Romance Novel Challenge
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Lady B posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]ladybelz
Date: 2008-11-27 04:06
Subject: An update...
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Just letting everyone know I finished one of my prompts. :D

It took a year but it's done.

Prompt #45 = complete.

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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2008-01-31 00:18
Subject: Tagging
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From now on can you please tag your posts with the fandom or fandoms as well as the tag given to you when you claimed. Include all fandoms that are in the fic regardless of whether they're mentioned in your claim.

The master list of tags is here. If your fandom hasn't yet had tag created for it please comment to this post with the fandom you need and a link to the post that needs tagging.

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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2007-08-06 21:40
Subject: Dropped Claims
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Comment here if you have to drop your claim for any reason.

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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2007-08-06 21:39
Subject: Hall of Fame
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Tags:admin, completed claims

Comment here when you've completed your table.

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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2007-08-06 21:38
Subject: Claims Post
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Comment here with this format -

Posting Journal
Number of Themes Claimed
Link to Table
Claim Fandom Themes Posting Tag
Harry/Draco Harry Potter 12 [info]ladybelz posting at [info]darkestmidnight ladybahiya:harry/draco
Spike/Xander Buffy the Vampire Slayer 15 [info]xocoatldreams posting at [info]tattered_tales xocoatldreams:spike/xander
Joe/Lucas Empire Records 50 [info]featheredwolf joereaves:joe/lucas
Chris Larabee Magnificent Seven 50 [info]starkindler starkindler:chris larabee
General Series Magnificent Seven 50 [info]hana_standish hana_standish
Savannah Levine Women of the Otherworld 16 [info]ashesofroses ashesofroses:savannah levine
Uzumaki Naruto Naruto 10 [info]adorkablenerd adorkablenerd:naruto
Harry/Severus Harry Potter 10 [info]jellybean_slash jellybean_slash:harry/severus
McKay/Sheppard Stargate Atlantis 50 [info]reulann reulann:mckay/shappard
Harry/Severus Harry Potter 50 [info]dani_meows dani_meows:harry/severus
Mai/Joey Yugioh 50 [info]dani_meows dani_meows:mai/joey
General Series Naruto 16 [info]dazeyhaze dazeyhaze:naruto
Harry/Draco Harry Potter 10 [info]lilian_cho lilian_cho:harry/draco
Remus/Sirius Harry Potter 12 [info]pyrate_sock pyrate_sock:remus/sirius
Helena Ravenclaw/Salazar Slytherin Harry Potter 50 [info]mjslsbs posting as [info]pansexual mjslsbs:ravenclaw/slytherin

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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2007-08-06 21:37
Subject: Prompt Tables
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Tags:admin, prompts

See notes at bottom for explanations

I've decided you can claim either the whole table or twenty five prompts or ten prompts. I'm not setting up new tables for those though, just pick from the big table and post your own adapted version of the table to your lj. If you can't make your own table you can go here to create one

01. Pirate King and Captive 02. Arabian Sheik 03. Master and Slave 04. Barbarian Warrior and Captive 05. Stranded in the Storm
06. Cop and a victim or witness he's protecting 07. Spy v Spy 08. Vampire and Human 09. Witch and non-Witch 10. Boss and Employee
11. Unexpected baby [a] 12. Master of the Manor and Governess 13. Rich Lord and a Poor Orphan trying to save her Home or Family 14. Prim Frontier Schoolmistress and a Civil War Veteran trying to escape his Past 15. On Opposite sides [b]
16. Indian Brave and Settler 17. Teacher and Single Parent 18. Investigator and Client [c] 19. Frontier Doctor and a Patient who is a Wanted Man 20. At the Rodeo
21. Rugged Rancher/Cowboy and a City Girl 22. Cop and an Amnesiac Accident Victim 23. Spoiled Rich Girl and a Poor Boy 24. Grieving Widower and his Neighbour/Workmate 25. Fleeing an Unwanted Suitor
26. Escaped Prisoner and his Hostage 27. Bachelor Auction 28. Wake up Married 29. Mail Order Bride 30. Mistaken Identity
31. Hooker and Wealthy Client 32. Fireman and Rescued Victim 33. Long-Separated Lovers 34. Ski Instructor and Snow Bunny 35. Cop and Suspect
36. Playboy and his more serious Neighbour or Employee 37. Willing to do Anything for Money 38. Secret Royalty 39. Divorcee and a Mysterious Stranger 40. Must Marry to Inherit
41. Trophy Wife and Chauffeur/Pool Boy [d] 42. Nobleman and Penniless Orphaned Relative 43. Highwayman 44. Princess and Bodyguard 45. Running from an Arranged Marriage and Falling for a Stranger who turns out to be the Groom
46. Blackmailed into Marriage 47. Indecent Proposal 48. He swore off women after being hurt, they're all deceitful. Then he met her, but what is she hiding? 49. Marriage as a Business Arrangement 50. Revenge

[a] I don't mean a pregnancy I mean finding a baby on the doorstep, getting a call from a lawyer to say your ex had a baby and you're now the guardian, having to care for a baby after a plane crash where you're the only survivors etc

[b] Civil War, family feud, Romeo and Juliet etc

[c] I had someone suggest PI and someone suggest a psychic investigator, this fits either or anything else along those lines you can think up.

[d] Or gardener or game keeper or any other job along those lines.

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Joe Reaves posting in Romance Novel Challenge
User: [info]featheredwolf
Date: 2007-08-06 21:36
Subject: FAQ
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What can I claim?

A character, pairing, thresome/moresome, group of characters, or a fandom. Any fandom is welcome. If you're not sure if what you want is allowable, just ask, as long as it's something I can tell if it's in each scene I'm pretty flexible on what you can choose. Yes some of the prompts are gender specific, but don't let that stop you. Stick to the basic theme of the prompt but feel free to change gender specific words to fit the characters you're actually writing about (princess can become prince, etc). You can as I say claim moresomes, that might require a little more ingenuity on your part to fit the theme to more than two people, but you're welcome to do it.

How many things can I claim?

There is no limit as long as you are working on them all at the same time. If you genuinely believe you can work on ten claims at the same time without neglecting any of them, who am I to stop you? You're clearly insane, but that's your problem, not mine.

Can I write with a partner?

Yes, but writing with a partner means both/all of you write every fic. No alternating.

Can I split a claim with someone else?

Yes but state that when you claim and how many fics you'll each be writing

How many people can claim something?

Up to three people can claim any specific thing at one time. However, if three people already have CSI that doesn't mean people can't claim Gil/Sara or Nick/Warrick or anything else they fancy.

What's the minimum or maximum length?

At least 100 words. No word limit, write as much as you like.

What ratings are accepted here?

Any and all. Just give adequate warnings and hide anything R or above behind a cut please/

Are crossovers allowed?

Absolutely. As long as your claimed character/pairing/fandom is featured you can do whatever you want with them

Is Real Person Fic allowed?

Yes it is now. (NB This is a chance to the rules).

Can I use previously written fic?

No, not unless you've rewritten it.

Can I use multiple prompts for one story.

No. One prompt per story.

How many prompts do I have to claim?

There's a table with fifty but you can claim the whole table, twenty five prompts or ten prompts. Choose the prompts at the time of claiming.

What if there's a prompt I just can't write for?

Since I didn't give you any writer's choice prompts you can replace up to five of your prompts with other appropriate prompts. This only applies to people writing all fifty. If you've chosen less you have to write all the prompts you chose.

What do you mean by appropriate?

It has to be a scenario that would be found in a romance novel of the Harlequin Romance/Mills and Boone type.

So are you looking for trashy romance stories?

Not necessarily. The basic set up has to be a romance cliché. i.e. He was a dashing pirate captain, she was an innocent young girl travelling to the Americas to marry the man her father had chosen. Etc. How you actually handle it it up to you but if you can work other romance novel clichés in (the inevitable misunderstandings, the convoluted reasons why they can't live happily ever after – until they suddenly can in the final chapter and so on). It does have to be a romance of some kind however and it should end with the characters together in the end. But you don't have to mimic the style of romance authors.

Do I have to write them in order?

Absolutely not.

Can I apply fic to more than one challenge?

It's okay with us as long as it's okay with the other community that you're writing for. The finished fics can of course go wherever you want.

Does my character/pairing/fandom have to be in the story?

Yes, that is the point

Are there any deadlines?

Deadlines? What are those? No but if you're not posting and there's a wait for the claim, I'll contact you to see if you're still interested.

Headers and cuts:

I'm not going to tell you what header you have to use, but please include all the relevant information outside the cut. ie Title, Author, Fandom, Pairing, Rating and Warnings. Put the fic behind a cut or use a fake cut to your own journal if you want.

Please make sure you give the proper warnings for anything that might disturb people. If you want to put them at the bottom of the fic to avoid spoilers that's fine as long as you make it clear that's what you're doing and how to find them.


I'll give you a tag when your claim is approved. Please try to use them.

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50 Harlequins
November 2008