Administrative postity post (aka dealing with the IE issue)

standard December 11, 2009 1 response

Just a few quick things then we’ll go back to our usual literary brilliance. Heh.

1) If you usually read this blog in Internet Explorer, I’m sorry. I had heard rumors that there were issues opening posts, but I hadn’t been able to replicate the problem on this end. I have now replicated the problem and I am baffled. I emailed Karen of the awesome blog design to see if she might have some insight as to how I might have broken the blog. Let’s all hope she can fix it. (Or say, one of you super smart, super savvy people can help. Anyone? Ben? Anyone?)*
In the meantime can I entreat you to try Firefox maybe? Or Chrome? I love the former and I’ve heard great things about the latter. I promise to post an update when we’re back on track.

2) If you happen to be on Facebook and you’re in any way interested in the novel I have been writing, I’d love it if you would join the Facebook Fan Page I created last week. As you know, I’m on a quest to publish my first novel. One day it will be my author fan page. In the meantime it’s all about my journey to get there!

Writing a book is like raising a child. I’m going to need my village to help me to get it off the ground.

Also, I might post tiny snippets from the novel here and there. Fun!

3) I have been nominated for a couple blog awards. I would be honored and touched if you might vote for me. I’m putting the buttons right here for your voting convenience! (Thank you. Really. It means a lot to me. And I’m not saying that because you’re pretty.)

My site was nominated for Best Parenting Blog!
My site was nominated for Best Blog Design!
My site was nominated for Best Humor Blog!
My site was nominated for Best Blog of All Time!

*Edited to add: Well, dagnabit. It’s not a problem with just my blog. It’s a well known issue with Internet Explorer. I’m going to have to play a bit with the sidebar items to see if I can fix it. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. The blog does open correctly in all other browsers…

Aching to get this year started

standard January 6, 2009 1 response

The germs that plagued us over Christmas break have not loosened their hold on me yet. The girls are healthy again, but I’m not sure I’ve gotten any better since we got home. In fact it’s very possible that I’ve gotten worse.

There’s nothing serious, nothing I could even take to a doctor, but I’m most definitely not myself yet. My voice keeps crapping out on me, my lungs go from feeling fine to aching and back to fine, my nose runs on and off, and tonight I have a headache. There’s really no winning.

I shouldn’t complain too much, my nights are stuffy nose and cough free, so at least I’m getting some sleep, but my days are a big haze of longing for my couch and my bed. I’m anxious to kick this thing so I can jump start 2009 and get all my big plans underway.

Big, big plans. This is the year that…

…I finally declutter and organize our home. It’s not going to be easy and it’s not going to be fast, but by God this place is going to look better before the summer rolls around if it kills me. I will have a bedroom free of boxes, piles, and laundry. I will have a home that makes me feel serene rather than overwhelmed.

…I write my book. I have three book projects underway. Two are definitely on the back burner, but one is itching to get written and has a good chance of actually being good. What’s for sure is that no one is going to buy a book that’s sitting in my head and I’m the only one who can get it out. So out it needs to come.

…I overcome my self sabotaging tendencies. The only thing that’s keeping me from relative success is myself. I don’t know if it’s fear of success or fear of failure that paralyzes me, but something in me fosters the crippling procrastination that’s keeping me from realizing my goals, and frankly, that has to stop.

…I write and sell an article to a magazine. I’m halfway there. The article pitch has been accepted, now I just need to write the thing and see it published.

…I’m nominated for a blog award. I need your help for this one and I’m not ashamed to beg for it. If you have a spare moment I would really appreciate a nomination to the 2009 Weblog Awards. It would mean a lot to me to see an underdog running alongside some of the better known bloggers out there. You know, especially if the underdog is me! I nominated a bunch of lesser known bloggers, let’s see how many best kept secrets we can expose this year! Please click on the link and nominate away!

There are other things I want to work on like my attitude and self esteem, but I think that’s enough to go on for now. So you see? I need to kick these germs to the curb so I can get going! Because one thing is for sure, sitting on the couch drowning my ick in Fage yogurt mixed with Nesquik isn’t getting me any closer to reaching any of those goals. Though it is yum, so that’s a plus.

Anyway, send healthy vibes my way, and pretty, pretty please go forth and nominate so that at least something gets done. Pretty please? With Fage and Nesquik on top?