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Some exciting-ish News

A LARGER HEADING

The last few weeks have been a mix of excitement and exhaustion. At my real job, I have put in some insane hours and have had to deal with a bit more drama than I want. 
One of the reasons I took my current job was to get away from the drama that seemed to consume most of my time at the previous two workplaces. I just want to finish out my working years (still looks like another ten or more the way things are going) in peace. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so.

I won’t go into details because it is quite possible that the creator of the drama just might read this post (if anyone reads it at all, lol). Bottom line, though, I took the job because I trusted the company to be drama-free. For the most part, it is, except for one person. In this case, that one person is sufficient to inject enough drama to be troublesome.

Still, the job pays well, so I will just ignore the purveyor of drama as much as possible and press on. This too shall pass.

There is a fairly new online publishing site that I found very interesting. I entered a monthly contest with a 3000-word short story (shorts are a new thing for me), and I applied to be accepted as an independent contributor. Well, they took me on as one of their writers!

The website is Tales.

The above link is for readers and directs you to the Android and IOS app stores to download and start reading.

For those interested in signing up as a writer or entering the monthly short story contest, here’s your link.

I like the venue because it gives a writer the option of adding audio and visual characteristics to make your story more immersive. You can even create branching tales where writers can give readers choices that could lead to alternate endings. Check it out. It is very much worth your while.

Now my time is filled with adapting my stories to this new format, and it is formidable indeed. However, there are many tutorials to watch, guides to follow, forums to ask questions and find FAQs, and a Discord channel to monitor. There is enough help available to shorten the learning curve considerably.

Wish me luck and when I have a link to my adapted works, I will post it. For now, I can post the link for my 3000-word contest entry titled…

Courage, Compassion, and Blood

I have yet to add audio and visual content for the story because I intend to expand the story. 3000 words were hardly enough to tell the whole tale.

The short is about a man hired to catch a killer who drinks their victims’ blood. He finds the killer only to discover that they are not quite the monster everyone thinks. You can also find it on my website here.

 

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This is my first blog. Hopefully, it won’t be too boring. My first, er, make that my second post will likely be about a phrase I used far too often in my writing. It was brought to my attention last year when I attended a Coursera class titled “Write Your First Novel”. The best thing I got out of that class was our critique group. Seven of us used Slack to help each other along with our writing. They really helped me out with many things.

We were fortunate enough to have an English teacher in our midst and she was invaluable in the goal to fine-tune our grammar and syntax. She also recognized patterns in your writing. What she found will be my second post in this new venture.

 

Pages vs. Posts

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If you’re new to WordPress you may be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same: if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with nearly identical interfaces and in many cases the public appearance of pages and posts will look the same.

Don’t let this fool you. There’s a very fundamental difference between the two and that difference is what makes CMSs, like WordPress, great platforms for integrating blogs with traditional websites.

Pages

Think about the kind of pages that make up a typical website. Most often you’ll see pages like “Home”, “About Us”, “Services”, “Contact Us”, etc. Within WordPress these are often treated as Pages; documents that have no particular regard for the time they were posted.

For example, when you visit the “About Us” page of your favorite company’s website you don’t expect the content to be very different from what was available there a week ago.

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Categories and Tags

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If you write about a variety of subjects, categories can help your readers find the posts that are most relevant to them. For instance, if you run a consulting business, you may want some of your posts to reflect work you’ve done with previous clients, while having other posts act as informational resources. In this particular case, you can set up 2 categories: one labeled Projects and another labeled Resources. You’d then place your posts in their respective categories.

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