Story Contest - Life in the Rosebush

Okay, here's a bit of an experiment for the site... To help get things going here, we're going to try to do some story contests. The theme for this contest is: Life in the Rosebush. Submissions based on other themes are welcome, however. The (tenative) deadline for entries is June 20 (my birthday ;).

Now, entries of any length (from short stories to multi-chaptered novels) are permitted, but keep in mind that they should be rated PG-13 or less and should follow the submission guidelines. However, as a slight change, you are encouraged to create an account and post the stories to your own personal blog. Just post a comment to this thread linking to your submission. This makes it easier for me to handle submissions. Email submissions are still okay, but please keep in mind that right now things are pretty busy IRL. Submissions must be finished to be considered. You can, of course, go back and expand upon the story and such as you desire.

After the deadline, we'll put up a page with links to all of the stories submitted along with a poll to determine the best story. If there are a lot of submissions, we might do a few sub-category polls as well. Winners will receive a permanent place in Robin's Fanfiction Archive, and possibly other prizes, depending on what I can wrangle up.

A special thanks to Megan, Robin and the other posters on the forum for the idea. Have fun and good luck!

EDIT: Deadline has been extended to allow more people to enter.

What would you like to see on Robin's?

Lately, I've noticed that Robin's site has been rather static; while we have a rather vibrant community on Thorn Valley's forum and on the Fan Art gallery, this site hasn't changed much in the past few months. I've started a thread on the forum, if anyone would like to share their thoughts on this. I'll very likely be implementing a few of these ideas soon. forum thread

New stories, revision to George

A new story, titled The Secret of NIMH - Another Story has been added to the archive. It's a fun little story, so check it out. Marcus Lindemann has also submitted a touching short story titled Changing of the Guard.

Also, Chris Silva has submitted a revision to his story, George.

Changing of the Guard

by Marcus Lindemann

Brutus, now an old and frail rat that is dependent on his family, reflects on his life, friends long gone and the simple joys that he appreciates now that he can no longer be a guard. Truly a touching story.

The Secret of NIMH - Another Story

by Nala5

We all know the story of Mrs. Brisby... or do we? Here's a short story that does another take on the story we know and love, with a few twists of course.

Redirect from K'Arthurville Up

The redirect page to Thorn Valley has been put up and I'll be deleting the old Robin site in the next few days. Please reset your bookmarks to Thorn Valley.

Thanks again to Simon for doing such a great job with the site! It looks fantastic!

New illustrations added to Gibbs' stories

I recently received some art to go along with Paul S. Gibbs' fanfics The Rats of Thorn Valley and Second In Command from LordDirk, a new contributing artist. If you'd rather not go poking around the stories for the art, you can take a gander at his gallery. Enjoy!

So... What do you think?

Well, now that everything's finished, as far as migrating things over, I was wondering what everyone thinks of the new site... Are there any features you'd like to see added? Traditions (i.e. The Robin's Reader's Choice Awards) that you'd like to continue? Things you'd like to see started? Please let me know, either by email or by posting a comment below. Thanks!

Finally Done!

Yeah, I know it's taken a while, and I won't say that there isn't room for improvement, but all of the stories and art from the old Robin site has been uploaded to the new site.

Incidentally, some of you may be wondering about the login thing on the left side of the page. No, you don't need to login to view the stories, but logging in does allow you a few benefits, like the ability to change the site's theme or skin (if, for some reason, you don't like the one I came up with), vote on polls, and attach comments to stories or posts, among other things. Moderated direct posting may be allowed in the future, but we'll have to see about that one.

The Secret of the Stone

By Procyon

Now that Timothy has recovered and the Brisby family has moved to their summer home, it seems that Mrs. Brisby can finally relax a little. However, when going to get more medicine for Timothy, she finds Mr. Ages home ransacked and no trace of Mr. Ages... but she does find something far more sinister. Housed off-site.

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