Two weeks in…

It’s been two weeks now that I’ve been creating this site.  It has been challenging, and there’s been many battles, and some I’ve won, and most I’ve simply negotiated a tentative truce with.  One of those Truces is with this WordPress theme. I installed a ton of them on my site trying to find one that fit the motif I wanted for this site.  And even though this one is close to what I want, it’s tragic on mobile devices.

It’s funny. 20 years ago I could make websites in my sleep. Hard coded HTML sites. Nothing dynamic. 10 years ago, I kind of dabbled in site design, and I was able to put a few things together with php/mysql. The biggest hurdle to creating this website, was figuring out how to implement an integrated shopping cart system that was secure, and easy to use.  So that’s why I’m using Word Press, because I just don’t have the time to show off all the stuff I want to share with the world, and reinvent the wheel all at the same time.  So if you dabble in wordpress themes and you want to do something really nice,  get in touch with me. I can’t afford much, but if I could finally have a theme that suits my site design, then I wouldn’t have to modify it to make it right, and the less actual backend configuration bullshit I have to deal with, the happier I’ll be.

So as far as production so far, the initial landing page still needs some word smithing, as does the about page. I’ve written, deleted, written again, deleted again, more times that I’ve counted. I guess when I finally figure out what to write, hopefully it’ll be great.  I’m actually getting a blog post done for the first time in a while. Maybe someday I’ll link to my old blog. Maybe.

So along with the bits and bobs of fine tuning and tweaking, the one part of the site that looks great to me is the forums. It kinda navigates you away from the main site though, so I’ll have to go into the forum nav bar and create a link back to the main site. I still need to get my store configured, along with the handy dandy shopping cart plugin. I don’t know when I’ll get around to that, but it won’t be tonight. I’m thinking about laying down and reading some manga and maybe attempting to sleep.

Sometime in the next day, I have a lot of rock work to do, slabbing, and unfortunately cabbing. I may be a god at it, but I don’t like doing it. Slabbing is actually more of a challenge, more thought required. Cabbing could be done by a machine.  If I had a few thousand dollars to throw at that problem, I’d program a damn machine to grind all the cabs for me. That’s how much I hate cabbing. So if you’re buying a cab I made off this site, count yourself blessed. (cabbing = making cabochons. | slabbing = cutting rocks into slabs of rock, that will later be trimmed and made into cabochons.)

And Tomorrow… Oh tomorrow I get to try to quit smoking again… I really want to succeed this time, and I’m hoping I finally shake the addiction, and hopefully the habit too. The new medication I’m taking blocks the nicotine receptors, so the antsy agitation feeling I’m feeling is probably mostly nicotine withdrawal. I’ve cut back quite a bit on smoking, and the last few cigarettes I’ve smoked have actually made me feel ill.

In other news, I’ve been dreaming again, and remembering them. I really enjoy good stories. Engaging stories, just great escapes for the mind. The stories I dream about, and write down in the morning while I still remember them, I think there’s probably a few more books I need to write. I’m not sure how I’ll do my book sales from here though, I’ll probably just link to my kindle store. I’ve already written one book, and the second book in that series is I think a lost cause. Every time I try to work on it, I kill off the main character. That’s something that won’t do for this story. But getting the character from point A through to point C is just not coming to me at all. Maybe it’ll just become an unfinished work.

I have high hopes for this site. and it’s not just about getting driving the traffic here, it’s more about… legacy. There’s going to be a Patreon section, and I’m going to fill it with all my ideas, big and small. I hope that someone comes along with the resources to make some of them happen.

That’s all for me tonight. I’m ready to curl up with a book.