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Happy Happy Joy Joy! Mistletoe and Aunt Tessie's Fruitcake!
On behalf of the staff and membership of Sink Into Your Eyes, we would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! SIYE is an international site with participants and visitors from Tonga to Tibet (literally). Many have actually completed their celebrations while others such as my own family (except my son who has been up all night) have yet to face the day. Regardless of how you spend the holidays, or if you celebrate them at all, here's hoping that you and yours have a special, wonderful day! By the way, for those of you who also had mysterious damage done to your roof and chimney overnight--I know an excellent repair service.
Spenser Hemmingway on 2008.12.25 - 07:54AM ()

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jennyelf came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.25 - 08:24AM to say:

Happy Christmas, everyone! and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate it. :)



Alanius came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.27 - 05:24PM to say:

Not enough challenge entries - so I'm entering again, yay! Anyone willing to beta my monkeyish attempts at the English language - before the deadline, mind you -? Happy family days everybody!



Alanius came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.28 - 01:58PM to say:

So I've found one in the mean time. Thanks for tolerating my shameless advertisement!



Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.29 - 12:19AM to say:

I've been told by the management that the SIYE ballrooms need to be reconstructed by New Year's Eve. No, we are not permitted to give Spenser power tools to help.



Rhiannon Potter came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.29 - 05:38AM to say:

I need to know the name of the repair service...



Alanius came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.30 - 04:04AM to say:

Sir Ollivander: It seems that Dear Padfoot, is going to get done before the deadline, but I'm afraid it's not going to be beta'd in time. Is it okay if I submit the raw, un-beta'd chapters before the first of January, and edit the improvements later on as soon as I receive the magic emails from my beta-reader? The essence of the text is not going to change. Assuming the affirmative, what happens if the lexical and grammatical quality of the raw chapters is so hideous that no one can, in good conscience, validate them?



katlover070 came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.30 - 03:53PM to say:

If anyone needs a beta-reader I would like to be one. I am someone elses beta but she can't seem to get me her stories. Something about losing her notebooks. Anyway, I like writing, but I prefer beta-reading. Leave me a message if you are interested!



Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.30 - 08:13PM to say:

Alanius - your answer is yes and no. Although SIYE strongly recommends every author get and use a beta-reader, it is not a requirement to do so and you can submit your raw, un-beta'd chapters before the first of January. However, if the lexical and grammatical quality of the raw chapters are so hideous that no one can, in good conscience, validate them, then they won't be. Challenge submissions must meet the same submission standards just like any other story.

Remember, ANYBODY can be a beta-reader. Just ask someone to read over a story you wrote and ask if it makes sense. Teacher or tutor, spouse, neighbor. co-worker, etc. They don't have to be given the title. They may not even realize they are actually helping you.



Alanius came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 08:15AM to say:

Thanks, that answered my question perfectly :-)



Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 09:20AM to say:

A reminder to those submitting Challenge entries--please mark them complete if they are so. Judges may be puzzled about whether you've finished the story, or if it's a work in progress that didn't meet the deadline.

Everyone have a great New Year's Eve, but a safe, safe one please!



ginny_lola came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 10:15AM to say:

I actually finished my challenge entry, which was something I never ever expected to happen! Wow. So proud of myself. Lol.



Alanius came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 10:56AM to say:

I finished my challenge entry too, yay. I got some 1400 words, but I doubt that will discourage the juries from reading it.

Spenser Hemmingway: What to do in the hypothetical case that the story is larger than just the challenge? For example, suppose I was retelling canon, first through seventh year. Couldn't I incorporate this challenge in the story as a portion of third year?



Alanius came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 10:56AM to say:

erhm, that's 14 000 words; fourteen thousand :-)



Ginny Guerra came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 02:47PM to say:

Happy holidays to everyone!! Can I have some of Mrs Weasley's pies and a WEasley Jumper??



Spenser Hemmingway came out of the woodwork on 2008.12.31 - 03:52PM to say:

Alanius--In the event that a story doesn't go beyond the Challenge, direct the summary and the theme in such a way as to concentrate on the competition's theme. Remind us of earlier work...make reference to it. Write the story with a clear signal that it will go beyond if that is your intention. If you are moving forward, then it's even easier. Use this story as a basis for what is next. As for canon--canon is very patient if you acknowledge it and build upon it. I hope this helps. Eric B.


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