|Posted by The Writer on March 19, 2011 at 2:06 PM||comments (2)|
A new PDF Application has been added to the Literary Works to make reading easier and more organized. You can now download the Open Office Power Point of all Firework's poems, along with R.R.'s face the challenge exerpt, and the first writing ever posted on the site, a poem by Midnight Dust.
The new poll is about what Romance story from Behind the Black Gate is best. The five poll options? Destiny's, Chloe's, Alexandra's, Erica's, or None (if you think none are worthy of being placed in the Literary Works). So go on and vote and look at the new and improved page!
|Posted by storytimecity on March 12, 2011 at 5:32 PM||comments (3)|
Should Story Time City allow cursing in stories? And if so what curse words will be allowed and what won't? The website has a large range of ages and some of those ages it wouldn't be appropriate to have those words written in stories. After the votes have been counted (the poll will probably be up for a week or two) the admins will decide what words will be allowed and what won't. Of course we won't post a list on the website, but if someone is planning to use curse words in their story they have to pm the admins and tell them which words you are planning on using, the admins will then tell the resident if any of the words are unacceptable.
The consequences for cursing in a story will be semi-harsh, probably being turned into a limited member for awhile depending on the word used.
But if most of the residents vote for Pro-Clean no cursewords will be allowed and the punishment will go to anyone who uses a cursewords.
Also the vote is not asking if curse words should be used on the site, only in the stories on the site, no one is allowed to use curse words in the chatting area or any other area of the site.
Happy Voting! (Go to the Laws page to vote!)
|Posted by The Writer on February 22, 2011 at 8:26 PM||comments (0)|
This won't affect any of the members on the site already, but if you have friends who you plan on telling about the site, they will have to deal with the new policy. The admins don't like not knowing who everyone is, we have the safety of all our members to think about. So we are changing the settings on the website so that no one can become a full member and become part of the site community until the admins accept them, and the admins are only going to accept them if they know who the person is a friend of.
If you are telling your friends about the site and one of them tries to join you must email the admin you feel most comfortable with (who has admin power: me, The Writer or Passion, R.R. doesn't have an email).
If you don't know your perfered admins email just send them a message and they will most likely give you their email. For some of the less chatty IM members we may be a bit wary about giving out our emails, but all of us have emails for those people we are wary of and we can give those people one of those. Don't be offended if you get such an email address, it simply means that admin is not as comfy with you as you are with them.
And when sending emails to the admins REMEMBER admins are human beings and emails from unknown email addresses tend to be overlooked and/or deleted, you might want to say STORY TIME CITY MEMBER NOTICE as the email subject so that we know what it's about and we will open it.
Also, don't abuse these email addresses, we are probably giving you a business email address that doesn't have any of our information on it, but if we do give you are main one, it's because we trust you won't do anything stupid, please, if someone does abuse this we'll make just one email address for all the member notices to be sent to, it will be annoying for the admins because now we have to remember yet another email address, and it's much easier for us just to use our own ones, BUT if it gets abused we will have no choice.
PS: This takes affect on Friday, February 25th 2011.
|Posted by The Writer on January 10, 2011 at 6:43 PM||comments (0)|
I felt it was necessary to refresh everyone's memories and help out the new members in case they get cyber-bullied, so here are the pointers.
This website does not allow cyber bullying, and if someone cyber bullies you, please report it to R.R. our chief of police, she will bring the matter up with the other admins. You could also PM me, The Writer, as people have before, and I will do the same as R.R. and bring it up and the admins will discuss the punishment. If you think we pick favorites that is a lie, some people who have "history" as a bully may be given an unfair advantage as yes, admins do remember these things.
Also this site is for people to get away from bullying, it's for writers and most writers are strange and people are strange in general. I'm sure a few of us have been picked on at school and people did nothing. On this site we are not afraid to punish someone if they have been mean.
Everyone should be treated equally and kindly. And we will be harsher on people who bully now. Also don't be afraid to private message one of the admins (Passion, R.R., or me, the Writer, whoever you feel more comfortable writing too and we will warn once, and if it keeps up punish them).
And the admins will fight for you if someone is being exceedingly rude to you, because we want people to understand our points of view on things and how they should accept everyone for who they decide to be, whether or not you agree with that, it doesn't really matter what you think, it's their life. You are allowed to share your mind through writing, but you aren't allowed to put down people on their choices. After we fight with the cyber bully, and if they don't promise to be nice (keep in mind, we will keep tabs on this and ask the people they insulted if they are being better) and if they don't start acting nicer we will delete them.
Thank you, and enjoy the website!
|Posted by The Writer on January 8, 2011 at 7:22 PM||comments (0)|
If you are a Writer in Chicago between 7th grade to senior in high school you will probably enjoy Young Chicago Authors. There website (if you look it up on Google) says it's high school only but it's not. You apply online and they send a letter to your home.
It's a great experience but it's hard to find as it is right next to a Law Office with the same address, you have to walk past that and you will find a small door that says "Young Chicago Authors" and it will just show a stair case which you have to go up and at the top you'll see the inside entrance. It's small and informal with great teachers. The manager of it will show you around and on a big dry erase board that says the classes, the times, and has arrows below each class saying which direction.
The semester has already started and you go for several weeks on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 11:00 for the first 2 class (you choose which one to go to, you can take 2 of the 4 classes a day because there are 2 classes at the same time for 2 hours long) and the next 2 classes are 11:30-1:30, though you only have to stay for the first class if you want to. It really informal and the kids decide which class they want to take and where to go from there. Everyone is allowed to jump in on conversations (hand raising for the teacher to call on you is practically illegal).
It's also fun because there are 4 adults in the class just watching, sitting in for fun (1 is the teacher) and then there's 5-6 kids in the class, ranging in ages.
It's fun, this is my first semester and I found out about it recently. It's a great opportunity for any writer in Chicago.
|Posted by storytimecity on December 30, 2010 at 10:57 PM||comments (0)|
Under the Book Store we now have a few more genres which were already seen and have been put to use by a few members, and just recently we added a Category for "Contest Stories" where the stories done for contests will be put, now this does not mean you can have a story that you continually update in this category, it is for contest stories and these stories, no matter how popular will be locked so that they cannot be updated after the contest is over. You are welcome to copy your story and repost it in the correct Genre Category and then write more to it there.
And for how to tell which story is for which contest, you don't have to repost the whole contest name, all you have to do is post the short contest name and then by you (For example: "Writing Challenge 1 by Resident" or "Evil Eye by Resident", etc.) They will be read and judged by all the participating admins (admin judges, not the admins who sent in a story) on the day the Contest ends and A.S.A.P. the results will be put up.
We hope you enjoy the admins work to make this site as fun and as easy to use and enjoy as possible.
|Posted by storytimecity on December 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM||comments (0)|
The poll has been added to the home page, so for those o you who enjoyed that fun little addition, it is back up and running.
A new vote has arisen, Arcade or not? The admins have been discussing adding an arcade to the website, it has been made, but is so far locked from public use. And no games have been added yet, but once it has been voted on we will decide if we should add it to the city (this is part of the homepage vote).
|Posted by storytimecity on November 28, 2010 at 1:43 PM||comments (0)|
We have counted up the votes and will now be adding a new forum to talk about books your reading at the time. It will be under the book store as Book Store Chat. But it will be for reviewing, recommending, and chatting about real books your reading right now. It will be at the very bottom of bookstore.
|Posted by The Writer on November 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM||comments (2)|
Our set amount was different for every animal (you can own 3 dogs, and the set amount of cats you can own is 5. and you can have 2 dogs and 2 cats together) but after a conversation with Fireworks (who has adopted three pets, a dog and two cats) it made me think. So I put up a new vote, go to the Laws page and read the three categories. There is no pole yet, but this is to make sure you read the categories before just voting on names if any of you have been doing that in the past.
|Posted by The Writer on November 15, 2010 at 9:31 PM||comments (1)|
The Art Gallery us being expanded and refinished, fitting room for a Comic Gallery (where every comic will get its own album/room), and an Album for every catagory of Art. It's still under contruction, but it is open to the public while it is going under these changes and will stay that way until completed. So go and view the new add-ons to the Art Gallery!