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Challenge December Review Race -- Inspire an Author; Earn Colors -- Congratulations, Reviewers!

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Mira_Jade , Nov 19, 2023.

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  1. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Greetings, fellow fan-fictionados!

    We've really had it all this year, haven't we? From the Kessel Run to the Summer Olympics, and a slew of ongoing and independent challenges in between – along with the generally fantastic outpouring of stories that the boards usually sees – we have been blessed with some mighty fine storytelling.

    So, with that said, we think it's time to celebrate our creative writers-in-arms with . . .

    THE DECEMBER REVIEW RACE!

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    So, what is a Review Race?

    A Review Race is exactly what it says on the tin: for the month of December, we are challenging you to write as many reviews as possible. If you're anything like your mods (or, at least, this mod in particular) we bet that you have a whole list of stories you've been meaning to leave feedback on – or try out entirely. This is your time to do so . . . when colors are on the line. [face_mischief]


    Ooh, colors, you say?

    Why yes, I did say C O L O R S. There will be three prizes for this challenge: 10 days of colors for 1st place, 7 days of colors for 2nd place, and 5 days of colors for 3rd place.


    Okay, I'm intrigued. How do I participate?

    That's easy! Just sign up here, saying that you want to participate, and then, come December 1st, start reviewing! When you leave a review, please post a link to your review here in this thread, for easy tallying by your mods.

    We will be judging the winners based on a point system. You will get ONE POINT for every review you leave, and ANOTHER POINT for every hundred words of your review. The aim of this is to encourage quality as much as quantity.

    We will be rounding up and down when it comes to word counts, after the review reaches 100 words, with 50 being our cutoff line. So, for example:
    • User A leaves a review of 53 words on “Padawan McGillicuddy Strikes Back,” thus earning 1 point.

    • User B leaves a review of 149 words on “Padawan McGillicuddy Strikes Back,” thus earning 2 points. (1 point for the review, plus 1 point for the word count.)

    • User C leaves a review of 189 words on “Padawan McGillicuddy Strikes Back,” thus earning 3 points. (1 point for the review, plus 2 points for the word count.)
    Note the first: quoted excerpts will not be applied towards your word count – only words that YOU write in your review.

    Note the second: you may leave more than one review on the same multi-chaptered story throughout the month, and have that count towards your total. However, only points for the word count will be tallied for any subsequent review(s).


    Oh, I want to participate, but I don't really want to participate in the race aspect of the challenge.

    That's completely fair! For anyone who does not want to race, but still would still like to set a goal for themselves, simply sign up for a number of reviews you'd like to leave in quantities of five. For every five reviews completed, you will receive 24 hours of colors.


    I like the sound of this ... but I never know what to say in a review!

    Don't worry, your mods have got you covered!

    When leaving a review, consider answering the following questions. You can even copy and paste these questions and use them as an outline for your review. We guarantee that you'll make an author's day if you choose to do so!
    • How did the story make you feel?
    • What is a line of dialogue that stood out to you?
    • What is a line of prose that stood out to you?
    • What is a character element that you enjoyed?
    • What is a descriptive element that you enjoyed?
    Just answering those five questions will have you on your way to leaving an awesome review!


    Okay, I'm listening. What stories can I review?

    ANYTHING. In fact, we encourage you to search out stories you may have missed over time. Go back and review a story that may have updated since your last review. Find an epic and review just the first chapter. Seek out those little gems that were written yesterday, or even yesteryear. We highly encourage you to use this challenge to branch out and try new things. We all have our niches, but, as much as possible, do your best to leave a variety of reviews for different authors and stories.


    Because that's what writing is, at its core: writing is a dialogue between an author and a reader. There are few things more valuable to an author than comments. We are a storytelling breed as human beings, and incredibly social creatures. Even though we write for ourselves, first and foremost, it's incredibly gratifying to hear that a story we've told has had an impact on someone – even with just a few words! Heck, an emoji can be enough to convey how much a piece of writing has resonated with you! And here's the best part: the more you encourage an author, the more likely that author is to continue writing! Which means more reading, and the circle goes on and on!

    . . . so, in short, we're asking you to help us celebrate our community by spinning that circle! Come the end of the month, this forum is going to look absolutely fabulous with colors, and we can't wait! [:D] [face_party]

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  2. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    The Reviewers
    The Racers:


    The Steady-as-you-Goers:

     
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  3. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    The Champions


    The Racers:

    FIRST PLACE: Chyntuck
    , with 336 points

    SECOND PLACE: Gabri_Jade
    , with 148 points

    THIRD PLACE: ViariSkywalker
    , with 102 points


    The Steady-as-you-Goers:

    amidalachick
    : 35/10 reviews

    devilinthedetails
    : 13/10 reviews

    earlybird-obi-wan
    : 80/30 reviews

    Findswoman
    : 30/15 reviews

    gizkaspice
    : 10/10 reviews

    Kahara
    : 30/30 reviews

    Mira Grau
    : 10/10 reviews

    Mira_Jade
    : 43/15 reviews

    Pandora
    : 6/5 reviews

    Theodore Hawkwood
    : 10/5 reviews

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha
    : 15/15 reviews ​
     
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  4. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

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    WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY SPLENTABULOUSLY LOVABLE IDEA! =D= Sign me up for 15 reviews. :) @};-
     
  5. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Fiendish Fanfic & SWTV Manager, Interim Tech Admin star 6 Staff Member Administrator

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    Can’t wait to see the excellent reading and reviewing this event will inspire![face_dancing]

    What a perfectly reflective note to end the year on!

    And Fanfic will be a wonderfully festive and colorful place to help ring in the new year 2024[face_party]
     
  6. ViariSkywalker

    ViariSkywalker Kessel Run Hostess Extraordinaire star 4 VIP - Game Host

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  7. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

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    Yes please! I've fallen soooooo far behind on all my reviews that I definitely need a kick in the shebs. Please sign me up!
     
  8. Kahara

    Kahara FFoF Hostess Extraordinaire star 4 VIP - Game Host

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    YAY! [face_dancing] I've been hoping to get some more reviewing done (so many wonderful stories this year that I've enjoyed and more still that I need to catch up on) and this seems like a perfect challenge to help that happen. I'd like to sign up for 30 reviews. (After all, that's a little less than one a day if you divide it over the month. Worth a try!)
     
  9. Gabri_Jade

    Gabri_Jade Fanfic Archive Editor Emeritus star 5 VIP

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  10. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    The index has been updated!

    Aw yeah, but that's what we're talking about! This is shaping up to be a wonderful December already! [face_dancing]

    As for me, I am going to enter out-of-competition with a goal of 15 reviews - but I am going to try and race myself and beat even that if at all possible. :cool:
     
  11. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Fiendish Fanfic & SWTV Manager, Interim Tech Admin star 6 Staff Member Administrator

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    I'll shoot for an out-of-competition goal of 10 reviews:D
     
  12. Findswoman

    Findswoman Fanfic and Pancakes and Waffles Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    I would like to do the exact same thing! :)

    Thanks for coming up with this challenge—besides being great motivation for catching up on comments, it’s going to just be plain fun! :D
     
  13. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Chosen One star 6

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    I am in for .... reviews
     
  14. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    The index has been updated!

    It's great to see so much interest already! :D

    Aw, it's my pleasure! [:D] And I too can't wait for all of the fun that I'm sure is just around the corner. [face_mischief] [face_dancing]
     
  15. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Force Ghost star 4

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    I am not good at being fast so sign me up for 10 reviews, please!
     
  16. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Chosen One star 6

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    .... will be 30 reviews
     
  17. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Yay, more reviewers! I have added you to the index, @gizkaspice! :D

    I can definitely put you down for a fixed number of reviews, if you'd like - but that would take you out of the racing aspect of the challenge. Would you still like to do so, or remain listed as a racer? :)
     
  18. Tarsier

    Tarsier Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I'm in for 10 reviews :)
     
  19. earlybird-obi-wan

    earlybird-obi-wan Chosen One star 6

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    30 reviews it is because I am not good at writing long reviews
     
  20. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Yay! It's awesome to have you aboard. :D

    You got it! :D
     
  21. Findswoman

    Findswoman Fanfic and Pancakes and Waffles Mod (in Pink) star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    I think I’d like to increase my goal to 15 reviews, if that’s all right! :D

    Also, a quick question about the noncompetitive component, just to check: do multiple reviews on the same multichapter work count toward that, too?
     
  22. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    Yay! The more the merrier!

    And I would say that multiple reviews on the same multichapter count for the noncompetitive goals, just as they do for the racing goals. [face_thinking]
     
  23. UltramassiveUbersue

    UltramassiveUbersue Jedi Knight star 3

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    I have no idea how many reviews I can do... so I'll just sign up for the race and see how far I get. :D
     
  24. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

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    That's the spirit! You got it. :D


    Do we have any other takers? There are TWO DAYS left to sign up! [face_batting]
     
  25. Theodore Hawkwood

    Theodore Hawkwood Jedi Master star 2

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    For non-competitive I'll put myself in for five reviews given next month may be rather busy for me.