Sunday, December 30, 2012

What's Your Page Look Like on Every Device?

Over the holidays, I saw my website on an iPad.

It was a mess.

Text overlapped images and everything squished together, even when holding the tablet in 'landscape' orientation.  So I decided I needed to fix my web page (because I heard these iPad things are getting popular).

But how?  Therein lies the rub.  I did some Googling and found several websites that simulate (for free) what your (or any) web page will look like on a variety of computers, tablets, and smart phones.  I particularly liked this one:  http://quirktools.com/screenfly/

Using Screenfly, you can preview your web page on different computer monitor sizes, net books, the iPad, Galaxy, Zoom and other tablets, 8 different smart phones, and 3 TV resolutions.  It even lets you rotate the page and simulate scrolling.

You won't easily get your page to look perfect on all of them, but you can get a good idea which platforms really massacre the look of your page.  Needless to say, I did some reorganizing and re-sizing of my webpage and this very blog.  If you're reading this on a mobile device right now, let me know what you think (post a comment below or drop me an e-mail).

Just to be clear, this is not a shameless plug for Screenfly.  It's just a cool website I stumbled across and found useful and easy to use.  I'd never heard of it before yesterday.

I added some more photos to my Pinterest collection.  If you happen to have read Crimson & Cream, check out my Pinterest boards and see if your imagination matches mine.


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December 2012

Over the holidays, I saw my website on an iPad.

It was a mess.

Text overlapped images and everything squished together, even when holding the tablet in 'landscape' orientation.  So I decided I needed to fix my web page (because I heard these iPad things are getting popular).

But how?  Therein lies the rub.  I did some Googling and found several websites that simulate (for free) what your (or any) web page will look like on a variety of computers, tablets, and smart phones.  I particularly liked this one:  http://quirktools.com/screenfly/

Using Screenfly, you can preview your web page on different computer monitor sizes, net books, the iPad, Galaxy, Zoom and other tablets, 8 different smart phones, and 3 TV resolutions.  It even lets you rotate the page and simulate scrolling.

You won't easily get your page to look perfect on all of them, but you can get a good idea which platforms really massacre the look of your page.  Needless to say, I did some reorganizing and re-sizing of my webpage and this very blog.  If you're reading this on a mobile device right now, let me know what you think (post a comment below or drop me an e-mail).

Just to be clear, this is not a shameless plug for Screenfly.  It's just a cool website I stumbled across and found useful and easy to use.  I'd never heard of it before yesterday.

I added some more photos to my Pinterest collection.  If you happen to have read Crimson & Cream, check out my Pinterest boards and see if your imagination matches mine.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Potluck

Wow, that was a fast week!  What I've got today is a potpourri of random stuff to close out my 2012 blogging (even if the world doesn't end tonight, I've got holiday travel and a busy schedule the rest of the year, so this is my last planned blog for the year).
  • FREE Crimson & Cream at Novelnook through the end of 2012 (whenever that may be!).  Use the coupon code to get a free download.  Speaking of Novelnook, they launched full-scale out of their beta this week.  Check it out here for more details:  Novelnook - Launched.  One new thing I noticed they added was an explanation of their rating scale.  Crimson & Cream has been rated 5.5 for a while, and I wasn't too excited about a 5.5, since I assumed it was a 10 scale. However, it is a 5 scale.  So how do I have 5.5 rating?  Extra credit?  No, actually, Novelnook itself reserves the right to give select books a rating of 6, which apparently, Crimson & Cream received (Thanks Novelnook!).
  • Google+ Communities:  I discovered some very large writing communities on the new Google+ feature 'Communities.'  I've interacted a bit with several of these writing communities this week and have found some nice, helpful people and a lot of good information.  I've also experimented in some 'circle sharing,' and found out it's an easy way to blow up your circles (if you're into that sort of thing). With not much effort this week, I added over 1,200 people to my circles, over 500 of which have added me to theirs.  Also, I have a Google+ page for Crimson & Cream (in addition to my own page), however, I'm not sure I'm getting much mileage out of this feature.  If you have any experience using Google+ pages to promote your stuff, I'd love to hear about it (hint, hint).
  • Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy:  On my last post, I talked about my trying to spend more time writing and a little less on social media marketing.  I decided my goal was to write at least one sentence every day, with the idea being writing one sentence is easy, and hopefully, after meeting this modest goal, I'd keep writing and complete more than one sentence a day.  I've kept it up for over a week, and it seems to be helping.  There's been a day or two where I had to stop at one sentence (busy, tired, etc.), but most days I've done much more than that.  This week I've gone from 27,000 to 31,205 words.
And finally, in the rich, months-long tradition of my blog, a little something from my Pinterest page (Happy Holidays everyone!  Now I gotta go write that sentence ;-):

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December 2012

Wow, that was a fast week!  What I've got today is a potpourri of random stuff to close out my 2012 blogging (even if the world doesn't end tonight, I've got holiday travel and a busy schedule the rest of the year, so this is my last planned blog for the year).

  • FREE Crimson & Cream at Novelnook through the end of 2012 (whenever that may be!).  Use the coupon code to get a free download.  Speaking of Novelnook, they launched full-scale out of their beta this week.  Check it out here for more details:  Novelnook - Launched.  One new thing I noticed they added was an explanation of their rating scale.  Crimson & Cream has been rated 5.5 for a while, and I wasn't too excited about a 5.5, since I assumed it was a 10 scale. However, it is a 5 scale.  So how do I have 5.5 rating?  Extra credit?  No, actually, Novelnook itself reserves the right to give select books a rating of 6, which apparently, Crimson & Cream received (Thanks Novelnook!).
  • Google+ Communities:  I discovered some very large writing communities on the new Google+ feature 'Communities.'  I've interacted a bit with several of these writing communities this week and have found some nice, helpful people and a lot of good information.  I've also experimented in some 'circle sharing,' and found out it's an easy way to blow up your circles (if you're into that sort of thing). With not much effort this week, I added over 1,200 people to my circles, over 500 of which have added me to theirs.  Also, I have a Google+ page for Crimson & Cream (in addition to my own page), however, I'm not sure I'm getting much mileage out of this feature.  If you have any experience using Google+ pages to promote your stuff, I'd love to hear about it (hint, hint).
  • Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy:  On my last post, I talked about my trying to spend more time writing and a little less on social media marketing.  I decided my goal was to write at least one sentence every day, with the idea being writing one sentence is easy, and hopefully, after meeting this modest goal, I'd keep writing and complete more than one sentence a day.  I've kept it up for over a week, and it seems to be helping.  There's been a day or two where I had to stop at one sentence (busy, tired, etc.), but most days I've done much more than that.  This week I've gone from 27,000 to 31,205 words.
And finally, in the rich, months-long tradition of my blog, a little something from my Pinterest page (Happy Holidays everyone!  Now I gotta go write that sentence ;-):

Friday, December 14, 2012

Write, Write, Write. Right!

One of the many blogs I follow is Lindsay Buroker's, which in itself is an excellent read, but today had a guest post by Collin J. Earl, who wrote, among other interesting things, the following lines that struck a chord with me:
"You need to write. That is the key, writing, writing, writing. Content, content, content. You’ve got to do it. I cannot say it enough. That is the one thing that has not changed in the last five years. You want to be a paid author, (I don’t say successful because there are different definitions) I mean a paid author – one who makes money off of books, you need as much content as possible."
I've found myself spending more time on my facebook author page, blogging, Google+, Goodreads, Shelfari, et al, as opposed to focusing on writing the second book of The Oxbow Kindgom Trilogy.  Not to say that I'm not writing--I am.  Book II is open on my desktop right now, and is around 27,000 words in a first draft, which is not bad, considering I starting writing book two in earnest about two months ago.  Obviously, I'm not on a NaNoWriMo pace, but still, it's coming along.  However, my goal is to pick up the pace at the cost of some of my self-marketing efforts.  Collin's article made a lot of sense to me. As obvious as it is, finishing the entire trilogy will do more for selling my books than all the social media marketing I could do.  After all, intuitively, as a reader, I would be much more likely to start reading a trilogy once I knew it was actually completed.

So that's my plan;  scale back a touch on the social media promoting and spend more time getting words on the page.  After blogging for almost five months now, I think a post a week is an output I can maintain, and if you're reading this now, you can expect new content here at least once a week, for now, and into the near future.

Switching topics with this not-so-subtle segue, another blog I read is We Blog Better, which had another good article on the obvious.  I've given you the link (above) if you care to check it out, but the gist of the latest post was that if you want your readers to interact with your blog, SAY IT!  So here goes, PLEASE POST HERE!  Drop me a comment on the bottom of this post and I guarantee I will respond.  Have a question?  Let me know.  Suggestions?  Love to hear 'em.  Complaints?  I feel your pain.

In striving for consistency, I'll leave you with another sample of my Pinterest page.  Take care!

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December 2012

One of the many blogs I follow is Lindsay Buroker's, which in itself is an excellent read, but today had a guest post by Collin J. Earl, who wrote, among other interesting things, the following lines that struck a chord with me:

"You need to write. That is the key, writing, writing, writing. Content, content, content. You’ve got to do it. I cannot say it enough. That is the one thing that has not changed in the last five years. You want to be a paid author, (I don’t say successful because there are different definitions) I mean a paid author – one who makes money off of books, you need as much content as possible."
I've found myself spending more time on my facebook author page, blogging, Google+, Goodreads, Shelfari, et al, as opposed to focusing on writing the second book of The Oxbow Kindgom Trilogy.  Not to say that I'm not writing--I am.  Book II is open on my desktop right now, and is around 27,000 words in a first draft, which is not bad, considering I starting writing book two in earnest about two months ago.  Obviously, I'm not on a NaNoWriMo pace, but still, it's coming along.  However, my goal is to pick up the pace at the cost of some of my self-marketing efforts.  Collin's article made a lot of sense to me. As obvious as it is, finishing the entire trilogy will do more for selling my books than all the social media marketing I could do.  After all, intuitively, as a reader, I would be much more likely to start reading a trilogy once I knew it was actually completed.

So that's my plan;  scale back a touch on the social media promoting and spend more time getting words on the page.  After blogging for almost five months now, I think a post a week is an output I can maintain, and if you're reading this now, you can expect new content here at least once a week, for now, and into the near future.

Switching topics with this not-so-subtle segue, another blog I read is We Blog Better, which had another good article on the obvious.  I've given you the link (above) if you care to check it out, but the gist of the latest post was that if you want your readers to interact with your blog, SAY IT!  So here goes, PLEASE POST HERE!  Drop me a comment on the bottom of this post and I guarantee I will respond.  Have a question?  Let me know.  Suggestions?  Love to hear 'em.  Complaints?  I feel your pain.

In striving for consistency, I'll leave you with another sample of my Pinterest page.  Take care!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire)

Today I'm participating in a blog blitz for Gwen Perkins's new novel The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire).  There are all sorts of goodies below, so please check them out!

"We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia.  And it seems the war has come to us."

Responsibility and patriotism spur Cercia's new leader, Quentin, to protect his beloved country at all costs and he assigns Asahel and Felix to serve as ambassadors and secret agents to Anjdur. Their journey quickly turns awry and Asahel and Felix barely escape a devastating shipwreck, walk a tightrope of political tension, and rescue an empress before they learn they must face an enemy closer to them than they thought.

Will they be able to uncover an assassin's plot before it's too late? Will Asahel be able to unearth a secret that is vital to their mission? Will Cercia survive its own revolution? In The Jealousy Glass, Perkins boldly continues a series of unforgettable characters and events that will leave you begging for more.

 

AMAZON PURCHASE LINKS:



GIVEAWAY:

In conjunction with the release of The Jealousy Glass, Gwen is running a giveaway for an autographed, first edition paperback of The Universal Mirrorthrough Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/37726-the-universal-mirror

The giveaway officially ends on December 21, 2012—the author's birthday and supposed date for the oncoming apocalypse.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gwen Perkins has always regarded the deep rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula as the one place that she feels most at home. Gwen grew up in small towns across the Pacific Northwest, going to slug races and strawberry festivals when she wasn't scribbling on any scrap of paper she could come by. She boasts the dubious distinction of going to a public school with only eight students, learning Irish sea chanteys from a man who sang with the Clancy Brothers, and catching tadpoles during classes.

Her adult life is generally just about as much fun.

She lives in the City of Destiny (better known as Tacoma, Washington). Her hobbies include wandering beaches, baking pies and lampworking. In between all of this, Gwen has written two novels in the Artifacts of Empire series: The Universal Mirror and The Jealousy GlassThe Universal Mirror has been nominated for a 2013 Endeavour Award.

She is presently at work on future novels in the Artifacts of Empire series while working on another series in collaboration with Wilson Fabián Saravia.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: @helleder

Want more?  Here's an excerpt from the print version of the novel The Jealousy Glass:

From Chapter 5

"You're not the only one who was trapped, you realize."  Felix said.  Asahel glanced up, taking a few extra steps to catch up with the quick pace that Felix set.  "We were all trapped by the Heresies.  Any law that prohibited you was held over my head from the time I was born."
           
The Heresies were laws that bound magicians alone.  Among them, the foremost being the prohibition against using magic against humans, whether to harm or to heal.  Other Heresies governed more mundane areas—using magic to steal or to read another's thoughts without their consent was forbidden.  Each Heresy was enforced by the Council—or had been.  Quentin's ascension had changed all of that.  Now the Heresies were in flux and no magician knew quite what laws governed their behavior. 

Old habits die hard.  Asahel wondered whether the old rules had been put back into place after the Serenissma had left port.  He found himself remembering something that they'd been told in university—that the Heresies themselves changed depending on the spirit of the age. 
           
"Heresy.  It's such an odd word," he murmured, wondering if Cercia had found itself in another time of transition. 
           
"Not so odd, considering.  We had a god...once."
           
"And then he was killed."  Asahel became even more thoughtful.  "No one ever questions that either.  Just like no one questioned why we had laws that prevented us from using magic on living beings."
           
Felix turned to Asahel and smiled.
           
"I thought you'd be done with dangerous questions," he replied.  Asahel ducked his head, glancing over at the bushes as he tried to think of a suitable response.
           
"Someone ought to ask," he said finally.
           
"And why?"  Felix countered.  "So we can create new gods?  Or should we come here to seek them out?  If we take their beliefs for our own, then there's no point to war, is there?  We'll already have given them the best of our country."
           
"What is that?" Asahel asked.
           
"The one freedom we had left," he said.  "The freedom not to believe.  The freedom to rely on ourselves for our own morality and to know for certain that our goodness came from ourselves and not some distant unknown."
           
"And you believe faith in a god would erase that?"  He wasn’t sure himself what he believed.  Everyone grew up with the stories of the dark times when Cercians had worshiped a vengeful god.  Everyone knew the consequences.  The idea was so distant that Asahel considered it little more than an idle theory to pass the time.
           
It was clear that Felix had thought about it more often as he answered, "Yes, I do."
           
"I don’t think so," the younger man said.  "People are the same whether they believe in a higher being or not.  I shouldn’t see that having a god absolves anyone of responsibility.  Rather, it ought to give them more of it."
           
Felix laughed.  "I hope you’ve the right of it, Soames."





December 2012 - Hello Reader of 4concpoesiaecsps, In the article you read this time with the title December 2012, We have prepared this article for you to read and retrieve information therein. Hopefully the contents of postings We write this you can understand. well, happy reading.

Title : The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire)
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December 2012

Today I'm participating in a blog blitz for Gwen Perkins's new novel The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire).  There are all sorts of goodies below, so please check them out!

"We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia.  And it seems the war has come to us."

Responsibility and patriotism spur Cercia's new leader, Quentin, to protect his beloved country at all costs and he assigns Asahel and Felix to serve as ambassadors and secret agents to Anjdur. Their journey quickly turns awry and Asahel and Felix barely escape a devastating shipwreck, walk a tightrope of political tension, and rescue an empress before they learn they must face an enemy closer to them than they thought.

Will they be able to uncover an assassin's plot before it's too late? Will Asahel be able to unearth a secret that is vital to their mission? Will Cercia survive its own revolution? In The Jealousy Glass, Perkins boldly continues a series of unforgettable characters and events that will leave you begging for more.

 

AMAZON PURCHASE LINKS:



GIVEAWAY:

In conjunction with the release of The Jealousy Glass, Gwen is running a giveaway for an autographed, first edition paperback of The Universal Mirrorthrough Goodreads at: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/37726-the-universal-mirror

The giveaway officially ends on December 21, 2012—the author's birthday and supposed date for the oncoming apocalypse.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gwen Perkins has always regarded the deep rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula as the one place that she feels most at home. Gwen grew up in small towns across the Pacific Northwest, going to slug races and strawberry festivals when she wasn't scribbling on any scrap of paper she could come by. She boasts the dubious distinction of going to a public school with only eight students, learning Irish sea chanteys from a man who sang with the Clancy Brothers, and catching tadpoles during classes.

Her adult life is generally just about as much fun.

She lives in the City of Destiny (better known as Tacoma, Washington). Her hobbies include wandering beaches, baking pies and lampworking. In between all of this, Gwen has written two novels in the Artifacts of Empire series: The Universal Mirror and The Jealousy GlassThe Universal Mirror has been nominated for a 2013 Endeavour Award.

She is presently at work on future novels in the Artifacts of Empire series while working on another series in collaboration with Wilson Fabián Saravia.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: @helleder

Want more?  Here's an excerpt from the print version of the novel The Jealousy Glass:

From Chapter 5

"You're not the only one who was trapped, you realize."  Felix said.  Asahel glanced up, taking a few extra steps to catch up with the quick pace that Felix set.  "We were all trapped by the Heresies.  Any law that prohibited you was held over my head from the time I was born."
           
The Heresies were laws that bound magicians alone.  Among them, the foremost being the prohibition against using magic against humans, whether to harm or to heal.  Other Heresies governed more mundane areas—using magic to steal or to read another's thoughts without their consent was forbidden.  Each Heresy was enforced by the Council—or had been.  Quentin's ascension had changed all of that.  Now the Heresies were in flux and no magician knew quite what laws governed their behavior. 

Old habits die hard.  Asahel wondered whether the old rules had been put back into place after the Serenissma had left port.  He found himself remembering something that they'd been told in university—that the Heresies themselves changed depending on the spirit of the age. 
           
"Heresy.  It's such an odd word," he murmured, wondering if Cercia had found itself in another time of transition. 
           
"Not so odd, considering.  We had a god...once."
           
"And then he was killed."  Asahel became even more thoughtful.  "No one ever questions that either.  Just like no one questioned why we had laws that prevented us from using magic on living beings."
           
Felix turned to Asahel and smiled.
           
"I thought you'd be done with dangerous questions," he replied.  Asahel ducked his head, glancing over at the bushes as he tried to think of a suitable response.
           
"Someone ought to ask," he said finally.
           
"And why?"  Felix countered.  "So we can create new gods?  Or should we come here to seek them out?  If we take their beliefs for our own, then there's no point to war, is there?  We'll already have given them the best of our country."
           
"What is that?" Asahel asked.
           
"The one freedom we had left," he said.  "The freedom not to believe.  The freedom to rely on ourselves for our own morality and to know for certain that our goodness came from ourselves and not some distant unknown."
           
"And you believe faith in a god would erase that?"  He wasn’t sure himself what he believed.  Everyone grew up with the stories of the dark times when Cercians had worshiped a vengeful god.  Everyone knew the consequences.  The idea was so distant that Asahel considered it little more than an idle theory to pass the time.
           
It was clear that Felix had thought about it more often as he answered, "Yes, I do."
           
"I don’t think so," the younger man said.  "People are the same whether they believe in a higher being or not.  I shouldn’t see that having a god absolves anyone of responsibility.  Rather, it ought to give them more of it."
           
Felix laughed.  "I hope you’ve the right of it, Soames."