making your way out of the bunk that was set up at the discovery of the final bit of artwork...
Before I get to the guessing poll, I have a few people that I'd like to embarrass. And no I'm not cutting this because I want their names out for all to see as they scroll their friends page...
- phoenixacid went clear back to 2006 and updated all the tags - I was terribly lax at this task the last two years, and she cleaned up my mess and added links on the comm page for each round's masterlist. How much of a gem is she??? All sparkly and shiny and princess-cut...
- dysonrules, bryoneybrynn, and byaghro for being awesome co-mods and handing me tissues when I wanted to sob and cry over...various things. *cough* dysonrules did an amazing job reading entries as they came in just as fast as her brain would allow and managed re-assignments as needed; bryoneybrynn did the arduous task of not only pairing people up but also doing the schedule - two things I also loathe (dude, why am I even a mod??) - and also reading/re-assigning. And byaghro also read entries and offered great support when things didn't run smoothly.
- To our pinch-hitters...you are made of sweetness and light and magical fairy dust follows you wherever you go. frayach, blamebrampton, phoenixacid, winnett, lomonaaeren, calembours, bootsy_minequimvaa, _aurora_sky_snarkyscorp, dysonrules, bryoneybrynn ...you must know that fests would fail and go down in flames were in not for folks like you who step up when others cannot meet their obligation. As you can see from the long list, some of whom also completed their original assignment and therefore did two pieces this year, we mods had a challenging few months.
Myself, dysonrules, bryoneybrynn, and byaghro appreciate fandom's continued participation and enthusiasm for this fest. Obviously there'd be zero fest without readers and folks signing up to make the boys do naughty/cruel/hilarious/depressing/illeg
Harry and Draco, we commend you for your tireless efforts for us all, and we're terribly sorry about all the chafing but here's some lovely cream, I'm sure you'll have no problem assisting each other with a bit of a rubdown...please give us a detailed report of said rubdown when you are finished pleaseandthankyou.
I am going to decide over the next several months as to whether or not the fest will continue. This year, we had record high drop outs and reqeusts for extensions, many leading into mid/late December, and I'll be brutally honest and tell you that this was not a fun year for any of the mods. We do understand that things happen, but when it happens to 60+ out of 80+ participants...well, you do the math. We gave folks more time than ever before (assignments sent August 7th) to get their work done, but I know that a fair bit of them didn't start until just a couple of weeks prior to their due date. Less than 1/4 of participants met their deadline. As my mind works out the whys and wherefores of the high number of participants who struggled to meet what was sometimes their 5th deadline extension, and looking at the trending of prior years, I do not know where this fest will or can go.
People will be excited next summer, right around sign-up time, when the final movie comes out, but I worry that the enthusiasm will fade quickly and we're left with a very rough November/December as we try to get submissions in on time and track people down. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes, uploading the longer fics/art being a major part of that (and I am the only one who does so as I own the hdhols domain). There were far too many 1am/2am late nights where I was getting things ready to go up at 8am the next morning because we'd only just received it. Every entry has to be checked to make sure html tags are closed, that the formatting isn't wonky because of whatever word processing program a person used (note: Word 2003 needs to DIAF - you'd be surprised how many people still use it), etc.
In short, this year was exhausting even with the addition of another co-mod, and I'm just not sure if I'll be up for it again next December. And it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if the fest ended ON THIS AMAZING NOTE.
Alright, that part's over with. NOW GUESS THE AUTHORS AND ARTISTS UNDER THE CUT!! faithwood lovingly put this together for you, and she's even included a list of all participants at the end for you to peruse and assist with your clever detective work.
Cheers, ya'll. See you on the 16th for reveals!