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WIPBigBang - all wrapped up!
SSar's Beast
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The wipbigbang stories are all up! I am very excited to read them. Once I catch up on sleep, that is.

I'm not quite sure how I heard about the WIP Big Bang challenge (tagline: Finish Your Shit), but I was enthusiastic about signing up. I had at least two stories that would fit the requirements (1k+ written, old or stuck or languishing, going to be 7.5k+ when finished) and I hoped the community would give me the push to complete projects that were more ambitious than any I'd finished before.

That didn't work. Every time I tried to write, I got bogged down in tiny details instead of managing to write anything I cared about. I defaulted. But the community had been fun (the mods have been WONDERFUL throughout), and I didn't want to just wander off, so I offered to beta.

donutsweeper, cyn_ful, and princess_aleera all took me up on this. (Sadly, I did not get to beta princess_aleera's fic, but I was only a backup beta in that case, and from what I've seen of it the fic is pretty polished without my help. ^!^)

I'm proud to have worked on these stories. [archiveofourown.org profile] donutsweeper's story The World Again, a Step to the Left is 38k of light casefic for the BBC Sherlock series. One of the things I enjoyed about this story is that the set-up gives John sensitive information about a situation that he must lead Sherlock into working out on his own. This is a really fun way to deal with the dynamic of a genius and his companion. And the fic has great touches of both poignancy and humour.

[archiveofourown.org profile] cyn_ful's story Changing Faces is 63k of Harry Potter fic with endgame Harry/Draco following deceits, shenanigans, drama, and heartbreak. At the end of his sixth year of Hogwarts, Harry soon lands himself in even more trouble than he was at the same point in canon, and he never catches a break... There are tropes here (especially those hinted at by the title) that are absolutely my jam when it comes to fic.

The AO3 collection is here, and it includes various forms of accompanying art as well as the stories.


Again, this was a really fun project. There were times I got a bit stressed about the sheer volume of the fic I'd promised to beta - 100k is EXCITING but also ARGH. I saw it as a chance to improve my skills in beta-ing long fic. I'm great at detailed comments on SPAG and flow - I will double the length of your story with my comments, if you ask me to really go at it - but I'm less experienced at structure and general story shape.

Last Yuletide, I offered to beta a story that, had it been completed, would have been the longest fic in the Yuletide 2013 collection. Looking back at my notes, I can see my fatigue seeping through and turning into frustration that I communicated to the author. I don't think I was actually rude, but I cut corners; I don't want it to happen again that I take on a project too big for me and am unprofessional enough to let the stress show in my comments. So although I could have been timelier with my work for both donutsweeper & cyn_ful (hello, 3am last night! hello, 5am, still awake because it was too cold to sleep! hello, TOTAL WRECK TODAY!) I'm much more satisfied with my attitude and self-management here and this was REALLY useful experience for me.

cyn_ful and donutsweeper were also both SUPER GRACIOUS and LOVELY to work with.


I hope wonder!mods Frea and Shen run the challenge again next year.

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"Wonder!mod" Shen here :D I'm glad you had fun with the challenge, even if you defaulted. I had to do the same, so I can absolutely relate.

We were really happy that you stayed on and offered to beta when you dropped your own fic, that's an awesome thing to do. You were always a great cheerleader and we couldn't have asked for more.

Right now we're definitely thinking of running this again next year, slightly improved (as we hope, hehehe) ;) This was a learning experience for us too and we were really happy that we had such a great crowd to learn with.

You seemed really on top of everything! I'm curious as to what you might change next year.


I have said it many times in the past weeks, and I will say it again. I do not think I could have done this without you! You are absolutely fantastic, especially with the volume of work you went through with just me! I believe the story is so much better with your input. You deserve a well-earned break!

Thank you so very much!!

I'm really glad my comments were useful to you and you are happy with the result. :)

I'm going to take a (short) break from beta-ing, but now I have exchange assignments to finish!

You got this! You can do it! I need to work on a fest fic too! A short one thankfully!

When you are ready to beta again - I have an original one that could be torn apart. Well after the first person tore it apart anyway.

It'll be a little while. How long is the story? :)

Over 50,000 and NO deadline! It is purely original. I wrote it for NaNo and yeah, I really need to tear it apart. I had one friend do that and I just haven't been able to jump back into it yet.

BUT when you have had a rest too! haha - you deserve a rest

Oh good grief, you're really putting me through my paces here. :D

You think you want to put it back together following your friend's suggestions first, or have me look at the original draft? I can see benefits both ways.

I was thinking after, but if you want the before, I do have it too! I posted it to one of my "writing" comms that only specific people have access to.

YES! I love to put you through your paces! This is honestly one that I would love to see go somewhere, but I realize that it needs work.

What I mean is, I guess, that it's possible your friend and I would say similar things, and if you work it over first, I'll be spending less time making corrections/suggestions you probably would have done on your own. But if you work it over first, I can imagine you'll feel a bit fatigued to give it a SECOND grand overhaul.

I'm not going to have the time for a project of that size until approximately late July, because right now I'm involved in the Jukebox, Night at Fic Mountain, and Not Prime Time exchanges, and I also have some ends to tidy off from the last exchange I did, Rarewomen. So late July and early August are a possible window for me. From mid September onwards, I'll probably throw myself into Yuletide, which means I couldn't do thorough critique on a 50k story until January.

Your schedule totally!! You are fabulous and so busy!!!

Yes, I do need to do her corrections. She got it right as I finished it in November. My biggest issue is that I think of it and cringe when I think of editing. AND totally no pressure at all, really! When the time is right, it will be done! *Grins*

(Shh don't tell anyone, but I"m just reading now...oh the joy of reading without thinking about writing!)

lol, if we don't read, how can we expect anyone to read OUR stuff? :D No guilt there.

Exactly!!! Oh I just finished a fic too. So lovely. I need a good bedtime story now. I'm having a semi-life and have been going out with a friend. He wants to take babysteps, but then he calls/texts/wants to see me. I haven't been in front of my computer much since Saturday! I'm about to go insane!

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You're welcome! I'm sorry I didn't check in with you - I probably should have emailed you at the start of the month to let you know I was a bit over-committed with the other two stories. I'm glad you're pleased with your fic.

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