Fri. Feb. 16, 2018: More Website Building Adventures & Digging in To Write

Friday, February 16, 2018
Waxing Moon
Rainy and mild

Busy day yesterday. Not enough writing done, but when is there?

The mid-month check-in is up on the Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions site.

The Devon Ellington website is ready to move. There are tweaks I’ll have to do as soon as the site goes live, especially when it comes to creating custom perma-links. But the text and the look work for me. I mean, I kind of wish I could do a slight parchment color on the background, so the text isn’t against something so white, but I’m not quite savvy enough or confident enough to change the CSS script to do it. Not yet, anyway!

So now, I go into my pHp admin, change the links from the temporary building URL, and then dig in to my old webhost to try and point the site to the new address.

It’s also a case of creating the email addresses on the new site, and then setting up the subdomains for each series. I already put the pinned posts up on the various Facebook pages for each series to let them know that the old sites will be dark while the new sites are built.

I rebuilt the Devon Ellington Work site on a temporary URL, so I could test and tweak as I built and gain confidence. The subdomains, one for each series, will be built live. Yes, that’s a risk, but it’s easier (I think) than creating a temporary URL for each of them and then moving it. We’ll see, right?

I hope the site move will happen over the weekend, so I can start building the subdomains next week. I’d like to get them all up in about a week or so.

And then I’ll set up a temporary URL for Fearless Ink and work on that build, and, finally, the Cerridwen’s Cottage site. I’m looking forward to being done!

But I’ve learned a lot. And I have a stack of books to teach me more! 😉

So, I spent yesterday morning building and editing the Devon Ellington site. I still have to come up with logos for the Gwen Finnegan Mysteries and the Jain Lazarus Adventures, but I can always create those and add them in.

Then, I took a much-needed break for yoga class. Boy, did I need it. The stress from the past few weeks took a toll on my body.

After that, I spent the afternoon on site working with a client.

Today, early morning grocery shopping, then time on the site move, and then, for the weekend, I’m digging into SPIRIT REPOSITORY. The original due date was yesterday; thank goodness it was moved. But I want to get some serious work done on it.

And I have to find a new drum for my laser printer.

Have a great weekend!

 

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Mon. Oct. 2, 2017: PLAYING THE ANGLES release!

Playing The Angles Cover Sm

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Release day for PLAYING THE ANGLES!

Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide as Morag D’Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President of the United States — or is it Morag who needs Simon’s protection more than the VP?

Available digitally for $3.99. List of buy links here.

Of course, this is just the start of the marketing marathon for PLAYING THE ANGLES and for the Coventina Circle series. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in the coming months!

I have my September wrap-up list up on the GDR site here, and I’ll have the October To Do list up tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s already October. But October is my favorite month.

Friday was challenging, frustrating, disappointing. Got a little writing done, but most was spent on a book I have to review that was beyond disappointing.

Saturday, I wrote about 3500 words on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN and started typing the first section.

I also did some structural work for the Lavinia Fontana play, and some research on a couple of projects.

Sunday, I put up the spider web curtains and did the inside decorating for Samhain. I’m going to wait a bit to do the outdoor decorating. I have some pruning and clearing that needs to be done first.

Thoroughly disgusted that the man who calls himself president is off golfing and insulting the mayor of San Juan while people die. On top of that, the GOP Congress refused to renew the CHIP program, knocking 9 MILLION children off healthcare. The GOP platform is that if you are not white and cannot afford to buy them, you deserve to die. The entire administration and the GOP Congress needs to be removed. NOW, not in 2018. They’re killing people. And they must, AS INDIVIDUALS, be held accountable for each and every murder they commit.

Then, woke up this morning to hear about the shooting in Las Vegas. Appalling.

Hard to be creative when there are so many people killing each other all around, and the GOP claps its hands and laughs.

Back to the page; there’s a lot to do, and, no matter what tragedies are happening in the world, I still have to promote my books and keep a roof over my head. I keep trying to wait until it’s appropriate and sensitive, but I’ll starve if I wait until the world is a better place. Unfortunately, I have to keep working creatively while I do my part of make the world better, safer, and free from horrible people, like those currently in charge.

Onward.

 

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Tues. Aug. 1: Cover Reveal, Death, Bullying, and Lammas

Playing the Angles Cover Choice 3

 Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and humid
Lammas

Cover reveal for PLAYING THE ANGLES, the first Coventina Circle Paranormal Romantic Suspense mystery! Yes, it was planned to do the reveal on Lammas! 😉

Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide as Morag D’Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President of the United States — or is it Morag who needs Simon’s protection more than the VP?

Digital Release date: October 1, 2017
Print release date: TBA

Visit the Coventina Circle webpage on the Devon Ellington website, and the Coventina Circle Romantic Suspense Facebook page for further updates!

The media kit is up. As usual, 1&1.com, which is the WORST webhost on the planet, has failed me as far as being able to post either the cover or the excerpt. I’m going to move hosts as soon as I can get it sorted out.  I can do most of the basics, but there’s some information I don’t know how to retrieve, and I’ll hire someone more websavvy than I am to grab it before the move. If you’re looking for a webhost, AVOID 1&1.com.

Back to the rest of life:

Didn’t get much work done at the library yesterday. There’s an old white man who comes in, wearing a MAGA hat (of course), who sits and live chats with hookers and watches porn. Which, of course, is illegal on a public computer. But he’s of the Narcissistic Sociopath’s caliber — after all, he is a supporter — and believes the rules don’t apply. It’s not my business when he’s at some other computer; it IS when he’s being revolting while sitting next to me.

However, I got my review out and requested my next assignment; hopefully, I’ll get it today or tomorrow. I sent out a couple of pitches.

Had a bit of a set-to with someone on social media. It was another bullying post “I bet 95% of you won’t repost” — that type. No, I won’t. Only this time, I posted WHY I wouldn’t repost — because it is a bullying post masquerading as something “doing good”. It doesn’t change the bullying factor, and I will not repost or endorse posts that bully, shame, guilt, or try to manipulate people, while pretending to “do good”. I don’t care what the cause is — how you ask affects the response you get. If you’d posted the same information and said, “It would mean a lot to me if my friends would repost this” — hey, no problem. But by trying to bully and shame people, with the phrasing “I bet 95% of you won’t” or “I bet I know who will and who won’t” — damn right I’ll be one of the ones who won’t.

I’m not even going to comment on the chaos in DC. I want to go back to the days when I could focus on my work, and on conversations about art on social media, and cat videos. Unfortunately, our lives depend on being politically engaged on a daily basis.

The news of Sam Shepard’s death hit me hard. We both worked in San Francisco in the mid 1980s, although at different theatres. But our paths crossed, as it does in the theatre community. I liked and respected him a great deal. We didn’t agree on many things, and we approached life from very different perspectives. But we could always have a lively discussion. And laugh.

His death and John Heard’s death both hit me hard. On a logical level, it doesn’t make sense — I hadn’t talked to either of them for years. But they were kind to me early in my career. We were colleagues. Respected colleagues. They are part of the weave that made me the artist I am today. Their loss affects me, and I grieve.

I came home and finished a polish on a short story that goes out today, and did some work on another story that has a deadline today — still have a polish to do on it before it can go out. Finished the media kit for PLAYING THE ANGLES. Planning the posts leading up to the release. I’m going to plan them out and then upload them as is appropriate, rather than scrambling at the last minute. Some will be theatre-oriented, some will have to do with the paranormal and circle aspects of the novel.

I now have two essays to re-slant and one essay to write from scratch, all of which I hope to get done this week. Essays are a stretch for me, a bit out of my comfort zone, which is why I’m stretching in that direction right now.

First Lammas ceremony this morning, including baking the cornbread. The big ritual will be tonight. Looking forward to it.

Meanwhile, back to the essays that need attention, back to writing “Labor Intensive” (which drops at the end of this month), and finishing off the back matter for PLAYING THE ANGLES, so it can go out to my editor and copy editor.

Once all that is done, which I expect will take the rest of this week, I turn my attention back to SAVASANA AT SEA. We’ve got a good cover design for it, so I’m getting excited, although re-constructing it fast enough to meet the deadline, and writing the first chapter for next year’s book, will be a challenge.

I’m chasing down payments — the two large payments. The big one, that was supposed to cover all of the summer’s bills, is now TWO MONTHS LATE. The other one is only a week late, but still, since the other payment is so overdue, this one needs to show up NOW. That’s the frustrating side of freelancing — deadbeat clients who don’t think the work should be paid, or at least, paid on time.

The upside is being able to live many lives and write about a world that is brilliant and interesting, even when it’s infuriating.