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Trying to Come Back from a Hiatus

I will have to think what to do with this blog/website. I mean, I am on a hiatus, I suppose, though none of it was planned. I am just spending too much time on Tumblr (you can find me on Jefflion.tumblr.com) and I didn’t really have time to dedicate to this blog much.

Also, this website is 7 years old, and as such, certain things are very outdated here. As fun as looking back may seem, in many ways, I want different things from a personal website than I did back in 2007. I keep wanting to make Jefflion into a writing/review blog or the like. I want to start writing interesting blog posts and the like, as often as I find the time.

I admire certain people’s ability to blog on a regular basis. I always feel bad for neglecting my website. It’s not because I don’t care, it’s – paradoxically – because I care too much and I don’t want just “anything” posted here. Which usually means I won’t post anything.

Anyway, I will probably try to change a few things here, add/delete certain pages, etc. Make a different organization, perhaps. I will also try to blog more about stuff such as writing or other things I’m interested in – you know, stuff I usually do on Tumblr. I guess I will try to connect Tumblr and this blog as much as I can because I feel pretty relaxed on Tumblr and I like it there, but it’s not my personal website and I love jefflion.net dearly, even thought I don’t always show it.

In other news, I am doing my PhD in Canada, so that’s something to talk about (I suppose). I arrived about a month ago (only a month ago? I can’t believe it) and so far, it just seems… familiar. Everything is so familiar, in a good way I mean. I am waiting for a culture shock but it’s not coming. None of it is a bad thing but I didn’t expect it.

NaNoWriMo is Here

That’s that time of the year, folks. NaNoWriMo time. November is a novel writing month, and as usual, it makes me excited. This time, though, I am busy with other things so I honestly don’t have idea how I’m going to accomplish the whole “write 50 000 words in 30 days”. On the other hand, I can’t help but wanting to participate, so… here I am.

I discovered NaNoWriMo in 2010, at a particularly weird moment in my life, when I desperately needed something to uplift me and take my mind off the harsh reality of being an university educated person who can’t find a job. It was just a slap in the face, you know? I needed something to look forward to, something to call my own, an accomplishment of some sorts, and NaNoWriMo provided a perfect outlet. My novel, “A Postcard from Hades” was born there, and it still holds a special place in my heart despite being imperfect and, well demanding more work.

This year, I’m writing in English (good luck to me about that). I figured it would fit the story and it will help me practice my English. I feel passionate about and really invested in psychology behind it, even though I am not completely sure how to build the plot or how dark it’s going to be. (I am not really into dark stories per se – I like to read some of them but I can’t write them well. No idea why).

The first thing I had with this story was a title, back in 2010 or so. The first plot idea revolved around a supernatural girl who can harm humans but wants to avoid it at all costs and her love interest who helps her. Somehow (no idea how) it evolved into a story about succubi and incubi and a complex method of their survival and reproduction. The core of the story, though, is identity and figuring out you are not who you thought you were. There are many things to explore here.

Something weird happened to my custom theme (yes, the one I worked so hard to design and publish) so I’ll use this one until I find something better. It’s not perfect, but it supports custom post formats – we’ll see if the ability to post short tidbits and microblogging-style things will make me update more often. In other news: It was Jefflion’s birthday on September 12th! My site is six years old! Let’s drink to that. :P

Jefflion.net Redesign

Finally, the moment you’ve been all waiting for (or not): Jefflion has a new layout and a new WordPress theme! It took me a while, but I’m finally here. Hope you like the new design and it will hopefully make me blog more.

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It’s interesting to note that this is only the second layout in the website’s 5+ years history.  It’s obvious I don’t really like to change layouts/designs often, but the old one was outdated and with deprecated code, AND the WordPress theme didn’t have widgets and other fine stuff. So I figured it was a perfect time for change.

This is a work in progress. I still have some work to do, so please be patient. It’s possible to encounter errors, design elements overlapping, missing files, 404 pages and other problems. I’m working on it.

Also, there is still some serious work to do, namely:

Updating the pages (personal, goodies, domain, etc.) Most of them are horribly outdated and last touched years ago. I need to sort this out and make additional content.

Add credits (for icons, vectors, base code, etc.)

Responsive theme. At the moment, this WP theme is not responsive (meaning: it looks crap on tablets and mobile devices). I should work on it.

Fixing layout problems. I tested the theme in major browsers and it looks presentable (or semi-presentable) in most, but there are sure some issues I need to deal with.

Other stuff: fixing other minor problems.

But all in all, this is it and I am happy to present the new layout & WP theme. I do hope it will make me blog more often; the lack of updates are inexcusable!

Hope you like the new theme (and that it works for you. If not – drop me a line).

 

Jefflion.net 5th Birthday

… was yesterday :)

Despite the evident lack of updates, I love my domain, website and blog and I’m so happy it’s still around. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years! (Now I feel slightly old and nostalgic. Or perhaps it’s just the weather. I don’t like autumn rains, ugh.)

Anyway, this is my half a decade of Jefflion.net appreciation post!

Five years ago, I knew next to nothing about blogging. I used to think blogging was about keeping an online diary, and since I don’t like to share my personal thoughts & stuff online, the idea wasn’t appealing to me. But that was before. I understand blogging much better now, which sadly doesn’t mean I always practice what I preach.

At the same time, I’m not the same person I was 5 years ago, and it kind of sucks. I’m disillusioned, bitter and anxious. I feel like a complete – well, not a complete but a big – failure in certain areas of my life (career). I can’t find a job and I feel like I never will (this is not an exaggeration but a reality of where I live), and there’s so much I want to do and research and contribute. There’s more about my anxiety and bitterness, but ugh, this is supposed to be a happy post, right?

Anyway, thank you – if there’s any of you left here – for being here for all 5 years or just months, or even on one-time visit. I appreciate all of the comments and messages and hits I’ve received. I’ll do my best to make Jefflion.net even better in the future (and yes, the first step is, as usual, updating more often!)