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Mini Bang 2017 | CHECKING IN!

It's time for the creators to check in and let us know how they're going.

Please feel free to check in, if you think you can create a fill in time to post from 22 July - even if you didn't originally register for the fest. The more RPF, the merrier!

Please read the Registration and Fills Guidelines if you want to refresh your memory about the fest.

Post each "check in" in a new comment directly under this post.

Copy-and-paste the template provided in the box at the bottom of this post.

Complete the template with your fanwork details.


  • Type of Fanwork: What type of fanwork are you planning to post? See the Registrations and Fills Guidelines for a list of possibilities.

  • Character(s) / Pairing(s) / Moresome(s): Who is most involved in the story and/or who is involved with whom…? Focus on the main character(s), and any secondary character(s) with a key role.

  • Theme / Setting / Inspiration: Give us an idea of what you're creating.

  • Current stage: What stage is your project at? Are you confident you'll be able to post the fanwork in late July?

  • I'm looking for…: Do you need or would you like a collaborator or beta? People interested in working with you can get in contact via the comments or elsewhere.










Links

Master Post: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205127.html

Registration and Fills Guidelines: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205795.html

Promo Banner: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205903.html

REGISTRATIONS: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/206180.html

Mirror community on Dreamwidth...!

Morning, all!

Well, just to prove that I don't know my way around Dreamwidth (yet), I have belatedly realised that there is indeed already a mirror community on Dreamwidth, though it currently doesn't have any content beyond an intro post: [community profile] merlinrpf

Moonie has now kindly granted me admin rights, so we are good to go!

My intention is to import all the content from this LJ community to the Dreamwidth community next weekend, and to update that every month or so. This should at least give us a good back-up / fall-back position, and may also attract more members.

If anyone has any problems or concerns with this, please let me know! I'm happy to consider any useful solutions that will best serve the community and its members.

Thank you kindly. 
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Mini Bang 2017 | REGISTRATIONS!

Please read the Registration and Fills Guidelines before you register for the fest.

Post each registration in a new comment directly under this post.

Copy-and-paste the template provided in the box at the bottom of this post.

Complete the template with your registration details. If there are things you haven't decided on yet, feel free to indicate that.


  • Type of Fanwork: What type of fanwork are you planning to post? See the Registrations and Fills Guidelines for a list of possibilities.

  • Character(s) / Pairing(s) / Moresome(s): Who is most involved in the story and/or who is involved with whom…? Focus on the main character(s), and any secondary character(s) with a key role.

  • Theme / Setting / Inspiration: Give us an idea of what you're hoping to create. If you don't know yet, that's fine - but this might help you find a collaborator or beta.

  • I'm looking for…: If you're looking for a collaborator or beta, you can indicate that here. People interested in working with you can get in contact via the comments or elsewhere.














Links

Master Post: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205127.html

Registration and Fills Guidelines: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205795.html

Promo Banner: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205903.html

REGISTRATIONS: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/206180.html

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Mini Bang 2017 | Promo Banners

Our beautiful promo banners for the fest were made by the awesome [livejournal.com profile] narlth and the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic!

Please feel free to share wherever you would like to. Copy the HTML code from the text box below the image of your choice, and paste it where appropriate.

If other fests and communities would like some reciprocal promo, that would be wonderful!





Merlin RPF Mini Bang 2017
a mini bang

hosted on the [livejournal.com profile] merlinrpf community












Merlin RPF Mini Bang 2017
a mini bang

hosted on the [livejournal.com profile] merlinrpf community












Merlin RPF Mini Bang 2017
a mini bang

hosted on the [livejournal.com profile] merlinrpf community









Links

Master Post: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205127.html

Registration and Fills Guidelines: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205795.html

Promo Banner: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205903.html

REGISTRATIONS: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/206180.html

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Mini Bang 2017 | Registration and Fills Guidelines

Registering and Creating

Anyone can register for the mini bang and contribute a fanwork. All Merlin RPF fans are welcome!

You can contribute a fanwork anonymously.

Collaborations between creators are very welcome. Partnerships of creators with two or more different types of fanwork (e.g. fic and art, dance and knitting) are also very welcome. Creators will need to organise this themselves, either in their own space or via the registrations.

Creators can post as many fanworks as they like.

All work must be edited or betaed.

Types of Fanworks

All kinds of fanworks are accepted, as long as they meet the following requirements.


  • Fic: A minimum of 5,000 words is required for fiction. The piece must be complete, and it must stand alone (even if it relates to other work).

  • Drabble set: This is defined as a set of ten (or more) drabbles, each a minimum of 100 words, and all relating to an overall theme. The set must be complete, and must be able to stand alone.

  • Art: This includes traditional, graphic, manips, and so on. At least one completed piece must be submitted. If the artist wishes, they can also post related drafts and sketches.

  • Icon set: This is defined as a set of twenty-five (or more) icons, all relating to an overall theme. The set must be complete.

  • Fanmix: A minimum of ten songs with a theme. This must have a little blurb explaining the choice of songs, and related ‘cover’ art is always welcome.

  • Fanvid: A minimum of three minutes in length.

  • Other: Any other fanworks (such as podfics, crafts, manual arts, and so on) are very welcome. These fanworks should be substantial in ways equivalent to the above requirements. Please use the comments on this post if you want to share details, ask for collaborators or advice, or have questions for the mod.

Content

The goal here is to be as inclusive as possible. All ‘characters’ and all pairings / moresomes are welcome. All ratings. All genres, tropes and kinks.

Let’s try to include the rare pairs and lower profile ‘characters’ as well as the more popular.

Let’s also include general and ‘character’-related work as well as romantic / sexual relationships.

Fusions and crossovers are welcome – as well as dealing with work, characters and relationships outside the Merlin family – as long as at least one of the main characters is a Merlin actor.

Posting

A posting schedule will be agreed once creators start checking in.

On your posting date, you can post your fanwork to your own journal, to your AO3 / tumblr / deviantart account, or to any other platform. However, you must also post to this community, in the agreed format, with a link to where the fanwork is hosted. (Details to follow.)

An AO3 collection is available for all [livejournal.com profile] merlinrpf fests. Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/merlinrpffests

You can post to the AO3 collection anonymously using this 'child' collection: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/merlinrpffests_anon

Fanworks must be created specifically for this fest, and must not appear on any platform before your posting date. However, once you have completed the requirements of this fest, you can then cross-post the fanwork elsewhere.

Each creator must adhere to the fest rules and schedule, or the creator will not be able to post their work as part of this fest.

Links

Master Post: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205127.html

Registration and Fills Guidelines: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205795.html

Promo Banner: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205903.html

REGISTRATIONS: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/206180.html

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Mini Bang 2017 | Master Post


Welcome to The Merlin RPF Mini Bang of 2017, hosted on the [livejournal.com profile] merlinrpf community and run by [livejournal.com profile] mrs_leary.

This post is the ‘central hub’ of the fest. It includes the schedule and links to the guidelines – and if you have any queries, please use the comments here.

Thanks are gratefully offered to [livejournal.com profile] narlth for the awesome banner! ♥

Schedule

The following is the schedule for The Merlin RPF Mini Bang of 2017.


  • Saturday 21 January: The Bang kicks off! Registration opens - and will remain open until the first check-in date on 22 April.

  • Saturday 22 April: Creators to check in and confirm participation.

  • Saturday 8 July: Creators to check in and claim a posting date.

  • Saturday 22 July: Posting of fanworks begins.

Ask the Mod!

If you have any queries or concerns not covered in the Registration and Fills Guidelines, or you wish to discuss some aspect of the mini bang, then please use the comments in this post.

If you would prefer to discuss something in private, then please PM me [livejournal.com profile] mrs_leary or email me mrs_leary@live.co.uk.

I will always follow up with you as soon as I possibly can. However, please remember that (like most of us) I am juggling a variety of commitments.

Links

Master Post: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205127.html

Registration and Fills Guidelines: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205795.html

Promo Banner: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/205903.html

REGISTRATIONS: http://merlinrpf.livejournal.com/206180.html

Mirror community on Dreamwidth...?

Hello, everyone, and happy new year! I trust that your 2017 is peaceful and preposterous.

Given the move of LiveJournal content to servers in Russia (not exactly known for being LGBTQ-friendly!) and with the thought that it would be wise to have a back-up / mirror site anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts about me creating a Merlin RPF community on Dreamwidth and importing our content there.

I have to say that while I have a mrs_leary account over there, I don't really know my way around. But better to get used to something extra than run the risk of losing everything...?

I had a quick look around, but couldn't find an exisitng community along the same lines. I might have completely missed it, though, so feel free to tell me if so!

Also, feel free to tell me if there's a better alternative... It's times like this that I wish AO3 wasn't only an archive!

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] clo makes a fair point. It's probable that I'll do this, and at some point import all our content. There is no way to really filter content in an import - it's either all posts or none. Which includes all fic posted directly to the community. If any authors have a problem with that, please contact me via the comments or a message. We're all about preserving the content, but I realise that might not suit everyone. 
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Mini big bang 2017

Hello, everyone! I do apologise for fumbling the ball on starting up a mini bb for the community, which I'd intended to do in the latter part of 2016.

I'd still like to go ahead, starting in mid January 2017, with posting from mid July, if you think you can make that work...?

A few points I've mostly made before:

  • Longer fills would be very welcome, but I think we could set a fairly modest minimum of 10,000 5,000 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. (I just don't think we're a big enough community any more to be able to promise that, for all example, each fic writer will be paired with an artist. I'd be delighted to be proved wrong about.)

  • 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.

If anyone with design skills could help me with a banner, that would be awesome.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts or expressions of enthusiasm. And otherwise, I promise to actually make it happen this time!

Fic: Like in France

Title: Like in France
Author
: [livejournal.com profile] cyndrarae
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Bradley James/Colin Morgan, Bradley James/Tobias Menzies
Summary: A BDSM scene gone wrong leaves Bradley traumatized in ways he can’t cope with on his own. So he calls his friend Colin for help, a friend who happens to be his ex-boyfriend, and also the man who first introduced Bradley to BDSM.
Notes/Prompt: Started this in response to this KMM prompt, but drifted far away from it. More notes inside, please do see warnings.
Word Count: 16k
Disclaimer: This is purely a work of fiction, no offence intended, not for profit.

Story @ AO3

PS
: First time writing in this fandom, also first time posting here. Hi :) Sorry if I'm breaking any comm rules, do let me know if so!

The community is spruced

Hello, dear RPF'ers!

As you may notice, I have now implemented a new layout for the community. To be honest, it's rather less minimalist than I usually like, but it took me a while to find a layout where I knew I could tweak what I wanted. If further tweaks are needed, please don't hesitate to raise them via the comments!

We had some cautious interest in a mini bang, so I will have a think about that, and probably get it started in September, with posting in February. Stay tuned for more details.

Meanwhile, I hope some of you have managed to catch Rupert in his latest theatre run... It's well worth being there when he drops the eiderdown, if you know what I mean!!! 

Well, that was fun! So, what's next...?

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!
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Prompt Fest 2016 | Winding it up!

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. ♥ 

Fic: Fashion Goggles: A BELLO Affair

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
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Prompt Fest 2016 | Almost there...

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. :-) 

Fic: In That Silence

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

Icon set: Rupert 'Fabulous' Young

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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

fic: Sensational

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


Fic: 'Baker, Baker' by thalia

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
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Prompt Fest 2016 | About Posting

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.