Admin Asks 5/25: I Need Feedback!

May 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Hey everyone! I have a couple things that I wanted to get community input on, so let’s get right to business.

First: When is summer break for most of you? Just like last year, I don’t want to reopen submissions until everyone is finished with final exams and all the other end-of-the-school-year business. If you guys are even a quarter as distraction-prone as I was during school, I figure it’s just better to not have “I need to get this story finished before submissions close!” as a temptation or excuse to put off studying. I’d appreciate some idea of when school lets out this year for most of you as well as when it starts back up at the end of summer. Thanks!

Second: Would anyone be interested in a summer “inspiration” book club in addition to or as a replacement to the monthly discussion posts? I’m not thinking of just reading famous scary books – more along the lines of having us read books together that could help inspire ideas for new Creepypastas. To be frank, a lot of the rejected pastas lately are being declined not because of poor writing, but because so many people are rehashing the same basic plots over and over. Mirrors, Jeff, Slenderman, dolls, etc. We’re seeing a lot of “haven’t I read this before?” in the comments and while sometimes it’s because the author has in fact posted their work elsewhere, often I think it’s just that the basic premise and tropes are being too frequently revisited to the point that these stories are running together for the people who consume a lot of Creepypasta.

I was thinking that we could read books together that, while not being outright or obviously horror, might serve to widen people’s pool of possible story inspirations. I know that might sound kind of weird, so here are some specific examples of what I’m talking about.

For example, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer – it details the 1996 Everest disaster from the POV of someone who was actually there. The way I see it, readers could get a look into not only a real-life frightening/tense situation, but also exposure to how all the people the author was with reacted during the tragedy. There was a pretty wide range of reactions to the disaster amongst Krakauer’s team, and given how often we deal with trying to believably write people undergoing terrifying situations in our stories, it might be useful. Another example would be, perhaps, a book on cryptozoology or mythological monsters, to help people interested in creating the next big “creepypasta entity” some background on both what already exists out there as well as recurring themes that tend to be effectively frightening. Or maybe a book on supposed lost civilizations or conspiracy theories – you know, just broadening our knowledge of all the weird/interesting/creepy things that exist out there (even if it’s just legend or pseudoscience) to help try and jump-start the community as a whole out of the “mirrors, serial killers and Slenderman” rut that a lot of the aspiring writers seem to have fallen into lately.

I hope that gives a better idea of what I mean when I say that I would select the books for inspiration purposes rather than just having everyone read Stephen King or ghost story anthologies.

Obviously this would be pretty casual – probably just selecting and posting a book or two per month and giving you guys a post where you can discuss the ideas and themes that you’ve pulled from the book(s). No book reports or requirements to write a pasta based on that specific book or anything!

Does this sound like something any of you would be interested in seeing happen?

Thanks in advance if you weigh in on either of my questions!

 

April Fool’s Day Art: Jeff the Killer “OCs” Edition

April 2, 2014 at 6:21 AM

If you were around on April Fool’s Day, you probably noticed that – in addition to a large amount of parodypasta showing up – commenters were temporarily given the ability to ‘modify’ everyone’s favorite Crappypasta spin-off fodder, Jeff the Killer himself.

As promised, here’s the round-up of everyone’s submitted Jeff edits. I don’t believe that I missed anyone, but if I somehow skipped your image, I’m sorry!

Click on a thumbnail to see the full size; the name in the caption is the handle of the commenter who posted the image in question.

I hope that you guys had fun making these, and Happy April Fool’s Day!

Submissions Re-Opened & The March/April Open Period Has Been Extended – UPDATED 4/14

March 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM

The backlog has been fully processed. If you did not receive a reply and you checked ‘yes’ on Crappypasta, it’s likely that one of the following things occured:

  1. You entered your email address incorrectly/your email account was full when I tried to email you and let you know of your submission status. Please do a search with some text from your pasta to see if it was uploaded to either site before you resubmit. The search bar is at the top of the sidebar.
  2. Your pasta was deemed over the line and rejected entirely. To play it safe: if your story involved abuse of any kind, pornographic content, racist/homophobic/sexist themes and language, obvious trolls or attempts at targeting myself or another community member, or anything else that we cover in the FAQ as possibly overstepping the bounds of what I’m willing to consider, DO ME A GREAT FAVOR AND DO NOT RESUBMIT THAT STORY. I don’t know if it was something in the water or just part and parcel with the bigger than usual submission count, but I estimate that about 300 submissions fell into this category during the last period.
  3. Your story simply didn’t go through for whatever reason. If I don’t actually receive the story, there’s nothing that I can do.

It was pointed out to me that it was somewhat unfair to do a massive Crappypasta posting spree with all ~600 stories posted within a few days – doing so would basically ensure that some of the stories were completely overlooked by the community as they got buried in the sheer volume of posts. To get around this issue, I tried to leave a day or two in between each batch. To make amends for the longer processing time that this tactic created, I’ve extended the open period once again – you now have until April 30th to submit your pastas.

There will be a ‘rest period’ of several days on Crappypasta to let people catch up on the massive number of stories looking for feedback.

To read the original content of this announcement, please click the ‘read more’ button.

Admin Update 3/6: Crappypasta Changes

March 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

First off, submissions will re-open on March 20th and remain open until April 15th. I’ll make another announcement when I’ve completed scheduling and replying to all the sorted submissions, as per usual.

Please note that if you have chosen to hold back your parodypasta submissions until the last possible moment for whatever reason, if you want ANY chance at getting your story included in this year’s April 1st Parodypasta collection, you must submit your parodypasta BEFORE the end of March.

Now, on to the actual meat of this post:

AS OF THE MARCH 2014 SUBMISSION PERIOD, CHECKING “YES” ON CRAPPYPASTA WILL NOT BE A GUARANTEE OF A POSTING THERE.

ONLY STORIES THAT I BELIEVE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE REWRITTEN SUCCESSFULLY WILL MAKE THE JUMP TO CRAPPYPASTA.

I think that’s pretty clear. However, for those of you who are curious about the reasoning for this change and don’t mind an epic TL;DR situation, read on.


Admin Update 12/15/2013: Submissions Opened & September/October 2013 Submissions Processed!

December 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM

It’s December 15th, and that means that submissions are now open! I apologize for the longer-than-usual closed period, but it was a combination of factors: I had more submissions to go through than ever before, and I wanted to keep submissions closed during final exam season so that I didn’t add to the pressure in any way.

Submissions will remain open until January 10, 2014. If you don’t get your story finished by then, please don’t rush and submit it before you’re completely happy with it – there is no real deadline here, since we will have many more open submission periods in the future.

All submissions from the September/October 2013 window have been processed. If you did NOT receive a reply and you are ABSOLUTELY SURE that you checked “yes” on the Crappypasta option, you are now free to resubmit. You do NOT need to check with me or ask for permission; at this point, if you checked yes on Crappypasta and received no reply, it’s safe to say that the submission form ate your story. It tends to do this on days where the plugin receives an upgrade, as sometimes that can cause data loss. Unfortunately, for now this is just something we have to deal with as the plugin we use, despite its issues, is still our best option. Connection issues on your end or on the site’s end can also cause submissions to not actually go through yet still generate a success message on the form, but this is rare.

  • The only exception to resubmitting: if your pasta dealt with graphic abuse (animal or human), suicide, and/or featured explicit pornographic situations – do me a great favor and do not resubmit. Your pasta was most likely completely rejected; you can see the part of the FAQ here that explains how some submissions can be considered over the line and are not eligible for Crappypasta or resubmits.

The only other request that I’d like to make is this: if you are going to check yes on the Crappypasta option, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE VISITED CRAPPYPASTA AND UNDERSTAND WHAT BEING POSTED THERE ENTAILS. We’ve had a huge upswing in people getting posted on Crappypasta and then having meltdowns and/or attacking anyone who leaves them feedback, and I am getting sick of seeing the people who take the time to critique people’s pastas for free getting harassed because the author didn’t understand that Crappypasta was a website explicitly for receiving criticism. Do not check the option just “so my story gets posted somewhere at least” and then get angry that said posting garnered negative feedback. If you cannot handle criticism and feedback that can be sarcastic and/or blunt, save us all the hassle and DO NOT CHECK THE CRAPPYPASTA OPTION.

That’s all – as always, thank you for your submissions and I look forward to reading what everybody’s cooked up this time around!

Admin Update 9/20: Submissions Open & New Tags

September 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Submissions have re-opened as of this posting, but I just wanted to mention a few things:

  • This submission period will run from September 20, 2013 – October 10, 2013.
  • All submissions from the July 2013 submission period have been processed. If you received no response and you checked yes on Crappypasta, feel free to resubmit at this time – with one caveat:
    • If you did not receive a reply for your pasta, PLEASE check Crappypasta before resubmitting. It might just be the increased number of submissions skewing my perception, but it feels like a huge amount of you guys entered your email addresses incorrectly this time around. This means that I couldn’t notify a lot of you of your submission status, so I’d appreciate it if you guys all do a quick search for your pasta title on Crappypasta before you resubmit, just in case you were one of the many people whose email addresses gave me errors when I tried to message you.
  • Since Crappypasta is still backed up, I’ve done the same thing where I’ve sent emails telling people that they’re in the Crappypasta queue so they at least know their status. The email fully explains this, as did the previous announcement about this topic, so I don’t feel the need to go into detail about it here.
  • I’ve added two new tags to the submission form.
    • Seasonally Spooky: Please use this if your story is specifically tailored to a holiday like Halloween, Christmas, etc. This will make it easier for me to try and time these seasonal submissions with the relevant holidays.
    • Audiopasta: If your pasta is in an audio format rather than written or video, please use this tag.

Now send me some delicious pastas, everyone!

PS: The Halloween raffle will be up soon – probably around the 25th. Just in case anyone was wondering!

 

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