[identity profile] mrs-leary.livejournal.com
Thank you again, everyone, for taking part in (or even just silently lurking in the dark corners of) our Promptacular Fest 2016! It's been a lot of fun, and proves there's still plenty of life and passion in the Merlin RPF fandom.

So, what mischief shall we get up to next?

Sprucing up the community

I have loved the look and feel of our community, so this is not a criticism. However, we've had some changes, the banner is MIA, and after proudly being in existence for almost eight years, it's probably time for a bit of renewal on the design front.

I am happy to do it myself, but I would also be very happy for an artist or designer to volunteer their help. You were all very kind about my Promptacular banners, but I remain an amateur in this regard.

Feel free to offer via the comments, a message, or email, and we'll talk. But I am looking to work on this fairly soon, as I have a smidgen of free time.

Mini big bang!

When I held a poll about what sort of fest or event we wanted, a prompts fest came first, but a mini big bang came close behind. So shall we give that a try...?

This is me thinking aloud:

  • I'm not really across all the other Merlin events and fests that are happening, and maybe it would be almost impossible not to conflict with something. But if anyone wants to suggest there are certain times we should avoid, please illuminate me!

  • We could run our mini bang over the latter part of this year, i.e. starting in July and posting in November, December or January.

  • Longer fills would be very welcome, but I think we could set a fairly modest minimum of 10,000 words for fic, or the equivalent kind of effort in any other type of fanwork?

  • Pairings of creators with two different types of fanwork (e.g. fic and art, dance and knitting) would be very welcome, and I'd love to help with that if I can - but maybe the invitations and offers need to be driven by the creators...? When creators sign up for the mbb, perhaps one of the items is to say whether they're interested in working with a fellow creator.

  • My intention is that this be slightly more formal than the prompt fest (e.g. creators must have a beta), but otherwise you'll have a feel already about how I run fests - and now is a good chance to make any (polite!) suggestions or requests about how this one will work!

Over to you, dear fellow fans! I'm very interested in your responses to all of the above!
[identity profile] mrs-leary.livejournal.com
Hello, everyone! I'm so sorry I'm late doing this... I was going to officially wind up our awesome Promptacular Fest of 2016 on the weekend, but instead I came down with a bad head cold on top of my usual (light) hayfever... My brain seems to be working relatively well today, though, so here I am at last.

I've been really delighted by the enthusiasm brought to this fest by all the creators, readers and commenters. It's been so heartwarming! Merlin RPF might not be the hugest fandom in the world, but by golly we're a passionate one, and I love that about us.

The fest brought us lots of lovely prompts (many of which are still there for the taking!) along with the following goodies:
I am hoping we still have one more story coming in, but in the meantime we have so much to revel in. If you haven't already gone and loved the various contributions, please do so now. I promise you, you won't regret it!

(And I'll post in the next few days about what we might do next.)

Thank you again to everyone who participated and enthused! You make my heart sing, peeps. ♥ 
[identity profile] made-a-thing.livejournal.com
Title: Fashion Goggles: A BELLO Affair
Your name(s): [livejournal.com profile] made_a_thing (Anon at AO3)
Fanwork type: Fic
Word count: 4888
Rating: R
Character(s) and/or Pairing(s): Bradley/Colin
Summary: Colin doesn't think of Bradley like that. Right?
Notes / Warnings / Prompt: Based on the prompt: Colin sees the pictures of Bradley in Bello Magazine. Profuse apologies to everyone for coming in late and gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] mrs_leary for her gracious help and for running this fest!
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction, AKA: Lies, lies, lies (except for the fact that said pictures do exist).
LINK TO THE FANWORK: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7150847
[identity profile] mrs-leary.livejournal.com
Just a quick note to say that, as you may realise, we are eagerly awaiting two last stories for the fest. Unfortunately the authors weren't able to make their posting dates - but as they are both putting some extra time and effort into their stories, I'm sure that ultimately this will benefit we readers!

Thank you all for your patience. :-) 
[identity profile] narlth.livejournal.com
Title: In That Silence
Your name(s): narlth
Fanwork type: Fic
Fanwork materials: 1966 words
Rating: NC-17
Character(s) and/or Pairing(s): Bradley/Colin
Summary: It’s St. George’s day and there are a few things Bradley’s missing out in America, until one of those things is suddenly there with him.
Notes / Warnings / Prompt: Sex. Based on this Instagram post.
Disclaimer: This is purely a work of fiction, no offence intended.
LINK TO FANWORK: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7113544
[identity profile] mrs-leary.livejournal.com
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Title: Rupert 'Fabulous' Young
Your name(s): Mrs Leary
Fanwork type: Icon set
Fanwork materials: Icons and graphics
Rating: G
Character(s): Rupert, and a couple of co-stars
Summary: I love this man, and like looking at him. (And I can't think what else to say!)
Disclaimer: Rupert belongs to his own good self. All the photos and the rights in them belong to their creators, as credited. I am merely borrowing the images for the sake of daydreaming, the declaration of allegiances, and general provocation.
LINK TO THE FANWORK: http://mrs-leary.livejournal.com/96529.html
[identity profile] mrs-leary.livejournal.com

Title: Sensational
Author: Mrs Leary
Fanwork type: Fiction
Word count: 2800 words
Rating: PG13
Characters: Jamie Parker/Rupert Young
Summary: Rupert's Merlin friends all stay in touch, and some come to see him in High Society - but he's also glad to be making a new friend in Jamie Parker.
Notes: I wrote fic to my own prompt! With many thanks to Fable for beta-ing in double-quick time. ♥
Disclaimer: This flight of fancy has nothing at all to do with the actual Jamie Parker, Rupert Young, or any of the Merlin cast. The story is purely imaginary, and is not intended to cause offence.
LINK TO THE FANWORK: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7071208

[identity profile] thalialunacy.livejournal.com
Title: Baker, Baker
Your name(s): [livejournal.com profile] thalialunacy
Fanwork type: fic
Fanwork word count: 2,554
Rating: mature
Character(s) and/or Pairing(s): Colin character study, with Colin/Tom/Laura and Colin/Bradley
Summary: In which Colin works on Black Sails, stays with his old friend Tom, and (re)discovers some things.
Notes / Warnings / Prompt: No Warnings. Prompt was for Colin/Tom comfort, with wide parameters. OP was gracious in allowing me this indulgence.
Disclaimer: Everything in here is fabricated nonsense.
LINK TO THE FANWORK: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6950515

PS: mod, this story is a special flower and needs some tags created, lol
[identity profile] mrs-leary.livejournal.com

We're almost there! Posting is scheduled to begin on 1 June. Hurrah!

This post describes how to post your fanwork for the Prompt Fest.

The posting schedule is here if you want to check it: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/201356.html

1. Post your fanwork online

You can post your fanwork at any time during the 24 hours of your scheduled day (based on your local time).

You can post your fanwork to this community, to your own journal, to your AO3 / tumblr / deviantart account, or to any other platform. Feel free to post wherever you'd normally post, as long as your fellow fans are able to access it.

If you post to AO3, you are more than welcome to add the fanwork to the Merlin RPF Fests collection. There is also a sub-collection which enables you to post anonymously if you wish: Merlin RPF Fests - anon entries.

2. Post a link to your fanwork to this community

You need to be a member of merlinrpf to have posting access.

Make sure you've posted your fanwork online, and it's fully viewable, BEFORE posting to the community.

Copy-and-paste the template provided in the box below, and complete the details. Alternatively, use your own version, as long as you're covering the significant points. Feel free to add more details, as you think relevant!

Feel free to also include a banner / art preview / thumbnail in the post, that links to the fanwork.

3. Tag your post

Tag your entry to the community with the following tags:

  • Characters: 'cast: [name]' for individual characters, as necessary.

  • Type: 'fanworks: [type]'.

  • Relationships: 'pairing: [name/name]' for the main relationship(s), as necessary.

  • Rating: select one only, from G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17.

  • Word count: for fic, select one range only.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for creating for this fest! I really appreciate it, and I'm sure all our fellow fans do, too.

Everyone: Please let's share the love, comments and kudos!

Any queries or problems, please do get in touch with me, and we'll sort it out.


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