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Challenge 3: A Dean-focused h/c remix challenge / GENERAL INFO & RULES  
7th-Nov-2010 12:14 pm
angels can't save you now


A Dean-focused
h/c remix challenge


SPREAD THE WORD!


The Basics:

We had a challenge last year around this time. Well, this one is a bit different. It's a remix challenge!

I love the concept of a remix challenge to bits. I'm a big fan of the fab kamikazeremix in this fandom, and I understand SGA has put on a similar challenge in one of their h/c comms. What’s different about this one is that it is of course focused on Dean-centric h/c fic only. And it’s a challenge, not an exchange, so the rules are a bit looser than they might be otherwise.

Basically, authors that are interested in participating can leave a list of your fic/fics (provided they contain some kind of Dean-centric h/c, obvs) you’d be willing to put up for remix in the the sign-up post, and whoever is interested in being a remixer, you can then snag them. Just make sure to let the original author know you’re remixing their fic. ;)

What’s a remix challenge, you ask?

It’s just what it sounds like, really. You rewrite someone else's story. You weave your own style into it. You can do this by changing who the POV character is, switching the narrative voice (e.g. from first to third person,) by adding missing scenes, focusing on a different point in time in the same sequence of events, covering a smaller or larger scope of events, altering the mood, length, dialogue, anything - except for genre/pairing! If a fic is gen or Sam/Dean or whatever, please don’t alter that.

The key is to stay true to the essential plot points/skeleton of the original, whatever you see those as. You can totally change, add and delete things and your remix can look very different from the original as long as you do that.

Honestly, there's pretty much no end of ways to remix things. Be creative and HAVE FUN. ♥

Schedule:

Sign up for all: remixees & remixers November 7th through to November 30th.
Posting period Anytime after you've chosen a prompt through to January 7th.


Challenge guidelines:

Before we get started: This isn’t an exchange, it’s a challenge, and a pretty low-key one. So, no, you don’t have to remix someone else’s fic to submit your fic to be rewritten, or vice versa. Although, of course we’d love to have you do both! ♥

1. All fics submitted to be possibly remixed, as well as the remixes should contain some form of Dean-centric hurt/comfort, i.e.; sick!Dean, angsty!Dean, hurt!Dean.

2. If you’d like to submit your fic to be remixed, all you have to do is reply to the sign-up post any time before November 30th with a list of which of your own Dean-centric h/c fics you’d be cool with someone remixing. You can submit one, two, or a bunch. Whatever you’re comfortable with. And if you wish, you can leave a few notes with your list, like, I didn't end up focusing on Sam's POV with this fic as much as I meant to. Maybe somebody can remedy that. Or whatever!

3. The fics that you submit to be remixed should be at least 500 words, and your remixes should be at least a 1000. There’s no maximum word limit for either. Long fics are awesome!

4. If you see a fic on the list you’d like to rewrite, go for it at any time! Just make sure you let the original author know you’ll be remixing their fic.

I’m going to let you guys work most of the other details out. One author can remix several fics and the same fic can be remixed several times (although I urge you to consider the remix-less fics first.) As long as you communicate with the original author, I say go nuts! ;)

5. Please don't alter the genre/pairing of the original fic. (Uh, unless there is a reason for it that the original author gives in their comments, of course, like, the fic is gen with background Dean/Lisa, but I wouldn't mind the remix focusing more on the Dean/Lisa aspect of things.)

6. No WIPS, sorry. Stories should be complete and posted to the community all at once (with links to all chapters, if any, included.)

7. This isn't a requirement, but I just want to say, betas are awesome! If you're looking for one, our very own beta-reader list has many beta-readers who deal specifically with Dean-focused hurt/comfort fics, or you can post a request for one at spn_betas.

8. The regular posting guidelines we use at this community apply to this challenge. In addition, please put this somewhere in your header when posting your remix to the comm:

  • Written for the Dean-focused h/c remix challenge.

  • Also, you should link the original fic/author in your post. See #9.

    9. You can use the header below when posting your remix fic. It’s the same as our regular one with the addition of a place for the original fic that you remixed/original author:

  • Example of how to fill out your header form:

  • Title: You Are a Fever (The Red Tide remix)
    Author: maypoles
    Characters: Dean, Sam
    Genre/pairing: Gen
    Rating: R
    Word-count: 1,000 words.
    Spoilers: All seasons, through 5x22, "Swan Song."
    Warnings: References to self-harm.
    Original story: Some Story by someone (Please include a link to the original fic as well.)
    Summary: Uh, stuff happens. Involving Dean. Maybe you guys are better at making up summaries than I am. ;)
    Disclaimer: Not mine.

    Of course you can add author’s notes to your header or anything else you want to as well.

  • To use this header, just copy, paste, and fill out the following form:

  • HEADER FORM


    10. If how to title a remix fix confuses you, don’t worry, it’s not a big deal! Most remixes use both a new title for the story AND a remix subtitle, e.g.; You Are a Fever (The Red Tide remix.) But you can use the same title as the original story if you don’t have a new one, and you can just use (remixed) as your subtitle if you want.

    11. Please post your fic or a link to your fic to hoodie_time before you post it to other communities.

    12. Your remix fics should be posted to the comm anytime from now until January 7th, at which point I’ll be putting together a remix masterlist of all the remix fics posted. You can use the .challenge 3 tag when posting your remix fics. (Click here if you don't know how to tag your posts.)

    13. If you finish your fic after the deadline of January 7th, it won’t be part of the masterlist, but we’d LOVE to read it whenever. You can use the .amnesty tag when posting any late remix fics. (Click here if you don't know how to tag your posts.)

    14. If you'd like to promote this, just copy and paste the code at the top of the page into your journal!

    What happens to unclaimed or unfilled prompts?

    Please note that once the challenge is closed, these prompts are not available to be snagged/part of our Lonely Prompts Challenge and are the property of the author only.

    If you have any questions about the remix challenge that aren't answered above, feel free to ask them in this post. ;D

    Have a ball with this, guys! I'm super-excited to see what you come up with.

    Note: This isn’t the sign up post. That can be found HERE.

    ETA: The h/c remix challenge masterlist is now up HERE. Check it out!

    This post was compiled by maypoles and is posted under this account for organizational purposes.
    Comments 
    7th-Nov-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
    oh cool! I am very tempted by this--and I'll definitely put up any of my Dean h/c fics for remixing (over at the other post). Is there a schedule for claiming? Or is it just a rolling thing--you can jump in and claim one any time? What if you claim something, and then see something else you'd rather do?

    thanks!
    7th-Nov-2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
    YAY! You can just jump in, yes.

    As for if you claim something and then see something else you'd rather do, you can just tell the author that while you love their fic, you think you can do another fic better justice. Or something! I left a lot of the details of the challenge open, so just have fun with it. ;)
    7th-Nov-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
    You are a god among men. That is all.


    ♥ ♥!
    7th-Nov-2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
    Haha. ♥
    7th-Nov-2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
    Oooh I love remix challenges, they produce a high amount of really excellent wiriting. Is this open for art as well? (won't be an issue if not, just curious.)
    7th-Nov-2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
    I'm lame and hadn't actually considered that, but I love fanart! So, SURE. ;D
    7th-Nov-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
    Eee! :D It's a nice challenge to do something that is a remix and not just an illustration to the existing story, I'm intrigues.
    7th-Nov-2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
    COOL!!
    7th-Nov-2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
    SO IS YOUR FACE. ;)
    7th-Nov-2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
    Yee!

    *runs off to find fics suitable for remixing*
    7th-Nov-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
    Yay, you are here! ♥
    7th-Nov-2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
    \o/ I'm just a reader but this is great!

    I've already discovered 6 fics I've never seen before and thinking of the fics that will still come to be remixed and then the remixes for them? Awesome! \o/

    Thank you so much for doing this! :)
    7th-Nov-2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
    Readers are awesome! ;)

    I've discovered some fics I hadn't read before too with this, yay!
    7th-Nov-2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
    Oh, this is so cool! I am seriously excited to see all of the remixes that come out of this!!!
    7th-Nov-2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
    Me tooooooo!
    7th-Nov-2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
    I wish I had some fic to offer up! This is going to be like, double awesomeness, because some of these I haven't even read the originals, and others I just loved SO MUCH the first time around! Yay♥
    7th-Nov-2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
    Aw, you must have some that would work subject and length-wise - what about the one with the hypothermic!cuddling? And then there was sick! de-aged!Dean... ::sighs dreamily:: Um, of course not putting anything up for remix is totally cool too!

    I haven't read some of the originals yet either!
    7th-Nov-2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
    Haha, yeah, I'm looking through my fics an realizing I might have a couple:)
    7th-Nov-2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
    *bounces excitedly*

    Thank you hoodie! I can't wait to remix something, it looks like so much fun! :)
    7th-Nov-2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
    Yay! I'm excited to read whatever you come up with. ;)
    7th-Nov-2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
    alright, I'm going to demonstrate my newbieness and ask what a remix is exactly? A fic written from a different POV?
    7th-Nov-2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
    It's the first thing under the cut: It’s just what it sounds like, really. You rewrite someone else's story. You weave your own style into it. You can do this by changing who the POV character is, by adding missing scenes, altering the mood, length, anything - except for genre/pairing! If a fic is gen or Sam/Dean or whatever, please don’t alter that.

    You can take it in lots of fun different directions, basically. ;) You should come playyyy.
    7th-Nov-2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
    Oops! How did I miss that?

    /is way embarrassed.

    I may have to :)
    8th-Nov-2010 12:01 am (UTC)
    It's only a few sentences, so it's easy to miss. ;)

    Also, EEEK, I JUST SAW YOU FILLED ONE OF MY PROMPTS OVER AT THE MEME. HAVEN'T READ IT YET BUT OMGYES.
    8th-Nov-2010 12:10 am (UTC)
    Can the same fic be remixed several times? And can one author remix several fics (I don't know if I'd do several, I'm such a slow writer but who knows!)?
    8th-Nov-2010 12:17 am (UTC)
    Yes and yes! I think that would be interesting. Hmm, I should probably find somewhere in the info to stick that...

    (I don't know if I'd do several, I'm such a slow writer but who knows!)?

    Muhahaha.
    8th-Nov-2010 02:10 am (UTC)
    Another question - how much change can we make? What if we keep the premise and take a different path, with a different ending?
    8th-Nov-2010 02:56 am (UTC)
    I'm not sure of the exact changes you're making, but from your wording I'm going to say that's tentatively cool. ;)

    The key is to stay true to the essential plot points/skeleton of the original, whatever you see those as. You can totally change, add and delete things and your remix can look very different from the original as long as you do that.

    It's subjective, hence the kind of vague answer, (sorry!) but does that help at all?

    Anyway, I'm sure whatever you write will be awesome! It always is!
    8th-Nov-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
    Hmm, maybe I could ask the original writer what they would be cool with. If I do what I want to do it's going to be very ambitious and I would definitely not make several claims. :)
    8th-Nov-2010 03:08 am (UTC)
    Totally. Whatever is cool with you guys is cool with me! ;)
    8th-Nov-2010 04:58 am (UTC) - petty pet peeve
    If how to title a remix fix confuses you, don’t worry, it’s not a big deal! Most remixes use both a title for the story AND a remix subtitle, e.g..; You Are a Fever (The Red Tide remix.)

    I know this isn't your doing, and is just a fandom norm, but this is something I've never understood: By having a subtitle in brackets after the title, one is implying that the Main title is the title of the original fic. Which it isn't, most of the time. It SHOULD be just like when a song is remixed, and it keeps the original title, eg: Janelle Monae's Tightrope(Wondamix). Otherwise, IT MAKES NO SENSE I TELL YOU!
    8th-Nov-2010 05:10 am (UTC) - Re: petty pet peeve
    Haha, you are cute! I'd never thought of that before, but it's totally true. We should alert the fandom police. ;)
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    5th-Jan-2011 11:14 pm (UTC) - Re: petty pet peeve
    They're usually both new titles, but yeah, if you decide to keep the original title, it goes first. ;)

    That's how all the other challenges do it so I'm just going with the flow, but it totally is weird if you think about it, I know.
    8th-Nov-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
    I'd love to remix something! Thank goodness for the long deadline, though, because I'm totally swamped with work right now. :/

    ...there's an earthquake going on as I type these words. Should I be hiding under a desk or something? o__O
    8th-Nov-2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
    I'd love to remix something!

    You totally should! ;)

    An earthquake! o__O Oh no, keep safe! There's like a never-ending torrential downpour here and my dad's hometown has declared a state of emergency, wtf world.
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    8th-Nov-2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
    ::does a little dance::
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    8th-Nov-2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
    Hey. ;) Yes and yes.

    I think it would be interesting to see a couple different takes on the same fic.
    9th-Nov-2010 01:29 am (UTC)
    Hey, so, in remixes, can plot points change, and (NT asked me and I didn't know and now I wonder and she might ask you too) can you take one aspect of the fic and expand on it and that's your fic, like it's not the same events told again but another chain of events with an event in common with the original, or, stuff? *flails vaguely*
    9th-Nov-2010 01:42 am (UTC)
    can you take one aspect of the fic and expand on it and that's your fic, like it's not the same events told again but another chain of events with an event in common with the original, or, stuff?

    Totally! ;D That sounds great.

    As for whether or not plot points can change, yes, and no. To what you said above, yes.

    The essential plot points/skeleton of the original are what should always remain, and it's subjective as to what those are. Buuuut other plot points/things can be added or deleted, and a remix often looks very different from the original.

    Is that confusing? It really is subjective, which makes it a hard question to answer.
    9th-Nov-2010 11:17 am (UTC)
    You know how sometimes when they remake a movie they change the ending? If it's all consistent and stuff but then the ending changes, is that legit? (Not that I necessarily am gonna do any of these things, I'm just brainstorming and don't want to get attached to any one possibility if it's like illegal remix badness.)

    End of pestering.
    9th-Nov-2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
    As you said, the rest is consistent - I think that would work VERY well!

    Really, I trust you guys to decide this kind of thing; a remix has endless possibilities so I'm never going to be like, NO. DISQUALIFIED. Just have fun! ;)
    9th-Nov-2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
    Awesome. Thank you so much! :)
    11th-Nov-2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
    So it's okay if my ending isn't like the original ending? I just kind of expanded and it turned out waaaaay different. I didn't completely read through the rules super carefully I guess (TOO EXCITED), so I just want to make sure that's okay, since I already, um, finished writing it.

    *Sorry for inane re-stating of questions.
    11th-Nov-2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
    Hee, your excitement pleases me!

    Yes, it's fine. ;) This particular remix challenge is a pretty relaxed one; like I said above, just have fuuuuun.
    18th-Nov-2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
    Oh I'm so in for this! Will have a dig through my lists, see if there's anything to toss into the pot but I can't wait to let the bunnies loose on a little something!
    19th-Nov-2010 01:29 am (UTC)
    Yay, I'm glad! ;D
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