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September 1, 2023: What?!? A Free Joel Book???
Posted by JeffsFort

Have you considered helping to keep these sites up and running? Are you also a fan of Ted Louis' "Joel" series? Well, Ted has informed us that he found a case of assorted Joel books. Yeah, "actual" in print books! He decided that anyone willing to make a $10 or larger donation within the US to the hosting service paying the bills for the Fort Family Community of sites, he is willing to send you your very own copy of a random book in the series, autographed by Ted Louis himself as a thank you!

What to do:

1. Click on https://dsshosting.net/donations/donation-form/ and click on "Donate Now".

2. Make a qualifying donation of $10 or more.

3,. Email your name and mailing address to joel-offer@fortfamilyforums.com

4. Once the donation has been confirmed, Ted Louis will send a random autographed copy of one of his books to you directly.

(One book per donation. This offer will be withdrawn once the limited number of books has been sent. The early bird gets the worm! Unfortunately, only US residents due to expensive international shipping :( We'll take down the offer as soon as we confirm that no copies remain.)

 

 

March 19, 2023: Advanced CSU Story Notice - Prepare for incoming!
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by AC

Hey all!

As I'm sure all of you are aware, I've been bouncing around between stories to get everything up to the current spot in the timeline - which sometimes means jumping around to ensure continuity across the Universe is maintained.

When Dave of D&B passed on, B turned the characters and stories over to myself and TheEggman to allow the characters to be part of future storylines. Unfortunately, at that point in time they were in front of all of us! Before Dave passed, he did manage to merge two of his stories into a third one. Both Jigsaw and Be Careful What You Ask For run alongside each other, and were merged into Dawn's Early Light to cover the BOE storyline.

This has allowed a unique opportunity; in most cases, when an author passes, their storyline stalls. In this case, we've had the permission to continue the storyline, but needed things to be caught up to allow that to happen. Once we finally were satisfied that it was safe, the next part was deciding how to pull it off. While various plot points that had been planned were included in other CSU stories, to move forward the storylines from D&B really needed closure. After serious thought, and quite a few discussions, it was decided that the best way to honor what he was doing would be to write a multi-chapter Epilogue to Dawns Early Light, resolving some of the major storylines and preparing the characters to move forward in future CSU stories.

Over the next week, I plan to finalize a method to re-direct you to Dawns Early Light after the last chapters of both Jigsaw and Be Careful. The first chapter of the Epilogue is over 2/3 done, and will be posted as a continuation of Dawn's Early Light. Upon the conclusion of the Epilogue, all three stories are expected to be wrapped up and the characters poised to be able to be easily integrated into future CSU stories without major questions left hanging.

So, now that you've been warned, you'll have time to refresh your memory on all three stories, and will be ready to move forward with us as we once again get to see Jonas, Harry, Kurt's family, and other characters actively moving ahead!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we are writing it! This will be appearing on all Fort Family Sites which currently host D&B's stories!

Hugzz;

AC

March 15, 2023: Missing Ark Speak
Posted by The Story Lover

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Just a quick note, we are working in the background to replace the missing Ark Speak in some CSU Chapters. It is a slow process so please be patient with me/us.

TSL

Clan Short Archivist

 

February 4, 2023: That time of year again
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Authors and Readers,

 

It is that time of year again. Yes, it is time for our Annual Pledge Drive to keep the lights on and our Fort Family of sites servers running.

So please give us a helping hand to keep our sites alive. No donation is too big or too small, all donations are greatly accepted and appreciated.

Remember none of our sites have ads or Premium Fees!

Please help us keep our founder August Christopher's dream alive.

 

To Donate just click on the Donate Button in the left side panel on any site.

 

Thank you for your help over the years,

 

The Fort Family Admins

September 15, 2022: Official Announcement: New CSU Author
Posted by The Story Lover

As Archivist of the Clan Short Universe, I hereby declare and confirm that the author known as SamIam has successfully completed the necessary requirements to be awarded the title Clan Short Universe Author and confer upon him all the rights and responsibilities which are consistent with the title.

On this day, September Fourteenth, in the year Two Thousand and Twenty-Two, let it be known that the story Oh Can You See has been reviewed and accepted as a Clan Short Universe Core Timeline story, and is considered a canonical part of the main storyline.

 

TSL Clan Short Archivist

Welcome to the CSU SamIam, as usual, all of CSU Stories will be co-hosted here on the CSUhub as well. This is the only place for all the CSU Stories, Images, and Resources.

This post has been approved by The Clan Short Archivist. CSU Crest PNG

Portions of the post have been contributed by ACFan Creator of The Clan Short Universe.

(PS: Temporal Tranquilizers are in the third drawer on the left!)

November 2, 2020: New CSU Author Myke D. Joins The Ranks of CSU Authors
Posted by The Story Lover

Portions of this post were originally posted by ACFan

November 1, 2020: Attention all CSU Readers!
Posted by AC

As Creator of the Clan Short Universe, I hereby declare and confirm that the author known as Myke D. has successfully completed the necessary requirements to be awarded the title Clan Short Universe Author and confer upon him all the rights and responsibilities which are consistent with the title.

On this day, November First, in the year Two Thousand and Twenty, let it be known that the story The Lost Souls has been reviewed and accepted as a Clan Short Universe Core Timeline story, and is considered a canonical part of the main storyline.

ACFan

Welcome to the CSU Myke D., as usual, all of CSU Stories will be co-hosted here on the CSUhub as well. This is the only place for all the CSU Stories, Images, and Resources.

This post has been approved by The Clan Short Archivist. CSU LOGO GIF

 

January 1, 2020: A note to readers
Posted by ACFan

Back on October 22, 2002, I caved in to the request of Comicality and tried my hand at telling a story that was bugging me as a constant dream. I had no idea just what this entailed, and really only planned to write a couple of chapters to say I did it. Fast forward to today, December 31, 2019. Not only is that same story still running, but I have side stories that run with it, and have had the honor of working with some awesome authors who thought my idea could use the additional support of their own ideas.

A recent email chastised me for not spending all of my free time writing. This was brought on after I decided to share some of the resources that I used prior to releasing the chapter that they were used to write. I released them so the reader could see what I was seeing, and I developed them to ensure I could maintain continuity in the future.

Since that slow start back in 2002, I have written around one and a half millon words, and over 145 chapters. There are well over 800 characters that I am either directly or indirectly responsible for creating or developing. I have spent time writing after working a 12 hour day just because I had an idea come to me of where to go next, and in the past year I managed to still put words down while in the middle of moving with no help.

Once a project has reached the proportions of Memories and the stories surrounding it, continuity becomes a very real concern. You can't just count on notes, sometimes you have to go back and re-read what you've written before to ensure things are right. It takes less time to draw a house once than it does to continually have to go back and look up which side of the stairs a bedroom is on. It takes less time to develop a graphical family tree and then update it than it does to have to search for family members. Every single character in my stories is there for a reason, even if I do not make that reason obvious for ten or twenty chapters; part of the glue that holds everything together is getting those characters right.

I am proud of the detail and continuity that the CSU authors as a group have managed while creating a universe that is staggering in its proportions. To be told that a tool that I shared for the benefit of the readers is "cute" but that I really should be writing instead is an insult at so many levels that I really can't describe it. I could easily crank out less detailed chapters at a frantic pace; my recent Thanksgiving and New Years stories were both written in a matter of hours. I will NOT do that with any of my CSU stories; I have over 17 years invested in this project, and no matter what anyone says, I will NOT reduce their quality just to meet some random deadline. I don't release the chapter unless I am happy with it, if that means re-writing a scene ten times, then so be it.

The next time you think a serial author is screwing off, think back to what was said here. It takes a LOT of dedication and control to pull off a believable serial story, and in the background there is a lot more necessary to do than just toss words on paper. Sometimes it is just a web search, sometimes it means developing a supporting document to put there vision into something they can refer to to put the words on paper, and sometimes it means a LOT of re-reading of stories to make sure that you remember things right. After all of that, the author re-reads the story to make sure it is right, and most also then have to wait for a also-unpaid editor to have time to go through it with a fine-toothed comb to catch the errors an author never sees himself.

Before I get off of my soapbox, I have one more thing to say... I have seen some great authors hang up their keyboards because of readers demanding they write faster or telling them how the story has to progress. Before hitting that 'SEND' button, really think about this: do you really want to be the one who is the last straw, the one who is the reason that an author leaves a story eternally unfinished? If the answer is yes, delete the email and never go back to the story; if the answer is no, then find a way to express your concerns in a positive way.

ACFan