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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 09/12/11 02:53 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 08/19/11 01:08 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 05/15/11 07:23 pm 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 05/04/11 02:31 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 05/03/11 09:29 pm 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 04/25/11 07:31 am 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 04/23/11 03:26 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 04/22/11 07:06 pm 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 04/22/11 01:51 am 5 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 04/10/11 09:47 pm 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 04/10/11 06:02 am 13 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 04/09/11 10:04 pm 20 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 04/05/11 10:31 pm 9 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 04/04/11 09:34 pm 14 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 04/01/11 04:16 pm 16 Comments--
 



With a new website face-lift comes a new skin!
SilverScreen is a new skin available in the skins dropbox. It’s a fluid skin meaning that if you adjust your Internet window then the text and objects within that window adjust as well. This skin is definitely recommended to those who have wide-screen monitors and laptops. Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, and Dorthory Dandridge are the stars of this black-white-silver themed skin. Reminding all of us that flashy items and looks don’t define what glamour and beauty, personality does.


So take a look!


--Missus James on 03/25/11 10:56 pm 19 Comments--
 



New Features & Debug Help
Hey everyone, need some help here if possible. Have just added some new features. Need people to help me debug them and make sure they are working properly.



1. Print story/chapter to word. On each story you should see a little word icon, which will enable you to print directly to word. (pdf is not possible at this time). Now, it seems the icon was always there, but likely didnt work as the module was never installed. It has now been activated and a quick test has it working for me.



2. Added a story tracker. As close as I can manage for bookmarking your place in stories at the moment. You can access your tracked stories via the browse menu (and the Tracked Stories in the Tis season menu). So far it is in only one skin, Tis The Season (which is serving as my tester skin for experimental stuff). On the right you should see a little option for track/stop track this story, and last read on date. Not really sure if this is working properly, so if people could try it and let me know, if it is working, I can then add it to all the skins, so you should have access to it everywhere.



3. Added a recommendation module which can be accessed via the browse option in the menu. If this proves popular, we can get it in the main menu as well. It will allow recommending off-site fics.


4. Would like to have a member suggested featured section of stories, maybe 5 or so, rotated each month/fortnight/whenever displayed on the front page. Good or bad idea?


5. Contact author is still broken and it looks like it will require a script upgrade and I can't do that just yet until the changeover is complete and have full access to everything. It is on my to-do list though and hopefully will get it fixed soon.


--jacci on 03/24/11 01:40 am 16 Comments--
 



Baby-Fic Challenge!


It's Spring Time at The Chamber and that means we've come over all maternal thanks to new flowers, lambs and Easter bunnies! We're Challenging all current and future writers to post a pregnancy or baby-fic story. It can be as long or as short as you like and you can use any characters in your arsenal or introduce us to some new ones. All you have to do is include a little bundle of joy!


--Valhalla on 03/23/11 01:29 am 14 Comments--
 



Intros & Thanks
Hello everyone. Time for an introduction. My name is Jacci, and I will be looking after The Chamber from now on. Have already instituted some changes and when things settle down, hopefully there will be many more improvements, once we get organised. For now, things may take a little time, and I apologise for that, just learning my way around and getting to know some people, and finding out what people want to see. I appreciate your patience.


I also want to thank everyone for such an incredibly warm welcome. I have been overwhelmed by people's generosity and willingess to help. I am humbled and incredibly grateful for this, it means a lot to be so welcomed into this fandom, as I know that I am an unknown. I want to do right by the site and welcome all input and suggestions. Once things settle down a little, things will be far more organised and I will endevour to deal with all issues as soon as I can.


Once again, thank you all for your incredible welcome and support. It means so much to me.
--jacci on 03/23/11 12:32 am 43 Comments--
 



Resurrect the Shoutbox Campaign
Many may have noticed that the shoutbox isn't what it used to be. We wish to restore it to its former glory, where unlimited shouts are allowed, as well as who is actually online in chat, and a bunch more of cool features.

We need to scrape up some money to pay for the continued subscription. If anybody would care to donate to this cause, please, you can you donate here, just follow this link to the donate page.



Thanks, your help is appreciated



A full accounting of any money coming in and going out will be given. I am for 100 percent transparency in the dealings with the site. If anybody who donates would prefer to remain anonymous, please let me know.



--jacci on 03/21/11 11:07 pm 18 Comments--
 



Spring is in the Air
Time for a spring cleaning, will get a proper challenge up later, and hopefully we will see some new fresh challenges and ideas up. Sorry for the tardiness here.
Please foward ideas on this via the comments link underneath.

--jacci on 03/21/11 09:04 pm 16 Comments--
 



The Chamber Grindhouse 3

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It’s October again and you know what that means. It’s time for The Chamber’s third annual Grindhouse Challenge. You know the drill, give us your scariest horror story or your sexiest trick or treat tale, fanfic or original, it’s all welcome. We love Halloween here at The Chamber. Are you up for the challenge?

 


--TokenBlackGirl on 10/03/10 09:56 pm 13 Comments--
 



Chamber Talk
pictureOctobers all about things that go bump in the night. So tell us Chamber Members, what's your favorite scary movie? Authors don't be shy to use the answers as inspiration for your Grindhouse fics! Sign into your account and post your answers here!
--BlackMamba on 10/03/10 09:55 pm 19 Comments--
 



October Character of the Month

 Tara Thornton
True Blood

pictureTara Thornton is the bartender at Merlotte’s bar and grill. She has a fierce temper and is easy to anger, yet she has been best friends with Sookie Stackhouse since childhood. Tara has an alcoholic mother, Lettie Mae, her cousin is Lafayette Reynolds. She has not had much luck in the love department. After falling victim to Mary Ann’s influence and now losing her love “Eggs” she is struggling in her life.

Tara captures dangerous interest of a new vampire in town, Franklin Mott. She is kidnapped by Franklin, who eventually falls in love with her. Though Tara escapes before she can be turned into a vampire, she's still struggling to recover from the ordeal.


--BlackMamba on 10/03/10 09:50 pm 17 Comments--
 



The "With This Ring" Challenge

iconWe're all about the marrieds this month at The Chamber. Original or fanfiction, tell us a story about a couple that has taken that ultimate step. Is it happily married bliss or their own personal hell? How the story ends is up to you, just so long as your leading lady has ring on her finger.

Sometimes "I do" is only the beginning. Are you up for the challenge ?


--BlackMamba on 08/04/10 08:03 pm 16 Comments--