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C-C-Changes
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New & Improved ‘My Stories’ Page
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The Bad and the Good
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Fixed
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My Plans & Poll Results
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Holiday Break
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No Psyren this week
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Excuse the Mess
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Well, this is a little embarrassing
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All caught up now & a few other things

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C-C-Changes

Now that I’ve cleared the issues that arose from the hosting move, I thought I’d post a more in depth blog about the state of things. As you may have noticed from the now deleted blog, the site is back up and running on a new host.

My hosting plan was about to expire with JustHost and I’ve been itching to move to a new host for some time. I initially signed up for eHost, but they shutdown and were absorbed by their sister company JustHost. While I’m not opposed to such a change in practice, there was one big shift which turned me off with my then new host. JustHost doesn’t allow adult content, while it’s sister company eHost did. Granted most of what I write is Pg-13ish, but JustHost’s definition of Pornography is so broad they could have easily used it to justify shutting down my site were an over zealous employee to look too closely at a story like Santa Babe or if a third-party were to report me.

This time around I picked a host which is friendlier to erotic content. I do have a storage cap this time around, but have no fear, it would probably take me several decades to reach that point if ever. Best of all I can post an image like the one below without worrying about having my site shut down.

What does this shift to a new porn friendly provider mean? Not a whole lot, I’ve moved the WordPress install to a sub-directory, and put a landing page in the main directory which warns people this site contains adult content and prompts them to agree to the terms of use. In case someone visits via direct link, there’s also a popup which appears once a month and warns people that the site contains adult content and prompts them to visit said landing page. For the most part I’ll be producing the same sort of content I always have, but these changes have been implemented to protect me and give me peace of mind.

Stories like Santa Babe might get more ‘adult’ preview images, and may share a story with a graphic sex scene some time in the future, but overall I don’t plan on making any drastic changes to my writing style or suddenly start producing outright porn. As far as I’m concerned it’s pretty much business as usual.

I planned to have the site moved to the host weeks ago, but I experienced a lot of issues getting the domain name transfer to go through and when JustHost did finally approve it, it happened a day later than was promised after already being delayed for almost a month. Needless to say I will not be going to JustHost any time soon. Other than that, the move was almost seemless, unfortunately, a few likes on some of the more recent story postings were lost, but it’s something I can live with.

While the transfer was underway, I did institute some improvements to site. The ‘My Stories’ page was revamped, as noted in a recent blog update, and some of the taxonomies or ‘tags’ were updated to help differentiate the “Part” taxonomies for The Fall of Kruhl and Psyren’s Redemption. I also instituted some minor tweaks and fixes here and there that I’ve been putting off for a time. I did notice that the contact form, is not working and I’ll have a fix for that implemented hopefully within a few hours.

There are a few changes I wanted to implement for the site, the foremost of this will be a rating system for stories and I’m also considering a separate type of tag for the sexual orientation of a story protagonist. Let me know if there are any other improvements you’d like to see! I’m mostly self-taught when it comes to web development so some things may be beyond my technical expertise, but if they’re within my capability and within the purview of this site, I will definitely give them some serious consideration.

New & Improved ‘My Stories’ Page

Just a quick note to make you all aware that I’ve just completed a massive overhaul of the ‘My Stories’ page. I was growing more and more dissatisfied with the cluttered layout and I do believe it should be easier to navigate from now on. I’ve reduced the number of images and toned it down to a more subdued design.

Have a delightfully demented night,

Daniel A. Wolfe

The Bad and the Good

The sewer in my basement has backed up… again! Fortunately, I managed to catch it pretty early and nothing important inside the house is damaged, but I did have to go to the laundromat to wash all the clothes that got sewage on them… NOT FUN! The last time it backed up, a lot of stuff got thrown out and nothing important is stored down there. Unfortunately, this time the back up was caused by the main sewer line collapsing. Which means I can’t use my toilet or shower or really use any running water at this point. I took off work to deal with this mess, and have had to run to a nearby store to make use of the facilities. The one good thing, at least for me, is that I rent and it my landlord who is paying for the repairs.

In other news, I did find a job and it will come with a bit of pay bump. I will be starting at the beginning of April so at least I have that going for me. On that note, I may have to change my posting schedule for the weekly serial to evenings instead of mornings. I would prefer to keep it as is, but my new work schedule is going to make that fairly difficult, but I will have to cross that road when I come to it.

On a side note, I split parts 7 and 8 of Virtually Twisted into two different posts just for better link consistency.

Fixed

An update to one of the plugins to this site, broke some functionality, but, don’t worry, I’ve fixed the issue. I took steps to ensure it doesn’t happen with future updates.

My Plans & Poll Results

You may view the original poll here.

First, I’d just like to thank everyone who participated in the previous poll. It’s been a couple weeks, okay well, more like four, but who’s counting? Before I discuss my plans, why don’t we take a look at the poll results?

The one story which really surprised me was that Appetite for Seduction, the Hunger Pangs sequel, seemed so popular, but I given that I received two messages about it after the previous poll perhaps it shouldn’t. The big disappointment for me was that there seemed to be so little interest in Legend of Morgana, but that’s why I did this so that I could get a better idea of what people wanted to read. I know, I know, write for yourself, but part of the reason I write is because I want to share what I’m creating with others. Why write something if no one wants to read it?

What then does that mean for my plans?

I still intend to write Legend of Morgana, but it’s been pushed down on my list of priorities. The clear favorite was A Rock & A Hard Place and that is what holds the most interest at the moment. I’ve already written the first 1000 words, and I believe I have a good foundation to get me started. At the moment, I’m mainly focused on finishing Virtually Twisted, but once I’m finished with that I plan to begin serious work on A Rock & A Hard Place and continue with Legacy of Earth. I plan to write a minimum of 1000 words a week of the former and spend the rest of my time each week on the latter.

I think that should about do it, as always thank you for reading and be sure to have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe

P.S. I plan to post the first part of the Virtually Twisted next week so please be on the look out for that.

 

Holiday Break

For any of my non-American readers who may be unaware this Thursday is Thanksgiving. I’ll be taking a break from the serial this week due to the holiday, but expect the serial to wrap up in the coming weeks.

To my fellow Americans go eat some turkey and enjoy your time off.

If you do any shopping, please be patient with any retail workers with whom you might be dealing. This time of year most retailers take on extra help and some of the employees will have only been on the job for a few weeks or less before working on Black Friday. Remember also in cases that stores that open on Thursday people are working instead of spending that time with their family. If a store runs out of product, the workers of these big retail chains have no say in how much product is ordered. I worked retail a number of years ago and the company I worked for did none of their ordering at store level. Not even the general manager had any say over what product we received. Every time I was yelled at it was over matters not my fault and beyond my control. Please remember that when shopping. I know sometimes it’s easy to get frustrated, but don’t take your anger out on someone who’s just doing their job.

Do remember to have a delightfully demented week,

Daniel A. Wolfe

No Psyren this week

As much as I hate to do his, I will not be posting a new serial part this week. For those that don’t know, I came down with a particularly virulent bug and have been unable to write for more than a week. I am getting a slowly better, but as yet I have been unable to concentrate or focus long enough to produce anything usable.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem as I do have a little bit of a back log of story parts, but I decided to add a new part last week.

If I can swing it next week I’ll attempt to post two parts, but that’s wholly dependent on how much writing I can get done and whether or not I decide to dip into my back log.

Have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe


Excuse the Mess

Well, now what’s this? I’ve gone and changed the site theme, again. I’ve been working on this bad girl for some time and it’s just about ready. Unfortunately there were a few small hiccups migrating it over from my test site, but most of them have been resolved. There are a few small things that need some tweaking which I will be doing over the course of the next few days.

Until then come on in, have a look around, just remember you’re not viewing the final product.

Have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe

Well, this is a little embarrassing

Apologies to my subscribers. If you noticed an influx of posts around 10:40 (MDT) I was testing out a theme and clicked on a link to import some of the demo content, which included a whole ton of posts. I’ve since deleted the extra posts, but unfortunately I can’t retroactively remove any notifications or emails you may have gotten.

I’m sorry if this inconvenienced anyone.

Have a delightfully demented day,

Daniel A. Wolfe

All caught up now & a few other things

Well, it’s taken a while, but all my stories have now been successfully migrated over to the site. As this seems pretty significant I thought I’d make a post about.
The my stories page is a static page (meaning it’s not automatically updated) so every time I post a story I have to go in and update the list. Just to give you an idea of how many changes it’s seen in the  months since I’ve launched the website, wordpress reports that that page alone has been modified eighty-three times.

Beyond that, other recent website changes include:

  • Changed the top nav bar a bit, ‘My Stories’ is no longer a parent nav item to any of the other menu items.
  • The post navigation is now at the top and bottom of every page. Also, these particular nav links are by category and since Psyren’s Redemption is currently the only story within the Weekly Serial category you should no longer see other story posts while browsing between story parts. The left post navigation menu is and always has been by date. So it will be mix of various post types.]
  • Updated the Disclaimer text in the my stories page and all links are now current.

I’m considering a change in the way I use categories. Instead of using the category for the type of content (fiction, weekly serial, etc), I would use it for story universes. .  Anything, for instance, in the Spellbinder Universe category would include my Ragnarok Rising stories, the mythos, the glossary, and of course, Ragnarok Shorts. I’m sure you  get the idea. Blogs, would of course, remain their own distinct category, for purely organizational purposes, but some of the sub-categories would be converted to tags instead.

I’m not entirely sold on the idea and I’m current considering other options. There are some wordpress plugins that would allow me to create a new type of taxonomy just for such a thing, but it would also be incredibly convoluted and complicated and I’d rather invest my time in writing.  There are one or two that would seem to be perfect, but are so outdated that I won’t touch them with a ten-foot-pole, even a virtual one.

Everyone have a delightfully demented day,

Daniela A. Wolfe (D.A.W.)

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