WordPress Has New Features – Guess Who’s Taking Advantage

WordPress Has New Features - Guess Who's Taking Advantage

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while might have noticed some changes recently. There might even be more to come in the next few weeks.

WordPress is letting people try their new post builder, Gutenberg. It has a lot of features that the existing post builder didn’t have, and I’m excited to be testing it out.

In fact, this very post was created using it.

What Does That Mean For Readers?

Well, hopefully, it should mean that there will be more flexibility in how  build each post. Already I’ve started to use it’s column feature as a way to solve some of the age-old problems with formatting text around images.

It might seem like a small thing, but there are a lot of new features coming with that will make embedding videos, etc into posts.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out WordPress’s own post at: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/

Let Me Know What You Think

I’d love to know what you think in the comments…

  • Did you notice the changes in formatting?
  • Are you excited to see what the future might hold?
  • Do you have a suggestion of what you’d like to see in my posts?
  • Is there something about the new post formats you don’t like?
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Cover Reveal – “Wolves In The Desert”

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Learn More About The Story

WITD-Tablet-CroppedWhen his squad is deployed to Iraq, Gunnery Sergeant Garfield Feldman leads them in a series operations against forces loyal to Saddam Hussein.

Recently rumors have been flying around base that the enemy has learned a few new tricks, and found ways to ambush Marine units from buildings that had been declared clear.

Now Feldman’s team has received orders to conduct a snatch-and-grab mission deep in enemy-held territory. But what lies behind the walls, and what can Feldman do to ensure the success of the mission?

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Discover The First Two Books In The Set

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The Wait Is Almost Over!

If you loved “Under A Hunter’s Moon” and wanted to learn more about Richard Parsons, the wait is almost over.

“The Lupine’s Call” is the second in the “Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels” series of short stories. It continues the story of Richard Parsons, the wolf-shifter (or as they prefer to be called, Lupines) after he broke into a museum, and the hearts of readers in “Under A Hunter’s Moon”.

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Here’s What People Said About “Under A Hunter’s Moon”

“An amazing take on Lycans. I love the dark view taken but also the unique point of view that makes you want to care for the dark creatures.”

“I enjoy the author’s twist on the old werewolf lore, creating a whole new version and calling them Lupines, to allow him to break the rules of the legends without really breaking things, if you know what I mean.
This is a great teaser to the main character, his motivations, and his drive. Jump on in and then go yell at the author to hurry up and finish the book, just like I’m doing!”

“If you enjoy shifter stories, this one is a great Urban Fantasy short story that introduces you to some characters that you’ll definitely need to know more about!”

If you haven’t read “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, you can get your copy at all major ebook retailers

Unbelievable! – My Pinterest Followers Are 1500 Strong And Growing – Discover Why!

Unbelievable - My Pinterest Followers Are 1500 Strong And Growing - Discover WhyI’ve been running my Pinterest account for quite a while now, and I just passed 1,500 amazing followers. Here’s some quick stats on the site, before I give you a peak at what those followers are seeing…

  • 59 Boards, including writing advice, story prompts, wildlife pictures, codes, magic, quotes, writing research topics, my latest blog posts, and more
  • 187,300+ Monthly views, which if you consider things is a huge number for a small-time Pinterest user.
  • 28,100+ Individual pins
  • And now 1,500+ devoted followers, and growing by the day.

Here’s a sample of my top boards.

  • Birds of Prey (5,143+ pins, with 6 topics) – For those who know how much I love falconry, and getting up close with raptors, or love these amazing creatures themselves.
  • Writing Prompts (6,219+ pins) – Looking for a story starter, or something to kick-start a scene? This is where you want to be looking.
  • Big Cats (1,400+ pins, still being sorted into topics) – Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cougars… If they’re larger than a house cat, they’re here…
  • Bullet Journalling (1,910+ pins, with a whopping 29 topics) – If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve seen how I use my Bullet Journal to stay organized. This board covers everything from starting your own bullet journal to hacks that can help you really personalize it.
  • Character Creation (1,140+ pins, still being sorted into topics) – This covers character building, character descriptions, fashion notes, and even a collection of character ideas.

Readers Might Enjoy These Boards:

Fellow Writers Might Enjoy These Ones:

Not only will you learn something about me personally, but you’ll be getting an insight into the kinds of research that I do for my stories… Who knows, you might just find clues to an upcoming plotline…

Check out my Pinterest Boards Today!

Book Spotlight – “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequel One)” by Timothy Bateson

Book Spotlight - Under A Hunter's Moon by Timothy Bateson

Book Blurb

Past and present collide on Halloween

Richard Parsons is a maverick wolf-shifter with a tendency to find trouble. When a traveling exhibition returns to the McCaw Museum Richard finds that he has personal reasons to visit after hours. His audacious plan goes awry when a particular display forces painful memories to the surface. Can Richard face down the demons of his past before the police become aware of his presence?

Buy Your Copy At These eBook Retailers:

Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks

From the Author

Hey there, I’m Timothy Bateson, author and co-creator of the “Shadows Over Seattle” urban fantasy series. I co-write the stories with my lovely wife, Sandi, with a preference for writing the shape-shifter characters.

I’m also the host of this blog, an avid reader and reviewer, supporter of my fellow indie authors, and (when opportunities present) amateur falconer (yes, that’s a Martial Eagle on my arm)

Where To Find Timothy Bateson

Twitter, Facebook, E-mail, Pinterest, Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Website (Timothy Bateson – Author)

Calling All Authors – “Featured Author” Spots Available On My Website

Here’s An Opportunity To Be Featured On My Website

Over my time as an author, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of really great authors. Most of these folks I met online through various social media platforms, and events. Others I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person.

As a thank you for all the help and support I’ve received online, I’m dedicating this page to them. If you have a few moments take a look down the list, and pop in to say hi to anyone who’s work catches your attention.

Here’s How Your Entry Would Be Formatted

Timothy Bateson

Author Bio:
Timothy Bateson is a writer who broke into the market in 2014, with three short stories being featured in Halloween and science-fiction anthologies. In 2016, Bateson self-published a re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, the first of a several stories set in the “Shadows Over Seattle” world, which he co-writes with his wife, Sandi.
Bateson is also a blogger who often spotlights books and fellow indie authors, alongside his other interests, such as the Brain to Books Cyber Convention events, falconry, journaling, quotes, and reading.
Genres:
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Short Story
Social Media Links:
Author Blog (Ramblings of an Author), Author Website (Timothy Bateson – Author), Newsletter (N/A)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (N/A), Google+
Author Profiles:
Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble (N/A), Kobo (N/A), iTunes (N/A), Goodreads

How Can You Sign Up For A Featured Authors Slot?

LearnMore_Normal_h250Click the button to the left, and you’ll be taken to the AirTable form (embedded on my website).

Fill out the details, and I’ll take care of everything else. Priority will be given to authors I’ve worked with on this blog, or online events.

 

It’s Time To Redesign…

I know that the title of this post might be a bit confusing, but those of you who’ve been over to my website recently, you might have an inkling as to it’s meaning.

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This is an idea of how things used to look on my website…

It’s Time To Update My Website

I’ve come to consider certain aspects of my site to be a little to static, like the heading, buttons. But other aspects of the site were over complicated, such as some of the page designs.

Because I use Weebly to create my website there are some built-in limitations to what the designer will allow me to do without adding in HTML code blocks.

So here’s a quick look at some of the things that are changing.

New Page Layouts

I’m also updating the general design of my site, because there are a lot of very different page designs being used.

When I first started setting up the site, I wanted to keep things simple. But then I decided to add book pages, character pages, and other features. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to keep things simple, because I ended up adding way more details than were really needed.

The image to the left shows just how much information I tried to provide about the characters. There’s a brief introduction to the character, a quote from them, a description of them, some background details, and a list of friends, book appearances, and other links.

It’s just too much information…

Well, that’s all changing. The pages are going to be massively simplified where necessary, and only contain information that’s actually relevant. Instead of giving a break-down of the character’s appearance, I’ll be working on getting some better images (which might take some time).

A New, Bolder Site Header Image

This is among the biggest changes, and it helps give a feel for the overall design of the site.

Here’s the old header design, which I actually liked a lot.

And here’s a look at the new site header.SiteBanner_h500I found the basic banner image over on Deposit Photos, which is a stock image site. That gave me the black background, the red chevrons and the chrome edging.

Because I liked a lot of the elements of the old design, I kept the city skyline, and the wolf-moon logo, and superimposed them over the image I’d downloaded. A little messing around with layer transparencies, and adding text in matching colors gave me a result I’m very pleased with.

 New Style Buttons – With Roll-Over Action

I also discovered that there were buttons available that mirrored the banner design, and the came in two different (but very compatible styles). In this case, I was able to just add the text layers, and align them to the same position on the button (to maintain a consistent arrangement).

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Because I had two different designs, I wanted to make them interactive, and  knew there had to be a way to swap one image for another with HTML code.

After some digging around online, I found several options and decided to animate the buttons with roll-over effect. The button without the chevrons is the button displayed on the page, until you move your mouse pointer over it. Unfortunately, I can’t reproduce that effect in a blog post, so you’ll have to check out on my site.

Bringing It All Together

Here’s a look at how everything comes together.

This is the new, simplified, book page, and I have to admit, I love how easy it is to read, compared the the previous format.

The buttons that link to each of the book retailers look amazing down there at the bottom.

As I release more stories (or appear in more anthologies), the only thing that’s going to change about these page layouts is the presence (or lack of) of a review quote, and the location (and presence) of the relevant buttons.

For example, “Evaline Transcendent” (my science fiction story) is only available at Amazon. So the buttons for the other retailers are under a “coming soon to these retailers” heading.

Moving Forward

There are still a lot of changes coming to the site, as I update all the pages, and simplify things.

Please drop in at my site and drop your thoughts into the comment box.