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9/22/14 03:20 pm - lady_kymoon - Looking for a beta

So… I have around 4,2 k words for the upcoming "Under the Sea" issue that need betaing. Is anyone interested in helping me with that?

English is not my mother tongue so there's likely awkward phrasing, too long sentences, misplaced comas and other things that only make sense in my head.
Also, my characters are supposed to be from England so if someone could point any and all americanisms so I can clear them off, I'd be grateful.

Thanks in advance. :-)

7/18/13 11:34 pm - eternityras - about posting on bb_shousetsu

I am currently working on starting a voice drama group where members can bring stories to life (or at least to the nearest mp3 player, heh). I'm not sure if people are familiar with the concept but the idea stemmed from Japanese voice acting/drama CD. Amateur voice drama groups are hugely popular in China and there are many amateur groups who do excellent productions there; I hope to bring the same concept to the western world. Shousetsu features some amazing authors who I would be very interested in collaborating with. Thank you for your time!
Do you have an interest in voice acting? Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks or radio dramas? Are you interested in being part of the first English gay themed drama group?

We are looking for male and female voice actors! Other open positions include sound post production, script writer, graphics artist, cover singer, and casting director. The final products will be freely distributed and there will be no financial compensation. Please send me an ask if you are interested in applying.

4/13/13 11:57 am - brightwanderer.dreamwidth.org - Quick question about AO3

I couldn't find an answer to this in the main comm admin posts. I have an account on AO3 and I'd like to put my SSBB stories up there, which I gather from the AO3 TOS is acceptable. I see there is also a SSBB collection on AO3, but it obviously doesn't have every story in it. Am I right in thinking this is situation where people who've uploaded their stories to AO3 can add them to the collection, rather than a mirror of the full content? Is there any validation/permission needed to verify that a story did appear in an issue of SSBB etc?

3/11/13 02:11 am - lunchy_munchy - Off Topic: Submit to BIgWorldNetwork's Spring Season!

Hey guys, BigWorldNetwork is looking for submissions for serialized original fic (slash a-okay!) by April 1st. All you need to do by then is submit the first chapter/episode (4-10 pages long) and a brief description of your series concept. Successful submissions get their work recorded, and distributed in both written and audio form, as well as a chance for your work to be published in physical book form. (Also, they'd eventually like to pay you.) As a narrator for their site, it would be awesome to be able to perform works from talented ssbb authors!

Link to the guidelines!

PS. for all of you that are as paranoid as I am about putting your real face/real name on the internet, the guys who run the site are totally cool with you operating under a pseud and using photos of things that are not you as your bio pic (my photo is one of my plushies in front of my mic).

10/24/12 11:28 pm - youjik33 - December: The catch-all month?

I ended up totally running out of time for my October story and found myself thinking "Oh well, I'll just finish it later and submit it in December." I did this last year too, which has got me thinking: is it just me? Anyone else use December as a backup for stories you might not finish in time? XD Or do you even just hang on to something and submit it for another theme that it also happens to fit into?

5/9/12 04:20 pm - aoeki

So, I was cleaning out my office today, and I found these. They're 2 issues of Bang*Bang that I printed out to read at work, back when I had a boring telephone job.

These are printed double sided. Those two blue folders are one single issue. All three of them together weigh almost a pound. Now think, there are at least thirty more of these folders in unprinted material in the archives. That number is more likely to be sixty folders, because it's hard to cram an entire issue into one folder.

Sixty of these folders worth of writing. That is not an insignificant number of pages.

By which I mean to say, the contributors to this project produce an amazing volume of work, and I think it's something to really be proud of. :)

3/10/12 02:47 pm - erica_schall - Podfic as an alternate story format

Hi everybody,

I recently contacted the editors of the ssbb to see if there was a possibility to get podfics of old ssbb stories included in the greatest hits edition.

Now, that as such is unfortunately not possible due to the fact the file format of a podfic is obviously very different to the .pdf or ebook format the editors have in mind for the greatest hits edition.

I nevertheless wanted to see if there was anybody else out there who has done something like that before or would be interested in doing it in the future.

For reference, here are the two podfics of ssbb stories I have done so far:

The Spell and Promise

I definitely have a couple more stories in mind that I would like to podfic if the authors agree.

And who knows, if there is a bigger interest in that the editors might even be willing to put podfics on the ssbb archive website.

Any thoughts?

1/10/12 04:05 pm - jayellebee - First timers?

Guh, I've been craving a discussion about SSBB ever since I signed up, so here goes nothing. :D

So this is my first time writing something for SSBB (well, second technically, though I didn't actually submit what I wrote last time). I saw a few others in the sign up thread mention it was their first time too, so I thought I'd make a post about it. I, for one, am as nervous a squirrel in a nutcracker factory. The quality of writing here is just oh so very good and it's all a little intimidating. I'm going to be rereading and rereading my story 'til my eyes bleed before I dare to send it along for inspection.

I also caught myself wondering if there's such a thing as too much porn at one point, which was worrying.

Anyway, are you a first-time SSBB writer? Are you nervous? Excited? Nearly finished your story already? Not started yet?

And for the veterans, how did you feel when you submitted your first story? Any advice for newblets such as myself? Care to offer your preferences in regards to porn/plot ratios? :D

10/29/11 09:24 am - ladysisyphus - rec list: morbid and creepifying

The most recent issue has been spookier than most, it's true, but that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to SSBB scary. Thus, I've cobbled together a list of spooky stories -- a handful from this last issue, most from past ones -- that I found particularly memorable. I tried to make it so that this isn't just stories with traditionally scary elements, but stories that are good reads if you really want to spook yourself. ...Some more so than others.

In deference to those who like to be prepared, this list shall be accompanied by my traditional utterly useless six-word summaries.

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7/14/11 11:29 am - yoiyami

Just a quick post of hilarity that can only result from the way language usage can change meaning in context and out:

Neil Gaiman on Twitter:

The Duke of Uke needs help. Ukes in a Crypt! Fundraising extravaganza! Click now! (I mirrored it, you won't break it) http://t.co/WJ6ji7p


Tell me you didn't laugh. Go on, I dare you. (Also omg how wrong would an issue be with that kind of theme?)

4/23/11 04:30 pm - neomeruru - deviantART group?

Is there a deviantART group to collect illustrations for SSBB? I keep running into illustrations on dA, but I haven't seen a group for it.

I'm all about making connections and collecting things (gotta catch 'em all, I am a product of my generation), so if there's not, I'd love to get one started. Are people interested in this? Artists, would you remember to submit your art to the group? Would it be useful to you? I mean, I think it would be useful, but these things need to hit a critical mass. :)

4/20/11 02:36 pm - neomeruru - writing/illustration collaborations

Hi writers! I've noticed that a lot of stories in the recent issues have been going up without illustrations, when there are always quite a few people willing to illustrate! I just think it's such a shame, because it's such a win-win when authors and artists can team up together! Illustrated stories get more readers, and who wouldn't want to see their characters brought to life in a picture?

I just want to gently poke at you, writers, because there are all these illustrators waiting here to work with you, and you shouldn't be shy! We wouldn't sign up if we didn't want to collaborate with you.

If you're concerned that you won't get your story done in time for an illustration, don't forget that out in the Real World (tm), illustrators often don't work with final drafts either. I can't speak for all the artists here, but I know that I can work with even just a scene, or a character description, or even a vague handwaving-y summary. And even if I can't, I can still ask questions until I know enough. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it only takes a handful of words to inspire a picture. :) And if you don't finish, well, no art is really truly a waste of time.

I'd really like to see more illustrated fiction next round! Let's make an effort. <3

1/14/11 02:41 pm - saturnoolaa - Off-topic: Research project

So as the title of the post indicates, this has little to do with bb_shousetsu except that it is probably (I hope!) relevant to people who read/write for bb_s.

I’m doing a Women’s Studies major at my university, and for my undergrad final project I’d like to write about lesbian yaoi fans. I’m hoping to get a focus group going and talk about what we like about yaoi, what we don’t like, what role we think it plays in our lives, and other related topics. This group would chat privately a few times for about an hour each time on a chat client like Skype. You'll probably be doing three to five hours of discussion in total. To create this focus group, I am looking for women over eighteen who self-identify as lesbians and enjoy yaoi. If you are a feminist or have a background in feminism, that would be especially awesome. If you’re interested in being a part of this research project, you can either respond to this post or message me.

Thanks for your consideration if you've read this far. :)

4/3/10 05:17 pm - saturnoolaa - ...Beta, again.

I'm leaving town on the 13th, so I need to hand my story in early, and I'm looking for a beta who can get it back to me by the 11th or so. ^_^;; Mainly awkward phrasing, logical stuff, ect. Thanks in advance.

2/3/10 02:48 pm - nijiro_sumi - wanted: british fact/spellchecker and victorian history buff

A little ahead of the game, I know, but I'm working on my story for the Historical Romance theme and find myself in need of two beta-readers, or one reader that can do both things:

1.  A British reader to correct American spellings/phraseology


2.  Some kind of Victorian era geek that can factcheck my story.

Anyone out there with the time/inclination to help me out with this?  I'd prefer if you were comfortable reading an in-progress story--ideally I'd send you updated files every other day, and you'd check the new parts for mistakes--but I understand if you'd rather see it when it's finished.

By the way, if anyone can recommend any books for research, that'd be stellar.  :)  Thanks!

1/17/10 10:01 pm - delyth_p - Anybody looking for a weight-to-volume converter for their recipes?

I may have found the weight-to-volume (and vice versa) conversion motherlode:


It's a bit fiddly about which categories a food's in, so if you don't find something you're expecting, change the drop-menu choice to "all."

So far my only total "huh?" moment was when I discovered that out of 7,000 ingredients, they really don't have an entry for steel-cut/pinhead oats. Other than that, though, it's been great for ballparking conversions for me.

(If anyone's wondering, my kitchen scale tells me that the grind of steel-cut oats they sell at our local hippie-mart is 1 cup to 6 oz/175 g. Of course, my kitchen scale also told me that 1 cup of half graham flour and half AP flour was 150 g, which seems high according to the online converters...)

If it were only photo-illustrated, I might owe them my virtual soul. :D

12/28/09 12:48 pm - delyth_p - Question about February (the recipes feature)?

So I've been totally jazzed about coming up with recipes for the February issue -- I've got at least eight ideas so far; the trick will be whittling 'em down! I've still got a bunch of questions here too.

I'm basing my questions off what I've seen on the IJ/DW community and_cupcakes (fandom-written recipes either "for" a character/story or "by" a character), but I didn't know if and_cupcakes' general guidelines carried over here too.

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12/12/09 06:56 pm - saturnoolaa - ...Beta?

I know this is extremely short notice, but if someone has time to do even a very brief beta of my story between now and the 18th, please let me know. ^_^;;

12/23/08 10:47 pm - pukingtoreador - pukingtoreador-Fan Soundtrack Challenge-Sky Castles

Fandom: Sky Castles by Shouga Naiko (生姜ないこ)
Notes: First mixtape, and intended to be more of a concept mix than a soundtrack. Forgive the uninspired cover.

1. Stolen Child-Loreena McKennitt
2. Changeling-Simple Minds
3. Queer-Garbage
4. Tristan-Patrick Wolf
5. Zwitter-Rammstein
6. Heaven Is An Orgasm-Lords of Acid
7. Changeling-DJ Shadow
8. Stolen Child-Waterboys


12/20/08 12:26 pm - olukemi - SS*BB Issue #16 - After I Win - Brad/Lindsey

Medium: Original Fiction
Fandom: After I Win by Critical Strike
Subject: Brad/Lindsey. Breaking up is hard to do, but sometimes it's worth it for the lesson learned.
Title: After I Win
Notes: I've pretty much been working on this since the story first went up. :X

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12/16/08 02:34 pm - petronia - Shousetsu Bang*Bang Fan Soundtrack Challenge

The next SSBB challenge (by popular demand, although it was going to be this anyway *g*): create a fan soundtrack for a story from one of the past SSBB issues, and post it here in bangbangwhimper. Another alternative is to soundtrack an entire issue of SSBB (one track per story). You can make more than one FST, and there's no signup or permission - writers can opt out by commenting to this post.

Examples of fan soundtracks can be found at fst, natch. There are no hard-and-fast rules. Purists like to stick to classic mixtape etiquette, such as not reusing the same artist twice, or making the running time conform to a physical format (CD, cassette, vinyl 12"), but all that seems mildly antiquated in the era of streaming shared playlists. XD; You can upload the files to your own server, or to one of the usual suspects like Mediafire or Rapidshare. Alternately, create a streaming mixtape at a site like 8tracks or Mixwit. The only requirement is that listeners not be obliged to pay or create an account in order to hear the songs.

The challenge will run until the end of January.

11/17/08 10:12 pm - andeburu - Fanart challenge

Well, it's mid-november, so I guess that's the deadline. I started a piece based on Koiwa Shishiko's lovely Eleison, from the Pop! Goes my Heart issue. This is as far as I've been able to take it.

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11/14/08 01:59 pm - bellonia - Questions!

First... I couldn't find the theme/deadline for the next boy's issue!

And the second has to do with gender things- I have a couple ideas in my head with non-traditional gender ideas, like a FTM/MTF transgender. I'm leaning towards FTM because it would still be two men, but I want to know if anybody has complaints/concerns, etc.

11/1/08 08:56 pm - lihsa - fanart challenge

I hope it's not too late to be taking part! I've always wanted to have a go at drawing Colin G. West and Matthew J. Brose, from the amazing Mamih Lapinatapai's Minimum Wage and Various Sequels. So:

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Also, what is the policy on posting old art/icons not created specifically for the challenge? I have a couple I'm not sure about :>

9/26/08 06:27 pm - pukingtoreador - Icon Challenge

I'm not an artist, or a graphic designer, but I made a few tagline icons with MS paint. The first one is a dumb meme joke about ssbb. The next two are about ssbb's running gag with elves. The Tamari Erin icon is about The Horror from the Deep, a excellent story about a certain tentacled old one. The last one is about The Passion of Saints Tryphaena and Tryphosa by Shukyou is a awesome story about gay saints that manages to sound authethically new testament and sexy at the same time. If you happen to know how to do graphic design and want to use the taglines but with flashes or sparkles or actual pictures, knock yourself out.

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