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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by nakeisha on 26.10.2006 at 13:13
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1. I don't have a pairing, may I claim a single character.

No, I'm afraid not. This Community is specifically for Established Relationships, i.e. the couple are already together and involved. The relationship can be committed or non-committed, that's up to you. But they must already be a couple in some way, shape or form.

2. I have a threesome rather than a pairing, may I claim them instead?

As long as the relationship is an established one, then yes you may.

3. What kind of pairing may I claim?

Either slash (male/male, female/female) or het (male/female).

4. Does the pairing have to be strictly canonical?

No. It doesn't matter if the 'norm' is for Character A to be with Character B, whereas you want to write Character A with Character C, that is fine. All that is required is that your pairing are already a couple in your stories.

5. May I write about a character from one fandom and another character from another fandom?

Yes, as long as their relationship is already an established one. Just make sure that when you claim you make it clear that you are claiming two characters from two different fandoms.

6. Are there any limits to how many people may claim the same couple at the same time

No, none at all.

7. May I claim more than one pairing at a time?

Yes, but you must complete twenty stories for each pairing you claim.

8. Does every story have to be about the particular pairing I've claimed?


9. Does every story have to be an established relationship story?


10. May I claim original fandoms and characters?

Yes. Your claim may be entirely original, i.e. your own universe and characters; or you may use an established fandom and claim one or more original characters in that universe.

11. May I claim RPS/RPF characters?

Yes, you may.

12. How quickly will my claim be approved?

I aim to approve claims and set up tags within 24 hours of the claim being made. However, this sometimes may not be possible, so please bear with me. Also, I live in the UK, so if you are requesting a claim/asking a question there may be several hours delay before I am able to respond to you.

13. When may I begin posting?

Once your claim has been accepted, but not until, you will be given posting access. You may then begin posting your stories.

14. Is there a limit as to how many stories I may post at a time?

In theory, no. You may post all twenty stories at once. But just remember that you'll be clogging up people's f-lists if you do so.

15. A lot of my stories are sequels or very short, may I put more than one story in a single post?

Certainly. Just make sure that you put all of the relevant prompts in the subject line, and use the header and LJ cut for each story.

16. Do I have to use the prompts in order?

No, they may be used in any order.

17. Does the prompt word have to appear in the story?

No, it does not. Nor does it have to be the more usual meaning of the word. Let your imagination run riot. Just make sure that the theme does appear in the story, however loosely.

18. Are there any deadlines?

No, none at all. This is meant to be fun and as a writer I know only too well that the Muse cannot be controlled. All I would ask is that if you do suddenly decide that you are no longer interested in your claim, to please let me know. Go here.</font>

19. May I write with another person?

Yes. Just let me know both names when you submit your claim.

20. Do I have to post directly to the Community?

It's entirely up to you. You may either post a link to the story or post the story here or both. However, all stories, irrelevant as to length, must go behind the LJ cut. If you do not know how do to that, go here.

21. Is there a minimum and maximum story length:

Stories must be a minimum of 100 words. There is, however, no maximum.

22. May I use previously written and posted stories?

You may use up to five previous written and posted stories. However, I'm not going to spend time checking your LJ and other Communities, websites, etc. so you are on trust.

23. May I use the same story for more than one challenge?

If the other challenge/s rules permit this, yes.

24. May I post my stories elsewhere?

Yes, they are your stories. You may post them wherever you wish to.

25. What if I wish to drop my claim?

Go here.

26. Are crossovers allowed?

Yes, certainly. Just make sure that the other fandom/pairing is clearly stated in the story header.

27. Do I have to rate my stories?

As anyone who knows me will know, I don't personally care for ratings as I believe they are too subjective. However, for the purposes of this challenge I am going to follow the example of other challenges and ask that you rate your stories. I would prefer that you use the G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 rating system, as it seems to be the most commonly used one. However, if you prefer to use another system you may do so, just give a brief explanation as to what your rating means.

28. Who tags the stories?

You do, please. I will set your tags up for you when I approve your claim, but you will be responsible for your own tagging. There will be two tags, one for the fandom and another for the pairing. To access these tags, once you have posted your story or the link to your story to the Community, click on the word 'Tags', which will appear at the bottom of the post, and this will take you to a list of the relevant tags.

29. What information should I include when posting my story?

Stories should be posted as follows.

Subject Line: Fandom. Pairing. Prompt.

Story Header:

PAIRING: Full names, please not ‘squashed up’ names. For example, if you’re writing Gibbs/Abby, please use Gibbs/Abby (or indeed their complete names), not Gabby.
GENRE: Slash or het
PROMPT: Number and actual prompt
RATING: Ideally please use G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17 rating system
SUMMARY: This can be as brief or detailed as you like, but please put one.
WARNINGS: </font>I'm not going to make a huge list here, as one person's idea of warning will be another ones' 'like'. However, the things for which I suggest a warning should be given are: death of a major character, heavy BDSM, any other extreme fetish, unhappy ending, partner betrayal, partner rape. Please note that slash and het are not warnings. As this is a challenge for established relationships, romance and/or sex is expected to appear in the stories. There is a section in the header where the genre is stated.
NOTES: Anything else you'd like to mention.
DISCLAIMER: Something like: 'I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time'.
Stories must be a minimum of 100 words. There is, however, no maximum.

ALL stories, whatever the length, if posted directly to this Community must be placed behind the LJ Cut. If you don't know how to do this, please go to: LJ Cut

30. What do I do when I've finished my claim?

Go here and you will be given a banner that you can then display on your User Information page, or any where else you might wish to place it.

31. What if I have a question you haven't answered?

If you have any other questions that I have not addressed, please either leave a comment to this entry or email me at: nakeisha@livejournal.com.


dropsofviolet at 2006-10-31 19:21 (UTC) (Link)
25. This community is for established relationships. Do these relationships have to be canonical, or can they be an alternate pairing in which the members have an established relationship?

(If that doesn't make sense.... Canon couple in the fandom is AxB. Can I still write AxC, even if they aren't together in the series, as long as I assume their relationship is established?)
nakeisha at 2006-11-01 12:09 (UTC) (Link)
You most certainly can write this kind of pairing. As long as the couple are established, go ahead. Happy writing!
aingeal8c at 2007-05-02 17:17 (UTC) (Link)
*looks sheepish*

I should have thought of this earlier.

I have a question in terms of linking fic to prompts in the table. Should I link to the entry here or the fic itself?
nakeisha at 2007-05-03 11:06 (UTC) (Link)
I personally link to the fic itself, as it's one less layer for folk to go through, and I think that's what the majority of people do.

It's also a tad easier for me when I do a linking post if I can just click on the tables, but as not everyone does fill out their table anyway, it's entirely up to you.
nakeisha at 2007-05-03 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
Just so you know, your links from your table were just fine. All bar one (Home) went to the actual story; for some reason you'd liked Home to the ER post, but that's not a problem as the link was nicely there.
aingeal8c at 2007-05-03 16:40 (UTC) (Link)
I might tweek that later on. Thank you. You know for sake of continuity. Unlike some people *cough*DPB*cough* I care about continuity. ;-)
nakeisha at 2007-05-04 13:09 (UTC) (Link)
Hee. I thought you might for that very reason ;-)
aingeal8c at 2007-05-04 13:19 (UTC) (Link)
:-) I am predictable like that.
nakeisha at 2007-05-04 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
But eminently sensible too.
aingeal8c at 2007-05-04 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
Nicky Gabriel
nickygabriel at 2009-06-16 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
But they must already be a couple in some way, shape or form.
Does it mean that the relationship can be friendship?
nakeisha at 2009-06-17 11:05 (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid not.

It must be a romantic and/or sexual relationship.
Nicky Gabriel
nickygabriel at 2009-06-17 14:30 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, thank you :)
sexycazzy at 2009-09-18 18:36 (UTC) (Link)
Hey there! A very cool idea and I love it! Am considering taking up the challenge!

I have three questions, if you don't mind answering them! *smile*

1. Is it okay to have a beta-reader on the table's stories?

2. In the table, it has symmetry - what is an example of one? (am not too sure!)

3. Am I allowed to write a pairing in an alternative universe?

nakeisha at 2009-09-19 11:37 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you like the idea. Oh, good.

Not at all.

1. Oh, yes. Most certainly.

2. Symmetry is about balance about something say repeating itself, about a pattern. For example I did the challenge myself and the story I wrote (Gibbs/Ducky) featured Ducky explaining to Gibbs the whole patten his three failed marriages took. Whereas a friend of mine who wrote Abby/McGee used it to show a symmetry in how in the early morning Abby would find both Tim and their daughter cuddling up to her to seek warmth.

3. You certainly are.

You're welcome.
sexycazzy at 2009-09-19 15:27 (UTC) (Link)
I already have a pairing in mind! *grins*

Just one more question, then I'm ready to make a claim (well, depends on the answer hee hee!)

My question is - would it be okay if I used two pairings (ie one main and established pairing which would be featured all through the stories) ie - the established couple help the other pairing realise that they both have feelings for each other and plan to get them together. Hope you understand my question! lol

PS forgot to say thanks - thank you for answering my questions!

Edited at 2009-09-19 15:28 (UTC)
nakeisha at 2009-09-19 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good. That's always useful.


Yes, of course, that's perfectly fine, more than okay.

You're very welcome.
slayergirl21 at 2009-12-09 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
hello i have a question, i was wondering if we can combine themes because when i posted i kind of combined surprise with celebration i was wondering if its ok to combine themes or just use one theme because i'm just curious and kind of confused.
nakeisha at 2009-12-10 13:02 (UTC) (Link)
Hi there,

If you mean can one story count for two prompts, I'm afraid not. You need to write one story for each prompt. It doesn't matter if you end up using more than one theme in a story, but there still has to be 20 different stories.
au is always an option
scifisentai at 2010-04-05 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
Just for clarification (my brain doesn't work too well after working the entire Easter weekend) would a pairing who have an established friends-with-benefits thing before getting thwapped round the head with realisation be acceptable for this? They're already involved, in a sense, it's just that the idea of 'coupleness' hasn't clicked for them yet.
nakeisha at 2010-04-06 14:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure my brain works well at any time *g*

If by 'friends with benefits' you mean they do sleep together from time to time or kiss or have some sexual/romantic relationship, but aren't committed, then yes, that's fine. That would count as established.

However, if they haven't taken any steps beyond a friendly hug/peck on the cheek, then no, I'm afraid it wouldn't count.
au is always an option
scifisentai at 2010-04-06 18:44 (UTC) (Link)
Definitely the former. ^.^ Thank you; I thought it would fall under 'established but not committed', I just wanted to be sure. :)

*wanders over to sign-up post*
nakeisha at 2010-04-07 11:55 (UTC) (Link)
You're very welcome. I'm glad it was the former.

*Toddles off to approve*
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