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Oct. 22nd, 2016

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SIGN-UPS 2016!

Welcome to the 11th Annual, 2016 R/S Small Gifts sign-ups! We're delighted to see everyone whether you're back for your eleventh round or joining us for the first time. Anyone who loves Remus and Sirius and wants to see them have some holiday fun, adventures, and perhaps a little egg nog, is welcome here.

This is the fest for your low-stress, holiday, R/S needs. Follow these three easy steps to celebrate the end of the year with Remus, Sirius, and your friends:

And please read carefully. Please note the 24-hour claiming window.

Schedule: sign-ups are open from Saturday, October 22, to Saturday, October 29

At any time during this ONE-WEEK period, you can join the exchange by responding to this post with a comment containing the following information:

Name: Your lj user name plus a nickname or the name you'd like us to use for you

E-mail: An e-mail address you check regularly (Or you can e-mail us at rs.small.gifts at gmail dot com to let us know how to get in touch with you)

Age statement: One of the following: (1) "I am over 18 or over the legal age in my country" OR (2) "I am under 18 or the legal age in my country, and I will neither ask for nor read anything with a rating over R." No age statement, or a falsified age statement, and there'll be coal in the stocking and all that.

Three wishes: Please give three prompts consisting of one word, one sentence, one quote, or one link to an image (no hotlinking!). For example: "first kiss," "warming hands by a fire," "umbrellas," "dawn on New Year's Day," "art for anything I've written," "a remix of anything I've written" "a story or art based on Splendid Wings (song by David Brown)," "cute MWPP-era icons"

Do not want to receive: List your squicks and pet peeves here: "songfic", "deathfic", "infidelity", "nicknames other that Moony and Padfoot" and what not. You can also note here if you have a preference for rating. Please be sure to note if you would not like to receive sexually explicit fic or art involving underage characters. School shenanigans not your thing? Let us know.

Am fond of: Insert your favourite things here: "sexually-confident!Remus", "Lying-low-at-Lupin's", "MWPP-era pranks". These are not prompts but a chance to tell your gift-maker a bit more about the types of things you like.

Throw in a wild card challenge: Offer an optional challenge for your gift-giver--a theme or a character or an approach you don't see in Remus/Sirius fanworks very often. Remus telling Sirius he needs to relax and have fun. An alternate universe set in another time or another culture. A fic written as a fairy tale. Your gift-giver may not opt to take up the challenge--which is fine! It's optional!--but let's spark some new ideas and have some fun with this request.

Copy and paste the handy widget thingy below to sign up:

* Remember, "small gifts" are small--stocking stuffers, more like it: short fic (1,000 to 3,000 words), art, icons, whatever people can give. It's the thought that counts! This is low stress, not a big bang! (we look shiftily at some of you...)

* All kinds of fanworks are welcome: not just fic and art, but icons, mini-vids, crafts, pod fics. Please do not ask only for art or icons or crafts: in general, there are more writers than artists in the exchange.

* Please don’t suggest too much detail in your prompts, give a plot outline, or ask for a novel -- these are small gifts! If you're curious about what folks have requested in the past, check out the sign up post from a couple of years ago.

Claiming begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern US time on Sunday, October 30.

**IMPORTANT**: Claiming closes after 24 hours. If you can't claim within 24 hours, please get in touch with your mods and arrange for a friend (or us) to claim for you. We're happy to help.

Please claim by responding to the comment that contains the request that you want. (You can leave a line like "I claim marysue's request #2"). One claimant per participant, please. Everyone creates one gift, everyone receives one gift, and we would like everyone to get something! Claiming operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so drop by as soon as you can to claim the prompts you liked.

If you finish and submit your first small gift, you are more than welcome to come back and claim again--we usually have a celebratory bonus round at the very end of the fest with second gifts.

Due date: Monday, November 28

Please submit your work (BETA'D if a fic) as a post to this community. (You'll need to join, if haven't already). It will go into the moderation queue, and, depending on the number of participants, we'll reveal a gift every day until the end of the year.

Posting begins on Thursday, December 1

Celebrate the season of lights, the solstice, birth and new beginnings, the promise of renewal. Snow and cheery fires, tinsel and mistletoe. (Or blue skies and sunshine, for some of us.) Draw up a chair by that fire, settle in, and read....

Happy, happy holidays all around!

Oct. 20th, 2016

small gifts exchange


Sign Ups in 2 Days!

We're delighted to be joining you all again for the 11th year of R/S Small Gifts. Sign-ups begin in under 2 days, so continue to watch this space!

Every year we meet new friends and get to see old ones. Those two things are the main reasons we keep coming back, so thank you in advance for your participation!

A few reminders for old friends and bits of useful information for new ones:

* Small gifts is a self-service exchange. Participants leave their prompts during the one-week sign up period and then return to claim ONE recipient during the 12-hour prompt-claiming window. Prompts are first come, first served. Look ahead of time, select your top choices, and be ready to leave a comment claiming the prompt of your choice.

*We have a fairly short time period for gift-creating, compared to some. That’s because these are truly meant to be small gifts. No novellas here (although we certainly have had a few lovely ones). This is a low-stress fest, for creators and readers/watchers (and hopefully for mods!). In the past, gifts have included art, fic, crafts, gifs, icons, jewelry, and ornaments. No limits on what the gift can be, as long as it fulfills your giftee’s prompt.

*We begin posting on December 1 and will post as long as we have gifts to post. We do often have bonus rounds after regular gifts are posted, so both participants and people who didn’t sign up can have a second chance to play.

*We will have another post after sign ups with posting instructions and how to use the moderated queue. In the meantime, if you have questions, email us at rs.small.gifts@gmail.com.

*Hey, and while you’re here, feel free to scroll through past years’ gifts and enjoy some R/S holiday love a little early!


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Oct. 16th, 2016

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R/S Small Gifts 2016 Schedule

Here is a quick preview of our schedule for this year's R/S Small Gifts exchange:

October 22 - 29: SIGN-UPS open.

October 30: Claiming (Begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern US time and will be open for 24 hours)

November 28: Gifts due.

December 1: Posting begins, and continues until all the holiday loveliness has been shared.

Keep watching this space for more information over the next few days and come and join the 11th year of low-stress, Remus/Sirius holiday capers!

Oct. 15th, 2016

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Sign ups in one week!

We're back for our 11th year!! Sign ups start in one week. Watch this space for more information.

With much anticipation,

Your small gifts mods

Oct. 12th, 2016

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11th Annual Remus/Sirius Small Gifts Exchange -- Coming Soon

“Sirius, what are you doing?” Remus stands in the front room, arms crossed. He watches Sirius stare at the window, face close enough that he must feel the chill of the glass on his nose.

“Waiting,” says Sirius without turning around.

“Well, that clears things up nicely.”

Sirius cocks his head, presumably to get a better angle to watch for…whatever it is. Remus doesn’t know whether to abandon him for a nice cup of tea or scratch him behind the ears.

“Here we are,” Sirius exclaims at the sound of frantic fluttering.

A very small owl lands on the window sill, although “land” might be a generous term for the nearly head-over-heels tumble. “That owl doesn’t look like it could carry much of anything, much less something worth pressing your nose to the window for all afternoon.”

Sirius turns, a ridiculous grin on his face. “It’s perfect, Moony!” Sirius says, jumping up to open the window. “Just what's wanted. They are, after all, small gifts.”

"In that case," says Remus, feeling a matching grin spread on his face. "Let the poor wee thing in."

Jan. 27th, 2016

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rs_collab sign ups open!

With rs_small_gifts over for this season, and all the holiday food digested, it's time for a new fest, right? We've been sitting on this one for a while, guys, so we'd be excited to have you join us!

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Jan. 11th, 2016

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Happy 2016! And wrapping up 2015...

A very happy 2016 to everyone! rs_small_gifts is now officially ten years old and still going strong. We had 37 gifts of fic and art from 30 participants, including 9 first-time Small Gifters and at least two of us who've participated ten years in a row. (Who all's been here since the beginning?) We've knitted with Remus and Sirius, made jewelry, solved mysteries, started a radio station, sat by the fire, stolen some sparkling ham, drunk Veritaserum, tracked down gorgeous strangers, studied cryptozoology, baby-sat Harry, baby-sat Teddy and James and Albus Severus and Lily, built blanketforts, reported the news, watched the stars, and, of course, fallen in love, over and over. We've left 650 comments for each other since we first started our discussions in late November.

It's been a blast.

Special thanks go out to everyone who commented on our gifts, keeping fandom interactive and conversational and warm and fun. Thanks also go out to our pinch-hit team of brighty18, llaeyro, and mustntgetmy, who all rose to the occasion brilliantly. And finally, no one manages a fest more effectively than mindabbles and sambethe without whose help Small Gifts wouldn't be possible. (magnetic_pole can't say thanks often enough.)

Enjoy the new year, everyone! May 2016 be filled with fannish fun and friendship.

Min/mindabbles, Maggie/magnetic_pole, and Sam/sambethe

Our Master List for 2015-2016 is below. (Just drop us a note if you notice any oversights or coding errors.)

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Jan. 8th, 2016

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Bonus art: Tracking Sirius

Title: Tracking Sirius
Author/Artist: magnetic_pole
Recipient: llaeyro
Rating: PG
Contents or warnings (highlight to view): *I am new to technology, and this may be a disaster. I hope not.*
Summary: The Maurauders weren't the only ones with a map. Years ago, Regulus had a map of Grimmauld Place charmed to show him Sirius' whereabouts. It still lies under the bed in his bedroom, and it still tells stories about his big brother. Set at the holidays during OotP.
Notes: llaeyro, thanks for your enthusiasm and your pinch-hit! This gift was inspired by your requests for holiday scenes at Number Twelve as well as your comment that you enjoyed the way the house reflected Sirius. Thanks so much for joining us at Small Gifts this year!

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Jan. 7th, 2016

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Fic: A Gift From Another Life for mustntgetmy

Title: A Gift from Another Life

Author/Artist: mindabbles

Recipient: mustntgetmy

Rating: NC-17

Contents or warnings (highlight to view): *flangst and a teeny bit of smut*

Word count: 2100

Summary: It's been a long time since Sirius had a Christmas worth remembering.It's been a long time since he was home.

Notes: Mustntgetmy, thank you a thousand times for doing a pinch hit, and so enthusiastically. I took some liberties and combined requests from two of your previous sign ups. I also noticed that you like angst, fluff, and smut, in combination. Here's a bit of all three as a thank you.

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Jan. 6th, 2016

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Bonus art: Harry Christmas! Greetings from Number Twelve

Title: Harry Christmas! (Greetings from Number Twelve)
Author/Artist: magnetic_pole
Recipient: brighty18
Rating: G
Contents or warnings (highlight to view): *None*
Summary: AU art in which everyone lives happily ever after and Remus and Sirius decorate Number Twelve for Christmas. (Oh! And Lily has the last word as Remus and Sirius put the finishing touches on.)
Notes: Brighty, we can't thank you enough for your pinch hit and your boundless enthusiasm for Remus, Sirius, and Small Gifts! The holidays wouldn't be the same without you.

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