Saturday, January 21, 2012

Should I have a Facebook Page?

On my ever growing list of things to do, I have Facebook near the top. I'm not a heavy Facebook user. I barely ever log in. I know other writers have had success with Facebook, and I know a lot of readers are probably on it, but I don't know how much people would like this addition. I don't know what would happen if I did add a Facebook page. I've looked at other authors who have pages. I would definitely announce when projects were coming out, but being pithy and sharing links looks unlikely. Being pithy takes a lot of work. If you have an opinion, or if you don't, please take my poll below. It will help me know what I should do. Thanks!

Should I have a Facebook Page?

P.S. I've also added a "Subscribe by email" widget to the sidebar if anyone would like to get posts in their email. It is handled by Feedburner.

My Review of The Seventh Tower: The Fall

The Fall (The Seventh Tower, #1)The Fall by Garth Nix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Garth Nix creates amazing worlds in his fantasies, and the first book in the Seventh Tower series is no exception. I teetered between giving this three and four stars because I felt some of the fantastical elements were rather rushed. He throws out brief two sentence descriptions of all these unknown beasts, and they seem to be there purely to identify what the form a shadowguard assumed rather than truly adding to the story, and since none of the animals have familiar names, it's hard to keep track of them and what they're supposed to be.

The magic system is intriguing being based on light in a dark world with a strict color heirarchy for the society with those in the red tower being lower than those in the orange and so on. Finding out more about this world would be interesting. I will try to read the next in the series, but I'm not rushing out to get it. The book is listed as being for nine and up. I feel like maybe Nix was light on details to keep the younger readers interested, but older readers will be left wanting when they crack open the book. Because it is the first in a series, nothing is resolved, and Tal is no where near his goal. This is rather dissatisfying. Nix, at least, didn't leave off at too taunt a cliffhanger. I think he would've lost a star on this review if he had.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Things with Blog

Hi Everybody,

Well, it seems ye olde Blogger has been making some changes, and I've finally become aware of them. First, commenting is now threaded. It was begun by default on this site, but seems to still be off on the story sites. I'm not sure why that is, and I'm still not sure if I like threaded comments better than flat. (I just realized that the story sites may stay flat since they were posted before threaded was an option.) I'll keep comments threaded here until I see compelling evidence to stop it.

Another new thing is mobile view templates. I'd turned on mobile view a while back for this blog. I liked that there was a mobile view, but I didn't turn it on for the story sites. I didn't like the mobile view THAT much, but now they've updated it, and I think it could work well for the story sites. I've gone through and turned it on for them now. I think the chapters are too long for mobile view, but I can't shorten them without the changes affecting the full version sites. The main reason I changed them is because the text is A LOT easier to read on a smart phone with the mobile view enabled. I've made some small adjustments to try and make the sites functional in mobile view without changing the full web version sites too much, but have not done any hard testing. If anyone has any opinions or insights let me know. One odd thing that I've found is that if I swipe my finger across the screen, Blogger decides that I must want to go back a post or something, which is rather annoying, but I can't see how to fix that. I really don't know how many people stumble across my stories with their mobile devices, but I would like to make the sites as accessible as possible.

And yes, I picked the book template for the mobile view because I'm a nerd, and I really didn't think anyone wanted to look at the pink stripe version for longer than five seconds. I hope nobody was looking at the sites with their smart phone while I was mucking about. I changed the template a gazillion times as I tried stuff out.