Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Really Random Tuesday #73: Book Winners, Blogger Layout Issues, and a Few Fall Quotes

Uno, dos, tres!  I have three lucky winners to announce today.  Stacie, Carol M, and Gina D have each won a copy of The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio.  Congratulations!  I'll send those books out to you as soon as I get your mailing addresses.  It sounds like quite a captivating book and I hope to read my own copy of the book, (relatively) soon. If you didn't win this time, please take a look at the other book giveaways in my blog's sidebar.  I know, the book covers in my giveaway list are larger than usual; more about that next.


Suko's Notebook  ·  Layout


Is anyone else having layout problems in Blogger?  I've mentioned this already to a few of you, so please excuse any repetitiveness on my part if you've heard it before.  Specifically, I'm having a hard time with the Configure Image Gadget in Layout, which used to work easily and perfectly.  Now, suddenly, I'm getting a message that I need to include a title ("required field must not be left blank") when I try to save images, and the size of images is larger than it used to be, so the book covers are not of uniform size.  I've figured out how to bypass adding a title and will continue to do this if I absolutely need to, but it used to work without this hassle.  As a courtesy to my readers, I list book giveaways in my right sidebar, and that's what's being affected by this.  I'm not sure if Blogger made some permanent changes (I hope not!), or if this is just a temporary glitch of some sort.  Sometimes, these issues resolve themselves within a few days, and I'm hoping that will be the case with this, because it's been a pain to contend with.  Thank you for letting me vent about this!  Is anyone else having similar problems?  I hope someone at Blogger reads this and that it will work the way it used to soon.


Autumn officially started on September 22.  In my neck of the woods, Southern California, we had one day of cool fall weather, autumn's "opening day", but yesterday was hot.  It should be a bit cooler today, though, thankfully.  Regardless of the actual weather, it is fall, so I'm posting a few quotes from authors about this time of the year to help put us all in the mood for the days ahead.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~ Albert Camus

"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
~ George Eliot 

“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”
~ Jane Austen, Persuasion


Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related matters you can think of.  I often announce book winners in these posts.  If you have miscellaneous book news to gather up and are inspired by this idea, "grab" the button for use on your own blog, then add your link to the "master" Mister Linky on the Really Random Tuesday page

As always, thanks for reading! 


  1. Hi Suko! So excited! I sent an email to you with my address! Thank you!!!

  2. Congrats to the winners; I liked that one.

    As for the blogger, gadget image - I'm not having any image issues, but them I am not positive that I tried that particular method of loading a photo lately either?? sorry

  3. Congratulations to the winners!

    I often have trouble whenever I try to play with the layout in Blogger. i have not played with it in so long that I am afraid that I am afraid I cannot be much help unfortunately.

  4. I have not had problems with images on blogger. I hope it resolves itself soon though. I enjoyed your quotes. Have a great Fall.

  5. Love your photograph of the gourds!

  6. I also love your photo! And the fall quotes are great. Thanks for sharing! Pinning now!

  7. Congrats to the winners. Nice quotes too. Blogger used to drive me crazy at times. I must admit I find Wordpress much better.

    It's been cool fall weather here. I doubt we will get any more warm days but maybe. I hope so!

  8. I haven't had problems with images on Blogger. But I know how frustrating computer problems can be. Hope you resolve your issue quickly.

  9. Congrats to the winners! I like the picture of the gourds. I hope you get the issue with Blogger sorted out!
    And lastly, nice quotes, I especially like the Persuasion one.

  10. re: image gadget in blooger...

    Ahh, so its not just me!

    Yes, it now insist on a title, which is pointless!

    Further, any image I upload has the colours changed!

    Existing images are fine (added months ago)..and have no title in them.

    *I am setting up a new blog, and only just noticed this issue.

    If you find a fix...let me know please!

    I guess I could just hot link an image in from another site/directory, but I'd rather not.

  11. Thanks for these beautiful quotes... and tomatoes. Did they grew in your garden ?

  12. Well done and happy reading to your winners.

    Autumn is possibly my favourite season - not too cold, not too warm and I love the changing colour of the trees.

  13. I love your quotes! Autumn is my favorite season, although it still seems like summer in Wisconsin these days!

    I have been having a host of problems with Blogger as well. I keep reporting the problems to goggle, but it doesn't seem to help. It sounds like you are having the exact same problem as me. I've been using firefox instead of internet explorer and that has helped.

    I hope you are enjoying your fall!


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