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Before I get to the rest of this, my romance alias Layla M. Wier has a story out now in the anthology Snow on the Roof, from Dreamspinner Press. This is an M/M anthology of stories about men over 40. I’m very happy with the company I’m in; the final story in the anthology in particular, “Granddad’s Cup of Tea”, is just really good fiction, nevermind romance. And it’s a pleasantly less-tropy-than-usual collection of romantic fiction. Here’s its Goodreads page. I’ll also have a novelette with a female protagonist (F/F and F/M pairings) in an anthology coming out from Storm Moon Press in July. Small steps, yes, but hey, I’m selling stuff. :D

Anyway, right now I’m making WordPress sites for Sun-Cutter and for the Annotated Raven’s Children. Having already created an account on WordPress.com for my (rarely updated) romance blog, I discovered that it is incredibly easy to create new WordPress accounts and manage them all from the same hub. So now annotatedravenschildren.wordpress.com is a go, and so is kismetsuncutter.wordpress.com. (No real content in either place yet; I’m still getting them set up — well, at the moment, trying to figure out how I can stop the site scheme I chose for the Sun-Cutter site from putting a line around all my images. Knock it off, CSS!) I also figured it would be a good idea to lock down the “laylalawlor” name at WordPress too, since in both the above cases, the addresses I really wanted (“ravenschildren” and “suncutter”) were already taken.

… which is partly because WordPress’s rules for deleting accounts are STUPID. You can only delete an account by completely locking it out of the system, so that no one else, including you, will ever be able to use that address again. Why would they do that?! I much prefer LJ’s system, where a deleted username can either redirect to your new site or become available for other people to use. Once you select a WordPress username, no one can EVER use that name at WordPress, and if you delete it, you can’t ever change your mind and undelete it. Right now I have a spare WordPress account that I (somewhat stupidly) made in the beginning, back when I was futzing around with different romance aliases and thought I wanted to be Lenora Glass. (Turned out I didn’t.) But I like that pseud and I’m keeping the account even though it’s just visual clutter on my dashboard, because otherwise I can never ever use it again at WordPress.com.

(Seriously, why would they do that, WHY.)

Other than that, though, I like WordPress a lot. Most of my site management on my website is now being done that way; I still have some tag cleanup to do at LJ/DW to get the two of them in sync with the way I’m handling tags at WordPress, but, now that I’ve managed to staunch the tide of spam by setting it to registered users only, I’m quite comfortable working with it. When I start updating the Kismet and Raven’s Children wordpress accounts, I will probably crosspost them to LJ & DW much as I’ve been doing with my main laylalawlor.com blog (where I’m typing this update right now); there’s no reason, I think, why you can’t crosspost from multiple WordPress blogs into the same LJ account.

A partial website “to do” list for the next couple of weeks:

  • Get the Sun-Cutter and Raven’s Children archives set up on WordPress, so that I can start updating RC again.
  • Somehow figure out a good fiction archive interface for my website. (I want to start posting free short stories and putting up ebook versions of the fiction I already have online, but I’m not sure exactly how I want to handle it. Right now it is, like all else, a scattered mess.)
  • Set up a website store, selling books, art, ebooks, etc. (Aargh, so overdue!)

Crossposted to Wordpress, Livejournal and Dreamwidth. Comment wherever you like.
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... in all its 340-page glory. \o/

http://www.kismetcity.com/huntersmoon/hmchapterindex.shtml

It's not linked from the main page yet; I'm still figuring out what that end of things is going to look like. (I think that I want a single front page for all the Kismet graphic novels, which then links to each novel's individual page. So I still need to build that.) And I might add another layer of menus at the bottom of each comic page with links to the main page and whatnot. But basically, this was today's project and I GOT IT DONE. I think this calls for a glass of wine. *pours*

Things I have learned today:
  1. Internet Explorer is DEMONSPAWN. (Well, okay, I already knew that, but I got to the point where I was so baffled at how to get some of my div tags to be compatible with IE that I just broke down and used tables. Shhh, don't tell anyone.)
  2. Linux shell scripting, on the other hand, is awesome. Once I got my page template and CSS in nice working order, the entire 340-page archive was generated using a single while loop (in batches, so that I could swap out different SSI menus).
  3. The Mac has tools to do a batch filename find-replace! How did I never know this before?

I've wanted to get the HM archive on my own domain for a long time, and now it's there -- ad-free, bare-bones, safe and permanent as long as I pay my web hosting bill. I don't know how to do a lot of fancy pro-quality things with HTML, and my general website design aesthetic is still stuck in 2002 -- but I can do basic functional web design and I'm pretty happy with it.

The rest of my July website To Do list, not necessarily in order:
  • Portal page for the Kismet graphic novels.
  • Locally hosted Sun-Cutter archive (probably based on the HM page template, except with a white background).
  • Finish getting Sun-Cutter up on Tumblr.
  • Downloadable versions of Hunter's Moon (PDF and HTML).
  • Some sort of gallery.
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Monday's Kismet page will update as normal (finishing the current scene); then I will take a brief hiatus for the rest of July, and resume updates on August 6. Mostly this is because I have family in town for nearly all of July, and spending time with rarely-seen family is a much higher priority than getting art done! I'd also like to get a backlog of pages ready to go. Right now I'm basically working week-to-week, and it's stressful. (I am a trifle OCD about deadlines -- when I have a deadline, I can't really think about anything else. Having a regular deadline each week is turning out to be more frustrating than enjoyable, and I can't seem to get enough pages done ahead of time to take a couple of weeks off.)

Raven's Children will update as normal, since those pages are already done; all I have to do is write commentary.

I'm hoping to use the hiatus time to work on a growing list of things I'd like to do to improve the navigation and visibility of the comic. Now that I'm starting to get back into the swing of updating a weekly webcomic (yay!), I'm starting to realize that everything I know about webcomics is half a decade out of date. My list of things to do (incrementally) over the next month or two:

- Get the front page of my site running Wordpress
- Get all the HM archives hosted on my own site as well as on WCN and LJ/DW
- Get the Hunter's Moon book ready to go. Maybe I should put this one in all caps, since it's been on my "to do" list since *cough* 2006. HUNTER'S MOON BOOK! HUNTER'S MOON BOOK! aaagh!
- Explore various options for posting and promoting the comic on social media sites (Tumblr; Facebook; what else?) In particular, I'd like to:
a) create a Tumblr
b) create a "business" Facebook account and use it to post update notifications

What else? Is there anything anyone can think of that I'm overlooking? Places I should be investigating? Other ways of interacting with an online audience that I'm not thinking of? I don't want to go overboard with signing up for things and bog myself down in unnecessary and redundant sites to update. On the other hand, I'd like to experiment with some new sites and see if I can find better and more efficient ways of doing the things I'm already doing.
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I am now officially among the ranks of the unemployed. My last day at the News-Miner was July 24th; then I was traveling, and now I am back, taking stock and figuring out what the future holds for me.

It's a cool, brisk sunny day with a taste of fall (and a frost warning for tonight, zounds) -- a good day for making a cup of tea, taking stock and thinking about the upcoming semester and beyond!

*makes tea*
*returns with tea, and chocolate*

Planning )

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