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21 March 2019 @ 02:19 am
Another week has passed by and it's time for. . . yes! the weekly check-in post!

This week's topic is hair. . . .did you under appreciate it when you had it? Did you condition it well so that now when those bald spots appear the scalp appears healthy?

Yes, some may feel they need to recheck . . .

I have done many times thus far.

Need help? Encouragement? Your head examined? We are here for you!!! Really :)
14 March 2019 @ 09:41 pm

July 1st is on the horizon... three and a half months, but you know it'll go flying by. Murphy's Law, as they say. (Little did they know about Murphy...)

So - how goes it? Looking at the blank sheet of paper and seeing shapes in the fibers? Or have you finished your BB for this year... and the next... and the next?

If you're like the majority of us, you're somewhere in between. So - do tell! Let us know how your BB is going. :D
07 March 2019 @ 07:15 am
So A Big Thumbs up to all our 2019 writers and betas and cheerleaders! Thank you all for joining in the craziness that is the Pro's Big Bang. [Artists - your turn is coming!]

So, have you suddenly realized just what you've signed up for??!!

It's time to work on that outline, collect those ideas and start assembling those sticky-notes(if you can find them all again, of course)!


How is it going? Have you started? Finished? We'd love to hear about it.
03 March 2019 @ 01:48 pm
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 fabulous writers who have signed up for the 2019 Pros Big Bang!. So here we go, in alphabetical order:


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.
28 February 2019 @ 11:25 am
Hello, all you lovely Pro’s scribes!
Just a quick reminder that you have less than twenty four little hours before the writer sign-ups for the 2019 Big Bang challenge close.
We’ve had some wonderful and memorable entries over years and with your wealth of talent, hopefully we can make this years challenge as successful and well-loved as ever, so get signing folks, your Box of Tricks needs YOU!
20 February 2019 @ 02:39 am
Well. . . .there is still time for you authors to sign up for this years Big Bang. . . it's a fun endeavor that's guaranteed to make you question your sanity!

But the true upside is to be part of this great community and we will praise your efforts, they are truly appreciated.

For those of you already on board. . . are you?

a) wondering why you signed up.
b) frantic because you think you lost your mind.
c) on a desperate scavenger hunt looking for your lost mind.
d) happily typing away on your story.

If you need us. . . we are here:)
13 February 2019 @ 02:43 am
Here's the post for anyone not able to sign up for the 2019 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?:
07 February 2019 @ 10:22 pm
Where do ideas come from? That's an excellent question. With permission, we've borrowed a post from the 2011 Big Bang mod sineala where she answers that very question:

"Self," you may be saying to yourself, "The Big Bang looks incredibly fun, and I wish I could sign up for it. But I cannot, because I have no ideas! I wouldn't want to sign up without any idea of what to write!"

Never fear! We are here to help. (It is, of course, perfectly licit to sign up as a writer without having an idea, should you be that daring. But you may not be, hence this post.)

Here, in a vaguely-ordered list, are some ways to help you come up with ideas:

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...so, how do YOU come up with ideas? Any methods to share? How have you found the ideas for your stories?
Do you have some ideas to share? 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.

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! Sign ups open until March 1st. C'mon - you know you want to!

Thanks to sineala!
01 February 2019 @ 02:06 pm
Challenge Rules for Writers

1. The central story element must focus on characters from The Professionals.
2. Stories must have a minimum length of 10,000 words. There is no maximum length.
3. Stories may be slash, gen, femslash, or het.
4. Any pairing is allowed, as is any rating.
5. AUs, Fusions and Crossovers are permitted but as it says in rule #1, the central story element must focus on characters from The Professionals. Please, this is a critical point, the emphasis must be with The Professionals characters.
6. You may write a story that is a prequel, sequel or companion story to a pre-existing story or stories you’ve written. However, the story/stories referred to must be available to read online and you will need to link to them when you post your story.
7. You are welcome to complete a WIP to meet the challenge as long as it has not been previously posted anywhere public.
8. Collaborations between writers are also allowed. Just let us know when you sign up if you are planning on writing with a partner.
9. Stories will be posted on an assigned date in October.
10. On your assigned date, you will make a master post for your story at this comm. The story itself may be posted to, and linked from, your personal LJ, Dreamwidth, AO3, etc.
11. We actively encourage adding stories to the Box of Tricks archive on AO3 to facilitate easy story downloads (we have membership codes available), but this is not required.
12. Please do not post your story anywhere prior to your assigned date and do not cross-post your story to any other community before the end of October.
13. We will create a master list of links and summaries at the community.
14. If you feel you have the energy and willpower to write a story and create artwork for someone else’s story, then please feel free to sign up as both an artist and as a writer.

Important Dates

Please sign-up to participate by March 1.

Your rough draft, full outline and story summary should be turned in by July 1. While we fully realize that a lot of us write right down to the wire and will continue to work on our stories until the September 23 deadline, Big Bangs are collaborative and our artists need this information to begin their work in turn.

On July 9, your summary will be posted anonymously for a participating artist to claim as a prompt. An artist will create, at the very least, one piece of art (title banner, illustration, manip, etc.) to accompany your story or a vidder may create a trailer for your story.

Your final draft should be completed by September 23.

Our posting schedule will begin in October.

To sign up

Please comment below with:
• Author name
• LJ username (if applicable)
• Email address

If you would prefer not to put your email address in the comment then please email us at prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com.

All that remains for right now is: Thanks for participating… and GO PROS!