This weekend, Enoliel and I have been busy moderating art claims for the spndystopiabang.
The 2018-2019 round of Dystopia marks its third year as a bang and this is mine and Enoliel's second year moderating the bang together.
But art claims has got to be one of the most nerve wrecking parts of the entire process.
Saturday afternoon my time, I was sat in my Mother-In-Law-To-Be's craft room, waiting to make the claims form live. But once you flip that switch that is only part of the drama as you wait for claims to come in, and you quickly work to match claims to stories, marking off stories as claimed and then sending out emails to authors and artists letting them know they're matched.
Enoliel and I took it in turns watching over things as our different time zones and weekend commitments permitted.
How did the SO's family take to me heading off to sort this out? Well, SO already knew I had this coming up, so when we arrived at his parents' place, we pointed out that I needed to be on my laptop and online by about 3:30 pm (claims we're at 4pm BST, so 11am EDT). They took the whole thing in their stride.
It took until Sunday evening (I was back home by this point) and we finally had everyone claimed--all 9 stories. This was pretty good going for this bang and while I don't mind opening things up to public claims, it's good when we have enough pre-registered artists make claims.
(Like last year, I have claimed a story and I am l looking forward to breaking out my art supplies.)
This process isn't easy, because you really want everyone to get claimed. You've got a bunch of brilliant stories where the authors have put some serious effort into them and you want them to get matched with people who want to make art for them. So you open claims up and you hope everyone gets matched as you manually watched, then organize and contact participants.
But how is doing claims not getting easier? Probably the biggest one is that the balance between artists and writers more often than not tips towards writers. It makes it difficult to recruit. You also need enough of your registered artists to claim for stories. We got there though and that's what matters.
Also, seeing the summaries for this year and having the fics checked over, showed Enoliel and I that SPN Dystopia Bang really is an 18+ bang. We had a lot of questions during author sign ups about why we'd set a minimum age for participants and while we might not have loads of dark fic in the bang (there's definitely some) the rest of the subject matter is more 18+ than Hunger Games ever was.
I have all this to look forward to again in the coming months for the tfwbigbang :D