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TS Blair Salt
The Sentinel first aired on 20 March, 1996. Twenty years later, Sentinel fandom is still here. There are no new episodes, but we still talk about the show; we still write fan fiction and create other fanworks; we still come together as a fandom to raise money for good causes and while some of us have known each other for twenty years (or more!), we still welcome new fans and new friends, too.

2016, our show’s 20th anniversary, will be a special year for Sentinel fandom, and as part of the celebrations our big bang will also be something special. We will be holding two big bangs, hopefully in tandem.

You can sign up to take part in just one of them or both. The signup rules will be the same for each, meaning you can submit up to two projects for each big bang, but no more than three across both challenges.

Sentinel Nostalgia Big BangCollapse )

Sentinel Anniversary Big BangCollapse )

Cheerleaders and beta readersCollapse )

Submissions - IMPORTANT

There is a very important change to the submission process this year. We will not accept projects via email. Instead there's a submission form on the Sentinel Big Bang website where you can upload your work. We're doing it this way because it's very important we have all of the information about each story - the form will make sure you can't forget anything.

All the links:


Overview of the anniversary challenges
Challenge schedule
Rules and advice for writers
Rules and advice for artists
Big Bang FAQ
Page-a-mod post

Take part:

Signups for writers - Nostalgia Big Bang
Signups for writers - Anniversary (regular) Big Bang
Signups for artists (both big bangs)
Cheerleader offers and requests post
Beta reader offers and requests post

Follow the big bang:

Join our mailing list
Join our livejournal community
Visit our website
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Google+
TS Blair Salt
It's art claim time!

Rule #1: you must be signed up to claim. If you are not signed up as an artist, go here to sign up now!

Under the cut are the stories available for claiming. There are 8 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 put in a claim for more than that, as long as you list them in order of preference. We only have eight projects, so there's no maximum number this time around.

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 PattRose - Outside Looking In,
Project #3 bluewolf - As It Was Meant to Be / Taking the Trip
Project #2 Katef - A Sense of Belonging – The Complete Collection

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. If we can't assign all the stories after round 1 closes, round 2 will open on Wednesday.
Jim and Blair
Just a little note to remind people that today is the day. It is now too late to ask for extensions. The ones that did get extensions need to be sure and send in a rough copy of your story for the art claims. If you don't get a rough copy to us by Sunday, you won't have your story in the art claims or in the Big Bang itself. I just wanted to make that perfectly clear.

Good luck, everyone.

Hugs, Patt
22nd-Jan-2016 08:10 am - Nostalgia Deadline approaching!
TS Blair Salt
I must admit, it snuck up on me, too, but the deadline for Nostalgia big bang stories is just five days away! (This is your old stories re-written or added-to - the Anniversary BB deadline for new stories is still months away.)

The deadline is 27 January - and as always, that's midnight wherever you happen to be. If you need a little more time we can squeeze a bit more for you :-) but you must ask before the deadline day.

Remember you need to send your project in using our online form: http://www.sentinelbigbang.com/tsbb/201516-anniversary-big-bang/writer/writers-submissions-form/

but as always feel free to email us (mods at sentinelbigbang dot com) if you need any help or have questions.
TS Blair Salt
Okay, folks: it's checkpoint time, but this one is a little different.

First things first - to all our readers, writers and artists, happy holidays (whatever the December hol means to you), and let's look forward to a wonderful new year!

Second, the Anniversary Big Bang deadline is officially moving to fit in with the anniversary auction etc. We don't have a firm date for the auction yet, so this might change by a week or two either side, but I'm tentatively moving the deadline date to 24 June 2016. This is for Anniversary Big Bang projects only (never posted before, stand-alone works). Art claims wil be the Monday following (27 June) and posting will be in August. Those dates still depend (slightly) on the auction so might change a little. We'll let you know as soon as the auction timetable is confirmed.

The Nostalgia Big Bang (reworkings of older stories, sequels, prequels and so on) will stay on the original schedule: final projects are due by 27 January.

Since the two challenges are now on different timetables, this checkpoint is for the Nostalgia Big Bang only. As always, checking in is entirely optional.

Target for Checkpoint #5: If you're pacing your writing to the checkpoint schedule, you should now be about done with the first draft and thinking about sending your story to beta. It's totally fine if you're not there yet - there's more than a month to go and everyone works at their own pace.

This is the last Nostalgia BB checkpoint, so this is the one where we ask you to share a taster of your story. No more than a paragraph or two - just enough to get your readers excited for more.

How to "check in"
You can check in here on LJ, on the Big Bang website or via our mailing list.

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

Name:
Your project title:
Tell us a little about your project: (what's the original piece it's based on, how are you changing or adding to it?)
Your taster: (a very short snippet of your project)

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. This isn't the place for criticism or negativity.

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.
14th-Nov-2015 07:49 am - Big Bang Checkpoint #4
TS Blair Salt
It's checkpoint time again!

We've also got some important decisions to make and if you're taking part in our big bang we want your input. See the post below this one for details.

About the checkpointsCollapse )

Target for Checkpoint #3Collapse )

How to "check in"


You can check in here on LJ, on the Big Bang website or via our mailing list.

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

Name:
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. That's for the final checkpoint, when your project will be ready for submission.

To repeat: the checkpoints are completely optional.

Sending in your workCollapse )

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. This isn't the place for criticism or negativity.

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.
14th-Nov-2015 07:47 am - Next year's big bang and Moonridge
TS Blair Salt

1. Anniversary Big Bang deadline


Patt and I have always tried to set up our Big Bang schedules to make it possible for our writers to include their work in the Moonridge auctions. Since the auction requires buyers get the stories exclusively for a month, this means we have to fit our deadlines and claims in around this: that's why our usual posting is in November.

For the anniversary celebrations, we want to post on the anniversary - which is March. The auction will most likely be in June, so that won't work. This is why we decided to split the Big Bang into two tracks.

The Nostalgia Big Bang (old stories rewritten, sequels and other additions) will go ahead as originally planned. Stories must be in by 27 January, art claims will begin a week later and posting will be in March.

For the Anniversary Big Bang - new, stand-alone stories - we need to make a decision about the schedule before our next checkpoint. We have two options:
  • Keep to the same schedule as the Nostalgia BB track

  • Shift the Anniversary writers' deadline to June, allowing writers to enter their Anniversary works in the Moondridge auction

Though the details haven't been finalised we've been in touch with Aly and she's determined the auction will go ahead and most likely in the second or third week of June.

Note: we're not suggesting people have to enter their work in the auction; this is just to help those who want to. But obviously, the deadlines have to be the same for everyone.

2. Big Bang collection


I also have a second idea. When I get the stories ready for posting, I include a PDF copy which is designed for printing. It would be fairly straightforward to collect all those into one and make a zine, but I don't have zine printing capabilities. But print-on-demand is easy and fairly cheap. So I was thinking I could collect the Nostalgia stories into a book so we could have a real memento of the anniversary.

Three things:

It's opt-in. I'll only include those stories I'm specifically told I can include.

The cost - I can't say until I know how big the book will be, but the book will be priced with no markup (i.e. as low as possible - I won't profit from it at all)

If we do this, a copy can be donated to the auction - I'll pay for that.

Tell us what you think!


Your opinion counts. Please comment below, or if you prefer email mods @ sentinelbigbang dot com, and let us know:

How do you feel about moving the Annivesary Big Bang deadline to June (posting in August)

Would you be interested in having a printed book copy of the Nostalgia Big Bang stories, and (if you are a writer or artist) would you want your work included?
3rd-Oct-2015 07:00 am - Writers' Checkpoint #3
TS Blair Salt
It's checkpoint time again!

About the checkpointsCollapse )

Target for Checkpoint #3Collapse )

How to "check in"


You can check in here on LJ, on the Big Bang website or via our mailing list.

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

Name:
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. That's for the final checkpoint, when your project will be ready for submission.

To repeat: the checkpoints are completely optional.

Sending in your workCollapse )

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. This isn't the place for criticism or negativity.

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-Sep-2015 07:31 am - Writers' Checkpoint #2
TS Blair Salt
It's checkpoint time again!

About the checkpointsCollapse )

Target for Checkpoint #2Collapse )

How to "check in"


You can check in here on LJ, on the Big Bang website or via our mailing list.

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

Name:
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. That's for the final checkpoint, when your project will be ready for submission.

To repeat: the checkpoints are completely optional.

A request for help


Does anyone know of a way one of our writers can get hold of the episodes? Most used to be on YouTube but have been removed, and the only other site I knew of that had them is now offline. The show is finally coming out on DVD but for those of us not in the USA that's not really a help. (I'm hoping the set will appear on Amazon before Christmas, but so far, no luck.) If you know of a source that's still around, or even of a community where someone could ask, please leave a comment to let me know.

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. This isn't the place for criticism or negativity.

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.
Sentinel_Jim_Gray
Kerensa here,

First of all, I want to apologize for how long it's taken me to thank everyone. I've been home from the nursing home for a while now that it is taken me a long time to adjust. And to pry my daughter off the computer. LOL thank you so much to everyone who sent me cards, called me, sent presents and certainly to those who donated money. The encouragement and prayers helped immensely and have made my recovery a lot easier to bear and I want to thank you all very much. I am using the headphones and program that so many of you gave money to help buy. It is taking me a little while to get used to using the program. Either I don't speak very clearly or it just doesn't hear me correctly, either way it's hard to get used to. I have coupled that with my bad eyesight now it makes it hard to type or read, so please bear with me if it takes a little while to add to my stories. I will add to the best. Thanks to all of my good friends. Thank you all very much.

Kerensa
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