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Topic Post One: Perceptions. Jan. 27th, 2004 @ 12:31 am
The first topic is: Perceptions of Truth, Reality, Time, Right vs Wrong, etc

submitted by: permetaform added on to by leni_jess and elsajeni. Examples are here, here, and here.

The rules:

  • You have a week to write an essay/meta using this topic

  • Posting begins at 12 midnight EST (0500 GMT) on 2 February, 2004. You have until 12 midnight EST (0500 GMT) on 3 February, 2004 to post.

  • If you "Monitor" this community and choose to write the topic, please leave a comment on the Link post with a link to the essay/meta. I will add it as soon as I see it.

  • If you are a "Member" and write on the topic, don't worry, I'll find it. Note: Members are expected to participate often.

  • Happy Writing!

    Note 1: As I've mentioned before, writing meta (how a story was developed from the author's perspective) is allowed. If you have any questions about what this is, please leave a comment and I will try and explain.

    Note 2: Sorry this got posted late. I should've written up a template to make posting easier. Also, any questions, just leave a comment or e-mail me (dragon @ dragonlight.slashcity.org). I hope the see lots of essays next week.

Community Announcement: Posting Day Jan. 22nd, 2004 @ 01:57 pm
The results for the Posting Day poll:

Monday, with 11 votes (42.3%), is the clear winner!

Our first Topic will be posted on Tuesday, January 27, around midnight EST (5:00 am GMT). Topics can still be submitted here. The first Topic Drive will close approximately one hour before the first topic is posted. If you come up with any topics after that time, please hold on to them until the second Topic Drive in four to six weeks.

Note: I'll be adding in two characters at random to the topic pool.

You'll hear from me again on Tuesday.

Any question, comments, problems? You can get in touch with me by leaving a comment or by e-mail, dragon @ dragonlight.slashcity.org.

ETA: I just realized my GLARING spelling mistake. *sheepish grin* I need to type slower, pay more attention, and not do a million things at once. Sorry.
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» Comm Annc: Poll for Posting Day, and various things I've forgotten to mention
Don't know why I didn't do this before. Probably lack of sleep.

Anyway, I would like to get the first topic up either later this week or early next week, depending on what day we decide to post. Majority vote, wins!

Poll #236012 What day should Posting Day be?

Take your pick...


We've had really good topics being offered up. I've figured out a way to pick topics arbitrarily, so I won't (subconsciously, mind) pick something that I might want to write/read more. I'll be doing a blind draw. Topics can still be left here.

Writing Meta: Part of the reason that this community was concieved was so that more people would post "writing meta". I'm interested, and I know a good deal of others are too, in learning how stories were created. The way this fits in with our topics is pretty simple. If the topic is, "Death Eaters", and you wrote a fic revolving around DEs, then you could write up how you came up with the idea, and your writing process. Just wanted to let people know that writing meta is still part of this as much as everything else.

If you have any questions about anything, just leave a comment.
» Topic Drive #1
In order to get going, I'm going to need some topics. A good broad topic will lead to all sorts of essays written on the subject. So instead of having a lot of essays written on the same thing, we'd get variety.

A good example of what I mean, can be found here thanks to verstehen.

So go on, name people, places, objects, animals, ideas, or anything else about the Harry Potter universe that you'd like to read/write about. Name as many as you want. (Yes, I'm too lazy to go through the books to find objects and places etc., and the topics you come up with off the top of your heads will most likely be different from the ones I do.)

I would say it's a good idea for a topic, if you personally can come up with at least three to four different ways it can be handled. Not sure? Add it anyway, and if I can come up with at least three ways then I'll add it to the list. (Just mention that you only came up with one or two, so I know to think about it.)

Leave all your ideas for topics in the comments.
» Community Announcement: Let's Get Started!
It's late, but I am going to post this now, so I can announce the community and open it up for discussion. I'll warn you though, I won't be back to respond to any of the comments until tomorrow between 10am-12noon EST. Hopefully I'll still be awake for a while after I get this posted.

All right. How things are going to work.

The only posts you'll see in this community are:
  • "This Week's Topic Post"

  • "This Week's Meta/Essay List"

  • Topic Drive Posts

  • Community Announcements

The first two you'll get every week. The "Topic Drives" are going to happen every four to six weeks, so you'll get those maybe once a month. The last will be questions regarding the community, (There will be quite a few of these at the start while we work things out, such as Posting Day.), or if something comes up (heaven forbid) and I have to beg for help running this.

The Basics: (some stuff will be repeated)
  • Once a week a topic will be posted. You have six days to write it. Example: Topic comes out on Tuesday, you'll post your essay/meta on Monday.

  • All meta/essays for the community will be posted to your own journal on Posting Day.

  • You have an option. You can either "join" this community and become a "member" or you can "monitor" the community. Of course, you can also choose to do neither.

  • If you become a "member" that means you'll be participating often (at least two to three time a month). I will find your posts by searching the community's "friends" page and link to them on Posting Day. You don't have to leave a link. You don't need to be a member to participate.

  • If you "monitor" the community and you choose to participate in a week's topic, just leave a comment with the link and your post will be added to the list.

  • All essay/meta is to be posted to your own journal.

  • Participation is by no means compulsory. I do hope that there will be a substantial group of people posting often, though.

Not everything is set in stone. For example: If enough people ask for a free topic week (and the community at large agrees) then that'll happen. I'm using topics since that seems to be the way to get more people writing and thinking.

I think that's just about everything that has to be said before we start. If you have any questions, leave a comment.

So let's get started. Our Primary "Posting Day Poll". In a couple of days I'll take the top three days and run a final poll. So which day should posting day be?

One more thing. After you leave a comment with what day you'd prefer (or days), spread the word. We want as many people as possible to be joining us and writing essays/meta for us to read.

Can you all read this? If I need to switch around community settings because of contrast or text size, let me know. It shows up fine on my laptop, but I don't know how it's showing up for you. Thanks.
» Welcome!
If you want to read about how this community was concieved, you can do so here and here.

I'll be making an introductory post about how everything is going to work in a minute.
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