Slash the painter (1994) & The Gutenberg Layout Massacre (2023) | publishing journal day 5

I edited and updated a new Chapter of the 1994 diary*:

Think about you | “1994”: fanfic inspired story episode 3

With Lauren’s meet cute with “Slash” the painter.
It is not erotic, but I’m guessing that after reading the two erotic longreads Chapter 1 “A Letter From A Stranger” and 2 “Mutuals“, you were probably satisfied anyway.

Okay, back to 2023;
About yesterday…. can we please forget?
Can we DELETE, that entire memory of the blogpost-bloodbath that resulted in me using the Classic Editor button on the new WordPress Gutenberg software this website is running on-
and the mess it made?

You can go check and see, this is yesterday’s post
Opening with the back-up post I made, where you actually can read the adventure without getting lost.

I actually, you won’t believe it, even had to redo and save and invest another hour correcting the backup post!
Because I had copied the “bug” from this editor, into that one, so the post I had created there, also turned into one without any layout.
So I had to redo yesterday’s post, twice.

I sure learned my lesson not to ever use Classic Editor button on this website again.

The strangest thing was that before all of this happened, I had a really good feeling about it.
The draft post was showing up PRISTINE, in the “example” view!
Including a photo that was neatly stacked on the right of the text (not dominating above center, as it is now);
My links had an actual pink color, instead of blue or grey;
It was beautiful.

Until I hit publish and checked the post an hour after… and to my horror noticed that it all.fell.down.

So the good news is;
I now know where the Classic Layout button is.
Top left, under a blue + sign I mistakenly thought was an Start New Post button, you can find a keyboard sign emoticon that allows one block (not the entire post) to be designed with a classic toolbar.

The bad news is yesterday’s result has freaked me out so much, I am definitely never going to use it again.
And that I don’t think that I will ever understand how this software works, so that blue and grey links and pictures at the center of the blogpost, will just be the best I can do on this oldest LS Harteveld site.

See you tomorrow or Sunday 18 December, for Chapter 4 of the diary*.
You can follow this series on Facebook and Twitter

~Lauren/LS Harteveld
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:
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 (explaining the light grey or blue color of the links; I cannot (yet?) change this);
And it also does not have a “Subscribe” button, nor would I know how to install one.

But you can follow publishing journal on

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

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.