Monday, June 10, 2013

Hi there!


Hi there. It's been a while, but here I am. How're you doin'?

I'm good, thanks. Busy, but busy is good. Busy keeps me out of trouble. For the most part.

So, I realized last night that my website wasn't loading right. The background was way too dark and the font was too dark to read against the dark background. It took me a while, but I realized what the problem was. Somehow, on the bottom of the home page, in one of the boxes, I inserted cover art that was beyond huge. How I didn't see it at the time, I'll never know.

No problem. I'll just go in and delete the photo. Problem solved. Right?

You know the answer to that, right?

I can't get the picture to delete. Whatever box I inserted it into must be frozen, because I can't click on the picture, nor can I get anything in the same box to work. Brilliant. This ginormous picture must be locking something up.

An hour later, I slam the laptop shut (well, okay. I didn't actually slam it.) and go up to watch North America on Discovery (if you haven't been watching, you have no idea what you're missing. I love these BBC documentaries) and as I'm watching, I realize that if I change the template, maybe then I can delete the picture. Revert the template back. Boom. Problem solved.

I've been working on getting the third Sebastiano book written (well, actually, it's the fourth. The true third book is sitting in rewrite hell, determined to make me crazy) and I've been trying to make sure I write 3,000 words a day. I want the first draft done by the end of this week because I'm sick of looking at it. So, this morning, before I sit down to write, I figure I'll make the template change and then I'm done.

I make the change, and find a new template that I actually like better than the old one. And while I'm there, I figure I'll update about selling Stolen Promise, and update the copyright notice, yadda yadda yadda. Should take me about twenty minutes. Half hour tops.


The template problem was the easiest to fix. Change template. Delete photo. Oh, look! It's all done! Yay!


Not so much.

It took me an hour and a half to insert the back cover copy from one book into the page. One frickin' book. An hour. And a half. Ninety minutes. For three paragraphs, totaling about ten sentences in all. First it didn't want to center right. Then the font didn't want to italicize where I wanted it italicized (but had not problem doing it where I didn't want it, of course,) and then the font would shrink down and go gray (I don't even know how that happens, to be honest. I've had this problem the entire time I've had this website. Total. Pain.) And to think, all of this is actually an improvement over when I had a web guy (I think I've posted about my awful website guy. You know how bad that had to be, if this fight is an improvement.)

I finally got everything done and the site's updated and all. And once more, I'm debating whether or not I even need  a website. I update this blog every few weeks in a slow month. My site was last updated last September. So, I have a decision to make - to keep or to not keep (either way, I'll hold onto my domain name.) Is having a website worth the trouble it takes to maintain it, or is a blog just as good?

Decisions, decisions...

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