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A poll for next year!

It's time to start thinking about next year! I know it's busy for most people right now, but even if you are a lurker, we want your opinion! There are no wrong answers, and no shame no matter how you answer here. I am leaving the results open to everyone, so all I ask is that if you are going to comment about anything or to anyone, be as nice as you usually are, as we're just wanting this to be a great place for everyone to feel safe, no matter how silly they think what they're suggesting is!

kaige68 and I are probably going to need more help next year, as we have both been distracted away at times this year, and we really want to keep this comm going if people are enjoying what it provides and want to keep it alive. We probably only need a few people, but think seriously about whether you can reliably offer your time before answering the mod question, as we really don't want gaps in posting, although obviously we're pretty relaxed on the whole and no-one gets in trouble for forgetting or being late with anything! ;-)

Let me know if there are any hassles with this, such as it not working for you or anything glitching.

The last question needs a text answer and should just be a very short general idea of the challenge - you can always go into more detail in a comment. AND, please comment if you have more to say; thoughts are always welcome!

Poll #2076133 1MW 2018
This poll is closed.

Are your a regular here?

Yes! I contribute frequently!
Yes, I have been in the past, but not so much these days
Yes, not a lot in the past, but I do more now
Yes, I do what I can though it's not a huge amount
Yes, I am a watcher more than a contributer
No, I go other places these days

Would you like to help mod in 2018?

Yes, I will help with keeping things going!
No, I will happily help with challenges etc, but would rather not mod
No, I would rather just contribute where and when I can
No thanks, I'm happier just lurking!

Which posts/challenges do you like most?

Daily count challenge
Big Buddy
Word of the Day
Flash Challenges
Weekly inspirational ones, eg: Say What Friday
Monthly Challenges
Longer challenges (like 100-in-100 or A-Z)
Something I haven't mentioned (comment with details)

Which monthly challenges do you like?

5 + 1
August Rush
Create a TV Show
Fandom Squee
NanoWriMo encouragement
Original fic writing
Pool Party
Rare Pairs
Swap of Joy
One More Word
WIP Push

Is there anything we don't do that you want to suggest as a challenge?

That's it for now. I'll leave this open till Dec 26th, and we'll post about where we go from here after that, when I at least will hopefully have more time...

And in case I forget later in the week, MERRY CHRISTMAS, SEASON'S GREETINGS, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS, however and whatever you celebrate at this time of year! ;-)


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Dec. 17th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
Dec. 17th, 2017 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ;-)
Dec. 17th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
I used to be a lot more active here and hope to be again next year. You have a lot of wonderful challenges that I'd like to write fic for. (I'm a completionist at heart, though not in deed, lol.) These days I only participate in the Weekend Challenges because they sometimes manage to spark something small. And that even though I've been telling myself for weeks to write less fic. Ahem.
Dec. 17th, 2017 11:17 pm (UTC)
Hi! It's lovely to see you! Thank you for voting and for your comments! I hope you can contribute more next year, but you know you are always welcome even if you don't do much! ;-)

I'm so with you on being a completionist at heart but not so much in deed. I won't even tell you how old some of my WIPs are...
Dec. 17th, 2017 11:29 pm (UTC)
I like this community because it is a stress free writing zone. I hope to write and post more next year.
Dec. 17th, 2017 11:55 pm (UTC)
That is exactly what we aim for, so I'm glad it's working! thank you for voting and thank you for helping out as much as you do! I hope you manage to write more next year (and me too!). ;-)
Dec. 17th, 2017 11:35 pm (UTC)
I know I'm no help by voting for ALL THE THINGS. Sorry. :D

Also, I do want to help out and despite the RL issues I'm having, I don't forsee anything in the near future that would keep me away. So, if nothing else, I'll offer to pinch hit when needed.

HAPPY EVERYTHING EVERYONE! I need to go get my cookies out of the oven now. :D
Dec. 17th, 2017 11:57 pm (UTC)
You are helpful! Just knowing you love it all helps tremendously! It means we're doing something right, so thank you for voting!

I hope everything goes as smoothly as it can in RL, and I do hope you'll still have time to help us out when you can, as we really appreciate it!

Dec. 18th, 2017 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D And I definitely do enjoy myself here.

Things are going well now, got even a little good news on Friday, but it's going as well as can be expected, so that's always good. And although I'm three or more hours behind everyone else, I'm always here if needed.

HAHAHA... I'd send you some but not sure they'd be worth eating by the time they got to you.

Oh... and while I was out last night, I stumbled across a Monty Python themed Monopoly game board. I thought of you immediately. :D
Dec. 18th, 2017 12:39 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear you got some good news, no matter how small!

Oh, believe me, I'd still eat them (as long as they didn't have nuts!)

Yes! The Python is strong in this one! Even though I don't currently have a Python icon, so you'll have to make do with a Blackadder one instead! ;-)
Dec. 18th, 2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :D

Hahaha... only the chocolate chip have nuts, none of the others do (because as much as I like nuts, I don't like them in my cookies or brownies).

It's all good - Blackadder works, too!
Dec. 18th, 2017 12:52 am (UTC)
The second one was a toughie. In my heart I'd like to volunteer to help mod, but my head tells me that I didn't do so well with consistency this year. However, I'm usually pretty good as a pinch hitter :)

You all did a fantastic job this year - and I for one, really enjoy hanging out with such cool folks.
Dec. 18th, 2017 01:40 am (UTC)
That's okay! You are a great pinch-hitter, and we know we can rely on you to help out when you have the chance, so thank you for all that you do! Thanks too for voting!

Aww, thank you! I know we had a few late entries here and there when things got away on us, but K and I both really love hanging out with you (and everyone here) too!
Dec. 18th, 2017 04:01 am (UTC)
I voted! And I am definitely a person who can help with monthly or even weekly challenges--if that helps :)
Dec. 18th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes, that will always be a great help, so thank you for that too! ;-)
Dec. 18th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
I ran a bingo one month last year, and did @6 weekend challenges. I can take part to the same degree this coming year, and maybe a second monthly challenge (either another bingo or something else- maybe one early in the year, one late?).

Dec. 18th, 2017 07:33 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! You are always willing to chip in like that, and we totally appreciate it. We will be working on what there is to share out next week, so watch this space. Thank you for being you!!! ;-)
Dec. 19th, 2017 01:02 am (UTC)
I can help out - Jan, Feb, Sept, Oct,Nov

Sorry, I haven't been on much because my schedule is kind of weird these days, but I check the community regularly. I can help out Jan and Feb 2018, and I can also help anytime from Sept 4 through December 22, 2018. Let me know if there's something I can do to help??
Dec. 19th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: I can help out - Jan, Feb, Sept, Oct,Nov
Hey! Nice to see you! Thank you for voting!

We will be glad to have your help, thanks! K and I will be working out some stuff about next year after Christmas, once we've had a chance to talk about the poll and all the things we need help with, so watch this space! ;-)

Might take you up on the Jan offer now though - do you think you could run a monthly challenge for us then? Choose something you'd be happy to set up, and let us know!
Dec. 20th, 2017 12:15 pm (UTC)
Motivation was scarce this year, I only managed one not!fic, lurked and let the posts boost my mood, I'm hoping next year goes better. I really love the weekend challenges, though, they give me life. Also, the word of the day.
I am no on the mod question, mostly because I have no real idea how it works or what it entails. I'd like to help out, though.

I do have a prompt/challenge idea, I did in a writing group once, we called it "What did you just say?" It's a dialog prompt, where a normal dialog takes a sudden, possibly nonsensical turn, like "The storm won't reach us here, the cave is save." "What about the pig's feet?" (This isn't a very good example because I'm not really good with on the spot dialog?), and you have to write a dialog where it works.
There can be additional rules, we once had a dialog about cookies and cyanide and the prompt fill wasn't allowed to be about crime.
Dec. 20th, 2017 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the posts were able to boost your mood, even if you didn't create much this year. I didn't have a lot of time or inspiration myself this year so I know how you feel. next year will be better for us though, right? ;-)

No problem on the mod front - I'm pretty sure we have enough volunteers to manage that! Don't be afraid to offer help with any challenges you feel you could be involved in though; we're always happy to have you along! And we can offer any help you need if you wanted to run a challenge yourself.

I love that challenge idea! Maybe we could use it somewhere along the line - maybe in a weekend or flash challenge. If you can find some good examples/prompts to share, PM me with them and we could kick that off somewhere in next year's schedule! Love to have your help with it since it's one we haven't tried! ;-)

Edited at 2017-12-20 07:43 pm (UTC)
Dec. 20th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
I have been absolutely terrible with writing the past - year/2 years? Oops. But starting January 1st I have taken on the challenge of writing 1,000 words per day for at least 3 months. So I see myself trying to come back to this awesome place to get inspiration and write write write! I really need to get my life organized durrrr.

I could try to help out with challenges. I think a mod would have to nudge me or email me to remind me to help. I know I did August Rush that one year, I could always do that again!
Dec. 21st, 2017 01:05 am (UTC)
Hello! How lovely to see you again! Thanks for stopping by and voting. That is a great challenge, and we'd love to be part of your inspiration! Boy, do I know what you mean about getting your personal life organised - we may have different things going on, but I have been very slack with writing this year and need to get back to it, although RL does have this way of interfering, doesn't it?

Your help would very much be appreciated! I'd love you to help with August Rush, and of course, anything else you feel you can offer time to help with throughout the year! ;-)

Edited at 2017-12-21 01:05 am (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2017 11:13 am (UTC)
I meant to be around and participate in about everything this year, but life had other plans. Still, I have high hopes for next year and I really want to commit to all things writing. So you just tell me if/when you need me to help and what I should do :o) (I tend to have extremely busy times alternating with too much time on my hands, but I should be able to make it work.)
Dec. 26th, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hi! So good to see you here again! I'm sorry I haven't replied before now! Thank you for voting, and for offering up help when you can! We will call for helpers along the way at various times, so just give us a yell if something is doable for you when you see the relevant posts!

I wish you good luck in getting more done creatively in 2018! I will be on that train myself! ;-)
Jan. 10th, 2018 02:51 pm (UTC)
All good—I've been on vacation, so I failed to catch up on LJ anyways :o)

I'll make sure to help whenever I can.

Thanks! Let's ride that train together, shall we? ^.^
Dec. 26th, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
This ended up being a really rough year for me, and I was pretty much MIA from here (and a lot of places), but I miss writing regularly and I miss the inspiration this place provides, so I'm really hoping to re-dedicate myself this coming year.

I don't want to mod because some rl things are still very much up in the air and I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I would love to help with some of the monthly challenges or weekend challenges or whatnot! I find that when I help out, I stay more involved in other things, so I definitely want to do that if possible! xD
Dec. 26th, 2017 11:30 pm (UTC)
Hi, and it's so lovely to see you popping in! Thank you for voting and for commenting here too.

RL can be harsh sometimes; I totally get that, so I hope it calms down for you in 2018 and you do find more time to participate here - we'll be glad to have you along!

Watch this space - there will be more signups coming so do let us know what you think you can help with and when, once the relevant posts are up, and we'll fit you in somewhere!
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