A New Home
Hi everyone. I’m still here plugging away. I think most of you know that over the last year I’ve had to deal with some significant healthcare issues that have had, and will continue to have a large impact on my life. Some things won’t get better and may even get worse. I can only follow doctor’s orders and hope for the best.
Happily, my shoulder injury is much better following surgery. (I’m relieved that I put away my experiment with voice-to-text software. Maybe someday the state-of-the-software-art will allow for the development of the right software, but right now it isn’t there.) Now it’s a matter of gaining strength and staying off the ice in January.
All that aside, I have some important information I want to share with everybody. But first, some backstory.
ASSTR, which hosts the World of Letoria website, may be on its last legs. ASSTR is probably how most of you found Karen and Laci. Some of you have been fans since the earliest days on Leslita — before I got banned from the site – which stretches all the way back to 2012. Six years or one day, all of you are precious to me, and I always strive to give you the best I possibly can.
ASSTR has always been a bare-boned site forever wedded to a primitive text-based system for posting and archiving an enormous repository of (mostly bad) erotic fiction. Obviously, accepting only text files limits the graphic possibilities when posting stories (the site was specifically meant to be accessible by anyone with a computer and an internet connection, thus its rudimentary structure.)
To provide a work-around and some graphic flexibility, ASSTR offers hosting author-built and maintained websites on its servers. That’s how the World of Letoria, and other sites like Leslita, Nifty, or Kirsten’s Archive work. In my case, a wonderful guy from Australia volunteered to do the dirty, tedious work for me. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have reader-friends willing to lend me a hand when I need it most.
Anyway, ASSTR’s owners have always volunteered their own time and money to keep everything up and running. They use donated but hopelessly obsolete equipment. You might recall the site going down for a few weeks last summer when their main server failed. It’s only a matter of time before it happens again.
We authors don’t have special access to the site owners. We rely on the same “Contact Us” options as everyone else. It took a week to even get admin to realize something was wrong last year, then it took almost another month to find donated replacement hardware.
It seems ASSTR hasn’t recovered from that debacle, and I suspect its prognosis is grim. The site owners seem to have lost interest in maintaining it. One of the ASSTR functions most authors found almost indispensable was the auto-update feature. It’s no longer functioning, and there has been no response from admin to requests for an update.
Once I began to suspect that ASSTRs problems were terminal, I realized I was in a precarious position. What would happen to K&L if ASSTR went belly-up? How would I reach all of you to advise you where else to find copies of the story? What options are even available? I turned to the two people I most trust when it comes to computer stuff: my Ozian web guy, and a beloved Canadian friend who’s a lot more talented than she’s willing to admit. Between us, I think we came up with a good solution which fortunately didn’t involve this formula:
It was a surprisingly simple answer. All I had to do was choose a domain name, register it, and have my web guru host the site (which he actually built because he knows what he’s doing, and I don’t) on his servers. He even offered to register it. Having friends like that keeps me from freaking out when such problems arise. I simply can’t thank him enough for his willingness to put up with me and my occasional histrionics.
Anyway, right now on you can still access the World of Letoria site via ASSTR as always, or you can go to http://www.worldofletoria.com. Same website reachable on two servers. If ever ASSTR does finally wither away, our beautiful ladies will still have a home. I’m going to try to post frequent reminders of the new access options, and any ASSTR rumors I might have to offer.
And keep the faith: I’m getting ever closer to the end of the new chapter.