We have successfully achieved the goals, and passed them for the donation drive. All costs have been covered for the next three years for the site. The response has been amazing and i cannot thank you enough for your support/ This site is a blessing for so many for so many different reasons and the community we have here is amazing.
It is that time of the year again, where we ask for you help in covering the ongoing costs of keeping this site running and ad-free. The last time we ran a donation drive was in 2014 and raised enough to get us through until now. The more we can buy up front, the more we insulate ourselves from price hikes.
Hosting costs have increased significantly over the last 2 years and it costs $167.88 per year for hosting now, or $287.64 for 3 years if we can raise the extra $120 to cover a much cheaper 3 year period. The other costs include $19.99 per year for the domain and $29.30 per year for the chat box.
Total required for a year: $217.17
Total required for 3 years: $435.51 (which equates essentially to 1 year for free)
There is a donate link on the home page underneath the stats, to donate via paypal. Or you can use this link:
Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated and even the smallest amounts accumulate and help enormously. The Chamber makes no profit from these donation drives and every cent raised is spent on running costs. Everything else on the site is a labor of love.
Without asking for donations, the only other options are to sell advertising space or let it go under. So we humbly ask for your generosity in keeping this site going.
Your help is greatly appreciated.
Have had a lot of emails recently about missing reviews. If you get a notification that a new review has come in and then it isn't there when you check, don't panic. It was a spam review and has been deleted.
In an effort to keep spam off the site, I try to delete the spam registrations and reviews as they come in. It is an ongoing battle and there is no real practical way to stop it except to disallow reviews completely.
You can set your stories to members only, but that will only slow it down, not actually stop it.
Every day i delete anywhere between 50 to 5000 or more reviews that are just rubbish trying to sell things.
Greetings Chamberlings. Just a heads up that we might have a teeny bit of downtime this week as all the renewals are going through. Theoretically we shouldn't but I rarely find anything goes that smoothly.
If the site is down for you, try clearing your cache or a different browser, just to see if it loads. If it doesn't, please just be a little bit patient and it should sort itself out.
If anybody has any serious problems, please report them on the Facebook page or email me and i will try to get to the bottom of things.
Fingers crossed it actually goes the way it is supposed to, with no downtime at all :)
We are declaring this site as a safe place. Hatred and bigotry, sexism and everything that the Orange Turd stands for is abhorrent and will not be tolerated here. We do not want to hear that this is politics and we can agree to disagree. You are either on the right side of history or you are not. It is that simple. If you are not, then go somewhere else. This is not open for discussion.
Hey everyone, thanks for your patience this last week, I know it hasn't been easy. We are functioning again, and hopefully will stay that way. This is a trial run to see if we have nailed all the issues, and so if it goes down again... will have to look deeper.
The Chamber is being split in half, as we simply cannot handle the traffic we are getting now without raising a significant amount of money each month. The Chamber and The Chamber Vault. †Any stories predating 2012 will be stored in the Vault and can be accessed at The Chamber Vault, reviews can be left as usual and logons are the same. These stories will not be able to be edited or updated, and if you wish to resurrect one, then you will need to contact the admins.
We are still in the process of moving some stories, which will take a little time, but it is better than being offline for weeks more. I know this is not a perfect solution, and it is going to annoy many people, but it is our only real option if we want to stay online.
We hope that this time the fix holds, as last week was a series of things working and then going belly up again. It would be very helpful if people could report on Facebook if they are having any issues or things are working well.
Hey everyone, sorry about today, and denying you your fix of all the excellent writing here. We were down for a significant amount of time and it was because we got hit with a spam bomb, essentially crippling our database, causing it to drag so much that you were all experiencing the connection issues.
I have been working on it all day, and i think we are back in good shape, including a server move to ensure clean files.
Would appreciate people reporting if things are working/missing etc either in the shout or on the fb page. The more feedback we get, the more we can locate any further issues.
Thanks for your patience and for anybody who emailed me, if i didn't respond, the email accounts were affected too, although that all seems to be back on track now.
I certainly hope this is the end of the issues, this si certainly getting tiresome and exhausting and no fun for you either.
Valentine Day is coming up and also the much anticipated release of 50 Shades of Grey. So we should add some Winter spice to the Chamber and redo some of our favorite or most hated scenes from the 50 Shades Trilogy. Your leading man doesn't have to be Christian, he can be whomever you choose.
Respond to the Challenge here
It's December and that means Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate the occasion than with fanfic? Your challenge for the month of December is to give us a glimpse into the lives of your favorites characters from TV, Movies and Books, as they deal with the craziness that is Christmas. Remember Chamber Family, no original fiction just strictly fanfic. Have fun with it. Happy Holidays!
These past two weeks have been a little rocky for the Chamber, the move and then the database brain fart as things settled. Fingers crossed we are back to smooth sailing once again now everything is settled.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the donation drive, we have reached our goal, which is amazing, and the money has been distributed between hosting costs, domain registration and shoutbox fees, all of which have been paid for the next five years, so there should hopefully be no other expenses we incur during that period.
There is also a new script in development that will drag the Chamber into the mobile device age and should offer many new options for authors and readers. There is no word when a production version will be out, but there are whispers about a beta test hopefully by Christmas. Will keep everyone updated on news regarding this, as it is a very exciting move forward for the Chamber and am eager to get my hands on it!
Thanks again for your patience during the hosting move, and to all those who listened to my whining on Facebook and held my hand through the 'trauma' of the move, and hugs and kisses to everybody who donated, it is greatly appreciated!
Bless you all and long live the Chamber and this extraodinary community we are all creating and a part of.
Very happy to announce that we are back to normal. If anybody has any problems, please let us know, and hopefully this will be the last downtime we have tor a long time.
Thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the site as you always have. Thanks to those who held my hand during this time, ya'all know who you are, and a huge thanks to those who donated and made this possible..
We have intitiated the site move, and have set the Chamber up at a TEMPORARY †address for now www.math.net.au/chamber/ and wll be fully operational at that address until we are back to normal on our regular url, which should be in about 2 to 3 days.
Judging from the amount of emails i have been receiving, not many people have actually been reading the announcements. PLEASE READ NEWS ITEMS to keep up to date with site happenings. The site emails are also not working during this time.
Progress Updates will be posted here in the shoutbox and on the Facebook page
The Chamber will be shutting down from this Monday and we anticipate it will be out of commission for approximately two days. During this time we are moving hosts due to recent and ongoing troubles and this will hopefully mean things run smoother after the change.
The shoutbox will still be operational during this time and can be accessed here. (Note this link down if you want to be able to access it until we are back online)
Facebook:†https://www.facebook.com/valent.chamber † will be kept updated with progress and eta for when we are going live again.
My emails will not be working during this time so if anybody tries to email me, they are going to be lost in cyberspace for all time. Once we are running again, everything will be back to normal.
We apprecaitate your patience, and we will try and do this as quickly as possible, as nobody likes site downtime. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Valent Chamber is a big community with lots of wonderful writers and readers. Though the stories are for free, the cost of keeping VC running is not. If you haven't noticed, VC didn't have a donation drive for website costs this year. Jacci paid for these costs out of her own pocket. The prices of keeping VC running continues to increase as we continue to grow.
Jacci and I have tallied up the amount of upkeep costs which is about $500 dollars, if not a few dollars more. Aside from shoutbox and domain name costs, this should secure VC for five years. In addition to that, Jacci has been doing so much in the background. She is the reason why VC is still here and she keeps it running without any money or recognition. Any extra monies left over after the website costs will be given to her because she did pay for VC website costs this year out of her own pocket and she didn't even tell us. Normally, we raise money to keep VC going.
If you can donate, donate whatever you can. Every little bit counts.
Thank you for your time, ladies!
You can check on the progress here
To donate click here: Donate
It's OCTOBER! That means it's GrindHouse Time!
So my Chamber Family, you are tasked with spinning your most darkest, most deranged and most horrifying tale. Are you up for the challenge? Don't be too scared.
Respond to the challenge here!
What southern-grown, rock star Rick Chamberland doesn't know about his family's dark past comes to light when he returns home to Louisiana at the request of his mother. Rick has spent the last fifteen years of his life dedicated to music, touring the world, completely oblivious to the secrets coded in his legacy. Meanwhile, Song Peters, a dutiful daughter taking care of a dying mother, dreams of the day she can break free of small town life and pursue her one true passion, singing. Rick meets Song and instantly sparks ignite. They make beautiful music together and soon find that they share similar upbringings. Rick comes to learn that their families are supernaturally intertwined and that the one denominator (a demon by the name Nova) connected to both families threatens to destroy them all if they do not obey.
Freakquency by Caddell Brown, formerly known as madame z, of The Chamber!
Hey, Guys! Part 2 of Keda's story is now available in print and on Kindle under the title All Caught Up! and for those of you that missed the first part, Mistletoe Hell is available in both mediums as well. links below!
Congratulations to our very own Brenda1257 whoe has just published her first novel, The Preacher's Son.
We wish you all the success in the world! So happy for you.
You can read Brenda's interview here.
Huge thanks for the kudos and support she has shown for the Chamber.
The entire world has been shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely loss of one of the greatest men of modern history. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was many things. A man of grace and dignity. An incredible humanitarian. A firm but gentle leader of millions. His lifeís work in the fight for human rights has profoundly touched us all and changed the world.
We invite you to write about how he might have touched or affected your lives, elevated them, informed or educated them. Perhaps share a memory of how his lifetime struggle and amazing achievements touched your life.
'Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation'
We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Paul Walker at such a terribly young age. The Chamber would like to issue a Paul Walker challenge as a tribute. He will not be forgotten. To commemorate his talent we are issuing a challenge to celebrate his life.
You can respond to the challenge here
We are in the process of setting up a new area of the Chamber, which will allow authors to establish their own websites, at no cost, and without any coding skills necessary.
Each blog/site will be independent, in control of their own layout, content, etc.
The first of the new site can be found here at The Chamber Authors.
If you are intersted, you can apply through the site there and get more info there as well.
Bitch. Such a powerful word. It can be a compliment or an insult. A title of honor or a badge of shame. There are two types of men in this world: those were born to dominate and those who were born to please. You always read about those dominant men who know what they want, but what about those men who aim to please Ö or are forced to? Every woman in charge needs a bottom bitch to kiss her ass and f**k it when she demands it. For this challenge, write a story about a dominant woman and her willing (or unwilling) man who earns the title as her bottom bitch.
Itís October again and you know what that means. Itís time for The Chamberís fifth annual Grindhouse Challenge. You know the drill, give us your scariest horror story or your sexiest trick or treat tale, fanfic or original, itís all welcome. We love Halloween here at The Chamber. Are you up for the challenge?
You can respond to the challenge here, if you dare!\
What is it about the sexy lumberjack, that bring out the shameless vixen in all of us? You know, that type of man where he builds, with his own hands. Provides with his own hands and loves with an almost primal intensity that comes with being a child of nature.
To be honest a sexy mountain man or lumberjack does it for me. Maybe its the beard or the simple lifestyle of being one with the forest. Or it could be the way he handles an axe.
My challenge to you, Chamber Authors is to spin your own tale about the sexy mountain man or lumberjack of your daydreams, fanasties or maybe nightmares, if that is how you roll.