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  1. Working for everyone now? 🙂 Let me know
  2. Hey @Mynoris what would you want your category to be called? A Time Before? I will make it that for now but let me know if you want the title changed, and we'll give this a shot. I think your category should be set up so you can post in it but normal members can't (only members with the subgroup Serial Authors, of which you are the only one right now), but let me know if you find differently!
  3. kherezae

    Mega Resource Dump

    Fair question 😛 For me I think I'd wait until I ran into something tricky, like a character who just didn't feel right, and then browse the related category (so in that case, Character). It'd be really ambitious to try to look through it all!
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    Relatable
  5. Only the Flash Fic Saturday prompts are "restricted" to being stories of 500 words or so. The other days they could just be a plot bunny, or a detail about a character, or something like that. If you peek at the events from the first week of the month you'll see some examples in the comments! :)
  6. I keep running into this >< If I copy an event to make a new one, sometimes it loses the images I attach to the copy... but never right away, when I could easily check it. Always a day or so later. Gah. Anyway hopefully this fix keeps, haha.
  7. Merry Christmas if you celebrate it! Hope you have a wonderful day either way 🙂 Many of us will probably be quite busy, so how about a very short mini-challenge? Give me one paragraph of completely out of context prose. It can be based on the prompts below, or just something you're proud of that you've already written! Post it as a comment here. Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the (completely optional) prompts:
  8. Happy Christmas Eve if you celebrate it, and Happy Holidays either way! Today's the last official day of Advent, although there will be a Christmas bonus tomorrow. For our final character exercise, give us something about a character related to the theme of hope. You may use one or both of the prompts below to help inspire you. If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 24' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 24th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the prompts:
  9. For our final Magic Sunday, please tell us something about a magic system or magical occurrence that is relevant to the theme of hope! You may use one or both of the prompts below to help inspire you. If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 23' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 23rd, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the prompts:
  10. Last Advent Saturday! Wow, time flies. Your task is to write a flash fic with the theme of hope. You may use one or both of the prompts below to help inspire you. Share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 22' so I can find it. Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 22nd, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the prompts:
  11. This is our last Writer's Choice set of prompts for Advent season! That means you can tell us about a plot, a character, a worldbuilding element, or write us a story -- get creative and do whatever inspires you! Your theme is hope. You may use as many of the prompts below as you'd like to help inspire you. If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 21' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 21st, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the prompts:
  12. For our final Mythos Thursday, please tell us something about a piece of world mythos that is relevant to the theme of hope! Maybe it's a god, or maybe an old legend... anything like that will work. You may use one or both of the prompts below to help inspire you. If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 20' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 20th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the prompts:
  13. The final theme for the Advent Challenges is hope. Today we've got a plotting exercise; give us a plot seed, plot bunny, barebones plot idea, or even a quick story involving the theme of hope! You may use one or both of the prompts below to help inspire you. If you write fic, share it in the library and tag it with 'advent day 19' so I can find it. Otherwise, feel free to leave it as a comment here! Like the other advent events, there's no hard deadline on this. Try to get it done December 19th, but if you need to do it early or late -- well, better to participate than not! Keep track of all the Advent challenges here! Here are the prompts:
  14. First of all, as with your 2018 accomplishments post, you've done a lot here of translating very difficult, heart-breaking things into something more productive, and I think that's amazing. I think you're a brilliantly resilient person! And so kind and positive. ❤️ Secondly I'm quoting that particular bit because YAY! I can't wait! 🙂
  15. Omg this is amazing! You're amazing!
  16. @LivvyMoore Awww same ❤️ Yeah, that does sound like a rough year! But it's amazing that you've taken so many positives even out of the hard stuff. I hope next year is smoother sailing and leads to tons of productive work on Sapphire Dreaming and Metanoia. I also got a Switch this year! Currently my husband is obsessed with Smash Bros 😛 I'm a huge Zelda fan, though, so I definitely went hardcore geek on Breath of the Wild for a couple months!
  17. That's so great! Congratulations!
  18. @Penguinball, you've got some real neat ones on your list, like the stagecoach ride! Also, I'm sure the experience with your mom was challenging and awful while you were going through it 😞 It's cool that you got something out of it beyond the hard memories. @Manu that's a lot of things, and such a cool analysis of how so many different things in you life have impacted your writing! It's so interesting that you never really thought of it before, but that in investigating the question you were able to recognize so many different ways your life experiences have influenced you as a writer. Also, like I mentioned in mine, I learned Korean, so I'm keenly aware of the challenges of using a non-native language, and can I just say that I'm super impressed that I doubt I'd have any idea your native language isn't English without the little note in your signature?!
  19. When you think back, do any of your past experiences stick out as things that have or will impact your writing? Are there any that you thought at the time or right after the experience "Wow this is going (to help) in a book someday"? Any that you didn't think much of at the time, but in retrospect have had an influence on your writing? Some examples for me: Taekwondo. I didn't really think about it at the time, but practicing taekwondo or another combat sport can help with understanding things like combat fatigue, adrenaline, etc. That time I as an atheist (more of an agnostic now) fell for a Christian guy, and though it never really mattered in my case I wondered what it would be like for a devout Christian and staunch atheist to fall in love, and wanted to write that story. Military basic training. I went in knowing it would be an experience that could help me understand characters with a military background, military organizations, etc. Learning Korean, visiting Korea on language immersion; I actually thought these would be more influential than they have been so far, although I'm sure they've helped with my grasp on foreign cultures in worldbuilding. Horseback riding over Thanksgiving break, for sure. Nothing like experiencing it for real to help with writing about characters on horseback. I got polygraphed Monday and just... that experience is going to help in a story someday, I know it xD And I'm sure every relationship I've had, every job I've had, everything will contribute in some way, but those are the things that stand out to me at the moment! You?
  20. Huh. I've read almost everything Brandon Sanderson has written (he's my favorite author but I'm a little behind), and as a neurotypical I never really noticed him representing neurodivergence in his work. Which just goes to show, I think, that including neurodivergent characters deepens the world and characterization, but doesn't alienate neurotypical readers. Or at least shouldn't! And if it does, it's probably because someone with a bias caught wind of the presence of neurodivergence in the story and more or less decided to take issue with it. >< People are ridiculous. I think Brandon Sanderson's work is a particularly cool case, though. It kind of shows that neurodivergence isn't as hard to understand or relate with as some people make it out to be. And that window into someone else's life and the ways it differs from your own is really valuable. It's discussed in fandom whether Sherlock Holmes is an unspoken autistic character. He does have certain traits common to some cases of autism. It's a complicated topic though, and there's nothing in canon that I know of to "prove" whether he is neurodivergent.
  21. I agree with you; that's the way it is and will remain. (I mean, it's visible to guests in the sense that they can see that it exists, but they can't read stories in any section except the public one.) If no one feels strongly that they'd be more comfortable if Newbies can't read the members only sections of the Library until they hit 15 posts, then we can leave it the way it is now, no problem! Just wanted to check, because I know how it is to be worried that someone might take your work, and when the only thing protecting your work from view is registering with a valid email... well some people would prefer a better buffer than that.
  22. Hm, good point. I could change the algorithm so only accounts who haven't logged in for that long and also who have never posted at all are sorted into the Purge group if that would help. If they've never posted at all, there's really nothing to save, after all, so maybe it would be worth sending those members a warning and then deleting their accounts.
  23. We could just archive inactive ones, sure. Also they will be visible in the archive, yes, you just wouldn't be able to post on them. Additionally we have a feature I haven't activated yet, which is the ability to bump topics, that would be perfect for this. I've just enabled that feature for members to bump their own topics once daily (if no one has posted in it that day) in the Brainstorming, Feedback, and Published Members forums. 100 days is over 3 months, which is why I thought it might be reasonable for having not even visited, and 200 days is over 6 months, which is a long time not to post. Left to my own devices I'd at least give a warning of account deletion in X days if they don't log in at that point, and then give them a month or more to at least poke their head in and say they still exist before deleting. But I also disappeared for months at a time when I was learning Korean, so... hm. Making member stats permanently visible would be tricky, but I could certainly just post a summary periodically for curiosity's sake! That's a good point about not deleting accounts. Maybe it could be something like every 3 to 6 months of total inactivity we just shoot out an email reminding you we exist :p I didn't keep all you wrote about the Newbies group in the quote, but I get where you're coming from overall, and it's definitely a factor that not being able to view stories might be a major let down for new members. Maybe sending out a request for more members to post public work would help, not sure? Also, at this time I have no way of working out an auto-promote based on reviewing something in the Library, but you're right, it's probably not critical if they have to wait less than a day for the promotion. I can definitely alter the Forms topic to make more sense at first glance. I just liked the pagination because it allowed me to link specifically to each form, but that's totally not necessary, in the end. I'll adjust that this evening. I can add more options to the beta reader survey, but I don't think it's a great idea as it will just clutter the search process for beta readers. Although... I could maybe create an additional field where you can multi-select the elements you're interested in working on for beta reading... I'll investigate that when I can. I agree with both points. Like you I tend toward deleting/tidying, but you're right, it doesn't gain us anything.
  24. Like an idiot I missed this in permissions! Thanks @Manu for the catch, should be working now!
  25. Partly based on recent member suggestions and partly because it's something that has been floating in the back of my mind for a while, I shuffled the member groups around a bit today, creating a Newbies group for members who have contributed fewer than 15 items of content (topics, comments, stories, articles, etc) that automatically promotes to Member once you hit 15 content. I also had the site shuffle members into two inactive groups if they haven't been around. Members who haven't logged in for 60+ days and haven't posted content for 100+ days were put in the Inactive member group. Members who haven't logged in for 100+ days and haven't posted content for 200+ days were put in the Prune member group. We'll be discussing what to do with these differentiated groups as Staff. There's the potential that those in the Prune member group might be deleted permanently, but we haven't had time to discuss that and decide yet, so we'll see. If you have any input on the matter, please let us know in a comment! Anyway, the shuffling led to some permissions gaps for a little bit, so if you couldn't access part of the forum temporarily, my bad! Should be fixed, but let me know if you run into any problems. Additionally, I added new guidelines and forms in the Feedback / Beta Reading forum (originally the Find a Beta forum) and archived the Submissions & Review forum. So here are some questions up for discussion that we could use input on. Do you think it would be good to delete the accounts of people who haven't logged in for over 100 days/posted for over 200 days? There's no member list on this software; would you be curious to see our active Members vs Newbies vs Inactive and Purge members now that they've been sorted based on activity? (I ask because I'd be curious lol) Currently Newbies cannot see inside the Brainstorming subforum and can't post their own topics (but can reply to topics) in the Feedback subforum until they're auto-promoted at 15 content items posted. Currently they can see anything posted in the Library, but we could change that. This is to provide a little buffer where new members have to participate in the community a little before they can access members' personal story ideas and before they can request specific feedback on their work. What do you think about these limitations? Would you suggest keeping them in a sort of "Guest View" of the Library until they promote to full membership? Alternatively we could add a Newbie Friendly Library category, but that might be overkill...? @Penguinball suggested that in addition to the 15 content minimum requirement, Newbies need to review something in the Library in order to gain full membership. Something like this is doable, but has downsides too; if there's no admin online for a few hours around the time a member fulfills that requirement, they'll have to wait until an admin notices to receive their promotion. What do we think? Worth it? Should there be some other requirement(s) or alternative options, such as posting a writing resource, posting an introduction, etc? If we limit Newbie access to the Library, how would this be impacted? How do the new Feedback / Beta Reading forms and guidelines look? Anything you would recommend changing or adding? @Penguinball also suggested a sort of purge of the Feedback forum at the first of the year, archiving old threads and essentially re-surveying members to see who's actively willing to be a beta reader/provide feedback. This is what we have at the moment as our best means of determining our beta reader population. What do you think? Any suggestions? As a note I'm going to try to find a way to make a page that essentially shows those search results plus a snippet of the member's Beta Reading tab on their profile, but I'm not sure yet whether I'll be able to. Any other thoughts or feedback you have are more than welcome! I was more long-winded than I intended to be; apologies!
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