Wednesday

Learning a Little Lemurian

In the excerpt on Monday, the kids found a record in Ancient Lemurian. As part of my all things Lemurian this week, I thought I'd share with the world what Lemurian looks like and how you too can type phrases in Lemurian.

At this link here, you can see examples of actual Lemurian texts and download a font that lets you type in Lemurian. Now I realize that most of you who read my blog are a little old for this kind of thing, but it's really popular with kids. They like to give each other messages in code.

This would be an example of a relatively easy marketing tool. Since I already had Adobe Illustrator, I merely had to get a fairly inexpensive font creator. What's even better is that now I can make all sorts of fonts for all sorts of projects.

Once the font is made, it's then really easy (and free) to distribute. You just stick it on your website. And like I had mentioned before, kids (and some adults) love these kinds of playthings. It's another way to link people to your book.

Another way to use this font as a marketing tool, is to use as part of a contest. In October, we'll be giving away book sets based on kids' abilities to decode messages posted around the web.

Monday

A Promised Preview

Last week I promised to provide everyone with a preview of some of the books coming out this year. This week, because it's the one I've been working on, I'm going to show off The Navel of the World and all things Lemurian.

To read the first chapter, click here.

Intrigued by what you read? The Navel of the Worldcomes out in October.

And if you aren't already acquainted with Benjamin and his friends, look them up in the first book of the series, The Emerald Tablet.

Friday

Something else I've been doing

One of my goals for this year is to relaunch my personal website Madeline Smoot.com. As you probably saw if you just clicked over, it's horrendously out of date and awfully childish. I want a more mature, adult look for the site I present to the world.

So, I'm thinking of going with something more like this.

Now that page is just a test. The links go nowhere at the moment (except for my blog), and I still haven't gotten my posted excerpts from my blog to show up. Oh, and you might have noticed that there isn't any actual information in the text block for the middle. However, it is something of visual interest to look at.

I would love to get feedback on the new look, especially if it does something wonky in your browser. Of course I've tested it in my browser at different screen resolutions, but I don't have every browser ever made. If you do comment, please let me know your browser type and screen resolution (if you know it). My stat tracker can tell me the number of people who use what, but they won't link it to an individual comment.

I appreciate any and all comments. And since I'm doing this myself, I can directly incorporate the stuff you give me to think about without having to involve a designer. -- One of the few benefits of doing everything yourself.