Still Working on Version 13

A few unexpected code bugs, plus some real-life stuff, have pushed me a little further behind in getting my layouts done, but I’m still a-workin’! 😀 Additionally, I also have been revamping some content pages to read a little better/more concisely. So when v13 DOES go live, it’ll be much more awesome. 🙂

Gone: Delicious and Livejournal

After much deliberation and soul-searching (okay, more like apathy and frustration), I deleted and purged my Delicious and Livejournal accounts, so the Network page displays two less links. Two less profiles to keep up with, two less sites to update on slow-as-molasses internet. Also, two less things I have to update.

I got rid of the Delicious account because it took about 45 minutes to load just the start page on dialup, and I already have a Stumbleupon account, so I don’t really need two link-saving services. I got rid of my LJ because most of the people I followed on there are fairly inactive, and I don’t really blog about my everyday life anymore–at least, not in so many words. These days, there are Facebook statuses (stati?) for that.

I am contemplating, however, creating a personal Tumblr at some point, mainly to reblog interesting things I find on the Internets. Anything that’s not about my boring and repetitive life, or way too personal for my comfort, would be okay with me. 😛

FL Updates, and More Work Behind the Scenes

I updated a couple of moved/closed fanlistings over at Captivations, and I plan to do a thorough review of all the FL links on there right before v13 goes live as well. Just want to make sure I’m linking to the right stuff! 😀

Also, I’m still working like a fiend behind the scenes of WMW.org here. I just finished a complete revamp of the Webmistress page last night, and I’m planning the same kind of revamp for the College Knowledge section as well, because I’m not really satisfied with the page layout in that section right now–it feels kinda cramped.

All that remains to be done, after the College Knowledge revamp, is to debug all the layouts (WMW.org itself, FL page, news blog, network, links), make sure they run in all the main browser types, and then–joy of joys!–v13 will be uploaded! *happy squee dance* 😀 Now here’s hoping I can actually DO this before June ends. LOL

Hard at Work on v13

After a 10-month wait, I’ve finally been able to move ahead with backend code and frontend design for WMW.org, as well as the look for the update blog. Now I just have to finish coding the fanlistings page and come up with design and code for the links page…LOL

Really enjoying getting back into web design. I didn’t realize how stifled I felt until I got a hard drive I could actually keep saving and re-saving to without fear of losing data. 😀 (But I’ll never let a hard drive failure catch me off-guard again–I’ve got a big external hard drive and 3 flash drives as backups now.)

Anyhow, keep your browsers tuned to WMW.org in the next month or so–v13 will be a big (and cool) change when it comes!

Yahooooooo New Computerrrrr

Yep, I has a new computer. 🙂 And her name is “Jo”. Let’s pray she’ll be as sturdy and talented as the book character for whom she is named!

In other news, I didn’t get any money for trading in “Meg,” “Amy,” and “Beth” (;_;), but Best Buy can use them for spare parts. :/ Oh well, at least I’m recycling!

Hopefully Getting New Computer Tomorrow

After many moons of waiting (almost 10 months), I’ll hopefully be getting a new laptop tomorrow. I’ll be able to trade in my three older laptops and perhaps get a bit of the price knocked down, but even if the older systems aren’t worth anything, they won’t be junking up my house anymore, and someone else may be able to get a refurbished system for cheaper. And, if all else fails, the metals used in the computers can be recycled :/

I’m looking forward to being able to have my own system again–I’ve been using the family laptop, which does the job, but I don’t feel right saving my own files on the family hard drive. Can’t wait to have my own hard drive again instead of running my life off three flash drives! That’s the only reason y’all haven’t seen version 13 yet–I’ve been trying to minimize the saving and rewriting I’ve been doing, and anybody who’s done web design knows how much saving and editing you end up doing while designing. LOL

We’re looking at buying the Asus G75, which currently has a LOT of good reviews across the board. It only came out last month, so perhaps all my waiting has paid off. Wish me luck tomorrow–hopefully they’ll have it in stock and I can bring my new laptop baby home!

(By the way, this one’s name will be “Jo,” after the character in Little Women; “Meg” was my long-suffering college laptop, which still works, while “Amy” was my spoiled little grad school laptop, whose motherboard got burned out by an overworked graphics card. And “Beth” was my most recent, ill-fated gaming laptop which soldiered on bravely after being gravely wounded. It seemed fitting. :/ )

New Fansite Ideas

Aside from my long-talked-about Dove II fansite, I’ve come up with a couple of other fansite ideas:

– The BBC show “Waiting for God”–love this show!
– Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars–my absolute favorite video game of all time!

So that’s three fansites I need to be working on. Good luck doing that while I’m still working off of three flash drives… -_-

[Yeah, I still haven’t found a new computer I want to upgrade to yet, and nobody will get back to me about possibly refurbishing my old one (’cause I still think the old girl’s got life in her yet). *SIGH*]

But I’m excited about new fansites–it’ll be nice to have a couple of other sites to include in the network again. And I’m still considering putting up my old fansites in archive mode…would be a sweet blast from the past.

I Swear I’m Here, LOL

Though not much has changed on the ol’ domain, I swear I’m here. Real life and illness have been keeping me from working, as well as the lack of my own computer yet. :/ (I guess I’ll be going to get a new computer soonish, if only to have an internal hard drive of my own again.) Did I mention I’ve about had it with these headaches that feel like the side of my head’s been set on fire? They need to go AWAY.

…Annnnnnnnnnd I realllllly hate dialup. *shakes fist at corporations that won’t get off their butts to install fast access out here*

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I’ve been keeping Crooked Glasses updated weekly, but that’s been the limit of what I could do most recently. My novel is being worked on, very very slowly (hard to write when I can’t think clearly), and the layouts for WMW.org are coming along well also (amid a couple of rethinking sessions and setbacks). I’ve actually got a very new style on the way–I think it’ll work better for how the domain’s been growing and changing–WMW isn’t such an infant anymore, and appears to have grown out of its baby clothes. 😛

Please continue to watch this space, as I battle the Headache Monster, the Real-Life Monster, and the Technology Monster. ^_^;

Designing Version 13 and Other Things

While the loss of a year and a half of data is staggering, I am nevertheless working on Version 13’s designs for my domain, joined fanlistings, network, and network update blog (this thingamabob right here). Let’s just say that the new designs are…markedly different from version 12, but I believe it’s different in a good way.

Also, since I lost all of the data regarding Lux Perpetua (my Dove II fansite), I’m going to have to rebuild it from scratch. ;_; That is not cool, dude. At least I hadn’t scanned in but 5 issues… *sigh* But all my essays are gone, too–I’ll have to rewrite them all, and pray I remember all the content. Double ;_; .

And lastly, on a more positive note, I looking at possibly re-uploading some of my old-as-dirt anime and gaming shrines, in a kind of archival mode. (Since the last time I dealt with any of that stuff was back in 2008, the files from my June 2010 hard drive should still include those old site files.) I’ll probably edit the content down some so my rabid fangirlism isn’t as evident, but it would be nice to at least acknowledge my roots in webdesign. Who knows, I might even give each of the sites a fresh new design along the way. (Or I might just be lazy and upload them as-is. LOL)

Hard Drive Unrecoverable. Really.

They did their best, but it was not to be. At least a year and a half of poetry, personal fiction, intensive databases hundreds of entries long, photos, and web design work gone. I am physically feeling ill over this–have had a headache and nausea ever since I got the news this morning.

I do have an older hard drive from June 2010 to hopefully pull data off of, so maybe I can rebuild using that. But I did a lot of work in the latter half of 2010 and through 2011. I don’t know if I’ll even remember how to create some of it again. I need a brick wall to bash my head against repeatedly–this is just another thing on top of all the other crap that has happened. Medical bills, plumbing repairs, more medical bills, other computer repair bills, and now this.

And I’m likely going to have to get another computer–mainly because we don’t need to throw any more money down the drain on a computer that might not last much longer anyway. Again, need brick wall.

I haz a giant sad, only mitigated by the fact that my novel is safe. Feels like suspiciously small comfort in the midst of all this.