• Beauty… From Ashes…

    Can beauty come out of ashes? From Ashes – Céline Dion I have been working on getting the first draft of the second book, From Ashes, ready. Once upon a time, I felt connected to the work, and that I would finish it in record time. The second book was to be something that took you on a whirlwind of emotions. I had it all planned. It was going to be epic. Then life happened. Life took me in a million different directions from my original plan. Repeatedly, I have come up against roadblocks. I had begun to think that things were going to be better, and they never got…

  • Back to Work

    I’m back to work after taking a while off to get my mental and physical health better. I had intended to work on the second novel during a portion of this time, but the age-old proverb of “If you want to see God laugh, make plans” came into play. I was on the world’s slowest Wi-Fi, and I wanted to spend time with my family, as I don’t normally get to see them. I did sketch out some ideas and get some outlining done, but I didn’t make any dent in getting the book ready. Now that I’m back, and the autumn season is upon us, I’m getting back to…

  • Do You Wanna Get Rocked?

    “Do ya wanna get rocked?” Def Leppard, Let’s Get Rocked A few weeks ago (doesn’t feel like it was all that long, really), a wonderful friend of mine visited from the US, and took us all, as a family to see Def Leppard and Tesla in concert at the Canadian Tire Centre (AKA the Corel Centre to all us olds). It was the first music concert for my little miss, and it was an amazing experience to watch her take it all in. I didn’t listen to Def Leppard while I was pregnant with her (the concert on my birthday in 2015 when she was just a wee tadpole doesn’t…

  • Accessibility

    Let’s Talk Accessibility

    This past weekend (July 13, 2019) I spoke at WordCamp Ottawa about Accessibility and WordPress. I had some epic nerves, in part due to some personal issues. But it was nice to see such a full room! Now, I promised that I’d talk about it more here. You can find my slides on SlideShare. WordPress & Accessibility from Amy Young One of the big things I talked about is the WCAG guidelines. The W3.org site has the official word on it. The WordPress Codex also talks about it. Unfortunately, they’re extremely technical, and as I had said, the Codex outlines child themes and how to do them, but it’s so…

  • Hello Summer

    Hello Summer!

    The hot weather is back, and so are the bugs from hell. That means it is time to say “Hello Summer!” Summer never has been one of my favourite seasons. I am, despite my Indigenous heritage, pale as hell. I mean pale to the point of being reflective. So I burn, I don’t tan. I also hate the hell out of the bugs in this season. Because those assholes called wasps? Yeah. They’re everywhere. And no amount of medication for anxiety is going to make me like them. Despite living in Canada, where I am gets muggy and breathing becomes hard. But I live here because if I moved to…