takethewatch:

shellcollector:

This is the art I did for @takethewatch‘s amazing Big Bang fic, Unravel:

Éponine Thénardier can “unravel” time–jump backward a few minutes or hours and let events play out again, sometimes slightly different from before. It’s a secret little thing that she uses occasionally, to get herself out of trouble or avoid minor accidents. She’s never tried to do anything big with it because, on the whole, she’s happy with her life–her family’s inn is successful, they live in a nice neighborhood in Paris, and she’s in love with a kind and beautiful boy named Marius.

But when her lover is killed on the barricades of the June Rebellion, she has to try to fix it–even if it means using her power on a scale she’s never dreamed of. Even if it means throwing away everything else she has.

I can’t emphasise strongly enough how brilliant this fic is – it’s definitely one of those ‘read even if the character isn’t your Thing’ fics, so even if for some weird reason you’re not currently interested in Brick Éponine, go over and read it anyway. 

If you’re one of my non-fandom followers and you like reading science fiction in historical settings and/or disorientating radical dissassembly of existing literary narratives and/or psychological exploration of what a sense of self would even mean without linear time, go and read it too.

It’s been such a great project and I promised myself I’d steer clear of the self-deprecation in this post so I’ll just say that I’ve learned so much while doing this, spurred on by the ‘welp this story is good and I need to at least attempt to do it justice’ feeling.

Oh and while you can click on these images to get a nice zoomed-in version – plus the whole picture for that one that didn’t play nice with the others – they’re also embedded in the text over at Ao3 and, well. They look cooler that way. 

guys guys GUYS here is our Big Bang project!  Link to the fic is above, but even if you don’t read the fic, definitely check out this gorgeous and creative artwork that shellcollector did.  I keep finding new details to be amazed by, and I just can’t stop looking at the last one; with the weight of all the others behind it, it is such a powerful image.

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Les Mis Fandom Calendar Update!

Les Mis Fandom Calendar

There’s still not much on the calendar, mostly the Big Bang and the new Poisson D’avril Exchange, so if anyone knows of anyone plotting a week or any other exchanges, please let me know so I can add it to the calendar.  Thanks!  ^_^

February 2016:
24-31 (…I assume this was supposed to be 29?): Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (@lesmis-bigbang, mod: @defractum) – Writers check-in
21-March 1: Les Misérables Poisson d’Avril (@lmpoisson; mod: @1001paperboxes) – Sign-ups

March 2016:
21: Les Misérables Poisson d’Avril (lmpoisson; mod: 1001paperboxes) – Assignments due
27: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Rough drafts and summaries due (at least 50% complete)
29: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Summaries go live for artists to browse

April 2016:
1: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Artist claims open
1: Les Misérables Poisson d’Avril (lmpoisson; mod: 1001paperboxes) – Works revealed
7: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Artist claims round 2 open
8: Les Misérables Poisson d’Avril (lmpoisson; mod: 1001paperboxes) – Authors revealed
21-28: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Writers and artist check-in

May 2016:
14: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Claims for posting dates open
28: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Posting Starts!

Les Mis Big Bang & Baby Bang sign ups

lesmis-bigbang:

lesmis-bigbang:

Please sign up as a writer and/or an artist using the following links. You may sign up as both writer and artist. If you would like to only sign up as a pinch-hitter, please just use the same form, and specify pinch hitter only in one of the boxes. 

Writer sign-ups will close on the 28th Jan 2016. Artist sign ups will not close. I said previously that there won’t be beta sign-ups; I lied! As some people are concerned that @lesmisbetasearch is not very active, we will be actively helping people to find betas should they want one.

WRITER sign ups

ARTIST sign ups

BETA sign ups

Just under two weeks left to sign up as a writer!

Also, we are in need of betas, so if you don’t fic/art but want to participate, please consider being a beta!

Les Mis Fandom Calendar Update!

Les Mis Fandom Calendar

I know I haven’t done one of these in a while, but since I’ve seen the LMBB stuff starting up again, I thought it was about time.  But this is literally the only thing on the calendar at the moment.  So, if anyone knows of any other upcoming exchanges, challenges, or weeks, please let me know!  ^_^

January 2016:
24: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (@lesmis-bigbang, mod: @defractum)  – Writers sign ups close

February 2016:
24-31 (…I assume this was supposed to be 29?): Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Writers check-in

March 2016:
27: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Rough drafts and summaries due (at
least 50% complete)
29: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Summaries go live for artists to
browse

April 2016:
1: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Artist claims open
7: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Artist claims round 2 open
21-28: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Writers and artist check-in

May 2016:
14: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Claims for posting dates open
28: Les Mis Big Bang/Baby Bang (lesmis-bigbang, mod: defractum) – Posting Starts!

2016 Info and dates

lesmis-bigbang:

Welcome to the second round
of Les Mis Big Bang and Baby Bang! Big Bangs are challenges that are all about
the collaboration between authors and artists, resulting in a long piece of
fanfiction with accompanying artwork. 

This year, your BB is being run entirely on tumblr and AO3. All updates will be posted here only or sent out via email if you have signed up. Also, this year your mod is @defractum​, so please don’t direct queries to previous mods!

How It Works

Writers sign up for
a Big Bang (15k+ words) or a Baby Bang (5k+). You get a few months to work on
the story; about halfway through, you need to submit a rough draft and summary.

These
summaries get posted up anonymously and artists will be able to claim a story
to create art for. Once authors and artists are matched up, they’ll receive
each other’s contact details so that the author can send their artist a copy of
their WIP and they can collaborate from there. 

Artist
and writer pairs will pick a date to post their work in the posting period. When
posting time comes, works will be hosted on AO3 in the LMBB2016 collection; art can be posted separately, or embedded into the fic. There will
be more information on posting nearer the time.

Fics
and artwork must not be posted anywhere
until your posting date.

Important Dates

28th Dec 2015: Sign ups open; writing period starts
24th Jan 2016: Writers sign ups close
24-31st Feb 2016: Writers check-in
27thMar 2016: Rough drafts and summaries due (at
least 50% complete)
29th Mar 2016: Summaries go live for artists to
browse
1st Apr 2016: Artist claims open
7th Apr 2016: Artist claims round 2 open
21-28th Apr 2016: Writers and artist check-in
14th May 2016: Claims for posting dates open
28th May 2016: Posting starts!

FAQ

Am I allowed to sign up as both an author and
an artist?
Absolutely!

When do I start
writing?
As
soon as you’ve signed up!

What are the fic requirements?
Big Bangs have a 15,000 word minimum
requirement; Baby Bangs have a 5,000 word minimum requirement. All fics are
expected to have proper formatting with line breaks and spacing. Betas are not
compulsory, but are widely encouraged. If you need help finding one, we can
assist.

I have a WIP already. Can I finish that for the
big bang?
Unfortunately, no. We encourage you to write
new fics in the spirit of the challenge. However, if you already have a WIP
that is less than 25% of your finished work, was recently started and not
shared anywhere yet, we’ll let you use it. We will also accept sequels to
already-existing fics, provided that it can also be read as a standalone fic.

What kind of art is accepted?
We will accept any kind of art, including but
not limited to traditional drawings, digital drawings, fanmixes, fanvideos,
podfics, photo sets and gif sets. If you want to do something that isn’t listed
and you’re unsure whether it’s allowed, please don’t hesitate to ask!

What are the art requirements?
All that we ask is for you to put as much
effort into your artwork as your author has into their fic. For Big Bangs, for
example, this can mean a completed drawing, or a full podfic. For Baby Bangs,
this can mean line art, or a fanmix of at least 8 songs and cover art.

What pairings/themes are allowed?
We will accept anything and everything. If you
are creating a work that features graphic depictions of violence, major
character death, rape/non-con or underage sexual context, we ask that you use
appropriate warnings when posting. If you work contains a theme that isn’t
listed and you are unsure whether it needs a warning, please ask.

Is RPF allowed?
No, as this challenge will only focus on the
characters themselves.

Are crossovers or fusions allowed?
Absolutely! We only ask that the work focuses
mainly on the Les Mis characters.

What is a check in?
It’s just an
informal way of seeing how you’re doing! You don’t need to submit anything, but
it’ll be a period of sharing struggles and triumphs with other writers, sharing
snippets or asking for help.

What if I’m busy or don’t have internet access
during a check-in?
If you know that you’re unable to make a
check-in, then you can send us an email at lesmismods@gmail.com before the
scheduled check-in period to let us know how you’re doing.

If you have any questions, send me an ask!

2016 Info and dates

lesmis-bigbang:

Welcome to the second round
of Les Mis Big Bang and Baby Bang! Big Bangs are challenges that are all about
the collaboration between authors and artists, resulting in a long piece of
fanfiction with accompanying artwork. 

This year, your BB is being run entirely on tumblr and AO3. All updates will be posted here only or sent out via email if you have signed up. Also, this year your mod is @defractum​, so please don’t direct queries to previous mods!

How It Works

Writers sign up for
a Big Bang (15k+ words) or a Baby Bang (5k+). You get a few months to work on
the story; about halfway through, you need to submit a rough draft and summary.

These
summaries get posted up anonymously and artists will be able to claim a story
to create art for. Once authors and artists are matched up, they’ll receive
each other’s contact details so that the author can send their artist a copy of
their WIP and they can collaborate from there. 

Artist
and writer pairs will pick a date to post their work in the posting period. When
posting time comes, works will be hosted on AO3 in the LMBB2016 collection; art can be posted separately, or embedded into the fic. There will
be more information on posting nearer the time.

Fics
and artwork must not be posted anywhere
until your posting date.

Important Dates

28th Dec 2015: Sign ups open; writing period starts
24th Jan 2016: Writers sign ups close
24-31st Feb 2016: Writers check-in
27thMar 2016: Rough drafts and summaries due (at
least 50% complete)
29th Mar 2016: Summaries go live for artists to
browse
1st Apr 2016: Artist claims open
7th Apr 2016: Artist claims round 2 open
21-28th Apr 2016: Writers and artist check-in
14th May 2016: Claims for posting dates open
28th May 2016: Posting starts!

FAQ

Am I allowed to sign up as both an author and
an artist?
Absolutely!

When do I start
writing?
As
soon as you’ve signed up!

What are the fic requirements?
Big Bangs have a 15,000 word minimum
requirement; Baby Bangs have a 5,000 word minimum requirement. All fics are
expected to have proper formatting with line breaks and spacing. Betas are not
compulsory, but are widely encouraged. If you need help finding one, we can
assist.

I have a WIP already. Can I finish that for the
big bang?
Unfortunately, no. We encourage you to write
new fics in the spirit of the challenge. However, if you already have a WIP
that is less than 25% of your finished work, was recently started and not
shared anywhere yet, we’ll let you use it. We will also accept sequels to
already-existing fics, provided that it can also be read as a standalone fic.

What kind of art is accepted?
We will accept any kind of art, including but
not limited to traditional drawings, digital drawings, fanmixes, fanvideos,
podfics, photo sets and gif sets. If you want to do something that isn’t listed
and you’re unsure whether it’s allowed, please don’t hesitate to ask!

What are the art requirements?
All that we ask is for you to put as much
effort into your artwork as your author has into their fic. For Big Bangs, for
example, this can mean a completed drawing, or a full podfic. For Baby Bangs,
this can mean line art, or a fanmix of at least 8 songs and cover art.

What pairings/themes are allowed?
We will accept anything and everything. If you
are creating a work that features graphic depictions of violence, major
character death, rape/non-con or underage sexual context, we ask that you use
appropriate warnings when posting. If you work contains a theme that isn’t
listed and you are unsure whether it needs a warning, please ask.

Is RPF allowed?
No, as this challenge will only focus on the
characters themselves.

Are crossovers or fusions allowed?
Absolutely! We only ask that the work focuses
mainly on the Les Mis characters.

What is a check in?
It’s just an
informal way of seeing how you’re doing! You don’t need to submit anything, but
it’ll be a period of sharing struggles and triumphs with other writers, sharing
snippets or asking for help.

What if I’m busy or don’t have internet access
during a check-in?
If you know that you’re unable to make a
check-in, then you can send us an email at lesmismods@gmail.com before the
scheduled check-in period to let us know how you’re doing.

If you have any questions, send me an ask!