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Many Paths to Tread-- A Tolkien Fanfiction Archive of the Lord of the Rings GenFic Community

ribbon cutting ceremony

At long last we are opening our new archive! We mods (Cathleen, Dreamflower, Pearl Took and Dawn Felagund) are very excited about this. We have been working hard on it for months, and feel that it is now ready for you members to read, post and explore.

The site, we think, is very visually appealing, thanks to Dawn's hard work. We currently have two skins available. The first one has all the "bells and whistles" and is image-intensive: for example, we have randomly rotating images on the header! The second one is simpler, and meant to be user-friendly for those who have slow internet or dial-up connections. We are using the e-fiction program, which is very familiar to many of you, although we have added a few things to it.

One thing some of you may notice: many of you may already have stories on the site. We are putting all of the challenges there, and so far have uploaded the first three challenges of the LOTR Challenge Community, the 2008 May Challenge: Coronation; the 2008 June Challenge: Father's Day; and the 2008 July Challenge: Summertime. If you see something incorrect or missing in your story entry, please feel free to edit and fix the problem. You may find these three Challenges by clicking on "Challenges" on the Home Page, or by looking for "Series" in the search program. For those of you who were added by the mods, you may certainly go in and edit your profile, change your user name if you like, etc.

We will in time add each challenge to the site, but if you wish to go ahead and upload your challenge stories before then, you may certainly do so!

Because the archive is new, it is likely to have a few problems. We believe that we have most of them fixed, but are aware that there are some which will be inevitable. For that reason, for the time being posting privileges will be limited to those who are members of either the Yahoo! group, LOTR_Community_GFIC or the LiveJournal community, LOTR Community Challenges ( [info]lotr_community). We hope by doing this, we will be able to manage the numbers of stories being uploaded at one time in the beginning, and minimize inconveniencing people when glitches do happen. If you are a member of either community, simply let us know and we will give you posting privileges. However, even non-members are free to join, read and comment, and it is our plan to open the archive to open posting for all at the beginning of 2010. Please email us at manypaths@lotrgfic.com for general questions or suggestions, or at websmith@lotrgfic.com for technical questions.

Please go to check out Many Paths to Tread and let us know what you think! We hope you all will be as excited about it as we are!

The mods,

Cathleen ([info]ceshaughnessy)
Dreamflower ([info]dreamflower02)
Pearl Took ([info]pearltook1)
Dawn Felagund ([info]dawn_felagund)


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 28th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful artwork! Congratulations all on this really splendid achievement!
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, elandulin! Most of the credit goes to the other moderators - especially Dawn who is our web designer & tech.
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I now declare this bridge open!
Jul. 29th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
John Lennon in "A Hard Day's Night"

Thank you for your declaration of support. :-)

Jul. 29th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
Sep. 18th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Hi Pearl! Thanks for the virtual gift. That was so sweet of you... as usual. Just thought I'd let you know that – due to my extreme lack of activity here (I mean, it's been over a year since I even logged in...) I'm going to delete this account – tonight. Immediately after I send this. I don't have time to maintain any kind of blog whatsoever. I've never joined Facebook, even though I have 2 friends at work trying to convince me... and I haven't even looked at the Twitter homepage. I'm so out of touch, just living my boring but stressful life... I lost your email addy when I got a new computer this past Spring – but you can still email me if the notion strikes you someday... and I'll definitely respond. I'm still at graewolf9 at hotmail dot com. I treasure the lovely memory of the time we sat on the sofa at Val's place and chatted about creativity and whatnot. I think I connected with you more than with anyone else there that weekend, and I wish we lived closer together. Take care, and have a great life. – Morgan
Sep. 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Oops – meant to use a friendlier icon!
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