This month, for a change of pace, featured stories come before the announcement that a lot of people have been wondering about. The theme for February is ďsweets.Ē
90 Proof Sweets
by VampirePumpkins (Death Note, 17+)
by ExpressoLatte (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, 13+)
A Sandy Thanksgiving Festival
by Sabishii (Naruto, 13+)
by Lafein (One Piece, Youth)
Congratulations to these four authors.
Nominations are now open for Marchís featured stories. The theme is ďrealism,Ē or stories with a setting and plot that could take place in the real world without too much stretching. You can nominate over here
on the forums or in the comments of this announcement. Please make sure the story and author you are nominating have not already been nominated for this month!
A number of people have been asking lately, and we figured itís time to open up author validations
for consideration again. Weíre more or less figured out a standard for what weíre looking for in story validations (minimal verb tense/agreement, spelling, and capitalization errors, for example), as well as some standards for author validation. You can now request to become a validated author.
The way this works:
-You must have at least five posted stories or five chapters and a total of at least 5,000 words written. If any of your submissions have been denied in the past two months, or if it hasnít yet been two months since you last requested validation, you canít ask again.
-Author validations will
be stricter than story validations Ė itís the difference between a lifelong pass and a one-time thing.
on the forums, in the announcement comments, or e-mail one of us. Make sure you include your screenname, and that you check PMs (on the forums) and/or that you have a working e-mail address associated with your account so that we can get back to you.
-Two of the mods will decide whether or not you will be validated. If they are in agreement, then that decision will stand (you will be validated or your validation request will be rejected). If not, then a third mod will come in as tiebreaker.
-You will be contacted privately with the decision, including suggestions for improvement. If you arenít validated, you can ask again in a couple months.
And, just for the record, your mods have started a grammar guide here
containing some of the most common errors we see in stories. Please take a look, since a large number of people really do mess up verb tenses, homophones, and dialogue punctuation!
If you have any questions, comments, etc., feel free to ask. :) Other mods, if I forgot something, please mention it, and donít forget to stalk the forums for discussion and whatnot.