My best friend and I started a tradition in college when we were both feeling really unable to get anything done. We decided we needed an item, some sort of thing we could see or wear, that would remind us that taking care of business was within our own hands. One night we bought a pair of matching sparkly headbands and we started referring to them as our power bands. Whenever we needed just a little bit of a kick in the pants to finish a project or when we HAD finished a project and were celebrating, we'd put on the power bands.
It's been a few years since then, a number of moves between the both of us. We've both broken the bands since then. When she was out here in May, we went looking for replacements, but we didn't find them.
Then I took myself out a couple weeks ago to celebrate my new job, and I found a pair of sequined headbands. Replacement power bands. One for myself and one for her. Last week, I mailed one off to her, which she told me she got today. I popped mine on in honor, then I took to putting it to good use.
All of this is a long story to say I finished something today for STACKED that I feel has been a work in progress for months. It's been a goal of ours to have all of our reviews alphabetized and organized and to pull together all of our features into one place. While we have tags on the sidebar, they're a bit of a mess and not the easiest to wade through.
But now, you can access all of our reviews, our guest posts, our interviews, and our features in one place. You can find that link right on the top of our blog, now called "Reviews & Features."
It's my goal to eventually organize the tags on our blog and to maybe make cover features and book lists easier to find. That's a job for another day and another power band wearing session. Because the other thing going on today is this:
I've got my monthly roundup of debut novels coming out at YALSA's blog. Check it out. It was fun to talk about two of my favorite reads of the year over there because they happened to be debuts.
My power band has been put to good use today.