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ATP: Took out comments since it wasn't a story that elicited a lot of discussion. Please use the LCD thread in Novel Updates if you feel like chatting or venting.
OASNG: Going forward, pages will be broken up in chucks of fifty chapters for faster loading.
Made some minor site changes to page content. Closed out old discussion threads and archiving them.
I would like to finish Feng Wu's story by 2022 so I am going to shoot for a chapter every other day. It's ambitious. Not sure when my library will reopen to the public (it's where I record my audio) so I'm not sure when I will post another audio of Rebirth. I may just post it as a text when I finish translating. As for Shen Li's story, I'm not sure. It may be 1 or 2 chapters a month. They're long and difficult to translate (takes me 10-12 hours per chapter) so I run out of steam fast.
Will update the site with some cookies so the light/dark mode will be persistent. Just have to clean up my style sheet before I write the code for it. I had been avoiding cookies because I wanted the site to be as minimally intrusive as possible, but I have to add cookies to avoid the flash. Otherwise it's still a good private site. No ads, no trackers, nothing. Just content. And yes I know the current icon for it is not intuitive, but I like it so I'm using it. Would you believe it took me five hours to make something as simple as that? For something so simple it sure took a long time.
Um yes more questions about translations. Yes. Yep I have not given up on them yet. On a positive note someone picked up ATP, so if you are jonesing for updates check her site out -toomuchfreetime. I will try to update the translations when I can. Right now I'm still looking for a new place to live. Trying not to give in to any fits of stupidity. And trying really hard to be levelheaded and not be an ass.
May your new year be more fruitful and less vexing than this year. That's a wierd wish. But eh. Hope you all have a good one!
Hello, yes I'm still translating, just slowly. I got some questions about Shen Li. No I have not dropped the story. I will definitely post it on here if I decide to drop it. Please don't feel like I'm blocking you if you want to translate it. Go for it.
Thank you to everyone for the kind thoughts. I hope you all are doing OK.
Working from home PROS: munch on snacks whenever, no commute, dress casual. ** Best of all I still have a job. **
Working from home CONS: this weird fear I'm not doing enough work, lots of new programs to learn, frustrating to not have the same access to stuff.
Still trying to set proper boundaries and create a productive workflow without being ridiculous. Still trying to find a good work space. Internet is very slow...
Anyways translations will be slower until I get my act together.
Summer's ending... so back to regular updates.
: Working on more Qingge but less ATP.
: Created a separate Youtube channel because I needed more storage space. I was using my personal one before, which really wasn't a great idea. So if you are subscribed to the old one, please switch to this one. I'll republish the videos later.
Changed the formatting and coloring of the pages. Dark mode is better. The comments are now their own accordions so redirect should auto-open the right section. Increased the font and the spacing between the paragraphs. Had to redo a few of my macros so if there is anything off about the pages please let me know.
1. ATP // OASNG:
Yes there have been more recently, and consistently too. I’ve been trying very hard so hopefully it’s been a good reading experience. I will try to keep it up for the rest of the summer.
Did my first audio for the story. It was acceptable. I see a lot of places for improvement, which I’ll try to incorporate in the next chapter. Will try for one chapter every other week for the summer. Gonna practice audio production and maybe some art work. I’ve been hankering to do some drawing, so maybe shoot for a video before the end of summer. Please no eyerolls. Please no strange faces. I did say this was experimental. Very experimental. Hahah. What the heck. Whatever. If you want to do a more traditional text translation using the raws please feel free. I realize my style is not for most people. You do yours and I’ll do mine and we can all just get along.
No longer doing comments at the end of each chapter, instead there's a general one at the bottom of each story. I’m all out of premade files and tables so for now that’s how it is. It’s not hard to create more but it is time consuming, and since comments weren't used much I didn't want to make more. Once I figure out auto notifications it will be back up though. I'm very excited about that. It's on my "to learn" wish list. I’ve also closed out the comments for most of the old chapters. I just did a “find and replace,” so if you spot any strange goobly text, do let me know. I may have just replaced things I didn’t mean to. In general ANY goobly text let me know, 99 out of a 100 it’ll be a “find and replace” gone wrong.
There’s a shout-out wall on the side panel. Because let's face it, it's a kick seeing your name in places. And since I did that I also did one for comments. LOL. I amuse myself too much with ridiculous things.
It was redundant to have [close] links at the end of each chapter so I won't add them anymore.
I double posted my comments and my rss feed contents by accident. Then I deleted but deleted a few wrong files. But whatever everything should be back in order.
Closing OASNG fundraiser commissions early. For more info click here.
Commenting system fixed.
I may drop [RJWSHH]. If you are interested in picking it up that would be fantastic. I took off the wall of text so just leave a comment in the last chapter of the story. Thanks.
[OASNG] fundraiser happening now. Check out the donations and rewards.
Took comments off for new chapters.
Hahah! Finally figured out how to format dates in PHP. It's so beautiful... so much more readable.
Yea... site is more IE 11 compatible. Got no idea what it looks like on older versions of IE though. Probably rubbish I'm guessing. IE is so complicated to play with. It doesn't like 'sticky' and it doesn't like 'details.
Notes activate on hover on desktops and on tap on touch devices. Light/Dark mode also works. XML is awesome. Just realized I could write my group updates as an xml file, ignore RSS, and have it pull for me. Completely not clean but works. Hahaha! -giddy laugh of happiness-
Audio chapters up for OASNG.
I've been wanting to do some narrations, but never got around to it. Finally hunkered down and got a few chapters out. It wasn't as hard as I thought. The most difficult part was learning the software; it was a bit of a learning curve. Hoping things will get easier as I become more familiar with it. I don't really have a style I'm commited to yet so you will see a lot of changes in my vocalizations. I'm also learning to use the audio software so the start is a little rough. And yes I know I'm butchering the names, just go with it OK?
Each translation now has its own RSS feed. If you subscribe to one please make sure to update using the icon links next to the title.
An Oddette’s Otherworld Odyssey has also been changed to: The Otherworldly Adventures of a Super Naive Girl. Thanks to all those who voted and providing a most amusing Pokemon comparison. NU puts different iterations of names under "Associated Names" so you should be able to search for the story under both names.
edit: Not sure if it’ll stick but I’ll try to add a translator’s synopsis to the description on NU.
Oddette Title Change
If Oddette was a cultural reference then I would have liked it, but it wasn't. It just feels like an inappropriate play on words. At worst, Feng Wu is a bumpkin from the mountains. Although her lack of social grace makes her disconcerting to deal with, it doesn't make her odd (or afflicted with ODD. I'm not sure how clever it was supposed to be...)
"Otherworld" (unless it was a typo and it was supposed to be "other world?") is about the spirit realm, a world beyond death. This world is a magical one, not an otherworld. "Otherworldly" would have been a more apt description. It's an adjective for a magical world, a world of the imagination, which fits when you consider that the girls transmigrated into a novel.
Then there’s "Odyssey"... Honestly "adventure," though not as fancy, would have sufficed as a more accurate description and translation of Feng Wu's transmigration.
Put together "An Oddette's Otherworld Odyssey" suggests an "odd" girl's adventures through the afterlife... which is not what the story is about.
The meaning behind the title should be: (some adjective for not being sharp) girl other world go.
There are a lot of ways to say it in English, but "An Oddette's Otherworld Odyssey," though cute, is a misleading one. thus my constant irritation whenever I'd go to post an uppub. At first it was a tiny nag, but the more I got to understand Feng Wu's character and the story setting, the more the title bothered me, thus the title change. At the same time I didn't want to do it and possibly suffer the wrath of Potatoes alone, so I made it democratic with a vote.
OK... OK. I wrote this earlier thinking I was done for the year but I got absorbed in coding and ended up changing a lot of stuff around - a crazy amount of design.
Update is long. I highlighted the important points. Just skim and read the ones that feel relevant to you. Here’s the short of it:
So now it's a lighter theme. Maybe keep it as a light theme.
I used to use Google Docs to store and edit the raws but Wattpad is so much easier to use, especially because I don't usually group edit it with anyone. When my guest editor proofreads it for me I just print out a physical copy and share it that way, so I don't really use Google Docs for collaboration purposes at all, which is where it really shines.
The chapter navigation on Wattpad is smoother and I can even use my laptop to edit offline. Google Docs won't let me do anything offline. Sucks. So I've been gradually moving my edits over to Wattpad. The finished chapters have been published there too. I'll leave the Google Docs chapters I did up but I won't be updating those anymore after this month of releases.
edit: well Wattpad would have been perfect if it kept the quotation marks and apostrophes stylized.
After having gone through the documentation for popper.js I really appreciate the amount of work and thought that was put into the jQuery documentation. The user experience between the two were dramatically different. Even as a newbie I can understand jQuery because it’s so clearly written, not to mention the amount of detailing in all their examples.
Although I liked the idea of poppers.js it was just too hard to understand so I had to nix the idea of using it. Instead I’m just going to go all in on Bootstrap. It’s good. I might as well just use it. I’ll parse out the CSS and mod it. The only failure it has is the lack of address for image inclusion in the popovers. Yes I can add it as a script but to do that for every instance of an image would be cumbersome. So as of right now I still don’t know how to handle images other than to just keep using the tooltip I have now. I may just stick to appending them to the end of the paragraph or include a link instead.
That was two days of solid work. Now I have to go back and update all the notes from the text to the popovers. I may hold of on doing so just because I’m not sure how much I will like Bootstrap. It does take longer to load…
Got WAMP installed so that’s cool. Now page my counts will actually be more reflective of the real traffic on the site.
Prettied up the index page and added some publication info. I want to put in the auto refresh for the comment box but I don’t want to use innerHTML either. I want to try using CSS to create a night mode and a day mode so I’ve been trying to keep my color palette small and consistent.
The code tab looks so shitty…
I feel good. Got HTTPS and annoying as hell apple icons in. -thumbs up- The HTTPS was not as bad as I thought it would be. I thought I’d have to install it and all this other stuff but Go Daddy took cared of the entire process for me. I just paid for the SSL and they did all the configurations. The only thing that didn’t go correctly was the redirect. I went into the “hwhateveracess” file and inserted the code for redirects. And it worked for the index page but it failed to work for any of the subfolders even though the code I used was supposed to affect the entire domain. I felt a little bad but I asked NU to update all links for my translations. Wasn’t sure they would but they did. Not only that, they were so FAST! I’m always surprised at their speed.
I also temporarily lightened my accordion colors to bring more attention to the notice banner up top. Will probably take it down in a month.
Placed comments under details tag so it’s out of the way of the main text. It doesn’t show up in all browsers but I’ll work on that some more later. Maybe place it in the drop down as well? Man really feels like the drop down is all powerful here.
Found a format workflow that works for me. Realized I could just use macros in Notepad++ to add my p tags. It was hard to use the copy and paste function cause it felt like I was overreaching with my fingers, so my life is also a lot easier now. Not bothering with aggregator sites anymore either.
Redid some of my html coding too. Yeah I’m one of those people that need to clean their room up before they can study.
Updated the 404 error page to include a Google Docs links to all the chapters. That way if I really mess up people can still read the text version of the story. It won’t be pretty or formatted very well but at least it’s available. As a bonus it’s easy for screen readers. So =) Also did a back up of the site so I feel pretty secure about that.
Looking into RSS/Atom because of a reader comment. Let’s see if I can code one. A static one looks pretty easy to do but I’d prefer to make a dynamic one that updates on it’s own. It looks a little complicated though, seems like I’d have to include a database… which may be beyond my abilities right now. I only barely understand enough to make the one for the comments. Anyways wish me luck!
Also while looking into it I discovered why there were rss requests in my logs. Turns out if you use a CMS like Wordpress for example, even if as a content creator you don’t know about it, there is an rss page for your site already installed. So even if there are no links for a feed sign up readers can still sign up. They’d just have to type in the URL with ‘rss’ at the end. It should work. Sounds interesting. I’m a complete RSS newbie, I haven’t even subscribed to any feeds. I will try figuring it out as this month’s goal. But anyways, it explains why there are people who are searching for justreads.net/rss. I’d never made an rss page so didn’t understand why anyone was searching for it.
Also I feel like my world got rocked a little. Previously I’d always use the html entity &rsquo for apostrophes because when I typed it straight in the code editor it would color the text blue, which I took as a bad sign, like does it think it’s code? But apparently if I just copy and paste, like say from my Google Doc, the text is OK. No color changes. Not sure why that is, but it certainly makes typing a lot easier!
Well I figured out why I got those mysli_num_rows.... errors. Turns out it didn’t like the fact that I had html commenting in front of it. -shrug-
Stylized the images and updated the translation tab. While I was at it I also took off the “Fanfic” and “Translation” in the menu bar. One was redundant and the other... well... honestly... whenever I get around to it I can always just add it back in there.
Fixed the opacity of my #container to my liking and added a leafy green background for spring. Currently am working on designing an icon so I can get rid of those annoying “apple whatever icon” errors.
So I made my database better and that’s good... but now I’m not sure what my error is. Previously I had the comment display in a separate file and there were no errors, but when I put the comment display in the same page as the content I get errors. It still displays fine and everything looks the same so not sure why the error is there. Error message looks like this
Warning: mysqli_num_rows() expects parameter 1 to be mysqli_result,
Also why isn’t it consistent? The errors don’t show up in all the iterations, just some of them.
Redoing my database so taking off the comments links for now.
There were many successes and failures. I don’t remember them all. It’s just a haze right now, but some goodies I learned were:
<q> for quick quotations
<small> to display smaller text. Can be used instead of creating a whole new div or span for minor content like notes. It’s not stylized, but for speed it works well. The only downside is it can’t be a child element of block tags like <p>.
I had a copy and paste nightmare with some of the files. It was a catastrophe. A mess, a hot hot mess. I had to just walk away. Good for my translations though as I finally picked them up again.
I think instead of a journal I’ll do an “Errors I learned from” page. Perhaps I’ll start it next week.
I’m smirking because everything looks good. Will work on getting the “Translation” page itself formatted something this week or next week. I’m leaning towards using tabs to organize the information.
I celebrated too soon with the comment box, because although I did create a functioning one that showed up appropriately for the user, I didn’t realize there was such a thing as an “error log” in each folder. I was only aware of the errors generated by MySQL itself. That log is the most useful thing ever, annoying, but super useful. Annoying when there are errors in it, but useful because it tells me where the errors are. So for the comment box there were a slew of error messages in the log. I was shocked. From what I’m given to understand the log helps provide details on errors that may or may not be problematic. It looks at the syntax and other mysterious stuff (to me anyways) and basically just says, “Hey you may want to look at this. Yeah your code runs and it works but... best practices are not being followed here.” Basically it was telling me to stop fudging things because there may be consequences in the future. What kind of consequences? Security issues and display issues going forward when other things are entered into the mix. So knowing this I decided to try my best to figure it all out.
And I did.
Absolutely no errors in my log. Completely clean. I am so happy. It was a tremendous amount of work and frustration, from cache clear errors, database server weirdness, to my confusion over my folder bread crumbs. I should have done a better job doing my wireframe. Things are finally settled and it took all of a whole week. Honestly I don’t think that’s too bad.