I have tamed the beast

“Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.”

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Isn’t that the truth? I think we’re back to a functional format. Yesterday I snuck out to buy more cold medicine and things like- food when my phone started giving me what seemed like 8000 alerts. That was strange since I had left the blog in a state of disrepair. I downloaded a new theme, left for my errands and had intended on messing around with it at some point that day. Instead, I unloaded the groceries and sat down for 4 hours trying to undo the damage that I had created.

My plan to self-host and upgrade the blog stems from a desire to have full control over my content. I knew there would be a learning curve. I did not expect it to be so steep and at a time when my family obligations were overwhelming. If you have kids with asthma, you’ll know that when they are struggling to breathe- that is where your entire mind resides.

I did enjoy the gibberish that was filler in those fake posts- Blue bottle aesthetic asymmetrical could be my new band name.

In the process of moving, I lost a lot of followers, and I have to move each post back over and republish it. I’m just going to do that as time allows. I knew I was going to have to do this eventually and better now than a year from now when I’d have twice as many posts. It’s like pulling off a band-aid. Now that it’s off I can actually get started. Thank you for your patience!

In other news, the Cybils were announced this morning. I was involved in the first round of MG YA nonfiction, and we had to narrow down the nominated books to a shortlist of five.

Middle-Grade Non-Fiction

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

by Caren Stelson
Carolrhoda Books

Nominated by: Amanda Snow

“What happened to me must never happen to you.” – Sachiko Yasui

Young Adult Non-Fiction

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland
Amulet

Nominated by: Patricia Tilton

Audiobooks

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

by Adam Gidwitz
Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey.
Listening Library

Nominated by: Katy Kramp

I had nothing to do with the audiobooks, but I was just thrilled to see that this was the winner. I’ll review it here soon.