September 27th, 2015

santa chuck, christmas

Dear Secret Mutant letters!

As secret_mutant is taking place on AO3, there's a slightly more limited space to write about prompts and likes and dislikes than there is otherwise. Taking a cue from other anonymous exchanges hosted on AO3, we thought we'd offer you the opportunity to get a little more in-depth about your requests, if you so choose, and write a letter to your gifter.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, your Dear Secret Mutant letter will be a post hosted at your blogging platform of choice (LJ, DW, tumblr, whatever other hip thing the kids are using these days) that generally lays out what you like to see in stories, what you don't like, some additional ideas you have, etc. Some writers/artists find an exact prompt easier to create for than a more general one, while others feel the opposite way, so it's just another way of making it clear what you like and giving your gifter some options. They're also helpful if you know you're going to be busy or out of town during when gifts are posted, so your gifter knows not to expect a thank you comment until you return.

The best way to get an idea of what to include in your letter is to browse others. Here is a link to the 'Dear Secret Mutant' post for last year's exchange. Feel free to browse some of those to get a feel for how letters are composed.

"Dear Secret Mutant" letters are totally optional. If you feel like your sign-up stands on its own, don't feel obligated to write one!

If you do decide to write a letter, please leave it in the comments on this post in the following format:

AO3 name:
Link to letter:

NOTE: Sometimes LJ marks legit comments on a high-traffic post such as this one as "suspicious." I'm going through a few times a day and approving all the suspicious comments, so if your comment doesn't come through immediately, never fear--I will get to it the next time I check!

(If it's been a couple days and it's still not showing up, shoot me a comment/email/ask on tumblr and I'll see what's up.)

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!
santa chuck, christmas

Secret Mutant 2015 Sign-ups are open!!

Sign-ups for Secret Mutant are open!

What's Secret Mutant? It's an XMFC Trilogy (ie: XMFC and DoFP) exchange for artists and writers. Participants can sign-up from now until October 12. October 18th, all participants will get their assignment--a username and four prompts which they will use to create a gift. Gifts will be uploaded to AO3 and the archive will anonymously open on November 30th, with participants revealed on December 7.


Please read the FAQ and rules before sign-up, but highlights:
Anyone can participate including new people and anyone who dropped out in past years.
Open to all pairings and gen prompts, but each sign-up will require at least one gen prompt.
Gifts due November 22, so there's lots of time to finish up before the deadline.
Writers and artists are both welcome!

If that all sounds good and you've read the FAQ and the Rules, then go ahead and click here to sign up!

Click here for a sign-up tutorial if you've never signed up for an AO3 challenge before!
Click here for advertising banners!
Click here to sign-up to pinch-hit!
Click here to link to your Dear Secret Mutant letter!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!