Upon reading that version 2.5 of WordPress had finally been released, I went ahead and upgraded it, despite still being on my first cup of coffee. Predictably, calamity ensued because I did not read the instructions first and so subsequently did not make a backup of my old files—or, rather, I saw that my server had kept regular backups of my WordPress databases, but when I tried to retrieve these backups WordPress just reinstalled itself. So now I’m enjoying version 2.5 of WordPress but I have no website left. I have managed to salvage my few posts thus far, but it might take a while to get the rest back up. If nothing else, I am really glad that I started with the upgrade to this website, rather than the one to the L.M. Montgomery Research Group.
I’m pleased to announce that my review of three new books related to Anne of Green Gables—Elizabeth Rollins Epperly’s Imagining Anne: The Island Scrapbooks of L.M. Montgomery, Budge Wilson’s Before Green Gables, and Irene Gammel’s Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic—appears in today’s The Globe and Mail on pages D1 and D9 of the Books section. The full text can be found on the Globe and Mail website as well as on this website.
Jason and Yuka and I attended the launch for three new L.M. Montgomery-related books at the ROM. Quill & Quire reproduced some of Jason’s photos in their coverage of the event, which can be found here. I’m the unidentified “fan” wearing red (and no, I didn’t wear red as a tribute to Anne of Green Gables). The remaining photos from Jason’s set can be found here.
Since the sixth anniversary of this website is approaching (launched 1 February 2002 or thereabouts), I thought that it was time to shake things up. So instead of maintaining my website by hand, I’m now using WordPress.org, which is a tremendously useful blogging and content management system. I haven’t had a personal blog in several years, so I’m looking forward to returning to this form of communication.