If you’re not following swanqueenbigbang, you are missing out on the reveal of some excellent fic and artwork today. Seriously, I’m already blown away and I haven’t even gotten a chance to read anything yet!
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***BIG BANG GOES BANANAS***
That’s right, cats and kittens. Just like Emma’s New York lovelife, we’re going bananas!
What does that mean?
It means for the next week, you can make art or mixes or vids for any stories you want from the ones posted. All we ask is that you tag the author’s name and SQBB Goes Bananas on anything you post to your Tumblr for it.
It’s really just that simple. And we’ll reblog everything tagged correctly to the comm.
This is a wonderful message, thank you. Everyone has been amazing, whether creating or encouraging or coming up with ideas.
We’re going to do it all again over the summer hiatus, and that’s purely because people were so awesome this time.
A labour of love, if not for the show these days, then for the lovely people we’ve all met through it.
(A sneak preview of Tiff and Lola this weekend. You’ll have to imagine the Atlantic Ocean nestled between us)
I know there’s been some confusion - partly because we were still working it out ourselves while furiously writing and editing - but PAY ATTENTION, YO. Here’s how Sunday’s reveal is going to work.
Instead of smacking you in the face with 32 epic length fics AT ONCE we’re going to stagger it over the chunk of the day that’s user-friendly to the most timezones.
So starting at 3pm BST (that’s 10am EST and etc etc we’ll post a converter too) we’ll post the stories in clumps of FIVE PER HOUR (six per hour for the last two blocks).
The order isn’t quite random, they’ll be coming out in the order in which we’ve ticked off having both story and art together. So for a big swathe of Sunday, you’ll be getting a bunch of fics to choose from every hour. It stops any names/BNFs/etc crowding out the other stories, and hopefully will encourage us all to try something new.
I hope that makes sense. As ever: your questions in the ask box are welcomed and very rarely cursed at.
The epilogue is posted and the fic is officially finished.
Read Next to Normal on:
If you were waiting for completeness to read, then: GO, GO, GO!
What do you need to know? Let’s see…
Regina and Emma have been together for well over a decade, married and living together in Storybrooke. They adopted two children: Henry and Snow. We join their lives one Fall evening, in what turns out to be the calm before a very specific storm.
Trigger warnings will be added on a chapter by chapter basis, but the big one up front is for mental health issues: depression, bipolar disorder, and the pharmaceutical treatment of them.
While this story is based on the musical Next to Normal, various adaptations have been made. That said, IF YOU KNOW THE BIG REVEALS OF THE NEXT TO NORMAL PLOT, PLEASE DO NOT SPOIL THEM FOR OTHERS. If you’re familiar with the book and score you’ll know roughly what to expect, but let’s leave the new audience with some mystery, hmm? So no giving it all away in the comments or anything ;)
This is one of the most fun things I’ve been asked, thank you!
Part of me really wants to see Regina as a kind of mob lawyer who needs a way out - rescued by a job at Florrick Agos or LG. They go up against each other in court and they cut a deal to take her on board after the case. She wins, because like hell is she throwing a case just to kiss up to new employers. She’s a real Ivy League superstar and was seduced for a while by the dark side… it can all link up.
Emma is trickier, although a Kalinda type role seems like a natural fit. Maybe Regina insists on bringing her with as a package deal. It doesn’t take long for Kalinda to notice that Emma is interfering on her patch, instead of being the deskbound paralegal type that she got hired as. It’s only when Kalinda makes a move on Regina that Emma gives anything away, though.
I’d probably bring over Kathryn Nolan as a just finished law school as a mature student type. Unlike Alicia, who at least had some early experience, Kathryn would be approaching 40 and looking for her first real law gig. (And Anastacia did Damages, so she can handle a lot more than simpering at princes)
Otherwise, I don’t really think the cast of OUAT has the chops for the work required on TGW. Maybe Bobby, but I think he’d just be a variation on that really annoying Irish dude that Will hired.
I had done it and then I hated it a little? So I’ve now redone and can hopefully post by Friday, latest. :)
I’m so, so sorry that it’s currently unfinished. Lola and I definitely have plans to finish it - we’ve got some stuff coming up in it that we’re really excited about - but we’ve both had a lot going on in real life lately. But we haven’t forgotten it, and we will get back to it, just as soon as we both have a bit more time in our schedule.
We’re so glad you’re loving it. :)
Hola, dear readers.
I apologise for the lack of updates, I’m moving house (and country) about two months sooner than I expected to be, so what little online time I have at the moment has been taken up in SQBB.
But at the end of this week everything calms, so you can expect updates on We Need To Talk About Henry, the Next to Normal epilogue and hopefully a return to All The World To Me, if Tiff and I get all our Big Bang admin taken care of ;)
Beyond that, I’m considering whether to start another story or not. I still love this pairing and fanon’s treatment of the characters to death, but the toxicity of OUAT’s casual bigotry and the batshittery of certain fandom sects make it less appealing. Regardless, any stories I’ve written will remain up, there’ll be no deleting, etc.
There’s almost 2000 of you here now. That’s amazing, and I’m so grateful. Thank you for your prompts, notes and comments. They continue to mean the world to me, and have helped me with my writing in so many ways.
Oh, I’m so sorry, it slipped my mind in the midst of moving and Big Bang! I’ll have a final sweep today and get it posted.
Also applies to writing.
Evil!Emma for swanqueenbigbang and finishing We Need To Talk About Henry :)
… because Next to Normal is finally finished! (Okay, the epilogue goes up tomorrow, but you need to finish here first, just like the musical does!)
Ready to dive in now it’s a completed story?
Thank you all for the encouragement and feedback as we’ve gone along. Sorry about the tears and trauma, too.