It’s been a busy week at Lake Grieve-Not
So you come into a bit of money and think maybe you’re on a roll, but it turns out the only roll you’re on is a bread roll, smothered in onions and about to go on a hot griddle to warm up in preparation for a slice of bacon and loads of unnameable sauce. Good job I bought me a ketchup gun.
I was also going to buy a vacuum cleaner, a cajon and a ticket for the Trans-Siberian Railway, but the best-planned lays and all that …
‘Cos between all the work being admin wallah for four competitions, teeth have gone wrong on me and expensive, gifted phones have gone awol. So that’s a few grand to sort out those problems. Two removals with the possibility of expensive implantation, possibly in Poland.
But in the midst of all this self-pity, I thought I should enlarge on those competitions I just mentioned.
Yes, as an eminence chauve of the Scottish Art Club, and one of the few members who can spell IT, your humble blogger gets to receive, collate, file and distribute for judging the entries to our ever-growing portfolio of fun competitions. And you, gentle reader, might well be a potential enterer. If you write, paint or photograph, that is.
If short stories are your thing, you’re too late. Sorry. The Short Story Competition closed for entries a couple of weeks ago, keeping me up all night as the last flood came in.
But if even shorter stories, aka Flash Fiction are more your style, and you have any masterpieces of 250 words or fewer, you might want to check out the website…
But maybe you makes pics of people? With cameras, pencils or paintbrushes … even marble and chisels? In that case, the glorious Scottish Portrait Awards, now in its second year after an amazingly successful start in 2017, is calling for entries. And of course we has a site for that too, where you can have a look at the stuff that did well before and see if you think you have what it takes to win a big prize and a high profile.
And what’s kept me busy for the last few days is the arcane subject of embedded forms. It has made life a lot easier and led to fewer problems (and disqualifications) for entrants, having a form to fill in, rather than asking them to attach umpteen things to an email. But it ain’t plain sailing, no no no. The compromise of using a service to build and embed the form does mean accepting limitations a laboriously hand-coded solution could avoid (eg we can’t limit the file types of attachments, which is easy enough in php code). And it doesn’t handle mobile devices separately, which can lead to formatting issues. But who the hell wants to write stories on a phone?
But on the whole, the form facility offered by the lovely people at Wufoo (though on occasion I have called them similar-sounding but ruder names) is a boon and their support people have been top-notch, so I’d recommend them.
The problem we had, though, was that some users found they couldn’t see the whole form. No submit button. So they paid their moneys, which I immediately spent on riotous living (or teeth), and found they couldn’t send me no stories. Or pictures. Whatevs.
And it turns out that’s cos the embed code has a ‘height’ parameter. Plenty for most windows on most kit, but insufficient for narrow screens that bunched up the info.
So that got fixed but now most users have an acre of blank space after the submit button. Fuck it, they can live with that.
And maybe I can get some of my own writing done, while I anticipate the terror of next week’s lower right six extraction and worry about the infection down the side of the upper right five.
Life, eh? Who’d have it?