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Valentines Challenge: Just Desserts

Roses are red. Blood is blue. Love is forever, but revenge can be too...

They say that what goes around comes back around three fold. This month's challenge is all about the flip side of attraction, love, and lust. But instead of the typical love gone wrong cliché, this challenge focuses on selfish, self-serving you-know-what's getting their hearts handed back to them on a silver platter. Literally. The couples can be male/female, male/male, female/female, or any other combination so long as one of them is getting his or her just desserts.


You can respond to the challenge here.


--BilliMonroe on February 09 2012 08:42 am 1 Comments--
 



Lyric Challenge: End Of The Innocence

When "happily ever after" fails
And we've been poisoned by these fairy tales


 


The challenge is to write about what happens when things don't work. When our childish dreams prove to be exactly nothing more than chilish fantasies? Expectations are failed to be met and it is time to pick up the pieces?  How do you start again? Do we learn from our mistakes and do things better next time? Does it make you a better person? Is it ineviatable?


 


You can respond to the challenge here.


 


--jacci on January 24 2012 12:19 am 0 Comments--
 



Happy News

We have very happy news for the New Year. The Chamber is extremely happy and pleased to announce a partnership with Divasnluv. This is a very exciting time for both sites and a great way to bring in the New Year. If you haven't already been over there, do yourself a favour and head on over.


--jacci on December 27 2011 10:22 am 0 Comments--
 



New Years Eve Challenge: The Resolution











New Years Eve is a time for celebration, partying, and of course, New Year's Resolutions


This challenge is to write a story about a New Year's Resolution. What is it? How do you feel about them? Do you keep them? Are they a complete waste of time and a lie to oursevlves?


You can respond to the challenge here.


Any type of story you wish, no restrictions other than a New Year Resolution is involved in some way.


Happy New Year everyone!!!!!



--jacci on December 27 2011 08:49 am 0 Comments--
 



MERRY CHRISTMAS







Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to all at The Chamber. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very safe and prosperous New Year.

Hopefully you all made the 'nice" list and kept off the "naughty"!!



May all your hopes and dreams come true in the New Year.


--The Chamber on December 24 2011 08:09 am 4 Comments--
 



The Gift: A Christmas Challenge











Christmas is a time of year that is wonderful for many of us, and sometimes sad too. A time of family and friends, feasting and overindulging, and of course, a time for GIFTS!!!


This challenge is to write a story about a Christmas gift, Giving or receiving, or perhaps one wished for and never given or never received.


You can respond to the challenge here.


Any type of story you wish, no restrictions other than a Christmas Gift is involved in some way.


Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it, and Happy Holidays to those that don't.



--jacci on December 20 2011 02:24 am 3 Comments--
 



Disclaimers

There is no need for authors to add disclaimers any longer. An automatic standard disclaimer is now included with every chapter. If you wish to include your own personalised disclaimer, then please feel free to do so.


--jacci on November 24 2011 08:33 am 0 Comments--
 



New Help for Beta searches

We have just added a new feature to the Chamber to help people looking for beta readers.  If you go the Members/Authors Link in the menu and change the dropdown to Beta Reader, you will be able to see a list of people who have offered their services as beta. You can then use the contact author form to contact them and ask if they would like to help.


 


This is NOT a promise of help, we are all volunteers here and nobody is obligated to help if they do not wish to, for whatever reason. We all have busy lives and may be able to help sometimes but not other times. Please be considerate when asking for help.


 


If you would like to get yourself added to this list, go into your Account Info/Edit Bio and select Yes for the beta reader option. if you find yourself already on this list and do not wish to be, please edit your info and set it to NO.


 


If anybody has any issues or problems with this, unsure how to use it, or wishing to report abuse of the system, please contact administrators immediatly at chamber@valentchamber.com


--jacci on November 19 2011 11:55 pm 0 Comments--
 



Military Men Challenge

This month as we move into the holiday season, the time of year when we come together with those we love, the Chamber wants to challenge our writers and some readers too, to pen a tale about our brave military heroes who will be returning home from the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.


All of us here have either seen our real life GI Joes moving quickly through the airport; or perhaps he is the man in your life, who is on his way back to you.   Who doesn't love a man in uniform?


The story can be a fanfic or an original piece, just get writing as we honor our brave, loyal, sexy, military men. Are you up for the challenge?


 


--KellyKlue on November 10 2011 02:53 am 2 Comments--
 



Constructive Criticism Allowed, Rude Reviews Are Not

Hello Ladies (and Gentlemen),

For the most part, we all want the Chamber to be a positive site and experience for everyone, readers and writers. Unfortunately every now and then there is someone who doesn’t want to play by the same rules as every one else. Disrespect of any kind, in the shoutbox, in reviews, in PMs, is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Period.

However, in many cases, the only way the moderators will know if reviews/reviewers are abusive is if writers and readers inform the moderating staff. All members, if at anytime you see a review or behavior that is derogatory, offensive, or mean report it immediately.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with constructive criticism. Many writers find it just as motivating and invigorating as reviews that are solely positive. However, when the criticism is no longer constructive and is just critical and mean-spirited, there is a problem.

We have many talented authors here who depend on reviewers to keep them going, but criticism from a reviewer that is not constructive will not be tolerated. Authors please, if you are getting abusive reviews say something. This is a form of bullying and abusive reviews and reviewers need to be reported to the moderators so that action can be taken.

Just like this type of behavior is not tolerated in our personal lives it shouldn’t be acceptable in our internet lives and will not be tolerated. The Chamber is a site that was started with the goal of providing empowering stories about women of color to the public and we should not allow a few bullies to ruin it for the rest of us.

So if you see an abusive review, report it. If you receive an abusive review, report it, if someone gets mean in the ShoutBox report it. We all have to do our part, both writers and readers, to keep the Chamber a positive experience for everyone.


--ChamberAdministrators on October 24 2011 01:47 am 14 Comments--
 



Helpdesk

Due to some persisting problems that we haven't been able to fix with the beta support request script, we are shutting down that system and moving to one that is very similar within the forum.


 


It is very easy to use, although it will require that you be logged into the forum to utilise it. Once you log in, you can access it through the HELPDESK link in the menu. Hopefully we will have a little more luck with this one.


--jacci on September 12 2011 09:53 am 0 Comments--
 



Submission Rules


Authors, members, readers, lurkers, new and old, please take the time to review the new rules that have been uploaded here. All who visit the Chamber are expected to read and abide by them. Thank you for doing your part in keeping the Chamber one of the best sites for stories about women of color. If there are any questions about these rules, feel free to contact a site Admin.



--OliviaD on August 19 2011 08:08 pm 2 Comments--
 



Busted: Romantic Cliches Challenge
You see it in movies, you read about it…… smooching in the surf as the waves wash over you. Making love in a scented candle-lit room. Finding a beautiful engagement ring in a glass of Moet champagne?

Authors, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take these romantic clichés and turn them on their proverbial heads.

Sand can get pretty itchy if it gets into the wrong places, plus you have to watch out for that seaweed. Oh, did we mention the sand crabs?

Don’t get to enthusiastic with your lovemaking in that candle lit room – you might kick over a candle and…..whoops!

Oh, wow, you didn’t see the ring in the glass of champagne? You….swallowed it??

No trope is off limits, go where your imagination takes you.

Respond to this awesome challenge Now!






--Onimosity & OliviaDuBelle on May 16 2011 02:23 am 5 Comments--
 



Videos In Summaries/Chapters

We are now adding the option for authors to add video trailers to their summaries or chapters. At the moment the only way to do this is for an author to submit a request to an admin (we are working on fixing this but for now this is the best we can offer)


The vid has to be hosted on youtube, and requests can be submitted through the Helpdesk within the forum. Instructions for submissions can be found here.


Please note though, once the vid is coded in, if the author edits the summary or the chapter, the vid will be stripped and another submission will need to be made to get it back.


I know this is a hassle and not the ideal solution, for now this is the best we can offer, and we are working on improving this system.


--jacci on May 04 2011 09:31 am 1 Comments--
 



New Look:The Fame

Everyone wants to be someone, right? Well at The Chamber we all are. With the classic yet poignant color scheme, you’ll find yourself feeling as fabulous as a Hollywood starlet. Enjoy the lush, bold and elegant look of The Fame skin.


--a_muse_me on May 04 2011 04:29 am 2 Comments--
 



Pasting from Word

If you are having trouble with formatting, especially pasting from Word or any word processor, using the tinyMCE (the thing with the format buttons on), you will likely find a lot of mess and wrong sizing turning up.


 


The best way to avoid this is to press the little clipboard with the W on it (just under the font size dropdown) and paste your text in there. Then press insert. Once you do it that way, all the 'junk code' from the word processor is stripped and you can format your fonts normally to whatever sizes and style you like.


 


The other option is to uncheck the use tinyMCE box and paste your text directly into the box and format manually with code.




--jacci on April 25 2011 02:31 pm 0 Comments--
 



In Colour

In Colour is a new skin avaliable to those who want a very colorful experience at Valent Chamber. Think of an atomic bomb filled with the colors of the rainbow that happened to explode on your computer screen and that perfectly describes In Colour. With an abstract cloud of different textures and elements dipping in the hues of the rainbow, In Colour won't disappoint if you are a colorful character.


Warning: You may be overwhelmed with the psychadelic-ness of this skin!


--Missus James on April 23 2011 10:26 am 14 Comments--
 



The Chamber Needs Beta Readers
Would you like reading stories before they're posted? Would you like to help authors sharpen their skills? Have you ever read a story and said to yourself: "I think this story would be better if..."? Then the Chamber needs you!

If you're interested in becoming a beta reader please reply to the post in the forum or comment on this post along with the types of stories you enjoy reading. We'll do our best to match you and an author who writes your story preferences through our shiny new support system.

We're waiting for you! Thanks!!!



--Happy2bNappy on April 23 2011 02:06 am 0 Comments--
 



The Chamber Adventure Vacation Challenge

Here is another writing challenge for everyone! This time we decided to try something different by creating a trailer instead.


Spring is the perfect season to start an adventure that could last a lifetime. Via road, air, rail or sea what better (worse) way than a planned perhaps even impromptu vacation. Find love, make new friends or ditch old ones. Whether it be beachside, countryside, mountainside or an exotic location, allow your characters (new or old) to get the spring on a new life.


You can respond to the challenge here.




--Puerta Obierta & Missus James on April 22 2011 08:51 am 4 Comments--
 



New Gallery
There has been a new gallery added to the upgraded forum. This gallery will allow people to create their own albums, and load pictures, music or videos. Albums can be open or restricted, depending on member's choice, and people can leave reveiws and comments. It can be found in the forum (follow the Forum link in the menu). If anybody needs help using it, we will try and knock up a nice easy to follow set of instructions.









--jacci on April 11 2011 04:47 am 4 Comments--
 



Move Complete
Hopefully everyone should now be able to access the site. The DNS seems to have propogated, and everythign hopefully is where it belongs.



If you notice anything missing, please let me know and we can track it down. We have lost 1 reveiws i think, so apologies for that. The reveiw tables just would not behave and this was the best i could manage. It will take some time, but nothing will be lost. It might just take a little while.
--jacci on April 10 2011 01:02 pm 3 Comments--
 



Pending TEMPORARY Site Closure
I know nobody is going to be happy to hear this, so please, don't kill the messenger (LOL). There will be a closure of the Chamber soon, probably in the next few days, in order to do some maintenance and changeovers. I have been informed by the host that this will be probably less than 12 hours and at worst up to 48 hours. There is nothing I can do to expedite this procedure unfortunately. During the changeover, there may be two versions of the chamber, depending on your time zone. One will be in maintenance mode and one will be operational. This is also just how it is, and so don't be alarmed if you can't get to the active one, but your friends can. That is irksome, but normal. During this period, I will be closing the site down as anything added will be lost in the changeover. The shoutbox should remain active however and updates will be posted on progress.



It is possible to set up a 'fake chamber' at an alternate address if people need their fixes but please note, if we choose to go this way there can be no submissions/reveiws etc to that one, only reading and browsing. I will let you know when this is going to happen as soon as I can get the last little things organised. I certainly hope to have this over within a week.
--jacci on April 10 2011 05:04 am 10 Comments--
 



Banner Policy
As this site starts to breathe new life, some of the old rules are being reinforced. Once in particular is the banner. Before the set size was 400 x 200. We have decided to up the size just a bit because this particular number makes a lot of difference to some. The new set size or shall I say maximum size will be 420 x 220. Meaning banners are to not be any wider than 420 and no taller than 220. There is no minimum of course.

Any images found to exceed this new size limit, will be warned by the banner police. If the banner has not been taken down within 24 hours of receiving a warning message, the BP (Banner Police) will remove it.
--PassionK on April 06 2011 05:31 am 8 Comments--
 



Contact Author Fixed
Finally managed to fix the contact author option. You should now be able to use it to email authors. If anybody has an problems, please let us know. Also, if you have any problems with stalkers etc, let us know. Hopefully people will play nice with this.
--jacci on April 05 2011 04:34 am 4 Comments--
 



Pure Gold

Like gold, the beauty and poise of a strong woman is timeless. Check out a brand new skin called PureGold featuring an iconic and beautiful woman of colour; Queen Nefertiti. It has all the new features we've come to love, but, it also retains some original chamber features you may have missed!
Enjoy it, ladies!

--Valhalla on April 01 2011 11:16 pm 6 Comments--
 


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