First things first: apologies for being so behind in this, but I finally do have a winner for the giveaway of Being Friends With Boys and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, both by Terra Elan McVoy. The winner is LYDIA (so Lydia, check your email, please) -- congrats!
And secondly, an explanation for my recent, sudden disappearance from the blog: I started working full-time. It's a job I'm really liking, but it does leave less time for everything else and mostly what's been getting edged out is blogging. I've been thinking a lot lately about the activities that are important to me -- trying to prioritize how I spend my time, trying to balance things out. And what I've realized is that while it's not impossible for me to blog daily, it's impossible for me to blog daily, get my writing done, and sleep as much as I need to (I wish I didn't need sleep). So my options are limited to either (a) taking an indefinite hiatus from the blog, or (b) figuring a way to blog consistently, but less. Like, 1-3 posts a week. So for now I'm going to try option B -- blogging a few times a week -- and hope that this blog can retain readers even with less frequent posting.