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Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that we have just two days left in the official posting period for the 2011 round of Mega Flare. So get those stories and artwork in!

Also, as of today, two more stories have been added to the collection:

Balthier's Guide to Ivalice by empyrean: "Balthier takes us on a tour of Ivalice, from the Westersands to Giruvegan, and not-so-gently guides Vaan into sky piracy the best way he knows how."

Wardens of Ivalice: The Joining, an FFXII crossover with Dragon Age: Origins by [personal profile] owlmoose.

Read and enjoy. And good luck to everyone still working! We are almost there.
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Congratulations to [archiveofourown.org profile] wingeddserpent, the first person to post a story for the 2011 round of Mega Flare!

trust is (in itself) a miracle - FFVII, "What it means to be a Turk in those bleakest days."

Check it out!

And good luck to everyone who is still working! The deadline looms, but you still have time. She tells herself, determinedly.
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Can you believe that posting time is almost upon us? We sure can't! And yet here we are, only a few short days away.

The 2011 Mega Flare collection on AO3 will open on Friday, October 28th, no later than 10am Pacific Time. An announcement will go up here once the collection is open. Posting will be open for a little over two weeks, until Sunday, November 13.

Planning on posting and still need an AO3 account? Please let the mods know as soon as possible! The invite queue is reportedly quite long right now, so it's best to contact us if you need one.

Good luck everyone!!!
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Hey everyone! Just a reminder that artists are still able to sign up and claim stories through this coming Sunday, October 2nd!

There are still nine great stories available within a number of Final Fantasy canons: FFIV, FFVII, FFXII, Dissidia, and three crossovers of various sorts.

The claiming post, with instructions, is here.

The sign-up form for artists is here.

Still looking for a beta, or interested in volunteering? The beta matchmaking post is here.

Any questions? Let us know!
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Hi everyone! Sorry we've gone so long between updates and reminders -- we hope all our authors are all making excellent progress. A few things:

1. Artist sign-ups are still open until September 25th! Join us, and send your friends! As of this writing, we only have three artists who are not signed up as a team with an author, and we'd love more. Cookies for anyone who helps us recruit.

The Sign-Up Form


2. We've had a question about whether vids and fanmixes are allowed as story artwork, along with more traditional illustrations, and we are happy to announce that the answer is officially YES! More creative outlets can only be a good thing. Currently, video embeds are supported from Youtube, Vimeo, blip.tv, Dailymotion, Viddler, Metacafe, 4shared CreativeCommons, ning and vidders.net. Details about fanmix hosting will be coming soon. Once it's all together, we'll add everything to the FAQ in plenty of time for posting.

3. Authors: the rough draft deadline is coming up on September 18th! Don't panic, though -- this doesn't mean your story needs to be finished, or even completely drafted. Our only requirement is that your draft be at least 33% of the wordcount for your selected level (see the bottom of this post for specifics). Watch for the submission form to be posted sometime next week.

You can also choose not to submit your story for artwork if you're not sure you'll be ready in time -- stories without artwork are more than welcome in the collection! And of course, if you signed up with an artist partner, there's no need for you to submit a summary or a draft.

That's all for now. Any questions, just let us know!
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Hey everyone,

The signups continue, with 27 authors and 2 artists currently participating in Mega Flare this year!

Authors, if you have been thinking of signing up, time is running out! Signups for authors close this Friday, July 9th, at 11pm Pacific Time (click here for the time in your location).

Artists, you still have plenty of time, so no worries if you're still unsure. We recently received a question about whether other types of fan media will be accepted (vids, fanmixes, etc.); the answer to this question is likely yes, but we don't want to make anything official yet, because we're still determining what kinds of media can be embedded over at AO3.

The Sign-Up Form


As always, please let us know if you have any questions!
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Hi everyone! Signups are going great so far. As of this writing, we have 18 authors signed up to participate, at every level, including one brave soul who is taking on the Giga Flare challenge of writing 40,000 words!

To date, we only have one artist signed up to participate, so if you've been on the fence, get off the fence and come sign up! :) We'd love it if people would spread the word, too; [personal profile] renay and I have big plans for advertising in artist communities, but the more advertising, the merrier. If you have ideas of places for us to post, to attract both artists and authors, please let us know!

The Sign-Up Form
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Hi everyone,

Don't forget that the posting deadline is coming up! We extended our deadline to this upcoming Sunday, November 21st (click here for local time and date.)

We are up to six stories now, which is great! Two new stories went up today; they are:

Same As It Never Was by [personal profile] justira and [personal profile] seventhe, an epic FFVIII fic.

Reconcilable Differences, an FFXII post-game story by [personal profile] owlmoose.

Come take a look! We are almost to the finish line.
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Two new stories are up! Check them out! They are:

We All Gotta Grow by Rebbe, a FFXIII story featuring Hope/Serah.

A Sense of Commitment written by [profile] pixelnyx and featuring artwork by [livejournal.com profile] manic_intent, a FFXII backstory AU.

Also, I have been in communication with the folks at AO3, and they have assured me that the site is working better now -- although there still may be some slowness, they have made some fixes that should cut down on the server errors. So if you've been waiting on better site performance to upload your creations, now might be a good time to give it a whirl! Let us know how it goes.

Don't forget, we have extended the deadline by one week, to Sunday, November 21st.
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Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that the official Mega Flare deadline is coming up! This Sunday, November 14th is the end of the posting period (click here for the time and date in your area).

Also, the first story is up: Alchemy off the Coast of Ivalice, an FFX/FFXII crossover. Congratulations to [personal profile] dagas_isa for the first public contribution to the collection! May it be the first of many...
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Hey everyone!

Posting for Mega Flare 2010 is now officially open!

As a reminder, here is a link to the posting tutorial.

And now, the less-good news: we have hit a snag with our image hosting uploader, and it could be awhile before it's ready to use. Artists, if you were counting on using our hosting service, please email the mods immediately. If we don't hear from anyone by 11PM on Monday, Pacific Time (click here for the local time in your area), we will assume that everyone has their hosting covered. But if you do need the service, don't hesitate to contact us! We want to make sure no one gets stuck without image hosting.

Not done yet? No worries, you are in good company. (Including, as of this writing, me!) Over two weeks remain in the official posting period, so you have plenty of time.
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Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that posting officially opens in one week, on Friday October 29th!

The AO3 collection is already available, although anything posted there will remain hidden until the reveal on Friday. Whenever you are ready, feel free to post your story here:

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/mega_flare

Here's a quick tutorial on how to add your story to a collection on AO3!

The official posting period closes on Sunday, November 14th.

Anticipating a couple of questions...

1. What about posting artwork?

You should embed the artwork in the story using the tag. However, AO3 does not currently offer image hosting, so you will need to host your art elsewhere. You are welcome to host anywhere you wish, including on the Mega Flare site. We're still putting the final touches on the uploading service; look for a link soon, hopefully early next week.

2. Oh no, I'm not going to finish by the end of the posting period!

That is okay! You are welcome to post your story and/or artwork late, no need to ask for an extension. And if you submit late, you won't be barred from participating in the future. At this time, we don't plan to close the collection to new submissions, so you can post it whenever you do finish. Of course, we encourage everyone to meet the deadline if possible: one of the points of this challenge is to bring everyone together around a common goal of creating a long story in a short time frame. But if you can't make it, no worries.

However, if you are an author working with an artist, or an artist creating artwork for a story, and you don't think you're going to make the deadline, you are responsible for communicating with your collaborator as soon as possible to work out a time frame.

Any other questions? Let us know. We are in the home stretch! Best of luck to everyone! :D
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Hey artists! Have all of you who selected a story to illustrate gotten rough drafts from your authors, or otherwise made arrangements? The deadline was a week ago today.

If you selected a story, and your author hasn't gotten in contact with you, please let the mods know IMMEDIATELY. You can either send us email or leave a comment on this post. Comments will be screened. If we don't hear from you, we will assume that everything is A-OK.

Thank you!! Feel free to contact us with any other questions as well. The AO3 community will be up and running soon -- watch this space for an announcement!
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Hey, authors! The time is approaching! Don't forget that the rough draft deadline is coming on Friday, October 1st!*

Okay, now that you're all hyperventilating in a corner, don't panic! :) This doesn't mean that your story must be polished or even fully-drafted by Friday. All you need is a) something meaty for your artist to work with and b) enough progress that you can be reasonably certain that you'll be done by the posting deadline of November 14th, which is still a month and a half away.

You are responsible for sending your story to your artist. Do not send your story to the mods. It's a good idea to connect with your artist first and find out what file format they want -- MS Word? RTF? Google Docs? Whatever works best for them, and for you.

Hey, artists! If you selected a story to illustrate, and don't have anything from your author by midnight, Saturday October 2nd, Pacific Time (click here for the time and date in your area), send an email to the mods right away!

*One last note: The rough draft deadline is for stories that were claimed by artists only. If your story wasn't claimed, if you opted not to try for art, or if you signed up as a writer/artist team, the only deadline you need to be concerned about is the AO3 posting deadline, which again is November 14th. So no worries! You have plenty of time.
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For real, this time. Artist sign-ups for Mega Flare, and the opportunity to claim one or more stories, will close at midnight tonight!!! (Click here for the time in your location.)

Claims post is here; unclaimed stories are at the top of the list.

As of this writing, we are up-to-date on sending emails to authors and artists. If you have claimed a story, or your story has been claimed, and you haven't received an email, please notify the mods ASAP.
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Reminder for all authors participating in Mega Flare: your summaries are due tomorrow, Sunday September 5th. (Time and date in your location.) If you would like to be eligible for artwork, you need to submit a summary by this time. The summary should be somewhere around 75-200 words The form for submitting your summary is here.

A few people have asked about this, so I wanted to extend the invitation to everyone: if you want to share more information about your story with a potential artist than can fit within 200 words, you are welcome to link to a "Dear Artist" letter in your journal or elsewhere. Just include the link with the summary. This is by no means required, but if you want the option, you are welcome to take it! You should still submit a summary, however.

Finally, come share a piece of your work in progress over at [community profile] boss_battle! We're planning to do a "snippet sharing" post every week for the rest of the month, and the first of these is up. Check it out!