[identity profile] sparky955.livejournal.com
Real life is kicking our Chief Elf #1 Section 1 firmly and repeatedly in the rear end.

Spikesgirl_58 and I will be helping her by fielding any and all questions and concerns regarding this year's Extravaganza O'Fic.

If you'd please contact one of us rather than poor Vysila to allow her the time she needs to deal with way more stuff than one person whould have to handle...we would all be very much in your debt.

[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
The insane elf working the AO3 matching software has completed her tasks and sent out the invitations to our winter to-do. If you are participating in DtCA and do not receive your assignment later tonight, please either pm me or email me.

The process is a bit different this year than previous years, so I hope I didn't click "send" too quickly and miss anybody. If participants have any questions about their assignments, or anything else DtCA related, just give me a yell as noted above.

Can't wait to see what fabulous fic y'all come up with this year!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Just a reminder that sign-ups for Down the Chimney Affair signups close tonight! If you've been "thinking about it" - now is the time to make a decision. We'd love to have your participation.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Yes indeedy, cousins and friends, it is that time of the year again, when our thoughts turn to adorable Napoleon and Illya elves feasting on cookies and vodka, and jolly secret-agent Santas who are eager to fill our stockings with all sorts of fabulous fanfic.

Well, OK, maybe not quite yet... but it is time to sign up for DtCA already, in order to have plenty of fic in our collective stocking come the wintry end-of-year.

Can you believe we've been doing this for 13 years already?!

How The Down the Chimney Affair works

The Down the Chimney Affair is a secret santa-style story exchange, which means that you write a story based on another fan's prompts and someone else writes a story for you, guided by your prompts. If you want to receive a story, you must also be willing to write one.

This is the post to register for the exchange. Sign-ups will be open beginning today for one week. After November 6th, the agents at UNCLE North Pole will match Secret Agent Santas with recipients according to preferences noted on the entry form.

Once again the exchange will be hosted and archived on the Archive of Our Own, although all admin posts and discussion will be here on muncle.

The gift exchange rules and this year's timetable are noted below.

Down The Chimney Affair Guidelines

Secret Agent Santas agree to write a story of 1,000 words or more. Longer stories are welcome, but 1,000 words is the required minimum.

Stories are published anonymously on December 25, 2016. Stories should not be shared publicly before January 1, 2017, when the Secret Agent Santa authors are revealed.

The Down the Chimney Affair is a fiction exchange. Art and vids have been popular additions in the past and are absolutely welcome if the author so chooses, but are not required.

Stories set in either the original TV 'verse or the 2015 move 'verse are welcome. Gen, slash (m/m and f/f), OT3 and het are all welcome. You will need to specify fandom (TV or movie) and genre such as gen or slash on the sign-up form.

Two considerations to keep in mind when choosing prompts: 1) Plot outlines are not prompts, and 2) Prompts are things you'd like to see in a story, not an attempt to stump the author.

Participants cannot express a preference regarding who they write for, or who they would prefer as their author. Writers are matched to recipients based on preferences listed on the sign-up form.

And last but not least, the ugly: Authors defaulting on an assignment are prohibited from participating the following year. Two DtCA defaults result in prohibition from further DtCA exchanges.

All signups will be done via the sign-up form on the profile page of Down the Chimney Affair 2016. Just click the "Sign-Up Form" button to open up the form. Instructions are included within the form. Be sure you are first logged into your AO3 account (there is a "Log In" button on every AO3 screen, in the upper right corner).

The Down the Chimney Affair 2016 profile page contains extensive FAQs and also some detailed step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for the exchange. An AO3 account is required in order to participate; if you do not have one please contact vysila AT comcast DOT net for an account invitation.

We also have a link to the AO3 Down the Chimney collection on our [livejournal.com profile] muncle links bar.

2016 Timeline

All times noted are U.S. Central Standard Time Zone. Please visit a time zone converter to calculate the date and time of day for your locale.

Signups will be open for seven days, beginning Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 pm and closing at 8 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2016. (Sorry for the short sign-up period.)

Assignments will be sent out within 24 hours after the close of signups; that is, no later than the evening of Monday, November 7, 2016. That will give participants six weeks to complete their gifts.

The pinch hit sign up will be posted to [livejournal.com profile] muncle on LJ on Saturday, November 19, 2016.

Stories are due no later than 8 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

Pinch hit assignments will be sent out no later than 8 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2016.

Pinch hit stories are due no later than 8 pm on Friday, December 23, 2016.

Stories will be revealed at 10 am on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016.

Authors will be revealed at 10 am on New Year's Day, January 1, 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the Down the Chimney Affair or how to sign-up, please add a comment to this post and I will respond as soon as possible. (I'm completely sure I screwed something up somewhere - please point it out to me so I can fix my inevitable mistakes!)

Thanks so much, and looking forward to the awesome fic!

(P.S. If any of my friendly volunteer helper elves want to step in and help handle questions or problems, I'd be super grateful.)
[identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
To drop over to the Scrapbook and check out all the excellent stories posted for the Halloween Challenge!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
I know y'all are busy with your Halloween stories right now, but wanted to post a heads up that our annual holiday art & fic exchange will get underway soon. This little elf is busy putting the AO3 sub-collection for this year's DtCA together. Sign-up post will be following soon. This will be the 13th year for the Down the Chimney Affair - my how time flies when you're ogling pretty boys, huh?

Remember, DtCA is open to gen, slash and even het. Works in both TV verse and movie verse are welcome. I know we have a lot of new names and faces around our little fan community, so hope to see some new talent along with all our regular crew participating this year.
[identity profile] glennagirl.livejournal.com
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] glennagirl at A Lovely Day For A Poll...
It's gorgeous outside here in the Bluegrass, I hope the same can be said for wherever you are.  I think we could have some fun with a poll, it's been awhile and we all probably need a bit of frivolity in our day.  Let's see, what to talk about...?

[Poll #2055704][Poll #2055704]
[identity profile] rallamajoop.livejournal.com
So, I got a little carried away and compiled family trees for each of our three UNCLE heros, including every specific relative we meet or hear about, plus a few extras whose existence can be reasonably inferred from what names we’ve got. For consistency, I’m considering only what appeared in the original TV series as definitive canon – extra details that showed up only in the theatrical versions or production notes get flagged as debatable (not even touching on the tie-in novels here, life is too short). Drop me a line if you can point out anything I’ve missed.

We’ll start with Mr. Waverly since his family tree is the best populated (and if I'm honest, a lot of why I made these at all owes to my amusement at realising how much more we know about his family than either Napoleon's or Illya's).

Alexander Waverly


Details, Napoleon and Illya under the cut )
[identity profile] glennagirl.livejournal.com
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] glennagirl at Giving Notice...


It seems that there is a positive vibe concerning the Happy Endings Challenge in the [livejournal.com profile] mfu_map_room.  A few people mentioned being knee deep in other challenge endeavors, namely the Halloween Challenge on [livejournal.com profile] mfu_scrapbook.  That one is looming in the space of a few weeks ( a month, to be exact), and after that the Down the Chimney Affair via [livejournal.com profile] network_command will be up and running.
I'm thinking that there should be some space and time in between for this challenge.  Otherwise we're looking at next year, and the Valentine Challenge on Scrapbook is in February.  So, it's either put it in the November slot (oh, I hear time issues with preparing for Thanksgiving), or  push it out to March or April.
I'm fine with delaying it, but I do think it's something we could have fun with and possibly provide a challenge to our story telling skills. After all, romance isn't just kiss and don't tell, there's a need to finesse the scenario with genuine emotion and believable outcomes.
Also, after an inquiry or two, the option to write a slash version has been proposed.  That would post in [livejournal.com profile] uncle_du_jour
This is a one off opportunity to write the love story you've been dreaming about, so pick a month and let's get it on the calendar.
[Poll #2054626][Poll #2054626]
[identity profile] rallamajoop.livejournal.com
Cross-posting a link from my LJ that may be of interest to muncle fans: Gay communist spies and KGB honey traps – The surprising history of the Lavender Scare

Thanks to a minor fic-background-research subject that seriously got away from me, I've been reading up on the topic of gay spies through the Cold War era (of both the real and imaginary-hiding-under-the-bed variety) over the last few months, and been thoroughly floored by just how much there was to discover about the subject. Though it's more history-geekery than truly muncle-related (and as a fairly new fan, my sincere apologies if the subject has been discussed to death already around these parts), I don't think it's any exaggeration to say that a lot of Cold War counter-intelligence operations spent the period obsessed with the subject of gay spies, to a degree even we around the slashier end of fandom would find a little extreme.

The full story runs the gamut from actual KGB blackmail operations to the Cambridge Five to Alan Turing to years of gay panic and institutional persecution to rival the worst of the parallel Red Scare – plus a surprisingly extensive history of perfectly loyal gay British spymasters who did vital work in the early service. Alternately lurid, amusing, eye-opening and thoroughly depressing, there's certainly stuff in here that could be of great use to fic writers or other fans trying to make sense out of the era, but well beyond that, this is one fascinating bit of history all in its own right.
[identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
This is your last chance to put up a prompt in [livejournal.com profile] mfu_scrapbook for the 2016 Halloween Challenge. Entries close tonight at midnight. so if you have the perfect photo, now is the time!!

[identity profile] rallamajoop.livejournal.com
Heather McNabb, Wanda Mae Kim and Sarah Johnson in print

It turns out I may have hit post a little too soon on my (already pretty massive) post about the various recurring staff girls from UNCLE from last month, as I've since discovered something of a treasure trove of old news articles and interviews from the original run of the show. Leigh Chapman and May Heatherly especially seem to have briefly been real features in the press, and Grace Lee often came up in association with the show too – it's kind of fascinating just how prominent they were in some of the early marketing, given how little they're remembered now.

Meanwhile, though I still don't know why May Heatherly left the show so soon, I do know she apparently spent some months in Spain training to be a bullfighter before moving back to Hollywood, and I could hardly miss the chance to share that detail, let alone all the rest.

So, if by some miracle anyone's still keen to read yet more about the early UNCLE recurring cast, have a link to a whole new post on all the most notable news items I could find.
[identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com

There's still time to participate in MFU_Scrapbook's Halloween Challenge.

You don't need to take a prompt in order to request a story. You can take a prompt that has already been taken by someone else. There is no minimum/maximum word count and the only rule is to not post before October 29th.

What could be easier? So drop on by and see if something strikes your spooky fancy!
[identity profile] glennagirl.livejournal.com
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] glennagirl at Hot Time In The City... Maybe
Fast Times at UNCLE Headquarters... haha.  Maybe, if Napoleon's in the Map Room with Wanda or Evangelique.  Illya has the one secretary who darns his socks... while he has them on.  What would you do to have some private time with one of these guys?
[Poll #2052981][Poll #2052981]
[identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
We are still taking prompts for the 2016 Halloween Challenge in MFU_Scrapbook! So grab a broom and head on over. All the necessary information can be found here.

[identity profile] glennagirl.livejournal.com
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] glennagirl at Friday Needs... A Poll
Here we are again at week's end, and Friday seems like a day made for polling.  Let's examine... ourselves.
[Poll #2052208][Poll #2052208]
[identity profile] rallamajoop.livejournal.com
One of the bigger projects I've been picking away at over the last few months is an extended article about all the various recurring female UNCLE staff to turn up on the show — Sarah Johnson, Heather McNabb, Lisa Rogers, the (many and) various Wandas, and so on. Though their roles may not have been big enough to make the opening credits, and the casting process behind them seems to have been one long, convoluted nightmare, they still account for some of the longest recurring characters on the show — and I've been amazed again and again while researching this just how much there is to find out about them.

The article in full is a mix of detailed character profiles and assorted trivia and behind-the-scenes info from various sources, with extended side-tangents into my quest to make sense out of just what was happening with all those Wandas. (Seriously though, the Wanda situation alone kind of has to be seen to be believed. )

It's grown into a bit of a monster of a post, but I hope it'll manage to be of use and/or of interest to other fans out there. You can find it over at my LJ here.
[identity profile] spikesgirl58.livejournal.com
If you are, check out my post in Scrapbook. I hope to see you there!
[identity profile] rallamajoop.livejournal.com
The short version
I've pulled the entire list of production credits, shooting schedules, air dates and some recurring cast info for the complete 60's The Man from UNCLE series into one giant spreadsheet. You can view and download it as a googledoc here, or download it as an excel spreadsheet with buttons to auto-sort by either broadcast or shooting order here. I can't guarantee it's completely error-free, but I've certainly done my level best. Please do let me know if you spot any errors so I can correct them. Feel free to redistribute, though I'd prefer if you linked people here or to the google doc directly, rather than passing it on in other formats, so that I can make sure any later revisions go up at the same place.

Mostly, I figure having all the info laid out in a spreadsheet like this could be a hugely useful resource to anyone out there who, for example, wants a quick guide to which of the 3 different producers involved in season 2 was responsible for which episodes, or a quick list of how many episodes were made missing David McCallum or Leo G. Carroll, or is wondering whether [event X] could possibly have been the inspiration for [episode Y], given the dates on which that was actually shot. I'd imagine it could also be useful to academics trying to make sense of the impact of the show in its own era, and the like.

Okay, but seriously, WHY? )

Stuff covered by the spreadsheet:

  • Complete production credits for each episode
  • Shooting schedules
  • US Air dates and timeslots for each episodes, including reruns shown during the original airing of the series
  • Movie titles & release dates
  • Episodes missing one of the core cast (Napoleon, Illya, Waverly)
  • Recurring UNCLE cast (Del Floria, Lisa Rogers, Sarah, Wanda, Heather, etc)
  • Original working titles for some episodes + additional notes from the FfU site
  • Extended notes on sources and error checking stuff

Stuff not covered:

  • Complete guest cast for each episode (wasn't part of the FfU data, and no neat way of fitting every character and actor into the layout as it stands)
  • Info about The Girl from UNCLE
  • The return movie, the new movie
  • Recurring characters or actors who weren't an UNCLE staff member
  • Original broadcast dates in countries other than the US, or US reruns from after the 1960's
  • Episode summaries (these were available on the Fans from UNCLE website, but I haven't imported them)
  • Nielsen ratings (okay, honestly, I don't even know where I'd get these from, I just wish I did)
Again, please do let me know if you do find any mistakes, I can always correct them and re-upload.


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