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Holy Hannah, what are these authors thinking?

(Yes, I'm rewatching SG-1 lately. Hush.)

I'm checking out the websites of the authors attending COSine this weekend, so I have some idea of who they are, what they write, and how much they need my help, and wow, seriously. 1995-era GeoCities just called and wants its websites back. Yikes!

I mock because I love, but seriously, folks: the whole point of an author's site is to get readers to read what you've written, so give them that information. Most readers don't care about your cat, your past lives, or your obsession with Cheez-Its; we're visiting your site because we read something by you that we enjoyed and now we just want to read more of your stories.

More on this topic later. (I'm working on a presentation about it right now, as a matter of fact.)


I'm not just saying that: I really do love helping authors reach out to readers, and I hate seeing it done badly. It causes me physical pain every time I visit an author's site that looks like it was thrown together by the neighbor's kid or That Guy you know from work who knows web design. *rolls eyes* You get what you pay for, folks!

How not to get published, in one easy step.

Don't follow the submission instructions.

It's appalling, frankly, how many ills that one little thing covers.

Links roundup

Links to reviews of Brushback by Jamie Scofield:

[ profile] elisa_rolle:

What I found really interesting is that the author didn't choose the visual "effect" to build the attraction between Evan and Roman, he/she chose to build an attraction based on little things, like the timber of voices, common interests… chemistry.

Review is here.

Three Dollar Bill Reviews:

If you like complex characters and well plotted mysteries then you can't go wrong with Brushback. I thought it was terrific and can't recommend it highly enough.

Review is here (five out of five stars).

Rainbow Reviews: review is here (three and a half out of five stars).

• Rainbow Awards winner: 2nd place (tie): Best Mystery/Thriller Novel and 3rd place (tie): Best Overall Gay Novel

qmail + vpopmail + ezmlm + mysql: ezmlm list-making notes

I've been setting up nginx, qmail, vpopmail, ezmlm-idx, etc., on my new VPS on slicehost (yay, slicehost!), and figured I'd post my notes in case they're useful to anyone else, since finding even tiny bits and pieces helped along the way and kept me from tearing my hair out while trying to work out how everything fits together. *vbg*

These are my (very brief) notes about how to set up a new mailing list in ezmlm, when using vpopmail's virtual domains with a mysql backend. (Yes, I realize I haven't posted about the parts of the server set up that came first, but these are the most complete notes I have at the moment. *g*)

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New work project up

Online school directory for El Paso and Teller counties, Colorado, USA (broken now). (The much better, non-corporate mush version is here on my site. [Also dead now, as I don't want to update the code for newer versions of php and mysql.]) I have a ton of additions and improvements that I want to add as I have time, not the least of which is point clustering and geocoding/adding an address marker and displaying schools within a certain radius.

To be added at a later date:

  • point clustering
  • figure out how to scan a JSON file to pull out just certain records from the array (all records in category c) so I can load everything once, rather than having to make a php/mysql call for each option; otherwise I need to figure out how to get an animated "I'm loading, dammit!" graphic to work with the asynchronous data call
  • zoom to district boundaries when displaying that district's schools
  • link to district info/schools from legend
  • label district polygons
  • display schools within x radius of a user input address (temp fix in the meantime: directions to and from links)
  • swap KML polygons out for encoded polygons for districts
  • display district data when brining up the district's schools
  • standardized test scores (and other associated CDE annual benchmarks) for each school and district

Suggestions and comments welcome, as they always are on everything I work on. :)