Damn you, WordPress

This is my fourth attempt at the blog this morning. WP has finally pushed through the update I’ve been avoiding for months and I frigging hate it. Nothing works rights. Nothing looks right. I’m a writer, damn it! Don’t dump changes on me without getting my approval.

Okay, they have a way to revert to the “classic” view. Except it isn’t intuitive and not all the functionality is there–at least not that I’ve found. Oh, and the font looks different from the default font on their “blocks”. Yes, cussing is happening. So is the grinding of teeth. In fact, the cat’s looking at me very warily, as if he’s afraid I might strike out at him before long. The dog, showing more wisdom than normal, has left to find Mom in the hopes she will protect him from angry writer.

Inhale.

Exhale.

Okay, now that that’s out of my system–sort of–back to what I meant to write about. 

I’m butt in chair, hands on keyboard, finishing one last pass on Jaguar Rising. I’ll be uploading the final content file later today or tomorrow. Release date is a week from today.

Here’s the blurb:

Life changed for Mackenzie Santos more than a decade ago when she woke on a slab in the morgue. If that wasn’t bad enough, then she started turning furry.

And that was just the beginning of the changes in her life and in the world around her.

Since then, Mac’s life has been filled with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. Her responsibilities as cop, mother, pride alpha and member of the Tribunal mean she’s seen the best and worst in both the human and paranormal worlds. . . and the worst is yet to come. It seems someone plans to celebrate her promotion with a real bang!

A monster stalks the streets of Dallas, It has targeted Mac and those close to her. Worse, this “monster” knows her. It spent years studying her, learning her strengths and weaknesses. Worse, it isn’t afraid of harming innocents in its quest to get to her.

Mac will do whatever it takes to bring down this new threat because failure means more than just death. It means all-out war between humans and paras.

This is the first book in a new story arc for Mac and company, one I’m very excited about. For now, I’m going to sign off before this damned interface has me flinging my laptop across the room. Hopefully, I’ll have it figured out by next week.

Featured Image by Brigitte make custom works from your photos, thanks a lot from Pixabay

10 comments

  1. WPDE. As I ranted yesterday at my place, I’m not a fan of the new interface. On the gripping hand, I’m not paying for WP, so I’m not in a great position to demand that the piper change his tune.

    1. I haven’t had a chance to read your post yet–about to do so. But from what another blogger here said, I have a feeling we were cursing pretty much in unison about this change. I can’t tell you how glad I am I didn’t go with WP as a host for my personal blog/sites.

      1. So what did you use for your personal blog?

        I’m planning on starting a new blog (hosted on a shared server controlled by me), and am very open to WordPress alternatives for a variety of reasons.

        I also have a WP blog in hibernation since I changed hosting (my beloved old hosting provider got bought by GoDaddy); I was planning on resurrecting it in WP, but I think I’ll investigate how hard it is to move to another system.

        I don’t need a lot of fancy features; I’d like something solid, secure, and oriented towards blogging.

        1. TonyT,

          I use WP themes and CMS but it is hosted on HostGator instead of by WP. I’m about to look for another host provider simply to cut costs some. I’ve got no complaint about HostGator when it comes to service or support. But, because I am not using all services through WP, the change hasn’t been forced on me. . . yet.

          1. And I don’t want to deal with avoiding changes, especially considering security issues – OK, WP might still be best overall, even considering the downsides (changes I don’t want, Automattic’s politics, WP’s history of insecurity, and being written in a crappy language (PHP)), but at least I’m going to look.

  2. Both your sites appear to be independently hosted, though based on WordPress software. So how did WP force an update on you? (Now I’m beginning to worry that the same thing will happen to Liberty’s Torch!)

    1. This site is WP hosted and I think that is the key. My personal blog is hosted separately–thankfully. So I use their CMS but not their actual servers, etc.

    1. Yeah, I discovered that on the fourth attempt this morning. Unfortunately, there is more form the classic editor they either didn’t import or have hidden. I didn’t have time to keep looking for it, but will do so later. BTW, thanks for the link.

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