Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Writing Round Up

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review: Hammerfall by C.J. Cherryh

I read Hammerfall when it first came out in hardback.

Read this review on Rena's Hub of Random

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 90: Writing Dreams

I like reading (and writing) dream/nightmare sequences.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Reading Homestuck Part Thirty Four:==>John: Continue to be really gullible!

We cut briefly to a scene where John is heading off in his rocket pack.

Read this on Rena's Hub of Random.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Article: Cleaning up posts imported to WordPress from Blogger

If you are importing anything from your Blogger or other blogging platform to WordPress, the formatting you had on your original posts will not always translate. You will have to replace cut tags, fix the formatting, and in some cases re-embed videos and replace images that did not carry over to the new blog. You will also have to do some extensive proofreading of your posts. The following are some simple techniques to correct any problems you find.

Get rid of any code from Blogger

Monday, February 25, 2013

Article: Stripping code from Word after pasting to a Blog manually and why you’d want to

If you copy and paste your blog posts from Word instead of writing directly to the posting block you will end up with a lot of unnecessary code that will appear at inconvenient times (such as when you cross post to Tumblr, or when you share the post to some other social media site). Some blogging platforms have posting blocks specifically for Word documents but these blocks sometimes also strip out any formatting or text colors you specified in the Word document. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Article: Choosing a Color Palette for Your Site

Part of the design process is deciding what colors you are going to use. You are not just choosing the color of the background, but also the links, headers, footers, sidebars and text. You want a site that will be legible, professional and eye-catching. As with most aspects of the design process, you should take a look at the color schemes for other sites, both for inspiration and also to see what works or doesn’t work for you.

There are several methods for combining colors.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Article: What Kind of Site Do You Want?

One of the first parts of the design process is figuring out what kind of site you want. Once you know what you want in a website, you can make further plans from there. Sites fall into a number of categories depending on what the objective of your site will be.

Monday, February 11, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 91: Lost in a

This is for GBE2 Prompt 91: Crowd

I do not do very well in large groups of people. I am the person who tends to sit by herself at parties, and doesn’t talk very much. This is mostly because I often have problems following conversations or knowing when it is appropriate to interject a comment of my own. Ambient noise and a lot of people having different conversations at once can also cause me to become confused. On various occasions, I have responded to something that I actually misheard due to ambient noise and distraction. This leads to social awkwardness and a even more engrained tendency to avoid large groups of people.  

More Than You Wanted to Know About Color

Let’s talk about color. To begin with, what we see as color are different wavelengths of light. Light in turn is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. What we see of the different wavelengths of light is referred to as the visible spectrum. White and black, while technically considered colors, are not part of the color spectrum. What we see as “white” is actually the combination of the different wavelengths of light. Black is an absence of white. (Both white and black also come into the picture as “value” or “brightness” which indicates how bright or dark a color is.) 

There are two methods of combining colors.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GBE2 Blog On Prompt 90: Writing Dreams

I like reading (and writing) dream/nightmare sequences. Unfortunately, a lot of people seem to consider them to be clichéd or boring, so I tend to feel slightly guilty for liking them.  (Okay, dream sequences being boring and clichéd is often true. Some writers tend to try too hard at making their dream sequences meaningful.)

Some things I like about a well-written dream sequence:

  • I like surreal, vaguely creepy things that give me the chills! (Oddly enough, I am not fond of horror movies, but nightmares are awesome.)
  • I like weird, silly things happening randomly! (Within the context of the dream, thanks.)
  • Foreshadowing! (Especially in a fantasy setting, or setting where precognition is a thing that exists.)
  • Getting insight into the character’s motivations and/or anxieties via their dreams.Getting insight into the character’s past via their dreams. 

Some things that make for a badly-written dream sequences: 

  • Trying too hard to make something seem mystical. (Sometimes it is a precognitive vision full of symbolism, sometimes it’s just indigestion.)
  • There’s no lead in to let you know that it’s a dream. (When did the character go to sleep? Why is this suddenly happening? What is going on?)
  • The dream sequence is set apart as a separate block of writing in a way that is obtrusive. (This means that someone italicized or bolded the entire sequence and then did something like write --Dream sequence begins-- followed by --Dream sequence ends-- at the end. This mostly happens with fan fiction and it is annoying!)  

One thing that I do with my dream sequences is make them brief, just mentioning what the character is dreaming about, and their state of mind while dreaming. For instance, a character under a great deal of stress due to life changes might have the kind anxiety dream where parts of your body are falling off. Or a character in the middle of a dangerous mission might dream about people he’s close to doing things that they would not normally do. 

Even my longer dream sequences are pretty short, and likely shift from something symbolic to extremely ridiculous.

Web Form Basics: Design and Functionality

Forms can increase the interactivity of a site by allowing the user to give feedback, make a purchase or fill out an application. Forms can be thought of as having two main components. The first part is the HTML markup that creates the form on the web page and the program on the server that processes the information.

There are two ways that this information can be delivered, GET and POST.