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Quill to Parchment Award

Quill to Parchment Award

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QtP, QtP Award

Never even heard of Quill-to-Parchment before this...

Once again I have to thank   stmargaretswithout whose prodding this story would not have been written in the first place.

Does anyone know how to add a banner to the top of your site, or as a background?  (Yes, possibly I mean to add this one, but also Marta is doing a commission painting for me based on Counting to Five Thousand, and I might want to use that.)

  • Congratulations! Is now the time to mention that I may have nominated you? I'm very excited about seeing your commission painting for Counting to Five Thousand too.

    I have very limited CSS skills - I made the layout for firemuses but I'm not even sure I remember how I did that. There are some 'how to' LJ communities for that sort of thing which I used.
    • Oh, and the reason I nominated you (among such a bizarre selection of fics and authors) was simply in the hope that some of those who read at the other end of the fandom might start to realise what they're missing. I hope you get a whole new fan base to appreciate your brilliance.
      • Okay, so clearly I've got both Ros and Mary to thank. Consider yourselves warmly embraced.

        What is "the other end of fandom?" I did see that the whole QtP award process was primarily organized around different ships, and that they were mostly non-canon ships. One gets the impression that many people (most people?) who do fan fic do it in order to express their affection for their favorite ships -- which I really don't understand. (Well, okay, I do understand it to a point. I started reading fan fiction because of my silly anxiety over the fate of Harry & Ginny -- but not to reinforce my belief that it was the OTP.)

        I don't undertand CSS at all, so my skills are zero. How does one find an appropriate group to consult?
        • The 'other end of the fandom' is the dark, scary place where everyone's having graphic sex with the most unlikely characters, where the lists of warnings are longer than the stories themselves, where Brit-picking, beta-reading and canon-compliancy are dirty words, where productivity is a greater virtue than style, form or content...

          Need I go on? Not to say, of course, that all the other stories at QtP are like this. But you won't find many Quill authors nominated, for instance.
  • Congratulations! It's a great story and so far all sorts of people agree with me. :)

    I'll be looking at your comments to see if anyone can tell you how to add banners. I was wondering that myself.
  • I never heard of that site. Congratulations anyway. Very nice banner. That should draw more people to that story. As for banners, don't know how to make them, anything, etc.
  • Congratulations!! I'm glad your story is getting the recognition it deserves.

    Sorry, but I know nothing about banners. Did you try searching the LJ FAQs? I've figures out a lot of stuff from there.
    • Thanks, Annette. Yeah, I found out a thing or two. There's something called a "background image," which you can insert with relatively simple code, and which you can place in a particular location (e.g., top-right). I'm not sure how well that'd work for this. I may have to experiment.
      • I've figures out a lot of stuff...

        I hope you've figures out stuff, too!

        *head desk at typo*
  • Okay, here's what I know about banners.

    (1) You can't use them with one of the customised LJ layouts. You have to use the S1 style system for users who are comfortable with HTML and CSS (no, I don't know what CSS stands for).

    (2) This means that, unless you like lots of icons, you might as well be on the basic account without ads.

    (3) You'll need to have your banner uploaded somewhere like photobucket or flickr before you start.

    (4) There are some helpful LJ communities that will give you advice. Be warned - lots of them already assume you know a lot about what you're doing! I found these communities helpful, everything_lj, ljstyles and howto. That last is probably the place to start and then the others are good if you get stuck. What I mainly did was to find someone else's code and tinker with it, rather than trying to start from scratch.

    (5) This is a great tutorial on how to install an S1 layout once you've got some code to use. http://community.livejournal.com/gd_stuff/3846.html

    (6) If you have questions, I'm probably not the person to ask, but you're welcome to try!
    • So you went and looked this stuff up? Are you ever sweet!

      I may try this stuff out when I get a spare moment or two. First I want to see Marta's picture.
      • Marta's picture's bound to be gorgeous! Hers was the first fanart I ever fell in love with - even though it was H/G.
    • Right, I've been doing some proper research! (And playing with my own layout too). You can upload a banner with an S2 layout but it depends which basic layout you've chosen as to how customizable they are. If you've started with one of the very basic ones (such as Generator) then it's possible. This is easier than trying to learn the CSS to use S1 layouts. Probably you don't want a background image that repeats so you'll need to set that up. In this case you'll want s2howto to give you the help you'll need.
      • My goodness, when you get your teeth into a topic there's no stopping you, is there? Thanks a million, Ros; I'm sure I'll use it when I see Marta's picture.

        (She hasn't told me for sure which scene she's drawing (I told her to pick the one that moves her), but she thinks it'll be Ginevra serving Ned tea in the kitchen at Strangers' House.)
  • Congratulations! Well-earned—the award, that is. It's a wonderful story. :-)
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