bulbawriters), for our own publicity and that of the Workshop stories. Not that we don't need Bulbanews for anything, but it's another level altogether and not to be used every time we feel like it.
I'd like to throw in support for this idea. I've been meaning to follow a few fics on these forums in support of the community, but it's kind of difficult deciding which one to jump into. A weekly/monthly fic recommendation would be a spectacular way to fix this issue (and I support the biweekly model - it allows more fics to go through the recommendation process while leaving them enough time in the limelight). I'd bet I'm not the only one with this issue, too - and it'd help new writers get some support when they need it. I would definitely participate if this was instituted.
As for moderators' fics being excluded... how about they're allowed for recommendation, but only once every two or three months? That way, those who haven't read them could still be exposed to the mods' work, but we'd still have the focus on lesser-known writers.
Personally, I love the idea. Its a great way to motivate newer writers to keep writing. There is nothing that could make me happy as a writer than to find people genuinely immersed in my fic and talking about it, y'know?
It also means that lesser known fic can get some spotlight for a little while. When you find your fic buried under its peers, a little honorable mention can be a relief not to mention it can attract other readers to the fic.
Though I really think a month is too long. You would eventually get bored of talking about it and month is a long time. I think a week is much better.
I think that it's good to mix in any quality fic regardless of whether it's a mod fic, a popular fic, a lesser known fic, an archived fic, etc, as long as it's quality and interesting to discuss.
To me, the point of this activity is not necessarily only to offer lesser-known fics instant publicity, but to help foster a more concrete feeling of unity and community here in the Writers Workshop. Remember, everyone here loves writing. we are Bulbagarden's team of authors. I think the focus should be on doing something as a community and bouncing ideas off one another in a team-oriented setting.
Obviously, we dont want to solely focus on the "popular fics" who get readers and comments on their own, but we also don't want to punish those people either for their successes. I would say the same thing goes for mod fics. If we do the activity bi-weekly (I still vote for monthly), we are going to be doing 2 fics per month approx. Over the coarse of a few months thats a lot of fics. IMO, we will have time to give almost all the good quality fics attention whether they are written by a mod, a very popular author, a lesser known author, or a complete noob.
Perhaps to stimulate reviews across the board, we could say that the author who shows him or herself to being a great reviewer throughout the WW will win the right to have his or her fic as the featured fic for fic club that following time?
Legacy mentions something that deserves consideration. What about archived fics? Will they be eligible?
With ongoing fics, you can take more liberty in speculating, and there is anticipation, and reading at the same time when a chapter is posted. But in archived fics, while it could be the same degree of speculation, it is still a little constricted when it comes to the overall story, since the members could finish the story before the end of it's time in the Club.
Here is how I envision it going:
1. Basically we come to an agreement somehow on which fic we will be reading collectively as a group. (The more chapters that author has done the better IMO. And completed fics are even better)
2. We assign a certain number of chapters to read and a date to have them read by. On that date we begin discussions, led by a mod/MC who leads the discussion with discussion questions.
3. The discussions will take place directly in the author's story thread, which could possibly be stickied during their time in the spotlight and removed afterward.
4. When the discussion dies down or after a certain amount of time has passed, more chapters are assigned and the discussion steps are repeated until the end.
Again though, I think people are getting too caught up in "who is eligible and who isn't?" and "how do we decide which fic to pick?". This isn't the awards. The important thing is not who, but participation as a whole. Ultimately most people will get a chance if this goes well and sticks as a popular activity.
For those who are familiar with book clubs, think of how cool it would be to actually have the actual author there to join in on the discussion and be available for questions, etc. Well, we'd have that opportunity here.
^As an author, I think that would be a blast to do. I'm kind of an author's notes whore (anyone who reads Unpredictable knows what I'm talking about) and I love talking about my stories.
As far as publicity goes, I think posting each week's/month's story to the tweetboard thing should be sufficient (or whatever that tab on the left is called).
Maybe instead of having it in a thread, we could make a club/group in the forums that people interestd can freely join. That way, people could have the option to keep discussing older fics fi they still have thoughts and opinions and allow other fics to still be read. Im not suggesting we have fifteen threads going at once: we still do it monthly/bi weekly, with a new one being added after however long, but we don't say "Ok, stop reading this fic now and read this one instead!" and allow people to discuss for however long they want