Grace, Karenlee Thompson

This is me practicing block editing on Karenlee, whose Grace has just been shortlisted for The Scottish Arts Trust Short Story Award 2020 (as notified by Lisa) – Do you like the pop-up menu when you highlight text? Very Word for Windows, but it WON’T GO AWAY.

First I DuckDuckGo “Grace Karenlee Thomson” and select Images. There’s no cover of course so here’s Karenlee booksigning at Stanthorpe. I like my images all the same size – longest dimension 420 – but there’s no sidebar for the dimensions to appear in so I am left guessing. The image sits in the centre of the draft but in the preview is left aligned. Why!

Further searching uncovers that the book being signed is her debut novel 8 States of Catastrophe (Lisa’s review) in 2011.

So, Grace. Grace is a clever short story built around the old children’s rhyme

Monday's child is fair of face
Tuesday's child is full of grace
Wednesday's child is full of woe
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Yes, I used a verse block (thankyou Melanie) but if there’s a way of indenting it – always in the top menu in the classic editor – then it’s beyond me. (Though I see that it is automatically indented one character). I preview, and the text for the poem is large typewriter. Can I HTML? Yes. I try deleting part of the code and lose the block. I copy the text into Word (from Wiki), convert it to Calibri and copy it in. As you see, no change.

Press on. Karenlee starts with Wednesday’s child Marika, who works hard at three jobs and dreams of living in the Greek Islands from whence came her family. Thursday’s child is Billy, a vego. Friday, Derek, a father. Each day a new ‘child’, a dozen lines.

Just when you are thinking this is an interesting conceit but is it going anywhere, it does. Tuesday’s child – Grace of course – pulls it all together. Delightful. Read it here (pressing Read More downloads a pdf).

. (what I really want is a blank block to give the appearance of double spacing)

Grace, Karenlee Thompson, 2020

And now Categories and Tags. The left side of the editor is taken up by block options. Go Away! I click the coggy thing, upper right. Blocks go away and now I have a menu on the right. Click Post. Ok, there we are.

25 thoughts on “Grace, Karenlee Thompson

  1. I think it’s all there Bill – just in a different place. Karen loves block editor best for its management of images so the flexibility you are talking about hast to be there. I tore my hair out about images on our travel blog – about inline images. It’s about choosing the right block as I recollect? However, it’s a year since I’ve used it so I can’t recall the technique. (PS I did do a quote – I don’t do much in the travel blog – and as I recollect it was nearly as ugly as yours is above. Something else to research!)

    I suggest that while you are in iso you do some of the block editor tutorials! That’s what Mr Gums kept telling me to do as I whinged, and whined, and grumbled, and generally made him cranky. I still haven’t but I know they are are there and that I should. Yes, I know, why SHOULD we have to but, you know, we probably have no choice so we may as well just get on with it.

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    • Your presentation of both sides of the argument leaves me with little left to say. Tutorials are a good approach but eat into limited reading time. I might continue with fumbling experimentation but keep it to myself (for a change).

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      • Haha Bill. Both sides of the argument is my speciality! I don’t like doing tutorials either… Though, logically, doing them may solve problems faster and provide more reading time. I rather like the challenge of experimentation though… To a point. PS do keep sharing.

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  2. Oh, I am so thankful that I don’t have a WordPress.com blog right now. Yes, at some point I’ll need to use the block editor, but for now I shall avoid it like the plague. XD I hope that you’re able to adapt soon, Bill. That’s so frustrating, I’m sure. While your post might not be formatted how you want, it’s still totally legible and readable. And that’s really what matters!

    This isn’t a rhyme I’m familiar with, but I do like the way she was inspired to write a new child for each day of the week. I’ll definitely check out the linked story. Thanks, Bill.

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  3. The way the verse block looks depends on the theme you’ve chosen for your blog. Each one has its own features. When I look at my review of Fat Girl Finishing school, I see it’s definitely in a small paragraph, but it doesn’t indent on mine, either.

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    • Yes, in my travel blog I used the “Quote” block and it indented. Also, if I’m in Edit mode on the blog and click on the block in question, there is an Edit as HTML option. It’s under the three stacked dots. At least it is in the version on my blog. Our theme is GeneratePress.

      I think the block editor is actually pretty powerful. We just have to get used to it.

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      • My last reply was to Melanie but I guess it applies to you too. I couldn’t see HTML while using a classic block, and I couldn’t see indent for instance while using the block editor, but I guess they’ll turn up eventually as I keep writing/posting. My theme is Big Brother I think. I chose it on the very first day and have never really looked into changing it.

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      • Haha – well, I think it applies to me too but perhaps your answer didn’t quite. (That’s the problem when you get notifications re comments on a blog, rather than on the blog itself, and can’t quite tell what the comment relates to. I’ll be more circumspect in future!)

        My WP theme on my blog is Vigilance – and was the second theme I chose, but I’ve had it more most of my blog. I don’t think it is supported anymore so I fear that when I am forced onto Block Editor I won’t be able to use it. I should probably change it over but each time I look I can’t see one that I like as much.

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    • I scuttled back to classic block for today’s review. I still feel ambushed but it’s not too different from what we had before. But I will try the block edit occasionally – I’m interested in tables and picture galleries.

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  4. Look at you, experimenting and finding new functionality (or rediscovering old functionality): nothing holdin’ you back now. 😉 Like you, I initially resist the additional time it takes to adjust to this kind of change, but once I’ve explored the nooks and crannies I often find myself preferring the updated version. I use a specific theme for BIP called Avada which incorporates its own options along with giving the choice of both the classic editor and the block editor, at the top of each post. Most recently it has introduced a fourth option, a “Live” version along with these three…it looks like a whole new world and I’ll have to work up the gumption to experiment, but doesn’t the word ‘live’ simply seem off-putting? LOL But as Sue has said, might as well get on with it because it is what it is.

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    • I hadn’t even achieved putting text and image side by side in the classic editor, so heaven knows what progress I’ll make in the new one. But I’ve chosen to put off my next trip for a week or so, so that should give me time to experiment, especially as I am forbidden to socialise.

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