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15 July 2017 @ 01:50 pm
Writers' Mandatory Check-In  
Okay, it's time for us to make the final commitment! All writers must participate in this check-in, or they will be assumed to have dropped out of the challenge. This poll will remain open until 11:50 p.m. July 18th. There are two mandatory parts for a Big Bang Participant (poll and email), and only one mandatory part for a Little Bang Participant (poll).

PART ONE:

Poll #2070218 WRITERS ONLY - MANDATORY CHECK IN
This poll is closed.

I signed up to write ...

One story (Answer Questions 1-7 only)
22(75.9%)
Two stories (Answer All Questions)
7(24.1%)

For the FIRST (and, possibly, only) story I am writing, I am now officially doing

A Big Bang
14(53.8%)
A Little Bang
12(46.2%)

I am officially dropping out of this challenge, if I click the following button

I AM DROPPED OUT. (No need to continue the poll for the rest of the answers)
8(100.0%)

If I am a Big Bang participant ...

I am going to or have already sent the mods a check-in email (see below for details)
11(100.0%)

I am writing (Use exact following format): Fandom: Main Ship Pairing(s). (Write the Female name first/Male name second, and both first and last names included, if you know them)

For the FIRST (and, possibly, only) story I have written

NOTHING, DEAR GOD, HELP ME
0(0.0%)
0.1K-5K
8(34.8%)
6K-10K
3(13.0%)
11K-15K (Passed Little Bang Limit)
3(13.0%)
16-20K
1(4.3%)
21K-25K
3(13.0%)
26K-35K (Passed Big Bang Limit!)
2(8.7%)
36K-45K
1(4.3%)
45K+
2(8.7%)

I am ...

just at the beginning of the story
8(36.4%)
about halfway done
9(40.9%)
approaching the end
3(13.6%)
DONE!!
2(9.1%)

For the SECOND story I am writing, I am now officially doing

A Big Bang
1(25.0%)
A Little Bang
3(75.0%)

I am officially dropping out of this story, if I click the following button

I AM DROPPED OUT. (No need to continue the poll for the rest of the answers)
4(100.0%)

If I am a Big Bang participant ...

I am going to or have already sent the mods a check-in email (see below for details)
1(100.0%)

I am writing (Use exact following format): Fandom: Main Ship Pairing(s). (Write the Female name first/Male name second, and both first and last names included, if you know them)

For the SECOND story, I have written

NOTHING. DEAR GOD, HELP ME.
0(0.0%)
0.1K-5K
2(66.7%)
6K-10K
1(33.3%)
11K-15K (Passed Little Bang Limit)
0(0.0%)
16K-20K
0(0.0%)
21K-25K
0(0.0%)
26K-35K (Passed Big Bang Limit!)
0(0.0%)
36K-45K
0(0.0%)
45K+
0(0.0%)

I am ...

just at the beginning of the story
2(66.7%)
about halfway done
1(33.3%)
approaching the end
0(0.0%)
DONE!!
0(0.0%)


There is no minimum word count that you need at this point, for either the Big Bang or the Little Bang. After today, you cannot change: your selection of participating in the Big Bang or Little Bang (or both, if you're writing two stories), the fandom, or the pairing. That's locked in!

PART TWO:

An email for Big Bang Writers. If you are attempting a fic greater than 20k, you can choose the Big Bang option and receive an artist who will create artwork for your story. You will therefore need to email the mods at thehetbigbang[at]gmail dot com with THREE different snippets of your work, 500-1000 words each, so that your artist may have something to work off of and inspire. Send a separate email for each big bang that you want to submit.

The email format will be:

SUBJECT LINE: [Your LJ Name: Big Bang Check In.]

Author Name: LJ name and AO3 Name
Story Name: If undecided or only tentative, please state that.
Fandom/Pairing: List the main one, and any minor pairings if you so please
Summary to be provided to the Artist: Yes, this bit is mandatory. It's fine if it's rough, but please give your artists an idea of what the story is about because claims will be done off this. Maximum 50 words.
Current Word Count and Expected Final Word Count:

Then supply your three snippets. 500-1000 words each, in the body of your email and NOT as a separate word document. You may leave any author's notes or any explanations you want, and you must also leave an email address or a way for your artist to contact you directly. Artist are not obliged to work directly with the author on their artwork, but most usually like author input or feedback of some kind. This entire email that you send to the mods will be directly forwarded to your artist, so it's important to include your email address in with your snippets.

You will receive a confirmation email within a couple days to let you know that we've received you snippets.


To Big Bang or Little Bang: Big Bang stories are under some form of obligation to finish because an artist has signed up to do work for it; so try to complete? Pretty, pretty please? If you don't, we understand, but keep in mind that your artist did all that work. If you decide to drop out at any point, contact BOTH a Mod and your artist immediately and tell them so. But try to complete! WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

And just as a reminder, extensions for final fic submissions will not be granted. Please make sure your stories are submitted no later than August 26th.

If you're intimidated by the idea of having an artist or anyone else rely on you completing this venture, there is always the less demanding option: the little big bang. It only has a minimum word count of 10k. No maximum word count. And there is no artists for it, unless you get someone on your own or you create your own artwork for it (either is totally fine). I basically put in this little bang option for those that want to participate, but don't want to be obliged to anyone else to finish. It's completely low-key and non-intimidating! (I hope.)

Artists: will claim stories on July 20th on a post that goes up on this comm. Artist will claim stories on a first come, first serve basis. They are required to make one piece of artwork for each big bang story they claim. The claims posts will display the story title, the fandom/pairings, and summary. We will provide artists with the author name only after they have claimed the story, and we will email the artist the snippets/relevant information as soon as we can. From there, artist can contact authors to find out more about their interests. We would like to encourage artists to be in contact with authors and to share and collaborate, but ONLY in fun. Artists are under no obligation to work directly with the author. Ultimately, what artists create for their artwork is their creation, just like how artists 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.

Also, if a writer eventually does not complete his/her Big Bang story by the due date, but the artists has completed their artwork, go ahead and submit it and I'll showcase the artwork on AO3 anyway. Artist deserve recognition for their hard work!
 
 
 
Tanya Reedtanyareed on July 15th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
As you've probably guessed from my lack of participation, I'm having a rough year. I'm blocked so badly that I feel as if I'll never write again. It's so frustrating. :(
akionnaakionna on July 15th, 2017 11:36 pm (UTC)
You'll write again. You will. Big hugs and hoping things improve soon.
(no subject) - traycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - red_b_rackham on July 18th, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
angelus2hot: Grimm Nick/Adalind togetherangelus2hot on July 15th, 2017 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm having a wee bit of trouble coming up with the summary. I will get the information to you by tonight or tomorrow night at the latest.

akionnaakionna on July 15th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
Me too! I rewrote it so many times. Plus that 50 word limit ... :o)
(no subject) - angelus2hot on July 16th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - akionna on July 16th, 2017 05:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - angelus2hot on July 16th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - akionna on July 16th, 2017 05:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - angelus2hot on July 16th, 2017 09:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - traycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - little_firestar on July 16th, 2017 06:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - angelus2hot on July 16th, 2017 03:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - traycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - red_b_rackham on July 18th, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Heartbeat of Debaucheryladytalon1 on July 16th, 2017 03:33 am (UTC)
From the bottom of my heart: yikes!


I have the beginning, middle, and beginning of the end done...now I just need to connect the dots. I am still working on the check-in email and will send it tomorrow.

akionnaakionna on July 16th, 2017 04:52 am (UTC)
Re: From the bottom of my heart: yikes!
Dots! So many dots! :o) This is why my story is too long. I realized that I had too many little dots--and had to connect them somehow. Now I must go back and edit ...
Re: From the bottom of my heart: yikes! - little_firestar on July 16th, 2017 06:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
RE: From the bottom of my heart: yikes! - traycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
rosevalleynb: Night skyrosevalleynb on July 16th, 2017 01:33 pm (UTC)
Although I have written a good chunk (over 25k for fic 1 and 11k for fic 2) for the two stories I wanted to participate with, I have to drop out.
I'm just blocked, and too tired from my private life obligations to find a solution on such short notice. I need to take break from writing to clear my head.

I'm really sorry.
Traycer: termstraycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:23 pm (UTC)
No worries, I know it must be hard for you to have so much done, only to be blocked at the last minute. :( But there's always next year!

And I am totally amazed that you were able to come up with so many words for both stories!! I'm still trying to get started on mine! :)

(no subject) - rosevalleynb on July 18th, 2017 07:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - red_b_rackham on July 18th, 2017 05:14 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Samuraitersamuraiter on July 16th, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
(I'm actually a Dreamwidth-exclusive participant, but this was the only place to do the mandatory poll, so I dusted off my as-yet-not-deleted LJ account.)

Answers submitted.
Traycer: termstraycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
Glad you were able to participate in our poll!! Thank you!!

Not sure how we can make it easier for Dreamwidth people next year as we have to have a paid account in order to create polls over there, but we have a full year to figure it out. :)

~Boo: Jensen - Sweater Vestabeautifullie3 on July 17th, 2017 10:28 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say the "Little Bang" option is greatly appreciated! <3
Traycer: termstraycer_ on July 17th, 2017 05:33 pm (UTC)
It does make it easier for lots of people... including me!! :)

So very glad you are able to participate!!
Patricia de Lioncourt: vadersithpatriciatepes on July 17th, 2017 09:16 pm (UTC)
I really hate to drop out, but my carpal tunnel has three fingers on my left hand completely numb... so I've really got to take the time to heal.
Red: hawkwidowred_b_rackham on July 18th, 2017 05:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh! I'm so sorry to hear that - I hope you're able to heal right quick! That sounds awful. Take care of yourself. <333
Rufusbadass_tiger on July 18th, 2017 04:46 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, will have to drop out :( Just took a look at my schedule for August and it is too packed. I hope I can make it back next year though
Redred_b_rackham on July 18th, 2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, sorry to see you go!! We understand - hope to see you next year. Hang in there with your crazy August!! <3
Alysealyse on July 18th, 2017 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think I've filled it in correctly. I'm still working on the first story, but I can't guarantee I'll finish it so have opted for Little Bang just in case. It's already at 38k and I'm pretty sure it's going to be more than 100k in order to do the plot justice :-/ I've had to bail in the past because it wouldn't be wrestled and I don't want to do that again this year.
helsinkibabyhelsinkibaby on July 18th, 2017 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but I have to drop out. It's been an awful year and every time I try to add to the 9k I already have, my brain just goes "Nope" -- it sucks because I can write other stuff just fine (4k today on a completely different fic!) but the one for this challenge is a no.

I wish everyone all the luck in the world and can't wait for Reveals Day to see everyone's stories and art. Hopefully next year (no pressure!) I'll be in a better place to participate again. Many thanks for running this challenge, it's always one of my favourites.
backrose_17: Tosh - Dream Onbackrose_17 on July 19th, 2017 01:22 am (UTC)
I am very grateful for the little bang option as I know I can finish that. I ended up falling behind due to health issues and I didn't want to commit to something like a 25k big bang when I have more test coming in August.

There is next round to write a 25k story and I plan to.
avamclean: stock: blue mason jarsavamclean on July 19th, 2017 01:46 am (UTC)
Alas I am only 1.6K into my 10K story, but I'm going to keep doing my best to get this done. I don't want to drop out unless I absolutely have to and I'm not there yet.

My goal is to get to 2K tonight. Baby steps until something kicks in that makes me start running.
hathor_girlhathor_girl on July 21st, 2017 12:06 pm (UTC)
Um, so I was on vacation and kind of flaked completely on this. I clearly can't answer the mandatory check-in any longer or send in the snippets. So, what do I do? Drop out and write the fic next year, I guess? I've written about 10k.

Also, sorry for being so dizzy :(
Red: addison glassesred_b_rackham on August 22nd, 2017 06:34 am (UTC)
This is heinously late... but sending you a PM to explain. ;)
avamcleanavamclean on August 22nd, 2017 02:19 am (UTC)
I have to drop out.

I'm only writing a little bang so no artist is being harmed, but I'm disappointed in myself. :(
Red: mccoyred_b_rackham on August 22nd, 2017 06:35 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry to hear that - but we totally understand. :) Thanks for letting us know, and we hope to see you next year!