Posted what I've got so far of the Aron story for the story deal in the stories board, if you want to keep an eye on it - got tired of emailing it to myself at 3 different accounts based on where I was logging in to work on it, but I can just edit the post wherever I am.
Yes. However, it's too late now to join since it started. D:
However, you can still watch to get an idea how they work.
To invite yourself, simply add yourself to your buddy list and send yourself a Chat Room invite. The name of the chat is; ffa