Monday, December 29, 2014

Kosi Lionhair Page Rejigged

This is a photo from
The buildings of Parra7 reflected in the water they stand in. 

A couple of reasons decided me to rejig the Kosi Lionhair Page rather than start another blog.

1) The on-going problem getting good art,  I have to work on that but the Page needed to be changed now.

2) I rescued this story from a blog that wasn't working. It's like revisiting old unsuccessful territory.

3) A blog works in the same way that the Page works. A reader constantly has to scroll up and down to get to the beginnings of chapters. This is quite an old blog lay out. If I get a new one I may be able to link chapters within a page to their chapter names.

4) I want to leave all my publishing options open.

How I have changed the Page.

1) I summarized Chapters 1-10

2) I'm presenting Chapter names in the same order that the chapters appear.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Re-inventing Christmas.

Christmas Decorations in 2014
The austerity of the past few Christmases appears to be over with this re-invention of the Christmas ambience.

I always used to organise a real pine tree, real candles and all the decorations gathered over the eagle-chick's childhood years. And kept it up for for or five years after he left the nest.

Then I let it all go and for a few years had nary a pine branch, a candle or any bits of glitter.

I bought the lights this year. Impulse at Woollies. Was able to lay my hands on the handmade Christmas cards from previous years easily (without having to fetch a ladder from the garage, reach through the manhole into the ceiling cavity and root around for the Christmas decorations stowed there for the year), and added in the cards of these year pegging them to a bright cloth.

I love the little LED lights. Great invention. You can have bright and cheer without the worry of fires. Or extra heat. They reflect everywhere, multiplying the effect.

Christmas Day we joined the extended family for a wonderful dinner cooked by the middle pair of sisters, augmented by the older pair of sisters. The youngest pair of sisters helped set the table. The party played out over the deck and in the pool.

Today we had one of those uncomfortably hot and humid Boxing Days. Perfect couch-potato weather. That with the smoke in the air from a bushfire somewhere up the road led to having the air-con on in the daytime.

And watching TV communally. The cricket. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. And later laughing shamefacedly at the world's funniest home videos.

Special food this year was all bought in. Cooked sliced pork and smoked salmon. Quinoa salad with shaved coconut, slivered almonds and coriander. A lettuce and tomato salad. Blueberries. A selection of Turkish Delight for dessert.

Is Boxing Day a tradition through the whole English speaking world? Or only Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kosi Lionhair as a Blog: Will I or Won't I?

A Pretend Picnic in the Tween House, Hen's Pocket Knife
Due to the difficulties I'm having finding solutions to seemingly intractable Blogger problems, and the time it is taking coming to the intractability conclusion, I'm thinking of converting the Page where I'm archiving Kosi Lionhair to its own blog.

Not all plain sailing.

First I will need to get art quick smart. IE before I start the blog. I always feel that I have wasted an opportunity for communication + if I post without a picture.

Second are decisions such as am I going with the set pattern? Or am I going dynamic? Obviously dynamic is the 'should'. People read on their phones. I don't know how, but I expect their eyes and fine motor skills are younger than mine.

Third is the kind of art I should hope for. Or make that, organise for. I'd love not to have to do too much thinking in this direction. Because thinking = time, no matter that I love making the art. I also made a choice. Writing it is. One thing I can do is re-purpose art already on hand. In the above case by taking a shot from Hezzie's story and transferring it into the Kosi Lionhair story.

Fourth, in conjunction with the above, is the increased knowledge I need in relation to size and dpi and resolution. If for example I ask various young people to produce some of the art for me. The previous thing I published is all wrong according to someone working in the field. I always want to ask, what field is that exactly?

Fifth. I don't really want to think up another consideration though I'm sure I'll find one or two. Time will tell.