What do you think of my "Half-Elven Home Page" picture? It arrived in my email this morning, just like a present. --- There's one more picture to go up, for sure, for this blog, but it may be awhile before it happens. We'll see.
That's the good news. The normal mire: I'm still working on the website ... trying to come up with a way to add new content on a regular basis. The best idea I've had so far is "Renna's Gossip" about the main characters -- Mariah, Ashton, and Linden. New content would be easy if I was selling stuff regularly ... but at this point, I'm not.
Next step: I have to start promoting the site ... which means adding meta-tags without stuffing keywords in every sentence.
Unless there's some tremendous news ... like maybe Samhain accepting Dark Solstice ... I won't be blogging until the New Year.
So, enjoy the holidays ...
and take the time to watch snowflakes fall,
walk in fresh snow, or
or day dream to flames dancing on the hearth ...
or whatever calms the frantic chaos of the season for you.
Last week, I worked hard on the Half-Elven site. My critique session with a professional computer guru gave me all sorts of insights on how to do the keywords. I had them in the text, but not in the proper search slot.
The new picture of Mariah and Renna came in. I learned how to cut out thumb-nail pictures and applied them on the website pages.
Oh, I was feeling soooooo good and pleased with myself. I'd even corrected all the typos I could notice.
Then, I decided to reformat Renna's page so I could have two columns of links to the various "gossip sessions" since I've given up on full-blown short stories as a way to add new content to the website.
The screaming and gnashing of teeth you heard last Saturday night was me. I deleted all the the changes I worked so hard on all last week. I even managed to delete the website page leading into Renna's Half-Elven Tales so I can't find it to restore. *^#_@%*!!
It's probably cold comfort, but I'm getting happier with the Half-Elven website. Just cleaned up a bunch of typos and made some clarifications in the text.
Also, put the Renna page back up so people can link to different stories. I'll keep the stories on the blog because I can get many of them up without using site pages. -- Even coordinated the blogs ... and like the look better.
[Having the blogs on Blogger is just another example of my cheapness in paying for hosting 10 pages instead of 100. Maybe GoDaddy should have an intermediate pricing option ... like for 25 pages? Whatever, I'm grateful for them having an easy-to-use platform for computer idiots like me with live help to get me over the bumps. So, I spend enormous amounts of time on the Half-Elven website. I'm learning. As always, life is a trade-off between time and money.]
Guess I should be spending all this time building "my name url", since most author sites go that way. But, I write adult and middle grade fantasy. I don't think the two would mix too well ... like my half-elves are into sex though I don't go into much detail. I think.
Just a couple more illustrations to go ... and I can submit the website to 1st Turning Point to get shot down. Like I know I should get a media kit up on the site. I'm thinking of putting it up on a separate page from my author bio ... but it seems a little presumptuous to put one up before anything is published ... or at least, within a couple months of being published.
If anyone has any suggestions about how to juggle the two age levels, I'm "all ears" ... or is that eyes?
The pictures are coming along.Just approved another one for coloring ... for the History of the Far Isle Half-Elven page. This is the good news.
The bad news? I can't get the home page to come up as the home page. Will be calling GoDaddy customer service come tomorrow ... today.
The middling news. I'm in the process of deciding whether I should mention my new sale on the website home page when I get the thing working properly. Only problem is that the short story I just sold to Spectra Magazine ** isn't set in the Half-Elven world. This promotion thing just keeps getting more and more complicated. I'll probably keep any more comments on the writer's blog.
Why can't modern writers hide in a garret? [Not that I'd like to starve.]
** I give the link to this e-pub because they include info about the science fiction/fantasy world.