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November 9, 2019: A Brother For Thanksgiving Update & More
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers,

There are only sixteen days left to get your Fall Short Story Event submission written. All submissions are due by Midnight PST on November 25th. The theme is A Brother for Thanksgiving. So get busy writing.

Now for the 'More':

This year's Christmas Short Story Event has Three Themes, yes you read that right Three Themes! The themes are as follows: All I Want For Christmas Is, What Christmas Means to Me, and My Favourite Denny's® Christmas. 

The Guidelines are very simple as usual:

  1. Stories should be between 500 and 15,000 words give or take a million words.
  2. All Submissions should have the author's initials appended to the end of the Filename.
  3. All submissions are due by Sunday, December 22,d at Midnight PST.
  4. This event is open to any reader or author that wants to enter, Non-Fort Family Authors are more than welcome.
  5. Have Fun Writing!
  6. All submissions should be sent to 2019 Christmas Short Story Event.
  7. If you need suggestions just email ACFan

Happy Writing,

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October 20, 2019: Just so you know...
Posted by AC

We are aware of there being network issues in the US from Ohio east that are causing timeout issues accessing multiple sites in the Fort Family. This is an Internet issue, not a server issue, so there is nothing that we can do but wait it out. If you are having issues, please be patient while the Internet fixes itself.



October 13, 2019: Milestones!
Posted by AC

First off, a huge THANK-YOU to the authors and readers of the Cafe - you have done the amazing! As of sometime this morning while I waas asleep, the Cafe slammed past the previous total yearly reads from last year, and is now setting a new record daily! Once we finish the year, I'll let you know how things ended up, but the previous record of 1,779,875 chapter reads is now ancient history. (Just a note, the statistics software on the site doesn't count non-story chapter pages, so that is actual chapters opened!)

On a second note, Fred DeElve accidentally issued a challenge in his 'Oops' post a couple of days ago, and someone submitted a story for the Fall Short Story Event that was even more insane than the one he was complaining about! To all of you readers and authors on the Cafe, let's see if we can drive the Elf into a valium addiction! Imagination is encouraged, and suspending reality just makes it more fun! Fred has staff to handle the little things like edits for punctuation and such, so just give it your best shot and allow your inner weird out for some fun! (For the first time ever, I even wrote one for a challenge - and I'm sure all of you know how hard it is for me to write anything short!) Fred said it was encouraged to be crazy, so I challenge you to show him just how crazy we can all be with minimal limits placed on us!

Have an awesome week!



October 12, 2019: 2019 Fall Short Story Event ~ A Brother For Thanksgiving ~ Update and Oops
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers,

First the Oops, it seems that I inadvertently left off an important piece of information in the guidelines for this event, so here it is: All submissions should be titled A Brother For Thanksgiving XX with the Xs being the author's initials.  For example, my story would have the filename of A Brother For Thanksgiving FTE,for Fred the Elf. Yes, I know my initials have three letters, but I didn't want to use three Xs for obvious reasons.

Now on to the update,  so far we have three entries and they are all completely different, and I do mean completely different, in fact, one of the authors followed the instructions, 'be as crazy with your ideas as you want' to the extreme. It is a fanciful piece of twisted imagination, so fanciful in fact that I hope we don't get any more like it. ;)

Some of you may never eat Pizza again after reading this story.Winking Image PNG

Readers don't forget that this event is open to you as well if you have ever wanted to write a story this is your chance. In fact, several of our Fort Family Authors got their start as authors in one of these events. So give it a try, you just might be amazed by the results.

Happy writing,

Fred the Elf

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October 5, 2019: 2019 Fall Short Story Event ~ A Brother For Thanksgiving
Posted by The Story Lover

Originally Posted by Fred DeElve

Dear Readers,

I am proud to announce that we have a theme for the 2019 Fall Shor Story Event ~ A Brother For Thanksgiving.

The setup: On the day before Thanksgiving, while I was in the kitchen preparing my son Patrick's after-school snack, Patrick came home and another kid with him. Instead of saying his usual 'Hi Daddy, I'm home', his greeting nearly gave me a heart attack.

"Hi Daddy, this is my new Brother, Ben!"

  1. The same guidelines apply the Short Story should be between 500 and 15,000 words, be as crazy with your ideas as you want. The main thing is to have fun writing the story. 
  2. This event is open to any reader or author that wants to enter, Non-Fort Family Authors are more than welcome.
  3. Submissions are due by Monday, November 25th, all submissions will be posted on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28th.
    1. By Midnight PDT ~ Both  of Goofy's hands are pointing straight up, for you 24-hour people 0:00 Give or take 5,000 seconds
  4. All submissions should be sent to 2019 Fall Short Story Event.
  5. The title of the story should be A Brother For Thanksgiving. with the Author's Initials appended to it.

Happy writing,

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October 4, 2019: Just to prove that I'm alive....
Posted by AC

Yep, I'm still here! Working my butt off in real life, but still breathing. If you haven't noticed, Bill W and Paul Schroder have been really busy lately -- which is good, because I enjoy having great stories to read when I do finally make it home!

Before I move on to Part 4 of Memories (Cory and Kyle lied to me! They said it was a trilogy!) I decided that it would be really good to go back through the story and see what plotlines I've left hanging, then deciding if I want to resolve them yet. I have found a couple that I think  should be wrapped up before closing out part 3, so as I get time I'm looking at them to decide how I want to procede. (By the way, Conners husband and son come in handy -- Cory and crew haven't figured out yet how to retaliate when the guy tickling you has extra arms to keep you from escaping!)

I hope that all of you are having a great October, and I promise that I'll get another chapter out as soon as I can; I'm working on it a sentence at a time, but still trying to get something going.




August 17, 2019: Ten Days Later ... Another Chapter!
Posted by AC

Just to show that Billy Yes and Bill W are not the only ones slaving over keyboards instead of enjoying the summer weather .... Paul Schroder has given us Chapter 2 of his latest story, "A Child of the 50's"!

I think you're going to love this one, and please don't forget to email Paul and welcome him back!



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