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June 20, 2017: The Godfather has done us this favor...
Posted by JeffsFort

Hope you all had a good Father's Day. I know my weekend had a few unexpected pitfalls but in the end, I'm doing pretty okay :) So, I log into our family sites and learn that our CMS designer, Akeentia has been hard at work and I'll be honest; he's amazed me again. Now the changes that he made won't be visible in an obvious way but believe me, it will make the site so much richer. How you ask? I'll tell ya. < grin >

As you probably know, some of the content is actually co-hosted work. Initially, we all had our own copies of each other's work and when a story got updated, each site needed to be posted to separately. Still easier than the old fashioned HTML coding days but, he made a change that turns co-hosting on it's ear. (seriously)

Co-hosted works are hosted on their originating sites, period. Each of our sites are now linked as a true family and if a story is hosted on more than one, then it is actually accessed from it's original site. What does this mean for you? It means that updates, corrections and even latest posted chapters listings are instantly updated everywhere they are posted. View your favorite story from your favorite site, period. "Sentenced to Life" is hosted here. You want to read it at cornercafe.us? Go for it. Even if I update it here, it will be up to date there... I've never worked in such a well designed "Content Management System" and just when I think it can't get any better...

Due to this change, a co-hosted story from the CSU brought in the name of one of our universes heavy hitters as well. The Fort would like to welcome "The Eggman" to the lineup as his work with ACFan: "The Time Chronologies: The Mikyvis Chronicles" has been added for your reading enjoyment.

So go look around the new house, I think you will be happy with the new additions!

Til the next update,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

June 11, 2017: Okay, okay! I hear you :)
Posted by JeffsFort

Well it's been four days since posting APTT's finale and I gotta say, I am blown away at how many people have not only read it in that short period of time but have even emailed to say how much they have enjoyed it. Thank-you all so much for the kind words and feedback. (and sorry to the small handful who felt it was too soon for it to be "The End". The characters made me do it.) But this isn't the reason for this post...

After relaunching the CSU story "Sentenced to Life" on both http://jeffsfort.com and http://cornercafe.us I got a lot of feedback thanking myself and our in house IT Akeentia for making it possible to translate the sometimes incoherent ramblings of the little android named Joey. This has, in almost each email I received asked for a way to translate the character's early speech impediment that the site can't automatically handle. Well, I'm listening to you all and realized that thanks to a need on http://storylover.us, there was an option that I believe will make you all happy. Chapters 6, 7 & 8 now have translations encoded that allow you to read the implied comment in plain English. I still recommend ignoring the translations and reading his comments phonetically as that's how the little guy sounds but, for those comments that just aren't as obvious or for those who are missing part of the convo because of an inability to sound out the comments; click on the highlighted text in these three chapters. I used this feature to help out those who are "Joey Impaired" and think it will help out :)

Hope this helps to make the experience enjoyable for everyone!

Til the next update,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

June 7, 2017: It's finally here!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi everyone! I have some great news for you all and it just may put a few of you in shock. (I'll apologize in advance for spilled drinks or bruises from falling out of your chairs...)

As I had announced earlier, the first story that I approached prior to re-launching my site was the first story I had attempted ever. I felt that if I was to start "tying up loose ends" it rightfully should be the story that has been waiting the longest for it's conclusion. Originally started back in 2003, "A Penny on the Train Tracks" (APTT) has waited nearly 14 years, stalling repeatedly throughout that time and leading most to believe that it would never be finished. It includes an "Afterword" which briefly explains the idea behind the story, why I feel I began writing it too soon and for all the wrong reasons, and why I now believe that the passage of time and lessons learned in the process gave APTT the message that I wanted it to have in the end after all. I'm very happy with how the story turned out and I hope you all are as well.

This also means that it's time for me to move on to the next story... Look out CSU fans, another tree is about to get shaken and I can't be held responsible for the nuts that fall out of it! Hehehe! I hope you enjoy the read!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -
Jeffsfort@gmail.com

May 22, 2017: New Co-Hosted Story
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know I have been in contact with the author David Miller from http://storylover.us as well as "The Story Lover" himself. As some of you may remember, on our old site we hosted a copy of the short story "Friends is Friends" by David Miller and as with any site which undergoes a complete redesign and relaunch under a new domain, permissions to host need to be renewed, which is why some haven't survived the move, atleast not yet in some cases. David Miller was kind enough to renew that permission and I am very happy to help insure this story is read by as many as possible. It is a story of coming back from the brink and holds a strong message for many of us within the Fort Family.

If you haven't read it yet, please take a few minutes to do so and if you have, be sure to let him know what you think at: davidmiller@storylover.us

*HUGZ* Thanks for an inspiring relaunch Everyone!

-Jeff-

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