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[identity profile] thedeadparrot.livejournal.com
Title: Strings
Author: [livejournal.com profile] queenzulu
Pairing: House/Foreman
Rating: NC-17
Length: 40 000
Spoilers: Through "Euphoria".
Summary: Because after Foreman fucks up, he might actually be teachable. Because House is the best one to knock him down and then show him what a moron he is. "Because he could be better," he says, and he hates that it's the truth, that he's telling it to Cuddy like it matters.
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[livejournal.com profile] queenzulu's Strings is an addition to her Percussion-verse stories, which follows the relationship of an alternate universe version of House and Foreman, where Foreman was not hired on as one of House's fellow, but in fact, works in PPTH's neurology department. Strings itself deals with an alternate version of the episode Euphoria and explores the impact of such an intense event on House and Foreman's burgeoning relationship. As in most of her stories, Strings benefits greatly from [livejournal.com profile] queenzulu's keen ear for dialogue, light sense of humor, and sharp attention to detail. The emotional beats of the story ring true, warm and painful in turns. All of their characters get their moments to shine, to come alive. Foreman's father in particular is well-drawn for a character who has only had a few appearances in canon. We, as the readers, already know how this story goes, but that doesn't mean it's not worth telling again.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] tli

The expectant, uncertain way that the vid leaves us before fading to black makes you want to read the story.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] leiascully

The cover captures tension among the characters, and the color is beautiful and evocative both of the strings instruments and the feel of the story.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: In For A Pound
Author: [livejournal.com profile] deelaundry
Crossover Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: House/Wilson, McKay/Sheppard, House/Wilson/McKay/Sheppard
Rating: NC-17
Length: 20 500 words
Spoilers: Through "Whatever It Takes" for House; through "Quarantine" for Stargate: Atlantis.
Summary: Two days, four men, one California King mattress. Sometimes two and two can add up to something more.
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If you have a great love for both House, M.D. and Stargate: Atlantis, then you'll love a crossover between them that brings both fandoms' favourite characters together. In For A Pound is [livejournal.com profile] deelaundry's extension of a 'verse started with the story Out Of The Blue, and it involves House, Wilson, McKay, and Sheppard meeting up and deciding to spend the weekend together engaged in every indecent and salubrious activity they can fit on a list. [livejournal.com profile] deelaundry's dialogue is well done, and the interactions between House and Sheppard are amusing. The moment when House and McKay play the piano together is particularly endearing. In For A Pound is a fun romp of a story, wherein each character and each pairing is given its own moment and individual dynamic. [livejournal.com profile] deelaundry takes great delight in offering up every possible fantasy for the reader's delectation, and the result is explosive.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] yevgenie

House and Sheppard's expressions fit so well. And Rodney's smile is gorgeous.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot

The sexiest G-rated art I've ever seen. That rumpled bed, looking only recently abandoned... mmm.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: The Open Road
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pun
Pairing: House/Wilson
Rating: NC-17
Length: 25 000 words
Spoilers: Through season three.
Summary: Wilson goes along for the ride.
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The Open Road is the consummate roadtrip fic. [livejournal.com profile] pun combines the best of the travelling tropes--sleeping together in tiny rundown motels, country fairs with carnies, and being trapped together for hours in the car--with a wonderful exploration of House and Wilson's characters at a crossroad in their relationship. The road itself is a character; [livejournal.com profile] pun does a marvelous job of evoking the changing setting. The disconnected mood of the story fits Wilson's POV perfectly, as he follows House's lead and tries to understand his motives. This works especially well during their intense first kiss and Wilson's subsequent confusion. The sex scenes are incredibly hot, but they don't discount the importance of the way House and Wilson's friendship is changing. In the end, The Open Road leads to a conclusion that feels flawlessly appropriate.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot

I feel like it has real mood, that dusk-ish moment when cars begin to turn on their headlights.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] leiascully

I tried to get some salient elements of the road trip in: the red Corvette, the cheap motels and diners, the span of middle America.



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Third Artist: [livejournal.com profile] mem_vermelha

I love the intimacy of peeking in at House and Wilson through the window, and the post cards are great too.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: My Brother's Keeper
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12
Pairing: Gen: House, Cuddy, Wilson.
Rating: R
Length: 24 814 words.
Spoilers: None.
Summary: An on-the-job incident forces House to experience his life beyond the visible spectrum; Cuddy and Wilson struggle to guide him through a darkness that neither of them can see and preserve the world that House remembers.
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[livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12's My Brother's Keeper is an incredibly intense experience. When House loses his sight in an accident, the result is a reevaluation of his entire life, especially his relationship with Cuddy and Wilson--the only two people he might trust enough to help him. All three grow and change as House first despairs, and then begins the long road to an uncertain recovery. Throughout the story, [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12 uses detailed, precise description to draw the reader in to a sightless world. A particularly intimate moment is when House remembers Stacy in an attempt to forget everything going on around him...and only partly succeeds. My Brother's Keeper is a wonderful example of a hurt/comfort story; the hurt is the catalyst to show each character in sharp perspective without any over-the-top gratuitous torture, and the comfort grows naturally out of the characters' relationships, providing a very satisfactory denouement.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] wihluta

The disjointed, distorted effect really conveys the trauma that they all went through.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] virvavirva

The rain on his face is just amazing. And his eyes even look a bit unfocused, like he's looking through something rather than at something, which, considering his condition, is perfect.



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Third Artist: [livejournal.com profile] mem_vermelha

Cover art with an excellent choice of images.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: Dark Water
Author: [livejournal.com profile] delphinapterus
Pairing: House/Wilson, House/Wilson/Cuddy, Cuddy/Wilson
Rating: NC-17
Length: 20 000 words
Spoilers: None
Summary: Wilson has to do a freebie because of a mix up with a race horse. House is just getting back into the game and Cuddy finds both these ghosts from the past showing up at the same time. Things get complicated with two FBI agents are thrown into the mix and Chase finally gets a solo hit.
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Dark Water takes an interesting turn as a House AU where House and Wilson run a business together--as hit men. With Chase as their somewhat bungling assistant, they're doing well for themselves, until a woman from both their pasts shows up unexpectedly. When Cuddy becomes the target of an assassination plot, [livejournal.com profile] delphinapterus's fast-paced, light-hearted story takes off. With banter, hijinks, and a hint of a fusion with Grosse Point Blank, Dark Water is a fun rollercoaster of a story. [livejournal.com profile] delphinapterus makes best use of all the characters, including an amusing subplot for Chase, as House and Wilson slowly discover that everything between them and Cuddy is more than what it first seemed--and it has the potential to become something even greater.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] leiascully

I was trying to capture a little of the spy mystique here... I enjoyed the textures and the water spots.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot

This is me attempting pop art... I really like the gun, and House's eyes on the bottom.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: Your Hand In Mine
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic
Pairing: House/Cuddy
Rating: PG
Length: 30 000 words
Spoilers: Through season three.
Summary: They can say anything to each other, now that there’s no tomorrow.
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[livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic's apocalyptic AU, Your Hand In Mine, does a wonderful job of juggling several very distinct elements all at once. [livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic creates an amazing world, where disaster follows on disaster, a creepy and unresolvable crescendo of external madness. The internal plot, of House and Cuddy dealing with the world's chaos, weaves through the growing despair of the outside world, touching on it and affecting it, in turns. Finally, the slow and steady growth of House and Cuddy's relationship provides a grounding center to the story, moments of calm and love amidst the storm. Your Hand In Mine pulls out all the stops, and seems headed for certain despair, but [livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic keeps a last hope alive, even when it seems that the world must end.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cryptictac

The mysterious nature of the plane crash is just the beginning of a whole chain reaction of catastrophic events that grip the world as the apocalypse approaches. And when there's no tomorrow, House and Cuddy can either leave everything unsaid between them, or take the last chance they have before they run out of time.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] isaytoodlepip

House and Cuddy fight and find comfort in each other, before the world ends. Set to Mary Chapin Carpenter's "10,000 Miles".



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Third Artist: [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12

A movie poster is such an awesome and original idea! And the manip is so good and flawless.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: Break Point
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mer_duff
Pairing: Gen: House, Wilson.
Rating: R
Length: 24 000 words
Spoilers: Takes place between "Human Error" and "Alone".
Summary: Wilson struggles to reconcile past and present in the aftermath of the Tritter investigation, while House just wants to understand.
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[livejournal.com profile] mer_duff has deepened the canonical world of House, MD with Break Point. The story delves into Wilson's past, evoking an amazing, fully fleshed-out backstory that works perfectly with the man Wilson has become. Break Point is a fascinating look at Wilson's family, and [livejournal.com profile] mer_duff creates excellent and believable OCs to show his family dynamics; his parents, his friends, and especially his brother, Michael, all come alive. House's motives for demanding to know more are unclear to Wilson at first, but they are simply one more way that House shows that he cares without ever saying so. The set up for the flashbacks--House's interrogation of Wilson, his incorrigible seeking for one last line that he cannot cross--is heartbreaking in its own way, and very satisfying. Break Point is a wonderful exploration of House and Wilson's friendship, and a profound and multilayered story.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] virvavirva

I...wanted to do something a bit vague and abstract.... I really liked the description of Wilson "swallowing a sunset" in the early draft and the image of his hand reaching out for the drink just sort of stuck with me.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] tli

This is wonderful! The choice of music (it suits the mood in the story perfectly), the scene selections, the linking text.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
On April 30, the Big Bang website was down for a few hours because the monthly bandwidth limit was exceeded. This should not be a problem in future months because the first rush of downloading after the site went live has tapered off. The site has now been restored; nothing has been lost.

As a result, however, we have decided to postpone this week's Spotlight Stories until next week, to make sure that each story gets its full time in the limelight. We will resume Spotlight Story posts on Tuesday, May 6, and continue as planned afterwards.
[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: Roots of Rhythm Remain
Pairing: House/Wilson/Cuddy
Rating: NC-17
Length: 20 000 words
Spoilers: Through "Finding Judas".
Summary: Greg, Lisa, James, and Evan, and how their story goes on.
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For [livejournal.com profile] sabinelagrande, Roots of Rhythm Remain began well before the Big Bang challenge as the Rhythm of the Saints 'verse, and she details the challenges and satisfactions of the experience here. The story, however, stands on its own as an in-depth development of not only the House/Wilson/Cuddy relationship, but also the character of Evan, their daughter. [livejournal.com profile] sabinelagrande uses parenthetical humour to great effect, and she creates interesting and surprising interactions between all the characters. Some scenes that particularly stand out are House and Evan's trip to Graceland--not only the trip, but the reasons for it, and its eventual fallout. Evan's first encounter with her Grandpa House is another standout scene. It can be a challenge to maintain a narrative that spans some twenty years, but Roots of Rhythm Remain reads like the best sort of family story, the sort told over photo albums and memories.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] hjsnapepm

I like the simplicity of this so much. The colors and the font, too, give it a happy, light feel.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] mem_vermelha

I really like the scrapbooking style for the Roots of Rhythm Remain art, and young Evan is so adorable. Very well chosen picture!



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: A Joy Forever
Author: [livejournal.com profile] usomitai
Pairing: House/Wilson
Rating: NC-17
Length: 20 300
Spoilers: Through "Sleeping Dogs Lie".
Summary: Wilson's dead, but that doesn't mean he's gone.
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A Joy Forever is an intriguing story about love, loss, and the powerful attachment between House and Wilson. [livejournal.com profile] usomitai engages the reader from the very first scene, where House's reaction to Wilson's death is believable and very in character, but it is also unresolved enough to carry the plot forward. The set up and the world-building were both very well handled, so that the speculative element arises from the plot naturally. All the original characters fill their roles admirably, while having enough quirks that they become real people. House's breakdown--when it inevitably arrives--is made all the more effective by the subtle writing and carefully drawn details, as well as its precise pacing and timing within the narrative. A Joy Forever is a deathfic with a twist, one whose ramifications for the world and for the characters definitely linger beyond the final scene.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] brynnamorgan

Yes, I have this thing for blue filters. Also, you know me--if there's smut and it's what I'd want to see, I go for it. Smut is fun. Smut is our friend.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12

Realistic, ironic, fun, a bit whimsical, and plunked me straight in the middle of a story.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: Time Marches On
Pairing: Gen: Team.
Rating: G
Length: 23 260
Spoilers: Through "Don't Ever Change".
Summary: House once called change one of the greatest tragedies in life. His teams--the old one and the newbies--are learning this even as House himself continues to deal with things he can change, and things he cannot.
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[livejournal.com profile] namasteyoga creates a believable, canon-consistent episodic story in Time Marches On. The new team and the old are wonderfully characterized, each becoming an individual in their own point of view section. The story is centered around a strong medical plot, with well-researched details and interesting original characters who keep the mystery alive, with a very Housian twist at the end. [livejournal.com profile] namasteyoga takes the opportunity to dive in to how each member of House's team feels about the changes in their lives. And through all their lives, there is House: creating new Feng Shui in the office, chasing down a diagnosis, and in the end, opening up only to Wilson. Time Marches On is a strong ensemble story, and [livejournal.com profile] namasteyoga writes confidently and ably, getting into the minds of every character she takes on.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] isaytoodlepip

House deals with the changes in his team and the events that led up to them.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] elizabethswan_

I hope the dark colors and simplistic value address to the emptiness House feels as he thinks of time/routine/life.



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Third Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cosmo_mouse

A blend of the old teams and the new, using composition to mirror each other.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: Half Life
Pairing: House/Wilson, House/OFC
Rating: R
Length: 28 500 words
Spoilers: Through season three; AU for season four.
Summary: The world changes forever. House and Wilson must cope.
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Half Life is an amazing work of speculative fiction. [livejournal.com profile] oldblue uses the universe of House MD as a jumping off point into an unsolvable mystery and a vision of a dystopic world with little hope for those affected. The level of detail and description makes the story believable and bleak. The richness of the characters' interactions makes the reader feel for them and follow them. Alone even among those who, like him, are afflicted with an ever-increasing lycanthropy, House escapes captivity only to ask Wilson for a more permanent solution. The points of view, especially House's in the guise of the wolf, are effective and powerful. The quietly inevitable last scene of Half Life is wrenching, and [livejournal.com profile] oldblue does a wonderful job of carrying the reader through until that ultimate moment.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] brynnamorgan

I created something clean, and went for the emotions...I felt there was one scene that HAD to be depicted.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot

It's perfect and I love it. The color scheme, the textures, pretty much everything. I really like the half-wolf/half-House - it works well because it's subtle.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: A Distorted Genius
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hwshipper
Crossover Fandom: Nero Wolfe
Pairing: House/Wilson
Rating: PG
Length: 28 500 words
Spoilers: Through "Family" for House; through A Family Affair for Wolfe.
Summary: He's a genius, eccentric, lazy, and has three staff to do all the work. And House is just the same. Wilson's been arrested on suspicion of murder, and only Nero Wolfe can help.
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[livejournal.com profile] hwshipper's crossover with Nero Wolfe is a resounding success. She writes Archie Goodwin's POV with confidence and skill, effortlessly evoking a timeless world that melds both fandoms, bringing the bright, bombastic world of Nero Wolfe to the present day. Wilson is accused of his ex-wife's murder, and A Distorted Genius carries off the mystery with great pacing and fun dialogue. The House/Wilson relationship is beautifully understated. It fits neatly with [livejournal.com profile] hwshipper's personal fanon-verse, while remaining completely believable in this stand-alone story. Both House and Wolfe are given moments to shine as detectives and diagnosticians, as the one solves a medical mystery and the other the murder mystery after gathering the same information. [livejournal.com profile] hwshipper has also offered readers several DVD extras to go with this treat of a story.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] queenzulu

Catherine Wilson had it all...until she was found murdered. It will take a genius to save Wilson--good thing Nero Wolfe is on the case!



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] mem_vermelha

A fabulous cityscape offset with Nero Wolfe's singularly grumpy look.



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[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Title: how to skin your knees standing straight
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction
Pairing: House/Cameron, Chase/Cameron
Rating: R
Length: 20 000 words
Spoilers: Through "Human Error".
Summary: That summer, Cameron tries to keep her choices straight. Why should she stay?
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With a rich, unusual narrative style, [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction has crafted a compelling account of Cameron's indecision during the summer between season three and season four. Cameron is torn between Chase, who wants to convince her that she is ready to move on--and specifically, move on with him--and House, whose strong, abiding pull hasn't faded simply because Cameron quit her fellowship. [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction writes a believable and sympathetic characterization for Cameron, showing how she knows she ought to want to move on, but at the same time, how much she simply isn't ready to let go. There is a desperate languor to Cameron's actions that is strongest in the scene after she finally gives in to temptation. In how to skin your knees standing straight, [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction has built a wonderful atmosphere of ambivalence, uncertainty, and, finally, acceptance.

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First Artist: [livejournal.com profile] elizabethswan_

I attempted to make a somewhat dreamy atmosphere without wanting to let go of the angst and making it completely feminine.



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Second Artist: [livejournal.com profile] pandorashollow

"...I hoped that I would never find all the shit I left behind
Now I find the child in me is going to remind me that I can't forget my past for long"




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[identity profile] thedeadparrot.livejournal.com
The challenge has now been live for one week, and it has been a terrific success.



Mmm, statistics. It's a thing of beauty.

Since it is April 7, at this point, you can repost your stories and artwork in your personal journals and anywhere else you'd like. The Spotlight Stories, wherein a story from the archive along with its artwork is featured on the comm every few days, will start tomorrow, and continue biweekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays until we run out of stories.

Finally, the mods want your opinions! There have been a few people wondering about a potential Round Two of House Big Bang, and in order to make it even better than Round One, we'd like your feedback on how the challenge was structured. Everyone can take this poll, but if you were not a participant, please only answer questions that are not specific to artists and writers. Of course, we'd like to be as accommodating as possible in scheduling a second round; however, please be aware that we may or may not change the challenge based on this input. We will, of course, announce any and all changes to the comm before beginning the next round.

The House Big Bang Exit Poll
-your thoughts on big bang, we let you show us them.

[Poll #1167349]

If you have any other questions, concerns, or suggestions, please leave a comment or email the mods at housebigbangmods@gmail.com. We would be especially interested in learning why people were unable to complete the challenge, as it will help us to tailor the challenge for the potential round two.
Thank you once again, everyone!

[livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot and [livejournal.com profile] queenzulu
[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Friends, readers, participants, lend me your ears. The day you've all been waiting for has arrived.

The House Big Bang Challenge Archive

...is live!

The challenge began in September 2007, with more than sixty authors each vowing to write a minimum 20 000 word novella over the next five months. Over twenty artists signed up to create illustrations, manipulations, drawings, or vids for each story. The novellas in this archive are representative of the variety of ships and genres in the fandom, and range in subject from canon to crossovers to crack. There is certain to be a story for every taste, and we hope that you will reward the hardworking and talented authors and artists with your generous feedback.

A huge thank you to everyone: writers, artists, cheerleaders, betas, participants of all stripes, and of course, to all of you who have waited so patiently for this moment. We couldn't have done it without you.

For your reading and viewing pleasure, I present the thirteen stories and the thirty artworks of the House Big Bang Challenge!

Your mods (exhausted but elated),

[livejournal.com profile] queenzulu and [livejournal.com profile] thedeadparrot


ETA: Please point out any errors, especially in links; it will help us to find them and fix them as soon as possible.
[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Hi, participants!

This is the final mod post before the archive goes live--and that will be happening at midnight MST, a mere eight hours from now! Just a few final reminders before all the stories and artwork are released to the world.

1. You can unlock your privated feedback posts any time Saturday, March 29. At this point they ought not spam your flist, and this way, once they're open, you don't need to worry about missing early feedback. A mod will comment to your comment in the Creating A Feedback Post thread with a link to your story/artwork after the archive goes live.

2. When downloading vids from the site, please remember to right-click save-as. Also, please don't hyperlink art, as that will be a drain on our resources.

3. Do not repost any of your stories and/or artwork before April 7, 2008. After that, do whatever you'd like with them!

4. And of course, feedback those amazing writers and artists, without whom this challenge wouldn't be possible.

And, hey! Another round of applause for our final finalists on the People Who Have Completed The Challenge list:

[livejournal.com profile] brynnamorgan
[livejournal.com profile] deelaundry
[livejournal.com profile] hjsnapepm


Finally, I'd like to say that it's been an amazing pleasure to work with all of you, and I think this one's going to knock everyone's socks off. Thank you, everybody, for making the [livejournal.com profile] house_bigbang challenge a success!
[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Hi, participants!

Would you look at the time? There are only five days left until the challenge goes live! I hope everyone is as excited out there as we are here.

The archive is coming along wonderfully. All the stories have been uploaded, and the mods are currently working on uploading the artists' submissions as well. The next and last step we need to accomplish to make sure the site is ready for The Day Everything Is Revealed is for each participant to make themselves a Feedback Post, as detailed in the FAQ, here.

The important details are these:

1. We will ask each participant to make themselves a Feedback Post in THEIR OWN LIVEJOURNAL, and give us a link.

2. All stories and artwork will be live on MARCH 30. All stories will have a link to send email to the author or artist. They will also be linked to the author's or artist's Feedback Post.

3. Once the archive is live, the author or artist can also link directly to their story or artwork on the archive from their Feedback Post. The archived story/artwork will link to the creator's Feedback Post, and the creator's Feedback Post will link to the archived story/artwork. The readers and viewers on the archive will have the choice of commenting at the creator's Feedback Post, or by email.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE YOURSELF A FEEDBACK POST.

1. Update your journal with the subject line "House Big Bang Challenge: Story Title and/or Art Title". You can add pairing and rating to the title if you'd like.

2. Cut and paste the following headers into your post. These headers are not mandatory. You can write your own headers as you see fit, but these are the same headers that you submitted along with your story and/or art, so they are the simplest.



3. Post-date your post (that is, edit the date) to March 30, 2008. The exact time of day is not important. Your update window should look like this:



4. Set the security of your post to PRIVATE. This is so as not to spam your flist before the archive is live.

5. Comment to this post with the link to your Feedback Post. Please title your comment "Link to [Your Story/Artwork]". The link will then be included on your story and/or artwork on the archive.

6. On March 30, when the archive goes live, a mod will reply to your comment here with a link to your story and/or artwork, and you can then edit your Feedback Post to include the link, and you can also then set the security to PUBLIC.

7. On March 30, point your flist to the archive, to your Feedback Post, or to the community; all will have links to the archive.

8. In your Feedback Post, you can include any other information you'd like: your excerpt, your triumph, your flailing, your unending squee over Big Bang.

9. An example Feedback Post is here.



If you have comments or questions, please ask in comments or in email!

Also, please join me in congratulating the following participants, who have Completed The Challenge:

[livejournal.com profile] cosmo_mouse
[livejournal.com profile] cryptictac
[livejournal.com profile] mem_vermelha
[livejournal.com profile] pandorashollow
[livejournal.com profile] tli


FIVE DAYS LEFT!

\o/
[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Hi, Artists!

Just a quick reminder post to let you know that artists' submissions are due in ONE WEEK, on March 25. Questions, comments, and so on are of course always welcome in comments or email.

Please remember when submitting cover art, manips, or other illustrations to include:

- the full size image
- a preview image (250px width x 100px height)
- a thumbnail image (125px width x 25px height)

When submitting vids, it would be helpful--but not mandatory--to include a screencap from your vid:

- a preview image (250px width x 100px height)
- a thumbnail image (125px width x 25px height)

The other information required from artists is:

1. Your name
2. Title
3. Summary/description
4. Pairing and rating
5. Medium

And of course, let us continue our celebrations of Those Who Have Completed The Challenge! Please put your hands together in thunderous applause for the following participants:

[livejournal.com profile] delphinapterus
[livejournal.com profile] elizabethswan_
[livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic
[livejournal.com profile] leiascully
[livejournal.com profile] pun
[livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12

The time draweth near! Good luck, artists!
[identity profile] zulu.livejournal.com
Hi, everybody!

Today marks the conclusion of the writers' portion of the challenge. Final drafts are due today before 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time. If your final draft hasn't been sent to housebigbangmods@gmail.com by that time, then your complete draft will be the text placed in the archive.

There is some mild flexibility in that deadline, however. A mod will be reading each final draft over for typos, missing words, grammar mistakes, and inconsistencies. The mods will then email the author with any proposed changes or questions they have. Once the changes have been confirmed by the author, the final draft will be uploaded to the archive. This process takes approximately two or three hours per story. If an author hasn't handed in a final draft, and the mods are still line-editing the previous submissions, then that author's story won't be considered late. However, if it is past the deadline, all stories have been line-edited, and one author's final draft is still outstanding, then that author's story will be considered late.

Artists, meanwhile, your portion of the challenge continues! You have ten days left before your submissions are due. Again, earlier submissions are always helpful, if you can manage it. If you have any questions, comments, queries, or sudden attacks of nerves, then please don't hesitate to contact the housebigbangmods@gmail.com.

Our list of Participants Who Have Completed The Challenge has grown! Please raise a cheer for the following people, who have now joined the ranks of People Who Can Boast That They Finished.

[livejournal.com profile] namasteyoga
[livejournal.com profile] mer_duff
[livejournal.com profile] sabinelagrande
[livejournal.com profile] usomitai

Personally, I would also like to say that the final drafts that have been handed in so far have been outstanding. The stories are all wildly different and wonderful in unique ways. The day the archive opens (and we intend and hope to open it as early as possible, with the goal of 12:00 AM Pacific Time) will be a great day to glut on the stories: and isn't that what Sundays are for? To sit back, relax, and enjoy a few novellas!

The countdown is on for the final fifteen days of the challenge. Good luck, and thank you, participants!

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