Site Maintenance

I’ve been posting here for two months now, but in one sense I’m still dicking around. I need to get my act together and do stuff like write something on the About page, and add some sidebar links etc.

And I will eventually.

For now though, I’ve added a Black Static Story Index page with links to all the stories I’ve discussed on this blog. At the moment these are all by women authors, as the idea was originally linked to Women in Horror Recognition Month, but now I’m widening the scope and intend to discuss all of the stories that have been published in the magazine, albeit I’m not going to be a zealot about doing it and getting there may take some time.

Of course I also intended to write a million seller before I was forty and marry Kylie Minogue, and none of that happened so this might not happen either. We’ll just have to wait and see.

In other news, I’ve changed my mind about ebooks and e-readers after last weekend’s generally positive and upbeat post over at Shane Jiraiya Cumming’s blog. Mid-week one of my email providers changed its format to a ‘New Style’, and the result was that the old, wide open screen got replaced with a series of boxes, with a reduced viewing pane for emails. The effect was rather like if you received a letter and instead of removing it from the envelope tried to read it by shuffling the paper around inside the envelope to look at whatever part of the text appeared in the window pane. I changed back to the ‘Classic Style’ as soon as I could figure out how.

This salutary experience reminded me of the first rule of IT (and the reason why I’m now blogging here and not at myspace) – that technophiles love to dabble.

No matter how sound the concept of ebooks and e-readers is initially, sooner or later some bloody idiot will come along and improve things to the point where they’re unmanageable.

Oh well, I have thousands of books stockpiled against the day. What the rest of you do is your problem 🙂

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2 Responses to Site Maintenance

  1. The recent update to the third generation Kindles removed the location numbers when you’re reading, which annoyed some people. They still come up if you press the menu button, but it does back up your point that you’re not entirely in control of them.

    On the other hand, those of us with second gen Kindles were jealous because we didn’t get the update…

    • petertennant says:

      I wasn’t entirely serious so much as venting at Yahoo for the half an hour this week in which they brought me close to despair with their infernal tinkering. Drama queen stuff.
      In the last hour I’ve been sent an ebook to which I contributed, with instructions on how to download the Kindle PC application, so I guess I’m going to get dragged down this route anyway, even if I am kicking and screaming all the way 😦
      But you’re marked down for tech support, and if you ever need any handy hints on the best technique for turning pages I’m happy to reciprocate 🙂

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