[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
The 2012 Alternate Universe Big Bang has been a wonderful success, and we owe it to every single one of you who have joined us this year. Thank you so much—we couldn't have done it without you!

Behind the cut we have the titles and summaries for the forty-four stories posted as part of this challenge. Please have a look and check out some that you might have missed!

AUBB 2012 Masterlist )
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Posting is kicking off today!

REMINDER: The community is moderated, and posts that do not contain the necessary information (e.g. links to art, sections of the template) will not be cleared. If your collaborator hasn't gotten their links to you when you're ready to post, please send us an email (aubigbang@gmail.com) and post to the queue.

Now, go read awesome fic and see awesome art!
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Posting begins tomorrow!

Again, we ask that authors and artists post solely on the date they've selected with a cohesive post to the community linking to both the story AND the art (which are preferably posted outside of the community itself). If your collaborator hasn't gotten in touch by the time you're supposed to post, talk to the mods!

For your posts, please use the following template or some variation thereof (i.e. "characters" instead of "pairings" or "content" instead of "warning").

Word Count:

[links to part 1, part 2, etc.]

[links to fanart/fanmix by {artist}]

For sake of people's f-lists, please keep images larger than 300x300px and summaries longer than 200 words behind a cut!

Alternate Locations:

Email us if you'd like an invite code to AO3, Dreamwidth, or both; or if you require posting access to Dreamwidth and do not yet have it.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
A few reminders:

++In case you missed it, posting date claims are open. Even if you don't have an artist (whether your summary is unclaimed or you're doing your own or something else entirely), please choose a date, following the instructions at the top of the post.

++Regarding artists, we still have eight unclaimed summaries. If you or someone you know is still interested in or willing to do art for these lovely authors, please sign up at the artists' post and let us know which story you'd like to illustrate.

Please, signalboost this as much as you can--it's short notice but still possible!

++And the obvious administrative reminder: if we have not heard from you (check-ins, draft submission, anything) at all, please do not choose a posting date/send in a final draft without talking to us first. As per usual, we will of course make exceptions for extenuating circumstances, but if we hear nothing and simply receive a draft, we will be turning you away.

That said, our first fic is scheduled to go up in five days! Good luck, and congratulations on making it to the final stretch!
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
A reminder that final drafts of stories and artwork are due today!!

Please, DON'T PANIC! The 7-10 day deadline still applies for anyone posting after 12 August!

On my part, apologies for not getting this up yesterday as planned. In light of that, we'll extend this an additional twelve hours for anyone who may not see this: if you are posting prior to 12 August, you have until midnight (Eastern Standard) tomorrow to send us your final drafts.

Please email your drafts to us as attachments--headers are optional as long as the basic story information hasn't changed since you sent us your rough drafts.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Posting date selection begins for Round 3 of AU Big Bang. As we did last year, we ask that authors and artists work together to choose their posting dates. Posting will be spread out across five weeks, beginning 8 August and running through 8 September. A maximum of three artist/author pairs may select the same date.

As a reminder, final drafts of both stories and art are due 5 August (or 7-10 days prior to your posting date, whichever comes later), though you are of course welcome to continue making adjustments until your actual posting date.

To claim a date, please respond to this post with your desired date. List your author and artists’ LJ names and email addresses in the body of the comment; if you’ve opted out of art (or would like to), all you need is the author information and a reminder that you’re forgoing/providing your own art.

Available Dates )

Regarding Posting: Your options are Livejournal, Dreamwidth, and the Archive of Our Own AUBB collection. Please let us know which venues you would prefer to use (you are welcome to use one or all three) and if you need invitations to any of the above services.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Claim information has been sent out to authors and artists; as of 2240h PST, we're up-to-date with the current list. If you claimed a summary or your summary was claimed and you haven't heard from us, please let us know.

For sake of simplicity, we ask that authors please send copies of their story to their artists after working out which format works best between them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at aubigbang@gmail.com.

Thank you for all your hard work!
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
The artist claims post is now open to multiple claims by artists: we are allowing artists to claim up to three stories, though we do ask that you keep your own time constraints and capabilities in mind. If you think you have time only for two stories, please only claim two.

If you think you have time for more than three, we ask that you send us a completed (or at least mostly completed) copy of your art for one story before claiming another.

Please note that until every summary has been claimed, we will not allow multiple artists to claim the same summaries (i.e. if summaries 1, 4, and 23 are still unclaimed, a second artist will not be approved for story 45). Once every summary has been claimed once, we will begin clearing secondary artists.

Contact information for paired authors and artists will be emailed out on 11 July. Claims will remain open until all stories have been claimed.

Thank you, and as per usual, if there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Art Claims!

Jul. 5th, 2012 10:16 am
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Art claims!!

We have 49 amazing story summaries under the cut! When claiming a story, please reply with a comment including: the story number, your email address, and the art format (e.g. art, mix, vid). Summaries will be struck through as they are claimed, but please check the comments to ensure the summary you’re interested hasn’t already been taken. For now, please limit yourselves to one story; additional claims will open 8 July.

As a reminder, “artist” is being used as a very broad term for anyone creating fanart (e.g. icons, drawing, banner, header, wallpaper, etc.), a fanmix, or a fanvid for a story written over the course of this challenge. Authors and artists will be working together to select a date at the end of the challenge to post their art and story to the community. More information is available in the FAQ; feel free to let us know if you have any questions. Final drafts of art (though you may of course continue to make any necessary edits or modifications prior to posting) are due 5 August.

If you’re just joining us and would like to claim a summary, feel free! We just ask that you swing by our artist sign-up post as well.

Summaries! )
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Welcome to the preview post of the summaries available to claim for this year's AUBB!

Claiming does not open until the 5th, so any claims sent before that date will not be processed, but questions are welcome. Authors, please double-check that your summary is on the list and the information is correct!

Entries are sorted alphabetically by title and labelled if they are mini-bangs. Fandoms and pairings have also been provided. The final list will be numbered for ease of claiming, but for now we want to leave room for any additional changes.

If you see something you absolutely must have but haven't signed up yet, swing by our artist sign-up post and fill out a comment!

Summaries! )
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
All right, ladies and gents:

Your rough drafts and fic summaries were due today--or rather, yesterday, since my clock now reads 2 June. To those of you who sent them in, thank you for your punctuality; to those of you who tried to plan ahead and sent them in early, thank you, as well. To those of you who enquired about extensions in advance, thanks go to you for preparing, too.

If, for whatever reason, you did not send us your information today, you have until 9pm (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time) to get it to us. You do not need to explain, but be aware that anything that comes in at 9:01pm PST will get a response of, "I'm sorry, but you have passed the deadline." These dates have been up for months, and we posted a reminder a week in advance, so there is going to be very little flexibility, and please be aware that failing to turn in a rough draft is one of the things that lands you on the ban list. All our usual caveats on extenuating circumstances apply.

Artists, please note that a preview post of summaries will be available by the 3rd! You will not be able to place a claim until the 5th, but you'll be able to browse what will be up for grabs. Please let us know if you have any questions!
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
As a reminder, rough drafts and story summaries are due via email Sunday, 1 July! Technically, the cutoff will be midnight (Eastern Standard), but really that means whenever one of us next gets on the computer.

If you had only one entry this round, and that entry was a mini-bang, we should already have your draft; you need only fill out the form below in your email.

If you had a full-length entry, or more than one entry, please include your draft as an attachment1 and fill out the form below in your email.

For your summary, please include in your email (to aubigbang@gmail.com):
++Email address
++Title (let us know if it’s just tentative)
++Short description (250 words or fewer)
++Warnings, if applicable

For those of you with other commitments on the first, early submissions are welcome. If you need to make other arrangements for any reason, please talk to us before the deadline.

Confirmation emails should be sent out by midnight (Eastern Standard) on 2 July; if you haven't heard from us by then, please double-check that your email didn't get swallowed whole by the internet.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

1Attachment formats accepted: .doc/docx, .odt (Open Office), .txt, and .rtf. If none of these work for you, we'll accept drafts via Google Docs/Google Drive, as well. At last resort, we will accept drafts pasted into the body of your email (assuming it fits!).
[identity profile] scandalbaby.livejournal.com
So these are the final fandoms that I need to look for artists for. Any one with a number next to it means there's more than one author writing for that fandom:

List behind a cut )

If anything is off please let me know.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Hi guys, an update for you.

Check-in information has been processed, all drafts have been noted, and all questions have been addressed (but if we missed you, please let us know). The poll closed nearly a full day after it was scheduled to, and because of the extra time we're no longer accepting check-ins or drafts via email. If you had a genuine emergency/RL situation crop up during the check-in period, please email us.

Please remember that missing the withdrawal date disqualifies you from participation in all future rounds of this challenge; for single mini-bang writers, failing to turn in a rough draft earns you the same. All of this was outlined earlier in this post.

The next closest dates of importance are:

1 July: rough drafts and fic summaries for all other authors are due; for mini-bang writers who have already turned in their drafts, you will be turning in your fic summaries alone
5 July: artist claims begin

As always, please let us know if you have any questions.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Guys, thank you for your patience with questions on check-in and rough drafts.

Second check-in is officially closed; barring unforeseen personal emergencies on the parts of authors, we won't be accepting any additional numbers.

I'm in the midst of some personal chaos and therefore a little behind on going through the check-in poll and any non-urgent questions coming into the mod email, and since I'm the only one with access to the information unless we make it public, this is extremely inconvenient timing.

I apologise--this was one of those unforeseen circumstances--and will be getting to the polls by the end of this weekend. Most of you who have commented asking about your rough drafts are, I think, in the clear, but since this is on me you won't in any way be penalised if the internet ate your email and we need you to resend a copy.

Again, my thanks for your patience, and if you need anything immediately please send it to the mod email or to [livejournal.com profile] afteriwake.
[identity profile] scandalbaby.livejournal.com
So just to change one bit of my co-mod's note, please PM [livejournal.com profile] scandalbaby if you need me. I'm phasing out using my [livejournal.com profile] afteriwake account and am on this one more often, so you'll get a faster response.

Since we had a flurry of people changing fandoms right before the deadline ad not everyone used the form and I don't have all the e-mails, I'm doing another poll. Everyone needs to fill this out by June 15th if you are expecting art. I apologize that we didn't include it with the check-in poll again but I took a look at the fandom change post and walked away more confused.

ETA: If you haven't checked in, or asked my co-mod a question about check-in and haven't gotten a response, please don't answer this poll until you hear back from one of us.

[Poll #1845630]
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
It's been brought to our attention that we neglected to let you know how to turn in your rough drafts; our apologies! But no worries--as long as you get it to us before the check-in poll closes on Tuesday, you'll be in the clear.

If you're an author with only one entry in this round, and that entry happens to be a mini-bang, your rough draft is due to us via email by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) 5 June 2012. Please include your username in your email.

If you’ve already sent in your rough draft, thank you; if you haven’t received confirmation by tomorrow, please let us know.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Welcome to the second author check-in for [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang!

This is mostly to make sure that you're still with us and writing. No worries if you don't have 10K, and no worries if you've already blown that number away. Everyone has their own method and pace of writing. If you did not check in at the first poll in May, however, please do not submit your vote here.

The poll will close on Tuesday, 5 June at midnight (Eastern Standard Time)

[Poll #1844287]

Comments to this post are screened. Feel free to add any additional information you think we might need--this includes, but is not limited to:
  • The fact that you've finished! Please lend the rest of us some of your productivity!
  • The fact that you feel a little behind (ballpark this at under 3,000 words)--if you've got other projects/write late in the game/etc. The encouragement will keep coming!
  • Anything else you think is relevant to your fic at this stage.

Again, a reminder that this is your deadline to:
[identity profile] scandalbaby.livejournal.com
I'm in charge of the fandoms lists and the switching, and I need to ask you guys to do me a huge favor. If you are switching fandoms, DO NOT e-mail the AUBB e-mail unless it involves you checking in. We have a fandom switching post here and it really makes it a lot easier for me if you fill out the form on that page and submit it there. Thank you.
[identity profile] sailwithoutwind.livejournal.com
Just a reminder that a month really has gone by and the second check-in is upon us, along with a slew of deadlines.

Just like the first check-in, check-in #2 will be in poll format. It'll go live Friday, 1 June*--we're not entirely sure when, but you can safely assume it'll be afternoon-evening, Eastern Standard Time. The poll will remain open for four days and close Tuesday, 5 June at midnight EST. At that point, you'll have to email us if something's come up and kept you from voting.

Recommended minimum word count is, as usual, 10K, but that is not a hard requirement. If you don't have 10K, we're not disqualifying you, we just want to make sure people are still here and working. That said, if you're still at 0, dropping us a line at the check-in post to let us know you've got it all worked out will prevent us from checking in with you later.

Now, your favourite part: deadlines!

  • withdrawing from the challenge
  • changing your fandom--after this, you're stuck with your idea!
  • single mini-bang rough drafts**
As always, questions and clarifications are welcome here, at any admin post, or via email at aubigbang@gmail.com.

*Check-in will again be available on Livejournal and Dreamwidth; please select whichever service you chose for check-in #1; please do not check-in at both locations.

**You are only turning in drafts if you have one entry in the AUBB this year, and that one entry is a mini-bang. If you are writing one mini-bang and something else, don't panic, because you can ignore this.


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