Quid Novi? | Year’s End Quasi-Blogcation


It’s that time, time for a hiatus on scheduling posts until I’m back online on the 28th of this December, which would mark the tenth anniversary of this blog. So, posts going live from here until then will all be pre-scheduled. 

I’ll continue to be active on blog maintenance and in responding to activity here from visitors to the site in the meantime.  

I’ve lately seen a need to address my use of social media, including this blog, how I go about doing that. It would be nice to get more traffic on the site, but that’s a poor motivator, as I’ve health, physical as well as mental, to consider. Self-care takes precedence over page views.

The next few weeks and months will be busy as my family and our cats prepare to move out of the house in at least another year’s time. No details just yet until renovations are done and we get ready to sell the condo to move to a temporary place before our final residence out of state. 

I’ll miss Virginia, where I’ve lived since 1974 at the age of ten, in short, most of my life. And I’ll miss the physical company of the IRL friends I leave behind, but I’ll continue to stay in online contact with all of you. 

So, December 28 will see renewed post scheduling for the end of 2018, and for early 2019. I’ll be back, and I hope year’s end and the New Year see all of you in good health and high spirits, or at least better and higher ones given the terrifying shit-show of world news during the last three years. 

Here’s to better times. 

I’ll see you then! 

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Quid Novi? | Post-Housekeeping 2018 Edition


Well, it’s largely done, the largest bit of housekeeping on this site short of deleting all content and starting fresh. I didn’t go that route, simply because I think that some of the current content is worth keeping. So what exactly went on here while the site was private-access only?

For starters, I began by Trashing obviously worthless posts, and saving as Drafts those I might like to keep, as raw material to inspire newer and better entries. Toward the end of this, there were also those entries that gave no traction to the site, and in at least a few cases, had never brought in any traffic at all since first being posted some years ago. Zero page views. I have deleted video entries that are unwatchable for a variety of reasons, including having been deleted on the hosting site, deletion of the hosting account, having embedding disabled on the same, or being blocked for country, privacy, or copyright reasons. I’ve simplified several Categories for easier search reference, and deleted at least one. Doubtless at least a couple more will follow. Even many of my oldest (and most awful) fractal entries are now defunct. Most hadn’t been viewed since posting around eight years ago. I’ve saved as drafts several Pages on the site for future use. Yesterday, I’ve updated the Theme for this site to something decent, and am hiring a professional to craft a logo for this site’s brand. There will be tentacles involved, but I’m keeping the content of this blog largely PG.

I’m rarely satisfied by whatever my level of activity is, and many of you know that already from previous posts. But concern for my health and long-term well being dictates that I work to avoid putting too many aliens in my saucer. So, from here on, I’ll moderate time over the next two months while still posting and completing my study requirements. I’m almost done with my Bengali study goals, and nearly finished with Algebra II. But I’ll blog when I can, schedule posts when I’m able, and work to keep this blog one worth visiting.

Thanks for clicking on the site, and in proper abbreviated Soruggon….

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Quid Novi? | Housecleaning on the Call of Troythulu


Greetings, humans! This will be the next to last post before the site goes to private access only from the 16th of the month until the end of the 30th, when I restore public access to it. During that two week span, I’ll be doing some much needed housecleaning for the site.

I’ll revert to draft status those redeemable posts and pages with logical errors, factual errors, errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation, to correct, update, and rewrite them. Those will then be brought back up when finished.

I’ll also be deleting posts of little value, those that are just awful, unwatchable video entries, and those by or about prominent figures in the atheist and skeptical movements whose alleged behavior has made it impossible for me to support them in good conscience.

The point is to streamline the site, which is an issue that’s concerned me for years, leading to my annoying bouts of ennui starting in 2011 and coming to a head in late 2016, so I’m finally going to do something about it.

Until that, I’ll continue scheduling posts until my next period of away time from blogging.

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Quid Novi? | The Time of the Kestalus


Namaskar, Oh Fine Hominins! Well, the worst of the weekend storm is past. So now that I’m back, I’m once again shifting gears, speeding up weekly posting on some blogs, reducing posting on others. But which some and which others?

First, I’m going to be posting every three to four days each week on this blog, once a week on the last week of the month (reading time for me!), about once a week on my blogger site the Collect Call of Troythulu, once monthly on the Checkerboards of the Gods, and less regularly on the Exohuman Journals, or the Prank Call of Troythulu, while taking spare hours working on updating the Unspeakable Blogs, and readying Memoirs of a Cat-Whisperer to go live with its first five posts. I’ve also created a new blog using my newly accessed, very first WordPress account, currently inactive and a wee bit inchoate until I decide what the heck to do with it. The account was originally used for my first blog, Troythulu’s Log, created on January 15, 2008, which lasted only slightly more than a year under several titles before it was fully replaced by this one in 2009.

I’d like to spend more time than I do blogging, but I’m currently involved with my first commissioned work on cover art for a book. I’m not at liberty to discuss details of the art prior to the author’s announcement of the book at least until everything’s ready. Otherwise I’ve been busy on non-blog writing, eZine submissions, and finishing work on redoing my solo Kindle ebooks: Dirge, Echoes of Forsaken Galaxies, and Fractal Shards. I’ll post a link and blurb for each here when they’re done and the updates are live on Amazon.

I’m considering getting a personal subscription on this blog once my finances are in order after buying the new laptop, which is well worth the expense in my view!

So stay cool, I’ll see you next week, and in the proper Kai’Siri . . . .

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Quid Novi? | My Recent Blog Absence


 

Hey, O Fine Hominins! I know I’ve been absent from blogging for a while, and I want you to know that I’m not trying to deliberately ignore you or my sites.

I’ve been offline dealing with things going on at home that needed to be addressed, and over this past week or so we’ve been preparing for Hurricane Irma, which even right now looks like one mother-L. Ron Hubbard of a storm.

And I thought Isabel in 2003 was bad . . . utter, utter driveway pebbles!

I’ll back back to regular, or maybe disturbingly irregular posting on teh bloggies once everything blows over, in this case literally, and make time to schedule posts again.

So, thank you all for making this blog one of life’s little joys, and I’ll be back on once things are back to normal!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

 

Quid Novi? | State of the Blogs – 2017


G’day fine hominins! A lot has been going on on study, developing the writer’s craft, and other areas, but what’s going on for the blogs, more a week out of the last monthlong hiatus? What happening?

Not easy questions to answer, but here goes.

I’m currently taking and collating study notes from a course from the Teaching Company titled The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit, by Prof. Gerard Puccio of Buffalo State U. and challenging my own meager abilities in the domains of the creative in service to this and my other blogs, but here’s where things stand now:

I currently operate 5 WordPress blogs, 1 Tumblr site, and 1 Blogspot site for most of my publishing. They are:

The Call of Troythulu, https://kestalusrealm.wordpress.com/

The Collect Call of Troythulu, https://troythulu.blogspot.com/

Checkerboards of the Gods, https://checkerboardsofthegods.wordpress.com/

The Exohuman Journals, https://exohumanjournal.wordpress.com/

My Horrific Elegance, https://troythulu.tumblr.com/

The Prank Call of Troythulu, https://theprankcalloftroythulu.wordpress.com/

…and my hub site currently under revision,

The Unspeakable Blogs, at https://wearethemirus.wordpress.com/

I have named a 6th WordPress Blog titled Memoirs of a Cat Whisperer, which I’ll make public once I complete the first weekly posts, on what what else, cats!, with each post to be scheduled for Caturday.

All blogs are currently scheduled for posting on any given day of the week once weekly to make things manageable for my work and study schedule, while keeping up a modest level of traffic for each site.

Most blogs, save for my Blogspot site The Collect Call, have few formatted post drafts ready for long form entries, though that’s in the works as we speak, and you may expect to see longer posts on these sites before the year is out.

I’ve already published my first interview with GURPS writer, blogger, and GURPS GameMaster Christopher R. Rice, with more interviewees to be added when their questionnaires have been sent, completed, and gathered.

The present theme for most of my WordPress blogs is Bouquet, though that may no longer be the case at some point, as I may update that to something more functional and minimalist in near future.

By the time this post goes live, I’ll have updated the under-construction blog pages on my sites across WordPress.

But I want to take these sites further, and that means good solid data-gathering and planning, areas I’m sadly not inclined to enjoy doing, but which are sorely needed. Over the next few months, I’ll continue restructuring the Categories on my WordPress blogs to something better organized to streamline site navigation, and I’ll be adding a sitemap page to each of them.

I’m doing work on new fractal tutorials for the apps I use, including Mandelbulb 3DFractal DomainsUltraFractal 5, and others, and those will be released on my two main sites, The Call on WordPress and The Collect Call on Blogspot.

So stay cool, for those in the Northern Hemisphere, warmer for those of you Down Under, and as the Kai’Siri would say,

Talotaa frang. Talotaa kas. Talotaa tranga suulaat.

Quid Novi? | The Reset Button


G’day, fine hominins! As of this entry, with my schedule the way it is, I’m a bit behind on posting on all my blogs, and so have hit the reset button on them all.

So, no posting for a month, and instead I’ll spend the time scheduling entries and finishing blog pages in addition to other things until the next reset is needed. I’m behind on completing pages, site maintenance and non-blogging duties and need breathing space to finish that. I’ll be hitting the reset button from here on whenever time is limited and scheduling gets too tight.

Reset time from here on may take anywhere from a week to a month, but I’m not closing down any of the sites or going away from the bloggosphere. Blogging’s what I do, so I’m keeping at it, and I SHALL be back.

I’ll see you in July.