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12 May 2006 @ 10:21 am
May Newsletter  
Hello everyone! I hope finals have been treating all the college students well and not driving you too nuts. Jasson and I have finished ours and are starting our next round of classes shortly.

We have a bit more to offer you since the last issue and some news and updates as well. ^_^




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Lunaescence.com Forums
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http://community.lunaescence.com

Our new forums are now open! Talk with friends, gossip, discuss the ins and outs of fan fiction, spam -- it's all good.



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Challenge: The 1000 Word Battle
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The 1000 Word Battle is a game where two or more people challenge each other to write a 1000 word story. It's up to you to decide on the terms for the challenge, how many votes it takes for the win, specifics about the story like the theme and setting, whether it's fan fiction or an original, etc.

There's no limits aside from your imagination and the 1000 word maximum.

Current Challenge: Crimson Vs Hil: The Wonderland Challenge
Terms: Hil challenged Crimson to write a 1000 word story inserting their favorite anime into a scene from Alice in Wonderland.

Hil inserted Sasuke from Naruto into Chapter 6, where Alice should be speaking with the Chesire Cat.
Crimson inserted Jin, Mugen, and Fu from Samurai Champloo into the famous Tea Party scene in place of Alice, The Mad Hatter, and March Hare.

Now to decide who wins the bragging rights! Read and cast your vote: http://community.lunaescence.com/viewtopic.php?t=80


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Challenge: A Yu-Gi-Oh GX Challenge!!!! by Hikari_no_Kage
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I'm trying to expand the YGO GX fandom so i'm challenging all you writers to make a CYOA/IY fic (either an One-Shot or Continuation) with the pairing of your choice, so Reader/(Character). Basically, for the reward, i'll write a one-shot, with the pairing of the author's choice. (though my one-shots may not be that good...^__^;;;) The reward one-shot can be from a fandom other than GX (but it has to be one i'm familiar with, if you want to know what fandom's i'll write for, you can e-mail me) So get writing! XP Oh yeah! Please include 'For Hikari_no_Kage's Challenge' in the summary or something indicating that your story is for this challenge...otherwise i can't contact you and give you ur reward story! ^__^



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The Front Desk
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Featured Anime/Manga.

Azumanga Diaoh
It's almost the end of the school year, and whether you are becoming a freshmen or a junior or are leaving high school for college, why not laugh a little at another class with some of the best and most colorful characters in anime?


Shin Shirayuki
Shin Shirayuki (also known as PreTear) puts a new and innovative spin on the old story of "Snow White" and the common Magical Girl genre. Two words: Wearable Bishonen! Hinato is your average high school student whose father remarries. If dealing with step-sisters and her new step-mom wasn't enough, she discovers she's the legendary PreTear and it's her destiny to save the world! But first, she has to learn how to control her powers and the powers of the Leafe Knights!


This month's poll.
What technical errors bug you the most?
- Poor Grammar
- Bad Spelling
- Weak Plot
- Poor characterization
- Lack of Research
- Overused words and cliches
- Other
- All of the above

You can discuss the poll here: http://community.lunaescence.com/viewtopic.php?t=104


This Month's Features.


Featured Story:
'Beyond the Mirror' by Amara Anon.
Kanna. She is Naraku's one perfect incarnation. But the very thing that sets her apart keeps her from being whole.



Author Spotlight:
Tikatu. A mother of three juggling the demands of family and life, Tikatu is an accomplished fan fiction author. She primarily writes fanfiction for Thunderbirds, though she has other excellent works too. Her stories are definately worth a read!



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Recent Upgrades and Additions
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New categories and their characters: (in no particular order, since I'm lazy)
- FF7: Advent Children
- Star Ocean
- Kingdom Hearts (new characters only)

Remember, if we don't have a category or character you need please ask us! This month we were a little slow due to finals, but usually we'll try our best to have it up within 24 - 48 hours.


Recent Bug Fixes
Our e-mail functions have been fixed, thanks to a recent bug that garbled anything sent out. That bug fix broke the review function, so very few people were receiving their new review notifications. It took us a bit, but we finally were able to fix that last night. Please let us know if you run into anything else.



Passwords
For some unknown reason, everyone's passwords have been reset. It doesn't look like we were hacked, since this affected ALL passwords across our entire network (including our blogs and Jasson's Dictionary). As of right now, it looks like this was our host's doing, possibly to force a password change. To retrive your password, please use the 'Forgot Password' link at the top of the page.



The Trophy Case
Jasson is about 50% done with this. Stories that won our 2005 Halloweeen Challenge and the 2005 Winter Challenge are now marked with trophies and you can search for the them using the Advanced Search function or sort by them in the categories. Also, while you can't see it yet, authors who have won at least once are also marked, as are our authors of the month starting from January's newsletter. The rest of it is probably going to wait for the next version of eFiction, since there's going to be a massive change to the author area.



Excluding Stories
Earlier this month, Jasson added a new function so you can now EXCLUDE genres and story types when you're viewing the story listing. He's still working on doing the same thing for the rest of the menu in his free time. I'm going to warn you, it's still a little buggy. Sometimes you'll still end up with a genre or type you may not want.



Review Control
This mod is only in the planning stages, but Jasson needs your help. We know that some of you don't care much for anonymous reviews and ratings. To address this, Jasson is planning a modification that will give you more control over your reviews. Right now, authors are free to delete anonymous reviews, but any ratings remain.

Since neither of us have time write for fun anymore, we don't know what the common complaints are. Right now, the mod will simply give you the control to disallow Anonymous reviews, ratings, or both. If you'd like to toss in your 2 cents, you can discuss it either on the message board ( http://community.lunaescence.com/viewtopic.php?t=144 ) or on our LiveJournal ( http://community.livejournal.com/lunaescence/8179.html ).



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2006 Convention and Cosplay Schedule
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This year, we're going to have a couple members in attendance at Anime Boston and Otakon 2006. ^_^

Kitkaze is going to be attending Anime Boston as Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto. Also later this summer, she and Trelithe will be attending Otakon where they'll be cosplaying as Lady Kayura and Anubis from Ronin Warriors. Kitkaze is also planning on competing as San from Princess Mononoke.


Anime Boston 2006 is being held this month, May 26-28, 2006 in Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA.
http://www.animeboston.com/

Otakon 2006 is going to be held August 4 - August 6, 2006 in the Baltimore Convention Center of Baltimore, MD.
http://www.otakon.com

Going to be attending a con this year? Planning on cosplaying? Or are you looking to meet up with fellow authors at your favorite con? Let us know and we'll post it in the next newsletter.



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The Dictionary of Anime Fandom
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This is the first time we've included updates for Jasson's Dictionary site in our newsletter. This page is a comprehensive dictionary of common (and not-so-common) words you'll run into while you participate in anime fandom. He's always looking for new submissions or corrections, so feel free to toss him an e-mail!

New Words last month:
- dick-girl
- Kyudo
- yumi
- Ohisashiburi desu

Updated words last month:
- honto ni

Recent Japanese Holidays:
- Golden Week (April 29th - May 5th)

Upcoming Japanese Holidays:
- Obon (July 13th)
- Umi no hi or "Ocean Day" (July 18th)


Thanks!

- Sally
Lunaescence Archives
http://www.lunaescence.com

Updates LiveJournal
http://www.livejournal.com/~lunaescence/
 
 
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Amara: Towaamara_anon on May 13th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks for picking "Beyond the Mirror" as your featured story. That's neat. ^^

Are featured stories chosen randomly?