Thursday, October 28, 2010

The New Home of New Trials: The History of Wish For a Star: A CCS Shrine

Many apologies for the fiasco last week when officially closed down after 7 years of business, leaving the website inaccessible for a couple days. Luckily, I was able to get in touch with Robert Arrowsmith, formerly from the team, who speedily responded and has very kindly agreed to continue hosting Wish For a Star: A Card Captor Sakura Shrine on his newly opened web hosting business at The good news is, the website remains as, less confusion that way. Thank you very much for all of you who have expressed concerned and offered help; I was very touched by the support, and this whole business was a very educational experience. Robert kindly moved all my files to the new server and has set up an account for me at robswebsites, making a very smooth transition, and I am very excited for a new beginning, a new decade more of New Trials! 

So once more, many thanks to Robert and for hosting The New Trials of Card Captor Sakura!!!

This whole experience has been a spring-cleaning reminder for me, and I thought it would be interesting to draw up the history of New Trials on the web.

The History of New Trials Website Timeline

Fall 1999 - As a 13 year old, I began writing the New Trials of Card Captor Sakura, Syaoran and Friends. The first couple chapters of New Trials was sent to three or four Card Captor Sakura fanfiction sites that could be found on, all of which our no longer in existence to my knowledge.

Fall 2000 - I first created Wish For a Star: A CCS Shrine, a site dedicated to Card Captor Sakura and my fanfiction at the now defunct as of 2010 Old-timers will remember the days of exceeding bandwidth and geocities being down to much of our chagrin. Kirei Blossom pointed out to me that an archive of the site can be found at

October 2000 - Digidynasty created an account for New Trials at and maintained the account till 2006-ish, followed up by Amethyst Beloved who maintained the account until late 2009, when I took over uploading chapters. The 26th marked "Wish-chan's" 10 year-anniversary on

August 2003 - Bilal from kindly offered to host Wish For a Star: A CCS Shrine and thus created the account of For 7 years, I had wonderful hosting at Revolutionhosting.

February 4, 2004 - Kirei Blossom opened up the Yahoo Group: The New Trials Ring, home of all discussions relating to Card Captor Sakura, CLAMP, fanfiction and New Trials at and remains administrator of the group with Selenityshiroi.  

January 2008 - Began posting fanart up at

February 2009 - I started a blog at to post New Trials updates and other various information, reviews and commentaries. 

October 17, 2010 - officially shut down without notice, throwing me into a state of panic. I looked into many different server options and everybody had been very helpful via Yahoo Group, this blog, email and Facebook. I got in touch with Robert Arrowsmith who was a part of the Revolutionhosting team. He had opened up a new web hosting service site at and kindly offered to continue to host with the same conditions as I had at, even retaining the same domain name. Robert is the awesome hero who moved all my files over to the new server and even preserved my old stats from revolutionhosting and deserves a holler of thanks. 

October 27, 2010 - An FTP account has been created for me by Robert at and the move is complete. The website address remains at and is now hosted at robswebsites.  

Looking back, it seems like fall-time has generally been an eventful period for New Trials. Because of the impermanence of the web, I think I've learned that it's important to have multiple back-ups of everything. It's bittersweet thinking that New Trials has been reborn three times already in the past ten years. First as a nomad fanfiction being hosted on other CCS fanfic sites. Sadly, I don't even remember what they were called because they no longer exist. Then the first home at Geocities, which disappeared earlier this year. Revolutionhosting also is gone. Now, New Trials is in its fourth home, fourth arc, and I am very excited and dedicated to bringing about the finale of New Trials!

Music Spotlight du jour is another oldie from the nineties (which doesn't seem so long ago to me). This whole experience has been about planning ahead, but ended up being a trip down the memory lane. You know those songs that seem to transport you back in time to a certain period? This song was the theme song at my junior high Semi-Formal (and probably was the theme song for every other school dance party in the late nineties). It played over and over again that night, and throughout 1998, on the radios, on TV, in stores, to the point where I never wanted to listen to it again. Yet, all these years later, it is still a beautiful song and no one can deny that it's a nineties love song classic which probably will be remembered for decades to come. This was a song that was ironically constantly on my playlist as I wrote Chapter 66: The Truth in the Heart. Savage Garden ever-so-popular almost to the point of cliche song, "Truly, Madly, Deeply." Yes, cheesy nineties pop songs are healing to the soul and brings out the wide-eyed, teenage romantic in all of us.


  1. Yay for newtrials! And I saw your message at the yahoo group, and and happy to see the new chapter is past the halfway mark! I cannot WAIT!! What is going to happen??

    I hope Eriol realizes he loves Tomoyo.
    And I hope Sakura admits she loves Syaoron.

    Just throwing that out there.


  2. I agree with Katherine, very excited for the next chapter!! Also, I'm glad you got the website thing straightened out and that it's back for (hopefully) a long time :)

  3. Reading this is making me feel all giddy. It's surreal, because in a way, it feels like I just started reading New Trials, but if you think about it realistically, it was ages ago. I had to do a double-take when you mentioned that it was your ten year anniversary at I had to run to my old account - my ten year anniversary passed already last month. And my stupid fics are still getting reviews, it's crazy. It just feels so weird, I remember the time when the CCS section only had like 30 pages of fics, and I had mostly read them all. And back then I remember seeing the author "Cutie Blossom" and basing my own username off of hers.. lol. Ten years is a long time.
    But getting back to New Trials, I wish this fic could get some official notice, because it really deserves it after such a huge eventful history.
    Truly Madly Deeply transports me back ten years too. It feels like another lifetime, really.
    Well, here's wishing you all the best for another ten years!
    (What?? It's going to never end???) ^_^; Hehe, you are awesome, Wish-chan!

  4. Thanks for sharing friend. Its really nice to read something like this.Keep on sharing.

  5. I remember starting to read New Trials at the age of 12. XD
    I'm now 19! Haha!
    The latest chapter then was chapter 50, and I managed to talk to Wish-chan on MSN.
    She mentioned that she was studying uni in Korea~
    Time passes so fast ne?
    And I'm still following NT! =)
    Here's to another great decade for NT!
    And may Sakura & Syaoran never grow up! Haha!

    Wish-chan, how about getting your own domain name? XD

  6. @Haine
    Gosh, I stopped using MSN/chatting devises years ago. I think that must have been back in high school in Korea. :P Wow, and now, you're in Uni. What was your s/n then? I might remember you.

    Time does fly by. >.< Thanks for sticking by for all these years.