For now

I’ve got all the major parts of this site done. They’re not all to my liking, some of the widgets don’t work as I’d like and I still can’t figure out how to make a scrolling gallery for the Books page, but it’s functional at this stage.  More will happen in the Extras page eventually, and I’ll probably end up letting the original Blood Orbit page die off when it comes up for renewal, since I don’t have the skills to create the necessary graphics and art that would be needed to complete the Lexicon, but right now, things work here and are complete enough to get you the information you need.

Anybody who wants to talk will have to send email via the contact page, since open comments resulted in nothing but non-stop spam. I should eventually get the Akismet spam system back up and running, but not today.

I have a lot of work going on for Mystery Writers of America, and I’m still struggling with the rewrite of the current Work in Revision (WIR)—Marty is stubbornly refusing to change, the devious bastard—but it’s moving, if at a snail’s pace.

Someday, I’d like to write something new.

I seem to be getting it

Slowly but surely, I’m getting the hang of this new set of site tools and so on.

I still have a lot of content to generate, essentially from scratch, and media to recover, if I can. Right now, parts of the site are available, but empty, and others are only partially filled or linked, but it’s all coming along.

Tomorrow I shall be out in Bremerton at a Write-In hosted by the MWA Northwest Chapter—of which I am the current Chapter President, so there’s no getting out of it. But that means I won’t have time to do more here until late in the day, if at all. On the other hand, I’ll be able to do some work on the revision of the Marty Storm novel. Yay!

I Have No Idea What I’m doing…

I haven’t figured this all out yet… and the build system which is supposed to be so “simple” is killing me.

In the process of converting to the new platform and updating the design, I established a new database, but lost easy access to the old one. I also inadvertantly blew away the old site before this one was really ready to go, so I am trying to create content from scratch and ferreting through my very messy directories looking for pictures, cover copy, blurbs, CV, bio, and various other information that was already up on the old site.

While I know that the automated WYSIWYG, click-and-drag systems are easier for a tyro site-keeper like me to maintain, they aren’t always self-explanatory or as “intuitive” as their inventors may think. I’m a proto-nerd and yet I’ve been very frustrated with this process—which should have been done-and-dusted months ago, to boot. I’m also currently hosting 3 separate sites on 2 different systems/ISPs. One of them is not entirely open to me, as I only manage the site, I don’t have administrative control of it. Needless to say, it’s a little… fraught over here.

Trust me: I am trying to get this all done as soon as possible.

Stay tuned!