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The evolution of The Game of Hope

On November 2, 2011 (the day before my birthday), my agent, Jackie Kaiser, called to tell me that I’d been made a very tempting offer by Penguin to write two YA novels. One was to be about Josephine’s daughter Hortense, and the second was...
From: Baroque Explorations on 10 Apr 2018

Inside out: not unlike the writing process

I adore this trailer for the new Disney movie Inside Out: It reminds me of all the voices in my head when writing a scene: Why would she do that? What are the others thinking? Someone, do something!!! I’m excited this morning about...
From: Baroque Explorations on 13 Dec 2014

New covers for The Shadow Queen and a suitcase of research books

  Tra la! Here’s The Shadow Queen cover for the U.S. Anchor paperback edition, coming out in January: It’s almost identical to the hardcover cover, which pleases me very much, since it is so very striking, my favourite cover ever. I am...
From: Baroque Explorations on 8 Nov 2014

Travel-lag, research-lag, To-Do-List-lag

Update! We’re back from a trip to London and Paris—I’ve a lot to absorb! No wonder I feel so “lagged” (not just jet-lagged). Today I began the read/edit of the 4th draft of The Game of Hope. I always think I can whip through...
From: Baroque Explorations on 7 Oct 2014

Why Amazon/Kindle is leader of the pack

My on-going adventure into e-book publishing has been eye-opening. Although I didn’t do even a fraction of it myself, setting up an account on Amazon/Kindle seemed relatively easy (once I got through the hurdle of the tax-exempt forms required...
From: Sandra Gulland on 2 Oct 2012

E-book publishing: why book categories are important

Forgive me—this is going to be a bit of an academic post.  But first, the good news: last night, four INK e-book publications made the UK Amazon top 100 list for Biographical Fiction. They were the three Trilogy titles, and the one Trilogy omnibus...
From: Sandra Gulland on 14 Sep 2012

Deadline crazy!

Sorry to have been summer silent. I’ve been revising The Next Novel (last draft!), and launching Sandra Gulland Ink (so exciting), plus all the usual end-of-August fun. We’ve moved back from the lake into our log house, and I’ve confronted...
From: Sandra Gulland on 2 Sep 2012

Starting up: the procrastination method for getting things done

It never fails to surprise me: starting to write (or rewrite) has stages—and the first stage is resistance, otherwise known as procrastination.  Everyone knows the expression “like pulling teeth.” Getting back into the world of a novel...
From: Sandra Gulland on 17 Aug 2012

The thrill of cutting book pages

Have you ever had to cut the pages of an old book in order to read it? It’s like venturing into virgin territory, a frontier. It never fails to thrill.  I’m head-over-heels charmed by the “packaging” of Merilyn Simonds‘...
From: Sandra Gulland on 14 Aug 2012

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.