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Hooray! Hurrah! Giftstuck 2015 assignments have been sent out!

If you have not received your assignment, please send us an ask, leave a comment on this post, or email demieren.ssr@gmail.com. Please mention your AO3 username so we know who you are!

There are some general reminders in the email itself, but just in case, we'll say them again here.

Reminders:

  • You are not required to use all the characters or pairings listed. You have to include at least one (and you can include more than one if you want).
  • You are only required to make a single fanwork gift, though you can make more than one gift if you wish.
  • You don’t have to use all the prompts—just one. You can use more if you’re so inclined, though.
  • The deadline is Dec. 18, 2015 @ 11:59PM PST. (Here’s a countdown timer and a time zone converter.)
  • The work minimum is 1,000 words (fic) or 600 x 400 pixels (art), no max work limit, no WIPs, fics should be beta’d. For more details, check our rules HERE.
  • If you feel your assignment was made in error, please let the mod know ASAP!
  • In general, if you’re having any trouble/need help or if you need to drop, please tell the mod promptly. Just send an ask to the giftstuck tumblr or e-mail demieren.ssr@gmail.com.
  • DO NOT CONTACT THE PERSON YOU’RE ASSIGNED TO. If you have any questions, need clarification, etc., contact the mod and they’ll ask them for you.
  • Try to keep your assignment a secret as much as possible so that it’s a surprise! :)

Happy fanwork-ing!

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It’s time once again for Giftstuck, the Homestuck holiday gift exchange, where you create a gift for someone and receive one in return! Both fic and art are accepted, all characters and ships are welcome, and everyone is welcome to participate! (Yes, that means YOU!)


TIMELINE

Oct. 15, 2015: Sign-Ups Open
Nov. 15, 2015: Sign-Ups End @ 11:59PM PST
Nov. 16, 2015: Assignments sent out
Dec. 5, 2015: Check In
Dec. 18, 2015: Gifts Due @ 11:59PM PST
Dec. 18-25, 2015: Pinch Hitting Period
Dec. 25, 2015: Gifts Posted

For more information and to sign up, CLICK HERE, and consider following our tumblr for updates!

Please reblog this if you can—the more participants, the merrier!

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If you can offer your betaing services to the Giftstuck community, here's where you do so! You do not need to sign up for the exchange to join this list.

Just copy-and-paste this textbox into a comment below. Leave the HTML alone, and delete the stuff in parentheses.



If you need a beta, browse through the comments and reach out to a beta that seems to fit what you're writing. Remember to double-check their AO3 username to make sure you don't accidentally contact your recipient!

Thank you!
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Pinch hitters step in while the exchange is already underway and take the place of a writer or artist who's had to drop. That way, participants don't go giftless!

You do not need to sign up for the exchange to join this list. We welcome any and all pinch hitters, whether participants or not! Additionally, joining the pinch hitter list doesn't mean that you're required to write a pinch hit; it only lets you know when opportunities arise.

All you have to do is leave your e-mail address and AO3 username as a comment to this post. All comments are screened. If you do not have an AO3 username, e-mail demieren.ssr@gmail.com and we'll send you an invite.

Thank you for your interest!
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THIS SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED!
Please direct all 2015 beta offers to this year's sign up!


If you can offer your betaing services to the Giftstuck community, here's where you do so! You do not need to sign up for the exchange to join this list.

Just copy-and-paste this textbox into a comment below. Leave the HTML alone, and delete the stuff in parentheses.



If you need a beta, browse through the comments and reach out to a beta that seems to fit what you're writing. Remember to double-check their AO3 username to make sure you don't accidentally contact your recipient!

Thank you!
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THIS SIGN UP IS NOW CLOSED!
Please direct all pinch hitting offers to this year's sign up!


Pinch hitters step in while the exchange is already underway and take the place of a writer or artist who's had to drop. That way, participants don't go giftless!

You do not need to sign up for the exchange to join this list. We welcome any and all pinch hitters, whether participants or not! Additionally, joining the pinch hitter list doesn't mean that you're required to write a pinch hit; it only lets you know when opportunities arise.

All you have to do is leave your e-mail address and AO3 username as a comment to this post. All comments are screened. If you do not have an AO3 username, e-mail passerine.cloud@gmail.com and we'll send you an invite.

Thank you for your interest!
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Sorry for the delay; there was an emergency pinch hit we had to assign at the very last minute due to a no-show on one gifter’s part. But as of right now, the Giftstuck collection on Ao3 is officially revealed. Go forth and partake of your presents :)

Note: A small number of people have two gifts. This is due to their original gifters failing to respond to deadline warnings and ignoring messages from us, but then turning around and posting a gift anyway after we had already called in a pinch hitter. (And one instance where one person had two pinch hitters assigned by mistake. It’s a long story.)

We hope you all enjoy your gifts. Happy holidays, and thank you all for participating. We couldn’t have done this without you.

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The deadline for all extensions and pinch-hits is 11:59 PM December 27 — 24 hours from now. Please have your work finished and uploaded by that time. If you aren’t sure how to post your work, check this Ao3 posting guide on our Dreamwidth community.

Thank you for all of your hard work. Happy holidays!

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The due date for this exchange was, and always has been listed as, December 21 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. This was stated very clearly on our Tumblr, on our Dreamwidth, and on our Ao3 profile, and repeated numerous times in updates on both Tumblr and Dreamwidth.

It has come to our attention that when assignments were sent out, Ao3 automatically and mistakenly included a statement that the due date was December 28, which is actually the date that works are meant to be revealed. We apologize for this confusion. However, in the message that we included in that very same email, it was reiterated that the due date was actually December 21. We were unaware of the confusion until now. However, it is very disappointing that rather than contacting us to clarify, some participants simply decided on their own to go with the later date and not question why two different dates were included in the same message.

Earlier today we automatically defaulted all participants who had not uploaded a work, and who had neither defaulted on their own nor asked for an extension. We did this because the deadline had passed, and because we needed to do so in order to effectively seek out pinch hitters so that everyone would receive a gift. If you were mistakenly defaulted, we apologize and hope that you will contact us to clear things up. (Everyone affected by this should have received an email).

To those who have requested extensions: Don’t worry, this post isn’t directed at you. You have until your extension runs out to post your work.

To all participants: We greatly appreciate your participation in Giftstuck. Thank you all for working so hard!

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It's the 22nd and the deadline for uploading has passed. If you asked for an extension, it's yours, but remember that the absolute latest your work can be uploaded is 11:59 PM on December 27. Reveals are on the 28th!

All that said, we could use a few more pinch hitters in case of (more) last-minute drops. If you've got the time and are willing to help give someone that special something for the holidays, we'd really appreciate it if you signed up as a pinch hitter over here.

To everyone participating, thank you so much. We couldn't do this without you. <3
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Giftstuck submissions are due on December 21 @ 11:59PM PST, or ~34 hours from now.

If you’re not sure how to submit things to AO3, check out our handy AO3 posting guide.

If you asked for an extension, you’re cleared for it! Just be sure to get your gifts in before 11:59PM PST Dec. 27.

All gifts will be posted on Dec. 28.  Feel free to continue to edit and tweak your gifts after the Dec. 21 deadline; just make sure you’ve got the right draft uploaded when it’s time for gifts to be revealed!

If you have to default, please do so as soon as possible.  That way, your pinch-hitter has the most time possible to work.

Comments, questions? Send us an ask or e-mail passerine.cloud@gmail.com.

Happy fanworking!

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Hello! We're halfway through the exchange now and that means it's check-in time. Please fill out this google form, it won't take more than a moment: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XEmk0hjx3xHS2bYBi4XSCYofTyGWLBihInsuvKgJDTU/viewform

If you don't check in within the next 72 hours, we'll assume you're dropping from the exchange and call in a pinch-hitter. So please do it as soon as you can!
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All assignments have been sent out, so please check your e-mail!

If you have not received your assignment, please send us an ask, leave a comment on this post, or e-mail passerine.cloud@gmail.com. Please mention your AO3 username so we know who you are!

There are some general reminders in the e-mail itself, but just in case, we'll say them again here.

1) You are not required to use all the characters or pairings listed. You have to include at least one (and you can include more than one if you want).

2) Similarly, you don't have to use all the prompts—just one. You can use more if you're so inclined, though.

3) Reminders: the deadline is 11:59PM PST December 21, 2013. The work minimum is 1,000 words or an art piece with flat coloring, no max work limit, no WIPs, fics should be beta'd. For more details, check our rules here.

4) If you absolutely cannot work with this prompt, please let us know ASAP! And in general, if you're having any trouble/need help or if you need to drop, please let us know promptly. Just send an ask to the giftstuck tumblr or e-mail passerine.cloud@gmail.com.

5) DO NOT CONTACT THE PERSON YOU'RE ASSIGNED TO. If you have any questions, need clarification, etc., contact us and we'll ask them for you. Try to keep your assignment a secret as much as possible so that it's a surprise! :)

Happy fanwork-ing!
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It has come to our attention that the character tag The Psiioniic | The Helmsman does not appear in the autocomplete for some reason even when users type the name out. A bug report has been filed.

Signups close in about two hours, so if you wanted to request this character but thought he was unavailable, rest assured that the tag does exist, and you can add it to your signup, but you will either need to type it by hand exactly as listed above in bold, or copy and paste it.

We will do our best to check that each match is as good as possible, but if you’re strongly attached to getting fic about the Psiioniic you may want to edit your signup. You can do so right up until signups close at 11:59 PM PST tonight. Just go to the Giftstuck AO3 page, and click “My Signup” in the side bar.

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Giftstuck sign-ups are closing TODAY (Nov. 20) at 11:59PM PST!

READ THE RULES HERE!

SIGN UP HERE!

REBLOG OUR AD FOR YOUR DASH HERE!

If you don’t know if you’ll have time to participate but still want to help, you can SIGN UP TO BE A PINCH HITTER or a BETA READER!

Now’s also a good time to double-check your sign-up.

  • Make sure you’ve mentioned everything you want to mention in your request, especially things you don’t want.
  • Some people haven’t listed anything in the characters section—that will affect how you’re matched, so please fill that out if you can. 
  • Some people’s dear author letter links don’t seem to link to the right places.

We have 41 sign-ups so far.  Please sign up if you’ve been hesitating, and especially PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Graphics

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To advertise Giftstuck, this nifty banner exists:



There is also a nice button for Plurk users to use to label posts:

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ABOUT

Giftstuck is Homestuck fandom’s holiday fanwork exchange! Both fanfic and fanart are accepted. Sign up, create a gift, and receive a gift!

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TIMELINE

Oct. 20: Sign-Ups Open
Nov. 20:
Sign-Ups End @ 11:59PM PST
Nov. 21:
Assignments sent out
Dec. 13:
Check-in; Last day to drop
Dec. 21:
Gifts Due @ 11:59PM PST
Dec. 28: Gifts posted on AO3

Check the time?

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RULES

This is a drama free exchange. Character bashing, ship wars, hate, and other such unpleasantness are not welcome here. If we see it, we’ll ban everyone involved in it from the exchange. (GIF) Follow Thumper’s good example and be excellent to each other. This also applies to sign-ups and Dear Author letters—play nice!

Fics must be at least 1,000 words and in English.

Artwork should use at least flat coloring. Examples: Jake/Brobot (warning for fighting, bruises), Roxy/Calliope, Aradia/Sollux (humanstuck).

Giftstuck is run on Archive of our Own, so you need an AO3 account to play. (See the following section for more info.)

We match everyone based on their sign-ups; you can’t pick whether you receive fic or art. However, if you have a disability or special consideration that we should take into account during match-ups, please contact the mods (see the final section of this page) with your AO3 username so we can accommodate you.

Fics MUST be beta-read. If you need one, refer to our beta list. Consider adding your name to the list, too!

The last day to drop without penalty is December 13. Dropping after that will lead to a ban from future giftstucks. :( Regardless of the date, if you have to drop, please let us know as soon as possible!! We promise we won’t get mad at you. The earlier you drop, the more time your pinch hitter has to work.

Dec. 13 is also when we will be holding an e-mail check-in.  If you do not respond to the e-mail within 48 hours, we’ll assume you’re dropping from the exchange and call in a pinch hitter. Please check your e-mail on Dec. 13! (We will be reminding everyone on the day of the check-in here on tumblr and at our dreamwidth comm.)

Speaking of which, we welcome anyone and everyone to join our pinch hitter list. If you’re not sure you’ll have time to participate but still want to help the exchange, the pinch hitter list is for you!

Please do not cross-post your gifts until AFTER Dec. 28.  After that date you can post your fic/art anywhere and everywhere, but keep them under wraps until they’re officially posted by Giftstuck.  Thanks!

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SIGNING UP

1. Create an account on Archive of Our Own, if you don’t already have one. You can request an invite code here (it should take less than a day to get to you), or you can ask the Giftstuck mods for one. (For our contact info, see the final section.)

2. Click here to be taken to the Giftstuck exchange, and click the “Sign Up” button near the top of the page.

3. For your fandom, input “Homestuck”. (DO NOT PUT “MS PAINT ADVENTURES”. You won’t be able to complete the signup if you do, and even if you do magically find some way to submit the form we won’t be able to match you.)

4. Then enter from 1 to 20 characters you’d like your gift to be about, or click the “Any” box if the characters are not that important to you. You also need to include the rating(s) of the work you’d like to receive (from General Audiences to Explicit) and the relationship category/categories you’d prefer (F/F, F/M, M/M, Other, Multi (for multiple relationships), or Gen). If you aren’t particularly fussed about either of those, “Any” is also an option here.  You can enter as many ships as you want.

5. Write a description of what you’d like to receive in the “Description” box. If your request is especially long or detailed, you may consider putting an abbreviated version of it in this box and using the “Link to Dear Author letter” box to link to a more detailed request elsewhere—on your Tumblr or Dreamwidth would be ideal.

6. In the “Optional tags” box, enter any specific pairings you’d be interested in seeing. (The site will let you enter any tags here, not just pairing tags, but for the purposes of this challenge the matching algorithm will only take pairings into account in this box.) If you’d prefer gen then don’t enter anything, and check only the Gen box under “Category”.

7. Repeat steps 3-5 for your offer. In this case, you are inputting the characters, rating, etc. that you are willing to write or draw for. Do next not check “any” unless you actually, sincerely mean that you will write or draw anything you are assigned.

8. Once your signup is finished, click the submit button. Then sit back and wait for your assignment to arrive on November 21!

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FAQ

→ What’s a Dear Author letter?

A “Dear Author” letter is a post on your own blog—tumblr, DW, LJ, etc.—where you can talk to your gift-giver. In it, you can list what you like and don’t like so that your artist/writer has a place to start from. Don’t forget to mention your AO3 username so they know who you are, as well as what characters and ships you signed up for!

For more guidance and details, please read these two posts on Dear Author letters, written by penknife and liviapenn. They were written for Yuletide (another exchange), but the core ideas of the posts still hold true for Giftstuck.

N.B. - The term “Dear Author letter” is widely used throughout fanwork exchanges, which is why we’re using it here, but it totally applies to artists too!

→ What’s a pinch hitter?

Pinch hitters are writers and artists who are called in after someone drops to create something in their place, ensuring that their recipient still gets a gift.  Pinch hitter sign ups are here. They’re crucial to the success of any exchange, so please consider offering your talents! Both participants and non-participants can sign up.

→ How will you ensure that everyone gets a gift? // How do you handle drops?

We have a few methods (because redundancy ensures success).  First of all, the Dec. 13 check-in catches early drops and gives pinch hitters maximum time to work.  Secondly, there’s a one-week period between when gifts are due and when gifts are posted.  This means that people who need a bit more time can ask for one-week extensions to finish their gifts, so they don’t have to drop.  It also means that pinch hitters who step in at the end of the exchange will get at least a week to create something for their recipient.  That way, everybody gets something!

→What happens if my recipient drops from the exchange?

Your gift will be given to the community at large for everyone to enjoy! You will still receive a gift yourself.

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MOD CONTACT

The mods are Sonata and Ketsu (female pronouns for both, please.)

Send us an ask

Send a Dreamwidth PM

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FURTHER QUESTIONS

If there’s anything else you would like to know or don’t understand, send us an ask or leave a comment here and we’ll answer for you!

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Many of you already know how to post your works to Archive of Our Own, but since the site can be complicated for newcomers, this guide should be of some help for those of you who are new.

This guide is for posting your work once it's all complete. If you're looking for instructions on how to sign up, those are in this post.

How to post your work on Ao3! )