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Two things: Birthdays and Bingo!

Hi everyone!

I have two things to talk about today! The first one is the birthday challenge! I have had a nice bunch of sign-ups for this challenge, but we are down on last year, so if you want to be in, go to this post for details and to sign up! It's not too late as long as your birthday hasn't already passed for this year. If you want to be in but your wishlist is pretty much like last year, feel free to copy it from this 2014 post into the 2015 one - no-one's going to mind!

And on that note, I asked everyone to check through the 2015 list to see who they may consider offering gifts to this year, and to sign in at this post to give me an idea of who those people may be. You are under no obligation to actually provide something! If time gets away on you and you can't make it, no one will penalize you! This is a voluntary gift-giving challenge, but as we all know, it's so nice to get a little something on your birthday, so give and ye shall receive is really the order of the day.

I have some great offers so far (and the comments are screened, so only K and I will be able to see who or what you're pledging, and we only expect what you can manage and no more, so don't feel obligated to fulfil a promise if life has been busting your gut or you're having a block. All I ask is for you to try to fit a few small creations for others into your busy schedule over the year), but the following people don't have many gifters so far, so if anyone feels they can look at something for them, please do go to the link in the previous paragraph and comment there. THANK YOU!

We need more gift offers for:


Thank you to everyone who has signed in and advised me who they're hoping to give to, so far. At any time in the year you can go back and comment again or edit your original comment to offer more gifts if you find yourself in the position to help. I do already have a couple of back-ups, so thank you to those people! I will be in touch if need be. A couple of people have also gifted unexpectedly and I didn't know they were going to, which is awesome! You are also welcome to do that too, any time.

Just in case you've forgotten (and these things do sometimes escape us; there's no fault if it has), these people have not been in touch to say they've got giftees in mind:

mierke (thank you for reccing to galadriel34, btw!)

Maybe you just haven't seen any fandoms you create in yet, so you'll come back, and that's fine too, but I just wanted to give you that chance.

Thank you all again for playing! There's been some great gifts so far, and I know this is going to get our numbers up this year - in fact I am counting up all the gifts as we go this year (not individual words, but if each gift is on average equal to 200 words or more, that's going to make for a good percentage of our count, anyway!)

AND #2 on my list to talk about today is BINGO! I know we have a lot of keen bingo players here, and that is fantastic! Would anyone like to help me make some Bingo cards and/or reward graphics for February Bingo? This is next month's challenge and I'll be running that one, so any help you guys could offer would be much appreciated. I'll post again soon to announce the card topics and to ask for prompts, so watch this space! ;-)


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Jan. 20th, 2015 09:18 am (UTC)
Can I invent a new birthday for myself, since my birthday went already but :D
Jan. 20th, 2015 09:46 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry! :( I hope you'll play with us next year though - watch out for a post to sign up for 2016 at the end of this year. Although if you really want to play... maybe choose a favourite holiday from your country instead?

Edited at 2015-01-20 09:46 am (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:56 am (UTC)
Nah, it is all fine. :D I'll just focus on gifting folks for this year. :)
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ok, that's cool - and thank you so much! Any extra gifts are always welcome! ;-)
Jan. 20th, 2015 11:26 am (UTC)
I can help with the cards; im me or email the info at umai dot hoshi at gmail dot com.

I decided to skip signing up this year. It will come and go as it has every year. :)
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thank you! I'll get the post up with the categories soon and you can see which you'd like to make then, and I'll be in touch further after that.

And no worries - I can appreciate that! ;-)

Edited at 2015-01-20 10:37 pm (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2015 12:08 pm (UTC)
I would be happy to help with bingo cards! I'll just need enough time (and 2 weekends in there) because things are ridiculous at work :)
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, thanks! I thought you might like to help! I'll get the post up with the categories soon and you can see which you'd like to make at that point. ;-)

Jan. 20th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
I need to find the list again...I lost it somewhere...to indicate what I can provide and to who...my apologies for that!
Jan. 20th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
It's here. :)

Edit: or did you mean this one?

Edited at 2015-01-20 07:05 pm (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
both work :)
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for getting onto that! I'll only be in touch if I need to spread things out. Anything you can do for the people you've named is awesome - and don't worry if you can't do all of them! ;-)
Jan. 20th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
I could have named more...but wanted to spread the wealth to the under-represented, lol.
Jan. 20th, 2015 01:41 pm (UTC)
I can help with bingo cards!
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Wonderful - thank you! I'll get the post up with the categories soon and you can see which you'd like to make at that point! ;-)
Jan. 20th, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't replied because hopefully I'll be in the hospital for a surgery next week (I had to postpone once already), and after that I don't know when I will be able to do anything :( so mostly February and January is out, maybe from March.
Jan. 20th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
That's absolutely fine, love - I get that totally and figured it was something like that! When you're ready you can come back and let me know, so watch out for the monthly posts (which I'll link back to the 'gift' post) when you're back in the game.

Good luck with the surgery, BTW - I hope it all goes well! *hugs*
Jan. 20th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
what does it take to make bingo cards?
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
Any graphics software a little more elaborate than MS Paint should be enough, I think :D
Jan. 21st, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
I should have been more specific...in that...how do you come up with the prompts for each square? I've only done a few bingos, but am not sure how each card is conceptualized ;)
Jan. 21st, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, we usually all suggest prompts, then mods pick which ones to use and tell you if you're helping make cards!
Jan. 21st, 2015 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'll be picking the topics soon, and then I'll ask for people to give prompts under those topics. Once I have the lists, I'll pass them on to the card-makers.

You're welcome to help out if this appeals to you - how everyone makes their cards is up to them, but we usually go for basic 9-square bingo cards with as many as needed under each category and one or two mini cards with only 4 squares for people who want to play but don't feel able to commit to 9 prompts.

Edited at 2015-01-21 09:50 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
I should be able to handle that if you need some makers :)
Jan. 21st, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
Great! Thanks! ;-)
Jan. 21st, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely up for helping making cards this time around as well, if the ones I made last time were satisfactory~
Jan. 21st, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
Of course! The last ones you made were great! I'll be posting in a day or two with categories, asking for prompts, and you can choose which you'd like to make then! ;-)

Thanks for answering Agdhani's questions, btw! :)
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