25 June 2008

I've Got Mail!

I get a couple dozen notes each week from wonderful people who have read one of my books or stumbled across a story I have out on the Web somewhere. It never ceases to amaze and humble me that there are so many folks who are kind, inspired, and all-around good enough to take the time to send words of encouragement to a total stranger. Turns out, as one woman pointed out this week, there aren’t many people around stranger than me.

She was referring, not to my ramblings about the Day of the Dead, nor the photo shoot at the cemetery, but to the fact that I hug pit bulls. (In my defense, I don't throw my arms around any old pit bull; I wait to be properly introduced first.) She added that she hoped I kept the “beast” well-chained and outdoors. Well . . . Bandi owns six or eight lovely collars, but I have yet to buy her a gold or silver chain. Something to consider for sure. Outdoors won't work for us, though. To keep Bandi outside, I'd have to move out her bed, toy basket, and "dining room" suite -- not to mention the couch, loveseat, and my bed. Too much redecorating, for sure.

Anyway, welcome to my new Wednesday feature! Since almost half of everybody who writes point out that I practically never update my website or post new entries on my blog, I am hereby repenting. My new goal is this: Mondays I will post a new blog. (Please note that I already started this week!) On Wednesdays I’ll continue “I’ve Got Mail!” in which I’ll share my most interesting note of the week and/or answer a question I’m asked by a reader. On Fridays you can find me, as always, over on Six LDS Writers and a Frog, but maybe I will move those posts here as well.

As for the website . . . ta da! (Or however you spell the Americanization of the French voila.) I have a new-and-not-necessarily-improved website up this very minute. You can find it HERE. I am still in the process of transferring things from the old site, so you can still find that one HERE. I sent it out to a small target audience who said it “made her kinda dizzy.” Just what I was going for! Colors . . . pictures . . . confusion . . . welcome to my world! The website is a little dizzy-making, for sure, but I think that’s what makes it so me. Still, if you hate it, write and let me know. Not only do I need new material for next week, but I cheerfully solicit advice on everything. Well, everything except dog ownership!


Mindi said...

The new website looks great, Kerry. I don't know how you get it all done. I did not get dizzy looking at the site. :-) If you ever need something to blog about, let me know and I will lend you half a dozen boys. You will never run out!

Kerry Blair said...

With all those boys, it would take more than I could ever come up with to make YOU dizzy. :) You're my hero, you know.

Did you ever get those books, or do I still owe you big time?

Hilary said...

dizzy-making. :o)

Pat said...

The new site's looking good!
I had fun clicking on all the little pictures to see where I would end up!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I like the new site! Of course, I like everything you do, and I liked the old site, so I'm probably not the best judge!

Cheri J. Crane said...

Awesome new site with tons of fun stuff. You are amazing. =)

Kenjishiela said...

we've been there to your new website and it looks good.just like pat, we tried clicking the photos, but there's no link of it, perhaps a link to a deseret or amazon with the corresponding reviews?(lol) we are just trying to have a glimpse, really, of the the books you wrote that some said, almost same like John by the way or maybe better...when Shiela saw your photo with the pit bull, she was asking me if we can have a dog here in Saudi!

Kerry Blair said...

kenjishiela: I'm sorry the links didn't work for you. I just went back and triple-checked them. If you go to the "books" page and click on any picture, you should be able to read the first chapter -- and reviews -- of everything except Counting Blessings. If you go to the "fun stuff" page and click on the blue or the black book, you can read the whole thing. It's on computer, which isn't as good as a book, but it is fast . . . and free! :)

If it still doesn't work for you, let me know and I'll send you everything I have online in attachments.

You two are a couple of the really good people of the world, you know. I'm so glad I met you both!