A little news, my lovelies.
First of all, because I don't think that we have discussed this yet, or put it in the rules or made it abundantly clear, we have a ZERO TOLERANCE
policy when it comes to drama. Now, look. Everyone's been involved in drama llama of some kind. Including me. I'm no saint. Hell, one time I wanked it up in my character journal. Ridiculous. But I'll certainly never do it again, and it was also an isolated incident.
If you have a problem with another player, you need to take it directly to them, or come to us. This backstabbing, talking trash in locked posts... do that at your own risk. Because a) whether or not you realize it, it gets back to people. Not even just the people you're talking about, but uninvolved parties. Especially when you drag into places like Bad RPers Suck or Fandom Wank. E-mails get forwarded back and forth, IMs get copied and pasted. It's a lot more trouble than I think any of you are really conciously asking for.
We can't regulate or censor what you write in your personal journals, and we're not even going to try. That's your business. Hell, some days Tara might piss me off, and I'll vent in a private entry about her. Whatever, it happens. But, if we catch you dragging LM business into Bad RPers Suck, Fandom Wank, or it gets back to us in another way, you're out. That is ridiculous, and I'm not going to tolerate having members who don't have enough respect for each other to take up their issues with the offending party and instead try and drum up a witch hunting party in other forums. Not cool. I'm not accusing anyone, I'm not kicking anyone out, because so far, everyone here gets along, and as far as I know of, no one's done anything like that to anyone here.
But, I was recently apprised of a situation where something like that did happen, and when I discussed it with the other two mods, we all agreed on a stance and felt the need to make it clear.
I'm not saying you can't go post wherever you want to. I'm just saying that we're not going to have drama here, and if there is a situation, it's going to be resolved, not dragged all over LJ and communication services. Capiche?
One strike, and you're out. Seriously. We're not playing. You're an adult, we expect you to handle things like one.
Second thing, we're not sure if everyone knows the parameters of the community, like what you're allowed to write and such. The thing is, there are no parameters. Like, most of us have figured out what we want to do with our characters here, what season, what place, etc. we want to set them.
So there's what we consider LM canon, which is what you'll use and refer to like say, if you want to RP or if you want to have an established background for your prompts.
But, let's say you want to write something else. Let's say you want to write a ship that isn't what your character is LM canon wise. Or let's say you want to write a cross fandom fic. Or something completely and totally AU. That's completely fine.
Examples, Gin and I have already written several versions of Jack and Kate from Lost, and we don't even know what we want to do canon wise here. But for the same challenge, we both did AU post rescue fics that were completely different, and then for the next challenge, she even did a continuation of my fic.
So, whatever you want to write, whatever pairing, whatever rating, whatever fandom(s), it's all fair game. You can write strictly LM canon, you can do all various fics, you can do both.
But from now on, we will be using a header, so that people won't get confused. And so that no one will get mad if you do something with their character they don't like or disagree with, it will all be disclaimed in your header. So like, if you kill someone's character or write an NC-17 fic or whatever, no one will confuse it with the canon.
So at the beginning of all fics/prompts from now on, please include:
In your rating, please include WHY it's rated that way, so that we don't have to have a seperate field for warnings. So like "R for violence" "R for character death" NC17 pretty much speaks for itself. But if you have NC17 plus some violence or a death or whatever, be reasonable and say so. Just in case someone out there might not want to read that, or might not want to read that happen to the particular characters you're writing about.
Your Author's Note is the place where you can throw up any disclaimers you'd like, or mention where you got the inspiration for the fic. Maybe you based it on a particular person's version of a character that you play with, or a certain game or one on one and you want to give them a shout out or link a thread or the game in general that inspired it. Just some little note to say this is not based on LM itself, but some idea you had.
Title: Without Granting Innocence
Song: "How To Save A Life" by The Fray
Character: Kate Austen from Lost
Rating: R, for some language and "character" death (sorta)
Pairing(s): Jack/Kate, Jack/Sarah (slightly)
Author's Note: This story is based on a one-on-one that Ginni and I do where she plays Jack, cantbeahero
. It's called Try To Fix You
, and this fic is based on one of the ideas I had further down the line in the story where Sarah shows up. The story is AU, post rescue.
or, for canon
Title: I Need A Raincoat
Song: "Raining In Baltimore" by the Counting Crows
Character: Buffy Summers
Fandom(s): Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Author's Note: Buffy reflects on life after Sunnydale, and what she misses most.
Or whatever. You can do it however you want. Those were just some examples.
Anyway, so, no drama llama, and please start using the headers and feel free to write your fics about whatever you want.
Also, I'm about to go through and do the long overdue clean out. If you're not up to at least "Haunted", you're behind, and so far no one's asked for a hiatus so a few of you will be being removed. Normally, we'll give people warnings and let you get caught up if you're no more than one behind, but we already gave a warning a week ago, so if you didn't heed it then...
Please respond when you read this so we know that everyone knows what's up.
Jenna and Tara if you guys want to add anything, feel free.