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X-Files Creative FAQ

X-Files Creative mailing list is for the posting of X-Files
fan-written stories, poems and scripts based on and
including characters from Seasons 1-7 or author-created
characters ONLY. It is not even for the discussion of the
creative works posted here or for discussion of the TV show
or movie. There are other lists for discussion. If you're
looking for a list to discuss stories that appear on the XF
Creative lists, we recommend subscribing to XFC Feedback
http://www.yahoogroups.com/subscribe/xfc-fdbk. To discuss other
fanfic or other X-Files topics go to:
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Zone/8633/mailing.htm and
select one that interests you. Plus, there are the
newsgroups.

To give feedback, just hit reply. To post a story: Save it
in ASCII text at 60 columns and mail it -- pasted into the
body of the message, not attached and no more than 30K per
part -- to xfc-...@onelist.com, but you must be a
subscriber to do so. Don't use a slash mark between story
parts and the total number of parts. Use this type of
formatting to ensure all the parts get through. e.g. (1 of
3), (2 of 3) etc. Note, stories posted to the list are auto-
forwarded to the newsgroup. If you do not want your story
on the newsgroup, then mail it to xfc-n...@onelist.com.

Got a complaint or question regarding the list or the
archive? Mail shan...@xemplary.com with the problem, but
under NO circumstances should you post it to the list
because list members only want to see written creative
works and nothing else.

All creative works posted should have the movie type
rating of the piece included in the message subject, for
parents who may not want their minor child reading R or NC-
17 pieces. Stories are rated for sex, language and/or
violence:

G -- suitable for all ages PG -- parental guidance
suggested PG-13 -- Not suitable for children under 13.
Parental guidance suggested. R -- Children under 17 should
not be reading the thing without parent's permission. (In
literature, there's not a lot of difference between NC-17
and R) NC-17 -- Absolutely no one under 17 is to be reading
this. (Again, though, this is very similar to "R." If a
parent feels their child is mature enough for steamy
stories, that's their business).

We also ask that creative works carry a classification in
the subject line to help identify to potential readers what
kind of story it is.

CLASSIFICATION DEFINITIONS: (mostly courtesy of Gossamer)

C - Crossover - Features MAJOR CHARACTERS from other
shows, movies or books, regardless of what type of story it
is. Please be sure to tell us *which* show, book or movie
is featured.

X - X-File - Plot-driven fiction centered around an
investigation and/or conspiracy -- particularly one that
involves profiling or the supernatural. Plenty of
action/adventure. Typical of something you might see on the
X-Files television series itself.

S - Story - Character-driven fiction that focuses on
character interaction rather than on plot; any kind of
interaction, not just romance! Friendship, family and most
romance stories fit into this category, as well pure
erotica. Not a great deal of action/adventure/plot.

V - Vignette - Mood piece, or a character thinking about
something. There can be conversation, but there is *no*
action/adventure/plot and usually only one scene. Most
vignettes are very short, but there is no size limit
imposed.

R - Romance - One or more main characters is romantically
involved with anyone. If it's just an implied romance,
don't classify it as a romance, use the UST keywords to
alert readers to possible future romance. Erotica doesn't
have to be classified as romance though it can be,
depending on the relationship. This is the author's call.

H - Humor - Overall, the story is clearly meant to be funny.

A - Angst - For most or all of the story, main
character(s) are in emotional or physical pain.

KEYWORDS This is the 'official' list of keywords. Anything
you would like to mention about your story that is not
included here would have to be added to the story summary.
Please choose as many of these as are applicable to your
story, or put 'none' in the Keywords section:

Slash. (Same-sex characters romantically or sexually
involved. Please include this warning even if there is no
explicit sex in the story!) Be sure to label same-sex
stories as such (we fanfic veterans know what slash is, but
newbies may not), just in case a parent out there wants
their kids to steer clear of the stuff.

Character dies. (If a main character from the show dies.)

Rape. (Even if it only contains a non-graphic rape scene,
the story should carry this warning and if it is m/f or m/m
or even f/m.)

Pre-XF. (Most or all of the story is set before the
"Pilot" XF episode.)

Alternate universe. (Main XF characters traveling in time
and/or developing extraordinary 'powers', fantasy stories,
sword and sorcery stories, stories that place the
characters in totally different 'worlds' other than the
standard XF universe. Mulder and Scully in the Highlander
'universe' would be an alternate universe story. However,
if the Highlander CHARACTERS were being used also, that
would make it a crossover instead.)

Character Abbreviations for significant roles in your piece:

M = Fox Mulder
S = Dana Scully
Sk = Walter Skinner
K = Alex Krycek
CSM = Cigarette-smoking Man or Cancer Man
WMM =Well-manicured Man
LGM = Lone Gunmen
L = Langly
Fr =Frohike B = Byers
F = Diana Fowley
Sp = Spender
O = other character of author's invention m = male f =
female

Romance categories:
Skinner/Scully romance.
Mulder/other romance
Mulder/Skinner romance
Scully/other romance.
Mulder/Scully subcategories: You don't have to add any of
the following; they are intended mainly for the romance
stories and the stories which authors specifically wish to
note are NOT romances. Please choose ONLY ONE of the
following:

* Mulder/Scully friendship. (Bonding, no romance.) *
Mulder/Scully. (Sex, no romance.) * Mulder/Scully UST.
(Implied romance, unresolved sexual tension. Shippers and
Non-shippers alike would enjoy it.) * Mulder/Scully
married. (Probably a romance.) * Mulder/Scully romance.
(*Must* be categorized as a romance story.)

Creative works posted should be formatted at no more than
70 columns wide (60 is recommended) and should bear the
following headers:
TITLE:
AUTHOR:
E-MAIL ADDRESS: (Author's contact address)
DISTRIBUTION: (Note, stories posted to the list are auto-
forwarded to the newsgroup. If you do not want your story
on the newsgroup, then post it to xfc-no_ATXC. What are
your rules for archiving? Note that stories posted to the XFC
lists are no longer automatically archived. If you would like
your story on Xemplary, please send it to submissions@
xemplary.com
SPOILER WARNING: (Should the readers have seen a
particular episode or the movie?)
RATING: (Repeat the movie
type rating again here)
CLASSIFICATION: (See definition
further above)
KEYWORDS: (See above)
SUMMARY: A brief
description of what the story is about. Some authors don't
like these, but we ask that you please consider including
one. To subscribe to the list, mail
xfc-atxc-...@yahoogroups.com. To unsubscribe,
mail xfc-atxc-u...@onelist.com
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Laurie Haynes
AKA Shannara
List Administrator X-Files Creative
Co-archivist Xemplary
http://www.xemplary.com
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