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Apocalypse (Now)
Rules and Regulations (FAQ) 
6th-Aug-2012 12:00 am
fangirl leen with mclovin
Q: What is a big bang?
A: Big bangs vary from fandom to fandom, or from theme to theme, but generally, a big bang is a collaboration challenge between a writer (or writers) and an artist (or artists) with the end goal being the production of a piece of writing and art that complement each other.

Q: What's my commitment as a writer?
A: A 15,000 word (minimum) story that fits the theme of the challenge, a timely completion of said story, and a basic level of communication with the challenge mods and any/all artist you may be paired up with (read: check-ins, sending story to artist, answering questions that may be asked of you). You'll also be expected to have your story beta-read before posting.

Q: What's my commitment as an artist?
A: Art based on the story you choose. What counts as art is a little more difficult to specify than what counts as a story, but ideas for you to consider include traditional art, graphics or photo-manipulations, podfic, fanmixes, vids, crafty type things (macaroni sculptures accepted and encouraged)... If you want to do something not listed, drop a comment and the brain trust will discuss it. You'll also be expected to maintain a basic level of communication with challenge mods and any writer you're paired up with (read: check ins, emails).

Q: What fandoms will be accepted for this challenge?
A: All of them and original fic. Welcome, welcome, one and all!

Q: Can I participate with a buddy?
A: Writing teams are allowed, art teams are allowed, just make sure you make it clear when you sign up who all will be participating and what email address you'd like to be contacted at. Writers signing up with an artist already in mind and vice versa will be discouraged, but not absolutely prohibited. It's much more fun to explore the unknown and to potentially get matched up with someone new. Maybe you'll make a new bff.

Q: Can what I write be the sequel or prequel to something I've already written?
A: As long as it stands alone.

Q: Does my story need to be beta'd/edited?
A: Yes.

Q: I already created something that fits this theme -- can I use that?
A: That's awesome! But no. New productions only for Apocalypse Bang. If you have a started but not quite done piece you'd like to use, we'll welcome that, so long as you'll be adding at least 10k (or 66% of the minimum word count) of new fic for the challenge.

Q: This is too awesome and I want to be a writer and an artist! Can I do that?
A: Absolutely, and the mods applaud you on your gumption. Just be sure you can do both without one getting neglected or your sleep schedule suffering too much, and don't pick your own story when it comes time for art claims.

Q: How do art claims work?
A: The absolute nitty-gritty will be announced closer to claims time, but on the day, a post will be made with all the submitted author summaries and artists will claim on a first-come, first-served basis and be matched up that way. We may go into multiple claims having one artist do art to accompany multiple stories if all the stories are not claimed in the first round, or we may have an instance where stories end up with more than one artist working with them. It depends on how the sign ups go :) Once everyone is happy and matched up, we party.

Artists will be making art (of whatever type of art/creative thing they desire, I'm going to say 'art' to cover it all), ONLY if they want to. Ideally, every fic will get some kind of complementary art-thing and I am going to do my level best to have it go that way, but, you know, ideally I would also be a magic flying horse made of Skittles. Sometimes, I don't get what I want. So, no, artists will not be forced to claim extra stories or anything like that.

Q: Can I join/watch the community?
A: Please do, it's lonely here.

Q: What counts as an 'apocalypse' for this challenge?
A: The end of the world. Or the universe, or part of the world, or a certain character's world. You can focus on pre-or-post apocalypse, surviving the apocalypse, not surviving the apocalypse, stopping it, starting it, whatever grabs you. There's also a definition of apocalypse that means "a deep revelation," so that could be something you could work with too. The world is really your oyster (to destroy).

Q: I have a question you didn't answer, what do I do?
A: Drop it in the comments! Chances are, someone else has that same question. If it's not something you're comfortable asking the whole wide internet, PM the mod (unavoidedcrisis, or email the mod email account - apocalypticmod@gmail.com.
1st-Oct-2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
This might be a silly question but when do the sign ups close for authors? I didn't see anything about that anywhere (though I might have missed it!)
1st-Oct-2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
That's a totally legit question and the answer is "the day rough drafts are due," so... 12th December.
4th-Oct-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
I think I might change my fandom from the one I posted in my sign up. Is that OK or do I need to edit my sign up?
4th-Oct-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Nah, it's okay, you just do your thang and when we have our first writer check in, you can let us know then :)
7th-Oct-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
Artist's claims are the 15th of December - is that also when artist sign-ups close? I really hope I can enter this, but I won't know until a little closer to that time.
7th-Oct-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
That IS when artist sign ups close. We would be absolutely thrilled to have you, if you can make it.
8th-Oct-2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thinking of joining...

Does "aliens taking over the world" and the humans winning in the end count as apocalypse? There will be a humongous amount of death and destruction and such, so I would imagine so, but I want to make sure...

Also, if there comes a need to drop out (although I hope I don't have to), is there a chance to do that after joining? I'm slightly spooked by the 15k rule but I think I'll be able to squeeze out that much.

And, this is the last one: is multi-chapter fic okay as long as it goes over the minimum word count and it all brand new, all in all? (again, I assume yes, but I have to ask). :D
8th-Oct-2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, here's my reply in order:

1. You should absolutely join :D

2. Aliens trying to take over the world definitely counts. That's a sort of attempt at an apocalypse -- the end to life as we know it, etc.

3. There's no penalty for dropping out if you have to. I sometimes go "Aww :(" but I won't come to your house and poke you in the eye or anything.

4. Absolutely!
12th-Oct-2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm not participating, but I love apocalypse fics and want to pimp this BB around my communities. However a lot of my communities are based on crossovers and/or fusions, but there's no mention of either in the FAQ, so I was wondering if that's allowed here?
12th-Oct-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Totally! We love fusions and crossovers and 8 fandoms at a time crossovers, etc. We especially love people who love crossovers :D
29th-Oct-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
Is there a place to rant, freak out, toss ideas around, chat, etc? If so, where?
7th-Nov-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Ahh, sorry, didn't see this right away :( Not as such, but I can find you a cheerleader or plot thorn de-thorner if you need :D
8th-Nov-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
No worries, I know you guys are busy this time of year. If you could come up with a plot thorn de-thorner for me, that would be so much help. I'm thinking I have too much plot, and not enough time to write all the little subplots and details I want to add. Having someone else take a look would be such a big help.
7th-Nov-2012 08:05 am (UTC)
How much of the fic is going to be required as a rough draft? I ask because between my brain deciding we need to restart and my starting a new job in my company, I'm wibbling, lol.
7th-Nov-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
10k for 12th December. Still more than a month away! I have faith \o/
29th-Oct-2013 07:48 am (UTC)
For collaborations, would all the participants need a livejournal account? Would I add that I'm working with someone under the other comments if that's the case?
29th-Oct-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Not strictly required to both have LJ accounts, as long as someone has one (or a Dreamwidth account!) to sign up with. You can put both names in the "author" section :)
16th-Aug-2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
Do you plan to have another round this year? :)
19th-Aug-2014 12:18 am (UTC)
YESSSSS. Look sharp for it, we're thinking the sign ups will open in October. I will be putting up a schedule soon (I hope).
19th-Aug-2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Great! Thank you :)
19th-Oct-2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
Hallo, it's me again :)
Will there be a change in the schedule this year?
10th-Nov-2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
11th-Nov-2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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