This is what has been updated recently. All individual sites have their own list of updates, so check there to see what's been added to them.
June 20th, 2006 - 1:00 AM
Some of you may have noticed that little banner up in the top-right corner for the third All That Glitters Is Cold fanfic contest. And because I'm dumb, I just realized I'd never made a post about it here. As with the first and second contests, this one is being put together by Margaret Rennie. And the prizes? Yeah, they're pretty nice:
1st Place: 60GB black iPod video, plus an accessories package & a $25 prepaid iTunes card.
2nd Place: $150
3rd Place: $75
First, Second, & Third prizes will also include original commissions by Myshu, a full color rendering of the scene of your choice from your winning fic.
The deadline for entries is August 1st, so get to writing! Check out this thread for all the updated details and rules. Best of luck to everyone, and let's get those entries going!
February 19th, 2006 - 10:00 PM
It's been a long time coming, but the new fanfic library is up and running and ready for business! I'm leaving the old library up as an archive, but I won't be updating it anymore. If you already have stories posted on the site, do not create an account; I've already got one set up for you. Just email me at fanfic(at)icybrian(dot)com and I'll send you your password. If not, feel free to go ahead and start one up.
This also means that I'm taking new submissions again, and that the insanely long wait times are a thing of the past. I've got all the stories from the old library transferred over, and I've started responding to the fanfics awaiting approval in the Committee box. If you've submitted a story to the site but haven't heard back on it yet, go ahead and submit it on the new site and I'll push it to the top of the priority list and respond ASAP.
December 23rd, 2005 - 2:37 AM
As I'm sure you've noticed, my site's been in a bit of turmoil for the last month. My former host, SurpassHosting, decided to suspend my account without notice despite the fact that I was still under all my quotas, saying that the forum was putting too much of a strain on the server. It was a few days before I was finally able to get the site back up on the condition that I take the forum down. A couple of days later, they suspended my account again telling me that the (inaccessible) forum was still putting too much of a drain on the server, and that I need to shell out for a dedicated server. They were holding my account hostage again, and I couldn't access any of my things to pull them off and move them. So I had to pay them for the bigger server. They got me moved, and things still weren't working. That combined with their bullshit and extreme rudeness pretty much sounded their death knell for me. I've now got the forums hosted directly with Invision at IcyForums.com, and the main site itself is now hosted with 1and1 Hosting. For a more detailed account of what's going on, check out this thread on the forum.
Couple things you guys should be aware of. I moved the site over as quickly as I could after regaining access to it, because I didn't want to risk them suspending me again and charging me more money to get everything back. So as a result, I haven't had a chance to update everything. I still have to change the php on every single page of the site plus get all the databases working again, so it'll be a little while before the site's back to normal. Sax and I are working on it, but because it's the holidays it may take a little while longer.
Also, if you guys would like to help out, I've set up premium accounts on the forum. The cost is $25/year, and gives you access to a blog, the forum image gallery, increased PM space, and a green name in the display. I'll probably be adding a little more to that in due time. But if you'd like to help me cover the costs of running the site and get some neat features out of it, I'd greatly appreciate it. Some more details on that can be found in the previously mentioned forum thread. Thanks!
December 2nd, 2005 - 9:00 PM
Sorry about the downtime over the last four days. My webhost suspended my account because the forum was apparently using too many resources (even though I was still under my allotted limits for everything; go figure.) After much hassling and waiting forever between responses, and them basically holding my account hostage until I upgraded to a far more expensive package, I was finally able to get them to unsuspend my account on the condition that I take the forums offline. I'm currently looking into hosting the forum directly on Invision's site, as well as other options for hosting the rest of the site. If anyone's got a little extra cash floating around that they'd be willing to donate to help cover costs, I have a PayPal account set up at email@example.com. Any help would be appreciated. Sorry again for the downtime, and I'll keep you guys posted on what's going on.
October 19th, 2005 - 1:00 AM
All That Glitters Is Cold 2 Results
Wow, I completely neglected to make this post earlier. Congratulations to the winners of the All That Glitters Is Cold 2 Fanfic Contest! Congrats to DK, Alexander Oliva, and McNally! Be sure to check out all the entries at the link above.
Upcoming Fanfic Section Changes
On to newer things! Please hold off on submitting any new stories to the site for the time being. I'm in the process of switching over to the new system, which will decrease the wait times by a lot and make things easier on both ends. If you're an author who already has stuff posted on the site, please contact me at fanfic(at)icybrian(dot)com so I can send you your login information for the new site; the more people I can get signed up ahead of time, the less work it'll be for me once it's ready to go.
IcyBrian.com World of Warcraft Guild
Also, if there are any other World of Warcraft players out there, I'm getting a guild (Unthawed Freeloaders) of people from the site together and signed up on the Firetree server. So if you want to join us on there, start up a horde character on Firetree and send a message to me on Hikusaak, WanderingProphet on Vespyr, Black on Rashindo, or one of the other officers (Hulks or Zultak.) Looking forward to seeing you in the game!
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