Can Everton Jones find out how his father stole Emperor Bokassa’s diamonds and, more importantly, where he hid them; before the world and his brother get there first?
Click on the picture link in the sidebar to read an extract of my first novel, which was published by Paradise Press in August 2012.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Putting a Wowslider Slideshow into my Blog

UPDATE: 10 April 2014: I have published a new post on this topic which walks you through creating a free website, saving your wow slider slideshow on there and then how to view that slideshow in a blogger blog. Please click here to view this post

The post below does not provide a fully working solution. On looking closely at the javascript code I found a line which had this in it, amongst other things:
This indicates that the folder engine2 has to be physically located in the same directory as the file with the code for the slideshow. In my method outlined in the previous post, the folders engine2 and data2 were on the paradise press website, and the code for the slideshow was on my blog. As a result the slideshow, whilst it worked, failed to display the captions (for some reason I can’t divine). So I put the slideshow into a file in the root directory of the paradise press website, called wowdemo.htm. Also I put the folders engine2 and data2 in the same folder. NB Wowslider generates the folders and a file called index2.html. I just copied the contents of index2.html to wowdemo.htm.
So how to get the file on the remote website to display on my blogger blog? All I had to do was to create a new post and edit it in html mode. I inserted an iframe using this code as the only text in the post:
<iframe src="" width="399" height="388" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" marginheight="50" marginwidth="50"></iframe>
The page on my blog now looks at the page on the remote site and shows it in the iframe as though it was on my blog. Note the border of 50px I included. The slider format I chose has a neat ‘burst’ effect which extends beyond the edge of the graphic, so I gave it 50px of space to ‘burst’ into. The effect can be seen below. NB chosing a different set of options in wowslider lets you have an infinitely looping slideshow.

NB: the additional text in the post has been edited in after I got the slideshow up and running.

PS: Remember to update the remote file if you make changes to your website!

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The First Cheque (Check?) from Amazon

As Paradise Press treasurer, I have just been passed the following:
It represents our e-book sales on to the end of November 2012. Just how am I supposed to transfer this dollar cheque/check into sterling, especially as it is drawn on the ‘Wells Fargo Bank’ in the USA? Our bank here says it will cost anything from £8 up and I bet we get a crap exchange rate! At least, after taking timely action (see earlier posts), was I able to avoid Amazon being forced to pay a 30% ‘witholding tax’ to the Internal Revenue.

It is not unimportant to me as a significant slice of that cheque should come to me! Never mind the inequity that we have had to wait TWO months to get our hands on it. Just how much is Amazon making in interest on the money they are sitting on? I hate to think.

If you are not based in the US, be aware that selling your e-book on is not without its problems.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Putting a Wowslider slideshow in Blogger

UPDATE: 10 April 2014: I have published a new post on this topic which walks you through creating a free website, saving your wow slider slideshow on there and then how to view that slideshow in a blogger blog. Please click here to view this post

I have a basic slideshow to do the banner on my blog. See here for the details. Unfortunately, I can have only one such slideshow per page and also I have no real control over how it displays. Wowslider is an awesome graphical slider building programme which you can download for free from here. It is extremely simple to use if you have the pictures in a folder on your computer. It generates a file called index.html and two folders called design1 and data1. For a website you own, all you then have to do is copy the folders to the root directory of your website (the one containing your own index.html file) and then edit that file to include some code from the index.html generated by wowslider. Some goes in the header and some in the body sections of your index file.

However, you can’t do that in blogger? Can you? Well, firstly you should put the code from the header of the wowslider index file into the header section of the template for your blog. (Remember to back it up before tinkering with it!) Next, you can put the code from the body of the wowslider index file into a new post. The trick, if trick it be, is to put the folders generated by wowslider somewhere else on the web. In my case I put them on the paradisepress website. Then I edited the links in the wowslider code to point to this location. (I’ve done the same with the animated counter in the sidebar, because blogger does not support animated gifs.)

The outcome can be seen on a new blog I’ve made for paradise press which is here. For some reason, the captions on the photos in the slideshow do not display. Well, they could be edited into the photos, I suppose. Without upgrading the free version of wowslider (which involves paying them some money, although not-for-profit organisations can do this for nothing) the programme prints a discrete watermark onto the photos, which is a small price to pay. Wowslider comes with some amazing transition effects, although a simple swipe effect is favourite with me. The slideshow widget provided by blogger cannot be set to loop infinitely. One other possible way to get the pictures into wowslider might be to enter the url of a feed from flickr or some other photo-sharing site, but wowslider didn’t like the link I got from flickr.

NB since writing this I have found a snag, which is dealt with in a further post. You can view the post by clicking here

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