wilderthan: ((Dr Horrible) Status quo)
Big Bangs I'm participating in, or thinking of participating in:
-[livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang: Beta'd. [15,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] hardmode: Planning stage. (Not signed up yet.) [10,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] kinked: Planned and titled. [10,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] ladiesbigbang: Planned. [15,000 word minimum.]
-[community profile] scifibigbang: Planned. [25,000 word minimum.]
-[livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang: Beta'd. [15,000 word minimum.]
-[livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang: Beta'd. [20,000 word minimum.]

Due dates:
-April 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang sign-ups begin.
-April 3rd: [community profile] kinked sign-ups begin.
-April 6th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang rough drafts due.
-April 9th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang rough drafts due.

-April 12th: [community profile] hardmode sign-ups begin.
-April 27th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting date selection begins.
-May 1st: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang rough drafts due.
-May 3rd: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang final drafts due.
-May 4th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting begins.
-May 10th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang posting begins.
-June 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, a third completed is recommended.
-June 7th: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang posting begins.
-June 15th: [community profile] hardmode check-in.
-July 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, two thirds completed is recommended.
-July 30th: [community profile] hardmode writing period ends.
-July 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang writing period ends. [community profile] kinked writing period ends. [community profile] hardmode rough draft due.
-August 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang rough draft due.
-August 15th - August 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang posting schedule announced.
-September 1st: [community profile] kinked posting period starts, [community profile] ladiesbigbang final draft due. [community profile] hardmode posting begins.
-September 10th: [community profile] ladiesbigbang posting begins.
wilderthan: ((Books) Stack)
In suggestions from people who've done several Big Bangs, someone always seems to mention the idea of a PDF version. I'm definitely pondering this.

I'm also pondering doing a version with a bigger font, a better font, whatever's necessary, so that partially sighted people would be better able to read it. With all the fic I post, it would be hard to provide this for every fic I post, although I am planning to -- when I have chance -- disable viewing posts in the journal layouts, so you get the site scheme. Then there's no problem with faint colours or the wrong font, hopefully.

But with a Big Bang, and providing PDFs, and reaching a wider audience, and especially considering that two of my Big Bangs focus on less-abled characters (Dean is mute in Right Where We Belong, and blind in the SPN/J2 Big Bang fic), it would be appropriate to provide a more accessible option. It wouldn't matter to me how few people needed it, I would like the option to be there. I know my mother, if she read fanfiction, would probably have to copy and paste things into Word and make them bigger/change the fonts.

Now, I haven't tried making my fics into PDFs before, and I suspect I will have to do more wrangling than I'd like, so the PDFs won't necessarily happen this time, or next. But I'd love to do it at some point -- even just as an experiment, to see if anyone needs it. I'm going to consult with Mum about what would help her in terms of font, font size, spacing, italicisation or no italicisation (maybe bold for emphasis instead of italics?), but... if anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it. If you think this is a terrible idea for some reason, don't be afraid to say that, either. I am putting out feelers!

(I have been steadily growing horrified at how unreadable some of my various LJ layouts might be to anyone with sight problems. I am probably going to be changing those, too. Just in case you are viewing this on the DW version of this journal, and thinking that I could start with actually making my journals more readable.)

Edit: And someone suggested .rtfs so that people can edit it however they want and of course that would be better -- I think? Any reasons why not?
wilderthan: ((Delirium) Fish)
Big Bangs I'm participating in, or thinking of participating in:
-[livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang: First draft complete.
-[community profile] hardmode: Not open yet. Idea hatched.
-[community profile] kinked: Planning stage. (Not signed up yet.)
-[community profile] ladiesbigbang: Planned. (Not signed up yet.)
-[community profile] scifibigbang: Planning stage.
-[livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang: First draft complete.
-[livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang: Planning stage.

Due dates:
-April 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang sign-ups begin.
-April 3rd: [community profile] kinked sign-ups.
-April 6th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang rough drafts due.
-April 9th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang rough drafts due.
-April 27th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting date selection begins.
-May 1st: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang rough drafts due.
-May 3rd: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang final drafts due.
-May 4th: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang posting begins.
-May 10th: [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang posting begins.
-June 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, a third completed is recommended.
-June 7th: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang posting begins.
-July 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang check-in, two thirds completed is recommended.
-July 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang writing period ends. [community profile] kinked writing period ends.
-August 1st: [community profile] ladiesbigbang rough draft due.
-August 15th - August 31st: [community profile] scifibigbang posting schedule announced.
-September 1st: [community profile] kinked posting period starts, [community profile] ladiesbigbang final draft due.
-September 10th: [community profile] ladiesbigbang posting begins.
wilderthan: ((Dr Horrible) Status quo)
I haven't updated properly about progress in a while, so here goes. The SPN/J2 Big Bang fic has progressed no further than a handful of paragraphs. I've decided that my approach to it is no good, and sometime today I'm going to fit in sitting down and working it all out, including making sure there's an actual plot.

Proving that that method works for me is the AU Big Bang, which only needed to hit 15k words and is, in fact, closer to 20k, at around 18.5k, and bound to get a bit longer when I do last edits. Which, yes, I am trying to say it's finished. And edited, somewhat. It acquired a title in a burst of inspiration just before bed the night before I finished it, which is unusual for me. The title is "Right Where We Belong", but it should also be affectionately known as "The One In Which Hugs Saved The World". That isn't a joke. Hugs save the world, and everyone (except the demons) gets some hugging time. It ended up being genfic (I thought for a while it might be Dean/Castiel) and involves Ellen and Jo both being badass. Ruby even gets a line or two.

I have also jokingly created drinking game rules for it, which I think I'll post as a promo, nearer the time, like I posted the author's fanmix for the [livejournal.com profile] kink_bigbang fic.

The SPN Crossover Big Bang still has no title, but we'll see. I need to add 300 words of padding to satisfy the mods, since it came in juuust under 15k.

I've also signed up for [community profile] scifibigbang, and am eyeing [community profile] kinked and [community profile] hardmode. I'm doing an apocalyptic Firefly fic for the SF/F Big Bang, dunno what I'm doing for [community profile] kinked, and the FFX-2 cyberpunk AU for [community profile] hardmode. In theory.

(And by the way, if anyone wants an DW invite code or a couple of codes, you just need to ask me. I give mine out randomly on twitter, so I am obviously not averse to handing them out to relative strangers.)
wilderthan: ((Gale) Demons)
I made a lot of progress today on my crossover Big Bang. The kind of progress where, you know, it's finished. Or the first draft is, anyway. And it's been looked at by [personal profile] feywood, and duly nitpicked, and my typos have been corrected. I'm now going to put it away until a week before the due date and then edit it with fresher eyes. It still needs a title, which is something I guess I need to ponder.

I'm pretty glad at how it turned out, anyway. It is more towards the Supernatural end of things than the TDIR end, but Bran and Will have their own scenes and they have scenes together and alone with the SPN characters. Perhaps if I were to write another scene, it would be a conversation between Castiel and Will. I'm not sure if I will: I might decide that when I've got a week to go and it's time for my final edits.

I haven't worked on the AU Big Bang for a while, really. I have the irrational urge to delete what I've got and start again, so I'm waiting with that one until I feel a bit better about it. I got the first paragraph or two of the SPN/J2 Big Bang written yesterday, on the other hand, so that's going to be my focus now for a while. That's the longest one anyway, so if I can get that to 10,000 words by the end of the month, or something like that, and get maybe 5,000 words on the AU Big Bang, that'll be good.

Writing marathons for the win.
wilderthan: ((River) Walk alone)
Fandom: Supernatural
For: [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang
Quality: Barely checked
Characters: Dean, Sam
Notes: AAHH I finally started it. Too bad this is all I have (I don't even have a plan).

Flares )
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Some of the Big Bang comms have rant/venting communities, etc, and I might make use of those too, but last year I worked on my Big Bang fics quite quietly and I'm not sure many people even knew I was doing them. This year, I'm planning to document my work on them a bit better -- to look back on, maybe, and also to keep me accountable. Each Big Bang I'm signed up for will get a tag of its own.

Right now I'm signed up to three Big Bangs: [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang, [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang, and [livejournal.com profile] sncross_bigbang. If you know of any other Big Bangs you think I'd like to take part in, then poke me -- I'm aiming for 300,000 words this year at [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout, and Big Bangs certainly help with that.

Anyway, I have rough plans for all of them. Some rougher than others. I've got an outline for the AU Big Bang; I've got extensive notes for the SPN Crossover Big Bang; I've got light notes/a light outline for the SPN/J2 Big Bang.

AU Big Bang: Dean grows up at the roadhouse, as Dean Harvelle. He's also mute. Along comes a Castiel... Characters: Dean, Ellen, Jo, Castiel. Possibly ultimately Dean/Castiel. Target: 15k.
SPN Crossover Big Bang: Supernatural meets The Dark is Rising. Disregards season five. The angels are trying to bring about the apocalypse; Will believes that this is a violation of what he and the others won when Bran cut the silver from the tree. Characters: Sam, Dean, Castiel, Will, Bran. No pairings explicitly intended. Target: 15k.
SPN J2 Big Bang: Dean is blinded. The details depend upon what happens when I catch up with canon. Characters: Dean, Sam, Bobby, Castiel, Jimmy(?). Possibly ultimately Dean/Castiel. Target: 20k.

Mostly, at the moment, I'm working on the crossover. I have 2k words, two scenes. I haven't planned this all the way through to the end, because I'm not quite sure how exactly it's going to go. The original plan was kind of Will-ex-machina-ish, mostly focusing on Dean, but it seems like he's likely to have an emotional arc of his own. And well, can you imagine Bran sitting pretty and not doing anything?

So far: Will likes Dean more than I expected, Dean and Bran really piss each other off, and it's awfully hard figuring out how to fit Will in with Christianity (i.e. angels).

I wonder what I'll get by way of art. It must be hard to cross a book fandom with a TV fandom in art. I haven't seen many artists around for The Dark is Rising in general. I'm looking forward to pairing up with an artist, really, at least if they're anything like [livejournal.com profile] auroraprimavera.

I think I'm going to finish the crossover before I get to work on the AU, and I need to catch up with canon before I can do the SPN/J2 Big Bang fic. At least, that's what I'm hoping to do -- I want to tie it in with canon. I might not, though, once I've caught up.

Also, if you have access to this journal/if you're friended by it, then you can see sneaky snippets, now and then.

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