I See the Toy Soldier Website is Back Up . . .

. . . But moving plans continue anyway.  It is a sorry state of affairs that it takes Webs more than two weeks to fix a massive, total-site problem, and the only reason why they did so is because somebody who is *paying* them complained.  The forums have been discussing the sites since they first went down.

The moving plan is proceeding on schedule, or perhaps even a little ahead.  The main page, the links to the novels, Book One and Book Two are up and running.  I will need to figure out how to create a Gallery (something I have never done) to transfer the art, but that is still well ahead in the moving plans.

Big Changes to the Toy Soldier Website Upcoming

You may have noticed that the website has been down for quite a while.

This appears to be some problem at the Webs.com server that is hosting my site.  It seems to be affecting all of their sites that end in .webs.com.  And according to the forum, it has been going on for twenty-one days.

In light of this, and inspired by various other mishaps and incidents, I have decided that I am going to begin the process of closing the website (http://toy-soldier-spelljammer.webs.com) and moving everything over to WordPress (https://toysoldiersaga.wordpress.com).  This process should take about six weeks.

Phase 1: Move all novel pages over so that you can read and access the books (ETA about a week).

Phase 2: Move all art pages, which will likely undergo some reorganization due to format changes (ETA about a week).

Phase 3: Re-link all videos and if possible, video playlists (ETA about a week).

Phase 4: Copy over all blog entries.  These will be copied directly into the corresponding posts that I originally linked from the WordPress blog to the blog pages on this site as if I had written them on the dates in question instead of copied them over.  I will also try to edit all posting dates to match the original date of posting to preserve continuity.  (ETA about two weeks).

Phase 5: Move whatever is left, update odds and ends such as unpublished drafts and updating links.  (ETA about a week).

In the meantime, I am still working on Brothers in Arms, and the next Spreecast will be Chapter 1 of Brothers in Arms, on May 25.

Thanks for your patience and your support!

Phlogiston?

Wildspace: The Spelljammer Fanzine

Space Clouds Glitter Where Stars Are Born

Rainbow light and raw possibilities circulate outside of the crystal spheres.

The image was acquired as a part of Hi-GAL, a survey mapping the entire plane of the Milky Way in a wide range of infrared light that Herschel was specially designed to detect. The image above is just a small section of a larger version, which in itself is just 1/30th of the entire Hi-GAL survey.  For the science of how this was done, click on the image.

Here’s the rainbow river in full.  Click on the picture for the larger image.

Glowing Jewels in the Galactic Plane

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Looking for A Few Good Elves (Book Excerpt)

Wildspace: The Spelljammer Fanzine

Kanothi was more relaxed than Theraspar.  You almost couldn’t see it from above, because it was almost entirely formed of enormous trees, and the green and silver elven inhabitants lived in their branches.  But even they had a dock for landing flitters; ground-landing craft only, unlike the open bay of Theraspar, which also accommodated water-landers.  Shaundar could see that the recruiting drive was working here too.  Posters offered “A Chance to See the Worlds: Join the Navy!” and urged elves to “Fight for the Forests in the Skies!”  It didn’t take long to find the recruiting station, which wasn’t far from the docking bay.  On the door was a picture of King Zaor of Evermeet, dressed in military uniform and with his moonblade crossed in front of him at the ready, and the poster proclaimed “We Are Looking for a Few Good Elves.”  There was a line-up winding out the door…

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A Declaration of War (Book Excerpt)

Wildspace: The Spelljammer Fanzine

The crews of the Aerdrie’s Pride and Admiral Alastrarra’s ship the Wings of Glory, plus Blackjack, crowded into the meeting room at the town hall.  There seemed just enough space for the two hundred plus starhands that comprised the list.  There was a table laden with mugs and teapots of strong black tea.  Shaundar helped himself to a generous portion and dripped honey into it while he waited.

Yathar was with Blackjack, so Shaundar joined them in a seat at the edge of the door.  The boys, seeing Selena, stood up and gave her the outside seat because it had a slightly better view than the others, and they were able to compensate better due to height.  Everybody was murmuring amongst themselves.

“All right, all right, settle down,” Admiral Alastrarra ordered as he came into the room, followed by Shaundar’s father, Captain Madrimlian, Captain Durothil, and the First Mates…

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