YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO:
karaokegal's Fifth Annual “Come As You’re Not” fanfic costume party.
Who is invited: YOU! If you're seeing this posted anywhere on your friends list, linked on Twitter or Facebook, as long as you have an LJ OR Dreamwidth account, even if you've never heard of me, please come to the party anyway.
I’m inviting you all to write a fanfic as someone other than yourselves.
If you’re known for linear narrative, go poetic and out of sequence.
Are you a fluff-bunny? Write angst. (And if you're known for developing hives at the hint of fluff, take a few Benedryl and write some.)
Have you said you can’t/won’t do smut? Go down and dirty.
Smutstress extra-ordinaire? Do something so gen a five-year-old can read it.
Write for a pairing you don’t believe in, preferably one that violates your OTP. (Or write threesome fic for your OTP and the biggest threat to their relationship.)
Do a story for a fandom you’ve never written in. Think of all the great fandoms that have cropped up since last year. Any fandom (movie, tv show, play, book, literature) is welcome.
Bi-fictionality is HIGHLY encouraged. If you've never written slash-now's the time. If you're a true-blue slash fan and totally squicked out by the idea of HET---GO FOR IT!
This may be the perfect time to face your worse squicks-Bring on the age-discrepancy, hetero, wing-fic! Incest? Rimming? Contact lens sharing? Nom, nom, nom!
Write in a style you claim to despise. Songfics, deathfics, AU are all welcome as long as it’s something that you would never be caught dead doing in a million, billion, years.
Base a fic on a cliché you’ve been railing against.
Write a purposely sucky story and create your own MST for it. Or pair up with someone and get them to do the MST for you.
RPS/RPF are more than acceptable, if it's a pairing you haven't done before and especially if you've gone on record saying that RPS/RPF is nasty, bad, icky, and not of the Lord.
For added costume appeal-create a userpic that is totally NOT YOU!
No word restrictions. Elaborate costumes (long fics), masks thrown over the face (drabbles), and anything in between are fine.
Check out the parties from 2006 and 2007 , 2008 and 2009 for examples. (And remember it's never too late to comment on a fic.)
RSVP is nice, but not necessary. You can tell us your costume in advance or surprise us at the party.
About two weeks before, I'll be loading up the truck and going shopping so think about what libations, yummies and recreational drugs you'd like me to procure.
Once again, the party will last a whole week so you needn't feel rushed to post and read everything in 24 hours.
I’ll open the post as soon as it turns October 31st my time, which means the UK can start partying bright and early. Post the story in your own LJ, Dreamwidth or AO3 and put the link in a comment.
BRING FRIENDS: Please, please, please pimp this post on your F-list, Twitter, and Facebook, but NOT in any of the fiction communities. This is not an official Ficathon, Challenge, or Exchange. It’s just a party!
If you're looking for inspiration, don't forget about Song Lyric Prompt-a-Day from 2009. I'm still in process of re-uploading all the music, so if you need a link to a particular song that's not there, let me know. Extra candy corn will be awarded to anyone who uses a Song-Lyric Prompt.
And remember, even if you don't wear a costume, you're more than welcome to attend as a reader. (And bring friends.) This MAY be the last year I do this, so let's make it a good one.
See you all there!
(Comment here with RSVPS as well as questions or suggestions.)