Lexifabricographer For when the right word just won’t do…

February 1, 2016

Sneak peek

Filed under: news of the day,the interweb she provides,wombat,wordsmithery — Tags: — lexifab @ 2:17 pm

I am now less than a week away from my next overseas trip for week. I am rather less excited about this than I am anxious.

I might feel differently if I were more confident that the workshops I’ll be running will be valuable and interesting to the people being quietly coerced into attending them. As for me, I get unwanted but necessary public speaking practise, so at least one attendee stands to benefit.

Be that as it may, today is a bit of a personal milestone: the Wombat-child started her kindy year today. As of this morning, I have two children attending the same school at the same time! Up until now our morning commute often involved four stops and took almost exactly an hour with all the doubling back and forth. We might now be down to as little as fifteen minutes. The sheer convenience of only having one morning drop-off and afternoon pickup has barely begun to sink in. I might get back half an hour every morning, to do with as I please! Luxury!

(Yes, I am aware that the two issues above are classic examples of the first-worldiest of first world problems. I don’t have a hell of a lot going on right now!)

Both events mark transition points for me. (The summer holiday in the Hunter was another milestone along the same lines, but it already feels like the sadly distant past). I’ve been preparing for them for months in various ways. In a real sense, it’s not going to feel like 2016 has started until they are both done and out of the way.

All of this is a vast preamble to my point, which is that I am going to launch a new website: davidversace.com

It’s not quite ready for public consumption, but it’s 90% there. It’s a very basic site built around a WordPress frame, in keeping with my current web design, management and coding skills, but it has all the essential elements I believe I’ll need for a simple author web presence. Or platform, if you want to sound cutting-edge-but-last-year.

Before I go out to the big wide world – which is to say, before I post something on Facebook and Twitter and make some changes to my email signature block – I would really appreciate it if everyone reading this could take a look over there. If you see any problems, please leave a comment on this post to let me know. I’m especially keen to know if there are any useability issues, security problems or browser clashes. Even better if you happen to know a solution!

(Don’t leave a comment there yet, please. I’m going to replace the placeholder post with actual content before I go live, so any comments attached to that post will be deleted).

Things I already know about: no author photo, no content on the blog, and the mailing list signup works but does not (yet)  automatically post a “Welcome to my mailing list” message. Oh and I don’t know if the RSS feeds work, but I have no reason to suppose that they don’t. Do people even use RSS feeds any more (I mean, I do, but as you can see from the site my internet-savvy stalled out circa 2009).



  1. I was able to subscribe to your site’s RSS feed and the placeholder message came up as expected. 🙂 Yes. People still use RSS.

    I would name it “Works in Progress” even if there’s only one, because it sounds more natural.

    I would put Books (and Stories) before WIP because Books are (will be?) more important and you don’t want to move them later. These are what people actually visit your site for.

    You don’t have your email address anywhere on the site, even in the usual name AT place.com coding. I would put it there, because people don’t always trust webforms (and to be fair, they don’t always work well).

    Is this more comments than you wanted or needed? Oh well. 😀

    Wait. Once last thing. Do you have a moderation plan for comments? You might well need one.

    Comment by linbot — February 1, 2016 @ 3:27 pm

  2. 1) Good point about WIP – I’ll see how it looks on the banner
    2) AYUP. Good point.
    3) Yes, I wondered about that. I will at least put an “x at y dot com” spelled-out version there to facilitate comms and defeat bots.
    4) THIS IS GOOD AND VALUABLE! (Seriously)
    5) I don’t have a Captcha installed, but commenters do have to hit some threshold of approvals before their comments can be automatically approved by the security app (ten, I think). I can easily tweak that and add a plugin if a need becomes evident.

    Comment by Lexifab — February 1, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

  3. PS RSS 4 EVA!

    Comment by Lexifab — February 1, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

  4. A ‘What is Lexifabricography?’ tab would be good. I hope you are really going to send a newsletter, it will give me a reason to open my email in the morning! 🙂

    Comment by Dr Clam — February 2, 2016 @ 8:44 am

  5. Good thought. I might see if I can figure out how to do it as a rollover popup box – unless that looks too annoying, in which case I won’t.

    I’m definitely going to do a newsletter. Not more than once every month or two, probably, but whenever I have something worthwhile to share that shouldn’t just go on the public site.

    Comment by lexifab — February 2, 2016 @ 11:35 am

  6. I’m told there are two main things that people want to see on an author website: contact details and a clear bibliography. Instead of burying your bibliography a menu layer down, I’d suggest making it top-level on your menus.

    You’ve also spelled it ‘biography’, which is something different.

    Comment by Andrea K — February 3, 2016 @ 10:20 pm

  7. Andrea – eesh, you’re right. Thanks for catching that – I’ve been staring at that and thinking it’s fine for weeks. (This is why editors matter, people!)

    I will tighten the contact details up as well. Ta!

    Comment by lexifab — February 4, 2016 @ 9:47 am

  8. I think the Works In Progress tab is a good idea. However, having both it and a tab for Books seems a bit redundant, since you have more or less the same info in them. Perhaps it would be worth holding off on the Books tab until you have something to add there?

    Comment by Elizabeth @ Earl Grey Editing — February 6, 2016 @ 4:27 pm

  9. Aye, I’d been thinking about just that, and I am now persuaded. Ta!

    Comment by Lexifab — February 6, 2016 @ 9:04 pm

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