unbroken

Contractually obligatory mid-week post

I did some tinkering with my story archive, particularly on the tags and pairings pages to experiment with some info design concepts. And to get myself going with Prototype, the hugely popular Javascript framework for ajax-y things. Am not happy with its current graphical design, sigh. I'm such a plodder when it comes to the visual. Anyway. Tell me what you think of that concept for displaying tags.

The tags themselves are amusing. I need to do another pass through all the stories to add a few content tags, but the ones that are there are somewhat alarming about recent trends in my writing. I really should make myself write 100% pure gen for a while.

I have been outlining my first story for summer_of_giles. I have a strict schedule for myself that should end up with a draft being done in time for a sane beta-read and significant revisions. Ha. Ha. It's not one of the two stories I told my poor beta-reader I intended to write. I think the way to get me to write a specific story is to have me definitively commit to writing something else.

I note that of the three stories planned for SoG, none are gen. Oh well. Maybe next time.

Speaking of Summer of Giles, it's off to a good start! I'm thrilled with everything so far. I call out kivrin's stories for your attention if you'd like to start with something short: "A Proposition" (gen, with Lilah) and "Don't Forget" (G/X UST).
Heh. I started to email you last night about your website and the story archive, but in the end I was too sleepy to send. Then this morning it seemed like an odd thing to mention, so I didn't, but now that you've brought it up...I actually thought that your old layout worked better for me. I can't even find things like Planning Ahead, and I think it's fundamentally unAmerican to make me have to go to Insane Journal to read that Core Four piece you stuck in there sekritly. Making things easy for me, er, all of your fans is what it's all about, right? Hey, you don't have any other sites with stories I've never read, do you?
Oh. Those two pieces aren't up there yet. That would be why you can't find them. DOH. I'll import them now.
Much better. Tags are cool. Teeny tiny ones remain impossible to read. At least for me. Though I am blind.
I bumped up the size for you. It was actually a bug that the min tag font size was 50% instead of 75%. (That'll larn me not to use numbers instead of named constants!)
There. They're up. I note that the stories are in a seemingly-random order in the tags/pairings lists, so I'll sort them more obviously...
My default sort method was intended for the index page, which sorts by pairing then by title. The version I just pushed up sorts alphabetically ignoring stopwords.
Oh, I really like it. Very nice. And can I say how good it is of you to list other Giles fanfic sites? I know you've always done, but this setup is great. Making things easier=win! You could also link to Velocity Grass. That's got stories the others do not, I believe. shitsu_tonka is archived there, for example. But you probably have a certain criteria that's beyond my ken, so I defer to you, as always.

Edited at 2008-06-06 02:59 am (UTC)
I already had a link up to velocitygrass, but I just made it a bit more obvious. I also added a link to FF.net's Giles stories. What the heck.
Prototype? Have you tried jQuery?

Also, yes, the tags are totally amusing. I love 'dragons' and hey, you even have 'andrew' in there (my favorite).
I haven't tried jQuery yet, though I have started looking at mochikit. I started with prototype because I'd been seeing it all over the darn place in web pages.

And I still owe you email.