Where in the world is Kitty?

Wow, have I really not posted in here since November of last year? My bad. My extremely big bad.

I could have at least posted to say that the forum is temporarily offline. That would have been the decent thing to do, wouldn’t it. We were getting SQL errors and so I decided to upgrade the software in an effort to clear those up. Unfortunately that brought it’s own issues with it. I haven’t had time to look at it so unfortunately the forums will be offline for a few weeks (or possibly months) yet. Sorry about that.

The new job is going well but most of my energy is going towards that these days. I’m also taking some classes that are stealing any spare energy I have. I haven’t forgotten about this site, though. I have reams of stuff to add but I need to get that redesign completed first. Work will ease up in November/December (and hopefully my contract will be renewed by then) so I should be able to get stuck back into things by then.

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Magnolia Vale

Been thinking about all the things I need to do on the site and, of course, as I’m thinking of that, other possibilities keep coming to mind. The visual redesign of the site is going much faster now and hopefully that will be ready before the end of August. Once that is done, the addition of content will go much more quickly as my mind won’t be so preoccupied. Here’s the latest look to the redesign (just slightly different from before):

I’ve been thinking especially about the pending Magnolia Vale section (no, I haven’t forgotten about you, Bonnie :-) ). It’s going to be a fan section and is intended, if you’ll recall, to contain fan fiction, artwork, silliness, and other things like that. I’ve been thinking about how to best set it up and have been considering the possibility of setting it up in a blog format with a number of people having rights to post there. Not sure if there’s an interest there or not. And I’m being hampered right now by the fact that I injured my right hand in a freak dumpster accident (don’t ask) along with the fact that I’m taking some courses and am just trying to get through my work day without killing someone.

Anyway, I might start a poll to see if anyone has any interest in that type of thing (a communal blog type thing).

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A sneak peak

Thought you might like to see a sample of what the new site design is going to look like…

[click the image to see a larger -- full-ish sized -- version of it]

Some details of it might change before I unveil the whole site but that’s pretty much what it’s going to look like. It’s less, um, colourful than before (the whole site is pretty much the new, natural tones instead of the old separate colour scheme for each section) but the pages fill the screen and there will be added information in many sections, to make use of that new space.

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Surprises in the works

The matron is getting a new computer in the next week or two (thank her exceptionally generous parents for that). This means there’s a better than average chance that the web site redesign will go a lot faster than it currently is which in turn means that updates will happen a lot sooner than currently projected. All of which is Good News.

It also means we might be able to swing some extra special stuff on the site. Not just some of the stuff you’ve been waiting for but…no, better not divulge the details just in case there are problems and the surprises have to be abandoned.

But you’ll like them, that much I can promise. If and when they appear on the site, you’ll like them. ‘Nuff said. ;-)

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Changes are a comin’

Expect a new site design, along with some new content, to be unveiled sometime around or before late November. The coming design is fairly different from the current one in that the different sections, though still bearing the same names as they do now, will no longer have their own colour schemes and the content tables will no longer be hard coded at 600 pixels the way they are now.

If I manage to find a job in the near future, expect updates to be made on a regular basis. If, on the other hand, I don’t find a job here by the end of November, I will likely end up having to move across country. Which means that any pending updates at that time will be on hold while I pack and move.

Which brings up another point. This site has never had and will never have advertisements or affiliate links. I pay for the hosting and upkeep of this site myself (well, technically, right now I’m getting some help with the hosting costs but that can’t last forever). When I was gainfully employed, that wasn’t a problem but it could become one in the near future. I have had people ask before how they could help in this respect so after much soul searching, I’ve decided to add donation links for anyone who feels they’d like to contribute to the site. Please remember that donating is absolutely, positively voluntary and not expected of anyone.

Donate towards my web hosting bill!.

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