Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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Final Daily Post

I have done my daily posts, to the best of my ability, for a little over five months. When I first started doing them, I thought it would be fun, and it was in some ways. But for the most part, posting daily has been a stress. If I don’t put a post up, I fret over it, even if there was simply no way for me to do it the day before. Though I started out trying to post on the same day the events I wrote about happened, I more often posted on the day after. I’ve discovered I have fun finding things to take pics of for my posts, but can’t keep up with the pics on a daily basis because I simply can’t find anything that relates to my posts most times.

So with this post, I’m ending my run of daily posts. It’s just not me, and I see no reason to keep up with something I don’t find a lot of pleasure in. My plan is to rethink my site—again—and decide what all I want to do with it. I’ll more than likely discontinue my separate Fool’s Errand site and move what posts are there over to this site.

One of the things I missed most about my switch to daily posts about what I’ve done each day were the more personal posts I put on this site. I was trying to run a more professional site, but I’ve since decided that I’d rather be the real me instead of some twit who posts about nonsense crap every day. Honestly, I don’t much care about following people who endlessly list tasks completed, so I figured why bother subjecting my (5) followers to the same? Also, I’d rather space my posts out over the week.

Aside from Fool’s Errand posts here each Saturday, I don’t expect to do much posting until the new year. I want to spend the remaining weeks of 2018 planning what I’ll write about. No, it certainly won’t be daily lists of tasks completed. Depending on how many topics I manage to jot down and what they relate to, I may assign specific topics a specific day.

1Oct18: September NEVER Happened!

No, really, it didn’t. It may have felt like something happened between August 31st and now, but nothing actually happened.

Well, I wish that was the case for this site.

What actually happened is that on the 17th or 18th of September, I logged in to my site to discover it had been hacked by someone. I won’t use their name. Don’t really want to attract their attention again. Anyway, my site had been hacked. I went through and did all the stuff I knew how to do to try and correct the situation, which, admittedly, wasn’t much. Over the course of the day, things worsened, until all I could get out of my site was a 500 Server Error. I’m not exactly sure what triggered that. What it meant was that I couldn’t even get the login page back up. Website was also down with that error.

So I contacted my web host and explained what had happened. They referred me to instructions on how to recover my site and a page of security measures that I needed to instate so the site wouldn’t get hacked again. I tried reading through these instructions, but the fact I couldn’t even get my login page to come up combined with the multiple lines of instructions per “step” to kick up my anxiety to the point where I couldn’t comprehend anything. This, people, is the same thing that happens with search results on a lot of sites—including those I have my website stuff with.

As a result, nothing got done, and I was relegated to waiting for my friend J.A. Marlow to appear in WG chat. Which she did when she had some free time. She’s got a summer job to supplement her income, so I understood about the constraints on her time. After politely requesting that she look at my site, I emailed her the pertinent info for her to be able to login to my various website-related accounts.

It’s all her work. I did a minimal amount, mainly to do with logging in and updating things for the web host people when she didn’t have time to because she was busy trying to work on my site. The JaguarPC people were amazingly responsive. Typical response time to my posts of another issue was within an hour, no matter who actually posted the complaint on my ticket thread. I did my best to be quick about notifying Jam of those responses so she could log in and see them for herself.

It’s taken about two weeks to get my site back up with new, hopefully tougher security measures in place. Actually, it was back up and running by the 27th of September, but I decided not to repost the posts I’d made up until the site was hacked. I’ve spent the past few days doing a few odds and ends to ease my own worries with the site instead.

So! Things are resuming as of this post. I was in a good habit with posting the day-after, so that’s what I’m going to continue with. Until then, I hope this post helps explain some things for all y’all my maybe 2 followers. LOL

Difficult Day

My headache continued through today, and so did the queasy feeling it brought. I bowed out of MTG this evening because I’m afraid I might be contagious, though this reminds me of a much more severe seasonal allergy I had some years ago in North Carolina, when my family moved out to a rural location near an airstrip populated with lots of blooming weeds. Pretty flowers, but what they did to me was downright awful. What I’ve got now is like a much milder version of that illness.

Today started out difficult. When I tried to login to the site’s backend, I found myself blocked. When I finally made it into the backend, I discovered some random jerk had basically stolen my account. I’ve done what I can to patch it so they can’t affect anything, though I’m not sure how effective it is. Still working on workarounds for it all, since I can’t actually access the Gravatar account the jerk apparently used to change the username. The entry codes go to a phone I no longer have access to, and I’ve lost any backup codes I had, as well as the original login password. So, yeah, I’m pretty well screwed there.

I’ve managed to write a bit today, though. Not a lot, but enough. I’m bouncing from one project to another, all of the damn things gay romances, but, eh, I’ll go with it.

And I’ve been reading a favorite book by a favorite author. Need to get more of her stuff . . .

More Thoughts About AEP

I’m once again rethinking AEP. This usually happens at some point every year, to be honest. Sometimes more than once.

Why?

Mainly because my bipolar is so random that I can’t keep to a set schedule. I try again and again to stick to a schedule, then I lose interest because I just don’t care. This isn’t the only state of mind I suffer over my site. Other times I want to post nearly every day. Sometimes more than one post a day even. There’s just no way to predict what mood will strike, though I can control the urge to post all the time.

But I think I’ve reached the point when I don’t care about the impression I’ll be giving if I post more frequently. My main concern with this has been what I’ll post. Mostly longer commentary on the minutiae of my life, to be honest, then what I can post on Twitter. It’ll be trivia, to be honest. Specifically, the kind of trivia I can’t imagine anybody else being interested in because I’m not interested in that kind of trivia. It’s just what I feel like rambling about at length.

No matter my efforts to make my blog and my site more “professional”—I just can’t seem to keep up with it. Rather like my writing, that. I have so many ideals in my mind about my writing that it’ll never meet. I’m trying to learn to accept the fact I’ll always fall short of my writing ideals. Why not throw my blog in with that? I want a professional sight that’s updated regularly.

It’s apparently not going to happen on a schedule.

And, I think, that’s part of what stresses me out to the point of developing a serious case of indifference to whether or not I post anything on my blog at all. Unfortunately (for me), I have a lot of nonsense crap to say, and I happen to enjoy posting it for public consumption. While I do have limits, they more align with what I will and won’t post, not necessarily when or how much info about them I’ll share.

So, maybe expect an uptick in posts here.

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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