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12 Feb 2018 04:56 #58541 by brantley
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A lot of discussion today at AURG. If any of you are members, join in!

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06 Mar 2018 15:42 #58794 by brantley
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Any suggestions of a title for Book Three of First Protectior, which will take place on Tazzi? It will be from the viewpoint of Kevin Galton, who will go into politics after the liberation of the planet from Gazrall and the Aureans. He'll still be hooked up with Jana, which will actually be a relief to Vespyr when she finds out (at the end of Book Two) that he's still alive, and that Jana never betrayed him – after all, she's got Alexios. She'll be on guard as Protector, but also involved in dealing with emergencies and vital work too dangerous for native Tazzians. There'll also be allusions to developments elsewhere.

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07 Mar 2018 23:30 - 07 Mar 2018 23:31 #58803 by brantley
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Just finished First Protector II a little while ago. Will upload the update tomorrow morning, which marks the third anniversary of when I began posting chapters. Sorry to take so long!

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08 Mar 2018 05:49 - 08 Mar 2018 05:52 #58804 by brantley
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www.brightempire.com/First-2.pdf

It's Interstellar Women's Day, and we finally conclude First Protector Two, after three years, as Vespyr Tal'esta and her partner Alexios embark on their first mission – to redeem Tazzi, the world where she had served as Companion, from the Aureans. It's a learning experience for her as well as an adventure and a love story – a test of her commitment as a Protector, and of her loyalty to a new vision of the role of Velorians in the universe. And there are some surprises along the way at Freiwelt, a world where another Companion has embraced a different vision of her role; and at Tazzi itself, where personal redemption awaits...

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28 Mar 2018 23:25 #58997 by brantley
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For some reason the What's New page vanished from my Dreamweaver files page. The posted version is still online, but I can't update it. I've created a bare-bones version without the pic, but have to add hyperlinks one by one, so I can't upload it until that's done.

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29 Mar 2018 10:03 - 29 Mar 2018 10:07 #59008 by brantley
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www.brightempire.com/blue.pdf

An update to Power of Blue (2010), which I had neglected to include in updated AU-3 references to Aureans as opposed to Arions (to avoid confusion with Aryans on both Earth and Reigel Five). Also, I had set my edit of Shadar's story on Varig, a seeded world used elsewhere in a different context, so now it's Ixania.

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20 Apr 2018 14:23 - 20 Apr 2018 15:11 #59207 by brantley
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With return of TBE stats counter, which was down for week, hits for First Protector 2 now 3,260. Shadar's "Dinner Party" is at 1,161,

But today, I can't get any new posts to appear at AURG. Shadar had complained of the same problem earlier. It may have to do with Oath, a branch of Verizon that has taken over Yahoo; its terms of service may preclude any adult content.

Maybe SWM will be the only place to discuss Aurora Universe fiction generally, as opposed to just updates to TBE. With that in mind...

Still open to suggestions about FP-3. Can Shadar think of more about Zeta-5, the heavy-gravity planet where Jana Sunderlund was born? Why was it ever seeded in the first place?

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20 Apr 2018 15:42 #59208 by jumperprime
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I got an E-mail the other day about agreeing to a new TOS for Yahoo/Oath, whatever it is now. Maybe you need to click a formality in order to re-enable full functionality?

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20 Apr 2018 16:05 - 20 Apr 2018 16:13 #59209 by brantley
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Already did that, hoping they wouldn't look too closely at AURG or the kind of fiction it relates to. Yet it may be a false alarm; my last post to AURG finally appeared, but only after more than an hour. Then again, maybe Oath runs a quick check for dirty words and the like before allowing posts to appear.

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20 Apr 2018 17:14 #59211 by shadar
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brantley wrote: Already did that, hoping they wouldn't look too closely at AURG or the kind of fiction it relates to. Yet it may be a false alarm; my last post to AURG finally appeared, but only after more than an hour. Then again, maybe Oath runs a quick check for dirty words and the like before allowing posts to appear.

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Don't confuse incompetence with malevolence. Oath is a bunch of idiots. I heard that the good people left after the purchase from Yahoo.

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15 May 2018 20:26 - 15 May 2018 20:27 #59485 by brantley
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Talked to technical support at Hostway.com today, and the news is bad. As you may know, my site has been frozen since my old computer died in March -- no updates since then.

But it's worst than that. There’s no way Hostway can take over the account as manager (rather than just host) and update brightempire.com with all the files and links intact, because the design uses an obsolete technology called frompt as well as the obsolete Dreamweaver I’d been using to edit it before my 2005 computer died. I’d have to create a new version from scratch, and with more than 13 years’ worth of material....

The only option seems to be create a new version as an .org or a .net for new material, with a link to the .com version for the old material – might even have to save the .com as a Wayback archive, just in case… At the moment, the only stories I have In mind are First Protector 3 and the completion of Empress-3. But I might think of something, and host new material by Shadar and others.

Should I go with Hostway for that, or somebody else? Any other advice?

Really need to get some feedback.

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15 May 2018 21:06 #59486 by shadar
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brantley wrote: Talked to technical support at Hostway.com today, and the news is bad. As you may know, my site has been frozen since my old computer died in March -- no updates since then.

But it's worst than that. There’s no way Hostway can take over the account as manager (rather than just host) and update brightempire.com with all the files and links intact, because the design uses an obsolete technology called frompt as well as the obsolete Dreamweaver I’d been using to edit it before my 2005 computer died. I’d have to create a new version from scratch, and with more than 13 years’ worth of material....

The only option seems to be create a new version as an .org or a .net for new material, with a link to the .com version for the old material – might even have to save the .com as a Wayback archive, just in case… At the moment, the only stories I have In mind are First Protector 3 and the completion of Empress-3. But I might think of something, and host new material by Shadar and others.

Should I go with Hostway for that, or somebody else? Any other advice?

Really need to get some feedback.

--Brantley Thompson Elkins


I have the same problem with the AU-Otherworlds site, and my approach for dealing with it was to post any new stuff here on SWM.

My old site is built on FrontPage and their specialized server extensions, which is even older than Dreamweaver. Turn of the century stuff.

I'm confident I could figure out how to build a new page using current tools and then manage it, but it would be a bunch of work and I'm just not motivated enough to do it given the audience for readers of this style of fiction has shrunk greatly over the years.

It's my belief that the remaining true-believers are here on SWM, with is kind of the Rivendell or Lothlorien (if we only had Arwen or Galadriel !) of the superwoman fiction world.

Perhaps we should call ourselves a virtual Last Homely House, which Tolkien described as being in Rivendell:

"That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, 'a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all'. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness." — The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien

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15 May 2018 22:41 #59487 by fats
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I can build you a site, all you would need to do is populate it with content and host it on a decent host, tell me what you need and I can get it done.

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15 May 2018 23:14 - 15 May 2018 23:14 #59488 by brantley
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Thanks, and I'm glad to accept your offer. But I need to have some new content for a new site -- I presume you can't just duplicate the old one with all the files and links. What with other demands on my time, it will doubtless take a few weeks to finish Empress-3 and at get a good start with FP-3. Anybody here have stuff they'd be willing to add?

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22 May 2018 00:08 #59574 by brantley
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Trying to wrap up Empress-3. That will be essential to a new site, as will the version of FP-2 with a link to FP-3 and enough of FP-3 to be worth posting. More people are still reading FP-2, judging from the stats.
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16 Jun 2018 03:40 #59867 by brantley
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Working again on Empress-3, which got the most hits of any story yesterday, since I don't have any big ideas yet for First Protector-3. Hope to have it ready by the end of the month. Also introductory material for brightempire.net, if Fats is still willing to set up that site.--Brantley

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16 Jun 2018 04:17 #59869 by HendrixLives
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Hi Brantley - what is the actual issue with your site? Do you own the brightempire.com domain name or not? If so, someone here should be able to help you transfer it to a new hosting service, and the demise of your old computer shouldn't affect this process. As for your old site, I've downloaded the whole thing. All the links I tried did work (and if you were using Dreamweaver and then syncing your site across, so it should). There isn't anything suggesting you were writing a database driven website., so you should just be able to re-upload it to a new hosting provider. Anyway, I wouldn't give up on this yet. Cheers

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16 Jun 2018 10:39 - 16 Jun 2018 10:41 #59879 by brantley
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I DO own it, That's not the problem,

From a May 15 post at AURG:

<<Just got off the phone with Hostway technical support. They said the TBE site uses an old technology called frompt, which is as obsolete as the Dreamweaver program for editing it.They say I can't just have the old site with all its files and links uploaded to a new system; I'd have to start from scratch. Given that there are 13 years worth of material, it would be an insuperable task. The only thing I can think of it is to create a smaller site, only for new material, with a link to brightempire.com for the older stuff. Any advice on who to go with, Hostway or somebody else?"

The site is, effectively, only an archive. It can't be edited or updated.

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16 Jun 2018 13:11 #59880 by HendrixLives
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I'm still struggling with this. Whatever frompt is or was, your website in its current form can be, and has been, downloaded and can then be uploaded to a new host with somewhere between zero and minimal loss of functionality, which is exactly how the web is supposed to work. I wouldn't want to suggest a webhost, but anyone telling you that the current content of brightempire.com is moribund, and can't be updated or edited, is flat-out wrong.

If you're comfortable with a random person uploading your site to a random website for a few days as  proof-of-concept, let me know and I will give it a go.

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16 Jun 2018 13:47 #59881 by fats
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there is space on SWM server for a test site

Let me know and I'll set up an FTP account and a folder on the server.

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