?

Log in

 
 
29 April 2011 @ 04:51 pm
THE BIG BANG POST THAT EXPLAINS IT ALL (... hopefully)  
I am happy to announce the Het version of a Big Bang challenge. In the spirit of the many, many Big Bangs out there, we're now issuing a challenge for writers and artist to step up from any fandom, for any het pairing you want! This post is scarily loooong, but it is necessary. Bear with me!





General Information




What is a Big Bang?
There are many different types of bigbangs, all varying slightly, but generally a bigbang is a process in which authors write long fics (here, 25,000 words or longer) and artists make art for that piece of work. Simple in concept, right? This bigbang is centered around heterosexual (male/female) pairings from any fandom you can name. Everything preliminary for this bigbang is hosted in this livejournal comm, but on the reveal date, all contributions (art, stories, vids, fanmixes, etc.) will be hosted on a separate website archive. When everything is ready, the archive goes live, resulting in you going blind from trying to read all these huge stories and checking out all the fantastic artwork and vids. Sounds fun, right? Any het pairing, any fandom.


What kind of timeline will I be under?
Author Sign Ups - May 1st to June 1st, 12:00 PM (NOON) PST
Optional Checkpoint - July 15th
Writer's Mandatory Checkpoint - August 15th
Artist Claiming - August 20th
Art and Fics Due - September 25th, 12:00 PM (NOON) PST
Debut Date (DD) - September 30th


Can I join this comm?
Absolutely! Feel free to join and watch the comm even if you aren't signing up; if you ARE signing up you need to join the comm ASAP. Some important reminders and post will be members locked.


Is there a support comm for this Big Bang?
There is a sister comm where participants can go for help and flailing. het_banghelp: a community for all your support needs. This is the place for all your hand-holding, sharing of fics snippets, and flailing. Use it however you deem necessary, as long as its het_bigbang related. It's members-only and f-locked to only those that have officially signed up as authors/artists and betas/cheerleaders!


How do I sign up?
An AUTHOR, go here.
If you an ARTIST, please go here.
If you are offering to BETA READ, go here.
If you would like to be a CHEERLEADER, go here.

Other Comm Volunteers and their duties are listed below, and can sign up by dropping a note to this post.

Please read this post before signing up!



WRITER'S REQUIREMENTS AND INFO


What type of requirements are there for a writer?
Your fic must be at least 25,000 words long and mandatorily beta-read before the posting date. It must focus on or revolve around a het pairing of your choosing. At the time of signing up for this, you need to know the following: a) what you think you'll be writing (fandom/pairing, prompt -- and yeah, you can change your mind later!); b) give me your e-mail address.; and c) Then go to join het_bigbang AND friend the community. You *must* join and friend for updates; it's a requirement to participate in this challenge.

You MUST declare your fandom/pairing by the sign-up deadline of June 1st.


Define a qualified het pairing, please!
Any het pairing, any fandom. Crossovers, fusions crossovers, genderbender het and RPF (Real Person Fic) are all allowed. There may be more than one het pairing in the fic. There may be other secondary slash or femslash pairings within the fic, as long as a het pairing is the primary focus. Slash, threesomes or moresomes should NOT be your focus. But what if our fic is, like, more gen but with a hint of ship? Um, that probably doesn't qualify. We want a het pairing as a primary focus. We are not going to psychoanalze how "shippy" the fic you're writing is, but please use your best judgment.


I don't know what to write! I've got so many ideas!
We're here to help! While you can change your plotbunny at any time, we're also offering you this post to help figure things out. You provide descriptions of up to five of your plotbunnies, and we put up a poll here to see what people are interested in. No obligation to go with the winner, but it might help you choose!


I've already been writing a het pairing story already. Can I use that?
You are allowed to use a WIP in this bigbang if it's less than 10k. Your story cannot have appeared anywhere on the net already. If you have already a couple thousand words of it up somewhere (at max, 10k), then we won't count that towards your total 25k requirement, and you must immediately take it off the internet completely for the duration of the challenge.


Can I write with someone else?
Yes, you may co-author your bigbang if you want to. However, the word minimum for co-authored works is 30,000 words.


Do I really have to have my fic be beta-read?
Yes. Dear Gods, yes. A beta reader is a person who reads another person's written work with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story before the author posts it up. All participants must get their fiction beta’d by at least one person. Betareading is love, people!


What happens if I can't write that much by the posting deadline?
First, relax and don't panic! You've got until September for finishing this baby off! For writers, this is not a reciprocal challenge, so I'm not going to go chasing after you with a big giant stick if you drop out. It's hard to write this much fic on a deadline! I understand! Don't stress yourself; fandom is meant to be fun. Usually in these things, at least half of the writers drop out. That's expected. But please, please, please - if you need to drop out of this challenge, drop your mod a quick note.

Another note: If you fall short of the 25k, don't panic. Do not sign up with the *intent* of writing anything short of a 25,000 word story, but if you fall a little short, just contact your mod and we'll try to work something out if we can.


Wait, what is this I see about a Mandatory check-in later on? What's that about?
The mandatory check-in for authors is scheduled on August 15th. Authors must either affirm/deny that they have written at least 9k of words for their Big Bang fic by that deadline, or they will NOT recieve an artist's claim on their story. Meaning, no pretty fanart for your fanfiction. That said, if you sign up and later find you just cannot make the 9k word count by the mandatory check-in, you can still continue to write something and have your story go live on this comm on the Debut Date. You just will not receive artwork or vids for it. But you would get to see your story all shiny and pretty and still get the satisfaction of participating!


Can I have contact with my artist?
We will provide you with contact information once an artist is committed to you. From there, you can contact them to find out more about their interests. We would like to encourage you to be in contact with them and to share and collaborate, but ONLY in fun. The artist is under no obligation to work directly with you. Ultimately, what they create for your fic is their creation, just like how they cannot dictate what you write for your fanfiction. But we all want everyone to be happy with what they get and what they create, so I hope this remains a happy, fun, friendly experience.


What if I hate my artist and/or dislike the artwork that is done for my fanfiction?
Um, the politist way I can honestly word this is: get over yourself. The artist is trying their best, I'm sure, to produce a good piece of work for you. Give thanks, and be on your merry way.




ARTIST'S REQUIREMENTS AND INFO


How do I know what I'm making art for?
After the writers have their mandatory check-in on August 15th, we'll make a claims post listing fandoms and pairings. In this post, we'll also include the story summary and any warnings the author gives. You can choose which fic you'd like to create art for, and then that person's fic will get crossed off the list. Author's names will not be attached to their fanfics on this post; the artist's claims will be done blind that way. This is done to even the playing field, so that an artist may claim a fanfic based on the summary/pairing/fandom, rather than the popularity of the writer. (Though by no means is the author prohibited at any point from telling people which fandom/pairing/story is theirs. I imagine that in any case, we'll be able to have a great number of educated guesses for authors based on the pairing/fandom alone. That's fine. I'm just trying to make the artist' claims post less about favoring popular authors, and more about showcasing the merits of the story.)


What are the requirements for art?
You can make whatever kind of art you feel like, in whichever medium. Drawing, painting, digital, manips, vids, fanmix, anything you can think of. We just ask that you put some time into it, as our authors have.

You are also required to make a minimum of two pieces of art for the story you claim.


How do I sign up and/or claim an artwork?
You can sign up to be an artist now, but claims will happen much later, on August 20th, after writers have attested that they have written at least 9k to prove their worth. Claims are done on a first come, first serve basis. We will be putting up a f-locked post and the artists will reply to it with the story they claim to do art for (so make sure you are a member of the community!).

Sign ups for artists will remain open until all fanfics get claimed!


What happens if the number of authors doesn't match up with the number of artists or mixers?
We will do several rounds of claiming so that EVERY fic has an artist. In the event that fics outnumber artists, we will allow artists to make a second claim.


Can I have contact with my author?
We will provide you with contact information once you have committed to an author. From there, you can contact them to find out more about their interests. We would like to encourage you to be in contact with them and to share and collaborate, but ONLY in fun. You are under no obligation to work directly with the author. Ultimately, what you create for your artwork is your creation, just like how you cannot dictate what the author writes for their fanfiction. But we all want everyone to be happy with what they get and what they create, so I hope this remains a happy, fun, friendly experience.


What if I cannot create the fanart by the deadline?
Think very, very hard before claiming a story! Because there is a person who is expecting some fanart for their work and I'll have to hunt down a back-up artist to take your place, if you end up dropping out. If you can't create the fanworks, tell me as soon as humanly possible. I want everything to go live at once, on September 30th. Finding artists is hard enough with a decent timeline, but finding backups are a nightmare! Please don't make me do it!




TIMELINE


Author Sign Ups - May 1st to June 1st
Optional Checkpoint - July 15th
Writer's Mandatory Checkpoint - August 15th
Artist Claiming - August 20th
Art and Fics Due - September 25th
Debut Date (DD) - September 30th


What's an optional checkpoint?
As the name implies, these aren't mandatory. They're something to give you a feel on where a typical author should be at in their writing process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only.


What's the mandatory checkpoint?
This one is mandatory check-in for authors; the writing minimum to claim an artist for your fanfiction is 9,000 words. If you have written that much, you get an artist. If you haven't, you continue to write! It's just you won't qualify for an artwork for your fic when DD happens!


Will artists get checkpoints?
We will be making sure everyone's on the right track and are able to finish their art before the deadline, but these checkpoints will be less formal, as there is no wordcount for a piece of art.


Can I have an extension?
We will be granting extensions for, at max, a few days, on a case-by-case basis. We would hope, however, that you use the checkpoints and all your ample available writing time to its fullest. The fanworks ALL go live on September 30th, which is a firm deadline! REMEMBER THAT! If you think at anytime you need an extension (whether fic or art) contact a mod right away so we can begin working it out with you.




POSTING REQUIREMENTS


Where do we post our completed fics?
We will be hosting this on an official archive website! Details regarding posting will be issued at a later date, but it will involve authors e-mailing me @ ironyrocks@gmail.com their fanworks, fully and properly coded to LJ specification. Upon verifying that it does not have any errors (e.g. a missing closing bracket to a "bold" lj-tag that turns the entire text bold), I will ask my wonderful helpers to start setting up the website. It will include linkbacks to individual author-related posts on this livejournal comm where feedback for authors may be left. The same will be done of the artist's work, who will upload all their artwork to the appropriate hosting sites (tinypic, etc...) and then give me their works all coded out to LJ specification. Artists will receive their own feedback post here on this comm as well.

The website will be revealed on DD, resulting in you going blind from the collection of all the awesome work!

ETA: Previously, I also had an additional rule: "Do not post your fic anywhere until a full week after Debut Date here." I have decided to abolish this. Once the website goes live, you can post your stuff anywhere you want. </ benevolent dicatorship>


Here is more information regarding submission and coding: at this post!


What types of requirements are there for me to post my fic?
You must include a header with all regular information on it. This includes warnings. Not all of our readers like the same thing, so you are required to warn them on character death, sex, rape (including non-con and dub-con), torture, hardcore kinks, incest, etc.

Here is an example header, with the things you could include.
Title:
Fandom(s):
Pairing(s):
Word Count:
Rating/Warnings:
Beta:
Summary:
Author's notes:

Then your story follows.


What types of requirements are there for me to post my artwork?
Please include the artwork, and information like the author's name, the fanfiction's title, and the fandom/pairing of the piece. Any additional remarks/comments from you are welcome!


Where can I upload my graphics?
Tinypic is recommended for images or .gif files, along with Photobucket. Both have their pros and cons. I do not know hosting sites for fanvids, but I can holler out to the comm if anyone needs pointing in the right direction.


Can I post it to my journal a few days early to show my friends?
No. The first time you show your fic for this bigbang must be on Debut Day, on this comm. Mods will handle the revealing details. There will be more posts on that to come. Once the Big Bang website goes live, feel free to post your stuff wherever.




PARTICIPATION FOR NON-WRITERS AND NON-ARTISTS


Beta readers - Please comment here and state the following: what pairing(s)/fandom(s) you like, what your strengths are as a beta reader, and what kind of turn around someone can probably expect from you. Also, leave an e-mail address that will be good for the next few months. *g* Most people will already have their own beta reader, but hey, maybe they want to try someone new.


Cheering - Please comment here. Sometimes people just need someone to read through their story and maybe help brainstorm a bit, give them a push or some encouragement. If this is something you'd like to do and can make yourself available for, let me know!


Additionally, if you don't want to write for this challenge, and you instead want to help in any one of the following areas, comment with your e-mail and tell me what you'd like to do!

Web Designer - I really, really need a fantastic web designer. I actually have acquired some basic skills, but I want someone legitimately awesome. These are the sites for SV and HP and SGA, and they're ALL gorgeous. I want something awesome too! If you've got the skillz and the time and are ready for one heck of a project, please comment.


Coding help - Basically, you'd help coding the stories and help in any other way the Web Designer needs you.


Creating Pimping Artwork - I always need artists to help create pimping banners and whatnot.


Advertising this Big Bang - I need people to volunteer to pimp this Big Bang around on appropriate comms! I will guide you on how to do that, and possibly recommend some good places to start.




ADDITIONAL INSPIRATIONAL CRAZY STUFF


Every month, there will be at least one check-in post and one group Big Bang chat for fun. We will poll on the community to figure out a time that will work for the most people. We will also have optional writing exercises to help encourage and enable, beginning in July. Participation in this is, again, optional.


In the month preceding the big reveal, we will also have authors voluntarily participate in "Previews," which will allow them to promote their fic and entice the audience. This showcasing will involve several options for the authors to use, and will be discussed in detail at a later date.


You can find a bunch of banners and linkback buttons and icons HERE!


I think that covers everything! Any questions, let me know. Otherwise, well.


Sign up, already!


Standard disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters and settings are the property of their public respective owners. No money is being made from this project. No copyright infringement is intended. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form.
Tags:
 
 
 
(Screened comment)
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: Advertising this Big Bang
Oh, yay! I need advertising!

Do you mind going out and finding appropriate comms to pimp this at? i trust your judgement on where to pimp. Just, like, for example: SGA Fandom, the pairings comm. Make sure it's alright to pimp for this with the mods at the comm, first?

Any other fandoms you wanna pimp at is cool with me. Just come back and tell me a list of the comms, so I know not to send someone else there and spam it.

*GLOMPS YOU* Thanks!
Re: Advertising this Big Bang - world_of_blade on May 1st, 2011 06:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Advertising this Big Bang - irony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 06:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Advertising this Big Bang - world_of_blade on May 1st, 2011 06:16 am (UTC) (Expand)
List of comms I pimped to. - world_of_blade on May 1st, 2011 07:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: List of comms I pimped to. - irony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 07:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: List of comms I pimped to. - world_of_blade on May 1st, 2011 07:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: List of comms I pimped to. - irony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 07:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: List of comms I pimped to. - world_of_blade on May 1st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Advertising this Big Bang - world_of_blade on May 2nd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Advertising this Big Bang - tinylegacies on May 1st, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Advertising this Big Bang - irony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
stariceling: wipstariceling on May 1st, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
... too many questions
On the rule of not having any part of the fic up already: Does this include if you're writing a sequel? I have a short story up that could be considered a prequel to one of my ideas, but both stories stand alone just fine (and honestly I would rather not bundle them together).

On artists: Are we sharing our in-progress fic with artists (provided they want it)? Can we opt out of fanart rather than scrambling to find an artist if no one claims our fic or if someone claims and can't finish?

Can we write more than one fic? 25K each, of course.

Why do we have to wait a week after the Debut Day to post our fic? I understand not posting things early while you're still getting everything ready, but why can't we just go ahead and post to our own journals after the site is live?

Finally, since you're apparently posting everything all in one go, does that mean no chapter breaks are allowed in our fics?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: ... too many questions
Sequels and Prequels are fine!!

Are we sharing our in-progress fic with artists (provided they want it)?

That's up to you and your artist!

Can we opt out of fanart rather than scrambling to find an artist if no one claims our fic or if someone claims and can't finish?

Hmm. I suppose we'll deal with too few artists if it comes to it, but if you simply don't want any artwork, for whatever reason, than I'm not going to force you.

Why do we have to wait a week after the Debut Day to post our fic? I understand not posting things early while you're still getting everything ready, but why can't we just go ahead and post to our own journals after the site is live?

That's simply following the rules I've seen set up in some different BBs. It's to encourage people to come visit this site, and then check out some of the other stories written here. It's about advertising the other stories, to be honest. We're hoping would stick around and read.

Finally, since you're apparently posting everything all in one go, does that mean no chapter breaks are allowed in our fics?

No, you can have chapter breaks. Just label it as such.

Does that answer everything?
Re: ... too many questions - stariceling on May 1st, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: ... too many questions - irony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: ... too many questions - stariceling on May 2nd, 2011 04:57 am (UTC) (Expand)
ArguingVitalityarguingvitality on May 1st, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Are there any rules on what can or can't be included in our stories? I know some comms don't like any inclusion of adult scenes with people under the age of eighteen, but my plot bunny includes it. It's a British fandom and the character is legal (sixteen) in canon, so she's not underage by canon standards lol, just wondering if that would be ok?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 1st, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
No, no standards on that. I feel like that would require too much oversight, and that's not something I'm equipped to deal with.

But please do warn for that in your header!
(no subject) - arguingvitality on May 2nd, 2011 08:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
Syd15: Fringe - Peter O_o - 1x10 Safesyd15 on May 2nd, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
List of comms I pimped to. (Just in case you are trying to keep up with where it has been pimped)

provideleverage
patrick_teresa
walterslab
mentalistlist
castlebeckett
oliviaandpeter
beinghuman_fans
beadwithshimmer
206_bones

Edited at 2011-05-05 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oroburos69oroburos69 on May 2nd, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Advertising
Advertised on breakout_fic.
living every week like it's shark week: ?boosette on May 2nd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Three questions --

Would we be able to disable comments on my post to the comm and redirect them to a post on my LJ, to keep all of the comments on stories in one place and under the author's control (so long as the story itself is not posted for the term specified), or must comments be here at the comm?

Is "choose not to warn" an acceptable warning? My work rarely includes stuff in warnable things list, and I don't anticipate it using things on the list, but I do feel much more comfortable writing in environments where CNTW is both sufficient and acceptable.

Will there be an AO3 collection as well? Not required for posting there obviously, but nifty to have.


Also, if you want to advertise in where_no_woman and pike_numberone, that would be really nifty. </comms' co-mod>

Edited at 2011-05-02 06:28 pm (UTC)
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 2nd, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Would we be able to disable comments on my post to the comm and redirect them to a post on my LJ, to keep all of the comments on stories in one place and under the author's control (so long as the story itself is not posted for the term specified), or must comments be here at the comm?

Hmm. If you want it at your journal, I'm not gonna argue with that. We'll make arrangements as such.

Is "choose not to warn" an acceptable warning? My work rarely includes stuff in warnable things list, and I don't anticipate it using things on the list, but I do feel much more comfortable writing in environments where CNTW is both sufficient and acceptable.

Hmm. This is a point that I'm gonna be picky about, because it's been an issue in the past. If it has the following, they must be warned: character death, sex, rape (including non-con and dub-con), torture, hardcore kinks, incest. Any additional warnings you may want to apply can be added. If none of the above are in your fic, then you can choose to put "choose not to warn." I hope that answers your question?

Will there be an AO3 collection as well? Not required for posting there obviously, but nifty to have

Oh. I have no idea how to set that up, but it could be a nifty thing. I'll look into it.

And, yes, please! Go ahead and pimp at your comms if you should so choose!
ᴛᴏ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴡɪsᴅᴏᴍ: sherlock; j; joansciosophia on May 2nd, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Just wondering what your policy is on genderswap? My OTP is m/m but I also write them as m/f and would be very interested in singing up for this with a genderswapped (and therefore het) version of the pairing. Is that possible?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 2nd, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Go for it!
(no subject) - sciosophia on May 2nd, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mandie Cakes: trickstershisou_eimin on May 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
So I got really excited when I saw this comm because I've had this plot bunny that I've wanted to write for the longest time. The fic is set in an AR verse where being gay is the norm and it's what's expected, so it'll start out being slash, but the point of the story would be the main character realizing that he's not gay and falling in love with a girl who might be realizing the same thing as well. It would eventually end up being het, but I just wanted to make sure it was right for this challenge before I signed up.

Either way, I'm super excited for this and will probably sign up as a artist/beta/cheerleader if nothing else. :D
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 3rd, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hmm. While I feel insanely guilty about saying no, I don't think this falls into the spirit of the challenge? It sounds like while the het ship is endgame, it goes hand in hand with the slash pairings. We'd like het pairing to the primary and central focus of the story.

Sorry! I do hope you come up with another idea that you'd like to use in this! And we do always need more artist/beta/cheerleaders!

Thanks for asking first!
(no subject) - shisou_eimin on May 3rd, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
leobrat: Keep Me Where Her Light Isleobrat on May 3rd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
Is a 'happy ending' required? I've been brainstorming and going over the numerous pairings I love that I could write, and most of my rough ideas end up with...hmmm...a little short of a Greek tragedy, but not a happy, fuzzy moment.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 3rd, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
No, a happy ending is not required
brightstarmarabrightstarmara on May 3rd, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Hi! I hope I didn't mess up already, but I jsut posted an ad to this BigBang at tvd_ficprompt! I used your own pimp code, so I'm thinking it's ok...


Also YAYAY! All this makes me wish I had more time to write. I won't be signing up, because I've tried cramming 36 hours into one day and failed... But... I would love to promote!
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 3rd, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Pimping is appreciated!
(no subject) - brightstarmara on May 3rd, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - brightstarmara on May 3rd, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Trai: 10R - Last Glancehaveloved on May 3rd, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Herein lays the problem. I've got an idea for a Doctor Who fic, but it involves turning a 1,000 word piece I wrote for the Last Author Standing comm into a full-fledged fic (in which the piece would be a chapter, and I can't reveal the bunny specifics as the challenge I wrote it for hasn't posted the entries yet). I don't wish to withdraw it from competition (nor do I know if I can), but since any part of the fic can't be published on the Internet before the big day, is my idea ineligible? If it is, I've got another plot bunny for a different pairing to work with; no problem!
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 3rd, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wish that I could say yes, but it really needs to be taken down during the duration of this challenge. If you can't, then yes, it's disqualified.

I wish you luck on the other plot bunny!
(no subject) - haveloved on May 3rd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
a girl who knew how to be happy even when sadsgmajorshipper on May 3rd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to be a beta and artist at the same time or d'you think that might be taking on too much? I've never had anything to do with a big-bang before so this is all new and exciting. I can't write 25K words, I know, but I wanted to do something else, and I am pretty handy with my PS. But I'm also a great beta and I wanna help out however I can.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 3rd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Go for it! There's no rule against signing up for two or more different sections, so good luck!
(no subject) - sgmajorshipper on May 3rd, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
roeskva: Sam & Martouf/Lantashroeskva on May 4th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
Would a Samantha Carter/Martouf/Lantash fic count as het (as it is actually a threesome, I guess)? It's from the Stargate SG-1 fandom, and Martouf/Lantash is a Tok'ra (host/symbiote) - while they share a body, they are also separate individuals and can both be in control of the body.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 4th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going to count it, yes!
(no subject) - roeskva on May 4th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - roeskva on May 4th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
chibifukurouchibifukurou on May 5th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Some Questions regarding what qualifies as a "het" pairing
I'm not sure if you've addressed this somewhere. But I have three questions about what exactly counts as a het pairing.

1) Does the main couple have to be sexually or romantically involved or is UST/romantic implications enough?

2) A couple of my fandoms are harem or reverse!harem style. Where there are multiple possibilities for pairings, are love triangles/threesomes/moresomes acceptable?

3) What are your rules regarding trans/gender queer characters. If the character has a male body but considers themselves female do you count them as a female a male or neither? What about if the character has a female body and considers themselves male? Or a genderqueer character who considers themselves non-binary?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 5th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: Some Questions regarding what qualifies as a "het" pairing
1. UST is fine!

2. A het pairing should be the primary focus. I suppose triangles/threesomes/moresomes are acceptable, as long as they are secondary to the primary het pairing.

3. ... I have no idea how to answer that question. Honestly. I think you're asking me to define labels for people that are inherently indefinable or subjective in terms, and it calls up some potentially offensive implications. Therefore, I'm just not gonna try to define it that way. I ask you instead to look to the spirit of this challenge, which is het-centric, about a romantic relationship between a guy and a girl. If you have a fic idea that has the elements you discussed, perhaps this particular challenge isn't the best place to showcase it? I wish you the best of luck with it.

Edited at 2011-05-05 04:09 am (UTC)
hiddencaithiddencait on May 11th, 2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
OK quick question before I sign up just to be sure I'm properly doing this. I'm doing a Reaper!Vaako/Kyra fic probably. I have written a one shot prior to now which sorta sets up the "verse" so to speak, but the new story will be completely separate in focus on the pairing. Does that work or do I need to pull down the one shot?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 11th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
That'll work! No need to pull down that one shot as long as you don't use the text from that story in your big bang.
hathor_girlhathor_girl on May 11th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
I posted this in the wrong place because I'm an idiot - now commenting instead of replying to random post at bottom...*facepalm*

I have two questions:

1) Will two Tok'ra work for het? Tok'ra are from Stargate SG-1 and since they're both host/symbiote I guess they would correctly be 4 entities, but only host or symbiote can be in control at any one time, making it two 'active' participants - so would this work as multiple het pairings perhaps? Or as a het pairing?

2) My University has (in its infinite wisdom!) decided to block Livejournal, so I am using a proxy to access. Is that a problem in any way?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 11th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
1.) Oh, um..... hahahaha. I actually don't know how to answer that. I suppose since it's two people, phyisically, it will count as het? Go for it!

2.) I do not think so. Just remind me when you're signing up, so that I know! Hopefully I'll remember throughout the challenge, but if I need reminding, remind me please!
(no subject) - hathor_girl on May 12th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
Katherine Joy Summers: Kissstars_inthe_sky on May 12th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I've had a plotbunny niggling me for a while, but I've never actually written fic (though I've been reading for upwards of a decade, so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm doing). Is there any way I can get in touch with someone who would be interested in co-authoring? I have a pretty solid idea of the plot and a lot of the details but would need serious help in fleshing things out and keeping the timeline straight.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 14th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Damn. Somehow I missed this comment.

Would you like to me to make some type of post for you here at het_bigbang?
(no subject) - stars_inthe_sky on May 14th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - irony_rocks on May 14th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - stars_inthe_sky on May 15th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - irony_rocks on May 16th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - stars_inthe_sky on May 16th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Deleted comment)
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 12th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
oc is fine!
Elizabeth: potc - jameserizabeff on May 17th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
If I already have a beta do they have to join the community for me to use them, or do I simply need to list them as the beta-credit when I post it up?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 17th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Simply list them when you post up!
Trai: NH - Snugglehaveloved on May 18th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to drop out; I just can't decide between my ideas and I've realized that I don't think I can balance this with my other commitments. Is there anything specific I need to do to drop out?
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 19th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
You just have to inform me like this! Consider yourself dropped out. Sorry to see you go!
casper_sancasper_san on May 20th, 2011 10:43 am (UTC)
Okay I just kind of want to see if it's possible but -

Is it possible to write more then one story for the bigbang...like say split the word count down and write half for one plot bunny and write the other with the remainder of the words with the other - or is that stretching it?
baby we could rock the night aloneslumber on May 24th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
I've just been reading through the claims post and now I'm ridiculously excited for all the fic that could go live on DD! Question though: when the stories go live, would there be an option to download the stories to e-readers? I know archiving them at AO3 means you can download the story to your e-reader, but it looks like you're going to put up a whole new site for it (which is just as well, because AO3 doesn't host art) so I was wondering if you'd thought of doing that. It's a pretty selfish question, but I think I'd just find it easier to read long stories when I'm not at my computer, and I know there are a couple of logistical issues involved, so maybe fics can only be downloaded in e-reader formats with the author's consent, AND there could even be a link at the very end for leaving reviews as well as linking back to the site? Something like "You might also enjoy reading..." which just links back to other fics in that given fandom. And possibly to fics in other similar fandoms? IDK, maybe that's too advanced.

What I can offer, I think, is the ability to convert the submissions to e-reader formats. I think. I'll need to test them (I can certainly test them for my Kindle, and I think my cousin has a Nook I can borrow for testing purposes) but I'd be more than happy to do my part in helping make this possible, if it's something you'd like to do.
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on May 24th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
To be honest, the website is a current question mark because the original idea I had for it would probably support a smaller number of fics, but this one might be too huge? i don't know. I am going to make a shout out for people that are good with coding and web designing soonish, and play it from there. I like the idea of an ereader, but I just don't have those skills myself.

What I can offer, I think, is the ability to convert the submissions to e-reader formats. I think. I'll need to test them (I can certainly test them for my Kindle, and I think my cousin has a Nook I can borrow for testing purposes) but I'd be more than happy to do my part in helping make this possible, if it's something you'd like to do

Wow! That's an awesome offer, and one i will definitely keep in mind. I think if we figure out logistics, I can give you a better answer, but right now, this sounds delightful. Give me a couple of weeks, and then I'll start making posts about the website, and posting format, etc...

Thanks for the input!
(no subject) - slumber on May 24th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
2BBornot2BB2bbornot2bb on June 4th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Authors doing their own artwork
Hey there! I'm happy to do my own artwork for my fic if in the end the artist numbers don't come up - I've tossed around putting my name down for the artist sign up anyway, but I've really only done basic PSE stuff with icons and a couple of banners in my own fandom, and I don't have a lot of confidence to do anything else, so that's what's held me back from signing on the dotted for that -- I'd hate to let someone down who was expecting something vaguely sophisticated! What do you think? :)
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on June 4th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: Authors doing their own artwork
Hold on to that idea, but until we get around to artist claiming, it's too early to say if this action would be needed! Hopefully we can get you an artist other than yourself, so you can recieve a nice little surprise!
Re: Authors doing their own artwork - 2bbornot2bb on June 4th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jennyavaritia_90 on June 18th, 2011 06:26 am (UTC)
Okay, I wasn't sure how else or who to give this message to, so hopefully it works. I feel utterly disappointed in myself, but I have to pull out of this because currently my computer is possibly having hard-drive failure (it literally just started, I'm confused and sadden) -even though I have a good amount of story and have it back-uped, if this computer goes I'll be unable to write as I do not have any other means of writing/posting (too far from the library, and too ghetto to have/buy a second one). Chances are with me, everything will be fine until I'm almost done and then bam, it will just die on me. :/ So I feel it's better to give a heads up now and try and pull out, before I get too far and disappoint everyone...
Rafiki, the crazy baboonirony_rocks on June 18th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Got it! Sorry to see you go!!