unbroken

In which our hero learns that procrastination is not always a good idea. Ever.

Fic archive updated and fiddled with some more. I decided finally to include all header info except author's notes in a block at the top. I think this satisfies the need to let readers know what they're into. This one is an example of the most information anything ever has: entry in a series, banner, pairing, tags, warning. What do you think, oh readers?

I really wish the backstory for "Liberation" were already written, but I suspect I will enjoy the adventure of writing it anyway. Though it will take me a while.

Changed LJ layout to something useless as incentive to fix it. Note to self: need to make banner image 940 by 260 pixels.

Read some surprising things today while researching something mumble mumble. Was also surprised to learn that microbes are a problem in diesel fuel, and that the first fuel used by Diesel in his new engine was coal dust.

I think I settled on a story to remix. There were lots of possibilities, but this one asks me to tell a story I've wanted to tell for a while. Mostly I have an urge to leave feedback on every single one of my remix assignee's excellent stories. But I will refrain until after the reveal.

So. Okay. I'm only slightly screwed. For "slightly", read "extremely". And not in the good way. The story is due for posting while I'm in Vegas and I have yet to write a single word of it. I'm losing tomorrow as a writing day, Thursday is toast because I'm driving all day, and then there's the con. That means I write it Tuesday and Wednesday or else, and there's no way I write & revise that fast. Oh, god, why didn't I bail on the Sweet Charity deadline sooner?

On the plus side, I have an approach. And a title. And a file checked into my svn repository. And a bottle of Knob Creek bourbon and a shot glass to pour it into.

July 12: Remix due.
July 27: Summer of Giles due.
overdue: Giles/Buffy Sweet Charity fic.

I think I settled on a story for Summer of Giles as well, one out of my big pile of half-finished projects. Maybe I won't eff that one up. Sigh. I have more free time than I did. Why is this happening?
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As to the layout, it always takes me a bit to find the tag cloud, which is how I prefer to find the stories. I'm not sure why it always takes me a bit to figure out how to get there, though. It's possible this is a completely useless comment. So, umm, hi! *waves*
Hmm. The tag cloud link is, I think, clear on the index pages in its position in the navigation section in the top left, but it's absent from that info block on individual story pages. Instead, you get there from a story by clicking on a specific tag. I had been thinking that story or series navigation was more important in that case, but mebbe not.
The tag cloud link is, I think, clear on the index pages in its position in the navigation section in the top left, but it's absent from that info block on individual story pages.

Yes, that was it. Just looked at the link again. If I'm in an actual story, having a tag cloud isn't important at all. The only time I, as a reader, would need one is for finding something I would like to read. So, yeah, it's perfectly logical you didn't add it to the individual story pages. I think I didn't realize I was clicking through to an individual story page the first time I did.
(See? Told you my comment probably wasn't very useful, lol)

When I first looked after you posted about it, I clicked the link on the side for the index of stories. At that point, my brain expected to see the tag cloud centrally located, so I think that's why it took me a bit to even find it. I'm not sure if this is peculiar to me, though. I've been spending a lot of time reading fic on Wraithbait and all their search parameters are centered and at the top of the screen. It's possible that's clouding my perception.
Tweaked some more. Give the new nav block a shot sometime. I probably won't touch the general layout (navigation in sidebar, content in main column), but I did make the core site nav a stable element of each page.
*nods* Yes, that's easier to find things. In general, I like sidebars, I just got too used to the other format, lol.
Good luck on the Remix. How long will you be in Vegas? Remember that the archive doesn't go live on the posting deadline--you just have to have your story in or they'll assign it to the pinch hitter. Posting date is the 12th; archive doesn't go live until the 19th, and that's assuming that everyone with an extension or a pinch hit manages to get their story in by the 19th. They don't open it up until everyone has a story. So that gives you another week, after it's posted, to log back in as your sockpuppet and make revisions after it's been posted but before it's live.
This is genius. I can post a first draft and then sneakily edit to fix the inevitable horrors. I am saved! (The last two years I didn't need to update after posting, because I made my long-suffering husband edit for me. He's a killer line editor for short genfic. He refuses to read anything else, though. The big jerk.)
I have more free time than I did. Why is this happening?

Because staying home fries your brain. Be grateful you're only on sabbatical - it gets worse over time.

Oh, god, why didn't I bail on the Sweet Charity deadline sooner?

Because it was for charity. And for me. :)
I have come completely unstuck in time. I keep having to check what day of the week it is. And yet, I am somehow still keeping all my appointments just fine. (It turned out, for instance, that I got the climbing day right-- my poor climbing partner couldn't make it and had no way to contact me. We have now exchanged phone numbers.)

BTW, I am very fond of the story I am writing for you. I think you'll like it. I hope you will. [gene wilder willy wonka voice] When I manage to finish it.