karaokegal's Second Annual “Come As You’re Not” fanfic costume party.
Who is invited: YOU! If you're seeing this posted anywhere on your friends list, 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.
Cross-dressing: Do a story for a fandom you’ve never written in. Think of all the great fandoms that have cropped up since last year...this isn't JUST a House-party. Any fandom (movie, tv show, play, book, literature) is welcome.
Bifictionality 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!
In fact, this may be the perfect time to face your worse squicks-Bring on the age-discrepancy, hetero, wing-fic!
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.
In case I didn't make it clear...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, squicky etc.
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 last year's party right HERE for examples of all of the above (except the wingfic.)
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, commestibles and recreational drugs, you'd like me to procure.
A new twist for this year's party is that it will last a whole week. In addition to last year's successful police bribe, I've rented a suite of rooms, so we can party ALL WEEK and you needn't feel rushed to post and read everything in 24 hours.
Also---I'm putting together a Party Mix. Please send suggestions and links.
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 and put the link in a comment.
BRING FRIENDS: Please, please, please pimp this post on your F-list, but NOT in any of the fiction communities. This is not an official FEST, Challenge, or Exchange. It’s just a party!
And remember, even if you don't wear a costume, you're more than welcome to attend as a reader. (And bring friends.)
I don’t have a formal prompt list but if you need help with a costume, feel free to post here and let people know if you need a little help sewing buttons (getting prompts) or putting on make-up (beta!). I’m sure they’ll be glad to help you. If you ask, karaokegal will provide a song lyric to help with your costume. You won’t be required to use it, but if you do, I’ll save you some extra candy corn. (Please specify if you'd prefer a random snippet or a full lyric.)
See you all there!