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September 15, 2018: 2018 Fall Short Story Event ~ A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers & Authors,

The 2018 Fort Family of Sites Fall Short Story Event's theme is: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! ~ You and your family (who do not know you're gay) decide this year to go out for their Thanksgiving Feast. Mid-way through the meal, someone stops by your table. You are horrified to find out it was a guy you just started dating, who doesn't know you're not out to your family...

As usual, this event is open to all readers and authors of the Fort Family Sites, however, if anyone knows of an author from another site that would like to enter this even just ask them to click on the following link Story Submissions. My staff and I would love to see lots of new authors entering this year.

The rules/guidelines are as follows: Must be theme related should be a minimum of 500 words and no longer than 15,000 words. These are not carved in stone, so please submit away. Submissions are due no later than Midnight PDT on November 17, 2018. All submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. Please include the theme title: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! in the title of your story. In case you forgot the email address for submissions is A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!

Some pretty amazing stories have come out of the Short Story Events and some wonderful New Authors as well. My Staff and I will be busy posting the previous Fall Short Story Events over the next few weeks.

Happy writing,

Fred The Elf

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2018: Universe Reveal for Twists of Time
Posted by Boudreaux

Based on the storylines within Twists of Time, and because certain characters both mine and others won't get out of my head and leave me alone, Twists of Time has been revealed to be a part of the CSU.  This was not intentional on my part, but as my fellow authors in the CSU will tell you, it is the characters that write our stories, not us.  No plotlines have or will be changed to reflect this status.  It is simply that I didn't know I was writing another CSU story until now.  Kyle, you can go home now.

September 8, 2018: New Short Story
Posted by Boudreaux

I have just posted a short story.  It is not connected to any other of my works and is only one chapter.  Hope this gives you a little something to do while you wait for more new chapters coming soon.

Boudreaux

September 1, 2018: The Midsomer Short Story Event Submissions Are Live!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

The Midsomer Shory Event with the theme of A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object has arrived and the submissions are now live. The Authors and their stories will be listed in alphabetical order, that is except for the very first story, and you will see why that is.

We have a New Author today with his first entry, so please welcome NCNetsurfer and his story about a well-polished object,  A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: A Pet Rock.

Art West has brought us two stories, one with a British feel and one with a twist in the name,  first, we have A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: Being Close, and second A Day In The Life Of Matt.

Beldro Mercier brings us a bit of fantasy with, A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: Through the Looking Glass.

DouglasDD has decided to tickle your fancy with his story, A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object: Keying In.

The Story Lover also has brought us two entries, his first is a whimsical look into the wild and woolly world of punctuation surprisingly enough titled, A Day In The Life Of Ugo The Umlaut, followed by a foray into the bountiful word of a nature travelogue with, A Day In The Life Of 'Cap'.

Don't forget to thank the authors for the hard work by dropping them a short email, and please extend a warm welcome to our Newest Author NCNetsurfer.

Happy reading,

Fred The Elf

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 25, 2018: Edits and Revisions and Bonuses Oh My
Posted by Boudreaux

So I was going through my files and looking over past chapters of Dear Diary as I work on chapter 33 and I found that there were inconsistencies in the spelling of several names.  Jessie was sometimes Jesse and Philip was sometimes Phillip, that sort of thing.  So I started from the beginning and revised the entire posted work to correct that.  While I was at it, I included bootbox translations for almost all of the Cajun dialect dialogue, since I had the time and opportunity.  Along the way, however, the characters informed me that some tidbits of scenes had been left out the first time around.  Therefore I am making the suggestion that you all go back and reread Dear Diary to get the benefit of those little bonuses.  If you don't want to start completely over, the significant revision stuff did not start until chapter 20.  I hope this helps you all enjoy this story more.  I know it has helped me like it more than I already did.  Am I allowed to say that without being too vain?

At any rate, Laissez les bon temps roullez!

Boudreaux

August 16, 2018: Special Family Update
Posted by JeffsFort

 

It's time to start letting some of these secret projects be not so secret! So, from the official announcement:


Yesterday was the 15th!!! And that means that a brand new issue of the Comicality's Shack Out Back's very own, Imagine Magazine, is back online! After a catastrophic server shutdown that affected not only Imagine Magazine, but other parts of the Shack, a well as many other websites online as a whole. So it took some time to recover and rebuild...but, thanks to the tireless dedication and extremely hard work by JeffsFort and others...we are back online and better than ever! So be sure to drop by the Imagine online magazine at: https://imagine-magazine.org

And check out all of the new stories and articles that are waiting for you! An interview with author, JeffsFort, and his story "The Mezzanine"! Chapter 2 of "Predators: 2-14-9x"! An article on female writers of gay erotica, and 'Music Mash Up' joins the Imagine articles for the first time! Also, stuff about actor Noah Schnapp, and more! Including the new short story, "I Wasn't Asleep Yet"! So go be a party of the party!


The best part, this is just the beginning! Keep an eye out because someone who has always been considered family is bridging the gap between the Fort and the Shack! What does that look like? Just wait and see!

HUGZ!!!

jeffsfort@gmail.com

 

August 9, 2018: Midsomer Short Story Event Update & Corrections
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Authors & Readers,

There is a little over two weeks left for you to get your entries written and submitted. The last day for submissions to be received is Saturday, August 25, 2018, not the 23rd! Posting will begin on Friday, August 31st giving you a four-day reading weekend. At least for the yanks.

Submissions are due by Midnight on the 25th PDT or UTC -7.

Submissions should be between 500 and 15,000 words more or less and the theme is  A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object, we have quite a few submissions already and there is always room for more. This event is open to all Fort Family Site Authors and Readers, you don't have to be an established author to submit an entry. There are quite a few Fort Family Authors that got their start with a Short Story Event. If you need your submission edited just let us know and we will see that your submission gets edited. First-time submitters, please give the Fort Family Sites permission to host your story. As always all submissions remain the property of the submitting author. Always include the appropriate Copyright © Info with all Submissions.

Happy writing,

Fred The Elf

Fred
P.S. We will be posting submissions through September 3, 2018, but don't tell anyone.

 

 

 

July 25, 2018: Midsomer Short Story Event
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Our latest Short Story Event is called A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object.

The rules are the usual Minimum 500 Words, Maximum 15,000 Words. 

End Submission Date August 23, 2018.

Posting Date August 29, 2018, for the Labour Day Weekend for the Yanks.

All submissions should be sent to elfmail at events.csuproductions.com with A Day In The Life Of An Inanimate Object as the subject. Substitute the @ sign for at and remove the spaces.

Happy writing,

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

July 16, 2018: Message from True’s Fandom...
Posted by JeffsFort

In Memory of Trevor

For those of you who weren't aware, my grandson Trevor was abducted on May 1 of this year. The end of this saga was tragic for our family. I wanted to create something in his memory to help in some way for others to possibly avoid this happening to them or someone they love.

I went to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's site and set up a fundraiser campaign in Trevor's Name.... Here's the link.

https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/1527577

All donations go directly to the Centers. All donations go directly to the NCMEC.

 

Thank You,

TrueFan

July 9, 2018: Dear Diary 32 has been edited
Posted by Boudreaux

The middle aged (I am not old) blond Cajun forgot that some people have trouble reading the voices in my head, so I have gone back through and added bootboxes to all of the Cajun dialect and Georges speak dialogue.  Hope this helps y'all.  Laissez les bon temps roullez.  That one you can just look up if you don't already know.  tongue-out

July 8, 2018: Lagniappe! It's a whole new story again!
Posted by Boudreaux

That's right, I have started another new story, and yes it is not only connected to Louisiana, it is set in New Orleans.  I will try my best to limit the dialect affecting the dialogue however.  I hope you all enjoy this new work.  This one is really special to me.  For those that don't know, the title can be roughly translated to mean "a little something extra."

July 8, 2018: Dear Diary 32
Posted by Boudreaux

Yes, Dear Diary has been updated.  This is a humdinger of a chapter though, so be forewarned.  There are lines of dialogue from all of the wildest, craziest characters in my division.  I'm not sure if our esteemed Clan Archivist (aka my editor) will recover.  He seemed to indicate in the negative when he sent the chapter back to me for posting, so in case I need a new editor the position now requires a prescription for valium.  If I don't need a new editor, he may need donations to help pay for his valium.  Anyway, you have been warned.  Read at your own risk.

July 4, 2018: The Summer Short Story Event Submissions Are Here!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

Happy Fourth of July to the Yanks.

In the Summer Short Story Parody Event, we have Major Family Parody by The Story Lover, and Sir Garret and Lincoln by True Fan.

For the Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event, we have TSL's Fill In The Blank by The Story Lover,  Brynmor - Fill In The Blanks by Brynmor, and Fill In The Blanks Family Secret by Art West.

Don't Forget to let the authors know what you think of their hard work.

Happy reading,

Fred 

July 1, 2018: One hour to go...
Posted by JeffsFort

Sigh... The good news is, at midnight I plan to back the forum up completely before making any changes. that will give you a little more time to look around. It also appears that ACFan has lost power at his house so, The Treehouse will hang in there for a little while as well, maybe even into tomorrow, who knows.

I did get to spend a little time poking through the posts on the old girl... She's seen some rough times over the years but, also has recorded some of the most fun I've ever had online with so many people who mean an awful lot. I even poked through the copies of the forum on old archives and found one that was snapped when August was actually logged in... Kinda choked me up to see it: 

At any rate, it's time to turn the page. I hope the new network that will become the heart of our community will see as much fun and friendship and love... and much less rocky roads. No more of that.

Thank you August, Thank you for absolutely everything. Bet you're gonna love what Akeentia designed for us. *HUGZ*

 

July 1, 2018: Summer Short Story Events Deadline Near
Posted by The Story Lover

Don't forget that the deadline for submitting your short stories for the Summer Short Story Event is tonight at MIDNITE Pacific Daylight Time for you East Coaster that would be Three AM EDT.

So get your stories written and your requests for Fill In The Blanks in NOW.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

All Stories will be posted on July 4, 2018, not July 1 as previously stated!

Happy writing,

Fred

P.S. As usual the deadline isn't carved in stone, however, stories will be posted on the morning of July 4th, 2018

 

June 18, 2018: Get The Story Lover A Mac Penultimate Update
Posted by The Story Lover

Dragon

Dear Readers,

Thanks to all of your generous donations I have purchased the Mac Pro and it will be delivered Wednesday. The GoFundMe Account will remain active for a little bit longer, as there is still some software to be purchased. I will be purchasing Scrivener, Coda, and Affinity Photo, eventually, I will probably purchase Pathfinder as well.

Thanks again for all of your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Happy Reading,

TSL

P.S. ' Goos', Jonah, Joth, Just', A'exii, S'ean, and Alex say thanks as well. 

June 17, 2018: Party at Comsie's Place!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi guys!

Yup, I said it. PARTY TIME!!! With cake and burgers and candy and soda and hotdogs...

So this Tuesday is a big day for someone who has been like family longer than there was a Fort Family so, he just is Fort Family and always will be... Why the party? You mean besides "why not"? Hehehe. The reason is a big one and one that is making us realize just how long we've been at it out here. :O

On Tuesday, June 19th, "Comicality's Shack Out Back" turns 20 years old!  

Twenty years of friendship and foolishness, and I'm one of the many who followed the lead of a man who would teach us all to share who we are with the world; to demonstrate that when you feel the loneliest, sadly enough, there are many more who feel the same. When you feel beaten down, you are in good company. When you need a smile, it may be easier to find than you think and regardless of who you feel that you are, we wouldn't have you any other way. So what does he have in store? I have no clue! (I do but, I'm not tellin :P)

All I can say is keep an eye on the Shack for announcements. Poke through the forums over there and look at the many projects he has set up. There are big things happening and I for one, am excited that our family and his has always intertwined and with this celebration, that intertwining continues in all its dysfunctional glory, as it should be. Hehehe... More news to come but remember to mark the calendar and don't forget to show off your "C". (For those of you who know why my hat is off to you brother :)

Happy Anniversary Comicality!!! (20 years... You show off! *HUGZ*)

-JeffsFort-

 

June 16, 2018: Summer Short Story Events Update #2
Posted by The Story Lover

Folks,

The deadline for the Summer Short Story Event is getting closer June 30th is only fourteen days away. 

So get your stories written and your requests for Fill In The Blanks in soon.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

All Stories will be posted on July 4, 2018, not July 1 as previously stated!

Happy writing,

Fred

 

June 3, 2018: Happy Anniversary for the Family in Finding My Way Home
Posted by Boudreaux

I feel really old as I write this, but this new chapter of Finding My Way Home: Book 3 Home Life marks eighteen years since the first chapter of this tale was first posted online at another site.  That site of course is now long gone, but the story goes on and I hope you all enjoy it.   Incidentally, the other anniversary this chapter brings up is that I have now been writing for forty years.  That makes me feel incredibly old, yet a little proud, because I hope that my skills have improved a bit since that first short story written when I was in sixth grade.  Anyway, go read and enjoy.  More chapters of more stories coming soon.

May 22, 2018: Our Chief Editor Needs our Help
Posted by JeffsFort

As most of you know, The Story lover has been the driving force behind the works of a very large percentage of our stories. Be it as head editor, continuity manager or as host. He is the glue that holds us all together. Well, today he does need our assistance. I know how badly he's been struggling to do the same level of work on some really outdated equipment. If you're able to help him out, you would be helping us all. This is what he posted on his own site. *HUGZ* Thanks for any help you can offer!

-Jeff-


Dear Readers,

After a lot of mental deliberations, I have come to the conclusion that is time to switch from a Windows PC to a Mac PC. Since the majority of the Fort Family Admins use Macs this will allow me to use the same software that they are using. This will also allow me to avoid any of the issues associated with Windows Ten. The new Mac will give me many more years of writing and update this site. 

If you would like to help just click on the following link ~ Get A Mac For The Story Lover

Thanks,

TSL

May 21, 2018: Random News!
Posted by JeffsFort

Yup, this isn't your typical "come in and read stuff" news post. That's right! Every now and then I just like to toss out the "off the wall" stuff that people may let slide as the posting schedule succeeds in monopolizing the news feed. Not today!!!

So, I'd like to begin by reminding everyone that Friday, May 25th is the official "Towel Day" which is celebrated every year as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held on May 25, 2001, two weeks after Adams' death on May 11. I plan on going out and buying a brand new one this year as no one wants to be seen in public with a Tatty Towel!

I also need to remind people to mark their calendars as we have a Fort Family Favorite coming up real soon. Monday, May 28 marks the 17th anniversary of the "Shack Out Back - Random Cake Holiday" as declared by Comicality himself following a long discussion the night before in chat (and we all know what good comes from those <grin>):

Posted FFForums: Sunday, 28 May 2006 - 01:36 AM

That's right dammit! I said 'Random Cake Holiday'! Hehehe! Don't ask any questions, don't worry about the rhyme or reason WHY you should do it...just DO IT! We had a conversation in the chat tonight, and this lack of cake is just unforgivable. So today, Sunday, I want each and every single person reading this, to go out somewhere and find yourself a piece of cake to eat! I don't care HOW you get it, or WHAT kind of cake it is! But there are just way too many people who have gone TOO long without having a piece of cake!

You can laugh all you want! Feel silly doing it! I don't care! Whatever! Just go out, find some cake, and enjoy it for the simple fact that you CAN! And I'm not talking about some moldy old store bought sliver of cake that you can buy for a quarter at the counter of your local gas station! I mean actual CAKE! Go to a bakery, go to a neighbor's house, hit up the old lady that does volunteer work at the resource center in your area, bake your own and give half of it away to someone else who doesn't have cake, play your Cake cd on your car radio..whatever...but don't you DARE let the sun set without getting a taste of that sweet sweet cake goodness! C'mon...don't you want some CAKE??? I do!

The only time we get to have cake is at weddings, birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs, bachelor parties, and occasionally during some kinky sex fetish game with a stripper who doesn't mind getting covered in frosting. And that's just wrong! So if you needed a reason to eat cake, then here it is. It's cake day. GO! Get some! Enjoy it! Do it for the simple fact that you have absolutely NO reason to do it other than I told you so! Hehehe! Savor it! 

I'm going to get mine as soon as I get up tomorrow! Believe me! Mmmm cake...

Spread the word! 

So, we will be expecting to hear what cake you had in chat! It's ok to start planning now, I know I am!

*HUGZ*

May 16, 2018: Twists of Time 7
Posted by Boudreaux

Twists of Time chapter 7 is live and ready, and comes with a few extra twists, and this is only the beginning.  I hope you enjoy it.

May 11, 2018: Double Whammy from the Cajun
Posted by Boudreaux

Two new chapters have been posted for your reading leisure.  Fantasy Faire chapter 5 and Gifts chapter 2 are both now live and waiting for you.  Hope you enjoy them and don't get too mad at me for such a depressing common theme in both chapters this close to Mother's Day.

May 6, 2018: Urgent Announcement to our Community...
Posted by JeffsFort

We knew this day was eventually going to come.

Back in 2004, bulletin boards and forums just like the one we used for years at https://fortfamilyforums.com, were the hubs of some pretty awesome communities. Some communities still remain active as there are few replacements for the kind of interaction that they allowed but in our case, we're evolving. Unfortunately, that has rendered the gift that August Christopher gave us obsolete. News has been carried in from our new website RSS feeds, and once in a while, there will still be a wave of old skool foolishness from our fictional characters. So, what's going on now and how is that going to change?

Sadly, the lifetime license that was purchased for our forums is no longer being honored by Invision Power Services. For a community that relies solely on the generosity of it's supporting family, that became a game changer. In response to this situation, the websites got completely overhauled. The ability to communicate with each other was programmed into the custom Content Management System (CMS) that our own Akeentia designed and thanks to one of our newest site owner "TrueFan" we now interact on a Discord server in real time. Email comes in just as it once did and even though we didn't want to admit it to ourselves, the forum's have simply become a huge archive of a time that has passed us by. Now that the software is no longer supported, we needed to make a change. So, change is on the way.

In development right now is a new hub for the Fort Family Community. You can take a look at it here: https://community.fortfamilyforums.com News announcements and links to your favorite sites and stories will be available in one stop. Newest chapter postings are already being displayed in one convenient location giving you a place to keep up with all the current releases, just like you could from the old forum. In the near future, Akeentia will be releasing more features that will give us other ways to share feedback and interact as we once did in posts. This time, it will be on software that isn't going to suddenly become unsupported. What were they thinking anyway? <grin>

So where does that leave the old forum? Very soon we will need to perform an upgrade on our server. It's an upgrade that will make it impossible for us to continue running the forum. So, late spring, early summer; the Fort Family Community's face will become that of our custom designed community that is tied into all of our sites with all the additions that are in development now. We'll do our best to keep all of you up to date with our final upgrade schedule but, it will most likely all happen pretty quickly once the trigger has been pulled.

For now, take a wander through the topics that have collected over the years. Take screen captures, copy text from posts, take a really good look around. Soon the old girl will be archived with all the old versions of our websites and old projects that once in a while we like to dust off and poke through like an old photo album. (By request, the new community will be male. Some of the owners think that will mean we won't have as many problems with it :7) May the new community meet with everyone's approval. (It kinda has too though.. LOL! Our hands are tied on this decision...)

Thank you August! For 14 years that old forum did exactly what you had hoped it would. May the new community that Akeentia is designing meet with your approval.

*HUGZ*

JeffsFort
ACFan
Akeentia
The Story Lover
...and each and every person who has ever served our family as a moderator, staff or even as an admin. 

April 30, 2018: Photos Chapter 2 is live
Posted by Boudreaux

Photos in the Mall 2 is up so any of you wondering what I was talking about in the Intro as to how the story will be presented can get a better idea now, I hope.  Please feel free to give me feedback on this one since it is a new concept.

April 28, 2018: Another New Story from the Crazy Cajun
Posted by Boudreaux

That's right folks.  While trying to get the next chapter of Dear Diary worked out, I have gotten another new story dredged up from my ancient files.  Thanks to to a bit of polish from TrueFan and TSL, I present Photos in the Mall, which is a new concept of story from me.  I hope you all figure out what is going on and like this story which is based on an actual event I witnessed sometime around 2001.

April 25, 2018: Flea Market Sausage 21
Posted by Boudreaux

That's right, folks.  The newest chapter is now live.  This chapter is dedicated to a very nice reader whose interest in "the sausage story" got the characters talking to me again when I was thinking of shutting this story down.  Thank you, Trevor.

April 23, 2018: Two New Short Story Events
Posted by The Story Lover

Folks we are excited to announce our latest Short Story Events! Yes, you read that right I said Events, plural.

The First Event is the Parody Event, you can parody any published story on any of the Fort Family Sites. The standard rules apply, with one additional MANDATORY Rule, you must have written permission from the author whose story you want to parody and that permission must be submitted along with your Short Story. No Permission, No Story!

The Second Event is the Fill In The Blanks Event. You will get the opening paragraph and a middle paragraph and you fill in the rest. The opening paragraph will revolve around the first day as a Senior in High School or a Freshman in College. The middle Paragraph revolves around a party that the main character went to and the morning after when he/she wakes up in their bed in someone else's clothes. The rest of the story is up to you, I will supply the paragraphs to any author that wants to enter this event.

Both Events will end at Midnight PDT on June 30, 2018. All entries will be posted on July 1, 2018, here on F.R.E.D.
The short stories must be between 500 words and 15,000 words,
This event is open to all readers and authors.
Authors must authorize the Fort Family of Sites, by written permission to host their stories.

All submissions and requests should be mailed to Summer Short Story Parody Event, or Summer Short Story Fill In The Blank Event

Happy writing,

Fred

 

March 26, 2018: Dear Diary 31 is up and ready to read
Posted by Boudreaux

Ok, so the chapter didn't cover everything I wanted it to, but I need more time for what is coming up.  Plus maybe I will get ideas for the fight scene from any angry readers that come after me when they finish reading.  runs and hides in my shack in the bayous

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

March 26, 2018: The Fort keeps growing!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi everyone!

Wanted to give a shout because we have a special announcement for the Fort Family. We have just added a new family site! I know, it's been a loooooooong time since that has happened. Our own "True Fan" has thrown his hat in the ring and has become our newest site owner. You can take a look at the new site at http://truesfandom.com and see that he's already been busy recruiting new authors as well as some of our veterans to keep you busy for quite some time. His most recent addition is one who has been considered "Extended Family" for many, many years. See if you can figure out who that author might be... (See, I didn't mention Comicality by name... oh... oops. < grin >)

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

March 10, 2018: Lots of new stuff to read!
Posted by JeffsFort

It's a great day to keep our chairs warm!

Over at our sister site (http://storylover.us), one of our little brothers began posting his poetry. Well, today "Garret D. M." was approved to be co-hosted on our site so you all get to check out the work of a brand new author! Be sure to check out his poems: Chosen & Insomnia as well as the first chapter of his brand new story: Boise ID which looks like it's going to be awesome! Be sure to let him know what you think of his work, okay?

We also have a brand new story from one of our veteran authors! Boudreaux posted the first chapter of his brand new story Gifts today as well. (I know he posted a news report already but, I wanted to add that I just read it and this looks like it is going to be a story to watch!) Don't forget to fire off a quick email to him as well as you all know, reader feedback is the only paycheck any online author can hope for. Blow up their inboxes, you have my permission ;)

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

March 10, 2018: Gifts, a whole new story
Posted by Boudreaux

Ok, so this is a brand new story for me.  It is called Gifts, thanks to TrueFan helping me think of a title for it.  ( I am so crap at naming stories. ) I'm a little nervous abut this one, so I hope you all enjoy it.  If so please let me know, because I am not too ashamed to beg for feedback this time.

March 10, 2018: New Chapter of Fantasy Faire
Posted by Boudreaux

So apparently a few folks seem to really like this story.  I'm really glad of that, and I hope you all enjoy chapter 4 as much as I did.

February 17, 2018: The Second Ask The Author Interview Has Been Scheduled
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

 

Beldro the Magnificent will be giving the second scheduled Ask The Author Interview on the FFS Asylum Discord Channel. This interview will be hosted by The Story Lover with the assistance of the other FFS Admins.

The first interview with True Fan went really well, so get your questions ready for Beldro The Magnificant next Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 18:00 EST, 15:00 PST, or 23:00 UTC. 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM UTC.

To participate just click on the following link ~ FFS Asylum Discord Discord Accounts are free and only take a few minutes to set up.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of readers and authors next Saturday, so come and join the fun.

TSL

 

February 17, 2018: A message from our new chat...
Posted by JeffsFort

For those of you who are not aware, the Fort Family of Sites has a Discord Server. It's called the FFS Asylum. Come join in on the insanity!

As of now we have over 30 members, many of them are Authors of your favorite stories. ACFan, JeffP, Lindon Wezter, Beldro the Magnificent, TSL...

If you wish to join, follow this link: FFS Asylum Discord

Also...

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 3pm Eastern, we will host the first ever "Ask the Author" interview.

It will start at 3pm EST (noon, PST, assuming the author is awake by then) and will last until it ends, but not later than 5pm EST.

The Guest for this week will be yours truly. TrueFan.

Get your questions ready and join us... it's sure to be a blast!

 

True

February 14, 2018: The Cupid's Arrows Short Stories Have Flown In
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

 We have an incredulous collection of Cupid missing with his arrows they range from the Romantic to the I Can't believe you wrote that. They are all a lot of fun to read. They have arrived in alphabetical order:

  • It Came From Denny's: From Coffee With Love by Akeentia ~ Yes folks he is back writing!
  • Stupid Cupid 's Bent Arrows by Art West
  • Was It Cupid or Was It Morphine? by Boudreaux
  • Cupid Lets One Rip by Brynmor
  • Cupid Steps In by Jeff's Fort aka Jeff P.
  • Don't Screw With My Family by Maxieplus
  • Cupid's Arrows ~ 2018 by Silver Wolf
  • The Twisted Princess or is it Prince? by The Story Lover
  • Cupid Missed by True Fan
  • Cupid's Arrows ~ 2018 by Zarek Dragon

Thanks to all of the wonderful authors for their entries, please don't forget to write to the authors and let them know that you read their stories.

Fred The Elf

All of the stories are available at the following link = https://events.csuproductions.com/?t=ENW4jjAe

TSL

February 8, 2018: Cupid's Arrows Update
Posted by The Story Lover

Although the 'Carved in Stone Official Deadline' has passed Fred the Elf is still accepting entries of the Cupid's Arrows ~ 2018 Short Story Event. He has graciously extended the deadline until 11:59 PM PST February 12, 2018. Please submit all entries to Fred The Elf.

For more information, please checkout F.R.E.D.

TSL for Fred the Elf

February 8, 2018: A new addition to the family!
Posted by JeffsFort

Tonight I was approached by an author who has been storming the Fort Family sites with quite a few awesome stories that he would like to share with us. His most recent being the newest addition to the "Clan Short Universe":  "Prologue: Abducted" from FCS: Las Vegas by True Fan which is in the long list of stories that he has on his resume and now, co-hosted right here on our site. He also brings a collaborative work along with him: "Voyagers" has also been posted for you all to have some real fun with. I know it has quite a following on our other sites so we hope you all will enjoy it as well.

Don't forget to let True Fan and the rest of the Voyagers authors know what you think! 

*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

February 8, 2018: Finding My Way Home Book 3
Posted by Boudreaux

Chapter 6 is ready to go.  Hope you all enjoy it.  Be ready for master level sarcasm.  Just saying.

February 3, 2018: Fantasy Faire 3
Posted by Boudreaux

Fantasy Faire 3 is alive and well, even if it is in the hospital.  You'll understand that when you read it, but it will still be a bad joke.  Sorry, I'm at that bad joke/dad joke stage of life.  Anyway the chapter is up; hope you enjoy it.  No translation boxes were harmed, or even used, in the production of this chapter.

January 30, 2018: Dear Diary 30 is live
Posted by Boudreaux

It's finally here!  Dear Diary survived the edit process and more importantly, the editor survived as well.   Hope you all enjoy it!

January 28, 2018: Belated Announcement ~ Cupid's Arrows Event Now Live
Posted by The Story Lover

Folks if you want something done right or just even done at all ya just got to do it yourself wink So without further ado here is the overdue announcement:

 

This year's Valentines Day Themed Event is titled Cupid's Arrows. The event starts now and runs through January 31, 2018, for unedited stories and February 7th for edited stories. All stories will be posted on Valentine's Day February 14th.
The Rules:

  1. The short stories must be between 500 words and 15,000 words

  2. The Short Story should concern Cupid's Arrows missing and hitting the wrong person.

  3. Someone setting the cap for someone and ending up with someone completely opposite or different. 

  4. This event is open to all readers and authors.
  5. Authors must authorize the Fort Family of Sites, by written permission to host their stories.

I hope that we have as many entries for Cupid's Arrows as we did for the Christmas Extravaganza. All stories will be available on F.R.E.D. and then on their hosted site.

We really want to see lots of entries by our readers, an entry will automatically get you added to the Good List.

Please submit all stories to the following address ~ elfmail at events.csuproductions.com Substitute the 'at' with the @ symbol and delete the spaces. 

Let's see if we can snow cupid under with stories, 

The Story Lover for Fred DeElve

P.S. if you finish your story after the deadline but before Valentine's Day please submit it. Just don't tell anyone.

January 13, 2018: A Quick Update
Posted by JeffsFort

I just put up a small update and realized that Boudreaux had posted "Twists Of Time - Chapter 6" but didn't make noise in the news about it. (Those are the rules, you post stuff, you make noise. I believe it's on page 27 of the of "The Obnoxious Author's Guide to posting stuff"... (or something like that.)

For those of you who knew I was working on it, the "Afterword" for "Sentenced to Life" just went live and the story has finally been marked as completed. This post gives a little backstory and explains some of the decisions that were made along the way. I hope it answers some of the questions a few of you had :)

 *HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

January 7, 2018: Something Old for the New year!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi everyone!

Well, 2018 is well underway and I felt it was time to post something new on the site for you all. In doing so, I chose to revive an old project and now that I have some free time again, get back to work on it. There is a full explanation posted with the story but in short, back in 2006, I was involved in a project that I wanted to see be successful but, also wanted to keep separate from the work I was doing at the time. I decided to jump feet first into the construction of the original "Comicality's: Gone From Daylight: BloodBank" by designing the site and acting as it's archivist; under the pseudonym "Uriel", a vampire who ended out in the "GFD" neighborhood who is showing respect to Comicality (The Vampire) and the street gang who look up to him as an elder.  In doing so, I started a story based within the Chicago area "GFD" was based within that same realm but, never finished it. I hope to submit further work on the story to the new "GFD BloodBank" as the "Recovered Works of Uriel" and finally give the story a well-deserved conclusion. The three existing chapters are now live on this site, hope you enjoy them.

*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

January 1, 2018: Saying goodbye...
Posted by JeffsFort

It is now the end of the year and as good as 2017 has been to our sites, it is now time to say goodbye. What a better way to do so with a chapter of a CSU story that will finally allow us to also say goodbye to quite a few loose ends (as the subtitle suggests).

With the help of one of the best editing teams cookies can buy, "Sentenced to Life: Chapter 18 - Loose Ends" is now live on the sites and is just in time to claim the "Final CSU Posting of the Year 2017"! So if you were planning to watch the ball drop on TV or go to a local event or even go to bed early to ring in the new year, change your plans now and start reading (no, I'm not serious, unless you want to start reading now. Who am I to stop you?). 

So, from all of us at the Fort Family of Sites, Happy New Year! Let's make it one of the best ever!
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

December 25, 2017: Twas the night before...insanity!
Posted by JeffsFort

It is Christmas Eve and we have had a busy couple of days. There are three major announcements and I'm late on the first two. (In my defense, "The Story Lover" worked me like a dog last night and I forgot to pay some attention to my newly updated  website!)

First: Thanks to Akeentia, the creator of the Content Management System for all of the Fort Family Sites, Our site received a major version upgrade last night. You will notice some subtle changes in the appearance of some pages and buttons, etc... Where you won't see the major changes is in the management part of the software that makes it possible for us to do the work that we are doing. The Fort, as well as all the Fort Family Story Sites, have become so much more intuitive and make our jobs as webmasters and authors so much easier that we will actually look forward to posting. That means content will be less of a chore to post and as a bonus, you all get chapters faster! Say it with me: Yay Akeentia!!! (You didn't say it, did you? Yeah, I mean you... Geez!)

Second: The reason we got the upgrades last night was that "The Story Lover" was in the process of bringing our events site back to life. As we were already slated to receive upgrades, to make the new site compatible with the rest of the family, we needed to be running the same version. So, Akeentia upgraded "ALL" of our sites so we could launch the new site at http://events.csuproductions.com which is now doing business as F.R.E.D. (Fort Readers Event District) and will even be run by "Fred DeElve" who is a character that has been on our forum for quite some time. Which leads me to...

Third: This is a two-parter actually. A very long time ago, I came up with this half-baked idea to do a round robin story that would break the rules. A story that we would take turns authoring and have lots of fun with. Well, "The Most Amazing Story Ever Written" as we had named it, became homeless after the site got upgraded originally. This meant that it needed the event site that didn't exist yet... you get it. Well, not only is it live on F.R.E.D. but, because we upgraded, it is now available on our site again! Tonight, a new chapter got written by some familiar names that generally don't write stories too. Sean Short of "Memories" and Danny Page of "Sentenced to Life" got to try their hand at writing a chapter. I think I'm going to leave you with this thought. Two characters from two stories posting a chapter of an event-driven work. Oh, no literary rules were broken there... No way!

Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

December 23, 2017: Upcoming Site Maintenance
Posted by The Story Lover

Sometime Saturday morning December 23rd all Fort Family Sites will be going down for some important maintenance.  We will have all sites back up and be running better than before as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience,

TSL for The Fort Family Admins and Webmasters

December 22, 2017: A Christmas Extravaganza 2017 Postponed
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers,

I must regretfully announce that I must reluctantly postpone this year's Christmas Extravaganza until Saturday Evening December 23rd. The cold/flu bug that I have been dealing with is relentless and won't let up. However, one way or another the stories will be posted Saturday Evening. I apologize for the delay.

F.Y.I the last day for submissions for the Christmas Short Story Event is still Midnight PST Friday, December 22nd.

Discord user please don't forget to vote to remove the character limits Suggest Character Limit Change on Discord We need your vote so please vote.

Enjoy your reading, 

TSL, 'Goos',  the Three J's, S'ean, A'lexii, and the Imps

December 18, 2017: Attention Readers and Discord users!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Your authors need your help. As many people are aware, a certain chat service that specialized in advanced conference features has finally been overworked to the point of actually being unusable for our team. Since 2004, The Fort Family Authors Group, and all contributing authors to the "Clan Short Universe" series have heavily relied on this chat client and recent developments have made work behind the scenes difficult and even impossible in some cases. This means work being released can be severely delayed in some cases, which is already something that we try to avoid whenever possible.

In researching possible replacements, "Discord" is an absolute front-runner, with one glaring exception. There is a character limit placed on all servers that make it difficult to work with larger bodies of text. (That's a huge issue actually.) So, why am I posting this tonight? We need your help.

The feature change is possible but, the way Discord prioritizes its growth is through a request and upvote system. (Actually, a really cool process.) So we need to ask for your help. If you are a Discord user, please click the link below and upvote this topic. If you aren't a user, check out the chat client, it was designed with gamers in mind but is awesome for collaborating, congregating or even just hanging out. Maybe create a login and when you do, maybe give this feature an upvote...maybe < GRIN >

Suggest Character Limit Change on Discord

Thank you for your help,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

December 3, 2017: Christmas Extravaganza 2017
Posted by The Story Lover

Attention everyone,
I am proud to announce the Fort Family of Sites 2017 Christmas Short Story Event. While this event is mostly for our hosted authors any author may enter. Non-hosted authors need to check out the following link ~ Hosting and Story Submissions for submission guidelines. This event is called The 2017 Christmas Extravaganza. The rules are short and sweet, The Short Story must be:

1. Written this year
2. Be between 500 and 15,000 words (Not etched in stone)
3. Have Christmas and 2017 in the title, somewhere anywhere. (My Story ~ Christmas 2017 for example)
4. Edited entries due by December 22, 2017
5. Unedited entries due by December 18, 2017
6. No Guarantee that late entries will be posted. (Don't tell anyone, but we have posted stories right up to 11:59 PM PST.)
7. Submit all entries to submissions.storylover.us'at'gmail.com - Subject= Christmas Story 2017 replace the 'at' with @
8. Give permission for the Fort Family of Sites to host and or co-host your story. Copyright remains with the author!

Authors that are hosted on other Fort Family Sites will have their story hosted on their host site and co-hosted on The Story Lover's Christmas Extravaganza Page. The 2017 in the story title will show the year the story joined the page.

Let's have an awesome event with lots and lots of stories. We have one story already and another possible one in the wings.

Take care,

TSL

October 30, 2017: Finally!! I updated another one!
Posted by Boudreaux

Chapter 5 of Finding My Way Home: Book 3 is now live.   It's so cool actually being able to write again when I am in the mood for it.  Hope you guys like it.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

October 22, 2017: Happy Anniversary!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Back on October 22, 2002, The very first chapter of a story that would soon become the foundation of what the Fort Family now know as "The Clan Short Universe" (CSU). ACFan Unknowingly launched one of the largest amateur collaborative works on the web which in time, would involve multiple authors and birth many alternate realities, fan fiction and a slew of original content created by fans and official authors alike.

My story, "Sentenced to Life" was not intended to be CSU at its original conception. The original idea was to give Danny the opportunity to tell Marc (his savior of sorts) his sorrowful story that would eventually lead him to want to take his life, following his telling, Marc was supposed to aid him in finding the rest and peace he so desperately wanted. Which is where the outline was supposed to take us. While writing chapter 5, ACFan saw that I was having difficulty following the original outline as it was written and, offered me the first true spin-off in the CSU which ultimately gave my main character a reason to live. So, why bring this up today?

As a way to pay tribute to 15 years of a world led by Sean and Cory Short, I decided to show you all some of what Danny had to endure before that fateful day when he decided to put an end to his existence. "Sentenced to life: Chapter 17E - Memories" finally tells the story of Daniel Alexander Page and how he almost insured that I wouldn't have a story to write regarding the A.I. Division of Clan Short of Vulcan, Of the Family of Sarek of the House of Surak. This new chapter is for those of you who knew that Danny had a sorrowful beginning following being "saved" following his fatal car accident by someone who didn't want to let him go. Be warned, these events drove Danny to the brink so, many may be startled at the contrast to life in the CSU that is depicted. Intended to be the story that STL was planned to tell, this chapter simply shows glances of our division's director and of a past he's only mentioned in passing a few times.

So, I hope you all enjoy our Anniversary gifts and I hope you visit our other family sites as well to see what other CSU authors have joined in the celebration. Here's to the past 15 years, and to another 15!

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

October 21, 2017: I Snuck This In
Posted by Boudreaux

Since I was given the power to do so, I have snuck in and posted the epilogue to Class Reunion.  Be prepared for a time warp and possibly some tears as well, but they will be happy tears, I promise.

Hope you all enjoy it

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

October 2, 2017: Cajun Been Busy
Posted by Boudreaux

I have finished a new chapter of Twists of Time, and I also have added (thanks to much help from the techno gods) two new stories.  Skinny Dipping with my Cousins is a one shot short story, but don't worry there are only two Louisiana words in it.  Fantasy Faire is a really (really) long (especially for me) first chapter of a new work.  Hope you enjoy them.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

September 10, 2017: Big Update!
Posted by JeffsFort

After a huge amount of work, "Memories Part 3, Chapter 24: Brothers" is finally live on the Fort Family sites! It is the welcomed continuation of the ever expanding Clan Short family and really touches on quite a few important events. Part of it is actually fulfilling the work of one of our authors who has since passed away. (Dave of D&B) I've seen bits and pieces of this story while it was in production so I gotta warn ya, be ready for quite a ride. I actually plan to ignore everyone else until I've read it myself :)

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

September 9, 2017: Hurricane Irma and those in her path...
Posted by JeffsFort

As I am sure everyone is well aware right now, this month is really winding up some very destructive storms. The most recent has us all holding our breath as it has literally left a path of devastation on it's way to Florida. Many of our readers know that we have a few authors and family based in Florida and we are all concerned. If you are able to, I do strongly urge you to consider donations to the Red Cross as disaster relief has already suffered a strain in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. There will surely be blood drives as well as nonperishable collections taken up and if that is a way you can help out, please consider it.

Overall, let's collectively say a prayer for our friends and family in the path of this storm system and be ready t give a hand if we can.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

August 27, 2017: Jeff Told Me I Could Do This
Posted by Boudreaux

The rumors are true!  There is more to Dear Diary and it is posted now!  Thanks to everyone that helped me get DD 29 out of my head and onto the screen.  Several people that reminded that the rather traumatic life changing events I have been through this summer actually give me more time to write now.  Anyhoo, hope you all enjoy the chapter.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

August 13, 2017: New Stuff!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

I just spent a decent amount of time importing some really cool stuff for you all to check out. The complete works of "Akeentia" and the solo works of "The Story Lover" have been on the to-do list for way too long and finally are on our site as well. In doing so, we have expanded the CSU Universe as well as adding The Dragon Earl universe, which has been a personal favorite for a long time. Hope you all have some fun with the new additions.

Oh, and because of these additions, we also have a new category for Poetry. Now if I could only write poetry... Hehehe!

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

August 5, 2017: CSU Beware!
Posted by JeffsFort

Alright, it is time once again to give CSU readers a heart attack. (Not literally, don't look at me like that :P)

Today after a loooooooong wait, Chapter 17 of "Sentenced to Life" is now finished, edited and believe it or not; up on the site! I've heard that very few people who heard that I was actually working on it were a little skeptical (You doubters! Hehehe!) and would only believe it if they saw it. Well, in the immortal words of Naruto Uzumaki (Okay, I'm letting my geek show again...) "Believe It!" I hope you all enjoy the read as the A.I. division stands down from the first of what will undoubtedly become many challenges.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

July 31, 2017: I gotta take english grammar again ;)
Posted by JeffsFort

So, I write my first little short story and think to myself; "I don't want to bother my editor over such a short piece of work. How many mistakes could there be in it after reading through it three times once it was done." The final tally wasn't given to me but, "The Story Lover" who is my editor and "The Eggman" who does a fresh read through and tweaks the rough stuff were not happy with what I posted. So, tonight I was sent a copy of a freshly edited short story and a strong recommendation to stop going all loose cannon on the site. Oh well, I tried ;)

"The Mezzanine" has been all cleaned up. I think it reads the same but you know all these perfectionists around here. Hehehe! (Actually it's looking great thanks to their efforts. Thank the team if you get a chance.)

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

July 17, 2017: Happy birthday to meeeeee...
Posted by JeffsFort

Yup, I got you all a present for my birthday. I know, I shouldn't have. LOL!

Actually, since I took today off work and had some free time to play around; I decided to put an ending on a short story I started a few months back. The story spawns from a kid who hit me up for change in a local Transit Station. Most of it is true, a bit of it made up to round out a story I can't possibly know all the angles to but, it was something that touched me that I wanted to share.

The next time someone asks you for help, how will you respond?

Look for "The Mezzanine" in the Short Stories menu or along with my other works

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

July 15, 2017: Just checking in...
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!


Wanted to check in and make sure everyone had fun and stayed safe over the holiday. I spent some quiet time with good friends here at the house and then the rest of the day with my on-line family. You would think that could be pretty dull but, we always have fun. Over the past couple of weeks, I have received quite a few emails asking questions, commenting, complimenting and even complaining about the Finale of "A Penny on the Train Tracks" and my second work within the ever expanding universe of our friends within the "Clan Short" which has always had a life of it's own. Based on some of the feedback, I may actually need to add to our F.A.Q. page under the features section here on the site. Keep an eye out for updates. If I do a huge one, I'll let you know with an announcement, otherwise; periodically keep an eye on that section for changes. (I heard you "MW", unfortunately updates in that section don't turn up under "New Chapters" automatically simply because they aren't chapters. I'll try to remember to bring it up at the next meeting and see if we can come up with an option of some sort ;)

My plans for the immediate future though include an almost completed chapter 17 of "Sentenced to Life", a couple of short stories that kinda rattled out of my head thanks to some real life situations in the new city I live in and a couple of ideas which need to remain in my head for the moment so everything else doesn't end out taking a back seat as is often the case when I'm involved. Thank-You so much for contacting me and for all of the encouragement that has actually overwhelmed me a little since my return. (In a good way, no worries!)

So until I have some real news, I'll get back to work and remember, if you have questions, comments, compliments and even (constructive) complaints; we all love to hear them so don't be shy. Your feedback is often the only "paycheck" an author receives for his work. (I know based on the last batch that I got, I really want to make you all happy with a new chapter soon!)

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com 

July 3, 2017: Independance Day!
Posted by JeffsFort

I hope everyone has some cool plans for July 4th. Some time with friends or family, cookouts and gatherings, fireworks and local events... It's a great day to get out and have fun and to celebrate our nation's independance as a huge, united family. Whatever your plans, I hope you make the best of your day and above all else, be safe.

I have no updates to report today for the site but can report that the next chapter of "Sentenced to Life" is taking shape, believe it or not. Soon we will be able to get a glimpse of what happened at our AI division after the attack forced the entirety of Clan Short to pull together. This viewpoint has been on hold for a very long time and finally, it's coming together. I can't set a date yet but, I'll do my best to make it soon.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com 

June 28, 2017: A new site feature!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Guys!

Just a quickie to let you know that our site designer is always busy in the background working on functionality. Often, it will be changes in the background that we can slip in without anyone really noticing but, I think this one is worth bringing your attention to. If you click on the "Stories" link above, it takes you to a page listing each and every story listed. A long scrolling page that goes on forever... Well, Akeentia has noticed that on some sites, you could scroll for a week (winks at the Cafe and Story Lover's Home) before finding the story that you are looking for so, he added a sort feature at the top of the page. If you want to read "Flight of the Destiny", click on "F" and it takes you right to it.

Seriously, I love this site and it's framework more than any other site I've ever maintained, and I hope you all agree that his hard work is really paying off :)

Thanks Akeentia!!!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -

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-

May 16, 2017: 24 hours...
Posted by JeffsFort

Well everyone, it's been just over 24 hours since we opened the doors and I gotta tell you, I am completely blown away at how much traffic this site has already seen. The nice thing about this new site (on my end) is that at any given time I can look at how many visits the site has seen and even see what is being read. It's so much easier to manage than any site I have ever worked with. (Once again, hat tip to the designer...) Not only was I floored with over 400 visits in less than 24 hours but it gave me a smile that a large percentage of those visits involved Chapter 8 of "A Penny on the Train Tracks", which after all this time is just awesome to see. I'll do what I can to get Chapter 9 up as quickly as I can once it comes back from the editor :) Thanks Everyone!

We also have to announce a scheduled service outage coming up in a few hours. (Sorry, didn't get a huge amount of notice on this one.) At 2am EST on 5/16 we will be offline for about 3 hours as our provider performs disk checks and what not. If we aren't back up by 6am EST we will...um... write a message on a wall somewhere to let you know what's going on ;)

Anyway, thank-you all for an awesome launch and for your understanding as this brand new site... decides it needs to take a nap already. (It's apparently even lazier than I am!)

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -

May 14, 2017: Grand reOpening!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

As you may have noticed over the past couple of days, JEFFSFORT.COM has undergone a seriously drastic change visably. Our old stories site has invaded our old family domain and I really like what the combination has created. After a ton of work and many voice chats with our tech guy, the final version of our stories site is ready for it's Grand Opening Celebration. (Almost all of it, actually.) I do have some surprises in store for you all and a small part of it is still on the way.

So, what are we launching today? Glad you asked :)

Works by our featured authors have been cleaned up and and a brand new navigation system has been created to make this site much more mobile friendly as well as easier to navigate. In the process of cleaning up older material, the CSU story "Sentenced to Life" has a brand new feature that thanks to our content management system was not realistic until now. A common complaint with STL was the fact that one of it's main characters is difficult to understand. I can't fix the early versions of his speech but, this new site is actually able to translate his speech once the character became stable. Just hover over the offending comment and it will now be translated for you. "Awdhough, I nod suwe why you wouwd need id." ;)

There is also a major release of new material to my first story. Started 13 years ago, I have finally completed "A Penny on the Train Tracks". Today, a chapter that has been on hold for ever (once again our characters were close to dying of starvation waiting for the new chapter to start) has now been posted and the final chapter is off to the editors and will go live as soon as it is ready. This is also a bit of a relaunch for both APTT and STL as I did go through and tweak some continuity issues and correct minor typos and things that have just been annoying me. If it's been a while since you read either, I'd suggest rereading the story but, it isn't absolutely needed. Anyway, The final conclusion of APTT is a few days away as well as an authors afterword. I'll let you know when it's here.

Those of you who have found your way in before the launch announcement, please feel free to take a look around at the new format and posted material. A family member went through an aweful lot of work to custom design a new content management system just for our family of sites and I feel it has made our work really shine. (To see the original site using this framework, be sure to visit http://paddedroom.us and be sure to read some of the best stories on the net while you are there!)

Thanks for visiting and "Happy Mother's Day"!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -

Don't forget to check out the newly renovated http://storylover.us for some truely amazing stories.