Napoleon’s Pyramids by William Dietrich
When I was a kid, I adored Ancient Egypt and read everything I could find on the mythology and the culture. A book that combined my love for Ancient Egypt with my natural love for Napoleonic France (every single slight about French martial ability fades with Napoleon in the picture) was just begging for me to read it. Even before I finished it, I knew someone was getting this for Christmas.
When I was a wee lass, I taught myself HTML because of Neopets. Neopets is a website where you can have digital pets and play games, and it was huge for me and my friends when I was little. For each pet, you got your very own little web page to play around with. A dear friend of mine and I spent a great deal of time working on ours. She’s only gotten better at HTML as time has passed; I think I’ve forgotten a great deal of what I learned. (Any further attempts to learn any other type of coding have absolutely failed.)
Still, I know enough to be able to code posts by hand whenever WordPress is acting up, and I thought it might be nice to provide a refresher for everyone this morning. WordPress, in HTML mode, does provide a great deal of the basic HTML you need for blogging via buttons you simply need to press before and after words, but I think it’s useful to know the coding yourself.
This past week, I started two proofreading gigs–one at my school newspaper and one at Distributed Proofreaders. Distributed Proofreaders is a website where registered volunteers help convert books in the public domain into e-books by proofreading the digitized text. There’s several rounds of proofreading and formatting, and at the end of it all, the book is added to Project Gutenberg.
We’re going to take a look at the first books in two historical mystery series–perhaps they will get me back into mystery after my self-imposed exile from the genre?