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2nd-Mar-2014 11:05 am - Page-a-Mod post
TS Blair Salt
The challenge schedule, Big Bang rules and the Big Bang FAQ posts should answer most questions you have about the challenge.




Big Bang Guidelines for Final Submissions of art and written projects:

Rough draft submission guide (now for art only):

However, if you have a question and can't find the answer there, you can use this post to contact the mods and we'll answer your queries.

You can also ask your questions on our mailing list:

Or email us privately at mods at sentinelbigbang dot com

Please do not email us (Patt or Morgan) at our personal email addresses with questions about the big bang. We work together as a team on this and it's really important we're both in the loop when there are questions or problems.

More links:

Writer signups:

Artist signups:

Cheerleader request post:

Beta request post:
18th-Sep-2014 05:50 am - Assignments on the way!
TS Blair Salt
All art assignments have now been sent. If you're a writer in this year's challenge, or an artist who posted a claim, you should now have an email confirming your assignment. Please let me know if you didn't get it.

How closely artists and writers work together is up to you.

We ask you at a minimum to get in touch - 'touch base' and let the writer know you're on it. Writers are free to make requests of their artist but the artist has full control over what they create. This isn't a commissioned piece and there's always the possibility that writer and artist won't share the same vision.

I've been in big bangs on both sides and personally, I find it a much better experience when writer and artist work together. But that's over to you.

Above all, have fun with it. Patt's going to be unavailable for a few weeks but I'm still around, so if you need any help or have questions, you know where to find me.
16th-Sep-2014 08:24 pm - Art Claims - round #2
TS Blair Salt
The art assignments for Round #1 are on their way.

We have two stories that could not be assigned in round #1. They are:

Project #6: Who Sups With the Devil
Genre and rating: Gen, all ages
Warnings: None
Summary: A Rainier professor is found murdered

Project #9: Cutting a Swath
Genre and Rating: Pre-slash, PG
Warnings: None
Summary: When Jim's senses come on line, William sends Jim to live in an isolated area because he doesn't want people to know an Ellison could be a "freak." Eventually, Jim loses all contact with his father and brother. Jim becomes a soldier and then a cop while his brother, Steven, becomes a gambler and blackmailer. When Steven tries to blackmail Dr. Blair Sandburg, William convinces Blair not to press charges with the promise that he will supervise Steven. Additionally, he compensates Blair by giving him information about a man with exceptional senses.

To claim one of these, please comment with the following:

Your name: (make sure it's the name you signed up with!)
Your claim: (project number and title)

PLEASE go check the signup post and make sure that you included an email address when you signed up and that it's a valid email address. We will not send assignments in any other way and if your email bounces, we can't send you yours. Typos are so easy - please check! (and if you used X's or something else to bot-proof your email, say so! Don't just assume I'll figure it out!)

There are several artists signed up who didn't claim in Round #1. They have the first chance to claim one of these. If you've already claimed a story and would like to take another, you don't have to wait to leave a comment, but we'll give priority to those who haven't got an assignment.

Round #2 will close in about 30 hours, or when all stories have been claimed.

Round #2 is closed and all stories have an artist! Yay!

15th-Sep-2014 06:00 am - Art Claims - round #1
TS Blair Salt
It's art claim time!

Rule #1: you must be signed up to claim. If you are not signed up, go here to sign up now! The signup post will close at the same time as this post does.

Under the cut are the stories available for claiming. There are 12 stories to choose from.

The storiesCollapse )

How to claim

We don't do this on a first-come, first served basis, but we will do our best to give each artist their first choice. Obviously, that won't always be possible, which is why we ask you to make multiple selections.

You must claim at least three (3) stories; if you are offering to do art for two stories, you must claim at least four (4). You may claim up to six, in order of preference.

Comment below with

Your name: (make sure it's the name you signed up with!)
How many stories do you want assigned to you? 1 or 2
Your choices: (in order of preference, project number and title)

For example:

Your name: Morgan
How many stories do you want assigned to you? 1
Your choices: Project #1 A Worthwhile Partnership / Still Worth It,
Project #3, the Dreamer
Project #2 Sandburg and Machine

PLEASE go check the signup post (link above) and make sure that you included an email address when you signed up and that it's a valid email address. We will not send assignments in any other way and if your email bounces, we can't send you yours. Typos are so easy - please check! (and if you used X's or something else to bot-proof your email, say so! Don't just assume I'll figure it out!)

Round 1 will close in 24 hours. Round 1 is now closed. If we can't assign all the stories after round 1 closes, round 2 will open on Wednesday.
30th-Aug-2014 01:47 pm - Next year's big bang
TS Blair Salt
Patt and I have had some questions about it, so I guess it's time to post and let everyone know.

Next year will be a bit different. Exactly how, we will decide after we're done with this year's challenge, but you will all get a chance to tell us what you'd like to do and to vote on it.

Why the difference? Two reasons. First, because following our original plans next year would be a reverse bang/mini bang year. This gives us a break from the big bang format and allows people who prefer to write shorter stories join in. Second, because 2016 is the big TS anniversary, and we want to make the 2016 challenge something special which means potentially adjusting the plan for 2015 as well.

We're still discussing the possibilities, so nothing to share just yet. But stand by for a discussion post in November - and if you have any ideas how we can make 2016 a really special year, feel free to share!
30th-Aug-2014 01:36 pm - Final writers' checkpoint
TS Blair Salt
Here it is - the last writers' checkpoint for the 2014 big bang.

This is the one where we do things a little differently. There's about a week to go before the final deadline, and two weeks until we open art claims.

Writers, this is your chance to share a bit of your story, whet the appetites of our artists and readers, tease a little. Tell us the title, and post a short extract from your work, or a summary, or share some key details. Whatever suits you and 'sells' your story.

To everyone who has already sent in a story - thank you! For those still working on theirs, a reminder that your deadline (if we haven't already agreed an extension) is 6 September. If you need longer, you must contact us by 5 September at the latest. 6th is too late. Better to ask for an extension and not need it than to miss the deadline!

Artists - there's still time to sign up.
28th-Aug-2014 06:37 am - Apology - amendment to previous post
TS Blair Salt
Guys, I'm really sorry but I gave the wrong deadline date in my previous post. I've got a calendar set up to email me reminders of each milestone, and this last one was wrong. My fault - I should have double-checked the posted schedule.

Anyway, I told you all that the final deadline is 31 August. In the posted schedule it's a week later - 6 September. It wasn't my intention to change it. So - the deadline is 6 September for written projects. All previous rules remain the same.

Again, apologies, especially to anyone rushing to complete a week earlier than you should have to!
23rd-Aug-2014 09:06 am - Reminder: Deadline approaching
TS Blair Salt
The deadline for writers' submissions for this year's big bang is fast approaching, everyone! Next Sunday <strong>31 August</strong> is the date to circle on your calendar.

We've already got some stories in - thanks to everyone who has already sent something. I'm excited. I think this is going to be a great big bang year.

This is a final submission deadline, not a rough draft. That said, if you need more time, please get in touch with us before the deadline. We can work something out, as long as we know before the deadline's past. On 1 September, we'll be busy preparing for art claims and it'll be too late for extensions.

Good luck, everyone!
2nd-Aug-2014 07:35 am - Writers' Checkpoint #5
TS Blair Salt

Hi, everyone! It's checkpoint time!
About the checkpointsCollapse )

Target for checkpoint #5Collapse )

How to 'check in'Collapse )

Final Note

If you have any problems, questions or ideas about anything, please feel free to write to us at mods at sentinelbigbang dot com or comment on the Page-a-Mod post. We're always here for you.

5th-Jul-2014 12:24 am - Writers' checkpoint #4
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About the checkpoints:

All of our checkpoints are completely optional. If you've signed up to write a big bang project and you just want to get on with writing it, that's perfectly fine. You're under no obligation to check in at all until the submissions deadline. If you aren't ready to check in your own project, consider joining in to support our other writers.

So why should you bother to check in? Well, the checkpoints are here for several reasons:

• To help writers pace themselves in writing: each checkpoint will tell you how far along you should be if you're aiming to write steadily on the schedule.

• To let the writers drop some hints about their projects - this helps everyone watching get excited about the fanworks to come, but it also gives our artists a chance to consider which stories they're interested in claiming.

• To let people compare their progress with others, ask for help, for other people to offer help etc.

• And to remind everyone that the challenge is still happening :)

Target for Checkpoint #4:

If you're pacing your writing to fit the timetable of the challenge, you should now have about 8,000 words, or four/fifth of your project written. It's fine if you're not there yet! That's just the target to aim for.

There's no obligation to write to this schedule; the target word counts for each checkpoint are only for those who find it helpful. Some of us like to write at a steady pace; others work better in irregular bursts of inspiration. If the slow-and-steady approach doesn't fit the way you work, feel free to ignore the targets.

How to "check in":

Please comment using the template below to let us know how you're doing.

Your project:
Tell us a little about your progress:
Anything else you want to say (e.g. Do you need any help? Lacking inspiration or need a sounding board? Want to rant a little?):

Feel free to share some details about your project, maybe a summary or some hints, but please don't post actual extracts. There'll be a post for that as we come toward the end of the challenge, but this is too early.

To repeat: the checkpoints are completely optional.

A note about replying to writers: I want to encourage you to reply to check-ins. Let our writers know you're excited about their work! And if someone's asking for help, please feel free to offer it. But please bear in mind the purpose of these posts is to be supportive.

Final Note: If anyone has any problems, questions or ideas about anything, please feel free to write to us at mods at sentinelbigbang dot com. We're always here for you.
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