July 27th, 2009

LOTR Challenges 3 by judy

Many Paths to Tread

We mods would like you all to check the group tonight at 8EDST, 7CDST or the equivalent in your own time zone, for the announcement with the link that will take you to Many Paths to Tread, our very own new archive! Look it over and then comment on the group with your impressions. We are very proud of the way it looks, and Dawn has worked very hard to make it beautiful for us. Just check your email or the LJ community at about that time for the official announcement, with a link to the site!

Your mods,

Pearl Took
Dawn Felagund
LOTR Challenges 5 by judy

Many Paths to Tread

Many Paths to Tread shire

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 ( 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 (ceshaughnessy)
Dreamflower (dreamflower02)
Pearl Took (pearltook1)
Dawn Felagund (dawn_felagund)