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Some of you might have noticed or caught the forums post announcements about some changes that I finally got around to making. I've tweaked how some story submission things happen, which doesn't really impact most of the visitors to the site but it DOES cut down on the number of things that bottleneck at my approval. It means both fan fiction and canon authors can start projects without me being online and ready to change some settings on their newly submitted story before they can do any editing or have their peers look at the story for feedback. That'll help the behind the scenes process lots.

I've re-arranged some of the menu and sidebar positions a little. The Login panel is now upper left and is there all the time, it SHOULD also now include a note that you have mail if you get a Private Message. 

Over on the right hand sidebar, you might have noticed that I added a little Sudoku panel. It interferes with some of the features in the forums, so I turned it off there... but if you're just killing time... now you can play Sudoku while waiting for the story deadline to happen.

I'm planning a few more fixes to the menu bars. I'd like to get everything organized in a way that doesn't need a drop down (like the one under Content) and I'd also like to get the User menu out of the left sidebar. It doesn't have much in it if you aren't an author or admin, anyway. So as soon as I figure out how to get the menu modules to do what I want them to, you can expect those to streamline some.

And, of course, continued thanks to Phoenix-Spiritus and Valentine and other fan fiction authors who have helped out with the migration of the story collection/archive to the new site. I think we might have passed 3/4 or even 4/5 transferred in the past couple days... and the list of remaining items to migrate gets visibly smaller almost every day. Please be sure to thank them for their help, I do what I can, but if these folks hadn't helped, we'd still be months away from being finished.

 

Finally... the main reason people show up for these Front Page News posts... today's story release. We're going to go with the continuation of Elrod's Combat Finale based mystery and the hunt for the gambling leak. That'll move us closer to the official end of the Spring semester and the arrival of a new class of freshman. So here is "Odds and Ends (Part 2)" ... if you are looking for Part 1, you can find it along with Part 2 in the Content->Canon Stories category list.

 

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We now have one group of teens settling in at their hotel for the evening in New York City... maybe. And its starting to look like they might escape to Whateley without getting involved in whatever events have been stirring up the hornets' nest. Well, we're not done with them yet. But first... let's introduce some more Gen 2 students! 

Here's "The Road to Whateley" from Bek and E.E. 

 

 

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Time keeps on slippin... in to the future....

And it's serious about it these days. Hard to believe its the end of January already. The month went by faster than I thought... as I discovered this morning when I found a couple late notices in my email for utility bills that I should have paid by last week. Oops. 

On the bright side, more time passed means more story releases. Today's content, from Elrod (with bits and pieces from a number of us, including some folks not on the canon list), is a piece called "Odds and Ends" ... and it's a bit of an end of semester wrap up, with some combat finals and end of school year stuff to finalize things so we can move on to the new school year. You can, as usual, find this story over in the Content->Canon Stories section. Enjoy!