There's a List
There is a nice long list of work in progress, between the Gen 1 and 2 authors... as well as some Library pieces (El's got a MAU piece he's been showing around and E.E. has some more of his Star Wars story in the works). And Morpheus has several pieces ready for Summer to be over and the timeline clock moves us into year 2. Unfortunately, none of it is currently in the feedback/complete stage today for me to release. Check back tomorrow or Wednesday... there might be one or two things that aren't on the list that we can release late.
On the 'good news' side of things, JG popped in for a visit this week and has some things he's interested in working on when he gets caught up a bit - including potentially a conclusion to Caitlyn's story, and more on the Grunts and Outcasts. We also heard (less publically) from Maggie this week, who has been struggling with some health issues and is now doing better.
We're adding some Artwork to the site: which explains the ferret invasion in the left sidebar. I haven't quite pinned down a means of submitting art directly to the gallery at this time, so for the meantime please insert it in a forum post in the Fanart suggestion thread and I'll get it copied to the right location.
I've also added some places to put offsite links for recommended places in a couple categories: Webcomics, Fiction, TG Fiction, and Writing Sites. Authors have access to a submission panel for new links, anyone else that thinks we should link someplace... poke an author. I also set up a fifth category of links called "Sponsors"... that category will be for those sites that put up a Whateley Academy ad on their site, buy an ad on ours, or financially support us in some way.
Thanks all and remember to check in for the possibility of a late release!
And its Tuesday and here's a great big late release. It's not Whateley Academy, but it weighs in just shy of 50k words. Enjoy Part 1 of "Longing" the First Book in the Cylsteth written by Phoenix-Spiritus. It's over in the Library, under Unique Fantasy like Nagrij's "Dim Prisons and Drakes".
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November... so soon?
I just realized that it is November... already. Tomorrow everyone votes. In a couple weeks we eat Turkey and then the holiday decorations start going up... and another year will have flown by. It's not... surprising, I suppose. When we are young, a year is such a large amount of time compared to the body of our memories and experience... at ten, it's a whole tenth of our life, perhaps as much as twenty percent of our functional memory and experience. By our twenties, a single year no longer seems such a large factor... after all, a year only adds another 5-6% to the total body of our experience at that point... though we gain so much in our maturity/adulthood at that stage, as a year at twenty is perhaps a third of our total time on our own, outside of high school. But by our thirties, even leaving out our childhood years, a year is a small fraction of our total lifespan. By fortyfive or fifty, half of our lifetime has been as an adult and a new year worth of experiences is less than five percent of the time we've been an adult.. let alone been alive.
So the years, as we accumulate experience, seem to race forward ever faster... making it harder for a given moment to mean as much... for something new to overturn habits and experiences already engrained. Sad... and frightening... and worth contemplating. If we could discard years of our experiences... shed memories that aren't important to our nature but serve as anchors in time and create this perspective of new years flying by... could we regain our control over this passage of time? Turn the passage of a year into something meaningful again? A significant amount of time, in which each day, encounter, and idea is relevant in ways that are lost when held in perspective to a half century of living?
For your reading pleasure today, I'd like to bring up the next part (Part 2) of Nagrij's Fantasy piece for the Library. This section of "Dim Prisons and Drakes" runs from chapter 6 through chapter 9 of this piece. You can find a link to it over in the Latest Articles list at the top of the right hand sidebar, or in the Library section under Stories... in the sub-category "Unique Fantasy." Enjoy!
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Halloween is my favorite holiday (that's today, by the way, in case you are caught up in work and hadn't realized it). It happens in my favorite season of the year and its one of the few I try to take time to celebrate. Part of that is the whole pagan thing... part of it is that I just like costumes and masks
For those who haven't been visiting the forums this week, we've been having a bit of a discussion about reader / fan traffic and what things we can do (all of us, not just the site admin and authors) to bring more people to visit the site. Some people raised concerns with the glare caused by a white background, so we're playing around with an offwhite background. We might move away from our traditional blue and white to find something that gives us both a cohesive look and can still be functional in that way. We've tried to do some clarifying of the fan fiction policies... that there aren't any rigorous (or even very time consuming) restrictions on getting a story posted in either the forums (the lowest tier of visibility) or the open WhatIF level (the middle level). Yes, the top level (Featured WhatIF) stories DO have to undergo a lot more effort; but the end result is meant to put these stories on a pedestal. And the effort is relative to that (and equivalent to what the canon authors are required to do).
We've also chatted a bit about how it is difficult to get good feedback... something that is easier, of course, when the population is larger and more active. We talked about advertising/promoting the site through the interwebs... and other things. If you have an interest and ideas on keeping this community alive, healthy, and growing; please drop in and join the conversation.
In some of our recent releases, things have gotten somewhat dark. And one of the brighter, sillier groups of students was put through a period of rough times. But today's story should help reassure you. Wondercute might have taken a bit of a beating... but what these girls start endures... and even years later, Whateley Academy (in the 2nd Generation timeline) still has a group dedicate to all things cute and fluffy. Enjoy Morpheus' "Following the Path of Cute." You'll find it via the Latest articles panel... or in the Gen 2 story collection.
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