This week has been one of the most hectic of my life! I’ve had to:
- Prepare for a final exam
- Work on my panel for BookExpo America
- Finish my wedding invitations
- Create a wedding RSVP website
Then there were a few things I wanted to do, like work on my “auto post WordPress book review to Goodreads” plugin… more on that later… and plan for BEA, write blog posts, read, etc.
All on top of my normal duties, which include:
- Working with clients
- Responding to emails
- Responding to support tickets
It was hectic! And really overwhelming at times. I’m just so glad this week is over! I was able to scratch off a few of those big things like the final exam (which I’ll be sitting at when this post goes up), the wedding invites/website (most of the website..), and the BEA panel (at least the prep part).
I got two AWESOME package from Disney! This was a huge surprise because I honestly don’t think I’ve ever given them my shipping address… except perhaps at BEA 2013 (on a business card), or they can see it on NetGalley. But I’ve never ever actually requested a physical ARC from them (I don’t think?), so getting two cool packages was a pleasant surprise!
These got delivered to my parents’ house in California so I haven’t properly seen them yet, but my mom did a little unveiling for me over webcam and then sent me these photos! She’ll be bringing them to me when we meet in New York for BEA, then I’ll take them back to England.
I also got this pretty from NetGalley:
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
Pretty Reader (pre-made)
This is my latest unique pre-made theme! It seems I use a ton of green in my unique pre-mades. Has anyone else noticed that? It becomes pretty obvious when you see the thumbnails on my Unique WordPress Themes page.
Anyway, I’m super happy with this theme! I’d almost like to keep it for myself, haha.
Spineless Obsessions (client work)
I loved working with Jennifer to create a design for her new blog. It satisfied my desire to do something dark and sexy. I love it!
When I finish a book, I immediately type up the review on WordPress. Then when it’s done and scheduled, I copy the review, tweak it a little, and post it on Goodreads. A few weeks ago I had an awesome thought: what if I could automatically post my review to Goodreads from WordPress? Last weekend, Coding God and I got started on this project.
It’s a tricky plugin to make because it requires that you login to Goodreads through WordPress (basically authorize your blog to use your Goodreads credentials). This requires something called OAuth. Neither Coding God or I were super familiar with OAuth though. It can be a bit tricky and confusing to work with because there’s not a lot of documentation on how to actually use it. But we got started and finally had something that worked…. for a while. Some of you may have seen me posting “reviews” for Death Sworn all last weekend with text like, “This review came from WordPress.”
… But then it stopped working.
Well, Goodreads has HORRIBLE documentation for their API and we finally realized that we were using an OAuth version 1.0a library, which Goodreads doesn’t support (naturally, because they don’t give a shit about their API). They ONLY support version 1.0. Presumably, that’s why it was finicky and decided to stop working. So now Coding God and I have to basically start over from scratch and find a library that’s specifically for version 1.0 (which is actually kind of hard because that version is out of date).
So far working on this has been kind of a nightmare. I can’t even count the amount of times I ran to the bed on Sunday and buried myself in the pillows to seek “comfort” when things weren’t going well.
Other Coding News
In other news, I’ve decided to possibly sell some of my old Nose Graze themes as pre-mades. When I was using some of my old themes tons of people would ask where they could get them (clearly not realizing I made them myself :P). So I might put them up for sale.
I started re-coding my previous Nose Graze theme already. It has an unnecessarily large settings panel that might even rival Tweak Me. I’m starting to question my sanity!