Archive for February, 2008

2008-02-15 – Genesis – First Light

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I originally purchased the domain name nearly a year ago but I had to wait until I had time to sit down and work my way through how to write a WordPress plug-in. Luckily, I’ve spent most of my professional years in the IT industry so I had the background to be able to do this.

With approximately a thousand poems already entered into computer format, I didn’t want to retype them all in again. The purpose of the plug-in was, then, to convert these many poems from the ASCII format they were in into one which could be dropped directly into WordPress posts and have them cross-referenced and dated appropriately and automatically.

books.jpgEssentially, as of today this plug-in is functional and I’ve used it to transferred the first 752 poems onto the site. These poems span the period from 1968 to 1989 but do not, by any means, represent all my work from that period.

Many more poems from these years and others await transfer. And, in addition to all those which have been previously copied into computer files, there are many more yet which still exist only on paper and which I need to type in. This project will, as you can imagine, be an undertaking which will span years.

2008-02-17 – connecting categories

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Over the last two days, I’ve been connecting up categories for the initial 752 poems. The date and people categories were mostly created and linked correctly by the plug-in when it dropped the poems in but the places categories all needed to be tweaked by hand.scribe-computerframe.gif

I’ve also found out (bummer) that while the initial vertical layout within poems of blocks of text and intervening blanks lines looked fine after the plug-in installed the poems, it doesn’t survive the first edit session.

However, if I readjust the vertical layout during the first edit session, then it seems to remains stable thereafter through subsequent edits.

I’ve also typed in one or two poems in addition to the 752 either because I liked them and they were at hand or because they were over on the site and I wanted them to live here on

Once all the categories are correct for the initial block of 752, I will begin to transfer more poems onto the site.

2008-02-18 – Phew

Monday, February 18th, 2008

I’ve been reading a lot of my older stuff as I’ve been grinding through it to get the categories right. Phew – some of it is really really bad. I was very self obsessed during a lot of my life and definitely went on pity jags for months at a time.

Please be aware, dear readers, that the fact that I’ve posted all this stuff doesn’t mean I’m deluded that it’s all good, or even palatable. A lot of it is, simply, swill. perhaps, later, I’ll work out a way to establish a path through the forest of work to the pieces here and there among them that I actually consider to be passable.