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15 June 2017 @ 10:07 pm
Right, so I am going ahead and posting fics for Big Bang, as I figure things have gone a little belly up. I sincerely hope Peaches is alright. (Anyone heard from Peaches? News?)

I am still wrangling one of two fics into shape to post, but I have started my post form, and I was wondering if anyone else was still planning to post as part of the Bang? I ask, because I was thinking about starting a Collection on AO3 to post to, but obviously there is no point if I am the only one posting to it. Anybody up for posting to that?

If so, I can start a collection (I could not see one specific to Big Bang for this year, though there is one for Hobbit Story still active- I don't know if it is still open, though), or if someone else would like to start the Collection themselves, wave your hands! I was just going to go Open, but if everybody prefers moderated, we could do that?

24 April 2017 @ 10:17 pm
Hello everyone.
I hope you are all well. It’s been a week since all summaries for claiming were posted and so far a lot of stories have been claimed. Thank you all so much! You are amazing!

A lot of stories have been claimed, but not all of them.
I would love it if every story had art to go with it, but I realize that it probably won’t be possible to make that happen the conventional way. Before I could even start to think about what to do about that, I was approached with the idea of SPONSORING.

Admittedly, in my 15 year of fandom life, I never looked into that concept, but now that it has been explained to me, I believe that it is a win-win all around. More art in the fandom and supporting artists is always a good thing and people who don’t write or create artwork are able to participate in the BigBang.

At first I was sceptical, thinking that no one would be willing to sponsor art for a story. But after returning from MagicCon where a total stranger handed me 40€ to use for any fic that doesn’t have an artist yet - while I was standing there in my Alfrid-as-a-Lady cosplay, clutching my treasure/boobs – I remembered why I love this fandom and the people in it and I think it could actually work and here is how. (The wonderful northerntrash explained the concept to me, sorry for basically repeating your words ^^’)

The sponsor gets to claim a fic that has no artist yet and pick an artist to commission to the sum of their choice.

The next part depends very much on the preferences of everyone involved. Sponsor, artist and author could collaborate. The sponsor could read the story and pick a scene for the artist or the sponsor could stay out of the process altogether. Clearly there is some communication required between all parties.

The sponsor will send a receipt of the commissioning to me and then either the artist or the sponsor will post the artwork with the story at the posting date.
Alternatively, if you just want to see artwork for every story, but you don’t want to claim a story you can also paypal the amount you would like to use for sponsoring artwork and I will find an artist and get things started.

Sounds good?

To make things a little easier, here is a list of the stories that have been claimed so far and those that still need an artist. Also, authors, if your story has been claimed, now is the time to contact the artist if you haven’t done that already.

Artists, if you claimed a story and the author hasn’t contacted you, let me know.
If you still want to claim a story you are welcome to do that. You may claim stories that have been claimed already.

01 How Far The Morning Leaps by Romennim --- claimed by yanyann
02 What Is Not Mine Is Written On My Soul by luvsbitca --- claimed by monkiainen and yanyann
03 The Marriage List (working title, might change) by a_q --- claimed by thehobbitpanda
04 the seventh year by northerntrash --- claimed by mithrilbikini (tentatively), teaxdragon and rutobuka2
05 Silt and Coral by northerntrash --- claimed by teaxdragon and rutobuka2
06 Breathe by northerntrash --- claimed by Homeiswheretheheartsare
07 Sea and Sky by northerntrash --- claimed by mithrilbikini and rutobuka2
08Mending the Broken Pieces by Lady Laran --- claimed by honeytreebusybee
09 Parchment & Mithril by Flakedice --- claimed by SlytHay
10what was found and lost behind by bereniceofdale --- claimed by shipsicle (tentatively), SlytHay and Homeiswheretheheartsare
11 Heartlines by Draquete --- claimed by tobolynerd
12 Mahal Blessed [Working Title] by Issaro --- claimed by shipsicle (tentatively)
13 The Hidden Kingdom by whilewewereyetsinners --- claimed by yanyann
15 Seldom All It Seems by starlightwalking --- claimed by shipsicle
16And Risen by bubbysbub --- claimed by littlemagicfox
17 That Which Begets Affection (Is Silent) by bubbysbub --- claimed by shipsicle
18 Finding family (working title, not set in stone) by Saraste --- claimed by Homeiswheretheheartsare
20 Chainbreaker by hoomhum --- claimed by yanyann and Homeiswheretheheartsare


19 The Adventures of Aidan and Adam (RPF working title) by peaches

Please head over to this post here, to read all the summaries and claim your story!

And please spread the word! Let's make art for everyone!
17 April 2017 @ 07:00 pm
Hello everyone!

Finally the artist claims are open!

Below the cut you will find all the summaries for the stories you get to pick.
Please be aware that the word count may not be up to date anymore.
Artists can claim as many stories as they want and stories may be claimed multiple times. I would really love for every story to have an artist, so if you are torn between two stories, cosider picking the one that has not yet been claimed. :)

Please leave a comment with your claim here and a way the author can contact you.

Summaries for claimingCollapse )
If there are any mistakes, please let me know.

Have fun!

Edited: Updated the list with one more story! Twenty stories! YAY!!!
12 April 2017 @ 10:40 am

To everyone who has sent in their rough drafts and summaries already, thank you so much! You are all superstars!

Unfortunately there are still a lot of drafts missing. I emailed everyone who may not have seen the posts on Livejournal and Tumblr. If I emailed you even though you already sent a draft, please accept my apologies for my poor organization skills!

To give the authors who may have missed the deadline for the rough drafts a chance to send them in, I am going to post the summaries for artists claiming until Sunday, 16 April.

I apologize for the delay! The post WILL GO UP on Sunday, so if you haven't sent me a draft, please do it now. Otherwise I will have to assume that you dropped out. :(

09 April 2017 @ 08:12 pm
Everyone, please stop worrying about the rough drafts!
You still have plenty of time to write and edit and do all kinds of work on your stories.
I am asking for these drafts for the following reasons:

a) I want to see who is still in. Some people lose interest along the way and that’s perfectly fine. Some people have forgotten that there even is a BigBang. I just use the opportunity to get in touch with the authors who haven’t submitted anything and see if they are still interested in proceeding with the BigBang. So if you don’t have 10k now, but are confident that you can finish and have an outline for your artist to work with, cool! Just send me the draft or the screenshot of the wordcount and let me know that you are working on it.

b) I want there to be something for the artists to work with. I know your idea is awesome and the summary you submitted for the artists is amazing, but then… oh, yeah, real life happened and then… you kind of never wrote this amazing story (even though you totally planned to do it!) and your artist has created art and there is no story. Too sad!

That’s all. The stories don’t have to be complete or almost complete, so please, please stop worrying! <3

I took some of the feedback from my last post on board and the rules have changed slightly.
If your story isn’t finished by the time the posting date you picked comes up, you can still go ahead and post the story as long as it is 10k or more.

I would rather see a few WIPs than abandoned stories and frustrated authors. I want to keep the fandom alive and not make the people in it miserable.

To help us all, I would like to present out very own Google Group.

I am still trying to figure out how it works exactly, but you are more than welcome to join and if the link doesn’t work for you, email me at hobbitbigbangmod@gmail.com and I will add you to the group. It’s a friendly place to chat, find motivation and exchange ideas.

With that said, the rough drafts are due TODAY! April, 09!

Thank you, everyone who has sent in their draft already! I will respond to all of your lovely emails asap.
For everyone else, please send your drafts in now: hobbitbigbangmod@gmail.com
07 April 2017 @ 05:50 pm

Hey everyone!
I am so sorry that I haven’t been around and missed the last check in post entirely. I started working for a new company and the new job is a step up from my previous position, so I have been… a little stressed, but I am also terribly frustrated with my story. I finished my first draft and celebrated by deleting it all, because I hated it so much. So, that’s where I’m at.

I received a lot of emails and PMs by people telling me that they are going to have to drop out of the BigBang because they cannot finish their stories. That is pretty much the opposite of what I want. I want more stories and happy writers instead of frustrated writers and abandoned fics!

As a result of these messages, I am thinking about adjusting the rules slightly, but I wanted to get some feedback from you guys first.
My idea is that the story doesn’t have to be complete. As long as it is over 10k and at least 10k are posted/ready to be posted on the due date you’re good to go. Would that work for everyone or is it unfair towards the authors who followed the rules and managed to finish their story?

Poll #2065962 Change the rules

Should I change the rules?

Yes, that's cool.
No, it's unfair.

Please bear in mind that the rough drafts are due on Sunday, April 09.
You can send them to me anytime at hobbitbigbangmod@gmail.com and PLEASE, don’t worry about them! I am not going to judge you for using a pink font or the spell check going wild. I am not even going to read anything at all. All I do is verify that the word count is somewhere around 10k.
If you don’t want to send me the draft as a document, because you worry that I am a liar and that I am going to judge, I am happy with a screenshot of your current word count.
28 February 2017 @ 06:26 am
Hello, everyone!

It's time for another (non-mandatory) check in!

The author sign ups close on March 09, a month before the rough drafts are due. That should give everyone who still wants to join time to do so.

The artist sign ups remain open, so spread the word!

I'm back from my holiday and I'll catch up with everything and go through all the sign up posts to see if i missed anyone who signed up while i was gone.

And once again, a few questions, because i love the clicky buttons :D Unfortunately there is a 255 character limit for the text fields, so feel free to answer those questions in the comments!

I already read a few of the comments on the last check in post where everyone talked about their stories. I didn't have a chance to comment on them yet, but they all sound so exciting! Please use the comments here to talk more about your story!

Poll #2063777 Check In II

What's going on with your story?

Everything's great. Couldn't be better!
It's okay. I'm happy with the progress.
I have a plan... I'm going to start writing any day now.
I just deleted my third draft. Or fourth? What day is it?
I haven't started. May have forgotten about this BigBang...

Your Favourite Sentence?

Last Sentence your wrote?

Something you didn't expect - without giving too much away :D

And again, before I hand the word over to you, there is always the Beta and Cheerleader Post. Sign up or find a Beta Reader or Cheerleader to help you with your story!
16 January 2017 @ 12:20 am
Hello everyone!
Welcome to the first (non-mandatory) check in post for Round 4.
First off, thank you all so much for joining the BigBang, for liking and reblogging the promo posts and for being lovely and friendly and awesome! It means so much to me!

The author sign-ups are still open and will remain open for at least another month, so if you are a latecomer, you can still sign up. And I think I’ve said it before, an author is never late nor is he early. I think you know the rest.
The artist sign-ups will remain open until the author’s drafts are due, so artists, you can think about signing up for a bit longer, but honestly, what is there to think about ;)

That said, I will be away on holiday in New Zealand (I KNOW!!!) pretty much all of February, so if you sign up in February and don’t get a “Thanks for signing up” note, don’t worry, I will get to it as soon as I’m back and as long as you can see your comment on the sign up post, assume that you are signed up. The same goes for emails. I probably won’t be able to reply to emails straightaway, but I’ll get it done when I’m back home.

Now, enough about me. I would love to use this post to hear from you. Of course, right now, this is mainly for the authors, but artists, check the comments as well, you might get a first glimpse of the story you are going to work with.

How are you all doing?
Poll #2061301 First Check in Round 4

What's going on with your story?

Everything's great. I may or may not be surprised by that...
It's okay. I could have written more, but overall, I'm happy
I have a plan. It's a good plan, too.
Yeah, I haven't really started at all. I may have forgotten about this BigBang
Help meeee!

I am dying to hear what everyone is up to, so here are a few questions for you. Feel free to skip if you don’t want to give too much away.
Poll #2061302 Story Details

Post your first sentence

The last sentence your wrote

Character who is co-operating suspiciously well

Character you could spank for not following your plan at all

Please use the comments to expand on your answers, discuss your work, ask questions. Really anything is cool.

Is there anything else you would like me to do? Anything you need from me? Weekly word sprints or word wars?
It is my first time running a BigBang all by myself and I really want all of us to succeed and if someone doesn’t finish their story because I didn’t post a picture of a unicorn with a motivational quote I really don’t know how I could live with myself. Okay… that’s a bit much… I should probably save the drama for my story. But you get my point.

And finally, before I hand the word over to you, there is always the Beta and Cheerleader Post. Sign up or find a Beta Reader or Cheerleader to help you with your story!
10 December 2016 @ 11:27 am
Hey everyone, it’s me again, peaches.
I really hope that this round is going to be just as successful and just as much fun as the previous rounds. Of course it is going to be a bit more challenging every year, because there is no new material, but I think there is a lot of love for this fandom out there!

This is the chat post for anything you would like to say. Set your plotbunnies free here, post suggestions for podfics or let us know if you found a great resource for anything from screencaps to khuzdul.

Because I don't want to leave any man behind this year, I am also considering to add a weekly word crawl in the style of the Extreme Harry Potter Word Crawl. Let me know if you are interested in that!

And that's it, I think.

Have fun, everyone!
10 December 2016 @ 11:12 am
Here you can offer your service as a Beta Reader or search for one.
You don't have to participate in the actual challenge as an author or artist to be a beta reader. Anyone is welcome to help out!



I decided to add Cheerleaders this round. A cheerleader can have as much or as little involvement in the story as you like. I have been a cheerleader for authors without ever reading their story until it was posted and I've also helped with a ton of research for another author. Basically a cheerleader is someone to keep you on track, keep you going and motivated.

(add or delete suggestions)
- Cheerleading with/without reading the story
- Bouncing ideas around
- Do Research
- Do word wars/sprints/etc with you