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We love talking about our fandoms.  We also love talking about why we love our fandoms and why we love Fandom.  That's why at every con you'll find discussion panels, and Pacificon 2010 is no exception!  Check out the schedule.

Here at pacifi_cant , we can meta (yes, it's a verb now) with the best of them.  So we thought we might host some discussion panels of our own.  Here's how it works:

  • I will list the topics being discussed at Pacificon below.
  • You can claim one of the topics as your very own, and write a post about it.  The post can be as long or as short as you like.
  • You post your meta on the day it's being discussed at Pacificon, i.e., Saturday or Sunday.  NOT BEFORE!
  • People can drop into your post and chat away to their hearts content.

The Panel Topics


OTWhee! The resurgence of polyamory in fan fiction.
Blood, Magic, Aliens: Inside the Metaphorical Closet
The Art of the Con
I Hear Voices In My Head: How to Make a Mountie (or a Soldier, or an Air Force Pilot with the ATA Gene and a Thing for Brilliant Scientist Types) Think and Talk in Character
Hugh Dillon is Kittens
Leverage: Why I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Sorbet
TOS vs. Reboot


AUs and Crossovers - claimed by kinetikatrue 
Fandom is Part of My Life, Too
Can Fandoms Die?
Am I Crazy Or Did That Just Happen? Unreliable Narration
White Collar
due South: What's it got, ten years on?
Vidding for Beginners
Castle: I Don't Know Why I Love You, But I Do - Why Castle Is Winning Us Over

Points to Remember

  • This is YOUR meta, so write whatever you like on the topic.  Don't worry about what might be going on at Bitchin' Party.
  • DO NOT post your meta before the day it's being presented.  This is out of respect for the panel moderators.
  • Comment below to claim your topic.

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We're throwing a Multifandom Viewing Party HERE at pacifi_cant from Friday until everyone goes home. In the past, these things have stayed live for the entire weekend, as long as people stick around and want to hang out. That is cool with me, but I'll need volunteers to keep an eye on the chatroom while I sleep. *g*

Do you want to play? Let's talk about what to watch & where everyone is, so as to maximize our viewing pleasure (hee!) and minimize time zone troubles as best we can.


Master Prompt List

Here's an index of all the prompts ordered by SECRET NUMBER. Comments to this post are visible to everyone, so if you need clarification on something and asking would reveal your number, please email me or Mergatrude! If needed, we can contact your recipient FOR you.

Writers: minimum wordcount is 250 words. We're not really worried about a maximum -- the important thing is that you can post by the deadline!

Icon-makers: you're making a set of six to eight icons, of which your recipient gets to choose up to two for their exclusive use; all others will be shareable.

We'll post a template with posting instructions on Thursday. Fic & Icon sets must be posted between Friday and Sunday. If you realize you won't be able to post by NOON Sunday (CDT), let us know immediately so we can call in a pinch hitter!

Thank you!

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Fic and Icon Exchange Step 2: Prompts!

You should have received a comment reply or an email telling you your number(s). (Shhh! Don't tell what your number is!) If you haven't received notification, please check your spam filter. If it's still missing in action, let us know ASAP!  (email sageness@gmail.)

Now, please scroll down and check that your sign-up information is listed correctly. If it isn't, tell us ASAP!

Next, read through the sign-ups below, pick one you like (DO NOT PICK YOURSELF!), and assign them a prompt!

~ prompts for snippets must include: a) a character or pairing, and b) a single line of dialogue.

~ prompts for icon sets are: A simple character request, with a brief wording suggestion if you want.

For example:

~ For fic: I'll take #47, please! Prompt: "Fraser, why are you reciting the Gettysberg Address?" F/K/V, please no stake-outs or kidfic. Anything from gen to porn is fine. Thanks!

~ For icons: Nabbing #93. I'd love some Leverage icons, and maybe some could have the text: "You've gotta be kidding me."

More on ficlets:

Fics should be between 250 and 1500 words (but it's fine to run over a little). A character in the ficlet must say or think the prompt verbatim.

More on icons:

Text you want to appear on an icon should be fewer than 7 words long, or else it gets too crowded. Icon sets will contain 6 to 8 icons. These can be variations on a theme, or all quite different. Icon recipients can pick one or two to be exclusively for them, if they wish, and the rest will be shareable to all.


1. You can choose to receive ICONS and/or SNIPPETS, no matter what you signed up to create. Mix and match, it's all good! :D

2. Assign as many prompts as you signed-up to write/icon. That is, if you volunteered to create 2, then you must assign 2 as well.

3. Please keep in mind that the faster everyone assigns prompts, the more time everyone will have to work on their fic/icons!

Assigning prompts starts NOW and ends Monday night (the 5th) at 11:59pm (CDT). After that, we'll post a full list of prompts to make sure there's no confusion.

Post snippets and icon sets to this comm between first thing 9 April and NOON 11 April. (Please do not post before 00:01AM 9 April, CDT!)

Comments are not screened on this post, so don't reveal your own number(s)!

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Deadline Extended!

We have OVER twenty signups for the Ficlet and Icon Set exchange, YAY! But I know that a few people are dithering, mergatrude is traveling, and Easter weekend tends to be just a little crazy, so we're extending the sign-up deadline until TONIGHT, Friday night CDT!

Remember, all you have to do is list what you can offer, and then, when we post the anonymized list of everything offered, someone will assign you a prompt just as you'll assign someone else a prompt. Easy peasy. Ficlets are 250 to 1500 words; Icon Sets should contain 6-8 icons, of which the recipient gets to claim up to 2 for their exclusive use.

Sound good? Okay! Sign-ups continue HERE!!
Pacificon 2010 is on 10 - 11 April. If you're going, we hope you have a fantastic time! If you're not going, we hope you'll join us for a fantastic time online. We're kicking things off with a ficlet and icon exchange.

~ Sign-up: Now to Thursday, April the 1st, 11:59pm CDT.
~ Assign and receive prompts: Friday 2nd to Monday 5th April, 11:59pm CDT
~ Post snippets and icons: during Bitchin' Party, between first thing April 9th to April 11th, CDT

Snippets must be between 250 and 1500 words, and icon sets should contain 6 to 8 icons

Here's how it works

(Note: These rules are taken from out_of_con_txt and ds_con_envy, with only minor modifications. If you played there, you know how this works.)

STEP ONE: Sign-up Here
Sign-ups are open from now until 11:59pm on Thursday 1 April, CDT. To sign up, you simply COMMENT below with the following info:

1. your email address
2. whether you're going to write or make icons
3. how many snippets/icon sets you want to sign up to write/make (you can write one ficlet or make one icon set, or one of each, for a maximum of 2,)
4. all the fandoms, pairings or characters you're willing to write/icon (you can say "any")
5. if there's anything you won't write/icon, eg. if you're gen only, slash only (please keep this as simple as possible)
6. whether you're willing to pinch hit.

Participating fandoms: Canada 6 Degrees (including, but not limited to Hugh Dillon), Castle, due South, Leverage, Star Trek (TOS and Reboot), White Collar. (These are the fandoms in the program for Pacificon.)

For example:
My email address is caribou@tuktoyaktuk.ca
I'm going to write TWO snippets.
I'll write Due South:Fraser/Kowalski, Fraser/Vecchio, Fraser/Fraser, Turnbull/Turtle, Thatcher/Mort. AND White Collar: Peter/Neal, Peter/Neal/Elizabeth, Neal/Kate, Mozzie.
I won't write deathfic, noncon, or anything involving ice cream.
Yes, I'll pinch hit if you need me!

Please keep your sign-up as straightforward as possible. And remember, the more fandoms, pairings and characters you offer, the easier it will be for everyone to play.

Comments are screened.

What happens next?

STEP TWO: We assign you a number.
When sign-ups close (April 1st), we'll make a NEW post, listing all the sign-ups -- anonymous but numbered. Then we'll email you your number (or numbers, if you signed up to write/make two ficlets/icon sets).

STEP THREE: You Assign Prompts
When we post the ANONYMOUS NUMBERED LIST of everyone's sign-up info, you pick a number (not your own!) to be the person who writes/makes icons for you.

You comment with the number of your choice and an appropriate prompt:
~ a pairing or character, and a SINGLE LINE of dialogue for ficlets; OR
~ a simple character request and/or wording for icons.

For example:
#7 - Due South: Gardino/Thatcher "I never would have thought of that."
#18 - I'd like some Castle icons, please - maybe with "Castle" in Old English lettering.

If you signed up to write two ficlets or make two icon sets (or write one ficlet AND make one icon set), you get to choose two gifts to receive as well!

Numbers will be struck off the list as they're claimed.

Comments on the prompt assigning post will NOT be screened.

STEP FOUR: Your Assignment
You'll be able to see the prompt comments, so you can check for yourself. But to make sure there aren't any misunderstandings, when all the sign-ups have been given prompts we'll post a numbered list with the prompt and the name of the person who requested it, for confirmation.

STEP 5: Posting!
You have until NOON on 11 April to write and post your ficlet (250-1500ish words; don't stress about it; think of it like comment fic) or make the icons (sets of 6 to 8; your recipient can pick one or two to be exclusively for them, if they wish, and the rest will be shareable).

Post your snippets or icon sets any time between 9 and 11 April.

To Recap
~ Ficlets should be between 250 and 1500ish words
~ Icons sets should contain 6 to 8 icons
~ Do not stress. This is fun!
~ Read and comment and enjoy and sparkle!

IMPORTANT: If you can't write your ficlet/make your icons, please let us know ASAP! This is an exchange, so we will call in pinch hitters if you don't post by NOON on Sunday 11 April. Thanks!
So you're not going to bitchinparty? mergatrude and I have CON ENVY! And we have created pacifi_cant to throw a big, multifandom party for all of us who can't make it to Bitchin' Party/Pacificon this year.

We have MULTIFANDOM FESTIVITIES on tap matching the fandoms on the BP panel list: C6D (inc. Hugh Dillon), Castle, Due South, Leverage, Star Trek (Original Series & Reboot), and White Collar. (Check out the BP schedule here.) We're planning a ficlet/icon-set exchange, an online viewing party/chat, a picspam challenge, meta discussion, games, and more.

I'll be looking for volunteers across time zones to help me mod the chatroom -- once I figure out which platform works best for most people these days (poll coming soon). I'll also be polling for WHAT TO WATCH and posting a schedule once we know what people want to see.

Information about the Fic and Icon Exchange will be posted very soon, so stay tuned.

Come and play! Pimp the comm to your (non-Bitchin' Party-attending) friends! Join/watch the comm so you'll have all the latest news -- and if you've never been to one of our online parties before, check the entries in ds_con_envy, out_of_con_txt, and rat_jam or the Holiday Party tag at ds_flashfiction. Lots of great stuff there to enjoy!