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October 30, 2017: Finally!! I updated another one!
Posted by Boudreaux

Chapter 5 of Finding My Way Home: Book 3 is now live.   It's so cool actually being able to write again when I am in the mood for it.  Hope you guys like it.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

October 22, 2017: Happy Anniversary!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Back on October 22, 2002, The very first chapter of a story that would soon become the foundation of what the Fort Family now know as "The Clan Short Universe" (CSU). ACFan Unknowingly launched one of the largest amateur collaborative works on the web which in time, would involve multiple authors and birth many alternate realities, fan fiction and a slew of original content created by fans and official authors alike.

My story, "Sentenced to Life" was not intended to be CSU at its original conception. The original idea was to give Danny the opportunity to tell Marc (his savior of sorts) his sorrowful story that would eventually lead him to want to take his life, following his telling, Marc was supposed to aid him in finding the rest and peace he so desperately wanted. Which is where the outline was supposed to take us. While writing chapter 5, ACFan saw that I was having difficulty following the original outline as it was written and, offered me the first true spin-off in the CSU which ultimately gave my main character a reason to live. So, why bring this up today?

As a way to pay tribute to 15 years of a world led by Sean and Cory Short, I decided to show you all some of what Danny had to endure before that fateful day when he decided to put an end to his existence. "Sentenced to life: Chapter 17E - Memories" finally tells the story of Daniel Alexander Page and how he almost insured that I wouldn't have a story to write regarding the A.I. Division of Clan Short of Vulcan, Of the Family of Sarek of the House of Surak. This new chapter is for those of you who knew that Danny had a sorrowful beginning following being "saved" following his fatal car accident by someone who didn't want to let him go. Be warned, these events drove Danny to the brink so, many may be startled at the contrast to life in the CSU that is depicted. Intended to be the story that STL was planned to tell, this chapter simply shows glances of our division's director and of a past he's only mentioned in passing a few times.

So, I hope you all enjoy our Anniversary gifts and I hope you visit our other family sites as well to see what other CSU authors have joined in the celebration. Here's to the past 15 years, and to another 15!

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

October 21, 2017: I Snuck This In
Posted by Boudreaux

Since I was given the power to do so, I have snuck in and posted the epilogue to Class Reunion.  Be prepared for a time warp and possibly some tears as well, but they will be happy tears, I promise.

Hope you all enjoy it

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

October 2, 2017: Cajun Been Busy
Posted by Boudreaux

I have finished a new chapter of Twists of Time, and I also have added (thanks to much help from the techno gods) two new stories.  Skinny Dipping with my Cousins is a one shot short story, but don't worry there are only two Louisiana words in it.  Fantasy Faire is a really (really) long (especially for me) first chapter of a new work.  Hope you enjoy them.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

September 10, 2017: Big Update!
Posted by JeffsFort

After a huge amount of work, "Memories Part 3, Chapter 24: Brothers" is finally live on the Fort Family sites! It is the welcomed continuation of the ever expanding Clan Short family and really touches on quite a few important events. Part of it is actually fulfilling the work of one of our authors who has since passed away. (Dave of D&B) I've seen bits and pieces of this story while it was in production so I gotta warn ya, be ready for quite a ride. I actually plan to ignore everyone else until I've read it myself :)

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

September 9, 2017: Hurricane Irma and those in her path...
Posted by JeffsFort

As I am sure everyone is well aware right now, this month is really winding up some very destructive storms. The most recent has us all holding our breath as it has literally left a path of devastation on it's way to Florida. Many of our readers know that we have a few authors and family based in Florida and we are all concerned. If you are able to, I do strongly urge you to consider donations to the Red Cross as disaster relief has already suffered a strain in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. There will surely be blood drives as well as nonperishable collections taken up and if that is a way you can help out, please consider it.

Overall, let's collectively say a prayer for our friends and family in the path of this storm system and be ready t give a hand if we can.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

August 27, 2017: Jeff Told Me I Could Do This
Posted by Boudreaux

The rumors are true!  There is more to Dear Diary and it is posted now!  Thanks to everyone that helped me get DD 29 out of my head and onto the screen.  Several people that reminded that the rather traumatic life changing events I have been through this summer actually give me more time to write now.  Anyhoo, hope you all enjoy the chapter.

Boudreaux

crazycajun@cornercafe.us

August 13, 2017: New Stuff!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

I just spent a decent amount of time importing some really cool stuff for you all to check out. The complete works of "Akeentia" and the solo works of "The Story Lover" have been on the to-do list for way too long and finally are on our site as well. In doing so, we have expanded the CSU Universe as well as adding The Dragon Earl universe, which has been a personal favorite for a long time. Hope you all have some fun with the new additions.

Oh, and because of these additions, we also have a new category for Poetry. Now if I could only write poetry... Hehehe!

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

August 5, 2017: CSU Beware!
Posted by JeffsFort

Alright, it is time once again to give CSU readers a heart attack. (Not literally, don't look at me like that :P)

Today after a loooooooong wait, Chapter 17 of "Sentenced to Life" is now finished, edited and believe it or not; up on the site! I've heard that very few people who heard that I was actually working on it were a little skeptical (You doubters! Hehehe!) and would only believe it if they saw it. Well, in the immortal words of Naruto Uzumaki (Okay, I'm letting my geek show again...) "Believe It!" I hope you all enjoy the read as the A.I. division stands down from the first of what will undoubtedly become many challenges.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

July 31, 2017: I gotta take english grammar again ;)
Posted by JeffsFort

So, I write my first little short story and think to myself; "I don't want to bother my editor over such a short piece of work. How many mistakes could there be in it after reading through it three times once it was done." The final tally wasn't given to me but, "The Story Lover" who is my editor and "The Eggman" who does a fresh read through and tweaks the rough stuff were not happy with what I posted. So, tonight I was sent a copy of a freshly edited short story and a strong recommendation to stop going all loose cannon on the site. Oh well, I tried ;)

"The Mezzanine" has been all cleaned up. I think it reads the same but you know all these perfectionists around here. Hehehe! (Actually it's looking great thanks to their efforts. Thank the team if you get a chance.)

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

July 17, 2017: Happy birthday to meeeeee...
Posted by JeffsFort

Yup, I got you all a present for my birthday. I know, I shouldn't have. LOL!

Actually, since I took today off work and had some free time to play around; I decided to put an ending on a short story I started a few months back. The story spawns from a kid who hit me up for change in a local Transit Station. Most of it is true, a bit of it made up to round out a story I can't possibly know all the angles to but, it was something that touched me that I wanted to share.

The next time someone asks you for help, how will you respond?

Look for "The Mezzanine" in the Short Stories menu or along with my other works

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com

July 15, 2017: Just checking in...
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!


Wanted to check in and make sure everyone had fun and stayed safe over the holiday. I spent some quiet time with good friends here at the house and then the rest of the day with my on-line family. You would think that could be pretty dull but, we always have fun. Over the past couple of weeks, I have received quite a few emails asking questions, commenting, complimenting and even complaining about the Finale of "A Penny on the Train Tracks" and my second work within the ever expanding universe of our friends within the "Clan Short" which has always had a life of it's own. Based on some of the feedback, I may actually need to add to our F.A.Q. page under the features section here on the site. Keep an eye out for updates. If I do a huge one, I'll let you know with an announcement, otherwise; periodically keep an eye on that section for changes. (I heard you "MW", unfortunately updates in that section don't turn up under "New Chapters" automatically simply because they aren't chapters. I'll try to remember to bring it up at the next meeting and see if we can come up with an option of some sort ;)

My plans for the immediate future though include an almost completed chapter 17 of "Sentenced to Life", a couple of short stories that kinda rattled out of my head thanks to some real life situations in the new city I live in and a couple of ideas which need to remain in my head for the moment so everything else doesn't end out taking a back seat as is often the case when I'm involved. Thank-You so much for contacting me and for all of the encouragement that has actually overwhelmed me a little since my return. (In a good way, no worries!)

So until I have some real news, I'll get back to work and remember, if you have questions, comments, compliments and even (constructive) complaints; we all love to hear them so don't be shy. Your feedback is often the only "paycheck" an author receives for his work. (I know based on the last batch that I got, I really want to make you all happy with a new chapter soon!)

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com 

July 3, 2017: Independance Day!
Posted by JeffsFort

I hope everyone has some cool plans for July 4th. Some time with friends or family, cookouts and gatherings, fireworks and local events... It's a great day to get out and have fun and to celebrate our nation's independance as a huge, united family. Whatever your plans, I hope you make the best of your day and above all else, be safe.

I have no updates to report today for the site but can report that the next chapter of "Sentenced to Life" is taking shape, believe it or not. Soon we will be able to get a glimpse of what happened at our AI division after the attack forced the entirety of Clan Short to pull together. This viewpoint has been on hold for a very long time and finally, it's coming together. I can't set a date yet but, I'll do my best to make it soon.

Until the next update - *HUGZ*
-Jeff-
jeffsfort@gmail.com 

June 28, 2017: A new site feature!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Guys!

Just a quickie to let you know that our site designer is always busy in the background working on functionality. Often, it will be changes in the background that we can slip in without anyone really noticing but, I think this one is worth bringing your attention to. If you click on the "Stories" link above, it takes you to a page listing each and every story listed. A long scrolling page that goes on forever... Well, Akeentia has noticed that on some sites, you could scroll for a week (winks at the Cafe and Story Lover's Home) before finding the story that you are looking for so, he added a sort feature at the top of the page. If you want to read "Flight of the Destiny", click on "F" and it takes you right to it.

Seriously, I love this site and it's framework more than any other site I've ever maintained, and I hope you all agree that his hard work is really paying off :)

Thanks Akeentia!!!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -

June 20, 2017: The Godfather has done us this favor...
Posted by JeffsFort

Hope you all had a good Father's Day. I know my weekend had a few unexpected pitfalls but in the end, I'm doing pretty okay :) So, I log into our family sites and learn that our CMS designer, Akeentia has been hard at work and I'll be honest; he's amazed me again. Now the changes that he made won't be visible in an obvious way but believe me, it will make the site so much richer. How you ask? I'll tell ya. < grin >

As you probably know, some of the content is actually co-hosted work. Initially, we all had our own copies of each other's work and when a story got updated, each site needed to be posted to separately. Still easier than the old fashioned HTML coding days but, he made a change that turns co-hosting on it's ear. (seriously)

Co-hosted works are hosted on their originating sites, period. Each of our sites are now linked as a true family and if a story is hosted on more than one, then it is actually accessed from it's original site. What does this mean for you? It means that updates, corrections and even latest posted chapters listings are instantly updated everywhere they are posted. View your favorite story from your favorite site, period. "Sentenced to Life" is hosted here. You want to read it at cornercafe.us? Go for it. Even if I update it here, it will be up to date there... I've never worked in such a well designed "Content Management System" and just when I think it can't get any better...

Due to this change, a co-hosted story from the CSU brought in the name of one of our universes heavy hitters as well. The Fort would like to welcome "The Eggman" to the lineup as his work with ACFan: "The Time Chronologies: The Mikyvis Chronicles" has been added for your reading enjoyment.

So go look around the new house, I think you will be happy with the new additions!

Til the next update,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

June 11, 2017: Okay, okay! I hear you :)
Posted by JeffsFort

Well it's been four days since posting APTT's finale and I gotta say, I am blown away at how many people have not only read it in that short period of time but have even emailed to say how much they have enjoyed it. Thank-you all so much for the kind words and feedback. (and sorry to the small handful who felt it was too soon for it to be "The End". The characters made me do it.) But this isn't the reason for this post...

After relaunching the CSU story "Sentenced to Life" on both http://jeffsfort.com and http://cornercafe.us I got a lot of feedback thanking myself and our in house IT Akeentia for making it possible to translate the sometimes incoherent ramblings of the little android named Joey. This has, in almost each email I received asked for a way to translate the character's early speech impediment that the site can't automatically handle. Well, I'm listening to you all and realized that thanks to a need on http://storylover.us, there was an option that I believe will make you all happy. Chapters 6, 7 & 8 now have translations encoded that allow you to read the implied comment in plain English. I still recommend ignoring the translations and reading his comments phonetically as that's how the little guy sounds but, for those comments that just aren't as obvious or for those who are missing part of the convo because of an inability to sound out the comments; click on the highlighted text in these three chapters. I used this feature to help out those who are "Joey Impaired" and think it will help out :)

Hope this helps to make the experience enjoyable for everyone!

Til the next update,
*HUGZ*
JeffsFort@gmail.com

June 7, 2017: It's finally here!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi everyone! I have some great news for you all and it just may put a few of you in shock. (I'll apologize in advance for spilled drinks or bruises from falling out of your chairs...)

As I had announced earlier, the first story that I approached prior to re-launching my site was the first story I had attempted ever. I felt that if I was to start "tying up loose ends" it rightfully should be the story that has been waiting the longest for it's conclusion. Originally started back in 2003, "A Penny on the Train Tracks" (APTT) has waited nearly 14 years, stalling repeatedly throughout that time and leading most to believe that it would never be finished. It includes an "Afterword" which briefly explains the idea behind the story, why I feel I began writing it too soon and for all the wrong reasons, and why I now believe that the passage of time and lessons learned in the process gave APTT the message that I wanted it to have in the end after all. I'm very happy with how the story turned out and I hope you all are as well.

This also means that it's time for me to move on to the next story... Look out CSU fans, another tree is about to get shaken and I can't be held responsible for the nuts that fall out of it! Hehehe! I hope you enjoy the read!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -
Jeffsfort@gmail.com

May 22, 2017: New Co-Hosted Story
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know I have been in contact with the author David Miller from http://storylover.us as well as "The Story Lover" himself. As some of you may remember, on our old site we hosted a copy of the short story "Friends is Friends" by David Miller and as with any site which undergoes a complete redesign and relaunch under a new domain, permissions to host need to be renewed, which is why some haven't survived the move, atleast not yet in some cases. David Miller was kind enough to renew that permission and I am very happy to help insure this story is read by as many as possible. It is a story of coming back from the brink and holds a strong message for many of us within the Fort Family.

If you haven't read it yet, please take a few minutes to do so and if you have, be sure to let him know what you think at: davidmiller@storylover.us

*HUGZ* Thanks for an inspiring relaunch Everyone!

-Jeff-

May 16, 2017: 24 hours...
Posted by JeffsFort

Well everyone, it's been just over 24 hours since we opened the doors and I gotta tell you, I am completely blown away at how much traffic this site has already seen. The nice thing about this new site (on my end) is that at any given time I can look at how many visits the site has seen and even see what is being read. It's so much easier to manage than any site I have ever worked with. (Once again, hat tip to the designer...) Not only was I floored with over 400 visits in less than 24 hours but it gave me a smile that a large percentage of those visits involved Chapter 8 of "A Penny on the Train Tracks", which after all this time is just awesome to see. I'll do what I can to get Chapter 9 up as quickly as I can once it comes back from the editor :) Thanks Everyone!

We also have to announce a scheduled service outage coming up in a few hours. (Sorry, didn't get a huge amount of notice on this one.) At 2am EST on 5/16 we will be offline for about 3 hours as our provider performs disk checks and what not. If we aren't back up by 6am EST we will...um... write a message on a wall somewhere to let you know what's going on ;)

Anyway, thank-you all for an awesome launch and for your understanding as this brand new site... decides it needs to take a nap already. (It's apparently even lazier than I am!)

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -

May 14, 2017: Grand reOpening!!!
Posted by JeffsFort

Hi Everyone!

As you may have noticed over the past couple of days, JEFFSFORT.COM has undergone a seriously drastic change visably. Our old stories site has invaded our old family domain and I really like what the combination has created. After a ton of work and many voice chats with our tech guy, the final version of our stories site is ready for it's Grand Opening Celebration. (Almost all of it, actually.) I do have some surprises in store for you all and a small part of it is still on the way.

So, what are we launching today? Glad you asked :)

Works by our featured authors have been cleaned up and and a brand new navigation system has been created to make this site much more mobile friendly as well as easier to navigate. In the process of cleaning up older material, the CSU story "Sentenced to Life" has a brand new feature that thanks to our content management system was not realistic until now. A common complaint with STL was the fact that one of it's main characters is difficult to understand. I can't fix the early versions of his speech but, this new site is actually able to translate his speech once the character became stable. Just hover over the offending comment and it will now be translated for you. "Awdhough, I nod suwe why you wouwd need id." ;)

There is also a major release of new material to my first story. Started 13 years ago, I have finally completed "A Penny on the Train Tracks". Today, a chapter that has been on hold for ever (once again our characters were close to dying of starvation waiting for the new chapter to start) has now been posted and the final chapter is off to the editors and will go live as soon as it is ready. This is also a bit of a relaunch for both APTT and STL as I did go through and tweak some continuity issues and correct minor typos and things that have just been annoying me. If it's been a while since you read either, I'd suggest rereading the story but, it isn't absolutely needed. Anyway, The final conclusion of APTT is a few days away as well as an authors afterword. I'll let you know when it's here.

Those of you who have found your way in before the launch announcement, please feel free to take a look around at the new format and posted material. A family member went through an aweful lot of work to custom design a new content management system just for our family of sites and I feel it has made our work really shine. (To see the original site using this framework, be sure to visit http://paddedroom.us and be sure to read some of the best stories on the net while you are there!)

Thanks for visiting and "Happy Mother's Day"!

*HUGZ*
- Jeff -

Don't forget to check out the newly renovated http://storylover.us for some truely amazing stories.