Because I use Firefox, it has taken me six months to realize that my website looked like utter crud in Internet Explorer. Non-transparent PNGs, oversized fonts, and mismatched colors everywhere. The shame is almost more than I can bear.

Anyway, it's fixed now. Finally.

*skulks off in disgrace*
So I was making up business cards for the SCBWI conference I'm attending next weekend, and somehow I ended up putting a URL for Knife on the card, in spite of the fact that I didn't actually have a page set up for it yet.

But now I do. And besides the Prologue it also includes a link to Chapter One, for anyone who might be interested.
As you can see (unless you're reading this off the LJ syndicated feed), I've just spent quite a bit of time updating the template for this blog to match my nice new home pages. In Firefox, everything looks spiffy, colors all matching and images behaving as they should; and if only I had resisted the temptation to look at it in Internet Explorer 6 "just in case" I should have been blissfully ignorant that anyone else was seeing it differently.

However, for some reason IE6 (I don't know about IE7, so if anybody's running that maybe you can let me know how it looks to you?) has no clue how to handle transparent PNGs, so on the index page of my home site the section headers show up in sepia-toned boxes. It also, apparently, doesn't handle colour matching very well, so the header image doesn't blend into the background but appears as a darker shade. And it seems to interpret CSS a little differently too, since the navigation box on the right side of this blog is wider and longer than it ought to be.

Does anybody know how to work around/fix these problems so that the page looks decent in IE and not just Firefox? Me, I am ze stumped.

ETA: Fixed the PNG transparency problem by adding this nice little bit of code to the relevant pages. Still got the other problems, though -- and now I see that IE is turning up its nose at my margin specifications on my Biography page. Feh.

ETA2: Changed the PNG to a GIF using web-safe colours, changed the template colours to web-safe as well, and cleaned up the CSS using a validator. And now it looks good in IE too. Who da woman? I da woman. I always suspected.
I'm still around, really... just having a remarkably busy week. I keep meaning to sit down with the printed manuscript of Knife and read through it scribbling notes on every chapter for the rewrite, but it hasn't happened yet. I'm thinking about it all the time, though, and occasionally jumping out of bed at 11:30 p.m. to jot down ideas that I'm afraid of forgetting otherwise. I've had at least one thought of this sort that made me very happy, as it resolved an issue that has bugged me about the story ever since I first wrote it in 1993.

Funny, though. I thought that taking a fannish hiatus would give me more time to work on other things, but it really hasn't -- not much, anyway. I used to grab a few minutes to read forums and such whenever the baby wasn't actually screaming the house down, snacking on guinea pig poo (don't ask) or otherwise obviously needy of my complete attention, but I became guiltily convinced that those bits and pieces of browsing time were adding up to hours over the course of the day. Which was, no doubt, the case, and it's not a bad thing that I'm now using that time in different ways: but the problem is, I can't edit my novel, or study the Bible, or spend quality time with friends and family, in random five-minute installments. So anything meaningful I want to do still has to be crammed into the times when Paul is napping, or after all the kids are in bed at night.

Mind you, I've discovered one unexpected gold mine of productivity: seems that five or ten minutes here and there is not a bad way to work on web pages. And [livejournal.com profile] lizbee was so kind as to provide me with a subdomain after I lost access to my previous web host. So for the first time since *cough*, I've completely redesigned my personal web site with new content and a catalogue of all my online fics (or at least the ones I'm prepared to admit to writing, anyway). I even bit the bullet and polished up my Mary Russell page. Now I just have to figure out what to tackle next...
...because I just got an e-mail from Laurie King telling me she's mailed me an ARC for her new Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes book The Game! ***SQUEE!!!*** So if some time in the next couple of weeks I mysteriously (ha) disappear for a while, you'll know what happened...

And speaking of Russell, The Beekeeper's Holmes Page has finally been updated (after eight months of neglect -- oh, the shame!) with new info about the books, upcoming tour dates and appearances for Laurie, revitalized links, and other such cool stuff. And there's an absolutely delicious teaser for the aforementioned GAME, which made me giggle like an idiot when I read it. Oh, this is going to be fun...
'Cause I liked the Fourth Doctor and I thought his scarves were cool and all that, but you know, somewhere there's got to be a limit.

Bonus points if you can get through the page without clawing out your eyeballs (what was the guy thinking when he chose that background?).

And on a pretty much unrelated note, Steve Burns (former host of Blue's Clues) is my new musical hero. I'd buy his album, if he had one yet. Get on it, Steve!

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