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January 21, 2011

Many thanks to the person who nominated me for Five Star Friday; I was there once before, too, and both times I’ve tried to cut and paste the little badge onto my own website to show my gratitude and appreciation, to no avail.

It’s polite to link back, and I’d like very much to–can someone who understands WordPress better than I send me an email (or leave a comment) walking me through this? I also wanted to do a post on the books I’ve been reading (per a few reader requests) and wanted to insert links to (they would pay me in fragments of Amazon credit, I believe, every time one of you clicked through to buy one of my suggestions, which seems like a nice circle-of-life thing–my recommending books that you buy feeds my insatiable need to buy more books, which I then recommend, which some of you buy und so weiter.) But I can’t figure out how to do that, either. Can anyone advise?

Anyway, I am moved to extremes of sappiness by your comments and the fact that you–strangers! all over the place!–are reading this website. Thank you so much. This is the only writing I’ve ever done–and I’ve done lots of writing in my life–that I’ve truly enjoyed. Writing is usually torture–I like reading what I’ve written, after it’s all finished, but actually writing? Agony. Except here. I’m so grateful to all of you.

UPDATE: Schmutzie herself sent me instructions about the badge, so I think it’s up (though perhaps it’s not in the right spot?) But I’m still mystified by the Amazon links, which I’d like to insert directly into my next post, if possible. So I’m still soliciting advice….

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Simona permalink
    January 22, 2011 4:21 am

    I like your blog a lot, thank you so much for writing it. And all the best to you. I delurk because for the first time I might say something else than everybody else: it’s called “und so weiter” in german. Please don’t take offense, just trying to be helpful.

  2. irretrievablybroken permalink*
    January 22, 2011 9:37 am

    Duly corrected. Danke! And no offense taken at all.

  3. January 22, 2011 4:24 pm

    I feel the same way about blogging. It is writing that I actually enjoy doing, and I really love to read what you write. You have a gift with words.

  4. Hawk permalink
    January 22, 2011 5:07 pm

    Two, no, three things!

    1- I just searched for you by google (on my home computer, and I have you favorited on my work computer)… and you are the SECOND thing that pops up by auto-search if you type in irretrievably. Amazing.

    2- Would love to see books you’re reading. You should also get on (if you’re not already) and list your profile address! I love reading and I love knowing what other people are reading!

    3- Congrats on the 5 star Friday honor! 🙂

  5. Pinkie Bling permalink
    January 24, 2011 7:06 pm

    I know how to help you with the Amazon stuff! I tried to post a comment twice, but maybe it got rejected because it had links in it? Feel free to email me and I can walk you through it.

  6. January 25, 2011 12:07 am

    i am interested in your book list – when you have time to write it up. i have another request. what books do your kids enjoy? would you consider posting a list of those books? since i did not grow up in the US, i read different books as a child, and some of those are hard to find here. also, i want my kids to read what their peers are reading and so am starting to take notes on what books children like; what series are interesting – the type where you can hardly wait to get the next one … etc.
    thank you in advance!

  7. mbebklyn permalink
    January 25, 2011 7:45 am

    I tore through your entire blog from start to finish in three hours last night while my three-year old spent his second night at “papa’s apartment” and my to-do list mocked me and my dirty dishes glared at me from their near-permanent position in the sink. Amazing. You have nailed it. I didn’t realize just how utterly famished I was for a brutally honest, funny take on the mess that is separation and divorce until I found your version of it. (FYI came to you through Babble)

    Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.

    I stopped reading last night only to send this passage to a friend. Again, I am blown away by how eloquently, how accurately you’ve captured it:

    “When you’re divorced, a disagreement that looks like nothing at all, a mere seedling in the dirt, has, in fact, a massive tap root going through every argument you’ve ever had, reaching beyond the divorce to the heart of the marriage itself, piercing, on its way down, every fight, every insult, every evil thought, every horrid thing you said or did, right down to the core of blackness that sits at the center of the past you will forever share.”

    • irretrievablybroken permalink*
      January 25, 2011 12:41 pm

      Oh, thank you. There are always dishes in my sink, too, and my to-do list grows ever longer.

      I’m so glad the website helped–those first few nights when the kids are gone are really, really hard. At least they were for me. I’m also so glad you are reading.

  8. January 25, 2011 11:25 am

    I’ve never heard of Five Star Friday until now. What an interesting site! Congratulations on the honor, and I’m glad to have a link to so much interesting writing.

  9. February 10, 2011 9:06 am

    I’m sending you a link about making links in WordPress, although this is belated, and I suppose you have gotten this infor already. Love your blog!

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