- The fest will start posting tonight at midnight (EST) same as always. As per tradition, we will open with both art and fic.
- We will post 3 entries per day (morning, early evening, and night) up until the fest concludes on December 31st.
- Reveals are typically two weeks after the fest ends. This allows people to get caught up while everyone is still anon.
There is not much rhyme or reason as to when your entry might be posted. Every year I get people asking 'when is my submission going up?' We try to space out the longer fics so folks aren't deluged with several in a row. We like to space the art evenly, and we even try to space out the genres (fluff, dark, angst, etc). Lastly, no one will have their gift posted until their own submission is in. Despite all our precautions, there are always submissions still coming in after the fest has started. We do not post them in the order that they were submitted - we've never done that, and it's pretty much impossible to do in an exchange fest (unless, yanno, everone has their stuff in before the fest starts, and LOL, that has never happened here). You may have submitted your assignment back in October, but your giftee may be late. That's just how we roll. There are thirty-one days of posting...your submission will go up on one of those days, and that's about all I can tell you.
Lastly, as we wait for the final few hours before the fest officially begins, I want to take a moment to give some overwhelming gratitude to dysonrules, who has been such an amazing, patient, pulling-me-back-from-the-cliff's-edge co-mod. This final year has been the most challenging in every regard. Most of you know that I lost my job just as submissions were due, so my entire life was a giant stressball of must find new job now right when I should have started reading submissions. Then the job I did get has me working so much overtime that, when combined with school, I've had no time for anything else. It is not an exaggeration to say that this fest would be on the scrap-heap already were it not for her.
I also want to acknowledge all of the participants who have been so flexible and patient with me. Sadly, we have had more dropouts this year than nearly every other year combined. Far too many of you than I would like got the dreaded email that their participant was no longer in the fest for whatever reason, and no matter the reason why, you all took it gracefully and accepted my solutions in stride. Same goes for every other year when people have had their recipient drop out. I cannot tell you how much easier that makes my job. Normally I don't say anything publically about that, but what the hell, it's the last year.
See y'all in a few hours!