In this Issue:
Letter From the Editor
Introducing the Staff
The Lit.Org Webring
The Write Off
Happy New Year. Unlike most sites, we didn't take the Holiday's off.
No, we kept at it to bring you some great new features and improved
some old ones. Still, the best is yet to come.
Our staff has grown, members have grown an the Archive has grown.
Not only is quantity up, but so is quality. With an influx of
talented writers, it seems everyone is rising up to meet the
challenge. And we've been having record numbers of visitors to
the site. Things are really starting to click.
We also have some exciting new projects beyond just adding
new features. Along with the books being published, 2002 will
prove to be our most exciting year yet!
Chrispian H. Burks
Editor - Lit.Org
For those of you who visit the site regularly, you probably
already know who the staff members are. Some of you don't.
Those of you who are new might not know everyone, and we've
added a couple of new staff members. I would like to take
this time to give them some of the spotlight and let everyone
know who it is that makes Lit.Org tick.
Justin, Parteepants, Beckett, Kross, Daisymonster, and
Roganize make up our talented staff. Each of them help out
in their own way as well as have specific tasks.
Justin is our head programmer and responsible for the day
to day coding needs of the site. You would be amazed at how
much code it takes to power our site.
Parteepants and Beckett are our Guardians. Some sites call them
Mentors. They are here to help out when users need help, and also
to promote and run events.
Kross and Daisymonster are Acolytes. Their job is to help out with
just about anything that we might need help with. One of their
main functions is to help advertise Lit.Org on other sites, mailing
lists and newsgroups. The Acolytes are also the ones who gather
news and headlines from around the web. We are looking for more
And finally, Roganize, our Only Magistrate, helps keep things
in check. He helps validate posts, moderates the forums and
helps me keep things running smoothly.
I can't thank these people enough. They do a great job keeping
the site in top shape!
We've added a couple of new features to the site. We try to add
new features almost weekly - and we manage to do a pretty good
job of keeping that goal.
This round we modified the view routine so that it now hyperlinks
the category a story is in and displays it in the story header.
We also increased the profiles so that if a user has more than
ten posts, it will let you browse through them, ten at a time
until you've seen all of a writers stories.
We also added a what's new program to the recent submissions. You
can new view the last 25 or 50 submissions, submissions in the last
24 hours, or submissions in the last week.
Some of the features you can look forward too in the coming weeks.
Author Promote, allowing authors and editors to promote their books.
Writers Wanted, allowing both Publishers and Writers to post their
availability. The Lit.Org Reader, which will be a new way to
easily browser and read your stories. Member Preferences, allowing
members to set preferences for categories, favorites, favorite authors,
subscribe to categories, get e-mail updates and more. These are
just a few of the big features we have planned.
We've also got several content features in development, including
a site dedicated to the best work selected from Lit.Org. We also
have several sub-sites planned for specific genre's as well as
specialized zine projects. We are always trying to expand the
original content produced by Lit.Org and some of the things we have
in the design phase are very exciting. We think you'll be very pleased.
Strangeminds.com is a website dedicated to writers and amateur writers.
Through feedback, reviews and community support our goal is to help
writers focus and hone there skills in hopes that one day they will become
published writers. The site was developed to be a source of information and a
place to let writers post their work online so others can read and review it.
Webmasters, We've added a Lit.Org webring to the site.
If you have a site and want to increase your exposure
sign up for the Lit.Org webring!
This week’s event features the considerable writing
talents of Crowe and Kross. Please take the time to
read and rate Crowe’s “Silent Night” and Kross’s “A Bad
Day.” Both are fabulous stories that deserve your
attention. I’ll tabulate the scores and declare a
winner on Friday in the Write Off’s forum section.
Also, I very excited to announce next week’s
competition, which could be billed as Lit.Org Vs.
Strangeminds because it will pit one of our best
writers against one of theirs. Representing Lit.Org
will be Rogan, who is the true master of the dark
and angry rant. Representing Strangeminds is an
unassuming but very talented writer named Jeff.
His light and humorous style is the polar opposite
of Rogan’s, which is why this is going to be a
fantastic match up.
To sample Jeff’s writings, visit Strangeminds.com and
be sure to read the following: “Finally, Trojan makes
Xlarge Condom,” “In the Blink of an Eye,” and “Old
Fashioned Country Love.”
Of course, you can read Rogan’s great works here at
Lit.Org, and I would recommend: “Raw
Blink, “Andrenochrome Dreams” (any issue), and “The
Lady of Hope.” Please, visit Lit.Org Sunday evening
to see these two monsters go toe to toe. You won't
The Scrap Pile has had some new life breathed into
thanks to Crowe and his beautiful addition. I think
that this story has a lot of potential and I’m hoping
we can maintain its intensity for a few more weeks.
If you are interested adding a post, please come to the
forum titled, “The Thread: Scrap Pile” and sign up. I
believe the more people who add to this story the
better it will be. So if you are a Lit.Org member, I
hope you will participate. Just try to submit your post
within 24 hours of signing up and if you run into
problems, please withdraw to enable others to take a
crack at it.
Help support Lit.Org authors. Visit the Lit.Org store and buy cool swag. The proceeds go to help support he writers of Lit.Org!
You'll look cool in front of all your friends. Go buy something today.
Visit the Lit.Org store
Tell your friends about Lit.Org. Every visitor you send us enters you in the pool for a free T-Shirt and Free book!
You don't have to do anything. Just fill out the form on our site and we'll take care of the rest. We'll announce
the winner in a few weeks!
Tell people about Lit.Org now!
Meet the members and staff of Lit.Org. Chat about everything
under the sun and let everyone get to know you. Visit the