I’m in the middle of reading #42, Caught in the Middle, which is sort of the West Side Story of Sweet Valley novels. I’m hoping there won’t be any knife fights, though, as we just had one of those at the end of the last book. I’m also hoping for less death than West Side Story, as the book before last had that plot device pretty well locked up.
In other, way bigger news, I’m working on moving the site to a more streamlined blog engine, TypePad. TypePad plays host to my other blogs (Popular Sentiment, Cineplexus), and there are a few big advantages to moving. First and foremost, I’ll be able to publish from any computer or even from my iPhone, which should mean (GASP) more frequent posts! Also, the relative constraints of that platform will make everything look a little more streamlined, easier to search and comment on, and easier to share with the world.
One fun thing about moving to TypePad is that, as I add each entry, I get to create categories to place the entry in. There are categories for characters, and things like “drugs” and “romances.” But I just realized that the trends of this series mean I get to create category names like “terrible accidents” and “comas.” That this delights me is a testament to my love of the series, and shines a light on why I started this project.
In case you were wondering, this site is currently maintained using iWeb [ed: unless you're reading this after the move], a part of Apple’s iLife suite. I feel fairly confident that it is the world’s most complex and advanced iWeb site, and I’m pretty proud of that fact. So I’ll probably keep the old site available somewhere for the history books of the world to marvel at.