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01 May 2011 @ 09:17 am
ADMIN POST: may amnesty challenges  
Now that April is over, we are in May. So I present to you the May Amnesty Challenges:

Resolutions Challenge
t's the New Year, and with every New Year comes New Year's resolutions. Thus, I give you the Resolutions Challenge. It can be as simple as a New Year's resolution: Tony resolves to work out more. McGee resolves to write a sequel to his book. Abby resolves to drink less caffeine (contributed by skripka). Resolution to solve a case, to finish the job...to tell someone how you feel (or not). Go forth and resolve to write!

Original Characters Challenge
There's a whole world of people who interact with our regular cast of characters, and never appear on the show. Your story must significantly feature at least one of these people.

It could be a romantic relationship (past, present, or future). A teacher. A relative. A neighbor. It could be someone they interact with while working on a case. It could be someone observing one or more of our characters from the outside, not knowing what they do for a living. Gibbs' tax preparer, dealing with three alimonies. The guy who details Tony's car, or the dry cleaner who wonders why Kate's clothes have so many bloodstains. Abby's tattoo artist. The first person Ziva killed; the first corpse Ducky ever autopsied. Tell us about them.

Secrets and Lies Challenge
What is that one thing the characters don't want anyone else to know about them? It doesn't have to be something horrible; it could be something embarrassing or just something intensely private. Will they lie to protect their secret? Or maybe the lie becomes the secret. It could be a canonical secret--Gibbs's first wife and daughter were a secret for years, or the secret of who really killed Ari, or Tony's secret investigations for the Director--or you could make up a secret of your own for them.

Epistolary Challenge
We'll start with a definition: 1. contained in or carried on by letters: an epistolary friendship; 2. of, pertaining to, or consisting of letters.
So your challenge is to have a fic based around letters. Email is also acceptable. Have someone receive a letter. Have someone write a letter. Five Letters Tony Never Wrote. Abby's first love letter. Have a fic written as correspondence between two (or more) characters. Abby and McGee's email back and forth during a boring work day; Ziva's emails back to a friend at Mossad.

Self-Insertion ChallengeWrite yourself into an NCIS story. That's it. Your real self, in your real job or in your real home town or while you're on vacation, whatever you see fit. You can have a bit part, a walk-on role, or you can be a major character in the story. Maybe you're Gibbs' neighbor, wondering why you hear hammering coming from his house in the middle of the night. Maybe your kid brother went to high school with Abby. Maybe McGee used to date your third cousin Zelda (twice removed). Maybe your teenage kid walks Ducky's mother's dogs. You can be a crime victim, a perpetrator, a witness. A case could bring the team into contact with you through your job. It's up to you. But if you Mary Sue yourself as the romantic interest of one of the NCIS folks? We reserve the right to point and laugh. I'm just sayin'. ;-)

Amnesty is being granted for these challenges for the month of May. Click the challenge name to visit the original prompt entires.




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magdarkomagdarko on April 16th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
Hi! I'm not sure that this is the appropriate place to be asking this question...

Is there any chance of this comm being revived any time soon? I have very fond memories of it--I wrote my first ever fic for the 'self-insertion' challenge in 2007 and I've really enjoyed the diversity and creativity of the challenges and their responses. I'd love to see this comm active again, and I'm more than willing to put in any time/effort that may be required.

Thanks!