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Hey guys! I hope everyone here is doing well.

I try to comment as often as I can on all of your journals. I definitely read everyone's even if I don't always leave a note (to wit: one of you is going to Budapest, several of you are excelling in the martial arts, just about all of you are killing it at APAD this year, one of you is exhausted from applying to lengthy job apps at night, someone has had a migraine forever and one of you is doing great with a new form of braiding clay on EBay). I realized that I pretty much never make personal posts, so it probably seems as if I am never around, and I have stopped posting stories here, which really cuts down on my LJ presence. But I'm still hanging out here more than it might seem.

In my personal life, I'm having a lot of troubles with my hands. I don't want to get into a long medical post, but it makes it difficult to comment individually or as effusively as I'd like. But with time and patience I'm working on typing, and I am looking into voice software to help with that.

In more fun news, I'd like to announce that my website is working. It's been up for awhile, but there are still some flaws in it, so I've been hesitant to ask anyone to visit. But then I figured there's no time like the present, and also it would help if I got some feedback from people who are clicking around to point out bugs or who could give suggestions for useage. So I am going to be posting my stories there from now on, and I am inviting everyone to read my work there. I would be delighted if you'd come over and check it out! You don't have to sign up, but if you do it would also be great for me to know how that whole system works. It's completely free, and all of my 200+ stories are there in a library. I update as regularly as possible, with the exception of work that is awaiting publication or that I have signed a contract on.

I'm not trying to bug anyone or guilt anyone into anything; it's always bothered me when friends use their connections to ask people to buy things from them. This is NOT the case here, and no one should feel pressured to go to the site. I'm not tracking anyone or anything like that! It's just to let you know that I'm transitioning my work to my own independent place, and if you are interested in following me there, that would be great! Please check out Keppiehed.com if you like what I'm doing and don't be shy about sending feedback!

Also: I am interested in the idea of an agent. I know some of you have been down that path and I was wondering if you had any advice/feedback/recommendations in that regard. I have met a few in the course of my publishing who might be okay to deal with, but I thought I would pick your collective brain first and see if you've had a good experience or if you have any words of wisdom on how to proceed in this case. I am not too proud to admit that this is out of my area of expertise. So any advice is appreciated.

I hope everyone is well, and you guys have a great day!


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Apr. 24th, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
Love, love the header on your website. That's fab. Good for you.

I have tried to get an agent a couple of times to no avail. Maybe someone else has had better luck and can give us both tips!

I'm sorry about your trouble with your hands. I hope it isn't too awful and that things improve. :(
Apr. 24th, 2014 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I'm glad you like the look of it!

Well, you are proof of success without an agent, so if you don't need one, then maybe I can just keep working at it the old fashioned way! But ugh, soooo hard.

And thanks about my hands. I have a rare syndrome called EDS which is kind of nasty. It makes all of my connective tissue fall apart, basically. I'm pretty practical about it most of the time, but now that the handicap is extending to my hands it's a bummer. But it's better than when I was writing everything out longhand! I'm such a Luddite! We really do live in a fascinating age. I just have to step into the twenty-first century and learn to take advantage of it all!
Apr. 24th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't call myself any sort of success! :)

EDS sounds awful! I'm so sorry! You sound so positive about it that I'm in awe.
Apr. 24th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
You're definitely a success! You had a book published, and you write the most beautiful prose!

I was born with EDS, so I don't really know any other way of existing. It doesn't feel like I am missing out on anything, only when something breaks and then I have to get used to some new restraint. I have a harder time dealing with my son (who is autistic), so I really need to have more grace about that situation! I feel like life is telling me to learn patience, but I am not a very good student!
Apr. 26th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
You're very kind. Thank you.

It sounds to me like you need a support group... and to write a memoir! What a life. Do you have help with your son?
May. 2nd, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, there's no way I could write a memoir! It's so much more interesting to write fiction. And I don't have help with my son, other than to say that my husband works so that I can stay home and care for him. I know not everyone is in that position and I am grateful for that. It would be impossible to have to work and also try to meet his needs. I don't know how others moms do that. :(
May. 22nd, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
I don't know how they do it either.

You could totally write a memoir. I have a book here that I used when writing mine. It's called The Memoir and the Memoirist. You should get it. It's a good read for one, but it's also a great resource.
Apr. 24th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
Liking the website so far -- I've bookmarked so I can step through a bit more at leisure. Are you hosting your own site, or is pre-fab-ish? I like the styling of it, to be sure.

No tips on an agent yet, but I keep telling myself I'm going to begin that hunt in earnest myself shortly.
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for taking the time to check it out. I know how busy you are ... your recent post made my head spin!!

The site is all 100% organic; I am lucky to have a hubby who does that sort of thing as a side hobby. He drew all the art and mapped it all out and coded it. I'm literally just the writer! I'm so bad at any sort of business. But he's been telling me that I have to actually TELL people if I want them to come and look at it. :)

I'll let you know if I find out anything about an agent. I have a friend who recently signed with one for her webcomic about Shakespeare, and she landed a book deal within 2 weeks of signing. I'm not sure if that's typical or not, which was why I thought I'd check into it. I have no idea how much they charge or how involved they are in the process, so I have a lot to learn, but if I find someone who seems good I'll let you know. I have always known I'll be reading your work in print, it's just a matter of when!
Apr. 24th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
I like the site. Loved the Charon story. Poor guy. Nutdocs are all a little creepy don't you think? I'd have left this comment there but it seems your webmaster saw right through my disguise and knows I'm not human. Perhaps I'll have to send a stranger...
Apr. 24th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, it means a lot to me that you went and checked out the site and read something there. That's exciting that it worked! You made my morning. Thank you! :D
Apr. 24th, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
Hello, darling. Sorry I don't have too much else to say right now!
Apr. 25th, 2014 12:07 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm worried about you. I have my fingers crossed for you. I know yesterday was a big day. *hugs*
Apr. 25th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'll be okay. Thanks for thinking of me!
Apr. 26th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
AAAH I Can't believe I didn't know about this 'til just now!
Apr. 26th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I didn't want to be one of those insufferable people who was always bothering family with this stuff. That's horrible!
Apr. 26th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
There's a large line between Grandma W. (Let me detail all my problems in excruciating detail!) and Grandma K. (Let's keep everything a secret!). There's "normal chat" such as "I'm putting my writing online--is that cool or what?"!! Man!! :) <3 Good luck!
May. 2nd, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hehe, you're right; I need to work on that. But you know--it's hard to talk about ourselves! But thank you for always being supportive. <3
Apr. 27th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC)
A post! Hi! It feels like awhile--I'm glad you made a post :)

I'm sorry to hear about your hands. I hope the voice recognition tech can help out.

Ooh, nice website! I like the art! I'm not so sure about the font at the top but I'm unnaturally picky witt font :P

[so I started and now I have paragraphs about your website]It's a bit confusing that the cursor doesn't change to like a hand grabby one or a pointer but stays a cursor when selecting tags--I didn't know it'd be selectable! That said I love the tag-browsing/filtering; I wish all libraries could have this (though it's impossible, and I take my hat off at Library of Congress subject headings trying to do it. That is one Sisyphean task.)

I also really like how the stories can be read easily in the browser AND as epub. And also pdf, though personally epub >>> pdf the latter is supported way more so also nice, but I really really like that you have epub. (Trying to convert pdf to epub is an epic pain, even with powerful/sophisticated software, so having both options is amazing.)

When I click on a story it feels like the page element (?) seems to overflow--like the area that the story fills, the grey box, seems to overflow the box, which looks kind of messy. I like how the margins are narrower--easier to read!

For the story listings down the side, when clicked, I'd like to get to a landing page where I can see the options of downloading in browser/epub/pdf/audio. It takes me directly to the browser view where I don't think there are those options? So you'd either have to search the name (messy) or just read it in your browser.

The top part of the individual story boxes (you know where you have links to all the downloads) has a little thing in the top right corner which looks like a book + hyperlink/chainlink symbol? I thought that would take me to a page with the collected stories in the series/tied together.

I would suggest a bigger link to go back to the home page--it's kind of small and in the corner at the moment. (And my god, you've published so many stories! And written so many! Hats off to you.)

Finally, I kinda dig the look. It doesn't look flashy-new, which is a look I associate with EXTREME JAVASCRIPT SCRIPTING ie everything starts moving and doing things as you scroll or mouse over and there's infini-scroll and utterly impossible to navigate without javascript. I like your website :)
Apr. 30th, 2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, please forgive how long it took me to respond to this comment. My internet has been on the fritz; we've been in the middle of some storms that seem to have knocked out service intermittently, which is SUPER FRUSTRATING. I'm okay, so I shouldn't complain. I know a lot of people lost their homes (and their lives!) so the loss of internet is just a minor inconvenience, but I didn't want you to think I was ignoring you!

I REALLY appreciate the in-depth comments and the thorough visit you made of the site. My hubby was really thrilled about how detailed you were with your feedback. He already made most of the changes that you suggested. He was so excited that you took the time to give thoughtful consideration to the technical aspect of programming and not just my writing, since he hasn't had anyone do that. It was such an enormous help to me, I don't know how to thank you. In fact, the word he used was "invaluable".

So we are both hugely appreciative of the time and effort and I'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you. If ever I can repay the favor please let me know. I am in your debt!
May. 7th, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
Ahh, don't worry about that! (See how I am now six days late replying to yours :P I'm sorry to hear about your internet--I honestly find that up-and-down internet is one of the most frustrating things, and it's only exacerbated by it being so trivial, argh.) I'm so glad it helped! I spend, er, a lot of time online sometimes and I have way too many opinions about website design for someone who does not intend to do any such thing and so I'm glad it was useful! Seriously, you guys are the sweetest. <3
Aug. 7th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your lovely card. What a sweet thing for you to do. <3 It was so nice for all of us to have a little welcoming note so soon here, and I'm so sorry it took me a couple of day to thank you. I kept meaning to do it in the daily but was so tired when I posted that it invariably slipped my mind. But really, thank you so much.
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