I've been...dithering...about making this post. It's not a decision that came lightly, and I kept hoping I'd wake up one morning with a change of attitude, but that hasn't happened.
So, hp_springsmut is going on temporary hiatus for 2010.
I know that many of you will be disappointed, and I do apologize for that, but it's a hiatus - I'm not closing shop around here, nor am I leaving HP fandom: Springsmut will be back in 2011!
Why am I putting Springsmut on hiatus? A few reasons. The main one is that I'm a bit burnt out. I modded/co-modded three fests this past year, and I wrote next to nothing of my own. I've had several offers from people to co-mod/help out, and it's not that. For those who have been around here the last three years - or participated in other fests I've modded/co-modded - you may have noticed that I'm just a tad bit anal about *how things are done.* (I hear that collective, "No! Lisa, not you! Certainly not!" Now hush! We all know you're just humoring me! :-P) The point being that I can't bring myself to mod in a half-arsed nature, just for the sake of it.
Another reason is that there are just so many HP fests. It's a known trend that the first week a fest posts, comment numbers are fairly high - people are excited and eager. And then participation wanes and drops off. Some people sign(ed) up for new fests and start writing as the next deadline looms, or real life intrudes, and well. *shrug* Not that anyone is required to read/comment on everything or even a majority of fics/art in any given fest, but I think you all know - and have experienced - what I'm talking about, as readers/watchers and participants. So many fests, so little time.
But in the end, it all comes down to me, and I just need a break. (Yes, yes - it's all about me. :) )
Again, I apologize for the disappointment, but it's not as though you'll be left high and dry. There are several fests running this spring for you to dig into: hp_rarities, hp_spring_fling, springtime_gen, *hp_beholder, and a dozen character-centric Big Bangs, all of which are good venues for long rare pair fic and art. And during the time when you'd normally be writing/drawing for springsmut, there are other fests for you to read (and potentially pinch hit for!) in January/February, 2010, namely wizard_love, hp_nextgen_fest, and charlieficathon.
Lots of rare pair goodness for you to sink your teeth into! (And don't forget to show the artists and authors your appreciation!)
hp_springsmut will be back in March, 2011 with signups opening @ December 1, 2010, so until then, enjoy the holidays and all the wonderful fic and art from the holiday fests, have a fantastic 2010 filled with rare-pair smutty goodness, and we'll see you in a year!