Apologies, Explanations, and a Thank You:
If you follow me on Facebook you know that Prism Book Alliance has been operating at a disadvantage for the last month. If you only follow the blog itself, you may not have noticed at all.
I have said repeatedly that we have an awesome team here at Prism Book Alliance, and over the last month they have shown me just how awesome they really are. I have also seen just how great, and loving this community as a whole is.
On the evening of 24 April 2015, I was climbing over my 7yo daughter’s bed. Somewhere between the bed (normal height child’s bed NOT a bunk bed) and the floor I managed to break my lower leg in 3 places, dislocate my ankle and, of course, sprain it, complete with torn tendons. Any one of those injuries would suck, would require a couple of Vicodin and few days taking it easy. Taken together, they are hell. One particular fracture has a special name and a special place in hell.
It is not an injury I recommend. It is a not a “normal” broken ankle. Your best friend’s boyfriend’s brother, statistically speaking, has not dealt with this. One of my fractures alone accounts for <1% of all lower leg injuries. Add in the other four injuries and yeah. It sucks.
As my husband says “next time you decide to have an accident could you half-ass it, please?”
Here we are precisely one month later, and I am nowhere near healed. I had surgery on the 14th, and I find out on the 27th if I have to have a second surgery. Once we are sure I am done with surgeries I am in for at least eight weeks in a hard cast and likely more before I even start physical therapy. Before this is over, I will have at least four months where my foot can not touch the ground. Before this is over 18 month to 2 years will have gone by, and I will be left with permanent ankle issues. This is what my orthopedist calls a “life changing injury.” All from falling off a bed.
I don’t tell you this for the sympathy. I tell you this to explain why I am not operating at 100%. I am still in a great deal of pain. I am still on some pretty heavy painkillers and muscle relaxants. And in all honesty, mentally and emotionally I am having an especially hard time.
I am a type A control freak personality. I don’t delegate well. My team is awesome and tells me to delegate all the time. I am good about it in small doses. I usually take care of 90% of what happens on the blog from liaising with publishers and authors for review copies and guest posts, uploading and scheduling guest posts, scheduling reviews, coming up with ideas for new content, etc, etc, etc. I usually spend my entire Sunday and a few hours every day of the week on Prism Book Alliance. It is my baby. That isn’t counting the 6-12 reviews I do weekly, personally, for the blog.
Again, I don’t say this for sympathy. I love Prism Book Alliance. I believe in what we do, and I happily spend my time and money promoting this genre that I love and respect. I simply am trying to give background and perspective.
I also pride myself on my memory, logic, and reasoning. Try doing all that on narcotic painkillers every four hours. I can’t remember the beginning of a book by the time I get to the end. I can’t string enough thoughts together to create a coherent review. Simply put, I am not myself, and that in itself is hard.
This injury has thrown me for loop. I am used to a schedule. I am used to having things done a certain way. I am used to doing (almost) everything myself. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, that you don’t even see as one of our beloved readers.
Between the pain and the medication, that is just not possible for me right now. However, my team has stepped up in a big way to keep Prism going for you. Every single one of them has taken on extra tasks to keep the blog running. Every single one of them has offered help when I needed it. I can’t thank them enough. I want to call out PizzyGirl especially because she has spearheaded the task of uploading and scheduling guest posts and scheduling reviews.
That being said, I don’t want to put too much work on my team, as I don’t want them to burn out. This is going to be a long road, and while I hope to get slowly back into the grind over the next couple of months, I ask for your patience.
There are some tasks we do promptly that are going to fall by the wayside. Some of these tasks you, as readers, may notice. Some are behind the scenes tasks that only the publishers will notice. For example, I can’t even think of how behind I am on picking giveaway winners. I have also missed the Weekly Review and Coming Soon posts these last two weeks. For this I apologize, but I will get there. I promise.
I am slow to respond to emails. This isn’t because I don’t think your email isn’t important. It is because 1) my meds have knocked me out or 2) I can’t fathom the energy involved in thinking about a response. I will get to your emails, I promise. I will get to your tour requests I promise. I will get to review your book, eventually, I promise. Every single one of you is important to me and to this team.
As of this moment, I am hoping I will be able to travel to Bristol in September for UKmeet, but I am not counting on it.
So in conclusion, I want to apologize for not being 100% right now and thank you for your patience.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|