Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rosariabooks.com Back Online, With More Adjustments on the Way

Rosariabooks.com is finally back online, although I am still making adjustments. I am reposting my original update from Rosariabooks, as it applies to readers of the blog as well. You may read the original post here.

Rosariabooks is back online, finally, though there’s still much work to do. Migrating the old content to the new system all but broke the website, and at last I have recovered everything and restored the site to life.

Although the site is in working order, I am still running into issues with domain redirection. I might have to take the site down again, temporarily, in order to troubleshoot this issue. Needless to say, this whole process has turned out to be a greater hassle than I had hoped it to be.

I will also be making adjustments to the website itself over the coming weeks. As you might have noticed, I’ve removed the “Newsletter” section of the site, as I haven’t been able to keep up with what I had originally intended for that feature. I hope to not abandon the feature entirely, but I do need to rethink how I approach it. At present I am looking into combining it with the Rosariabooks news feed and the Runicfire.net blog, so that I don’t have to duplicate my efforts with respect to content.

Other changes in the near future will include fine-tuning the layout of this site, making sure the mobile version is fully operational, and rebranding the site to reflect the serial nature of Rosaria of Venice. After all, I have many more books planned, and as The Sin of Prometheus’s release draws near, I want users to immediately know that not only are they getting into a series (versus an individual book), but that a new volume is on the way.

Migrating Runicfire.net to the new system will have to wait. Right now, I need to ensure that the new Studio Kenaz LLC and Gebobooks Publishing pages are working and presentable. Moreover, fixing the redirect issue will risk breaking the site again, and I want to make sure that Runicfire, at the very least, remains online until the Gebosites (as I have dubbed the collection of pages relating to my company) are operating smoothly.

In any case, thank you very much for your patience. I hope any future adjustments will proceed more smoothly than the last, and I will keep you up to date on my progress with the website and—very soon—book updates and new blog posts. Please stay tuned!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Website Upgrade Progress Report

As of this weekend, I have migrated Runicfire.net over to the new infrastructure. The process, however, did not transfer all of my settings and therefore parts of the website need to be rebuilt. Rosariabooks.com will be offline until Wednesday evening to ensure that everything is in working order.

After Rosariabooks is transferred over, I will migrate this blog over to the new system. It might be possible to ensure a (relatively) seamless transition, but we shall have to see.

Thank you very much for your patience.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Update On Website Upgrades

Rosariabooks.com is presently offline. Due to an unforeseen quirk of my domain setup, Runicfire will remain online until the tail end of the transition.

When Runicfire transitions, this blog will still be accessible at runicfire.blogspot.com until the new site is fully operational.

Thank you again for your patience.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Website Maintenance 05/16 - 05/22

This announcement was originally posted on Rosariabooks.com.

Rosariabooks.com, Runicfire.net and Studiokenaz.com will be down for maintenance beginning tonight, May 16th, circa 8PM PST as these new websites are transitioned to the new system.

While I will be working to get everything up and running again as quickly as possible, there might be interruptions in access through Sunday, May 22nd, while I work out the kinks.

My author blog at Runicfire.net will still be accessible at runicfire.blogspot.com until the transition is complete. Please bookmark that URL and refer to that site for announcements regarding the transition.

Thank you very much for your patience!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Runicfire Site Update Announcement

In order to better integrate my personal website with my novel's website, Rosariabooks.com, I will be transitioning to Wordpress over the next seven to fourteen days.

While I will be importing all of the content from this website, the new blog will be using a different login system for comments that integrates with the one I am setting up for Rosariabooks.com.

The blog has also been exceptionally quiet lately; I hope to change that as well with the redesign.

I will see you on the flipside!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Links 08/30/15: Adultery By Any Other Name, Less-Than-Stellar Star Wars, and Steamfunk's Sibling

It’s been a long hiatus, and woefully unplanned, but at last Runicfire returns with a new edition of Monday Links!

The notion that humans are obsessed with sex is all but an axiom. Every society on earth possesses its own sets of customs and taboos regarding sexuality, with some cultivating its expression and others suppressing or controlling the prurient instinct as much as possible. Our society frowns on adultery, considering the practice an insult to the sanctity of marriage, but Sarah Laskow at Atlas Obscura contends that American lawsagainst adultery were employed largely to enforce an altogether different setof taboos (NSFW). Rather than to avenge breaches of fidelity, adultery laws—which have been on the books and enforced as recently as the 1980s in some of the United States—served to punish female sexual expression as well as affections between people of different races.

On an entirely different but no less tawdry subject, Scott Mendleson at Forbes writes about why speculators on the upcoming Star Warsfilm’s profits are setting themselves (and us) up for disappointment.

Lastly, I came across a fascinating article while trying to determine if anyone else had written a novel that could be described as Renpunk. This blog post, by author Balogun O. Abeegunde, posits a name for a hypothetical genre of heroic fantasy set around the time of the Haitian Revolution. Mr. Abeegunde himself is, according to his bio, “one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk—a philosophy of or style of writing that combines the African and/or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy[.]” I had not heard of Steamfunk before, but I guarantee you I will be looking into the genre more intently, as well as Mr. Abeegunde’s blog, in the future.

That is all for today’s edition of Monday Links. Until next time, stay tuned! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Links: Daily Dose of Death, Deleterious Demonizing of Male Sexuality, and Chinese Ice Cream

After a long hiatus, Monday’s links return!

While a daily dose of death is hardly something most of us would consider pleasant, Diana Athill, in her article on the RadioTimes, opens with the thought that thinking about death a little bit each day is a good way to come to terms with its inevitability. Her article as a whole amounts to a thoughtful meditation on death, and overcoming the fear of it. I definitely recommend this take on humanity’s oldest conflict.

On more lively subjects, Alyssa Rose at the Good Men Project discusses how our demonization of male sexuality hurts women and men alike. As a man, this is an article I am very glad to see. I agree with her arguments, and would add that our culture more or less considers all sex to be rape. Sex—especially when men are involved—assumes the function of asserting social dominance over others. We all suffer the psychological ramifications of this dogma, which warps an aspect of ourselves that is instinctively linked to affection. Give this one a read, and mull it over.

Those of you who have seen Iron Man 3 know that fortune cookies look Chinese, and sound Chinese, but are actually an American invention. However, according to Civilization V’s Civlopedia, the world is even stranger than that. Ice cream may look American, sound American, and even taste American, but is, in fact, a Chinese invention, and over 4000 years old. This little bit of trivia is at the bottom of the page, but you’ll probably want to read through the reams of fascinating history before it anyway.

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I will be keeping to one update a week for the time being. Once work on the book, school, and my search for a day job resolve themselves sufficiently, I hope to return to my usual three updates per week.

Stay tuned, and see you next Monday!