Website Update, January 2021

Posted on January 27th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Website Updates

As you can see, things are looking mighty different around here and on my socials.

Now that I’m getting back into the game this year with planned releases and regular blog posts, I thought it was time that ye ole website got a fresh coat of digital paint.

Right now the website updates are almost purely cosmetic. It started with a new brand logo commissioned from GetCovers.com. From there I followed their recommended branding guidelines to develop the new stylesheet.

For the blog, I decided to simply re-color the existing WordPress template. Because honestly? I hate working with the nuts and bolts of WordPress templates, even though the content management for the blog is fantastic.

I do have more updates I’d like to get done in 2021. First, I will be adding additional stylesheets to make the site more mobile-friendly. Second, I’d like to devote a new section to freebie shorter works as well as a place to find upcoming book previews without digging through the blog. I’ve been working on a backlog of shorter fiction, and I hope to share some of it on the website. Finally, I want to make some serious upgrades to the Contact Me screen.

This next part is for you tech nerds: I am debating a change in hosting so I can really do some upgrades, but there are some details I need to make sure I understand about the blog portion of the site, specifically, before I take that kind of leap. I’d like to be able to rewrite the whole thing in a modern javascript framework and get rid of some of the stuttering that you sometimes see in the animations on the main site. I can’t do that while I remain on my current hosting due to the limitations of traditional shared hosting.

That’s pretty much all I have to say about this. Please, let me know what you think, especially if you stumble across any bugs (broken links, browsers that display funny, etc).

 

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January 2021 Updates

Posted on January 17th 2021 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Website Updates, Writing

Where do I even begin? 2020 was a crazy year for me in more ways than one, and not just the obvious. You would think being largely trapped at home I would have had plenty of time to get some writing done, right? Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.

So let’s just hit the highlights. Last year in August I married the love of my life.

Matt and I at our wedding

Matt and I at our wedding

Before that we adopted a kitten. Her name is Zoe and she’s spoiled rotten. She loves her big brother Mayhem.

Zoe and Mayhem

Zoe and Mayhem

I went back to school for my bachelors. That’s been a trip. I may have a post about that in the future if anyone is interested.

And finally, we sold our house (finally closed this month) and moved into my childhood home. The first thing we did upon moving in was replace the flooring. A lot of flooring. We still have the room that will be my office to go. I hope to be uploading some pictures of my sweet new office set-up by the end of the first quarter. In the meantime I am doing my writing and my normal day job sitting at a desk crammed in the bedroom. Since I sometimes start work super early in the morning my poor husband has learned so sleep with me typing literally three feet away. The things we do for love, right?

But Sara, what about your writing? Are we ever going to get that long-promised sequel to Saving the Dragon?

Yes, my friends. I have finally had a breakthrough and am once again making good progress. I’ve been stuck in this sort of in-between state where I’m not really revising but also not really writing the first draft anymore and it has been hell. At this point I am writing the “first draft” of the remaining scenes that are needed to complete the ending and go back and fill in some things I now know I need back at the beginning. Once that is complete I have a list of revisions I know I need to make to the first 2/3s based on some serious character changes. After that I can go into a full, normal revision pass and work on cleaning it up before getting it to some beta readers. I am optimistic about getting the draft completed sometime in the first quarter. Be on the look-out for a new release date announcement.

In other news, I’ve started working on an overhaul of the website. I know that doesn’t seem like a productive thing to be doing in light of the unfinished writing I have, but hear me out. In addition to being a part of my platform as an author, my website also serves a more practical purpose. It gives me a real-world project to experiment with for skills that apply to my day job, the thing that still pays the bills (because let’s face it, writing ain’t paying no bills right now). So the website re-write has been an on-and-off work in progress for a while. I’m playing with a framework I have some experience with, but have never built a site from scratch with before. I have to say it’s been quite fun (and frustrating). I hope y’all like the finished product. If I’m lucky I might be able to coordinate the launch of the new website with the release of Courting the Dragon.

I think that’s pretty much it for this update. As part of my plan to get back into the game here I will be trying to post at least one monthly update to the blog, plus some meatier posts as the opportunity arises. So stay tuned, and Happy New Year!

 

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Website Updates & Audiobook Giveaway

Posted on May 10th 2019 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Audiobook, Website Updates, Writing

Happy Friday, everyone! A couple of quick updates.

First, I haven’t got my words in today for either the new WIP or CtD simply because there were some things to take care of this morning. I’m hoping to get 500 in on the new WIP before bed. Tomorrow is Saturday so I will have plenty of time to hit the CtD rewrites hard.

Second, I’ve started working on the website revamp that I’ve been procrastinating on for ~2 years. It’s coming along nicely. Leveraging some new tech, so that’s exciting. If anyone has any suggestions for the site, please submit them through the website Contact form.

Finally, I currently have a giveaway running for a free Audible copy of Saving the Dragon. You can find all the entry details for that on my Facebook page. Look for the pinned post. Please read the entry details. A lot of people are liking the post but not commenting, which is pretty much the opposite of what the entry requirements as for. That closes May 31st. I may actually do the drawing as a Facebook Live thing. We’ll see, haha.

And I think that’s pretty much it.

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Like the new look?

Posted on August 8th 2015 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: News, Website Updates

As you’ve probably already noticed I’ve been a busy bee the last couple of days revamping the look of the home site and this blog. Content hasn’t changed much (yet), but the look sure has. I decided that what I had going just wasn’t working and, frankly, didn’t really fit with the image I want to cultivate. It just didn’t scream fantasy author, and it didn’t really show off what I can do as a web developer, either. So, double fail. Things are still a work in progress, of course, but I wanted to get the new background and color scheme up ASAP.

Things you can look forward to in the near future:

  • A fully re-done Contact tab
  • New social media links
  • More information about the next book in the Penelope’s Dragon series
  • More frequent blog posts
  • Additional updates to the general look-and-feel of the site

So, with that said, feel free to look around. If you run into any bugs in the site or places where I just dun goofed, please feel free to drop me a line on the Contact form and let me know.

Thanks for reading!

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Website Update

Posted on February 6th 2015 ⋄ By Sara Cleveland ⋄ Category: Website Updates

Some of you may have already noticed that my link “Back to Main Site” finally goes somewhere other than the GoDaddy default page. Nonetheless, I am proud to announce that the home page and contact page (which a really one page, because yay for single page design) are now up and running. The contact form even works, despite my rusty PHP skills!

So, go check out that sweet jQuery slide action on the main site!

Still to come: an author bio and a book-list.

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