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27 January 2010 @ 09:53 am
Welcome to Box of Tricks!  
Back at Close Quarters in July 2009, a number of us had a few discussions about how great it would be to see more long Pros fic again. After the con, callistosh65 and I started thinking about running a Pros Big Bang Challenge. A lot of musing later, and here we are, getting ready to open sign ups for Box of Tricks, the first of what we hope will be an annual Pros Big Bang Fanfiction Challenge.

For those of you who haven’t seen a Big Bang Challenge before, it’s a collaborative effort between writers and artists. Writers sign up to write a story with a minimum word count. Later in the process, artists claim a story based on an anonymous story summary and produce at least one piece of art to go with it. The art can be an illustration, a manip, or even a vid.

Since we’re a small fandom, and we want to encourage maximum participation for this first time out, we’re setting a minimum word count of 12,500. Remember, that’s a minimum. If you want to write 20,000, or 50,000 or even 100,000 words, we’re not going to complain. In fact we’ll cheer you on.

Writer sign ups will start on January 28, and run for a month. Artist sign ups will also start on January 28, but won’t close until May 28. Stories and art will be due in August, and posting will begin in September. (A more detailed schedule can be found in the ci5_boxoftricks user info).

Even if you don't plan on signing up, do feel free to join the community. You can help by cheerleading, providing prompts, and generally joining in the festivities.

So fire up that word processor, sharpen your pencils, fine tune your Photoshop skills, and get ready for Box of Tricks!

ETA: A big thank you is due to norfolkdumpling for designing our lovely banner and icon, and for assisting us mere mortals with setting up the comm layout. Bravo, ND!
jgraeme2007: Pros Ficsjgraeme2007 on January 27th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Woohoo indeed! For writers who wish to take part but are not on LJ...? Any thoughts on how to handle that? Can someone else submit for them?
Callisto: boxoftrickscallistosh65 on January 27th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
No problem, we'll certainly make it possible for non-LJ users to submit stories and artwork.

Glad to see you here, my friend!
The new Salopian: love youconstant_muse on January 27th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
This is SO EXCITING! Wonderful trailer, too.

Callisto: Bodie feeling goodcallistosh65 on January 27th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? I *love* how przed made it. It has me grinning every time I watch it.
Cooper West: B/C - smilingmikes_grrl on January 27th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! Congrats! Welcome to the big time! \o/

Can people sign up as both writers AND artists?
Is this pairing specific, or pairing limited? (ie Bodie/Doyle only, or also allowing other pairings as long as one person is Bodie or Doyle?)
Is there a due date for the initial complete draft?

I'm asking becasue I'm already committed to two other big_bangs, but this looks fairly low pressure and could be a lot of fun! *eyes signup*

Callisto: boxoftrickscallistosh65 on January 27th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hey there, glad to see you! The writers sign up post tomorrow should explain all of this nice and clearly (hopefully:-)).

And yup, low pressure and FUN is what we're going for here, so I really hope you can squeeze us in.
Cooper West: B/C - smilingmikes_grrl on January 27th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Okay dokey! *waits*

Is it tomorrow yet? *check watch*

And! I should probably join the comm, eh? LOL!
firlefanzine: Bodie+Doyle_Chatfirlefanzine on January 27th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of a Big Bang Challenge, but it sounds like a very good idea. I'm with you that it would be great to see more long Pros fic again!

I'm looking forward! :-)
P.R. Zed: boxoftricks by norkfolkdumplingprzed on January 28th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
We're hoping it inspires some great fic. And that everyone just has fun.
Cyanne: Pros OTP tuxessilver_cyanne on January 27th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I can only imagine how much work running one of these it. I'm so happy to see a Pros one, thanks to all of you for all you do to keep this fandom going. Yay!!!!
P.R. Zed: boxoftricks by norkfolkdumplingprzed on January 28th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Hopefully not that much work, though it's certainly taken some doing to get us this far. *g*

I'm happy to see you enthusiasm.
kiwisue: Bodie huntingkiwisue on January 27th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Doing some more cheering - this time for the comm maintainers! Well done, all of you.

(Also, a question re. WIPs - allowed, I presume? minimum word count to be added during the challenge?)

Edited at 2010-01-27 10:11 pm (UTC)
P.R. Zed: boxoftricks by norkfolkdumplingprzed on January 28th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

I'll consult with my fellow mod about WIPs. We hadn't really discussed that. We're taking a pretty laid back approach, so I imagine it'll be okay.
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P.R. Zed: boxoftricks by norkfolkdumplingprzed on January 28th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Hooray! The more, the merrier, and great to see artists signing up.

We're running this like most big bangs, but with less hardcore rules. (You can get the basics from the comm user info. Full rules will be posted tomorrow.)
sc_fossil: APP Father Jacob Rules! by Katsc_fossil on January 27th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
The site looks very nice. Well done, all of you.
P.R. Zed: boxoftricks by norkfolkdumplingprzed on January 28th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
The look of the comm is all down to norfolkdumpling. She did a lovely job. And we're really just hoping to focus the creativity of the fandom and get everyone to have fun.
windrain10windrain10 on January 28th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
This is great. I do hope to participate. Thanks for heading this up, that is very kind of you.
P.R. Zed: boxoftricks by norkfolkdumplingprzed on January 28th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
We hope you participate too. And that you have fun with it!