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So warm up your computers, tune up your software, gather those screen caps and film clips and join the fun of the 2017 Big Bang! More information coming in a few days.

And writers - how's it going? Have our lads irritated Cowley enough? Have the baddies been rounded up? Has Doyle had his brood; Bodie his Swiss roll? Have they had enough between-the-sheets-time? Let us know!
19 April 2017 @ 10:05 am
Rough draft requirements reminder

As we are now getting to the midway point before the rough draft deadline on the 1st July we thought this was a good time to post a reminder of the rough draft requirements.

A minimum word count of 6,600 words.
We're not going to be totally tyrannical about this. If you're only at 4,000 words, but it's clear you're well on the way to finishing, that works for us. But if you're only at 1,000 words, we have a problem. Talk to us and let us know how you are getting on. We don’t bite..........hard.

A reasonably complete outline of any unfinished scenes
The outline can be as complete (massively detailed descriptions of every remaining incident in the story) or as brief ("insert sex scene here") as you like.

A reasonable confidence that you will be able to finish the whole story (10,000 word minimum) by the September 23rd deadline.
This last bit is the most important. Since it gets handed to an artist at this point, we'd like for the artist not to work on something that isn't going to get done.

A short paragraph length summary/blurb that can be posted publicly on the comm for the artists to claim from.
This should give a good flavour of the story, but doesn't have to give everything away. You can see what people wrote for the last few years: 2016, 2015, 2014 .

Please also include a warning if one applies (e.g. for subjects like death, rape or underage sex) or, if the story needs a warning but you are worried about spoilers, you can let us know that you choose not to warn.

Lastly you don’t need a title at this point, we all know that sometimes this can be the very last thing that you write :D.

We will be putting a post up in June detailing how to send us your rough draft and summary so please look out for that.

Finally, as always, if you have any questions about anything please get in touch by emailing the mods at prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com.
12 April 2017 @ 08:25 pm
Yes, almost unbelievably, another week has passed and it's time for the Pros BB Check-in again. Is it me, or are the weeks just hurtling by?
If that thought fills you with dread, don't panic! There are still a lot of weeks to go before you need to turn anything in, and we're here to help if you need assistance with anything. :-)
Soooooooo, how's it going for you? Do let us know!
05 April 2017 @ 09:03 pm
Ooh, look, it's a check-in post. Time marches on into April (see what I did there, yes?). How is your writing going? Whether cheers or commiserations are in order, let us know here. :-)
30 March 2017 @ 07:58 pm
So, then, BB-ers: it's the end of March. How goes it?

Has Bodie had a chance to show himself as talk, dark, and engagingly modest?

Has Doyle gotten his expense chits reimbursed yet?

Has Cowley castigated the two of them for wasting good scotch?

Or are you letting the creative juices bubble a bit? :D

Inquiring minds want to know!
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. :-)