Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Patchwork and Stopgap and Makeshift, Oh My!

Hi. As I mentioned last week and the one before, I'm juggling a bunch of upgrades. I've got a new PC with a newer operation system (Windows 7) and I'm trying to convert to later versions of most of my software.  I also want to launch a new website which would include my blog, and make a decision about "branding."

I'm making progress. We're talking about a pace somewhere between snail and sloth, but still moving forward. Unfortunately, the world isn't waiting for me to catch up so this week I've been doing patch work. You know, spreading a little fresh asphalt on the pot holes until I can re-pave the road.

Did you notice I played with the layout of this blog page? For one thing, I moved the "About Me"  a little closer to the lead and changed the text. I've decided - my love of gruesome murders aside - that I like making my blog buddies laugh. So for now, I'll be going back to funnies. I just need to settle on a schedule.

I also gave my website a little once over. It's still "homegrown" and I know it looks it but if you want to pop over and check it out, I'd appreciate your feedback on what, if any, of the content I should keep in the new site. You'll probably need to view it on your computer. I haven't figured out how to make it behave on mobile devices (looks great on my phone, overlapping text on my grandson's).

I don't feel too bad about the mobile device formatting issue because I happen to know New Zenith Magazine was having the same problem with their splash screen. Looks great on a PC though. Don't you love the cover?


Why am I talking about New Zenith Magazine, you ask? Well, in addition to their just-released first digital issue (print version to follow), NZM offers a mini-web issue for free. You can check it out here. And if you do, you'll discover the second story from the top is "The Mark" by yours truly. I hope you'll give it a look.

Okay, this post is running way too long so here's one funny to hold you over until next time.

A police officer called the station on his radio.

He said, "I have an interesting case here. An old lady shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped."

The station responded, "Have you arrested the woman?"

He answered, "Not yet. The floor's still wet."

Well, would you risk it?

And how about an "aw" for these good buddies?

Now this is a little embarrassing since I'm just getting back to blogging, but I'm not going to be posting next week. On Thursday, I'm leaving for the Killer Nashville mystery writers' conference. I've done this one before and it's great. But as soon as I get home from Nashville, I'm leaving for West Virginia with our church's Disaster Recovery Team to help with the re-building after last spring's floods. So please look for me the week of the 29th. I'll have some funnies for you, I promise.

Thought for Today:

P.S. I loved that so many of you jumped right in last week on "Jeremiah was a bullfrog..."


Mason Canyon said...

Ok, so I'm a softy. 'The Mark' brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully written, LD. Love the funnies, especially the woman and her wet floor. And the 'aw' photo is adorable. Have fun on your trip and be safe. See ya soon.

Thoughts in Progress
and MC Book Tours

LD Masterson said...

Mason, thank you so much - for the nice comment and for taking the time to read my story. I appreciate it.

Mike Keyton said...

I love the juxtaposition of the killer Nashville mystery writers conference and the Disaster Recovery Team. I hope you enjoy both :)

mshatch said...

Ha1! Love the wet floor joke. And congrats on your story!!!!

mshatch said...

And I liked The Mark :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on a story in the first issue!
Don't let your website beat you.
The police story was funny.
Safe travels next week.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Have fun at Killer Nashville! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your website is looking good. You don't want to bog it down with too much stuff anyway.

Congrats on the story.

LD Masterson said...

Mike - Yeah, I like to mix things up. And thank you.

mshatch - I'm so glad you liked it. I mean the story. And the joke.

Alex - Well, I missed the first print issue but they're holding another one of mind for the second so fingers crossed. Thanks.

Stacy - I will!

Diane - Actually, my mini-fix was to strip a bunch of stuff off it. I'm not sure if any of it should follow me to the new one. Except maybe the banner photo I just added. I love that picture. (It's one of mine.)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on the story and have fun at your conference. I love writing conferences. They're so fun.

Maria Zannini said...

re: getting in shape.

Well...round is a shape. :)

Have a wonderful time at the con!

Lexa Cain said...

I LOVE your story! I had to fight back tears. I'm so impressed by it (and I'm hard to impress). Go you! I write at a glacial pace, but when I decide to change things, I throw myself into it and stuff goes flying every which way. Sometimes the result is good; sometimes not so much. Take your time with the new site -- but don't worry 'cause you can always change it around if a better idea strikes you. I may write thrillers and horror, but I usually keep my blog light and humorous. Only some people like to be scared when they read, but everyone likes to laugh. Have a wonderful time at the conference, and good luck with the re-building. I bet you're glad you don't live in Louisiana -- that's gonna take a LOT of re-building.

N. R. Williams said...

Hi LD.
If you are a snail or a sloth, than I've got to be dead to electronics. Good luck.

LD Masterson said...

Susan G/K - Very true. Killer Nashville is my favorite.

Maria - Cute. And thanks, I will.

Lexa - Thank you very much! You're right about laughter and I have more fun posting funnies, too. You have to feel for the people in Louisiana. The floods in West Virginia last spring were pretty devastating as well. Many areas are only now ready to re-build.

Nancy - LOL.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Congrats on you story! That is AWESOME!

LOVED the JOKE and the AWWWWWW pic. SOOOO cute!

Take care in W. Virginia.... you are such a good humanitarian!

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Michael. I'm not sure putting up dry wall earns me humanitarian status but it feels good to help someone get back into their home after a disaster.

alexia said...

It seems I am always updating and revamping things for my various social media sites. Neverending. Funny joke and super cute animal snuggles :)

Have tons of fun at the conference!

LD Masterson said...

Alexia - Sometimes I fear social media is not our friend.

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations on ‘The Mark’. Yay! I think your new website looks good. I hope you enjoy your time away. Stay safe, LD.

LD Masterson said...


KAT Writer said...

Have a great time at the conference.
I like to tell people I am in shape, that shape just happens to be round.

Technology seems to change just as you get a handle on it. Good luck getting it all in working order.

Heather R. Holden said...

Congrats on the story publication! Just read "The Mark," and that end got me right in the feels. So touching!

Jemi Fraser said...

I had that song stuck in my head for days...and now I will again! :)
That chalk outline totally cracked me up!!
The website looks good - I like the colour choices - the background of the header might be a little dark for the font, but it was still pretty easy to read - and i love the image!

Crystal Collier said...

Just read the story. Wonderful. Tragic and with such a sweet voice. I was glad it ended the way it did. Super sweet.

LD Masterson said...

KAT - Me, too. KN is my favorite. And thanks.

Heather - Thank you. I'm glad you liked it.

Jemi - As songs go, that's a good one to get stuck with. Thanks for checking my website. I'm still working on a new look. That sunset picture is one of mine. Just a chance shot with my phone but I've always loved it.

Crystal - Thanks. I had a couple people tell me they were afraid I was going to leave it at the point before the break but that would have been too bleak.