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1  Discuss / General / Re: FurRag "Next Generation" discussion group on: March 09, 2014, 09:28:48 PM
Hi guys. I looked at the new site archive. Thanks for making this work Chipotle. I love it.

The next question is "Should we promote it?" When the site is officially released, perhaps a few tweets would spark some new interest. Also, an email blast to registered users would be nice to let members know that their stories are back online.
2  Discuss / General / Re: While you were away... (possible site news) on: March 02, 2014, 09:51:51 PM
I'm still here too...watching hopefully. A lot of people will be very happy to find stories. There is a lot of very good writing and lot's of crit visible to learn from.

I'm available to do some spot checking but I really don't have a systems management competency. Still, please let me know what I can do to help bring things back to some semblance of life.

If anyone complains about the work you've done, please let me know. 
3  Discuss / General / Re: While you were away... (possible site news) on: February 20, 2014, 04:44:53 PM
I have been lurking too and it is sad to see the lack of activity. I believe FurRag (or a similar site) is important to fostering creativity and vitality of furry writers.  It is very difficult to find a mainstream crit circle, let alone one that is furry focused.

Inertia is difficult to overcome, but not impossible. I remain loosely in touch with much of the core of FurRag writers and there is still a desire for an online furry writers workshop. My mate and I go to a lot of con's and I'm amazed at how many people perk up when I mention FurRag. The spark is still alive. It needs a lot of nurturing.

Unfortunately, I too am part of the generation ape descended life forms that still thinks digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Chipotle, Thank you in advance for working on the code and trying to get the site safely up to at least a read-only mode. Once word gets out, a lot of readers will be very happy. I also know of a few writers that have storys that are lost except for in the main archive.

I am at Texas Furry Fiesta at the moment and there are a lot of writers events. I'll see what others think here.
4  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: October 20, 2013, 04:15:30 PM
It's great to hear reader support. I hope quiet readers make more noise.
5  Discuss / Introductions / Re: Hello on: October 06, 2013, 06:12:05 PM
WordPress is actually something I've been researching a lot lately. My mate's site is built on wordpress. (Shameless plug: See Amadhia.com)

Weasyl.com also has a lot of stories and writers but it's a lot like FA in many ways--just smaller. Poetigress and a few others are there.

I haven't been to SoFurry in quite a while; years actually. I may test the waters there again.

One of the things that I enjoy doing is helping new writers sharpen their skills. That is a large part of FurRag, probably it's greatest contribution to the fandom. On FA, SF, Weasyl, etc, the writers want praise over thoughtful crit. For my part, the crit circle is one of the most important parts of being a writer and the hardest to find.
6  Discuss / General / Re: ALERT: Possible Security Breach on FurRag.com on: October 05, 2013, 10:29:43 PM
I sincerely believe that FurRag is a small but precious gem within our community. It's spirit should be maintained even if it falls away as Yerf did.

Osfer needs to be cautious for very good reasons. Keeping a site open and active after discovery of a security breach is irresponsible, unethical and may result in unwanted attention from lawyers. Until a patch can be developed or a way to open the site is found that doesn't compromise member security, the most appropriate action for now is a lock down.

Idle talk can lead to speculation and disappointment. There are a few folks out there, myself included, who continue to pursue ideas. If the E-fiction software used for FurRag is irreparable, then something better needs to replace it. Defining "better" then becomes the key issue.

Rather than mourn the past, let's look to what we can learn from FurRag and build on the positive aspects of it's legacy. I've posted a poll on the subject to better see what others like. If our little internet home can be preserved, and I truly hope it will, then we will also be better prepared for the next build.

Let's celebrate the past as we prepare for the future. Sometimes old friends need leave in order to make room in our lives for new ones. Sometimes they return and are better appreciated after their absence. Either way, the future approaches....
7  Discuss / General / Looking forward on: October 05, 2013, 10:04:59 PM
The intention of this poll is to get a feel for what writers and readers want. What is lacking? How can we meet the needs of our community best?

Please use one of your 3 votes for one of the first 3 choices. You should use your 2 remaining votes for items 4 and/or 5.

The thread is open for discussion. What do you want to see in the future. How can we build upon FurRag's successes and avoid failures.

If you are interested in taking an active role, please IM me directly.
8  Events / Convention Talk / Re: AWA2013 on: September 29, 2013, 11:23:32 PM
Keep taking those little steps. There is a con in Atlanta in March (Furry Weekend Atlanta). Some really good artists and writers should be there. Maybe you will be ready by then.
9  Discuss / Writer's Office / Re: Why do you write? on: September 24, 2013, 05:06:39 AM
I think all writers write to chronicle the voices in our heads and I agree that it's best to let them have their own way. I'm pretty much a linear writer (pantser) and find that thinking too much gets in the way.

@Nights Angel, I have had seductive characters that have tried to hit on me in various ways but what's more scary is when one tries to put a hit me (my femme fatale assassin--very good with a knife).
10  Discuss / Introductions / Re: Hello on: September 24, 2013, 04:39:25 AM
Hello. I'm Night's Angel, i wouldn't say i'm good myself. but that is one thing i have seen on furrag. you don't have to be. just tell a story and let it do it's own thing

Thank you Nights Angel for the profound encouragement.

When I was in the military, I used to tell people: Excellence is made of experience. Experience is made of mistakes. We all make lots of mistakes. Those who succeed turn mistakes into lessons.

Feel free to tell your stories, read others, think about what can be done better and improve. the best way to improve is to share your opinion. When you tell someone what you like and dislike in a story, you see your own strengths and weaknesses more clearly.

Sorry that you found the site in a time of turmoil. Normalcy is subjective and sadly fleeting.

Quinn
11  Discuss / Introductions / Re: Hello on: September 24, 2013, 04:32:06 AM
Hi Nights Angel,

Sorry things have been a bit wierd around here lately. I guess wierdness is to be expected where writers gather.

Welcome to the asylum.
12  Discuss / Introductions / Re: in welcoming on: August 09, 2013, 06:07:07 AM
Howdy ShotgunKid,

I'm Quinn--Mad scientist, scotch drinking, desert loving, Yellowfox. Pleased to make your acquaintence.

You're among friends, so don't be afraid to speak your mind. No one will hold it against you here. We share the same passion and understand. Opening yourself up to artistic criticism is tough to do and we've all done it. I hope you have the courage to express yourself freely. It's a cherished quality.
13  Discuss / Fun and Foolishness / Re: Barrag on: August 09, 2013, 05:11:19 AM
*Mutters from under a dusty table* Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated...

Hi Chipotle. Thanks for asking about me. Your words prompted a thoughtful moment. I honestly haven't been writing like before and fell out of the groove. Mundane days have supplanted my passion. The spark is still alive though. I guess that I feel a little guilty--not for what I've done but by what I've failed to do. I think that's why I've been scarce. The words "I used to be an author" ran through my head this evening and made me physically ill. That must change.

On a happy note, I am about to celebrate my one year anniversary of living together with another furry. We have an amazing relationship and just got engaged. We will be attending Eurofurrence together in a couple of weeks and I can't wait.

*Chuckles at 'Tivo's words* I remember when SoFurry first started and we had a little fun with it. I spent about 30 minutes to crank out a piece of trashy yiff and posted it under a different name. As I recall you did too. I also posted more thoughtful work under my real pen name (Something that was published if I remember correctly). Guess which one got lot's of fave's and which was ignored completely. I haven't been back in ages. I should peek in again just to see if anything has changed there.

I did open a Weasyl account and posted a couple of things there (as Quinn). Just like FA, there is a lot of chaff and very little wheat. Poetigress has posted quite a bit there and is gathering a little following.

I still dream of something like Baens Universe was, but for furry stories.  I have no problem with a site that has firm terms of use, submission and acceptance standards. Having guidelines may be precieved as being "elitist" by some.  I still think it is important for writers to have a place thay can proudly show their family and friends without fear of what will show up. I recall the first time I showed my family FurRag and the Story of the Moment announced "Caution, massive cum shots." *Groans*

My mate follows the Bronie crowd. The fact that Hasbro has a team of lawyers policing unacceptable abuses of their intellectual property keeps pornography to a minimum and appropriate for all ages (And yes, Bronies do "clopping" but keep it out of the public eye). Their sites are policed very closely and the fandom is still growing. Standards reduce drama and enhance acceptability.

I will try to be around more.

14  Discuss / Fun and Foolishness / Re: Barrag on: March 30, 2013, 11:24:37 PM
I spent several years in Minnesota as a kid and remember playing "Shirts and skins" hockey when it was in the teens. The roads were icy enough that I used to skate from my house to the park with the rink. My mate went even further though. She left LA and moved to a little place north of Fairbanks to live as a dog musher for a couple of years.

Now we live in the Sonoran desert. It did snow once this year...

@ Erkhyan: When I was in Australia, we had Ginger Beer that has a small amount of alcohol, 3.5% I believe. (Lick Pier Ginger Beer--it has a rather furry label too). It was fantastic. How is yours?

15  Discuss / Fun and Foolishness / Re: Barrag on: March 20, 2013, 03:06:42 AM
What a difference a day makes -- especially when they pile up into weeks, then months.

Friends are so hard to make and so easy to loose. What starts as diving too deeply into the daily grind soon degrades into neglect.

I've been working on too many things at once and lost sight of my passion and those who share it.

Our community has grown quiet but, hopefully, not still of heart.

*raises a dusty bottle of Single Malt Scotch* Who will drink with me? Not just peaty spirits, but those spirits that whisper to our inner ear and drive us to craft words into legends?

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