FMA Big Bang 2015: "Sleeping in the Fire"
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Title: Sleeping in the Fire
Author: Sonja Jade
Artist: HitanTenshi
Beta: cornerofmadness, bay115
Series/Version: Brotherhood, Sorcery AU
Word Count: ~22,000
Summary: Young Roy Mustang travels to the city of Bolton, where a Gen. Raven governs over the citizens. In exchange for saving his life with a kind of magic that can only be taught by skilled sorcerers, Gen. Raven promises to do what he can to get Roy apprenticed to his personal magician, Berthold Hawkeye. While at first, it appears that Master Hawkeye doesn't care much for Roy, that all changes once he proves his intentions by dedicating himself to his studies and mastering the art of sorcery. When Master Kimblee, the King's personal magician and overseer of the Journeyman level sorcerers, comes to collect any philosopher's stones Master Hawkeye may have, Roy is insulted by his behavior and casts a spell on him. Things go quickly downhill for the entire household after that. What happens afterward will chill your blood and break your heart. Find out what happens when magic is used for both good and evil, and why you should always leave the dead in their graves.
Warnings: Major character death, violence
Characters: Roy Mustang, Riza and Berthold Hawkeye, Zolf Kimblee, Gen. Raven, Madame Christmas, Isaac MacDougal, Hayate
Author's Notes: Inspired by a song of the same name by the band called W.A.S.P. If you like 80's hair bands, it's worth a listen.

Link to AO3

Match Ups
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Hey folks,

I'm extremely sorry for how this last part of the big bang has gone. I've been in and out of the ICU a few times for family and it's been a bit rough.

Those fics that had an artist claim them I've sent match up emails. So please, contact each other if you haven't already.

Posting will be the beginning of November where people can post anytime during that week. I think it'd be a good way to usher in NaNo and a distraction for those that really don't want to work on NaNo. ;)

I hope things are going well for everyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment here or email.

Claims Post
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This is the claims post. Please use the form linked below to comment with your top 3 choices of fics to work with.

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Preview Post
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Hi folks,

This is the preview post with summaries of all of the stories submitted for this year's big bang. You'll have 24 hours to look over the summaries then tomorrow claims will be open for artists.

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Preview Post
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Hi folks,

My internet's been wonky all day so a preview post for our artists will go up first thing tomorrow morning.

So if anyone still has any rough drafts they'd like to submit for this round, please feel free to send them in.

Rough Drafts!
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Hey folks,

Today's the rough draft turn in. So please send them to alchemybigbang[at]gmail[dot]com with the following information:

Subject Line: FMABB Rough Draft


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to comment below or send an email to the above email address.

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Hey folks,

It looks like everyone would like some extra time so the rough draft deadline will be pushed back until Aug 15th.

Happy writing until then. :)

Rough Drafts
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Hey folks,

So we're coming up on the rough draft deadline. Would people like more time, like a week or two, or would people rather stick to the schedule as is?

I do apologize for not being as active as I planned to be around here. catw00man just went through a stem cell transplant and I've been helping out.

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Basic Rules:
• Minimum one piece of art
• More is always welcome!
• Be sure to both join and watch the comm
• Sign-ups open til August 1st
• No rough draft due date for artists.

Please refer to the FAQ for more details. The timeline can be found here.

To sign-up:
We're using Google forms, so please


If you have any questions, please comment here, on the FAQ post or email us at alchemybigbang(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Have fun!

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Basic Rules:
• Write a minimum 5,000, 10,000, or 20,000 word fic
• Rough draft of 5,000, 10,000 or 20,000 words due by August 1st
• Be sure to both join and watch the comm
• Sign-ups open til August 1st

Please refer to the FAQ for more details. The timeline can be found here.

To sign-up:
We're using Google forms, so please


If you have any questions, please comment here, on the FAQ post or email us at alchemybigbang(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Have fun!

New Writing Options
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Hey folks,

This year we'll have a new component for authors to choose from. Instead of just the usual 20,000 words for the big bang, we'll have the mini and small bang options.

  • The Mini Bang option has a minimum word count of 5,000 words. Fics between 5,000 and 10,000 words will fall under this option.

  • The Small Bang option has a minimum word count of 10,00 words. Fics between 10,000 and 20,000 words will fall under this option.

  • The Big Bang option is our usual big bang minimum word count of 20,000 words. Fics 20,000 words and up will fall under this option.

On sign ups, you'll be asked to select the option you'll be aiming for but this won't be set in stone. You're free to switch between the options until rough draft turn ins. Upon rough draft submission, you'll be asked which option your fic will fall under best to give your future artistic partner an idea of how much material they'll have to work with as inspiration.

The larger word count of a big bang may be difficult for some to reach in the challenge time frame and we hope these lower options will allow more people to participate that have been discouraged by the large word count in the past.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment here or email alchemybigbang[at]gmail[dot]com.

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2015 Schedule
May 1 - Author & Artist Sign Ups Open
August 1 - Rough Drafts Due
August 1 - Author & Artist Sign Ups Close
August 2 - Preview of Summaries
August 3 - Artist Claims
September 15 - Posting Begins

Round 6 FAQ
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Questions? Please click and read the FAQ. If you can"t find your answer, feel free to ask!Collapse )

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please comment here.
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2014-2015 Round?
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Hey folks,

Is there an interest in doing another round of fmabigbang?

This last round was a bit chaotic and we do apologize for that and will strive to do better this year. We plan to advertise much more on Tumblr and provide more regular updates/check ins over the course of the new round.

Unfortunately, we had a bit of artist attrition last year especially with the round falling over the holidays. So our choices would be to do a quick round ending before the holiday period hits everyone with word counts and such being lower and then next year's round would be backed up by several months so posting would commence around October/November. Or we could do a regular round and then shorten the period between rounds next year.

Let us know what you think in the comments or email us at alchemybigbang[at]gmail[dot]com

FIC: Glimmers in the Night - Another Road Traveled: Promise Filled Sky
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AUTHOR: catw00man and zippitgood
UNIVERSE: Another Road Traveled
SERIES: Promise Filled Sky
CHARACTERS: Roy Mustang/Edward Elric
WORD COUNT: 47,122
CONTENT NOTES: Sexual content
DISCLAIMER: The characters portrayed within are not ours. This is merely a loving response to the original work.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This story is part of a larger Universe called Another Road Traveled. Promise Filled Sky falls within this universe and chronicles the beginning of the saga. This story immediately follows Eclipsed by the Sun. Other stories within this universe may be found HERE.

Summary: After finding Mustang in the park, Ed escorts him back home where revelations about what they both want are revealed and Ed reaches the end of his patience. In the days that follow, Ed learns more than he ever thought he would about Mustang and they reach a new level in their relationship.

Fic Link: Glimmers in the Night

Sorrow's Child
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Title: Sorrow’s Child (this links to AO3)
Author: cornerofmadness
Word Count: 28,471
Rating: R
Summary: Arsonists, rogue chimeras, angry Ishbalans, Roy is at the end of his tether.
Content Notes:This has not yet been edited. It is finished. However, professional writing obligations came due at the same time. Edits will happen after May 1, 2014. I apologize for this. All reasonable attempts at editing it were made, but real life got in the way. If you wish to read it before then, feel free, but the better reading experience will be in a couple weeks. I will change this note when it is ready. Characters/Pairings: Roy/Riza, Ed/Winry, AlterMaes/Gracia, Alphonse, Original Characters Warnings: arson, murder, chimeric cannibalization of children.

Link to Art: As far as I know the art was not done.

The Fire That Burns
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Title: The Fire That Burns
Author: meredavey
Artist: monaps
Word Count: 20, 111
Rating: R
Content Notes: Some angst, a lot of drama, intrigue, some sexual content, but
Summary: The fire that drove Ed and Roy together is the same fire that drives him to discover the secrets behind a murder - and it soon leads him back into a world he much rather would have forgone. Because nothing is as it seems.

Link to Fic:

The Fire That Burns {AO3 only}

Link to Art: Art Here

Soot In The Snow
Title: Soot In The Snow

Author: thunderflames

Artist: Pinkavy

Word Count: Approx. 35,000

Rating: T

Content Notes: Death is mentioned (and shown) later on

Summary: When a blizzard disorientates the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse end up in Drachma. Quickly learning about the mysterious Alchemy that Drachma had banned, they decide to pursue the secrets Drachma has hidden from the world. However, sometimes the truth can only be seen by those on the outside; and it isn't always pleasant.

Link to Fic:

LJ (Full version)

FF.NET (weekly)

Link to Art: Pinkavy's Tumblr

Wicked Paths
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Title: Wicked Paths
Author: bay115
Artist: thunderflames
Word Count: Approx 34,000 words
Rating: PG
Content Notes: Some suggestive material later on.
Summary: Edward, Winry, and their three children go to South City for a short family vacation. While there, they stumble upon an elder lady that claims her late father was friends with Hohenheim when they had explored Aerugo together and discovered valuable alchemy notes there. The family then ends up crossing the border with Edward curious what type of alchemy research his father had done in that country.

Links to Art: Link 1 | Link 2

Links to Story
Livejournal | Dreamwidth (full versions)

AO3 | FFnet (weekly)

Writing Names on Dragon Wings
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Title: Writing Names on Dragon Wings
Author: evil_little_dog
Artist: dzioo
Word Count: Appx 55,000
Rating: Teen-R
Content Notes: Canon-type language and violence. Alternate reality post-108. Original characters. Winry/Edward; Julia/Alphonse
Summary: Before going to the East and West, respectively, the Elric brothers and Winry decide to take a trip to Milos. Unfortunately for them, Milos and Creta are still battling over Table City, and they get caught up in the war. What's worse, Creta has invented flying warships. Milos might still have the upper hand, though - they have dragons.

Link to Art: Art for chapter two
Art for chapter four
Art for chapter six


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