Hey, Pamie: “Is it okay that I’m a blogger?”

I haven’t been procrastinating on the weekly procrastination series. I’ve been busy. You see, a holiday tradition in Hollywood is that producers and studios and networks and publishers finish their to-do lists so that they can go off on their vacations and trips to the parents and Hawaiian safaris and nightly festivities. This means all of my hurry-up-and-wait comes to a screeching halt, as it’s time to Hear Notes and Write.

I debated showing a picture here of the stack of work beside me, but I wouldn’t want you to get jealous. I’m about to have a lot of late nights and airplane writing stretches. This is a good thing! This is being a writer. We work through most major events and holidays. It’s why you think we don’t appreciate you and ultimately leave us.

Let’s get to the question of the week. Continue reading

one. oh.

Ten years ago right now I wondered what would happen if I started writing a web diary.

Ten years. I haven’t had any address in my entire life as long as I’ve had pamie.com. Very few things last an entire decade. I thought I should do something special to commemorate it, as it’s not often one reaches a ten-year anniversary of anything, but in many ways it felt too self-important. I’m the only one who has actually been here every day of those ten, who wrote the words and uploaded the pages and checked the stats and blah, blah, blah. It felt like I’d be patting myself on the back for typing and uploading.

Friends and lovers have come and gone and there’s been life and death and travel and huge changes and there’s no real way to talk about the past ten years. I didn’t want to trivialize the important people and events of my past ten years. There’s no way to hold it all up, the big moments and little. It would take another website the size of pamie.com.

There’s been you. All of you. And because of that I got lucky enough to have a career in writing… which, if you click the link to read that very first entry, is clearly nothing short of a miracle. Continue reading

suck it, movable type.

To those of you who have written to say that your obsessive desire to read every single one of my archived entries has been thwarted by server problems, I say: “I fixed the archives.” And: “Please share some of your spare time with real, live humans.”

looking at my title for basename…

okay MT geniuses: i changed my basename to accept 100 characters, but this doesn’t seem to make a difference in the archives or in linking entries (even when i publish each page by hand). How do I tell the index and the archive page to understand that these entries are no longer called “inbox_part_t” but is now “index_part_two” and “Index_part_three”? Even going to those pages manually pulls up a “Not Found,” even though I can see them in my MT admin page. It still only uses 12 characters to create links/archives on individual entries, and index files. Is there another template I need to change?

Thanks for all of your (free) advice.

[EDITED TO ADD: Success! I found the setting where the entry archives weren’t updating with the correct basename. The archives page works now, but until I figure out how to change the category settings so that the “previous” and “next” links point to the correct archives instead of the categorized archives, which I think will only work if I republish all of them individually by hand…zzzzzzz, I know. Ignore me. Anyway, thanks to those of you who sent in such fantastic suggestions.]


So, some of the archives aren’t working, and the pretty Amazon links went away when we upgraded to the latest Moveable Type. We had to, because my website stopped working entirely for about a month. I’m sorry for the mess while we try to figure things out. But you know, the people who keep this thing running do it mostly out of the kindness of their hearts.

Glark and I are still working hard to get the newest Dewey Book Drive up and running. We picked something a little ambitious and that’s taking some extra time, but hopefully we’ll be able to launch soon.

In the meantime, you might want to send a little help over at Sarah’s amazing contest. Not only has she raised an awesome amount of money for Donor’s Choose, she’s about to have to dance in a tomato costume in Rockefeller Plaza with Claire Danes. Yeah. She really is. Go check it out and help a few kids in need.


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