June 29th, 2008


Admin - First Age Stories

Hey guys,

For the duration of the awards, my weekly messages will alternate between informational emails like I have been doing, and emails that spotlight certain types of stories. This is to help expose you to the stories participating in this year's awards.

To find out more about these stories, you should visit our voting website, www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/ . Perhaps the easiest way to look up an individual story is to do a search for the story ID#. To do this....

1. Log in to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2008/
2. Click the "Stories" link at the top of the page.
3. Scroll down to the grey bar, where you will see a search field (a white box you can type into, followed by a "Search" button.) Click inside this field.
4. Type in the story ID number followed by the pound sign - for instance, searching for "255#" will bring up story #255 - "Rekindling" by Dawn Felagund.
5. Click "search."

You can also pull up all of these stories by selecting "Times: First Age and Prior" from the "Genre, Race, Time" filter.

Before we get started, some of you may wonder what I mean when I say the author selected the "Times: First Age and Prior" category. This isn't the same as saying they'll compete in that category. Every author picks three main categories they would like their story to compete in, and volunteers subsequently choose one of those main categories to actually place the piece in. The stories listed below are the ones where one of those category choices was "Times: First Age and Prior." That means the author was okay with the story competing against other First Age stories, so you can be sure these all have something to do with the First Age.

Now on to some stories.

With so many stories nominated it's impossible to present them all in detail. Here are five First Age and Prior stories chosen at random, to give you a sampling.

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These are just a few of the nominations that selected the "Times: First Age and Prior" stories (which should represent at least most of the pieces set in that time period). I'll now list all of these nominations, just authors and titles to save on space. If you recognize one, why not go ahead and enter a review for it? And while you're at the site check out another piece from this time period to see if you might want to read it, or if you don't have time add it to your wish list.

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Now for the standard disclaimer: this list of stories was compiled by yours truly. By hand. Unlike the pope, I am not infallible. :-) If you were mistakenly left off this list, it's just that (a mistake); and if I got your story's ID # wrong, I apologize in advance for that, too. 'Twasn't intentional, by any means.

Some of these pieces are WIPs. Some are FLFs (fixed-length ficlets - drabbles and drabble variants, like double drabbles and drabble series), and others are full-fledged novels Some are rated teen or mature for some combination of violence, erotic content, themes, and other content that may be inappropriate for youngsters. Before you read a story, check out its story type, rating, reason for rating, romance partner, and other information to see if it's something you might like.

For full information about these stories free of any mistakes I might have introduced, please check out our website. If you need help with your password, email mefasupport(.at.)mefawards(.dot.)net; if you have general questions on how to find stories at the website, read the FAQs or post here for help, and someone will gladly address your question.

Happy reading!


MEFA Website Maintenance

Hey guys,

A head's up:

If you try to connect to the MEFA website, you may receive the following error message:

Warning: mysql_connect() [function.mysql-connect]: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2) in /home/mefaward/public_html/MEFA2008/lib/mysql.dbi on line 18
Error connecting to mysql server: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock' (2)

This is your computer's way of saying it can't find the database our website pulls information out of.

Tanaqui and Aranel have informed me that this is because of something our hosting company is doing. They (Tanaqui and Aranel) were sent a message saying:

2008-06-29 15:29:20: System Upgrade: To ensure the effective running of our web servers from time to time we need to upgrade our systems to ensure their security or stability. This typically takes 30-60 minutes.

Hopefully the website will be back up in an hour or so (if not sooner). This issue is beyond our control, and so there's nothing any of the MEFA volunteers can do to speed the process along; but the good news is, things will right themselves on their own, fairly quickly.

Thanks for your patience!

(MEFA Admin.)