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Agony and Ecstasy

I'll start off with the bad stuff first. I like to close on a good note.

I haven't been around as much lately, and this is because of a WordPress/Apple problem. I'm blaming Apple, but who really knows. I'm posting this in hopes that one of the WordPress gurus will read it and offer some clarity.

I read blogs using the WordPress Reader and the Safari browser. I have options, and thank God for that. My preferred gadget is my iPad Pro. I also kept my old iPad, and it works normally. Yesterday, most of WordPress stopped working for iPads.

I can still log in, and read my own blog. I still get comments, and interaction. The link to look at stats produces a white screen, and the link to Reader does the same. This could be an iOS problem.

When I try my iPhone I don't have any problems. This also works on iOS. What the hell does that mean? I cleared the caches on both iPads and rebooted them – no help.

I tried the WordPress app (which I hate) and can read posts and comment from there. This is also an iOS product.

I tried the Mac, and everything is perfect there.

Using an iPad, I can still get to my WP Admin and upload images. Somewhere in this post I'll see if that works or not. I write my posts with an app called Blogsy, because it's easier. It seems to work, but I have something pre-scheduled tomorrow and am nervous about it loading now. Hell, I'm nervous about this post loading too.

These things drive me crazy, and surfing for answers doesn't help. I get top choices from questions asked six years ago. This is a today thing Google!!! Moving on…

I pulled on my editing jacket and managed to work through two short stories today. This is only the first pass, and I have several others to make.

I'm tempted to leave the jacket on as I fight with iOS and WordPress.

My number one goal was to finish reading Wings of Mayhem, by Sue Coletta. This I accomplished, but it worked kind of like this.

Open my Kindle app. Let Otto, the puppy outside.

Make coffee, let Otto inside.

Read a chapter, rescue the dirty laundry from Otto.

Microwave my cold coffee, let Otto outside.

Read a chapter, let Otto inside.

Read a chapter, rescue my foot from Otto's jaws.

Read a chapter, find Otto in my closet eating my shoes.

Read a chapter, walk the dog, repeat until the end.

I really enjoyed Sue's first book, Marred, but Wings of Mayhem is the best book I've read this year (so far). I gave her a five star review, and wished there was an extra star to award.

This never has been a book review blog so I'll stop here. Check out Wings of Mayhem yourselves.

I also sent off a list of desires for the cover of The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack II. I paid in advance and ordered four more pinup pieces. Some are for book promotion, and some are for other purposes. Fans of Lisa can watch this space, or host me when I'm ready to tour the new Notebook around and you can share the artwork on your own blogs. These will be pieces loosely related to one of the stories in the book.

I'm still toying with the idea of paying someone else to format this one. I could do it, but it seems like a reasonable thing to farm out. I scoped out Jo Robinson's services and they seem pretty reasonable. I have to finish editing and get some beta feedback before I decide. It should be finished before I send it out.

So ending on a high note; I did a small amount of editing, I have new cover art on the way, and I finished reading a great book.

Now that I have a few minutes to pay attention, Otto is sound asleep. I posted a video to the Facebook page of him in his new wading pool if you are interested.

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Evolving and trying new things

This is the first post I'm making with an app called Blogsy. Apparently it gives me some access to different fonts, but that part works for crap. I tried three or four, and Times New Roman was all I could change to. That part's a bit buggy. I'll try to find something more pleasing. How about Helvecta, no. Verdana looks nice.

I've noticed a new etiquet issue recently. I've always been on team follow back. This is probably going to change soon, because I can't keep up with everything I've subscribed to. The etiquet issue occurred on Twitter.

I'm getting all the instant replies on Twitter, and I can live with those. You probably know the ones, “Follow me on Facebook too.” Those I don't mind, it's a symptom of the world we live in. I've received two recently that really bug me. They're both the same and go something like this: “Would you like a free copy of my novel Awesome Story, in exchange for a review.”

As a matter of fact, I wouldn't like a copy of Awesome Story, and will go out of my way not to read it. Geez, at least buy me a drink or kiss me first. The first time, I responded with a thank you and explained that my TBR list was full. The Tweeter said if I would provide my email address he would graciously provide the book anyway. I disengaged.

Last month I was discovered on WordPress by the religious community. This doesn't offend me, I follow blogs from Wiccans, Catholics, Athiests, Jews, Druids, Buddists, Muslims, Mormons, and one Jehovah's Wittness who's a blast to read.

The point is that none of them preach at me. Talk about it on occasion, and I'm fine with that. Make it every post, and I may move on.

I follow people will illnesses, addictions, depression, and more. None of them blogs exclusively about that either. These are all creative people and that's what drew me in, and keeps me.

There is about to be a winnowing of the blogs I follow. I follow hundreds of blogs, and can't keep up with them all. I will test drive anyone, but don't feel obligated to stay with those who are one trick ponies. Maybe I'm shooting myself in the foot, but I can't actually read all of them.

I keep threatening to unfollow a bunch of poets, but can't bring myself to do it. They post the best graphics of anyone out there, and I like that. Maybe it isn't what they were going for, but I'm being honest here.

Back to Blogsy. I want to test how it handles links. The Cock of the South. Feel free to hit the link.

I also want to test how it handles pictures.

It's a little bit quirky, but I'll give it some time. I have no idea why it automatically changed pitch at this point, but these letters are definitely smaller.

Weigh in people. What do you think of automatic tweets that promote me before we even meet? Am I a sinner for unfollowing blogs that aren't holding my interest? Have any of you tried Blogsy, and are you happy with it?

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