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The need to rant is great after trying to use Custom Post Types, Custom Taxonomies, and Custom Fields in Word Press.

As they said, it looked too good to be true.

I spent nearly the whole weekend and then some more trying to get the [insert swear words of choice] things to work. I googled my fingers, my eyes, and very nearly my poor brain off. The gazillion tutorials available all made it seem so simple, but nooooooo it’s a nightmare.

I have a basic understanding of PHP programming, mind you VERY basic, but I did manage to code the Custom Posts and Custom Taxonomies without a plugin, and with one as well. The problem arises when you want to SEE the things on you page or post. I could not find a clear reference of exactly WHERE in the world does one have to put the code. I tried it just about every where, but it’s not showing at all.

The real problems arose when using their default theme. Twenty Ten. It’s not bad, not quite what I want, but can live with the thing for the purpose of testing. Personally I wanted to use Arclite (love that theme). I modified as explained everywhere the single.php file. Nothing came out of that. So I made my Custom Post Type single.php (singe-posted-stories, and single-posted_stories) no luck either.

I then went over the code, and surprise! It call’s a template called loop.php. Went over there and my mind boggled. Where am I supposed to add my code????? None of the tutorials tell you you have to go there if you want to show your Custom Post Types in a loop, because the loop does not work even if you add one into a page template.

I’m so discouraged. This was just what I needed for three sites I was planning. One for Jan’s list of fics, one for my own list (this would have included slash fics) and one to keep track of my stories. The later would have been personal and in place of trying a wiki.

I did get MediaWiki working and it’s rather nice to keep everything organized, and even write on line. But MediWiki markup is off putting, and I the wyswyg extensions froze the thing. Still, I guess this seems to be my only choice at the moment for my writing needs, unless I can get WordPress working.

I’m a rather stubborn person (my family would say that’s an understatement) so I will keep trying. I really want to get Jan’s list revamped like I said I would so loooong ago.

So I’m off to get as many PHP tutorials as I can in hopes that I can make more sense of the WordPress codex. At least I know I’m not the only one with this problem. Not all of us are crackshot programmers.

I’ll be posting links to those tutorials I found useful for WordPress and PHP.

Update, soccer, and writing

It’s been a while since I wrote on any of the blogs, and have to admit to being neglectful. I really don’t have an excuse, as I’m not working or anything.

I have been writing though, and reading as much as I can. I’m rather obsessive about reading, and if the story is good I just can’t stop reading until I reach the end, or the last of what has been written. Lately my reading has been more focused on time travel stories. I prefer the re-do type, especially if they include part of TDH (The Deathly Hollows) but omit the Epilogue, or have Harry and Ginny divorce. Never liked the pairing, and was very disappointed that in TDH Rowling got them together, but it’s done, and thank good for fanfiction since I can read other outcomes.

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Present Time News

In response to some comments here (alandrem.net) about Present Time, I have to say that at the moment I have to put it on hold again. I was going to work on the re-write, of which I posted the first six chapters on Animealam’s Stories blog and LiveJournal.
Real life has gotten on the way of working on any of my stories for the moment. I have my elderly grandmother to take care of, and she requires constant attention as well as two people to move her on her bed. She is a very heavy woman, probably around 140 kilos (around 280 pounds) so at least two people must be around at all times. Her mind is also starting to fail, and most of the times refuses to eat or drink anything. This has us very worried, and the only thing we can see that might be positive on the whole thing is that she’ll loose some weight making it easier to move her when needed.
To add to the problem my mother just caught pneumonia, and she has always been an hyperactive woman unable to stay still for long. So I have to divide my time between my grandma, and making sure my mother is not doing anything but resting. Not an easy thing, she gets bored and tired of resting. Hopefully my mother will get better soon, although she barely escaped ending hospitalized because of her illness.
There is little hope my grandma will get off the bed. She is 84 almost 85, and her age has caught up with her. But  I believe I will be able to start working on my stories once I have adapted to the situation. We’ve hired a couple of nurses to help, and with any luck the muses will make a come back and I can find the time and will to write again.

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Yet again here goes another attempt at blogging.

I was quite pleased with how the blog was working, but suddenly it started showing a blank page and I could not access the dashboard anymore. I tried several things until I finally decided to re-install and start over again. I’m not sure, but I suspect part of the problem with wordpress then was the syndication plugin I was using. It was great, but I cannot find it anymore, so maybe it was discontinued or something.

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