Hi, I know it’s been a few months since I posted here, but things are and have been, moving forward.

We are currently expanding this blog to include several pages of information that we feel would be helpful to authors. These pages will include information on various school systems in various countries with explanatory information to help those authors that are writing about areas they don’t have much experience with.

We are also working to add Forums to this site, in a way that won’t compromise it’s current lack of spam, and at the same time, give users/authors/readers the ability to ask questions.

As for general site info, we have begun work on an eFiction and Drupal ePub export module that will allow you to download your favorite stories in ePub ebook format (Compatible with Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, MobiPocket, etc) with a single click. This module will go into play first @ TGFiction.Net, then LGTales, then the code will be released to the public once we are happy with it’s performance.

LG Tales is still suffering with “bridge” issues, but we are working on a solution that we hope to have running soon.

TGF is picking up slightly as one of our favorite authors has decided to rejoin our ranks, and is being very generous with her posting.

Please authors, post your stories to TGFiction.Net! If you have any problems, send us an email using the “Contact Us” links located all over the site, or leave a comment on this blog. We will do everything we can to help!

-HuGgLeS-
-P/KAF/PT

Well, before we get down to the updates at other sites, I thought I’d let everyone know, that LG Tales is OPEN!

Well, it’s BETA Open.

What this means is that we are allowing user sign ups, and story posting, and have begun importing our list of stories and authors that we already have permission to post.

What this also means is that what you see now, may not be what you see in a month, or even a week, or even a few days.

Things change fast. We find issues, or figure out how to make something better, and we fix it/change it.

It’s a lot of work to build a new fiction community, and we are trying to use our experiances from other sites to build tight knit niche community for those that only want to read the more innocent, mostly G rated stories as opposed to the X rated fiction that seems to have started dominating many fiction sites.

We have nothing against the more adult fiction sites, in fact, we applaud them for everything they do, heck, we even run one! But we decided there was a need for a different kind of place for people that didn’t have to worry about a story being correctly tagged with the right rating.

Now, this is not to say that there will never be stories with some more adult situations on LGT. We are mostly trying to weed out the one-handed-kink that to many of us, is like SPAM.

Now for the more mundane updates…

Due to the fact that one of the authors @ TGF seemed to be gathering a fair amount of spam comments on one of his stories, we took a day or so out of LGT development, and integrated an automagic spam filter into the comment system @ TGF. This new system shouldn’t look ANY different to normal users, and what it does is this. Every time you submit a review, TGF sends a copy of the review, along with your IP address and browser information to AKISMETAKISMET then takes the information, compares it to their database of known spam, and does it’s best to tag it as SPAM or not. If it comes back as spam, the poster is notified, and the comment is stored but NOT shown. The next step in the process is for an Administrator to check the postings marked as “SPAM” and verify their status.

This system was implemented using AKISMET and the AKISMET PHP 5 class by Alex. The next revision of our system will allow Authors to tag reviews as spam, just in case the AKISMET system misses one, but we are still working on a system to make sure that an author can’t exploit the system by marking all comments they don’t like as spam.

As of right now, this system is only implemented on TGF but it will be moved to LGT as soon as it’s fully finished. We will also be releasing this mod back to the eFiction community.

Now just so you know I haven’t forgotten, HUGGLEBUGS is on our list of things to do. It IS important to us, we just seem to be really busy lately.

Oh, and in case you didn’t know, you can now follow The StoryPortal Fiction Network ( SPFN ) on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/spfn ). Not only will you get news updates from this site, but you will get STORY UPDATES from LG Tales and TGFiction.Net and even HuggleBugs.Net when it’s back online!

Work on the LGT site has stalled once again.

Partially due to waiting for new software for a bit, but also because I had to do a lot of server work lately.

Firstly there was the rocky upgrade that caused us to move from Amanda, to Amanda2, to Amanda3 (server names).

Then there was the OS and Software upgrade of another server I manage for someone else. Which actually helps me pay for our primary server.

So I’ve had a lot of good excuses.

I have done some good work in my opinion on skinning a “Joomla” version of the LGT site should in fact we choose to go with the Joomla/eFiction bridge, so the fact that PHP-Fusion/eFiction bridge is already themed no longer makes a big difference. I was able to mostly duplicate the style of the PHP-Fusion theme in the Joomla theme for those that have seen one or the other, or both…

Once the j!fiction (Joomla/eFiction bridge) is installed and running I will let a larger group of “alpha testers” in to view the sites to see what others think of each offering.

N-E-Ways, that’s the news for now.

Oh, for those that haven’t noticed I installed new submission/advanced search forms @ TGFiction.Net that were a work product of code I wrote for LGTales, so the new site is definitely helping the old sites TOO!

-Piper/Kirstyn Amanda Fox/PiggilyTails

Well things are progressing @ LGTales

You might not notice anything, as that big “firewall” of sorts is still up, but we are quite possibly going to SoftOpen or do a Technical Preview in the next week or so.

There are still a few small bugs, and a few quite large ones too, but we have started working on gathering approval to post some lovely stories, and have for the time being settled on a site format.

-HuGgLeS- and check back often!

-P/KAF/PT

LG Tales Cast of Charcters - The Girls

LG Tales Cast of Charcters - The Girls

P.S. The HuggleBugs MySQL database got corrupted during all the server moves a couple weeks back, and I hope have it restored, and the site working again shortly.

Still slow moving @ LG Tales… I’m waiting on something I’m afraid will never come…

I’ve been doing a bit of work on the graphic portions of the site, since I can’t do any of the “structural” work…

AND

Other than that… Not much….

I need to get some work done on TGF, but I’ve been mostly useless the last week or so…

I need to get HuggleBugs Updated…

Hey, FictionMania is back.. YaY! (not really yay, but oh well)

-P/KAF

Progress has all but halted on the LGTales site whilst we wait on a new bit of software to arrive… The author has promised to be releasing a new version soon, and I don’t want to get the site built with what we have now, only to dump everything and switch shortly in…

There is an update for the software that runs TGF that I need to run. IT’s a bugfix…. Someone recently complained about issues posting a new story, but others don’t seem to be having the issue, so I sent off the directions I wrote for how to post a story using the WYSIWYG editor….

I need to add stories to HuggleBugs site… There are quite a few to add. I’ve been taking a personal break from everything unless it’s been emergency work. We’re coming up on 1 year since this world lost Kim, and it’s just hard. It’s already been more than 1 year since she was in this house w/ me…

-Sighs-

Pickles and I and some friends will be in Michigan City on June 11th, 2009 to remember her. Check my personal blog for soon to be posted details if you want to join us.

That’s about all I have for now. Sorry for the lack of visualy noticeable updates recently, but the servers have needed some emergency work, and I’ve needed some Piper time.

-P/KAF/PT
The sometimes lonely lil girl, surrounded by friends.

I’ve been doing even MORE work @ HuggleBugs.Net

Quite a few stories have been added… I chose to use the built in Story stuff with a few modifications. I will add RSS Feeds for HuggleBugs stories @ BCTS and TGF to another page. I will also add links to all other known sites where HuggleBugs stories exists..

I’m also toying with an idea suggested by a few of you, of a “Editor Connection” type site… Right now, it looks like said site might happen, in cooperation with BCTS and Stardust 🙂

Stay tuned for more info!

-P/KAF