Site-Update

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Site Changes (All items now completed)
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Wow!
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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

Site Changes (All items now completed)

Some of you may have noticed a few ‘small’ changes to the website. I’ve done this in order to decrease my site’s dependency on plugins and to remove some outdated stuff.

Those who follow me via RSS, social media, or email may have noticed a sudden influx of really generic and ‘demo’ style posts yesterday. I was attempting to restore a feature to the theme, and imported some of the default demo content from the theme in hopes that it would help jog my memory. Because I neglected to disable the ‘publicize’ feature of the website people received notice of these posts via the previously mentioned subscription methods. I do apologize.

For anyone who might be interested the changes to the site include:

  • Reverted some of the changes I’ve made to the theme to allow for smoother updates.
  • Removed the ‘Mega Menu’ and reverted the site back to the default menu.
  • Styled default menu to ‘resemble’ the ‘Mega Menu’.
  • Menu now changes color to match page or post color.
  • Enabled the default ‘Search’ box. (It can be toggled via the magnifying glass icon adjacent to the main menu)
  • Subscribe & Follow widgets are now located inside of a popup menu instead of a dropdown.
  • Subscribe & Follow widgets on contact page widgets fixed and made to resemble those in popup menu.
  • Moved sidebar search form down. It was retained as a redundancy for smartphones and legacy devices.
  • Added ‘Meta’ (Login), ‘Blog Stat’ (Total site visits) to the sidebar widget area.
  • Added ‘Recent Posts’, and ‘Most Liked Content Widgets’ to bottom widget area.
  • Removed ‘Arbitrary Quote’ and ‘Random Fact’ widgets, which were powered by a outdated plugin, from the bottom widget area.
  • Scroll Menu on Main page and Archive pages and Meta Boxes on individual post pages no longer scroll with content.

Additional items now completed:

    • Subheader images on individual posts and archive pages are now displaying
    • Taxonomies (‘themes’, ‘genres’, ‘book’, etc.) now showing on post meta boxes
    • Added new taxonomies: ‘rating’ (maturity level), and ‘orientation’ (sexual preference)
    • Updated and re-alphabetized ‘Santa Babe’ (1 & 2) & ‘Honey Bunny’ stories on ‘My Stories’ page to include new universe name ‘Alluring Legends’.
    • Update remainder of ‘My Stories’ page to list the new ‘rating’ and ‘orientation’ taxonomies.
    • Updated Taxonomies list on ‘My Stories’ to update automatically any time a stories taxonomies are updated.
    • Updated font sizes on ‘My Stories’ page to lower disparity between different portions of content.
    • Removed ‘Story Related Art’ page due to extremely low view count.
    • Fix ‘arrow’ on Menu dropdown to match color of menu.
    • Add icon to ‘Stories’ button to indicate it is a dropdown menu.
    • Updated ‘Featured Images’ on older posts to add more variety and color.
    • Updated ‘Post Colors’ on older posts so that they now match their ‘Featured Image’.

Everyone have a delightfully demented day,

 

Daniel A. Wolfe

Wow!

People really seem to like Honey Bunny! Not only did the site views spike drastically Saturday evening after I posted the story, but yesterday I received more web traffic than any single day since I launched the site! I would never have guessed that this tale would generate so much traffic. I am utterly flabbergasted and amazed, thank you all so much!

On a side note, I plan to incorporate these stories under an umbrella universe. Of course, there would be other transformation methods introduced. Using a single hook for an entire universe would get pretty old.

I have an idea for a ‘Christmas in July’ story with Sammie and Nikki(Santa) vacationing at the beach and another in which Jack Frost would appear. I want to expand the universe to feature other fantastical beings like the tooth fairy, cupid, mother nature, father time, etc, but I can’t think of name that would fit well.

My first thought was something like Holiday Hijinks, but the name seemed so generic and only works for Santa, Cupid and the Easter Bunny. I’ve playing with terms like ‘mythical’ or ‘fantastical’, but these tend to be a little too broad for the scope of the universe. At this point, I have no plans to include the sort of ancient gods, or creatures that such a terms tend to be associated with.

If you all have any ideas, I would appreciated the feedback.

Everyone have a delightfully demented Monday and do try to stay safe from this awful virus,

Daniel A. Wolfe

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 PlaceĀ 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

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