Era: Time of the Trees
Summary: This was written for the Silmarillion Writers Guild 5th Birthday celebration based on the Theme: Five Things. The title says it all. Thank you to IgnobleBard for Beta reading this story, as wel ...
Summary: It is the fourth age, the elves have left middle Earth and live in Peace in Valinor, then the Istari Discover a Gateways that allow travel between the blessed realm and the world of men, Our world. An ...
Era: 1st Age
Summary: This is really not a love story, although it is centered upon the relationship of Maedhros and Fingon and told from their points of view. It is more a personal exploration of the politics of the exi ...
Era: 3rd Age - The Kings
Summary: The decline and fall of the smallest of the Dunedain kingdoms of Arnor, as described in the memoirs of a soldier and descendant of minor nobility. I have always been fascinated by what the story migh ...
Author: Blue Rose
Era: Akallabêth/Last Alliance
Summary: "It is said that Amandil set sail in a small ship at night and... passed into the west. He took with him three servants... and never again were they heard of." This is the tale of what happened to Ama ...
The response to the news of HASA's retirement has been amazing and humbling. A few of you have reduced me to tears with your touching stories about the site and what it means to you.
One message has been clear - save the Research Library. I hear you, so do the rest of the admins, and we're moving forward. Keep an eye out for requests for data entry and quality checking, hopefully by some time in October.
Sadly, I have heard nothing back, not even a automated message, from Open Doors. That may not be an option for saving the entire archive, though it does seem to be a nice place for individual authors to post their stuff.
Finally, if you are interested in helping track down authors and get permission to copy stories to other archives, please pipe up. We have ways to allow non-authors to act as administrators and save stories out as long as the authors agree for their work to be transferred.
Please do reach out to authors you know who may not be active in the fandom anymore and let them know what's up. I'm glad you like the visuals on the site, though I have to thank/blame Nath for much of the aesthetic qualities. She has done much of the imagery and helped define the color scheme.
You've seen some of the behind the scenes adventures with Orchard, so you we're working hard on getting things running. I'm almost ready to try publishing a test of the site just to see what's involved.
Thanks for all you're doing to save the Research Library -- not to mention all you've done these past years to keep HASA going in spite of all the difficulties! I'm trying to contact some people I know who have been active at HASA in the past as writers and readers but have dropped off the radar of late, so that they will know of this impending change. A lot of my own stories are archived elsewhere, so I have less to do for saving my own works, though I think HASA has the most up to date versions.
One of the things I will miss most about HASA is the pleasant layout. I have loved the color scheme and the layout and the ease of use of the archive the most of all the places I post my stories. Thanks again for that consistency over the years!
This thread (and more if needed) is for comment on shutting down HASA.
To reiterate, the driving force behind this decision is server security. I can't go into detail about our security issues in an open venue, so here's what I can say. We've been hacked in the recent past, the services on the server have been used for nefarious purposes, there are ISPs out there who have blacklisted our site and IP due to the problems that have happened. I get email bounce-backs every week due to the blacklisting. The database is (for now) secure, which means your personal information is secure.
This is not a money issue, though funding does enter into it. I'm currently paying most hosting costs out of my own pocket, which I can carry. If all that was needed was hosting fees, there are donors who would help foot the bill. The problem is technical and security retrofitting, which would involve new hardware, new server software and then a total overhaul of the application code for HASA itself. This is several hundred hours of work. I don't have that time and the cost to hire someone to do it at current rates is six figures.
At the suggestion of several people, I have sent an email to the Open Doors project to see what possible archive move options might be. I will report back what I find out.
I'm working with an open source product called Orchard CMS to see if it will support the Research Library portion of HASA. It's a little iffy, but it looks like the basic data can be supported, and then better presentations can be developed. In many ways, it's a much better technical platform than what I was able to build for HASA. It's not a good one for a major story archive, though it would probably be pretty good for an individual author's stories.
Birthday folks: Is your birthday in September and you would be delighted by a little story gift from your fellow HASA members? Then state your request here in this thread. To collect your birthday cards in one place, you can create a birthday workshop story.
Authors: Let yourselves get inspired by the suggestions - a chance to be creative and to make a fellow HASA member happy at the same time! Just like the recipients, you can collect the stories you've written in a birthday workshop story.
And don't forget to add your birthday cards to the 2014 Birthday Cards Challenge.
Here's a short recap on how to do that:
In case you need help or have a comment, question or suggestion, please post it here or send me an e-mail - I'll do my best to help.
What are Playlists? Playlists are lists of stories that belong together. Readers, authors and workshop members can create lists of stories, and everyone can collect lists they like. Find out more about playlists...
Word Count: 4,412
Era: 3rd Age - Post-Ring War
Published: 23 Mar 04
A Faramir/Eowyn wedding night story. Humorous, I hope, and gloriously light on plot. Be warned: contains adult material, as in explicit het.
Featured stories are chosen randomly from the entire catalog of reviewed and general works. The selection changes every fifteen minutes.
Starting Balance: ($680.00)
Hosting Fees: $900.00
Ending Balance: ($1,205.00)
Every web site costs something to operate, and HASA is no exception. Our hosting fees are $150 per month. If you appreciate the site, please consider donating. For more information, visit the donations page.