As you know, if you have followed me for more than a month, that I have a Synopsis section for my book reviews. You will also know that some of those are taken from other sites so that I don’t have to waste precious brain power on it. The Wheel of Time books are a great example. They’re also the perfect example of the problem that is. Look how long that synopsis is. Who even wants to bother scrolling through that much text? Not me. But so far I have been stymied and you have been forced to scroll and scroll.

But stymied I am NO MORE!!!! The Details html code has come to my rescue. My lurking around the WordPress forums (where I am banned) has paid off big time. When I write a long synopsis, I now know I can go into the code editor (instead of the visual editor which is the standard option) and add (details) blah, blah, blah, blah(/details) and it should hide it. Of course, changing the “( & )” with “< & >”. Let me show you the magic.

So why the anime picture instead of a naked Archimedes? Firstly, because the anime is called Eureka Seven and secondly, showing pictures of scrawny, old naked guys doesn’t happen on this blog.

So, that should have worked. Click on the little arrow to reveal the secrets of the universe and be amazed. I’ll keep playing around with it just to make sure there are no hiccups.

Cheers! Feel free to celebrate that you will no longer be subjected to 6 page long synopses

26 thoughts on “Eureka!

    1. See, I think that’s the defining line. I’m not a critic nor do I claim to be or even want to be one. I wouldn’t even want to do this for anything other than a hobby. Because then it would be work and would ruin it for me.

      Plus, I want to be able to re-read my synopsis in 5 years so I can remember what the story was about without having to read the whole book. And that mean’s it full of spoilers, hence why it gets it’s own section because I acknowledge that not everyone wants to be spoiled that way.

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    1. Like I told Dave, I actually did this for myself after I had to scroll past one of my WoT reviews to find something on my home page 😀

      I include a synopsis so I can read that in 5-10 years instead of re-reading the book. A big time saver 😉

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    1. So THAT’S what anchor points are. I’ve seen the word but haven’t explored any. When I first started using blogger back in ’04 or ’05 I was all about messing around and exploring. Now, I tend to stumble across things and then test them forever before actually using.

      Glad you’re able to get some functionality out of the anchors. Off the top of my head I’m not sure what I’d use it for myself.

      That being said, I haven’t begun trying to organize my site at all. I have a feeling once all my reviews are in their own posts that I’ll be doing something similar to what you have and then yeah, I can see that being very helpful.

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      1. There are ways to add anchor points by using the side menu for editing the blocks, but it is much more confusing than going straight into the html, which is rather straightforward. I think they are great for long running posts or static pages with lots of information, like an index.

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  1. Great idea! Some stuff you review I already know, some – I don’t want spoiled – and I confess I often did scroll through the synapsis…

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    1. I did find that if you try to use it on multiple paragraph blocks that when you go to publish it it throws up an error asking you “resolve it”. I ignored that and it still scheduled the post and the details arrow still worked. However, it does mean I’ll be using the classic block for the synopsis to avoid that.

      Hope it works out well for you!

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  2. I actually like both synopsis and thoughts, the first because I wouldn’t normally read some of the books you do so it’s interesting to get an overview, and the second because you’re funny (oh yes, and I do like to discover what you think about the novel and why)

    On a completely separate note, I am reading the first Dickens that I’m enjoying beyond anything: Nicholas Nickleby. Usually I’m lukewarm but this time is different. Aren’t you proud of me?

    P.S. I will be contacting you for coding lessons. 😉

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about following someone who reads stuff you never will. I have a handful of people I follow just like that 😀

      Hey, glad to hear that you are enjoying Nickleby! I AM proud of you 😀
      While I doubt this will turn you into a Dickens fan like me, I am glad you’ve found one that is working so wll.

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      1. I like using the read-more button which hides most of the review on the home page. It’s easier to scroll through reviews on blogs because then they’re condensed.

        I would actually like to read quite a few books that you’ve reviewed, however I have so many books ahead of them priority-wise, I can’t see getting to them before my seventies. However, you have inspired me slot in a few future must-reads: Dune, Patricia McKillip, etc.

        I might just become a Dickens fan. Something just opened up for me with this read. And I do still have Bleak House and Great Expectations to come (as well as Oliver Twist), so perhaps a good finish will make me a fan. We’ll see …..

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        1. I don’t like the read-more button mainly because it forces an extra click on me when I’m perusing a new person’s site. Once I decide I like their stuff and follow them, it doesn’t matter. But I like to scroll and explore a new person’s site and the read more button is too much effort. Hahahahaha 🙂

          If nothing else, Dune and McKillip. I’d even let Dickens go if you’d get to those 😀

          Well, if/when you read more Dickens I guess you’ll be finding out. I hope you do though 🙂


    1. It makes me wonder what else I could do at WP using html that’s approved that I have zero idea about. Not sure I care enough to go looking though 😀

      But I like hanging out at the forums, so that doesn’t count, hahahahahaa.

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