[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
Today the authors of all those luscious and lovely Down the Chimney Affair stories are revealed! Did you guess correctly on who wrote your story?

A huge thank-you to all the participants and of course to the readers who make this possible every year. And an especially big shout-out to [livejournal.com profile] orockthro for her marvelous pinch-hit effort and to [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58 for volunteering to write something for our pinch-hitter, so she too would have a gift in her stocking.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
The stories have now been revealed (although the authors remain anonymous until January 1st). There are 25 delectable stories for your reading pleasure!

Here's a fab fusion image from [livejournal.com profile] togsos to get you in the reading mood!

mfu fusion dtc toggie

Follow this link to this year's collection.

Happy Reading and Merry Christmas from the elves at UNCLE North Pole!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
The story deadline for the tenth annual Down the Chimney Affair is rapidly approaching! Due date is TOMORROW, 8:00 pm EST on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Just a reminder that if you do not post your story by the above deadline, unless I hear otherwise immediately, your story will be considered in default and a pinch hit author will be assigned to write to those prompts.

However, the safety valve is that once you have posted your story it can be edited and tweaked and changed up until practically the moment the stories go live on Christmas Day. This has been verified with the AO3 support staff. Please do not stress if you feel your story isn't quite ready for publication upon submission - you still have time! Because DtCA is an anonymous exchange, no one but you will be able to see your story before the reveal date of December 25th.

For those DtCA participants who are either new to the Archive of Our Own, or those who post their stories using the URL import method, here are the step-by-step instructions on how to post your DtCA story using the AO3 direct upload interface. Please note that some of the screens may have changed slightly, and buttons may not be in the exact position described below but they will be somewhere on the screen.

This way to the step by step instructions )
And that's it, you have successfully posted your Down the Chimney story. Now just sit back and wait for the Big Reveal on December 25th.

(And if you're like me and tweak a story forever, go all the way back up to Step 4 so you can access and edit the story after it has been posted.)

Finally, if you just can't quite figure out how to post your story successfully or run into problems, contact me. I will be able to help you.
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
It's that time again, to consider whether you might have enough energy and inspiration to volunteer as a pinch-hit writer for this year's DtCA. While we always hope there will be no need for pinch-hit authors, it's a busy time of year for everyone!

Pinch-hit assignments, if needed, will be sent out no later than the evening of December 14th (or earlier if we know the need before) and the pinch-hit story will be due to be uploaded to AO3 no later than the evening of December 23rd. This allows a little more than a week to produce a story of approximately 1,000 words.

If you are willing to serve as a last minute pinch-hit author, please leave a comment to this post. All comments are screened (well, I hope so, I seem to have forgotten how to do that).

Information needed in your comment:
Your AO3 account name and associated email address (stories will be posted to AO3 and you must have a user account there or request one from me)
Kind of story you are willing to write (ie, gen, slash, either)
Anything you prefer not to write (ie, explicit sex, graphic violence, etc.)
Required turn-around time (number of days)

Thanks so much to all those adrenaline junkies who embrace this challenge!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] loxleyprince stepped up to the plate with a fabulous header which now graces this year's Down the Chimney Affair page on AO3. Clicky here to view the banner in its full glory. I love how she combined both movie and TV characters into a beautiful holiday scene, complete with chimney! She has also provided us with icons of both generations of Pretties (see my icon).

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] loxleyprince!
[identity profile] vysila.livejournal.com
My conscience (aka [livejournal.com profile] elmey) poked me today with a reminder that this announcement should have gone up a few days ago. Once again I have lost track of time!

So, here it is! Anyone who would like to offer their services as a beta reader for any of this year's authors, please comment on this post.

In your comment, please supply:
1. Your fan name
2. Any particular areas of expertise, such as grammar, a keen eye for POV slippage, plot hole spotter, etc.
3. Things you will not beta, such as explicit or violent fic
4. Note if you are willing to beta more than 1 fic and offer an estimated turn around time (1 day, 1 week, etc.)
5. A way for authors to contact you (I suggest a private LJ PM for initial contact and then email addresses can be exchanged there)

Authors, if you are in need of a second pair of eyes to check out your story, feel free to contact any beta reader as needed. Please do not comment on this post or reply to a comment, but contact the beta reader via their preferred method.

Thank you!
[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
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.

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