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Saturday, May 29th, 2004
1:55 am
[refrayn]
In case you don't have xoverau friended or have it on a different filter, I'm posting a warning here too--my internet is offline until June 8th. Addict that I am, I'm sure I'll be over at my parents' house checking mail and maybe chatting a few times, but this is also the week that I'm not allowed to use it at work, so my internet presence will be limited.

*pauses to burst into tears*

*quivers*

*flails*

*staggers around a few times*

I'm okay. I'm okay. *waves off aid*

(ButnointernettilJune8th!)

(*staggers*)

Try not to do anything too interesting in my absence, or...you know, at least let me know by email.

WAIL.

Current Mood: gloomy
Saturday, May 22nd, 2004
5:28 pm
[refrayn]
Well...no one was around for the "dance weekend" of May 15th, so let's hear a sound-off. Do we want to get together some night and rp parts of it, or do we want to do separate RPs detailing what happened that night and then post them, or put descriptions in our posts, or some other option I've not thought of? I'm going to be busy for the next week or two with moving and cleaning and fixing up, but I'll make some time almost every day for RP participation. Y'all know what an addict I am.
Thursday, April 29th, 2004
3:31 pm
[refrayn]
Two things:

First of all, do people want to get together in a chat and play out parts of the Last Dance? Or do we just want to do the same as we've done for some other events and post separately?

Second, quiet000001, playing Spike and Nate, is out of town at a wedding for her sister in law and will be back after the weekend. Just so no one thinks she's ignoring them. :)
Tuesday, February 17th, 2004
2:48 pm
[refrayn]
DOH!
I forgot that I'm supposed to be up and out by nine at the latest tomorrow (Wednesday) to take my friend to her surgery. I know I won't be asleep before three or four anyhow, given how late I was up last night, but I'd like to at least try to lie down by two thirty or three.

If everyone thinks they can come to the meeting by around eleven or eleven thirty and wrap by two thirty, I'm happy to go on with it. However, if that's not realistic, I'd rather hold off til Wednesday evening when we can take it at our leisure.

Leave comments here so I know.
Sunday, February 15th, 2004
5:46 pm
[refrayn]
Well, I'm well-rested and feeling fine today, and I'll be home after midnight tonight. I'd be happy to run the meeting if everyone's going to be around. If not, we can set it for tomorrow night, too. Drop me comments to let me know, or just show up and I'll check online for you tonight.
Saturday, February 14th, 2004
7:13 am
[refrayn]
Revision for meeting
Between the subject my roommate brought up and my general level of stress right now, it's seven fifteen AM and I'm still not asleep. If this continues, I'll be too tired by tonight to run as many characters as I'll have to run at the meeting. I'll see what happens, but I may reschedule for Sunday, if that's all right by y'all.
Friday, February 13th, 2004
2:43 pm
[refrayn]
How's Saturday night sound for everyone, as a chat time for the "discuss everything weird" meeting? (I know it'll be Sunday for a few of you. :)) I'd suggest tonight (Friday) except that it seems kind of short notice for players who don't check journals as often.

If Saturday is too short a notice as well, we could always do it Sunday or Monday--my schedule is pretty open past 9pm Central.
Thursday, February 12th, 2004
4:58 pm
[_alexmclean]
ooc post -- refinement of the posting-chats thing


right, folks, this is all getting a wee bit messy, if you hadn't already noticed. all these posts coming in dating from way back when suddenly popping up after posts coming in from the now. this isn't going to help very much -- people will get confused. heck, as a character in the game, i already feel the same, heh.

if you're posting older chats, it would be preferable if you could follow kevin's example? post the old chats, and then under a new post, state this is old!chat 1-4 blahblahblah, there are -- more to come (hopefully you can finish posting all old chats in one shot, you really don't even have to if you don't want to). it would make everyone's 'reading-the-flist' life a lot easier.

or you could always just start posting from right now. and leave all the old chats to be information that you can summarize for the other characters should the need arises.

Current Mood: crushed
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004
8:05 pm
[refrayn]
The vote's pretty much unanimous for doing the Big Meeting in chat, so when's a good time for everyone? What days and times within, say, the next week?

Leave a list of likely times in the comments and I'll announce the final decision when I have enough input to choose for the best.

NOTE: You're under no obligation to attend the chat. If you do, though, please make sure that whatever time you choose, it's a span of at least one to two hours and that you're free to devote your full attention to playing. The more enthusiastic participants, the more fun for everyone.
7:59 pm
[rage_cage]
If anyone wonders why Em isn't posting for the next few days, it's because I'm not sure if he's alive. *stern look at _alexmclean.
Monday, February 9th, 2004
9:43 pm
[_alexmclean]
[*cheerfully* i haven't discussed this with the mod-mod of the community, so he's liable to delete this whenever he wants.]

err, if anyone's wondering why kevin doesn't post, and yet seems to have maintained such a good relationship with jc all the while, it's because a lot of the rp in our community is done over chat.

i'm not sure what the rest of you think, but i've asked wakened_wings and i think it would be a good idea for us to post any and all rps we do over chat. for one, i'm nosy, and i'd like to know what goes on with everyone so it doesn't seem like relationships are too rushed, or whatever. and for another, it helps the story make more sense to other people reading it from an outsiders' point of view.

rp over chat isn't, in any form, a requirement in this community. some of us just find it easier to handle, and it's less time consuming than commenting.

for example, after aj and em have had their first talk, it can simply go into one of their posts (please don't put it in both characters' posts, there's no point, and it takes up space on the friendslist) -- ideally behind an lj-cut.

em/aj -- a summary of the events would be goodCollapse )

of course, different chat formats are understandable. you can always just have brian: i love you, chris. chris: i love you, brian.

as far as possible, though, try to edit it, and keep the ooc comments to each other out of the picture. and try, at least, not to have your aim/msn/yahoo/whatever sns in the final cut.

i'm not sure how many people will agree with this idea -- we're not going to stop commenting and change over to rp-ing on chat completely, but for those who do, it would be good to let others in on the backstory that you've worked out on chat.

please keep in mind that the content of the chats are not public knowledge. not all of them, anyway. just because em gets high in a post doesn't mean that everyone knows he gets high. it's up to you, mostly, to decide what is public knowledge and what isn't, and we trust that it's obvious enough. if it isn't, you can always email the character, or skip touching on the subject till it's been made clear.

Current Mood: geeky
Sunday, February 8th, 2004
2:13 pm
[refrayn]
Brian's setting up an inter-house meeting in the library regarding the recent instances of memory loss and other weirdness. This entry's to determine if you feel it would be better to arrange a live-time chat on AIM or IRC with all the participants, or if you think it would be better to just have the "meeting" in the comments, i.e.:

[My post]

"Brian walks into the library with several rolls of blank parchment and a new inkbottle. He looks around at the assembled crowd and clears his throat. "Now that we're all here, who wants to start? I'm going to collect evidence and stories first and then we can talk about what to do."

And then everyone follows up with evidence and stories, in a roleplay format, i.e.:

[JC]

*puts up his hand reluctantly, glancing at Justin* I...I saw a few strange parchments when we were sending Justin's letters after...you know. There was one that said...*uncomfortable swallow* MY CONDOLENCES, KILLER.

At that point Justin could post a reaction in that thread, follow it up with another observation, or say nothing. Others could respond to that or bring up their own points, too.

Either way would work. The "meeting in the comments" would probably get more participants and people who didn't take part or wanted to jog their memories would have only one entry to read. A live chat would have the advantage of being fast-paced and feeling more natural, and we could always post the chatlog in sparkle_hat, too.

Leave your votes in the comments here. Thanks!
Monday, January 19th, 2004
1:15 pm
[refrayn]
General question for the community:

Say we're RPing in a thread on someone's post. We're using action marks and describing what we're doing, i.e.:

[JC]

*sits down in the library and opens up Potions text* See where it says to add three newt eyes while chanting the words 'Agio Quatro'?

[Britney]

*nods* Okay, I'll do that next time and maybe Snape won't flunk me too badly.

[JC]

You're doing just fine. *squeezes her arm*


What I need to clarify is, are there two different types of "space" on our RP journals? 'Real' space, in which characters do actions and have conversations and are governed by the rules of reality, and 'Theoretical' space, where characters respond as LiveJournal users to other people's posts? (Example of the second one would be: [post] "Had a wonderful time at Hogsmeade, but now I'm going to go crash." [comment] "Yeah, I bet you're tired after setting every Chocolate Frog in the place to mating with the one beside it." No real-time interaction, just discussing past events.)

I was under the impression that the only way the person who owns a journal (or anyone else who read its content) could know that 'real' interaction was going on was by having his/her character walk into the library and see, say, JC and Britney talking. There are a lot of things I wouldn't RP in someone's post if I thought the owner of the journal and every person who passed by was a witness to it. So before do any more, I'd like to know.

Thoughts?
Saturday, January 17th, 2004
4:18 pm
[refrayn]
Gee, hope this is working correctly. *pokes LJ suspiciously* I've never posted in a community before, so if this ends up on Mars, don't blame me.

Scott asked me to suggest this idea based on things I've seen in other LJ roleplaying games:

There are some things that our characters might put in a private journal entry or a friends-filtered one that they wouldn't write in a public one--love notes, prank-planning, bad dreams, bad days, negative things about teachers, anger against or fear of other students, descriptions of sex or fantasies, that kind of thing. If you had the freedom to write [friendslocked to: ___, ___, ___] (in which the ___s were journal names of other characters) or [private] (making the entry private to the person who wrote it) before filling out the rest of the post, it would allow for more 'in character' behavior in the game and more flexibility in what you put in entries.

The way it would work in the game would be this: If Britney wrote an entry with [friendslocked to _blueeyes_ and _jlbass_] at the top, no one other than Lance and Justin could comment on the entry or act on the information in it, just like in real-life LJ. If JC wrote an entry marked [private] at the top, no one could comment on it or act as if he/she'd seen it.

To keep the game moving, this is a posting feature that shouldn't be abused--if we all post every entry [private] or only to one person, there isn't going to be a lot of interaction. Post-ers would have to use their own discretion. But I've seen it work in other games as a way to add a dimension of 'real life' and to let characters flesh out their backgrounds without feeling like they were going out of character.

ETA: This doesn't mean you can't post about sex fantasies, nightmares, personal history, etc. in a public post. If your character feels comfortable letting it all hanging out, so to speak, great. "Locking" and "filtering" are just alternatives.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
8:21 pm
[_alexmclean]
Regarding Hogsmeade...
All right, folks. Listen up.

To avoid confusion, and a long-winded exchange of comments on a single post that would run on and on forever, the Hogsmeade trip shall be thusly followed up.

Only the (randomly made-up) happenings of the Hogsmeade trip will be posted, and this *after* the trip has been made. So, on Saturday evening, or Sunday morning, you'll race (hopefully) to check your friendslist to make sure that no one's already posted about it.

For example, I might have by that time already posted to say, 'Hogsmeade was incredible, because I got to make out with Nick in Three Broomsticks without anyone realizing.' (Only an example, Bass! *cheeky grin*) Everyone else who posts after me would therefore have to, in their recount of Hogsmeade, follow the story which I have set. (of course, you're more than welcome to add in extra bits about parts of the trip that have gone unmentioned by earlier posts, or parts that you spent alone etc.)

It would have been great fun to have been able to post something about how we set off for Hogsmeade in this journal, so we could all rp about it together, but as mentioned, it would be far too messy to keep track of. So we decided this would be the best way to keep everything under control.

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, January 8th, 2004
10:59 pm
[ssecca01]
Character list
Lance Bass ----- _jlbass_ - Ravenclaw mod
AJ Mclean ----- _alexmclean Slytherin mod
JC Chasez ----- wakened_wings Slytherin
Chris Kirkpatrick ----- cakirkpatrick Gryffindor Mod
Dominic Monaghan ----- on hold
Mandy Moore ----- on hold
Britney Spears ----- britny_spears Gryffindor
Aaron Carter ----- on hold
Angel Carter ----- on hold
Paris Hilton ----- on hold
Nick Carter ----- nickathogwarts Gryffindor
Kevin Richardson ----- achildwentforth Ravenclaw
Justin Timberlake ----- _blueeyes_ Gryffindor
Brian Littrell ----- refrayn Hufflepuff Mod
Joey Fantone ----- theotherfatone Gryffindor.
Marshall Mathers (Eminem) ----- rage_cage Slytherin.
10:58 pm
[ssecca01]
Sorting questions.
The following questions are required to be answered if you wish to join Sparkle Hogwarts. We ask that you answer these questions in character of the person you wish to play (unless they are marks ooc which in that case answer from your point of view.) Your answers should be sent by
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The following questions are required to be answered if you wish to join Sparkle Hogwarts. We ask that you answer these questions in character of the person you wish to play (unless they are marks ooc which in that case answer from your point of view.) Your answers should be sent by <a href="mailto:ssecca01@hotmail.com" "target="_blank">email to me</a> with the subject "Sparkle Hogwarts".

<lj-cut text="Questions">

Character you wish to play:
year they're in:
ooc journal:

1. tell me about your favorite broomstick -- e.g the model, the brand, the maximum speed, even the polish (if you want).

2. which lesson do you most want to ace? why? ('because it's cool' is not a real answer)

3a. do you like quidditch? why?

3b. if you said yes to 3a, which position's your favorite? why? (those who said no, ignore.)

4. something goes awfully wrong in transfiguration, and you accidentally (or maybe not-so-accidentally) turn your partner into a green spotted hippogriff. what do you do?

5. between peeves, dementors, boggarts, and gilderoy lockhart, who would you least like to meet, and why?

6. if you *had* to send a howler, who would you send it to, and what would your message be?

7. describe yourself in 25 words. (no, 'I play quidditch and think it's bloody brilliant' doesn't count.)

[ooc:] 8. which character was your favorite from the book and/or movie? why?

[ooc:] 9. humor me: name three spells you can remember from the books/movie. (don't cheat! it's all right if you don't know.)

10. any last words for the hat?
10:42 pm
[ssecca01]
Rules
1. All OOC post please be kept to sparkle_hat.
2. House business please be kept to your own respective house.
3. Personal posts please stay in your person journals.
4. sparkle_hall is for anything to do with the whole school that isn't house business, and isn't personal posts.
5. We ask that you please try and keep the person you are playing in character. This means if you're playing Justin Timberlake then we expect that he'll be cocky, charming, flirtatious, etc.. not quiet, shy, and a prude. heh.
6. We do encourage inter-house friendships and relations, but, we ask that you at least try and keep it in character.
7. That's it... for now. heh.
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