Weekly Check In Post

Happy April Fools Day!

Everyone knows Bodie and Doyle like to play the fool on occasion and only a fool would not want to be part of the 2020 Box of Tricks Pro's Big Bang!

Here's hoping you're all keeping well and those that are currently writing are managing to use this horrid time of enforced isolation to get down and dirty with your stories. And DO please, let us know how you are all getting on as you know we love to hear about your progress.

Take care everyone. Stay safe, stay sane and keep on Big Bangin'! xx

Weekly Check-in Post :)

Are you still sitting near that instrument of chaos, now knowing that it's not the keyboard's fault that you're pulling out what little hair you have left. . .

No, it's the beta's fault. . . I mean I sent in a whole bunch of words. . . a lot of them, really, but she sent it back, and she must have bled on it - there was a lot, and I mean a lot of red all over it!

11 words was all I could keep, not even the title, which was probably a valid point as it said title to be determined.

But come on. . . why are they so picky about commas, periods and for heavens's sake, quotation marks, you'd think I had committed hairy-carey!

So while I did have a lot of words typed, I had to cut them down to practically nothing - my beta made me do it.

How are you all doing?

O BTW - I really love my beta

Weekly Check-In Post


It's that time again... BB Check-In Time!

And how are you doing, BBers?

Really, I got nuthin' today. The world is crazy and folks are hoarding cat littler now (don't get me started). But there's always the lads to cheer things up.

SO - how are they?
  • Is Doyle trapped under a mountain of illegally stockpiled loo paper?

  • Has Bodie been sent out in a race with the clock to find a bottle of hand sanitizer for less than £75?

  • And what does social distancing do to their relationship? (Wah.)

Don't despair; this too shall eventually end. In the meantime you can let us know what travails your lads are running into.

And, more seriously (because I don't want to downplay this but the hoarding is out of control) know that we're all here for each other, and we will all get through this. Stupid governments or not.

* Okay, not doing too well with leaving the politics out of it. But still. S>:-(

Weekly Check-in Post :)

Hi All!!!

Are you sitting at your or near the instrument of chaos? Sitting there knowing its the reason, the only reason you signed up, it made you do it, and are now pondering how to dispose of it and make the rest of us believe that it was an accident or, better yet, an act of god. . . lightening, perhaps.

There may be folks sitting happily typing away . . .sigh.

I know which group I am in, how about you?

Introducing the Big Bang 2020 Writers!

Well it is the 4th 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 fabulous writers who have signed up for the 2020 Pros Big Bang!. So here we go, in alphabetical order:

Joana Dey
Sharon Ray

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 and to see how things are going. Thanks everyone and good luck!

Writer's sign-ups close March 1st

Hi, Pros-y people. If you're thinking about signing up for this year's Big Bang you need to make a decision. Sign-ups close on 1 March 2020. If you want to sign up, and we hope you will, please rev up your Capri, or browser, and head to this post here:


C'mon - you know you want to!

If you'd like to be a beta or cheerleader, those options will still remain open. :-)
Pros - Marge!

Weekly Check-In Post

Hullo, folks!

Well, the SS CI5 has gotten underway, and the words are beginning to come together. Or not; it's early yet, it's possible you're fussing at the ending of Sanditon* soaking in your Pros vibes and getting your story thoughts in order. No problem either way!

So, how is it going? Are the lads behaving? Are the lads *not* behaving? (Much more interesting, IMO.) Anything you need feedback on, a kind word about, or just a chance to update? This is the place to celebrate / commiserate / just generally hang out.

Glad to have you aboard, and welcome to the Box of Tricks cruise! Here, have a little umbrella with your drink.

* Just ended in the U.S. And for what it's worth, I liked the ending of Sanditon - it was a little more realistic than normal. But if they get a second season, that'll get fixed. *snort*

Cheerleader Sign Up Post!

Here's the post for anyone not able to sign up for the 2020 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! cheer

Wanted: Betas and Editors for the 2020 Pros Big Bang!


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.

So, sharpen your pencils, dust off that ol' Thesaurus, and try to remember all that interesting stuff you learned in Composition 101!

Thanks for volunteering!

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?:

Snoopy Editing

Welcome to the 2020 Pros BB Ideas post!

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 2020 Pros Big Bang.
We won't judge, so don't be shy!


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!