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04 November 2011 @ 11:24 pm
Thank you!!!  
Well, everyone...that's it for the 2011 LuRe Big Bang! I can't thank all of the authors, artists, betas and cheerleaders for making this Big Bang so successful. I'm in awe of all of the work you guys have done. I, myself, have no creativity but I love to read, and I love LuRe. This has been such an amazing treat. There are some people I need to single out and thank:

1)tonje90, bhumimak and ktbob for being my support system and my cheering squad. When I found myself doing this alone, they were there for me and I can't thank them enough.

2)dearthursday who was a HUGE help to me. I had no idea what I was doing, and since she was doing the Pirate Big Bang, I asked her lots of questions. She answered all of them (without even sounding annoyed), and I can't thank her enough.

3)aljc100 for taking all of these lovely stories and putting them into PDF volumes so that we can put them on our e-readers and carry them around with us. How awesome is that? I really am so grateful because I know what a huge undertaking that is. I know because there were a couple I couldn't wait for (ahem, "Feel Me Ocean" and "Jello") and I copied and pasted them to Word and converted them to PDFs. It's work!

4)snapegirlusa for taking all of these stories and painstakingly posting them over to LRO. Also, a project in itself. Thank you, thank you!

If there is interest, I would be happy to do this again next year. This is a wonderful fandom - we're capable of great things!
ktbob: Reid Cartoon Brainsktbob on November 5th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
Always happy to cheer you on, bb! You did a fantastic job and should be very proud of how smoothly the Big Bang went this year. Kudos to you!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
aljc100 on November 5th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Traci - thank you so much for organising the whole shebang. I'm so sad it's over, but it's been an absolute blast! Amazing stories - just amazing. I can honestly say I've read and loved every single one. The final weekly volume and complete 'book' will be available later today ...
msluredinmsluredin on November 5th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU aljc100 for all your work in preparing the PDFs! You gave us all a gift that you didn't need to do. What a great addition to this years big bang! I appreciate it so much, all the stories are now in my phone to take & read anywhere!
(no subject) - aljc100 on November 6th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - traciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:08 am (UTC) (Expand)
theshahofblah on November 5th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for organising this. It has been absolutely brilliant.

A great big thank you to everyone who has been giving this BB their love, time and energy.

It's so good to see that a year on, the spirit of Luke & Reid is still going strong and inspiring writers to write so many wonderful and sometimes very moving stories. It's been a privilige to be emersed in their universe for a month and to feel all the reasons we love them so much conveyed so beautifully in the banners, vids and words.

I've still got one to read and I will savour every word as I have done with the other stories.

I hope to see the BB again next year!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Everything in this Big Bang was amazing, wasn't it? Our fandom is so talented!

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think if there's interest, I'll definitely do it again next year. :)
rhiannonherorhiannonhero on November 5th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
You're fantastic, Traci!! :)
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Awww...right back atcha! <3
joann414 on November 5th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU Traci for this beautiful project. It was such a joy to wake up every for these last few weeks to a wonderful story everyday.

Every story had it's own message. Each author that gave their time should be commended in a huge way. Giving of yourself for someone else to enjoy is very selflish, and two talents rollend into one. Writing, and entertaining. Thank each of you so much.

Last, but not least, the beautiful banners and videos were also above and beyond. They added so much to each read. Brought tears on more than one occasion.

Thanks so much to all of you for your time and efforts.
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
You're welcome, and you are SO RIGHT! Each and every story, video and banner was beautiful and amazing in their own right.

Now...I'm looking forward to reading the end of your wonderful story since I've already read a few chapters. The day after Thanksgiving maybe - just like Christmas shopping?
CasaLuna: LuRe gifcasaluna85 on November 5th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for doing this Traci! You rock! :)

And you already know that I would love to have another Big Bang :)
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
Well, thank YOU! You and your awesome GIFs, and writing. I'm glad to know you're already in for next year! Let's do it!
Lady Salieriladysalieri on November 5th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
Big Bang was so much fun! I think I might go into withdrawal now, not having a new story to look forward to each day!

Thank you not only for the great idea, but for all the work you put into it -- you're what made it all such a success!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't think it was me that made it a success, but thanks for the props. It was definitely all of the authors and artists. Such talent! I'll be knocking on your door (figuratively, of course, although I am not opposed to showing up in your city to find you) next year to participate in Big Bang 2012!
lemondrop34: karen with drink in  handlemondrop34 on November 5th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
*stands in her seat and applauds*
*throws bouquets of roses at your feet*

Triciamc, I am so grateful to you for making this LuRe BigBang happen - I've been happily immersed in some amazing fic and its been thrilling. I'm humbled by your dedication to this fandom and I sincerely hope you'll be up for this next year.

traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh, I'll be up for it, most definitely! This was just WAY too much fun! *picks up the roses* And thanks for the gorgeous roses - they're my favorites! ;)
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sleeper6: SmileyBlairsleeper6 on November 5th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
It is a fantastic fandom and we have to keep it active and alive!

Thank you, Traci, for organizing it!!!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
The pleasure was all mine. It's easy when we have such amazing folks!
byrabirbyrabir on November 5th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for organizing this...and thanks to all the amazing writers and artists!
I am still busy with reading all the wonderful stories and I loved every single one so far!
Please keep writing and posting and I would be thrilled to read another BB next year.
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed all of the stories...I loved them all! I am looking forward to getting some sleep, though. I would post them at night, and then stay up until very late reading them!

We'll definitely do another BB next year. Hope to see you then!
qjilla28qjilla28 on November 5th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yes! Thank you, Traci! This has been so much fun with all the worthwhile LuRevly reading.

If you decide you ever want to do this again, I would be happy to help in any way. You've got my email address...
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:17 am (UTC)
I will hold you to it, darling Jill. It really has been wonderful, hasn't it? I am really going to miss a new story every day! I may have to go back to reading *gulp* BOOKS! LOL
ltklo: reid-haunted-fatherbananasltklo on November 5th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks to the writers, artists, and the organizers. I'm still working my way through the stories. It's a major undertaking to just read them so I'm impressed with everyone who helped get the stories, artwork and video out there.
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
I'm so impressed as well! I had a head start reading them...I would start reading them right when I posted! It made for long, sleepless nights, but it was worth it!

smittlesmittle on November 5th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for organizing this, Traci! It was such a treat to have a new, complete story to lose sleep over every night. I feel a little depressed already now that it's done. You and all the artists and authors were fantastic! Thank you so much!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I know I did!

If you're planning on going to another taping of IHMTD, maybe we could meet up? I asked my husband if he wanted to go, and I got a polite, "No. Why would I want to go and watch you fangirl over Eric?" Oh well...at least I tried!
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msluredinmsluredin on November 5th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Wow! Kinda sad to see the BB end, but very happy to have so many completed stories to read! I am behind but am looking forward to catching up & reading all these great stories! So proud to be a member of such a wonderful group of fans keeping LuRe alive and well taken care of!

It was a pleasure & honor to have been a part of this year's big bang. Even when I panicked and had my freak-outs I had wonderful helpful LuRe friends to see me through. Plus it was reassuring to see other more experienced authors having some of the same issues that I had. Thanks for all the supportive shoulders to lean on. Hopefully we can do it again next year! Thanks to everyone who participated - authors, betas, artists & readers! <3

THANK YOU TRACI!!! For all your hard work and the encouragement you gave everyone! Without you, I wouldn't have even thought to participate. You are the ultimate cheerio!! I hope you know just how much I love & appreciate you! xoxo
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
I'm glad I was able to peer pressure you into doing it. And look what came out of it - a brilliant LuRe Big Bang story and a renewed interest in writing! My work here is done!

I love and appreciate you right back. I am especially glad you were able to stop here on your way to L.A. I miss you already!

Next year, I can rope you into do this again, right? RIGHT? xoxo
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traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
You're so welcome! We have an amazing fandom, and I'm glad you're enjoying it. Luke and Reid will forever be my OTP,the others are just gravy.

As I said, I could not have done this without you, so thank you, thank you, thank you! *hugs*
Bhumibhumimak on November 5th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU Traci for letting me be a part of such an awesome Big Bang, and my first at that AND for being an amazing beta to me, who gave me the right encouragement and supported me in all the right ways! I knew that 'You've Got Mail' was your fave film and I didn't want to disappoint, and I hope I haven't! :D

You know I'm always here for you and I'm glad that I could help in anyway I could! Like you, I was so very impressed at the amount of fics that were churned out in these past couple of months and we are a very lucky fandom to have such awesome writers and amazing stories to read! xD

Thank you so, so much for taking on this HUGE task and making it such a huge success...maybe it can happen next year...I know I'll be around!

In conclusion, thank you once again and thank you for being totally awesomesauce! xoxo

traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Well, I love you, too...Misha too! How sweet of you to put this GIF in my note! <3

We are an amazing fandom, aren't we? All of these fics were so great, and all so different! I'm glad you participated...you did my "You've Got Mail" justice and I thank you for it!

By the way, I'll be happy for a new chapter of "Science and Faith" any time now.... Send it on over!
yb0yb0 on November 6th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
I was wondering how come suddenly you're the only one posting the rules, deadlines and stories. You've done a great job organizing everything, with the help of your friends. Congratulations!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! I couldn't have done it with all of the wonderful and talented authors and artists. They made it so worth it! Glad you enjoyed it!
gypsiesheartgypsiesheart on November 6th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Standing Ovation!
Thank you, thank you, and thousand times thank you! It's awesome to see that even after a year off the air, our love and devotion to Luke and Reid is as strong as ever! I hope that I can say the same thing next year too! You should be proud of what you've accomplished here! *throws roses at your feet and bows down to you*

Great job with the Big Bang. So many awesome writers and artists sharing there talents! I feel so honored and privileged to have read them.

I just have one question...for the Big Bang stories, are the idea's prompts or are they the ideas of the writers themselves? And is another one planned for next year? (Sorry...I have no life except for work. XD! I live for the wonderful stories and the great friends I've made here!)
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: Standing Ovation!
Wow - more roses...thank you! I'm so glad that I was able to do it. We had so many participants and such great stories...I am SO happy with the way it went!

I will be doing it again next year since it seems like people are still very much interested.

As for the prompts, many of them were done by the authors themselves. When they entered the challenge, they let me know what their story was going to be about. But I do think that a couple of people wrote off of prompts that they found in the lure_prompts community.
sirenanne999sirenanne999 on November 6th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)

Hi Traci!...just wanted to add my heartfelt thanks to you for organizing this year's LuRe Big Bang! :) I had such a fantastic time both as an artist and a reader and if you are thinking of doing this again next year, I am so in! :D

This is my first BB so I don't really know what's "normal," but I think we can all agree that it went down beautifully with everyone helping when they can and most importantly, being patient when issues crop up. I love this place and hope we continue to share in the LuRe love for some time to come. Thanks again! <3
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Oh, Anne...you are so welcome! You were such an integral part of this Big Bang, and I am so thankful for that. Your banners and videos were beautiful, amazing, tear-provoking...nothing short of awesomeness!

We had a Big Bang last year. I wasn't involved, but I did read the stories. I think this one was much bigger (I think they had 8 or 10 stories last year...we had 32), so I am very proud and happy that it was as successful as it was. I wasn't sure how it would be more than a year after the show ended, but our talented writers and artists made it a HUGE success! It was wonderful.

I'm counting on your participation next year as well. How could we possibly do it without you?

*hugs from your fellow Wester*
Petuniapetuniagirl on November 6th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Traci, for all your hard work! This has been such a blast. Now, if I could only find enough time to read everything--I'm still trying to catch up!
traciamctraciamc on November 6th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you, ma'am! I think I told someone earlier...it was a labor of love. I know what you mean about trying to find time. I was staying up WAY past my bedtime to read the stories after I posted them. Try to read them all - they were all wonderful!
gwennylougwennylou on November 6th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yes. I will just reiterate everyone else's sentiments. THANK YOU. You did all this hard work mostly by yourself and I'm impressed! Thanks for listening to me freak out over chat and for encouraging and be understanding about my situation over the summer. Thanks for allowing me to contribute my story and participate with all the other people in the fandom and for being the most amazing beta ever (for both Luke/Reid and for Dave/Kurt too.) You're an amazing person and I'm lucky to have you as my "aunt." Can't wait to see you again in person and give you a big hug!

P.S. Thanks for always being willing to let me hash out my stories to you and for still reading them anyway when they are done! <3
traciamctraciamc on November 7th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Seriously, Gwen,no need to thank me! I am lucky to be able to read your stories first. :) Anything for my niece!

And you can always freak out to me over chat. I'm here for you!
bluecactus03bluecactus03 on November 7th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
What can I say except thank you so much for taking time to organising this beautiful project... Loved every moments.. every read.. every tear.. every laughter.. every squeal.. and heartbreak that came with each lovely story.
Kudos again to all the authors, their betas, painters and support team..

Thank you All..You are a talented bunch! Looking forward to another round!! *evil grin*
traciamctraciamc on November 7th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
It really was my pleasure. I had such a great time, and we were all gifted with such great art and stories to read. All I did was organize, it's the participants that made it so awesome! ;)

Glad you enjoyed it, and I'm with you...looking forward to the next one!
reidsmumreidsmum on November 8th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
To all those who have the "Luke and Reid Big Bang" project participated, thank you with all my heart! The last 5 weeks have been very emotional. In between, I've totally lost track of time and everything around me. All the stories were so wonderful and occasionally very moving.

I'm looking forward to "Luke and Reid Big Bang 2012"! In the meantime, I enjoy all the other stories of Reid and Luke are written. And in between, I enjoy ATWT clips of the two. From them I just can not get enough.
SnapeGirl: LuRe Dallas Kisssnapegirlusa on November 8th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
Traci, you were the Captain who kept this 'BigBang' Boat afloat for such a long time. *hugs you* I am so glad to have been a part of this challenge, and a part of this beautiful fandom of such supremely talented people!

The artwork alone was breathtaking, the videos moving, the stories heart-wrenching at times, but always entertaining. But the sense of community is what always brings me back here.

I haven't had a chance to get everyone's stories over to LRO, but I'm still working on it. I also am looking forward to reading every last entry. Real Life likes to kick me in the butt at times, and this is one of those times. But luckily, I'll have wonderful stories to take with me on long car rides over the holidays. ;)

All my best to the amazing people who participated, and all the lovely readers who commented, showing your love for the hard work involved.
amydamblyamydambly on November 9th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Well, I've already shared my thanks to those that helped me bring my story to life and to Traci and now I want to thank all the other authors. It was knowing the talented field of writers I'd be sharing the pages with that help drive me to write the best story I was capable of at the time...I had meant for it to be so much more.

I'm honored to have been a part of the 2011 LuRe Big Bang!!!

Now, after I update my highly neglected WIP, I will go back and re-read all the stories since I flew through them the first time because I should have spending that time writing my own.