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Grandpa's New Ride in The Hatbox

 

Grandpa's New Ride

by Katie Leone

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Grandpa has an old ride, ancient, a relic really; when he decides to change it for a new one, his grandson Scott jumps at the chance to join him at the auction. A fun sci-fi romp by one of BigCloset and DopplerPress's favorite authors.

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TopShelf's 2015 Summer Vacation Getaway! Story Contest

 

Entry Submission Dates are from March 15, 2015 until May 22, 2015.

Voting on the Submissions should tentatively occur between May 24, 2015 through May 31st, 2015(midnight Pacific Time),
with the Winner Announcements on June 1, 2015.

The Prizes are: 1st Place $100 x 2, 2nd Place $75 x 2, 3rd Place $50 x 2.
(prizes subject to increase with notice!)

Cashflow crunch in the Hatbox

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We just got billed early for $1500+ in bills we didn't expect to have to pay until the end of the month. So. It suddenly got a tight. Really tight. And my personal finances are tight also. Some of our advertising money came in or we would be broke. On Friday, we are going to need about $1050 and we have less than half of that available.

It's past mid-month and we have only reached about half our goal for February. Thanks to everyone who has sent money and I know there is some still in the mail. :)

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Ripoffs?

These guys: http://forum.silicone-breast.com/viewforum.php?f=11 seem to be publishing stories from BCTS without permission. Everything here is automatically copyrighted in the name of the author so these guys are violating federal law. At least two authors have complained to me and I have sent a takedown request via the site's Contact Us link.

I am sure that several other authors are having stories posted without their permission. Have a look and send them a takedown notice.

Hugs,
Erin

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SmallScale DDoS

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This is just an FYI. We have detected, and are currently mitigating, a small scale DDoS attack against one of our VPS host nodes. Because this VPS host currently hosts assets for YourBigCloset it could possibly affect the performance of BigCloset as we host some of our VideoAds from YourBigCloset. This is just an FYI and we don't know if it has any relation to Bigcloset.

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Critical PHPMailer Vulnerability

Hey everyone! I know quite a lot of users here are quite technical, and many have their own websites, so I thought it was important to post this here.

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Hatbox update: My furnace died

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Update evening Dec 13: Furnace is limping along after $75 repair (thermocouple) but squirrel is old and toothless. Getting bids on more permanent repair or replacement tomorrow.

Update late morning Dec 13: We have received money and I have the furnace repair guy on the way. Thanks and hugs.

Update morning of Dec 13. We had $1.44 in one account, $7 in another, about $20 in a third, and less than $300 in an account that will be hit for $254 on Thursday. And my furnace just died.

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Possible Downtime but Upgrades . . .

Hey Everyone!

This is just a note to let you know that we are getting ready to release some new features and upgrades to BigCloset. Some of these upgrades have been attempted in the past and broke a lot of our custom changes to the front page.

So it is entirely possible they will break again, but I promise you I will be working just as fast as possible to get everything working again.

Unfortunately while I've tried to put off these upgrades because of the havoc they may cause, they have recently become urgent.

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Sephrena

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Because Sephrena is an important part of the community here, people should know that there is a situation involving her that may turn more serious or may be soon resolved. We're not comfortable sharing details at the moment but will try to keep everyone appropriately informed.

Hugs to all,
And especially Sephrena,
Erin and the crew

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BigCloset Downtime

Hey Everyone.

I wanted apologize for the delay in getting the site back online today.

What happened is that one of our many elves happened to click a wrong button causing all of the "Author Taxonomy" to disappear. That may sound like an easy fix, of just rolling back the database, but in doing so we would have lost a couple new stories, and blogs that we didn't want to disappear.

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October/November Story Challenge - Everyday Costumes

Time for a small story challenge before people get serious about the Christmas contest. The theme is Everyday Costumes and it's up to you what exactly that means. We've had a few entries, check them out by clicking on the tag in the header above.

Some suggestions:

A superhero's costume is altered by an evil tailor.
A crossdresser's wish comes true in an unexpected way.
Two people dress as each other for Halloween.
A character in a long running soap opera comes to life.
A special Halloween costume shop is run by an old guy in a bathrobe.

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Mid-October Hatbox update

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Bills and payments due on Friday or next week are more than we have on hand, so if you can give a little to help keep our websites running, it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Erin and the Elves

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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Sunday - Expect brief outages

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Piper will be tuning the intranet and switches connecting our various servers; so expect brief outages, probably lasting no more than a few minutes as she disconnects and reconnects various cables and occasionally reboots machines to activate new configurations. Please be patient and forbearing. :)

Thanks and hugs,
Erin

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We're Off!

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While Piper, Cat and I will have our phones and laptops with us, none of us will be home for several hours. Piper and Cat will be at the server farm, installing equipment and getting things ready to move our servers into our new cabinet. I'll be goofing off at a friend's house playing boardgames and drinking coffee.

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Zombie, Ninja, Pirate Spiders - Sept. Challenge - LAST DAYS

Some years ago I was running a tabletop RPG in which my players were exploring an underground ocean. They had their own ship and were attacked by another ship. The crew of the pirate ship seemed to be made up of human-sized spiders carrying cutlasses and firing muskets. Except some of them seemed to come out of nowhere and attack with nunchuks, sais and shurikens. And some of them seemed to be undead and unkillable.

During the course of the battle one of the players said, "Wait, wait! Stop! We're fighting Zombie, Ninja, Pirate Spiders?"

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We're Broke - Operating Funds for BCTS Needed

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We're broke.

We need about $1450 by Friday, 17 September, or some people are going to be paid late.

It's the middle of the month. We have $141 in our bank accounts.

How to give to the support of the site is detailed in the right hand column under the heading The Hatbox and at the bottom of this blog.

We've had expenses associated with the upgrade to some of our servers but thanks to everyone who has helped us stay on top of things.

Any amount is appreciated and gifts are really the way we manage to keep doing this.

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Hatbox and Operating Funds for BCTS

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Update: We have about $230 in the bank right now and need for about $800 by Friday.

We have about $200 in the bank right now and a need for about $1750 by Friday, including a $400 loan to Piper for registering Liam (Piper's son) in daycare. (We made the deposit for Liam's daycare, which Piper will repay after getting re-imbursed.) Thanks to everyone who gave on the 9th and 10th!

Please, if you can, send us a gift to help us keep operating BigCloset and the other sites we host and help maintain for the community. Thanks.

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Spacing between paragraphs

Please put spaces between paragraphs and don't make paragraphs longer than 5 to 7 lines because reading on a screen is hard.

If you're using MS Word or other word processor, there are options that fake a space between paragraphs while viewing the file in the word precessor. Those are not visible when converted to HTML. You need actual blank lines.

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Hatbox for August with Numbers

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Thanks everyone for coming through for us in July. Hugs.

We're getting an early start on August because I did some budgeting. UDATE: Our big advertiser, TBFS, paid early so we are no longer broke. :)

Here's where the money goes, per month, in round numbers.

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Amazon Shopping

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If you're in the US and you plan to buy anything from Amazon today or tomorrow, it would be great if you used the following link to get to Amazon:

http://amzn.to/298wRyK

We get from 4% up to 8% on all purchases through Amazon US and if we can get just 99 more purchases shipped today or tomorrow, we will get a $50 bonus!

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Overdrawn - Hatbox money needed - Updated

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Keeping it simple, we need money to pay bills and I personally am overdrawn on my bank account because I have not been paying myself in order to pay BC bills. Anything anyone can send will be appreciated.

Update: We just got notice from our Denver hosting company. They are going to force us to upgrade the hardware we are hosting with them. So, we will have a onetime expense of as much as $1000-$2000 and our monthly $240 a month is likely to go up too.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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Use this link to subscribe through the Hatbox Membership page:

Subscribe

Checks can be made out & sent to:
Janglewood LLC
602 Higgins Ave
Suite 1 #283
Brielle, NJ 08730
USA

Thank You

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May Story Contest: Rebirth Voting

The May story contest ended last week and the voting is still going on. Tonight I will take a snapshot of the current Kudos count for the contest entries and tomorrow will announce the winners.

1st Prize has been upgraded to a 1-year subscription to Hatbox.
2nd and 3rd prize are 3-month subscriptions.
All other entries will receive 1-month subscriptions.

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Thanks, Everyone

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Right now, today, Sunday 21 of May, we have hit our goal for the month. Your support is much appreciated and I will update the sidebar tomorrow to show today's numbers.

Continuing gifts in any amount will be applied to next months goal and much appreciated.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

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Use this link to subscribe through the Hatbox Membership page:

Subscribe

Checks can be made out & sent to:
Janglewood LLC
602 Higgins Ave
Suite 1 #283
Brielle, NJ 08730
USA

Thank You

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Fools Rush In to April Story Challenge - Last Day!

{Refreshening this announcement} Time for a new story challenge (Not a Contest)! :)

This is for any story or chapter of a longer work based on the theme of "Fools Rush In" posted in the month of April, 2016.

It's just for the fun of it so there are no prizes but there will be a feature spot on the front page for entries, once we have a few. Any length, solo or serial chapter or whatever. Go for it!

Hugs,
Erin

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Hatbox updated again

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Newest Update: We have about $1800 due Friday and we have less than $500 in our bank accounts.

Not completely unexpected but we got hit with a tax bill for $800+, higher than expected, and now Felix has to deal with the expenses related to Katie's death, about $1600, without Katie's income, and we want to help out.

Accordingly, we are going to increase the April goal for the Hatbox to $5000. Yeah, I know that's a lot and to be frank, we're not really expecting to make it but we just wanted everyone to know that that is what we are going to be trying to pay out of our own resources.

Here's the usual info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

cat-in-a-hatbox.jpg

Use this link to subscribe through the Hatbox Membership page:

Subscribe

Checks can be made out & sent to:
Janglewood LLC
602 Higgins Ave
Suite 1 #283
Brielle, NJ 08730
USA

Thank You

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End of the Month; End of the Money

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It's that time of month. We have about 1700 due by the end of the week and we are about 400 short on our expected subscriptions and gifts.

Anything you can give will be appreciated and we have some new stuff happening that people will be finding out about soon. Piper has been very busy. :)

Here's the info:

Use this link to send us a gift:

One-Time Gift

cat-in-a-hatbox.jpg

Use this link to subscribe through the Hatbox Membership page:

Subscribe

Checks can be made out & sent to:
Janglewood LLC
602 Higgins Ave
Suite 1 #283
Brielle, NJ 08730
USA

Thank You

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New Member Sign-up Turned OFF Until Feb 29

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We're going to turn off new member sign-up for the weekend as this seems to be part of the code that is causing the problem. So if you want to join the site, please be patient and we will fix this as soon as can be.

Hugs,
Erin

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Hatbox and Monthly Expenses, Still Short

We're still about $300 short of this month's goal. And we got hit with an unexpected expense for almost that much, just last night. So, we're pretty much broke.

We have about $180. We owe about $1375 on Friday, though we can put a lot of that off. Shortfalls are made up by me, Erin.

So, if you can help, please do. The link for a onetime gift is: Hatbox and the link for a subscription is: Subscribe.

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Upgraded!

Welcome to our NEW Home. Meet Ariel (DB Server) and Belle (Front-End). Both servers are Cloud-Servers, hosted outside bridgewater but we are still maintaining our Bridgewater Facility for the time being. Let me know if you notice any speed/performance increases or decreases as time goes.

-Piper

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The Crush tag added to Contests

I just added "2016 February - The Crush Mini-Contest" to the "Contest" list which can be chosen when creating Fiction. This way, it will be easy to look at all the entries and check to see which ones you have read or haven't and vote on them.

Note though that Melanie and I have entries on the list but we aren't eligible for prizes. :)

Hugs,
Erin

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Funds needed for BC

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We're down to the last $57 in our bank account and more bills coming in. If you can send us a contribution, it would be greatly appreciated.

Use this link to send us a gift:
One-Time Gift

Use this link to subscribe through the Hatbox Membership page:
Subscribe

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We're back

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Piper and I are back from our vacation in Florida. For me this means going from 65°F damp days to 65°F dry days but Piper has been dropped into the deep freeze of New Jersey. :(

We had fun. We're tired and we probably all have colds. I expect to do very little today and maybe not much more than that tomorrow. And Piper still has some personal stuff on her plate to take care of. So, please, continue to cut us some slack. :)

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Please: Hatbox Funds Needed

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Update: I just put one of our bills for about $200 on my credit card because there is not enough in the PayPal account to cover it. This is how after sixteen years I am about $16,000 in debt. $1000 a year isn't bad, huh? :)

Anyway, thanks to everyone who has given and please, if you can send us something this month, we would appreciate it. There is lots of work going on here to keep the site functioning into the future that no one really sees. Good things are happening behind the curtain. :)

Hugs,
Erin

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Forum Cleanout

Just an FYI, I spent most the day doing a cleanout of bogus forums. It was a lot of tedious work to delete each one. There is no streamlined way to maintain them.

Thank you to everyone that's been reminding us it needed to get done, and sorry it took us so long to do it (we try and do it every couple months). We're trying to work out a way to stop it from getting so bad in the future, so please bear with us.

N-E-Ways, visit, post, enjoy! http://bigclosetr.us/topshelf/forum

-Piper, Cat, Erin and the BigCloset Band.

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Katie's Books

Katie is still in the hospital but will be moving later this week to a convalescent facility. Meanwhile, car payments, house costs and other bills continue. And she hasn't been writing the whole month of December.

So, I'm posting to ask people to show Katie some BigCloset community-type care and buy some of her books.

Here's the link (which also goes through the BigCloset affiliate account): http://amzn.to/1JqecvT

Hugs and thanks,
Erin

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Large 0Day Joomla Exploit

Just an FYI to anybody out there. There is a large remote code execution exploit that affects all versions of Joomla since 1.5 that has been in the wild for about 3 days now. There are hotfixes/patches for old/outdated/non-supported versions of joomla, and a proper update for the latest version.

More detail here: https://blog.sucuri.net/2015/12/remote-command-execution-vul...

-Piper

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Hatbox Funds Needed to Pay End of Month Bills

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We've almost made it halfway to our goal but the end of month bills are coming and we are nearly broke. Please, if you can, I know it is a hard time of year to send money to strangers but we do need to pay our bills. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat and the gang

 
 
   

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For anyone worried about me

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I'm about thirty miles from the shooting in San Bernardino and all is calm and quiet here in Calimesa.

Please send your good thoughts to those affected by this tragedy.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/02/us/san-bernardino-shooting/

Hugs,
Erin

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Hatbox Still Needs Money

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{updated again}

Hate to be that blunt about it, but there it is. We need about $1300 (yes, this changed again) by the end of this week, and we have about $300 in the bank.

It's just that time of month.

Here's the link to the subscription page: http://bigclosetr.us/hatbox

Or if you want to send a one time gift: http://bigclosetr.us/hatbox/node/26

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