If you go here, looking for BigCloset TopShelf, Please check the blog on our front page. StoryPortal Fiction Network

WE are NOT REPLACING BigCloset with this site. This is just a place for you to find information about our current outage while we FIX the server.


-Piper, Erin, Cat and Peeps.

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  1. Shin Eris on February 18, 2014 at 1:06 am said:

    Keep up the good work, guys. Hope to see BC up and running. ^_^

  2. Melange on February 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm said:

    Thank you for all your hard work untangling the data base! I wouldn’t know what’s involved in it, but I just imagine a room with a thousand unrolled balls of yarn all mixed together like a psychedelic noodle soup.

    Can we mail you cakes as a show of appreciation? Or, can we tell you about how delicious the cake is, so you can enjoy it by proxy? 🙂

  3. Big Sally on February 19, 2014 at 12:30 am said:

    Is FICTIONMANIA down now too ???

  4. Big Sally: It appears to be working just fine. I just got finished reading a story there that Elrod published in December.

  5. Please don’t take these questions as criticism, I am only asking out of curiosity…and confusion?

    The confusion: why are you having to perform data recovery from a failing/failed disk drive when you have backups to restore from? I mean, you did say in your blog, “We are currently transferring backups of BigCloset to outside servers.”

    A suggestion: have you heard of Norton Ghost, the HDD image archiver/backup solution/cloning tool? It supports (has optimizations for) several file systems, and has a raw sector-by-sector mode for everything else. It doesn’t just save files, it saves data structures, boot sectors, partition tables, and everything else necessary to fully restore a bootable drive, or to create one on a new HDD, even if the new drive is larger than the source drive (this last may not work in raw mode, but it does for supported file systems). It also comes with a Windows Explorer-like utility that can extract files and directories from a Ghost image file. This utility has saved me enormous amounts of pain, grief, time and work on more than one occasion! I know it is no use to you this time, but maybe for next time?

    Finally, some humour (I hope). Someone once posted to a techie forum to describe the noises (“click of death”) his failing HDD was making, and asked what he could use it for after he finished installing a replacement. Two of the more common suggestions were: doorstop, paperweight…

  6. HopeEternalReigns on February 19, 2014 at 11:37 am said:

    Hey DK,

    That is a very cool site. The iPhone looks and acts like the real thing.

    with love,


  7. The backups were corrupted, we screwed up. Norton Ghost is a Windows tool, we wouldn’t use Windows on a server if Microsoft gave us a free pony. There are similar tools for Linux but stuff can still go wrong and in this case, it did.

  8. Lora Guy on February 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm said:

    Any news?

  9. Lora Guy on February 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm said:

    What I mean is… is the site salvageable?

  10. Lora, Erin has been posting updates on the blog section of the site. You can find it by clicking the ‘BLOG’ link at the beginning of this post.

    The last update was from last evening and reads:

    TUESDAY EVENING: We’ve got the site 98% recovered, we just have to get some details done so that all the stories are accessible. Tomorrow sometime is beginning to look more than just possible.

  11. Katie Leone on February 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm said:

    I would have liked to have OEM posted by now, but good things come to those who wait. Tanya introduced a new book on Amazon for those craving something good to read. I hear the new one is pretty good too.

    I’m sure Joyce is working like a mad scientist trying to get everything together and saying things like “I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue” (airplane). Just relax, sit tight, it will be back. Are the old sites running at all? Like classic?

  12. Gwen Boucher on February 20, 2014 at 3:35 am said:

    Hi Erin: Just wanted to let you know again how much I appreciate your hard work. Thank You.

    I just got word tonight that I am Kleinfelders XXY. This is so much validation and I am so excited. I just had to tell someone. 🙂


  13. We all have a stake in BC. It’s quite easy to say, “You don’t contribute stories or money, so take a hike.” That would be easy . . . and wrong. Writers need readers. Givers need a place that will accept.

    If there is any good in this outage it is a moment to reflect on how much BC means to so many.

    It’s unfortunate that you can’t publish the Amazon link. I would have made a contribution by now and will make a contribution as soon as that link is available.

    Thank you for your efforts. Feel comforted by how much you’re needed.

    Jill (Angela Rasch)

  14. Liz (momonoimoto) on February 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm said:

    It really does mean a lot, this little corner of the web. You do so much, and we don’t give you half the support you deserve for it. All I have to offer right now is my thanks and best hopes that things from here out will go smoothly!

  15. Rachel N. (a.k.a. Ragtime Rachel) on February 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm said:

    I’ll make a deal with you, OK? Get BC up and running again and I’ll actually submit a complete story. I’m too hooked on your site, and care too much for the people there, to see it go under now.

    Well, that and I’m dying to see how Raff01’s Through The Years saga turns out. =)

  16. I must have been dreaming, but I’m sure that in the early hours of the morning Big Closet was back.

    If you’ve had a relapse, please be strong!

  17. Please ignore last comment – BC is back on the other computer!

    Must need to do a refresh on this one

  18. mushomushroom on February 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm said:

    you can still read bigcloset at any of the internet archive sites. Wayback machine has it as recent as 2014 january.

  19. Red_MacDonald on February 14, 2015 at 6:48 pm said:


    I have been trying to access topshelf all day. It seems to be broken. I look forward to your return.

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