[identity profile] bookshop.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] big_bang_hd
Hmmmm. Just checking in, because it appears to be my day for it.

How are we doing, eager [livejournal.com profile] big_bang_hd participants? I know a bunch of you are writing at different paces, some of you have just started, some of you are panicking because you aren't far enough along...

Mind if I ask you how you're coming? Are the deadlines posing a problem for people? Are there any of you who are frustrated by any part of the writing process? How many of you have sort-of unofficially quit already? How many of you are still holding back, afraid to really begin?

The deadline is currently set in stone, but that doesn't mean that we want to torture you into turning in a project you're not proud of. What can we as mods, what can you as writers, do to help you/each other out?

Chat us up. We're all here to listen.

Date: 2005-11-03 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhonnika.livejournal.com
I'm... 231 words in. Yay. Only not :)) No, seriously, I've betas now and a plot and I'm going to do my best to get it done.

Personally I need deadlines, or I'll never get it done.

Date: 2005-11-03 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kessie.livejournal.com


Okay, seriously. I'm a couple of thousand words in; know exactly how everything is going to end up, have my plot; it's just... actually getting it done. I'm seriously contemplating using this as a silent, unofficial NaNoWriMo project because I can't think of any other way to kick myself into getting it done.

Also, really, you'd think it'd be easier to find betas for a H/D novel. No, really. Hmph.

Date: 2005-11-03 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skarch86.livejournal.com

[livejournal.com profile] skarch86's status: Distracted by shiny things

Yeah... Oh, I have a question! See, if I manage to finish the story, it's going to end up much more than 50,000 words. Because I have 25,000 words at the moment and I haven't even covered a third of the plot. Er... Is that acceptable?

And I think I'll make the deadline, but I've spent this week doing art for [livejournal.com profile] fanart100 and I've lost so much time, and OMG! *panics*


Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-11-22 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yourpoison.livejournal.com
Um, sorry for taking pretty much forever, but unless Aja contradicts me, I would have to say it's all right to have it be as long as you want :D Heh. As long as you're committed to being thorough and realistic, you're my personal hero, anyway :D :D :D ;)

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-11-22 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skarch86.livejournal.com
Okay, since the time I left that comment I've done a lot more work. I'm at 56% and 35,000 words, so hopefully it won't end up HUGE!

I'm not sure about the realistic part though... :(
^you can totally say I'm angsting over this, right? It's 6am and I'm writing!

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-11-22 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yourpoison.livejournal.com
Well, the only part I/we insist on being realistic about is Harry & Draco's relationship because... that's sort of the point of this whole endeavor. *laughs* I personally wouldn't mind all manner of other crazy things, since if you can sell 'em I'll buy 'em :>

Date: 2005-11-03 06:27 pm (UTC)
ext_51146: (unconsious)
From: [identity profile] damned-queen.livejournal.com
Just about 5,000 words so far but I'm definitely in *feeble grin* Actually I only started writing two days ago so I'm kind of proud at what I've got so far. Plot is completely finished though. It's just a pity that I don't know whether I'll be able to write once the exams start in about one month, so I hope I'll have it finished by then *doubts so*

No betas yet though and I haven't told my plot to anyone yet so it probably sucks *rolls eyes* *looks around with puppy dog eyes in search for a beta* I really need someone who can poke me every now and then to make sure I'm still writing.

Date: 2005-11-12 03:06 pm (UTC)
ext_51146: (Default)
From: [identity profile] damned-queen.livejournal.com
I found a beta in the mean time (two betas actually) *is happy* But I have hardly had time to write so I'm still stuck at 5,581 words :s

*starts typing like a lunatic*

Date: 2005-11-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ex-ella-bane358.livejournal.com
I'm 10,000 words in, but I doubt I'll make the Jan 1st deadline. The Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays bring oodles of family my way, and it's not your fault I'm not comfortable writing porn when they're around.

Date: 2005-11-03 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wook77.livejournal.com
Am about 5000 words in and no beta around (looks around hopefully).

Have a fairly good plot (I hope) that I actually outlined (as opposed to my more "stream of consciousness" writing style).

Was a bit stressed as I hit a block on EVERYTHING but I had others challenge me and the block is disappearing in light of the wonderful prompts. Will be working on this and want to get it done by December 15. Totally arbitrary deadline but I hope it works.

Date: 2005-11-03 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lasplx.livejournal.com
I'm about 3,000 words in. The thing that is killing me the most is grasping the voices of one or two characters who I have never attempted writing before but have scenes in my fic.

My beta, is also lost in the clouds and is giving me a bit of difficulty. Hopefully, I can bring her back around to helping me out a bit. She is after all my sister and the only one I trust with the job.

Good luck to everyone on making the deadline! I hope I make it right there with you.

Date: 2005-11-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reposoir.livejournal.com
I finished two months ago, but my betas have...well, apparently they're betaing right now...:S

Date: 2005-11-03 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agnes-bean.livejournal.com
I'm 12,000 words in, but havn't written anything for it for several weeks. Now that I'm almost done my application to my Early Decision college I'm hoping I'll have more time/no be too stressed and distracted to write.

Date: 2005-11-05 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agnes-bean.livejournal.com
Actually, make that 14,000 words, I was wrong.

But I'm feeling so uninspired...

Date: 2005-11-03 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deathangelgw.livejournal.com
I know you can't change the date, but I'm frustrated in the fact that this contest is coming at the same time as NaNoWriMo, which I think a few people are involved in. With the holidays right after...I fear that time will just not be enough for the first deadline.

Ok, vent over...this is still awesome and I'm not quitting...just frustrated.

Date: 2005-11-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maxine-chan.livejournal.com
I'm about 5000 words in and pretty confident it will be finished in time. Hopefully. And I think I'll be alright on the beta side, though I probably should start getting in contact with them again... Plotwise, um...ha, well I have a general idea of where I'm going. I tried to outline it, but I always stray so far away from what I originally set out to do that it's almost not worth it. The ending's a bit blurry as of now, but mine almost always are when I start a new fic, so I'm not really worried. All in all, I think I'm alright. Definitely still in! ^.^

Date: 2005-11-03 09:49 pm (UTC)
ext_40744: (it's up to you)
From: [identity profile] yamapea.livejournal.com

I am a few thousand words into it. I have also handily convinced myself that I need not do anymore work until those few thousand words get back from beta.

My thesis is due around the same time as Big Bang, also. Guess which one will actually get written! :D

Date: 2005-11-03 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ice-is-blue.livejournal.com
I'm about 6,600 words in, but there's no way I'll be able to have this complete by the deadline. I'm a grad student, so I've got classes, an internship, a volunteer project on the side, a student organization to president over... and I highly doubt I can cram enough writing into the end of December to meet the deadline.

I also want to talk with some folks to hammer out a few minor plot points, but HP isn't my main fandom and none of my betas have read HBP so I'm having a rough go of things on that front. There was an earlier posting here on this LJ that made acknowledgement of writers wanting more feedback during writing.... but aside from that brief mention... I've not seen anything actually being done. Did I miss a posting or is there someplace else all this discussion is going on at?

Date: 2005-11-04 04:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kowaiyoukai.livejournal.com
Hey. If you need a beta, I'm willing to help. I've read HBP and all, so you know. And I am going to read the fic on your lj, really I am! I'm just so busy with schoolwork right now. *sigh*

If you want me to beta, let me know!


Date: 2005-11-04 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ice-is-blue.livejournal.com
Yes, I'd welcome some extra brain power. I'll email you with my notes and problem areas in the next day or two. The snippets on my LJ that are up so far have changed quite a bit, so wait for my email. ^^; I'm not quite ready to give up on getting this fic done on time, no matter how impossible that task seems. ^___^;

Date: 2005-11-04 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kowaiyoukai.livejournal.com
Sure, I'd be glad to help. Just e-mail me when you've got the time, and I'll do what I can.

*much love*


Date: 2005-11-03 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalpirate.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] scoradh and I are over 30,000 words in, largely due to [livejournal.com profile] scoradh's input. We're not really that far along, though, plot-wise. ('Tis rather wordy.) We - or I'm - not writing that consistently, more in - yes, I will use this word - spurts due to our workload, so I hope we'll be ready for the deadline, but we need to really get going, 'cause I have important exams coming up.

What's frustrating me? Thinking about Voldie and what his crew are up to, personally. That doesn't have to be resolved by the end of the fic, does it?

I'm not sure if we're going to use the old beta, but nothing's been beta'd yet.

Date: 2005-11-04 09:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com
We have a plot --! Honestly, just coz it's about teapots ... *muttermutter*

Date: 2005-11-04 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalpirate.livejournal.com
You see what I have to work with? *shakes head*

Yes, but you won't tell me what the hell's going on in the Manor...

Date: 2005-11-04 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com

I'm workin' on it, I'm workin' on it.

Meanwhile, you sort out the Parentship, ja? *grin of monumental EBIL*

Date: 2005-11-04 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com
Also, my exams are important also. Not to be forgetting this. Do you realise how different the actual brachial plexus looks on a DEAD BODY?

...ooho, so spammin' this journal, yo.

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-11-22 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yourpoison.livejournal.com
Um, I usually don't answer questions-- especially, er, weeks later (sorry), but since Aja and Shaggy are busy and I've randomly looked back on this post: YEEE, YOU'RE WRITING AGAIN!!1 :D :D :D :D

Ahem... okay, now that that's done:
Um, you don't have to resolve Voldemort. Honestly, personally I'm tired of everyone and their brother 'resolving' Voldemort. You don't even have to -resolve- H/D so much as give 'em the old college try... trial-run... uh, taste-test... etc. ^^;;;;

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-11-22 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalpirate.livejournal.com
*is stunned but happy* What, you're pleased we're back, back again, Shady's back, tell a friend?

Very, very, very glad to hear that.

The taste-test sounds good too.

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-12-13 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com
This is basically going to be all crap and porn. Do you think people'll notice if I use big words?

They don't tend to in RL, you know.

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-12-13 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalpirate.livejournal.com
What exactly is wrong with crap and porn?
How does this definition differ from 99.9% of fanfiction? Ooh, burn<./s>

Re: Big Bang question

Date: 2005-12-13 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com
Oh, snap.


I just couldn't choose atween those two. :X

Date: 2005-11-03 10:53 pm (UTC)
ext_1409: maple leaf (damaged and lost)
From: [identity profile] cjmarlowe.livejournal.com
I can't give you even an approximate word count because so much of what I have done is handwritten atm, but I've got a healthy amount done and expect to have a first first draft by the end of the month. :)

Date: 2005-11-04 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobbit-sexual.livejournal.com
It wasn't until I felt like i had written my heart out and was only at 10.000 words that I realized just how much 50.000 really is.
I feel like I'm moving at a snails pace, but the deadline isn't looming just yet, so I guess I'm getting there.

Date: 2005-11-04 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ex-pixystick865.livejournal.com
I'm about 15,000 words in, but I haven't done much work on it since Nano started and am a little uncertain about when I am going to have time to keep writing. I think it should work, though. :)

Date: 2005-11-04 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stlrenwench.livejournal.com
I'm about 3000-ish in, and I dunno if I'll finish on time, but hopefully all will work out. I'm in the U.S. premiere of a play right now, so maybe after the run things will calm enough for me to get to work. I, too, am having trouble finding a beta.

Date: 2005-12-28 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stlrenwench.livejournal.com
Quick update--halfway and four days left? Pssh. I can so do this!

Oh, God. Someone help me. Or kill me. Maybe both.

Date: 2005-11-04 08:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furiosity.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] imadra_blue and I can't give you a word count yet, but we're having fun and we're definitely going to make the deadline. :))

Date: 2005-11-04 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com
Yes, 36 000 words of crap counts, right? *eyes Sophie* I'm just wondering if we can still edit during that period after submitting the rough draft (read: add more).

Date: 2005-11-22 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yourpoison.livejournal.com
Because I'm on self-appointed question duty: you can edit until the site goes up, but that doesn't mean you'll get fanart. If you submit the draft on time, that's what the fanartists will use and such, though.~:)

Date: 2005-12-13 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scoradh.livejournal.com
ooh lateness.

Yeah, that's grand. Twas sorta the same last time. :)

Date: 2005-11-04 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kowaiyoukai.livejournal.com
I'm basically on schedule, but if I don't hurry up I'm not going to finish my plot line in time. I don't own a computer, so I've got to make sure I finish before Christmas break. *sigh*

I'll have the pages, definitely, but the plot might take longer than that to finish, even with short scenes. *shrugs* What can you do? I'm having a lot of fun writing it, though. ^_^*


Date: 2005-11-11 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kowaiyoukai.livejournal.com
I have a question! At the end of HBP, was Grimmauld Place out of commission for the Order? Also, was the Burrow destroyed or something? I think I might be confusing my canon with my fanon, so I just want to make sure. ^_^*

Date: 2005-11-14 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] agnes-bean.livejournal.com
The Burrow is fine, and I think Grimmauld Place is still ok for the Order (though you will have to deal with who is the seceret keeper now that Dumbledore is dead).

Date: 2005-11-19 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whydowe-fall.livejournal.com
I have 3,600 words, which is pretty good for only realizing it was happening again last night at about 10. :)

I'm definently going to do it this year. Qualtity, I have no idea of, but damned if this isn't going to be brilliant.

Date: 2005-11-30 12:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] k-krum.livejournal.com
well im banging my head into a wall with this lol i was goin good then i ran into a (huge) road block, but all is well now :D i know what im doing and since i really dont have anything to do but write i should have this in on time. (should being the operative word) but i got a slave driver of a beta so yeah i think i might be covered ;P though i know i wont be able to 'revolve' everything, but damn if i'm not going to try. i try to keep my stuff believable lol well as believable as you can get with a dxh hehe

Date: 2005-12-10 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaeldub.livejournal.com
Dear LJ...am feeling much better now, no really I am. I'm not talking to myself or walking around in circles or thinking about BBB2 at work or talking about it to friends incessantly.

Oh wait, yes I am.

Was seriously stuck at around the 30,000 for like three weeks then managed to grab the Plot again and it took off. Now sitting at a comfortable 58,344 ... should be finished sometime next week *crosses fingers*, then I needs a Beta...a kind person has looked over the first couple of thousand but I think it might be a bit much for her...(she's a bit stressed in RL at the mo and I don't want to burden her anymore).

So...feel free to apply.
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