BHS Blogress Report: 2020, Week 25 – Unnecessary Headaches

Week 25 – Unnecessary Headaches

I was afraid this would happen. The following primarily applies to my DeviantArt readers, and I regret to inform you that it’s not good news.

As with most things, I tried to give DA Eclipse the benefit of the doubt. Sure, it’s ugly, buggy, and a needless “upgrade” to a system that worked reasonably well most of the time, but after a couple weeks using it, I got the hang of it well enough.

Then came this week, when I tried to submit the new chapter of Shattered Skies.

I’m sorry to say that Eclipse’s literature submission system is nigh-unworkable. Not only are there barely any options to format text, not only does it not save drafts, not only is there no cover art or text search function anymore, but it doesn’t even recognize friggin’ HTML coding. Not even the basic stuff. And when I tried copying and pasting already formatted text into it, I got this mess:

No line breaks and no indents. As far as I know, there isn’t even an option to center text.

This is quite simply unacceptable, and I’ve sent a strongly worded note to DA informing them of such. DA being DA, I don’t expect it will ever see the light of day, but.

Since the vast majority of what I post on DA is literature, and going back and trying to manually insert every line break where it’s needed is a massive headache waiting to happen, I don’t see many other options here. I’m going to have to submit files that are blank save for the URLs for new chapters. I hate to have to resort to this, but I can’t simply stop posting here and I can’t leave DA altogether, so until the submission system gets fixed (don’t hold your breath), this is how it’s got to be.

In any case. Shattered Skies Chapter 48 is up, I’ll have the file with the links posted soon. Please try to bear with me.

– BHS

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