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Submissions are now open for Make the Yuletide Gay 2015. You can submit your story by going to the MtYG site and clicking the submissions link on the front page. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully, especially the parts about HTML tags, which are the most common reason for failed submissions.

If you have any trouble submitting, please contact us via Elfmail.

Remember that stories must be submitted by 11:59pm PST December 20th. If you think that you won't be able to make the deadline, please contact the admins as soon as possible.

Good luck, Santas!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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This is a list of popslash canon resources you might find helpful. If you have any other links to suggest, leave a comment and we'll add them to the post.

[profile] pop_reference - the best place to ask specific canon questions. (But please, if you do want to post a question, ask someone else to do it for you to preserve sesa anonymity.)

Read more... )
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Now popslash is a smaller place, it can be difficult to find someone to beta-read your story, or provide general help and inspiration. So we're bringing back the old volunteer mentor posts!

If you'd like to provide help for MtYG Santas this year, please post a comment titled HELP OFFERED, with your name and a brief summary of what you feel you can help with and what you feel you can't. Examples for this might be things like grammar, 'N Sync or Backstreet, canon, angst, smut, etc.

Please comment a second time if/when you're fully stocked with Santas, so that people can see at a glance who has space on their dance cards.

Anyone who'd like to volunteer is very welcome, whether they're participating in MTYG or not.

If you would like some help, please reply to a volunteer comment or mail them directly. We won't be assigning beta readers! Alternatively, please leave a comment titled HELP WANTED, and helpfully someone will get in touch.

(Don't forget, if your beta is also a Santa, it would be good to complete your story far enough advance of the deadline so that both stories can be betaed in time.)

Thank you in advance to volunteers, and good luck to all Santas!

You can also check out the beta volunteer post on Livejournal.
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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Assignments went out last night, so hopefully you all have them, and you're all excited to start writing. If you don't have the mail, please get in touch via Elfmail as soon as possible. You can find the Elfmail interface on the MtYG site.

If you're excitement has a little tinge of apprehension, then you can also take a look on the MtYG site to see if your recipient has left you a Dear Santa letter, giving some extra insight into the kind of story that they'd love.

Dear Santa Letters.

And if you haven't done it yet, you can leave your own Dear Santa letter there. These are completely optional -- the only requirement for the challenge is that you fulfill the request and at least one of the pairings from your assignment email -- but can be very helpful. (The only restriction is that you don't use the Dear Santa letter to try to push your Santa to write one particular pairing,)

Happy writing!
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Ahhhh, October. Pumpkins, bonfires, and SPARKLE! Yes, [personal profile] pensnest and I would like to welcome you all to MtYG 2015! We even fixed the date on the site in time this year!

Sign-ups are now open! They will run until 31st October, and assignments will go out soon after. Please spread the word amongst those who have emigrated to Tumblr and other distant and fabled parts of the internet that it's time to log in, sign up, and kick ass write something fabulous for 2015.
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(Sorry, I forgot to do this before I went to bed last night!)

Make the Yuletide Gay 2014 Santas' names have now been revealed!

[personal profile] pensnest and I would like to say a great big sparkly thank you to all the Santas, to the beta-readers, to our awesome pinch-hitters and to everyone who sent feedback for the stories. Hopefully we'll see you all back again later in the year for Make the Yuletide Gay 2015.
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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Apparently people have been having intermittent trouble getting the MtYG site to respond. I'm really sorry for the issues. We've been away from home but we're back now, and the Head Tech Elf has restarted the MtYG software.

We're not 100% sure of the origin of the problem, but things seem to be working right now. If anyone has a problem with the site dropping out again, then please email santa@maketheyuletidegay.org and we'll get onto it ASAP and try to make sure it's fixed for good.
pensnest: the NSYNC boys in red and white (NSYNC group)
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In accordance with tradition, we have a chance to guess who wrote which story. Whether you guess according to the content of the story or the format of the section breaks (!), now's your chance!

Guess away!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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MtYGay 2014 stories are live!

Thank you to everyone who signed up this year and worked hard to deliver stories for their recipients. Without Santas, there is no SeSa. Once again no one dropped out this year, but we'd still like to thank our awesome pinch-hitters for volunteering. Without you, MtYG would be a far more nervous experience! And thank you to everyone else -- beta-readers, cheerleaders and senders of feedback -- who all do their bit to help us Make the Yuletide Gay.

Remember that even if you aren't a Santa you can still sign up for a reader account, allowing you to send feedback during the anonymous phase. Details can be found in the previous post.

If you spot any problems with the story you posted or received, please contact us ASAP and we'll do our best to fix it.
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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The Make the Yuletide Gay 2014 will be going live very, very soon! Before it does, here is the annual overview of the feedback system and other general reminders.


Recs, reviews and author guesses

We very much encourage people to share their recs, comments and discussions about the stories via this community. You can either post directly here, or link to posts in your own journal, blog, rec site, etc. If you post here, please cut-tag for spoilers, and don't post flames or extremely negative comments. Thank you!

Author guessing is always encouraged! But please, would authors and betas be careful not to give writer identities away before the reveal.


Reader Accounts

Reader accounts allow anyone who didn't take part in the challenge as a writer to give the gift of feedback while the writers are still anonymous. (Challenge authors can send feedback by logging in with their usual name and password -- there's no need to sign up for a second account.)

Once the stories are live, anyone can get a reader account by going to the Make the Yuletide Gay site and following the link on the front page. There's also a link on each story page.

Please note: in order to use the feedback system, you must provide a valid e-mail address, to allow the authors to reply to feedback after the reveal. Until you have validated your e-mail address by clicking on the link in the sign-up confirmation mail, you will not be able to log in and send feedback.

If you had a reader account last year, or were previously signed up as a Santa, you'll be able to use that account again. You'll need to go through the sign-up process again (using the same username and password), and click on the confirmation link in the sign-up mail to reactivate the account.


Reveal

Reveal will once again be on the 6th of January.
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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For those of you who are new to SeSas, pinch-hitters are the back-up writers who step in when, for whatever reason, a Santa can't fulfil their assignment. They're the fabulous folks who help us ensure that everyone who takes part in MtYG receives a story.

Unlike regular MtYG authors, pitch-hitting authors will be able to see the request (and pairing) before they commit to writing it.

You don't need to be participating in the current challenge to be a pitch-hit author, but some experience writing popslash is required. You will also need to have some free time around December 18-23, as that's when we anticipate the most need for your help.

If you're already a Santa this year and would also like to volunteer to be a back-up author, please elfmail us to let us know. Please include the pairings you are willing to write (so we can get a rough idea if we've got reasonable coverage).

If you aren't signed up for MtYG this year, but still want to be a pinch-hitter, you can e-mail us at at santa@maketheyuletidegay.org. If you signed up to MtYG in previous years, we can reactivate your old account. If you didn't sign up in 2007-2013, we will need to create an account for you, so please also include the following:

Name
Website
E-mail
A password that you don't mind the Admins knowing (please do not use your LJ/DW password or other valuable password.)

Thank you!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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Submissions for Make the Yuletide Gay are now open! Santas can submit a story by going to the main page and following the Submit Your Story link.

There are full instructions on the page, but if anyone has a problem, please get in touch with us via Elfmail. The opening of submissions also means that Dear Santa letters can no longer be created or edited.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm PST December 20th. Good luck to all the Santas out there!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
[personal profile] nopseud
There are only 57 shopping days until Christmas THREE days until the close of sign-ups for MtYG 2014. Don't leave it to the last minute, sign up in a panic, and discover too late that you've mis-clicked and your Letterboys request is now AJ/Joey.

Sign-ups this way!.
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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Autumn is upon us, and with it the time of sparkle and SeSa panic. [personal profile] pensnest and I would like to welcome you all to MtYG 2014! (Or to 'MtYG %year%' as it says on the web page. Oops.[1])

Sign-ups are now open! They will run until 31st October, and assignments will go out soon after. Please spread the word amongst those who have emigrated to Tumblr and other mysterious foreign parts of the internet that it's time to log in, sign up, and kick ass write something fabulous for 2014.



[1]The Head Tech Elf is away until Saturday evening. It will be fixed when he's back.
pensnest: the NSYNC boys in red and white (NSYNC group)
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An unseasonal post in the MTYG community, because I have an MTYG-related challenge for you! See, I miss popslash during the year, but it still flowers at Christmas time due to the incredible longevity of the SeSa challenge. Therefore, it seems like a cool idea to have a 'hot' challenge to liven up our summer (or, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, our winter).

So, how about signing up to write the steamy sex scene(s) from your MTYG story?

It could be the scene that happened just after the story ended. Or something from the middle that didn't need to be told but would be a very nice out-take. Or something from... six months along, three years later, whatever. You can keep the story going, or provide a good old-fashioned PWP, up to you.

You don't even need to pick up the story from the most recent MTYG. Any story you've written for MTYG is a candidate!

See THIS POST on [profile] popsoundboard for more details.
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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Sorry it's a bit late! (Sickly mod is sickly, and completely forgot before she went to bed.) Anyway, the names of the MtYG 2013 authors have now been revealed!

Thanks from us to all the Santas who took part and helped keep SeSa alive. Special thanks to the pinch-hitters, too. For the first time ever, we didn't need your services, but we couldn't do it without you. Thank you also to everyone who sent feedback before the reveal, for giving our Santas the love and appreciation they all richly deserve.

We hope to see you all back again later in the year, for MtYG 2014!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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The Make the Yuletide Gay 2013 reveal will be on Monday the 6th, which means that you have only three days left to give the festive gift of feedback while the Santas are still anonymous. Feedback numbers have been unusually low this year so far, so if you can find some time to send feedback, it would be very much appreciated.

Hope everyone is having an awesome New Year so far!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
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Welcome to the Make the Yuletide Gay official author guessing post. If you'd like to try to guess the identity of the authors for any of the stories, guess away -- but Santas, please don't confirm or deny until after the reveal.

Remember that even if you aren't a Santa, you can still sign up with a reader account and send feedback through the site while the santas are anonymous. The reveal will be on January 6th (USA, UK, Europe) / January 7th (AUS).

And finally, if you have any rec posts, please post a link from the comm. Or, post the recs themselves!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
[personal profile] nopseud
Make the Yuletide Gay 2013 stories are now live!

Thank you to everyone who signed up and worked hard to deliver stories for their recipients. Without Santas, there can be no SeSa. While no one, in fact, dropped out this year, we'd still like to give enormous thanks to the pinch-hitters for volunteering. You guys are the safety net that make MtYG possible. And thanks to everyone else, too, the beta-readers, cheerleaders and senders of feedback, who all do their bit to help us Make the Yuletide Gay.

There's a little something extra under the sparkly tree for all of you, again, this year!


Remember that even if you aren't a Santa you can still sign up for a reader account, allowing you to send feedback during the anonymous phase. Details can be found in the last post in the comm.

If you spot any problems with the story you posted or received, please contact us ASAP and we'll do our best to fix it.

Happy holidays from all of us to all of you, and enjoy the stories!


p.s. One person this year has two stories. This is intentional, so no need to mail us to let us know!
nopseud: (make the yuletide gay -- bubbleforest)
[personal profile] nopseud
Woo-hoo! We're almost there!

The Make the Yuletide Gay 2013 Secret Santa stories will be going live very, very soon! Before they do, here is the annual overview of the feedback system and other general reminders.


Recs, reviews and author guesses

We very much encourage people to share their recs, comments and discussions about the stories via this community. You can either post directly here, or link to posts in your own journal, blog, rec site, etc. If you post here, please cut-tag for spoilers, and don't post flames or extremely negative comments. Thank you!

Author guessing is always encouraged! But please, would authors and betas be careful not to give writer identities away before the reveal.


Reader Accounts

Reader accounts allow anyone who didn't take part in the challenge as a writer to give the gift of feedback while the writers are still anonymous. (Challenge authors can send feedback by logging in with their usual name and password -- there's no need to sign up for a second account.)

Once the stories are live, anyone will be able to get a reader account by going to the Make the Yuletide Gay site and following the link on the front page. There's also a link on each story page.

Please note: in order to use the feedback system, you must provide a valid e-mail address, to allow the authors to reply to feedback after the reveal. Until you have validated your e-mail address by clicking on the link in the sign-up confirmation mail, you will not be able to log in and send feedback.

If you had a reader account last year, or were previously signed up as a Santa, you'll be able to use that account again. You'll need to go through the sign-up process again (using the same username and password), and click on the confirmation link in the sign-up mail to reactivate the account.


Reveal

Reveal will once again be on the 6th of January.
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