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Hello doers of darkness, how is the wait for Kaleidoscope go live going? Are you busily trying to DO ALL TREATS or to finish a pinch hit? Feel free to flail or panic in the comments, anonymously or otherwise!

For those who are contemplating treats, please consider checking out Kaleidoscope Prompts & Treats where treaters and pinch hitters are leaving prompts, and treaters and pinch-hitters who have not officially sign-up for Kaleidoscope, please consider leaving prompts at the post!

We also have two more beta requests so below is a list of beta requests we've received. ) If you are interested in beta-ing for any of these requests, please email us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com or PM us at [personal profile] dark_administrator/[profile] darkadmn with your contact information!

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Hi doers of darkness, apologies for posting this tutorial too late when the assignment deadline has passed, but hopefully, this may be useful for those who are creating Kaleidoscope Treats 2012 or still figuring out hosting and streaming options.

Uploading File Using Kaleidoscope Upload Form )

Posting Fanworks to Kaleidoscope & Kaleidoscope Treats 2012 )

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just put their entire back catalog of out-of-print books up for free as PDFs.  Now, a lot of this will not be of immediate use to this community (lots of their stuff focuses on American or European stuff by dead white men), but if you need some research into a particular culture at a particular time, they do have some books that might be of interest.  For example, India: Art and Culture, 1300–1900. Or how about Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art.There are lots more, you just have to flip through the catalog.  Good quality reference books with lots of pictures.
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Thank you, doers of darkness, for your enthusiasm and participation! The deadline for assignment submissions has passed and we have so far 40 fanwork submissions (plus 2 Kaleidoscope Treats). Thanks to your help, almost all pinch hits have been claimed. We have a potential pinch hitter for Pinch Hit #5, but could use another volunteer so if you're interested, please contact us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com or PM us at [personal profile] dark_administrator/[livejournal.com profile] darkadmn with your AO3 username (or if you don't have an account, send us your email address & we'll send you an AO3 invite for the pinch-hit claim):

  • Pinch Hit #5 [Arctic Expeditions RPF, The Legend of Tarik - Walter Dean Myers, Night Wanderer - Drew Hayden Taylor, Noah's Arc and Truth: Red White and Black]

If you need access for any of these sources to refresh your knowledge of the canon, we can provide links (except for Noah's Arc) as well.

Pending pinch hit submissions, Kaleidoscope will go live on October 26, 2012, 9:00 PM PDT. Speaking of, if you are -- or have -- pinch hitting for us or creating a fanwork for Kaleidoscope Treats and did not official sign-up for Kaleidoscope, please consider leaving a prompt Kaleidoscope Prompts & Treats. Hopefully, a generous doer of darkness will fulfill the prompt! We also encourage submissions for Kaleidoscope 2012 Treats from Dear Doers of Darkness letters, Kaleidoscope Fanwork Exchange 2012 Prompts or the spreadsheet of prompts!

In addition, a few of Kaleidoscope participants are looking for a beta(s): Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Tang Dynasty ) So if you are interested in beta-ing for any of these requests, please email us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com or PM us at [personal profile] dark_administrator/[livejournal.com profile] darkadmn with your contact information!

How are you feeling, doers of darkness? Are you busy working on pinch-hits or last minute edits on your submission or overwhelmed by your desire to DO ALL THE KALEIDOSCOPE TREATS? Feel free to flail and/or panic (anonymously if necessary) in the comments!

And thank you again, doers of darkness! We are grateful and excited for Kaleidoscope to go live! Happy belated Días Patrios (Guatemala)!

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Doers of darkness, the deadline for Kaleidoscope assignments is October 20, 9:00 PM PDT! If you find yourself unable to finish your assignment by the deadline, you may default for any reasons by selecting the Default button under your Kaleidoscope assignment page.

In addition, we're still looking for a volunteer for Pinch Hit #4 and just posted Pinch Hit #5 at Kaleidoscope Pinch-Hits for Arctic Expeditions RPF, The Legend of Tarik - Walter Dean Myers, Night Wanderer - Drew Hayden Taylor, Noah's Arc and Truth: Red White and Black. If you're interested in pinch-hitting for one -- or both -- of these requests, please send us an email at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com or PM us at [personal profile] dark_administrator/[livejournal.com profile] darkadmn with your AO3 username (or if you don't have an account, send us your email address & we'll send you an AO3 invite for the pinch-hit claim). We hope to find pinch-hitters and receive submissions for these requests by October 26 in order for the challenge to go live so we would appreciate your help in signal-boosting!

Furthermore, as the deadline approaches, we expect to receive more notifications of assignment defaulting so if you are interested in helping us with pinch-hits, please make sure you're on our Pinch-Hits mailing list! Also, please remember that if you are a pinch-hitter -- or a Treater -- who has not officially signed up for the challenge, you can leave requests at the Kaleidoscope Prompts & Treats post. Many thanks to everyone who's volunteered and signal-boosted!

Lastly, a participant is still looking for a beta for their Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children story so if you're interested in volunteering, please respond to their comment for beta request. We found a volunteer for the beta request for Tang Dynasty history and period culture, but if you're interested in beta-ing for Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, we're sure the anonymous requester would appreciate more help! Please email us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com or PM us at [personal profile] dark_administrator/[livejournal.com profile] darkadmn with your contact information!

How are you all doing? Feel free to flail and/or panic about your assignment and/or treat anonymously or otherwise in the comments! Good luck, doers of darkness!

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Hi doers of darkness, we're still looking for a volunteer for pinch hit #4 and would deeply appreciate your help in signal-boosting! Below are the details of the pinch hit and if you are interested in claiming the pinch hit, please email darkadmn AT gmail DOT com with your AO3 username (or if you don't have an account, send us your email address & we'll send you an AO3 invite for the pinch-hit claim). ETA: Pinch Hit #4 claimed!

A Certain Scientific Railgun, Operation Love (TV 2007), Sun Sword, Ultra Maniac, Vampire Prosecutor )

We also have a beta request for Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame and/or Tang Dynasty history and period culture. The work is a slightly f/f story and will be ready for beta in the next day or so. For the fandom beta request, the writer is looking for a beta on characterization; and for the cultural beta request, the writer is looking for a beta on historical and cultural errors not already present in canon. If you are interested in beta-ing for the fandom and/or the period culture, please email darkadmn AT gmail DOT com with your contact information.

And we have another beta request for a Midnight's Children story at Kaleidoscope 2012 Beta Resources.
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Doers of darkness, today marks the final default deadline! You may default for any reason and at any point during the challenge by selecting the Default button under your Kaleidoscope assignment page.

Once again, if you are interested in pinch-hitting for Kaleidoscope, please make sure you've signed up for our mailing list! We've just posted our third and fourth pinch hit requests. Fandoms include Applegeeks, Baempaieo Geomsa | 뱀파이어 검사 | Vampire Prosecutor, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Lunar Year's End - Jaymee Goh, Puropōzu Daisakusen | プロポーズ大作戦 | Operation Love (TV 2007), Sun Sword - Michelle West, Toaru Kagaku no Rērugan | とある科学の超電磁砲 | A Certain Scientific Railgun, Tonari no Totoro | となりのトトロ | My Neighbor Totoro and Urutora Maniakku | ウルトラマニアック | Ultra Maniac. If you're interested in claiming these pinch hits, please contact us at darkadmn [at] gmail [dot] com -- or we would appreciate a signal-boost!

For those of you interested in creating Kaleidoscope Treats, a convenient spreadsheet of Kaleidoscope prompts can be found Prompts for Kaleidoscope 2012, and you can also look them up at AO3 or refer to our list of Dear Doers of Darkness letters for more details. The Kaleidoscope Prompts & Treats post is also open for prompts from any treaters and pinch-hitters who did not officially sign up for the challenge.

Finally, the deadline for Kaleidoscope assignments is a little more than a week away! How are you all doing? Feel free to share any questions, concerns, or comments about your assignments in the comments! *cheers everyone on*

Happy International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People, Día de la Resistencia Indígena, Día de la Descolonización and observance of Día de la Raza!

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Doers of darkness, today marks the default deadline for those creating artwork, FSTs, graphics, podfic, or vids! For those of you who are writing fic, the deadline to default is next Saturday Friday, October 12 (PDT). You may default for any reasons and at any points during the challenge by selecting the Default button under your Kaleidoscope assignment page.

If you're interested in pinch-hitting for Kaleidoscope, please make sure you've signed up for our mailing list!

Today also marks the start of our official Kaleidoscope Treats Period! Our prompts list is now open for browsing and a spreadsheet of the prompts is also available. If you are inspired by any of the prompts from this list or Dear Doers of Darkness letters, you are welcome to submit fanworks to our Kaleidoscope Treats AO3 collection through October 26th or later! If you need an Archive of Our Own account invite for Kaleidoscope Treats, please leave your email at Archive Of Our Own Invite List For Kaleidoscope, and if you need file hosting, please contact us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com.

Finally, we are opening the comments to this post for any prompts from pinch-hitters or treaters who have not officially signed up for the challenge! Prompts may be from any of our nominated fandoms. Please include your AO3 username and requested fanwork type(s) when prompting.

Thank you all for your participation so far! We've reblogged our Kaleidoscope 2012 post for promoting!

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Hello doers of darkness! Kaleidoscope default deadlines are fast approaching: the deadline for those creating artwork, FSTs, graphics, podfic, or vids is October 5 (PDT), while the deadline for those creating fic is October 12 (PDT). You may default for any reasons and at any points during the challenge by selecting the Default button under your Kaleidoscope assignment page.

Once again, for those of you interested in pinch-hitting, our mailing list can be found at Kaleidoscope Pinch-Hits. In addition, here is a repost of resource links. )

How are you doing on your assignments? Questions, concerns, flailing? ;) Feel free to comment anonymously!

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Hello, doers of darkness, we are more than one week into the assignments period and with three submissions so far! For those of us who are still working on our assignment, how are you feeling about it? Are any of you considering the fandoms that you didn't get matched on? Do you need help finding canon materials? For those of us who are finished, congratulations! Are you contemplating Kaleidoscope Treats? Feel free to flail and comment anonymously in the comments!

To note, if you're interested in participating in Kaleidoscope, but did not sign-up, we welcome submissions for Kaleidoscope Treats from now until October 26 or later! )

If you signed up for Kaleidoscope as a participant, you should have received an email with information about file hosting options. )

If you are planning on creating a mix for your Kaleidoscope assignment or as a Kaleidoscope Treat, please note that we have received information from the AO3 Support team that currently AO3 does not allow mixes consisting of download links or embedded streaming, unless they fall into one of the following exceptions. )

In addition, here is a list of useful resources for Kaleidoscope participants, pinch-hitters, and anyone considering Kaleidoscope Treats. )

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Hello, doers of darkness, as we're working on our assignments, we encourage participants to include a statement in their fanwork's notes section indicating whether they give blanket or partial permission for others to remix, translate, produce secondary fanworks and/or record podfic for their Kaleidoscope submission(s) or for their entire body of fanworks.

In addition, we would also like to compile a list of permission policy statements from participants regarding works based on the fanwork(s) they produced for Kaleidoscope and Kaleidoscope Treats as a resource for fans who may want to create such secondary fanworks.

To that end, if you would like to provide blanket or partial permission for secondary fanworks that are inspired by or based on the fanwork(s) you produce for Kaleidoscope and Kaleidoscope Treats, past, present and/or future, please comment with the following information (or link to your permission statement if you have any):
AO3 username:
Contact information: e-mail address, Dreamwidth/LiveJournal/etc. account, IM account and/or other kind of communication tools.
Relevant information: please indicate your permission policy toward secondary fanworks such as whether you provide partial or blank permission for podfic, trailers or cover art, prequels or sequels, translations, remixes, fanmixes and/or other secondary fanworks; whether you provide permission for only Kaleidoscope fanworks produced for 2012, entire Kaleidoscope fanworks or entire body of works; whether you would like fans to contact you before they produce the secondary fanworks or to link you to their secondary fanworks once published; and/or any other information that you think may be relevant.
List of Permission Policy Statements for Secondary Fanworks )

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Hi, doers of darkness, we're still in need of a pinch-hit for pinch hit #2. If you are interested in claiming the pinch hit, please email darkadmn AT gmail DOT com with your AO3 username (or if you don't have an account, send us your email address & we'll send you an invite for the pinch-hit claim), or if you're unfamiliar with the fandoms, we appreciate a signal-boost!

Pinch Hit #2: Cutie Honey: The Live, Power Rangers Turbo, Suite PreCure, Suikoden III, Wild ARMs 3 ) ETA: Pinch-hit claimed!

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Hello, doers of darkness -- with assignments sent out, many of us are thinking about whom we can contact to beta our fanwork submission (in addition to general feels about our assignment).

If you can offer beta services for any of the nominated fandoms or cultures, ethnicities, languages, religions or other identities with which these sources deal, please leave a comment with the following information:
AO3 username: if any.
Contact information: e-mail address, Dreamwidth/LiveJournal/etc. account, IM account and/or other kind of communication tools.
Type of fanworks you can beta: artworks, graphics, mixes, podfics, stories and/or vids.
Relevant information: fandoms, cultures, ethnicities, languages, religions or other identities for which you can beta and any other information you think may be relevant, e.g. content you can't beta or for which would like to be warned.
If you have specific needs, feel free to comment anonymously with your beta request and, hopefully, a beta will reply to your comment with their contact information. We are also happy to act as a go-between if you email us your request to darkadmn AT gmail DOT com.

We also maintain Chromatic Beta, a general mailing list centering around chromatic sources where you can offer or request beta services for a particular fandom or culture, ethnicity, language, religion or other identity, which you can utilize and of which you can find more information at our announcement of the mailing list. In addition, [community profile] chromatic_podfic maintains their own pronunciation/language beta list, and our past beta resource posts are available for additional reference.

List of Kaleidoscope 2012 Beta Offers )

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Hello, doers of darkness, thank you again for signing-up for Kaleidoscope! Assignments have been sent and we're are in need of two pinch-hitters. If you are interested in creating fanwork for Blue Beetle (Comics), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Gensō Suikoden Surī (幻想水滸伝III) (Suikoden III), Kyūtī Hanī Za Raibu (キューティーハニー THE LIVE) (Cutie Honey: The Live), Power Rangers Turbo, Sengoku jidai (Nihon) (戦国時代(日本)) (Japanese Warring States Period) RPF, Kitāb alf laylah wa-laylah (كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة) (One Thousand and One Nights), Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, Suīto PuriKyua♪ (スイート プリキュア♪) (Suite PreCure♪) and Wairudo Āmuzu Adovansudo Sādo (ワイルドアームズ アドヴァンスドサード) (Wild ARMs 3), please check out our mailing list for Kaleidoscope Pinch-Hits, to which anyone can subscribe to receive notifications of pinch-hit requests.

If you signed up for Kaleidoscope and have not received an email about your assignments, please leave a comment here, contact us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com, or PM us at [livejournal.com profile] darkadmn/[personal profile] dark_administrator. Assignments are due on 2012 October 20, 9 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S.A.), and more information about assignment requirements can be found at our assignments guidelines.

If you are planning on producing an artwork, vid, mix, podfic or graphics, we will shortly be sending out a follow-up email to all participants with information about file hosting options.

Here are a few additional links that you may find useful while you're contemplating your assignment:
For those of you who are considering participating in Kaleidoscope Treats, we made a mix-up when planning for Kaleidoscope Treats this year. If you're interested in creating fanworks for Kaleidoscope Treats, regardless of whether you've officially sign-up for Kaleidoscope or not, our Kaleidoscope Treats 2012 AO3 Collection is now open for submission! Feel free to browse the list of Dear Doers of Darkness letters -- or pinch-hit requests -- for inspiration, and we will make the list Prompts for Kaleidoscope Fanwork Exchange 2012 public on 2012 October 5 for further perusal. (If you need an AO3 account, please leave your email address at Archive Of Our Own Invite List For Kaleidoscope.)

Additionally, if you are not signed up for Kaleidoscope but plan on producing a Kaleidoscope Treat that requires file hosting, please contact us at darkadmn at gmail.com for assistance.

In conclusion, how are you feeling about your assignment? Or if you're only participating through Kaleidoscope Treats, the prompts you've seen in Dear Doers of Darkness letters? Do you need help finding canon materials? Feel free to flail anonymously or otherwise in the comments!

Happy belated Día de la Independencia (México)!

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Doers of darkness, Kaleidoscope sign-ups are now closed! We will be processing assignments shortly, and you should receive an email notification within the next few days. While you're waiting, feel free to continue perusing:
Once again, thank you for your participation so far! Happy Días Patrios (Guatemala) and Día de la Independencia (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua) also!

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Thank you, doers of darkness, for linking us to your Dear Doers of Darkess letter. You can find a roundup of Dear Doers of Darkness letters below! Please feel free to continue to drop us links to your letters in the comments. We will be updating this list.

List of Dear Doers of Darkness Letters

Last updated: 2012 October 28.

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Doers of darkness, the deadline to sign up for Kaleidoscope is September 15! We currently have 28 participants signed up so far. If you would like to participate in this year's challenge, please be aware that sign-ups are closing at 9:00 PM Pacific Time. You can find our sign-ups tutorial at How to Sign-Up for Kaleidoscope, and check our handy countdown clock here.

For those of you who are considering sign-ups or are still finalizing your sign-ups, here's a list of fandoms in need of offers for your consideration:

Fandoms in need of offers )

Other fandoms offered )

Check out also our posts highlighting sources from underrepresented regions and easy to offer fandoms.

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Doers of darkness, this is a friendly reminder that the deadline to sign up for this year's Kaleidoscope challenge is September 15 at 9:00PM Pacific Time! Once again, you can sign-up at Sign Up For Kaleidoscope Fanwork Exchange 2012, and our tutorial provides information about the sign-up process. You'll need an AO3 login, but if you don't have an account, please leave your email address at Archive of Our Own Invite List for Kaleidoscope and we'll make sure you will have an invite for sign-ups.

We have 19 participants signing up and ~77 fandoms requested and/or offered so far. )

We would love to see more participants signing up and more fandoms being offered and requested! So we ask for your help in promoting the challenge in your own social and/or journaling platform, in any existing and emerging fannish communities of which you may be part and in any spaces you think would be interested in participating in a challenge celebrating chromatic sources, characters and people:

Dreamwidth Template )

LiveJournal Template )

Tumblr Template )

Twitter Template )

Lastly, if you already posted your Dear Doer of Darkness Letter, please link it here and we'll compile a list of Dear Doer of Darkness letters for this year.

Thank you, doers of darkness!

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Hello, doers of darkness -- As you're strategizing for Kaleidoscope sign-ups, here are some works originally published online or have been made available online for your further consideration, and check out our post highlighting sources from underrepresented regions as well.

We try to limit ourselves to mostly linking to legal sources or to works out of copyright or not licensed for English distributions, and most of the links have regional restrictions. Posts like How To Access BBC iPlayer And More Online Video Internationally For Free, How to access BBC iPlayer, Hulu, Fancast, Pandora, any other region-restricted sites, On The Internet, Nobody Knows You're Not In The USA and Using BBC iPlayer, Spotify or Hulu internationally offer advices on how to bypass regional restrictions. Our locked source-sharing resource post also provides links to ambigously legal places where you may be able access some of the works listed below if you are unable to access them due to regional restrictions (and some works not listed below, but nominated for Kaleidoscope).

Works With (Limited) Online Access )

Are there other nominated works that you know can be accessed online? We also welcome links in non-English language or your own posts promoting any of the nominated works, and of course feel free to flail about the awesomeness of any nominated sources in the comments.

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Hello, doers of darkness! Sign-ups are now open until September 15, 9:00 PM PDT at Kaleidoscope 2012 Signups. We officially have around 166 fandoms and 882 characters and people eligible for Kaleidoscope )

If you're undecided about what fandoms to request and offer in your sign-up, check out our postshighlighting sources from underrepresented regions and easy to offer fandoms: list and resources.

And if you would like to promote our challenge, here's a template code you could cut, paste and post to your social and/or journaling platform )

Below is a detailed tutorial on how to sign-up for Kaleidoscope.

How to Sign-Up for Kaleidoscope )

Happy signing up, doers of darkness, and happy Ngày Quốc Khánh Việt Nam!

If you have any questions or encounter any trouble while filling out this form, please leave a comment at this post, email us at darkadmn AT gmail DOT com or PM [profile] darkadmn/[personal profile] dark_administrator. For reference, [twitter.com profile] AO3_Status will let you know if Archive of Our Own is down and the site is inaccessible.

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