March 2nd, 2014

Charlie Dean Hug

Do You Need a Hug?

video by ash48

Has it been "one of those days" for you?  One of those weeks?  Is RL working your LAST nerve?  Are you feeling sad, and you just can't manage to feel better? Has this latest winter storm  pushed you beyond your limits? I've seen people on my Friends page hesitant to post their own opinions on their own journal because of the state that fandom is in lately.

Do you need a virtual hug? Or how about a giant rainbow-colored Slinky?

It has been a long time, but in the past we have offered you the chance to pop in and ask for a bit of support, be it a "hello," a cheerful gif, maybe a couple of icons to spruce up your journal, and a number of people took advantage of the offer.  So here we go again!  Have things been craptastic lately?  Do you need advice or a helping hand with something?  Do you just want to VENT, and know that somebody's listening?  This is your chance!

We're here to help!  All you need to do is comment to this post -- or post separately, whichever you feel like doing.  No need to roll out the chick-flick moments; just tell us you're in need of some cheering up, and your fellow members (and the mods) will respond with screencaps, gifs, drabbles, a giant slinky ... or our best bear hugs!

artist can be found on Tumblr at
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Thanks to quickreaver for sharing the information so the artist gets credit!

Video by ash48, made near then end of season 8 but I think we all need to see it now.
Animated Big Pretzel

Announcing the 3rd Annual Spring Fic and Art Exchange at spn_bigpretzel

Awesome banner by mamapranayama

It has been so much fun the last two years, year that we're doing it again and sticking to the same basic schedule/guidelines. 
Why fix what ain't broke?
(I was going to post-pone this a week and adjust our schedule a tad, but then I remembered, our posting date for fics always coincided with Sam's birthday. I don't want to mess with that, so here we go!)

This is the sign-up post FOR AUTHORS who wish to participate in the 3rd Annual spn_bigpretzel Spring Fic Exchange.

ARTISTS will sign-up at a later date, once we know which stories need illustrating.  And, yes, you can participate as both an author and an artist if you wish. (But based on the poll we did last week, and our experience the last two years, we are not above begging NOW for what we will need in APRIL).

Edit 4/5/14: Artists go HERE to see story summaries and snippets and claim a story that interests you.

How long does the fic have to be? A minimum of 1000 words.  The sky is the limit if your muse really latches on, but don't get too ambitious.  Remember, you're writing this as a gift and you have limited time.  We don't want anyone to go giftless on reveal day.

How does it work for authors? In a nutshell, anyone who wants to participate will need to include 3-5 prompts on this post and list any preferences they may have (see questionnaire below). We'd like everyone to end up working with a prompt they really like, so rather than the mods matching everyone up, we're going to let the participants pop back in and claim a fellow writer as their "exchange buddy."   (see schedule below). To be clear - When you come back to claim a "buddy," you'll be claiming the person, along with all of their prompts. That person -- along with all of their prompts -- then gets crossed off the "available" list.  Once claimed, feel free to work with your buddy to tailor the story to them.

How does it work for artists? Midway through the process, we'll ask each writer to post a short blurb about their story so that the artists who'd like to participate can stake a claim. (Since these will be short fics, we'll ask the artist to contribute a small banner or a single illo, perhaps an icon -- unless, again, their muses go wild!) From that point, writer and artist can work together to produce a finished little gem to share with the comm.

Edit 4/5/14: Artists go HERE to see story summaries and snippets and claim a story that interests you. There may be an opportunity to claim more than one story if we are short on artists and you have an interest in doing two stories!

Sign-ups: March 2-March 12
Claiming: March 13-March 17
Posting of story synopsis for artist claiming: April 1
Finished story/art posting: May 2*

*May extend the posting schedule to multiple days, depending on number of participants.

Please copy and paste the questions below into the comments and fill in the blanks along with leaving your 3-5 prompts.  Remember, this is bigpretzel, so keep the prompts light in tone.  No dark!fic, no rip-your-heart-out angst, nothing intended to depress the reader for weeks, and no RPS, please.  Think humorous or aww.  And Crossover prompts are more than welcome as long as they, too are light or humorous. You know the drill :)

Fav. Pairings or Gen?
Maximum Preferred Rating?
Other Notes/Preferences?

Note: This little questionnaire is intended to aid an author in tailoring their story to your preferences. It probably doesn't need to be said, but please don't bash in your preferences. If you *really* dislike a certain character, genre, etc - be diplomatic about it, because someone else here may love it. For example - Preferences: No Mr. Fizzles stories. - As opposed to - Preferences: That stupid, smelly, smelly sock puppet makes me want to puke, reminds that I haven't done my laundry in a month and I will RAGE if you write me a Mr. Fizzles story. 

Any questions?  Just ask.

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