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Sweet Little You: Cover Reveal!

11 April 2022

Something happened this weekend. Something big. I got the final illustrations for Sweet Little You! OMG OMG OMG!! I have been working with Lisa Wee, a wonderfully talented illustrator, for the last few months and I couldn’t be happier with...

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Carousels: No one likes you

08 March 2022

Oh carousels. The last time I wrote about carousels, it was 2017 (seemingly a lifetime ago), when I shared a solution for fixing keyboard navigation in carousels. I know carousels have not magically disappeared in the last 5 years, but...

writing

The art chaos of time management

01 February 2022

Once upon a time, there was a (not exactly) young girl who decided to have a full-time tech job, solo-parent a pre-schooler, and publish a book. “I am so organized!” she exclaimed. “I can totally manage my time to get...

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Imposter syndrome, the sequel

12 January 2022

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my early career as a developer. Getting a CS degree was hard - harder than it needed to be. My classes were filled with C++ and (mid-1990s) Java. Those languages were neither easy...

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Motivation block

30 December 2021

I have been meaning to write more, mostly to have some sort of creative outlet that does not involve code. Don’t get me wrong. I love coding and still have about 20 different side projects and ideas that I want...

writing

Research, research, research!

15 December 2021

In an effort to spend more time on Twitter1, I came across a tweet with the following advice: Go to the library and read 100 books published in your category in the past five years I know I need to...

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Editing... done?

28 November 2021

Well, the text is done! After a few rounds of editing (e.g. many, many, many rounds) with both alpha readers and a proper editor, I am feeling quite good about it. I’m happy with the message. I’m happy with the...

writing

#amWriting

17 November 2021

It has been a busy year! Between running after my newly-minted preschooler, excitedly settling into life as a fully remote worker, and remodeling our kitchen, you would think I would have time for little else. I thought the same. Then...

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Creating block.json for a WordPress block

12 November 2020

I have been creating custom WordPress blocks since Gutenberg was in beta, though the vast majority are for work. But this week, I added my very first block to the WordPress block directory. (Hooray for my Color Palette!!) Anyone can...

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The Case of the Disappearing Gutenberg

20 June 2020

Once upon a time, there was a WordPress post editor that discovered it had turned into a simple HTML editor…. (Apologies to Anne Tyler’s Back When We Were Grownups.) But in all seriousness, has this happened to you? I ask...

life

Daily Life in the New World

22 May 2020

March 23, 2020. That date, almost exactly 2 months ago, was the first day of our new normal. This new normal is me working from home full time. It is my daughter staying at home full time, no longer in...

development

Updating Terminus: A guide for Pantheon users

11 March 2020

If you are a developer who hosts your sites on Pantheon, I would be willing to bet that you also use Terminus. For all you Terminus users, a message like this probably looks familiar: Terminus 2.2.0 [notice] A new Terminus...

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Besan Block: A long time coming

15 August 2019

A few times a year, we hold an internal event at work that we call “Serendipity Day.” We use this day, inspired by NPR, to work on projects that are somewhat work related, but have been sitting on our back...

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Featured Images, Gutenberg, and You

25 March 2019

A very common editor update that us WordPress developers make is to add options to the featured image meta box in the post editor. This is usually something like a checkbox to determine whether the featured image should be displayed...

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