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Happy New Year!

It’s a new month and a whole new year, and my post-NaNoWriMo break is officially at an end. That means that I’ll dig in and start editing Dominion of the Damned this week, and it also means that my blog semi-hiatus is at an end, which means it’s about to get a lot more chatty around here.

Coming up, I’ll be sharing some publishing and sales stats, doing a walk-through of the editing and publishing process with Dominion, and posting more indie author spotlights and interviews, as well as some indie book reviews…although those will be few and far between at first, because finding time to read is a challenge, and my To Read queue is long, and I still haven’t yet gotten around to reading Dance with Dragons. Or Ghost Story. Yeah, I know. So much for all that reading I said I was going to be doing over my December break, but that’s what happens when the “day job” becomes insanely busy.

I’ll also hopefully be posting more on the crafting side of things. I’ve made a few things here and there, but I’m always too lazy to take pictures and post them, so I need to remedy that. After all, part of the whole point of moving from Livejournal to WordPress was so that I could have a category devoted to crafting. My crafting has slowed down along with the TV season (since I usually make stuff while I watch TV), but the former should start to pick back up along with the latter, and I’ve got a long list of things I want to make.

So that’s what’s ahead. Hopefully, 2012 will be a productive and creative year, full of glorious, amazing mistakes. And I hope it’s a good one for all of you, as well.

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Hello Livejournal land. I’m still alive, and I haven’t forgotten you. In fact, I’ve been busy behind the scenes making sure you don’t get left behind as I make the inevitable transition to WordPress. I’ve been angsting about lately, trying to decide whether to leave my writing blog on LJ, or to start a new “official” WP blog with a wider scope, or whether to just stick with the status quo. But thanks to the wonders of the JournalPress and LJ Comments Import programs (and to and –that’s LJ users justbeast and yuki-onna, in case it doesn’t show up on one end or the other; I’m still working out how this all works–for making them known to me), I CAN HAS BOTH WORLDS!

So here’s the score: I’m broadening the scope of this blog beyond just writing and self-publishing to include knitting and crafting, design, reading, pop culture… basically all the things that fill me with glee. I don’t do so well with single-topic niche blogs, because eventually I feel like I run out of things to say on the topic at hand. Daydream Believer was originally that blog for me, but in the past year that has pretty much morphed into a blog about dealing with the difficult things in life. It feels odd now to stick an occasional knitting or TV post up there, you know? That blog’s not going anywhere, but it’s going to remain what it is, until hopefully one day it will evolve into a mommy blog.

But this blog is going to be my happy place.

It will also be my professional space, hence why the official URL is now blog.jeanmariebauhaus.com. But you can also read it right here on LiveJournal, just where it’s always been. And if you leave a comment on LJ, it will show up on the WP blog, and (I think) vice versa.

So if the LJ blog isn’t actually going anywhere, then why bother with the change? Well, because self-hosted WordPress has better functionality and organization, more customization options, and it offers a more professional, SRS BSNS appearance. Also, no Russian politicos crashing the system. So then, why not just move and be done with it? Because Livejournal has YOU GUYS, duh! And I don’t want to lose that community aspect that made me put my writing blog on LJ in the first place.

So here it is, my new old blog. The new space will evolve over time; I’m still figuring out these plugins, and I still need to organize all of the old LJ posts that I imported over there, and figure out the structure and the sidebar matter and etc. The old space probably won’t change much, but it isn’t going anywhere, either, and best yet, you don’t need to visit either if I’m on your friends list, because I’ll still be there.

“Official” Web Site, And a Snippet

I've been lagging behind on LJ lately, but that's because I've had my head down making myself a shiny new web site at JeanMarieBauhaus.com. It has a lot of bells and whistles and is primarily designed to make my portfolio look good, but it's worth mentioning here because it also serves as my "official" author site. If you take a look, you'll see that I figured out a way to incorporate this here blog into the site without having to switch to WordPress or some other self-hosted blogging platform. So I get to stay here at LJ and have the best of both worlds. Hooray!

In case you're wondering if all this focus on my new site has interfered with Dominion, fear not, it's still coming along. It currently stands at just short (about 90 words) of 65K. I skipped ahead again and have spent the last couple days working on a future scene. Note to self: if you get so bored in the middle of writing a scene that you need to skip ahead to the part of the story where all the action happens in order to keep writing, then maybe it's time to re-evaluate whether that scene even belongs in the book.
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O HAI I’M BACK PSYCH!

So first I decided to self-publish, and then I decided to revive my LJ as the place to talk about it, and about writing, and all the stuff that I originally created this journal for in the first place but then got sidetracked. And this is the first time I’ve ever noticed that “sidetracked” looks a lot like an anagram of “distracted.” All you need to do is swap out a T for a K and add another E. Huh.

ANYWAY. I’m back. And I’m going to be giving this journal some much needed TLC, including an upgrade and updating my icons and whatnot (oh how I’ve missed LJ icons!) and trying to make time to be part of the community again.

I’m still blogging about personal stuff at Daydream Believer. I waffled a lot on the decision whether to move back here, or just keep the writing stuff there, or take it someplace else entirely. But I realized that if I start inviting people to visit my blog for writing and publishing talk, I’ll start feeling self-conscious and start censoring myself, and then that won’t be my safe, non-judgmental place to talk about the hard stuff anymore, and I really need to cling to that outlet and keep it separate. I don’t know yet whether this is an interim solution or whether this is going to be my permanent “author blog.” I know I’m going to need an author web site at some point (and really can’t wait to add one of those to my web design portfolio), but that’s down the road a bit. For now I just need space to talk about the process.

I’m sorry I left, LJ. I still love you. We both knew I’d be back eventually.

GLP

Okay, well. I’m not completely satisfied with my new layout, but I think I’m content to leave it as is for the weekend and leave off any further tweaking till Monday.

Now, I am going to go home and get the sleep that Batman deprived me of last night. Hopefully, I’ll get it together and write this weekend. Hopefully.

Happy weekend, folks.

I has a LiveJournal novel

Or at least I will, when it’s finished, but you can go ahead and friend it now if you’d like to read the cleaned-up version:

Friend it, link it, help me generate buzz. These three things would be muchly, muchly appreciated.

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