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18 September 2019 @ 09:08 am
Just a reminder ...

...the deadline for writers' final drafts and artists' rough drafts is the 23rd of September. That's next Monday - less than a week from today. O:



As always: if you have any questions, email us at prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com.
 
 
10 September 2019 @ 03:11 pm
Hi all.. . the time grows near . . .to begin thinking about . . .yes, you must think about . . Submitting Your Drafts!


As we are now getting ever closer to our deadline of 23rd September we thought we'd put up the details of what you need to do to submit your stories and art.

Writers

Send your completed story to the following email address:


prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com





Please use the following naming convention for the file:


prosbigbang_yourname_storytitle.doc






We're expecting that your draft is complete at this point, though you can definitely tweak before your posting date.

Artists

Please send the rough draft of your art to the same addresses above. It's not necessary to have completed art by this point (though that would be lovely) but we would like to know that you're on the way to finishing.

Writers and Artists

Since our next step is to create the posting schedule, please let us know if there are any dates that we should absolutely avoid giving you.

We want to make sure everyone has a date they're comfortable with, and one on which they can easily get their story or art up.

We’ll do our best to accommodate any requests, but we’d like everyone to appreciate that we're aiming to spread the stories out as evenly as possible throughout the month.

Next steps

Once we have everyone's stories and art, we will be putting together the posting schedule. And when that's done, we'll be emailing everyone their posting date, along with details of how to create a post at ci5_boxoftricks with links to whichever location you’ve chosen to post your story and art to (LJ, Dreamwidth, The Automated Hatstand, AO3, etc).

Drop us a line at the address above if you have any questions or issues.

Thanks once again to everyone for participating. We can't wait to see everyone's contributions to the challenge.
 
 
 
This is among the last of the regular check-in posts. The next few weeks will have important information posts. . . .so stay tuned.

But now, how is it going? Authors? Artists? Still with us? Hopefully you are seeing light at the end of the tunnels.

Let us know - we are here to listen!!
 
 
Yes, I'm a bit late, but it's Check In time again and, as you can see, Cowley and the Lads are already sizing up the posting schedule for this year's Big Bang. Not long to go now!


picture credit to loxley

So, how's the BB going for you? Are you on track for a celebratory single malt in the CI5 Controller's office, or are you, like me, more likely to be high-tailing it to the Outer Hebrides to watch Russian trawlers?

Let us know!
 
 
 
Well, folks, that dreaded moment is quickly approaching -- we're a little over a month out, omigodI'mnowhereneardone and it's time to go over what happens in that month. This is not under a cut because it's all important.

So here we go:

I. The Deadlines

Friday 23rd September

Writer's final draft is due
While you'll still have a few days to tweak and polish, we'd like the writers to have complete, finished stories by this point.

Artist's rough draft is due
As the artists have less time to work on this than the writers, we only need to see a rough draft of their art at this point. What we're looking for is an indication that the artist is on track to finish in time for their posting date.

Artists and writers should all send their drafts to the friendly mods. [who really haven't pulled all their hair out yet- fingernails, yes, hair, no] Further information about sending us these drafts will be posted closer to the deadline.

Tuesday 27th September

The posting schedule is sent out to artists and writers.

Saturday 1st October

Posting begins. Woot Woot Woot *\\\\o////*

II. What You Will Be Posting

Writers

In a publicly accessible location of your choosing: your story.
You may post in your own LJ, in an LJ you create specifically for this purpose, in an archive, like AO3, or on a website.

We only require that the story is publicly accessible, and that you do not post your story before your assigned posting date.

In the ci5_boxoftricks LJ: a post with a link to your story.
We'll be supplying templates for what your posts should look like nearer to the posting dates.

Artists

In a publicly accessible location of your choosing: the art for your claimed story, with any commentary you'd like.
You may post in your own LJ, in an LJ you create specifically for this purpose, in an archive, like AO3, or on a website.

We only require that the art is publicly accessible, and that you do not post your art before your assigned posting date.

In the ci5_boxoftricks LJ: a post with a link to your artist's post.
We'll be supplying templates for what your posts should look like nearer to the posting dates.

Writers and artists

Just a quick reminder that like last year both writers and artists will be making their own master posts to ci5_boxoftricks. But of course, as in previous years, writers and artists who would like the art included within the story should feel free to arrange to do so.

III. Some extra reminders / notes

We'll be supplying templates for what your posts should look like nearer to the posting dates.

We will also be asking you about any dates in October when you would not be able to post so put your thinking caps on.

If posting in LJ, there is a limit of 65,000 characters per post. This generally works out to an average of 8,000 to 10,000 words.

A new 2019 Pros Big Bang Collection has been made available here (yeah, there). To be clear you are not required to post your story / art at AO3 but if you are interested in posting at AO3 we still have some invite codes left so drop us a line if you would like one.

And we ask that both artists and writers do not cross-post their stories and art to any other community before the end of October.

IV. And finally

As always if you have any questions, drop us a comment or an email (the address is prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com) and watch out at the comm for future posts.
 
 
 
Hi All. .

Hopefully all the artists still have hair and writers still have working keyboards and computers. . . .I know I have NEVER wanted to throw mine across the room. . . .My cat has picked off tiles, in his effort to help, of course.

If there are things you all need help with. . . .or you need to vent or discuss. . . just holler out ( I promise to keep my hand to ear) or type if you want to do it the easy way. .

We are here for you!!
 
 
 
25 July 2019 @ 12:54 am
Hello dear writers and artists. We do hope you’ve all had the chance to meet your new partners in crime and have got some lovely ideas developing for this years BB.

It’s always my favourite part of the process when the art gets underway and hopefully later this week, I myself will have some free time to make a real start.

As always, if you have any problems, ideas, moans or are just after a little advice or support, we’re only an email away, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you need to.

It just remains for me to say, here’s to a great summer of writing and illustrating!


 
 
The mods of the 2019 Big Bang are extremely pleased to announce the writers' and artists' match ups! I am so excited!

Writers, you will receive an email with the contact details of your artist.

Artists, you will receive an email with your writer's info and their rough draft.

If you haven't had an email by the end of the week, please let us know by emailing us at prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com. Also if you see any mistakes in this list, drop us a line. Thanks to everybody!




LilyK author -- KrisserCI5 artist
Dreamland
Summary: A shocking discovery leads Doyle and Bodie on an unusual quest to discover the truth.



Dawnwind author -- Doyle on Canvas artist

High Stakes Summary

Chico and Sid learn that the senior steward of the Jockey Club has died. Bodie and Doyle uncover his murder, and the implication that he was involved in some extremely risky business. This fouls Bodie and Doyle’s plans for the weekend—and possibly their entire future. The Professionals/Racing Game crossover.



Verlaine author -- mella68 artist

Hostages to Fortune

Slash; Bodie/Doyle; case-fic; kidfic
Warning: details of child abuse and child trafficking

While Doyle is still recovering from being shot by Mayli, he and Bodie are assigned as redundant back-up for surveillance of an IRA terrorist in London. Still worried about his health and his future in CI5, Doyle becomes increasingly doubtful about why he and Bodie have been assigned to the case. And why has hardened terrorist Sean Donovan brought his children with him to England? As they uncover the details, Bodie and Doyle must make a choice about where their loyalties lie, and how far they will go in the name of CI5.



jat_sapphire author -- Macklingirl artist

Working title: Underground
Summary:
As a young man, Ray Doyle came to London with barely the train fare in his pocket. He lived in Brixton, among abandoned flats and a sexually and racially diverse population. He chose family and worked for social change … and slept with men, women, and genderfluid people. Then he joined the Met and later, CI5. He'd hoped his partner Bodie would never have to know.
Now CI-5 has an operation in the Brixton squats, and Ray must tell Bodie enough about his past there to make sure they can work safely and complete their assignment. They must work together and come to terms with their new knowledge and both their sexualities, as well as the unforeseen complications of their assignment.
The object of their assignment, Szymon Nowak, is hesitating to come in. Bodie and Doyle don't know why. Nowak has a boyfriend he has not told them about. Their relationship is volatile and intense. The boyfriend thinks Bodie and Doyle threaten his relationship with Nowak and tries to chase them away. The gay community in the squats which Nowak is part of protects him and drives off his boyfriend, who is part of King Billy's biker gang.
Nowak comes in and that case seems to be over, but Doyle is still stuck between Billy and Nowak's boyfriend on one side and Bodie and his Brixton community on the other. Bodie needs to work with Doyle, not “protect” him by shutting him out and driving him into an impossible position. Doyle needs to be more open about his past, his sexual identity, and his commitment to Bodie.



Cornishcat author -- macklingirl artist
Untitled
A face from his distant past unexpectedly arrives in London and Bodie finds himself drawn undercover, alone and unprepared.
Unable to contact HQ without putting himself at risk, he has to wait until Doyle tracks him down before he can pass over the vital information necessary to prevent an IRA attack on the mainland.
But where does Ray start looking?



Bodie24 author -- merentha13 artist

Times Change

Cowley has set up Bodie and Doyle once too often and Bodie has finally had enough.

While Doyle is musing things over, Bodie hands in his resignation, expecting his partner to follow suit and when Doyle doesn't, Bodie is deeply hurt.

Cowley, realizing he's losing Bodie, makes Doyle an offer. When Bodie hears about it he feels that Doyle has badly let him down.

While Bodie is working his notice period he has withdrawn completely from Doyle. Doyle is struggling to try and get Bodie to open up. A life and death shoot out leads Doyle to a last ditch attempt to save their partnership.



Ubicaritas author -- gvenanne artist

Untitled
Summary
As the legend goes, if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom.
Credible threats have been made against the nation’s antiquities. CI5 agents Bodie and Murphy are sent undercover to work as part of the Guard Extraordinary, the special defence force tasked with the protection the Tower of London. Their assignment: protect the ravens at all cost.
At the Tower, Bodie and Murphy meet former Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Raymond Doyle, Yeoman Warder and member of the Extraordinary… who also happens to be the RavenMaster of the Tower’s formidable flock.
As the threat deepens, Bodie must deal with his growing attraction to the enigmatic Doyle, even as he fights to keep both him and his precious birds safe from harm.
And when the ravens and their master suddenly disappear, Bodie must find them and return them to the Tower before the legend is fulfilled…



Golden_bastet author -- banbury artist

Untitled
B has spent his time serving in Pharaoh's army out of the country, away from the land of his birth. He's used to the chaotic life of the southern border, where souls from across the known world meet to trade, to bargain, to fight.

Under the new Pharaoh, however, things quickly change and his unit is transferred to Akhetaten. Built twenty years earlier by the Heretic Pharaoh, and abandoned twelve years after that, the isolated city is virtually abandoned, the only souls remaining those who were unable to leave after the fall of the Heretic's rule.

Most of them are congregated into a small outpost by the river, where they live a life very similar to any small village throughout the land. But there still remain a few priests in the Temple of the Aten, continuing the rites of the Heretic's old religion. The priests mostly keep to themselves, but can be hostile when confronted. At least the stroppy one with the curly hair -- whom B has the displeasure of continually running into.

B's unit spends its mornings drilling, drilling, drilling – and its afternoon unoccupied. There's nothing to be found for miles, much less a threat.

Abandoned city, sulky priests, constant drills. B has no idea why his unit has been stationed there. And he's wondering how he can get himself transferred with some action.

Though he's about to find out.



Klara 3745 author -- brune artist

During the summer of 1981 a series of murders are passed to CI5 to deal with as they involve civil servants and Cowley has an itch that needs scratching. During routine enquiries a fingerprint is found and the identity of the killer is revealed to have links to Bodie’s past and also Belfast. To begin with it is believed that the killer’s target may be Bodie but Cowley makes a connection that could implicate another member of the squad. With one member of the squad injured and one on the missing list will they be able to prevent the killer from striking again? How will traumatic events from the past affect the present?

WARNING: This story deals with the effects of rape and abortion but does not go into great detail



Murphybabe author -- firle artist

Untitled
AU / CRACK!FIC

Bodie, a writer, arrives at the gates of a Scottish castle in the remote Western Isles in search of a story about artist Ray Doyle, who disappeared after an explosion in his art gallery three years ago when he was seriously injured in a raid.
The castle belongs to local laird, George Cowley, who has many interesting stories to tell, none of them very credible. Doyle has been employed to house-sit and keep an eye on Mr. Cowley, but it seems that there may be more to his role than he realised when CI5 turn up, wanting to find a missing piece of information before the Russians come calling. Soon Bodie and Doyle’s developing love affair is most inconsiderately interrupted by a succession of helicopters, civil servants, lost foreign task forces and the Russians.
All they really want is for everyone to go away again so they can get back to where they were: Bodie posing for Doyle’s first painting since the raid, and the constantly interrupted first kiss…



krisser author -- KrisserCI5 artist

Honourable Magic

After Bodie's aunt dies Bodie learns a family secret. Can Cowley and Doyle can help?




merentha13 author -- KrisserCI5 artist

untitled

Story about Bodie and Doyle.
 
 
 
09 July 2019 @ 09:07 am
For our artists, now is when you get to claim the story you'd like to work on for the Big Bang and here's how.

First click on the cut and read the story summaries. Not all the summaries have titles but they are all numbered.

Then please comment to the post and let us know the following:


1. Your email address

2. Your top four story choices in order of preference

3. If you would be happy to provide art for a second story as this year we
have more writers than artists.

4. If you are willing to pinch-hit if another artist unexpectedly has to pull out.


While you will only be working on one or two stories, giving us your top four choices will hopefully minimize the odds of our having to re-contact you as we work through the comments matching artists with stories.

The comments on this post are screened, so your mods are the only ones who will see them. If you have any questions, you can let us know via comment.

We will send you the rough draft of your story selection and your writer's email addie ASAP.

So, here's the form:

Email:
First Story Choice:
Second Story Choice:
Third Story Choice:
Fourth Story Choice:
Willing to take a second story?:
Willing to pinch hit?:



Summaries withinCollapse )
 
 
03 July 2019 @ 09:20 am
First off, thanks to everybody who's worked hard to participate in this year's Big Bang. We had our rough draft deadline and I'm very pleased to announce the participating writers for this year's Big Bang! In alphabetical order, I give you:

Bodie24
cornishcat
dawnwind
golden bastet
jat sapphire
Klara3745
krisser
LilyK
merentha13
murphybabe
ubicaritas
verlaine

Keep your eyes peeled because artists' claiming will be coming up shortly! Woohoo!