Digital Housekeeping

While looking for something else entirely, I discovered a WordPress widget called ‘Gallery’. And voila! There it is on the sidebar to the right. The images are a little small, but it’s nice to be able to do something useful with all those faces!

And the gallery provides a nice introduction to the price change for the Innerscape Omnibus. In line with most other bundles on Amazon, I’ve raised the price to $5.99. This price point makes it slightly cheaper than buying each book separately, and it allows me to do ‘specials’ every now and then without having to do an exclusive via KDP.

And finally a word about the widget I was actually looking for – a word count progress bar: https://abtoolz.alanpetersen.com/wip-progress-bar/

The instructions mention that you can get this app via the WordPress widgets. That’s not quite right. It is not available on the free, WordPress.com widget page. I assume it will be available to the paid WordPress.org sites. If someone could check that out for me I’d be eternally grateful!

Still on the progress bar, there is a manual way of inserting it into your blog but I haven’t tried it out yet. If I get it to work, I’ll post a mini how-to about it. Alternately, if someone out there gets it to work, please post some instructions, preferably with pictures so we can all start using it!

Ahem, and the reason I want that progress bar is because, as Robert Chazz Chute says:

‘The meters really get me amped and moving. I don’t want to see a static progress bar and measurement gives me a sense of momentum. That which cannot be measured will not be improved.’

https://chazzwrites.com/2020/07/13/two-simple-tools-that-work-for-writers/

Like Robert, I’m all betwixt and between at the moment. Once I sit down and start writing, I’m okay, but getting myself to that point has never been this hard before. I know what’s causing at least part of the problem – that miserable virus – but knowing and ignoring are two very different things. So, I’m hoping a progress bar will give me that little bit of extra incentive to ignore the outside world and escape into Vokhtah again.

Okay, I feel as if I’ve been productive enough. Time for some lunch. Cheers!

Meeks

About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

28 responses to “Digital Housekeeping

  • HonieBriggs

    The difficulty with gaining momentum seems to be contagious. I’m am finding myself in unfamiliar territory just now as well. I don’t like it. Not. One. Bit. Looking forward to better days ahead for us all!

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    • acflory

      Me too. I want the things I do to matter. At the moment, there is a sense of futility about thinking more than 24 hours ahead. -shrug- Things will change. We just have to ‘hang in there’. Pity that phrase sounds so trite.

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    Yep, this virus is quarantining our muses. Ugh. It’s so hard to write. My WP theme is so old that they retired is about 6 years ago, so I don’t have any of the new features or capabilities and I can’t add many widgets without upgrading or knowing how to write code. Sigh. Someday, I’ll update. Maybe. The word count sounds like a good tool. Good luck figuring it out! πŸ™‚

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    • acflory

      -giggles- I think my theme is retired too. High Five to us diehards. πŸ™‚
      I actually looked at some new themes after I decided that Medium wasn’t for me. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything that I really liked, even in the paid section. My old ‘Grunge’ theme still provides me with the best balance of functionality and ‘style’. Maybe one day. πŸ™‚
      I spent this morning doing a how-to on the slideshow so I might tackle the progress bar tomorrow. Notice how I haven’t mentioned Vokhtah at all? I did have good intentions this morning but…
      You know, I think part of the problem is that each day is the same. Some days I have to check the date to see what day of the week it is. I know I should be using this time to finish the story, but so many other things seem more important. And there’s always tomorrow. :/

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      • D. Wallace Peach

        Yesterday my husband asked it if was Saturday. Um…not. Lol. And yes, finish that story… I’ll read it! But I get it. Writing has been really tough through this pandemic.

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        • acflory

          -grin- I assumed that losing track of the days was me being elderly, ahem, but the Offspring casually asked what day of the week it was so I don’t feel quite so bad. πŸ™‚
          We need a new motto: Keep Writing! or Where’s My Muse? or…:D πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  • cagedunn

    I love what you did and tried to do the same. In a mess now. So. Okay, how did you get the links on the gallery, and how did you make it a separate column?

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    • acflory

      Ok, first question I have to ask is – do you use the old Admin dashboard or the newish Design/Customize interface? The reason I ask is because things look very different depending on which you’re using. I use the old dashboard. I can work out how to do it on the new one but I’ll have to ‘play’ with it for a bit. Oh and question 2 – are you using the free WordPress.com or the hosted WordPress.org?

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  • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    If I get to a page with something moving, I leave. Can’t take the wiggly things in my line of vision.

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    • acflory

      Oh….I’m so sorry. I’ll move it down so it’s not so in your face. 😦

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      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

        I just scrolled past it – sorry, I didn’t realize you had one until after I clicked send.

        It’s the ones that won’t let you get rid of them that are the worst.

        Yours isn’t that kind. I’ll just scroll past it. Didn’t mean to sound grumpy, but of course I did.

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        • acflory

          lol – PHEW! I’m delighted. I actually moved it down but now I’ll put it back up the top again. πŸ˜€

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          • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

            Quick question: do you have to have a paid WordPress theme for this to work? I don’t – and don’t have much stuff to go there – but I do have widgets and an area to put them in.

            But I can’t do video or sound, because I don’t have a paid theme or paid blog (I forget).

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          • acflory

            Nope. I’m using the unpaid, not-on-a-plan version of WordPress too. You can get around the video and sound issue by using Youtube or Vimeo videos – i.e. you can upload your video and then once it’s live, you can ‘share’ your own video on your blog that way. Bit of a workaround but better than nothing. For sound I use Soundcloud. Again, you upload something to soundcloud then share it on your blog.

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          • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

            If I ever want video or audio, I’ll try those – but they’re other platforms to master. I’m a print person – I put up a graphic of some kind on most posts for the fun of playing with a bit of that.

            I loved making my first cover.

            I don’t think at this point I have much to say that requires me saying it, though I’m planning the ‘as read by author’ versions of my books.

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          • acflory

            Good for you! I’ve pondered audio but a) I can’t afford to pay someone to do it and b) I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to do it myself so…-shrug-
            I’ll be interested in your thoughts if you go ahead and do it.

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          • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

            Oh, I will. But after NETHERWORLD is finished.

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  • Audrey Driscoll

    Interesting to see those faces!

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