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Tentative dates:
Sign up starts March 11, 2014
Sign up closes March 30, 2014

      Chat 1 - April 19, 2014
      Checkpoint 1 - May 11, 2014
      Chat 2 - May 30, 2014
      Checkpoint 2 - June 21, 2014
      Chat 3 - July 19, 2014
      Checkpoint 3 - July 26, 2014
      Chat 4 - August 2, 2014
Rough drafts of primary works due August 24, 2014

Summaries for complementary works creators due August 24, 2014
Complementary works creator's claims open August 29, 2014
Final primary works due October 6, 2014
Final complementary works due October 6, 2014
Go-live starts on Canadian Thanksgiving, October 13, 2014





Activities/Resources

sageness's posts on Plot and how to write it and on Writing Case Fic
the multi-fandom ficfinishing community



Final works due October 6th!

Go-live starts October 13th!


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Chat 1 will start in 30 minutes!

The first chat for this year's big bang will be in about 30 minutes - Saturday, April 19th at 4:30pm Eastern. Find out what time that is where you live here.

I'm on skype now and will be around for the next 30 to help everyone find their way in to chat.

As always, the chat will be very informal, going around the circle to let people tell us what they've been doing and ask what we can do to help them. There can also be brainstorming, writer's block tips, general squee, cheerleading and random off-topic hilarity. Oh, and you don't have to be a creator to come to a chat - the more the merrier!

All chats will be on Skype, and for those who don't have an account, it's free, and signing up is fairly quick and painless. Here is the link to Skype if you need to get started.

If you've been in previous chats, it should be pretty easy to find us. If it's your first time, then once you have a Skype account, go to Contact -> Add contacts and search for hazel.who or mizface68 and add us. Once you've done that, we can add you to the chat group. If you have trouble finding us that way, you can search by email:

hazel.eraser at gmail dot com
mizface at comcast dot net

Questions? Comments? Let us know!


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HIIII! Welcome wagon and chat info

Hi everyone! I know several of you are at BP, including my lovely co-mod. But this seems like a good weekend for all fannish people to hang out. Introduce yourself in the comments, say hi, let us know what kinds of ds/c6d stuff you like, or what character you're most like, or make up a drink that your fav character would be drinking, or whatever. Be silly, be social, be brave, be bubbly. Whatever floats your boat. =)

Oh, also, I am tasked with reminding you all that the first chat will be next Saturday, April 19th at 4:30pm Eastern Standard time. Find out what time that is where you live here.

As always, the chat will be very informal, going around the circle to let people tell us what they've been doing and ask what we can do to help them. There can also be brainstorming, writer's block tips, general squee, cheerleading and random off-topic hilarity. Oh, and you don't have to be a creator to come to a chat - the more the merrier!

All chats will be on Skype, and for those who don't have an account, it's free, and signing up is fairly quick and painless. Here is the link to Skype if you need to get started.

If you've been in previous chats, it should be pretty easy to find us. If it's your first time, then once you have a Skype account, go to Contact -> Add contacts and search for hazel.who or mizface68 and add us. Once you've done that, we can add you to the chat group. If you have trouble finding us that way, you can search by email:
hazel.eraser at gmail dot com
mizface at comcast dot net

Questions? Comments? Let us know!

We are super excited and hope to see y'all Saturday! And in the meantime, we'll be looking for you in the comments. =)


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2014 SIGN UP POST

Woohoo, the 2014 Due South/Canadian Six Degrees Big Bang is now officially OPEN for sign ups!

This year’s challenge will go pretty much exactly like last year’s. If you have any questions about it, please check out The Rules Post and The FAQs Page. The schedule for the year, including optional chats and check-ins (those dates are more tentative) can be found in The Sticky Post. If none of that answers your question, DM hazelwho or mizface, or email us at dsc6dbbmod (at) gmail (dot) com.

We will be having both checkpoints and chats again this round. Neither is mandatory, but we encourage you to participate in them. Especially the chats, which in the past were proven to be excellent for brainstorming, moral support, oftentimes hilarious tangents, group therapy and commiseration and everything else you're going to need to get through this.

Remember, there are no penalties for dropping out. Life happens, and writer's/artist’s block happens. If you drop out, we'll give you a hug and hope to see you the next round.

If you are an art-y type, artist specific information can be found at either The Rules Post and The FAQs Page. The definition of "art" is very encompassing - there's probably an "art" of some sort that everyone can do.

Sign-ups for Primary and Complementary fanworks start today, March 11, 2014 and will end March 30, 2014. If more creators for Complementary pieces are needed, a second round of sign-ups will take place at a later date.

If you are signing up for BOTH Primary and Complementary fanworks, please leave a separate comment for each.

Copy the coding from the block below, and paste it into a comment. Then fill it out.

COME PLAAAAAYYY!



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FAQ 2014

Frequently Asked Questions. Or, rather: Stuff People May Have Asked Had We Not Already Written it Down, With A Few Additions of Things People Really Did Ask About Last Time

General Questions

What is a bigbang?
There are many different types of bigbangs, all varying slightly, but usually a bigbang is a process in which authors write long fics and artists make art for them. In this case, the primary form of fanwork can be fic, podfic, art, or vids and our word count/work goal will be in the 20k range. See The Rules Post for detailed specs or check out last year's challenge, which includes fic, podfic, art, and vids.

Can I join this comm?
Absolutely! Feel free to join and watch the comm even if you aren't signing up. If you ARE signing up you need to join the comm ASAP. Some important reminders and posts may be members locked.

How do I sign up?
When sign-ups start, there will be a post for Primary fanworks and Complementary fanworks where you can sign up for the challenge.

What kind of timeline will I be under?

2014 Schedule:
March 11, 2014 - Sign ups start
March 30, 2014 - Sign ups close
Chat 1 - April 19, 2014
Checkpoint 1 - May 11, 2014
Chat 2 - May 30, 2014
Checkpoint 2 - June 21,2014
Chat 3 - July 19, 2014
Checkpoint 3 - July 26, 2014
Chat 4 - August 2, 2014
August 24 - Summaries and drafts due
August 29 - Complement creator claims opens
Oct 6 - Everything must be uploaded to AO3
Oct 13 - Go live! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!


Where will the works be hosted?
We are using AO3 for this challenge. If you need an invite, please contact a mod.

What’s a Complementary fanwork?
This would be a fanwork based on the Primary fanwork you claim. The requirements for secondary fanworks are spelled out in The Rules Post

What's a checkpoint?
They're something to give you a feel on where a typical creator should be at in their process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only, and are in no way mandatory.

What about chats? Do I have to do those?
Nope, but we encourage you to participate in them. Last year’s chats were excellent for brainstorming, moral support, a lot of hilarious tangents, group therapy, commiseration and everything else you're going to need to get through this.

I've got two ideas in my head ... can I work on both?
Yes you can, as long as you think you'll be able to finish both within the specified minimum requirements by the deadline.

If I am doing more than one Primary fanwork, do they both have to be the same medium and fandom?
Absolutely not! For example, if you want to write a 20k Flashpoint story and do a series of Hard Core Logo drawings, that’s perfectly fine.

Can I write/podfic with someone else?
Yes, you may co-author your bigbang if you want to. However, the word minimum for co-authored/podficced works is 25,000.

What should my rough draft look like?
Please see The Rules Post for specific guidelines. While your fanwork does not need to finished by this time, we do need to be able to reasonably verify that you are going to be able to post by the deadline.

What if I have to drop out?
There are no penalties for dropping out. RL happens, writer's/artist’s block happens – we totally get that. If you drop out, we'll give you a hug and hope to see you the next round.

That said, we ask that if you know you need to withdraw from the challenge, please do so before the Complementary claims post.

Can I have an extension?
As we are letting the deadline go right up to the go-live date, no extensions will be allowed.


Primary Fanwork Requirements

What type of requirements are there for fic/art/podfic/vids?
Please see The Rules Post for a complete list of requirements.

I've already been writing a story -- can I use that?
You are allowed to use a WiP in this bigbang, but at least 20k must be entirely new and unseen for it to qualify. Furthermore you are not allowed to post updates to the story (since it’s now for the challenge) until the completed work is revealed on the go-live date.

What genres/fandoms are allowed?
All genres are allowed. For a partial list of C6D fandoms, go HERE. If your fandom is not on the list, contact a mod – odds are we’ll say it’s good.

Can I do a crossover, and if so, do both have to be C6D?
Yes you can, and no, the crossover fandom does NOT have to be C6D. However, the primary fandom MUST be C6D. For example, if you were writing a due South/White Collar crossover, the main POV must be from a dS character’s perspective. The C6D fandom cannot be a cameo. It could, however, be set in New York, with dS characters going to work with the White Collar unit.

Does my art have to tell a story?
Not necessarily, but there should be something there for the Complementary creator to work with.

Why does my fic have to be 100% complete for the draft deadline whereas a podfic only needs to be 80% complete?
Because your complement creator will need to have enough of your primary work to go off of to create their own piece. For fic, it's really not fair to just not give the complement creator the last fifth of the story. For podfic, you can get it all from the sourcework, and for art you should be able to see the overall themes by then, etc.


Complementary Fanwork Requirements

How do I know what I'm making a fanwork for?
When the creators turn in their rough drafts, we'll make a claims post. In this post we'll include the story summary or some sort of description of the fanwork, the pairing, and any warnings the creator gives. You can choose which piece you'd like to create a fanwork for, and then that person's piece will get crossed off the list.

How do I make a claim?
Claims are done on a first come, first serve basis. We will be putting up a f-locked post and those who have signed up to create a complementary fanwork will reply to it with the piece they claim to do a fanwork for (so make sure you are a member of the community).

The time of claims will be announced in advance so everyone can know what time to be online.

What happens if the number of Primary creators doesn't match up with the number of complement creators?
We will do several rounds of claiming so that EVERY fanwork has a complementary creator. In the event that Primary fanworks outnumber Complementary creators we will allow folks to make a second claim. If it's the other way, we may open up the Primary pieces so that more than one creator is assigned to the same piece. Either way, everyone who wants to participate will get to participate.

Can the Complementary fanwork be done in the same medium as the Primary fanwork?
Yes and no. The only Primary fanwork that can have a Complementary piece that is in a similar medium is Art. But there’s a caveat – the artistic medium CANNOT be the same as the Primary, i.e. no pencil drawings for pencil drawing, manips for manips, etc. However, if someone’s painting inspires you to do a series of drawings, or a quilt, that would be fine!

How will I get in touch with my Primary fanwork creator?
We will provide you with contact information once you are committed to that individual. From there you can contact them to find out more about their fanwork.

We would like to encourage you to be in contact with them and to share what you make for them throughout the process, if possible.


Posting Requirements

What types of requirements are there for me to post my fanwork?
Detailed instructions will be posted closer to the go-live date.

Can I post it to my journal a few days early to show my friends?
No. The first time your fanwork will be publicly seen for this bigbang must be on your reveal day.

Where can I upload my graphics?
Tinypic is recommended for images or .gif files, along with Photobucket. Both have their pros and cons.


Anything we didn’t address? Post a comment, PM mizface or hazelwho, or email us at dsc6dbbmod@gmail.com with any questions.

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2014 Guidelines

Oh yes, it's that time again - the due South/Canadian Six Degrees Big Bang is back! mizface and I couldn't be more excited. Look out for more info here and pimp posts at all your favorite comms as we get geared up for this year's sign ups. =)


These are pretty much identical to last year's rules. If you have any questions, please comment, PM one of your friendly neighborhood mods, or email us at dsc6dbbmod@gmail.com. I am sure there are things we forgot :)


1. Guidelines for Primary pieces:

Fic
Stories must have a minimum of 20,000 words. There is no maximum.

Stories must be beta'd by at least one person. Two is preferable. Check out the beta listing (link to be added soon) if you need a beta.

Art
Art must be at least one piece. A series of related pieces (possibly using different mediums) is perfectly acceptable. We just ask that there be something there that gives a sense of narrative thread, or a scene, or a moment even, in that fandom.

And seriously, art is a VERY broad term, including handmade and computer done works. A partial list includes painting, drawing, digital art, sculpture, cross-stitch, wood-working, stained glass, papier-mache… you get the idea, right?

Basically, any medium is acceptable, with the exception of icons and fanmixes. If either of these are your form of creative expression (and your mods adore both, really!), please sign up to do a complementary piece, because we’d love to have them.

As far knowing if you’ve met the minimum requirement… this is trickier. Our best advice is to base this on an estimate of the artist working 5-10 hours a week, 3 weeks a month, for 6 months = 90-180 hours. Which is, btw, also the amount of time we roughly estimate an author would put into a fic for this challenge.

YMMV, of course. Some people work faster than others. *miz chiming in* I am notoriously meticulous, and will fuss over a piece for longer than it probably needs, so I’d be closer to the 120 hour mark to get what I would consider a cohesive set of pieces done for this challenge, if I were to do art.

We’re not saying you have to log your time or anything. This is just to give you an idea of how much work we’re talking about in whatever your preferred media is.

If you have specific questions relating to art requirements, feel free to contact a mod.

Podfic
Podfic must be of a story with a minimum of 20,000 words. There is no maximum.

Vids
At least 3 minutes, please.


2. Guidelines for Complementary pieces:

Fic
Fic must be at least 2,000 words.

Art
Art must be at least one piece, again any medium. If you want to do icons, a minimum of 20 icons must be submitted.

Vids
1.5 minutes at the minimum.


3. Rough Drafts

Our goal in getting rough drafts is to make sure that those working on Complementary pieces will have a finished Primary fanwork in the collection to show as their inspiration.

Fic
The rough drafts turned in must be a minimum of 20k words.

Art
Every piece you are doing must be at least 80% finished. Basically, we need to see that it is possible for the work(s) to be completed by deadline.

Podfic
80% completed.

Vids
80% completed.

4. Any rating, any pairing (or more, or none) is perfectly acceptable. dS or c6d, both RPF/RPS and crossovers are fair game. Find a list of fandoms HERE. If your fandom isn’t listed, please contact one of the mods and ask if it can be added. The most likely answer will be YES PLEASE, more C6D fanworks!

5. Your story cannot have appeared anywhere else on the Internet. If the story you are writing is a partially-posted WiP, then you must STOP posting to it until the go-live date.

Unposted WiPs are perfectly acceptable as well. One of your mods had over 5k written for last year’s big bang before sign ups even started.

In either case, at least 20k of unposted, shiny new words is a requirement.

6. Do not post your story anywhere else until two weeks after go live. But DO post to your journal linking to your finished piece. Make sure all your friends know about the awesome new work you’ve created!

7. No bashing of other pairings/characters or other participants. We shouldn't have to say this, but play nice.

8. Please check out the FAQ Page to see if there’s anything else you’re wondering about that isn’t covered here.


Let us know if you have any questions.

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We Did It - Go Live is HERE!!!!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! The archive is now open, all works are revealed and oh my stars and garters, there are so many fantastic works!

hazelwho and I are so proud and happy, you have no idea! *standing ovation to all creators*

Go forth! Enjoy! And THANK YOU for making this another amazing Big Bang experience!!

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one more day!

Hey everyone!! We're getting close to the posting deadline for this year's dS/c6d big bang, which is October 7th 2013. Near as I can figure using timeanddate.com, the last place in the world it will still be October 7th is Alofi, so here's a countdown to the deadline there. I know a bunch of you have already posted to the collection, including: sperrywink, garonne, omens, hazelwho, omens, mizface, mific, sperrywink, luzula, ride_forever & butterfly_ghost, look_turtles, look_turtles, desireearmfeldt, mizface, rose_malmaison, and desireearmfeldt. Congrats on being done to all of you!

If you posted today, I haven't gotten a notice about it yet, so don't worry if you're not on the list. For instructions on how to post to the collection, see this post or ask a mod via email, comments, DMs, or whatever. We're here to help. =) GOOD LUCK everyone! We can do this!!!


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an even more last minute request!

While editing I remembered that I need someone to help me with about...four words of Italian. I recall someone saying they might be able to in chat, but I'm afraid I don't remember who it was!

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last minute beta request

Signal boosting for garonne by reposting to the comm:


Please help, if you can! I'm looking for a speaker of US or Canadian English to read through my primary piece, a 22000-word Fraser/Kowalski story from Ray Vecchio's POV. It's rated R for language and some violence.

I'm mostly looking for someone to catch the Britishisms I just know are lurking in there, invisible to me. SPAG-related comments would be welcome too. I'm not expecting anything more detailed than that -- I know I'm not leaving my poor beta-reader a lot of time. All I can say is, I promise you won't have too hard a time of it! I always read through my stuff pretty carefully myself before sending it off… in fact I used to do a lot of beta-reading myself in British fandoms.

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