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Welcome to the final check-in! We look forward to hearing from you and hope you are having fun!

Podficcers, when you check in, please let us know what’s going well, any concerns you have, and where you are in regards to meeting the August 13th deadline.

Writers, as long as your podficcer checks in, you’re not required to, but if you’re up for it we’d love to hear about any particularly positive or negative parts of your experience. The positive will make us smile, and the negative will give us an opportunity to offer help or give us valuable feedback that will help us tweak next year’s challenge to be better!

Some important notes/reminders:

  1. Remember to share any edited audio you have with your partner, and let them know what you’ve accomplished so far.

  2. Podficcers, please make sure you have given your writers some love about the work that they’ve done. Tell them what you think is great about their words. Sometimes in the rush to get things done, this step gets skipped, but it’s so important to everyone having a good experience! (Writers, once you hear the podfic, make sure you give your partner some love as well.)

  3. If you think it would enhance your podfic to have multiple voices contribute, please let us know and we’d be happy to find you volunteers!

  4. We put up our annual Party Favor Partner Finder post here. Check it out!

  5. If you are interested in a podfic con, check out Podfication, which will happen October 21–22 in Minneapolis. All three of your mods and a bunch of your fellow participants are going (full list of current attendees here), and we’d love to see you there!


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Check-In #2

Jul. 8th, 2017 08:36 am
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Hello wonderful participants,

It's time for our second check-in! Please try to respond to this check-in within 48 hours. We will send a follow-up email to all those we have not heard from at that time.

The complete writing is due in one week, on July 15th. If you're on or ahead of schedule, you can find posting instructions here. If you're not feeling confident in your ability to finish the writing within the next 7 days, please let us know and we can talk about:

-The possibility of extensions (more info here. Please note that the maximum extension is 7 days)*.
-The possibility of getting a beta or cheerleader
-The possibility of getting a cowriter
-The possibility of writing a shorter version of your original story plan for your podficcer to begin recording (which is able to stand alone in case a life emergency stops you from writing more) with the agreement that if there is time and interest by both parties, you might create additional scenes later to add on.
-The possibility of (with your partner's approval) leaving some areas of the script for podficcer ad-lib
-The option of scheduled accountability check-ins, if that will help keep you motivated and not stressed!

Also, please remember to share what you've written so far with your partner. The minimum requirement is once per check-in!

Finally, if you're realizing that what you really need in order to take care of yourself is to drop out, that's fine. Yay self-care! Please let us know as soon as possible, though, so we can offer your partner a pinch hitter. If anybody reading this knows that they are interested in pinch hitting, please feel free to let us know, and you will be the first we approach if the need arises.

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Today is our first check-in! You can check in over email or on this DW post (the comments on this post are screened, so your check-in here will be private between you and the mods).

Now is also a good time to touch base with your partner(s). Remember that sharing your work-in-progress with your partner(s) is mandatory, and that the minimum requirement is once per check-in. That means that, if you haven't already shared what you have so far, now is the time to do so. Partners, don’t forget to give feedback/encouragement on the work-in-progress when you see it!

Completed writing is due in 3 weeks, on Saturday July 15th. When you check in this weekend, let us know if you feel on track for that deadline so far. We'd also love to know what's going well in your group and any concerns you may have about your group or your project.

It's very early in the game, so if you are anticipating difficulty, this would be a great time to start discussing problem-solving options. We're extremely committed to making sure all participants have as positive an experience as possible! And if everything’s going awesome, YAY, we can’t wait to hear all about it!
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This is the last official check-in before the project completion deadline on August 14th. Don't forget that completed projects submitted before August 10th get special consideration when it comes to early posting dates.

(If you are someone who would find additional check-ins helpful, please let us know, and we'd be happy to schedule a follow-up check-in with you between now and the deadline!)

Remember to share what you've done so far with your partner, which means that if you have a partial podfic completed, now is the time to send that to your partner. Also, if you haven't given your writer feedback about their work, please take that opportunity to do it now. We've found that it's often very important to pod_together participants to have their work acknowledged and appreciated by their partners, and sometimes with the rush to meet deadlines, this important step in the process can get overlooked! So this is your official reminder to send some love and support to your partner :)

And of course, please let us know any ways we can support you. Options include:
-Putting out a call for a co-podficcer for part of the story
-Putting out a call for an editor to help edit your podfic
-Additional check-ins/cheerleading/podfic betas

If you think you'll need an extension, please let us know. And as a reminder, the posting period this year is much shorter than it's been in years past, so we're limited in how long an extension we can give.

Okay, we look forward to hearing from you! We hope you are having fun!

Check-In #2

Jul. 9th, 2016 07:32 am
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Hello wonderful participants,

It's time for our second check-in! Please respond to this check-in within 48 hours. We will send a follow-up email to all those we have not heard from at that time.

The complete writing is due in one week, on July 16th. If you're not feeling confident in your ability to finish the writing within the next 7 days, please let us know and we can talk about:

-The possibility of extensions (please read the rules about extensions before requesting one)*.
-The possibility of getting a beta or cheerleader
-The possibility of getting a cowriter
-The possibility of writing a shorter version of your original story plan for your podficcer to begin recording (which is able to stand alone in case a life emergency stops you from writing more) with the agreement that if there is time and interest by both parties, you might create additional scenes later to add on.
-The possibility of (with your partner's approval) leaving some areas of the script for podficcer ad-lib
-The option of daily accountability check-ins, if that will help keep you motivated and not stressed!

Also, please remember to share what you've written so far with your partner. The minimum requirement is once per check-in!

Finally, if you're realizing that what you really need in order to take care of yourself is to drop out, that's fine. Yay self-care! Please let us know as soon as possible, though, so we can offer your partner a pinch hitter. If anybody reading this knows that they are interested in pinch hitting, please feel free to let us know, and you will be the first we approach if the need arises.

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*A note about extensions: Writers, please keep extension requests to eight days or less, since any longer than that will cut significantly into the time allotted for the podficcer to create their audio. Podficcers, please do not tell your partners that they can have a multi-week extension because you only need a couple of days to create your audio! Even if you are typically fast, you may experience an emergency like losing your voice from a cold, a computer crash, etc. For this reason, mods won't approve the long extension you've promised your partner, and it could lead to hurt feelings all around. If you're fast, use that speed to get your podfic finished early, and then come sign up to work on a Party Favor (if you'd like)!
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Today is our first check-in! You can check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW—whichever feels most comfortable to you.

Now is also a good time to touch base with your partner(s). Remember that sharing your work-in-progress with your partner(s) is mandatory, and that the minimum requirement is once per check-in. That means that, if you haven't already shared what you have so far, now is the time to do so. Partners, don’t forget to give feedback/encouragement on the work-in-progress when you see it!

Completed writing is due in 3 weeks, on July 16th. When you check in this weekend, let us know if you feel on track for that deadline so far. We'd also love to know what's going well in your group and any worries you may have about your group or your project. Comments on LJ/DW are screened, and Asks on tumblr will not be published.

It's very early in the game, so if you are anticipating difficulty, this would be a great time to start discussing problem-solving options (we've already successfully put together 2 replacement matchups for partnerships where a problem was identified early). We're extremely committed to making sure all participants have as positive an experience as possible! And if everything’s going awesome, YAY, we can’t wait to hear all about it!

Check In #3

Aug. 2nd, 2015 08:52 am
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[personal profile] paraka
This is the last official check-in before the project completion deadline on August 16th. Don't forget that completed projects submitted before August 12th get special consideration when it comes to early posting dates.

(If you are someone who would find additional check-ins helpful, please let us know, and we'd be happy to schedule a follow-up check-in with you between now and the deadline!)

Remember to share what you've done so far with your partner, which means that if you have a partial podfic completed, now is the time to send that to your partner. Also, if you haven't given your writer feedback about their work, please take that opportunity to do it now. We've found that it's often very important to pod_together participants to have their work acknowledged and appreciated by their partners, and sometimes with the rush to meet deadlines, this important step in the process can get overlooked! So this is your official reminder to send some love and support to your partner :)

And of course, please let us know any ways we can support you. Options include:
-Putting out a call for a co-podficcer for part of the story
-Putting out a call for an editor to help edit your podfic
-Additional check-ins/cheerleading/podfic betas

If you think you'll need an extension, please remember how to request one. And as a reminder, the posting period this year is much shorter than it's been in years past, so we're limited in how long an extension we can give.

Okay, we look forward to hearing from you! We hope you are having fun!
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[personal profile] paraka
First off, thank you to everyone, we managed to find pinch hits for the requests we put out yesterday. So far we've always been able to find pinch hits for everyone within 24 hours and that's thanks to our great participants.

Tomorrow is our second check-in; while you're welcome to wait until then, feel free to make your check-in early. You can check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW--whichever feels most comfortable to you.

The complete writing is due in just over a week, on July 19th. If you're not feeling confident in your ability to finish the writing within the next 7 days, please let us know and we can talk about:

-The possibility of extensions (link to FAQ)
-The possibility of getting a beta or cheerleader
-The possibility of getting a cowriter
-The possibility of (with your partner's approval) leaving some areas of the script for podficcer ad-lib
-The option of daily accountability check-ins, if that will help keep you motivated and not stressed!

Also, please remember to share what you've written so far with your partner. The minimum requirement is once per check-in!

Finally, if you're realizing that what you really need in order to take care of yourself is to drop out, that's fine. Yay self-care! Please let us know as soon as possible, though, so we can offer your partner a pinch hitter.

Comments are screened
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[personal profile] paraka
Tomorrow is our first check-in, but we’re putting the post up a bit early! If you’re excited, too, feel free to make your check-in early. You can check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW--whichever feels most comfortable to you.

Now is also a good time to touch base with your partner(s). Remember that sharing your work-in-progress with your partner(s) is mandatory, and that the minimum requirement is once per check-in. That means that, if you haven't already shared what you have so far, now is the time to do so. Partners, don’t forget to give feedback/encouragement on the work-in-progress when you see it!

Completed writing is due in 3 weeks, on July 19th. When you check in this weekend, let us know if you feel on track for that deadline so far. We'd also love to know what's going well in your group and any worries you may have about your group or your project. Comments on LJ/DW are screened, and Asks on tumblr will not be published.

It's very early in the game, so if you are anticipating difficulty, this would be a great time to start discussing problem-solving options. We're extremely committed to making sure all participants have as positive an experience as possible! And if everything’s going awesome, YAY, we can’t wait to hear all about it!
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[personal profile] paraka
This is the last official check-in before the project completion deadline on August 6th. Don't forget that completed projects submitted before August 3rd get special consideration when it comes to early posting dates.

(If you are someone who would find additional check-ins helpful, please let us know, and we'd be happy to schedule a follow-up check-in with you between now and the deadline!)

Remember to share what you've done so far with your partner, which means that if you have a partial podfic completed, now is the time to send that to your partner. Also, if you haven't given your writer feedback about their work, please take that opportunity to do it now. We've found that it's often very important to pod_together participants to have their work acknowledged and appreciated by their partners, and sometimes with the rush to meet deadlines, this important step in the process can get overlooked! So this is your official reminder to send some love and support to your partner :)

And of course, please let us know any ways we can support you. Options include:
-Putting out a call for a co-podficcer for part of the story
-Putting out a call for an editor to edit your podfic
-Additional check-ins/cheerleading/podfic betas

Also, if you are interested in working on a Party Favor when you finish your modded project, and are about ready for the Party Favor matchups post to go up, that would be a helpful thing to mention during check-in, so we can get a sense of the best time for that.

Okay, we look forward to hearing from you! We hope you are having fun!

Check-In #2

Jul. 5th, 2014 10:51 am
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[personal profile] paraka
Tomorrow is our second check-in, but posting early worked well last check-in, so we're doing it again! While you're welcome to wait until tomorrow, feel free to make your check-in early. You can check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW--whichever feels most comfortable to you.

The complete writing is due in just over a week, on July 13th. If you're not feeling confident in your ability to finish the writing within the next 7 days, please let us know and we can:

-Talk about extensions (link to FAQ).
-The possibility of getting a beta or cheerleader
-The possibility of getting a cowriter
-The possibility of (with your partner's approval) leaving some areas of the script for podficcer ad-lib
-The option of daily accountability check-ins, if that will help keep you motivated and not stressed!

Also, please remember to share what you've written so far with your partner. The minimum requirement is once per check-in!

Finally, if you're realizing that what you really need in order to take care of yourself is to drop out, that's fine. Yay self-care! Please let us know as soon as possible, though, so we can offer your partner a pinch hitter.

Comments are screened.
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Tomorrow is our first check-in, but we’re so excited we’re setting up the post a bit early! If you’re excited, too, feel free to make your check-in early. You can check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW--whichever feels most comfortable to you.

Now is also a good time to touch base with your partner(s). Remember that sharing your work-in-progress with your partner(s) is mandatory, and that the minimum requirement is once per check-in. That means that, if you haven't already shared what you have so far, now is the time to do so. Partners, don’t forget to give feedback/encouragement on the work-in-progress when you see it!

Completed writing is due in 3 weeks, on July 13th. When you check in this weekend, let us know if you feel on track for that deadline so far. We'd also love to know what's going well in your group and any worries you may have about your group or your project. Comments on LJ/DW are screened, and Asks on tumblr will not be published.

It's very early in the game, so if you are anticipating difficulty, this would be a great time to start discussing problem-solving options. We're extremely committed to making sure all participants have as positive an experience as possible! And if everything’s going awesome, YAY, we can’t wait to hear all about it!

Check-in #3

Aug. 4th, 2013 10:10 am
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This is the last official check-in before the August 15th project completion deadline.

(However, if you are someone who would find additional check-ins helpful, please let me know, and I'd be happy to schedule a follow-up check-in with you between now and the deadline!)

Remember to share what you've done so far with your partner, which means that if you have a partial podfic completed, now is the time to send that to your partner. Also, if you haven't given your writer feedback about their work, please take that opportunity to do it now. We've found that it's often very important to pod_together participants to have their work acknowledged and appreciated by their partners, and sometimes with the rush to meet deadlines, this important step in the process can get overlooked! So this is your official reminder to send some love and support to your partner :)

And of course, please let us know any ways we can support you. Options include:
-Putting out a call for a co-podficcer for part of the story
-Putting out a call for an editor to edit your podfic
-Additional check-ins/cheerleading/podfic betas

Also, if you are interested in working on a Party Favor when you finish your modded project, and are about ready for the Party Favor matchups post to go up, that would be a helpful thing to mention during check-in, so we can get a sense of the best time for that.

(ETA: Here is the info on Party Favors from the FAQ.)

Okay, we look forward to hearing from you! We hope you are having fun! Happy Sunday!
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With one week left until the deadline, it's time for second check-in! As before, feel free to check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW--whichever feels more comfortable to you.

If you're not feeling confident in your ability to finish the writing within the next 7 days, please let us know and we can talk about
-How to apply for an extension
-The possibility of getting a beta or cheerleader
-The possibility of getting a cowriter
-The possibility of (with your partner's approval) leaving some areas of the script for podficcer ad-lib
-The option of daily accountability check-ins, if that will help keep you motivated and not stressed!

Also, please remember to share what you've written so far with your partner. The minimum requirement is once per check-in!

Finally, if you're realizing that what you really need in order to take care of yourself is to drop out, that's fine. Yay self-care! Please let us know as soon as possible, though, so we can offer your partner a pinch hitter.

Comments are screened.

Check-in #1

Jul. 7th, 2013 06:00 pm
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It's been a little over a week since icebreakers ended, and we've reached the first check-in! Feel free to check in over email, tumblr, twitter, LJ, or DW--whichever feels more comfortable to you.

Now is also a good time to touch base with your partner(s). Remember that sharing your work in progress with your partner(s) is mandatory this year, and that the minimum requirement is once per check-in. That means that, if you haven't already shared what you have so far, now is the time to do so.

Completed writing is due in 3 weeks, on July 28th. When you check in, let us know if you feel on track for that deadline so far. We'd also love to know what's going well in your group and any worries you may have about your group or your project. Comments on LJ/DW are screened, and Asks on tumblr will not be published.

It's very early in the game, so if you are anticipating difficulty, this would be a great time to start discussing problem-solving options. We're extremely committed to making sure all participants have as positive an experience as possible!
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[personal profile] klb
Happy Monday!

The podfic due date is August 12th. With that in mind, how's everything going? Is there anything we can do for you? We're a very full-service mod team, so if there's anything you need, just ask. For example:

  • I'm home pretty much all day for the next couple of days, so if anybody wants me to arrange editing sprints to push through the final stages of the project, I can definitely make that happen.

  • If anybody is feeling jazzed on pod_togetherness and wants to throw together a Party Favor (which is basically a quick, low-pressure, unmodded collaboration that can be submitted any time before the final day of posting), I'd be happy to help people find partners, or to create a post where people can advertise in the comments what they are looking for and find their own partners.

  • If a group wants a cover artist for their podfic, I'll do what I can to help you advertise for one here and help spread the word on twitter.

This check in is mandatory, (unless you are one of the three amazing groups that have already turned in a finished podfic) and you know by now that I *will* chase you down if we haven't heard from you in a day or two, so please make it easy on me and just drop us a quick word here about your progress and your needs. Comments are screened for your privacy, but if all is going well in your check-in we'll go ahead and unscreen so that the world can appreciate your triumphs. (If you prefer your comment to remain screened no matter what, please mention that in the comment and it will.)

Okay, commence checking in!
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[personal profile] paraka
Hey Everyone!

The fic due date is Saturday, so how's everyone doing? Are people on track? For any group that has finished their fic, I'll be posting instructions on how to submit later today.

Please remember, these check ins are mandatory. And please use this opportunity to let us know if there's anything modly we can do to help you with your project. Squee over your successes is also encouraged. :)

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[personal profile] paraka
It's been just over a week since sign ups closed and assignments went out. Everyone's had a chance to talk to their partner(s), and now's the first chance to check your progress.

In particular we want to know:
How far into the project are you?

What's been going particularly well in your group/with your project so far?

What concerns do you have, if any, about your project so far?



We're still early our overall timeline, but if your group is experiencing any sort of snags or problems, now is the time to let us know. [personal profile] klb and I are both really committed to making sure everyone has a positive experience, so please don't hesitate to involve us if you have any concerns.

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Check in #2

Jul. 1st, 2011 06:34 pm
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Hello amazing authors and performers,

The deadline is 9 days away, and it's time for our second and final check-in. This check-in is mandatory and can be done via comment or email.

This time the comments aren't screened, so that you'll be able to read and celebrate each other's progress, and so you can make sure you and your partner are on the same page. If you have any questions or concerns that you'd like to address to the mods privately, feel free to email us. We're here to support you in any way we can, so please keep us in the loop about any potential issues that we may be able to help out with—the sooner you let us know, the more likely we'll be able to find you a solution.

While we didn't originally set deadlines for when fic needs to be done, authors should be finished with their stories by Sunday at the latest, to give podficcers sufficient time, unless they and their partner have spoken about it and agreed on a different deadline. If there are any authors who have not yet begun writing, we recommend keeping your story as close as possible to the 1000-word minimum. There are all sorts of creative and fun things you can do in 1000 words (and if you're stuck on ideas, feel free to email and I'll be happy to help you brainstorm), so don't panic. But do make sure you communicate with your partner and with us over the next few days, so that everybody is supported and knows what's going on.

Happy pod_togetherness and good luck. I can't wait to see what you all come up with.
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[personal profile] paraka
Sorry this is late! I completely forgot to post this yesterday.

Anyway, we're at about the half way point in and there's just over 3 weeks until your stories/podfics are due on July 10th.

At this point all groups should have discussed what kind of internal deadlines they're working with and should be on track with those.

Let us know how things are going, feel free to brag about any successes or ask for help if you're having problems (comments are screened).

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