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September 21, 2018: Helpful Voyagers Additions
Posted by The Story Lover


Dear Readers,

While you are waiting for the next chapter of Voyagers which I hear is something else; I highly recommend reading the 'appendices' created by Zarek Dragon. They contain a lot of background and other information that will enhance your reading of the story.

So check out the SS Sooloo ~ Explorer Class Ship Specs, the Duty Roster, the Uniforms, and the Galactipedia. There is a wealth of information for you to peruse, including images of some of the crew, uniforms, and some background scientific information as well.

Zarek Dragon has done an awesome job putting all of this material together for your enlightenment.

I also want to personally thank the authors of Voyagers; DouglassDD, True Fan, and Zarek Dragon, for allowing me to play in their playground. [Names are in alphabetical order] They are a great group of authors to work with!

Happy Reading,



September 17, 2018: Story Recap
Posted by Aquenon

Dear Readers,

TSL gave us the social commentary You Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover ~ So Don't Judge A Person By Their Skin!.

Sean E. posts two more chapters of When Shadows Pass entitled "When the Tides of Life Turn" (Part II) and (Part III).

Wayne Gray gives us another installment of Ash and Ember entitled "Examination".

DouglasDD gives us chapter 58 of The Puget Posse.

Jim Dunaway continues The Long Road: Book One with chapters 18-22.

JMH continues The Centurion Cycle: Book Four ~ The Road to the Future plus 45-50 entitled "Seduction""The Bride""Survivors""Surprises""The Future", and "The Prince Consort".  This completes the story.

Luiz gives us chapter 17: "The First Try" from Peter in High School and chapter 18: "Feeling Hot" from I Want a Friend.

Nigel Gordon brings us chapter 2 of The Words Unsaid.

MultiMapper updates his Brynnhollow universe with a chapter each of Parvenu: Book Three ~ Otherland and Brynnhollow: Book 6 - Southseid, and then presents two chapters of his new story: Myself... In Shattered Reflection: New Blood.  Brynnhollow: Book 6 is now complete.

Owen Hudson also gives a chapter each of his stories Dreams Don't Grow on Trees and Ten Steps Down.

Ruwen Rouhs brings us a chapter each of his two German stories KeYNamM ~ König ohne Namen and Madz ~ Schulzeit, plus his English story Sun Quest: Book Two ~ "Down the Bredd-ström".

Sequoyah Pendor continues Arkadelphia Plantation: Book One with chapters 21 and 22.

Terry posted chapter 6 of The Little Runaway.

Art West gives us a chapter each from 5 different stories: A Nudge In The Right DirectionLove Is In The AirPeek A Boo, I See YouPicture PerfectUniformed Response.

Chowhound posts chapter 42 from Three Finger Cove: The Twins ~ Book Four.

And finally, Snowblind continues Jared the Paramedic III ~ Redemption with chapter 2: "Youth Group".

As always, please write to your authors and let them know your thoughts.  It is the only payment they receive.  Until next time,


September 16, 2018: A Special News Post
Posted by The Story Lover


Dear Readers,

Last night I posted another piece of prose in Societal Commentaries called You Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover ~ So Don't Judge A Person By Their Skin!, this story was inspired by a story I came across on that 'N' place. The story is called TJ and it is written by Jay Hooks, the link to Chapter Nine of TJ is in the piece of prose. Please read my prose and then read TJ and you will understand why I wrote what I did.

Please drop Jay an email after reading his story.

I posted this announcement last night but something happened to it and it vanished.

Happy Reading,



September 15, 2018: Hurricane Florence & Lawrence Massachusetts.
Posted by The Story Lover


Dear Readers,

Hurricane Florence is causing unprecedented devastation in the Carolinas and surrounding states. Please keep those folks in your thought and send positive thoughts their way. If you are able to help financially please consider a donation to the American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

I was remiss earlier by not mention the disaster that hit the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover Massachusetts. There were quite a few homes leveled and burnt out.  If you would like to help those people you can donate to the Lawrence Emergency Fund.

Stay Safe,


September 15, 2018: 2018 Fall Short Story Event ~ A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!
Posted by The Story Lover

Dear Readers & Authors,

The 2018 Fort Family of Sites Fall Short Story Event's theme is: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! ~ You and your family (who do not know you're gay) decide this year to go out for their Thanksgiving Feast. Mid-way through the meal, someone stops by your table. You are horrified to find out it was a guy you just started dating, who doesn't know you're not out to your family...

As usual, this event is open to all readers and authors of the Fort Family Sites, however, if anyone knows of an author from another site that would like to enter this even just ask them to click on the following link Story Submissions. My staff and I would love to see lots of new authors entering this year.

The rules/guidelines are as follows: Must be theme related should be a minimum of 500 words and no longer than 15,000 words. These are not carved in stone, so please submit away. Submissions are due no later than Midnight PDT on November 17, 2018. All submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. Please include the theme title: A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise! in the title of your story. In case you forgot the email address for submissions is A Thanksgiving Dinner Surprise!

Some pretty amazing stories have come out of the Short Story Events and some wonderful New Authors as well. My Staff and I will be busy posting the previous Fall Short Story Events over the next few weeks.

Happy writing,

Fred The Elf








September 13, 2018: Story Recap
Posted by Aquenon

Dear Readers,
September has been busy, more new chapters, new stories, sequels as well as a contest.  Pardon the length... I have been a bad editor.

We'll start with the contest, A Day in the Life of an Inanimate Object:  Through the Looking Glass by Beldro Mercier, A Day In The Life Of 'Cap' and A Day In The Life Of Ugo The Umlaut both by The Story Lover, and last but not least Being Close and A Day In The Life Of Matt both by Art West.

For the new chapters this update, we have:
Chapter 20: "The Search" from Voyagers by Voyagers Authors.

Terry gives us chapters 2 - 5 of The Little Runaway.

Art West updates 4 of his stories with one chapter each: A Nudge In The Right DirectionLove Is In The AirPicture Perfect, and Uniformed Response.

Sean E. brings us 3 more chapters of When Shadows Pass entitled "Learning Has Many Sources (Part II)", "Learning Has Many Sources (Part III)", and "When The Tides of Life Turn (Part I)".

Chowhound pens 3 more chapters of Three Finger Cove: The Twins ~ Book Four.

Pyro drops chapter 6 of In Time.

DouglasDD keeps going with chapters 56 and 57 of The Puget Posse, entitled "Winding Down" and "School Ends".

Wayne Gray publishes two more chapters of Ash and Ember entitled "Thicker than Water" and "Integration".

Cynus posts chapter 9: "Shoot for the Stars" from Less Is More: Book Two ~ Weightless, chapter 9: "Blame" from Rivers of the Dead: Book Two, and three chapters from Shadow Honor: Book One.

Rounding out the new chapters is C. J. Gibb with 2 chapters of A Way Out.

Finally, we have the new stories:
Snowblind is back with "Prologue" and "Inebriation" from Redemption, the third and final installment of Jared the Paramedic.

Nigel Gordon presents the first chapter of The Words Unsaid.

Ivor Slipper posts the short story Bricking It.

Boudreaux gives us the short story Driving His Grandma.

And finally, Maxieplus gets things started on Ayden's Eyes: Book Three with a List of Players.

As always, please email the authors with your feedback.  It is the only payment they receive.  Until next time,

September 8, 2018: Two Point Five Million Total Views Achieved!
Posted by The Story Lover


Dear Readers,

I would like to say thank you to all of our wonderful authors for all of their support, sometime this morning while I was still in the land of nod the site surpassed Two Million and Five Hundred Thousand Total Views! Tha't a heck of a lot of reading since May 14, 2017! This is what I woke up to this morning 2,501,999 Total View Count.

A little bird told me that Fred will be announcing the Fall Short Story Event very soon, so get your thinking and writing caps on.

Happy reading and writing,



September 3, 2018: A New Author & A Thank You & A Congratulations!
Posted by The Story Lover


Dear Readers,

I would like to welcome our Newest Author, Nigel Gordon and his story The Words Unsaid. We will add more of Nigel's Stories in the future.

I also want to publicly thank all of the readers and authors that brought Nigel to the site, Thank You Very Much. It is a humbling experience when something like this happens. Thanks for rewarding all of my hard work, it is things like this that make a site owners day.

Please welcome Nigel to the site, by sending him a short email.

Congratulations go out to AC's Corner Café, a little after 7 PM PDT last night the Café hit a Major Milestone they hit Two Million Total Views! Awesome AC, keep up the great work. AC @ Million

Happy reading,


September 3, 2018: F.R.E.D. Links Repaired
Posted by The Story Lover


Dear Readers,

Fred De Elve has asked me to inform you that the links in his last News Post have been repaired, 

He is also lonely so please click on the links and read the submissions in The Midsomer Short Story Event.

Take care,




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