Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBT+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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Taking A Break

With the completion of posting of Discordant Harmonies 1: A Pitch of the Scale, I’m taking a break from posting this week. It got a bit hairy for me toward the end of the book, with me barely keeping up with my weekly post and scheduling posts of the book. I managed to finish edits on it a few weeks beforehand, but apathy struck, and it was a fight the whole time. Sadly, that apathy about posting here is still with me. I’m hoping that taking a deliberate break from the onus of posting, however brief it may be, will prevent an unanticipated case of full-blown bipolar apathy regarding the site. I’ve done this before, with mixed success. Here’s hoping my blog absence will last only a week.

A Slight Shift in Things Here

Well, I fully intended to reserve this site only for writing topics on Tuesdays, but I didn’t honestly believe I’d run out of them so soon. My last scheduled post, RIP Ferodoxis, went up last week, and I was already frantically trying to find a writing topic for this week—just this week at the time. I have not come up with anything.

As a result, I’ve been considering what I might do. I’ve been looking at the sites and blogs of writers I know and follow, and realized they pretty frequently have personal posts, such as I used to post here. Some are more political than others, some focus more on writing than others. But they all include personal posts. I’ve not wanted to share my political views here (though they’re probably at least somewhat obvious, considering the subtitle of my site), but I have kind of missed posting about my real life here. So, with those things considered and realized, I’ve decided to go back to posting about my real life on this site. These posts, if they show up, will come on Tuesdays, so readers will either see a writing-related post, or something about my real life.

I will not be posting about real-world politics here. There may be a rare comment or retweet about politics on Twitter, though I’m not often there these days—and, in fact, personal stuff I’m gearing up to write about may well appear on Twitter first, depending on how willing I am to risk catching a glimpse of unhappy news there, but I likely won’t linger long, so follow @AsheEltonParker there; I’ve also added my Twitter feed to my sidebar, just scroll down a bit.

(Part of) Reorienting AEP, Pt. 3

I’ve done quite a bit of work of reorganizing the site since the 7th. Since I’m in the middle of a writing downswing, and I wanted something creative do, and the mood struck, I’ve been fiddling with the site. I’ve reorganized my “Published” section and moved my Cancer Posts to a new place there. I may reorganize things there again later, but that largely depends on whether or not I ever get to a point where I can pay publish my writing. One thing you will notice under the “Publish” section is a Wattpad submenu. That’s going to be important here later on. Any series of at least 3 books I’ll be posting only the first book of here on AEP. Latter books will go up on Wattpad. If I’m able to pay pub my books in the future, I’ll more than likely take all but the first off of Wattpad, but for now, I’ll be posting any other series books, standalones, and duologies on Wattpad.

One thing I figured out how to do was add a “Home” link to the top menu as well. It was a pretty simple matter.

I noticed my contact form died in the move from WordPress, so I replaced the coding text with a new actual contact form. Still learning the ins and outs of the contact form, so all fields are required. Just haven’t felt like experimenting with it yet. I’ll explore its different qualities and aspects later on.

Another thing I’m doing is considering a new posting schedule. I do know story stuff will go up fairly regularly as long as I have something to post. I plan on having that on a specific day of the week, possibly Tuesday or Friday. Getting back into posting writing news and such here regularly feels like a good idea right now too, so I’m going to assign either Tuesday or Friday (whichever day I’m not posting story stuff) to such posts, so there will be at least one regular post going up each week regardless of whether or not there’s a bit of story to be posted.

Before I start doing that, though, I need to finish filling in my sidebar. I need to recreate my links menus and do a few other things. Still trying to decide what sorts of things I want to put in my links menus. Also going to figure out where to put my tags and such, and what style I want them to be in (cloud or list).

(Part of) Reorienting AEP, Pt. 2

Well, my domain name and site are moved. This was a somewhat spur-of-the-moment decision I made about the middle of last month. I’d actually been considering moving my site to an independent host (previously, it was hosted by WordPress) for a few months. Pretty much since January, in fact. The task seemed daunting, however, and I didn’t know where to begin.

Round about the middle of April, I got into a conversation with one of my writer friends about a plugin when she mentioned using it to organize the chapters of a book she’d posted on her site for free. Over the course of that discussion, she linked me to the plugin’s site, and I spent a good hour or so looking for the place to add the plugin to my site’s backend. Ultimately, we realized we were essentially discussing two different versions of WordPress—hers programming she’d used for her site, mine the actual WordPress site.

Since I’d long wanted to find a way to move my Cancer Posts page to a setup like she had with her book’s chapters, and this plugin was for chaptering things out (among other things), I decided I had to move my site to an independent host because there was no way I could use this plugin on a site hosted by WordPress. As of this post, my domain name is with Namecheap and my site is hosted by JaguarPC (I’ll see about adding links to them and affiliate stuff at a later date; still figuring things out).

Opportunity permitting, I’ll be spending a fair amount of this month figuring things out with this new setup (using the WordPress UI, so it shouldn’t be too difficult, I hope). So, for May, I’m hoping to reorganize my Cancer post links and return my site to what it used to look like, with the sidebar on the right. I’ll work on getting a “Home” button on the top of the page, too, but for now, if you visit any other pages, just click on my name in the header box, and it’ll bring you to the homepage.

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