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I'm not queer, but the novel is beyond queer.
I pumped up the cover page, changed name to Aphrodite's Rainbow (was Prunella) removed lots of useless stuffs. Chapters are out of order still and I don't think they are the latest drafts. About 5 chapters to write until complete. This will be a free novel. This application I will use to send to movie producers and to push my crazy realm of writing.
This application is built from scratch using database (MDB) and ColdFusion.
The last five chapter will be available soon.
Last edited by maxkeanu (08-17-2012 18:34:17)
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Ooh-la-la! Love the cover page, max! Aphrodite's Rainbow is a much catchier name than Prunella. I remember the novel from here... Good luck!
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COOL cover, but use a different font for your name. Its kinda hard to read.
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Ok. After fiddling around with the site for a while, I finally understood why the checkboxes.
You select several chapters, then click one of the buttons, and all the chapters you selected, no matter what order, get put into a single page for you to view.
If I were to change the design so that it made more sense, I would provide the hard links to the chapters (like you already do, on the right hand side) as well as checkboxes next to each. And then, a *single* button, or maybe a button at the top and a button at the bottom that would enable you to see your selected chapters as a whole. You could call your fancy button a "Collate" button, and provide help for its use right next to it, for stupid users. Remember, users are like monkeys. They bash on the keyboard, and expect Shakespeare to come out. Or something.
It was highly frustrating to click the button to a chapter, and get an error that said I had to click a checkbox first. Why? That doesn't make sense! RAARH! USER SMASH!
The link to the synopsis is a 404 error.
Not sure I like the color scheme either. It's hard on my eyes to see that many colors that are just this shy of white, right next to white, with no borders... if that makes sense. Get yourself a designer! I'm lucky in that my boss took design as his major in college, and he makes my "look and feel" decisions for me, so I don't have to. I just get the CSS to work. I'm happy if I can get something to function perfectly, even if it if has plain blue links and black borders, but some people are just so picky... I know your color scheme hurts my eyes, but I couldn't help you make it look good because I am terrible at that myself.
Max, I've just read the chapter displayed on the page you linked to ('cause I only just noticed the password boxes at the top and realised THAT was why you put the password info in your OP. Not your fault - I'm just blindingly 'quick on the uptake' like that... not!) So I haven't read all of the chapters yet, but I wanted to pass some comments on to you about my impressions so far, and then I'll read the rest later (when my kid stops nagging me about playing his computer games... *sigh* .... )
First of all, re title: like it very much, but can I suggest, if you should ever want to market this in the UK, that in that instance you don't use the word 'queer' in the subtitle? Simply because it has an entirely different meaning here in the UK - from what I've read so far, I don't get the feeling you're targeting this at the gay community. They would buy this in droves purely because the word 'queer' is in the title (they embrace the term as a celebration of being gay) and then not be very happy because they'd have been expecting a different kind of novel entirely, if you see what I mean!
Anyway, now for the meat of it... I wasn't sure if what you were looking for were comments on the actual story or the website, but while I haven't read all of the story I can start with the website.
Mainly I have a question - and this is because I am genuinely curious and something of an ignoramus about the whole business of publishing/displaying novels and such on websites. This novel is free, you say? In which case... what is the purpose of the username and password? I knew they were 'next' and 'next' because I saw this post. However, if I was just browsing the web, stumbled upon your page accidentally and wanted to see more I would have no way of knowing those passwords - and I can't see any obvious way of obtaining them/signing up to the site. I'm just concerned that people may not get to see this work simply because they believe - rightly or wrongly - that they 'can't' access the rest of the novel because they don't have these passwords and don't know how to get them. I'm probably being pedantic, or a netnoob - maybe even both - but I personally don't like accessing web content to be any harder than it needs to be. And I don't believe I'm the only goldfish-brain out there like that either
Other than that - love what I've read of the story so far - like a twisted Cinderella, with a comic kick and a liberal splash of intelligence! I'll read the rest as soon as I can boot my kid off Dungeon Keeper II. I don't know, kids these days... in my day we got our entertainment bouncing oranges off the backyard walls... or something like that...
Last edited by wendy christopher (08-18-2012 06:04:51)
THANKS FOR THE GREAT FEEDBACK!
noelw -"Collate" button... wow. My mind now digs deep into my coding mind (and screams for more caffeine) and I see decision statements up the ying/yang to build that one button. But I really like that idea. I saw that flaw in this customize page when building... oh, I should have fixed it then.
I will use a registration portal for username/password. If I include it now, I'll get a million spam bots and Russians hackers as readers. But eventually, I'll build one of those letter/number dynamic displays that are in an image (Captcha app) that writes info to my database.
That 404 -- I'll fix that. It's a dead link.
LOL - "Get yourself a designer." I built a social network app way before Zukerberg, but the design was so bad my family and friends told me the same thing, "Get yourself a designer."
I did use this app with a publisher. After he understood the check-box system the publishing process went smoothly.
This novel is in a more recent draft on tNBW.
Font changes to my .psd coming up. Thanks for that!
Back to work, and thanks again.