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Midnight Whispers
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Reviewer: YumYumPM (Signed) · Date: September 03, 2016 08:18 PM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

me and codes don't get along. As long as it doesn't affect my reading I'm fine. ; )

Author's Response:

No problem YumYumPM. It will be easy to do a great many things without doing one tag of code. I've personally done most of the front end development of the site knowing that the vast majority of our members will not be interested in coding. However, in the Internet, there's a need for free code editors for people to access. We're going for that group and give them what they need without having to pay for it at other websites. And we're going to have a superior editor, too. Therefore, we will be a social media site like Facebook, Live Journal, and MySpace - a fiction reading and writing site, and a coding community all in one. There will be something for everyone. Thank you for commenting.

bob

Reviewer: NoChaser (Signed) · Date: September 03, 2016 04:20 PM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

I'm going to learn so much from this! ::Hopping in my seat:: I'm just starting to learn HTML (old brain doesn't retain like it used to). This is going to be so much freaking fun. 



Author's Response:

It gets easier to learn to code after the first language. It sort of rewires your brain to think in code and the next steps are not so hard to do. First baby steps, then walking, and finally you can run. Coding is fun! And we're going to have many possibilities to take advantage of it with the new website. Thanks Roni for your support, excitement, and energy.

bob

Reviewer: Alois (Signed) · Date: August 31, 2016 07:09 PM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

I'm so exciting about the new website. You sure know how to make us languish! Thank you for all the work and for allowing MW to evolve to hopefully have a long, long life yet to come :)



Author's Response:

Honest! I'm not keeping the details from you guys; I have to protect our edge from the global community of website developers. It's a jungle out there!

What we're doing is revolutionary, and will probably be copied by web designers for years to come. And it's so simple I'm amazed no one thought of it yet.

Once the new website goes live, they'll begin to figure out how we did it. And we'll be light years ahead of them.

Then they'll have a year or two figuring out all the bugs in the concept.

Wish I had a $1,000 for everytime a developer told me it can't be done!

I'm having fun with this project very much.

Thank you for commenting, Alois.

bob

 

Reviewer: ferris (Anonymous) · Date: August 31, 2016 12:10 AM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

Thank you for answering my question in such detail. Too bad so much drama was involved.



Author's Response:

Actually that's about normal for fan fiction websites. Elsa Rose Bryant, our founder years ago once said: "Authors come and go, and Whispers just keeps on growing." Therefore, the latest events are just a re-run for me. Seen it all before.

What we're about to become will be a first, and unlike any other websites online today. The more our design comes together, the more amazed I am with it.

It's like some cosmic force is willing it to be a reality. Everything is falling into place beautifully. We foresee the members and readers will love it.

This software, efiction, is a Model T.

The next one will be a custom built star ship.

Writing creativity? Warp Speed, Now!

Predicted global readers: TSUNAMI

 

 

 

Reviewer: TheGirlNoOneKnows5 (Signed) · Date: August 29, 2016 05:18 AM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

This sounds really exciting!

Author's Response:

Cait! How kind of you to respond. How are things down under?

Exciting barely covers it. While the developers are working on the structure of the site, I'm spending hours on design and features. We still have some small issues to solve however the vast majority of this project is already figured out. The task remaining is putting it all together - a final stage of a smoothly running website. I'm pretty sure the New Whispers will be one of a kind and a terrific pleasure to a great many people world wide.

Reviewer: ferris (Anonymous) · Date: August 28, 2016 05:52 PM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

It sounds pretty great.

But out of curiosity.  How do things go from wanting to sell it a while back,  to all this.  Not that I'm complaining.

 

Author's Response:

Pretty good question there Ferris. How do I tie this all together for you so you may understand the chain of events? We have never given our side of what happened, and this looks like a good time to air out the matter for good. It's rather involved.

I'm a senior citizen with some health issues. Stress is something I've been warned to avoid at all cost. Back in Feb-May of this year, RL and maintaining this website was beginning to get to me. I've been maintaining this site since 2009 mostly by myself and back then it was much more demanding, however I was in much better health than I am today. For the last several years someone was helping me manage the site and she was terrific; however, a few authors were not happy with her along with some policy revisions/reminders we had both agreed upon, and they demanded she be terminated. She made a mistake and in my opinion it was not serious enough for such a drastic action. We're humans and we all make mistakes. Looking back now, it was a silly matter and not worth the grief it caused. But these people were determined to tell me how to run my website. To make a long story short, several excellent writers left Whispers and have created their own website together.

Before all that I developed a chronic heart condition that even required an operation to correct it. That explains why stress was a major factor and why I was very serious about selling the website. The situation regarding that group of authors raised my stress level through the roof. When I wanted to sell the website I was letting it all go and planned to just ignore the entire mess for my health and peace of mind. Staying alive was more important to me than a fan fiction website. Apologies were sincerely made by the involved party, but the main person leading that group of very talented authors was hell bent on a mission of vendetta against Whispers and eventually me personally. I just ignored it.

When you get to be my age, you learn not to let others get to you. We would like to put that sad event behind us, but as long as that person has such control over her group of authors and they continue to follow her, the division it caused will probably never be healed. It is what it is, and there is nothing we can do about it today. That explains why I wanted to sell the website.

Once I realized they were leaving, my stress went down, and I decided to stay with the website. Today, I'm very glad I did.

Recently a private investor came along who shared my vision of what Midnight Whispers could become and invested in the project substantially. That's how we're able to make the New Whispers a reality soon. The old software we have is a dinosaur and greatly held us back from improving or adding features to the Whispers program. We had to change and it required a new custom software to make it happen, and to have the WOW! factor professional websites try to be. I grin and shake my head regarding that small band of authors who are trying to beat Midnight Whispers in some kind of website battle, and I'm trying to take on the likes of Facebook, Live Journal, and Wattpad. The QAF fandom is going down fast and we would be wise not to be against each other for the good of the fandom. Well, not everyone sees it that way.

I wish we all could just get along, and those departed authors would like to come home and enjoy the growth and success we're going to have soon. However if they don't, it's not my problem. I even offered to help them launch their website and it got my IP address blocked off for good. How do you heal a wound when you're dealing with someone who acts like that? I don't try anymore. I just love them, bless them, and let them go. However it's going to be sad for those who left if we hit the Lotto with a jackpot of readers suddenly. The days of 20+ reviews per chapter could happen again.

Currently all is excellent for me. I've got plenty of help running the site from skilled and fun people to work with. We don't have a negative or mean bone in our admin body. And they don't just help me; they're doing banners and beta work for many other people. We provide that kind of personal service as much as we can. And that has left me free to create the fiction/media website of my dreams, so the legacy of Elsa Rose and myself will live on to become something very special, and a major service for the online fiction and social media world of the future.

 

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Currently we're experiencing a rapid growth in people using our website, and it may explode even higher when the new website goes online. We've taken the best elements of a half dozen leading websites by adding their features, and many new options that no one has thought to provide yet. This is why we're very confident in the New Midnight Whispers Star Ship that's arriving soon.

We're a family, and like a family we love each other, and should forgive each other. And we welcome all our loved ones to share this home with us. In their hearts, they know who they are, and that Whispers never stopped loving them. Unconditionally. There's a cabin door in this star ship with their name on it. Their rank - still an outstanding officer of this fleet like nothing happened.

QAF Fanfiction Without Regrets - Only time will tell the truth, or not of that statement.

Like Paul Harvey said: "Now you know, the rest of the story - Good Day!"

~bob

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Reviewer: Frank (Anonymous) · Date: August 28, 2016 05:24 PM · On: Chapter 3: A New Text/Code/Image/Video - Editor

That is a very powerful editor you are going to have. I have never seen one like it before on any other website. I do not usually comment but just had to say this is great. I am really thinking about joining and learning how to take advantage of this. I know friends who make websites and get big paychecks doing it. Beats flipping burgers man. Will we have to pay to get this editor? How much will it cost me?



Author's Response:

Membership is free here at Midnight Whispers. We exist on the generous donations of some of our members and authors. Usually we hold a fund raising drive at the beginning of each year. Since the beginning of this website in 2008, we have avoided having major advertising except for the small GoogleAds which provide a check each month to our retired founder, Elsa Rose Bryant. She no longer owns Whispers; however, we still love her.

To answer your question, joining and having access to the editor and all the other outstanding features we'll soon provide will be free for our members. You'll have to join our website to gain access to the editor for creating your own code projects, and getting them stored for you in the CLOUD. Midnight Whispers will pay for the subscription annually for all of our members to have the new editors, and we can have an unlimited number of "pens" within our website.

Thank you for commenting, and join us anytime. We're a very friendly group and we have some very talented people here for you to get to know. We also have some excellent stories to read too. And our authors work hard just for your reviews and the chance to entertain you.

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