Monday, September 30, 2013

Donation & Subscription Request

For over ten years HASA has been providing JRRT fanfiction for all genres, characters, ratings & story lengths. We get hundreds of readers a day, making HASA a great place for readers and writers. Have you considered being a subscriber?

HASA is ad-free and fee-free, and we do not sell your contact information to marketers. Our server isn't free, however, so HASA depends on donations from members and readers, both one-time gifts and subscriptions. Our balance now is still negative, which means we need donations to cover most of the summer. The September hosting will be due within the next few days; it would be great if we could get some more donations to help with that.

If only a small percentage of our members and readers donated every year or got a monthly subscription we would be in better shape. If we had more subscribers it would be easier to keep ahead.

Our PayPal account has three ways to donate:
• Monthly subscriptions - set up a monthly recurring donation in amounts from $5 to $25 dollars.
• Yearly subscriptions - set up a recurring annual donation in amounts from $15 to $50 dollars.
• One-off donations of any amount.

If you're a little short on spare change at the moment, donations of time are always appreciated. There's an archive full of stories just waiting for comments, authors who would love an email complimenting them on their work, challenges that need entries, playlists that need to be created, research that needs doing and forums begging for discussions. If you are an author, please consider donating a new story.

Thanks for enjoying HASA!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

HASA How-to September 2013

How do I...

... update My Stuff?

In this How-to you will learn what My Stuff is and some of what you can use it for.

What is My Stuff for?

As the name says, it is where you will find your own stuff. Here you can manage your profile, add and update stories, see reviews, send alerts, and other activities.

How does this area work?

When you sign up as a member on HASA, you automatically get a My Stuff section. You have to be logged in to see your information. You use My Profile to manage the information in your profile.

There are other areas in My Stuff, such as My Stories and all of the related activities. My Stories is where you create and manage your stories. You may add as many stories as you like to the database. In the reviews section, authors who submit stories for review and members who perform reviews can see the reviews given and received.

There are the promotional tools, all gathered in the My Readers section. The links to Forums, Playlists, Workshops and Challenges all go to pages where you can take care of things in those areas.

Now, though, we will only look at how to update your profile and customize the pods in the main and righthand columns

How do I update my member profile?

  1. Log in.
  2. Click on "My Profile" in the main navigation drop down menu.
  3. On the main My Profile page, you will see all of your profile information displayed in boxes. In the main column are member info and personal web links. On the right you find login info, author name, whether or not you're a reviewer, and your beta reading info.
  4. Click the "Edit" button on any box to update that part of your profile.

You can give as little or as much information as you're comfortable with; for instance, while there is an option to display nationality or where you live, this isn't obligatory.

How do I customize My Stuff?

The My Stuff home page comes with a set of pods that you can add to and arrange on your My Stuff home page.

  1. Log in.
  2. Go to My Stuff home.
  3. Click on the "Customize Page" link in the navigation column on the right.
  4. You now see a page where you can select one or more pods for the main column and the side column of the My Stuff home page. Detailed instructions for adding the pods are on the page.
  5. After you add pods, you can set an order to them.
  6. Return to the home page and do final adjustments for how many records to show in each pod.

Have fun!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

HASA news - Birthdays, Challenges, Stories

September Birthdays

Is your birthday in September, and would you like a drabble about your favourite character or topic? You can request it here.

Not sure what the birthday cards are about? Have a look at some previous ones.


Just as Challenges come from Prospective Challenges, Prospective Challenges come from Nuzgûl, and Nuzgûl need attention to grow from tiny ideas into big stories. Step into the Nuzgûl hutch. The bunnies don't bite (much). And who knows what ideas you may come out with?

The Nuzgûl of the Month!

The all-new September Nuzgûl, from Nath: Hope on the horizon – Seemingly hopeless situations may not be as bleak as all that, or perhaps someone has false hope; hopes may be dashed, or come true...

If you have ideas for later Nuzgûlim of the Month, please post to the discussion thread as well. Ideas are always welcome!

August Stories

All writers love feedback. It is the lembas and miruvor that sustains us as we write our story, and leaving a few words about a story you read is always a nice thing to do, whether the story is new or old.

Every fifteen minutes HASA highlights a story chosen at random from the Reviewed and General stories in the archive. Read the currently featured story on our front page.

Many talented writers are publishing every day. In August:

--- 23 General Stories were published or updated.

--- 2 Beta Stories were updated. (Please note, you need to be logged in to view beta stories.)

Thank you for reading at HASA. Enjoy!