No, it’s not the kind of Blacklist run by editors.
Today, over at Nanowrimo, I found out that somebody had tried to register for Stringing Words, and told that they couldn’t join because their email address or domain had been blacklisted. It turned out that somehow gmail.com had been added to the black list in the User Settings control panel. If you’ve tried to register and gotten this message – please come back! Gmail.com is welcome at Stringing Words!
But even though the fix to that issue was simple once I knew where to look for it, it brought home the fact that I don’t understand as much as I’d like to about the way the Stringing Words codebase works, especially the registration process, so I’ve started to pore over the php source code files and navigate the treacherous route that will one day take me to the mysql database. Stay tuned for updates on that front!
I’ve also been working on one of the goals that I set myself for December – writing an outline for an urban fantasy idea that I want to get ready to submit to the CSSF Novel workshop for this summer. This time, I’m going to start with the modified Snowflake method that I learned at a Brian Henry workshop last winter, and then maybe extend it with a few parts of the classic Snowflake method that stretch further than Brian’s version.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
Step 1: 3 sentence paragraph.
Will is an ancient languages expert who is sent a BCE manuscript that is actually a text on magic, and the local witches’ coven tries to steal it, but he’s able to use the manuscript to escape with it. One of the witches, Emelia, tries to get to Will by befriending his girlfriend, Amanda. To find the ultimate secret of magic and get Amanda back, Will has to follow clues in the manuscript and race Emelia to a long-lost temple.
Step 2: Central question.
Do women have the right to keep the power of magic to themselves?