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The Sentinel Big Bang
Creative fanworks challenge for The Sentinel fandom
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2nd-Mar-2014 11:05 am - [sticky post] 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:
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Writers’ first check point for The Sentinel Big Bang.
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 #1:

If you're pacing your writing to fit the timetable of the challenge, you should now have about 2,000 words, or one 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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You can continue to ask for one in the original post, but the moderators won't be watching it as of March 29th. If you would like one and have any questions about it at all, write to us at mods at sentinelbigbang dot com and we'll answer you as soon as possible.

Happy writing, everyone.

Hugs, Patt
2nd-Mar-2014 11:03 am - Writer signups
TS Blair Salt
Comment below to sign up as a writer for the Sentinel Big Bang.

You are signing up to create an Sentinel-related written project (fiction, meta or a combination of the two) of at least 10,000 words.

You must submit a final copy of your project by 6 September. This is a NOT a rough draft.

Signing up is a statement of intent; if you sign up but find you can't finish by the submission deadline, you can drop out with no penalty.

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Hopefully, everyone who signs up will submit a project or two in September. But we understand that's a long way off and things can change. If you want to withdraw your sign up, you can do so any time before the deadline just by deleting your comment on this post or by commenting again to let the mods know. But you don't even have to do that; if you decide not send in a project when the time comes, the mods will assume you've dropped out. No harm, no foul.

Writers' Signups close on August 31.

2nd-Mar-2014 11:00 am - Beta request post
TS Blair Salt
The Big Bang rules state that all written projects must be beta-read.

The mods won’t force anyone to use a particular beta. If you’ve got someone you usually work with, you can go ahead and continue to work as you usually do. But for those who don’t usually work with a beta reader, or who want to work with someone new, this post is one place you can look for a beta for your big bang story.

Writers: please comment with brief details about your project (fiction or non-fiction, genre, pairing, length). Alternatively, reply to any beta who has offered her services below to request her help.

Please don’t ask for a beta until you’ve got at least part of your project written. A beta needs something to work with. If you need help before you’ve really begun you may be better off asking for a cheerleader, which is a separate post.

Beta readers: please reply to writers to offer your help or leave a comment of your own to offer your services. Please say something about your strengths as a beta (plot, grammar, etc.) and whether there anything you would not want to beta (e.g. any pairings you dislike).

We recommend you track this post so you will be notified by LJ when a new beta request is posted in the comments.

Beta requests and offers are also welcome on the mailing list:

The mods will watch this post and we’ll try to ensure that every writer who asks for help gets a beta reader. Don’t forget, though, that this isn’t the only place you can look for a beta reader. The sentinel_betas community isn't very active but does still exist, and a lot of other lists and communities in the fandom allow beta requests, too.
2nd-Mar-2014 11:02 am - Artist signups
TS Blair Salt
Sign up below to take part in the Big Bang as an artist.

“Art” for the Big Bang refers to any creative fan work that is not written. It can mean traditional art, manips, etc. but could also be fanvids, music mixes, podfics...and much more. Anything you can post on a web page. You'll be signing up to produce at least one piece of art to accompany or illustrate your assigned project. (Exception: if you only make icons, we ask you to create at least three.) You are, of course, welcome to do more, but that's the minimum!

You won't be assigned a project to illustrate until September, because we won't have drafts from the writers until then. But you can sign up early, or wait until the end of summer if you prefer. We will post reminders before artist signups close.

Artists will have some choice over the project they are assigned but there is no guarantee an artist can be assigned their first preference.

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Artist signups will close on September 15.

Art claims will open on September 15. That’s not a misprint: signups will remain open for the first day of artist claims - this is to allow for last-minute signups on that day. But please sign up early if you intend to take part: it helps the mods enormously if we know in advance how many artists we will have.

Hopefully, everyone who signs up will want to claim a project or two in September. But we understand that's a long way off and things can change. If you want to withdraw your sign up, you can do so any time before artist claims just by deleting your comment on this post or by commenting again to let the mods know. But you don't even have to do that; if you decide not to claim a project when the time comes, the mods will assume you've dropped out. No harm, no foul.

2nd-Mar-2014 11:01 am - Cheerleader request post
TS Blair Salt
What's a big bang "cheerleader"?

Well, it doesn't (usually) involve pom-poms.

A cheerleader's job is to encourage a writer to write her Big Bang story. You'll be cheerleading for a specific author, and you'll agree between yourselves what is the best way you can help. Basically, you're there to gently prod your writer to keep writing, perhaps read parts of the project in-progress, to help her brainstorm ideas if she hits a writers' block and generally, well, cheerlead.

Signing up as a cheerleader does not obligate you to beta-read, though if you want to beta you can - that's between you and your writer.

The cheerleading part of the Big Bang seems to work really well for some people, but not so well for others, so taking part in this is completely optional. Cheerleading assignments will not be imposed by the mods, because for a writer/cheerleader relationship to work, you’ve got to be compatible personalities. Only you can decide that, so we're asking the cheerleaders to offer their services directly.

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Cheerleader requests/signups will close on 29 March.

(Note: you can still request or sign up as a cheerleader after this date, but the mods will no longer watch this post after 29 March, so it’s up to you to match yourselves up.)
TS Blair Salt
Just in case you haven't seen it, there's a post in ts_news for all Sentinel fans:

Calling all TS fans, past and present!

2016 is the 20th anniversary of The Sentinel's first season, and plans to make it an anniversary to remember are just beginning. See the link above for info.

Patt and I are discussing how we can do something extra-special with the TS Big Bang to celebrate the anniversary, but that sort of planning is early-days. We'll let you know what we come up with later this year.

On an off-topic note, Patt and I are...uh, I guess the word is moonlighting, organising another Big Bang in another fandom: Almost Human. If you haven't seen the show, you should check it out - it's a SciFi cop show and the dynamic between the leads is decidedly similar to Jim and Blair. Anyhow, this is off topic so I won't belabour the point. Check out almosthumanbang if you're interested.
TS Blair Salt
The challenge schedule for 2014 is now ready. As always, the schedule is not set in stone - things may change if RL issues or internet disaster should intervene. But it sets out our plan for the year and Patt and I generally manage to stick to it.

The big bang rules, submission guide and FAQ have also been updated - just small changes this time, mostly to clarify things that appeared to confuse some of you during the last challenge. The essentials haven't changed - it's still 10,000 words minimum, fiction or non-fiction, crossovers welcome but absolutely no real person fic (that means nothing about real people, whether it's slash or not. There are small exceptions which you can find in the FAQ). Read the posts for the rest of the details.

Signups for 2014 will open on 1 March. We're really excited to host another year of Sentinel fandom's talent!
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And before long it will be sign up time. Sign ups start in March, so keep a watch out for our posts. We will have everything listed so it'll be easy as pie. Is everyone ready for another Sentinel Big Bang? Do you have ideas in your mind yet, or have you started writing them down? Feel free to post here and tell us what you look forward to and if there is anything you need from us before March. Morgan and I are both looking forward to another year of working with all of you writers, betas and artists. We love the Big Bang. I can't wait to see who is going to sign up this year. Good luck to all of you on your stories, or at least ideas for stories. :) If there are any questions that you don't want to ask here, please contact us at mods at sentinel big bang dotcom. We're here for you. Happy New Year and get busy thinking and writing. That's an order. *grin*

Hugs, Patt
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