Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

I Have a Well…

Friday, July 31st, 2009

And it needs refilling!

I worked incredibly hard on My Liege’s website last week, all over last weekend, and into the beginning of this week. I worked until my shoulders ached and my eyes crossed. And then I worked some more. I love web design, but I seem to lack the capacity to REMEMBER how to go about it. What’s up with that? So every time I attempt a massive update, or, heaven forbid, a re-design of one of my sites, I suffer massive aggravation. Sooner or later, when I’m having problems, it dawns on me—check the code! Check the Freaking Code! So I go to check the code and realize I have no clue what I’m looking for, so I need to re-learn it. THEN check the code.

This is why when writing friends and acquaintances ask if I want to design their site or maintain their site, I have to turn them down. I think I could become very proficient at web design if I did it every day. But my writing would suffer. I know that from experience.

I plan on refilling my well in a major way this weekend. Wish me many Zzzzzzzzzs.

Allie McBeagle will do her part:

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“Walk! Walk, walk, walk! Take me on a walk!”

Skinning

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Happened upon Erin McCarthy’s website the other day. I’ve read several of her Bravas and am a fan of her voice. Noticed something cool on the website. Her designer has enabled “skinning.” That’s when the browser (as in person) has the ability to click a button to change website designs or “skins.” I thought that was very cool. Take a look and tell me what you think (McCarthy’s skinning options are under Mix it Up! below Contact Erin.) I’ve seen this done on blogs before, although usually not writer’s blogs. But I can’t remember seeing it on an author’s site before.

What are your thoughts? Should an author make up her mind and stick with one design? Do you like the option of changing the skin to suit your tastes? I’m asking because I design my own websites, and often I’m very torn between color combinations. Personally, I doubt I would go as far as to change designs completely—too much work on the design end for this puppy. Actually, I have no clue how to enable skinning, either. But on an aesthetic level, I thought it was pretty cool that Erin’s designer did this for her (that’s Liz Bemis of Bemis Promotions, by the way.)

Ready, Set…Tweet!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Ravenous Romance, a new e-publisher opening December 1st, is holding a pre-launch contest and they’re looking for submissions. Here’s the blippy:

Are u the Twitter Master? Can u get ur message out in 140 characters or less? If so, then prove it. We challenge u to put ur fingers to ur twit & send us ur hot, erotic short, but remember, short is the key… it has 2 fit in2 140 chrctrs…or less! Check back on Dec 1 to read all entries + the winning Tweet! 

Winner receives a $15 gift certificate to Ravenous Romance = 3 novels or 15 shorts! 

Visit their website for the submissions address.

Literary agent Lori Perkins is one of the forces behind Ravenous Romance, which will publish audiobooks as well as e-books. Here’s more information from their Press Release page:

About Literary Partners Group, Inc.

Holly Schmidt is a publishing executive with 15 years of experience in editorial, marketing, and sales. She joined forces with award-winning photographer Allan Penn to launch book packager Hollan Publishing, Inc. in 2006. Hollan creates innovative, visual non-fiction books, including those in the love and relationships category. Lori Perkins is an agent with over 20 years of experience selling erotica and an impressive stable of authors.

It will be interesting to see how Ravenous Romance unfolds.

Completely unrelated… Ever since I did my last WordPress update, the Insert Link thingie for the Visual (ie. not the HTML) editor has refused to work. That meant I could not choose the “open in new window” option for inserting outside links. Quite annoying. Now, writing this post, suddenly the Visual Editor link inserter works. When did this happen? Did someone update my WordPress for me without my knowledge? (Elle??)

At any rate, I’m thankful to have this option open to me again. I hate it when I’m visiting a blog or website, follow a link, and then can’t find my way back to the original site or blog again. A very wise person once told me to always make it easy for browsers to return to my site after exploring links. Otherwise, really, your site is just portal to others.

Welcome to My New Website

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Hi everyone! I am totally thrilled beyond belief to announced the unveiling of my new website design. Who designed it? I did. That’s why I’m totally thrilled “beyond belief.” I love web design, but it consumes me (translation: distracts me from writing).  So to finally have the new design up and (hopefully) looking great is a humongous weight off my shoulders.

I have to give a shout out to the amazing Vivian Lund of Electric Webs. I tried my best to customize the default WordPress theme to match my new web design, but the results were less than spectacular. Okay, I’ll admit it, they were disastrous. Well, maybe not that bad. I had all the elements, but know zilch about PHP and CSS, so there were all these little niggy-noggy things in my theme that shouldn’t have been there. Vivian came to my rescue and fixed the blog lickety-split. If left to me, the blog design would have taken another two centuries. So thank you, Vivian.

Please check out my news digs–and not just the blog. In fact, if you like book give-aways, I would suggest very strongly that you take a look around at the other pages. Because, in celebration of my new website, I’m holding a contest to give one lucky reader a free, autographed trade paperback copy of BORROWING ALEX. Yup, I’m generous. Can’t help it. But not so generous that I won’t make you do some work to find out how to enter the contest. 

Contest ends Friday, April 18th, so get browsing.

Oh, and if you notice something absurdly wrong with my new website (as in something isn’t working, not that you hate it), please email me.

Cindy

“Accolades Accepted, Insults Ignored.”