[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
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.)
ext_422737: uncle hallway (Hallway)
[identity profile] elmey.livejournal.com
It got stuck in the cushions on Santa's sleigh, but here it is for the record:



TO: [livejournal.com profile] edna_blackadder
FROM: [livejournal.com profile] elmey


Open Your Present Here )
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Sign-ups for the 12th annual Down the Chimney Affair gift exchange closed last night.

The UNCLE secret-santa elves were busy overnight, matching all those requests to our talented writers. We had 24 sign-ups this year, in two different fandoms (movie and TV 'verse), with some pretty amazing prompts!

If you don't receive an email about your assignment in the next few hours, please let me know so I can re-send your assignment.

~listens for the sound of clacking keyboards~
ext_422737: uncle hallway (dtc)
[identity profile] elmey.livejournal.com
No more waffling, just do it!

Today is the last day to sign up for the 12th Down the Chimney Affair, MFU's Holiday story exchange. You've got till 8 PM EDT.

Movie verse, television verse, all genres are welcome. Old writers, new writers, hesitant writers, we want all of you :)

The details are here.

Sign up on AO3 is here.

It was a big year for the fandom, let's make it a big year for Down the Chimney too!
ext_422737: uncle hallway (dtc)
[identity profile] elmey.livejournal.com
Have you signed up for the Down the Chimney Affair story exchange yet? Sign ups are open through Saturday Oct. 24th, 8 PM EDT.

Go here to find out more.

The Exchange takes place on AO3, instructions are in the faq linked to above.

Down the Chimney is always a highlight of the MFU year, lots of fun and new stories for the whole fandom--this is our 12th year, and both Film and Series stories are welcome, as are all genres.

You can even do a mash up of the two if you want: as usual [livejournal.com profile] togsos shows the way :)


ext_422737: uncle hallway (dtc)
[identity profile] elmey.livejournal.com
A call to action from one of [livejournal.com profile] vysila's supporting elves, who stole her icon temporarily :)

As you've all noticed, our fandom's biggest yearly event, the Down the Chimney Affair is now open for it's 12th year. Author sign-ups have started.

We want our wonderful MFU artists to get involved too!

We've always had more writers than artists in the fandom, and haven't been able to find a practical way to make the story exchange all inclusive. But we want DtCA to be for everyone and are trying something new this year. We've got some suggestions and we need your input for more.

1. As vysila mentioned, we'd love to have icons and banners to promote DtCA. We're open to both the series and the new film and we'd like our promo material to reflect that. All contributions gladly accepted and used.

2. Aside from promo material, we'd love to have a challenge that's fun for artists and ties into DtCA.
One possible example: a [livejournal.com profile] muncle countdown to the story reveal on Dec 25th (based on a theme perhaps) where each participating artists gets their own day to shine--or more than one day if you have the time and energy.

Please give us your ideas, we're open to anything that will let you participate in Down the Chimney. And the categories in the headline aren't exclusive. Got something else you want to do? Chime in!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
For the past five or so years, we've been using the same icon and banner to represent the Down the Chimney Affair, both here and on AO3. Now that the exchange has expanded to include movie 'verse as well, it is time to update our art. [livejournal.com profile] elmey has generously offered to spearhead this effort, so look for a post from her soon.

I'm also thinking that [livejournal.com profile] muncle is in need of a graphic design remodel after all these years. So artists, I hope you'll consider sharpening your pencils and/or firing up your graphics program to brighten the place up.

Look for [livejournal.com profile] elmey's post soon!
[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 are ready 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 12 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 for 9 days. After October 24th, 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 25th. Stories should not be shared publicly before January 1, 2016, when the Secret Agent Santa authors are revealed.

With the release of The Man from UNCLE film this year, DtCA will now include both our beloved TV 'verse and movie 'verse fiction. Historically DtCA stories have been limited to either gen or M/M slash, but with the fabulous female characters in the movie, it seems a little ridiculous to exclude them, so het, F/F and OT3/multi stories are now also welcome.

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

Two considerations to keep in mind when choosing prompts: 1) Plot outlines are not prompts 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 2015. 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 2015 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 now have links to the AO3 Down the Chimney collection on our [livejournal.com profile] muncle links bar.

2015 Timeline

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

Signups will be open for nine days, beginning Friday, October 16 at 10:00 am (10:00) and closing at 8 pm (20:00) on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Assignments will be sent out within 24 hours after the close of signups; that is, no later than the evening of Sunday, October 25, 2015.
The beta reader sign up will be posted to muncle on LJ on November 14, 2015.
The pinch hit sign up will be posted to muncle on LJ on November 28, 2015.
Stories are due no later than 8 pm (20:00) on Sunday, December 13, 2015.
Pinch hit assignments will be sent out no later than 8 pm (20:00) on Monday, December 14, 2015.
Pinch hit stories are due no later than 8 pm (20:00) on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
Stories will be revealed at 10 am (10:00) on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015.
Authors will be revealed at 10 am (10:00) on New Year's Day, January 1, 2016.

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. I apologize for only having icons and a banner that feature the TV characters. I'm not an artist and I'm using the DtCA art we've had for a long time. Maybe we need an icon/banner contest for all our fabulously talented artists, so we can have DtCA art that includes our marvelous movie characters too!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
All Ye Faithful Man from UNCLE fans, that is! (~points to icon)

It's time for Down the Chimney Affair 2015, our 12th DtCA! It just wouldn't be the holidays without the wonderful elves who produce fabulous fiction, art and other creative works featuring our favorite international spies.

I need to update a few things but look for a sign-up announcement post in the next couple of days. This year we will revert back to the AO3 Gift Exchange format - mainly because it is less work for ye olde moderator (me). I hope that any disappointment felt by this decision will be offset by the fact that this year we will welcome fic based on the 2015 Man from UNCLE movie in addition to our beloved TV series. Plus we will also accept OT3 and het fic this time. As ever, slash and gen are always welcome.

Sorry for the belated start, y'all know work has been most workity of late and I needed a reminder that time was slipping away.
[identity profile] mrua7.livejournal.com
TO: Avirra
FROM: mrua7


                                                      christmas-animated-gifs-09

Open your gift... )
[identity profile] selyndaep.livejournal.com
Down the Chimney gift for kanders07 (gen mostly)
((slashy tones if you look for it))

Open your giftRead more... )
[identity profile] carabele.livejournal.com
TO: [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred
FROM: [livejournal.com profile] carabele


This story sort of meanders through the prompts, but hope you enjoy it!
Open Your Gift! )
[identity profile] kanders07.livejournal.com
To: [livejournal.com profile] franciskerst

From: [livejournal.com profile] kanders07

Prompt: Illya has to train a new agent; an innocent from one of the episodes.


happy-holidays-flower-banner
Open your gift )

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