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It’s Fixed

It’s Fixed

The very nice people at the theme developer gave me some CSS code to fix the comment box. It’s not gray now when you’re typing. Yay!

Important Question

Important Question

I may have a glitch.

If you are NOT able to comment on any of the posts, would you please email me and let me know? It’s happening to one person, but I can’t figure out why. It might be happening to other people, as well.

karen@karenranney.com

Thank you – and I appreciate your help!

Updates – Yuck

Updates – Yuck

So I was bopping along, doing my thing when Apple updated the operating system on the Mac to Mojave. Okay. I updated, thinking nothing of it.

The next week I noticed Scrivener was trying to correct misspelled words in my manuscript – such as THE or AND. After some investigation, I discovered that it was a Mojave glitch.

That same week I lost 2000 words in my manuscript because Scrivener did something funky while I was outlining. Luckily, I was able to load the backup and got my work back. We still haven’t figured that issue out, but the powers that be are leaning toward a Mojave glitch.

Yesterday I was trying to use my super scanner, Scansnap, to scan a foot high stack of stuff I should have been scanning for the last six months – but didn’t. Unfortunately, some of that stuff I needed to send to my CPA, so it HAD to be scanned.

Except that after much research I discovered that Fijitsu, who makes Scansnap, will not update the software to work with Mojave. Hello?

Picture this:

Scan a twenty page document.

Get an error message.

Scan a twenty page document again.

Get an error message.

Do it again. (Much swearing going on.)

Finally takes and uploads to Evernote.

This happened with the majority of the pages I had to scan. I LOVED this scanner. It was fast. It uploaded to Evernote. It was convenient. It’s small and unobtrusive and sits in the little nook beside my chair.

Now, thanks to the update, it’s almost unusable.

I think I’ve figured out a workaround, but it’s a doozy. I’m going to upload the software to Parallels, where I’m running Windows 10 as a virtual operating system, and see if I can get it to work.

I’m sure that Apple, in its infinite wisdom, was updating their operating system because of a genuine need, but did it have to break so many other things?

Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

It’s Mostly Done and Other Thoughts

It’s Mostly Done and Other Thoughts

My website revamping is mostly done. I have some things to tweak here and there, but the main things have been changed.

It’s strange how I learn. I have to know how to turn on the room lights, then I have to rearrange the furniture, and only then do I watch a video of how the room should be arranged. Tutorials are great after the fact, but I’m absolutely lost when I’m starting to learn something new.

This revamp was the easiest I’ve ever done. Everything pretty much made sense. It was also a lot easier than coding everything in HTML like I had to in the beginning with Front Page. And the cool thing was that I was able to get rid of lots and lots of plugins I had to use to make Genesis work.

If you’ll note, the Paranormal, Mysteries & Thriller, and Novellas & Short Stories all have covers. Historical Romance doesn’t. The reason for that: loading time. I want your experience here on my website to be an easy one, not one where you have to wait, drum your fingers on the arm of your chair and say, “Oh, for heavens sake, Karen, what did you do?” So, even though it would have been pretty to have all the historical romance books with covers, there are just too many of them. It would have dragged the page down so that it loaded very slow.

It just now dawned on me that it’s New Year’s Eve. I always go through a lot of navel gazing on my birthday and New Years. I analyze my life and how I fit into the world.

Let me just say this: my personal opinions about politics, culture, and the world don’t matter. I don’t have a political blog. It would be of no use to complain about the disintegration of our morality. Nor do I want to contribute to the rage that seems to characterize any type of discourse lately.

Let this be my New Year’s Message then:

We don’t connect enough with people. Let’s connect more.

Let’s take time from our days and say something nice to someone. Let’s occasionally think nice things.

Let’s be grateful for those people/things/experiences/pets we have. Let’s give thanks for the memories of those we loved.

May laughter permeate your lives. May you be buoyed by success and cheered by love. May you have the courage to triumph in the face of disaster and endure your tribulations with good grace and hope.

I hope that 2019 is your best year ever.

Thank you for adding to my life. For being there. You mean more to me than you know.


Once More Into the Breach, Y’all

Once More Into the Breach, Y’all

I’ve always maintained that I’m not a programmer, developer, or coder. I haven’t a clue what I’m doing in the back end of my website and prefer to NEVER go there. I don’t DO PhP and I don’t mess with CSS, either. (I was really proud of myself when I finally got HTML, but wouldn’t you know, I hardly deal with HTML.)

I use the Genesis framework for WordPress to run my website. Genesis makes everything easier for coders, developers, and programmers and is very security conscious. If you’re not a coder, developer, or programmer you’re pretty much lost. My website has stayed the same for years because, well, I’m pretty much lost. However, I just discovered that I could change from the Genesis framework and Genesis child themes and go to something a heck of a lot more user friendly.

Color me thrilled.

I finished the book on Christmas night, so it has been put away for awhile to percolate. I don’t touch it during this time. My mind, however, is still thinking about it so I will be making notes to make sure I said certain things, or that character issues are spelled out, that descriptions are adequate, that sort of thing. January 15th I will start the final read of the book on my Kindle. I’ve already had the computer read it to me, so that’s done.

All of that frees me up to screw up my website to my heart’s content.

So, if you see things that look weird or broken, don’t panic. That’s just me messing everything up and hopefully having a wonderful time doing it. 🙂