My Blog Week, Things to Try, music, a slide show, links to Pinterest boards
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Slide show: A Figure from the Common Lot
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My Blog Week
The Cartoon House:
Novels: Read ’em here!
(if you’re my age, you’re thinking of “Turn the Beat Around“)
So, I’ve been touting my novel, A Figure from the Common Lot, and I’ve been touting my blog. (Check All Things Torsade, a Pinterest board that tells a lot about where I’m coming from).
How does this work? I create and post original art, poetry, fiction and non-fiction…now cartoons, on Torsade’s sister blog, The Cartoon House. On the slide menu, top right, you’ll find several pages: these are the “homes” of the Torsade exclusives. The Table of Selected Contents is an easy guide that takes you through a list of books (a couple for sale on Amazon, links provided) and ongoing stories.
Sign up, and you’ll start getting emails with every new post. Each post takes you to the page, acting for you as a bookmarking system. For example, if you had been following my novella, “Are You Alienated”, you’d have got a series of posts, each with an excerpt in the neighborhood of five hundred words, ending with a link to the page, where the story can be read as a book, wide-screened and fully formatted, as the image below indicates.
Another feature is the links I attach to many of the images. These take you to such sources as Atlas Obscura, Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, where information supplemental to the content may be found. I sometimes throw in a song link from YouTube. Three examples: Annie Lennox and Al Green’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”; Jars of Clay’s “There is a River”; Earth, Wind and Fire’s “That’s the Way of the World”. If I mention a work by another author, or a magazine article, I generally link to it in the text.
I have made a number of Pinterest boards with images to illustrate the historical periods in which my stories are set, as well as places and props associated with the stories. (Also What I Think Is Good, all my fashion choices; No Kale Shelter, snacks; and Volcanoes, because…volcanoes.)
(Other Pinterest Boards)
I know people haven’t got money to buy all the books and journal subscriptions they’d like. I know (I’m there), many can’t afford the cost of entertainment at all. Torsade is free. I do ask a busker’s fee, in the form of a donation through PayPal, and I provide a safe utility for doing so.
Thanks! See you on the blog!
Things to Try
Torsade now has a serif font. Most of my fiction takes place in past times, and this feels more apropos. I was once a sans person myself, and I know strong feelings collect about font styles, as they do with commas and semi-colons, and other punctuation/formatting issues.
The text is right-justified, to give the feeling of reading a physical book.
A word on justified text.
Is there really such a peeve as “rivers”, and if so, you don’t think these random patterns are cool? I kind of do, myself. I think also, that this “problem” started to have attention called to it, and that got people fussing, where they would not have fussed before. To my eye, ragtails at the end of every line look worse. Besides which, we don’t speak or read robotically, so varying word spacing is actually a reflection of real speech rhythms. One more thing, getting rid of egregious gaps (two spaces is fine), is just a mathematical puzzle to solve, and can be solved in several ways: font family, font size, different use of punctuation, different word order or choice…change the size of your image… It’s not such a bad thing to exercise your mind this way!
Now all posts that feature 1-5 pages of a story will have a link to the page and next section; so again, the reader can follow through the complete text, as with any normal reading experience. TOC links will take you down the page, but most links open a new tab. That’s because sometimes page loading can be slow, and sometimes your browser gets caught doing two things at once, and backspacing doesn’t get you out of it…and then you’re stuck, unable to see the link, unable to go back to reading. So I try to keep my readers from experiencing this.
Poems matched tidily to images!
Visit the post on the blog, and you will see a sleeker presentation, single-spaced, stanzas separated.
(The late but well-loved) Nortie cat, with his friend Seymour, continues as site ambassador.