Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- After my friend Liz mentioned in a post that Bloglovin’ has been down lately, I did some poking around and discovered that Bloglovin’ has been taken over by the company Impact.com and rolled into Activate Social, which connects influencers and brands and doesn’t seem to have any of Bloglovin’s features. In other online goings on, is anyone else annoyed with the recent updates to Canva? Now there’s all kinds of stupid things popping up in the way. Just let me make my graphics and leave me alone!
- I used Zoom for the very first time this week (gasp!) for a call with the lovely Danei Edelen, who is the president of NAMI Brown County. I met her here on the blog while I was in hospital, and while I don’t live in Brown County, Ohio, or even the US, it was nice to have a chat with some other folks dealing with mental illness (including a fellow Canadian). The next Zoom call is on April 28, and if anyone is interested in joining in, pop over to Danei’s blog to say hi.
- Back when I first published A Brief History of Stigma, Amazon took issue with the cover being too distressing and wouldn’t allow me to advertise it, so I came up with an alternate cover to use for the Kindle edition. Amazon also has this thing for paperbacks called “expanded distribution” that allows other booksellers and libraries and stuff to order your book. I just discovered recently that the stigma book paperback isn’t eligible for expanded distribution. I figured it was probably the same issue with the illustrated girl in a cage cover being too distressing, so I decided to switch everything over to the alternate bird flying out of a cage cover. I emailed Amazon to ask about this, and got a response from someone who clearly didn’t read any of the words in my email beyond “expanded distribution.” After asking for an actual response, I had someone tell me that it wasn’t the cover at all, it was the images inside the book, meaning I didn’t need to change the cover. Oh well, I guess it’s better for all editions to have the same cover, and the old cover was showing up really washed out in the Amazon paperback listing. Just goes to show that assumptions are not reliable information.
- I discovered from my friend Josh that there’s this thing called WorldCat that lets you see if your book is in any libraries. My first three books made it into a few college libraries, which I thought was pretty cool, but also a bit weird that they would consider a self-published rando to be in any way reliable. I like the word rando, and seeing Paula use it regularly has increased my use of it.
- I found a t-shirt that I lost probably 8 years ago. It always seemed so strange to me that I had managed to lose a piece of clothing, but it turned out it was behind a piece of furniture. I suspect there are probably multiple items, particularly socks, behind my clothes washer/dryer. It’s in a closet and I’m fairly sure I would injure both myself and it if I tried to pull it out, so the socks will have to stay where they are.
- My concentration remains quite bad, and I find I’m often having to read things multiple times before they sink in (if they sink in at all). My appetite is still low, which is mildly concerning, because that’s generally pretty well managed with meds. At the same time, me losing a bit of excess psych med weight is a good thing. So it’s on my radar, but no alarm bells quite yet.
This is Peanut the guinea pig all settled in and comfy sitting on my chest. For the first few minutes I have him out with me he’ll stand there on his little feet, and then eventually he’ll sit himself down and snuggle in. He always points his head in the same direction, towards the window. He’s a farty little boy, and not long after this picture was taken, he started lettin’ ‘er rip. He’s the only guinea pig I’ve ever had who’s been a fart monster. I like to call him Peanut Potato, because doesn’t he look potato-shaped?
How has your week been?