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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

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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)


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I like the pretty blue color for the background!
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Jul. 28th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Be sure to check out both skins!
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I think the color was Cathleen's idea!
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Congratulations, ladies!
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Jul. 28th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks so much Shirebound! *Hugs*
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear! We are so excited about it!
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
went to the new site, tried to register, was reject because you cant say its iether4---- or 1-----, and when you geuss wrong it rejects you. then you go back and reenter all the blanks and it tells you you are already registered, please use the lost password entry. i'm only slightly pissed off now will go back when i calm down.
Jul. 28th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Hi, Nancy. I'm handling tech issues for the site so I'll try to get it sorted out. :) The group mods set up an account for you already to post your challenge stories. I will send you your login and password; please let me know if you continue to have problems. :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Nancy, there are bound to be a few glitches we need to work out as we go. We appreciate your patience!
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
That's awesome! I'm eager to browse the archive! Looks good and great job for launching it!
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear! We are so excited about it!
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
What a beautiful site - I am certainly adding it to my 'to read regularly' bookmarks.
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's lovely news! We already have some stories on, due to the past challenges that have been posted, and hope soon to have many more!
Jul. 28th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
It is gorgeous :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Isn't it pretty! We are especially proud of Dawn coming up with the rotating images on the header on the main skin! And all because we couldn't decide which we liked best!

And it was so clever of her to design a special skin for the dial-up folks!
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Jul. 28th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm...you *should* be able to do that just by going to "edit profile". If you should still have a problem doing that, you may need to email Dawn at the websmith address.
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Jul. 30th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Hi, Aranellaurelote, I'm sorry for taking a while to get to your question. One of the site admins will be able to edit your penname for you. Just let me know what your current penname is and what you'd like it to be, and I'll make the change for you. If you'd rather reply privately, you're welcome to email me at websmith@lotrgfic.com.

Thanks--and sorry again for the delay in getting to your request! :)
Jul. 28th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
It looks wonderful, congratulations and thanks to all!
Jul. 28th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
We are very please and excited about it! Thank you so much!
Jul. 28th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you everyone for all the lovely comments and congrats! Your mods really appreciate hearing from you!!!!
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