->My<- biggest newsThen what is definitely the biggest news of my day, although I confess this came as a bit of a surprise because the chapter is actually really good, and exciting, which is kind of the whole point of erotica but either way- conquering the design issues I have been having the past couple of days, ended up being even more exciting for me! Maybe you could already guess from the fact that the picture was inserted to the right of this text, instead of towering at top of the post; And that the links are no longer blue or light grey but hot pink! But I kind-of found the (or at least “an”!) Classic Editor option on this renewed website, which since had been incontrollable. At least by me. I know this is an exquisitely boring topic AND the Classic Editor option still comes with strange and unpredictable quirks – what I achieved today, will no doubt take time to reproduce tomorrow- but it’s a start! For context: Summer 2023 I invested in having this website updated because it was so far outdated it could no longer run on the update the webhost was making. I had to get help, and for a few hundred euros I could keep it up. A website with which I have had an ambiguous relationship with, for years. Because I don’t have a use for it since I switched to another blog in 2018. But I do still use the email address (although I have not checked it in over half a year) and this website address is the printed address in all my books. But the main problem with this website is that it really requires a tiny interest and effort in running it, and understanding how software updates work. An interest dearly lacking, on my part. My other websites are all smoothly hosted, and continuously (and quietly!) updated by WordPress. This website, lsharteveld.nl, is only running on (not hosted by) WordPress software, hence the effort required from the user to keep things running smoothly. Or, alternatively, wait until you have no other choice and only make emergency interventions when it threatens to fall out. So when I returned here after the work was done by the third party, I noticed that (of course!) they had changed the old-fashioned wordpress, and I was now stuck with Gutenberg here. The standard WordPress, since a couple of years. But on my WordPress-hosted sites Gutenberg can still largely be avoided, by Classic Editor options. It’s not easy, and you need to click away an array of Are you sures? Any copied text comes out grey. And so on, and so forth. But with a little extra work I get every blogpost in the exact, identical Classical Editor frame I have used since 2010. Now this will forever be impossible on this website. Hell, I don’t even have a Copy Post option here, anywhere! I still think that is definitely a fault from the company that helped me this summer, and should have been there, but okay. Just to illustrate that many options, even the ones that should have been there (like the copy post option), are not installed. But I did however, find my Classical Editor toolbar!!!! You know where the Classic Editor toolbar was hiding? Under a big, blue PLUS sign +, in the top left corner of the post. I thought the Plus sign meant create/ open a new post! So in my search for Classic Editor options, I did not even look there! So this means that from now on, I will be able to give my links a pink color. In block editor this was not possible. The whole paragraph turned that color, even if I selected just the link. And it means that I can now get the picture in on the right of the text. This was also not possible with my limited knowledge of Gutenberg’s block editor. I couldn’t get it right, and settled for having it towering on top of the blogpost. And, it also means, that once they remove the Classical Editor options from all my other websites, hosted by WordPress, I still will have no idea how Gutenberg’s blockeditor works! See it when we get there. Emergency interventions only. See you tomorrow Sunday 17 December, for Chapter 3.
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An unexamined life is not worth living * An About section, on this diary project, has been added to the bottom of this post. since 2018 my official blog is: https://laurenharteveld.com/
This is also where I write my Lauren 1998 diaries.
Plus letters to my coach Sara. publishing journal is a stand-alone project, written on my oldest blog, which has software I do not master;
And it also does not have a “Subscribe” button, nor would I know how to install one. But you can follow publishing journal on
Twitter This blogpost was about the publishing process of A letter from a stranger
diary 1994 – 1996
including book 2, Dear Nikki There are currently (I may have missed a chapter, which will be added as we go)
13 chapters in book one “A Letter To A Stranger”, 1994-1995,
and 22 chapters in book 2 “Dear Nikki”.
So with my resolution of giving this project one hour a day, I should be able to share the entire 1994-1996 diary* with you before the end of January 2024. And it is expected to be for sale March 2024. The books I’ll be publishing next are:
1.Reboot – a hero’s journey. Diary 2017-2019
2.I M NOT CHANGING MY FUCKING SHOW All my other diaries and erotica are readily available in my BOOK SHOP
* ABOUT THE DIARY 1994-1996
In summer 2019, I started keeping a fictionalized diary, as a 25 year old younger version of me. Events that happened in 2019 found their way into the diary, translated to their late 20th century reality. And I also absolutely, intended to LIVE, like it was 1994! But this is a hard thing to do, I feel I am still (2023) learning there…. but that is my endgame; To LIVE like it’s the turn of the century.It was/is an amazing project, and to this day I consider the diary entries it produced on my main blog, my best and certainly my most interesting work, because it combines performance art (living in the 20th century) with diary writing, leaving ample room for fiction. In 2021, I harvested the diary posts I had so far, with the intention of creating a published diary out of it. Two actually, volume 1 and 2, but I decided to put them in one bind. But I abandoned the project in spring 2022, losing complete touch with the project….
December 2023, I have picked up publishing this amazing work, of vintage erotica.