First: NEWS! The site will be going down, likely Friday and Saturday of this week, so that final preparations can be made to launch the new design. There’s a lot of databases that need to be mounted, yo. Lots of ‘em.
Here’s a bit of inspiration for you: via Maureen Johnson’s twitter feed, A reminder about what really matters by Kirstan Hoffman:
The books and authors who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones thatyou connected with, the ones that moved you on the merit of their prose, characters and stories. Not the ones that someone told you were good or worthy. Because the success given by others is never as enduring as the success bestowed by our own hearts.
Her advice is for writers, but I think it also applies to readers – you like the authors you like, not the ones you are told to like or you “should” like. And that’s ok.
I linked to this on Twitter but I wanted to share it here, too: suffering from sore wrists or carpal tunnel? The stretches in this video have really worked to help me out, as has rearranging how and where I sit. The stretches in the video have done a good bit to help the pain I was feeling, and to seek out other stretches that can help me out.
Plus, the guy doing the demo is adorable and especially the part about the physicist.
Disclaimer: that dude is no more a doctor than I am. This isn’t medical advice. It’s Boing Boing, for heaven’s sake. If you’re in serious pain, see your doctor or a physical therapist, and take good care of yourself, please!
Liz French at RT Book Reviews reviewed EIKAL, even though it’s not a romance, and even though they don’t review nonfiction. And, if pressed, she would give EIKAL four stars. WOW! Thank you!
Here are some heroes, via my friend, IL#2: truckers who transport rescue animals for Operation Roger, a non profit rescue organization.
There’s also Pilots and Paws, which links pilots and plane owners with shelters who need to transport animals to new homes.
My own dogs, Buzz & Zeb, rode to Jersey from Arkansas in a retrofitted Winnebago that takes animals from kill shelters in Arkansas and brings them to the northeast to adoptive homes. The gentleman driving the Wiinnebago was a lot like the men described in the article – terse to the humans, but incredibly kind and patient to the dogs.
There are some amazing men doing animal rescue out there. On behalf of my furry southern gentlemen, thanks, guys.
Finally, if you missed it again, the site will be down for a day or two while we redesign and relaunch. So get ready for Bitchery 3.0!