BigCloset is currently being a roller-coaster.

We are working on things as fast as we can, but the server can’t keep up.

We are adding a CDN/Caching system external to our server (cloudflare) and are having issues with it.

We will keep you up to date.

Hi Everyone!

As you know, we were working on getting a new server to replace our current server. Well today, one of the HDD’s failed on that server.

We have backups and data, and are currently working on moving the site to a different server.

This is not our new server (which we haven’t purchased yet) but one of out other servers that normally hosts other sites.

We will update here periodically as we make progress on getting the site back online.

-Piper, Joyce, Cat and BigCloset Staf

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Hi Everyone!
Cat and I have been working very hard on adding some new features and “usability” additions to LG Tales.

Probably the “biggest” and “newest” update to the site, is our new “Table of Contents” feature.

In the image provided you can see that the story “For My Princess” (a clickable link that takes you to the first chapter of the story) by “Cat Lochley” (a clickable link that takes you to Cat’s story page) is available not only to read online, but also to be downloaded as an ePub ebook. You can see that the story was last updated on the 16th of Febuary, 2012.

Cat has provided a nice summary, and book cover image for her story. You can see by the table of contents that “Chapter 1″ is a ‘clickable link’ that will take you to that chapter, that there is currently “1 Review” for that chapter (also a clickable link) and that chapter 1 is 2704 words long.

You can see that the story takes place in the Pre-Victorian era (sometime before 1837) and that there are no content “Warnings”.

The primary Attributes of the story are “Caught with Consequences” and “Sweet and Sentimental” and that it’s currently rated for “All Visitors”.

While the story is currently “Not Completed” you will see that it is over 48,000 words long already, and has had over 13,000 reads.

I hope this little primer has encouraged some of you to come visit our site, and experience some new stories, for those authors out there, please don’t forget that we currently have a Story Challenge running!

And last but not least, for all those littles that feel lost here @ BigCloset, don’t forget that we have a full Bulletin Board / Forum for you to discuss your Story Stuff , Inner Thoughts , or just Random Stuff too! (but you need to Register and Login to see most of the Forums )

-P/KAF/PT

P.S. incase I didn’t mention the url enough above, here it is again :) LG Tales — Stories

For those of you that love to read your stories offline on your .ePub compatible eBook reader (iPad, iPhone, Android, B&N Nook, Sony eReader, etc) you can now download .ePub versions of any of the stories currently posted @ TGFiction.Net thanks to a new modules we installed called ePubVersion. ePubVersion is a great little module that creates an .ePub book from either a single chapter, or all available chapters of a story and gives you a file named “Story_Title_[x"].epub” (for single chapters, x=the chapter number, for multiple chapters, x = the range of chapters available. This initial v0.7 release of the module does not currently support images, but the next version should support an option of downloading with or without images!

To use this new feature, just visit any available story, and click on “Story” or “Chapter” next to the “ePub” icon right under the “DisplayWord” icon in the top left corner of the page.

Please let us know your thoughts and feelings about this module, and let us know of any other features you would like us to add!

-HuGgLeS-
-P/KAF/PT

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!