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Follow-up questions re a group reading!

Poll showed preference for chronological by publishing date:
Jhereg
Yendi
Teckla
Taltos
Phoenix
Athyra
Orca
Dragon
Issola
Dzur
Jhegaala
Iorich
Tiassa (due March 29, 2011)

Preference for time per book seemed pretty evenly split in 2-4 week range; I would suggest splitting down the middle at 3 weeks per book except for: when Tiassa's due out. Does anyone who wanted longer think it would be worthwhile to trim it down to 2 weeks a book (+/- a week here and there for Major Holidays(/School Finals), whatever ones we find most relevant distractions in our lives) to be ready jump on Tiassa when it comes out?

appended question: What times of year should we allow more time for our group reading on account of great business? I am personally tempted to throw out most of December due to finals/Hanukah/Yuletide/Christmas; they all overlap and most of December looks pretty overwhelming.

vaguely related question: What do you think the spoiler policy should be for this community? Most recent book goes behind spoiler cut? Everything goes behind spoiler cut out of deference to those of our members who haven't read everything? Everything from a certain year on? I mean, I still refer to The Orca Spoiler and it's been--holy crap--14 years.

separate question: Those of you who want to do a reread of the Paarfi books together, do you want to run that concurrent to the Vlad reread, or after?
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So I had this idea that we could reread (or read, for those new to some!) the Vlad books together, to get talking about them. Would anyone be interested in a scheduled group reread?

Poll #4366 Reread the Dragaera books
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10


Are you interested in a group reread of the Vlad books?

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Yes!!!!
9 (90.0%)

No...
1 (10.0%)

On what kind of time scale? How many weeks between books?

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Mean: 2.89 Median: 3 Std. Dev 0.74
10 (0.0%)
23 (33.3%)
34 (44.4%)
42 (22.2%)
50 (0.0%)
60 (0.0%)

What order should we use?

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Order written: Jhereg, Yendi, Teckla, Taltos...
4 (40.0%)

Chronological order: Taltos, um, Dragon, Yendi, Jhereg...
5 (50.0%)

Pull book titles out of a hat!
1 (10.0%)

Would you also be interested in a Paarfi reread?

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Yes, in order written, so after Phoenix we'd hit The Phoenix Guards
0 (0.0%)

Yes, in chronological order, so we'd do all the Paarfi before the Vlad
2 (20.0%)

Yes, separately from the Vlad reread
7 (70.0%)

No.
1 (10.0%)



Thoughts? Concerns? Answers too complex to fit in a radio button? Your comments, please!

Unrelatedly, in the course of double-checking the book sequences I stumbled on the Adrilankha Gift Shop. I may have purchased a Shut Up, Loiosh tee, a Valabar's menu magnet, and a Klava recipe magnet (I've always meant to try that out, I bought a French press expressly for the purpose). I was tempted by the cycle tee and Paarfi's version of "My parents went to Dragaera and all they got me was this stupid t-shirt," but alas frugality won out. Shut Up, Loiosh is a much more important message to have on my boobs.
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This community is a recreation of the former [livejournal.com profile] valabars community, where many years ago we held a ficathon. The archive for that ficathon has been down for some time (some might say years!) so the current order of business is to get that fiction archived at Archive of Our Own, where it will be maintained without me having to pay much attention to it, since I am bad at paying attention and we would like it maintained despite my personal failings.

If you do not already have a login for AO3, this is where you request one. If I recall correctly it usually takes a day or so.

I have created a collection called Valabars and a subcollection called Valabars_2005, and when you post your story there is a box of options titled Associations, under which one line is "Post to Collections/Challenges" where you can type in "Valabars_2005". You can also type in the name of the person the story was for under "Recipient." I have tested this process, and you can see my results here: Valabar's 2005. If you have already posted your story at AO3 (I know there's at least one up there) you can edit the story and add this data to the relevant fields.

If you no longer have a copy of your story: fear not, I DO! Unfortunately I cannot post it for you; only the author can post at AO3. Please leave me a comment with your email or email me directly at juliette dot torres at gmail dot com to request anything you need.

I have HIGH HIGH HOPES that the automation of challenge and archival processes at Archive of Our Own mean I might get off my ass and run another challenge. And perhaps even run the damn thing annually. Who knows. We'll see. Let's shoot for me getting some info up on this community profile first, hey?

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