62(16.8%)
To write a story that will make someone dance and sing!
33(8.9%)
To write something I never imagined I would. Or could.
82(22.2%)
For the fun, the thrill, the excitement, the bouncing like a kid on Christmas morning.
120(32.5%)
Tradition.
9(2.4%)
I have no idea why. I just feel mysteriously compelled. Perhaps I am being controlled by aliens.
56(15.2%)
I'm in UR commentz, explaining my reasonz.
7(1.9%)

What's your greatest Yuletide hope?

What's your greatest Yuletide fear?

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Sue30toseoul on October 29th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Man, I really wish I could do stuff like that, because it makes me so happy to read the fic that results from it. But I can't. Any kind of deadline abruptly makes my fun fandom writing seem like un-fun obligatory homework.
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
I can totally see that. It's also a tough time for anyone who is in school; I'm not sure I could've handled Yuletide + finals for some of my semesters of college.

Hmmm. I'm trying to think about why I love Yuletide so much, and it's actually - when I first signed up, I imagined the writing would be agony, but I didn't realize what the Yuletide gestalt would be like. Yuletide just makes me happy, I guess. Even if the writing is kind of terrifying. (OMG will my recipient like it? OMG can I even do this?)

(In truth, Panic is also part of my Yuletide process. As is Despair. There are times when I am quite, quite sure my recipient will hate my story. But then, for me, part of what's so great about Yuletide is that I have to push through and finish the story anyway, instead of giving up, which is what I'd normally do. You don't seem to have a finishing/posting dysfunction, so I can see why it'd be less tempting for you.)
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tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
You could do Hard Core Logo for sure. And maybe, like, the Wire? Is that a rare fandom? You talk about it sometimes, so...

My point: I'm sure you could come up with something - you cannot seriously look at that list and tell me that out of 1500 fandoms you can't write three. And just think, if you do, that's potentially as many as two more Homicide stories. (And, okay, potentially zero more Homicide stories, but you can't tell me you don't have two other bitty fandoms you'd love to see stories for.) Right now, there are 4 Homicide requests and 9 Homicide volunteers, and you'd make 5 and 10!

*tempts*
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Charmax: Cordy Grincharmax on October 29th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
I'm not really a fic reader but I was wondering do you know of a group that does vid yuletide? I would join up for that!
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on October 29th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
I don't believe there is. It would be an interesting idea, though, apart from the fact that vidding can be a slooow process for some of us. By which I mean me.
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lynnmonsterlynnmonster on October 29th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
As far as volunteering goes: I don't volunteer for *everything* I know canon for, but I also volunteer for stuff that I only have a passing familiarity with canon but would need to do further research to write, if it's potentially interesting enough to me! Last year I was strict with myself, and only volunteered for stuff I was pretty sure I'd really LIKE to write. (Which included "I Capture the Castle," one of my favorite books ever, which I wound up getting! I had to do a re-read, though, before I could tackle writing a story.)
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
*stares*

You...you wrote a story for I Capture the Castle? And I have not read this story? Curse you, Yuletide archive, for being gone for two months just when I discover this!

*shakes tiny fist at Great Yuletide Archive in the Sky*

I don't volunteer for *everything* I know canon for, but I also volunteer for stuff that I only have a passing familiarity with canon but would need to do further research to write, if it's potentially interesting enough to me! Last year I was strict with myself, and only volunteered for stuff I was pretty sure I'd really LIKE to write.

Interesting. Now I wish I'd also asked how people's strategies change from year to year. Like, I know that the first year, I just picked the first three on the list I knew the canon for and went back to bed. (I was sick, too sick to look through the list. Lesson learned: don't sign up for Yuletide with a fever. It worked out okay, sure, but...it could've been bad, is all I'm saying.)

Last year, I felt I was being intensely brave; I offered 22 fandoms, including one that I was willing to write any character for. This year, I offered 30, and half of those were any character fandoms. I consider this part of my overall Yuletide Growth. (Although I am of course terrified that it's going to bite me on the butt. What if I get something I can't write? Oh. Wait. That happened to me last year, and the year before, too.)

But now I want to know how other people change from year to year. Wah.
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Wyoming Knott: is it porn? by allyoopswyomingnot on October 29th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I've played in holiday fic exchanges before, but I'm not playing this year. Last year was too hard with the job I've got. Still have that job, and I still haven't figured out how to balance work and writing. (which is just an excuse, really. I mean I've not been working for over two months now, and how much have I written? Two six word fics, thank you)

I'm still tempted by Yuletide. I've *always* wanted to play, but keep missing it.

Maybe next year.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're not quite up to making the committment, which is not a surprise; you've been going through quite a lot of changes (I'm trying to be, you know, vague, since this is not your LJ), and you never know from one week to the next how you'll be feeling or if you'll even be able to get out of the house. So, yeah, might not be the best time to embark on Yuletide.

I will say, though, that there is no perfect time. I was scared to death the first year I volunteered, and in fact had a Secret Pinch-Hitter lined up in case I couldn't write a story. (I am quite sure the mods would frown on Secret Pinch-Hitting, but I had to have some reassurance I wouldn't default in case of a water landing.)

I've *always* wanted to play, but keep missing it.

I don't want to push you to do something you're not ready to, but you still have 4 days to decide if you're ready this year. And if not, there'll always be next year, the Yuletide Mods willing and the internets don't die.
melpemone: DS: Benton/RayK - If you'll have memelpemone on October 29th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm in UR commentz, explaining my reasonz.

Bwahahaha. :D

I wish I could do Yuletide. I've even chosen not to sign up for fandom-specific exchange events this year, and I'm not doing NaNo, so I have the time, but... it's confusing! And a tad intimidating! I have trouble using Yuletide's search feature, let alone actually signing up for it. :(
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're ready, in terms of planning your year-end obligations.

The sign up stuff looks daunting, but isn't, really; all you have to do is go here, make a list of the stuff you want (up to four) and the stuff you're willing to write (at least three), and then go here and start filling in fields.

So, yeah, it is a bit intimidating - I was scared as hell (and, um, feverish) the first time I signed up - but it's worse than it looks. And if you have specific problems, there are the folks at yuletide to help out. Or, you know, you could always ask me.

Don't be scared away by the menu with 1500 options. Really! Not so scary! *is supportive*
misspamela: Santa Darien - _inbetween_misspamela on October 29th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I signed up for a slender 16 fandoms this year, and I am quite proud of my restraint!

There are many, many reasons to love Yuletide. One is that I genuinely love the challenge combined with the joy f writing for someone else. The other is that you get so caught up in writing, you forget that you get OMG five hundred presents on Christmas morning! Eeeeee!
tried to eat the safe banana: Daisythefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
I signed up for a slender 16 fandoms this year, and I am quite proud of my restraint!

*applauds*

I signed up for 30 and am quite proud of my bravery. We'll see if that bites me on the butt in, oh, a week or so.

(But I am insanely proud of fandom as a whole. Have you seen how many gold and green fandoms are on that list? We have, collectively, volunteered our asses off. You name it, we've got someone who can write it, pretty much.)

One is that I genuinely love the challenge combined with the joy f writing for someone else.

That's it for me. Reason one is probably the excitement, but it's neck and neck with the challenge and joy of writing for my recipient. (The excitement wins only because I'm always afraid I'll fail my recipient.)

The other is that you get so caught up in writing, you forget that you get OMG five hundred presents on Christmas morning! Eeeeee!

I forget until the night before. And then, inevitably, I stay up all night, hitting refresh like a trained rat on crack until the archive goes live. It is magic.
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Zigismunda formosa: nanomelannen on October 29th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
I volunteer for a) things I know the canon for well enough to write, and b) things I wouldn't mind getting to know the canon for well enought to write. I *don't* volunteer for: things I don't have access to canon for (like video games), things it would take to long to learn (like TV series I don't know yet) and thing I don't particularly want to live in for two months. And I, um, didn't count how many that turned out to be, but it was lots.

And I picked two seasonal challenges, but that's only if NaNo counts as one. :P

And I have a list of fandoms that I'm going to keep asking for until I get 'em, but every year one drops off the list, so by now there are a few that I'm willing to swap around.
tried to eat the safe banana: Black umbrellathefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
I volunteer for a) things I know the canon for well enough to write, and b) things I wouldn't mind getting to know the canon for well enought to write.

Wow. So how well do you have to know the canon to sign up for it? Like, "Oh, I've read that and liked it - I'd have to read it again, but that's fine," or, "Oh, I know what that's about and I wouldn't mind reading it, so that's fine"?

(I'm awed by your courage, there. You sound ripe for the Extreme NYR challenge, invented by I-forget-who: when the random NYR script goes live, go to it, hit refresh three or four times, and that's your challenge. Learn canon as necessary and write a story.)

And I have a list of fandoms that I'm going to keep asking for until I get 'em, but every year one drops off the list, so by now there are a few that I'm willing to swap around.

Likewise. I have a mental list of fandoms I want, and although there is one guaranteed slot (until I get it, anyway - and I'm not expecting that to happen), the others can be swapped around pretty painlessly, especially since two have dropped off the list now.
(no subject) - melannen on October 30th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Minim Calibreminim_calibre on October 29th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
I volunteered for any fandom where, even if I can't remember the names of the characters right off the top of my head, I have access to the complete canon and can reasonably expect myself to be able to binge, hum a few bars, and fake it.
Bettybrown_betty on October 29th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Ditto. This is my program also.
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Isis: micah wrightisiscolo on October 29th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Site is back up yay!

Last year I offered two dozen fandoms; this year I offered only ten. This time I didn't offer any of the ones that I feel like I can write for without an excuse. (Last year I got a great assignment in a fandom I'd never written in, and I enjoyed that. I want to make sure I have something like that again.)

Last year I did three seasonal story exchanges; this year I'm only doing Yuletide. Partly it's because I have a long story in progress that I want to be able to concentrate on, and partly it's because I expect to be quite busy with other things during the next two months.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV menorahthefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Site is back up yay!

Yay, indeed! I've been doing my regular reloading thing again, and I'm all agog because we're one person away from equaling 2004's participant total. Yowsers.

*unreasonably excited*

Last year I got a great assignment in a fandom I'd never written in, and I enjoyed that. I want to make sure I have something like that again.

That makes sense. That's pretty much my default experience for Yuletide; there's never any chance I'd write a story in any of the fandoms I volunteer in without Yuletide there to prod me. (But I've been lucky with my requests, too. So far. *crosses fingers*) But if you'd normally write at least some of the fandoms on there - which is much more likely, since you're actually productive when it comes to FF - it makes sense to tailor your sign-up so you're only writing something that will really feel like a Yuletide story (as opposed to just a story written at the end of the year).

Partly it's because I have a long story in progress that I want to be able to concentrate on, and partly it's because I expect to be quite busy with other things during the next two months.

Ooo. Am I allowed to ask the fandom of the long story? (I'm assuming dS, which is always exciting, but it could be something else, too, and I want to know what I'm awaiting.)

And, yeah. I've only ever done Yuletide, even though so many of the other challenges look tempting, because I figure no matter how crazy RL gets - and last year at this time RL was, quite frankly, both crazy and deeply horrible - I'll be able to carve out the time for one story. (Unless I'm, you know, unconscious somewhere or something, in which case a pinch hit is pretty much inevitable.) But more than one seems dicey.
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lilacsigil: Writelilacsigil on October 29th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
I volunteered for every fandom where I own the canon (after last year's mad dash to get a DVD!) and feel fairly confident that I could write something in that style. This got rid of a lot of witty comedy! Some of the canon I didn't know by heart, but I'd re-read or re-watch before writing anyway.

So excited!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV umbrellathefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
I volunteered for every fandom where I own the canon (after last year's mad dash to get a DVD!) and feel fairly confident that I could write something in that style.

Yes. Owning the canon is key for me as well. Last year, I wrote a Mr. and Mrs. Smith story, and the movie didn't come out on DVD until the end of November. I spent quite some time biting my fingernails waiting for it to arrive so I could get started writing.

This got rid of a lot of witty comedy!

I tend to be very heavy on the banter-intensive, dialog-heavy canons, since my natural writing style is, well, rather banter-intensive and dialog-heavy.

So excited!

I know! Eeee!

And, wow, cool: we just surpassed 2004's record number of participants! We have 539 right at this moment! *bounces with glee*
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Bastet: advice lecture avoidance of daisy chainssweetvalleyslut on October 29th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
I accidentally signed up twice a couple of years ago, but it turned out okay, I finished both stories.

And I tend to choose fandoms that I think I can write AND that I want to write--I usually knock out ones I've already written, because my attention span is THAT short.

tried to eat the safe banana: Dogthefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
And I tend to choose fandoms that I think I can write AND that I want to write--I usually knock out ones I've already written, because my attention span is THAT short.

*nods*

I usually don't re-volunteer for fandoms I've already written, but this year I had a sudden uncontrollable attack of story ideas while I was making my sign-up list. I ended up signing up for several fandoms I normally wouldn't have.

(And, damn. It occurs to me that I should've asked about re-volunteering as well as re-requesting. Ah, well. No poll can cover all the bases.)
Mistress of Insanity: ds nano cool mounties wingszeenell on October 29th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
I want to do yuletide, but I have my nano *g* See icon. That's my plot, pretty much.

plus ds_seekritsanta. And invunikdotcom challenge. I still have fics to write for getfraserlaid (...I'm writing them, I swear), and I think I promised two people fics in some ficexchange in a journal that started with an A. and that is all i remember, so I may be screwed there.

So, um, I think it would be STUPID for me to sign up for yuletide. I keep almost doing it though. *facepalm*
tried to eat the safe banana: Fraserthefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
*looks at your icon*

*giggles*

plus ds_seekritsanta. And invunikdotcom challenge. I still have fics to write for getfraserlaid (...I'm writing them, I swear), and I think I promised two people fics in some ficexchange in a journal that started with an A. and that is all i remember, so I may be screwed there.

Wow. I'm awed by people who can do more than one challenge at a time. And you've got this whole added layer of difficulty because of the Hunt for the LJ Starting with A. (I assume you've already asked your friends list? Because if so, I will be sad; it will be a refutation of the Friends List Knows Everything principle of LJdom, and I like that principle. A lot.)

If I had your challenge load, I wouldn't be able to sign up for Yuletide; I'd be too busy whimpering and rocking in a corner somewhere. (Of course, this is why I only do the one: I am, yes, rather limited in my ability to handle challenges, but I do know what my limits are. Mostly. That's a good thing, right?)

*impressed with your Menu o' Challenges*
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glass: Writing - enrianadzurlady on October 29th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
I look at it wistfully (oh, how I would love some fic for my tiny fandoms!) but as I have only just begun to feel capable of writing things, I don't think I am particularly dependable and so have refrained from committing myself. I did however sign up to pinch hit, as that way I figure I can know if I feel up to writing for a prompt before I commit to it. Still! I am excited by the whole thing, even if I don't wind up writting anything. And I may write something as a NYR.
tried to eat the safe banana: Writingthefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
Well, if it's any encouragement - the first year I signed up, I had written, I believe, two stories. Total. I didn't feel capable of writing things at all. But I so wanted to do it - I mean, I love small fandoms, so Yuletide is kind of my holy grail. And Best Beloved and several friends were very supportive, and so I did it, although I was still mostly convinced I was insane.

But! I wrote a story! And my recipient seemed to like it, even!

So it can work out. I'm not saying you should push yourself beyond your comfort zone, of course (although that's kind of what Yuletide is about, but that's a whole different story), and it is really scary when someone else's request - their Yuletide request - is relying on your writing ability. But I think you'll do fine. And pinch hitting is a perfect way to get a feel for the challenge. (Advice for pinch-hitting: stay on top of your fannish email address and commit fast. Last year, pinch hits seemed to get snapped up in, like, seconds.)
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(no subject) - dzurlady on October 30th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
torch: cookingflambeau on October 29th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
I love yuletide so much. It's one of the best things about this season, for me.

The proper answer to What is the single biggest reason you do Yuletide? is probably "peer pressure," but the excitement really does play a big part!

Also I really am hoping I don't end up writing for someone I know in either yuletide or dwnoga -- I got astolat two years ago and merryish the year before that, and while I'm all about making my friends happy, the lying and dodging really goes against my essentially honest and forthright personality...
tried to eat the safe banana: Smilethefourthvine on October 29th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
I love yuletide so much. It's one of the best things about this season, for me.

Yes, totally. Yuletide basically is the magic of the season for me.

The proper answer to What is the single biggest reason you do Yuletide? is probably "peer pressure," but the excitement really does play a big part!

It stands to reason that your peers would want to suck you into Yuletide. I heartily salute them, and support them in their pressuring endeavor. I would sign a petition for this, even, so it's just as well you're prepared to go quietly.

Also I really am hoping I don't end up writing for someone I know in either yuletide or dwnoga -- I got astolat two years ago and merryish the year before that, and while I'm all about making my friends happy, the lying and dodging really goes against my essentially honest and forthright personality.

Yikes. norah and I actually coordinated requests one year, just to make sure we wouldn't get each other, because it would be hard to hide your request from someone who is, for example, usually one of your beta-readers. I would probably end up letting it slip no matter how much I tried not to. And that would suck.

*joins you in hoping for a recipient who is a stranger*
(no subject) - flambeau on October 29th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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