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Sunday Circle: Poll discussion

Well, this week it might be a good idea to discuss our poll results during circle, since we had some interesting suggestions.

First of all, lilyfarfalla and I both agree it would be fun to have an occasional picture or quote or drawing prompt, assuming we can come up with good ones. So we'll give that a shot.

The poll results

Here are the other comments that came up:

x_varda_x -- I like the idea of themed weeks instead of word prompts, much like sga flashfic :)
tielan -- If we could run the longer prompts concurrent with the weekly challenges, that might keep the comm moving while still allowing people more time to write.
altyronsmaker -- How about, along w/ the 1 wk prompts, we do one long prompt/mo? give it on the 1st Sat and close 4 wks l8r?
rubygirl29 -- I love the one word prompts. I don't feel as if I have to write an epic!
hoktauri -- I like the idea for longer prompts sometimes, but I think the focus should remain on the one-week format, with an amnesty week every other month or something, as Real Life does show up to occasionally keep us from
trystings -- Not really, I adore it as it is!
stella_pegasi -- Love the comm as it is, but open to whatever the group chooses.
ceitie -- I like having a new prompt every week since it helps keep my interest, but occasionally having a prompt that last two or three weeks might be good for people who want to write longer stories or need more time to finish a story.

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Aug. 21st, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Concur with stella_pegasi
I am going to make an effort to get on board regularly

Finally, love the idea of a quote, a picture or drawing as a
Aug. 21st, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
When lily and I were talking, a couple of possible problems cropped up with having either concurrent or non-concurrent longer challenges.

If we don't run the prompt concurrent, then a longer challenge would mean the comm would be kinda dead in the meantime. One thing we like about this comm is how lively it is week to week, especially since the fandom is smaller now. However, maybe this would be ameliorated somewhat if we had a two-week prompt and a Sunday Circle in between...

If we did run the prompts concurrent, then the rush of time when the one-month prompt stories came due would be the same time that the smaller prompt stories came due, which would mean longer epics would be posted at the same time as shorter stories, which could make for Bad Feelings.

So, interesting...one thing lily suggested that I agree with is we could try having amnesties more often and see if that ameliorates the issue for writers who take longer. What do you guys think?

Because, and I feel a little strange saying this, I wonder if folks aren't unconsciously looking to us a little bit to fill the rôle of sga_flashfic with the comments...and if so, well, I agree there is obviously a need there, but I'm not sure one comm can serve both purposes? And we are just the Little Comm That Could. lily and I aren't those guys. (sorry, lily!)

eta: edited for typo

Edited at 2011-08-21 11:08 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I was thinking. (a dangerous pasttime, I know).

If you ran a month long prompt (quote, picture, whatevs) concurrent with weekly prompts, you'd still get those contributing weekly. I think most of us here LOVE the weekly prompts and find those perfect for keeping active in the fandom and enjoying the hell out of SGA still.

But (and here is what I was thinking) for the month-long ones, have the last week of the month be the amnesty week AND the time for the long prompts to be due. So the schedule would go

wk 1 - longer prompt AND weekly prompt
wk 2 - weekly prompt
wk 3 - weekly prompt
wk 4 - long prompt due AND amnesty for the weeklies.

I think that would eliminate the dead air time you were worried about and would still provide the IMMEDIACY of the weeklies with the anticipation of something meatier with the long prompts.

Just an idea...
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I think there might be a danger in having a monthly amnesty in taking away all urgency from the weekly prompts, though...what do you think?

Having delivery of the month-long prompt occur in week 4 would mean no weekly prompt for that week...I could sort of see that: just announce the opening of delivery for the month prompt on that Saturday, good for the whole week.

Definitely we would want to do something to distinguish the month-long prompts from the weekly prompts, probably make them two-word prompts.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Hmm. The monthly amnesties would strip some of the urgency away, I agree (that was the flaw of my thinking). Though I do like the announcement ofthe longer prompt falling in the last week of the month.

Maybe have it be an option that the longer prompt could be either one. members could use it as either a weekly OR monthly prompt?

Whatever y'all decide is good with me, becasue I'll still hang out here no matter what! :D this has become one of my favorite comms in fandom.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
:))) That's what we want, of course. We just don't want folks who take longer to constantly feel left out of the party.

these are all great ideas, thanks, chelle!
Aug. 21st, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
First, let me say this, this comm for being only a bit over three months old has been a wonderful experience and quite successful. I'm all for change, but I also know from experience that change is not always good, it can change a dynamic quickly. However, evolving is a good thing, and anything is worth trying.

I was thinking about this and I like the idea of amnesty more often, perhaps every fourth to sixth prompt. And perhaps for those writers or artists who have contributed weekly, instead of picking up a prompt, could do a wild card during the amnesty week.

I love the prompts the two of you have given us, I admit to a couple of times going OMG...but they have pushed me a bit, and while I haven't been a great fan of AU, a friend has pushed in that direction for this week (which I may need that amnesty for!). I think you are both very creative, and have provided great muses for all of us. As well as a fun comm, where we have been exposed to things we might not read or write. I am attempting to broaden my horizons and I hope that this comm retains the fun regardless of whatever we do.
Aug. 21st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
I agree with you that sga_saturday has expanded people's horizons. I've never been a genfic reader OR writer, but everything I've written for this comm (except for the first story) has been gen. And I've read some really good stories here outside my OTP.

And I know you've read outside your comfort zone as well. I think that's a terrific thing for this time in SGA fandom. I mean, with the canon closed, and most of the more prolific and 'well-known' writers having pretty much moved on, this little comm that could has definitely stood out and been pretty darn successful! I'd say that succcess is due BECAUSE it allows people to branch out from their 'status-quo.'

I have to hand it to lilly and esteefee, that they've created a safe place for new and old fans to experiment with genres and 'ships and different ways of telling a story. We're not locked into a particular pattern or anything, and that freedom allows for greater creativity. so. um, Yeah!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
I, too, have never been a big gen writer, or written some of the pairings (or crossovers!) I've written here...something about the atmosphere here both grants me freedom but also urges me on somehow. It's been kind of awesome and it's been because of you guys. \o/
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
I like the idea of a long monthly prompt to run along the weekly prompts (I know I haven't written much, but hopefully I will use the amnesty period to make it up for that!) As for the amnesty period - why not have it periodly - like every two months instead of monthly?

although, I like how the community is run right now so I am quite happy with whatever changes or non-changes for this community!

I have to agree; usually I don't read gen stories but since this was started, I started to read more and more of gen stories, and that is a surprise considering that I'm a hardcore slashly gal!! LOL!

Oh and one of the prompts has also made me write an AU (fushion with The Sentinel), which is not set in the BDSM universe is also a first for me!!

I look forward to more prompts/more new stories and to possible changes! :-)
Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
thanks, sexycazzy. I love how I've met new people and am interacting more, as well, instead of hiding in my little corner of fandom.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I like the comm as a weekly thing, I definitely agree that keeping the urgency there is the best thing; it helps to A) keep us writing and not get bogged down with one story and B) keep us on our toes creatively! I like the idea of the amnesty weeks being spaced out more than a month, as it would be really easy, for example, to say "Oh, I have a month to fulfill three prompts" and then lose that immediacy, whereas amnesty every two (or even three) months keeps that urgency in place. The first amnesty period will encompass 14 prompts--I think we all have so much to do in our Real Lives that juggling 14 prompts over an extended period will be such an ugly prospect that we'd stick more to weekly postings, and the amnesty period will just sort of be a catch-up for those couple of stories that maybe took us longer to produce (or for those new to the comm that wanna jump into an older prompt that maybe brought them over in the first place).

For me, I already have two things to post from the prompts I missed (I joined during week 4), and one longer fic I'm working on. I get so many ideas that it helps me not go crazy to know there will be amnesty periods, but also knowing that those amnesty weeks will be few and far between would keep me from slacking off.

All in all, I totally love this comm; it has saved my sanity many times!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
thanks, hoktauri. maybe we should wait and see what happens come amnesty week. it starts in just two weeks.

I think I need more data. :)

but yeah, I love this comm too! It's really a little haven for me.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, just jumping in to say \o/ over all of the lovely things people are saying here. I love how...nimble (is that the word?) this comm is forcing me to me. "Oh shit, I forgot to write a story" becomes "write a drabble! DO IT." And I totally agree about how genre and slash vs gen is not following it's usual patterns with me either. I *heart* you guys!

I am wondering....if we do more regular Amnesty Weeks (every two months?), do we need different "prompts" for longer deadlines too? Or does a prearranged, regularly scheduled amnesty week also serve that purpose?

Thanks for making this the Sunday Circle esteefee!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
I think that having the Amnesty weeks every two months-ish would serve for those wanting to do longer works to build on the prompts that "prompt" them to do longer works. I'm working on a fic for the upcoming amnesty that's already reached 12K and will probably double in size by posting time--there's just too much story to shoehorn it into a shorter work. So I don't think longer deadlines/prompts would even be necessary. (Though I still like the pic/quote prompt idea.)

I personally have been very happy with the comm so far and wouldn't really *change* anything! You mods are super awesome and you've given us SO much to work with (I mean, I had so many ideas for "limn" which is another argument for regular amnesties, as I posted two fics for it and have two more in mind to write!)

ANYWAY, all this to say that while SGA fandom has stretched my abilities as a writer, this little Comm has stretched my abilities even further, and I think it's definitely due to the structure that's already in place. (And I have written/read many genres I hadn't really considered before this, so thanks for that too!)
Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
ps: I can't wait to read your story!
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
It's a lot different from what I normally write! I shocked my own self.
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