Here's a new piece from one of our new authors, Fiddlerfox. It's called "Fox Tails"... and it IS theoretically possible to say the name without singing it as though it were about ducks. But I haven't managed yet. But the story has no ducks and is a fun read, so Enjoy! And don't forget about feedback... the site doesn't run on them, but the authors do.
Today's story is one many people have been waiting for, have asked for. There has been a lot of speculation and ideas over how this story might play out discussed in forums and discord but that certainly makes it no less welcome. So, returning after a long hiatus, Branwen (formerly writing under the name Dr Bender) brings you this week's piece: "Dissonance"
I'd give the usual reminder to comment/post feedback... but something tells me the forums are going to explode over this one. Especially when people see on the byline that it is a Sara Waite story. Enjoy!
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We’ve got an announcement to make that’s been in the works for some time. We’re welcoming
Polk Kitsune EnemyofFun ShadowedSin FiddlerFox
as probationary Canon Authors… We’ve been impressed by what they’ve shown us and know that you will be as well. As we continue to evaluate authors, in this ongoing process, we expect more to be added from time to time and we’ll be making more announcements in the future.
Today’s release is a New Gen 1 story by ShadowedSin called Scald Crow 1: The Rocky Road to Whateley (Part 1).
Apologies again for the past few weeks of nothing new to share. We have some Gen 2 from Wasamon for you today.... Part 5 of "Dorms of Our Lives" and some additional things in the pipeline for the near future. We are also getting closer to revealing some new canon characters and storylines, as wsell as the new members of the cabal respoonsible for penning them.
I'm sorry to annouce that there is nothing available in the pipeline ready for release. It isn't the first time in our 15 years of producing stories for the community, but it is the first time in a while... maybe the first time since we moved to the new site?
We are working to prevent this being a long term problem, in part by recruiting several candidates for our author team. Some very good people have stepped up to audition and we expect their work to be very welcome, though their first work will be delayed/slowed as they also learn more about the universe behind the scenes.
In the meantime, if you missed it.. E.E. added one of his older stories "Belle of the Ball" to the Whateley library section. pre-Whateley super-powers. Worth a reread, even, if like me you havent seen it for more than 15 years.
The craziness of September continues... this time not work, but other fun and excitement. The past couple days have resulted in a bit of extra work for my new tablet because my main desktop system had its monitor fail. Which is a first for me. As if that weren't fun enough, I got word that my landlord is going to finish renovations on the building... which means I'm moving out. Fortunately, I have 60 days... but I'll still be looking for somewhere new for the first time in twelve years.
Our pipeline is a bit bare this week.. so I've dug out the first part of something I've been working on to share with all of you. It's something that takes place in Elrod's MAU universe that I'm calling "Noblesse Oblige." I hope you enjoy this first part of it. It can be found down in the Newest Non-Canon Stories list... or back in the Library collection under Miscellaneous stories.
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One of the down sides of living where I do is the lack of the traditional four seasons. We have a two month period which is either 'amazing' (clear blue skies, temps between 90-100 with little humidity) weather or so-damn-hot-the-world-is-on-fire (105-110, moderate humidity), we have another eight months in which the weather is really quite lovely...(70-85, blue skies, little humidity), and then a month or so there the temperature drops down and its overcast about half the time and we get some rain (55-70, mixed levels of cloud, rain 3-4 days a week). One of the nice parts of our regular cycle is that nights follow a desert / dry climate principle... a 95-100 degree afternoon will drop below 80 by 10 pm and will hit 58-60 degrees at 4 or 5 in the morning before sunrise starts to push the temperature back up. During the rainy part of the year, those nights might push as low as 40... but its rare to get much closer to freezing than that.
For many people, this is pretty close to paradise for these reasons. But it does mean that I miss out on two things I've always loved. One of those is the Thunderstorm. Growing up in PA, we had some great storms... but where I really got my taste for them was the times I've spent in Florida (in the 80's at NTC Orlando, which no longer exists... and post-grad school about fifteen years ago, in Sarasota). Very little I enjoy more than sitting out on a sun porch in a storm with lightning flying around like mad, an ocean dropping out of the sky, and wind blasting through every screen window.
But I DO have a childhood full of years of growing up in Western PA where the seasons include a snow covered winter and transitory seasons of spring and fall between the extremes. And Fall in western PA is pretty spectacular. If you've ever been in the Appalachian's (or anywhere with a huge number of deciduous trees - oak, maple, aspen, etc), you know what I'm talking about. Add in the ability to dress in rugged outdoorsy clothing without it being too hot for comfort... the potential for fog and frost... and it really is my favorite season.... if I could just have Fall + thunderstorms on alternating days with Sacramento summer days any time I want to visit the pool/beach... but that's probably only likely to happen in one location as a result of climate craziness... so many I shouldn't push for it. :P
Ok... weather talk set aside. For this week's content release, we're going to go back to Wasaman and the Gen 2 storyline. The story is "Dorms of Our Lives, Season 5" and this is Part 4. Enjoy! And don't forget to comment or write feedback in the forums.
Remember that while we welcome use Discord for community discussion, the recommended way to thank the authors is always going to be through comments and feedback threads, so they can look back and see history/discussions