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Friday, 17 September 2010

Order (of sorts) Regained

My postman continues to delight me. After bringing me the new journal on Tuesday he excelled himself on Wednesday:






The new (first) collection of short stories from Darryl Joel Berger, aka Red Handed. I've only managed to read the first two stories so far but I can tell you they are great: beautifully constructed, utterly original, thought provoking and, perhaps most important of all, truly engaging. What I really want to do is take them on a long train ride so I can read them all as I rattle past truck depots, redundant factories, and gnarled trees.

On another note completely: have you noticed that in some of my posts, lately, clicking on the photographs doesn't make them bigger? This is because I've recently changed browsers from Firefox to Google Chrome. I like Chrome so much better for its smooth speed, but for some reason making a post in Chrome is much more complicated. I always compose in 'Compose' mode rather than html but when I hit publish in Chrome I have to go through a 'your html cannot be accepted' malarkey. I just delete the offending code and the post seems to happen as I intended, but none of the photos can be enlarged with a click, even though the hand appears over them. Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong? For this post I've returned to Firefox.

31 comments:

Scarlet Blue said...

Oh crikey, no I don't know anything about Chrome. But the stories look interesting.
Sx

The Weaver of Grass said...

All that technical stuff goes right over my head Eryl! I just switch on the computer and hope to load my blog. If it doesn't work I switch off and try again later - I certainly dare not try anything new!

Pat said...

I never choose to use anything. They choose me. You could say I am the complaisant blogger. I also get those weird messages (I seem to be with Firefox)but I learned to just tick something and it works although they give weird titles.
Mostly I ignore the discouraging messages and bash on regardless.

savannah said...

i tried chrome for exactly 1 hour! and then went back to regular firefox. i am the techno doofus of the ages and can't handle the complexities of software. i just discovered red handed recently, so i'm excited about to hear the good news. xoxoxoxox

Eryl said...

Scarlet ~ the stories are interesting, I'm going to read another one as soon as I've done this.

Weaver ~ I only ever try new computer things because my son recommends them and usually installs them for me. He's always right, but it takes me a while to adapt!

Pat ~ you seem to be doing something right, maybe I should adopt your attitude.

Savannah ~ it's great when someone one knows, even if only virtually, does well, isn't it?

Linnhe Mara said...

I'm with Pat on Blogging . Haven't a clue what I'm doing and don't have a Bob substitute in my house so I muddle as best I can. Does ' red handed' do the illustration as well ?

Carole said...

I had no idea there was a choice. I just do google blogger and hope the post comes out okay. Mostly it does except it doesn't correct my bad grammer or give me good ideas. That is unfortunate.

Eryl said...

Linnhe ~ you seem to be doing pretty well as far as I can see. Red does do the illustrations, in fact he began as a visual artist but started to write stories to accompany his paintings (so I believe). If you click on Red Handed in the post you'll be taken straight to his site where you'll see a rather fabulous bird painting that I want, dead bad.

Eryl said...

Carole ~ we crossed. There's always a choice.

Grammer shmammer!

63mago said...

Sorry, can't help. Technical departement is some doors ... somewhere?

red-handed said...

I'm always amazed when the post works exactly the way it should: delivering necessary things, giving people little moments of joy. Thanks, Eryl.

Leni Qinan said...

I still use the old Explorer 7 -didnt even downloaded nº 9-. Sorry but i can't help either (Google and I are not good friends, as you know...).

Have you had a look in the forums? Sometimes it helps.

Philip said...

Chrome doesn't give me no probs at all, must be a settings kind of thing that's going wrong.
I'll follow your link you included here. Great looking books aren't they?

Eryl said...

Mago ~ no worries.

Red ~ things are set to change here with the post, the government are talking about privatising it and I can't help thinking there can't be any profit in delivering to remote locations like this one. For now, though, it's a joy.

Leni ~ I hadn't thought of the forums, good plan!

Eryl said...

Missed you there, Philip, I'll check my settings, though I'm not quite sure what to look for.

One book a sketch (which he included for free) and a lovely little note. They do look great though, and his writing is brilliant. I sat down and read another three stories today and they just get better. I'll go so far as to say they are some of the best short stories I've read, and I've read a lot of short stories in the last few years.

Kim Ayres said...

If an upload doesn't work properly, I keep at it until I've wrestled the html to the floor and given it a good drubbing.

If I was looking over your shoulder at the time I could probably work something out, but without seeing what's there I'm afraid I can't guess.

Next time I'm in Moffat, if it's still playing up I'll come and bully it into submission.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

I, for one, am very happy that you went back to Firefox for this post. Those illustrations are fantastic and it would have been a great injustice if we couldn't enlarge them.

Lulu LaBonne said...

Darryl's book looks wonderful, lucky girl! xx

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh! Tell me more about the short story collection! I love short stories and that used to be my "thing" before I became a "novelist" (someone introduced me as that at a writer's picnic and I felt all....novely...*laugh*)

Anyway -I still love reading the short story!

Eryl said...

Kim ~ I don't do HTML, problems that aren't solved with a mouse click are side-stepped. Until, that is, someone who can is in the neighbourhood.

UB ~ that's exactly what I thought.

Lulu ~ it is, X

Kat ~ if you click on the Red Handed link in the post you'll be transported to DJB's blog where you'll find out more than I am capable of conveying. Amongst other things there is a link to a really well considered review. Plus he often posts fiction and interesting (fictitious) character studies. Well worth a look.

Kass said...

Wish I had time to read that book. You made me want to.

Haven't a clue about enlarging pictures in Chrome. I'm a Firefox fan.

Meri said...

Ok, so I use Google Chrome and started to wonder. I don't often get code errors, though sometimes it looks like text is centered in "compose" but it's not in preview. But guess what, my photos don't enlarge either. Not usually a problem since I make them extra-large for my wide style blog, but it is likely a problem for my local photo blog, since I have a different format and post photos in a smaller size. Piffle~

Eryl said...

Kass ~ I'm pretty sure you would really like it, and you will have time again, one day.

Meri ~ If I find a way to overcome the problem I'll let you know. I really like it when I can enlarge other people's photos and see the detail, so I assume everyone else feels the same.

Elizabeth said...

It's always a miracle to me that any thing come out at all....never mind enlarging things.....
The book sounds wonderful.

I love typepad for the look of it
but blogger is much better for keeping in touch with people.....

The World According To Me said...

Punishing Ugly Children. What a great title. That sort of read sounds right up my street!

Eryl said...

Elizabeth ~ it is pretty amazing, isn't it? It's not really that long ago that I refused to have anything to do with computers, they looked like such hard work for not much return.

Worldy ~ then get yourself a copy, go to his site and you can order one there and then with no hassle. It's lovely to get something in the post from Canada let alone this.

Mark Sanderson said...

I don't like to tamper with such wizardry. I stick to the firefox. Getting real post is nice, isn't it.

rochambeau said...

Good day Eryl,
"Some people" get ALL the good mail! ;-) Thank you for your book recommendations, too. ADORE the art work too!

If you are board, and want to listen you can go here:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fammlive/2010/09/23/famm-live-with-constance-muller

There is a short commercial in the beginning.

Hugs from the other side of the pond!!

xox
Constance

ps
I'm making an Apricot Almond tart for my mom tomorrow. ;-)

Leni Qinan said...

And what's wrong with Firefox, Eryl? I mean, what made you change from Firefox to Google Chrome, if I may ask...

grrl + dog said...

wow.

you're a write and you're cool!

I'm adding you.

thanks for popping by my bloggy.

You'll love Twyla Tharp. Except for the bit where she gets up at 5am , does a workout for two hours then eats a boiled egg white and black coffee every morning.

Those people just irritate me.

cheers,
D

Eryl said...

Mark ~ getting real post is one of my favourite things.

Constance ~ listened to your radio interview, it was great. Apricot and Almond Tart sounds devine, I could use a slice right now, or maybe tomorrow morning with coffee before I set off for the university to take my first seminar of the season, and my second.

Leni ~ in a word: Bob. My son recommends and I go! I was perfectly happy with Firefox, but I do like to check out what's new.

Denise ~ she eats a boiled egg white? Good grief!

I've been lurking at your blog for a while, I love wool and have been know to crochet squares endlessly. But squares are all I can manage. So your amazing creations are thrilling to me.