Log in

22 March 2017 @ 05:29 pm

Hello intrepid Pros BB writers! *waves excitedly at the intrepid Pros BB writers*

It's check-in time again, so how's it going? Are you making admirable progress with your story, or are you marooned on Procrastination Patio, jet-washing flagstones, re-arranging garden furniture, and wondering if you've got time to finish knitting that yurt before you sit down to write...?

Do let us know! We're here to help, sympathise, hector, and support. So please share your triumphs, terrors, frustrations, and jubilations with us! :-)
14 March 2017 @ 07:48 pm
108.5 days until July 1 - rough draft due day. Everybody on track? Anyone all done? If you're like me, you are needing a push or a shove or maybe even a boot in the bum inspiration. Well then, follow the link!

Inspiration for those critical scenesCollapse )
Feeling inspired? Then start writing! *g*

[thanks to ali15son and loxley for not minding [I hope!] the use of some of their screen caps and manips]
09 March 2017 @ 09:54 am
Well, we have our usual and unusual suspects on our brand spanking new writers list. How's it going? Planning, writing, throwing a wobbly? Let us know. :-)
03 March 2017 @ 01:23 am
Well it is the 3rd of March here at ci5_boxoftricks
and that means that the sign ups for writers have now closed!

Which in turn means we are now able to introduce you all to the 21 fabulous writers who have signed up for the 2017 Pros Big Bang!. So here we go, in alphabetical order:

  • Agent_Talis

  • Airelle1

  • banbury

  • ci5mates

  • Dawnwind

  • Fiorenza_a

  • golden bastet

  • jojo

  • krisser

  • lbc

  • LilyK

  • mab

  • margaret_r/moth2fic

  • merentha13

  • murphybabe

  • PFL

  • P.R. Zed

  • snailbones

  • Snow White

  • spaceknight

  • unbelievable2

Massive thanks to all the writers who have signed up, we know this is going to be another really fantastic year.

The next big deadline for writers will be July 1st, when the rough draft (5,000 words minimum) and outline will be due, and more information about this will follow as we get closer to the date.

In the meantime, stay tuned for weekly check in posts for the chance to chat, see how things are going and plan that escape to an exotic island when the muses are refusing to co-operate :D.
Hi, Pros-y people. If you're thinking about signing up for this year's Box of Tricks you need to make a decision. Sign-ups close on 1 March 2017. If you want to sign up please rev up your Capri, or browser, and head to this post here:


If you'd like to be a beta or cheerleader, those options will still remain open. :-)
22 February 2017 @ 10:44 pm

Hello intrepid BB-ers!

Check-in time again, dear hearts, so how's it going? Are you still at the sharpening-pencils stage, or have you progressed to re-arranging-everything-on-your-desk-for-ease-of-access? Have you romped ahead and already made your font selection (and a list of Useful-Names-For-Original-Characters, just on the off-chance) or are you already *does excited mod dance* well into the writing? Do please let us know, because we'd love to hear from you!

If you've not signed up for the BB yet, there's still time, so if you want to be a writer, a beta, or a cheerleader, we'd love to have you join in! (Artists and vidders, please don't feel neglected - we'll be getting to you soon. :-)

And if anyone is still stuck for a plot - feel free to seek inspiration from the ideas post (or the picture above :-)
14 February 2017 @ 12:47 pm
Hello BBer’s old and new and welcome to 2017!
We all know that a new year only really starts once the Box of Tricks Big Bang kicks off so now it has, a very happy new year to you all!
Please feel free to keep us updated on all your writing trials and tribulations, whether you need a shoulder to cry or a collective cheer of celebration, here is the place to find it.
Thank you all for your participation. Our beloved lads are still going strong after all these years and it’s all down to YOU!
13 February 2017 @ 05:26 pm

Here's the post for anyone not able to sign up for the 2017 Pros BB challenge as a writer, artist, or beta, but who still wants to participate.

We’d love to have you as a cheerleader!

In fact, even if you are signing up as a writer, artist, or vidder, we'd still love to have you as a cheerleader! :-)

A cheerleader is someone who participants can bounce ideas off. Someone who can pre-read a partial draft and give a sense of whether it's working. Someone who can break out the pom poms and, well, cheer a writer on to the finish. It's an important job; writers, artists and vidders need all the encouragement they can get, and those pom poms aren’t going to shake themselves! So join the lovely lads above and get shaking! (Leg warmers and leotards optional.)

If you'd like to be cheerleader, just pop your name in a comment below, to let people know they can call on you for encouragement if needed. You can also pop into the weekly check-in posts (starting shortly) at anytime to offer encouragement, a shoulder to lean [or cry] on, or just to shake those pom poms like the fabulous cheerleader you are!

Get practicing those jumps, and GO PROS!

Here's your opportunity to sign up to offer your services as an editor/beta.

If you haven't done this before, here is how it works: you sign up below to volunteer and if someone needs you to read their story, they ask you to help. You and your writer set your parameters, such as read for plot only, or read for grammar, punctuation, or whatever you both feel comfortable with. Beta readers and editors are important to most writers so that they can present a clean and polished final version of their story.

If you are a writer who already has a beta and/or editor, they don't have to sign up. This is only for folks who want to volunteer to help writers who possibly don't have anybody to help them out.
Thanks a million!

User name/Pseud:
IM (optional):
What pairings/genres do you enjoy/are you willing to read:
What are your strengths as a beta reader?:
What kind of turn-around time can someone expect from you?:
08 February 2017 @ 05:51 pm
Yes, it really is that time already! So, dear Pros fans, 'fess up and tell us all about the things you want to be reading in the 2017 Pros Big Bang.
We won't judge, so don't be shy!


• If you have a story prompt you’re dying to share, now's the time to air it. You can give as much, or as little, detail as you like, and all genres and pairings are welcome. It could be something simple, like:

Marty fancied Ray. Ray fancied Bodie. Bodie fancied fish and chips. It was going to be a long Friday.

Or something more complicated, like:

Marty fancied Ray. Ray fancied Bodie. Bodie fancied fish and chips. So how had they ended up manacled together in a warehouse in Wapping and staring at a bomb? It was going to be a long Friday.

Or even a little bit of a story, like:

Shrugging into his jacket, Doyle turned for the door, only to find his path blocked by his partner. He'd under-estimated how fast Bodie could move. People often did - under-estimated how silently and quickly he could move for a big bloke. Mis-spent youth, that, Doyle thought, and almost laughed at the irony. While Bodie had been fighting for his life as a mercenary in Africa, he'd been turning tricks for punters on behalf of the Derbyshire constabulary.
The memory sickened him.
'Ray, let's talk about this.'
Doyle hit him.
'Let's not.' People often under-estimated him too.
It was going to be a long Friday.

General thoughts/ideas/wishes/cravings:

• Maybe you don't have a story prompt. Maybe you just have a thought, wish, or craving you'd like to share, in which case, please post that as a comment. We'd love to hear your thoughts on what you'd like to see immortalised in Pros BB fic, vid and art this year! And you never know, you might just inspire one of our BB writers!

BB writers, feel free to take inspiration from any of the suggestions in the comments. If any particular idea takes your fancy, grab it and run!