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  1. kater's Avatar
    Aberdeen Angus from England How does that work?
  2. Holbrook's Avatar
    Well, with best beef going here from 14 per kg (supermarket price) to upwards 30 for your organic grass fed.

    There's a lot of money in five beef cattle that were out in the fields.

    Most likely illegally butchered and sold on a market stall (or in a Pub)somewhere.

    Been happening a lot, over a 100 pigs were stolen not so long ago from a farm.
  3. N. E. White's Avatar
    Yikes. Ya got to wonder who would steel five cows. Maybe a revenge thing? Or maybe a starving neighbor? Aliens? Good start to a story, Hol, I just may use it.
  4. N. E. White's Avatar
    Hey Susan,

    I didn't see the original version, but I'm looking at a white on brown to dark brown themed blog with a leaf-patterned wallpaper.

    I like it.

    But do keep in mind that all the the blogs that I follow have a dark/black text on white theme. I'm 40 with tired eyes and that is just easier to read.

    I like your "sample" story. Don't have time to read it all now, but really liked the beginning. My grandmother used to do the same thing. Will comment on your blog when I get around to finishing it.

  5. expatrie's Avatar
    Aaaaand there goes my afternoon and evening. Rediscovered Norman Spinrad's blog.

    I gotta say, those templates suggested are so... baroque. Not for me.

    I agree with the dark/light contrast. One blog I follow is black text, gray background. Not so useful.
  6. Holbrook's Avatar
    Tried to load on of the themes but Word Press was not having it lol..

    I have gone back to the original for the moment. Done a bit of fiddling, but can't seem to change the text colour.

    Will keep looking and fiddling.
  7. kater's Avatar
    I think the skin was alright, it was just the actual colour scheme that was the problem - light text on a dark background or dark text on a light background, but never light on light or dark on dark. It just has to be easy to read,

    I think the new skin is perhaps a bit modern and generic for the tone and title you want. I know you have an about me section but I'd use the Hi/Welcome sidebar to say 'I'm Susan Boulton, writer of etc, this is my blog and site etc'
    I'd also have the info about your agent on the front in a separate block under Hi/I am, with how your agent can be contacted if someone is interested in your work.

    And photos I think text heavy blogs often scare people off because lots of browsers hate reading extended passages on a monitor. Neil Gaiman's does this well.

    I had quick look around and found a few themes you may or may not be interested in:

    Obviously ignore as applicable.
  8. Holbrook's Avatar

    I have changed the skin and the layout for a more sleek one, see what you think? bit more info and reader friendly.

    I can't alter the photo till I get home. The title of the blog stays, though.
  9. kater's Avatar
    Sorry to be an ass but I don't think that's doing you many favours Hol. When you become a published novellist that will be your presence on the internet and it's a bit all over the place, from the title on down. I think if it is going to be a professional piece of cyber turf you should be making everyone who goes there immediately aware who you are, what you do and why they should stick around/buy your stuff.

    For examples:

    I think it could be a lot cleaner (and lighter) and more informative. Good to see you taking advantage of all the tools out there, web presence is something I think many authors/creative people don't bother with or only pay lip service to. My two.
  10. Holbrook's Avatar
    Yes, I was surprised she got one so fast. Though it is only a year contract. But saying that mine was a two month one ten years ago lol...
  11. kater's Avatar
    Not the dream job of course, but one that means she can be where she wants to be and live with her mates
    Right now anything is an achievement, plenty of time to worry about dream jobs now the bills are being paid
  12. N. E. White's Avatar
    Remember that feeling of ease, peacefulness and clarity? Yeah. That.
  13. Holbrook's Avatar
    I do need 40 hour days, Jon

    Thanks Kater, she has done well. Not the dream job of course, but one that means she can be where she wants to be and live with her mates.

    Tmso, rest, what's that?
  14. N. E. White's Avatar
    Glad the editing is going well and life sounds splendidly busy. Keep at it! Remember, you can rest when yer dead. Or, tonight. Sleep well.
  15. kater's Avatar
    Congrats to your daughter on graduation and finding a job Hol
  16. Jon Sprunk's Avatar
    I hear you. I'm waiting for someone to invent a 40-hour day so I can get some things done.
  17. Holbrook's Avatar
    HE, not the story exactly, just limit the number of POV's which means certain scenes will have to be altered to the POV of another character. Bit like moving from one chair to another during a conversation lol...

    It's the alterations at the beginning that have tied me in knots at present. lol...

    Thanks Tsmo.


    Reply just being done.

    Just wish I didn't have to work for a living, then this edit would be easy. As it is it is going to take me a few months!
  18. Hereford Eye's Avatar
    Edit, schmedit! If you must change POVs, it sounds like he's asked for a re-write of major portions of the story.
    Pour yourself some Sherry and get to it, ma'am. Or pour yourself some Sherry and take a break.
  19. N. E. White's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Holbrook is an edit to get the manuscript up to snuff to put under the noses of publishers!
    Ah, I see. Well, then hold steady and edit! If nothing else, I will cheer you on - You Can Do It!!
  20. kater's Avatar
    And then you've got to write the new one, which is awesome and I demand to see more of (e-mail in the post if you haven't seen it already )
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