Where’ve you been, Kitty?

Mmmm, sorry for the gap in notes (of course, someone other than me would have to be reading these notes to have noticed). Got sidetracked by some other things. I’m a volunteer editor with a site called the Open Directory Project — it’s a web directory manned by thousands of volunteers that is used by a number of other sites including the Google Directory (not to be mistaken for the Google Search Engine). Anyway, I got promoted to Meta editor (the top level of editors) there early in June and have been busy getting used to my new responsibilities. So, no time for much else besides looking for a job and trying to survive.

I’ve also been toying with changing the design of the site a bit, introducing some cascading style sheets to the coding to make upkeep of the pages easier in the future. I’ll be doing that on a section-by-section basis starting with the episode guides and then the cast biographies since those two sections already have their own looks. So you’re gradually going to start seeing changes to the look of the site — changes to the look of most of the pages, though, won’t happen for quite some time as I’m still going to try to concentrate on adding content rather than changing the appearance for the time being.

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It’s 5 am — why am I still here?

*yawn* Sooooooo tired but brain working overtime so here it is again — 5 o’clock in the morning and Kitty is wide awake working on her computer. Oh look, the sun is coming up (grrr, and the pigeons are waking up and coming to her balcony).

Started setting up the new forums using one program, decided I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t customize said program as much as I’d like to so decided last night to switch over to something else. Hence my current sleepless state. Got the sucker properly configured sometime early this morning and have been playing with settings ever since. It’ll take me the next couple of days (while I try to relearn how to sleep at night like everyone else) to finish fine tuning the configuration of the forum and then she’ll be up and running (and hopefully being used — it would really suck to be talking to myself both here and there). ;-)

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It only took 3 years…

Sent out the first announcement message in over three years earlier today. Wow! I hadn’t realized it had been quite so long since I’d touched base with everyone who signed up for the list (well, you certainly can’t say I’ve been swamping your inboxes with emails, can you? LOL). I’m already getting some good results in the poll (thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to vote so far).

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So, what updates are in the pipeline?

Let’s see. I’ve given up (for now) all thoughts of redesigning the site so I’ll be concentrating (when I’m working here) on adding new content and updating the pages that are already here. Having decided that, now there are all kinds of things waiting in the wings to be brought onstage. They will hopefully be slowly making their appearances over the next couple of months (can’t guarantee how quickly, though).

Among the plans (not in any particular order) are:

  • A section of articles about the show and/or the actors who appeared in it;
  • A virtual tour of some of the locations used in the show (including photos taken in 2002 and a panoramic 180 degree shot from Pitt Town Lagoon (where Vicky and Simon stripped down to their undies to rescue a cow on their first date) to Pitt Town);
  • A section for personal reminiscences and/or reviews (by anyone who would like to include their thoughts), possibly as part of a larger “fan section” (code-named “Magnolia Vale”) that would contain fan fiction and other contributions from you guys;
  • Photos of some ACP memorabilia that I have (not that I have a lot of that but I’ll be uploading images and info about what I have). If anyone has some classic ACP memorabilia that you’d like to share with other fans, please let me know and I’ll put pics of them up in the Supply Room/Memorablia section;
  • Some additional show and cast photos;
  • The remaining cast biographies (which I had partly done but lost with the hard drive problems);
  • The remaining descriptions for episodes that I actually have (the rest will obviously have to wait until someone takes pity on me and writes them up for me as the show is reaired in other countries);
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Sometimes life just sucks

Well, dangnabbit! So much for good intentions. No matter what I think or hope I’m going to get done on this site, I never seem to even come close. Let me explain what’s been happening.

Issue #1: I was laid off late last year which put a crimp in (a) my state of mind and (b) my pocketbook. The second one means I couldn’t get some of the things I’ve been waiting to get for this site and the the first means I’m having a hard time placing this site super high on my list of priorities (job hunting and surviving comes first).

Issue#2: I was so close to finishing the new design of the site (which turned out to be more than a simple graphical update) when I decided I didn’t like it anymore. And that was pretty much it. I now have to start the redesign over from scratch …which is already planned out but is dependant upon some things I can’t buy because of issue #1.

Sooooooooo, any updates that are going to go up in the near future will likely be relatively minor — episode descriptions and such. Everything else is really going to have to wait until I can finish up the redesign. Sorry about that but you’ve been waiting so long anyway that I doubt a few months will matter too much. I want to continue to stress, though, that I have not and will not abandon this site. Unfortunately, A Country Practice issues and this web site have to take a back seat to my own personal reality right now. I will be adding a trickle of new items very slowly over the next several months — check out the What’s New page for details of what those items are.

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