muccamukk: Pepper standing at a workstation displaying a 3D model of Stark Tower (Avengers: Working)
[personal profile] muccamukk
It's like a regular remix, but more secret, and with only one fic in play.

How would it work?
  1. One person would write a fic and post it (without tags) to a locked collection on AO3.

  2. The mod would send that fic to someone else, who would remix it in the tradition of remixes everywhere.

  3. They would post their (tagless) remix to the same locked comm.

  4. The mod would send the remix (but NOT the previous story) to someone else, who would remix the remix.

  5. Repeat steps three and four until we've run out of people.

  6. The mod gets everyone to change the posting dates so that they're the same, have tags, and make sure there's no order identifying information.

  7. Comm goes live with authors and dates secret, and everyone can guess who wrote what, and what the remixing order was.

  8. Mod posts a reveal of authors and remix order.

  9. ???

  10. Profit!

What fandom would this be?
Marvel Cinematic Universe, but limited to the core movies. So references to other canon would be fine, but it would have to be something that people who had seen Captain America 1&2, Iron Man 1,2&3, Thor 1&2 and Avengers 1&2 could follow. Not everyone is caught up on the TV shows, or has access to the new movies as they come out, and this is already a pretty big fence to play in.

Is there a pairing rule?
No. Unlike in other remixes, remixers may change the pairing, or make the fic gen, or make the fic about a minor character, or go off on a tangent completely. However, the mod would request no ship bashing (mod reserves the right to call this). You do, however, have to be somewhat prepared to write most characters in the MCU core movie universe.

Are there restrictions on what can be in the remix?
Yes, they are:
No rape/non-con, character death of characters alive in the original fic, graphic torture, or sex involving characters under sixteen.
No remixing into a crossover, as other users may not know the crossover. Other AUs are fine.
No grudge remixes that mock the fic being remixed (mod reserves the right to call this).

How long would each fic be?
At least 1000 words, but no upper limit.

How long would we have to write?
Two weeks from when you get it. So that means it's going to run long, and everything won't get posted for a while, which is annoying, but I don't see a way around it, unfortunately.

My turn has come up, and RL is kicking my ass, can I defer?
The mod will e-mail when it's your turn to make sure you're good to go. You can defer once, before you get the fic to remix, and be put back into a later slot. However, if you've already seen the fic, you have to take you turn, as the point is that you don't see more than one version.

What if I take my turn, but then can't do it?
More notice is better, but if for some reason you can't finish, the mod will arrange for someone further down the stream to step in, and let everyone else know about schedule adjustments. If you end up finishing your fic before reveals, you can still post it, but it won't be remixed by someone else.

When will this run?
I'm hoping the first story will be written over March.

How do I sign up?
Sign ups are here! They're stay open until 10 March 2016.

ETA: Oh, if you want to totally rip this off and retool it to be Star Wars, or FMA, or pairing-specific MCU, or about trees or whatever, go for it! I know I'm not the first person to think of this, and more the merrier.

ETA2: I've adjusted the rules to incorporate everyone's suggestions as of the 24th. Thanks so much for your help!

Date: 2016-02-23 07:42 pm (UTC)
likeadeuce: (Default)
From: [personal profile] likeadeuce
I like this!

Date: 2016-02-23 07:55 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: (iron man pepper potts b&w)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
I think this is a brilliant idea and am sad I missed the initial locked post, because I'd have told you about it then.

I think it may need to be made explicit that just changing the pairing is not the only OK thing. Or the rules needs to find a way to leave openings for other characters somehow. For example, were I to participate and get handed a Steve/Bucky fic with no other characters in it to remix, I would either be screwed and stop the chain, or I would write the most ridiculously tangential fic where Natasha and Pepper go shoe shopping with Darcy and they call Steve, who doesn't pick up. (I lie; I am not likely to write that fic. But you know what I mean. It's just an example.)

What about no-shows instead of those who drop with notice? It happens and probably it's best to prep for it. And how hard are the deadlines? If you don't finish on the last day of the month, does your turn count as "skipped" and the mod automatically moves to the next person? What if you ask for a day or two for betareading? Or a week because you got sick on the 29th? I'm not saying delays are a bad thing; I'm just saying sometimes people get sick (for example) it might be a thing you'd like to prepare for in advance.

Is there a prize for whomever guesses the most correctly? I'm thinking like "a 1000 word fanfiction by your remixer of choice" or something non-monetary.

I do love this idea. :)
Edited Date: 2016-02-23 07:56 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-02-23 08:39 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
OK I am even MORE into the tangential stuff. This sounds like a lot of fun!

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Date: 2016-02-23 07:56 pm (UTC)
genarti: ([avatar] thinkyface)
From: [personal profile] genarti
I'm wondering if it makes sense to set a ballpark number of people participating, and then break it up into a couple of remix 'groups' if there are more than that?

This might be entirely unnecessary contingency planning, because maybe only a handful of people would sign up. But, like, if there are a dozen people participating, and everyone takes close to the allotted month, that's nearly a year; what happens if two dozen people sign up? So it might make sense to have a remix chain be, oh, 4-8 people. Then if there are a lot of participants, the mod could divvy them up into groups of 4-8, and either a) give each group the same starting fic, to see where the different chains lead, or b) have a few different starting fics, and therefore more entirely independent groups.

Date: 2016-02-23 08:00 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: (iron man pepper potts extremis)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
I really like the idea of every group having the same starting fic, and then you could just tag every different chain with a team name. (Like the various land comm teams back when those were a big thing.) Team Galactic, Team Avengers, Team X-Men, Team Inhumans, Team Damage Control, Team I've Read Too Many Damn Comics Stop Me Now. ;) That would be fun too.

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Date: 2016-02-23 08:37 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Ha, I'd totally be into this!

Date: 2016-02-23 09:18 pm (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
I like this idea, and would definitely be interested in participating! There are definitely pairings I would not be able to write, but as long as tangents are okay, that's cool. :D

However, I would suggest making the writing period a lot shorter than a month and, instead, giving someone the option of tagging out. I don't know if you've ever seen the flashfic "tag" communities like runthecon (White Collar) and shootthecurl (Hawaii 5-0) but the way they work is that when you're tagged, you have A DAY to write a short fic with your given prompt. But if you can't do it, you can tag out and get bumped to the bottom of the participants list; then you get another shot at it when your name comes up again. Since these remixes don't have to be too long, it seems like the process might be more streamlined if each participant had a more limited amount of time (a week or two weeks) but, if they happen to be busy that week, could tag out and try again later. That way the writing period wouldn't be so very long, but someone wouldn't be completely screwed if their week comes up during the time that work dumps on them or their cousin dies or whatever.
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Date: 2016-02-23 09:19 pm (UTC)
lightbird: (#1 Gators gonna gait)
From: [personal profile] lightbird
I really love this concept.

I'm not really involved enough/knowledgeable enough about MCU to participate, but it's a great idea. Would love to see this happen in lots of fandoms.

Date: 2016-02-24 12:05 am (UTC)
tielan: (AVG - maria)
From: [personal profile] tielan
I like this idea. And not having to stick with the characters/pairings is a boon to me, because I don't like the ones that everyone else does.

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havocthecat: kaylee frye has not yet decided whether to use her power for good or evil (firefly kaylee good or evil)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
I will cross my fingers that I get to remix your remix. :)

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Date: 2016-02-24 01:36 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Evelyn Salt. (ⓕ my name is Evelyn Salt)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
This is such a neat idea! Everybody starting out with one fic, and then having it spread out through remixing and tangents? You'd end up with this sprawling thing consisting of all kinds of POVs and silly twists and turns. Really hope this gets off the ground, I would love to read the results!
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Date: 2016-02-26 04:40 am (UTC)
sheron: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sheron
I love the idea behind this challenge (even if there's no way in hell I could write anything in two weeks). I really look forward to the works this challenge produces, it sounds fun!

Date: 2016-02-26 09:20 am (UTC)
jadesfire: Dash from the Incredibles [text] woot (Woot)
From: [personal profile] jadesfire
[here via [personal profile] sholio]

I love this idea, especially as someone just getting back into writing and looking for other folks to play with :) I'm off to sign up, but just wanted to say what an awesome idea this is!

Date: 2016-02-28 09:24 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I'd be interested in signing up, but how many fics would someone have to remix/how long would this take?

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