Happy New Year!

Okay, so I’m five days behind.

Would you believe I’ve been busy?

Quit laughing. It’s true. I used (or wasted) most of my free time reading "Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML" by Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Freeman.

Geek that I am, using a software program with templates to create my website isn’t enough. I need to know how it works. What do all those codes mean, and how can I take advantage of them?

The book is a fun read, too. It not only teaches how to write concise code, but contains puzzles, and dialog between different functions to better show their similarities and differences.

I studied so much over the weekend, I actually dreamed in HTML code last night. How odd is that? I didn’t wake up this morning, I booted up.

I know, bad joke, but it’s my blog and I can be as silly as I want. So there. Ha!

Change o’ subject.

One reason for this blog is not only to talk about my writing journey, but also to provide you some entertainment. Talking about me all the time gets dull, and I want to keep you interested.

An idea occurred to me a few days ago that will necessitate participation of a few of you every couple of weeks. I approached one person so far, so we’ll see how he responds.

I’d also like to start a newsletter, but I need to study up on my email package to see how I can create something both intellectually and visually pleasing.

One more way to keep my book editing on the back burner.

To titillate my artistic mind (and waste even more time), I purchased a Wacom graphics tablet. It’s due to arrive by UPS today. Yippee!! I hope to create a picture or two to add to my website.

‘Nother change o’ subject.

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I figure if I want to change something, or set a specific goal, why wait until the new year? There’s no time like the present.

However, it’s okay to think about what I want to accomplish over the new year.

I will complete the final edit of my novel, and market my novella through (hopefully) local bookstores and my church. If no one bites on my novel at the writers conference I will research into agents for it. In the meantime, I want to work on another novel – my first nanowrimo novel I wrote in 2005.

A couple of questions for you.

Would you be interested in a newsletter sent out every few months?

What are your goals for 2009?

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. Hi Andra, I read your comment on Randy’s blog. Your premise for your story is quite interesting! Congrats on publishing, and I hope all is going well with writing etc. Just wanted to say hi. Good luck with the HTML.


  2. Of course, I would be interested. Unless you write in code, which I wouldn’t understand. You write–English–so well, I’m interested in anything you create that is in a short format, and a newsletter would fit that condition. What topics? Surveying? Graphics? Genealogy? (…just a joke.)


  3. Oh, you’ll LOVE the drawing tablet!
    I’m anxious to see what you do with your newly learned web skills.
    Newsletter – sure! I’m trying to think how to make mine more interesting.
    My goals … haven’t thought enough about that yet, but should, and then use it for a blog post since I’ve yet to do a NY greeting in my site blog.


  4. Dona,
    Don’t worry. The only language I’m comfortable writing in is English. Then again, since I’m now dreaming in code . . .
    UPS dropped it off not 30 minutes ago, and I can hardly wait to set it up.
    Thank you both for expressing interest in the newsletter. Maybe if I think on it more I’ll sleep in English again.


  5. “I actually dreamed in HTML code last night.”
    Andra, you are scaring me. We really are kindred spirits. Yes, I have dreamed in code before. I have to know how the back end code works. And my son just had is 1-year b-day in Dec.
    p.s. I’m a total CSS geek.


  6. I recently started into CSS, and I’m loving it so far. Now I know who to go to when I have a question.
    Happy belated 1st birthday to your boy!


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